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4 more pounds to "feel good"

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

After 6 weeks of very hard work - both at the gym and in watching my food intake - I am four lbs away from my first goal. I know from past experience that when I weigh 187 or less, I really begin to lose that "large, barrel chested, matronly look" and I really start to feel good in my own skin. (I am 5'7.5" tall and big boned - which is why I can carry that much weight). At 187 my upper arms no longer rub against my body, my face begins to have a sculpted look, and I can bend over quite easily and tie my shoes.How have I done it? With extremely hard work and focus, and also (of course) all the wonderful tools and the Challenges at Spark People.

Despite starting intensive menopause about 2 weeks ago w/lots of hot flashes all day and night, I have successfully stripped white carbs out of my diet completely. No bread, no rice, no pasta, no cake (of course). Somehow eating none is so much easier than eating some.
Limited beans and other grains, but unlimited fruit and veggies and protein.

I think I have found the right combination of foods that work for me...both in terms of the nutrition that my body needs and the ability to eat large quantities of food when I am in need. So now, instead of reaching for popcorn or diet jello or frozen yogurt when I feel the need to chow down - which has inevitably led to a spiral of eating more and more, I am reaching for another cup of grapes, another grapefruit, a bag of carrots, some turkey breast or fat free cheese.

Many years ago I stopped eating butter. It just became something that I would not consider eating - ever - sort of like liverwurst or some other food that I don't like. As of 6 weeks ago, I have begun the process of eliminating these "white" carbs from my diet - I think forever. Everything I have read leads me to the conclusion that it is the right thing for me. Both in terms of my thyroid condition (I am RAO hypo), a 52 yr old menopausal woman, and I tend to carry my weight in my belly.

Of course it isn't just about making this change in my diet. I have also continued to work very hard at the gym -- 4 - 6 days/week. But this diet and exercise still isn't enough to lose weight - just enough so that I don't gain.

So - I have found that the only way I can get the scale to move is to have at least one day a week where I feel almost completely empty the whole day - eat only enough to nourish myself - which apparently doesn't take a whole lot of calories -- less than 1,000 a day.

I have lost over 12 lbs in the last few months - so only 4 more to go...sounds pretty doable. Okay - I am off to the gym now...

  
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HEALTHYARTIST1 8/17/2013 1:31AM

    Good for you. You know it is a continuous learning game as our bodies are constantly again. At one point something works and then your body changes from age or whatever and you need to tweak things. My immunologists says our bodies change every 7 years and if you add menopause to that things can get confusing. Can you believe we have belonged to Spark for so long as we 'met' on the beginning team as we started the same week. emoticon

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DIANNEMT 8/14/2013 1:39PM

    Good for you!! Just be careful you don't eat too little--even the once a week....

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DANCINCAJUN1 8/13/2013 10:04PM

    you are doing fantastic .... I had to look at myself to see what was not working for me and I saw sodium every day on the high side .... controlling it has helped me but I need to exercise more .... so glad you have taken the time to figure out how it works for you ... great weight loss -- sure hope those flashes go away for you soon .... I was one of the lucky ones ... never had one .... Roc
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MJ7DM33 8/13/2013 8:09PM

  WTG!

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ICEANGEL0531 8/13/2013 6:25PM

    Congratz!

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What am I doing to keep on track?

Monday, March 04, 2013

What am I doing to encourage myself and keep on track - with my new habit - low carbs?

I am weighing myself in the morning if I feel thin...and it has increased my motivation. I am buying lots of protein - whole roasted chicken, smoked turkey, fat free cheese, etc. So when I open my frig I see lots of choices...

  
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GEMINISUE 3/5/2013 4:10PM

    I'm with you on this lots of protein each day, and healthy low carb veggies, mostly. emoticon

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LYNNIERN 3/4/2013 11:05PM

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CM_GARDNER78 3/4/2013 10:44PM

    You are right on track!! It's good to know that when you open that fridge you have good choices to choose from...that means you won't eat junk!! :-) Keep it up!!

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/4/2013 10:44PM

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TPETRIE 3/4/2013 10:23PM

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DNRAE1 3/4/2013 10:01PM

    Don't give up carbs, just limit them to good carbs. You can do it! Use those veggies, and fruits for carbs, and only small amounts of grains and only whole grain! You're doing great!!!!

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Carb Control - How I will do that

Sunday, March 03, 2013

3 Deep Breaths

It all comes down to eating more mindfully. So, today I will institute a 3-Deep-Breath regimen to my mealtimes...
Before I eat (or before I prepare a plate w/food), I will stop and take 3 deep breaths. During those breaths, I will consider whether or not I REALLY want to eat it.

{note - that blog I wrote yesterday about committing to not eat the bread basket came just in time. We were at a fancy Manhattan restaurant last night that served each diner an enormous piping hot, delicious smelling roll - almost as big as a whole loaf of bread. I am pretty sure that I would have succumbed to the temptation if I hadn't written yesterday's blog. So - a big victory for me...I felt so great when I went to sleep last night and also when I woke up this morning, remembering how in control I felt. )

  
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LESLIE_2B_LESS 3/4/2013 12:20AM

    emoticon on that BREAD victory - WOWSIE on the calories for that bread. I love your taking 3 breaths response.

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/3/2013 9:01PM

    BRAVO !! emoticon

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ELISADENK 3/3/2013 8:32PM

    Breathe.....breathe.... breathe.

Great idea!

You know why the restaurants put out bread, don't you?

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QUILTNBUGG 3/3/2013 5:49PM

    Love the idea of the 3 deep breath regimen! Congratulations on avoiding the bread basket, I'm not sure if I would have been that strong emoticon

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KATYDID412 3/3/2013 5:24PM

    I love your three deep breaths idea. And GOOD FOR YOU for not succumbing to the warm roll the size of your head!



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FITMARY 3/3/2013 4:37PM

    GREAT job with the bread basket! Sounds like the three deep breaths might be just the ticket too!
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DIANNEMT 3/3/2013 3:20PM

    3 deep breaths sounds like a GREAT idea. And congrats on the no bread--I'd have tried for a little piece -- and then another and....you get the picture!!

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GEMINISUE 3/3/2013 1:51PM

    I like your three deep breaths before eating or preparing. I will try to remember to do that.

So happy you made that commitment yesterday. You are and were in control. So proud of you.

Hugs
Linda

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DNRAE1 3/3/2013 1:45PM

    Fantastic! I love bread, so it would have been a challenge for me also. I like the 3 deep breath strategy......I'll try it! Thanks!

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MARTYJOE 3/3/2013 11:53AM

    Perfect beginning to a perfect day. Waking up feeling good about yourself will definitely keep you motivated. Keep up the good work.


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My new healthy habit - carb control

Saturday, March 02, 2013

The Challenge requires that I pick a new healthy habit I want to make my own this week. Okay - it will have to be:

Very significant, permanent reduction in unhealthy carbs - for the rest of my life!!
To clarify - i don't want or need to restrict my intake of fresh fruits or veggies, but I do need to severely limit/control carbs - such as bread, cereal, pasta, etc.

In the last few weeks I have successfully done this, and it is truly amazing how well the scale reacts - which of course, makes me so much happier. Maybe it is because I had RAI 18 yrs ago, and am on synthroid for thyroid function. I have been told that low carb/high protein diets really work well for that condition.

So what am I going to do about it - to help make this my own habit?

I am going to STOP forever eating from the bread basket at any/all restaurants. To help myself achieve this, I will give myself permission to order decaf tea right away ... to keep my hands busy while everyone else is chowing down on the bread.

  
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MJ7DM33 8/13/2013 8:12PM

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LYNNIERN 5/9/2013 7:38AM

    Hi! I remember reading this blog during the last challenge, but today when I was looking at your page it took on a whole new meaning for me. For the past week I've also been working on limiting the same carbs.

I went to a health fair and had my A1c and fasting blood sugar testing and I was borderline for pre-diabetes. Scared the heck out of me. I've decided to look at this as a blessing though; I purchased a glucometer and have started testing my fasting blood sugar every morning to see how I'm doing.

I haven't found the right level of carbs yet but I'm close. Even more important, I've been testing my husband in the morning and he's elevated. Hence, the blessing; this gives us the opportunity to do something about it before it becomes a chronic health issue for both of us.

I really liked your idea plan about how to avoid eating bread in the restaurant. I'll be anxious to hear how that is going for you!

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ELISADENK 3/3/2013 8:26PM

    I've just recently gone low carb. I don't miss it. I think I actually feel better AND I'm losing a few ounces here and there. :-)

Good for you for having a Plan of Action!

Although I still eat a cookie or cracker, when I really get the urge.
But mostly, my focus is on veggies and protein. Seems to make my life much simpler b/c I stay away from most gluten.

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 3/3/2013 12:07AM

    This is a weakness for me too! emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 3/2/2013 11:12PM

    I had not heard of the carb deal with thyroid problems .... I just know I don't feel good when I overdo carbs .... think I'll give em up too .... thanks for sharing ... Roc
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JP6262AMY 3/2/2013 7:58PM

    Fantastic! Great idea and great strategy

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2014ISTHEYEAR 3/2/2013 7:10PM

    Sounds like a great habit and it sounds like you've come up with a great plan to make it happen. emoticon

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DIANNEMT 3/2/2013 4:48PM

    Sounds like you have a plan--this wouldn't be a bad thing for me to try too!

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FITMARY 3/2/2013 3:30PM

    We DEFINITELY do not need all the bread they push on us. Good for you! Happy about the knee improvement too!
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TEQPEACH 3/2/2013 2:55PM

    Good skill (not luck) on mastering your new habit. It would also be a good habit for me to incorporate into my routine.

Terri

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MUSIC2HISEARS 3/2/2013 2:07PM

    You can definitely do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARB4RICK 3/2/2013 1:39PM

    I need this too!

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GEMINISUE 3/2/2013 1:34PM

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The amazing thing about feeling in control

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Alright, I finally got up the courage to weigh myself...and the scale did indeed reflect my last few months of feeling sorry for myself because my knee hurt, eating too much and not getting enough exercise. But when I decided I would weigh myself, I also committed to myself to getting things back on track...and it is now a week and a half...I have lost almost 3 lbs, but so much more important is -- I FEEL IN CONTROL, and as a result, I am already so much happier.

I have stopped berating myself, and am instead congratulating myself on my success so far. I am heading in the right direction. My only fear is that I won't be able to keep it up... But right now, I feel great, am highly motivated, and oh, so much happier!! emoticon

  
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ILOVEROSES 1/28/2013 7:33AM

    You have the right attitude and that will be motivation to emoticon emoticon

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PHEBESS 1/28/2013 3:49AM

    Yup - in weight loss, we get do-overs!

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MUSIC2HISEARS 1/27/2013 7:59PM

    That's a wonderful attitude to have!

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BEXNEW 1/27/2013 5:20PM

    Way to go JK. I am so pleased we are back on this journey together. Keeps me going too. Bex emoticon emoticon

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MZZCHIEF 1/27/2013 4:23PM

    Its always great when our actions align with our intentions!
Congratz on your progress!
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Mzzchief

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KKLENNERT809 1/27/2013 3:37PM

    Yes, great attitude and hard work, but it's worth it

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GEMINISUE 1/27/2013 3:06PM

    Very proud of you!

Onward & Downward
Hugs
Linda

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