Hello! I guess my last break was a bit longer than I was expecting. We had such a fabulous winter and so busy! But I guess such is life when you have little ones!
Here in Wisconsin, winter just won't quite go away. It's been snowing a bit for the last week and we're looking at snow again all this week. Quite interesting to look out the window and see a snowstorm while there is water running down the gutters from the snow on the roof melting!
I'm back to blogging but with a new little direction. I want to use my blog to keep me accountable with my diet, or healthy lifestyle, as my doctor calls it.
I've struggled with weight most of my life. In my 20s, I used weight watchers and south beach along with taking up running to lose 65 pounds and keep it off. At least until the first baby came. Each baby added a bit more weight until the last one had me at 255 pounds 6 weeks post-baby. It took me a year, but I came down to 237 pounds and there it sat. Weight Watchers, no carbs, lots of walking, diet pills, nothing would move it. A week and a half ago, I met with my doctor and am starting a new diet.
I'm optimistic. I don't want the weight to come off at once, I don't want a quick fix solution. One reason being that I also found out my LDLs (bad cholesterol) is high. Taking the weight off should/could help bring that down and I want to try that before being put on cholesterol medication at the age of 37. My doctor sat down with me, prescribed a diet and a weight loss pill and then spent an hour and a half explaining how weight loss works. It was quite eye opening.
My diet is "No-Starch, No-Sugar" until I reach my goal weight which is 70 pounds. It is very similar to the Atkins diet but I am allowed to have a limited amount of cheese each day. I also cannot eat anything processed and nothing labeled, "diet, no-calorie, or low-fat." It's all real food. I also take Phentermine each day which helps decrease appetite, improves energy, decreases hyperactive eating, helps focus and reduces carbohydrate cravings.
The first week was easy with the exception of the second day. Since I typically drink cream in my coffee and it's not allowed so I had quite the headache. The rest of the first week was easy and I was surprised that I could skip right past the breads and sweets. The first week, I lost 5 pounds.
The second week I'm finding that I'm bored with the food which makes me want to sneak. From this point, I'll have a doctor's appointment once a month but between then, I'm only accountable to myself. So I thought I'd use my blog to by accountable for me. I'll track my weight and be honest about what I'm eating. I also want to get more creative in food. My biggest downfall right now is cheese. I'm still eating more than I'm allowed but I've been really missing the creaminess.
My weight has always been a very private thing for me so I'm hoping that by just puttin' it out there, I'll have less struggles losing it!