Friday, October 3, 2008

Progress is made in baby steps

If there is one thing that living a low carb lifestyle has taught me, it's that progress comes in baby steps. If you get in too big a hurry to loose the weight, then your going to end up doing something wrong, cutting back to far back on carbs, not getting enough veggies, or maybe just not being consistent enough for your body to keep up. But if you take it slow, let your body do things on it's own time, then slowly the weight will come off. You will settle in to a place where it all comes natural, where your happy with what you’re eating, you lose your hunger and cravings. A low carb way of eating will just be the way you happen to eat, not a diet to loose weight.

I’m settling into my new plan and things like keeping my journal are slowly becoming second nature. My decision to eliminate veggies from my counts has been a good one for both mom and myself. When you only count the foods that are not meat, veggies or fats, it makes keeping track much quicker and easier. And since Mom has lost 10 lbs and cut her day time insulin from 70 units to 20, and her night time insulin from 70 to 45 and I have lost 11 lbs, all in just 17 days, I’d say it was working very well for us. On top of the weight loss and remarkable improvement in mom’s diabetes, we just plain feel better; we’ve stopped picking up take out or going out and started cooking for every meal. Something we had gotten into the bad habit of doing. I’m able to go to the grocery store for the first time in over 5 years. We exercise every morning for at least 15 -30 minutes. We laugh, tease and in general we all feel much happier and healthier.

I know that the weight loss will slow down. I’m prepared for that and completely ok with it. This is a lifestyle not a race to see who gets to the end first. My body will let go of the fat on it’s own time, so I’m just going to relax and enjoy the ride to a new healthier, slimmer me.

As the bible so eloquently states;

To Every Thing There is a Season - Ecclesiastes 3. 1-8

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the

A time to be born, and a time to die;

a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

A time to kill, and a time to heal;

a time to break down, and a time to build up;

A time to weep, and a time to laugh;

a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;

a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to get, and a time to lose;

a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

A time to rend, and a time to sew;

a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

A time to love, and a time to hate;

a time of war, and a time of peace.

I intend to Let God and my body take care of the rest.


Former Donut Junkie said...

Good on you Vikki! The cooking at home thing is a winner for sure. I'm appalled at the fact that nearly ALL "take-out" stuff has sugar in it! What's up with that?

I had all my little plans made to lose 100 pounds in 1 year. Guess what? Fifteen months later I'm only down 55 pounds. But....I'm OK with that now. I'm taking it one day at a time and doing the best I can do today! And it's been a blessing in disguise that the weight is coming off slower, 'cause it is turning it into a lifestyle....not a diet! Great post.

Vikki said...

Thank you Ron,
The first time I tried low carb I lost 85lbs in 4-5 months. It literally just melted away. It was so easy. This time around not so easy, not nearly so fast BUT like you said, it has made it a lifestyle for sure.

But like you I'm ok with it, because it is coming off, I do feel better and you can't rush things. Something that took me many many years to learn.
Good luck and I hope we both make to goal someday, in a much healthier body than we started with.

Jennifer said...

Wow, Vikki, this post was poignant! May God bless you and may the weight melt off again as you reclaim your health for good this time. It's amazing how you are helping your mom with her diabetes too.