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6 Months From Now

Friday, February 28, 2020

Just a quick blog to share with you my eating plan for now. I know from past experience that I need to allow myself to adjust it as needed when my weight plateaus.

In doing research for the best diet for cancer patients or patients who are in remission, I got more confused than ever! It seems like every link I clicked on had a different opinion as to what was the best course of action. My doctors were excellent at treating my cancer, but did not have much to offer in the way of nutrition advice, so I had to look elsewhere. Like I said, there are many different opinions and they all claimed to know the "right" way.

As I was paralyzed with all of this overload of information and trying to decide which way to go, I gained 30 pounds back of the 50 I lost while I was sick. So, now it is time to move forward. The common thread I seemed to find in all these diets is that sugar feeds cancer. There was my answer. I needed to cut sugar from my diet. I have decided on a keto style diet. I am not following any particular plan because, again, I got overwhelmed looking at all of the different ways to do keto, so I decided to just keep it simple. I am limiting my net carbs to around 20 per day. I am probably doing what is called a "dirty" keto because I am not eating all whole, natural foods. But you know what? At least I am doing something right? It's a start. As I learn more, I will do more. Right now, I am just adjusting to this new lifestyle and trying to keep things as simple as possible. My goal is for a peaceful, stress-free life. I don't do the drama if I can help it. I have had enough of that to last a lifetime!

I have been working on this for almost 2 weeks now and have lost about 7 pounds. Seriously, the hardest part of this program was finally deciding to actually start. Isn't that how it goes? We perfectionists tend to have an all or nothing type of mindset, which I believe is the biggest obstacle in starting and sticking to any changes we want to make. Instead of just doing "something" to keep from gaining the weight back, I did "nothing" because I couldn't find the "perfect" plan! You know what I now believe? There is no perfect plan. We just need to start and do something. If we mess up, we need to just jump back in (we don't even have to wait until Monday!). We forgive ourselves and we move on. We don't need to be perfect. Actually, we CAN"T be perfect. That is a hard concept for some of us to accept and grasp.

These next 6 months are going to pass whether we do anything to improve our health or not. Wouldn't it be great, though, if we could look back in 6 months and see how far we have come? Look at the person you want to be 6 months from now (or whatever time table you choose) and start now to make the changes necessary to get there. If you want to get your diabetes under control, what do you need to do now to make that happen? If you need your cholesterol lowered, why not get started on that now? Do you want to get out of debt? What steps do you need take? Take a great vacation? Start saving now. You get the idea. A lot of times, I have stalled on starting something because I thought it would just take so long. Now I know how flawed that thinking was. The time will pass whether I do something to improve my life or not. We need to spend our lives growing, changing, learning, loving, sharing, etc. no matter how long it takes.

I have also discovered, though, that a lot of times, once you take that first step, you will find that you have many small victories along the way to celebrate. Even after just 2 weeks cutting sugar, my joints already feel better. My clothes are a little looser. I don't have to lay down on the bed to zip my pants LOL! I believe Spark calls that non-scale victories. We need to celebrate every small step we take. Forgive ourselves for the failures, and move on. Otherwise, we get stuck.

This is where I would like to see myself 6 months from now:

I want to be stronger.
What do I need to do? exercise

I want to be lighter and healthier.
What do I need to do? Cut sugar from my diet.

I want to have fewer doctor appointments.
What do I need to do? Follow doctor orders and treatments to manage the after affects of cancer. Develop healthier habits.

I want to maintain closer relationships with my family members.
What do I need to do? Plan weekly Family Dinners to get us all together.

I hope to look back on this blog in 6 months (Aug 28, 2020) and see how far I have come. I would love to make this journey with you! If you would like to join me, mention your goals below or in your own blog. Just let me know so I can read it and support you along the way.

Together, we can do this!

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    I wish you all the best with your new plan.
    434 days ago
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    438 days ago
    Would love to have you join me on my journey. I'm fighting Fibromyalgia & RA as well as other heath issues.

    1. Need to cut sugar as it promotes inflammation & cancer
    2. Continue with the Keto WOE
    3. Exercise .. even five or ten minutes is better than nothing
    4. Practice self care - Rest when needed. Stay positive & keep researching for answers
    5. Lose weight & inches
    6. Be more active
    7. Get back to Spark People it's been awhile

    We can do it
    438 days ago
  • SPICY23
    I'm in, Dachelle.

    I can't list my personal goals and actions until after my consult with the Endocrinologist in March as I don't know what I will need to do to get my complex situation under control. I do agree with this approach and attitude. I have known several people who took on impressive protracted challenges 'later in life'. To a person their attitude was ' I'm going to be X years old anyway, might as well also have my Master's degree/certificate/marathon ribbon/published novel etc. No point in letting age or anything else hold one back. Thanks for inspiring.

    Peace and Care
    438 days ago
  • MSHEL7
    This is all so true. I've had to learn and relearn these concepts so many times. It's so refreshing having you back and blogging your thoughts and plans, motivates all of us.
    438 days ago
    10 years on spark and I still have the perfectionist mindset and I'm positive that is why I fail at every attempt to lose weight.

    You have a great plan and KISS is the way to go - Keep It Simple Stupid.

    We faced the same problem after DH's cancer with nutrition information and read so much conflicting info. Thankfully he is not a carboholic like me though.

    I also get extremely overwhelmed with any eating plans. I'm trying to keep it simple for myself but the junkfood and carboholic in me fights it all the way. My hope is to become a whole foods, low carb lifestyle long term.

    438 days ago
    You're approaching things sensibly. Good for you! And good luck.
    438 days ago
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