In order to achieve success in anything, a decision has to be made and your mind needs to be, what I call, “in the zone.” I don’t have a formula or secret to tell you how to get in that zone, I just know it has to happen.
I woke up the morning of 3/3/14 and did what I usually did, pulled out my glucose meter and tested my blood sugar. It was over 200. It scared me. The day before was my husband’s birthday and we did the cake and ice cream thing. I made a Hershey cake from scratch, and at the time I thought it was pure heaven. I ate a lot of cake and a lot of ice cream. This was nothing new, but the morning blood sugar reading of over 200 – that was new.
I already knew about LCHF/Atkins and had attempted it twice before. That morning something happened in my brain. I said to myself, “No more.” I was addicted and I knew it. I knew the only way to ever get healthy was to get off my drug of carbs and sugar. I realized if I wanted to live, live well, live healthy, that I had to resign myself to the fact that I could not continue eating them. I was 260 pounds, miserable and had a cake hangover.
The day I began to turn everything around was almost four years to the day I first made serious attempts to lose weight. In 2010 I began a calorie restriction diet, lost 40 pounds and then quit. Between end of 2010 and summer 2012 I was off and on counting calories, which was miserable and felt like torture. For a carb and sugar addict, attempting to eat in moderation was a joke. I tried to fit all the crap foods in to my calorie count. The problem with that is I was an addict and because of the way carbs and sugar behave in my body, I felt hungry all the time. It is hard to diet when one feels hungry all the time, because the only relief comes from eating that which one is addicted to. It was a vicious cycle.
Maybe there are some people who can eat in moderation and live happily. That isn’t me and I don’t believe any true carb and sugar addict can do so either. There is suffering in that way of eating. I don’t like pain and suffering. Eating low carb high fat Ketogenic food involves no suffering. It is why I can stick to it, but it isn’t the only reason.
The main reason I can stick to it is because I have changed my mind and retrained my brain. I work on that daily. The brain is powerful and if you want to get to your turning point, where you are no longer suffering over food and bad health, then you need to make the decision that it is your life/your health or it is the toxic carbs which only bring temporary satisfaction and long term disastrous unhealthy results. When studies show that sugar is more addicting than cocaine, you know it can’t be good to ingest.
You don’t have to stay in the throes of addiction. If you want out, you can get out, but you have to REALLY want out. If you are still thinking of ways you can indulge in carbs and sugar, you aren’t ready. You must accept that if you want health and a new body, you have to let go of the carbs and sugar for good. There is no middle ground, there is no moderation when it comes to addiction. You are in or out.
Decide. Act. Commit. Get healed.