Thursday, February 15, 2007
This is the story of two people, Ustabeme and Menow.
Ustabeme grew up in a home of fried food, baked goods, and over cooked veggies. By the time she was a teenager she was overweight. As an adult Ustabeme repeatedly tried to lose the extra weight by drastically cutting down on calories and exercising her buns off for a week or two. She would lose a couple of pounds and then quit and go back to her old eating habits. Each time she did that her body didn't need those extra calories and without a means to use them up it stored them as more fat. So she gained those couple of pounds back plus a couple more. Poor Ustabeme had no clue that was not the way to lose weight and keep it off.
Eventually Ustabeme got sick. She got so tired and felt bad all the time that she didn't even want to eat and was so exhausted that she had a hard time dressing herself in the morning, let alone exercise. But she kept gaining more and more weight and feeling worse and worse. She finally went to the doctor about this and learned that her thyroid had stopped functioning and her metabolism was badly damaged. The doctor gave her medication and eventually she stopped losing weight but still felt tired all the time and couldn't lose any of that weight she had gained.
In desparation, Ustabeme went on a quest for a better way. She found SparkPeople and learned all she could about her disease, nutrition, and physical fitness. She actually started eating more food, but it was nutritious food and she started to lose weight. Not a lot of weight but a pound or two each and every week. Soon after she decided to start doing a little bit of exercise. This was very hard for her because she still felt so tired all of the time. A walk around the block wore her out for the rest of the day. But she kept doing it and after a couple of weeks it wasn't so bad. So she started walking further and faster and before long, she found that it was actually giving her energy rather than taking it away.
Ustabeme was so happy and excited about this transformation that she changed her name to Menow. Menow continued to eat well and exercise for several more months. She continued to lose weight each and every week. Menow feels stronger and healthier than Ustabeme ever did. Menow has lost over 100 pounds and has plenty of energy to do anything she wants to do. She doesn't worry abourt gaining any of those pounds back or losing any of that new found energy because eating well and exercising is something she does out of habit, not a week or two at a time here and there. She is also way smarter than Ustabeme ever was about taking care of herself.
Menow still needs to lose another 20-30 pounds and would like to be even stronger and healthier than she is now. But unlike Ustabeme, Menow knows that will happen eventually by just continuing to follow her good habits.
Poor Ustabeme is gone forever, but Menow is here to stay and live happily ever after.