A good time to start new habits!

For the past few months I had noticed that my weight loss had plateaued; and lately it was like I had gained weight. I read an article about lowering carbs several days ago (http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/bob-harper-jumpstart-skinny).  In addition, I watched a documentary that said only 100 grams of carbs should be consumed throughout the day.

So three days ago I lowered my carbs. Previous to that, I was eating wheat bread in the morning and wheat rolls or grain cereal with lunch and at night (a friend of mine had said that eating white bread can cause fat to build up around the belly so that’s why I ate wheat or multi-grain bread instead).

The truth was that wheat and multi-grain breads have lots of carbs too which is why I had been gaining weight even though I was running.

Three days ago I lowered my carb intake and I have lost 3 pounds already. I am increasing the amount of vegetables I eat and drinking more water (I try to drink between 12 to 16 ounces of water after each meal).  I have also increased my exercise—working out every day for at least 45 minutes, and starting each workout with light weights to build up my arm muscles.

The article I read mentioned that I should also drink coffee, but since I have GERD, I drink decaf tea instead. I’m not sure if it will have the same effect, but I am enjoying my cups of tea during the day.

So far I haven’t really felt “starved” or deprived of food. The other night I had a couple pieces of no-flour cake, and I eat fruits in between meals as snacks.  This morning I was able to fit into one of my jeans that were a little tight on me last week.

Now is a good time to start new habits!

“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His faithful love endures forever” (Psalm 118:1).

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti

A new day

I saw my doctor the other day—it was nothing serious. I had been running on my tread mill and felt my heart jump. Then after a couple more miles of running, I felt another jump. It was really hard for me to complete my run so I stopped.

Anyway, while at the doctor’s office, I was weighed. I had noticed that for the past several months that I had plateaued in my weight loss, in fact, it almost felt like I had even gained a little weight. Once I stepped on the scale I realized that I really had gained a few pounds from the last time I was there.

Since I was having an issue with my heart, the doctor ordered an EKG. When he saw the results he said that my heart was “perfect.” Then my husband’s physical appointment followed. I was there when the doctor explained to him about exercise and eating fresh vegetables and fruits.

After getting home, I looked for information about jump starting my weight loss and found an article online (http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/bob-harper-jumpstart-skinny).

The visit to the doctor’s office and the article made me realize that I had slowly slipped back to my old eating habits—eating more bread, eating more meats, eating desserts, etc. No wonder I had gained weight even though I was still running! So for the next three weeks, I will watch what I eat and follow the plan listed on the website.

I tried to start yesterday, but at the end of the day I had cake while celebrating my daughter-in-law’s graduation from nursing school.

“…we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day” (2 Cor. 4:16, NLT).

Today is a new day!

Copyright © 2013 Dr. M. Teresa Trascritti