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The End of a Week of Trying Something New

Today is Saturday, March 19, 2016, the end of the first week of what I hope will be the final battle to get my health back before something worse comes to my body. I weighed myself this morning; 258 lbs. That’s 9 pounds since last Sunday.

I have been limiting the amounts and types of carbs I’m eating. Recently, I have come across some information that says grains  such as wheat, beans, lentils, and some seeds are not that great for human consumption. Yet the FDA says just the opposite. I don’t know how much of what I read is true, but this week has been a test of sorts.

It is more difficult than it sounds to go without grains, because, as I said,  it includes beans and lentils. I don’t eat a lot of beans, but, when I’m out of money they are usually my go to food. So is rice for that matter.

With more searching, I found out about a diet called, “the paleo” diet. Supposedly, it the way people ate in a period known as the “Paleolithic Era.”  This was before the age of agriculture and industrialization.

Essentially, it is a low carb diet, that cuts out all dairy and grains because of some of the adverse effects they can have on the body, especially wheat. This week I have done pretty well following the principles so far.  I have only gotten hungry shortly after a meal a few times, which is no big deal, because it is recommended that you simply eat (the right stuff of course) to satisfy your-self. I think a few times I might not have had enough calories on the plate to begin with. “Diet Mentality” as I refer to it is a habit to break as well. This diet is not about limiting or counting calories.

It is also similar to the Atkins Diet, causing the body to go into ketosis, which in turn is supposed to cause the body to burn stored fat. I learned that if your eat too few carbs, and they are not dense with nutrition, ketoacidosis can be the result. Essentially the body is starving itself. I don’t know about that, because that condition is usually associated with type 1 diabetes, but I’m not a doctor.

One of the articles I read claims that, “ketogenesis does not destroy muscle tissue, but instead is a process by which stored body fat is converted to ketones, a perfectly usable energy source for all body systems.” Low carb diets have been around for sometime. Even though the author of the diet may not tell you up-front, I think the goal is ketogenesis. I’m sure I’ll be okay as long as I continue to consume nutrient dense food.

So far I have been feeling okay; not hungry all the time. I am noticing some changes for the better in the way I feel. I’m looking forward to learning more about what I am doing. I have several books in line for reading.

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Update

I have lost 5 pounds this week. That’s a decent start. However,  I find myself trying to keep up with increased hunger after eating. I have not limited the amount of food I’m eating in any way. I have only eliminated certain types of food; processed stuff from boxes, cans, sugar, fried food, etc.  Basically just trying to eat natural fresh foods. But I think something is still spiking my blood sugar. Or maybe I’m just having trouble getting used to eating better food. I will try to do some adjusting.

I will not give up.

 

 

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Journal Entry

Moving along

Making Progress

For the past several days I have ridden a bicycle, once. I have also done a bit of walking, as I am back in school. I am easing into a new diet which seems to be working, as far as me not getting hungry and having those severe hunger pains that make me want to eat every freaking thing in the house. What I am saying is, I think I have found the foods that will not Spike my blood sugar.

I’m not going to tell you what the diet is right now. I want to see if it will actually help me first. I know that it feels good in my belly, and I feel satisfied.

I have been drinking plenty of water. I have done no cheating so far. The diet is supposed to be for weight loss. I have not jumped on the scale to check to see if it’s coming off rapidly. I don’t care if it comes off fast, I just want to know that it’s coming off. And when I know it is coming off while I’m feeling good about what I’m eating, then I will be satisfied. And then perhaps I will tell you what diet I am easing into.

I intend to ride the bicycle more. I also intend to use my Total Gym inside. That is mostly because the last time I went to an actual gym I ended up injuring my shoulders and lower back. I don’t know what I was thinking when I was using such heavy weights, injured as I was when I went in there in the first place.

I have to accept that I’m getting older and can’t do the things that I used to do, but by cracky, I will find the way to slim down and relieve some of my pain, which I know is caused by the extra weight. I will not give up.

Posted in Diet, Health, Journal Entry

I Refuse to Give Up!

The Beginning

I don’t know how I’m going to do it. Nothing that I have done in the past few years has worked. I have been to the gym, and work consistently for over 6 months. And in the end I had more pain than I did when I began.

I ended up in physical therapy for my shoulders. My lower back pain has increased, mostly because I think I overdid it in the gym; And now because I’ve gained more weight.

I’m tired of physical pain. I can’t handle anymore. My sleep is off! My body wants to be asleep during the day and awake during the night. This is causing even more problems.

I don’t know what I’m going to do, but I’m going to do something. If I don’t figure out how to get control of my body I think I’m going to die. That’s not just my inner teenage girl acting out.

Please, don’t post your suggestions in the comments section. I don’t want to hear them. I have tried them all. I will figure out what the right thing is and I will do it. You may keep watching if you wish. I don’t mind. I refuse to give up.