In spite of my best intentions, I’ve not been successful in changing my eating habits. You’d think by my age, I’d have that under control. Well, I’ve always put the needs of my family above my own. Now that I’m over 50, though, I don’t have tomorrow to make up for today’s choices. There’s no guarantee I’ll be as lucky as my husband who was fortunate enough to have a cardiologist at the hospital who shut down his “widow maker” before it damaged his heart. “If you’d had that heart attack, it would have killed you,” the cardiologist told us after hubby’s triple by-pass surgery last year. The moral of the story is if I don’t take care of myself, I’ll be paying the price, too.
If you’ve read my previous posts, you know that I started a low-carb, high-fat diet because my sister-in-law was so successful. While I did have energy to spare, I didn’t have the same weight loss results she had. Fortunately, there are several types of low-carb diets. The one my doctor recommended consists of staying under 150 carbs a day to prevent heart disease and diabetes and under 100 carbs per day to lose weight. The best way to do that, he says, is to eat 5-10 servings of low-carb vegetables and no more than one low carb fruit. Each meal should consist of a 3-4 ounce serving of protein combined with 2 veggies. I thought that was a lot of vegetables until he talked about serving sizes. One half cup of low-carb veggies and one cup of leafy greens are the serving sizes. Two cups of leafy greens and any combination of low-carb veggies to equal 1/2 cup and I’ve met the minimum daily vegetable servings. Maybe this won’t be so bad after all.
Because I need accountability and college classes don’t allow much extra activity, this blog will serve as an accountability mechanism for me. I’ll post twice weekly with some menus, perspectives, challenges, and I’ll even start a weigh-in Wednesday. So, if you want to see what the fight to regain health looks like, check back for weigh-in Wednesday when I start sharing the stark reality of my journey towards reclaiming my health.
In case you want to join me, you can download the progress chart here:
See you again Wednesday!