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Down 25 Pounds!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I just wanted to check in and let you know that l am still free from sugar, gluten, and dairy. It's 112 days free!

Why l changed my lifestyle:
l wanted to stop as much inflammation as possible
l wanted to not have to fall asleep in the middle of the day
l was tired of being tired
l didn't want to just sit and let all God has for me go to waste or waist!
I want to be able to play with my new grand baby that will arrive in March
l wanted to tie my shoes without grunting
l wanted to be in control instead of having food control me
l wanted to kick the cravings, and be free
l wanted more quality in my life by not being encumbered by weight, self loathing for my repeated food failures
l didn't want to hide in every picture
l didn't want to bust out of my Spanx
l was wearing 3 X and l hated it
l wanted to choose health
( and for those who have read my other blogs know l've had more than my share of struggles)
I was tired of making excuses
l was sick of food being my comfort because that's His place
l hated seeing what diabetes was doing to my friends, and l wanted to be free from type 2 diabetes even if my mom and aunt had it didn't mean l was destined to
l could go on and on and on

What l am learning is that l not anyone's food police
there is no hierarchy between informed and uninformed. I am not a better human being, l am not more worthy, or less worthy because of what l eat or don't eat.
I can always eat tomorrow, when l "feel a bit sorry for myself" l don't use food to change my feelings because it will bring self hatred and l'm done playing that record.
So, life is a journey. You are not alone. Food doesn't love you, can't solve your problems, heal your hurts, provide for your bills.Food is fuel. Food is strength. Food is life.
This is just a small blip in my life journey. Thought l'd share. Take care!

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WALNUTT1961 11/20/2014 3:55PM

    Congrats on your weight loss and healthy lifestyle! So happy and proud of you.

So excited to hear the news of a new grand baby coming. What a blessing!

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THERESE2015 11/20/2014 3:25PM

    Great progress!
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KLH702 11/20/2014 1:58PM

    Congrats on your great accomplishment! 25 pounds is awesome! emoticon

I truly need to kick my sugar addiction!

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UMBILICAL 11/20/2014 1:43PM

  No excuses

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95 Days and Counting!

Monday, November 03, 2014

I began my lifestyle changes 95 Days ago. That's 95 Days without gluten, dairy, and sugar.
I've lost 22 pounds now, and several inches. The things l can change about my health are changing. I am wanting to stop as much inflammation in my body as possible. My CT of my abdomen shows my liver was "unremarkable" which is VERY remarkable because l used to have fatty liver disease, and my liver was 1 1/2 X's normal. NOT anymore! So it is indeed very remarkable! :)
I'm still on steroids, but l will not let it stop me. At my daughter's wedding ( June of '13) l was the "thinnest" l had been in years, but because I had to go on high doses of steroids, and inactivity l gained over 30 pounds. It was tough to see myself getting bigger, my face distorted by the puffiness the steroid moon face. I was beginning to hardly recognize myself in a mirror. I felt miserable, and no matter what l did l just couldn't get any weight to budge, defeat was calling my name, and essentially l was giving up on trying anymore. Then l received what l belive was a word from the Lord, l wrote about it in a former blog, "Sometimes you have to give up what you think you want in order to receive what you really need. " Then my cancer survivor friend came to see me, and shared what her specialist recommended, no sugar, gluten, and dairy for 3 months. She did it, and looked so amazing when l saw her that if this is supposed to stop inflammation, then l had better listen carefully and I did. The next day l began what l was saying l would do for only one month, because it seemed like a reasonable goal, and l thought l could stick it out for that long. When you fail as often as l have, l didn't want to set myself up for failure with an unreasonable goal, 30 days seemed doable.
Well, the month came and went and l just kept on going. So 95 days, l'm not dieting. I'm changing my lifestyle.
l hope you are encouraged in your journey towards better health. I also wanted to say if you only kick one thing maybe it should be sugar. I think it fuels your cravings, by sugar l mean all forms, read your labels carefully, learn the different names, you will be shocked that it's in just about every thing. By the way, my friend is almost 7 months in, and reached the goal weight loss her Doctor advised of 40 pounds! No sign of cancer! Take care of yourself. I'm rooting for you!

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    I am happy for your friend and for you too!

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ZRIE014 11/4/2014 12:14AM

  congrt. keep it up!!!

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Down 20!

Monday, October 20, 2014

81 days gluten, dairy, sugar free!
Down 20 pounds!
Still on steroids, and l have to up my dose.
I'm not quitting.
I'm choosing to understand the importance of taking responsibility for my eating.
I'm not deprived.
I'm blessed!

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DJ4HEALTH 10/22/2014 11:56PM

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PGHP31CK 10/22/2014 1:55PM

    WOOP WOOP! You ROCK!!!

Cheering you on!

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LOUIE-LILY 10/20/2014 6:26PM

    Dee, That is so awesome!-You're such an inspiration...you're helping me!
Congratulations...Surely your health must improve as well.
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Nancy, L&L

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WALNUTT1961 10/20/2014 5:19PM

    You are blessed! Keep pushing!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/20/2014 4:49PM

    Bless you, Dee!

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SHELLS514 10/20/2014 3:41PM

    Dee you are amazing! Love you!

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ARNETTELEE 10/20/2014 1:40PM

  Great job! Congratulations!

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NHES220 10/20/2014 1:26PM

    Congrats! Nice milestone!

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Some Things are Changing!

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

I'm 68 days free from sugar, gluten, and dairy. I am not doing this to lose weight, but l am losing slowly. I'm down 18 pounds, l'm still on steroids, 10 months now. I'm hoping to get off next week when I see my pulmonary specialist.
Here's the good news, my wonderful, encouraging daughter told me not to get disappointed that weight loss is slow, because something good must be happening on the inside.
Her encouraging words resonated with me on the days that seemed to be more challenging, and gave me the oomph to continue.
I had blood work done when l was only 50 days in, and guess what?
My triglycerides dropped 200 points! That is not a typo! They are now well under the recommendation of being under 150, mine are only 90! My liver function: Normal! My overall cholesterol dropped 80 points! Now I am only 9 points from normal. I have no control over my Lupus, and the other connective tissue diseases, but I am making a dent in the inflammation. I am trying to protect my heart.
I can honestly say that once you go off sugar, your cravings diminish, and even go away. Even the "voice" egging me on to over eat is getting harder to hear.
What is working for you? Change is possible. You are worth every effort you put into your health. Your family,your friends, and your pets, are worth the effort! I believe in you, and the process that is taking place. You may not see all the changes, but change is happening!

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WALNUTT1961 10/8/2014 4:58PM

    Dee, that is awesome news! Congrats! They say to take it off slow and it will stay off. Thanks for the inspiration. I will have some blood work in a few weeks too. We shall see how it goes.

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PGHP31CK 10/8/2014 9:51AM

    WoopWoop! So glad to hear your news!

Slow & steady is the way to go, and so glad that your bloodwork has improved so greatly!

Cheering you on!

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LOUIE-LILY 10/7/2014 6:12PM

    Dee, this is just fabulous! I'm proud of you for staying the course! You are an inspiration...now if I could figure out how to do the same thing...
Congratulations on a truly wonderful accomplishment!
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No sugar ,gluten, dairy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

47 Days and Counting!
Down 14 pounds.
I think sugar is the big enemy. It feeds cancer, and causes inflammation through out the body.
You don't crave it when it's out of your system. Really!
I didn't start this to lose weight. I did it after seeing one of my best friends regain her health after breast cancer, radiation, and chemotherapy. Her cancer specialist said do it for 3 months, l saw her after the 3 months ( we live almost 6 hours apart. )
She looked amazing! !! It was on my heart to try it for 1 month, now l'm 48 days tomorrow!
How are you doing? We are all in this together!

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SHELLS514 9/19/2014 12:01AM

    Dee, you are an inspiration! I am so happy to hear how wonderful you are doing! It is very encouraging to me as I fight to get that spark back. Keep up the great work; with a great example like you i am sure to follow!

God bless You!
Love you,

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GOLFGMA 9/17/2014 7:17AM

    Would love to see what you eat. I'm guessing veggies and fruits. Do you get enough carbs in the veggies and fruits for the energy you need? I realize I am all questions, but, can't quite imagine no sugar, dairy or gluten. Admire you for having the will power!

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GETHEALTHY2LIVE 9/17/2014 12:58AM

    Although I still have sugary items, I am now 26 days Pepsi-Free! Quite a feat since it was nothing out of the ordinary for me to drink 2 44-ounce regular Pepsi fountain drinks a day! I'm now working on cutting more of the sugar out of my diet, and am mostly dairy-free, using Silk Almond. I haven't attempted gluten-free yet, but I'm thinking that may be my next step after I have conquered the sugar. I'm a horrible carboholic!!

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