Saturday, July 05, 2014
In May I wrote about commitment, ready to lose weight, yada-yada-yada. I continued to yo-yo the same 10 pounds. In May i was playing with the Leptin supplement pills, not really cutting out carbs or alcohol. I lost some, gained some. The June 23rd Woman's World had a diet plan using green tea and lemon juice. I tried it, cut out the alcohol and lost 6 pounds, then reverted to old patterns. June 30th my doctor told me I have artherosclerosis, (plaque build up in my arteries) and doubled my BP medication from the minimal dose to double. He told me to do all I could to lose weight between now and his next visit in 30 days and recommended the South Beach Diet.
So, I've pulled out all the stops. I'm still using the green tea and lemon, using the leptin supplements, following the South Beach Diet and eliminated alcohol (none since Monday night) and I've lost 6 pounds in 4 days eating lean protein and vegetables. I skipped the parties last night celebrating the 4th in favor of maintaining my progress, and thankfully it worked, even without exercise.
Today I am baring myself to any who want to see my food intake and exercise output to help me with my transformation. If that isn't commitment, I don't know what is! I've always striven for perfection and all will be able to see just how imperfect I am! no more hiding, all will be revealed, the good, the bad and the ugly. Yikes! I feel like a streaker!
I will never give up, it is time to grow up and be healthy in my retirement. There is still so much I want to see and do!
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Finally, I feel I can commit again to getting the weight off. Finally, I want to get the weight off. I want my blood pressure down to normal, I want to hike in the mountains, I want to be able to walk in charity walks again, I want to live again.
Yes, depression is still a problem, even after coming back to Colorado. Adjusting to retirement and having to make a life after work structure was discarded is definitely a challenge. Learning to live on a fixed income (no overtime now!), having to budget income because no surprises or bonuses coming in the future----that in itself is stressful! I will be fine, but the shock of limits is just that, shock.
I worked in my community garden patch (after breakfast with my DIL on Sunday and shopping trip for vegetables) for about 3 hours. It gave me time to think about what I want to do, how I want to be, what I need to leave behind and what I need to embrace.
I finally am able to say I don't want to live this weight any more. I know the things that I am doing to hold onto it, and they are not worth the momentary pleasure they might give. Its time to let go of the fear, let go of the addictions and embrace life. I quit smoking almost 4 years ago when I was 60. I want to quit the weight before I turn 65.
So I'm committing to losing 15% of my current body weight by 8/29/14, that gives me 99 days to lose about 40 pounds, or 13 weeks. 3 pounds per week. I am pledging no alcohol until those 40 pounds come off. That will improve my blood pressure, metabolism, mood, and give me lots of time to discover more ways to stay active.
I joined the YMCA to work out, I have the garden and the garden club, I joined the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, I have 2 DILs, grandkids and great grandkids to love and cherish. and that is only the beginning, God will provide the lead, all I need to do is listen and follow His guidance.
Off to pick up prescriptions, then the gym, then stop by the garden to see what is happening. Need to pick up a step stool and fan, then hopefully FINISH UNPACKING!
Monday, April 21, 2014
spent the day doing paperwork associated with retirement, new bank accounts, prescriptions, still have paper strewn all over the place! not good, it causes stress but a necessary demon until I get everything set up in the new apartment. Got my bills paid for the month and still have money left over, so all is well.
I ate leftover chicken pad thai for breakfast and was not hungry all day. Drove around the old stomping ground looking for places I remembered and to get a key chain of all things! Tonight I made a cheese/roast beef melt sandwich with mustard. I think I'll have some yogurt and call it a day.....
Trying to only eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm satisfied. At the point that nothing really sounds good expect spicy and cheesy, which is good and bad. But like Mom used to say, it will all come out in the wash.
Tomorrow I'm headed back to the gym!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
This is only 370 calories? I can't believe the breakfast I just made is so low in calories and high in flavor and protein! I used 1 teaspoon of EVOO, a cup of mushrooms, a cup of zucchini, a half cup Jimmy Dean Turkey sausage crumbles, 2 eggsland eggs, 1 slice Sargento chipolte cheese, Mrs. Dash, curry powder, black pepper and 3 cloves fresh pressed garlic, and YUM!
This will definitely fuel me for my work out at the "Y". with a green salad for lunch and a light dinner, I think I will be set! It will work well in my plan to raise my leptin levels. I had an email from the outfit I bought the supplement pills from today that not only blesses at least one "cheat day" a week, but says it is mandatory in resetting your metabolism and keeping you eating healthy.
My 2nd dil who is in a nursing home called this morning to invite me to their Easter Brunch, so I am planning on Sunday being that day or one of those days. I want to try doing a fast (500 calories) the day after my cheat day, the way a normal person would cut down on their eating after a day of indulgence, then go back to eating regularly and see what happens.
It's so great to be home and among loved ones!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
thanks for the info!
"Leptin is a fat burning hormone, the master hormone according to Byron Richards, a Leptin expert. When you eat is just as important as what you eat according to Byron."
The 5 rules are:
1) Never eat after dinner. Allow 3 hrs before going to bed and at least 12 hrs before breakfast.
2) 3 Meals a day with 5-6 hours in between. Do not snack!
3) No large meal
4) Eat high protein breakfast.
5) Reduce carbohydrates."
Now to my story. I purchased IC-5 online Saturday to aid in weight loss. All ingredients have been shown to help burn fat and it has a full money back guarantee, so I decided to test it out. They are also trying to sell me herbs to help elevate my leptin levels and maximize the fat burn. I decided to look up leptin here and found the above info on another person's blog.
Thinking back over the last month, in the process of moving to Colorado, I found myself eating less (I was too busy) and spacing my eating out farther. I might eat only twice a day, or even if eating 3 times a day it was spaced out 4-5 hours. I ate what I wanted, but wanted less and I was losing weight. Then I lost that focus when settling into my apartment and started gaining weight again.
I got to thinking about growing up on the farm. The above leptin schedule pretty much details our diet. Because I was sickly as a child, I was allowed to snack whenever I wanted and I was the only one that was fat in the family of 9. Fast forward 55+ years of "dieting", the times I lost weight and kept it off, I pretty much followed the info above.
So long story, beginning of a new journey,. Retired 4/1/14, now is my time. No excuses to stuff my face to shut my mouth about work any more (I dropped 12 pounds in the first week free from work), no excuses not to eat healthy and work out. I joined the "Y" so I have a great place to work out and relax in the pool or do water aerobics. I've come home to Colorado, family and friends and I'm living the dream in paradise! I am committing now to become the healthiest me I can be!
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