It’s been almost two years since I got my first Fitbit. It sounded so easy. Just walk and the pounds will melt away right? Well, sure, if you do it right. For the first 6 months or so, I just wore it to see how many steps I was actually getting. I didn’t really pay a whole lot of attention to it. My husband got a Fitbit, and we started doing it together. This kept me accountable, and I used it more regularly. I went from around 3-5k steps a day up to 10k. But we were still eating whenever and whatever we wanted to. Then one day, I had a bit of a break down. At that point in time, I had tipped the scale at 350lbs.
“I don’t want to die. And if I don’t do something, I’m going to.” I remember saying to my husband as I cried. So a little more than a year ago, we downloaded MyFitnessPal, and we started tracking our calories. We upped our steps to 15k, and then 20k. The weight slowly started to come off. Quicker for him of course, but that’s not unusual. When we went on our first cruise for our anniversary in April, I was in the 320’s.
When we came home from our trip, we decided it was time to see a doctor (since we finally had health insurance!). Wow. We didn’t expect to find out that he was diabetic, and that I was bordering on it. Pre-Diabetic.
The diagnosis of diabetes and pre-diabetes kicked us where we really needed it. What did we need to do? What was the next step. Checking our blood. Exercise. Medication. Diet…
That four letter word. Ugh. We had been watching our calories for almost 9 months at that point, but we still had a cheat day (and still do!). So what was the problem? Carbs, sugar, soda. So the two of us embarked on a new type of diet. Low carb. Not no carb, but low carb. We try to keep meals between 30-40g and under 120g for the day. It hasn’t been easy. But we hang on to our cheat day (more on that in another post, coming soon!), and after another 3-4 months, I dropped almost half the weight that I have since we started.
And I finally hit below 300 on the scale. Victory! I still have a long way to go, but I am looking forward to sharing the ups and downs here on this little slice of the internet.