Hold fast

This past weekend I spent some time in prayer, meditation and planning to come up with a way for me to change my diet. In the end I decided to spend a week working on a low-carb diet. I started this past Sunday.

It was probably not a good idea to start the diet on a fasting day, but I did. Only 600 calories was allowed on Sunday but it was surprisingly easy to make it through.

I am not an advocate for the low-carb diet, but I have no problem trying it for a week to see where it takes me.

After day one, I lost 2.4 pounds. This is common on a low-carb diet and is just water weight.

I am still honoring my calorie restrictions, only 600 Sunday and Wednesday, 1,200 on the other days. I am also still recording everything I eat and the water I drink.

Remember, as with any diet, please consult a physician and dietitian.

Monday, I was able to increase to 1,200 calories. I started with two poached eggs for breakfast at 7:00 a.m. I was hungry about 10:00 but made it till 11:00 before eating one serving of carrots and a one-half serving of spinach. For lunch I had a serving of chicken, a quarter serving of spinach and a serving of cheddar cheese. For tea, I had the same plus a serving of tuna. I also took my nutritional supplements.

Since 11:00, hunger has not been an issue.

Monday supper will be two servings of tuna, an egg, a serving of cheese and a half serving of spinach. At bedtime I will have a half-serving of almonds and another serving of cheddar.

My total intake will be right at 1,200 calories with 29 grams of carbs. Carbs will represent only nine percent of my total calories which is considered a “very low carbohydrate diet.”

My potassium intake will be low but I’m taking supplements for that already. I’m reaching my daily goals for vitamins A and C as well as calcium and iron. I will exceed sodium and cholesterol recommendations but am not worried about that as this is short-term and my blood is checked every three months by the doctor.

Monday, it felt great to get back into a workout routine with regular walks. I spent a lot of time with my youngest this past weekend and it was too cold to take her walking and biking with me.

I will keep you posted.

Thanks for all the encouraging words I received since my last few posts. Your encouragement motivates me as the Lord gives me strength.

So that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. – Hebrews 6:18 ESV

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