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when giving 10% is a good thing

15 Sep

10%…it’s a number that doesn’t sound like much, right?  If I were to give 10% at work, the results wouldn’t be too great!  If we were business partners and I offered you 10% of the profits…you’d be a little underwhelmed.

But there are times when 10% actually amounts to quite a bit….for example…picking between meat that is 80% lean and 90% lean…sign me up!  Eating 10% less calories or moving 10% longer than you did the day before…that’s something to be proud of.  These small percentages add up quickly…and that’s when 10% is a really good thing!

It’s also a really good thing when I sit back and realize that during this journey, I have managed to shed 10% of myself!  That 10% is equivalent to a small child.  That 10% represents months of trying to eat better, move more, and gain a better understanding of what food used to mean and what food SHOULD mean to me.  That 10% didn’t come off easy, and it didn’t come off quickly.  When you’re talking about weight, 10% is quite a challenge and makes you realize it’s not such a small percentage after all!

But here’s what I find to be most interesting….while I still have a long way to go on my journey, I’ve already come so far.  That 10% has really made a difference in me.  My clothes fit differently.  I am slowly getting a new wardrobe without spending any money because I can now fit into clothes that have sat in my closet untouched for years.  I feel a little lighter on my feet.  I sleep a little better with fewer aches and pains.  I even think that “little” 10% has given me just a bit more confidence.    But that’s not all… Did you know that by losing 10% of your body weight, you drastically improve your health?  A quick online search will reveal some of the health benefits that come along with that undervalued little percentage….  Here’s what I found:

By losing 10% of your weight, you can:

  • Reverse or prevent diabetes by improving glucose tolerance
  • Improve sleep apnea
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol by reducing LDL–the bad cholesterol
  • Improve triglyceride levels
  • Lower risk of cardiovascular disease and sudden death from heart disease or stroke
  • Prevent chest pain caused by decreased oxygen to the heart
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Reduce aches and pains
  • Increase energy levels
  • And in some cases, eliminate certain medications–yes, 10% may be more effective than the nasty meds we have to take due to this weight!  That’s amazing!

Wow…it’s no wonder I can already feel a difference!  But as I mentioned, I’m only at the beginning of my journey.   I have a long way to go, but I thought that this milestone was worth sharing!

By having now lost 10% of my original body weight, I have a better sense of where I am going, how long and how hard it is to get there…AND the much-needed motivation to push through.  If I feel better  minus 10%, I can only imagine what minus 20% feels like!

I’m going to do my best to not focus on how far I have to go and instead take the momentum I’ve gained by how far I’ve come and see if I can do it again.  I am keeping my eye on my next 10%.  Afterall, it’s a tiny number, right?  😉

It’s no longer uncharted territory…I just conquered the first beast…using the same tactics, I can do it again.

This time, I’d love company….who wants to join me and shed 10% together?  It’s no race, no crazy competition…just good ol’ fashioned  motivation and sharing of obstacles, struggles and successes.  My theory is that everything is better with a buddy!  So let me know if you’re in!!

a little about me, this blog and my mission

5 Apr

Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog.

No, this isn’t a blog about gambling, well at least not in the casino-style…lose your money kind of way.

This blog is about my personal journey to save my own life.  I have been blessed to have drawn a favorable hand for 33 years, but it doesn’t take a doctor to tell me the direction that I am headed.  The battle I am fighting is one that many people fight every day.  What I am seeking is simple: a way to live a healthier life and dodge the many diseases and conditions that I’ve set myself up for over the years.  My goal is to lower my odds of getting the various ailments that I am now at risk for, either by genetics or just by simply making poor choices.

My name is Dee and I decided to start this blog for many reasons.

  1. To acknowledge that I have a problem—I can see it and more importantly, I can feel it.
  2. To hold myself accountable to making a real change this time.
  3. To create a dialogue with many others who have already started down this journey in their personal lives who may be able to offer advice and good old-fashioned support.
  4. To meet people just like me who struggle with knowing that they need to make a change, but lack the gumption to take that first step
  5. To journal the highs and lows of this journey—I know it won’t be easy…if I thought it was going to be…I would have done this long ago.

I chose the title, Odds Against Me, not to imply defeat or to give myself an excuse when I inevitably try to justify my way out of this, but more to acknowledge that I know what I am up against.  I am not a betting kind of girl…never have been and never will be (just not good at it).  But some simple research indicates that I am a person at high risk and every day, week, or month that goes by, I gamble away something precious—my health.

There are many vices out there and things that we can easily develop unhealthy relationships with, so this journey is not unlike any other journey for the millions of people who one day wake up and realize that they have to actively take charge of their lives and make some changes before it is too late.  I am just one more person who has decided to fight.  I recognize that I am vulnerable and there are many factors working against me.  I could easily choose to continue to do nothing as if this was going to magically fix itself.  But let’s get real here….it’s past time to put up a fight.  The way I see it, I have nothing and everything to lose.

Contrary to many misconceptions, I (like many others) didn’t get this way because of a lack of education, lack of funds or because I am lazy.  I hold a degree, I work hard to climb the corporate ladder (a bit of a workaholic), I volunteer to create opportunities for others to take steps to better themselves and I am clear of my health risks.  I am not going to say I got this way due to genetics, albeit there are some genetic factors that help to put me further at risk.  I sit here today to take responsibility for simply deciding to focus my energies elsewhere and unfortunately not always practicing what I might preach to others.  But alas, it is less important how I got here and way more important what I will do to change things now that this is my reality.

This journey is my attempt to get off the slippery slope which leads to deadly conditions like high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancers, gallbladder disease and so much more.  While I don’t have all the answers and don’t know how this will end…I do know that I want to live a healthier life and make better choices.  So, here we are…a journal about my battle to live.  Understanding how blessed I am to still be here to even write these words.

This blog marks the beginning of a long overdue journey.  While I don’t have control over many things in my life, I do realize that I must take the first step to give myself a fighting chance at a longer and healthier life.  So I am ready to embark on the fight of my life… regardless if the odds are against me!