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Processed food really is the devil!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

I have had stomach issues for years. Over the last year, it has gotten tremendously worse! To the point sometimes, I don't want to leave the house. Might be a little TMI, but there might be someone who is reading this that is going through the same thing.

I went to my doctor and come to find out, my body has gone a little haywire. So, I am taking B12 supplements, probiotics and have to go in the sun 20 minutes a day without sunscreen. The latter has been difficult because I always put sunscreen on my face. Also, I am supposed to eat fruits, veggies, protein and I can have my greek yogurt. The rest I am not supposed to eat...so bread, rice, tortillas, processed foods, etc. Well, I have been eating this way for about a week, although I limited my carbs to 1-2 servings per day. Yesterday was my first day without carbs.

There is something to this! My stomach has settled down and feels much better. Last night, I ate something processed, it was low calorie, by accident. I had a couple of bites then realized, opps! I'm not supposed to have this. I stopped eating and threw it away. Guess what? I was up last night with a stomach ache and my stomach was burning this morning when I woke up.



I'm also finding that my migraines are disappearing, once I stopped drinking diet soda and chewing gum. I have been looking at articles online and noticed that several studies have found a link to migraines through aspartame. The less I ingest, the better!

All I can say is I'm going to be limiting my processed foods because it's not worth the pain! It's gonna be helpful for weightloss too!

  
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RYDERB 6/23/2011 9:05PM

    Hey! That's big news! I'm glad you're figuring it out! I've been thinking about trying to go gluten free. But so far everything I've tried also seems to be flavor free, and really expensive! emoticon

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AMYSRUN4LIFE 6/23/2011 1:27PM

    Amen to that! I have never had issues like what you have described but I can imagine what it's like. Glad to hear that it's making a difference!

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We cut out pop years ago and only have a glass on special occasions. Water and milk are the only things you'll find in our house, lol. (and if all goes right we'll be making a change to almond milk or an alternative) But when I drink pop I feel like poo afterwards, so I'm always the one ordering water with lemon.

Same with processed foods. I've been removing them from our diet, some I can't get away with but for example I bake our own bread and cook dinner 95% of the time. We can totally tell the difference when we choose differently.


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BLVINBUTTERFLYS 6/23/2011 12:47PM

    I have gone through that too. I swear its the processed food also. I can eat healthy for weeks and then slip up one time and eat out at a fast food place or something, even if it is from their "healthy" menu, I will be running for the bathroom within 30 min of eating. I think its the body's way of saying we don't need that crap!

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I think it finally sunk in! This is my EVERY DAY!

Monday, June 20, 2011

There is no more weighing in, then going crazy with food the rest of the weekend. This is a journey I need to start every morning I wake up, for the rest of my life. I will always have a complicated relationship with food, but it will be MY choice to control food or let my food control me!

My choice is to control what I eat and why. It is no longer an option for me to just give in or tell myself I am going to start tomorrow. Looking at my past, tomorrow has become last week, last week has become last month, last month has become last year and last year has become decades. It stops now! I cannot ride this roller coaster anymore. It is too hard to start and stop. It is much easier to just keep going once you get going and I am going!

I won't let myself go to that negative place, as nothing good ever becomes of it. I will stop telling myself, "It's not fair," "I'll just have one..." "This happened because of your weight," "I'm not good enough," "I'll always be fat," and every other excuse, put down and bit of criticism I have told myself over the years. It's not productive and only makes me feel horrible about myself.

I will replace that negative talk with "I can do this" "I will do this," "Just focus on today," "You made a good choice," "Good for you for sticking to plan today," "Drink some water," "If hunger isn't the problem, food isn't the answer," and so on.

I know it will not be easy. But, I am ready to claim the life I imagined!

  
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HDHAWK 6/20/2011 10:01PM

    Excellent! I've lost and gained many times and am back to losing (the same pounds) again. Excuses need to go. Good for you!

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Reboot Sabbatical in NYC?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I have been thinking a lot lately...there is a lot in my world that is not what I had intended for my life. I have realized that I have allowed a lot of other people to heavily "influence" decisions in my life. A lot of this has to do with why I am still carrying 80+ pounds of weight with me.

I work for family and have for the past 4 years. I am in sales and I am not happy, even though I do well. It is difficult to work for family, I knew that going in. In fact, the day I accepted the job, I called my best friend and cried. I knew then it wasn't what I wanted, but figured I would need to give it a go and make the best of it. Four years later I am miserable and feel trapped with financial obligations. I have gained (and kept) about 15 pounds in 4 months (Oct-Jan) and my stress level is through the roof. I gave my power away by taking this job I didn't want. I started and ended a relationship the second year of working here..which...I became a victim of sexual violence. I'm glad I was smart enough to tell a white lie and get out of the relationship. I now realize what a traumatic experience that was...and that I had surrendered my power once again. I have learned. But, I also know that I used food to cope.

I feel as though I am at a cross roads. I have been thinking of moving to NYC for years, because it was always something I have wanted to do. since I was in high school. Over the last year, I realized that my home will always be Southern California. However, over the last week or so...I know I have to make a change. I can't go on like this anymore, it's not helping me, I'm not happy and I want control of my life again.

I think it is time to take a Reboot Break.



My lease is up on my apartment in August and I am thinking of going to NYC for a few months to focus on getting healthy, meaning...my weight, my emotional health and finding my passion in life. Financially, I think I can swing it if I can find a roommate or something. It would be a little tight, but I could find a part-time job for spending money and groceries. As much as I don't want to, I can move in with my parents (I am 33) for a month in December, and then take my trip to New Zealand and Australia for about 2 weeks. It would give me a new starting point in January to find a job that I love and open up new possibilities for me.

I think this is the right thing to do for my health and well being, but I will be honest...

I'm terrified.

  
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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 6/15/2011 9:06AM

    How exciting. Wishing you much happiness in your journey to find what works best for you. emoticon

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RYDERB 6/15/2011 8:28AM

    Good for you. Change can be terrifying, but the reward of finding yourself, and finally doing something you've always wanted is worth the risk. You definitely sound like you're ready to take a leap of faith and follow your dreams. emoticon

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Slipping back is so easy!

Thursday, June 09, 2011

So, was it just ONE week of good OP?

That's what it started to feel like this week...But, I tracked everything and am exercising the extra points off that I took in on Sunday and Monday. I under estimated pizza...a take and bake one from Target. I used the average points in the book, but when I went to throw the box away, realized the NI was on the side in very tiny writing, in very light ink. I thought because it was a deli item that it didn't have the NI, not even looking for it. Well... that pizza ended up being 10pts+ per slice!

I got a little depressed after realizing this, since I had been eating it for 2 days, both lunch and dinner. I was discouraged because I thought I did well...when in actuality, I had gone way over. Plus I had used most of my 49 points on Saturday by rewarding myself with food. Note to self: Old habits die hard. Needless to say...Lesson learned.



So, right now, I am in the clear as long as I go to my Zumba class tonight and my kickboxing class tomorrow, and I stay within daily points for both days. I think I am just a little discouraged too because I got on the scale this morning and it's showing I am up 3lbs! I know weight can fluctuate, but discouraging nonetheless. I need to learn to step on the scale ONCE a week, instead of once a day...

I got to remember not to toss the weekend out the window, it is self sabotage!

  
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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 6/11/2011 6:05PM

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JONICACALDWELL 6/9/2011 5:41PM

    I'm on WW too and what helped this week was earning extra points on the weekends, eating them and saving all Flex points for the week. I hope this helps! Good job too for taking responsibility for the pizza!

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GIGIHEALTHY 6/9/2011 4:19PM

  I slipped myself. I was hungry and instead of waiting until I got home; I stopped at Taco Bell. Now I've blown my calorie intake for the day.

Dinner will definitely be light. Tomorrow is a new day to start all over. Thank God for that! emoticon

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Boy, was my head in the sand!

Saturday, June 04, 2011

This was a difficult week for me, I really tried extremely hard to be OP. And, I was! And, guess what? I am down 2#'s this week! I am so excited! This is a HUGE deal for me, since I have gained about 17 lbs since October 2010. I still continued going to meetings, but was just discouraged over and over again. It wasn't until last week (see previous post about negative comments) that I took my head out of the sand. I think what was happening was this...

I would start out on Saturday (my WI day) with the best intentions, but somehow, by Monday or Tuesday, I was in the red with my WPA. I spent the rest of the week trying to dig myself out of the hole, but never quit got there. Because I was actively trying, I assumed I was OP. I noticed last Sunday, that, geez, Kristi...you are NOT OP. Yes, you are trying, but you seemed to have made up your own plan where -40 WPA was a good week. That is not WW.

So, this week I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and said, "I am sticking to program." After a few days, I realized I COULD do this, this COULD work for me. By Thursday, I started feeling much better about myself and even got to the gym! On Friday, I was feeling even better and worked my way through my first kickboxing class in 6 months! I died the whole time because I have gotten so out of shape, BUT, I finished! That was what was important.

This morning, our leader had told us about a 5k that a member planned for our center this morning before the meeting. I did it! Even though I have done other 5k's before, I never got a charm. So, today I earned my 5k charm! I'm so excited! Also, my WW friend who I haven't see in a while returned. I was so glad to see her!



I am one happy girl! Here is to another good week to getting myself one step closer to my goal!

  
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LO_ML1981 6/5/2011 11:31PM

    emoticon That's WONDERFUL!!

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RYDERB 6/4/2011 4:03PM

    Congratulations! Sounds like you've come a long way in one week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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