This low carb journey begins with my weight, which has always been an issue.
I distinctly remember the first time someone called me fat. It was in 5th grade, during recess, after a game of tetherball. A boy in my class was the one who flung that stinging word – fat. I just stood there, stunned, then kind of slunk off. I’m sure it didn’t help that I also had glasses and braces to complete the trifecta of awkwardness. But from then on I was aware of how much I weighed.
Similar to many people who struggle with weight, mine has fluctuated up and down over the years.
I had not been able to find a diet strategy, (and by that, I mean way of life), that I can stick with. I tried South Beach, I tried Weight Watchers (several times), I tried working out more and eating less – nothing worked for me long term.
There I was, nearly resigned to just being overweight for the rest of my life when an acquaintance recommended Andie Mitchell’s memoir, It Was Me All Along. I started listening to it on my commute, as I drive nearly two hours every day and need to entertain myself while I’m stuck in traffic. The book got me thinking, maybe I should give long term weight loss another try.
After I read It Was Me All Along, the book Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes appeared under my suggested reading list. I have to tell you, this book shook me to the core. The science behind the book helped me understand what carbohydrates were doing to my body. I don’t know why it took me this long to get it, but now I got it. But could I really cut out carbs? I wasn’t sure.
After Why We Get Fat, I read Gretchen Rubin‘s new book, Better Than Before. This book is all about habits and Ms. Rubin defines what she calls the Four Tendencies. These are categories people fit into related to how they do or don’t form habits (side note: you can take a quiz here to find out which Tendency you fall in to). I am a whole-hearted Obliger; it’s much easier for me to meet outside expectations than ones I set for myself. If you’re a people-pleaser like me, you fall into this category.
Next up on my reading list was Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis, MD – I told you, I spend a lot of time commuting and I’ve got to fill it with something better than the same 20 songs on the radio. This just further confirmed what I’d realized while reading Why We Get Fat, and fueled my fire to do something about it.
Now let’s see. I wanted to cut carbs out of my diet, but I needed external accountability to really stay on track.
I’ll start a blog! I’ll post what I eat every day, and some helpful tips I stumble upon during my journey. Plus the resources I use along the way. It’ll be great!
And thus LowCarbable.com was born.