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Weight Loss Journals
Day 5  
  October 25, 2010  
Start Weight Today's Weight
  230.0 lbs     224.8 lbs  
Goal Weight Amount Left to Goal
  150.0 lbs     74.8 lbs  
Total Weight to Lose Total Weight Loss to Date
  80.0 lbs     5.2 lbs  
Before Pictures
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After Pictures
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  Food Exercise Pictures Statistics  
    2010   2010   2010   2010  
    October   October   October   October  
    November   November   November   November  
    One day picture journal of what I ate to lose weight.  
Weight Loss History

     I did not have a weight problem until after I had a kidney and pancreas transplant in 2001.  I had diabetes since 1969 and kept my diabetes well controlled.  However, after having diabetes for such a long period of time, my kidneys finally failed to work properly.

     I no longer needed daily injections of insulin to regulate my blood glucose (sugar) levels after the transplant.  I still ate the foods I normally ate before my transplant because I never acquired a taste for foods with added sugar.  I started to become careless with how much I ate.  I got used to not having to worry about how everything I ate affected my glucose levels.

     Over a two year period, I gained almost 50 pounds.  Two things became a wake up call.  My sister was going to get married in 7 months and I was in the wedding party.  I did not like the way I looked.  The second wake up call was the amount of food I was eating.  As a person who had diabetes since I was 18 months old, I was limited in what I could eat of starchy foods.  Without that restriction, I became addicted to Doritos.

     The weekend before I joined Weight Watchers®, I watched the first week of the NFL season.  This was in 2003.  On Saturday I watched the college football games.  On Sunday I watched the professional games.  I ate snacks while I was watching the games.  On Sunday, while watching a game, I went to get more snacks during a commercial break and realized I was out of Doritos.  After checking, I realized that in 2 days I ate 5 of the party size bags by myself that weekend.  That was when I decided I needed help.

     I joined Weight Watchers® the next day.  I changed what I ate.  I changed how much I ate.  I started an exercise routine.  I used to exercise on a regular basis before the kidney failure.  By January 2004, I reached my goal weight.  On Valentines Day 2004, I had maintained my weight for 6 weeks and became a lifetime member.  I kept the weight off until October 2005.

     After my transplant, I was required to take Prednisone daily for the rest of my life.  I went through several side affects from Prednisone.  In May of 2008, I asked my doctors if there was any way that I would be able to stop taking the Prednisone.  My doctor slowly reduced my dosage and required me to have my blood tested weekly to make sure my kidneys did not fail.  In mid-August 2008, I took my last dose of Prednisone.  Prednisone itself did not make me gain weight, but it did make me feel hungry more often and tended to keep me awake.  This was a bad combination. I had difficulty sleeping so I snacked on food quite a bit during those sleepless nights.  I lost the weight I needed to while following the Weight Watchers plan and while on Prednisone the entire time.  I was very happy that I was able to take the weight off while on the medication.

     I had some serious health issues due to side effects from the various medications I must take for my transplant.  At some point, I became discouraged and slightly depressed.  In 2005, I was admitted to the hospital on three separate occasions for an extended period of time.  The last time I was in the hospital in 2005 was over Thanksgiving weekend. I had a moment of weakness and gave up my routine of exercise and eating healthy foods.  I gained back all the weight I lost.

     This time around I will be using my modified version of the Weight Watchers® Momentum™ Plan.  This involves eating specific types of food which are healthy, low in calories, and tend to make a person fill full.  I will not be counting Weight Watchers POINTS®. 

     This time around my goal is to lose the weight by concentrating on specific healthy foods that I want to get in each day.  This involves:

     At least 2 cups of milk per day
     At least 6 cups of water
     At least 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
     At least 6 servings of fruits/vegetables
     A healthy amount of whole wheat foods
     A healthy amount of fiber
     A healthy amount of protein
     A multivitamin

     I already eat more than enough fruits and vegetables and drink enough milk each day.  I have a few creative ways to get my healthy oil in.  I only use extra virgin olive oil.

     In my journals, I am recording my weight in the morning before eating and without any clothes on to keep an accurate account of my progress.

     I am recording my blood glucose (sugar) levels twice a day and my blood pressure to see how the weigh loss affects each one.

     I am listing what foods I eat each day and what, if any, exercise I do.

     I took a picture on the very first day I started.  Every Sunday I am taking another picture for my journal to show my progress.  You can see in the pictures that most of my weight is around my stomach area.

Helpful Links
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  Calorie King
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  Cook's Thesaurus
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