Rewriting Food Rules

In December I went to see my Endocrinologist and I brought in everything I was planning on doing with the One/80 program. We went over all of the supplements and suggested meal plans and I was given the all clear to go for it. The meal plan is ridiculously easy- protein, vegetable, complex carb for meals. Fruit as snacks.

But, since I’m Diabetic, I can’t have a full serving of fruit and carbs because it makes my blood sugar too high. I spent the next 80 days following the program, had great success and when I went for my follow up appointment at the end of March- I was taken off of 2 Diabetes meds! This has been a goal of mine since I was diagnosed 5 years ago.

That was when we talked about food rules- everyone has them, everyone lives by certain rules when it comes to meals, timing of meals, eating at certain times of the day, etc. But if I want to stay off the medications, I have to re write my food rules. It has been life changing!

* Eat every 2 hours to avoid low blood sugar.

* No more than 30 grams of carbs per meal. If I want fruit and some other carb source, I usually have 1/2 of each so it’s about 30 grams total. I don’t need to avoid any carbs, just portion control.

Ditching the scale

In the last few weeks, I have been avoiding the scale more and more. If you notice in my cleanse phase post, I lost 8”, but only .8 lbs.

I get asked how much I want to lose, what my goal weight is, how fast I’m losing, etc. And it used to make me REALLY upset and the scale dictated my day. It was maddening. I now have different goals.

* Run

* Complete full out cardio workouts without having to modify

* Get rid of the “pregnant belly” look I have been sporting for YEARS. Yes, it’s going down, finally, but I can’t wait for the day when my shirts don’t have to cover the belly bulge and lay flat like they are supposed to. 

* Feel comfortable in cute clothes. I am SOOOO sick of wearing over sized shirts, leggings, yoga pants, etc. So over it.

Ditching My Fitness Pal

I was trying to keep track of my carb grams on MFP, but then I started obsessing over everything and  trying to keep my calories way too low. When my Dr. told me that the only thing that matters is carb grams, the MFP app was deleted the same day. I don’t need to know the total at the end of the day, just how many I’m eating per meal. You have no idea how freeing this is!

So that’s where I’m at right now. I keep my meals super basic and easy to make, we buy our meat, vegetables and carb sources at Costco and it’s made life a million times easier to not think of meal plans, menus, etc. I have also started spending about $300 LESS a month than when I was shopping at smaller grocery stores.

How to Start on a Health Journey

For the last several years, I have been a habitual starter. All gung ho on day 1 and then within two weeks, everything fizzled, my motivation was gone and it would be weeks or even months before the cycle started again. But, in early December at my latest Endocrinologist appt, everything changed and I have been making small, but permanent changes to my every day routines and I am finally starting to see a difference.

As a Diabetic, and an insulin resistant one at that, I inject insulin two times a day, for those that do not know, insulin is a fat storing hormone, which makes it incredibly difficult to lose weight. My scale may not budge much, but the internal changes are happening! Two months ago, my fasting blood sugar numbers were between 130-150 and as of the last week or so, I’m waking up with fasting numbers ranging from 90-100.

TipstoGetStarted

1. Find your tribe. Last year, I joined a fit squad on Facebook (contact Becky from Olives ‘n Wine for more information). Posting my workouts there keeps me motivated and I also post daily on Instagram. Are we IG friends? You can follow me HERE

2. Find workouts you WANT to do! This is huge, if you are dreading your workouts, you won’t want to do them!

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I use cathe.com and there are currently over 300 different workouts to do and if you also buy Cathe Live (it’s $19.99 a month for everything), you have access to a live workout every Thursday morning, which is then recorded and you can view it at any time. This is the best $20 I spend on myself every month. 100% worth it!

3. Get moving! I used to be a Fitbit girl, but after many,many technical issues, I switched to the Garmin Forerunner last June. I love that it tracks my all day activity, is a step tracker, and also a GPS for when we do venture out for walks. This also gives me a daily step goal to hit every day and I don’t go to bed until I hit that number.

4. Drink enough water to drown a fish. Even when my food choices aren’t the best and I’m otherwise feeling blah, I make sure that I get enough water in every day. It really does make a huge difference!

5. Let go of perfection. The one thing that used to bring me down was “messing up” and splurging and then thinking that I would have to wait to get back on track. I now know that food is not good or bad, it’s just food. I don’t restrict foods, but as a Diabetic, I definitely have to moderate carb-heavy foods. That being said, if I know we’re going out for pizza or mexican (my favorite!), I will make sure to have less carby foods through out the day so I don’t completely kill my blood sugar levels for the day.

That’s it. Five simple steps to get you started on your own health journey!!