||07-22-2013 12:43 PM
Happy Low Carbaversary to Me
One year and one day ago I read a post on a homeschool message board I frequent, and it changed my life. It was late at night. The poster posted about all her troubles losing weight. She posted about how bad she felt that she couldn't lose weight even though she was doing all the "right" things. She posted about how she could tell doctors and others thought she was lying about not being able to lose weight -- despite eating a low fat diet with plenty of "healthy" whole grains and exercising. Then she started eating LCHF, and she finally started losing weight and so many other health concerns seemed to disappear as well. I read that post through tears because I felt the same way. Actually, I had just been researching lap band and other weight loss surgeries. I was eating very "clean" and still not losing. I was sore from all my CrossFit workouts and just generally tired, hungry, and cranky. I knew that if by some miracle I did start losing, I would never be able to maintain it. After reading that post, I decided I was going to start eating LCHF the very next day.
I woke up a year ago today and had real bacon and eggs cooked in butter, and I prayed that I would not have a heart attack.
Well, I didn't, and I have learned so much in this past year. My life has completely changed -- for the better. I am down 61 lbs as of this morning. I seldom feel sore after a good workout. My knees no longer creak and groan. My skin and hair look amazing. I no longer worry about monthly acne. My self-confidence has returned, and I feel AMAZING!!!!
I still have 20 lbs to go before I reach my goal weight, and I have actually been in a stall the past 2 months. It's all good though. I know the scale will start moving again when it is time, and my journey towards good health continues. I just can't get over the changes. Before I would have used almost any excuse to cheat. If we were on the road and stopped to get gas or something, I'd get a treat. I truly just couldn't stop myself. Now, if I get something, I look for cheese or hard boiled eggs or jerky or something like that. If they don't have it, I do without and don't feel cheated or deprived in any way. Often though, I don't get anything because I'm just not hungry.
Most importantly, this is the first time I have ever felt this way. This is the first time that I really feel like I can maintain this loss, and that is amazing. Just this morning I ran into a friend I haven't seen in quite awhile, and she didn't recognize me. That has become a common occurrence, and it really does feel great.
Anyway, happy low carb-aversary to me. I know I will have many more.
Now, please pass the lemon fat bombs. LOL!!!