"I now log everything. Even when it's just a bite. As those just a bite bites really add up."
What made you decide to lose weight? Was there a moment or experience that "lit the fire" for you?
I had lost a bunch after I had my daughter. I had gained through life and stress. I needed to get back to feeling good, to being healthy and feeling confident in myself. When I ate well. I had an over all sense of peace.
Have you tried any other weight loss plans (low fat, low calorie, or other) in the past? How did they work out?
I had followed Weight Watchers and it had worked well. But stopped working as I had becoming very active. Running a half marathon. It stopped working for me and was not meeting my needs.
Just doing calories has never works.
Tell us about your weight loss experience. How did you change your diet and lifestyle? How did this affect your life (health, well-being, attitude, energy)?
I started slow. I changed a few things daily. I had a few hiccups along the way, fall off, got right back on. I am still in the process of getting to my goal. And this first set of weight had really been tough. More so mind over matter. But implementing the low carb diet has been great. It's teaching more natural foods and less process. Not that I ate much processed foods before. However even small things add up. You become more mindful of what a blizzard is made up of. Or cake. Or even breads and pastas.
How did Carb Manager help you stay on track? Which features did you find the most useful?
I now log everything. Even when it's just a bite. As those just a bite bites really add up. I do splurge but try to keep it to one meal maybe twice a week. Yes I fall off but try and get right back on the moment I become more aware of my bad habits. I drink more water. More plain tea.
I love the pie chart as it really breaks up the main focal points.
We started using more vegetables in place of pasta or rices. Less breaded items more grilled items. Lean meats. Eggs became my best buddy.
What was the most difficult part of losing weight? What techniques did you use to overcome these challenges? What kept you motivated?
Family and friends are a struggle for me. Food is a pleasure and a stress reducer but trying to be mindful at gatherings and events instead of mindless eating.
My daughter is one big motivation. To help teach her good eating habits at a young age. Learn it young in hopes she keeps if forever.
What do you see as the greatest benefits of going low carb?
Learning to eat whole foods. Natural foods. Not processed or fast foods.
What's the best thing about being at your new weight?
Still not at desired weight. But already feeling better physically. Less tired. More energetic. To help keep the momentum going.
What are your health & fitness goals going forward?
My goals are to get bake into more consistent workouts. Whether it is biking, jogging, walking, canoeing or sailing. Just staying active.
And to continue to eat a well balanced diet. With mindful splurges.
We'd love it if you could provide a few tips for others just beginning their low carb lifestyle.
Starts slow. Don't try going cold turkey. Drink lots of water. Before and during dinners.
Change at your pace. And log all things that pass through the mouth.