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2013 Goals - A Work In Progress

Sunday, December 30, 2012

I'm not a big resolutions fan, mostly because I haven't had incredible success with them.

Goals, however, are more concrete for me and for some reason easier.

In thinking about this, about goal setting for the coming year - these are some of my thoughts:

What are my top priorities this year? Health, financial stability, and learning to love myself.

That last one....boy howdy, that's a doozy. I feel more overwhelmed considering that alone than all three put together!

I'm pretty aware of where it comes from- this lack of love, lack of caring for myself. I can say logically that I'm fully aware that we must care for ourselves before we can care for others - just like on a plane, you put your oxygen on first, then help others put theirs on. I get it. I believe it. Yet, I have a hard time practicing that.

I suspect it impacts my health, and likely the financial stability, in a significant way.

I have the better part of the next week off. I'm going to use it to really think about these things....about my goals, what I really want and prioritizing the things that take my time and attention to reflect that.

How do YOU do at loving yourself? Do you think this has impacted your health/weight? Inquiring minds want to know...

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SUSIEQ911 1/1/2013 10:46AM

    I was never very good at it. It's not easy. I now know that a large part of my issue was because of a controlling, narcissistic partner. She always told me I should love myself and then would mange to point out everything wrong with me.

It became much easier once we were no longer together, but it still took time.

I think the thing that has helped me the most is that my partner and I wrote lists about what we love about each other. Seeing that list was a huge eyeopener for me. She really helped me to see what she sees and realize there are tons of reasons to love myself.

I will be honest, though, I do have my days. She never lets it last for long though, but realizes that everyone has those days. I also have to be honest that finally being successful losing my weight has been a huge help as well.

There are lots of reasons to love yourself. Look for them, write them down and remind yourself.


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SPIRALDOWN 12/31/2012 12:01AM

    I am not very gd at loving myself. I hate looking in a mirror, do not take complimients well and avoid conversations about me at all costs.
You seem to have a great start on your goals for next year. Gd job

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SPIRALDOWN 12/30/2012 9:18PM

    I am not very gd at loving myself. I hate looking in a mirror, do not take complimients well and avoid conversations about me at all costs.
You seem to have a great start on your goals for next year. Gd job

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"Conventional Wisdom"

Thursday, December 27, 2012

I've been reading Mark Sisson's The Primal Blueprint. Very interesting. One of his catchy phrases is "conventional wisdom" i.e. that nutrition advice we've been raised with, especially "whole grains are the most important thing you can eat!!"

After reading "Wheat Belly", I became firmly convinced that for myself - I won't speak for the rest of you - wheat had to GO. It's been a long road getting it gone, but overall, I'm happy I've done it.

Now other authors, including Sisson, are leading me into a way of eating that goes against all that "conventional wisdom". This lead me to think today about where has conventional wisdom gotten me?

It's gotten me to 258 pounds at my highest weight, insulin resistant, skin problems, depression, and arthritis, that's where it's gotten me.

After ending my love affair with wheat mid November, I can FEEL the difference in my body, in my mood, and in my energy levels.

I keep seeing advertising on "healthy whole grains" and I think about how I felt when I ate them....exhausted, HUNGRY all the time, itchy itchy itchy skin and a poor mood.

I'm still learning, still researching, still seeing what works for me. It's not easy. No one else at home is on board with this idea of eating. I work with medical professionals who, if I shared this with them, would come undone with me about it! So I keep my mouth shut and move on toward what I need to do for myself.

One day at a time, one meal at a time.

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SHAR140 12/29/2012 8:25PM

    Like!! Also agree with GOPINTOS and HISTORYRUNNER. I'm also reading the new "Protein Power" from Drs. Eades (both MDs). I like The Jaminets (authors of Perfect Health Diet), they are both scientists; Dr. Peter Attia is both an MD and engineer; Gary Taubes was also an engineer. Hey, I'm an engineer, so I'm partial! ;)

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MANDAROSE80 12/29/2012 4:46PM

    I'm going to have to read that book. Thanks! emoticon

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HISTORYRUNNER 12/27/2012 11:50PM

    Personally I feel less and less bound by the dictates of "conventional wisdom" since a lot of it has been based on bad science and been promoted by groups which stand to profit, such as Big Agra and Big Pharma. See Gary Taubes and Peter Attia, especially, on more on the science behind the new nutritional thinking. I like "The Primal Blueprint" a lot - that, plus "Wheatbelly" really got me going on a new way of eating and thinking about food. You probably are aware that there are Spark groups for both Primal and Paleo eating and nutrition, in addition to the Wheatbelly group.

So keep on doing what you're doing! emoticon

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GYMRAT_AT44 12/27/2012 11:20PM

    You need to do,what works for you. Sounds like it is making a difference.

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SPIRALDOWN 12/27/2012 11:06PM

    I have thought of giving up wheat myself... I am definately gonna research more about it.

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HOUNDLOVER1 12/27/2012 10:18PM

    So glad you shared your experience. As you get more into a routine to where all this becomes second nature to you it may get a lot easier to share this info with your doctors and people around you. That's how it was for me anyhow (although I've never worried too much about what people think, LOL).
Once you can show that your weight improves, skin improves, lipids improve and who knows what else then it will be so much easier to tell what you have been doing to get there. emoticon

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BROOKLEE99 12/27/2012 4:35PM

    I gave up wheat for 2 weeks once and felt great! Then I slipped nback into my old ways. Your post has inspired me to go wheat free again and see what happens!

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SUECHRIS50 12/27/2012 3:51PM

    I think that maybe I need to give up wheat!

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GOPINTOS 12/27/2012 3:45PM

    I love Mark and PB. That is pretty much the way I eat. I also follow the Perfect Health Diet. It's not a "diet" like most think of when they hear the word "diet", but diet as in these are the things you should be eating. The 2nd edition just came out and Mark Sisson wrote the Forward in the book for it emoticon

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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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Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Perfect Health Diet Team
Country Living Team
Dr Oz Show Fans Team
Wheat Belly Team


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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.
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!

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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SPIRALDOWN 12/12/2012 8:33AM

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

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