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So, this is me, bellydancing

Monday, May 28, 2012

I post this because I want other large women to know, YES you can too bellydance!

I've been working on the costume, and this was a run through to help me see what else needs to happen with it before the second week in June. The dance? I had a hard time remembering the choreo, LOL. I can see myself thinking thinking thinking....

Is this my best ever performance? Nope. But here it is anyway. If you are obese, or you are over 40, or you have some reason that you are NOT doing the things you dream it anyway. Life is short. Just do it.

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TERRYT55 6/12/2012 8:47PM

    I watched this video days ago and realized that I never made a comment. You are a fabulous dancer, look terrific and are beyond brave! I can't imagine putting myself "out there" like you do and being judged too. You ROCK, Lisa

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KATCHAGIRL 5/30/2012 12:14PM

    THAT WAS FREAKIN' AWESOME!!!! :) You ROCK!! Thanks for putting a big smile on my face this morning!!! Very cool. Keep it up and I LOVE the outfit, very nice.

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SHAMILTON311 5/28/2012 9:31PM

    That looks like a lot of fun. You looked very professional,just how I pictured a belly dancer, and the costume was gorgeous, too.

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IAMFRANSGIRL 5/28/2012 11:17AM

    Thanks so much for sharing, I know it wasn't easy and you're amazingly brave to put yourself out there like that!
I left a comment at the youtube link. You totally rock!

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GLITTER60 5/28/2012 10:16AM

    sounds like fun. life is about enjoy yourself.

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KELLYDRESCHER 5/28/2012 9:49AM

    Look at how strong your body is! That's awesome. The smile on your face is worth it all. You look so happy out there. Kudos!

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Excellence is possible, perfection is not

Friday, May 25, 2012

Yesterday was a successful day as far as the "Just for today" goals I made for myself.

I am still in a learning curve as far as getting my carbs to around 40% of my calories and my protein to around 30%. I could look at yesterday, where carbs were 50% and protein was 18% and say "I blew it again"...and there have been many times when perfectionism certainly took me there. Today, after running the report for yesterday, my very first (perfectionism) thought was 'wow that's way off :('. No, it's not. It's off, but way off? No.

That's the problem with perfectionism, it takes the perspective out of your vision - you see everything as worse (or better) than it really is.

So, today, the goals are the same. I've examined what I ate yesterday, and identified something I could change to lower those carbs and I have plenty of low-fat options for raising the protein bar.

Just for today. I won't worry about the weekend, or next week, I will only worry about TODAY.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 5/25/2012 10:35AM

    It could have been worse. Every day is a learning day and you can take what you learned from yesterday and apply it to today. Keep it up!

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Just for today

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Just for today, I will eat 6 small meals

Just for today, I will take my meds/supplements

Just for today, I will increase the amount of water I drink from little to more

Just for today, I will stop beating myself up about how much I weigh

Just for today, I will carefully balance my protein/carb/fat ratio to assist my body's proper insulin response

Just for today, I will dance until I sweat

I can do these things today. When I look at the lifestyle changes for a lifetime, I often do "just for today" backwards - I have the cookie or other wheat item that makes me feel bad and revs my blood sugar. I sit instead of dance. I live in shame because I'm not "strong" enough. All I have is today, and today, I choose to do my list above, because all I have to do it for

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IAMFRANSGIRL 5/25/2012 5:06AM

    Thank you for the reminder to live in today. I forget to focus on today and worry about tomorrow way to much. I hope you make your just for today list goals.

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GOPINTOS 5/24/2012 8:00PM

    You got it! And thanks for the reminder. I forgot my vitamins!!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team

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MIAJOEB 5/24/2012 12:05PM

    Keep up the good work, one minute at a time somedays.

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BECKYSRN 5/24/2012 8:59AM

    One day at a time, girlfriend!

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WALIDGAZALA 5/24/2012 8:39AM

    Great emoticon

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Things that make you go hmmmmmmm.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

So, a couple days after my doctor appointment where he suggested a workup by an endocrinologist, he called back after reviewing labs done with my previous doctor. His first question was "So, what was Dr. V doing for your polycystic ovarian syndrome?"

I said, my what? I don't think I have that....and he said, "your labs in 2010 and 2011 look pretty clear to me (insert his repeating a bunch of stuff I don't even remember or understand) which look like a clear indication of PCOS to me." I asked, well what would we do about that?

and he said, "Send you to an endocrinologist - it's managed by taking care of your insulin resistance mostly, but it is a really sound reason for why you work so hard and lose no weight."

Huh. Who knew? So, I've done a bit of reading both here on spark and on the web and symptom wise, yep that could be me alright. Especially the stories here on spark where women talk about working out like a madwoman - some training for intense marathons/triathalons - and not losing a pound for weeks or months.

Diet-wise, it looks like the same thing I'm doing now - keeping the carbs down, avoiding "white food" (flour sugar potato). Lots of women are started on metformin or another diabetic type oral medication - with varying results.

Nothing to lose by seeing that endocrinologist, so I'll do it. Can I just say, there is a tiny bit of justification here? Many times I've seen various providers or people at Weight Watchers or the supervised fast thing I did, and I could tell they didn't believe me about how much I ate/exercised. I could see it on their faces that they thought either I was binging and not telling, or I wasn't being as careful as I thought I was - because, why else when I'm doing everything right I can't lose any weight? I must not be doing it "right".

So, this is a little vindication.

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BECKYSRN 5/23/2012 11:01AM

    It just goes to show that your individual system is what helps or hinders your success at weight loss. Insulin resistance is definitely an issue and if that can be addressed that will be a good thing. Good luck at the endocrinologist.

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Mama Called The Doctor And The Doctor Said...

Saturday, May 19, 2012

"I want you to have a workup by an endocrinologist because of your weight and your metabolic syndrome (i.e. insulin resistance)."

So, that's what I'll do.

I didn't go in for weight, I went in for a med refill. He said, "so, do you exercise?" and I told him I dance 3-4 nights a week, I joined Curves, and i walk a couple times a week. He said "And you aren't losing weight?" and I said no...and started to say "and I don't eat a lot either!" and he cut me off and said, "no i don't think you do...i think it's time for an endocrinologist to look you over. Your belly fat really concerns me, if you are doing that much exercise, you should be able to eat quite a bit and still not be this heavy, I think it's time for metformin or whatever he thinks needs to happen. I think you are in that critical window...the next time I see you, you might be diabetic".

I cried. But in some respects, it was justification. I burn a lot of calories a week, sometimes I don't bother logging it all, but I do a lot. I'm pretty damn careful about my food, and in the last month have gave up wheat - meaning no bread, no pasta, no flour. I have cut way, way back on potato. Upped my exericise even more...and lost no weight.

If seeing an endocrinologist will help, I'm there. We reviewd my blood work, and yep, my hormones continue to be effed up. Overloaded on estrogen, too much testosterone, and other hormones/hormone controllers out of whack. Between that and the insulin resistance, I'm facing an uphill battle to lose weight. Yes, I've heard that before, and no, it doesn't really encourage me, LOL. I said, Then why bother with an endocrinologist if this is just the reality of my life? he said, "because there are new drugs, new things out there to help you, and I think it's worth a try". Okay. One more time. I'll try.

Today, I did curves, 3rd time this week. I'm learning the times I prefer going, less people, less perky staff, LOL. I just want the music loud, and leave me alone and let me do my thing! I don't want to chat, I just want to sweat for 30 minutes and get out of there.

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LJCANNON 5/20/2012 10:36PM

    emoticonI am glad that your Dr is working on this. Is it possible that with all the Exercise you are doing that you are not eating Enough? Your body has to have Fuel to do it's work. If you are eating too few calories, or going for long periods without eating, maybe you are lowering your Metabolism?
Could you have your Dr recommend a Nutritionist to look at your Food/Exercise patterns?
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LUVYA04 5/20/2012 7:45PM

    I'm thinking the endocrinologist is a route I will be discussing w/ my Dr. in June. I also will be starting the Wheat Belly logic for myself and 4 yr. daughter.

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SOCIOSOUND 5/20/2012 1:44AM

    Let us know when the endowhatsit says! Good luck!

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TRY2KEEPGOING 5/19/2012 9:18PM

    I sure hope the endocrinologist can help you out. You certainly are giving it your all!!!

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GOPINTOS 5/19/2012 7:34PM

    Glad you found some answers!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team

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