I had to leave the forums 4 months ago to undertake a very rough work assignment, which is now just about wound up. I felt it was a good time for a little update.
After one year on SLD I went from 160 lbs in March 2007 to 119 in March, 2008. I may have overshot my ideal weight as I went as low as 112 in July during a particularly horrific period at work. Today I weigh 118, and have been bouncing between 116-118 for the past 6 weeks. I still take 1½ to 2 TBS ELOO every evening and have not had the uncontrollable urge to eat and keep eating that I used to experience when emotional and physical cravings would rise up like a tag team against me. I attribute this to the fact that SLD has helped me to conquer my addiction to carbs that made insulin drive my hunger, and to recognize that when cutting carbs made me feel lousy, it was just the way an addict has to suffer through withdrawal symptoms to get better.
For fifteen years, I was trying to control the rising weight with every possible diet (remember low fat? That’s when it all started.) I would have a big bowl of “healthy” bran cereal with nuts and fruit and low fat milk, run for miles 4 or 5 mornings, have that “healthy” wholewheat sandwich with low fat mayo for lunch, try to nibble melba toast all day, and go through loads of “low fat” cookies. Dinner always included that “healthy” baked potato, or rice. Then I would rush out to aerobics classes at night. This is what you were supposed to do, right? Still, the weight kept climbing because I was always hungry, due to the constant insulin rush from those “healthy” carbs. And, thanks to all the running, I have a wonky ankle and hip,
Now I am naturally active--rowing and hiking in summer and skiing and snowshoeing in winter--but not desperately active, and am loving my new relationship with food.
I know that when we are faced with that urge to indulge in something unnecessary we want to blame it on hormones or something else, and are supposed to ask ourselves if we really want it.
There is only one question I now ask myself: “Do you want to be slim, or not?”