Thursday, December 04, 2014
I took the past year and a half off SparkPeople. I was working on mindful eating, learning to listen to my body, eat when I was hungry, stop before I was full, eat a wide variety of foods (mostly home cooked and hopefully nothing too processed), and learning other ways to manage stress and emotions other than with food.
I was doing alright with it until my mom was diagnosed with cancer in February. Between that and work and moving I had about 4 months of total stress eating and I weighed more than ever before in my life (202ish).
Then I found out mid June (2 days after moving into a new place) my hubby and I are expecting our first child. And then I got sick - nausea and vomiting of pregnancy is WAY more accurate than "morning sickness" - and I wasn't able to eat much of anything and couldn't keep it all down if I didn't take my meds. But I was finally forced to start REALLY listening to my body and was unable to stress eat.
Then my momma died in August. I spent 6 weeks learning how to grieve and let out my emotions when I needed to before I stopped making myself even sicker. I lost 15 pounds between finding out I'm pregnant and my birthday in mid-September (11ish weeks). You're not supposed to lose weight when you're pregnant, even if you start with 60 extra pounds. I learned that I was making myself sicker by not letting out and acknowledging my grief. I started taking better care of myself emotionally, and between that and being in the 2nd trimester, I started feeling better, sleeping a little better, and gained back half the weight I'd lost.
I had about 10 weeks of feeling pretty good and haven't felt quite right the last 2-3 weeks. Then I learned why: I was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes. At least I only have 11 weeks left, but it's going to be a massive shift compared to how I've been eating. The meal plan is very specific and very strict and it doesn't matter if I'm hungry or not or craving specific foods or not (unless I'm craving vegetables, which, fortunately, I have been).
My job now is to eat 3 meals a day and 3 snacks a day. Eat 1800 calories, 147 g of carbs or less, 50 g of fat or less, and 87 g of protein or more. None of the carbs can come from sweets. (I've never made it through the holidays without sweets before. This is going to suck) My job is also to walk for 15 minutes after every meal, test my blood sugar levels 1 hour after every meal as well as first thing in the morning, and report my blood sugar values to my doctor every week. I also get to go see the doctor even more often (cuz that's been so much fun already).
Between my mom's diagnosis, moving to a new place, mom's death, being super sick in the first 4 months of my pregnancy, and having a bajillion doctor appointments, I'm totally out of my paid time off at work (we have "paid personal leave" or ppl, which is one pool for vacation and sick leave). I will have to take some time unpaid this week, and probably next week, as well. Add in the fact that America is the ONLY developed country in the world that doesn't have paid maternity and paternity leave and you get the idea that finances are going to be tight. So there's that stress too, which I'm trying not to worry about.
Anyway, I'm off to eat my lunch and take a walk before the rain starts up again. I don't own a rain coat that'll fit over a 6.5 months pregnant belly. :)
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!
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