Well, 2012 was a pretty tough year of continuing rehab in mind and body. One thing I have learned is that these things take time. Years in fact. It is hard to put your life in the limbo while you work to get better. I am not by nature a patient person so this time has seemed like it was creeping by.
In May of 2012 I found that my medication had continued to cause me to gain weight. I was desperately trying to find something that would work for me. I read the book "Wheat Belly" after losing about 11 pounds and the light bulb went off. Wow, it was wheat and wheat products that seemed to be the slow down in how my body now metabolized food. As soon as I added wheat back into my diet my weight loss slowed to a halt. That was the key, so here goes nothing, and I decided to not eat any wheat products and the weight just began to drop off.
Since my back limits what I can do from a physical stand point I have to be creative and just keep moving in some way. I still ride the recumbent bike and do exercises similar to those I learned in rehab and physical therapy as well as some Pilates, which is the wonder exercise regime. I gradually lost over 41 pounds in over the course of a year! The hubby even joined me as we had to both make it work or the crackers and bread would still be around. I can proudly say we lost a small toddler between the two of us.