Prior to starting my journey 3/20/12 at 262 pounds, I was eating upwards of 3,000 calories a day, many of those on fast food. So when I started to make changes, just by not eating as much fast food, eating less calories, the weight seemed to drop off. The things I were eating were not healthy by any means, but because the calories were far less, the weight was coming off, and I didn't seem to care.
But here I am, a little over a year later, around 215ish (back down from 222 just 3 weeks ago,
) and still eating those same things, even if the calories are in range it just wasn't cutting it anymore. On May 3rd, after coming across tips from my BLC teammates, I took a long hard look at my carbs. Now, my carbs where within my Spark range, but I was averaging 200 carbs per day. It was in range, so I didn't think it was an issue. Some of my teammates had started following 100g a day and seeing great results, I figured what could it hurt?
I wasn't going to do anything extreme, I wasn't going to cut ridiculously far back on carbs, but I thought I would give it a shot. I did some research on my own, and started being more conscious of my food choices and my carbs. The "bad foods" that I was eating were extremely high in carbs, so by being conscious of this alone, I immediately started choosing healthier foods. It wasn't intentional, but it just happened. I could easily defend my easy mac before because it was "only" 220 calories, even though deep down I always knew the foods I chose were not ideal. But with looking at carbs, I could not allow myself to "waste" 30-something carbs on one little container of easy mac. I haven't done away with everything, but instead of eating 3-4 items containing 30 carbs or more, I allow myself ONE a day.
I also started eating eggs and turkey sausage for breakfast, not only do I LOVE IT but it keeps me full for hours. I had always hated eating breakfast because I felt so hungry only 1-2 hours later, but not with the protein! My protein is at an all time high (still in range), I am feeling fuller than I ever have and all while staying in a lower calorie range. I was previously eating 1700 and still wanting more food. Now some days I find myself eating 1300 and full.
I am feeling good, and just over a week later this is all the things I'm experiencing:
Weight is coming off, my pants are fitting better, my digestive system is running much more smoothly.
I find myself eating so many more veggies, and actually enjoying eating them. Carrots in hummus or tzatziki? YUM-O!
I'm not craving carbs, fast food, or any other tempting foods. I often craved fast food, or some fluffy form of carbs like pasta or breads, and that craving is not there.
I have more energy!
More energy means longer walks for Sparky!
It is still just a few days in, but I love hula hooping and I LOVE the calories it burns and how high it gets my heart rate!
I am so glad to be back on track, I am so glad to have this sense of control again. When I was off track for about a month, I felt sluggish, icky, sad, but I forgot how great it felt to be on track and feeling fabulous! This little tiny "change" in my journey by paying more attention to carbs is helping me so much, and I've been saying this since Halloween, but I really think I'm going to get to Onederland in the not so distant future... for real-sies this time!