I have never felt better about myself since I started Atkins over a year ago. Counting Carbs has been the best thing I have ever done. Here’s to another year of a healthier me!
My Thoughts about cutting the carbs-
A year ago, I decided I should take charge of my dietary habits. I had ballooned up by over 20 pounds by the end of summer 2015. It was my own fault, to say the least. I had no, I mean absolutely no willpower when it came to my food choices. I was a drug addict, but with sweets instead of actual drugs. We won’t even discuss what happened if chocolate of any kind was in my presence.
I remember the turning point; it was when I was SEVERELY muffin topping out of my “fat pants.” Fat pants, you know the type of pants that have a lot of give in the waist and increases some sort of fake confidence. I was tired of feeling “fluffy” in everything I wore. It got to the point that I started to hate clothes shopping. Anyone who knows me knows this weight gain situation had taken a turn for the worse.
I finally took a leap of courage and faith. I turned to my family doctor for further assistance and a recommendation. His solution was a multi-faceted approach that included a prescription weight-loss medication, compiled with exercise and minimalizing my carb intake of a maximum of 50 grams. I wasn’t too keen on taking weight-loss medication but started the prescription to give me a jump start on my weight-loss journey.
As I started counting carbs, I realized that one breaded sandwich came close to maxing me out.
As I started counting carbs, I realized that one breaded sandwich came close to maxing me out. Then it hit me, why not give the Atkins diet a whirl!? I was already starting to monitor my carb intake and in most cases, I preferred a hamburger without the bun anyway. I was able to easily wean off the weight-loss medication and steadily pay attention to what I was putting in my mouth. It was amazing what I learned about food!
I honestly had never struggled with weight until I hit my early thirties. I didn’t HAVE TO pay attention to nutrition labels. Boy, was I in for a rude awaking which required me to learn A BUNCH about food, especially processed food. I also joined a couple of Atkins/ Low Carb support groups on Facebook. This helped immensely. One group, I am a member of, did not sugar coat (no pun intended) their advice and stepped up and placed me back on track. I learned what high fructose corn syrup really is, processed vs REAL food, and things I deemed fairly healthy were the complete opposite.
It was like I was addicted to a strong drug. I heard a statistic that sugar is as addicting as cocaine and it effects the same pleasure sensors in the brain. Never did I doubt the validity of that information. I found my secret weapons were, of all things, dill pickles! Don’t ask me how or why, but they instantly satisfied my sweet tooth. My desire to succeed and be a healthier me allowed my willpower to kick in and I overcame my chocolate and sweet addiction. Never have I ever craved dill pickles, but now they are a staple food in my house.
I won’t lie the sugar withdrawal and cravings were something fierce.
I ran my new diet plan by my primary care doctor, and to my amazement, he was elated and totally on board. Though, he did add that I must incorporate the dreaded “E-Word”…EXCERCISE! Not going to lie, this was not the thing I wanted to hear.
It’s been a little over a year now since I took this journey. I decided on a lifestyle change, not a diet. I’ve been on Atkins for a smidge over a year and I couldn’t feel better! I have lost a total of almost 30 pounds, over 4 pant sizes, and have my self-esteem and joy of clothes shopping back. I have been going strong for now 14 months and don’t ever see myself turning back. It’s not about being skinny, but healthy and feeling good about myself again. I saw a picture of me at the beginning of my journey and was amazed that I had let myself gain so much weight. I was muffin topping out of pajama pants and a longed sleep pajama shirt! What a total one-eighty it has done on my morale and self-confidence.
I have less than 10 pounds to go and couldn’t be more motivated to lose it. After all this, I feel like the old me, full of life and confidence. I have also learned to not be so dependent on the number on a scale; it’s how my clothes truly fit! My goal for 2017 is to incorporate exercise into my regimen. I know with this powerful combination, my goal weight is just in site!
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