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One foot in front of the other!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Another week has passed and again I wonder where the time went.

Further confirmation of my age, LOL. When I was younger, time didn't seem to fly this way....

Still not eating wheat, and when I do I'm miserable so that continues to be good reinforcement, LOL.

Been taking walks a couple times a week with my partner, that's good. My joints are killing me after, that's bad. Realized I'd gotten out of the habit of taking some of my supplements (chondrotin/gluosamine) and that likely has a lot to do with it.

Doh. I'm 48 years old. When will I become more consistent with those things?

I keep repeating the same loop....."oh, I'm feeling like crap. Wonder what that's about...." A week (month?) later. "Huh, I haven't taken my xyz in weeks....I should get on that". Another week/month later..."Man I really feel like crap. I should take my xyz".

Today, so miserable I couldn't stand it, I went and refilled the G/C supplement and began it immediately.

Again, Doh.

So, the walking - good. Remembering to take the medicine that keeps my osteoarthritis under control so I can enjoy it...better.

Spending the weekend in the city with teenagers, 3 hour trip...hoping it will be fun and not stressful, LOL. Partner and teens tend to butt heads. Sigh. But it will be nice to get out of town and I'm sure we'll do a lot of walking!

  
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UMUCGRAD 8/9/2012 4:50PM

    I wish I'd started taking care of myself BEFORE the arthritis and middle age. Somewhere in my 40s I just got lazy. I tell young people it's really hard to get it back once you've lost it. Hold on to health and fitness. Don't surrender it to anything!

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NANCYPAT1 8/9/2012 3:40PM

    Take care of yourself now. The benefits of taking care early really are HUGE. I find myself taking everything and then taking nothing and wondering why I hurt again. Do what you need to do so you feel GREAT!

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MANILUS 8/9/2012 3:31PM

    Take those supplements so you can enjoy the walking, it is goooooooood!!!

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NSV

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I pulled pants out of the closet this a.m. that I don't like very much.

I purchased them on clearance when I needed work pants pretty badly but was broke. They were short enough that they worked, but they weren't very comfortable.

See, I wear a lot of elastic waist pants. They're a good way for me to find pants that fit without a lot of hassle. I'm short and round, and very short waisted, so finding pants that FIT is hard.

Anyway, I get these pants and they aren't elastic waist. They're sorta stretchy, but they have bar/hook and zipper for closure. I avoided them often (except when I had no clean pants as today) because I didn't enjoy getting in and out of them - I had to suck it in to hook them and then I had more of a muffin top than I prefer to sport.

But today, no clean work pants except these, so I sighed and pulled them off the hanger.

As I hooked them.....I realized.....I didn't have to suck it in. In fact....the waist is ..... a little loose.

I've been afraid to get back on the scale since the 6 pound loss. Afraid maybe it'll come back. Afraid I'll be disappointed. Afraid I'll get obsessed by the numbers.

I'm not getting on them any time soon ...but today? the NSV of the pants is pretty awesome. :)

  
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JULIA1154 8/4/2012 8:56PM

  Such a great feeling - enjoy. I'm sure there will be many more such pleasant surprises ahead for you, too.

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TERRYT55 8/3/2012 1:53PM

    YAY for NSV's I love having my clothes feel a little looser. Congrats

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NYKIMMIE 8/3/2012 6:59AM

    emoticon thats great!

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IAMFRANSGIRL 8/1/2012 1:59PM

    And that sort of victory stays with you and makes you feel great!
Congrats on your hard work.


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XHAPPYGIRLX 8/1/2012 10:51AM

    What an awesome feeling! Congratulations!

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C25K....again

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Never too late to begin again. Good thing I believe that.

I laced up the shoes and out I went this a.m.

It was quite sad, LOL. Much more walk than run, I was winded, and I only made it 12 minutes. But I did it.

I did it.

And I will do it again, and again and again.

The interesting change that has come since the first time I tried C25K: My mental outlook on it. The first round, I took my phone with me every time because I was terrified I might....have a heart attack.

Because I have a bad heart, you say? No, because I was morbidly obese and got out of breath easily. Since then, I've not only gotten quite a ways into C25K at least once, but I've also had a stress cardiogram, LOL. Told me my heart was great.

I realized, when that thought crossed my mind as I laced up my shoes "should I take my phone? ....no, you aren't going to have a heart attack Lisa, just go"...I realized I now have a firmer grasp that I CAN do this. I am healthy, despite my weight. I'm out of shape.....really out of shape...but I'm healthy.

And continuing to work on this will only make me ...healthier.

Let me end with the best thing that happened this week, literally:

Coworker takes me aside and says:
"Lisa, how have you lost all this weight?"
Me: (Bursts out laughing) "Um, I've only lost about 6 pounds"
Coworker: Mouth falls open "NO WAY!"
Me: "yep. Really"
Coworker: "You look GREAT Lisa, you must be doing SOMETHING??"

I shared giving up wheat and losing a lot of the bloated inches. She just kept shaking her head and saying, "I sincerely thought you must have lost about 25 pounds since I started working here (six months ago)".

Made. My. Freaking. Week.

  
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TRY2KEEPGOING 8/9/2012 7:27PM

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GOPINTOS 7/29/2012 8:50PM

    Great blog! So much fantastical in it!! emoticon You are doing so awesome!

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

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HISTORYRUNNER 7/29/2012 7:41PM

    Nice going, to just get going! Keep it up and it DOES get better and better. Congratulations!!! And thanks for the encouragement on how going wheat-free has been such a help. A great compliment indeed! emoticon

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IAMFRANSGIRL 7/28/2012 1:58PM

    What a lovely complement! Congrats on knowing it's never to late to try again. emoticon

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TERRYT55 7/28/2012 11:25AM

    I'll be smiling all day after reading your blog! What a great compliment.

Keep is up on the C25K......who cares if you walked most of it. We all have to start someplace. Tomorrow it will be 13 minutes.

Thanks for the happy blog!

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108 days

Thursday, July 26, 2012

108 days ago, I decided to again try to leave Wheat behind. It's been an interesting journey, and certainly not a perfect one. I can't say "I haven't touched wheat in 108 days!" Nope, not at all. But I have, day and in and day out, changed the way I eat and eliminated it almost entirely.

In those 108 days, I had no weight loss. Zip, zero, zilch. It was disheartening to say the least, but I felt better, so I kept up with it.

Yesterday, I stepped on the scale just for kicks.

I've lost 6 pounds.

That 6 pounds came out of nowhere, I think I weighed last about 10 days ago.

Part of me, the Negative Nelly, says, Really? 108 days to lose six stinking pounds?

But frankly, I'm pretty darn happy. Something shifted, finally. I won't be getting back on the scale any time soon, lol. I want to enjoy the feeling of accomplishment for as long as possible!

  
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MISSUSRIVERRAT 7/27/2012 8:05AM

    That's great. How our bodies work is kind of mysterious, isn't it?
I find recently and in the past that my body does not lose weight steadily.
I drop 2 pounds and it takes a while. My body finds set points and then sticks to them. Actually, that is a pretty good thing because I don't gain weight fast either.

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EGALITAIRE 7/26/2012 1:57PM

    Focus on progress - it is a step in the direction you want to be going. And you feel good doing it.

Stay Strong

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IAMFRANSGIRL 7/26/2012 12:10PM

    Hey! Very cool. 108 days to lose 6 pounds after losing nothing for a while is great. besides, you didn't gain overnight, so it won't disappear that fast either.
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KATCHAGIRL 7/26/2012 12:08PM

    emoticon WHOOOOOOOOOOOOT!! That is OUTSTANDING! Way to go girl! I'm glad it not only made you feel better, but loosing 6 pounds ain't nothin' to sneeze about! I think that's fantastic! emoticon

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GOULDSGRANITE 7/26/2012 11:33AM

    emoticon i suffer from the same issue. I've been over two months with no weight loss. This belly fat that is left has been hanging on so long, (20 years) it is just going to take a bit longer to turn to muscle ~ Watch out! I too have given up bread products for the most part and feel great about it!

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Day in, and day out

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

In my inbox this a.m. was a Spark email about why sometimes we don't lose weight when we're doing all the right things....it talked about the perception you are burning more calories than you really are, or that you are eating within your calorie range when really perhaps you aren't, but it also mentioned various health issues and that sometimes, well, there doesn't seem to be a good reason why you aren't shedding the weight when your workout buddy is losing weight every week.

I haven't been on the scales in a week or so and I'm still not keen on the idea of weighing often - I've said it a hundred times here, I get too obsessed with the numbers and allow them to influence my mood, my feelings of success and unfortunately sometimes what I eat.

The weight is not falling off. It's quite stubbornly staying on. I have to say however, in the face of giving up a daily carb-loaded diet in favor of a wheat-free diet with an emphasis on trying to eat veggies instead of grains and staying the same weight, and doing a reasonable amount of exercise weekly....tells me I'm doing something right.

Wha? you may say, Huh? You aren't losing weight but you're doing something right?

Well, yeah. How do I know this? I know it because....I feel better. I'm smaller, even tho I'm not losing pounds on the scale. People are beginning to tell me I'm looking good. I'm feeling stronger. So, I know I'm doing something right....the scales are just a lousy way for me to measure that success. When I did my "bootcamp" class last night, in the face of about 9 million squats....I was able to do *almost* all of them. I made it through all of the crunches/ab work repetitions/sets. I was able to do 99% of the drill work of the dance portion.

I read a book this week by Bertrice Berry. I don't remember the exact name something like a Year to Wellness. It was provided to my job with some other leadership/motivational materials and I snagged it to read. She talks a lot about taking a year to get WELL...and in the course of that year, she shed an amazing amount of weight. The first and most important part of her process? Loving herself. Just as she was. Loving the fat thighs that have carried her where she wanted to go, etc.....followed by weeks of intentional choices, learning from mistakes, etc. It struck me because it was a very kind and gentle journey of one woman....and it made profound changes.

Right now, I feel good. My arthritis is lessened immensely after leaving wheat behind and I'm making progress, I know it, I feel it. What the scale says is irrelevant to that progress.

My, I'm all introspective today, eh? Lastly, let me leave you with an app suggestion. Now, I'm not an app person, LOL, even tho I have a SmartPhone. Believe me, the phone IS smart and it wins against me all the time, LOL. I have a dance coach client who has created (separate from dance) a wellness/fitness website. I won't tout it here, because frankly I prefer Sparkpeople and Spark is FREE and has community etc. BUT...one of the things they created in conjunction with their site is a FREE Water Coach App. I downloaded it to my phone and the little bugger, um, "tool for success" goes off from 8 a.m. to 8 pm to remind me to drink water. If I log water, it pushes the alarm back. I also have the option to not have the alarm and just track water there on my phone. Water is a huge difficulty for me, so having an annoying, um, helpful, reminder on my phone is helping me build that water habit. Again, it's free. You can search apps for "Woojabooty Water Coach". You can also check out the Woojabooty site, but I'll be frank, spark is better for me personally and free.

Have a great Tuesday...

  
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KATCHAGIRL 7/25/2012 1:12PM

    GREAT read! Thanks for posting. One of the things I try to keep in the top of my mind when I am working hard and the scale isn't showing it, is, at least I'm maintaining and not gaining 100's of pounds. It helps to keep me somewhat motivated.

I agree with you about not needing to actually loose the pounds on the scale to know you're doing something right. When I am on my exercise routine, I just FEEL soo much better, all the way around and I can tell that I am loosing inches. Ohhhh how I wish I could just STAY on the exercise routine! LOL

That's GREAT about that water app! I do hope it's helping you... I know you struggle with drinking water. Keep on tryin'! :)

Have a WONDERFUL rest of the week!

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TERRYT55 7/24/2012 9:59PM

    Terrific that you are feeling good and are on the right track. I agree about loving yourself ........warts & all, fat thighs & pendulous belly etc. When I started on my journey I didn't love myself but as the weight came off and I got stronger through exercise I found I was liking myself better. Eventually I even found I loved myself and it seems to help in keeping most of the weight off. I do keep gaining and losing the same ten pounds.......guess 10 is better than 100!

Happy things are looking up for you.......Take care, Terry

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MOLLYEEEEE 7/24/2012 1:02PM

    I've noticed I tend to lose better when I remember to drink water, altho that water coach could annoy me! You might be gaining muscle which weighs more than fat but keep up the good work & the lbs will eventually drop off.

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GOULDSGRANITE 7/24/2012 10:57AM

    You are on the right track!!! Keep up the marvelous work! I remember for like 50 years not tracking or caring about the nutrients in my food! Now I track, run reports, make small changes and KNOW that I am getting better everyday in spite of my stubborn scales! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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