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Beginning week #6

Monday, April 21, 2014

It is hard to get enough calories in at times. It is not for lack of trying, but I just can't seem to get it consistently to exactly where I would like it to be. I am feeling full all the time. It is hard to believe that I didn't feel that full, when I was shoveling calories with not too much nutritional value in my mouth. What a change for me. I mean really a HUGE change. Would I like to eat some of what I did....the answer is...'you bet ya'...will I??? No, at least not for now. I'm in a race with myself to not only eat healthy but to exercise and get to goal weight. I have a goal I posted, but that is not my 'real' goal. It will take a few months to achieve.
I don't like to miss my exercise and plan my day around the weather, to get it in. I like to do all of my exercise outdoors if at all possible. Anyway, I'm off to week #6 on fruits, veggies, seeds, nuts, grains... I've checked out cookbooks, created my own recipes and borrowed others from friends. Meanwhile, I still cook my husband a dinner, because he is not eating the same. He works so hard, he needs the additional calories and I don't mind at all. If I make a dessert or something special, I get someone to try it because I don't. I'm pretty excited about lose clothes and firmer places on me. That is all for now emoticon

  
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DDOORN 4/22/2014 12:55PM

    Loose clothes, firm body? Sounds WAY exciting to ME!

Go YOU! :-)

Don

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CAKAROO 4/22/2014 5:43AM

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A piece of celery for my thoughts!

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Oh goodness, where do I start on this one. If you were to look at nutrition tracker today, end of
week #3 of me eating basically fruits and vegetables along with some pasta/beans/rice/nuts/seeds and an occasional bread, you'd wonder 'what is going on?' I basically wanted to see if I felt good at the end of 3 weeks on this and what my energy level was. Well, energy is fine and sleep is really good. I've exercised quite a bit more and actually don't mind it. I am shrinking by inches or my tops and bottom have taken a growth spurt. Seriously, I do feel good..could be the 'spirulina' ..gag...tastes like pond scum, I've been downing. I take extra vitamin/minerals just to make sure I'm getting all. My plan was to really stick with as many really good nutritionally organic foods I could find. So, I may extend this little plan longer or gradually reintroduce more foods, but I feel so good.... No Sugar is a big key to success and plenty of water....

  
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SARACYCLE 4/7/2014 4:09PM

    Thanks, the food choices were inspired by a couple who mountain bike, that I know. I thought, okay, why not give it a whirl. I feel good and shopping for fruits and veggies is so much fun. I enjoyed it before, but much more now that it fills my basket. And it seems to give enough energy to get the cycling done, which is great. 20 lbs. off in 3 weeks...I am not complaining emoticon


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MNCYCLIST 4/7/2014 10:58AM

    Whatever you decide to do...

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DDOORN 4/7/2014 10:42AM

    Sounding very similar to the groove I've been in since Jan. 1st...with similar results...go US! :-)

Don

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CAKAROO 4/7/2014 5:36AM

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March 25, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Brrr it is a cold March Day! However, I got my hike in, double the miles today and cycled a little bit. I'm really on a learning curve eating veggies and fruits for awhile. I take supplements. Yikes, dropped the B-12 bottle with a crash, so I need to replenish as I don't get enough of that, I'm sure.
I lost 12 pounds since a week ago. It is a no-brainer though, when cutting out all the sugar, butter, milk products, meat products, cheese and limited wheat. I am doing this to see if I feel good and to reduce some triglyceride numbers and the top number of my blood pressure. I'm drinking lots of water, but that is pretty normal. So far, since I mix and match my beans/grains and have a voracious appetite for green salads and all my veggies (nix the limas)....I'm feeling great.

  
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SARACYCLE 3/27/2014 4:23PM

    It is pretty quick how the weight starts dropping, when you neglect sugar, floury stuff, butter, oils, etc. I've been noticing a surge in energy and feeling pretty good overall. Thanks Don for the encouragement. Cycling is awesome, too.

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DDOORN 3/27/2014 3:01PM

    I've cut all sugar and grains since Jan. 1st and am 38 pounds lighter...works wonders, doesn't it? :-)

Don

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SARACYCLE 3/26/2014 8:42AM

    Roll Tide Cakaroo! Thanks for the 'You Can Do It'. This is like a game again, and I intend to win. My clothes have started to loosen. That is always a good sign.

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CAKAROO 3/26/2014 6:07AM

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SARACYCLE 3/25/2014 10:57PM

    Yes, the freeze is about to begin here. Just covered blueberry blossoms. Hope we both warm up soon.

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JAMBABY0 3/25/2014 8:16PM

    We have snow,,,,Again good luck

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New Year-New Plan 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I have been planning for awhile to jump in feet first at the beginning of the new year with an idea to JUMP-START my weight loss. What seems to really work for me is giving up sugar. No, I do not like it at all and it takes discipline to not munch on home-made goodies or eat my favorite Breyers ice-cream and sweet treats. However, that one area of my food intake increases my weight rapidly and I don't really benefit from carrying around extra poundage.
# 1 - no sugar, no hidden sugar,
# 2- begin the day with an alkaline water: 1-2Tablespoons of lemon juice & Bragg's Apple cider vinegar and drink 8 and more 8oz glasses of water a day.
#3- exercise early 20 minutes or more, hiking or cycling, 5-6 days a week. Add crunches, stretches, dance, strength training on alternate days.
#4- Own my own personal weight-loss. By that I mean, its my discipline I'm implementing and do it with a fervency to achieve results for my own personal satisfaction. This will help me not to be deterred by the 'other' voices out there, that say 'your losing too fast', 'you should this and that'. I have learned that when I am seriously embarked on the journey, that I am forging paths that work for me. It takes my commitment to stay on track. If pounds come off fast, it might be that the lack of intake of 4-6 sugar cookies, sweet ice-tea, ice-cream floats and so forth may actually have a reverse effect!
#5 - No food after 7 PM. No food after 7PM. ...the reason is simple, I don't need it. Water is
enough.
#6- Weigh once a week. Since I started on Tuesday, January 1, 2014, Tuesday will be my weigh day.
#7 Enjoy the freedom as each pound drops. It is less stress on my joints, my entire body will benefit.

Both pictures were taken a few months ago, at what I weigh, now! So they are a pretty accurate representation of looking at what I plan to shred and shed. How I manage to mountain bike and hike in this shape, still astounds even myself. I'm hoping for increase speed as I shed the excess weight.
Finally, May this New Year bring much joy and loss of weight to each and everyone of you. May your character be strengthened in your strength training, running, hiking biking, swimming. And most of all, May you know God's grace through Jesus. I cannot do this without praying it through and seriously praying for help to stay the course.
God Bless you.

  
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SARACYCLE 1/2/2014 12:42PM

    Bev, the hardest was listening to the stomach rumble after 7pm. I kept drinking water. I had cut the calories below yours and Tim's first recommendations. Not because I tried to, but when focusing on the most bang for your buck in nutrients, well the calories came up short. I'd have to eat a whole bag of turnip greens to get 100 or so calories, and that was not happening. I'd like to go as much raw organic if possible, which means making some beds in the yard (not to sleep in) and planting early winter veggies. Alas, it is going to be COLD in the deep south this coming week!
To my new friend DokeyYokey... I have enjoyed cycling for a number of years, especially due to Bev's husband's influence and Bev. But put me on a trail and its over, well, I've been known to go over (that is another story), taking it slow and easy on the trails. I'm blessed with a big yard with a little trail my husband put in for me, so if I can't get to our trail in town, or one of the many close by, I hit the yard and enjoy a couple miles of riding. Stretching afterwards in a must. You all enjoy yourselves.
Day 2 so far- hiked after the rain...rode a mile on the mountain bike!


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DOKEYOKEY 1/2/2014 10:17AM

    Wow -- I'm inspired! And, I have to say, your commitment to enjoying exercise definitely shows! :)


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DOKEYOKEY 1/2/2014 10:17AM

    Wow -- I'm inspired! And, I have to say, your commitment to enjoying exercise definitely shows! :)


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DDOORN 1/2/2014 9:56AM

    Kudos to putting yourself #1!

Sounds like a super 2014 is shaping up!

Don

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BEVPRESLEY 1/1/2014 10:15PM

    Yup, cut out soda, sweetened coffee/tea, and sports drinks. Turn off the lights and shut down the kitchen at 7. It really makes a difference.

You can do it!


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Energy Level on no Wheat & Sugar

Thursday, June 13, 2013

It has been 11 days of being wheat free, except for by accident putting a tablespoon of wheat germ in my smoothie instead of flax meal. However, I've been able to bake and not eat. This is a HUGE accomplishment for me. I feel really good and am noticing I have more energy, not light-headed feeling and just overall feel great. My knees don't hurt, either, like they did before. It could be loss of some weight or that coupled without the wheat products. With summer fast approaching and temperatures up, humidity up... the exercise is getting done, early. By early, sun is up and I'm out of here. Today, I coupled my 3 mile bike riding with 50 minutes of hiking our trail, when done. I was a little slower coming back, but all in all was not completely wiped out. And on the menu is turkey (baked in the crock-pot) and lots of veggies. All the exercise is not making me more hungry...just thirsty for water. It's taken awhile, but I finely feel like the sugar products don't have a grip on me. And of course the wheat. Who would of known, that you could feel so good without either. Now that is Priceless!

  
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DDOORN 7/1/2013 9:36AM

    "bake and not eat"?!?

Wow! Don't think I could tackle THAT safely...lol!

Don

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LYNNWANNABE 6/14/2013 7:37PM

    Sarah, I am not gluten Intolerant but I do have allergies to certain wheat products; I get these horrible headaches sometimes, I've noticed the less wheat I eat the better I feel! The less sugar and more protein, the less cravings too! (The REAL joy & pleasure is how it affects the scale when I eliminate these things!) emoticon

I do get to craving bread and my hubby loves spaghetti so in moderation I might eat a slice or two of this expensive bread & or allow a cup of spaghetti which doesn't seem to get to me [but, then we only have it once or twice a month]. If I have a reaction to the bread, it's in my sinuses so I know it's food allergies and probably my age.. my Mother had lots of allergies as she went through menopause and I'm starting to think "I might be following in her footsteps". emoticon emoticon I pray, pray, pray.. knowing everything is supposed to work for my good, so I try to be discerning.. WHAT is in it! emoticon emoticon I am excited to catch up on your blog and to get to know you. emoticon

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BILL60 6/14/2013 8:03AM

    Good for you!!

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CAKAROO 6/14/2013 7:51AM

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CBLENS 6/14/2013 6:08AM

    way to go.

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SARACYCLE 6/13/2013 9:29PM

    I don't substitute for them, necessarily. I have to act like they don't exist. So when we had a pizza the other night, I have a big salad with meat and cheese, which enabled me to enjoy the meal with company and not feel deprived. If I didn't feel so good, I'd think how sad, but my body is saying I'm doing the right thing, so I'm sticking with the plan. I do keep a snack bag of nuts, in case of the 'munchies'. Truth is, I'm a 'Cracker-A-Holic'...Zesta's made by elves of course. I could eat a whole sleeve. But crackers are contained in their box. Lots of fresh fruit (limited quantity) and plenty of fresh vegetables!

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BAMAROSE 6/13/2013 2:57PM

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VNICKERSON1 6/13/2013 12:40PM

  What are you substituting for wheat products?

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