Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative

It's a song that my dad used to sing, but I need to apply it to my life right now.  I had such High Hopes (another song) for that 4 hr. body diet.  They practically promise a weight loss of about 20 lbs. the first month; the possibility of going off diabetic meds within a few months, and doing all this with little exercise.  Suddenly, after my dr's appointment, those high hopes were dashed to the ground.  Suddenly, I don't have to worry about my clothes being too big before our trip to Disney.  There's no chance that I will be thin enough to ride the Haunted Mansion ride.  And I will continue to take all the meds that I take now, but with an injection added.  And I won't have one day a week that I can eat whatever I want.  All in all, it's pretty disheartening.  But, I need to eliminate the negative.  So here goes!

What promise does returning to my diabetic eating plan hold?  I love warm applesauce, now I can continue to eat it.  I love cantelope, I can eat it.  I won't be making booty-tooty music constantly since I won't have to eat all those beans!  I won't be eating spinach and lentils for breakfast (a somewhat disgusting thought, to be sure).  I won't feel deprived when my family is eating a baked potato and I'm eating lentils.  I will know in my heart that what I'm doing is the best for my body.  Hopefully, if I concentrate on reducing my blood sugar numbers, the slow and steady weight loss will follow.

When I was much younger, I was a Richard Simmons fan.  I had every Sweatin' to the Oldies tape that he made.  And I remember that Richard used to say that we shouldn't call it a "diet" because it contains the word "die".  But rather, call it a Live-t because it will enable you to live a more healthy lifestyle.  So today, I am concentrating on the positive.  Today will be the first day of my new life.


Nancy said...

and the dr was right...that is EXACTLY how we should do this Live-It... When I started my new-to-me diabetic diet it took a year, but I lost 46lbs... and you keep it off! That's the best part. Fad diets are just like crazy clothes...a fad..


Kristin Marie said...

I commend you for staying so positive, Linda. Seeing the bright side of things is something that I struggle with, but seeing you take all of life's ups and downs in stride helps me to try and do the same. And thank you so much for the comment, it really made me stop and think!

Pat said...

YES.....you have the right attitude and outlook...and I know you can do this and WILL do it! When hubby was diagnosed with diabetes, we both went for classes and for sessions with a nutritionist and we learned that he can eat anything he wants, but in moderation. We did learn that exercise is important and not just for diabetics...for ALL of us! So....keep us posted on your progress as I know you WILL make progress! Hugs to you!!!