2004-10-11 02:59:52 UTC
there. I am one of them. Heart disease doesn't run in my family (though
high blood pressure does), but it's always nice to fit into smaller clothes
(I have about 10 pairs of pants just waiting for me to be able to fit into
them again). I have weighed as much as 225 lbs. I used to take some drugs
that made me gain weight and crave food constantly (now I don't take the
drugs anymore, and I don't have health insurance for that matter), and even
since I have been overweight. I also practiced martial arts and spent about
an hour a day a few times a week punching a punching bag, jumping rope,
etc.. A knee injury cause me to stop physical activity altogether many
years ago and I avoided walking to let it heal (today, I still have some
bursitis in that knee if I stand around too long), for several months, and I
packed on weight. I tend to pack on weight around the winter holidays, too.
I tend to eat more in the winter, period. Maybe it's because I feel more
down during the winter.
I lost weight a few months ago, and was down to 204. I started going to
the driving range and practicing golfing a few times a week (in the summer
this can get "quite" hot, even going in the evening), and this winter I hope
to go golfing on a real course for the first time in my life (I've been a
fan of computer golf games, but I wanted to try it in real life, despite the
fact it's not cheap). But I wasn't really losing weight very quickly. I
was eating alot of breads or starch foods, and pizza. I ate whole wheat
bread, though, usually with some margarine spread or hummus, also
occasionally peanut butter and molasses/jelly sandwiches.
Recently I've lost about 6-8 pounds, and my BMI is now at the "non-obese"
level, my weight is 195 lbs. I'm about 5-9 or so. I've been eating more
green salads and tried cutting down on how much bread and starch I eat- now
I only eat about 2 slices a day of bread, and maybe only a little potatoes,
rice, or chips. Occasionally I eat a can of vegetarian chili, or I make a
curry (but I don't go overboard on the rice). I never really liked salad
much, it was flavorless and I always thought it was unsatisfying to eat.
But I've been eating spinach salads and romaine lettuce salads, and I make
my own Italian dressing using olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and some flaxseed
oil, and I put some cheese and almonds on top- I just wish good lettuce were
cheaper and salad were more convenient. I also have been eating bread with
olive tapenade spreads, and I stopped eating pizza so much (it was
convenient to cook). I drink about 6-8 cups of tea or coffee a day.
Occasionaly I go to Subway and buy a sandwich there (Burger King in my area
stopped selling BK veg. burgers).
I'm not really exercising too much, I haven't been to the driving range in
weeks, but I'm still losing weight. My knees don't bother me so much,
though I still have to watch "standing around" for long periods (walking
doesn't bother me so much), and when I go to the driving range, I usually
take an ibuprofen because I'll be a bit sore afterwards otherwise. It
really sucks to have all these joint problems and only be 28.
I feel OK... I don't have food cravings as much anymore, which I used to.
But sometimes I feel a little light-headed or weak.