I have been saying for months that I am going to begin blogging. I don't know why I haven't gotten any farther than just saying it before now. But Thursday just seems like a good day to begin. Now....where to begin...that's the question.
Because my weight and my efforts to control it are such a huge part of my life I feel like that's a good place to start. So here's a little bit of my history with regard to my efforts to live a low carb lifestyle.
I have been low carbing off and on for years. I had lost weight in the 90's doing Atkin's and kept the weight off until 2001 when my life train wrecked.....maybe I'll talk about all of THAT in a future entry. When my life was falling down around me I turned to Ben & Jerry (yes, as in ice cream) for comfort. I quickly discovered that Ben & Jerry worked even better with "Uncle Eddie's Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies." So....after a few short months of that, I found myself at somewhere between 215 and 220 pounds. I'll never forget the day when I looked at a photo of myself and realized I was fat again. I was honestly SHOCKED! It's crazy how we can deceive ourselves when we look in a mirror.
So...I thought, "no problem" I'll just go back to low carb and lose the weight again. Somehow is just wasn't as easy the second time around. I discovered low carb "goodies" which I had about as much self control with as I did with Ben, Jerry, and Uncle Eddie. I met and married Vern, which kept distracting me from my diet. And besides, Vern didn't mind that I was fat, so I told myself it didn't matter. But it did. It mattered because every time I looked at photos of myself it was painful. I was embarrassed to look at them. I am ashamed to admit this, but I even accused Vern of intentionally taking unflattering pictures of me. So, I played around, sometimes eating low carb and sometimes just eating anything and everything. I did add daily exercise to my day and that, at least, I have managed to continue with.
Over the past two years I have lost around 40 pounds. I am not sure of the actual number because I was afraid to weigh myself at the very beginning. So I only have a rough estimate of what I weighed, based on my last doctor visit, before I restarted on my quest to be healthy and whole again. 27 of those pounds I lost doing the Kimkins diet.....and THAT I'll talk about in my next entry.