A few months ago I stumbled across this amazing GIF of a girl, Amanda, who lost 40 kgs in 12 months. As soon as I saw it I knew I wanted to be just like her! So I started researching the way she lost weight, and within a week or two I had radically changed my entire diet, and created this blog.
However stating a LCHF eating plan meant giving up A LOT! Not just sugar and grains, processed foods, root vegetables and most fruit. It also meant giving up nearly all social occasions - birthday cake, going to the movies, date night, drinks with friends. And being the social butterfly that I am, I fell right off the LCHF wagon within two weeks of starting.
I would eat healthy, delicious LCHF meals all week and then the weekend would arrive; or a friends birthday, or date night and I would say to myself "I've been soooo good all week! One 'cheat' meal won't hurt". But it was never just one cheat meal. One would spiral into one whole day of cheat meals, then three days, then a week! Fast forward 3 months and I had lost less than 7 kgs. Which was rather defeating. Then after I returned from a family holiday to Argentina, I hoped on the scales and saw that I had not only put back on all that I had lost, I had also gained ANOTHER 5 kilograms!
Feeling unmotivated and overwhelmed by all the information available online on what to do, and what to eat and the mountainous LIST'S of things I should give up! I had almost resounded myself to just being the 'fat girl' with a horrid skin condition. Then I saw this...
And it inspired me! I realised that it I couldn't do it ALL AT ONCE. I couldn't just binge diet, the same way that I binge eat. I needed to take my time, one day at a time, in order to create lasting changes. Permanent changes that I can LIVE with for the rest of my life!
I also knew I had to go easier on myself. Allow mistakes to be made, fall off the wagon, go out and feel free to eat whatever I desired. And NOT feel guilty about it for days after. To let go of this ideal of 'perfection' and instead listen to my body and do what feels right - for me.
So that is exactly what I plan on doing. Over the next 12 months I am committed to 'shedding' one bad habit a month, and swapping it for a healthy habit that I enjoy and am happy to live with.
So this month = I have chosen to shed Coffee, and swap it for Green Tea.
It may sound small, but to me it is HUGE! I LOVE coffee. But I know it's not good for me. One morning I had lots to do at work so I drank 3 cups in quick succession and I was so hopped up! It was brilliant, I was getting so much done. I was absolutely buzzing around the office. Then about an hour later I crashed. I had exhausted my adrenals and my boss almost had to send me home - I just flat lined.
Luckily my boss is cool and we can still laugh about it, but this experience really taught me that I clearly I can't handle my coffee!
You know what is even crazier? Today is day 5 of my coffee detox and I am feeling so calm. I use to suffer from bouts of anxiety and insomnia, but for the past 5 days it has been nothing but smooth sailing.
I can highly recommend the Green Rose tea from T2. Delightful!