The hustle and bustle of the Holidays. Errands, cards, gifts, cooking or solitude. Everyone has a different perspective of this time of year. If you are like me, you tend to overindulge with Pecan Pie or an extra helping of Mashed potatoes. I have lived a healthy life and have always been active, played in sports, spent time in the great outdoors since my youth. However, at the age of 40 I found myself 130 lbs. overweight. I felt lost, in a toxic relationship and did not know who I was anymore. I was hiding behind my weight. Hiding from unwanted attention from men. Hiding from the consequences of bad decisions I made. Hiding from the reality that I needed to change. Thankfully, God provided guidance. I came across a documentary on Netflix "Fat Sick and Nearly Dead". This changed my life and began a journey of self discovery, health and happiness.
I could go on on and on with how I lost 80 lbs. in 2 years and will share tips I found along the way in future posts, but for starters I want to encourage you to cut out sugar. There have been numerous articles on how it feeds Cancer, causes diseases and addictions. When I learned this simple truth it impacted me in so many ways. Cutting out sugar was blasphemous in my family. Mom spent hours baking, making cookies and delicious homemade cinnamon rolls. I remember going to the store with Dad weekly getting an after dinner "treat" ice cream maple bars and my favorite raspberry filled donuts.
After a month of cutting out sugar in late 2016, I saw noticeable differences in my health. Walking through the bakery in Safeway was repulsive to me - the smell of sugar and fat was gross. This was new to me as I did not have one sweet tooth but a mouth full in my life up until then. My mood was consistently happier. Health became a focal point of my life. Several years later I went to the Dr. for a checkup and he spoke puzzled "You're not on any medications? Women your age usually are." Well thank you! (I think)
This is all attributed to starting Healthy Habits and not wanting to be "Fat Sick and Nearly Dead".