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YAY!!!!! MY BODY IS STARTING TO COMPLY!

Friday, October 14, 2011

I've been on a forever plateau and also reverted to a few bad habits during my time of grief eating.

In the past two weeks, I've begun eating with suggestions from the "Eat to Live" book and can see (and feel) changes in my body.

I don't wanna get on the scale for fear that the number will not be the same as the one I've idealized, so I don't want to risk discouragement. Right now, I feel my body responding nicely to this new veggie regimen, including having cut out sweets and cheese.

Very pleased!

Wishing all a fun weekend.

  
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LUVS2BIKE101 10/16/2011 7:21PM

    You are doing great! Remember, the scale isn't the only thing that measures success. Keep Sparkin'!
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LINDA! 10/16/2011 3:55PM

    emoticonYou are doing well!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/15/2011 11:29PM

    That's really great! I've been cutting way back on wheat and it's made a big difference for me. Good for you!

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JILLYBEAN25 10/15/2011 2:10PM

    Sometimes the scale isn't the true determination of our progress. If you're feeling better, I'd say that's a win!

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SKYEFYR 10/14/2011 1:44PM

  That's FANTASTIC!!! And don't worry about the scale if you don't want to. Other things count more than that silly number. So.... Am I buying the book???

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NANCY- 10/14/2011 11:17AM

    The scale is not the ruler by which we should live.
I think you are doing amazing.
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JUDI_CUTIE 10/14/2011 10:04AM

    I'm so glad to hear that you are doing well!

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Two Week Update After Reading Eat to Live Book

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Okay, it's been two weeks since reading this book and, although I haven't followed it strictly, I have become a vegetarian. I never ate a lot of meat anyway, so that wasn't a huge leap for me.

After two weeks, my pants are getting looser. I still don't want to invite the scale in as I don't want to start fixating on a number. As Dr. Fuhrman writes, I have found it true that the healthier I eat, the less I crave the junk.

For example, two weeks without sweets and I don't even think of it or long for formerly-yummy stuff. At that time, I eliminated cheese as well. I had become a cheeseaholic to the nth degree. I don't miss it at all.

I AM doing a bit of decaf each day, but it's under control although still borderline crossing into regular coffee. Again, if I keep things to a small mug daily, I'm not that concerned about it right now. I don't want to attempt everything at once and make too many changes only to have it all undo at some point.

The only thing I truly battle with this veggie diet is boredom. It seems to be a boring way to eat. I feel great and my complexion is noticeably brighter.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/6/2011 6:41PM

    I just had to go back and look at your blogs about Eat to Live. Are you still following the program? What got me started on all of this was the Documentary "Fat, Sick and Almost Dead". I watched it twice on Sunday on Netflix instant streaming. Once by myself and then once with my husband. It's got me thinking about getting a juicer. I know that you tried that and didn't like it at all.

I have some health reasons that make it hard for me to eat a high fiber diet (I don't have a large intestine), so I'm thinking that in order for me to follow the Eat to Live program, I'm going to need to adjust it a bit by doing some juicing. Otherwise the fiber will overwhelm me and I'll end up in the hospital with a small bowel obstruction. (Been there, done that 5 times in the last 30 years since my large intestine was removed.) Anyway.....I just have to be careful eating massive amounts of high fiber foods. I can also use my VitaMix (which I love) and blend some things first. I think that will cut down on the chances of getting overwhelmed by the fiber content.

Anyway....keep up the good work! I enjoy your blogs.
Kay

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SKYEFYR 10/14/2011 1:50PM

  If you really want encouragement going vegetarian, read the book "Skinny Bitch". I will warn you in advance to not look up all the web links that they offer in there. I, personally, can't seem to go vegetarian, but after watching the links I had a hard time eating a lot of meats. (But I got over it!)

Check out some veggie recipes on the web for some new ideas that will keep things from getting boring. (And did you give up all dairy, or just cheese?)

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NANCY- 10/14/2011 11:25AM

    Odd how our tastes change over time.
Yes veggies can be boring... but they can also be exciting. There is so much that can be done with spices. dill, rosemary, caraway seeds... then there are different ethnic cuisines to pull from: Asian, Indian, Mexican, Eastern Europe, French, Greek, etc. Dr. Fuhrman is a good starting point. Whole foods has a bunch of inspiring recipes in the Health Starts Here section. In Engine 2 there are some tasty recipes.
Congrats on your progress and here;s to your new culinary adventure.

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JLITT62 10/14/2011 5:23AM

    If it weren't for fish & my husband, I would most definitely be a vegetarian. When he's not here I never eat meat or chicken.

I mostly avoid dairy, but do eat cheese occasionally.

I don't think it's at all a boring way to eat!

Maybe check out some of robin robertson's cookbooks - they're excellent.

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JIBBIE49 10/14/2011 12:05AM

    Joe Cross ues Dr. Fuhrman in his documentary "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead".

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JILLYBEAN25 10/13/2011 11:17PM

    You should find new ways to prepare vegetables to keep it from getting boring. I have a cookbook on my shelf that I delve into when I reach "blah" status with my veggie dishes. Its by James Peterson. Here's an Amazon link to the books: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&rh=
n%3A4336%2Cp_lbr_one_browse-bin
%3AJames%20Peterson&page=1 Its a really great book (I don't have the revised edition) and its easy to find ways to prepare the not-so-healthy dishes in a more healthy way.

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NATPLUMMER 10/13/2011 11:30AM

    It sounds like you are doing great and that this is agreeing with you. Excellent!

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Columbus Day is My Three-Year Anniversary

Monday, October 10, 2011

Three years ago today (10/08), I embarked on my own voyage. For the first time in my life, I'd gained weight due to hormonal changes, stress, workaholism, etc. So I started on a healthy lifestyle plan. Six months later (1/09), I came to SP. It has helped me stay on-track and make some wonderful friends in the process.

Happy Columbus Day!

  
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SKYEFYR 10/14/2011 1:52PM

  Happy Belated Sparkiversary!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/12/2011 8:03AM

    emoticonCongratulations for sticking with Sparks and living the healthy life!

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Well done on sticking with Sparks and your healthy lifestyle!

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    Happy Anniversary!

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/10/2011 9:56PM

    Happy Sparkversary!

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NATPLUMMER 10/10/2011 12:15PM

    Happy Anniversary!!

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Overview of Veggie Week #1 & Happy Birthday, John Lennon

Sunday, October 09, 2011

CORRECTION to former headline: I keep mislabeling this as a raw diet when it is vegetarian. Thanks to Natplummer's comment, I realized I had a mental block and calling it the wrong thing. Thanks, Nat.

Wow, do I miss him and all of the creative others who've passed. He would've been 71 today.

Okay, so my first week of vegetarian eating is done. When I started this book - Eat to Live - I didn't intend to follow the information. I was just reading for edification. But I figured, what the hay? I'd just tried, and hated, juicing. And was ready for something very different.

I was always one of those people in awe of others who ate a vegetarian diet and was convinced I could never ever do it. Nor would I want to. How interesting that Monday is Columbus Day, and exactly three years ago on that date I started on my own voyage to rediscover my lifelong thin body. Have made good progress, but did a lot of emotional/grief eating over the past year or so. Fortunately, with SP, I was reminded to keep my exercise level up so I didn't regain much.

Okay, Dr. Fuhrman (author of Eat to Live) just asks the reader to give it a try for six weeks. I thought, are you nuts, man? I doubt I could make it for a day. Seems that a week has gone by and now I have trouble eating enough to keep my calorie level up because I'm always full!!! Say what?

I can feel my body is lighter, but I'm not getting on the scale. I may at some point, but I just want to concentrate on good health and the weight loss will follow. My insides feel cleaner. I don't know how to describe it, but it's been a week w/o fat from the oil I was ingesting (cheese, etc.). There's a mental clarity that feels like it is correlated with this raw eating, but may be too soon and just my imagination.

As I've blogged before, I am giving myself permission to quit at any point. But I already know that, if I do, I'll still keep some of his advice incorporated into my daily life.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/6/2011 6:44PM

    It's interesting to reread your blogs about this after having read the book.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/9/2011 6:01PM

    Good for you!! Thanks for sharing about your experience.

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NATPLUMMER 10/9/2011 5:53PM

    I don't think I could go raw. I prefer my veggies cooked for the most part.
I miss John Lennon, too. It was a sad day when I heard the news.

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Day 8 of No Hunger, No Cravings & My Eat To Live Book! Who IS this stranger?

Saturday, October 08, 2011

I am still wrapping my mind around this book and telling myself that I can quit eating this ridiculous amount of veggies and fruit at any point and return to what I thought was healthy eating.

It's absurd that I'm trying my best to talk myself out of this as I think I'm nuts. (smiling) In a good way for trying something that I've wanted to for awhile now. Juicing wasn't for me, but I knew I wanted to try raw and I just so happened to find and read this book - Eat to Live.

Even if I quit at any moment, I know that I'll still make significant changes to my eating habits from this point on. This morning, I went grocery shopping and there was nothing to buy. I passed all the stuff I'd once bought and thought healthy. Even the occasional goodies I'd allow myself held no allure. No hunger and no cravings for 8 days now. How can this be? Who is this stranger inhabiting my body and psyche? (smiling)

Whatever happens next, I have to say I feel wonderful and totally not deprived at all even though it is a totally restrictive "diet." Honestly, I don't know how long before the eating demons of days gone by will re-emerge. Not that they were that bad at all. But compared to this? Wow!

Sorry for being vague, but I'm still wrapping my mind around making veggies the MAIN course rather than the add-ons. It goes against lifelong patterns of thinking.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

  
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JIBBIE49 10/14/2011 12:04AM

    I watched Joe Cross' film "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" about his juice fast for 60 days and he lost 100#. Great documentary on NetFlix.

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LUVYA04 10/9/2011 1:06PM

    I have that book on hold at the Library emoticon

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NANCY- 10/9/2011 10:39AM

    Changing that lifetime of thinking is challenging. You are doing an awesome job. It's funny but since trying to make veggies the main feature, now I prefer the veggies to the meat.(how strange is that) I'm looking forward to hearing more about your discoveries.

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JLITT62 10/9/2011 5:07AM

    I actually really enjoy raw foods . . . but it's hard here in the cooler weather. Some people do it yr round even in our climate, but most of the raw food gurus live in warm climates, you'll notice.

I didn't find it really made a difference in my weight, because of course I gravitate to raw desserts, too.

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ABB698 10/8/2011 11:30PM

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KO1215 10/8/2011 9:55PM

    Good for you! Sounds interesting!

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