At the beginning of the new year, 2015, I made a life change. I decided to start eating better and making my health a priority. My motivation came from losing a close family member to alcohol and overeating. At that time, I realized that I wanted to get back in control and try to change my habits.
And here is a picture of me today, December 2015:
Technology helped me to take on the health challenge in several ways and if sharing some of these sites and tools helps others, I'll feel so happy.
I joined an online community of other people who encouraged and motivated me to eat well. I do not promote a certain kind of diet or eating. This is just what worked for me. Diabetes runs in my family, and I knew that cutting out sugar and carbohydrates would be the right decision for me. Just reading posts from others who are having the same struggles and successes as I am is a huge support.
This site saved me from getting stuck in a rut and eating the same thing every day, which has been part of the difficulty in the past. By searching for sugar-free / low carb foods, I found and collected many great recipes that I love and treasure. Here is my collection of low sugar / low carb foods that I have tried and are delicious!
These two apps have been a daily go to. I use My Fitness Pal to log what I eat and see the nutritional value of any recipes that I make. PopWeight helps me to track my weight every day and visually shows me how I am doing.
I found a few great sites for ordering foods that are low in sugar and help with my cravings or sweet tooth. Netrition (this site has low carb bread and also has great recipes), Labrada (I buy my protein shakes here) and Amazon (I ordered this ice cream maker and it has been heavenly this year). I do spend a bit more money on food, but then I have to weigh that against being healthy. I think it is worth it.
A few other changes that I have made is to put eating healthy first. I used to eat in order to please other people like at a party or holiday celebration. I now realize that eating healthy is a personal choice I am making and I try to focus on the idea of spending quality time with others when with my friends instead of food.
I also am working on finding a balance between work and home. This is very important to me and has made a difference in my quality of life and health.
And finally, I choose to spend time with the people in my life who are supportive, kind, thoughtful and understanding. There are always those people who are negative, hurtful or untrustworthy. I am choosing to politely keep my distance.
I pray every morning that I will be able to continue eating healthy and having the will power and motivation to continue this healthy journey. Sometimes life can get in the way, but I believe in myself and my determination, and that is what is most important.
Thank you for reading this post. I hope by writing this personal story I can help others who are going through a challenge. Perhaps technology can also be helpful to them in a personal way.