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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

1 Year 100 Pounds: Month 4 Weigh In

Well, after a hectic March, April was a great month for me! Physically (and probably mentally!) I’m probably 90% better. Hip, feet, ankles and heart are all in a better place. I tested out my Achilles a couple of times; I can still feel the tightness walking down stairs, but other than that, there is no pain there. So enough of this! How did the scales look this morning?

 Ok – 5.6 pounds down for April for a total of 34.8 pounds since 1/1/12! While I did miss my 8 pound monthly goal, I’m still on target to lose 100 pounds this year and have stayed faithful to my grain-free plan. I can honestly say, I have not knowingly ingested any wheat or other grains in the last 4 months. So what do I eat?

 I am following the Wheat Belly Diet. This plan is very easy. And once you get un-addicted to those blobby carbs, there is little to no craving. The plan is unlimited vegetables (except potatoes or corn), raw nuts & seeds, meats, eggs and cheese. I can use extra virgin olive oil & coconut oil. There are other foods that I can have in limited quantities like berries, rice, oats, potatoes, beans or tofu. But besides frozen blueberries, I have rarely had the others. I don’t like to measure or track, so staying away from these foods moves the scales more and keeps me on track.

I love eating out and since I’m a working mom and wife, the opportunity arises quite often. The best places to go? Surprisingly, for me, it’s Mexican! Friends and family ask how I can possibly swim thru a menu of enchiladas, chips and tacos and stay grain free. It’s simple – I eat my salsa – with a spoon; my guacamole on my salad. I usually get some version of fajitas. My fav lunch spot will add mushrooms to the mix and let me substitute rice and beans for a salad. Hamburger joints easily convert to bunless (remember no ketchup!). I enjoy mongolian barbeque where you go thru a raw meat/vegetable bar and add oils or sauces and they cook it on a big wok. I just have to stay away from any sugary sounding sauces and stick with what I know…and skip the noodles or rice. I like hot wings (unbreaded) and dry rub barbequed smoked meats (no bbq sauce). Steak houses are easy, but I usually end up ordering salmon. So yah, I do eat out often.

Chicken with mushrooms and salad
Bunless bacon cheeseburger with the works
But I DO love to cook. I usually make a pot of some great vegetable soup once a week and I’ll have that for lunch a couple days a week, or dinner. I love roasted butternut squash soup, but I’m the only one in the family who likes it and it does take some time. I make a great chicken and vegetable soup and no one misses the noodles. I sauté up onions, celery, carrots and add baked or poached chicken breasts to it and add some broth. When I serve it up, a tablespoon of cilantro and a couple dashes of low sodium soy sauce adds an unbelievable aroma to the bowl. I also make a great chili. My secret there is that I add spinach, carrots and celery to the broth (in my vitamix) and no one is the wiser! Lots of taste and nutrition. Baked chicken marinated in Caesar dressing with parmesan sprinkled on top is a quick and easy go-to meal. I do a lot with cauliflower – bake, sauté, mash, puree. I make a mean meatza with a thin meat “crust” with veggies and cheese on top.

 For breakfast – I tend to go lighter. I usually grab a handful of raw almonds or pecans and have a cup of coffee with a tablespoon of cream and a sugar free hazelnut syrup. Yes – on Wheat Belly, I can have splenda or stevia. I use stevia if I add it; splenda if it’s already in there. I usually have a snack of string cheese or nuts or sometimes ¼ cup of frozen blueberries when I get home.

 Enough about food.
Wanna Ride?
May is going to be a great month for me. Tonight, the hubby and I are headed downtown to see Van Halen. A month ago, my feet would not have taken me there. I’m 20 pounds away from riding on the back of same hubby’s new hog. I’m going to attempt walking around the block in the evenings. I bought new undies cuz the old ones no longer clung to me for their life. (tmi – I know). I’m less than 2 months away from a great California vacation on the beach and amusement parks. So I’ve got a lot coming up and a LOT of motivation. Will May be the month you stick to your plan? Now you’ve gotten me excited! Are you?

 Sister M
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1 Year 100 Pounds is written by my sister Misha who is on a journey to lose 100 lbs this year. She started Jan. 1 with a goal to lose about 8 lbs a month. Her issues with weight are very different than mine, but I thought my readers could really relate to her and she can definitely use the support. You can follow her weigh-ins and full story HERE.

24 comments:

  1. You're doing fantastic!!! Our efforts cannot be measured just by the scale so I'm glad to see that you're focused on not reaching your 8 lb. goal. The habits you are developing are much more important.

    Check out this article, if you haven't already... http://www.beingprimal.com/paleo-that-lasts-successful-habits-of-the-primal-elite

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  2. So excited for my sister! I can really see a difference in her face. Her total so far is 34.8 lbs.

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  3. I think you're doing a great job. I'll have to try your chicken w/Caesar dressing & parm. My favorite food is Mexican, I do enjoy a chile renneo (sorry about the spelling). I know there can be a touch of flour on the chile, but trusting it's hardly worth counting it. My restaurants allow me to sub. rice/beans for a salad also, now all my friends order their meals this way too. : )
    Keep it up, I really enjoy reading about your progress. Hopefully, you'll share a few recipes too.

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  4. "Our efforts cannot be measured just by the scale ..."

    SO true! Sister M, good for you! It's really helped me to not look at this as a diet (my goal would be to lose about 80 pounds). I instead view this as a life change that will affect so much more than weight (weight loss will hopefully be an added bonus). I find if you focus on all the good aspects this eating style imparts to your overall health it keeps you on track. It's easier for me now to say, "no" to things I know effect my hormone levels in ways that have long felt consequences. I hope you find (hold onto) the "focus" that will keep you on this path to new found health (and much happiness). You (we) can do it! I'm down 20 pounds so far since I started about 12 weeks ago but more importantly ... I feel great! I have no cravings for things I shouldn't have and I'm seldom "hungry". I feel less bloated and puffy (and from comments received from friends - look less "puffy" ... lol).

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  5. Your face is being sculpted before my eyes...congratulations. I can hear the excitement in your voice-enjoy this amazing life your creating.
    Take Care

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  6. I really love the tone of your blog Amber, thank you for always keeping it positive. Lisa

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  7. Congrats Sister M!

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  8. You are doing a great ob so far. I love all your food choices. Keep it up and you will reach you goal for sure. :-)

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  9. Hey! "Weigh" to go! Any progress is good progress in the right direction.

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  10. Sister M wow! Great job! You can really see the weight loss in your face, you look great! Thanks for the great suggestion when out! Mary B

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  11. You look so beautiful! Keep it up girl!

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  12. Amber - your sister is doing a great job and has a great attitude!
    Dana

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  13. Great post. You are doing great. Keep up the good work. Love your soup and eating out ideas!

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  14. Way to go Sister M. You have a great attitude and some great short term goals to look forward to. Here's to your continued success!

    Kim

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  15. Sooooooo good to read your post daughter M. Great month and great job. You continue to inspire me and so many. Keep up the great work and your eye on the goal.
    Momma

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  16. Sooooooo good to read your post daughter M. Great month and great job. You continue to inspire me and so many. Keep up the great work and your eye on the goal.
    Momma

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  17. Sister M, you are an inspiration. I have been wavering for a couple of months but I am following your success. You should be so proud.

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  18. Look at sister M!!! Your face is glowing:) Great job on the weight loss! I am so excited for you. Very exciting!

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  19. That's great! Like you said, you are still on target to lose the 100 lbs. There were times when I did not lose much but when I measured my waist I was surprised that my waist was a few notches less.
    What I find very helpful for me is to not eat anything after 7 p.m. The body will spend less time digesting and more time eliminating, meaning that it really helped to regulate my bowel movements.
    Keep up the good work sister M!

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  20. Great Job!!! Losing 34.8 lbs is nothing short of amazing so give yourself LOTS of credit because that's a HUGE accomplishment! I have the Wheat Belly book and LOVE it! Easy to read and understand. Lots of great eye-opening and informative information - written for those of us that don't have nutritional or scientific backgrounds. Loved seeing how you handle eating out and the photos. So glad you're feet are feeling better so you can get out and enjoy life - Sounds like you have some fun stuff planned for May. Looking forward to your next post! Keep up the great work!!! :)

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  21. Such a fantastic job! Van Halen concert, you lucky dog! One of the very first things I appreciated about losing a bit of weight was that my knees & ankles no longer ached - great, isn't it?

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  22. I love reading about both of you girls stories, You are both real and I love that. Thank you so much!!!!
    Eva

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