Not the body’s enemy

As you probably know if you read my blog, I have been on a keto diet since April when my doctor told me it would help the neuropathy in my feet.

When you spend most of your life trying to lose weight, you tend to hear, read, and live your life based on what is supposed to be good and bad for you.

I was 406 pounds at the age of 24. I had stomach surgery (a band and staples) in 1998. I did lose weight with the surgery but remained heavy for many years after (although never went back over 300 pounds thankfully). In 2017, I decided enough was enough. I wanted to do something about my weight and health before I ended up getting sick. I started counting calories. I still drank a LOT of calories, mostly energy drinks and Mountain Dew daily in addition to eating Oreos and whatever else I wanted as long as I stayed within my calories for the day. I was hungry all the time and had so many cravings it was difficult to stick with it.

I did lose a little weight doing this. I went from 212 in November 2017 to 200 in April. I kept telling myself that losing slow is better and that would keep the weight off.

In April 2018 when my doctor put me on the keto life, I learned better. Sugar was causing me to not lose the weight. Eating everything low fat was helping my body to keep the weight on. I wasn’t losing many inches until I started this plan. When I stopped consuming sugarand cut down the amount of carbs daily, the weight just started falling off of me. I lost 40 pounds in 5 months. And I don’t have a problem keeping it off. I eat between 1200-1500 calories a day, only exercise about twice a week at the moment, and have not gained a pound back. I attribute this to not have processed sugars in my diet.

I do have a treat every once in a while, don’t get me wrong! I sometimes eat MANY carbs in a day (I think my highest carb day since April has been about 80 carbs). Before keto, I was consuming over 300 carbs a day and most of those carbs were from simple sugars. There was a day recently where I ate a Twix candy bar. A day where I had fried fish from the local cafeteria. Enchiladas, quesadillas, a burger, lots of carbs. I just make it only about once a week or so that I do that. If I do it every day, my feet are tingly and numb for days after. Like when I ate too many carbs for like 5 days in a row a couple of weeks ago. It took me forever to get the numbness out of my feet again. It’s what I live with having neuropathy.

I am NOT telling you that keto is the “best” diet nor am I saying you have to do this and it’s the only way. This is what worked for me and has gotten me to 159 pounds so far. I still want to get 9 more pounds of fat off my body. I will too. I’ve said this before and I will say it again. If I get stuck at this weight for the rest of my life, I am perfectly happy with it. I look at old photos and know that I have done the right thing for the first time in my life.

The reason for this particular post is to show you that carbohydrates and natural sugars are NOT the enemy. First pictures are carbs in vegetables and fruits. Yes, they are naturally in foods we have grown up being told that we need to eat a lot of every day! Carbohydrates are found naturally in lots of good, healthy foods, and our body does need some carbs daily.

The next photos are the natural sugars found in these healthful foods. Real natural sugar is not the enemy that it’s made out to be. What’s your favorite fruit? Did you know it had carbs and sugar in it? Would you ever stop eating it just because of a little natural sweetener?

The enemy for our bodies is processed foods and foods that are high in complex sugars. Fruits and vegetables have simple sugars that our body can break down into nutrients that keep us going. They are not to be feared or shunned. My suggestion is to keep track of how much you consume so you can tell how it affects you.

I started making my own bread so I can still have it but not deal with the bad stuff. I make my own shredded cheese from block cheese because when the companies shred their cheese, they have to add chemicals to keep it from going bad. I have learned how to make whatever I want to eat to keep my body happier and healthier.

Soda: have you seen this photo?

Look at all the sugar in a 12 ounce can of Coke and a bottle of tea. Why? Why do companies add so much sugar? I can tell you. We become addicted to it and crave it when we take it away. That’s how they keep you drinking it. I love my soda, do not get me wrong! When I started this new lifestyle, I switched to Bang energy drinks (made with sucralose) and Zevia (made with Stevia). Mostly I drink water. At least 67 ounces of water a day. That’s only 2 liters or 4 standard bottles a day. If you can drink 3 or 4 sodas a day, you can drink that much water. It is doable. It’s a mindset. You have to change the way your brain works. It takes time. Don’t expect to be able to jump in and have everything perfect. You didn’t get to be overweight, have diabetes, or whatever the problem is overnight so it won’t be fixed overnight.

If you don’t take anything else out of this post, just please remember that natural carbs and sugars are fine no matter what diet you decide to live by whether it be no diet or an extreme diet. As much as you can do, stay away from processed foods like complex sugars and added chemicals. Read your nutrition labels! If you don’t know how, here’s a helpful way to read them.

Picture from the FDA.

Please feel free to comment or email me any questions you have! This is why I am studying nutrition, I want to help you!

Lots of good days lately

Even though I dropped and completely shattered the iPad screen (on carpet I might add), the picture is still fine. It is definitely hard to watch anything though! I’m stuck using my tv to watch Netflix until I can afford to get this fixed. I got taken off the waitlist and am now in 3 classes starting August 20th including Precalculus, Biology, and my first Nutrition class. This may be tough but I already talked to my friend that has a math degree and my nurse friend and they are going to help tutor me this year in addition to the schools free tutoring. I can do this!I had a follow up appointment at my podiatrist yesterday where I was told I need to come every 2 weeks for 2 more months for more injections and treatment to make sure I stayed better. At $100 a pop too! They took pictures of me as my ending treatment photos and asked that I send beginning photos so I did that too. What amazes me is that I can almost hide behind an 8X11 piece of paper. Who would have ever thought that the 400 pound girl would weigh in the 160’s 20 years later???I have changed a lot in these past 3 months on keto. It was like my body said FINALLY! All I had to do was take sugar out of my diet and lower my carbs. Simple, right? Uhh, no! Better for my body? YES! image from Pinterest My son scared me to death this morning. He barely makes any noise opening my door 5 minutes after my alarm went off and said “Mom”. I practically jumped out of my skin and my heart was racing! He said he was going for a walk this morning. I told him to go to the gym. Crazy child wants to walk down the street! At least he’s not crossing major intersections, he just walks in a big circle around the block. Still scares me to death though!I love my son. His father called me yesterday to ask about that gaming truck I had for his birthday because his boss wants to use it. Lol It was pretty cool!Today I take Styled to get her hair and nails done. I will then come home and put the brisket in the oven on 250 for 10 hours so it will be done at 10pm tonight. Yes, I will take pictures, I promise! Have a great Friday the 13th!

Doctors orders

So I started my neuropathy treatment today. The woman that runs it is very nice. The process to fix the toe numbness is difficult to me though. I mean, really???

1. They are changing my vitamins. I’ve been taking Performix multivitamin with fish oil for the past 4 months and I thought it was great. Their vitamins are even better! I guess, I don’t really know. It’s 6 pills a day instead of 2. It’s $80 for a 2 month supply. Mine are $20 a month thanks to amazon. So that’s double what I am already paying so that sucks. I have to wait to get them until the doctor is back to make sure if I can take them with my stomach surgery.

2. They are changing my diet. The whole less calories in, more calories out won’t work for me since I have nerve issues is what I was told. So I have to start the Keto diet. Basically a shit ton of protein which is hard for me to process in the first place with my surgically altered stomach pouch. So that should be fun. I am only allowed a total of 20g of carbs a day on this. That’s not even one soda, it’s more like 1/4 of one.

3. I have to go twice a week for the next 6 weeks to have electrodes hooked up to my feet for 20 minutes each time plus I have to get shots next week as the doctor had his first grandchild this week so he’s not there. The electrodes are fine, they didn’t bother me. I hate shots but I guess I have to get them.

For all this, I paid 2 grand. This better work. I’m a bit depressed that I basically have to change my entire lifestyle because of a few nerves in my feet. Why me? They also gave me a book to read about what sugar is doing to our bodies. I’m having a hard time processing all this information and lifestyle change. I’m actually back at home. I can’t even deal with clients right this minute. I’ll go this afternoon, I just need some time.

So a frustrating and depressing morning. I am very thankful for my friend Alexx though as he said he will give me pointers since he’s been doing keto for a while. I am also thankful that I already follow a bunch of people on Instagram that are doing keto as well. I guess I should be happy that I am not diabetic and don’t have much of a problem exercising. This lady that came in as I was finishing can’t even exercise due to her feet nerves.

If you have any pointers, please feel free to share. What are your thoughts about the keto lifestyle?

Saturday and goals 😀

What a good day! First I want to talk to you guys about my goals and I hope you will share yours in the comments.

Weight goals: I have mini goals. For March, I wanted to lose 5 pounds. I’ve lost 1.4 and it’s halfway through the month. That’s still about 1/2 a pound a week so I’m okay with that. Will I get to my goal? I don’t know! Is it okay if I don’t hit that goal? Definitely! At the end of November 2017, I weighed 221.8. Yesterday on my weekly weigh day, I was 206. You will NOT hear me complain. I have come too far to quit. By my birthday, I want to weigh in the 100’s. I don’t care if I am at 199, as long as I am there by the end of June (my birthday is on the 27th). That’s still 3 months away and that would only be a loss of 2 pounds per month. I should crush that goal!

Another goal is measurements. I want to be in a size large instead of extra large soon. I will have to lose enough inches to do that. 10 maybe? It’s definitely doable. I mean come on! In November I was wearing a 2X shirt and after 4 months, I’m in a 1X! So I know I can do this. How many do I actually need to lose? I don’t know and it doesn’t matter. I will know how I’m doing when I can put on a large and it fits like the extra large does now, comfortable and not tight at all.

Another goal is food. This is my hardest goal. I need to drink and eat less sugar. That’s number one and I am going to work on that in April. I have (for the most part – there are days like yesterday when I felt like I needed the boost) already cut back to one energy drink a day and only have 16 left in the fridge that will be gone by the beginning of April. I am also drinking a TON more water during the day (8 today) and then having one more soda at dinner so I have cut WAY back (6 to 2 in the past 4 months). And desserts, cookies, pie, cake, etc that taste OH SO GOOD I need to cut back on as well. I say cut back because there will always be times when you go to a party and eat cake or bake cookies for an event and eat a few. I make things myself so they aren’t as bad as eating desserts out at restaurants but all that sugar is still not good! If my weekly cheat meal is a package of cookies, that is enough sugar for the whole month, not a meal!

For March, my goal was to eat more food and drink less calories. I believe I have accomplished that 16 out of 30 days (so far). Next month, I will be focusing on eating less sugar as well as drinking less.

It’s all about the tiny goals y’all. Small changes add up to big results!

Oh man yesterday was good. I woke up early and lounged around for about 3 hours after weighing myself and doing my best not to get down about the tiny weight gain. Then I got dressed, took the dog out for a walk, and then took my son to therapy. Then the gym. I’ve been at home doing Zumba for a couple of days and that’s great but I wanted to get back in the gym. Since my doctor took my insoles to be changed for the ever changing foot issues, I was worried about my feet hurting (no insoles equals flat feet while working out). That’s why I’ve been doing stuff at home. On carpet I don’t feel like I will hurt my feet nearly as bad as on machines at the gym.

So I did 30 minutes on the treadmill walking and running. Those little spikes are me running at 5mph which I am VERY proud of! I ran 8 out of 30 minutes today!!! I’ll be ready to run a 5K by summertime and that excites me. I also went into the steam room (NOT a sauna). It was too much after 30 seconds so I had to leave. I had already had 6 cups of water when I went to the gym and 2 more while working out and I was sweating for 30 minutes AFTER my workout! Yes, my feet and hips hurt a little when I left, that’s why I didn’t stay and do any other exercises.

Then I went home and watched the rest of 7 seconds. Then I watched Amanda and Jack go Glamping which was kind of stupid but after that heartbreaking show, I needed something stupid.

I decided to eat cereal for dinner. It went down way too fast and easy. That’s one of the reasons that I am stopping all this sugar. It goes down so easy and then you are hungry again in an hour or 2. That’s okay. I didn’t eat anything else, I went to bed around 1am. I took some Advil for my hip and watched movies on Netflix. I watched People Like Us and also The Gift. I loved People Like Us. It was totally different than most things out these days. Again, I LOVE Jason Bateman so The Gift was good to me. It’s a psychological thriller and I love that genre! It was either watch movies or go to the bar for beers and I didn’t want to do that.

Everyone have a great Sunday. I will be going to the gym today. Sticking to the bike though. I can’t afford to get hurt or sick again!

Crave Cupcakes

Never heard of them? They are SO good! There are lots of little cupcake shops around and in my humble opinion, Crave beats them all!

I got the husband a banana cupcake and the wife a chocolate one.

I walked in and told the guy at the counter that it was my clients 87th birthday and they had never heard of Crave so I wanted to get them what they like and would like a mini vanilla cupcake for me. He was very nice but told me they only sell the mini cupcakes when you buy 12. I definitely don’t need 12 cupcakes in my house! And at $24 for those 12, I can’t afford that! So I said okay, I don’t have to have one. I even told him that at 500 calories, I couldn’t get a big one and stay within my diet today. This guy was in shape, young, and very cute! I figured one look at me and he would understand that I’m trying.

He packed up their cupcakes and then came out from the back with a mini vanilla one for me! Isn’t that sweet??? I’m so happy!!! He didn’t have a way to charge for just one so I put $2 in their tip jar since I figured $24 for 12 cupcakes is $2 a piece. I put the last picture in so you can see the size difference between the cupcakes. I prefer the small one. The big one is too much sweetness!

I called the couple to see why I had to be there so early and he said I can come at 2:45pm since his appointment is at 3:15 and we will go to the store after that. Well, crap. I know that means that he wants to go out to dinner instead of going to lunch. Oh I know why he wanted me there at 12. I’m trying not to eat out and having to take them out to dinner is not very helpful to my plan. I guess I’ll get a salad wherever they choose to go since they always make me eat with them. I prefer making my own salads since restaurants tend to put stuff in I don’t like or overdo it with salad dressing. I will also have to take my shredded cheese, a hard boiled egg, and sunflower seeds with me to make the salad how I want it. I know, I’m weird. That’s how I like salads though!

So I’m back home, ate my 200 calorie cupcake, and now waiting for my clothes to finish drying. Y’all have a great day!