1. The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet
I feel like I have finally found a method of losing weight that works for me!
I hadn't tried to lose weight for about 10 years (really) because I didn't want to yo-yo up and down by doing something that I couldn't stick with. Also, I refused to give up baking, which is one of my true loves.
When I first started, I honestly didn't know if I could eat starchy foods and sweets only at dinnertime. I didn't know if I could go without eating snacks in between meals. I discovered that I have self-control! (Who knew?) I have more energy now, I have been healthier, I eat way more vegetables than I used to (even though I have always loved them), but the best part is that I feel so much more in control of myself.
I won't say that it isn't hard, though. I still want to eat muffins or toast for breakfast and homemade bread with peanut butter for lunch, but I know that I can always eat those things at dinnertime if I still want them, and that totally works for me. It takes more planning to make sure that I have the foods I need on hand and I have to prepare meals for myself instead of grabbing whatever is convenient. But it has been a lot easier than I anticipated. I have not deviated at all (except for one night when I ate beyond my 60-minute limit).
I can still bake! And I do so frequently. I can go out to dinner and eat whatever I want!
I have to weigh myself daily, which is not my favorite. I have always known that I feel kind of bloated when I get my period, but last week I gained a pound every day! Very discouraging. This week, however, I have slowly been going down every day. It's interesting to see that the fluctuations are greater than I suspected. Last week, I had to give myself pep talks to keep going – I was afraid that it had stopped working for me, but I stuck to it.
Today makes 12 weeks since I started, and I have lost about 15 pounds. Slow and steady, but at least I know I am going in the right direction! Some of my clothes have gotten too big, and I have pulled out some smaller items that I haven't been able to wear for a long time. It's a good feeling.
2. My knees
After I completed my 8-week knee therapy program (in March), I was experiencing quite a bit of pain relief, but not as much as I had hoped. My doctor told me that the positive effects would continue, with maximum pain relief occurring in another 6-8 weeks. My knees feel great now.
I have found that it is more difficult than I anticipated to do my exercises at home. I was relieved to be finished with my therapy appointments because they took up so much time, but when I had to keep an appointment, I actually did the work. Now that I'm on my own, it's not so easy. I don't always remember to wear my braces (cyborg legs). I'm working on it.
I ran a little bit with Eva during her school race and was amazed to discover that I could do it! I haven't done any running in years. Many years.
This treatment has been far more successful than my surgeries were. (I'm sure that losing weight helps as well.) I am feeling very optimistic.