Friday, July 23, 2010

32 pounds down

I started the Atkins diet on May 21st, 2010 following the advice of my doctor.  I've been diagnosed as pre-diabetic and he said the best way to keep diabetes from developing is to stop eating so many carbs.  His exact words were "Even if your mom, dad, sister and brother are diabetic, you don't have to be.  Stay on Atkins for as long as you can."  Well I've been on Atkins for 2 months now and I've lost a total of 32 pounds.  That is phenomenal to me.    I've got 13 more pounds to lose to complete the first of my personal weight loss goals.  I never dreamed I could lose weight so quickly by simply changing the way I eat.  I've been on so many diets and I usually caved after a week or two.  When I started Atkins it was like a lightbulb went on in my mind.  I decided to do it and once the decision was made it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be to stick by my decision. 

One of the main reasons it's been so much easier sticking to Atkins is because I'm blogging about everything I eat.  I feel accountable to everybody who reads this blog, so that really keeps me on track.  Now don't get me wrong; sometimes when I'm in the grocery store I still look longingly at the pastries and cakes.  But it's only for a few seconds and I don't feel the almost irresistable urge to grab them and throw them in the shopping cart.  Instead I'll opt for fruits or sugar free jello. 

I've learned so much from the other moms I blog with about how important nutrition is for our kids and why it's so important to create good eating habits while they're young.  That's another big reason for the change in my eating habits.  I want my daughter to learn that fruits and vegetables are so much better for us than fast food and candy.  She eats candy and pastries rarely, if ever.  She loves vegetables and I want to keep those habits strong for her.

So thank you to everybody who reads my blog and to all of the moms who share their experiences and creative ideas.  You've really helped me when I've hit a block as to what to fix for dinner :-)  Here's to another 32 pounds!!!