Making a Change

And I almost forgot one change, that I switched dates with other a couple other bloggers. So there’s a change I almost messed up.

D’oh.

The change I’m talking about is to do with my health.

I saw my Dr. last week because for two weeks in a row I would have horrible heartburn, which sent me to the ER the pain was so bad. It took days to recover.

I thought it was my gall bladder acting up.

My Dr. commented the heartburn was most likely a hiatal hernia, but what was more concerning was my heart. I’m 36 and I’m in a danger zone. I need to lose some weight and do it now before my metabolism slows. I’m tall, I carry my weight differently. A lot of people were shocked when I told them my heart is in danger, heck I think some don’t believe it.

I walk every where. I run after three small kids, but something had to change. I’ve been stuck at a plateau for 2 years and it’s starting to creep again.

After booking some not so pleasant invasive tests which are coming up more quickly than I would like, I talked to my Dr. about Weight Watchers and he suggested I join. Reverse the process now. A heart attack at 40 is not something I’m interested in and it’s where I was headed.

I have a very sedentary job and when I’m on deadline (like now) I forget to eat or eat crap. I also stress and emotionally eat. Not helpful and believe me that was tested this week.

Anyways, I went straight from his office to the Weight Watchers storefront in my area. I called my hubby and told him what I was going to do and he was very supportive, though things are tight right now, this is an expense I wish we didn’t have, but it was one that was necessary.

I signed up and attended my first meeting. I’m an introvert. I was nervous. The meeting was fine. I found it, actually, very empowering. I’ve only been on the program for one week (my weigh in is on Friday), but I haven’t had a heart burn attack since I changed my eating habits. Twice I’ve been tempted to stress eat a hamburger …today in fact, but I cooked up a veggie burger with fat free mayo and cheese, heavy on veggies instead. It’s not the same, obviously. I’m not going to lie about that, but it does the job.

I am a bit sullen about giving up my double doubles, but change is what I needed. Heading towards heart problems at 36 is unacceptable.

It was time to make a change.