Does anyone want to celebrate with me today?
Last summer, I was living life and having a great time…
feeling good but not paying much attention to how tight my clothes had become! (this photo was taken last July, with my precious granddaughter!)
It was VERY hard to decide to change my eating habits when I felt good and had plenty of energy and was exercising regularly….but I made a hard choice!
Well….time to make some changes! So on August 4th…last year…I woke up and made myself a plan!
I did a modified Atkins Low Carb plan and kept a journal of everything I ate EVERY day and I stuck to certain healthy foods. I went to the Atkins website HERE and printed some of their info.
I ate lean meats, lots of fresh veggies, some dairy and some fruit. I never skimped on meals or snacks and NEVER went hungry!
The things I cut out were mostly carbs and sugar. At first I didn’t eat any bread, potatoes or rice and absolutely NO sugar! ( I skipped my glass of wine at dinner for awhile, too!) Then I started working the whole grains back into my diet but not the sugar. This fit my lifestyle best because I have trouble with sugar anyway. My blood sugar stays even when I avoid processed sugar.
I know it’s not easy and I substitute sugar free products in moderation. I didn’t buy any special diet aids or meals.
I exercised in moderation…walking for a half hour most days.
AND….it was worth it! My goal was to lose 22 pounds. That’s what I needed to be well within the healthy weight range….and to fit into most of my clothes!
Well! TA DA!!!
I lost 26 pounds and as of today I still weigh 26 pounds less than one year ago! And no…I can’t wear all of my clothes now! I took some of them to a consignment shop and some to Goodwill! And I got to buy some new clothes!
And what else did I get for my efforts? I wrote to Della and she made me some of her famous Del’s Shells jewelry!
She sent me the Calico shell pendant and earrings that I REALLY wanted and a surprise “jewel box shell” pendant that I wasn’t expecting! And then…of all things…she told me it was all a GIFT!
So here I am wearing my precious Calico shells, necklace and earrings! Thanks Della for being such a wonderful friend and giving me such a beautiful gift of love!
Peek inside to see the garnet heart…my birthstone! ♥
I’m feeling great! I have lots of energy and I’m happy! And when you accomplish your goals, rewards along the way make it even better! (maybe I should go shopping for some SHOES now! lol)
I really don’t need any braggin’! heehee! I just wanted to share my good news!
♥ Have a wonderful birthday my friend! ♥
Do you have any good news to share with me today?