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12/13/14 I love this date! A perfect one to get going.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Hi , Its me again. Just the lady that just can't seem to get her self doing what she needs to do!

I have not been making my health the priority! Everyone and everything else just takes over. So today I'm changing some things, I'm going to write everything down in a note book and then post to sparks later in the day. the phone thing works great on the fly but you surely can't spend time on reading blogs and or doing what i'm doing now.

Coming on sparks later in the day will give me a chance to reflect on how my my day went. To post and comment on challenges. Make and think about new goals.

For now the goal for the next week will be:
post food and keep calories between 1200-1500
no alcohol or soda
Exercise : 3-5 weeks.
and really be aware of the foods being used to fuel my body.

I will come back and report in a week how the week went but I will stop in my journal to do a daily comment. I would really love to hear from anyone going through the same sort of thing.

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KOFFEENUT 12/13/2014 12:57PM

    Before I even rolled out of bed this morning I turned to DH and said "HEY - it's 12-13-14!!!".

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TRAVELGO 12/13/2014 11:50AM

  What a GREAT plan!!

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I'm back after a tough few months

Monday, November 03, 2014

Hi , I'm back, finally feeling like I can get back to life. Sometimes life has a way of throwing curve balls at you. I've had to step back and gather my strength to carry on.

So back to getting in the groove. I've decided to begin a new journal. " move more eat less" which will be my mantra going forward. No crazy diets.. just plan eating well. Posting food will be imperative to review what i am doing calorie wise , but also increasing my activity level.

Actually as I look at my weight right now. I'm in good shape.. 182 pounds.. i have not gained much since stepping back. But I want to use this fall and winter to work hard and get down to a healthy weight. My knees and hips are letting me know it is unacceptable. I need to listen. My strength has weakened. i don't like how that feels.. I'm tired of being a couch potato. I crave to be energetic and healthy! It doesn't help that I was feeling ill last week, and i'm coming off that roller coaster ride.

My wholes food experience was a very big eye opener. And plan on using this as a somewhat of a template of what and how much to eat. But much less strict. I know that that the "white" foods are not good for me. Time to throw those to the curb... only on a rare occasion. Fruit and veggies are my friends along with lean proteins.. but I do still want complex carbs in my diet. I feel there is a place for them in my diet.

I don't enjoy reading all these different diets.. one says eat that and never that while the next one ranks down the other says... oh don't eat any of that the other diet things is good... its craziness.. really.. So done with it all.

So Move more Eat less..... here I go. Gonna work hard and be more mindful.. Really its time for me to take care of me.. done putting everyone else ahead of me...I need to be up there on the list..

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KOFFEENUT 11/5/2014 6:40PM

    It's terrific that you were able to "maintain" even though you stepped back! Now that you're in a position to spend time building your strength and working out just imagine how healthy you're going to feel!

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ONENEL 11/3/2014 6:35PM

    so glad to see you back and yes you can do this. Eat less and move more is a good mantra

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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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1JOLLYPOLLY 4/29/2014 11:00AM

    Congrats on the 12 lb loss! I too am cutting carbs out--again.

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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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NUTRON3 4/12/2014 8:45AM


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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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