I was a typical active child and never paid much attention to what I ate. This carried over into adulthood and before I knew it, I was overweight. Then came the stress-eating-of-medical-school-and-residency weight gain, I-ate-like-my-husband marriage weight gain, I-show-love-through-food weight gain, I-had-two-children-in-three-years weight gain, and (let’s be honest) the I-really-like-cake weight gain – At 5 feet tall and 190 pounds, diabetic, depressed, and arthritic – I was no longer just overweight, but morbidly obese. Then to add insult to injury, I developed congestive heart failure – I was 36 years-old with a newborn, a toddler, and at a new job that I could no longer keep. I was sick, tired, depressed, feeling isolated, ignored, and lost. I knew if I wanted to live to see my children graduate from pre-school let alone college, if I ever wanted to practice Medicine again, I had to do something and I had to do it quickly.
But how does someone who loves food, uses food as her love language, and is medically prohibited from exercise, lose weight? By finding where small changes in my life and lifestyle (for some this includes medication), would have the greatest impact. 60+ pounds down, no insulin, no joint pain, able to move, breath, and 19-and-counting years later (through menopause, work and family stress, even the covid-19 pandemic), I have decided to share what I’ve done for myself and 20 years of patients, with you. Was it easy? Not always. Was it hard? Not really. Can I help you? If you’ll let me.
For the record, I never stopped eating cake…
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