It's Never Too Late!!

  • That’s true, right?  Too late for what though.  Well, actually I can think of plenty of things where it COULD be too late to do something about the current situation, but weight loss is not one of those.

    If there is still anybody out there reading these posts, you may have noticed that I’ve seemingly  dropped off the face of the website.  The last post I put up was in March.  The topic was whether Medicaid paid for weight loss drugs.  Very important subject as we get so many questions onsite regarding Medicaid coverage for weigh loss related services.  It took a great deal of time and energy to do the research necessary to present the information in a concise manner that I got a little burned out in creating it.  The intended follow-up post regarding Medicaid coverage for bariatric surgery is still in draft form, but will be coming at some point. 

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    So where have I been during the past two months?

    Well….I’ve been writing up a storm for HealthCentral, researching for articles, creating vlogs, participating in radio shows and webinars, maintaining my blog, preparing students for competitions and recitals, preparing myself for conducting some interviews and just trying to stay above it all without drowning.  The biggest challenge has been burnout and to be honest, I’ve got a bit of that.

    What I’ve also got going on is a bit of weight gain.  Maybe not just a tad bit, but an undeniable bit which is evident around the jolly ‘ol belly.  It pisses me off that I’ve let myself down in this way.  With all of the stress related to the activities mentioned above, I’ve not been trying to restrain myself in order to eat more properly and continue to document my progress.  Part of me wants to bury my head in the sand and the other part of me wants to kick my own butt.  Then part of me simply says - “more wafers, chocolate, bread, or cheese please.” 

    Where are the carrots?  (on the top shelf of the refrigerator)  Where are the calorie counts for the food you are eating?  (on the packages or in your iPhone, silly)  Why are you eating so much bread? (because there have been so many more sandwiches eaten in this house since the microwave died several weeks ago)

    For several weeks, I was feeling slightly satisfied that, since I stopped trying so hard to lose weight in January, I was not gaining any significant weight back.  My weight was fluctuating within 3-5 pounds.  Then it went up 2 extra pounds, followed by another extra 3 pounds.  Suddenly, I weigh 10 pounds heavier today than I did at the beginning of January.  Seven pounds gained in the past seven weeks….four pounds in the past four days.

    I’m positive that part of this rapid weight gain has to be due to natural fluctuations in water weight.  I’m not drinking enough water, I know.  Some of it might be due to the 2-miles/day I’ve averaged on the exercise bike in the past six days.  No matter that cause, it is enough to trigger the alarm sirens.

    “HEY, LISA!!  STILL TIME TO GET BACK ON THE WAGON!!!  IT’S NOT TOO LATE!  AND...DON’T GIVE UP!”


  • That’s true.  It’s not too late.  It may be too late to lose 15 pounds before our cruise vacation in five weeks.  It may be too late to get under 200 lbs by the time of my 25th High Reunion in August.  It may be too late to turn back time and to NOT eat the four cans of Pirouette wafers which have disappeared in the past two weeks.

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    But it’s never too late to make the decision to eat better today.  It not too late to begin to document what exactly you are eating.  Get out that iphone and start taking notes. 

    And, Lisa, (as I’m talking to myself), cut yourself some slack and know that it is okay to skip posting an article or not update your blog every once in a while.  Thus sayeth your conscience.

    Now, you’re turn.  How have you forgiven yourself when you’ve fallen off the weight-loss wagon?  What did you do to get back on?  How many times did you go through this cycle until you had lost all the weight you wanted to and kept it off?

    Your responses will not only help me, but they may help others who happen to read this post in the future.  Thanks.

     

    Lisa Emrich is author of the blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers.

Published On: May 19, 2011