5.08.2007

A Long Weigh To Go

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The simple truth is I need to lose weight...and lots of it. My hips are begging to be replaced with some purty shiny metal ones that make the airport sensors go off! I just love being patted down and searched while everyone watches wondering what I am trying to smuggle into the U.S.

I was very thin in high school~a whopping 110 pounds. It wasn't until I started taking high doses of prednisone with a 2 litre of Mt. Dew that I started gaining weight. Seriously, I started bleeding a beautiful shade of greenish yellow because I drank so much of it!

Now I am not blaming the drug for my problem because let's face it, I've drowned my fair share of Oreos and I've murdered a few defenseless slabs of meat that didn't know what hit 'em!

I have learned this past year that by not eating enough you can actually gain weight. It got harder for me to eat anything when I was in so much pain and therefore I did gain about 75 pounds. Unreal, I know. But the good news is that this past year I have been working with a dietician and I have been able to lose about 22 of those pounds.

Except for church I am homebound. This week I have been bedridden. I now have a porta potty right beside my bed because without being lifted I cannot make it to the toilet which is only twelve feet from my beloved bed filled with my precious pillows. I tell you this not for sympathy, but for hope. I have been this way for close to a year. Even without exercise I was able to lose 22 pounds. It can be done!!

I have been following the food pyramid and eating about 1600 calories a day. I eat a little something every few hours up until bedtime. I had to force myself to eat at first because I just wasn't hungry. I am still on high doses of prednisone which can fool you into thinking you haven't eaten in years, but I just pray and ask God's help. Praise the Lord it is working for me!

I need to lose another 50 pounds. I know it is going to take a long time, but I am worth it! I am having a hip replaced on July 16th unless I can get in sooner. Then I'll have the other one done about eight weeks later. I'm going to work my hardest to lose another 10 pounds by then. Every pound lost will be that much more helpful in rehabilitation.

We are all here to encourage one another and I do ask for your prayers. Please pray that I can hold out until the 16th. It seems so far away, but I've been doing this for a year so I know I have it in me. And please pray for me too because I have been discouraged this past week. I'm trying so hard and it is so scary when you have to depend on others to take care of your personal needs. I praise God for my supportive, caring family. Without them I would be in a nursing home until July 16th. Please pray for them as well because they have a lot on their plates. I want to be able to take as good of care of them as they have me this past year!

10 comments:

Linda said...

Oh my goodness what a challenge you have had. I feel so bad that Prednisone has done this to you. yes, you might have eaten a few Oreos, but we all know what the Big P does to a body. I will indeed pray for you. Be encouraged. may God place HIS courage IN you!

PJ said...

The blue blog is so inviting.

Sorry to hear all that you are struggling through. You sound like a strong lady with a good family. Sending prayers your way. Hope all will be well.

Kimmy said...

Oh, Amy. You are an amazing woman to be able to endure all of this! And to lose that much weight just by changing your diet . . . way to go! I've got two very good friends who joined Weight Watchers about 8 months ago and I'm their weekly "verbal booster" to help them keep motivated and encouraged. I am in awe of people who are able to shed weight due to their incredible will power. I know I'd never have it in me. My prayers are with you as you patiently wait for July 16th. And you can lose the 10 lbs. by then--you can do it!

Denise said...

Bless your heart, you are in my prayers. I am going to be cheering you on. I am taking the challenge too.

Amy said...

I had to visit because I'm another Amy S, LOL... and I'm a total Mountain Dew addict, only I can't stand the diet version. (Maybe it's the name?) I can do diet anything else, but it has to be regular Dew. Anyways... You'll be in my prayers for your hip surgeries, and I'll be back to cheer you on. Good luck!

Robin said...

Let me pray right now:
Jesus- Be with this dear soul and be her strength as she begins this new phase of her life. She wants to do what is right - help her Jesus. Help her to believe that the old is gone and the new is coming! Praise your name Jesus.
Amen
I will look forward to reading of your successes in the coming weeks!

Linda said...

Amy, it was indeed 1978!

Christine said...

Good Morning,Amy!
I'm sorry you've been bedridden this last week. You're in my nightly prayers, and I'll be cheering you on.
About the Mustang, if your husband ever runs across one, you can let me know, when my dad passed away right before he died his Mustang was carjacked and stripped. It was so sad, I cried. My husband's even thought of buying one for me, a '65 . They don't make them like they used to.
Take care my friend,
HUGS
~Christine
www.arewethereyetmom.com

Michelle said...

good luck on your goal; I'll be praying for you and cheering you on!

Goofy Girl said...

Good for you for your determination! I can't imagine how hard that would be!