Well, six months ago, to the day, I changed my eating habits. It has been a rewarding challenge, and I am grateful I decided to follow this lifestyle change.
When I started, I really didn’t know what to think. While I was hopeful, I often wondered if I would fail once again. Over the years, I have been on so many diets that I have lost count how many times I would lose weight, only to gain it back. As the scales went up and up, I became discouraged.
Last summer, I knew I had to try again because my health demanded changes. With my back injury, the added weight placed more stress and additional pain. Type 1 Diabetes has also reared its ugly head within my family, so realized I had a real chance of developing this disease if I didn’t make some modifications.
For a time I even considered weight loss surgery, but as I did the research, I just didn’t want to take such drastic steps. I have known people that tried this procedure. Some were happy with the results, and some were not. Some gained the weight back, and one person that I know could not stop losing weight. A few did not like the side effects: hair loss, dumping syndrome, nutritional deficiencies, and incontinence. A former coworker and her daughter both had the surgery. While the mom flew through the surgery with no problems, the daughter had major complications. For me, this procedure was just not an option.
Years ago as a teenager, my mom and I tried the Atkin’s Diet, and that was the only diet that I can say was successful for me, for I never felt hungry. I decided to start reading and researching to discover the guidelines for this diet. However, while studying, I found the Ketogenic Diet, and I decided to follow this plan instead. For me, this program felt more balanced since I had to watch not only carbs but also proteins, fats, and calories. In all honesty, I have followed the lazy keto plan, for I do not observe the stricter version of this diet.
In the beginning, I made mistakes, but I didn’t give up. Even though I brought in keto friendly foods, there were times, I still binged when stressed. Even now, I have to be careful of certain foods, and talk myself “off the ledge” and remind that I am not really hungry.
Sometimes the scales didn’t move, and I would become discouraged. Still, I remembered the advice of my Keto Facebook groups: just keep moving on. The pounds eventually dropped.
Through this change, I did lose pounds and inches. My energy levels improved, and I have not felt like I am living in a fog, for I have increased mental clarity.
Still, I have needed to make another change, for my exercise routine has fallen to the wayside. I have missed swimming and needed to find time to get back in the pool. After a long, crazy day at work, it was too hard to leave the house once again, especially as the weather became colder. Baby steps.
Although I still have a long way to go, I am happy with my results. To date, I have lost 37 pounds and 19 inches (bust, chest, waist, thigh, knee, calf, upper arm and forearm). I have dropped two sizes in slacks. I went from a size 22 to a size eighteen. With my shirts, I only lost one size; I went from a size 5x to a 4x.
One day at a parent-teacher conference, a mom remarked about my weight loss and encouraged me in my efforts. It felt good to know that my efforts were beginning to show.
As I thought about the last six months, I felt so relieved and pleased that I started this journey. I have felt as if I were finally getting my life back on track. I enjoyed this challenge and can’t wait to see what the next six months will bring.
Feelin’ Hopeful on the Bright Side!