Every once in a while I like to put up a story from someone who inspires me and who has done the hard work of getting healthy.
Mary e-mailed me last year about her journey and I am so proud of her! She read a post of mine - Got High Cholesterol? So Do I from last year and something clicked.
It was like I had been in this darkened tunnel and all of a sudden someone flipped on the light switch.
I started getting these lovely e-mails about her journey - where she started and how she was doing and I have to say that she sounds like so many of us.
Why did she need to lose 40 pounds? She writes:
I read so much conflicting information. Eat this - no don't eat this. Eat that - no that gives you cancer. On and on and on it went. To be honest I think I tuned it out and consequently I tuned out. And there were other things on the docket. My husband was diagnosed with cancer (he's a survivor!), I went thru menopause, etc etc etc.
For example, I would sit down and eat a quart of ice cream for dinner. Just like that. Right out of the container. Then wash it down with some M&Ms.
I knew better, but I just tuned out for about the last 15 years.
Here is a photo of her before her big shift:
She tuned out of healthy eating, even though she that she needed to get it together to feel good and become healthier.
After reading my post she wrote to me about her new choices:
I’m not "dieting". I cut way back on sugar. Really reading that ingredient list and making more appropriate informed choices. We are eating fish twice a week. I have added olive oil into my diet.
Basically just eating more vegetables, beans, fruits, fish, baked chicken breasts (no skin or fat added), low fat/fat free dairy options, a variety of nuts, almond butter or peanut butter (both organic no sugar or salt added). Oh yes, and my 4-5 ounces of red wine most evenings (if I don't fall asleep beforehand :-)
Here she is after her weight loss:
It took her 7 months to lose the weight and she has kept it off. But, maybe even better, her cholesterol level is normal as is the rest of her blood work.
After months of trying to cut out added sugar - this is what worked for her. She wrote:
I try as much as possible to avoid anything with added sugar; I switched from beer to an occasional red wine; I also acknowledged the fact that extra carb loading - even if it's good healthy carbs still ends up as extra - extra that I don't need.
I do eat foods with "sugar" - like milk, just try to avoid anything with added sugar - as in breads, tomato sauce, etc etc etc. My treat is a 90% chocolate square with no-sugar organic peanut butter (think peanut butter cup - only IMO better - none of that greasy after feeling in the mouth - just a nice bite of dark chocolate and peanut butter - mmm.
Now granted before I was eating a lot - a lot - of crap - OMG - unfiltered diet of ice cream, pies, cookies - Oh Lord......on and on it went. And I'm not quite sure what happened........if really eliminating most added sugar from my diet eliminated my desire for it?
I guess I am going to go with that theory and run with it. The other day my husband brought home one of my past favorites - a Costco pumpkin pie. I would probably eat 1/2-3/4 of the pie myself......I have no desire for it. Don't even want to go down that road. No thank you.
She does do special occasion food such as wedding cake, and a microbrew beer but overall she has stopped eating all the extra carbs as a lifestyle.
Everyone who reads this has different struggles but I like Mary’s story. She stopped eating crap, started taking care of herself and got results. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Mary!!!
Sometimes there is an AHA moment and sometimes there is a slow changing of the bad habits over time. Whatever is going on - don’t give up!! You will be ready for change - it may take 15 years or more - but you will be ready.