Up to this point in the series, I've covered a lot of my weight-loss history that I didn't share in the prior series. Rather than just start spilling the beans on how I lost over 100 pounds tweaking the Atkins Diet, I wanted you to see that where you've been and what you did to get where you are today is vital to understand what's necessary to reach your target weight.
Chasing after diets and diet schemes, and nursing the diet-mindset, doesn't work long-term. It backfires almost every single time because you won't feel what you expect to feel once you're thin. Plus, something will always arise in your way, either today or tomorrow, to convince you that you can't do low carb.
You can't eat healthy today because . . .
Sometimes, those events are out of your control. They're justified. When bedridden, I was unable to cook for myself and even if I could, dieting was the last thing on my mind. At other times, events gave me an excuse to stuff my face with carbs because I didn't understand what they were doing to me.
I went rogue for long stretches of time in between attempts to turn low carb into an honest-to-goodness lifestyle.
What I've learned over the years is that all diet paths bring you to exactly the same place. No matter what you've tried to do in the past, yesterday is now dead to you. It's gone. It's over and done with. Playing the What If Game only keeps you frustrated, feeling guilty, and your cortisol level high.
Yesterday does affect how your body is responding to your low-carb diet today, but only up to a point. Most of us are not doing exactly what we did the first or second time around. I know I didn't.
So, for the rest of the series, I'm going to share the various tricks and tweaks I used to get Atkins 2002 to work better for me, but I'm going to do that using today's perspective. The Vickie I was in 2007 won't do you any good because she believed in Atkins Magic. As a result of my misconceptions, the path I actually took to lose over 100 pounds was super long and circular most of the time.
It took me over 2 years to accomplish what I did, but it doesn't have to take you that long if you can wrap your head around the vital principles necessary for low-carb weight loss.