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Friday, October 26, 2012

So I've been dropping weight doing a little of this and a little of that. My biggest loss came from my two rounds of HCG. Something I DO NOT REGRET doing AT ALL. I just want to make that very clear. It was the jump start I needed to get my head back in the right place.

But since HCG is not a forever thing to do after I dropped the initial 60 pounds I decided I would try and lose the remaining 30 a different way. A way I would have to live the remainder of my days on earth. At first I simply followed the phase 3 protocol which says no carbs/no sugars.

Well back when I tried Atkins I remember that I felt great and lost a big chunk of weight at that time. Also come to find out my mother is wheat sensitive which means I have a chance to be as well. So I looked around for more in depth information and stumbled onto what is called Paleo/Primal and often referred and frequently teased (thanks Significant other) as the Caveman diet.

Here's what I love most about this philosiphy. EAT FOOD YOU CAN IDENTIFY. Thats the single most important thing I took away from it all. Yes I eat meat and yes I eat fat. But what I eat most of are VEGETABLES. I still eat starches, mainly in the form of sweet potatoes and other starchy tubers, but delicious amazing vegetables fill my plate now! And I don't just go to the grocery store to get them. Now I visit my local farmers market and talk with the farmers and get the freshest stuff on earth. I also eat seasonally! SO a few months ago it was lots of zuccini, yellow squash, and green beans!! now it's carrots, cauliflower, beats and root veggies. I'm in heaven. With all this food I've not counted 1 calorie AND I've not lost one pound. But here is the kicker. I've dropped inch's galore! I've also become stronger and faster than I ever have in my life! Buses no longer escape! My backpack isn't a burden anymore and I'm whistling Dixie why? because my asthma is completely gone! My skin's cleared up and frankly... I look pretty stink'n goooood. I still have a bit to lose but slowly it's coming off.

So now I'm looking into old school food preparation and I'm dallying in Fermentation. Its so easy I'm seriously kicking myself as to why I've never done this before.

Currently I'm brewing up a batch of Kombucha which is fermented tea and Kefir which is fermented milk. Now why on earth would someone want to eat that you might ask? Well because it's "alive" and you NEED good bacteria and yeast in your body when I drink it I rebalance everything going on in my gut.

Few weeks ago, strep throat was making it's way around the building. I didn't even get a sniffle. My new way of viewing food and my health have become the most important part of my day. WE REALLY ARE WHAT WE EAT!!

Below I've posted a few pictures of my Kombucha Scoby and my Kefir, both of which are hanging out in closets :D If you want to make your own I highly recommend it!! The instructions are ALL over the internet and I promise you once you get started all it is, is maintaining your bacteria mother cells and time :D

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SKYBLUEGIRL 11/2/2012 10:52AM

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KABOOPER 11/1/2012 9:13AM

    Love Love Love the farmers market.
Sounds like you found something that really works for you.

Fantastic that you no longer have asthma! what a huge change.

You should also try making your own yogurt. it is so awesome and no preservatives or chemicals. Love my homemade greek style yogurt.

keep up the awesome job.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/30/2012 12:13PM

    Fan freaking tastic!!


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JIBBIE49 10/27/2012 9:56AM

    I love the HCG Diet and don't care what "Haters" have to say about it. Glad the two Rounds worked for you. It works if you follow Dr. Simeon's Protocol. Glad you are doing the Paleo Diet now and that works for you. I follow Dr. Mercola on his web site and he recommends having fermented foods daily, so I have sauerkraut. Kefir is expensive to buy, so never thought about making my own, but great that you can do that. I'll check that out. Dr. Mercola talks about a number of fermented foods, but I don't know about kombucha but he's mentioned it.

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MYLADY4 10/26/2012 8:59PM

    Whooohooo, I say you are a great success. It gets even better when you can start growing your own veggies.

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-LINDA_S 10/26/2012 7:32PM

    I assume you have a copy of Nourishing Traditions? It's all about that stuff, except you can eat grains if you soak them (not that you have to eat them at all). I didn't have great success with kombucha--seemed to still have too much sugar in it. I did do well with the beet kvass, though. Glad you're doing so well. Come join us on one of the primal/Paleo teams!

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FREEME1980 10/26/2012 7:20PM

    emoticon Congratulations on finding something that works for you. Thank you for sharing.

Have you tried sprouting?

Fresh fruits and veggies are important in living a healthy lifestyle! WTG on your progress! emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 10/26/2012 5:05PM

    Cool, it's great to find something that works : )

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JT_GMOTU 10/26/2012 4:36PM

    I've not tried either (the Kefir or Kombucha tea...) and I'm not sure if that's what I'm looking to do now...But I admire your desire to continue to improve your health!!!!
Jodie in AZ

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NIKKICOLE83 10/26/2012 3:32PM

    Umm, no thank you. emoticon I can admirably say that you are some kind of amazing for being able to do this. I don't have the time, energy, or desire. I do however which I took the time to shop farmer's market. I have also read a lot about The Paleo diet and it makes total sense. I am sure the actual poundage is going to be falling off pretty soon. COngrats on kicking the asthma! You seem to be in perfect control of your health and that is emoticon .

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A Year From Now....

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A year from now you may wish you had started today. ― Karen Lamb

This quote is birthed from a much older one. Carpe diem - Seize the day. I've had this quote on my signature since I started Sparkpeople. I've looked at it countless times but I never really understood it's meaning until today.

Every year I host an event called Tent-A-Que. I invite a bunch of my friends over to my house. We set out tents in my back yard and proceed to drink, have a bonfire, and eat barbeque till our stomachs pop! I was a good girl and didn't do any of that. But that's not the point of this particular story. What is - is the fact that this is an annual event. Everyone comes over, we laugh. We have a good time. We take pictures.

This year I understood what Karen Lamb really meant.

Still a long way to go. But next year will be an even more awesome Tent-A-Que

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SKYBLUEGIRL 9/3/2012 6:41PM

    Great blog and a great reminder! Best of luck and keep up the great work! emoticon

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MRS.CARLY 8/27/2012 6:22PM

    Great comparision photos! Shows your hard work and dedication to your health!

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LILYBELLE8 8/26/2012 7:24PM

    Louise - I love this blog! It sums up totally why and how we can be successful in following our dreams. And you are right - next year things will be AWESOME - and so will we!!

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MIRAGE727 8/24/2012 3:01PM

    I was SP surfing, caught your title, and correctly sensed where you were going! You're doing great!. Way to stay strong. It only gets better. I've always said that a steady safe pace prepares us better for maintaining! I've also said, as a poker player, embrace patience and you will master anticipation. Trust me when I say it's worth it. I wish you all the best, stay strong, and be well!

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JIBBIE49 8/24/2012 12:22PM

    Love that difference. 2# loss per week for 52 weeks is 104#, so a year really is a long time.

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COUTURELADY 8/24/2012 11:19AM

    That's brilliant, great quote and good work lady! emoticon

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-LINDA_S 8/24/2012 7:02AM

    What a difference a year makes! You are well on your way to total success!


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LANEYTHEGIRL 8/24/2012 2:49AM

    I love this! I told my friend today that I had only lost 15 pounds in about 2.5 months but I was happy I wasn't just starting out. So many things have gotten better since the first day I laced up tennis shoes, walked out my front door, went for a walk and never looked back.

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ONEderland but I've got to live outside of the Mirror.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Good Morning everyone!

I finally made it to ONEderland. A place I haven't been too in probably 7 years. But that's not really the interesting stuff. I've been learning to focus on my other talents and live my life how I want regardless of size!

I've recently taken up knitting, jewelery making, and I'm attempting to write my first novel. I've been pulling myself out of the Mirror as it were.

However, I will be the first to admit it does help that my confidence has received a boost! And that I have a ton more energy than I did before. I can go jogging with my dogs now, so now they are so less hyper than before and I even got checked out by a guy when I was going car shopping with my significant other. I'm taken of course but the look was much appreciated!

Well I'm just rambling at this point! But I thought I'd show you some of my new projects!

Booties for my new Nephew!:

Trying my hand at earrings!:

Me trying them on:

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CHROMEPRINCESS 8/27/2012 12:52PM

    Love the booties! :) Congrats on ONEderland ... hope to be there soon myself. :)

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SKYBLUEGIRL 8/15/2012 7:38PM

    I love your creations! It feels good to make stuff! emoticon I hope you keep experiencing all the wonderful benefits of taking care of yourself. emoticon

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BLESSEDBEING 8/14/2012 10:36AM

    emoticon on reaching that huge milestone, sweetie! emoticon Or to quote some unknown Sparker, You Rock, Loser! emoticon

And it's emoticon that you are building confidence and joy in other areas of life, as well. Some folks can get so obsessed with their exercise and analyzing their food intake that they sort of forget the whole point of becoming more fit and getting healthy is to enjoy life--not to keep losing weight or reach some "magic" number.

Love the booties and the earrings-- emoticon Wishing you continued success and joy on your journey!

Blessed Be, Amanda emoticon

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-LINDA_S 8/13/2012 6:39PM

    Beautiful! You're very creative. Congrats!

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 8/12/2012 12:25PM

    You are doing great and are so talented!

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MARBETH2 8/12/2012 12:17PM

    Nice! It always does feel good to be noticed! :)

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Why was I complaining again?

Monday, July 02, 2012

I was complaining about the oh so muggy day yesterday! Then I saw this. Opps!

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MRS.CARLY 8/27/2012 6:25PM

    ugh, we have had hot 100 degree days down here in Texas, so I don't want to hear it lady!

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JT_GMOTU 7/3/2012 5:08PM

    See that 112....that's ME in Phoenix! Well, today we're only at 100...so it IS cooler....

Enjoy the weather there!
Jodie in AZ

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JCDROLSHAGEN 7/2/2012 7:50PM

    Looks like a good place to be right now!

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Personal Experiences and Day Four

Friday, September 30, 2011

So after watching Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead (a recommend read by SparkPeople it's self). I decided to give juicing a try for various reasons.

1. I have a liver condition and I'd been eating junk and creating a build up of toxins in my body.

2. I wanted to get rid of my sugar cravings and retrain my taste buds to love simple sugars like fruits again.

3. Jump start my weight loss.

4. Shrink my stomach

Day 1:

Stepped on the scale to get a starting point of weight and considered how I felt that day. Which was pretty much normal.

By the end of the day the hunger wasn't anything I couldn't manage. I was slightly tired, but nothing that a long day didn't normally do to me.

Day 2:

Stepped on the scale and low and behold:

I'm down 5 pounds. I figure this is water and waste, a lot going out. Not a lot going in. During the day I felt fine. But that night I crashed pretty hard when I got home. I went to bed a couple hours earlier than normal.

Day 3:

Scale tells me I'm down 4 more pounds

Morning I felt pretty good, full of energy. By the middle of the day I'd hit that cross roads place. The place that determined if I was going to quite or keep going. With a lot of support from very good friends I made it through without mishap and went home to watch my boyfriend tuck away 4 slices of pizza. :(

I'm starting to realize how much food we eat without needing to eat it! It makes me scared about what I was doing in the past to my body as well.

Day 4:

And this catches me up with today.

This brings my four day total down to 11.8 pounds lost. Felt pretty normal when I woke up this morning. And here at 10:30 after having two juices and plenty of water and herbal teas. I'm feeling pretty mellow. I'm not over the top hungry or uncomfortable in any way. I do have a slight headache but I attribute this to my body getting rid of the stored toxins that my liver was unable to deal with while I was abusing it.

This in no way is an endorsement but I thought maybe my own personal experiences would help others who were considering it to either chose to do this or not to do this. I'll answer any questions I can if you want :D

Have a great day!


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