Friday, January 11, 2013
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
I made it through the holidays only gaining 5 pounds! This may sound like a negative thing, but believe me when I say that I did not hold back. Pecan-carmel bars, pumpkin pie, peppermint bark, chocolate treats, everything. I tried it all, I just did so in moderation. (Except those pecan bars, I had 2) It was delicious and I didn't weigh myself for months. It was great!
I ended up getting a full time job over the summer so I didn't have a chance to track my weight or eating habits. The sudden increase in activity definitely helped keep the weight off and I didn't have a chance to snack all day since I was working. After the summer I signed up for school again and that's what I did for the rest of 2012. I stayed away from bread, rice and pasta and I maintained my weight. When I stepped on the scale after the New Year I did expect the worst, but low-carb has changed my body. I don't pile on the weight anymore like I have in the past years and I owe it to low-carb.
I've been thinking about changing my major to be a Dietician. I haven't felt so passionately about a subject in a long time. I think I could make a difference in someones life. I know if someone had helped me I may not have grown up fat. There is so much misinformation out there and so many people that have the wrong idea about what being healthy really is. Haven't switched yet, but I'm looking into it :)
On a separate note, I just watched a documentary called "In Search of the Perfect Human Diet" (available on iTunes) and it really reaffirmed all of my beliefs and has further strengthened my love of nutrition. Using anthropology to track what our ancient ancestors ate and how the last 100 years has brought about the obesity epidemic.
2013 is my year! I'm getting married in a couple months, we're thinking about starting a family later this year and I am getting healthier by the day. Now if I could just get into a career that I am passionate about. . more to come on that :)
Monday, May 14, 2012
Hope everyone had an awesome mothers day! We spent the day with my boyfriends family which I usually really enjoy. Their property is so beautiful, the weather was perfect, the dog got to run around and stretch her legs and a meal of prime rib and nice green salad was so amazing. However, if I could go back now and redo it I would have told his family that we were diabetic just to avoid the discussions that followed. Jeffs birthday was on the 9th so he got a couple of nice gifts and cards, but as soon as we entered the kitchen there was the birthday cake. "Ice creams in the freezer too" She announced as the smiles wore thin on our faces. We spent the next 4 hours defending our diet choices, hearing horror stories of their low-carb experiences and being "offered" cake more than a few times. "It won't hurt to cheat once, it's your birthday!" No matter how many times we respectfully declined and tried to explain that ketosis isn't exactly forgiving. It made me angry, not so much at the time, but after we left I started thinking more about it. They knew before we got there that we had started a low-carb diet and had seemed to be supportive, but after listening to their concerns for hours I'm so proud of us for being so educated in our eating habits. Of course, no matter how many times we tried to explain the process of Ketosis and the benefits of eating less carbs they never seemed to "want" to understand. They were stuck on their belief that it wasn't healthy, even telling us that when they had attempted the same thing years before they ended up getting mysterious "lumps" caused by eating too much protein. All while chugging their pepsi and getting seconds of the twice baked potatoes. I'm fairly certain his mother thinks I'm trying to kill her baby boy, and would even go so far as to blame me for his weight gain since we got together. I'm sad that he had lost weight and then gained it back, but I refuse to believe it was my fault. I won't let this get me down and maybe in a month or two when we see her again and her son is alive and well (and lighter) she'll lay off a bit. I, however, am down 20 pounds today and not much can get me down.
Friday, May 11, 2012
After a few weeks on this new diet I think I can officially say I'm in Ketosis. I read all the forums and I knew what to expect, just not to what degree. Four days ago I was sure that my body was in Ketosis. I ended up having a nagging headache, a little nausea and then a 3 hour nap. I never take naps during the day so that was a pretty good indicator that something was up with my body. When I woke up I also noticed that I had started (and have yet to stop) spotting. I have been on birth control for many years so this was a very "good" sign, from what I've read of others experiences, that I'm doing it "right". Since that day I've had more energy, my head feels clearer and I'm finally starting to sleep better. Last night I cleaned the whole kitchen before going to bed. I NEVER clean the kitchen at night, I'm always too exhausted and I just leave it for the next day. I've also been initiating physical activity. Which may not sound like a big deal, but I have been sedentary for so long that even a little bit helps. I feel good, I feel active and most of all I feel healthy. It probably helps that I've been losing a pound a day all week, I just hope that my determination is still there when the scale starts to slow down.
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