On October 6th, 2017 I decided to make some serious changes to my diet. I had reached an all-time high weight of 290 pounds and I was unhappy with how I felt. Constantly tired, sore and achy all the time, self-conscious about the way I looked and just overall, not myself.
I was drinking 2-6 cans of Pepsi a day and my snack, and meal of choice was a peanut butter sandwich… or two. I ate to stop the cravings but I was making poor choices and it was taking a serious toll on my body. I knew I had to make a change when I realized I was craving sugar all the time!
I decided the best way to change my eating habits was to quit sugar. All sugar. Cold turkey. No artificial sweeteners either. I cut out everything sweet. No sugar meant no peanut butter sandwiches. I also stopped eating bread (or anything that leaves a crumb), rice, and pasta. My plan was to do a reset of sorts. Cut all the foods I was craving, foods I overindulged in, and all processed pre-made foods.
I also upped my vegetable intake because it was almost non-existent. One way to make sure I eat veggies is to have them prepped and ready to go. I started keeping my “salad bar in the fridge” stocked and full of choices. I did not watch calories or macros… yet, but I did pay attention to WHAT I was eating. I did not even weigh myself because the battery in our scale was dead! My first goal was to cut sugars and processed foods out of my diet.
About the same time I had an appointment with my doctor about some hip pain (something always seemed to hurt) and I chatted with her about my weight concerns (I weighed in at 290lbs at this appointment!!!). While we chatted she mentioned the 3 bite rule from the book French Women Don’t Get Fat. The 3–bite rule breaks down like this: take one bite to say “hello,” one bite to savor the flavor, and one bite to say “goodbye.” With each bite, slowly chew the food so you can really taste it. This strategy has worked so well for me and even my family is used to me asking for 3 bites. I get to really enjoy goodies like tiramisu at our favourite restaurant without overindulging.
- No Pepsi
- No bread or anything with crumbs, rice or pasta
- No premade food (freezer food)
- No over processed foods
- Up the veggie intake
When searching for recipes online, many boasted “Keto Friendly”. I had never heard of the Keto Diet but I ate lots of Keto Friendly recipes and most were good! Lots were enjoyed by the family. All were what I wanted my diet to consist of! So I started researching this Keto Diet. I did two things next.
Reset the password to MyFitnessPal
Bought a new battery for my scale
December 11, 2017, is the day I put a new battery in my scale and jumped on.
I think I stood in shock for a little bit. 273! 273? is that right? I got off the scale and stepped back on and 273 flashed back at me. I can do this. I CAN DO THIS.
This is how I fell in love with the Keto way of life. I would love if you would share your story with me.
More about my story to come. Currently down 29 pounds or 10% 🙂