Yes, it's been months since I blogged. My continuing story of online aversion. On another blog maybe.
It was all the rage. Maybe it still is. I'm not even sure when it began. I first heard about it from my quilting board. Then DH heard about it from one of those daytime doctor's shows and started asking me about it. I did as much research as possible, sharing it all with him and he seemed to have more than a passing interest. After looking for 3 days, I finally found and bought DH the book. He had the funniest blank look on his face. HE was not really interested in this diet and he's not much of a book-reader anyway. So, I read it and told him how it worked.
We BOTH need to lose 50#, he is on meds for high blood pressure and my cholesterol is in the 'need to treat' range. My knees SCREAM for any kind of relief. April 25 was our first day of our surprise journey. Now it has been 35 days and we are in cycle 3. DH has had to stop taking his BP medication. My cholesterol fell 50 points in the first two weeks - I had it verified. For the first time in over 3 years, my cholesterol lipids are in the healthy category.
We have not had soda, cheese, crackers, butter, chips, bread, pasta, rice, nor cereal. DH always responds well to low-carb fare. The first phase was a cleansing time - loads of listed veggies, 2 choices of listed fruits, all the chicken breasts, turkey, tuna, and egg whites you can eat, and 2 yogurts. While recommended, we did not walk the required 20 minutes daily. We did not have the energy. My stomach has shrunk to the point I can eat about the equivalent of a cup of food before I am full. My hunger gauge seems to have been re-set.
Once we began the second phase, our heads seemed clearer with more spring in our step. We were allowed the additions of oatmeal at breakfast and one-half cup of a starchy carb for lunch. In truth, we have mostly been following the plan for phase one because DH is convinced he can't have the carbs. His success has been a little slower than mine - I think he isn't eating enough calories, but he wants to do it his way.
Except for the very first week, I have not been hungry. I have not followed the plan exactly and still had great success. How great?
In 35 days, I have lost a total of 17.6#; my cholesterol levels continue to fall; my energy is soaring to the point that just today, I walked over 5.5 miles. My knees are loving the reduction of weight bearing load.
Looking back, I laugh at the situation that got me started with eating this way. I've never eaten this clean and my body is shrinking and seems to glow with health.
It is great to have a success to share.