Tomorrow is the day! I’m not going to lie … I’m excited and nervous all at the same time. I am so ready to do this and to take control of my body. I realized this week as I have “enjoyed my last carbs” how unfulfilling it really is, especially after learning what it is doing to my body. Yuck.

I had my meeting with Kristin on Tuesday and my eyes were opened. I am trying to figure out how to explain what I experienced in that moment. But I am honestly at a loss for words. I learned so much about my body and how it uses food. I also came to the conclusion that eating carbs irresponsibly has simply sabotaged all my previous efforts at weight loss. I am not looking to cut out carbs completely … I am not sure that is really possible. I am merely looking to be mindful of what it is that I am putting into my body and making sure that it is working for me. Again, I am working on the mindset that I “eat to live” rather than I “live to eat”. Living to eat has put me in the pre-diabetic category. That doesn’t work for me anymore! I seriously recommend meeting with one of the wellness counselors. I left encouraged, motivated and prepared for the task at hand.

I sat down last night and worked on my grocery list based off of the handbook I received at my appointment. Knowing that I was getting ready to start this new lifestyle I have been working on clearing out my pantry. I just ate what I had available so now I have quite a list of things I need. My goal is to keep my bill between $75-90 and to have enough food to last me for two weeks. I am going to keep my carbs to <40 net carbs per day for the first two weeks. I have been told to expect to feel pretty awful as my body basically detoxes itself. So I am planning to keep my meals very simple at first. I am not going to worry about cooking anything too exciting just yet instead I am going to work on being faithful to count my carbs and to document them well. I am heading to Kroger tonight after I eat dinner so I won’t be tempted to buy something merely because I am hungry!  I will share this weekend what all I have purchased and my meal plan for the week.

This is it! There is no turning back now. Tonight, I bid adieu to eating recklessly and allowing food to control my quality of life. Tomorrow, I will greet the day knowing that I am fully committed to doing the very best I can and making sure the food I eat is working for me!

Here we go …

– Melody