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OK, I lied

Sunday, December 02, 2012

I have been writing over the past few months that I put the scale away. It's still on its shelf but I did pull it out and check on November 1. Before I checked, I made sure that I said out loud, "Whatever this says is not going to determine how my day goes." I checked again a couple of days ago; before I looked, I reminded myself that the number on the scale was not going to determine how my day was going to go. I already knew by how my clothes were fitting and how I felt at the end of the day (no bloat!)

7 pounds gone during November, the lowest weight I've been all year. And remembering what I had just told myself, seeing that number on the scale could not determine my day? (I think it has to work both ways.)

I will continue to make good choices and forgive myself for bad ones but still, there was a lot of spring in my step that day. This is a feeling I crave - - do I crave this feeling more than I crave peanut butter? I found my mind starting to work ahead of myself instead of just worrying about today - how long will it take to lose 30 more pounds so all my clothes fit again?

STOP. Make good choices TODAY. Tomorrow will come tomorrow.

I've been mostly Dairy-free since October 17, almost 7 weeks now. This is from my journal on 10/17: "I was laying in bed this morning trying to figure out what I needed at the grocery store and the only thing was shredded cheese. Could I live without it for a few days? DING DING DING Do I need it at all?"

It's been an evolving process. I've been researching and tweaking over the past 3 months and what's working for me might not work for you. But October 17 was my AHA day when all of a sudden things started making sense to me. I have discovered (or rediscovered) all the other foods that give me adequate calcium so little by little, dairy products are being removed. (And me, a Wisconsinite - America's Dairyland!!)

Last Sunday, I turned the TV on in the afternoon and found that it was PBS fundraising week. I usually skip over the fundraising-week programs (they just look like fancier infomercials to me) but I left it on because I didn't feel like making any choices. (Once in a while, I just like the talking.) The program that was just starting was "Drop 7 Foods, Feel Better Fast with JJ Virgin." I always view these types of programs with a certain degree of suspicion but I can't get this one off my mind. She talked of food allergies and foods we don't really need to be healthy; this is her list:

1. Soy
2. Corn
3. Gluten
4. Dairy
5. Sugar and artificial sweeteners
6. Eggs
7. Peanuts

I'm not going to try and condense all she said during the program (there was a lot of information) but what was important to me is that without realizing it, I had already started eliminating these very things from what I ate daily. I'm reading labels again; sugar is everywhere!! The only thing on the list that I haven't addressed yet is eggs.

It's worth a watch. I'm not planning on buying anything or starting any "diet." I'm working with what works for me. What watching this program did for me is cause me to THINK again, to think about everything that goes in my body. As I was channel-surfing yesterday afternoon, another fundraiser was on PBS (something about the keeping the brain healthy as we age) and, while I didn't stay to watch, there was one line that registered for me: "If you had a million-dollar racehorse, would you feed it junk?"

The scale is back in the closet. The scale of balance will be my guide again until the end of the year. I will check again but it continues to be not so important any more. To me, that is the most important thing I have achieved since September. Yes, I was excited about the number on the scale but that was yesterday and today is a new day.

Today is here; a day to make good choices, one at a time (and forgive myself if I make some not-so-good choices.)

(but still, 7 POUNDS?? emoticon )
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    GREAT JOB!!!! I'm very happy for you. I've been thinking about giving up gluten. SOmething for me to think about. Love ya
    2300 days ago
    Congratulations on the weight loss!! You are doing great!!
    2300 days ago
    I'm catching up on your blogs today. I really enjoy them! You are on an adventurous journey! One of self awareness but yet awareness of others too. I like that you know that what works for you might not work for others. Some people find something that works for them and they get on a soapbox and try to convince others that their way is the only way. Our bodies should be more alike, but we are all so different. Part of that comes from what we have done to our bodies, many times, it is very unintentional. Corn is a good example, many people are now having problems with corn simply because it is in almost every product that we buy. Corn wouldn't be bad if we ate a little now and then, but when we are eating some every day and often times in every meal, our bodies start to react. After you have kept the troublesome foods out of your diet for a while and your body has cleansed and healed, you might be able to eat small portions on occasion again. I wouldn't rush it, but it might be a nice thought to think that someday you can have cheese again instead of feeling bad about never being able to eat it again. Take Care Sparkie Friend!!!
    2300 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    I watched the JJ Virgin thing yesterday. I also get her emails and have downloaded her quick start guide to the Virgin Diet. I was thinking about doing it between now and Xmas to get rid of the cruise weight (which is almost gone anyway) but did a very restrictive diet for 6 weeks eliminating all those things a while ago and didn't see a difference except I know refined flour breaks my face out a little.

    emoticon on the loss!
    2300 days ago
    My husband just saw that program too, and came to me about trying it out! We have SO MANY foods in the house that are on that list right now, it may take awhile to get it into gear. We'll see. Meanwhile, I love that you are being guided by clues from your body, and not numbers...I could stand some more of that, too.
    2301 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Keep up the great work!
    2301 days ago
    Excellent! You're plan has to be tailored to YOUR needs and that's exactly what you're doing.

    2301 days ago
  • MAGGIE101857
    Good for you! I am saying BYE to my scale tomorrow for 30 days; following the Whole30 program which eliminates the items on your list except for the eggs. It will be interesting to see how I feel; I think you are on the right track!
    2301 days ago
    Congratulations on finding your own successful path. Interesting about the 7 foods. Numbers 5 and 7 have always been a problem for me and I'd have to add FISH, the one thing all the healthy eating advice says we should be eating. One size never fits all, does it.
    2301 days ago
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    Making those changes have worked for you. You can do it!
    2301 days ago
    Great blog, and what a great attitude!

    2301 days ago
    Congratulations on finding and keeping a healthy mindset!!

    (And yes, congrats on the loss; seven pounds is quite the accomplishment. As you said, though, it works both ways. And "thinner" and/or "fitter" always feels better than a food craving!)

    2301 days ago
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