It’s January, a time to reflect on the last year and a time to set goals and aspirations for the year to come. As I look back on 2015, I am proud of the changes we made for our health. My wife, Megan, and I started following the ketogenic diet at the end of July. I was fortunate enough to join the Virta study being led by Dr. Sarah Hallberg at IU Medical Weight Loss in Lafayette, IN in September. They are studying the effects of a low carb, high fat diet on patients with Type 2 diabetes. Since starting in July, I have lost 50 lbs., been taken off of my diabetes medication, and the inflammation in my body has dropped by 50%. I still have a long road ahead of me. My next goals are to drop my A1C, continue to increase my HDL and triglycerides, and lower my LDL through continued weight loss.
My purpose for creating this blog is a personal one. This lifestyle has already been life changing for me and as such I feel the need to chronicle it. I want to have a record of my ups and downs, successes and failures. I don’t ever want to forget where I came from and the road that I traveled to get my health back. One of my most cherished possessions is a book that I created from blog posts I wrote when my first set of twins, Elliott and Hudson, were in the NICU. They are born at a mere 27 weeks 5 days, both weighing in under 2 lbs. Megan and I tried to post updates daily for all of our friends and family that were closely following their progress. Their book is a compilation of those posts, the kind words of support from friends, family, and strangers alike, and most importantly the prayers for our children. I would like this blog to serve in a similar fashion. It can be a place for people to draw inspiration, a place for learning and exploring, and a forum that will support each other through a new way of living.
I am not a doctor, dietician, nutritionist or fitness expert. I am just a person that is working towards a brighter future. Everything contained within this space is my opinion and experiences. Please feel free to post comments and questions. We will continue to learn from each other and get answers as we continue on the path.
This is one of those times in life where you can sink or swim. For me it really was one of those life or death decisions. It’s not something that I could dip my toe in and see how it worked. I had to make the decision that I wanted to be around for my family for many years to come. Through all of that…I found my creativity and a passion for cooking. I love it! Figuring out how to make recipes work on a ketogenic diet is fun for me. Social media, specifically Pinterest, has helped me to build a fairly large recipe file. I try to test out a couple of new recipes every week. When I find a good one, I will be sure to post it for everyone to enjoy.
The biggest challenge is finding and recreating recipes that my little critics will try. That will continue to be a challenge for me but one that I am game for. I don’t want to instill bad, unhealthy habits in my kids.
I look forward to sharing in our future successes this New Year with everyone.
May lady luck be with you if you are playing the lotto tomorrow! Man, $1.3 billion could buy a lot of almond flour and Kerrygold… Have a great rest of the week!