Aside from my pregnancy with my oldest, the heaviest I had ever been was 180 lbs. That was 7 weeks ago. I am a type 2 diabetic and if you have been following along you know that weight gain comes with the territory. When I eat anything that has carbohydrates or sugar it is not broken down and stored/used correctly in my body. Instead it spikes my blood sugar, makes me feel terrible and my broken insulin protein ends up storing fat. It is a whole genetic mess. However, with the support of an online community as well as going back on medication (metformin), I have been steadily losing the weight and feeling better.
As of February 12th I weighed in at 164.4 lbs. I am only 15 lbs from my normal and comfortable weight of about 150. My goal weight is 145 which is where I still have curves (I like my curves folks) but I am minimal body fat and feel pretty good. Anything under that and I start to feel pretty terrible again.
People are now starting to notice the weight loss. Until I put these photos side by side, I did not see it. Now I totally do. Now this weight loss has not been without struggles. I love carbs, I love sugar. I have most definitely cheated and felt the wrath of that choice. This past week was no exception. In fact it was probably the worst week I have had with food in about 6 weeks. I most definitely had ice cream and Mexican food and OMG the chips and salsa were enough to keep me happy and full for a year. However, the aftermath was nausea and bloating and a headache and the itches. Yes, I now have hives from eating Mexican food with carbs which is a nifty little thing to figure out.
What I am learning is that it is not worth it to feel terrible for days after just so I can be satiated in the moment. This Low Carb High Fat diet is working for me. I am not necessarily saying no to carbs, just staying away from the complex ones. Many people have asked for a meal plan of what I typically consume. Below is a little list.
Granola Bar. I will confess that this is where I am not good on the diet. These granola bars have 25 carbs in them and have chocolate. However, we eat dinner early and I do not eat after dinner until I leave for work. That is typically 12 hours and my blood sugar can do some funny things in 12 hours so this morning spike helps.
Some sort of deli meat and cheese with avocados or peppers or a salad. If I have leftovers from the previous nights dinner, I eat that.
Chicken, Pork, Beef or Fish and a fresh veggie. My favs lately have been salmon and asparagus, steak and brussel sprouts, pork chops with broccoli, Chicken & mashed cauliflower. You can eat real butter & cheese and I love garlic and other seasonings. Dinner is great and actually super easy. If you can get it out of your mind that you must have a pasta or potato side dish, then everything is easy. I have also done tacos in a lettuce wraps, grilled chicken chipotle salad, roasts galore and so much more. Basically its all meat and veggies.
Almonds, cashews, apples & oranges (not on the approved list), beef jerky, sunflower seeds, non starchy veggies.
In addition, I try to drink 8-10 glasses of water each day. I have not added in a work out routine. I am busy enough and just trying to focus on making better eating choices and not losing my mind with everything I have on my plate. Someday I will add in a workout, right now I call my workout being a mom to two littles, shopping at Target, cleaning my house and running around while teaching the youth of America.
It has not been easy, it won’t be easy and I have to continue every day to remind myself that being insulin dependent and overweight is not the example I want to set for my children. Thanks for the support!