“And suddenly you know…it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of new beginnings”
What a whirlwind week this has been!
For more years than I even want to recall, I have been battling with weight. After a back injury, the extra pounds continued to hunt me down. As the scales went up and up, I finally just hid them away in my closet, but it was hard to ignore the image in the mirror, not to mention the fact I required larger clothing! Another neon light that kept flashing in front of me was a warning sign. Diabetes runs in my family; several family members have type one, the juvenile form of this illness, and I knew I was a ticking time bomb if I didn’t make some drastic changes.
On Saturday, June 16, I started my diet. Years ago my mother and I went on the Atkin’s Diet, and it worked for us, so I decided to give it another try. The first two days went smoothly, but by Monday evening, I did not feel well, and it worsened each day. In fact, I thought I had caught a bug. While stuck in bed, I began researching and reading about my new plan of attack, and I found a program that follows many of the same principals of the Atkin’s Diet, the Ketogenic Diet. As I read, I discovered that some people as they transition through this first phase suffer “keto flu.” I felt so weak and drained I almost stopped the diet. While feeling sick, I searched online, and I found a support group. Those wonderful people provided tips and practical advice that helped me survive my “bug.” Within a day, my symptoms improved, and today, my outlook had drastically changed.
This morning when I woke, I actually felt better than I have in years, for I had fewer aches and pains. I remembered reading how some foods could trigger the inflammation within my body, especially now since I discovered I have arthritis too. Honestly, I was amazed at how my body has reacted to eating healthier foods. Throughout the day, I had more stamina and energy than I have had in years. Today, I felt hopeful for my future. So to help me track my new beginnings, I have decided to start a blog to follow my new lifestyle. This will be one more tool to help stay on this new path. Thankfully, I started feeling relieved and enlivened. Hope returned, and this time, my future looks promising.
Wish me luck as begin my new life! From the bright side!