A long overdue update and a preview of the next chapter in my health journey
Back when I was reading weight loss blogs on a regular basis, I used to worry when someone who had been blogging about their weight loss struggles suddenly went AWOL. Were they okay? Were they still on track in terms of losing or maintaining the weight? Why had they suddenly stopped updating?
And now I've become that person! I just noticed that I haven't updated this blog in over two years. The good news is that I'm still very much on track. In fact, last month I celebrated my two year anniversary of successfully maintaining my weight loss. Sure, the scale jumps around a bit (generally within a five pound range but sometimes a little more than that) but because keeping a food diary and tracking my daily activity have become second-nature for me, I find it pretty easy to simply tweak what I've been doing and get the scale moving in the right direction again. This is the first time in my life that I've ever been successful at maintaining a significant weight loss, so it feels like a pretty significant victory. My game plan at this point? To keep on keeping on....
You see, here's the thing: the strategies that I learned on my weight loss journey have proven themselves to be essential for dealing with my other health challenges. Being active on a daily basis isn't just helpful in terms of maintaining my weight: it also helps to tame my anxiety (a pretty big deal for someone living with bipolar disorder) and it helps my vestibular (or balance) system to function at its best (again, a pretty big deal for someone living with Meniere's disease).
And, speaking of Meniere's disease, I'm going to be blogging about my journey to learn more about this particular balance and dizziness disorder. I was just diagnosed a few weeks ago (after an audiogram and an MRI), so my learning curve is pretty steep and I'm eager to share some of what I'm learning with my fellow members of Club Meniere's. I plan to share strategies for living well with a chronic medical condition because that's what I intend to do. (Sure, Meniere's disease isn't the best possible diagnosis, but it's not the worst either. Not by a long shot.)