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August 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Been on and off with Spark People, cannot believe ALL the ads! Looks odd. Spark people still has the best community though!

I've not gained back lost weight, well maybe 10 pounds but I was working on it and that's gone,

I've been trying to create a way of healthy eating and exercise I can live with. Its not easy, but I'm getting there. For me I need to track my food. If I track it i can't wonder why I'm not losing, I can see it. Next is portion control. Another big deal for me, I will eat massive portions. I've learned to buy single serve and I'm actually weighing and measuring. I know I can maintain within 10 pounds with little effort. I just need to lose this last 50 pounds to GET to the maintaining part!!

I think its helped that my sister in law has moved in with us. She was over 350 when she moved in last October. We had been working on changing her eating habits because she has diabetes and high blood pressure. She's lost 40 pounds so far. She's got terrible eating habits, the worst one being she skip's meals big time. We are working on that. But helping her has kept me on track. My husband is really taking his eating seriously now as well. He and our son ar currently in Baton Rouge Louisiana since May building another RR, #5! I was there for almost two months on and off but needed to get home and work hands on. My daughter was at least mailing out stuff and sort of keeping up but it was difficult. So I've been home about 3 weeks now. Had to set the internet to go off on my daughters computer at 1 AM or sh will stay up till 5 am and sleep till 3 pm! Can't believe I'm still policing her butt at her age (26). My goal is the get her on a real schedule.
I've been nagging and pushing the sister in law to eat regularly too. She's been slacking off too.

So I'm re-reading Sugar Busters and low glycemic eating. It worked so well for me before and my SIL needs to learn how to eat like that for her diabetes.

Busy with work, that's going really well.

Just got a Misfit Shine. Its my first all day tracker, hoping it will keep me motivated!

  
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RYDERB 8/28/2014 1:27PM

    So nice to hear from you. Great job keeping yourself a priority with so much going on.

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GNC smoothies

Monday, May 26, 2014

Had great post going, then lost it. Don't feel like tying to redo it right now, so here it is on my blog.
I've learned a lot about how foods affect my body in the last year, hopfully I can use it to lose this last 50 pounds!

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BECKYLIZ 5/27/2014 10:56AM

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MSFICOSCORE 5/26/2014 9:56AM

    Cheryl, this was a great blog. Thanks for sharing it! I've been using the GNC lean shakes myself (the chocolate liquid ones), and so far so good. Surprisingly, they do actually keep me full for a few hours. I think I'm going to start adding fruit to mine too. I really need a new blender and was wondering which one to try. You've got me to thinking!


~Kesia~

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Happy new year! 2014 the year of GF, keep Eating Kale!

Friday, January 03, 2014

I find it very educational to go back over some of my older blog posts. Its so amazing how I can be so upbeat, have everything set to succeed then just fade off, gain back weight, com back, get all hyped up again, then repeat, repeat, repeat.

I am learning from my mistakes. I think back a few years and see how my eating has changed so much. Eating out is totally down to nothing. Well I should say fast food has disappeared from my life. If I eat out it's real food, like steak or chicken, real stuff not processed stuff like Subway or Wendy's, which is better the eating a whopper and fries but none of that stuff is good on a daily basis. Its just sodium and preservatives. If I'm out and starving, I'll grab a bag of almonds, cashews or pistachios, it fills me up and I just wait till I get home to eat.

I am still mostly eating primal. I avoid gluten because after not having it for three months starting last August I discovered I am actually gluten intolerant. On a low scale, not like I'll be deathly ill, I just feel like crap and eat bad food.

I know for a fact that eating gluten makes me tired, bloated and sets off cravings for junk food. I gained 8 pounds from Thanksgiving till New Year because I ate stuffing, cakes, bread, a few hamburger buns here and there. It was not even a daily thing but it brought back the tiredness, bloating cravings for other bad foods.

I've been gluten free since the 1st. I was mostly GF but would ruin it because I just wanted to have a "regular" Thanksgiving turkey sandwich (non-GF foods like stuffing & white bread) but it seems that for me once I eat gluten I feel crappy for days. So despite those setbacks I have learned something. I am getting closer to MY healthier way of eating. When I eat right the weight comes off.

I have stuck with eating kale every day in my shakes. I swear by that stuff! It has boosted my immune system like crazy! So far I have avoided one major illness that 5 other people in my household got and a round of strep throat that was also in my "circle" of people. I also add fresh spinach every other week for the iron boost as I tend to be anemic.

I've been happily using my Nutri-bullet for a few months now, love that thing!

So, while 2013 was not a huge year on the weight loss front, I've stayed in the same sized clothes and learned a whole lot.

We must move Forward, Not backwards, Upwards, not forward and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards ...better habits?

Yes I love the Simpsons!

  
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BECKYLIZ 3/25/2014 9:14AM

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RYDERB 1/3/2014 11:56PM

    Congratulations on everything you've learned. And thanks for sharing that your Nutri Bullet is still going, and you love it. I always look at those, and wonder if they really work.

emoticon May 2014 be a year of health and happiness.

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The source of my bad cravings...gluten

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I am PO'd at the government for telling me that healthy was 5 to 6 servings of grain per day my entire life.

I've discovered that I have a gluten intolerance. Not big enough for me to to notice but after 74 days of no grains I ate a whole wheat pita and it bloated me up and made me want to sleep so bad I was falling asleep in the car.

I have no cravings for bad foods eating Primal, which is a gluten free diet.
Nothing tempts me, not pizza, cakes, cookies, nothing. I just do not want those foods. Two days after eating the pita I'm standing in line at the store eyeballing the candy bars!

I have discovered without gluten in my diet I have no trouble avoiding high fat and sugary foods. I always thought that sugar was the culprit when it came to my cravings but its gluten. I am very excited to discover this.

This is one of the oddest weight losses I have been through. I am not dropping pounds on the scale. Well I have dropped down 11 pounds but my body shape is changing, clothes fitting way differently. I have not added any exercise yet. I will start walking again but right now I'm just focusing on my eating.

My portions have just shrunk down to normal ones. I don't over eat because I'm not hungry. I get full and I'm done. This is not an effort like low fat low calorie eating is.

I would recommend trying a gluten free diet to anyone who has failed repeatedly at a low fat low calorie diet, its amazing how much easier it is! No willpower needed, it just works!

  
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MISSUSRIVERRAT 10/24/2013 7:41AM

    That is a great insight and amazing discovery. You definitely proved it to yourself and now can go back to controlling things in the way that you need to.

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CHRISTIECAT 10/22/2013 7:38PM

    I'm a picky vegetarian so that would be super hard for me but I think you are doing fantastic! Cravings are diet killers and with more gluten friendly options out there than ever you are in good company! Keep it up!

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SEVERINA418 10/22/2013 12:56PM

    I have often thought the same thing about myself, having a gluten intolerance, but I can't afford the lifestyle of eating without it. It's great to hear that you've nailed it, and that you know what makes you feel good!

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74 days no grain, back to zero

Saturday, October 19, 2013

I had a Greek pita today. Its been like 74 days since I had any grain flours. There is a place that makes the best gyro's and I was out with my husband and we stopped in and ate.
It was delicious but about an hour later my jeans started feeling super tight and I almost fell asleep on the ride home. So I really can see that grain is not my friend and even though I like the Greek pitas my body does not.

I tried some bread made from tapioca. Surprisingly its pretty good toasted, kinda reminded me of rye bread.

I ran across this yesterday www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7482/10-sign
s-youre-gluten-intolerant.html
and I think I do have a gluten intolerance, not enough to see it till I stopped eating it.
I have 5 of the signs, and I have an autoimmune condition. I am so glad I started eating this way, I feel so much better every day!

I'm not upset or mad that I "broke my record" I chose to eat it, it was not a cheat or a binge. I just wanted a gyro! I was curious to see if my body would be happy with the bread, and while I did not get diarrhea or stomach cramps or anything horrible immediately, I did feel bloated and very tired about an hour after. And I did end up going to the bathroom about 3 hours later, sorry for the yuck talk. I definitely feel better when I don't eat grains.

  
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RYDERB 10/22/2013 9:20AM

    Reading about your gyro, made me hungry. emoticon I'm glad you were able to enjoy it without paying too high a price. WOW. Where was that list, before I did my Whole30. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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BZJOHNSON 10/19/2013 6:49PM

    Yum!! But I know ... grains make me retain water everywhere!! It's rapid feedback that my body does not like them.

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SEVERINA418 10/19/2013 6:35PM

    Yes, gyros are the bomb! It's great that you're not beating yourself up over eating the pita! Keep up the good work, sweetie!

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