Breaking the Cycle Can Help You Feel Good
Frankly, I am shocked at myÂ â€œprogressâ€ with this brand new health and lifestyle change my family and I have implemented this year.Â I emphasize the word progress because the scale doesnâ€™t say anything different than last yearâ€™s weight yet.Â The clothes I yearn to try on without popping the front button off donâ€™t fit me â€“ yet.Â No, nothing has visibly changed as of now.Â On the outside, that is.Â Inside, however, there is change â€“ and itâ€™s good!
We began a low sugar, carb counting regimen early last week, and we are already noticing substantial improvement in energy and sleeping habits.Â Right before I began this plan, I was not sleeping much at all, averaging just four or five hours a night, due to a busy mind, and restlessness.Â I also was dragging all day, napping at least three days a week, and always off balance in the â€œregularity area!â€Â The funny thing was, I wasnâ€™t concerned about any of these symptoms, or how to improve them, because I had gotten so used to them and was assuming they were the norm!
So when we cut our sugar intake down to 15 grams a day, and carbs down to six or less servings a day (a serving is 0-20 grams per helping), we thought we would have withdrawal or something.Â Nope, nothing.Â Not even a headache!Â The tiredness and drag disappeared almost immediately (maybe two days in?), I have no bloating, gassiness or any other digestive malady (I had forgotten what it is like to â€œgoâ€ normally!)Â Â Iâ€™m sleeping like a baby every night, getting up with alertness (thatâ€™s before my coffee!) and going all day, no dragging or napping.Â Itâ€™s weird, feeling this good, I feel young again!Â I had heard that saying before, but never really knew how much it meant until now!
I have also been exercising â€“ and if you really know me, you know that I DESPISE exercising!Â So, what I told myself was, if I just do something active for twenty minutes or more every day, then I could do it. Â I couldnâ€™t just come out of the resolution gate â€œworking outâ€ three times a week, I had to convince myself just to get up, get out, and move for a few minutes every day, and it would be better than nothing!Â So the first day, I rode bicycles with my kids around the block a couple times, the next day, I walked fast for 20 minutes with my husband,Â and by the third day, while walking with my friend, I was starting to get excited.Â I could do this exercise thing!Â We pounded the pavement for an hour, and I didnâ€™t even realize it!
So, I am on the road to improvement, 20minutes at a time.Â 15 grams of sugar at a time.Â One day at a time.Â Thatâ€™s the moral of the story, really â€“ just start some kind of an improvement, any improvement, and take it one step at a time!Â That will put you on the road to success, and thatâ€™s a road we all can travel in 2011!
What about you?Â Are you tackling a healthy newÂ lifestyle too?Â Tell us what you’re trying, and how you’re feeling!Â We want to share in your successes (and maybe bumps in the road!) with you!