So, I’ve struggled with weight my whole life and aside from two serious illnesses which were caused by non weight related issues I have had a very healthy life. For a morbidly obese lady of my age I have been fortunate enough to have no joint, heart, blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid function health issues which are commonly associated with being seriously over weight.
I don’t know why this is, maybe I just cope with carrying weight, maybe if I ever get to slim my body will go into trauma and pack up, who knows.
I think that maybe it is partly genetic, there isn’t a history of anything really in my family, my dad’s demise was self inflicted when he used to drink too much as a young soldier back in his hey day, my mum’s family just go on and on and my brother died young of an old man’s cancer which is thought to have a strong genetic link for which I am regularly tested.
I’ve always been an active person, lots of aerobic based activity, walking, riding, aerobics, dance and such even as an overweight person I’ve been very active until the past year or so.
I’ve also made some adjustments to my diet along the years that have stayed, such as I never drink or eat full fat anything (as in prepared myself), I never fry or deep fry anything other than when starting off a meal, I only use extra virgin olive oil, my salt intake is very low, my sugar intake is low, I eat a lot of anti oxidant rich fruits and veg and drink green or white tea. I always have my five a day at least and start and end the day with water.
Of course that has all been doing me some good to fight against the bad, the piles of chocolate, crisps, takeaways, bread, cakes and puddings. Lately for the past year or more I have resisted visits to the doctor and have assumed, in a resting on my laurels kind of way that everything is good on the inside… I’ve assumed my heart’s in good condition still, that my lungs are doing OK, that my key organs are working properly and I don’t have hypertension or diabetes or anything else.
Reading a fellow bloggers post a few weeks back made me get honest with myself and decide that perhaps I needed to just go make sure I was right to rest on my laurels and have a check up.
My GP was pleased to see me and offered me a lap band before I’d sat down… I rejected it and told him that even though I was larger than last time he’d seen me I was doing well on a healthy eating lifestyle change and told him I just wanted to have some checks done for my peace of mind. I was two years overdue a smear test due to the embarrassment of not wanting to go… I know I know very stupid of me.
So the bloods were drawn the ECG booked basic tests performed and I asked that unless there was something imminently life threatening that he didn’t tell me anything until he had a full picture to report on including my bloods. He thought this was a good idea and duly reported nothing for me to be booking my coffin for.
I returned three weeks later for results. Today. Choosing to wait until every test was back.
I’m a lucky lady. There was nothing, other than my weight and a slightly enlarged gall bladder to worry about. I’ve been meaning to have the gall bladder removed for 20 years just haven’t got around to it and have chosen to wait until I’ve lost more weight before having it done.
I’ve not had a regular cycle for a couple of years now and my hormone levels suggest that I am not even premenopausal and so that was perhaps the biggest issue that my weight is behind this problem but it was decided to leave it in the absence of any symptoms of anything more sinister and just see if things return to normal as the weight sheds.
My heart fared well under duress and returned quickly to a steady resting rhythm but of course it is under pressure it’s just not manifesting itself as anything bad yet, I’m just lucky and I’m working towards relieving that pressure in any case.
It’s scary putting yourself through such tests, it really is but it certainly adds a spring to your step to find that you are virtually given a clean bill of health. I feel able to just focus on losing weight and being healthy and fit now and not worry that anything is going to give up on me on the way. I’m also confident of course that if I carry on doing what I’m doing and if I get to a healthy weight I should have a good few years left of healthy life in me yet, something which really matters to me.