What a difference a year makes!
One year ago today, I cleared out my cabin kitchen and started a new lifestyle. It was a radical departure from everything that I had done before, and I was anxious about taking that first step.
Today, I am SO GLAD that I did! To date, I have easily and steadily lost 46 pounds, and whittled 7 inches from my waist! But that’s not even the best part of this story…
Seven months in, my annual lab work revealed that my cholesterol is good (even with eating a LOT more fat than I had previously!), and my triglycerides have dropped to 61 mg/dL— almost half of my previous year’s reading! My blood pressure has come down from pre-hypertension to a normal range as well! My blood sugar level is on its way down, but still in the pre-diabetes range. I am hoping to see a change there the next time I am tested.
Increased energy has been amazing! I am also experiencing better mental clarity, and motivation. The fog has lifted! This happened quickly once I eliminated the grains from my diet, and I would not be surprised to find that there is a connection there for me.
Before dropping the sugar/excess carbs, I would experience fatigue, headaches, anxiety and general irritation when hungry. MM called it “hangry.” 🙂 Now, when my body needs fuel between meals, it does not kick and scream for carbs—it quietly switches over to ketosis—using my fat reserves as fuel. I’ve still got plenty of those—LOL! This means that I am able to better roll with changes to my daily schedule, and I am just generally on a more even keel throughout the day.
Back and joint pain have also improved! I have had enough relief there to enable more exercise in the form of walking and some strength training. At 52 years of age, it is nice to be on the positive side of this cycle—able to do more and more instead of less and less.
If my current progress continues, I expect that I will reach my weight goal by late summer/early fall, at which point I can focus on maintaining and fine-tuning healthy habits.
In the meantime, we have settled into this lifestyle fully and comfortably. We eat a healthy and enjoyable rotation of our favorite LCHF / Keto meals, occasionally trying something new as we remember an old standby we had enjoyed previously that can be converted, or if something tasty catches our eye online.
We continue to read and learn more about how we can cut through the highly politicized landscape to find our own nutritional truths. I am still learning something new on a weekly basis, and we have changed more than just our diet at this point. More on that in future posts!
I write all of this, not with the intention of saying “look at me,” but more with a hope that my story will be an inspiration to anyone who comes across it out here on the interwebs to have a closer look at the LCHF, Ketogenic and Primal lifestyles. While this way of eating is not the answer for everyone, it can and does work for many—myself included (thank goodness)!
Lastly, and perhaps best of all, I have enjoyed discovering and being part of a large, supportive worldwide network of fellow life-changing bloggers! You are all amazing, and I have enjoyed following your individual stories! As always, thanks so much for following along with my efforts! Your support means so much to me, and keeps me focused and accountable, and for that I cannot say thank you enough! Here’s to another healthy year for all!
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Please note: I am not a doctor or nutritionist. While this LCHF and ketogenic diet experiment has worked well for me so far, your mileage may vary. This diet needs to be balanced correctly, in order to avoid potential side effects. It is always a good idea to discuss any major health decisions with your doctor before getting started.