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Time for a come back!

Monday, November 26, 2012

It's been a while, SparkFriends!

The past year has been full of mountains and valleys.

MOUNTAIN: Last September, in the middle of a Jamie Eason challenge, I stumbled upon a website that claimed that butter is healthy and should not be avoided. In fact, it claimed that butter and other natural saturated facts can actually aid in weight loss and overall health. Naturally, I was intrigued. I started researching like a mad woman and through my research I came to the conclusion that this idea of thought is right! However, there was so much more to this idea than adding mounds of butter to my plate. It required a major overhaul of both my mind and my pantry. I started learning about "real food" -- food in its most natural state, as God created it. Full fat foods encouraged, I stopped buying anything "low fat" or "fat free" and instead embraced unaltered food. I have learned SO much over the past year, leading to great satisfaction in the area of food. Once I switched to eating 90% organic, unprocessed, real food, my body felt so much better and weight just melted off! In January 2012 I completed a "no sugar challenge" and I dropped from 127 lbs to 119 lbs just by eating lots of healthy saturated fats (real butter, coconut oil, animal fat, and nuts), eating unprocessed, and cutting out sugar. No more headaches, muscle tension, foggy brain, or constant hunger while trying to convince my body I was fine. I felt AMAZING!

I continued to follow this lifestyle until April 2012...

VALLEY: One morning in April I received a frantic phone call from my brother. Mom was on the phone with dad, and she was hysterical. Dad was out of town & an accident had happened. They were on the phone together for 11 precious minutes before my dad passed away. He was 47 years old, leaving behind a loving wife of 28 years and five children, the youngest being ten. My whole world was turned upside down in just a few moments. I am so thankful for a faithful God who loves me and gave me great comfort and strength through this trial. My family is very close, so though this is the most painful trial we have ever endured, we are making it through leaning on each other and relying on the Lord to be our strength. However, grieving quickly zaps all types of energy, not only mental/emotional, but also physical. Some days it was all I could do to make it from the bed to the couch every morning. I certainly did not have the energy to exercise, and for three months many kind friends from church brought us meals that were not exactly healthy, so I ended up gaining about 7 lbs and losing quite a bit of muscle over the summer. It's amazing how good cake and bread taste when your heart is breaking. This fall I have gotten back to eating well, but have still not had motivation to exercise.

CLIMBING: It has taken 7 months to start feeling like I have the energy to try again. I am finally at a point where I am ready to challenge myself physically. But this time is different than the other times, because I am not looking to achieve a certain fitness goal. I don't have a goal weight, a pant size, or a timeline. This time my motivation is HEALTH and ENERGY. I miss the energy I had when I was more fit; not only the energy my body had, but also my mind. It's time to get on track again! I feel like eating healthy is second nature now (although I do enjoy the occasional splurge), so I am ready for a physical challenge. Tomorrow I am joining a local gym. No excuses. Time to strengthen my heart, lungs, muscles, and all of my body!

My healthy eating lifestyle:
- NO processed food in my home
- Only real food with real ingredients
- NO GMOs!!!
- 90%+ organic
- Minimal sugar and only the healthy kind (fruit, honey, stevia, maple syrup, blackstrap molasses, rapadura)
- Limit wheat
- Lots of vegetables, all colors and types
- Lots of GOOD fats (real butter, coconut oil, organic animal fats, full fat yogurt & cheese, avocados, nuts, etc.)
- LOTS of probiotic foods (kombucha, sauerkraut, fermented pickles, full fat yogurt & cheese, etc.)

When I stick to it, these are the things that make my body healthy, strong & beautiful.

I am ready to find me again!
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  • RLT5089
    Tears came to my eyes as I read this. You mentioned you understood having a few bad months... what I have gone through is obsolete next to the things you and your family have come through. Thank you for sharing a positive outlook on life despite tough circumstances and for putting things in perspective for me.
    1936 days ago
    Sorry for your loss. It's reassuring knowing we will see loved ones again in heaven. Thinking about that, it will be neat to meet a lot of the people in person that I've met online in heaven.

    If anyone is wondering about the whole saturated fats are good for you thing watch this video:>It's actually a followup documentary to Super Size Me. Interesting and funny video.

    1939 days ago
    Very Sorry for you loss.
    1939 days ago
    I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad. It is totally understandable that everything else took a back seat while dealing with your grief. Welcome back to Spark, it sounds like you really know the keys to a healthy lifestyle.
    1940 days ago
  • MAGPIE17
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    1940 days ago
    1940 days ago
    I'm sorry you have lost your Dad so young and so suddenly. I was only 20 when my Dad died very suddenly and unexpectedly. For a while it is like your world has stopped turning.

    Glad you have such great support from your faith, family and friends and you have picked yourself up enough to get back to it.

    I have read something in the past about the saturated fats and it was interesting. I try to avoid processed foods and diet foods although I still eat low fat dairy. It would be interesting to know if your new diet has affected your cholesterol levels at all. Good that it is working for you and making you feel so healthy.
    1940 days ago
    Nice to see some good sense in the weight debate. I too avoid low fat, often correspondingly high in sugar, margerine, processed foods and sugar. I find that cooking my own food, so that I know exactly what is in it, is far more satisfying and tasty than bought rubbish. I'm sorry about your Dad. Loosing a parent is always terribly hard, but glad that you have been able to put it behind you a bit now, and concentrate on your own needs. Nobody else will after all.
    1940 days ago
    I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your dad emoticon

    Good on you for challenging yourself to be a healthier you. I like the fact that you have no weight or size goal. this is the way I'm doing it at the moment: good, clean food and exercise emoticon
    1940 days ago
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