GABBY308's SparkPeople Blog GABBY308's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Majoring in Dieting - It's An Ongoing Course I feel as if I'm taking a course in dieting. Not Dieting 101 because I've been a dieter unsuccessfully for 40 years. This is grad school and I nearly dropped out during the holidays. <BR> <BR> I did so well on the 17DD that I started getting smug. Like an A student who thinks they're smart enough not to have to do the work. I learned from being on this diet that my body doesn't react well to gluten yet what did I do over the holidays? Yup, overindulge in foods with wheat and sugar. I though... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:14:54 EST 17DD Success, Gluten Avoidance and Vit D This a repeat of a 17DD topic post. Most of my 17DD team members know that I'm constantly cautioning members when they add gluten back in to their diets on Cycle 2 and Cycle 3 (like Dr. Mike's power cookies which have oatmeal and whole wheat). For those who don't know the first 17 day cycle is a cleansing cycle and eliminates most processed foods. At least once a day when someone wants tips for those cycles, or if someone complains about not losing weight I urge them to keep a food diary and ... Thu, 17 Nov 2011 12:45:54 EST First Goal Accomplished I am finally under 300lbs.! I had tears in my eyes when I saw that I was 299lbs. this morning. That's 50 pounds lost since January, and 39 of those pounds lost since the end of April when I joined Sparkpeople and began the 17 Day Diet. I started off losing quickly, but the loss has slowed to 1.5 - 2.5 pounds per week. In the past, I wouldn't have been happy with that per week loss. I would have been discouraged because I wanted the weight to just magically melt off quickly. If I didn't ... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 11:41:39 EST 3 Months to a New Habit They say that it takes 30 days to create a pattern of behavior and 90 days to create a habit. <BR> <BR> This is so true for me. I started getting random thoughts of quitting this 17DD plan that I am on, yesterday. Not just cheating - I was thinking about other diets to try. Now, this is completely irrational; because, this diet is working for me. I lost 30 lbs. That's more than I have lost in years. I feel better. I have no cravings and no hunger. I have more energy. So where were these th... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 17:25:10 EST Diet, Diet, Diet, Diet There - I feel like a little kid saying a swear word. Who started giving the word diet a bad rap? Some fat orange cat who said " Diet" was the word "Die" with a "T", in the Sunday comics? I am so tired of seeing people comment on blogs with the pretentious words "diets don't work - only portion control and exercise are the way to go" or "you shouldn't be on a "diet" you should be on a "lifestyle plan". "Diets" don't work. <BR> <BR> Get over yourselves. You're eating food right? That's ... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 17:51:22 EST An Exercise in Positive Psycology I decided to post an exercise yesterday, that Dr. Martin Seligman uses in his Positive Psychology classes (from the book Flourish 2011), as a weekly challenge in my Survivors team. <BR> <BR> It's designed to help us see the happy moments in our daily lives. Too often, (especially as survivors of trauma), we are focused too much on the past and negative events. He says that people spend too much time thinking about what is bad in life, than what is helpful. He also says that it's the way ar... Sun, 5 Jun 2011 12:23:18 EST Lost Survivors I recently became co-leader of the Survivors of Abuse team. We would like to change our image, so we're voting on new pics one of the members found. I sent out a mass team mailing, then I realized that some members don't receive team mailings or the weekly team digest, because they didn't check the box under their team settings to do so. So I thought that I would send individual emails to every team member who hasn't been active in the team lately; alerting them to the fact that we have new... Wed, 1 Jun 2011 17:41:49 EST Starting Cycle 3 - 15 lbs. lost in 34 days! I love, love, love, this plan. I haven't lost that much weight in one month, while feeling completely satisfied in...I don't know when. <BR> <BR> Now when I'm in cycle 3, when I can add whole wheat pasta or bread, even a glass of wine. I don't have any desire to. My first day on this cycle, and what I'm having today for dinner is a a grilled turkey sausage (no bun), homemade black bean/corn salsa, salad and a piece of watermelon for dessert. OK so I'm not following the no fruit past 2pm r... Mon, 30 May 2011 14:51:22 EST The 17 Day Diet Plan Has Gone Viral!! That's not news to those of us who love this plan, and are not only losing weight and inches; but are feeling better. Some of us are feeling better than we have in years. I know that I can't remember the last time I had so much energy and I have CFIDS! I feel lighter - not just physically, but mentally. No more brain fog from all the toxins that I had stored in my fat cells. <BR> <BR> I have to admit that for me the first 8 days weren't easy. The first cycle is a cleansing cycle (but a nut... Tue, 24 May 2011 13:28:11 EST Womens Liberation? Or Not... A member of one of my teams wrote a blog about how the media pushes thinness. As a matter of fact, you can use your search engine type in "thinness" and it automatically links it to media and advertising in a negative context. <BR> <BR> I started thinking about being one of the pioneers in the women's movement. I broke some barriers and had a few firsts in my career i.e. positions which were given prior, only to men who sometimes were less qualified. I stuck up for my rights for equal pay fo... Mon, 16 May 2011 15:09:02 EST Doesn't matter what the scale says I haven't weighed myself in over a week. I was afraid that the scale will either show that I didn't lose as fast as I want or worse, that I gained a pound or two! If that happened in the past, I would jump off the bandwagon and binge, or I'd talk myself into quitting entirely. That's because other "diets" left me feeling deprived and weight loss was supposed to be my reward for all the sacrifices I was making. <BR> <BR> This morning I woke up feeling great. Usually I wake up feeling as if I... Wed, 11 May 2011 20:45:51 EST Ruminating on Mother's Day and being a I don't have children, so I lived for 22 years doing pretty much what I wanted. Those were the years between 17 and 39. I moved when I wanted to; traveled when the urge struck. I hate living where I am. Always did! I left to go out of state for college when I was 17 (didn't finish then), and moved to various parts of the country for jobs and on whims. I have been to every state in the Union except Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Hawaii. I always drifted back here for one reason or another... Mon, 9 May 2011 11:25:04 EST Meditating on meditation I wonder why on some days I can remain so focused while meditating. Thoughts come intermittently and I effortlessly acknowledge and let them float away. Other days I have a much harder time with thoughts seeming to fight constantly for my attention. I try to count my breaths and I get lost beyond a couple of numbers. When I come back from whatever trip my conscious mind took me on, I sometimes don't even remember the number I left off at and start all over, only to wander off again. It doesn'... Fri, 6 May 2011 12:42:19 EST 17 day diet plan day 9 cycle 1 So today I had much more energy. I still have pain and lethargy in the morning, but that's due to the CFS/Fibro. I drove my mother to the doctor and went shopping for groceries. I was gone from noon until 4pm, so I didn't have time to eat lunch, but didn't feel hungry. I picked up subs for the family and a big salad from the salad bar for myself. I still have half the salad left and didn't eat any of the roast chicken I bought. <BR> <BR> I realized this morning that according to the plan,... Wed, 4 May 2011 17:12:01 EST Detox (cleansing) not fasting - day 8 of the 17 Day Diet I'm actually not fasting this time around although as I have said I do that once a year and usually only for one day. I don't even think Dr. Moreno calls his plan detoxing but whenver you stop eating processed foods I think you are cleansing your system. The 1st seven days my system rebelled and was saying whoah...where are the chemicals from the processed foods, the pesticides, the hormones and antibiotics from beef and pork. So my fat cells said OK we'll release some. I had more pain than u... Tue, 3 May 2011 15:49:40 EST Detox Contemplation - The 1st few days are the hardest I was commenting on someone else's s blog about their difficulty staying on a fast and I realized that I started writing too much for a comment on someone else's blog so.... <BR> Let me preface by saying don't start a fast without getting a doctor's OK because that's probably a required statement, but what doctor would OK a strict fast? I can't count the number of fasts/detoxes that I have been on. I do at least one 3 day lemon juice fast a year as sort of my own Spring internal clea... Mon, 2 May 2011 13:34:51 EST Cheese can be my friend again! This is an excerpt taken from current edition of The G.I.News (The Official Glycemic Index Newsletter) in which they are referring to new findings regarding saturated fats: <BR> "Saturated fat, heart disease and why it might be OK to say 'cheese please'" <BR> ..." that while it’s more useful to give people dietary advice based on specific foods (e.g. cheese or red meat) rather than nutrients (e.g. protein, carbohydrate or fat) the evidence is limited. For example although there’s strong evide... Sun, 1 May 2011 09:00:28 EST Can't Drink the Water I'm counting my plain green tea towards my 8 glasses of water and I don't care if it's not the correct thing to do! I make a 6 cup pot of green tea in the morning with loose tea leaves and drink it throughout the day. That's in addition to my glass of warm water and a 1/2 of lemon first thing in the morning, followed by 2 cups of coffee. I also have a couple of glasses of Gerolsteiner mineral water (because it has a high magnesium and calcium content supposedly). When I was trying to drink a... Sat, 30 Apr 2011 19:21:05 EST Do I have To Eat? I Never Said That Before!! I can't believe it is 8:30 pm and I only ate 732 calories. I'm not hungry but I'm supposed to eat 2 fruit and 1 probiotic yogurt during the day and I didn't. I guess it's a good thing that this is my biggest problem for the day. Actually it's unbelievable, since I used to have mad cravings around this time every night. In fact, I probably ate all my calories in the evening. OK I made a decision not to eat. I have 200 lbs. to lose - 732 calories won't kill me. I wonder why I'm not hungry? Rea... Fri, 29 Apr 2011 20:34:50 EST Eating Standing Up!! My mother who is 86 and living with us, asked me what was for dinner, and I replied "nothing!". After all, she and my husband knew I cooked a turkey breast yesterday, for today, there were leftover vegetables and chicken breasts, THEY had leftover PIZZA, and I was making a huge salad with all kinds of fresh vegetables for everyone. She asked "what are we having with the turkey?" How about stuffing? and gravy? and cranberry sauce"? OK, so the stuffing was Stovetop, and I added a can of gravy... Thu, 28 Apr 2011 16:00:16 EST Survivor of Childhood abuse As I said on my home page I want to lose weight so I can help other survivors of childhood sexual abuse with their food addiction. One out of three women have been sexually abused. I was abused by a priest when I was 10 and 11 and date raped when I was 18 as a college freshman. My father was an alcoholic who flew into rages when drunk. <BR> There are numerous studies which show that when a child is maltreated (sexual, physical or emotional abuse, exposure to violence, abandonment) their... Wed, 27 Apr 2011 15:57:39 EST