Lifestyle changes

My attitude towards health and weight loss changed drastically after I was encouraged to get an ICD. Part of it was that I hadn’t yet found the right tools, but I also don’t think I had been taking my health nearly as seriously as I should.

It’s been over a month since I committed myself to a healthier lifestyle. I joined Weight Watchers, I bought exercise videos that I actually enjoy doing, and I started forming better habits.

Here, in list format, are some of my achievements.

Good Things I’ve Been Doing

  • Following a morning routine.
  • Working out each and every day.
  • Not splurging on food, but not denying myself what I want, either.
  • Eating out less.
  • Packing lunches more.
  • Weighing myself every day.
  • Going to bed at the same time every night.

Things I Refuse to Allow Myself to Do

  • Give up on my quest for better health.
  • Lose the ability to squat.
  • Eat whatever I want, whenever I want.
  • Not work out because I don’t “feel like it”.
  • Have to size up my wedding ring.
  • Lose flexibility.
  • Be down on myself.
  • Focus more on the past than on my current achievements.

I have a long way to go, but I am going to get there. I am not going to shoot myself in the foot. I am going to stay focused on my goals and I am going to do everything I can to reach them.

My most immediate goal is to avoid the ICD. I’m hoping by the end of August my heart will have recovered enough that my doctor won’t think it’s necessary anymore. This may not be possible. If I have to have an ICD, I have to have an ICD. But I’m going to do whatever I can do to avoid it before I have to make that decision.

My long-term goal is, of course, to get down to a healthy weight. I’m not ruling out any options. Obesity runs in my family, and it may very well be that I can’t beat this without surgical assistance. But I am not going to have my intestines rerouted without doing everything I can do first.

This month has been a great start. It’s going to get harder from here, and down the road. But I refuse to give up.

It’s not “I’m not giving up this time”. There hasn’t actually been a time when I have been this motivated. In the past when I’ve tried to lose weight I’ve always lacked a true commitment, always let either my eating habits or my exercise–or both!–slide. So this is really the first time I’ve ever made a concerted effort to be healthy.

It’s going to be the last time, too, because I’m going to stay this way for the rest of my life.


  1. YEY!! Sounds like some pretty firm committing on your part; well done! :) I’ll be interested in hearing about how your next heart appointment goes, and how well your major lifestyle change has benefitted you in even this short amount of time. Keep up the good work! :D

    p.s. Just wait til your wedding rings are too BIG! I’m at the point where I’m thinking of getting another band to wear in front of these, to keep them on, instead of having them resized. We’ll see. ;)

  2. Proud of you, Heather. I knew you could do it; you just needed the right kind of motivation.

    Lots and lots of applause and kudos!

Comments are closed.