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72 days

Friday, December 21, 2012

72 days til competition.

No progress toward choreography/costuming due to an intense load at work wearing me out and holiday stuff taking what little/time energy I have left.

CPAP Streak; Back to 1 day.
Wheat Free: 2 days.

I'm noticing the changes in my body from not eating wheat, and when I do indulge, I sure notice that too. I've been doing a lot of reading, and while some of my own health history is still raising questions, I feel like I'm doing something positive by avoiding grains - something that makes a difference. I have more energy, less skin issues (tho they are still there), and I'm noticing less anxiety as well. So, we'll continue on and see.

So far, 4 pounds lost. It's taken over a month to do it, but it's still gone. More than that, I again see the change in my belly. It's going down. I've lost almost 2 inches off my waistline from "wheat bloat".

Veggies still seem to be an issue - as in getting more of them. I'll just keep plugging away at that.

Frankly, I'll be glad for the holidays to get done with!

  
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SUGARSMOM2 12/21/2012 11:58AM

  you are doing a good job . it takes time to figure out what is good or bad for our bodies . with everyone of us the issues are different . what works for the other lady may not be good for you or I . . veggies are something i am learning to love . husband not so much . meat and potatoes all the way to get him to change would take a miracie emoticon ,

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76 days - Thoughts

Monday, December 17, 2012

76 days til Competition in Tacoma

Yesterday, I felt achy all day. Knee hurt, back hurt, all the arthritic spots hurt. Had a low-level headache all day. Wondered what was going on....was I reacting to the incoming weather change/storms?

Then I realized, I ate wheat. That was what my body was reacting to. Yep, I ate it willingly, no one tied me down and force fed me, LOL. And my body had it's say about it. In the aches and pains....and other less pleasantly described ways we won't go into.

So, no wheat...back to scratch on that streak. It's okay. I knew this week would be difficult and I knew it might happen. And...I'm going right back to no wheat today.

I see the sleep doctor today. He is very kind, I don't expect a "spanking", lol. Hopefully he will see the continued effort...and the fact I didn't blow off the appointment. I am serious about continuing to work on my CPAP compliance.

I'm not sure what the scale will say today, but I had a 3 pound loss last week - that actually stayed 3 days in a row, so.... yeah. Cool beans. We'll see if it's still there today after eating some lovely wheat products over the weekend!

I have three pounds till my first goal - 245. I set the goal to lose 7 pounds and get to 245 for December 31 a few weeks ago. The last 2 weeks was the first time the scale had moved in about 3 weeks of trying very hard to follow paleo. We'll see what happens this next week.....

Tried my first almond butter this weekend, the "old fashioned" grind your own at the store kind. it was okay. Nothing fabulous. A change from peanut butter perhaps. If anyone has any great suggestions for a fabulous almond butter I'm missing out on...that'd be awesome. :)

Here's to Monday!

  
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GOPINTOS 12/17/2012 8:36PM

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LEXIE63 12/17/2012 9:28AM

    Not easy having to pass on food you enjoy, even when it makes you sick to eat it. Hopefully you will find a way not to succumb to future temptation. :-)

Good luck with the sleep doc.
Hugs,
Lex xxx

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SEESKO 12/17/2012 8:51AM

    Been thinking about trying almond butter in my green smoothies. Right now I am using almond milk. Interested to see if anyone shares a good one with you. Best of luck this week.

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81 days - Turning the corner...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

81 days till competition in Tacoma. No work on costuming or choreo - holiday stuff, work and other committments eating my time.

But in better news, I think I finally turned that corner...

I've found when I have to re-start my eating plan, the first week or so can be rough. I don't feel good, headaches, tired, etc. Well this time, it took darn near three weeks to finally wake up and feel good, to have energy, and to lose 2 pounds at my weigh in last night.

19 days of feeling like crap, wondering is it worth it to leave the wheat and grains behind?

Yes. It is. I finally feel better. Yesterday I woke up and felt GOOD. Really good. I had energy all day, even in my dreaded zombie zone of 2-4 pm - a time when I always wanna take a nap and historically have eaten to stay awake and functioning at work.

Wanting more info on the eating plan the doc had given me, I've been reading and researching a lot and finally came to the conclusion, it's Paleo. She didn't call it that, but that's what it is - well it's paleo with 1 or 2 lowfat dairy choices a day. But all in all - Paleo. So I've read a LOT, and I've really committed to it.

It's definitely a different way of eating, and I'm by no means perfect at it. I'm still having a cup of coffee every morning with my french vanilla creamer. I cut the sugar with that exception. Nineteen days ago, I would have told you "H*LL no I'm not giving up my morning coffee, ever!" but I can actually see eventually getting there. I've gone from 3 cups a day to 1 now...and while that's not the biggest issue I have to overcome, it will be a difficult one.

No wheat (95% anyway) for 19 days. I wasn't grain free for most of that either till this last week or so. I recognize fully I'm in the holiday crunch and there will be treats. I'm not deluded that I won't eat anything, but I am pretty motivated to make sure it's not going to restart me into eating crap again. I actually feel really fortunate that the plates of goodies that used to be almost daily from Thanksgiving to Christmas at work have been completely absent. Feel like I've dodged a bullet there!

Extremely broke means I'm eating pretty much the same thing and that is getting old, but I hope to start mixing up my vegetable and meat choices more with payday this week. I'm really ready to eat something besides chicken!

For me, there are layers to paleo. Yes, grain fed, wild caught, pasture raised, free range....those are important words. Right now, they are very expensive words too. I'd like to be able to work up to including some of those things on a regular basis. I know I can't today, but like one of the authors I read said "just because you can't buy grain fed doesn't mean you should eat a bagel!"...and truly, that would have been my mindset earlier.

See? Change is possible.

CPAP streak: 2 nights.
Wheat free: 19 days.
Pounds lost: 2

  
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LEXIE63 12/13/2012 2:15PM

    It will have been worth it to get to this point, and all you need to do whenever you are tempted to stray from the path in the future is remember how long it took to get to this point to stop you from falling off the wagon. Because you know you want to stay on the wagon, yes? :-) Re-read this blog if you ever feel yourself slipping. :-)

You are doing great. :-) On the expensive stuff, I pad it out. Buy a small amount of the organic, grain fed, free range or whatever, and pad it out with cheap stuff on your 'can eat list', such as cheap veggies, beans, lentils, that sort of thing.

I never thought I could start the day without three cigarettes and two mugs of tea, but now I drink a pint of water and nibble on a nutrigrain bar to start my day. :-) It is amazing how you can make gradual changes that you can stick with over time. :-) Every step forward, however small, is a step in the right direction. So PROUD of you!

Hugs,
Lex xxx


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CAT-IN-CJ 12/13/2012 12:21PM

    Fine tuning the plan can be all consuming. But it's worth it.
I find it helps to keep a written journal with everything in it
so far as pertaining to health and food reactions.

Good luck on your journey to health.

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SHAR140 12/13/2012 8:10AM

    Primal allows for some dairy, if you can tolerate it. I'm lactose intolerant, so I avoid milk, but still occasionally have cheese and full-fat yogurt (they're lower in lactose, though I'm trying to cut down). And you're absolutely right, even if you can't do all grass-fed, organic, free-range everything - it's still better than eating grains!! Baby steps. It's ideal, but not feasible right now. Even just small amounts of wheat can make me feel like crap for a few days.

Also, I've started using coconut cream in my coffee. Delish! A can is kind of expensive, but I only drink 1 cup/day, so the can lasts me at least a week, if not a week and a half.
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SUSIEQ911 12/12/2012 10:46AM

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SPIRALDOWN 12/12/2012 8:33AM

    Slow and steady.... Gd job! You Can Do It!

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83 days - Ouch

Monday, December 10, 2012

83 days till I compete again...

This weekend, I tried a "restorative yoga" class. I was told I'd likely be the youngest person in the room (I wasn't), that it was very gentle (mmmmm. maybe), and relaxing.

Not. LOL.

It wasn't the hard yoga I did before at the college...it was slower and gentler in that respect. We used a lot of equipment - bolster, blanket, yoga strap, blocks and sand bag. I had a difficult time getting into some of the poses - not because I didn't understand them, but because my body didn't want to go there! The massage therapist told me I was really tight, and I knew she was right, but wow....yep, apparently my muscles are tight. So, i got through the 1.5 hour class, only felt totally awkward 1 or 2 times and thought well, all's good.

um.

Then in the evening I was getting sort of stiff and achy. Took a couple ibuprofen.

While later, I was getting really achy. Took a hot bath with epsom salts.

Tried to go to bed...but some muscles were just throbbing, couldn't get comfortable.

Finally, around midnight, I got up and slathered IcyHot on all those aching muscles and was finally able to go to sleep.

Yesterday, I was still stiff and sore. Rested and stretched.

This a.m.? Still have 2 or 3 spots that are saying "ouch!"

I contacted the instructor, she suggested deep breathing and stretching.

I'm going back....with slight trepidation, LOL! I know it's what I need but.....wow. I honestly NEVER once felt during the class I was over doing it, or over stretching.

My body obviously thought otherwise!

Here's to a new week of healthy choices, one by one giving me better health.

Right? Right!

  
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GOPINTOS 12/11/2012 7:22PM

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FAITH__IN__ME 12/11/2012 10:25AM

    One day at a time.

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SUSIEQ911 12/10/2012 10:05AM

    Maybe you didn't drink enough water afterwards?

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SPIRALDOWN 12/10/2012 9:25AM

    Have not tried Restorative Yoga. Hope your body finds relief. We did a new Yoga session Thurs...many Up Dogs...and i am not the best at getting up and out so my bodyscreamed for 2 days after....lol! But its good for our bodies so i do it.

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BROOKLEE99 12/10/2012 9:22AM

    Congratulations. It sounds intense. I want to do yoga one day but I am just not there yet. I just know how awkward I would feel but it is a goal of mine to do it one day. I hope you are feeling less sore now!

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85 days - focusing on the positive

Saturday, December 08, 2012

working on focusing on the good things I'm doing for my health:

I burned 2000+ calories this week
I drank more water than usual, every day
I've increased my fruit/veggie intake
I've tracked my food every day
I've taken my supplements
I'm wearing my CPAP more (CPAP Streak: 2 days)
I've cut wheat almost entirely

I've weighed oh, every other day or so out of curiousity and I've watched the same pound it goes, it comes back, it goes, it comes back.

I'm not worried about it, more curious than anything. I FEEL better and that has more "weight" than the scale, LOL. Would I like the scale to go down?

Uh, YEAH!! but I'm not obsessive over it, at least not yet. Wednesday night I have a weigh-in/measure with my daughter who is also trying to lose weight and we'll see the progress of the whole week.

If there is no progress....I will simply adjust something more. It's a long term project, not a week long sprint!

  
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SUSIEQ911 12/8/2012 9:31AM

    You can do it!

As far as the scale goes, I'd stay away from it. Weight fluctuates so much. Until I was at goal weight, I weighed in no more than once a week. Sometimes I'd go 2 weeks. Always at the same time of day.

It was hard, but it was better than seeing a pound up and down every day.

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