Yesterday I felt I came to a crossroad – if you read yesterday’s blog it will enlighten you more (titled ‘The diet plan and my dilemma’).
However, two things happened afterwards. In the evening I went out to celebrate my Father’s 86th Birthday. He looks amazing for his age. My Mother is 82 and really looks so fit and well too. They have their health worries, as any person their age would. They both watch their weight; they won’t allow the pounds to creep on. They consume healthy, home cooked food and only ever eat three meals a day. There are no snacks with their cups of tea. They eat a really healthy, balanced diet – covering all the food groups and following the current guidelines of healthy eating. They move every day; continuing to tend to their garden, do their daily household chores together. They go for walks on most days as well, so their activity levels are lightly active to active every day.
They’ve always been concerned about my weight, as they knew I overate for comfort or due to stress. In the past, when I have stayed with them at their home, I would often open the cupboards looking for little snacks, because I couldn’t cope with eating three meals a day! It took a long time for me to realise that I used to GRAZE all day. In that respect, I would keep my insulin levels high, which over time I am sure, would cause damage and as I said before, most likely the high possibility of type 2 diabetes.
Last night, as we chatted, we realised that there is one big difference between them and me, and this was the acknowledgement that: I HAVE AN ADDICTION TO SUGAR. If I go back to consuming processed carbohydrate foods such as biscuits, crisps, cereals, etc. I will go back to my old ways of over eating to the excess that I was before.
So, in answer to my pondering yesterday…it really is a no brainer. If I start this healthy ketogenic™ diet plan, the reality is that I will never be able to go back to eating processed carbohydrates – AND THAT IS A GOOD THING!
Food science fact: Refined or simple carbohydrates include sugars and refined grains that have been stripped of all bran, fibre, and nutrients. These include white bread, pizza dough, pasta, pastries, white flour, white rice, sweet desserts, and many breakfast cereals.
So, why the heck would I want to go back to eating that rubbish?
During that meal, I received an encouraging text from my diet buddy. He had read my blog and realised I had hit a low point on my journey. It came, at the same time that my lightbulb moment happened, sitting in the restaurant with my parents.
It was a simple ‘keep strong, you can do it’ type of text.
But, at that moment, it was enough to confirm that I want to continue this journey for the long haul.
By the way, I stuck to the Keto way of eating last night. It was a bit tricky in the restaurant we had chosen, but I tweaked each dish with the waiter to attain the dishes I needed to eat. I had a bowl of French onion broth with melted cheese floating inside (yum), no bread or croutons. My main course was a plain roasted salmon fillet with broccoli and green beans. I swapped out the potatoes for a green salad with radishes. I added a big dollop of mayonnaise. It was healthy and filling. For the first time, no dessert – and I really didn’t mind. I felt in control of my eating.
My parents were also so encouraging. My Mother kept telling me my skin looked so glowing. I guess all those avocados and good protein foods are already starting to pay off!
So, today it’s onwards and upwards! At 8am I got on the scales to weigh myself – here are my stats for today: By the way, my height is 5 ft 3 inches. This is relevant to my BMI.
Weight: 12 stone 13 lbs / 82.10 kg (It’s a loss!)
BMI: 32.2 / Body Fat: 37.7% / Water: 47.0%
My neck is 39cm / 15 inches (wow, that’s mansize!)
My bicep is 33cm / 12.9 inches (extended arm).
My thigh is 58cm / 22.83 nches (standing).
My waist is 102cm / 40 inches ?
I recommend you get yourself a diet buddy. If you can set up a group chat to share ideas, recipes, highs and lows. Someone who will want to encourage you on your journey, share their successes with you too! If it’s your nearest and dearest, that’s great; but if they are not that way inclined, because they know you too well and just assume this is another fad, another thing you’ll be stopping next week, they might not be the encourager in your life.
A friend of mine told me about an App she found, it allowed her to make a bet on herself every week. She could also bet within a group of people, so that if she came out on top, she could reap more reward. I’m not an advocate of betting, or gambling – I encourage you to carefully consider anything like that, especially if you have an addictive nature. But, I get why it worked for her: Knowing that she would lose money if she failed her target was enough to keep her on track with her weight loss.
We all need accountability to succeed.
I am excited to list my stats again at next Friday’s weigh in, as I continue on this diet plan. Wishing you healthy eating and a happy Friday to you all!
Have a blessed weekend ?
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