It Works for Me!

Sunday, April 01, 2012
As you know, I've been trying to lose weight. It's been a real struggle over the past 2 years. I basically baked my way through depression. After Weig.ht Wat.chers failed me, I knew something was up and a doctor was needed. 

Boy, do I ever wish I made that decision sooner! I've lost 18 pounds since Feb 1st (when I started this plan) for a total of 28 pounds since December 8th. 28 pounds!! Can you believe that? I still can't believe it myself. I've had to ditch  most of my wardrobe. Thankfully, I still have a few jeans and capris in smaller sizes from days gone by. LOL My big butt is officially at wedding weight. That was 5 years ago. Another few pounds and I'll see a size I haven't seen since I graduated high school. Do you know when I graduated? 1996. Add that up, my friends. That's 16 years! (OMG I've been out of high school 16 years!! Ack!)

Can you tell I'm excited? It's like I'm living in another person's body. I'll grab a pair of pants to wear and in my head I know they are going to be tight because that's what I remember. Then, I'll put them on and they're either too big or fit perfectly. I can't get used to it. It's surreal. For once in my life I feel like my goal is within reach. I can do it. Un-freakin-believable. 

So, to celebrate my 28 mark (I was going to wait until 30, but the heck with it), I decided I would share with all of you what is finally working for me. I know there are other people out there in similar positions. You're frustrated, depressed, angry, and just don't know what else to do. That was me. So, here you go...

Disclaimer: This plan was given specifically to me by my doctor based on several factors, e.g. blood work, medical history, family history, etc. Always consult your doctor before beginning a weight loss plan.

While my blood work came back normal in all areas, my doctor felt like it was behaving as if I was insulin resistant. Diabetes is on both sides of my family. Therefore, we decided to treat accordingly. So, what does that mean? Basically, it means your cells can't keep up with the amount of sugar coming into your body. To fix it, the cells produce more insulin to combat the extra sugar. It does this to try to regulate your blood sugar. But at some point, your cells stop responding and the sugar becomes fat. There goes your metabolism.

Ok, enough of the biology lesson. Check out the link above for actual detailed information. The article explains it pretty well.

On to my plan...

1. Eat 1000-1200 calories per day.
2. Strive for 80 grams protein per day.
3. *Strive for 10-15 tsp sugar per day.
4. No more than 1 tsp sugar at breakfast.
5. Drink plenty of water.
6. Take a good multi-vitamin.
7. Take a good fish oil supplement.
8. Exercise 2-3x per week at least 30 minutes. (Increase exercise as you go along).

*To calculate teaspoons of sugar in food, follow this equation: Carbs - Fiber/5.  

I'll demonstrate. Here is the nutritional label for a popular "healthy" cereal.
There are 23 carbohydrates in one serving and one gram of fiber. 

                                      23 - 1 = 22
                                      22/5 = 4.4 tsp sugar.

Now, put this in perspective. If you are supposed to have 10-15 tsp of sugar a day, do you want to eat a cereal with over 4 teaspoons of sugar in it?  That's a lot of sugar for something that's supposed to be healthy (at least for those of us who may be insulin resistant).

It becomes second nature after a while. The carb/sugar withdrawal is quite intense. I won't lie. I liken it to those with drug addictions coming off the drugs. It was horrible. That being said, it was worth every miserable minute to get through it. I'm healthier, happier, and feel better than I have in ages.

So, there you have it. I'll keep you updated as I work towards my goal weight. :)


4 comments

  1. way to go!! I have insulin resistance because of my PCOS and it's damn near impossible to lose weight. I did a month of birth control and it seems to have kicked my body back into 'normal' mode because i started to lose a little bit of weight.
    I'm happy with where i'm at now but I do hope that once i'm cleared to exercise I can lose a little more.

    I'm so happy for you!!!

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  2. Yes you must know I have been very frustrated with my weight loss challenge. It seems for evry two pounds I loose, I gain three pounds. I will perservere and try and see this through.

    After loosing 28lbs, you certainly have reason to celebrate!!

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