Let’s get this Weight Loss party started!
There is something you need to know about me, I am fat. Actually, my doctors refer to me as being morbidly obese, that means really fat! Morbid obesity puts me at risk for heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, asthma, osteoarthritis, stroke and death, yes, Death!
After four TIAs (mini strokes), a full stroke, a brain aneurysm, brain surgery, stomach surgery, and countless hospital stays, I have realized that I really don’t want to die. Not yet! I want to meet my grandchildren, when they’re born. I want to grow old gracefully, learn things, go places, and read lots of books!
I am approaching my 60th year. Yes, I said 60! Dear ol’ Number 60 has been thumping my forehead, asking in a not-so-gentle way, “What are you going to do about your health? Do you really want to die? Do you want to continue to live in pain, worry about strokes, or wonder about the next health problem? Meekly I answer, “No, of course not.” “So Blair,” says Number 60, “It is your choice. What are you going to do about it?”
Sheeseh! All right already! But I don’t like exercise. I actually hate it! Alas, I do need to move! I really like food, sweets especially, yet I fancy myself a healthy eater. But am I, really?
Fortunately, help is on the way. Beginning March 11, INTEGRIS will partner with OIC’s Health Literacy Program to offer Changing Your Weighs, an 8-week weight loss program. The program covers healthy weight loss, exercise, nutrition information, fad diets and more. I am going to try the program on for size and I am excited! I have lost a lot of weight over the years and gained it back. I have never participated in a group program like this before and as I put myself ‘out there’ with this blog, it will force me to be accountable.
Please join me at OIC’s Blog page and follow my journey of discovery, health, weight loss, and get-off-my-booty exercise. I will share ideas and tips for a healthier lifestyle, success and challenges. Stay along for the ride, and be the first to see a healthier me!
OIC’s Health Literacy Program is brought to you by the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and INTEGRIS.