In the past six years both of my girls have gone through high school and are now in college. I acquired not one, but two rental houses. I lost my long term employment and spent a year in limbo before I secured a new job. My income plummeted, my bills skyrocketed. So did my stress level. And I started gaining weight.
The weight came on quickly. Scary fast. In fact, I was sure it must be a medical condition because there seemed to be no stopping it. So I marched
off to the doctor who tested me and found out, yes, I had a borderline thyroid condition for which she could prescribe a medication. Aha! I knew it!
I jumped right in with the medication and waited for the pounds to drop back off. I waited. And waited. Nothing happened.
Turns out the condition WAS borderline and likely not the cause of my weight gain. The pills would not magically “fix” it. Additionally, the pills bothered me. Not physically, but mentally. They made me feel old. Here I was in my early forties, starting a medication that I’d have to take for the rest of my life. Not because my thyroid required them, but because I wanted an easy out for weight loss. A quick consult with my doctor for verification, and I backed myself out of the pill regime. Now what?
Years and years of playing with diets have left me scarred from the process. I know I will work at it for a couple weeks or a month but as soon as the results fade, so does my ambition. It is too HARD to give up the things I love to eat for too long! Trying to keep track of menu plans and calories is a burden and I’m always looking for something quick and easy to eat. I like to work out, but time is often limited. I sit full time at a desk job that exercises my mind, but nothing else. So even though I am busy and only sleep an average of 6 hours a night, somehow that hasn’t translated into an increased metabolism.
It isn’t hard to see where my diet is flawed. Carbs and sweets. Yep. I know, but I can’t help it. When my stress levels hit maximum overload, I often rely on quick, carb-loaded meals to get me through. When stress levels drop, my happy reward is a tasty sweet treat. I don’t eat a lot, but with my current metabolic state, it’s enough to keep me on the plump side. And so it has been.
Recently, I had an epiphany. I asked myself, “If I had to give up carbs OR sweets (not both) which would I choose”? I contemplated this idea.
Carbs! Fried potatoes, nachos, homemade bread, pasta, rice…oh, how I love these foods! I dream of them! I think up ways to build a meal around them! They are so lovely and warm and filling. They are like a giant hug from the inside. How could I live without them??
Sweets! Homemade jam, cookies, chocolate, ice cream, fruit…margaritas! Truly the best reward after a hard day of work! I’ve earned the right to have a little treat, haven’t I??
I chose to give up carbs. My hunch is that my body isn’t processing them the way it used to. As long as I can still have sweets in my life, I can move forward. That is my plan. I’m not bogging down with charts and menus and shopping lists. I’m just dropping one food group from my diet. I still have residual carbs in my food, it IS corn season after all! But the bulk of my “white food” eating…sugar, white flour, white rice and potatoes, is on hold. For now.
I started this “new” food plan a week ago. Guess what?
IT IS WORKING! I’ve lost 6 pounds!
Besides cutting carbs from my diet what else have I done? Nothing! I’m still eating what appeals to me (including Dairy Queen), as much as I want, to feel satisfied. I’m not measuring or weighing my meals and I haven’t started a major exercise program. The one new item I’ve incorporated into my diet is a berry/protein smoothie that I developed on my own and which I have substituted as my breakfast meal each day. That’s it. Minus carbs, plus berries. Easy, peasy.
This isn’t something I would normally share publicly, but I know I am not alone on this path. I plan to report my results weekly, so you can follow along, if you like. Feel free to chime in on what tips and tricks you have learned on your journey to health and fitness. And by all means, if you feel up to the adventure…join me!* I could use the company! :)
Be sure to check out the new Magic Berry Cubes page!
These little babies pack a flavor punch that, when added to my protein smoothie, makes me forget all about carbs and gives my day a kick start in the right direction! Recipe is posted! What are you waiting for??
* I am not a doctor and my food plan is my own, based on common sense and my own experience. It is not intended to replace any advice or program your doctor recommends and you should always check with your doctor before making any
drastic dietary changes. My results may not be your results and I do not recommend that anyone quit taking medications prescribed by their doctor for their specific medical needs.
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