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Sunday, March 11, 2012

A Few Changes in Maintenance

After a good (hard) run - but I'm still
smiling so it couldn't be that bad
I am in maintenance with my weight loss and I have committed to going grain-free for a year. Partially this is to support my sister in her 1 year, 100 lbs challenge, but I'd like to see what this will do to my body. The book Wheat Belly really spoke to me and I had originally committed to just 2 months of grain-free. Right at the two month mark I REALLY struggled greatly with cravings and then BOOM! they went away, along with any desire for grains. I maintain about above 5 lbs of my goal weight of 143, and I'd love to maintain AT my goal weight or maybe 5 lbs lower (is that so much to ask?)

Here are a few changes I've implemented to accomplish that:
  1. I am officially grain-free and am doing Jorge Cruise's Fast Track. No wheat, flour, legumes, corn or artificial sweeteners. 
  2. I gave up cream (and half/half)! A little cream in my many cups of coffee and tea throughout the day was adding up. So I just stopped buying it. My coffee was awful the first week, now it's good (but not great) again.
  3. I tried giving up Dark Chocolate - this didn't work and made me reach out to other less worthy snacks. I <3 Midnight Reverie (Dark Chocolate reviews)
  4. I tried having Chia Seed Pudding for a daily snack. I loved it, but it upset my stomach :(
  5. I have the minute muffin every weekday, as kind of a brunch. I guess I am skipping breakfast or having a very late breakfast. But I have to be very careful, since that triggers binge eating for me. (Minute Muffin recipe)
  6. I am running 3+ times a week in preparation for the US Half in San Francisco on Easter morning. I have not lost any weight, but my rear-end has much more muscle tone (yea!)
  7. I bought some really good, chemical free shampoo and gave up my No-Poo (no shampoo) experiment. The Husband is staying No-Poo, he loves it. My hair grew super fast during the 9 months I was shampoo free. BTW, everyone thinks I'm totally weird for this ;)
  8. I've been logging all my food in My Fitness Pal for several weeks. SO interesting to see what all my Carb, Sugar, Fiber and even Calorie and Fat intake is. I average about 45 carbs and 10 sugars. (How to use MFP on the Belly Fat Cure)
  9. My rings are so loose I have to get them resized or stop wearing them. One fell off in the sink washing my hands! This makes me nervous and sounds like such a permanent thing.
My beautiful trail run
Using My Fitness Pal has been a real eye opener and I totally recommend it. For example, who knew 1 Tbsp of Cinnamon had 5 grams of carbs and 4 grams of fiber? Both cauliflower and cabbage can add up on sugars too. All veggies have sugar and I've have always underestimated their S/C Value, until logging it in MFP. Interesting. In the Fast Track we don't actually count S/C Value, but I like to know where I stand in the scheme of things.

I have guests the next few weeks and need to prepare food for regular carb eating people. It's one thing to have friends over and serve a single meal that fits my diet, but they are here for awhile and have kids. So I need to make "regular people" food too. This will be difficult for me, I am spoiled with my family's acceptance of my diet. And I don't want my friends constantly checking out what I eat (or don't eat!). We will definitely be eating out more and having more alcohol. My plan is to make grain-free main dish/sides and then add in bread or rice on the side, instead of mixing it in.

That is what is up with me! How is everyone else doing with their 2012 goals?

32 comments:

  1. I am toying with the idea of doing the fast track. I do it several days a week without really knowing it. I am LOVING experimenting with the minute muffin flavors!
    Hope you have a great week!

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  2. It is hard to cook two meals and not be tempted by the other. So cool that your family has embraced your life style. My new years goals are restarting...Cuz, I've totally blown it. But thankfully, I can restart.

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  3. Funny you mentioned about the rings. I have found as I lose weight my rings get loose. I love that. Of course I am not at goal, so maybe they will have to be resized when I am. I didn't really set or keep to any goals for the new year. With Beth's death on Jan. 6, all of that went right out of my head. I am just now starting to think about where I am and where I want to be. I love the post today. And I am glad your bum is feeling tighter. It's the little things right?!! Oh, and I was surprised by things like the cinnamon that have carbs. Vanilla extract has 1 sugar and 1 carb in a teaspoon. That surprised me too. Sending hugs and love!

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  4. I tried to comment earlier but my IPod blanked on me so I gave up. Anyhow, I like your list. I posted on my blog recently (the last three posts at least) about where I am with my diet and weight loss. It sure is a journey, but one that I'm happy to be on because I'm feeling better than ever. I hope the same is true for you as well.

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  5. Hi Amber. First of all, I am BRAND new to the BFC and tomorrow will be day one for me. I am SO happy to have found your blog because I just needed to see a real person do this daily as a part of their life. I apologize if this a dumb question but are the brands of food and drink in the book just an example? For ex: Jorge says in the book that you can have Cabernet Sauvignon red wine. Is that the only one or can I also have Pinot Noir or Merlot for example?

    I am not sure how literally to take the book. Thank you Amber!!

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    1. Great Ramani! The products in the books are just examples and many more products are on the market since the original book came out. Any product that meets the 5/2 S/C Value rules is fine, and you don't need most of the products listed in the book. Shop around for a good bread, tortillas and milk replacement and you will be set! Search my blog for a list of those products you should be able to find anywhere!

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  6. Hey Amber-Just curious what chemical free shampoo and conditioner you are using? I did the new poo thing for a while, but got a bit tired of not having the fresh shampooed hair smell. I have been using Shikai and really like it, but wondered what else is out there.

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  7. Hi Amber-The muffin was a trigger food for me, but I stopped using any Stevia and use 1 Tblsp coconut flour instead of flax seed and found that it does not trigger. I find that a teaspoon and 1/2 of cinnamon make it taste fine without the stevia. I also only use 1/4 tsp of baking powder instead of the 1/2 tsp. It is very light and fluffy.

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    1. It is really important to identify trigger foods, so that is GREAT! I have it without the stevia also, I find I don't need it at this stage.

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  8. I cant wear my rings either. both hands now!

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  9. Amber you look so fit in the picture! I'd like to know if quitting heavy cream makes a difference in your weight, so let us know.

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  10. Is that Rancho? Such a great place to exercise! I had no idea about cinnamon. I set up MFP, but I need to start using it. I'm pretty much grain free, but have my moments. I could stand to lose more weight for sure, but I do feel better and I tell anyone who will listen to me about low sugar, low carb, grain free and of course, my love, coconut! I also send them the link to your blog,it's so full of great info! Thanks!

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    1. Unruly!! It is Rancho! How did you know, are you near by?

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    2. I'm in San Carlos, not too far, but in the past I've spent a great deal of time at Rancho. It's gorgeous and a great place for a walk or run!

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  11. Hey Amber......how is your running going grain free? I'm a runner and new to the grain free way of life. I feel like my legs feel spent before I'm done. Any suggestions??

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    1. It is actually going really well! I've found my running groove recently, and am so happy with that. I will have a Nuun tablet with a glass full of water for my long run. I also have the minute muffin most days before I run, which I NEVER did before. I always ran on an empty stomach.You can email me at meandjorge@gmail.com and we can chat more about it!

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  12. I am so proud of you Amber! I am doing horribly with my 2012 goals right now, but keep trying to get back...

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  13. I'm doing no-poo too, and I love clay more than anything else I have tried. It takes a lot to get used to, but I would love to hear what you have tried in the past.

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  14. I am also doing no poo.....but not familiar with the clay. I am just doing the ACV and baking soda. Can you elaborate on the clay?

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    1. Of course, I wish someone had told me about it sooner. I started with ACV and b.soda, but it doesn't even compare to clay. I use rhassoul clay, which isn't as easy to find as other clays. But I hear Kaolin clay is good too. You have to be sure to "saturate" the clay in a little bit of water; once the clay has absorbed the water, I add about two to three cups of water, add it in an old flip=top shampoo bottle, then squirt it on my scalp in the shower. You just need to be absolutely sure you rinse it out completely. When your hair dries, you will know if you didn't rinse it out well, so be do extra rinsing, otherwise the texture doesn't feel too nice at all. Sometimes I will follow up with a natural shampoo to ensure it's out completely. I might try natural conditioner soon, as opposed to the shampoo. And, this method gives tons and tons of volume, which is great for my thin hair. I find the clay actually makes my hair soft, so I rarely use conditioner at all. I learned about it from RawSynergy on Youtube - look up her no poo videos, I believe she has two. I love it, and highly recommend clay, if you want to stretch out the days between shampooing. The longer you use the method, the longer you can go. So far, I can get by with three shampoos per week. Let me know what you girls think. Also, EXCELLENT job Amber!

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    2. I am super surprised so many ppl have tried No-Poo! My friends and family think I'm a nut for doing it. I am going to check out this clay - thanks a million!

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    3. I have done a combination of no-poo, using Deva Care No Poo, and using a sulfite free shampoo. I've never heard of the clay option before.

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    4. Haha, I know, no one gets it. If you try it and find that you like it, I would love to read the post. Just remember to really, really rinse thoroughly, and then thoroughly again. Minichick: the Deva Care seems pretty interesting, I will have to check it out.

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  15. Great post! I'm struggling but determined to get past it. I've moved and changed jobs at the start of this year. All of these adjustments haven't been easy:( But I'm getting back into walking and doing my low-carb way of eating.

    Here's to a leaner, healthier 2012 for all of us!

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  16. You look super! Such an inspiration. Thank you for the tips on My Fitness Pal. I have started using it as have two of my daughters.

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  17. I was just wanting to know if there were certain things you would do when you would have days that you felt like you couldn't stick to the plan. Today is one of those days for me. It's my daughters birthday, I don't know if that is why. In my family, celebrating is always done with food.

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    1. I do have days like that, but I have to say in my losing phase I was really super motivated so there were too too many. Here is a post I wrote about EXACTLY that: http://www.meandjorge.com/2011/09/what-to-do-when-its-all-just-too-hard.html

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  18. Hi Amber- sorry, just one more question as I am still new to this. Jorge highly recommends psyllium husks. Do you take these? How much per day? Did they make a difference in your weight loss? Thank you!!

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    1. Ramani - I tried and truly disliked psyllium husks, I have used Benefiber most of my time on BFC though. But I really do try to get my fiber from my green veggies and food, and just use the Benefiber as a supplement. If you do use psyllium, I recommend you NOT take it with Sobe as described in the book - Just with water and drink it very fast.

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  19. I read Wheat Belly as well and I, too found it eye-opening. I'm sure you're familiar with Gary Taubes and his book "Why we get fat; and what to do about it." More proof that grains aren't good for humans. Lots of scientific facts to back up what he is talking about. If you aren't familiar with that book, do get it and read it! Taubs is also totally grain-free and goes to great lengths to factually prove that kind of diest is more healthy (heart disease, cholesterol, tryglicerides, energy levels, etc.)than any other diet. He, Jorge and William Davis are certainly thinking along the same thoughts when it comes to how to eat for the best you, physically and mentally.
    (Love your (very informative) blog, and congrats on being maintainence!)

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  20. This is really inspiring! Last year, I personally adhered to these fitness philosophies:
    > I limit my fastfood eating.
    > I lessen my softdrinks/soda intake.
    > I moderate my alcohol drinking. (I say moderate, not totally stop. It's not good to deprive one's self, don't you think?)
    > I make sure I have a healthy dose of fiber in my diet to get rid of bodily toxins regularly.
    > I consciously make an effort to exercise.
    If it worked for me, I hope it will also help many people in their road to healthy living! Cheers! Let's all motivate each other! :)

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