Hey Everyone! It's Heather! I've spent the last 2 LONG days driving from Colorado to Florida and my little family is wiped out. But, I met a really amazing goal of mine right before I left for this trip and I wanted to share a little bit of that excitement and encouragement with all of you!
I've been on a weight loss journey for about eight months now. A selfie I took with my youngest daughter one spring afternoon really shocked me. I hated how I looked and more importantly I just simply did not feel good. But I didn't realize how bad I really felt until later, and I'll detail that with you in this blog!
You guys. I'm happy to announce that I have officially lost 50 pounds !!! I have about 20 more to go but I am SO thrilled and I get asked all the time how I did it. And This is not a pitch for some crazy pill or program. I would never go for anything like that myself. The main thing I had to do to start the process was make a decision. Not a decision to "diet", but a decision to change my entire life. This was to be a whole lifestyle change and not just for a season of my life. A total life alteration and I am so thankful I made the decision and stuck to it. Here's the nitty gritty, and this is very paraphrased:
I drastically cut the amount of sugar and grain I consumed on a daily basis. I limit myself to 20g of sugar and 50g of carbs daily, most of those carbs come from select fresh fruits and berries. I few legumes and pulses on occasion as well. When I consume less sugar and grain, and fill those gaps with more protein and fat, I not only see the pounds melt away but the clarity of mind is like nothing else. I can really tell if I have any kind of refined sugar. I get spacey and I'm unable to focus. If I eat grains my gut is not happy with me. These are both things I didn't even notice were issues or impairments UNTIL I didn't have the issue or impairment any longer. This is a total lifestyle change and it feels SO GOOD.
I had typed a huge long thing out explaining the way I eat and why... It seemed really long and confusing so I deleted it. But the basics are I combine two general was of eating and fit them into my lifestyle: Keto and Paleo. I really like Keto (It seriously limits carbs and eliminates sugar) but I find it too nutritionally restricting, so I combine it with Paleo. Paleo seems a little too lax in some aspects so where that happens I stick to my guidelines above: 20g of sugar and 50g of carbs max. It's worked out extremely well and I hope you all are encouraged to make better eating decisions this holiday season. ;-)