Joyce explains how she became overweight and how she lost the unwanted pounds.
Well, it’s easy to know I was overweight. I looked at myself, looked on the scales once in a while, not very frequently because I didn’t like what it said.
So, you know, you just kind of ignore the scales and it creeps up over time.
Years and years ago I lost 80 pounds and swore I’d never put it on again, but you know, it just creeps up over time, and as I aged and I used to run a lot of marathons.
As I got older running that much made my hips hurt, so I just don’t do the endurance running and as a result, the weight came back on because I didn’t change my eating habits as I decreased the amount of running I was doing.
So I decided that I didn’t like the way I looked; didn’t like what I felt; actually I didn’t feel bad.
I have never ever really felt bad, but I didn’t like not being able to keep with the guys, up with the guys in my bike group when I am biking on the weekends. We are going uphill; I don’t like being left behind. I am a competitive individual.
So that plus an illness last May caused me to say, “Ooh, time to do something about it.” So I started eating and I am being very, very religious about this.
I have always been pretty good, but I got really religious about, really diligent about fruits, vegetables, green leafies as much as possible, you cannot overdo the vegetables, and range fed or farm raised meats and fish; nothing refined. No flour, no sugar, no grains.
I get plenty of carbs because fruits and vegetables convert to carbs, but nothing that is a grain and it melts away if you keep your exercise up while you are eating that way.