Hello, My name is MaryJane and I am a 3 year Sparkaholic. I'm not a super successful Sparkaholic, but I am a very consistent one! It is this consistency that makes today's victory possible. As I have said over and over, the She Beast never gives up, and never gives in.
Many of my obstacles over the last three years have been health-related and out of my control, such as a very stubborn thyroid that just wasn't functioning correctly. We finally got the dosage right for that problem when I developed a growth that cocooned the thyroid, literally trying to choke the life out of it. Successful surgery and that was solved. There were other health obstacles, but I won't get into all of them here. The biggest obstacle and most disheartening one to date was the steroids I have been on which not only stalled my weight loss, but packed on pound after pound in an alarmingly short amount of time. This tore me up in ways I can't even fully articulate. I was gaining weight in the middle of training hard to walk a 13.1 Half Marathon. While those on our Spark team who participated finished the Half in better shape and weighing less than when they started, I finished weighing MORE!
I will admit that more than 50% of my weight loss standstill over the years was just NOT giving 100% to eating correctly and tracking consistently. I've tracked very well for quite a while now and it DOES make a BIG difference. Take this to heart, those of you who don't feel it is important. I've exercised fairly well over the last three years, so the research that at least 70% of weight loss is attributed to what and how much you eat is true. Exercise is so important to keep the body strong, but it is NOT the biggest component in the battle to get to a healthy weight. The steroidal gain was a temporary derailment and set back. I did continue to eat well and exercise during the gain. For this I am proud of myself. Giving up and giving in to bad habits would have made the situation so much worse.
I've been on a very reduced dosage of steroid for 3 weeks now, after months of being on higher dosages to combat the pain, swelling, tenderness and tissue damage caused by Lupus. The doctor has been weaning me with increasingly smaller dosages to where I will stop taking them all together one week from today. Insert a big sigh of relief here! At that appointment 3 weeks ago when the doctor further reduced my dosage, he also gave me my blood work which showed elevated triglycerides and worst of all...insulin resistance, the first stage that appears before you become a full blown diabetic. After researching ways to combat both, I came up with the plan to completely eliminate all flour products (refined carbs) and all sugars, syrups, honey, even artificial sweeteners.
Yes, my new way of eating may seem drastic, but even substituting honey would not work for me because I know myself. I needed to completely eliminate these sugars and all sugars other than those ingested by eating fruit because I had to learn to curb my sweet tooth once and for all. No substitutions as they only serve to perpetuate the craving for sweets. I have labs again next Friday and we will see how much change there is in my blood chemistry. I have a feeling I'm going to be happy with the results. After that time I will add sugars and flour products back into my diet in very limited amounts. I will eat cake at my son's wedding. I will have a mixed drink or two at celebrations. What I won't do is have these things as a regular part of my diet. Special foods for special occasions, social gatherings, celebrations. I give up nothing this way; I make them part of special times. I don't believe in deprivation and I don't see this as deprivation, though some might. I will make it work for me. In days gone by sugars and cakes, pies, indulgent foods were NOT part of every day life. All these sweets and fairly empty calories have worked their way into our diets as commonplace. I'm just going back to another time and way of eating. Makes sense to me, anyway!
All of this brings me to the pleasant surprise the scale had for me today. Another pound gone! I have lost 10% of my weight loss goal - my first one, at least. Once I hit 100 pounds lost I will then decide how much more, if any, I want to lose. I lost 10 pounds in 21 days. If I were able to keep this pace, I would hit goal on September 20th...but I know that is going to be very close to impossible as my body and metabolism changes and plateaus set in. I've adjusted my goal to 5 pounds every 21 days which will put me at goal on or about March 29th of next year. I will still count it as a win even if I don't hit it until my birthday next year, May 23, 2014. I've made the decision that unless my health suffers terribly, I will NOT go back on steroids during this time frame. I haven't felt this goal oriented in a long, long time.
I will post pictures at the 20% mark. Here are some pictures taken 3 weeks ago tomorrow, the day I started my no sugar, no flour routine, at my son and future daughter-in-law's wedding shower. The wedding is in 4 weeks! These are some pretty goofy shots taken during Pin the Mustache on the Groom and Design the Wedding Veil games. I hope they give you a grin. As always, I love you all!
With my wonderful and always supportive husband. Someday soon it will be ME sitting on HIS lap!
My husband decorated my toilet paper veil for the contest. Notice the sign? He thinks I am Wonder Woman. How can I not adore him?
Leaving you with a little dose of cute, here. My three year-old grandson in his toilet paper veil:
p.s. I started selling Avon again. I did this for years before my mother got so sick and frail and I had to start caring for her full time. Haven't been back doing it for long, but I'm slowly but surely rebuilding my customer base from 5 years ago and adding new customers. "Ding Dong! Avon She Beast calling!' I invite you to check out my website. There is almost always a free shipping code available and Avon will ship to all U.S. addresses. For those of you who love Curves products, Avon sells them! shebeast.avonrepresentat
If you are on facebook, check out the Avon Selling She Beast page. There is almost always a contest going on there. Right now I am holding a contest with a $39.99 bottle of Absolutely Even Skin Corrector as the prize in this free random drawing. www.facebook.com