Its time to get real. Its time to get to get into the ZONE – the Low Carb Zone!
Low carb diets dont work for everyone, but for me, its the ONLY way to go if I want to get results.
Rewind 47 years. 47 years of obesity and dieting and working out and cutting calories. I was able to diet myself all the way up the scale. Taking in under 1000 calories per day and seeing the scale go up and up has been completely depressing and humiliating.
Over the years I have joined support groups and talked to dietitians, Taken herbal supplements & cut out dairy, Fasted, went Vegan, tried Whole30, and signed up for pretty much every diet under the sun. Miserable. Gaining . To the point that now, I would need to lose 150 lbs to be “normal” . Both knees are 100% bone on bone with severe arthritis from the weight. Pain.
I decided to really buckle down and just start watching portions and doing some water aerobics. I lost 80 lbs in 2 years. and then nothing. Plateau. 8 months of struggling to stay at the same weight and just not gain. I was on that teeter/totter. That place where you get super discouraged because the scale isn’t moving. That lonely place that you ignore and eventually gain ALL the weight back and wonder how the hell that happened?
In December of 2016, I reached out to a friend who has found success with weight loss. She has lost over 130 lbs and kept it off. I used to look at her facebook posts and cringe. Filled with healthy foods and workout stats, sprinkled with motivational memes and an occasional photo of her developing biceps. I hated. Why did it work for her? Why cant I have what she is having? Jealousy. Disbelief that in life, I could ever have what she has. I will never feel what she is feeling. If I ever see her, she will most likely try to cram it down my throat and gloat about how awesome she is doing and how great success feels. I will avoid. I will never know this. I dont want another person to tell me how to do it. Im Fat. I will be fat. I will always just be a fat person.
Im not sure why I reached out. Perhaps I was at ANOTHER Rock Bottom; the other end of the teeter-totter. Home alone on a Sunday afternoon, making the same grocery list I make every week. Low calorie this and fat free that and DIET this and Whole grain that. I wondered who I knew that has actually been successful in keeping weight off. Who has actually reached GOAL weight and maintained? Ding Ding.. Yup, I did it. I swallowed the toad and just did it. I sent her a message just asking her to be a sounding board for me – asking for reassurance that what I was doing might actually pay off some day. More-so fishing for someone who thought I COULD. a nudge, perhaps.
I didn’t get anything crammed down my throat. I didn’t hear any gloating about how awesome she is doing or what her diet consists of. Instead, I got loving virtual arms wrapped around me telling me that I CAN. Suggesting different things that might work, letting me in on what works for her and inviting me to let it go. Let the weight go. Let the diets go. Allow myself to become the best me that I can be. She then introduced me to a small group of on-line friends. Everyone in this group is on a journey. Everyone is inspirational and everyone is there to support each other. This is absolutely what I needed at this very moment. Team 1DOS.
My new best friend highly suggested that I cut out the carbs. So, I did. Scared like hell to eat any amount of food that would put me over that 1000 calorie mark. Ridden with guilt for consuming mayo and milk. I just had to RE-learn how to eat. I had to Eat Real Food. Quit journaling and quit analyzing and start eating. FUEL the body properly.
The scale. It moved.
25 lbs in 5 months. This isn’t rapid. This isn’t mind-blowing. This isn’t even super evident when you look at me. But this is happening. My goal seems reachable now.
My virtual support group is so amazing and it grows continually with new people wanting to know how they can be better versions of themselves.
This is awesome.
This is how you do it.
This is me doing Low Carbs
This is me working out
This is me reaching my goal