New Beginnings

Today is the first day of 2019, and if you’re reading this, you’re probably considering a few firsts, yourself.

My name is Christie and I am a type 2 diabetic.  I first discovered the Keto lifestyle just 6 short months ago.  It started with a Tedx Talk at Purdue University by Dr Sarah Hallberg.  I’ll link it below.  Dr. Hallberg is board certified in both obesity medicine and internal medicine and is the Medical Director of the Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program at IU Health Arnett – a program she created.  She knows her stuff.  She probably knows more than your local GP.  And that is why I listened to her.

Science and education is important, ya’ll.

So I watched her Tedx Talk and I told my life penguin, Paul, that I wanted to try this low carb, high fat thing for just 2 weeks and I explained why.  He came on board and we committed to 2 weeks of no carbs starting June 26, 2018.

Everyone tells you to clean out your kitchen before you start.  We didn’t.  We sort of needed that security blanket, at first, knowing that if it didn’t pan out, we could easily transition back to our old ways.  You know, the ones that weren’t working.  It felt safer this way.

I was immediately able to stop taking insulin.  After the 2 week trial, we DID clean out our kitchen.  Paul lost somewhere around 50 pounds over the next 4 months. I lost around 16 (being metabolically deranged takes some time to correct).

In October, we decided to take a trip back to our hometown.  We also decided that it would be ok to go off keto for the trip, to eat some of the delicious food that we grew up with (the only thing to do in Huntington, WV is eat.)  That was a giant mistake of epic proportions.  We struggled to get back on track, but only the carbohydrate flood gates open, we couldn’t shove them closed again.  We also have a small business, mostly making Christmas ornaments, so October started the busiest time of the year for us.

Epic fail.

I decided that after Christmas, I would firmly recommit the way I committed back in June.  I also decided that I would start a blog and a Facebook group and page to help keep me on track, while hopefully helping others.

I may occasionally recommend items that work for me, but I will NEVER try to sell you something.  If you want to support my attempts to share information, click one of the ads that you see on this blog.  It costs nothing, but it’ll send a penny or two my way.

My next post will be a lot of background on me, because it’s important to know who you’re trusting.  After that, I’ll start with the most basic of basics: reading a nutrition label and what – exactly – are those macro things.

This was a lot words and no pictures.  I’ll do better next time.  🙂

Dr. Sarah Hallberg’s Tedx Talk:

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