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Friday Check In!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Well, let's see - wow time has passed quickly since my last journal post.

Remember when you were a kid and summer lasted FOREVER? Now I'm "old" and I'm having a hard time understanding how we got to July 13 SO FAST!!

Food:
All in all, been doing really well! Sort of been going with the concept of "replace carbs/starchs with veggies" and that's gone well. Overall, I'm wheat free with an occassional indulgence (which usually leads to gastric distress of some sort - so it's getting easier and easier to avoid the wheat completely!).

Working on adding veggies to every meal, even breakfast, which for me has been a bit of a challenge. Fruit? You betcha, happy to add fruit always, but veggies? um. Not so easy. So I've been focusing on that.

Exercise:
Adding in more activity on the weekends, and when it's not scorching, walks with my partner (gotta get ready for Disneyland in October!). Slowly working on adding up to 5 hours a week exercise. I can easily hit 3, consistently getting 5 in has been a problem.

Weight:
Pretty much stationary, lost about 2 pounds in the last few weeks. I haven't measured recently, but I am definitely noticing changes in my body, how it looks and how it feels. Nothing amazing - my pants aren't falling off, LOL, but I can SEE differences and that's pretty darn cool.

Overall, I feel so much better eating this way. Makes it much easier to do it!

  
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GOGETFITJULIE 7/14/2012 1:32AM

    I love that: "replace carbs/starchs with veggies" -- never heard of it before. Just shared it with my wife. Thanks for the idea!

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TERRYT55 7/13/2012 5:56PM

    YAY for Disneyland in October! So looking forward to meeting you.

Veggies would be a breakfast challenge for me too. I usually start my day with plain Greek yogurt, berries and almonds. I like GRACEMCDOG's idea of the frittata.

Happy you can see differences and are feeling better!

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GRACEMCDOG 7/13/2012 4:30PM

    I made something for breakfast that turned out really good: slice up a zucchini and saute it in butter until it's golden on both sides, add some fresh chives or chopped basil. Using 1 or 2 eggs per person, stir them up with a fork, add your cheese of choice (I used cubed Gruyere). Slide the zucchini slices to the outer edge of the saute pan and pour the eggs and cheese in the middle. Cook for a couple minutes until the bottom of the frittata starts to solidify then pop it under the broiler until the top gets done and a little golden. Season with salt and pepper.

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DOLLFACEDX 7/13/2012 11:35AM

    Your last statement says it all - you're feeling much better overall. The weight loss, etc. will follow - keep up the good work!!
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And here it is Monday again....

Monday, July 02, 2012

I was thinking of Mondays. Of how my mom was on a perpetual diet - that would always begin on Monday. "Oh well, I'll start Monday...." was something I've heard not only from her but so many over the years..often being said on a Friday night...during a holiday etc.

What's one thing I've learned? Don't wait till Monday. Giving myself permission to pig out for 2 or 3 (or more!) days with the expectation that on Monday I would be magically motivated and able to jump right into whatever food plan I'd decided on...never benefited me in any way.

I've spent 3 of the last 4 weekends on the road at dance events. If I'd let those weekends "go" and planned on reigning myself in on Mondays I sort of shudder at the "cost".

Frankly I'm not losing weight right now for a multitude of reasons. But I'm not GAINING weight either. Run wild on the weekend and that might change, LOL!

Was I uber strict on my trips? Nope. I had an "adult beverage" on one of them, had a dessert on one or maybe two. Had drive thru coffee on all of them, LOL. But I didn't run wild. Each weekend, I used less and less wheat - until this weekend, I believe I was pretty much wheat free unless is was lurking someplace I didn't realize it.

And I didn't feel deprived or hungry. I enjoyed myself, I ate good food, and I didn't binge with the attitude "oh well, I'll start on Monday".

Sometimes, it's really tempting. Tempting to just let go and do whatever I want for a day or two...or three...or... yeah. I don't expect perfection out of myself, I've learned the hard way, it's not happening! I've been working on making conscious choices - and living with the consequences.

Today, I just don't like the consequences of waiting till Monday (or after the 4th, or whatever your thought process is). It's really just not worth it to me anymore.

I'd rather feel good....and not have the guilt, the bloat, the misery of waking up Monday hung over from binging or eating "food" that makes me sick.

But once again, I sure notice those mindsets haven't disappeared from my thinking, have they? or I probably wouldn't have written this post.....

  
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SUSIEQ911 7/2/2012 1:59PM

    emoticon I completely agree with you.

Why do we keep waiting?

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MANDYLOVE_76 7/2/2012 12:12PM

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I have to watch myself on the weekends too!

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Never Again!

Friday, June 29, 2012

I have a guilty pleasure - YouTube Makeup videos. I subscribe to a few "gurus" and enjoy watching them in the morning when I have my coffee.

Today, one of them lead to a YouTuber who was unpacking her first MediFast shipment. The thought processes that went through my head in just the 2 minutes of it that I watched were amazing.

"hmm. maybe I should try that again" (WTH??? WHERE DID THAT COME FROM? - but honestly, it DID go through my brain first thing).

then....

"Sigh. I've done that already. It was the same thing - I lost about 20 pounds then got stuck, then couldn't afford to keep going and ended up gaining it all back plus some."

Then.....

"Good grief, what am I thinking? Why am I even watching this? I know full well I don't EVER want to pay someone for fake food again. Just say no!!" and I ended the video.

This is not to say I don't respect people's choices to try this and I know it works for some folks. It didn't work for me. And the harder I tried, and the lack of weight loss made me feel really BAD about myself. I was spending $ I couldn't afford and I STILL wasn't losing weight.

But, isn't it funny that my first thought was "hmmm....."? I think that mentality (what can I try next?) is definitely somewhat responsible for the start/stop journey I've had.

What's my TRUTH? My truth is this: It's taken me about 12 years to get to this weight. My hormones are all effed up - and I know this from a lot of expensive testing, not guessing. I'm hitting that lovely menopause phase where losing weight can be a real booger anyway. I am insulin resistant. I work a very sedentary job.

Losing this belly is going to take time. It's going to take dedication and more good days than bad days. It's going to mean continuing to avoid the wheat/grains that puff me up like a balloon.

I've tried the quick fixes, and they didn't fix anything. I'm in this for my LIFE. My vitality my health my life. I will continue to enjoy REAL FOOD - fruits and veggies, hormone-free antibiotic-free meats and proteins.

Whew. I feel like I sort of dodged an emotional bullet this a.m. I could have chosen the fork in the road that said "Here for quick fix (and quick disappointment!)".

never again. Period.

  
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LADYLARAN 7/1/2012 4:07AM

    Reading this reminded me of the "Road less traveled" by Robert Frost. So many people try the easy route, spending money and making other people rich, when the journey to weight loss isn't so much about losing weight as it is about finding yourself and creating healthy habits while building a positive self esteem.

We're taking the road less traveled and enjoying that journey.

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GOPINTOS 6/30/2012 9:01AM

    Fantastic decision for you & your journey! We can do this together!

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

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GRACEMCDOG 6/29/2012 1:44PM

    I can no longer remember when I finally, totally understood that

THERE ARE NO MAGIC BULLETS

It might have been when I was in my 30's watching one of my best friends try every external pressure available on the market (if you are interacting with anything 'marketed' you can expect to fail. Soon.) to quit smoking. She'd been smoking for over 50 years. She'd had to give up a brilliant career as a symphony bassoonist when she lost her teeth to gum disease and started developing emphysema. She nearly died during a 2 week battle with pneumonia complicated by lung damage in which she lived in an induced coma on a respirator. She tried hypnotherapy, revulsion therapy, and a number of other, expensive 'stop smoking' gimmicks. She was one of the smartest people I've ever met but even after nearly dying and swearing an oath to everyone in her family and group of friends that she'd never smoke again...she was asking me to go buy cigarettes for her within a week because she couldn't walk as far as the corner store. I wouldn't do it but she found people who would. She NEVER internalized the knowledge that until she really wanted to stop smoking more than she wanted to continue smoking, there was nothing on Earth...no externally imposed pressure...that would make her stop or make her want to stop. Two days without nicotine and she would always look at me and say "I feel like I've lost my best friend." You have to squarely face the fact that you are addicted and then decide if you want to continue to allow your life to be ruled and diminished by that addiction or if you would rather find the strength to kick the SOB out of your life forever and reclaim your body, your mind and your true spirit.

But you have to decide and, as you say, do the work. No one and nothing can do it for you. Once I found out about the addictive characteristics of sugar and wheat there was only one way forward for me. I will never look back. Even as a post menopausal female with thyroid disease the benefits have been enormous. You can do it. And when you're truly committed there is no longer any internal struggle. emoticon

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Blah Blah Blah

Thursday, June 28, 2012

What a long week it's been! Work has been crazy and we've been short staffed on top of it.

Some things have gone well and some things haven't. Food wise, I've done well until last night. You know that last day or two before payday where you have to just eat what's in the house, like it or not? That's where I've been. I've had a bit of wheat - when you're hungry, you're hungry.

Staying off the scale, but still feel like I'm seeing visible changes in my "wheat belly". Small, perhaps even tiny, changes, but changes.

Trying to stay positive has been a struggle. There are many wonderful things in my life, amazing loving people, etc. As my grandma would have said "you have no reason to be blue!" But, chronic depression is what it is....it knows no social class or income bracket and strikes even when things are good. Working on taking my antidepressant and supplements, reminding myself of all I'm grateful for, and cutting myself a little slack.

  
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ARLENE_MOVES 6/28/2012 9:58PM

    Identifying it is important. Sounds like you are are the right track.

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GOPINTOS 6/28/2012 5:26PM

    Being aware of it is half the battle. At least you can explain it and pinpoint it, and in a few days it will be out of your system.

You are doing great!

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

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TERRYT55 6/28/2012 2:23PM

    We are having the same kind of day/week! Doing my best to be grateful for everything today. Listening to upbeat music and looking at family pictures! We can lift ourselves from this mood.......thinking of you!

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SUSIEQ911 6/28/2012 10:16AM

    There is absolutely NOTHING as powerful as gratitude. As someone who used to be on antidepressants, I know from experience.

Write it down if you have to. Keep a running list if you can.

Find gratitude whenever and wherever you can. Soon it will be easy and you won't even have to think about it.

I can't tell you how much my life has improved by just being grateful for every single day and every single moment.

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PINKNFITCARLA 6/28/2012 9:51AM

    emoticon Sounds like you're on the right track :-)

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LINDAMARIEZ1 6/28/2012 8:35AM

    You can do it! Make the best of each day! Life goes on! emoticon

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And then...something changes

Friday, June 22, 2012

Last post was all about how change takes time and for once, finally, I'm not running to the scales all the time only to get discouraged by the numbers.

Then, this a.m., a change. Not in weight, but in my appearance. There's a little pre-story to this...

I gained almost all my weight in my belly. It was very round, very out in front of my body. Yes, everywhere else got fuller, but the belly...oh the belly. Round, very very firm and sticking out in front. You know, like I'm pregnant. SIGH.

A while ago, when I started making changes to my diet, a change in the belly happened. The bottom half of my belly - basically from belly button down - deflated some. No longer a smooth long curve, now it was firm on top and floppy on the bottom part. Sort of like going from a D to P shape.

Dead sexy let me tell you.

This a.m. in the mirror, I saw a change I've never seen - a change to the top half of the balloon belly, indentation on both sides ABOVE the belly button. A definite, visible, CHANGE. After no change for YEARS in the upper balloon belly.

There was a short mental war...Jump on the scale!!!! NO - just enjoy this change and don't make it about the numbers.

I chose to just enjoy the change.

I was motivated to lose the wheat/grains because I feel better, so much better, without them and as an insulin-resistant it helped me control my carbs so much better....and I said in my last post I was willing to continue even though I wasn't seeing weight changes.

But this was a lil' gift - A small thing that is huge to me.

Happy Friday!

  
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GRACEMCDOG 6/23/2012 11:05AM

    Wow. That is just plain fantastic. It means something so much more important than just losing weight. It means you are shifting the most dangerous and difficult area of fat in the body...the visceral fat that causes diabetes and many other health issues. It's great cause for celebration. I think we should all dance!

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BELASARIA 6/22/2012 4:17PM

    Sometimes, I think the NSV are the best ones:)

Congrats!

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TERRYT55 6/22/2012 2:27PM

    Cool! I love non scale victories! Good for you for just enjoying the moment and not jumping on the scale. What a great way to start the weekend.....

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ANGELIA.R 6/22/2012 1:19PM

    NICE!!!!


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ANGELIA.R 6/22/2012 1:19PM

    NICE!!!!


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IAMFRANSGIRL 6/22/2012 11:02AM

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How cool is that?

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SUSIEQ911 6/22/2012 10:45AM

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CHRISTINASP 6/22/2012 10:43AM

    That is inspiring! Can we have pics?! lol
I think I'll go look at my tummy in the mirror now!

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EGALITAIRE 6/22/2012 10:05AM

    Keep counting those NSV - they are the best.

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