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Week 5: No More Sugar!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Current Weight: 202 lbs
Weight Lost This Week: 1 lb
Weight Left to Lose: 22 lbs

Well, I made it through Thanksgiving without gaining and losing my momentum! Didn't blog last week - just too busy with family events. However I was active and on-track with my eating throughout all the festivities. That's not to say I didn't enjoy everything - I did. But I did not overeat and I did not eat outside of meals. So last week I stayed the same and was pleased with that.

This week I've continued to purge sugar from my life, and am feeling so much more stable for doing so. My partner is quitting smoking and I am noticing he has many of the same thoughts about cigarettes that I have with sugar. It is motivating to know that if he can work hard to avoid having one more cigarette, then I can work hard not to have anything sugary. I feel like the food cravings are gone, and I can eat when hungry. I am also noticing the amount I eat is much less.

Unfortunately I injured my back last week, and have one of these crazy head colds that are going around, so my exercise has been way too limited. Hoping to turn that around in the next few days, which should help the scale.



Week 3: Moving And Momentum

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Current Weight: 203 lbs
Weight Lost This Week: 3 lbs
Weight Left to Lose: 23 lbs

Yay! After gaining last week, a three pound loss this week is right on track again. I really worked hard on eating mindfully and thinking about my choices this week. I also started moving again as my foot has finally healed enough to do some regular exercise. The impact that had on my mood was immediate - I was worried my fitness was never going to come back!

Going to an anniversary party tonight, so I know food will be abundant. I'm going to continue to focus on being mindful and not worry about being "perfect". If I pay attention to how my body is feeling, I am planning to keep the impact of extra food to a minimum. And I can detox tomorrow again.

And because I feel I need an extra plan above that, I am taking some games and planning to distract myself around the kids at the party. Keeping my mind busy and off the food will be critical.

Have a great week, folks!

~ Kim

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DDARNZEN 10/4/2014 11:49AM

    What a great idea for the party. Keep up the good work!

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Week 2: Darn!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Current Weight: 206 lbs
Weight Lost This Week (1.5 lbs)
Weight Left to Lose: 26 lbs

What? Only week 2 and I've gained 1.5 lbs this week! Darn. I thought I was working hard this week, but I can immediately tell you where I slipped and let some gluten and sugar into my diet. My nutritionist and I have discussed how even subtle slips can inflame my stomach and liver. And then, just to make me remember I'm not as young as I thought I was, I pulled my back out yesterday. You know - just bending! Ugh. So now I'm in a lot of pain and need to rest before I can do any exercise again.

All this being said, I do feel like I'm on the right track, and I feel that starting this journey is what I need to do. So I'll take the hit and walk into week 3.

Have a great week!

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MJRVIC2000 9/27/2014 9:40AM

    When one door closes on you, God opens another door just for you. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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BUDDYHAM 9/27/2014 9:31AM

  Also your post inspired me to use the community portion of spark coach which I usually skip even though been a member for about a month....have a good day....

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PHHHISC 9/27/2014 9:28AM

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BUDDYHAM 9/27/2014 9:27AM

  Liked your comment and wrote it down as a reminder that even subtle slips can inflame the stomach and liver. Often I excuse poorer choices as this little bit won't hurt and of course .. It doesn't stop there leading to disappointment in my efforts and frustration in honoring my diabetes. Thank you for your post...

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Week 1 Again: SparkGuy Inspiration

Friday, September 19, 2014

Current Weight: 204.5 lbs
Weight Lost This Week: 4.5 lbs
Weight Left to Lose: 24.5 lbs

Hello SparkFriends! If you've ever followed my blogs, you know I'm a sporadic blogger. When I'm in the habit, I keep a weekly tracker and report regularly. And then....well, then inevitably I seem to fall off course. And as soon as I stop regularly tracking, then it's a slippery slope to old habits and weight gain.

I had a tough summer. In many ways, it was relaxing and filled with great moments. But I also renovated my house and injured my foot. No more running. The last time I really enjoyed a run was May...after that it was painful and/or tentative as I worried about making things worse. Things have easily slid backwards and I lost all the progress I had made in the spring. Two weeks ago I was back up to 209 lbs.

I love clothes and I have a closet full of beautiful clothes that no longer fit me. I love feeling good about my fitness and I no longer feel fit at all. I love feeling like a woman, and I no longer have a shape. I was feeling pretty low.

And then, I logged back into SparkPeople, and like so many other times before, it saved me. I had a new mail message from Chris the Spark Guy. I read about how many times he started over again and again. Here is the link to his fabulous blog:

He writes about starting his fitness streak 8 times before it stuck. And he's the SparkGuy! So if he can get sidelined but keep picking himself back up, then how can I demand perfection of myself and feel like I failure if I fall. Chris is not a failure...he's human. And so am I.

So I'm back on the boards, tracking again, and here I am after a week and I'm down 4.5 lbs. I know it isn't going to be easy. I know it's going to challenge me every single day. But I'm trying again.

See you in a week! ~ Kim


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Week 12: The Impact of Food

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Weight Lost This Week: .5 lb
Weight Lost Since Week One: 12.5 lbs
Weight Left to Lose: 14.5 lbs

So, we are three months into my eating discoveries, having worked with a naturopath/nutritionist and discovering my food sensitivities. I am pleased with 12 lbs in 12 weeks. Yes, it is slow, but I am no longer "yo-yo-ing" up and down. Instead, the weight steady goes down, sits for a week, goes down, and repeats.

I am learning just how very sensitive my body (and therefore my weight) is to every morsel of food. When I eat "clean" and follow my a detox or Whole30 plan, then I lose weight. It's a given. But if I follow a more 80/20 plan, I feel okay (not great) and my weight sticks exactly where it was the week before. And if I throw out the plan and eat sugar IN ANY FORM (refined, or in yeast that converts to sugar in the body, or in condiments and packaged items) then I feel terrible and gain weight.

This past weekend I was very busy, working in my yard and running lots of errands. My eating was therefore completely unplanned and grab-and-go eating. On Monday I felt like I had the flu and had been hit by a truck. My muscles ached. I shivered and felt cold and sleepy. I was jittery and yet my brain felt foggy. I suspected this was food-related because my stomach was bloated from the sugary drinks of the days before and the unhealthy meals I had grabbed on the run. I spent Monday in "detox mode" and ate cleanly all day. By the evening I felt fine. The next day I was okay, and after a second day of detox my energy, sleep, and stomach felt great. Not just fine, but great! Three days later and my body feels wonderful. My nails and hair are growing quickly, my skin looks good, and my energy is high. All of the research on eating in the Whole30/Detox way supports this anecdotal evidence, as well as the evidence of my Naturopath.

So then the only question that remains is: "How can I maintain the consistency to do it every day??????" That's the challenge!

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MSILVER94 6/5/2014 4:41PM

    Learning your body is very key. Your body definitely requires the finest care. To answer your last question I guess the best thing you can do is plan, plan, plan. For the month, week, day and hour. Probably keep snack baggies in your purse of things you can eat for when you're out and about. Best of luck to you!! Also a pound a week is great. Steady.

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