So, if you follow me on Social Media, @LaDolceDeeDee on IG, you might notice something drastically different about the way I look. No, I didn’t get rid of my RAVEN HAIR VIXEN look, I think I will always have BLACK HAIR! No, I still haven’t decided to chop off my hair or get that “Wavy Beach Perm” they had in the August issue of Cosmo WAVY PERM in 2019???
So, what is the big difference? Well, I lost weight. Now, before you all ask me “how’d you do it” I am going to let you in on the BIG SECRET… I have NO secret. Sorry. I know that is a HUGE disappointment. I know when I was 70 pounds heavier, I was asking everyone for their “secrets” and I heard it all…
Counting calories, working out 5 days a week, intermittent fasting, yadda yadda yadda. I heard it all and did none of it.
First off, I have been a vegetarian for quite a few years. That was a decision I made for 3 reasons.
1. the environment
2. because I got a puppy and realized that there was NO WAY I could ever eat another living creature again
3. Vanessa Morales posted a video of cows feeling the grass and it truly fucked my head up. Cows Feeling Grass
That is the actual 3 reasons why I stopped eating animal. I am a FRIENDS not FOOD Advocate.
Losing weight was a fluke. I have been sick for years, battling a BAD flare-up of my Rheumatoid Arthritis and taking handfuls of medication every day that was ravaging my body. At first, the medicine made me blow up, then it started to do all the other things like hurt my stomach, make my blood pressure spike up, cause ringing in my ears, blur my vision and so on… Besides all that, I wasn’t feeling better AT ALL. Eventually, they realized there was a rapid degeneration of my bones and my body was getting deformed – literally. So, my team of doctors decided we needed to take a more aggressive approach, we were talking surgery now to correct some major damage done.
The thought of surgery scared me, I was not healthy enough to have surgery so there was a BIG worry if I didn’t lose weight I could be risking even more. My blood pressure was so high at one point that I was unable to get out of bed for days. I decided that I was going to try to become a Vegan, it was the natural progression after vegetarianism. I was in so much pain I lost any appetite I had and having been pulled off the majority of the medications, especially the steroids, the weight just started to drop off me.
If you read to the end, I might put a few “before and after pics” for you to see what 65 pounds off a body can look like.
It was a combination of my sickness, becoming a vegan and nerves that made it happen. I was losing more and more mobility every day and that scared me. I needed to get this surgery and when it was to the point that I couldn’t walk at all, it happened.
I am now 4 months post spinal surgery and officially 65 pounds down as of my last doctor visit. I don’t do scales so I had NO idea how much I lost, nor did I care.
So, what happens when you lose that much weight in such a short period of time? I can say a few things about that. Everyone accuses me of getting weight loss surgery, which I don’t think there is ANY shame in, but I didn’t do it – and I am an open book… If I did it, you’d know. I get a lot of “you look sick” comments, which I find hysterical. Nobody EVER said I looked sick when I was hitting 200 lbs WHEN I WAS ACTUALLY SICK! So, if you are one of those people, think before you speak, that is just silly. I am nowhere near my doctors “goal weight” of 110 lbs (for my height).
Here is the deal, getting sick and losing the weight was what triggered my weight loss and if I had the choice of being HEALTHY AND HEAVY, I would probably never have thought twice about it. I have been more active in the 4 months since surgery than I had in the 4 years leading up to it, so I know that this was a blessing in disguise.
My advice for anyone who is stuck in a weight rut, don’t beat yourself up. Health is the most important thing you can have. If you are at a point where you know you have done everything possible and need medical intervention, do not be shamed out of it. Nobody else has to live inside your body. You do what YOU need to do. If you have not tried it all, then start giving new things a go! I see people having success on “fad” diets and the reason it may work for them is because EVERY BODY IS DIFFERENT! Whatever you do, do not take your body for granted. Don’t be content with just getting up in the morning, turning 40 and having this new lease on life has me realizing that I wasted many years in that unhappy and unhealthy body – despite my illness I should have taken steps to prevent my weight gain or get it under control.
This isn’t a dress rehearsal, this is the SHOW! There are no do-overs, at least that I know of… So, BREAK A LEG… (not literally – OK!)
Below are photos of the same month last year versus this year.