Saturday, May 18, 2013
I've written blogs in the past about the things I felt compelled to share with the world that I was grateful for. I remember being thankful for whoever invented the air conditioner last August. I remember being thankful for my doctor's concerted efforts which gave me back my energy, got rid of tinnitus, migraines, and balance problems after I stopped chemotherapy. I remember being thankful for the full plate diet which helped me see how to eat in a healthy way to lose weight without hunger. I remember being thankful for Spark people being here every day. Just in the last couple of days I wrote somewhere (thought it was a blog, but it's not here) about being thankful for the sunrise that looked like Someone was painting a water color in the sky that morning.
So now, I'm to write about three things I'm grateful for. That's really quite a list already, but I feel like I should update my list. And lest anyone think I'm NOT grateful for family and friends and God and country, I AM. I could probably go on in that vein for a list of 100+ items. No, I'm going to keep this list today focused on why I'm working here at Spark People.
1. First of all I am grateful that this program has gotten me up out of my recliner, out walking morning and evening, and working out in the community pool morning and evening. I no longer sit immobilized in my chair. I recently went shopping for a whole day in between my workouts and lived to model my purchases.
2. I am grateful that Dr. Fuhrman has been brave enough to say what he has learned is true if you want to be healthy. I didn't really want to hear it. For years, I followed an eating plan? that I felt was my right to follow, a gift to myself. I gave myself the right to eat all that stuff. I'll spare you the list, but thanks to Dr. Fuhrman's ideas behind his level 3 plan, I no longer eat anything made with white flour. I am now giving myself the gift of health in every meal. Thanks to him, I no longer want to give myself the gift of obesity, migraines, arthritis, diabetes, artherosclerosis, and cancer. I am grateful that he helped me realize that healthy = happy.
3. I am grateful every time my scale registers another half pound lighter. This morning, tears came to my eyes when it was down a whole pound. I wasn't expecting it. A thyroid issue has almost stalled the weight loss, though I continue my meal plan and fitness plan for my health. This one pound probably means more to me than the other 57 pounds.
Why is that? Well this pound means that I have stayed the course, kept on in the face of weeks with hardly any movement. It was easy to stick to the plan when there was a steady downward trend in the weight department.
It was easy to stick to the plan when health issues were being erased periodically from my "problem list." But it was getting hard to stick to it when the scale remained stoically in place, not budging. It was getting hard to stick to the plan when the thyroid issue was diagnosed and meds still don't appear to be fixing anything. My temperature has actually gone down steadily instead of rising. And all the other measurements I can monitor have remained the same. I kept telling myself that my veins and arteries were clearing out. I kept telling myself my heart was looking younger and younger. I kept telling myself that my brain was thanking me for giving back it's life by clearing out unneeded fat from my skull so there was more room for my brain to do its thing. But I didn't really believe that because my memory is still pretty dodgy.
So that one pound, 4 sticks of butter, was a huge signal. As if,
flashed in neon digital letters on my scale this morning.
4. I know the blog title says Three Things. And that was the outline for it. A. B. C. But I just discovered D. a 4th thing I'm grateful for--the weight tracker here at Spark People. You know how I just said my memory was a little dodgy? Well I decided to see what my weight was on March 26 when my doctor skipped all around the office because I had lost 35 pounds since he had seen me 6 months before. The weight tracker shows I have lost 6.5 pounds since March 26. Not quite the 5 pounds every 3 weeks I had gotten used to, but the scale was definitely NOT stuck in one place for the last 2 months like my dodgy brain was telling me. So, I don't know what my thyroid test score is going to show at the end of the month, but I do think Doc is going to be surprised at my continued weight loss. Maybe I should take him a pogo stick or a hula hoop, at the very least.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Yesterday, I dug out my juicer for the first time in a LONG time. I couldn't find the fiber receptor or the plunger, but I managed to make a cup of fresh carrot juice with a tomato.
Last night at the pool, I looked down at my feet and I looked like I had that carrot tan that ChristinaSP talked about in her blog today.
TODAY, I made the carrot juice again, this time with an apple. And I'm sitting here actually watching my hands and palms turn deep orange. (For those of you who might be scared off by orange skin, it's not so noticeable that someone else would see it and make a comment. But parts of me that used to be pale now have some color.
For me, this creeping orange color is a whack upside the head with a two by four. I drank the juice 45 minutes ago. And already it has moved into all my cells doing its job of working to make every cell in my body get needed micronutrients, and turn me orange.
I WAS eating carrots before, but it appears I wasn't chewing enough.
But consider this. If these orange micronutrients can get into all my cells so quickly and make that kind of noticeable change, think about what the not-so-healthy things are doing each time I eat them, with changes that might not be as noticeable or colorful. But they are changes, all the same. Even if I am eating them in moderation, they are still flowing out to all my cells doing who knows what or where or when?
I'll leave it up to you to decide what those things might be that you really don't want moving into your cells. Personally, I have a long list.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
How are you all doing?
I thought I had broken through my plateau, but just the top layer eroded away a pound and I appear to be flattened out once more. Not discouraged though.
What I find very weird is that
in my brain I know I have lost 55 pounds.
In my closet I know I have shrunk my clothes 5-6 sizes, depending upon the country where they were constructed.
In the mirror, I catch myself and wonder, "Who IS that?"
In my doctor's lab work, my health is so noticeably better that he's skipping around the office.
In my everyday life, I have so much more energy from not wasting it carrying around all that tonnage.
In my dog's moldable retractable leash, four fingers slip right through up to my thumb where I could only squeeze 3 fingers through it last December.
The front of my winter coat wraps around to where the side seams should be.
In my memory, I can't remember ever being at this low weight.
And I have the quantitative measurements, photos, graphs, etc. that attest to all of it.
So what's weird?
Well, on the inside, sitting here working on the computer, the size of my body still feels the same as it always has, no matter what I weighed.
Don't get me wrong. I also know I'm not at goal yet, have at least 30 pounds to go, perhaps more so I'm not expecting to feel THIN. But inside my skin, I still feel my size is the same as when I started this journey last summer. I'm not sure what I expected it to feel like when I had lost 55 pounds. I do know I never expected to lose those all those pounds.
So maybe that's the real purpose of this plateau. To give me time to come to terms with what this new me feels like. To give me time to shrink my perceptions down to the current me.
I think that will be an important adjustment. Otherwise I could easily put weight back on and never realize it until the whole wardrobe no longer fits.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Well I indulged myself and bought an outrageously priced snack at the Health Foods store today. Absolutely delicious and healthy, according to my standards.
alive & radiant foods: Kale krunch
The front of the pkg billed it as Quite Cheezy with a rich cheddar flavor without the cheese.
Besides the delicious flavor, I found the Ingredient List to be unbelievable: Organic Kale, Red Bell Peppers, Organic Cashews, Organic Lemon Juice, Organic Nutrional Yeast, Himalayan Crystal Salt, and Organic Chia seeds.
That's it. No chemicals. No oils. 100 calories per serving. 7 g fat, 9 g carbs, 2 g. fiber, 4 g. protein, 4 anti-angiogenic ingredients.
Company's web page:
Sunday, May 05, 2013
When I started at Spark People, I went through a time when everything I did made me think of food which translated into eating food. Evenings watching TV with all the food commercials became a field of landmines waiting to explode and destroy my best efforts. I survived by keeping myself busy until those cravings for my triggers finally went away. Yes, it is possible. Some of the things I did then are in the list below. Later, I didn't have to keep my mind off food as much as I just needed to have something valuable to do because I found that mindless sitting resulted in mindless eating. I realized I needed to get away from TV commercials. So I'm starting with my favorite.
1. Create favorite play lists to listen to. Record your favorite shows and listen to your playlists while you do a different activity. When you DO watch the recorded show later, FF over the food commercials, or even all of them. I found that control very satisfying.
2. Box it up: Place an empty carton in the bottom of your closet. Hang a plastic bag over a hangar. Start at one end of your closet and try on clothes. Rehang the clothes that make you look stunning and still stay up on your new frame. Fold everything else and put it in the "Blessing" box or the rag bag. Keep working until the desire to have an unplanned snack is GONE! BTW--I now just leave the the Blessing box and the rag bag in the closet. When I get my clothes ready for the next day, if something no longer fits it goes right in the box or bag. When the box is full, it goes out to the trunk and to the right donation spot the next trip out of the house. Sometimes the rag bag goes into the craft area when it's project time. T-Shirts are great for sopping up glue or cutting into strips for a project. A stained blouse could give you enough for the background on a spot on a scrapbook page.
3. Develop an organizational plan for your refrigerator or pantry.
4. Start scrapbooking your week. An open book spread of the everyday and the special times, the good times, the bad, the temptations, the successes and the failures. Keep a file folder where you drop the papers that have to do with what you did: receipts, tickets, programs, menus. Take pictures and pick out your favorites to print if your are paper scrapbooking. Write the words that tell the stories. You can include major milestones, but think of this as a picture of your everyday life. So that when you look back at the page, you will REMEMBER the sights, sounds, feelings, even smells.
5. Record the program and go for a walk. That way, when you return to watch the program, you can FF over the commercials that trigger the snacking binges.
6. Clean out the refrigerator of all those items that are beyond ANYONE eating and the things which don't fit your collective eating plans now. This is easier for me since I only have to decide for myself. I think if I had someone else in the house, their special items would be on the bottom shelf of the door (think barbecue sauce or ice cream toppings) with the labels facing back toward the door.
7. Move to your studio and work on a favorite hobby. It doesn't need to be a special room. Just a place where your project is right there waiting for you.
8. Plan your menus for the next week.
9. Grab a friend and go for a walk and talk in a favorite spot. Don't think of this as a workout. Think of this as a "keep in touch" moment when you feed relationships as opposed to your fat cells, or the plaque building up in your blood vessels.
10. Enter your menus for the next week in the tracker and check and adjust for key nutrients.
11. Have a brainstorming session where you put up a large sheet of paper and list ideas for activities the family would like to do or pros and cons for a looming decision.
12. Prep some veggies- chop or roast for future meals.
13. Make a memory with some kids. Put one in charge of the camera. Go to a local park. Play a game. Do a craft. Plant a garden (this one requires repeated opportunities to avoid that snacking, unless you plant sugar snap peas) Declutter a room together.
14. Grab the family and package up some healthy snacks into individual serving snack packs.
15. Bake a batch of your favorite healthful cookie with the family, package all of them into one dozen bags, and deliver them to people in your neighborhood who are alone. Be sure to spend some time talking with them before you move on to the next person. Keep one dozen for you, but plan for them in your weekly menu on the tracker. While delivering/visiting keep an eye open for a way you could help your neighbor in the future--do they need weeds pulled, a weekly visit, help washing windows or walking the dog? getting the newspaper in the morning?
16. Indulge in some adult entertainment . . . go dancing; walk along the beach; hike to the top of the nearest highest hill or mountain; go for a drive in an area very different than what you see every day; go swimming, plan a date night and morning after . . .
17. Go shopping for a classic piece of clothing your wardrobe needs. Don't worry about the size. If you still have a ways to go until you reach maintenance, then think BASIC piece: shirt, shorts or pants, belt, bathing suit, workout outfit, underwear. If you have reached your goal, and your new basic wardrobe is complete, then you might look for a pop of color in a shirt or hat or one new trendy piece.
18. Declutter a hotspot--you know--that place that seems to collect everything. Even better, think of a plan so that those things that accumulate in that hot spot have their own place so they land where they belong in the first place.
19. Search local resources for something new you've never done in your area, then go do it.
20. When you go out for one of these alternative outings, take bottled water and a piece of fruit or some of those snacks you packaged up individually for everyone.
My slogan now is a take off on a SP strategy. I have changed "mindful eating" to LIVE MINDFULLY.
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