Today I have a special Guest Post for you from none other than my sweet mama, Lori Miller! We started our healthy living journey together back at Weight Watchers in October 2011. I’m so proud of the steps she’s made toward healthy living—she’s such an encouragement and inspiration to me!
As long as I can remember I have been overweight – an overweight child, and overweight teen, an overweight adult. It shaped me and made me much of who I am – a people pleaser with many insecurities. As an 18 year old girl I lost 45 pounds and found myself at an average weight which I maintained through marriage and the birth of my first 3 children. Then began an upward climb in weight. A love of baking and the birth of 2 more children found me 125 pounds overweight and at the age of 39 I was diagnosed with diabetes. In the 10 years following my diagnoses I began to clean up my eating and lose weight. I also began to more faithfully incorporate walking as well as strength training into my daily routine.
Even at that I was having to increase my medications in order to keep my blood sugar numbers at a reasonable number. The beginning of my journey with diabetes saw me making little change to my diet. Medication lowered my numbers, and if they again rose high the doctor was happy to increase my dosage. Eventually I was started on low dose insulin. Nine months ago the amount of insulin I was taking daily was up to 75 units a day.
I visited an integrated health physician a month ago and was challenged to adopt lifestyle eating habits that are more “Paleo” in nature. I eat a wide variety of vegetables – leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, onions, peppers, etc. I also eat many kinds of fruit as well as eggs and lean protein. I don’t use sugar or sugar substitutes and avoid starchy vegetables, fruits that are high on the glycemic index, and gluten products. I also have eliminated most processed and prepackaged foods. I am also taking a break from dairy products.
I find it a fairly easy lifestyle to follow but it does require planning. I am careful to have lots of vegetables and fruits stocked in my frig. I also make large batch of vegetable soup every 3 weeks or so and freeze it in single serving containers. That way I can take it from the freezer and heat it up quickly in the microwave for lunch. I already cook most meals from scratch which is helpful.
Busyness and lack of planning can make it difficult to follow this lifestyle eating plan. Gone are the days of throwing together a quick sandwich or stopping for a fast food fix. Also for most of my married life I have enjoyed baking cookies, pies, and yummy desserts. Now I seldom bake, even for my family. It is just too much of a temptation for me to have things like that around the house. These days I try to take great care and thought into what goes into my mouth.
While I have only been following this new lifestyle eating plan for the past month, I have seen my blood sugars lower and I have started to reduce my insulin. My eczema had cleared up and my hair loss has resolved. I have lost 5 pounds over the past month, bringing my total weight loss to 50 pounds. It’s nice to be able to buy clothing in a smaller side, and of course the added energy that I have is a great benefit. It certainly is a good feeling to know I am eating so clean and healthy.
The thought of being able to reduce and possibly eliminate some of my medications spurs me on. I don’t want to fix my problem with a pill. I want to take care of the underlying issues. As long as I live I want to live healthy and be a good steward of the body God had given me. I am blessed to have the support of my family. My husband is willing to eat the same things I eat and my daughters encourage me stay faithful to exercise. I do look forward to where this journey will continue to take me.
Yay for my mama! What’s your biggest motivation to live a healthy lifestyle?