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Long time no see

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Well, talk about a long vacation! I haven't been involved on SparkPeople in quite some time. There was that mean ol' gallbladder surgery then a wonderful leg injury that took a year to heal... but I'm like a pit bull, I don't give up easily. I'm competitive with others and sometimes with myself. So I kept plugging away. My gallbladder surgery changed what I could eat. Of course they told me that I could basically go back to my normal diet but that never happened for me thank goodness!

Gallbladder surgery made me hate soda pop. Weird, and I guess not many people get that weird side effect, but it has stuck with me. I really can't stand the taste of it, I've tried it a couple times in the last six months, and it doesn't matter diet or regular just taste awful. I used to drink a 6 pack of diet a day.

Then my dairy intake started to cause problems. First I tried lactaid type milks and hard cheeses...I'd bloat up like a ballon, which at my weight was no easy task. Then it was processed meats. I decided to think about eliminating those altogether. I also tried hypnosis. It worked for a while.

In April of this year I had lost 20lbs, then gained 5 lbs back. I was a bit lost. Frustrated to say the least. I saw something on the Dr. Oz show that mentioned diet... can't even remember now what the subject was, but his guest was Dr. Fuhrmann. He had written a book called "Eat to Live".

I really didn't have any reason not to go look for the book, so I went and purchased it. I was skeptical to say the least. I took it on vacation with me, and kept telling my husband how interesting it was and how it made sense. Then my husband went and broke his ankle. Even though it was a hectic time, trying to figure out things for him, I decided to go forward and try this diet. It was crazy! He supported me and my first week was the hardest. Withdrawal from meat and dairy and my stress were difficult to say the least but after that, it was all down hill. I knew I could stay on the 28 day challenge. I never believed I would really lose that much weight in one month.

Now it has been three months and I'm down 50lbs! I feel wonderful and happy and like shouting to the rooftops! I'll tell anyone who asks how I did it and I want to tell everyone who looks like they are suffering with their weight that it can be done. It may seem extreme at first, but it'll change your life. I'm looking forward to my next 50! What can I accomplish this year? Anything!
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BERRY4 7/28/2013 2:57PM

    emoticon Welcome back!

I think Dr. Fuhrman's book is full of common sense in terms of looking at our food intake and determining the NUTRITIONAL value of foods. So many things we can eat are nutritionally lacking but full of calories.

Way to stick with the program and see such amazing results!
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REBEKKAD 7/19/2013 11:22AM

    That's so great!! I'm really enjoying Eating to Live--not least because it's working, and I'd pretty much given up hope of real change because I knew I was done with dieting. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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CHRISTASP 7/17/2013 2:20PM

    Wonderful story!
I hope you'll be around to share of your experiences and insights about ETL on the forum!

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SIMABON31 7/16/2013 10:22PM

    Awesome! Dr. Furhman's book helped me understand nutrition so much better and caused me to make some drastic changes in my eating. So glad for your great results!

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ARNETTELEE 7/16/2013 7:33PM

  Welcome back!

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