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Week 5: Learning to Eat this Way

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Weight Lost This Week: 1 lb
Weight Lost Since Week one: 11 lbs
Weight Left to Lose: 16 lbs

So this was my first week off my strict detox prescribed by the nutritionist. It was a challenging week, mostly in my mind. I didn't think I would eat much differently, but I had been encouraged to increase my range of foods. That, combined with not preparing all my meals as I had been, meant that I was adding more sugar than the nutritionist or I intended a week ago. So, I'm not disappointed by a one pound loss....I'm glad it went down at all!

After detoxing for a full month my body was a pretty clean slate. Here's what I'm noticing: even though I'm not technically allergic to gluten, just a small amount of white flour or sugar makes me feel bloated and in pain. I was shocked by how acute this was after only four weeks of restriction. The effect was swift and sharp - there was no mistaking it. This connects to the way my body deals with sugars and my high levels of yeast.

I feel motivated heading into week six. This could be a big weekend of eating in my family, but I have some plans in place, did my meal preparation for the next few days, and am feeling more focused. Onward!

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Week 4: Some Answers and a Plan!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Weight Lost This Week: 3 lbs
Weight Lost Since Week One: 10 lbs
Weight Left to Lose: 17 lbs

After not losing any weight last week, I am pleased that sticking to my detox plan has resulted in another big loss this week. Very happy with the results that having a completely "clean" diet has given to me.

I saw my naturopath today for the one-month follow up appointment. She is pleased with all the results. Testing revealed I have a yeast allergy, which was being aggravated by wheat, dairy, and sugars. So, although my detox diet is over, I will be following some restrictions in order to manage this. I won't go into all the details here, but just want to say what a relief it has been to finally have an answer! After 2 years of guessing about gluten, rice, dairy, and grains, I now I have actual data to show my allergens. It is a great relief.

I am motivated and excited moving forward. I feel great eating this way and can incorporate the foods that won't harm me while keeping out the foods that will. And, I am finally over being sick so I'm back to the gym and training for my first 5k of the season in May!

Thanks for all the support. Onward to week 5!

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HOPEFULME 4/11/2014 9:08AM

  What great news! Happy to hear you are feeling better and can continue with your training :)

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EDDYMEESE 4/9/2014 8:41PM

    Woo hoo! Awesome!

Hey, thanks for my flower pot goodie!

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Week 3: Steady and Stable

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Weight Lost This Week: 0 lbs
Weight Lost Since Week One Detox: 7 lbs
Weight Left to Lose: 20 lbs

So, I haven't lost any weight this week, the third week of the detox my nutritionist gave me. I'm okay with that...maybe a wee bit disappointed, but I feel so great that I'm pretty happy to be stable. I've lost 7 pounds in 3 weeks, crossed through the rough days when I was sick and my motivation was sagging, and totally committed for week four of the detox. So I'm stable, and my commitment is steady. And now that my cold is finally moving on, I can head back to the gym this weekend. This is a good thing.

I've been noticing some cravings this past week - mostly for sweets or a particular texture. At these moments I remind myself that I am not hungry (never once have I been hungry) and if needed am grabbing a tea with honey or an apple, and that seems to curb the craving.

Going back to the Nutritionist next week and am very interested in getting my test results regarding allergens and food sensitivities. This has been a most-interesting process and I truly have not felt this good in many months. Thanks SparkFriends for all the great comments of encouragement! Onward to week four!

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HOPEFULME 4/7/2014 3:55PM

  So happy to hear that things are continuing to go well. Continue on - you can do it!

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Pleased with Progress

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Weight Lost this Week: 2.5 lbs
Weight Lost since starting Detox: 7 lbs
Weight Left to Lose: 20 lbs

This has been another good week as I detox from any allergens and toxins under the guide of my nutritionist. I've been sick most of the week and only made it to the gym once, for a half-hearted workout, so I'm quite pleased with this result. Back to the gym tomorrow as I think my flu and cold have finally abated!

I have found week two more difficult mentally than week one, but not unbearable. I am still preparing every meal in advance and sticking to the plan, so that's not a problem. But I find myself thinking more about food and craving food when I'm not hungry at all. Keeping a strict log of every morsel I eat has helped, as does knowing that I will be reporting this all to my doctor. And I am motivated by this process and want to return in two weeks time knowing that I've given my body every advantage to detox and get rid of toxins. I am paying lots of attention to these thoughts and feelings, and am able to recognize that's all they are...and I can push past those.

Today I woke up feeling just sick of food. I'd rather not think about food at all and am quite happy to make my protein shake for every meal today. It's funny, but when I'm working out I always feel better after I push through the 12th minute of a workout. Up until then I feel like quitting. I am hoping that pushing through day 12 and day 13 of this detox will have the same result and I'll be in the swing of it!

On to a week of holidays next week, which will mean more down time to both prepare food, and to think about food. I don't have big plans, but will keep myself busy and schedule gym time each day.

Wish me luck! Thank you Spark Friends for all your words of encouragement. I truly appreciate it!

~ Kim

  
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HOPEFULME 4/1/2014 12:09PM

  Way to go Kim. You will succeed at this for sure. Keep up the good work!

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SERENITEE29 3/29/2014 1:17PM

    Great job, Kim. I find the same with workouts… there is a magic number, and it's also somewhere around the 12 minute mark. Even my legs feel like jello, and then something suddenly seems to shift. (I walk fast on my treadmill.)

I'm reading the Beck Diet Solution right now. It's not a diet… it's about a solution to our eating, especially the emotional eating. I'm not very far into it, but it's good. I thought it was another diet book. It's not. It's about working through WHY we keep turning to dieting to try and lose weight instead of the issues surrounding food and eating. I bought the workbook, and the book, but I think one of them would do fine. Personally, I like the workbook idea :)

Keep up the great attitude to all of this!

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EDDYMEESE 3/26/2014 2:59PM

    Great job and keep up the hard work!

I think you're at the 11th minute mentally...just keep pushing and you'll pass that 12 minute mark and quitting not only won't be an option, but NOT quitting will become easy!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 3/26/2014 2:31PM

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FITWITHIN 3/26/2014 11:58AM

    Keep up the great work on your journey.

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Wow - Such A Great Week!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Good morning, SparkFriends! Here's my stats for the week:

Starting Weight: 207 lbs
Today's Weight: 202.5 lbs
Weight Lost: 4.5 lbs
Weight Left to Lose: 22.5 lbs

Wow! A four pound weight loss since starting my Nutritionist's Detox Diet! I have never lost four pounds in one week. I am pleased to say that it's been a good week. It has required lots of planning and prepping of food (at least five hours on the weekend of shopping, cooking, and preparing), but once that was done it has made the rest of the week go smoothly. I am not hungry, and really not having cravings. Occasionally I have the impulse to grab something, but I've been able to redirect my thoughts and recognize that these impulses are not due to hunger.

I've given up coffee this week, and that was NOT easy. I started by cutting down to half a cup each day, and have now had two days without caffeine. Today I have to work quite late, so I'm not sure I'll make it all day without. And I went out for dinner last week and couldn't have the glass of wine I'd otherwise have had. But otherwise I'm not feeling deprived.

What's most interesting is that I'm eating roughly the same number of calories that I was before. Somehow, eliminating the allergens is making all the difference.

This is great motivation for me to stay on track for another week. My nervousness about maintaining this detox is still present, but I'm going to take it one week, one day, one meal at a time.

Have a great week!
~Kim

  
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SERENITEE29 3/25/2014 12:33PM

    This weight loss thing is a real discovery journey, isn't it!!?!

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HOPEFULME 3/25/2014 11:56AM

  Awesome - Way to go!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 3/20/2014 1:45AM

    emoticon on your weight loss !
Congrats also on your success in preparing the foods that nourish
you, in this exciting part of your journey !
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