Check this out! I can comfortably cross my legs! Couldn't do that last summer! Yay! Then the stomach started shrinking. From what I have been told, the stomach is the first place we put it on and the last place to go. That seems to be true for my body. But I can say that it is shrinking more and more as I stick to eating Low Carb High Fat. I did finally find where I had taken the waist measurement before I started Low Carb High Fat, which was 52 inches. I took mine today and it is 42 inches. It needs to be 32. I have gone from having to wear a tight size 26 jean down to a size 16 (which is getting baggy now) and a XXXL top down to a large. I need to have my wedding ring resized, but waiting on that until I lose the rest of the weight, which is another 50 to 60 pounds. (One of the things I want to do is be able to wear my wedding dress. Not a very good picture, but it is all I have. I weighed 125 lbs. in this picture.)
I had seen questions about “mother’s apron” come up and thought I needed to check out what it was even. Evidently for women who have babies, there is a residual that hangs on the belly and most of the time if the woman is in good shape that goes away. Mine did with my firstborn. But with my second one, I was not in good shape, so that flap hung around until I started cutting out carbs and taking a dance aerobic class three times a week. I got rid of the flap and got down to 118 pounds at that time. I wore a size 8 back then.
Fast forward 30 years later and I am trying to reverse all the damage I have done to myself since 1986. I have that bothersome flap again, but this is not loose skin and it is not from having a baby either. It is still the residual fat that needs to go. The batwings under the arm are not loose skin either. There is still fat in there. The legs still have some fat to go, but for the most part, I am good with my legs. When my body finally sheds that last 50 or 60 pounds, I will be able to see how much loose skin I do have to deal with. Thinking from old pics the neck may see more wrinkles when the fat is gone.
So the big question is…. “what am I going to do about the wrinkles?”
The answer is… “I don’t have a clue.” I will just deal with it and be glad I have lost all the weight and have reversed the diabetes and the cholesterol issues. I will be glad my liver is happy again and I don’t have to deal with the swelling and inflammation in my body any longer. I will be glad my eyes have even gotten better. I will be thrilled to be able to buy clothes from stores that are not plus shops. I will just thank the good Lord for giving me the grace to stay the course.
I saw an article today about the soda tax in Philadelphia and how it is affecting Pepsi. I have the link here for you. http://dailysignal.com/2017/03/09/heres-what-happened-to-workers-after-philadelphia-passed-a-soda-tax/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=tds-fb
Before starting Low Carb High Fat, I would have screamed to Heaven and back about how wrong this is. Now, I am good with it. We are destroying our bodies consuming all the sugar and corn syrup in these drinks. It’s not just the sodas, but fruit drinks, the sweet coffees and sweet teas and sports drinks. Even the fruits we eat here are mostly GMO, so not real crazy about even thinking about eating a few berries.
Unfortunately for the people in Philadelphia, my gut feeling is they will still buy the sugar loaded drinks, as I would have 10 months ago. Until the light goes on for many of us, we will continue on to self- destruction via our carb loaded eating and drinking. I remember in all our foreign relocations I could find a Coke and a Snickers candy bar no matter where we went. Even when we traveled to Europe for vacation, I could find them.
Not anymore. I have learned to go for the things that will help me find that on-going healing my body needs until it finds its happy spot as far as weight loss and then it is maintenance from there on. Maintenance means I will continue to eat as I am now. I won’t add anything back in, but will continue to keep my carbs under 20. Keeping the carbs under 20 is keeping the diabetes from coming back. Because I am eating the correct amount of protein and fat for the weight that I should weigh, I will not have to worry about anything else. I will keep my fat up still and will enjoy good health.
Mexican Chicken Soup Recipe for When You Are Sick!
I got hit with a virus this week and all I wanted was Chicken Soup. In the past I would have gone for the Wyler’s Chicken Noodle Soup or potato chips and Cokes. Not anymore! So I had Leon pick up some ingredients at the store and I made a tasty soup that felt like medicine to my sore throat.
2 Chicken Breasts Cooked and chopped fine (I use my Cuisinart to chop everything)
2 Boxes of chicken broth (8 Cups)
2 Bunches of cilantro finely chopped
2 Leeks finely chopped
1 Lg can of Rotel (3 Cups)
1 Whole pressed garlic
1 Stick of butter
Salt to taste
Makes 12 servings.
Macros on this per 1 cup serving are 9 Protein, 9 Fat, 6 Carbs, 134 Calories.
The flu virus has made a couple of rounds through our house and I am hoping we have seen the last of it. Hopefully with spring right around the corner, the sun will come out here in southeastern Texas and all those nasty germs will die. I for one am going to enjoy the sun when I can.
Until next time! Mimi has gone Keto and is loving it!
Please note! I am not giving any medical advice, but only sharing what I have experienced on my personal journey to wellness. Check out my links page for websites, books, and videos that are posted for educating yourself on reversing diabetes and the ailments that come with it. These are links, books and videos that I personally glean from often. I am always trying to educate myself on being healthy. Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.