Low Carb Success Story - Preschool Teacher
I have been heavy all my life. I always ate because I was happy, or sad, or stressed or just because I love food. I have tried a lot of diets over the years. I tried Weight Watchers when I was young, counting calories & fat grams.
I started a low carb diet because a good friend started one & it worked for her, so I tried it. She likes to eat as much as I do. I still use food as a reward. If there is something I really crave, I will set a goal & when I reach it I will reward myself. I had been wanting Chinese food, so when I hit 50 pounds, my husband & I went to our favorite Chinese restaurant. This gives me something to work for.
Since August (not including Thanksgiving & Christmas) I've lost 58 pounds & inches off all parts of my body. The most being 10 inches off my waist. People are coming up to me & telling me how good I look & asking me how I'm losing weight. That really helps to keep me going.
Especially since I had hit a plateau & hadn't lost anything in about a month. I think a lot of it was water weight & I had actually gained some weight back. I finally started losing again.
I am a preschool teacher & it was really hard at first to serve food I couldn't eat to the children. It has gotten much easier. I love candy & sweets & the sugar free candies have really helped me through. I love the Russell Stover sugar free chocolate mints & pecan delights, along with most of their line. The sugar free ones seem to be cheaper than the low carb ones. I also like them better than the Hershey brand.
I also love the cinnamon bun cereal bars made by Carborite. They are delicious & very filling. They only have 4 net carbs. I also like some of the Slimfast, low carb bars. The banana & the Chocolate Peanut Butter ones are my favorite.
As far as cooking, I don't have a favorite thing to cook. We just have a variety of meat & low carb veggies. We eat out a lot too. It's pretty easy to find something at most restaurants that I can eat. My husband is diabetic & even though he still eats rice, potatoes & some bread, he has lost a few pounds too.
As far as exercise goes, when the weather is nice, I try to walk a few times a week. I had slacked off during the winter. I also like the Leslie Sansone "Walk Away the Pounds" videos. They are easy enough for anyone. There is a 1 mile tape, a 2 mile, a 3 mile & a 4 mile. I haven't gone past the 2 mile tape. It is an aerobic walk that you can do in very little space in front of the TV. The 1 mile only takes 15 - 18 minutes depending on what version you use.
I would still like to lose at least 75 more pounds. I knew I would be doing this for along time, so I have been eating a good amount of veggies. I tried taking vitamins, but they made me so hungry, I only took them for 2 days. Since I started losing so much weight, my cousin, who had tried Atkin's before but wasn't able to stick to it, has started a low carb diet & lost 20 pounds. I feel much better than I have in years. I also have more energy.
It has really helped to have support through family & friends & through websites such as yours! Keep up the good work! I love the reviews you do on the new low carb products on the market. They are very helpful.
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