There's so many diets out there and if you're like me you have friends on all of them. Several of my friends swear by Keto but there was NO way I was going to put all that fat into my body. I don't care what Facebook doctor says it's good for a person I do not believe it (nor do most real doctors) I don't doubt a person can lose weight on it- I lost weight in Ukraine by drinking only Pepsi, eating rice, cheese and bread but that doesn't mean it was good for me!
A relative went on a strict vegan diet and lost 100 pounds and recovered his health. I tried that for a couple of days several times but I figured it was not going to work for me because it made me too angry and I figured I'd end up in hell if I continued! LOL
Antother friend went on a wheat free diet and lost 100 pounds....
And you know not to comment on Facebook about any one's diet because then they'll hit you up for some program that costs hundred's of dollars... happened to me several times! Believe me I'm not going to spend $300 a month for some nasty food!
Last year I even tried some pills that a friend was selling (nothing illegal) and they made me sick as a dog, it was like morning sickness!
Anyhow i was desperate! I knew i could not follow any crazy diet plus like I said I didn't want to wind up in hell cause I'm so grumpy LOL
So around my birthday in mid September I decided to go sugar free. It didn't seem to make much difference because ( I think) I was still drinking soda- diet soda but with Splenda. Actually I put Splenda in everything! After researching it- it seems that Splenda makes the body react in many ways just like sugar does. Read this study So I began using Stevia and Monk fruit. I have to switch them around and I'm really working on using no sweeteners. Now I rarely drink diet soda or any soda, it's probably been months. I drink alot of coffee!!!!
Then I began hearing about Intermittent Fasting! Boy I could do that! I'm not one to even want to eat before 11 or so but I would snack at night. The premise of IF is a person fasts for 16 hours and eats for 8 hours. Read about it Intermittent Fasting. So basically I don't eat until noon (usually about 1pm) then I stop eating by 8pm. Actually I usually try to stop at 6 pm. For me this is so easy!
And the results....I'm down 22 pounds since the middle of September!!!
All my clothes fit good now, in other words I don't have to lay down on the bed to zip my jeans up LOL Sunday I wore a dress that I've not been able to wear for several years. For Christmas Jon gave me gift cards (he's not the best shopper ha ha) So I set a goal to lose 25 pounds before I spent them- looks like it won't be long till I get to spend them! YAY!
I've really cut down sugars- I look at all everything I buy and get the lowest sugar as possible- for example now I get ketchup with no sugar added. I do not buy things with artificial sweeteners but rather things with low naturally accruing sugar. Once you start reading the labels it will amaze you at how much added sugar is in our diets! I avoid anything with added sugar or at least try to buy the product with the least amount of added sugar.
Of course I'm still walking and eating low fat. Grains & carbs are still included in my diet but I do watch them and keep them low. Some nights I eat a piece of toast with peanut butter as my supper, so it's not all bad. And I"m not terribly strict if I go out to eat- even with the time of my first meal because sometimes the only time I can meet a friend is for breakfast but that's a rare treat.
This is a picture of me and two of my best friends-we ate before 12 :)
So this is more a lifestyle change that doesn't make me mad! This is something I can live with the rest of my life and I believe it's pretty healthy!!
No one else in our family has really embraced it-but the good thing is it doesn't interfere with them. They do get the additional benefits because I'm buying lower sugar sauces and ingredients for all of us.
So anyhow my weight is now lower than it's been in 7 years! My husband thinks I'm going to get down to my pre marriage weight LOL I'm not so sure about that! If you have any questions you can email me any questions you may have! firstname.lastname@example.org
BTW my little Frenchie hen has started laying eggs- now I have two laying hens:)