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Update on whole 30 week 3: what I have learned about myself so far.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I got on the scale this morning.. 12 pounds total I've lost so far. I am very hopeful that this is the key to my finally releasing this poundage. I'm learning a lot about myself and how food affects me.

Although I do think about the foods I have cut out. I don't crave them at all.
I'm learning and seeing there is a different way to relate to food.

Before. food was anything but fuel. I used it when I was sad, bored,nervous I would sooth my emotions.. and a lot of times it was just a habit.. having that ice-cream late at night.. or the beer with cheese and crackers. Or carbohydrating it up at every meal during the day... and feeling hunger in a few hours... meaning pasta, bread, rice.

So I know this does not work for everyone. But for me it has made a world of difference.
I've learned that physically , and energy wise , and mentally I am so much in a better place.
I realize that all those cravings have to do with my hormones and regulations of my body.. When I eat "those" foods. It seriously changes my thought process , it lights up those pleasure centers in my brain that make it almost impossible to stay away from those foods. It really is difficult to explain. I'm not finding it hard at all to stay away.. from them. I kind of look at them like they are poison to me. I am almost afraid to re introduce them into my diet. which is the point of whole 30, to see what affects you in a negative way.

So going forward. I have another 9 days to go. I will do the trial testing at the end of 30 days and see how my body responds. I will obviously include some of these foods into my life again, in a very limited way. Hopefully I will see what works well for me.

One thing that stands out to me, Is only eating 3 full meals a day.. There is not any snacking , you give your self a good 4-5 hours between eating which gives your body an opportunity to dip into using your fat storage. Otherwise , you never do that if you eat every few hours.. you are providing the energy from the foods you are eating directly. So that was a big eye opener to me.

Also Protein at every meal really satisfies you for many hours. I know that most of you know that. but for me I know see it and feel it. I know going forward all my meals will have protein , along with lots of veggies , and possibly 1 serving of a carbohydrate.. MEASURED/WEIGHED the pasta or rice or potato needs to be a LITTLE side serving not the main meal! Yes I've read that too, somewhere here on sparks. But until I was to get rid of the cravings I had trouble doing that..

What I need to do now is get back moving again. Going for walks, the gym This week I will shoot to do 3 days and do that for a while..

Thanks for stopping by, any and all comments welcome.. what are your experiences? Does this ring a bell for any of you? I have always wondered will I ever get to a point I can do this. Finally I feel i've cleared the carbohydrate cobwebs out and can finally release this extra weight.
Diane emoticon

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HEALTHY_IN_2014 4/12/2014 9:40AM

    Congratulations on the 12 pounds! Sounds like the eating plan is working for you. I am eliminating "white" for the month of April. Sugar, flour etc. Eleven days in and I feel much more energetic. emoticon

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"It starts with Food" Finally some success...

Saturday, April 05, 2014

This book which was recommended by a friend... has really helped me. It talks about inflammation in our bodies and how the foods we eat have a direct correlation to how are bodies feel.

It talks about eliminating certain foods.. that cause problems... to eat the foods that help with psychological health, hormonal health, and have a non addictive quality.. and you and I both know what those are. (sugar/carbs)

I have stuck to it... the first 3 days where difficult as you can imagine. But it did not take long before. (4th or 5th day) that I saw I was not interested or craving carbs. I'm the girl that had to have her bagel and cream cheese and milk every morning..

after 30 days you then added the types of foods you eliminated for a couple days.. and see how your body feels.. then you will know what is causing you pain and discomfort.. you can then decided if this food is worth it or not.. I suffered from breast pain... along with knee and hip pain for the last few years.. but those are gone... only 2 weeks.. I've read about some people who had GI Issues which this helped them...and a good part of this you do lose weight.

Update: 14 days so far! two more weeks to go.. before food challenges..

weight : 182 ( -10) I started at 192
waist: lost 2 inches
hips lost 0 inches
tummy: lost 1 inch
thighs: lost 1 inch.

Not bad for two weeks. 10 pounds gone and 4 inches gone.

A personal best in the journey of weight loss. During these two weeks I did go to the gym , maybe 2-3 times. My life is in a bit of a challenge right now with family, and work. More on the illness of a parent and grown daughter moving large life event and work is a challenge too... So to stick this out is a real accomplishment.

My plan moving forward... I'd like to start challenging myself with the foods I have removed from my diet. You see I know that if I do this now doing the challenges so early on ..
It will be a very slippery slope of going back to my old eating habits.. I KNOW IT.... So for two more weeks, I will continue to do lean meats, veggies galore, and nuts and healthy oils.. and moderate fruits.

WHAT I HAVE GAINED: No breast pain, knee or hips.. stomach is less bloated, I feel like
I have clearer thinking, less "overly " emotional. More energy,
I feel strong and flexible.

I think I know in my heart I could not totally release these foods.. but I need to learn to limit them . Make them a "special occasion' sort of food. Small slice of cake.. or go out for an ice cream..

I will probably monitor these foods! never mind the rest.. These are the high calorie nutrient poor foods.. that only make you crave them and want them even when you are full...not good. As long as I keep a watchful eye on this I will be ok.. they have their place in my world.. but I don't want to live to eat.. but rather eat to live.. which means health foods to fuel my body.. I'm proving this to my self every day..

Thanks for reading would love to hear your thoughts.. Diane

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ONENEL 4/6/2014 11:19AM

    glad you have something that is working for you- keep up the good work!

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HEALTHY_IN_2014 4/5/2014 12:13PM

    I'm glad you found something that is working for you! Life without pain is what I am working toward. I'll check out the book. Thanks for recommending it! emoticon

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GRACEWANTSIT 4/5/2014 10:45AM

    Thanks for sharing! Now I am very interested. emoticon

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    I am happy for your success and would definitely continue on your path.

I do have a problem with defining carbs and sugars. Fruit is considered a carb and a source of sugar. I believe in eating fruit and also that carbs run our bodies.

As with everything we discuss it's all in the details. A cooked or processed carbohydrate is totally different than a raw fruit carb. The body knows this. Also refined sugars and man-made sugars are totally in a different universe than natural sugars, again in raw fruit.

A healthy diet in my book is vegan with about 50% raw in salads and fresh produce and greens.

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NUTRON3 4/5/2014 8:12AM

    Thanks for sharing that

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December Goals

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Well. Its december 1st and I need to write down what I plan to accomplish for This month.
I will:
1. Drink 6-8 cups of water daily
2. Post all my food daily
3. Excercise daily with a minimum of 10 minutes of activity.

The way I look at it. If I don't make an effort to go to the gym or do a class. If I force myself to at least do 10 minutes. That is at least 10 minutes of activity I probably would not have done!
So here I go. It is the end of the day. The gym is closed but will pick one of the exercise videos here at sparks. To start off my month with activity! Get me going.. I've been such a slug the month of november.

I was concentrating the last couple of weeks on posting my food and drinking water.
Now I will zero in adding activity. and being more careful of my calories going into my body.
Making them healthy calories.


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KOFFEENUT 12/1/2013 6:27PM

    Smart idea to set some goals you DO have control over (because you CAN drink that water, and you CAN get a minimum 10 minutes of exercise!). Finding goals that ARE within your control is key, being public with them is motivating, and you WILL make this happen!

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WIGGLINESSA 12/1/2013 6:26PM

    I too have been a SLUG in November...time change? Anyway, I didn't gain, but I didn't lose but still felt crap for bad food choices, lol! I'm back on track too and I wish you well. We can do it!

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FITBY2016 12/1/2013 5:21PM

  Love the idea of posting goals. I am new and will be doing the same.

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Hydration and cutting back on coffee

Saturday, November 16, 2013

I must say I love the NEW start page here at spark. It is so customizable to just zero in on what you want to zero in on… our focus for the day/week/ year. Its truly a perfect spot to sum up how well we are doing or not doing.

So what am I focusing on? Hydration. My short goal is to drink my water, religiously. I found a water bottle that holds 3 cups of water. All I need to do is to drink 2 to 2 1/2 of these and I have downed 6-8 cups of water.

Also I will be only having 1 cup of coffee a day. It seems to me I have been drinking more at home and at work. Which is dehydrating and add into the fact I hardly drink any water is a disaster. In terms of losing weight. I don't feel well, I get fuzzy by the end of the day when working.. I'm tired at night a total lump, sitting and watching tv. Well that needs to change!

So that water bottle will come with me everywhere. I will take little water breaks through out the day, and of course piddle breaks.. I will make this my major focus, until it becomes just part of my life. No other major changes..

Along with this hyper focus of water, I will continue to exercise and post my food when I can. Being aware of my urges and what my thoughts turn too when I get resistant to doing what is good for me. I see many "focus points " for me in the future.. but baby steps will get me there.

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SQUIRREL_NUTKIN 12/2/2013 8:24PM

    I'll have to check out your blog more often! I'm trying to cut down on coffee (or hopefully cut it out completely) at the moment too, as it seems to have a pretty strong effect on me and I've had some bad experiences with it in the past (e.g. contributing toward an anxiety attack when I was on new meds, horrible withdrawal effects when missed a cup even though I was only having one per day...)

And also to greatly increase the water, I think I'm a bit dehydrated at the moment :-/

Baby steps are the way, like you said!

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JUDYAMK 11/22/2013 9:58PM

    I to drink more water also I have a knew water bottle it is a Contigo has the markings on up to 24 ounces where I can clearly see how much I drink. the hard time is at work I get so busy filling scripts I forget about the water. so when I go back to work from leave I am going to place it right in front of me. Plus the bottle is purple a color I would never had bought before. Take care


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LJCANNON 11/17/2013 10:13AM

    emoticon I LOVE My Coffee, but I did cut down to 2 Cups in the Morning and 1 Cup at Night instead of all day long. Luckily, I also LOVE Water and my Water Glass/Bottle does get a LOT of Miles, LOL!!

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KOFFEENUT 11/16/2013 4:55PM

    I've heard of people doing this (cutting back on coffee) but I'm afraid I wouldn't survive the attempt! I do wish YOU luck!
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SHAKENMA 11/16/2013 12:11PM

    I like your blog....I am in the same place with hydration. I had to work on putting that coffee cup down this morning! Especially on cold days.

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Discipline? I need to….

Friday, November 15, 2013

What is discipline? Some thoughts from a very frustrated chubby lady.

I need to make sure its a really good reason for losing, when it gets tough it has to get me through the hard spots. Those times I just don't feel like it or let my life step on my toes. I just decide "not today" I'm to ________( fill in the blank)

I need to make sure I do one small thing over and over again. Baby steps! Every single day till it is ingrained in me. I've been living this way for a very long time… lets face it things need to change. But baby steps.. will get me there.

I need watch what urges I have that act against my goals.. Watch how my thoughts affect my actions. I have habits I do ALL THE TIME…I just keep doing them, its easier I guess. but not any more , i am willing to focus and stick too not letting the urges and habits just take over. which will involve planning.

I need to Pay attention to my excuses, and how I rationalize what I am doing or not doing. I do this a lot. Unfortunately… this must stop.

I Really need to notice the benefits of that small change I am making. Is it my head is clear to think, do my pants feel loose, am I moving easier not so much pain? This is learning to turn inward and make it stick because doing it makes me happier and healthier to enjoy life.

I found that when I stick to it, I always feel better. Be it exercising, and eating well. But it is so darn easy to go down that path of least resistance. I'm back , I'm still struggling. still trying to work on it. I'm really glad I"m here at sparks. I feel this is where I can make it work.

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FIREBUG32 11/16/2013 9:22AM

    Thank you imavision and delia

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IMAVISION 11/16/2013 2:02AM

    Excellent blog!



God bless!

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DELIA38961 11/15/2013 11:05PM

    hang in there emoticon

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