Thursday, June 05, 2014
I am settled into a good groove at the moment. I am still eating a high nutrient, anti Candida diet, and loving it. I am wearing shorts size 8 & 10's right now! Last July I was busting the seams of my size 14's. I feel great, healthy and strong most days. I gave up coffee & black tea last month. I am convinced it is why I'm feeling so good. I am so much more chill. I had no Idea how it was affecting me, until I gave it up. I'm running a few days a week, walking a few, doing full body workouts a few days a week too. About twice a week I spend a few hours in the kitchen. This has helped me to be prepped for success! I'm loving me some homemade soups & salads! This the season for fresh and delish produce! I ended the month as 180.4! My goal was 179, close! I'd love to be at 175 by June 30th.
Cheers to a new month! Let's make each moment count.
Monday, May 12, 2014
I would love to bust outta the 180's asap! My next weight goal is to see 179 on the scale! I weighed myself today & its 184 (TOM).
I'm very happy there has been progress, I was back up to 208 as of last July 2013. Just at 194 close to 4 weeks ago. I'm not where I want to be, but I am SO blessed to be making sustainable lifestyle changes! I'm loving the anti candida diet. Its so healing for my body. I do appreciate that soon, I'll be eating fruit again! I don't miss the grain or the dairy so I will NOT reintroduce those two.
This week I will focus on eating more produce, and eating raw produce with every meal, less peanut butter, less sweet potato, more water and spring cleaning this house! I'll work towards 15-25 miles this week (either walking, running, biking). Last night I got in 5.5 miles towards this weeks count. A solid start!
I'm hopeful all these things are enough to get the scale moving in the downward direction.
A wise friend said to me today "I'm in this for the long haul so it really does not matter what I weigh". Loved that! Need to keep that in the front of my mind, yet be mindful of how much peanut butter I am actually eating. The nuts and me...well we iike each other a bit too much. A measuring we will go!
I am loving the soups and broth! Roasting whole chickens and making broth have really blessed me this past few weeks!
Another thing I'm loving are the following teas: Organic Ginger Pear, Green tea with pomegranate, and a minty mix from TJ's. I'm looking very forward to trying Dandy Blend, a coffee alternative made with the very cleansing Dandelion Plant.
I have felt far calmer and less anxious since giving up coffee last week. I was sooo tempted to have some yesterday but quickly reminded myself WHY I actually don't want it. The last thing I wanted was to be "on edge" from caffeine when its Mothers day!
I had a fantastic day with my family. I felt so much love yesterday, its unreal! I served the littlest of my friends at church (4 & 5 year olds). Then I came home and opened presents with my kids and hubs. My hubs gave me some cash for a splurge of my choice, and he also bought me a new silverware set! Love it! I used part of the money to buy 6 fresh herb plants! I've been adding fresh herbs to EVERY meal I make! I want to invest in more...still want cilantro and thyme. I now have fresh chive, lemongrass, sage, purple basil, peppery thyme, and the regular thyme. So interesting to me that I want to spend my money on things that will help me on this path of more raw goodness in my diet! That is lifestyle! I am pacing myself and itching to spend money on cookbooks and on cooking goodies! My wish list: New pans, new knives, new cutting boards, new tea kettle, a 2nd garlic press, a julienne slicer...I love cooking and eating my creations.
Last week I went out to eat with another family. The company was awesome. We went to Golden Corral and I was so sick the next day with a thumping headache. I'd just prefer anymore to eat food that I know what is in, so cooking for myself is ! If I can't I'll make the best of it.
Back to my awesome Mothers Day!
My 8 year old drew me 3 new masterpieces, a really cool card that I had to "decode", a card from the dog that was a maze to follow, and a bracelet. My son made me a card and he also sacrificed a few things, with a good attitude. Love my peeps! God is good all the time!
I spoiled them a bit too. I made them yummy strawberry/pineapple smoothies for a snack. I also made venison stew for dinner, and brownies for dessert. I did not even want the things that I know damage my gut. These are BIG improvments and they are happening in my head and my heart...
Hope you all had a great weekend and a blessed Mothers Day too!
Lets rock this week and get closer to our goals!
Tuesday, May 06, 2014
I think I can...I think I can....I think I can.....
I've decided to remove caffeine for awhile. SO! Today I had a terrible headache and absolutely did not want to get outta bed! I ended up not eating much today, was recovering from too much sodium yesterday. I was out all day enjoying the History Museum and picnicking. I did stay on track which is great, however, the meats were salty and the nuts were salty and I munched munched munched too many of them.
I did push myself to run/walk last night so I am happy about that! However, I felt so dehydrated I could not log the miles I was hoping for. I ended up feeling like puking and that was not cool.
My body seems really sensitive right now during this phase of fighting the battle of candida. Next comes healing the gut. I can do it. I can persevere through all this! I will not give up. I know I may not achieve perfect health but I can improve my health. its already happening!
Some of my victories:
My clothes are fitting really well right now!
My skin is looking healthy and glowing!
My eye whites are bright!
My TMJ and jaw is pain free!
My knee is pain free!
My hips are pain free!
My wrist/hand pain seems to be subsiding too...praying for more improvement here.
I am not having any sugar cravings or chocolate cravings which is a miracle!
My muscles are feeling lifted and tight in all the best of ways!
I am keeping things in good perspective, not pushing myself into an injury..listening to my body and being good to myself!
I am still journaling and studying the Bible. I love reading the Proverbs of the day (today is the 6th of the month so I read the 6th chapter of proverbs).
I'm communicating with my hubs about what is happening in my head, which is helpful. Sometimes I over analyze, expect too much out of myself, take on too much...you get the picture. He is level headed and we make a perfect team!
Now! Here are a few things i am working to overcome...along with the caffeine being removed. Getting more sleep! Last night I did not sleep much. I have been struggling with depression again, and anxiety. I run low on amino acids and one day wake up feeling like I've been hit by a truck. Depression is also a side effect of candida and leaky gut. Which is a big part of why I am determined to continue down this path to health. Giving up the caffeine is one more step I'm taking to heal my gut.
I really want to live pain free! I know life is not ever going to be crazy easy, but I
want to face my life head on. So! Cheers to a new day tomorrow, a new day to put new effort into making life changes.
Lets make it count!
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