Little Things Matter

Welcome back to my self-indulgent muse & chat session! Reading so much online stuff about diabetes can be daunting!! I have chosen through doctor referrals and much research to stick to my Keto diet and TRE way of eating as talked about in my previous blog.

The first thing I’ve noticed in the many support groups I’ve joined in a search to find the one that’s right for me, is that a lot of people go all out.. stumble and then lack the motivation to get back on that ole pony. I’m more of a work my way in until it’s sustainable type.

I started by following what’s loosely called ‘Dirty Keto‘ to get rid of the EVIL CARBS. Baby steps! (best description of this and Clean or STraight Keto I could find: https://blog.metagenics.com/post/2019/01/07/clean-vs-dirty-keto/ )

I then graduated to Clean Keto once the carb cravings subsided. I could feel the change in my overall energy level and my mood seemed to be neutral, no rollercoaster emotional trains!

After the first month attempting to do this while waiting for a call from the Metabolic Clinic my doctor referred me to I got my appointment with the clinic and the real Journey began!

They provided me with a list of foods to mix and match to come up with meal ideas and then explained that I should begin a TRE schedule of 19:5. So for those not yet investigating this lifestyle change, TRE stands for Time Restricted Eating. the 19 is hours with no eating, the 5 is whats called a feeding window. Don’t get the idea you can eat and graze over the 5 hours… no no no!! You only eat 2 meals during that time. one starts at whatever time you chose, then by the end of the 5 hours you must have taken the last bite of your second meal. NO SNACKING.

So back to the support group thing, the group I remained in, associated with the clinic, uses a lot of acronyms and the one I love the most? NSV – Non-Scale Victory. The little things.

My list is short, but as this journey progresses I expect it will grow too! To date the ones I have so far would be:

Old Jewelery fits again

Clothing sizes have gone down or things are stupidly loose.

my skin is clearer and the reddish ruddy look is gone.

BUT the best one? I haven’t had a headache in over 2 weeks now. This is huge for me.

I’ve come to find that the scale is not the important thing, all the other NSV’s are where it’s at.

I’m on a Journey

This year, I decided that I needed to STOP.

Stop the fear of what other people think or say about me.

Stop procrastinating on getting healthy.

Stop letting everyone and everything come before myself.

So I sucked in my fears and April 2019, took step 1 – I called my doctor.

This one call started a ball rolling that I am really grateful for. My Diabetes was way out of control, my cholesterol was more in control that I, and my weight was a bit shocking. Here’s the thing, my doctor threw me a life line. Keto and IF (Intermittent Fasting). The true name for what I am currently following is TRE – Time Restricted Eating.

A day for me at the moment looks like this:

Wake at 6:00 am (body seems to like that time, I am not using an alarm)

Take morning Blood Sugar test

Exercise and drink water with the occasional salt added to help with electrolytes ( mom asked if they were used to help the blood find it’s way in the dark… I cringed.

Morning coffee – black or sometimes Bulletproof (I add a little butter)

wait a bit, test blood pressure, check email and social media while finishing the coffee.

11:00 am – Food time. I am eating a Ketogenic Diet, so I usually scramble an egg and add some cucumber to cleanse my palette, and bacon or small breakfast sausages til I feel satiated. At this point the medications I am on are taken.

The rest of the day I work on art, or find things to do around the house as I help mom with whatever she may need! (Mom has Parkinson’s, diagnosed over 22 years ago)

At around 3:30 or 4:00 pm I eat dinner. Lots of veggies, salads, steaks, salmon. all kinds of choices. I eat whatever I’ve chosen until I’m satiated again.

That’s it! Then I spend the evening doing whatever comes up! read, watch a show, play a game.

It’s been just over a week. The changes have been a great surprise! I’ve lost some weight (12 lbs so far), I’ve moved down T-shirt and pant sizes and my energy level is the best part! I actually went looking for an exercise to start.

I’m slowly working the time I exercise for up and will start looking for a fun way to continue this new love of moving!

The other added bonus – I don’t have constant headaches.

I also made the decision to go back to school for natural nutrition. I’ll muse, rant and chat about that starting in September I’m sure!

So for now, I’ll wish everyone a great Wednesday and will M C and R at you again soon!

This is me !

  • 51 Female
  • Finally hit the brakes and started off road to my own path in life
  • Join me or follow for the ups, downs and sideways journey!
  • I hope someone gets something out of this, even if it’s just me feeling better about life!

My Goals – I want to grow and change and get healthy. I want to love who I am and where I came from to get here.

I hope you’ll enjoy my Muses, Chats and Rants!!

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