The Journey begins with me
I guess the time has come to start a journal. The journal is for accountability as well as reflection. I have had an opportunity to view a few journals and I am inspired by the challenges and goals from so many. I have seen some folks who have faced similar challenges like me and some who have goals that make me want to just watch and cheer!!
My story begins like many, overweight for most of my life. I have tried almost every diet/weightloss program out there (weight watchers, nutisystem, HCG etc). In each program I experienced initial success then ultimate frustration. A month ago I thought I’ll try Adkins. I had read some disturbing articles about carbs and how they were bad, kept you from losing etc. Well to me that made sense because trying to follow the USDA food pyramid or even the vegetarian food pyramid was doing nothing! Ha! Look what they have in common! DUH! Boy I felt dumb.
I stumbled across a FB page regarding low carb but this person also used the term Primal. I did a little more research and discovered that if I stayed with Adkins I would fail. I would fail for one reason: compromise. By compromise I mean artificial sugars and even fake food. One thing I know without a doubt, compromise = failure for me. It starts with one and then another “small” one and before I know it, I am so messed up.
The idea of Primal appeals to me because I can transfer fairly easy from Adkins and be allowed more freedom with hope-to-be-soon better results. Am I tempted with food from the past (poison)? Not as much as I thought I would be. I read on the blogs, either from Mark or another poster, that when you look at the wrong food as poison, you will not want it. How true that is!
[B]Observations since going primal:[/B] Oh wow! I can taste! I mean I could always taste things but it seems like my taste buds are heightened. I made a pitcher of ice tea from loose leaf black tea that had pomegranate in it (no sugar or sweeteners) and it tasted good!! I could taste the fruit and it was not subtle!
[B]What am I eating??[/B] I will post daily meals in the future. I do track what I eat on an app for my phone. LOVE TECHNOLOGY!! I have never successfully journaled before now because I never had the notebook handy or was away from the computer etc.
[B]Problem Area-Exercise:[/B] Ok, never liked it much. Probably because I have always been so dang FAT! In college when I was losing from Phen/Phen I started running. I was faithful every morning! Loved it! Had the schedule for it! Then… the excuses begin: got a job, had no time, was too tired etc. Hello to all the weight I loss!!
Now.. I am recovering from foot surgery (had both feet done this summer bunionectmy with toe straightening due to foot pain). I get stitches out on July 23rd I think. Until then, this heavy boot exhausts me when I walk around. I do it but, dang! The plan when I am more mobile is to use the gazelle and treadmill I invested in. I have a total gym as well but at the moment, we have a hate-hate relationship.
Current weight is 315! I will own it- I did it, I have to fix it.
[B]Goal :[/B] is 160ish, to no longer need BP meds and to improve my Asthma and allergies.
Here I go… Advice and peals of wisdom welcome:)