My Journey to a Healthy Me, Days 363-365

Happy New Years eve! I can hardly believe the year has gone by.

On the Eve of 2019, it gives some time to reflect on how 2018 ended up being.

When I look back to where I was 1 year ago, I am pretty proud of myself. It was not easy to get here, and the road ahead looks just as tough, if not that much harder.

Last year, I was truly over with being the super unhealthy version of me. It was just one of those moments hen I just have had enough. Plenty of times in the past, I was at this point too. This time, I hope to never have to repeat being there. I’ve always struggled with my weight. I never really tried to “diet” so much. I would change eating habits a bit.

Whole 30 was something I did a few times. It did work out really well. The only problem I had, was it felt like something I could not stick with forever. It scared me to think I would never be able to have pizza again, or many other things. It felt very restrictive. I did learn quite a bit during my Whole 30 adventures though. The book was a good read. It was the first time that I saw the mention of learning when you are actually hunger, vs just thinking you are hungry.

I didn’t try eating Paleo. Not really. I would have some things that were Paleo style eating. Still, I hated it though. I hated the name. The food we eat today is drastically different from what our ancestors had access to. I looked into trying it out, but it just didn’t sit right with me.

Even before my Whole 30 trials, I did a lower carb diet. I had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. I attended a few nutritional classes, and they first talked about going lower carb. This was like 40-60 grams of carbs per meal I think, with 15 grams for some snacks. So very high carbs compared to Keto, but a lot lower when looking at a standard america type diet. This worked OK for me for awhile. It is what I was doing when I previously dropped down to the 260 lbs range.

Nothing worked like Keto has worked for me. I know that a lot of people say Keto is super restrictive. A lot like I felt about Paleo. I started this year off keeping things quite simple. Chicken and Salads were my go to meal for a month or two. Eventually I found places like Headbangerskitchen.com and Ketoconnect.net I started branching out my food choices, and it seemed great.

Not only was a eating better food for myself, it was really good tasting as well. I also found that for the first time ever, I had some appetite control. Even today, there can be times when I have to say “Oh, I better eat”. I still get hunger cravings of course, and it is harder when those trigger foods are in the house. Still though, I haven’t caved in. 🙂

This last year, I was able to come off Keto for vacation. I enjoyed my time in New York, and enjoyed all the food. Jumping back to Keto was pretty easy for me after that.

There are still some foods, that there just isn’t a keto version. At some point, I’ll probably come off keto a but so I can enjoy some popcorn or something like that. For now though, I am full on Keto mode.

Happy New Years!

I figured I would get in one last post this year. I plan on having my big post tomorrow with the 2018 summary. Today I just wanted to reflect a bit. Hopefully, people were able to stick with their goals last year, and hit all new hits in 2019. I am thankful for having people actual take time to ready my posts. Happy New Years everyone!

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