Today marks my 8 year anniversary of starting the Atkins Diet.
I started the Diet on March 31, 2004 after one failed day of not understanding what the Diet actually. I thought I knew what the diet was, but I hadn’t read the book nor even browsed the Atkins website. I readily found my ignorance and restarted the diet the next day. The first few weeks were difficult on the Diet as I was a guy who had lost his way in the kitchen. I ate mostly commercial processed foods and fast food at that point. Going on the Atkins Diet, I suddenly had to relearn how to cook and find new recipes.
Things like low carb convenience foods were not as popular back then, and there weren’t the recipe options to be found on the web. I did however find a few crucial resources like Atkins Diet Bulletin Board to support me and Linda’s Low Carb Recipe site. Linda’s was a Godsend as Linda had some new comfort foods and options to eat. However, my love for cooking did not come overnight, and I would routinely just stare into the fridge not knowing what to make. Every meal time was challenge and frustrating as the things I wanted I couldn’t eat. It was always work, and to be honest, I was irritable having lost one of my friends (food). I also suffered from a case of Induction flu that seemingly lasted for a couple weeks. I was fatigued, and just generally felt miserable.
That initial discomfort was temporary. The results were permanent. Looking at the old photos remind me of just how far I have come. As different as two guys above appear, I internally feel even more estranged from that guy. The guy in the Before photo was close to giving up. He had spent years denying he had a problem and believing he could keep living that way. The guy in the after photo just ran a marathon — something that would have been impossible for the guy in the Before to even THINK was possible let alone do.
Now, the last eight years have not been all roses and smooth sailing. While following diet’s food plan has been remarkably simple, I have had injuries from running, frustrating races that ended much worse than planned, and even a 29-pound regain 6 months ago after the stress fracture misdiagnosis. The difference is however between the Before and After guy is the Before might have tossed in the towel or given up, claimed it wasn’t important, or tried to bury it under the rug. Having had the success, I kept working at it and improving. I have ran my fastest marathon last year and in the last 3 months dropped most of the regain (24 pounds). The weight loss journey isn’t over; today just marked another milestone along the way.