Okay, so maybe I’m not a TOTAL badass, but there sure a lot of days that I feel like it. One year ago today, I set out to change my life. I made a decision to get healthy. I mean really finally made the decision. For years I said I wanted to lose weight, but I didn’t really mean it enough to do what it took and see it through. A couple of times I made it to about 40 pounds lost and then gave up and gained it back and then some because my attitude sucked and I had no patience. I can’t explain what happened one year ago, I literally just woke up the morning of March 3rd, 2014 and was ready to do something about it. At first, I quietly started because I had voiced it so many times before that I knew people probably wouldn’t take me seriously.
I started with Atkins, by doing the Induction phase. It took about 4 days for my physical cravings to subside. Then, the battle was all between my ears and oh the battle it was! I still have to work daily at keeping my head right. I do this by reading success stories, reading inspirational and motivational quotes about fitness and weight loss and by reminding myself how far I have come. I think keeping my mind right is a lot harder job than actually eating the right food and working out. Years of negative self talk and bad thinking habits are hard to change and that is why I focus on it so much. I am building new thought pathways that will hopefully become so deep that it will become natural and without effort to think this way, just like it was with the negative thinking.
One year ago my health was a mess. Carbs and sugar gave me Type 2 Diabetes (I am cured now, because I am no longer on meds, don’t require them, and have completely normal blood sugar and A1C). Carbs and sugar fatigued me, made me look older than I was, gave me cavities no matter how much I brushed, gave me high blood pressure (but part is heredity in my family), gave me sleepless nights, sleep apnea, acid reflux, no energy and so many other unhealthy consequences.
All that is gone. I am healthier and happier than I have ever been! I feel energetic, excited, and FREE. I workout on a regular basis, my brain is healthier – I have a better memory and I am HAPPY. I look better than I did in my 20’s, when I actually weighed less. I no longer have carb and sugar bloat, and I have more lean muscle.
Now people take notice of my success and ask me what I am doing and I love to tell them! I know so many people who struggle daily with what I used to struggle with. I have overcome so much and I want other people to overcome their struggles too. I can’t say enough how freeing it is to live this way of life. I am enjoying watching my friends change their lives and their waistlines and believing they can do it because they saw me do it in front of their eyes. For the people in my inner circle, I am a real life example, not someone far removed on a commercial or a success story on the internet somewhere. They know me, they knew me fat and now they know me healthy.
If you have Type 2 Diabetes, I am here to tell you the ADA guidelines will keep you diabetic. I was diagnosed in 2008 and since dropping 83 pounds I am no longer exhibiting symptoms of T2 Diabetes. This is due solely to a ketogenic lifestyle. A diet of meat, fish, eggs, bacon, non-starchy vegetables, and cheese will lower your blood sugar, your weight, your LDL cholesterol and will increase your energy and remove your brain fog! You also won’t have that “I am starving” feeling that accompanies a steady diet of carbs and sugar.
I started at 260 pounds and my body was full of carbs and sugar TOXINS. I ate all day long and, when I wasn’t eating, I still felt hungry. I now eat all the things the “experts” say I shouldn’t, like lots of good fat, meat, and cheese.
Now I weigh 177 pounds, and I do not feel hungry all the time. In fact, I am rarely hungry. Some days I can eat one meal and be more than satisfied for the day. My body is properly processing and digesting the food I eat and my fat stores are burning up.
I would like to lose about 10-15 more pounds, but if I don’t, I could stay happy where I am. I started at a size 20W and am now a size 8/10 depending on the brand. I love shopping in the regular clothing section – no more plus size for me!
Once you cleanse your body of the toxins that are carbs and sugar, your physical cravings will subside and then you just need to get your head right. You must not fantasize about unhealthy foods, you must talk kindly to yourself everyday and remind yourself daily, hourly, minute by minute if that is what it takes, that you want to be healthy, whole and free of sickness, disease, and obesity.
I did it and you can too.
That is just a little of my story, and there’s a bunch more that I want to share with you. I’ll be writing more about what I’ve learned, mistakes I’ve made, and how I finally figured out how to get out of my own way. Until next time, Keto on!