So a few months ago I reached my breaking point with weight and health. My all time high was 340 or so pounds. I have staid under 295 for the last 12 years, a low about 225 around 10 years ago. I was at 282 around May 1 this year and 2 things happened. I wear a certain dress coat once a year for a trade fair were I work. It was about 2-3 inches too small. I went to a concert a few days later and I was around the largest person there.
And it just hit me. Do I have less will power than these people on average? No. I have accomplished a lot. Am I not smart enough to eat well? No, I think I have the ability to learn and I process and shift through information well.
So I started exercising every day. Having adopted a daughter who is 2 and I am 48 certainly helped motivate me as well. I lost weight mostly on the exercise and starting to eat better.
I had the info about low carb in the back of my mind, but sad to say thought Atkins was a 'crackpot' which actually turned me off from finding out more about it. But as I read and searched everything became crystal clear.
I had ALL. Not some but ALL of the classic too much carb symptoms. Big belly, high triglycerides, low good cholestrol high bad cholestrol...and on and on. I found sites that made it so simple that not all calories are equal. Carbs equals rise in insulin equals fat storage equals feeling hungry again way too soon.
I am not and have not gone to Atkins. But I have cut out bread eating most days, no diet soda, switching mashed potatoes to mashed cauliflower, being very aware of dressings, only using butter. Eating veggies and fruit and lean meets.
Today I was down to 257 from 282 on May 1. I have so much more energy it is just awesome. I am even starting to run which I never did before. My blood pressure it totally normal and I can't wait for my next blood work because I think that will be great also. I say my goal is 220 but I do hope to hit Onederland. I am 5'9".
I know everyone's body is different. But lowering carbs, I feel better than I have even when I hit 225. And my cravings for carbs are gone. I tried it. I can eat one potato chip now and walk away. I might not have been a carbaholic but I was close. So just over 3 months later things are so different. I just wish the mainstream would get on board with lowering carbs. I mean the correlation with obesity epdemic and the focus on fat as bad not carbs are one to one. ONE to ONE.
And yes I know veggie and fruit carbs are not refined carbs. I'd even be ok if the mainstream started saying how bad refined carbs were (they do but not as public obesity enemy number one). So thankful I found my key for this journey. Being under 250 will be big for me. Hoping to do that sometime the next couple of months. I prefer slow and steady and if goals happen quicker, great.