According to good old wikipedia, Awareness is the state or ability to perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects, or sensory patterns. And while I would love for everyone to become aware of, and understand a little more about Lipedema, I am gearing this post to those currently with lipedema.
The biggest lesson I've learned since being diagnosed in 2004, is that I am my best resource.
In a nutshell, I changed my eating style (to Zone Diet in November 2011) and my activity level (to modified CrossFit in March 2012) and within a year and a half, I have dropped about 60lbs., and most importantly, I have lost about 30 inches off my legs. That is not a typo - 30 INCHES OFF MY LEGS.
Of course to lose 30 inches, you must have a lot to start with, right? Yes, and I still do. I am not a size 6 or even a 16, but I have changed how I live, and you can, too.
I am not saying the Zone Diet and CrossFit are what will work for you. It might, and it might not. What I am saying, is to be your own resource. Try new things, and document the changes you see in your body. Changes can be measurements, recovery time, endurance, etc.
Recovery time was a big indicator for me. As the amount of time it took me to catch my breath after walking a short distance grew less and less, I walked more and more. Building up that distance until one day I walked my first 5K.
If something works, keep doing it. If something doesn't work, doesn't feel right to you, then stop doing it. Listen to yourself, nobody is a better judge at what is good for you than you.
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