For many years I didn’t even own any scales, how I felt and how I fitted into my clothes was my guide.
Once again, when I had managed my gallstones and it felt safe, I went back to my old way of eating and the weight crept back on and as you know a bit more and a bit more.
I didn’t really pick between meals: drink fizzy drinks; eat crisps or other junk food. However I always had to have lunch and supper, sometimes breakfast as well. At 4pm a cup of tea and 2-3 biscuits was a regular habit. After supper I would enjoy a few squares of chocolate. To the amazement of some of my friends I could eat just a few squares and not the whole bar. My weak spot was a sandwich and lots of butter for lunch and a large plate of meat, potatoes and vegetables. I ate large portions. Some of my favourite dinners included Toad In The Hole, Shepherds Pie and Spaghetti Bolognaise (All homemade) and I would eat until I was stuffed. In my head I was telling myself the old adage we have heard over and over that to lose weight you have eat less, move more, I just couldn’t seem to do it.
I had been reading books and had even been to see a speaker who was advocating mostly a vegetarian diet, 80% vegetables, 15% grains and 5% meat. No wheat, in fact avoid rye, oats and wheat. No sugar. It made total sense but I couldn’t do it. Then in 2015 I read a must read book Wheat Belly by Dr William Davis. He explained how wheat is addictive and the more we eat the more we want to eat. I began to understand why I loved bread so much and why I had such a hard time dieting. I cut out gluten and wheat in April 2015 and by November I had reduced just under a stone (13lbs) and then I started eating bread again and by June 2016 I was almost back to where I started.
So my low carb diet started in June 2016. I decided to read Tim Ferris’ – The 4 Hour Body. The science behind it made sense and I started to reduce my carbs. I introduced scrambled eggs and spinach for breakfast and reduced bread and potatoes. At the time I was 218 lbs (15 stone 8lbs) and I reduced about 4lbs in a week. In my head I wasn’t convinced this was good for me, little vegetables and lots of butter, eggs and meat. After about three weeks I mentioned what I was doing to a doctor who said it wasn’t good to reduce carbs. It didn’t take much to convince me to eat potatoes and bread again and my weight started to climb, faster and higher than ever before.
My eating habits hadn’t really changed I was just accumulating weight.
I was still aware of low carb eating but I felt that low carb was for men who wanted to body build and build muscle strength. I still believed that lots of vegetables with a small amount of meat was the way to health.
Then in April 2017 whilst listening to a book on Audible which was nothing about eating or reducing weight, I stumbled onto a little gem.
The book I was listening to was "Better Than Before – Mastering The Habits of Our Everyday Lives" by Gretchen Rubin. In it she said she had changed her diet, reduced weight, felt healthier and recommended a book Why We Get Fat and What To Do About It by Gary Taubes. That book was my next purchase and marked the beginning of the journey I am now on.
At the end of May 2017 I weighed 231.8 lbs (16 stone 8 lbs) in less than a year I had gained a stone in weight. So without any further information I started a low carb diet. I cut out potatoes, bread, biscuits and cakes. I brought back the scrambled eggs and spinach for breakfast. Swapped my sandwich for a salad and my evening meals swapped potatoes for another veg.
My mindset had now shifted instead of doing a diet, it was the way I was eating. If any day I ate something I wasn’t supposed to, I just started again. I didn’t beat myself up, I didn’t say to myself well I messed up I might as well give up. It was ok, however it was only ok if the next day I was back to it.
From May 2017 until December 2017 my weight bounced up and down but the general direction was down. I set my goal to reduce 5% of my body weight and achieved that first goal on 9th September 2017. Then my second goal was another 5%. By the 20th December 2017 my weight was 211.8 lbs (20lbs reduction). Over Christmas I gave myself some latitude to eat roast potatoes and Christmas Pudding. By the 29th December 2017 I had put on 6lbs.
In January 2018 I listened to Keto Clarity by Jimmy Moore and realised I needed to be more disciplined in my approach. I also needed to eat a lot more fat and I needed to track more. I still had a lot to learn and was impressed by Jimmy Moore and how he wants to get the word out to as many people as possible that health is a possibility. We don’t have to put up with diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and metabolic syndrome. He inspired me to start this blog.
This is where my way of eating changes from low carb to ketogenic ….
To Be Continued .....The Journey In Earnest Part 3