Marsha is the host of WQWWC
The way to participate in this challenge is to find a quote or use one of mine and expound on it through words or pictures. Each week I have a new topic. Find them all on my Writer’s Quotes Wednesday page.
The topic of this week is Fitness, health, and wellness
I started on my journey of weight loss when I saw a friend of mine who had lost quite a bit of weight. I asked her how, and she directed me to a weight loss clinic.
It was a shabby affair but it worked like a dream because I hadn’t done this sort of thing before. I lost an amazing 80 pounds in four months.
It was Atkins diet, no carbs, no vegetables to speak of, and no fruit at all. A very restrictive diet that meant that as soon as I stopped it, I would start gaining weight.
I gradually gained back all the weight that I had lost plus some more.
But I acquired one good thing out of my first serious effort at weight loss. The habit of walking daily.
At the same time, I was diagnosed with seronegative arthritis. It meant many episodes of swollen knee joints where I was unable to walk or even stand without pain.
To cut a long story short, I needed knee replacement surgery on both knees. I got the first one at the age of fifty and the second one three years later.
After my surgery, my doctor told me that if I wanted to avoid revision surgery before ten years, I needed to stay fit by walking two miles every day and to reduce weight.
I took this advice to heart. I started walking morning and evening. At first, I would barely be able to do 20 minutes each. But with the fear of another surgery driving me, I achieved the 30 minutes target and then exceeded it to make almost an hour in the morning and evening.
Though I still am not at my ideal weight, I feel healthy and fit. I can walk up to 7 miles a day and it is such a boost to my morale.
And my titanium knees are doing very well.
I think my post is longer than I intended, but it’s a topic that is close to my heart.