Just the sight of the word makes me tired! Ha! Hi I’m Valerie and welcome to the Fit Journey section of ValerieAscending! Ever since I’ve encountered Congestive Hear Failure it has been really hard for me to do any exercise. On top of having CHF, I have Acute Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Dyspnea. The Sleep Apnea alone makes it hard for me to get up in the morning. I often incur really bad migraines as well. Dyspnea is simply having a lack of oxygen. To me it’s a feeling of my body locking up on me. My body locks up and it’s very hard to breathe. Most people overlook shortness of breath, but it can be symptoms of a bigger problem such as, heart and lung disease.
One of the things my doctors told me to assist my heart into getting stronger was to lose weight. I was offered the chance to get a Gastric Sleeve, but I had already been under the knife twice and was very weary of going through surgery again at that moment. Besides, I’ve seen the aftermath of those types of surgeries, especially if the weight loss is quick and drastic. I’m not discrediting these surgeries, I’m just saying they are not for me at this time. I had to find an alternative to lose weight. In my current financial state, I am being forced to get creative with this weight loss of mine. The first suggestion was to try walking. “Okay”, I said. But for me it was easier said than done!
I got someone to help me start Weight Watchers. I joined in February of 2018. My first month I lost 13lbs.!!! I was soo overjoyed. But March didn’t yield any more weightloss. I didn’t gain anything, but I didn’t lose anything either. April was my last month, because I just simply couldn’t afford it any longer. But I was able to take a lot away from Weight Watchers. I was able to teach myself smarter ways to eat, and be more diligent with “what” I was eating.
Walking was not going to be “it” for me. The Dyspnea was just making it too hard. I had installed a Fit app on my phone. One of the activities on it was “Steps”. Hell, if I can’t walk at least I could try keeping track of my steps, right? So that’s what I began to do!
In April I downloaded the Fit app for Android. I started out with a step goal of 1500. Yes it’s a small goal, but at first it was hard for me to just meet that goal! I was like , “damn, how am I going to meet big goals, and I can’t meet this little goal?” So what I did is, whenever I would go to the store, I would park a little ways from the entrance and just take my time walking to the store. If I parked close to the entrance I would walk the perimeter of the store before getting my items, and then I would walk the perimeter before I would check out. Often I would talk to my friends or my family while in the store, because it would deter my mind from focusing on how tired I may have been getting.
June 1st I changed my goal to 3,000 after I consistently hit my goal of 1500 for over a week. Actually, I was hitting 3,000 on a few of those days. So after being consistent for a week, I upped my goal to 3,000!!! In April I walked a total of 22,111 steps. In May I walked a total of 62,503 steps! It’s June 19th and I’ve already put in 60,100 steps!!! I’m so extremely proud of myself. But sometimes all it takes is putting that first step forward and making it count!!
But I’m still not seeing what I want to see when I step on the scale! Another challenge of mine is FLUID!! Because of the Congestive Heart Failure, one of the things I battle with the most is the build up of fluid. I have to weigh myself everyday. In the event of an increase of 5lbs. in one day I have to notify my doctor. Often I have to increase my fluid pills. Right now I’m currently on two different diuretics. Even these alone can’t guarantee that I will not retain fluid. So I have to constantly watch my sodium intake. The other thing I knew I needed to do, was to give my body just a little shock. Sometimes doing the things that the body is already accustomed to doing will not result in weight loss. It may keep you fit, but there may not be a significant amount of loss.
Yes! I have decided to dance! You know before I had my first heart attack I lost almost 40lbs. One of the things I was doing besides eating healthy was dancing. I had a Wii, and my favorite game was Just Dance. But I don’t have my Wii anymore, BUT of course you can find anything and everything on YouTube!!! I was able to create a playlist on YouTube with all my favorite Just Dance songs. I just started this last week so I don’t have much to report on concerning pounds I’ve lost. I can say this; my bra is very loose!! Whenever I lose weight it’s always in the boobs!!! Sheesh! Can it be my belly instead please?!!!
Another thing I’ve learned through research is that instead of hopping on the scale, I should start measuring areas of my body instead. So last week before I started dancing I measured my lower abdomen, and my midsection. My abdomen was 59 inches, and my midsection was 57 inches. I dance five songs, and I danced four days last week. My minimum is three songs three days of the week. I’ll measure again on June 30th, and I’ll be sure to give you guys updates!!
Remember I am not and do not claim to be a Fitness Expert! These are things I have been told by my doctor and research I’ve done on the internet. Please seek a professional for your specific needs, and be safe with whatever method you seek in losing weight!
Remember to Stay POSITIVE, Stay MOTIVATED, and Be BLESSED!!