Thursday, January 02, 2014
I'm not making Resolutions, I'm making plans.
The little plans:
1) I'm back off sugar and wheat as of today, and taking CandaClear 4 again. Gonna do that for at least 30 days. Then for the 30 days after that, no sugar but a little bit of wheat (like 5 things a week or less). Then I'll maintain 5 wheat things a week or less and sugar 2 times a month or less through the end of the year.
2) No more picking at my skin. This is a personal thing for me. I've hated my skin, and the 2-3 conditions it has, for my whole life. But picking at the little bumps doesn't make it look any better and is really just a bad nervous habit. I quit biting my nails a decade or two ago now it's time to stop picking at my skin.
3) Get 10,000 steps a day. But I'm gonna do it FUN. See, at some point, someone went and figured out how many miles the Hobbits (and the other characters) walked in the Lord of the Rings books. I'm an uber geek and love the books and the movies. So this year, I'm walking to Mordor. I have a FitBit, I'm tracking all my steps anyway. 10,000 a day is about 4.5 miles on my short legs. If I push a few long walks on the weekends, I can walk the same distance as the Frodo and Sam walked to Mordor this calendar year. And it'll be fun! I'm sure FUN is one of the things that's been missing from my previous attempts to get healthier.
Here's the details for Plan 3:
- It's 458 miles from Hobbiton to Rivendell. Walking 4.5 miles a day, that'll take 101 days. My 4th wedding anniversary is 100 days into the year, on April 10th. So I'm gonna walk to Rivendell by April 10th.
-Then it's 462 miles from Rivendell to Lothlorien. That should take another 102 days, but I'm gonna put in some long weekend walks and do it in 86 days. That means double the distance both days of most weekends, or an extra mile almost ever day, or some combination of the two. But that gets me to Lothlorien by July 5th.
-Next it's on to Rauros Falls which is 389 miles from Lothlorien. I'm gonna do that in 73 days instead of 86 so that I'm done by my 35th birthday on September 16th.
-Then, it's the last long haul to Mordor which is 470 more miles. That should be 105 days but I'm going to do it in 99 so I'm done before Christmas (and before I see the last Hobbit movie).
The total: 1779 Miles I will walk in 2014 to get from Hobbiton to Mordor.
The side effect of the eating healthy and walking so much will be that I lose weight, have more endurance, and generally feel better. But really, Walking to Mordor is gonna be fun. :)
Friday, November 01, 2013
I will have NO sugar today and no wheat. I will get 10,000 steps in. I will take my vitamins, drink my water and take my CandaClear 4.
I will do this every day this month until Thanksgiving day (when I will have both wheat and sugar, planned now, but not very much of either). I'm starting at 179.6 pounds. Let's see how much weight I can lose in 27 days. :D
Monday, October 21, 2013
Well, my measurements are better but my weight has been up and down and up and down this month with a net gain of 1 pound.
I've eaten just like my previous "normal" which isn't particularly healthy. Wheat far too frequently and so many sugar binges that I don't think I've had no sugar more than one or two days this entire month. I haven't walked enough (only 12 days over 5000 steps and none over 10k) and I haven't done any cardio.
Life has been extremely busy and too stressful and I've responded with my usually unhealthy eating habits. Most of the worst of that is all done now, so I'm getting back on track sometime this week and starting the 4th month Yeast Cleanse. On the plus side, despite the terrible eating, my Osteopath said the body-wide inflamation she'd felt before is still gone. So taking the CandaClear even though I'm not eating well is still a benefit to me. She also wants me to stop taking it after the 4th month and see how I feel after a week. I'm not sure if this is a good idea or a bad idea, but I have a month to get to that point, so we'll see.
And, either in response to all the stress of the past month, or the terrible eating, or both, I'm coming down with a cold. *sigh* serves me right. I do always seem to get sick when I'm not eating well.
Monday, September 23, 2013
I haven't taken my measurements again, but I can at least report my weight change and how I feel.
I've stopped tracking my food, and am getting much better at listening to my body and not over-eating. I'm still working on the only eating when I'm hungry thing, but I've definitely improved. Not having wheat or sugar seems to have helped a LOT with being able to listen to my body - like when I have those things they mess up the communication between my brain and my stomach. And now that I'm not having too much of those (for the most part) I'm better able to really have just a little bit of something - which I couldn't do before.
Anyway, I started month 2 of the CandaClear4 at 177.1 and today I weighed in at 173.1 - 4 pounds in 30 days is pretty good! I ate a lot more wheat this month, but still not as much as I used to. I'm finding that safe and healthy balance between depriving myself and having too much. :) I also had a planned splurge last week for my birthday and am now back to what I should be eating. Overall, I'm feeling better and seem to be finding that healthy balance, and more importantly, finding things I can keep doing with less effort - a healthystyle I can maintain! I still need to walk more, but I have pulled my average daily steps up from 3000 to 4000. And on days when I'm actually working on it, I'm even getting in 5000. It's not the 10000 it should be, but it's still improvement so I'll go with it. I got over 5000 18 out of the last 30 days (which is up by 7 days from last month) and two of those were over 10000.
My osteopath wants me to keep taking the CandaClear4 (and stay with the no sugar/low wheat eating plan) for another 2 months and see if my system will regulate at this new healthy and balanced place. Since this is all working for me, I'm fine with that and have started Month 3 today and aim to be down to 168 by the end of it. I also aim to have even more days above 5000 steps and above 10000 steps.
Progress feels good!
Thursday, August 22, 2013
I cut out wheat (mostly) and sugar (almost completely) for the past 30 days and took the Candaclear 4 herbal/probiotic supplements every day (missed one so this is actually 31 days).
I did have a flour tortilla twice, sushi with battered shrimp in the middle 3 times, and one or two other small instances of wheat. I had fresh fruit but no refined sugar until last weekend at my Aunt's 70th birthday party (I had a little of the frosting off the cake and about a cup of orange fluff).
I started at 187.0 and finished at 177.1
Even considering that ~3 of those pounds were bloat from the weekend before I started, that's still net of 6.5 or 7 pounds lost in 30 days. And I'm under 180 again, finally, which is awesome! My clothes fit better, I have a couple of skirts I couldn't wear for the last year that I can again. And my ankles! Instead of being puffy by the end of basically every day, are only puffy once in awhile, usually after I've had a little wheat or a drink that day or the day before, or didn't get enough water.
My measurements are a little better overall as well (as evidenced by being able to wear those skirts again). I've lost 1.75" at my waist, 1.25" off hips, 1.25" off butt, and about a half inch off each of upper arms, thighs and calves.
My Osteopath said that the inflammation she could feel in my whole body when working on me was gone after the first week and a half.
I've been reading a lot on the SummerTomato website, and about Darya's Foodist philosophy and it makes the most sense to me out of everything I've ever read or heard or tried. M and I have been shifting our eating habits that direction and I'm sure that's helping as well. Basically, it's a whole food philosopy. Eat local and seasonal and fresh, make it yourself, only eat intact grains (if it doesn't look like a grain any more, it doesn't count). Other foods like bread and dessert are treats to be had in small quantities once a week or twice a month or less.
Since this has worked so well for me, and I do feel better and am finally losing weight again (and haven't had cravings for sugar OR wheat hardly at all in the last month), I'm going to do another 30 days. This was my osteopath's suggestion. But even without her suggestion and the Candaclear 4 I would keep this up. I'm going to spend the next 30 days allowing myself bread or tortilla or something like that once a week or so and keep with the staying off sugar thing (though I will make an allowance for my birthday and have a cupcake or ice cream or something). Since the weather is likely to get cooler from here, I'm also going to try walking. I haven't been doing that, only got my 5000 steps in 11 out of the last 30 days. But I need to move more to be healthy and walking is a good place to start.
Onward and Downward!
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