- Mood Swings
- Overall unhappiness
- Very Low energy (maybe 1 day a week high energy)
- and many more
- Increased "want/need" for exercise. Had no problem going for an hour+ walk every day
- Spontaneous exercise - Just suddenly turn on an exercise video and go, go, go
- Woke up every morning WITHOUT a problem. Suddenly the 8 hours of sleep I had always had every night, was actually more than enough!
- Menstruations were lighter
- PMS symptoms were 50% reduced
- and many more I can't remember right now
- Self Respect. If I respect myself, I won't engage in disrespecting activities against myself.
- Acceptance. Accept me for me. I have my faults. And guess what? When I lose 100 pounds, I will still have my faults, they just won't weigh 100 pounds. We are all sinners in the eye of our creator, and I will never be perfect, no matter how I look.
- Mindful Eating practices (Mindfulness): Slow down, eat when hungry, stop when full, chew adequately.
- Exercise: Who wants to eat unhealthy when you just conquered a 2 hour walk? Seriously, exercise just makes me feel so much better mentally and physically. And I'm not talking a 1 hour bootcamp. I'm talking a light walk, a 15 minute kettlebell workout, etc. Nothing too crazy. Just enough to get the heart rate up, and a smile on my face.
- Healthy food choices: Choosing lots of veggies, whole foods. If I want desserts, the healthiest are homemade with whole natural sugar sources (dates, fruit, etc.). I have yet to overeat on a healthy homemade dessert. They are just too filling.
- Say No to [processed] Sugar, Most of the time.
For Example: There are instances when my son would share his organic cane sugar jelly beans with me, and I could eat 20 of them, and never think about sugar again. When I was in ketosis, if I ate those 20 jelly beans, I would finish off a tub of Ben and Jerry's and just start again on Monday. I just could not handle even the slightest sweet flavor in my mouth.
So there it is, my own personal key to health. Seems easy right? Well, once I get started and past the sugar withdrawals, it is always easy. The hard part for me is when I reach a highly stressed out situation. Since I was a very little girl (grade school), I turned to sugar to make me feel better. I am trying to break a highly addictive habitual behavior that I have had for over 28 years.
Wow! I just realized I have turned to my sugar friend for 28 years. That is a long time. No wonder this is so hard!
With that being said, I do not know how much longer I will continue the Facebook Group or even this Blog, as both of them are in disagreement with my current life values.
I am very thankful for the people I have met through this journey, and although some may not agree with my post, rest assured knowing that I still appreciate everyone that helped me get to this point. And even if you disagree with me and my personal beliefs today, doesn't mean we cannot support eachother.
I would like to continue writing and sharing my journey, as I believe it is healthy for me, as well as possible helpful to others.
Until next time, Peace