It's taken me two years, but I have finally embraced the truth that my body does not process carbohydrates very well, and I can manage my RA and other autoimmune issues better if I eat wisely. It's not just about the "weight"... it's about the healing and wellness of my whole person!
The New Year has been interesting for me. I began a new eating plan on the 10th of January. After much prayer and research, I decided I HAD to do something to counteract the weight gain from the wrong medication combination last year. When I analyzed my nutrition I realized I was eating within my caloric range, but it wasn't really balanced. The carb numbers were very high. (The SP food tracker is a great way to see just how you are eating, if you are honest as you track) Two articles came to my attention(God-incidences!) about utilizing a lower carb food plan to help get your weight loss going in a more balanced direction. I've also researched the Paleo way of eating. There are parts of Paleo that make sense to me, as does the low-carb method. Both of these methods present ideas that I can put to use in my daily life and benefit from.
My weight had gone up drastically and STUCK, for months, no matter what I did. My doctor even told me to not worry about the weight gain, as all of my tests and “numbers” were the best they have been in years. (Thanks to SparkPeople!) I knew the extra weight was not good for my joints!
Weight loss is like a puzzle. It takes all of the pieces fitting together correctly to be effective. I was eating in my caloric range. I drank lots of water. I thought I was eating healthy, but I wasn't being honest with myself. I was NOT eating balanced nutrition. I was eating a lot of "healthy" processed foods. I wasn’t cooking at home at all… eating out with DH and using frozen meals/bars for meals at work every week. I was dancing down the slick road of convenience and ease. (There is nothing wrong with “healthy” convenience foods… in moderation.) My exercise/movement was limited, partially due to health issues, partly to sheer laziness.
I'm putting together a nutritional plan that works for ME, and is one I can live with for the rest of my life. Balance and moderation still seems the best way to do anything... With sensible, reasonable guidelines, I can reach my goals. Taking small steps towards increasing my moving daily will enhance the eating plan.
In the past month I have taken what I thought were the best parts of the new Atkins program, and the Paleo philosophy, and I’ve implemented them into my daily lifestyle.
I’ve adjusted my Tracker to reflect how I am eating now. The new SP Start page has been very useful in helping me focus on my new goals. I am using my SparkPeople Activity Tracker daily, and am increasing my movement literally one step at a time. I am taking advantage of Spark Teams that offer support and encouragement. My DH and I eat more at home. My sugar and gluten consumption has dropped dramatically. I am not drinking any sodas. I've not been hungry nor felt deprived. I eat three meals and allow myself planned snacks daily. Does it take more work, more thought and effort? You bet it does! Growth hurts! I am stretching beyond my comfort zone again... and it feels good.
I have lost ten pounds in the past four weeks… which is far more than I hoped for! I am aware that this is just the result of my body finally getting what it needs, and the weight will not drop as rapidly probably from now on. That won’t keep me from reaching for more success! Progress is more important than the pounds lost! The improved health AND fitness I gain as I continue my SP journey is what truly matters.
The New Year really was a new beginning for me. It doesn’t matter so much where I have come from, but where I want to go. It’s great to have a plan in place, but it is only a “plan” unless it is lived! Actions speak louder than words… Life always has problems and takes turns we don’t anticipate. I’m going to live my life in the now and accept the “present” as it is!
If you are heading in the wrong direction, you can always choose to turn around! Over and over again, if need be! It's OK!
One of the great things about SP is that it gives us the tools to explore how we can become healthier and fitter... and stay that way in every stage of our lives. SP has resources to keep us educated and informed about nutrition, fitness, mental health, etc. so we can make sound decisions for ourselves. The Spark Teams offer support for everyone!
Knowledge is power! It helps us to change and become the best we can be! We may not choose the circumstances we find ourselves in, but we can choose how to react to them! It’s not impossible to change, it’s I’m-possible to change!