The Journey Begins

The best way not to feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.

Barack Obama

When I met my husband 17 years ago I was a tiny little skinny thing, at 5’4″, 114 lbs and in my late 30s. I think maybe since I had gotten to my late 30s so thin I thought I wasn’t in danger of gaining any significant amount of weight.

What I didn’t take into account was a slowing metabolism as I got older, or that when I got married many of the activities I had been doing would become less of a thing, or that food would become a way to deal with anxiety and depression.

But here I am now in my mid-fifties, and I’ve gained quite a bit of weight. When I started my diet on November 1st just a few days ago I was 197 lbs.

While I’ve still got a fairly good self-esteem I find my weight has affected my health, my energy, and my ability to wear clothes I really like.All this combined with a trip my mom is taking my husband and I on in April motivated me, (and them!) to lose some weight.

So I’ve decided to start with a keto diet for the first 30 days, then migrate to a South Beach version with healthier carbs and a balanced diet. Keto has worked for me in the past, I have just ended up gaining it back because I didn’t adopt it as a lifestyle, and make the kind of changes that make it something I can live with long term.

My approach isn’t swearing off the sweets, white breads, and other carbs I love. I will just have them far less often, on special occasions and as a treat.

I also have to find foods I love as much as those high, empty carb foods I’m trying to cut back on.

I need a place to keep all my thoughts (and recipes) and I thought I would do it here, with anyone else out there who wants to follow along and do it with me.

If you’re coming along for the ride, feel free to drop a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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