Sunday, July 07, 2013
I started following the DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution (author: Marla Crill Heller) on March 8, 2013. This is the way of eating I've been looking for all my adult life. It has helped me learn how to eat. Not just the basics of nutrition, which I picked up from Sparkpeople, Weight Watchers and other sources, but how to eat to manage my insulin. I no longer experience the food cravings, blood sugar crashes, and shaking-starving episodes that were almost daily events, whether I was trying to lose weight or not. I've also virtually eliminated wheat from my diet (not part of DASH, but it dropped off my radar, and I'm not putting it back). DASH and Sparkpeople have given me so much enthusiasm and energy for my good health!
Since March 8th, I've lost 27 pounds. I'm down 7.5 inches from my waist and four inches from my hips. I've gone from a size 16 to a size 8. I'm three pounds from my goal weight.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013
I want to shout out to all my sister and brother lesbian, gay and bi folk who, like me, find ourselves single on this historic day. Yes, we're having a different experience than our coupled friends, but don't you feel the ancestors wrapping angelic arms around us? We get to live through this dreamed-for, worked-for, bled-for time. We get to see the triumph of love and equality. Whether we're happily single or searching for partnership, we win, too.
Sunday, June 23, 2013
I keep thinking that my initial reaction to this quote was to reject it as trite and irrelevant to my journey. But the longer I sit with it, it points me to all the many ways I have sought value outside myself. Grasping at relationships with others is one form of this. As is losing weight for the "wrong" reasons -- to assuage a damaged ego, to get compliments from others.
What does it mean to really love oneself? Beyond giving oneself approval, I think it's about listening deeply to what is true for oneself, following the guidance of that inner voice. The more I listen to my inner voice, the more I create partnership with myself. And that is beautiful.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
There is so much personal power to be gained by refusing to participate in body-bashing. As I lose weight, I'm also working on laying down the burden of self-hatred.
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