For the longest time, I was reluctant to walk much and kept my walking for necessities such as grocery shopping, appointments, etc. Ten years ago, I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis. First, it was in my right knee. Then, my right knee followed suit shortly after and about four years ago, I have torn my meniscus. I also experience pain my hips, mostly my left hip. So I thought that by walking I would shorten the life of my joints which would lead to a total lack of mobility while I await joint replacements. This was a really scary prospect since I have let go of my car five years ago, my husband is blind and a lot of the getting around depends on me.
Since I started my intermittent fasting lifestyle, I’ve lost a bit of weight. This has made getting around slightly better but still difficult. About a month ago, I was at my doctor’s office to get my prescription for anti-inflammatory medication renewed. At the time, I asked to get a physiotherapist referral as I thought I could get guidance on the type of exercises I could do to strengthen my joints. This is when he told me about the GLA:D® program. “The GLA:D® program is an education and exercise program that has helped thousands of people with hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA) manage their symptoms of pain and loss of function.” I’ve completed the education portion and will start the exercise portion tomorrow. Part of the information I have received is that it is important to do at least 30 minutes of exercise per day such as walking, cycling, swimming, etc. It can be done all at once or twice for 15 minutes or even three times for 10 minutes. My fear about expediting the progress of this joint disease was somewhat put to rest. I’m not 100% convinced but I’m going with it. Another thing that I’ve learned is that it is not good to sit for more than 20 minutes at a time. Yikes! I can sit hours at a time. So I’m making changes. The good news is that yesterday and today, I’ve been feeling an improvement in my ability to walk. Yesterday, hubby and I went for a 45-minute walk and although I did feel discomfort, I did not feel pain. That is a huge improvement. I’m stoked about this!
One of my favourite things right now is to start the day with a walk to a pond nearby (see picture above), sit on a bench, close my eyes and let myself be serenaded by the lovely sound of the birds. It is such a nurturing feeling. There are three of these ponds within walking distance from our place. I think they are called water storm management plant but they are very much like ponds. So lovely! These are such gifts to have in the middle of the city. I’m grateful for the ability to walk and enjoy such gifts.
My last post was quite a long while ago. I had not done well with Project 200. To be honest, I felt embarrassed, even ashamed, about what I saw as yet another failure. So I stop writing. As simple as that. Over the months, I had to urge to write but didn’t feel safe doing so. Some would say: “Well you can write for yourself. You don’t have to blog and share everything with the world.” Although this is true, writing for myself never had the same impact or attraction to me. For some reasons, it is when I write to share with you that it moves me. I often find myself going deeper when I’m writing on here. It is like things get clearer as each words land. So I have missed sharing with you what is going on in my thoughts, in my life, in my heart. So here I am, putting words down.
Project 200 was short lived. I had lost of bit of weight but eventually resumed my food addiction relationship. So I found myself in its grasp once again and once again, very hopeless.
At the end of November, a Facebook friend shared about her health and weight loss transformation through intermittent fasting. I might have heard about intermittent fasting before that day, I’m not sure. On that day, though, it had a great impact on me. On December 2nd, I started intermittent fasting myself. I started with 16:8 (fasting for 16 hours and eating within an eight-hour window). Quickly, I naturally went to 18:6. I mostly ate my food between noon and 6 pm. The unbelievable thing is that I went from binging every evening to not eating at all after 6 pm and not having any cravings or urges at all. For the first time in a very long time, I felt hope. I use an app which I have set for a daily 16-hour fast. No matter what I have to fast at least 16 hours a day. That is the goal I have set for myself. Now, there are days that I fast for 21 hours and some that are closer to 16 hours. I love the flexibility that this affords me. If I have a social event that I need to eat outside of my normal eating hours, I just shift things around. There’s been a hand full of days where I fell short of my daily goal but I’m not letting that get me down.
I’ve embarked on this lifestyle over five months ago. I can’t say that it is as easy as it was for the first four months. But it is still the best thing for me. I’m paying attention to what is going on in my body now. I know that some foods such as simple carbs bring about cravings. I always thought that my food addiction was an emotional issue. I now know that this is only part of the equation. I now know that it is also a hormonal imbalance that is triggered by certain foods. In some ways, I eat differently than I used to. I eat much more fat dense foods such as nuts and cheese than I used and I have cut down on carbs significantly. It has been a very interesting few months. As I mentioned, I have a lot of hope now. I’m getting stronger emotionally and physically. I have lost 38 lbs. I’ve reduced the inflammation in my body. My digestion is better and the pain in my liver area is non-existent most days. So much energy has been freed by not being caught in the grasp of the food addiction. I’m so grateful for that! So grateful!
My focus is no longer on the number of pounds I want to lose. My focus is now on being strong and healthy of body and also of mind. This is the journey I’m on now. It’s an all-encompassing journey and I’ll be sure to share more about this journey with you. It is a fascinating one.
P.S. What do you think of the new decor on here? I thought I would refresh things a bit 🙂