My weight loss journey and why it was needed

In an earlier post I mentioned that my weight at one point was at 124 kg (273 lbs) and for more then a decade, I floated around that figure. This wasn’t good for my body, obviously, but since I didn’t know any better I had a hard time adjusting my diet. This resulted in me getting type 2 diabetes at 25 years old. But as of two years back, I’m in the bracket for slightly over weight instead of morbidly obese.

The factor that triggered my weight loss was my surgery (a complete hysterectomy). My surgeon told me that loosing weight was desirable as it meant reduced risk for complications later on. It took a half year until it was my turn to go on the table and in that time I went from 124 kg (273 lbs) to 72 kg (159 lbs). I did it through a diet of extremely low calorie intake under the supervision of a dietitian. For the first months I wasn’t allowed to exercise since I got woozy from lack of energy but it obviously yielded results and eventually I could start with low-intense exercises like walking.

For almost a year after my surgery I wasn’t allowed to do anything, I had a huge whole in my stomach which needed time to heal. For a long time I wasn’t allowed to lift my arms over my shoulders, drive a car or carry anything heavier then 2 kg (4,5 lbs) and even then it would be best if the weight was distributed evenly across both hands. I was a sitting duck for a long, long time and I slowly gained about 6 kg (13 lbs) from lack of exercise and the need to eat a calorie rich diet so my body got time to heal. But during this time I was instructed by my dietitian about what kind of diet would be best for me in the long run.

It was very hard to see myself slowly gaining weight again, even if I never was anywhere close to my max weight. It was hard to fight the anxiety every day and stop myself from comfort eating, which only made me put on even more weight. But, at last my doctors okayed me to start exercising again and even if I stayed at the same weight as before, I now added muscles and reduced fat by starting on my walks again. Soon after that I took up running which spurred the muscle growth even more. I went from not being able to run any distance at all to run about 8 km (5 miles) in a little over 30 minutes. This season I’m hoping to be able to double that.

Armed with knowledge of exercise and food, I can proudly say that I have lost those kilos I put on during my healing period without that extreme diet. My next goal is my end goal, 60 kg (132 lbs) which puts me on a BMI of 22.6 which is ideal for my length. But perhaps more importantly, I’m gonna focus on reducing fat over the course of this year and hopefully add more muscles mass. But once I hit 60 kg (132 lbs) will have halved my weight!

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