One of the greatest surprises for me was just how much my health improved. I mean, I was losing weight for the right reasons...I always maintain that being healthy was my main objective (that and just being healthy enough not to drop dead before the end of the year). What I hadn't realised just how greatly my super obesity affected ALL aspects of my health.
By getting healthy, my asthma is almost a non event. I use to use my preventive medication twice daily. I would buy a new reliever puffer every week. Now I would buy one every 6 months or so and I don't need any preventive medication at all. At the moment I've got a major cold. In the old days I would be nearly at death's door...coughing up half a lung (sometimes blood!...but mostly phylum of the most deadly shades of green). These days, as sick as I am, I can still exercise some and walkabout and function. Another thing is recovery time is a lot quicker these days than then.
My back pain is now gone completely. Since I'm no longer carting around those extra 87 kilos (
) - not surprisingly my back doesn't give me any trouble any more. A ten minute walk would cause my back to hurt...now a two hour run makes me feel great!
My fat ankles have gone (I've dropped a shoe size) - the fluid retention has disappeared and the general condition of my feet is greatly improved (cracked heels etc). Also can reach my toes much more readily and can cut my toe nails better and regularly.
The nasty rashes and sweating from between my legs and apron (that's the technical term used when your belly fat starts heading south and covering up your "vitals") has cleared up.
My snoring has totally gone. My wife would try to get to sleep with the sawing of great logs going off in the background only to be frightened when I would suddenly stop breathing...only to be relieved by my abrupt starting again. All that is a distant memory for her. Also I use to wake up in the morning with numb arms and legs which during the night were trapped by my weight and restricting the movement of blood through them. When I got up in the morning I had to "work" my fingers until I could move them and get feeling back into them. That is no longer the case. These days I sleep the sleep of angels...not the endless restless nights of old.
These and more are the results of losing weight upon my health.