Living the Life – Then and Now
Once again here I was, ready to give the low carb lifestyle another try. When I began this journey I weighed in at 222 pounds. I was wearing a size 44 waist along with XX-LG shirts which I believed sufficiently covered up how seriously overweight and unhealthy I had allowed myself to become. My wake up call came after being told by my doctor that a blood clot had settled in one of my toes and had choices to make if I expected my condition to improve. I also had issues with chronic inflammation in my joints, as well as cholesterol and blood pressure levels that were alarmingly high.
All of this was a direct result of the years of unhealthy eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle that did not include any type of physical activity. It had gotten to the point that I couldn’t bear to look at myself in pictures anymore, let alone a mirror, because I was so ashamed, embarrassed and depressed at how big I had allowed myself to become. All this simply because I was unwilling to take responsibility and control.
February 2016 marked my decision to stop subscribing to the notion, that at my age (55), a lifestyle change would be too difficult and restrictive to keep up. As I said before, this was not my first time doing low carb and like many people find with this type of drastic dietary change it can quickly became stale and unexciting. In the past this resulted in me resorting back to old behavior and habits. Months and months of discipline down the drain and back to an unhealthy lifestyle that had led to all the weight gain, declining health and unhappiness in the first place. A vicious yo-yo cycle to be sure.
What changed and made all the difference for me this time was that I came in with an action plan and strategy for success. I was determined that the food I was going to put into my body would not only be great tasting and nutritionally dense, but more importantly, that it would keep me satisfied, committed and on track. What I didn’t want was to resort back to old behavior patterns because the “tastes great” element was missing.
I remembered something a friend once shared with me. This has made all the difference in the way I approach low carb living today. It was that deprivation and strict discipline were my enemies and would always work against me. My constant craving would only ever be kept at bay and in check with great tasting choices and alternatives. This I realized would be a far more likely and realistic way of keeping myself on track, satisfied and motivated, as well as not make me feel as though I was missing out on something.
This blog of ideas is what has evolved and become my aim and purpose. Reinterpreting my old recipes into great tasting, low carb, gluten-free and low glycemic alternatives. Converted and reinterpreted to keep me focused, satisfied and committed, so that I might enjoy a happier, healthier existence without ever feeling deprived again.
The good news today is that I’ve reached my goal weight of 148 lbs. My primary focus now is maintaining my weight and sharing what I’ve learned about myself with others. I’ve worked very hard to reach this weight goal and I’m happy to report living craving free because I chose and continue to choose to live life with these great tasting and delicious alternatives. The biggest plus for me though, is that I no longer suffer from the chronic inflammation in my joints and my blood pressure and cholesterol are both at normal healthy levels.
I can honestly say that today I no longer miss living without all that refined sugar, those highly refined carbs and overly hybridized gluten and that I have never felt or looked better. All this made possible because I took control and made some necessary adjustments and changes to things I love so that they are now low carb, nutritionally dense and above all delicious and fulfilling. Talk about having your cake and eating it too!
I will update the site once a week on Sundays. You can look forward to new recipes, an informative post or motivational tidbits, as well as replies to your questions, comments and submissions. I sincerely hope you will find my transparency inspiring, as well as useful in developing your own strategies, with the tips, suggestions and delicious recipes that worked for me and that they help you navigate toward the goals and aspirations that are unique to you. Above all keep your head up and be proud of who you are becoming as you navigate the speed bumps and stalls we all inevitably have to deal with from time to time. From my kitchen to yours.
Happy Low Carbing and Namaste
It’s all about the balance we bring into our lives that makes the biggest difference.