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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

1 Year 100 Pounds: Month 7 Weigh In


Happy August everyone! This marks the end of the 7th month that I have been following the Wheat Belly Diet. It also marks the first month that I’ve been somewhat disappointed in my weight loss; only 1.2 pounds for this month. So, let me get all the negativity out of my system. Waaaa. Ok.. I’m over it.
 
That’s a total of 46 pounds since 1/1/12. Yes – I’m behind my goal. Do I know why? Not really. I still can boast that no wheat/no flour/no grains have passed these lips for the duration, but I have become a little relaxed. These are the things that I’m going to work on for August.
 
  • I have made it a habit to have only coffee/cream for breakfast. I think I need to step it up to plan and prepare better. (Send me your suggestions for quick and easy wheat free breakfast ideas for a working mom!)
  • I have allowed artificial sweeteners to sneak back into my life. Wheat Belly allows the natural ones (Stevia and Xrythitol) and Splenda. I have allowed ANYTHING, mostly in the form of those little Crystal Lite and Walmart brand flavor stix that you add to a bottle of water. I have had a couple of cans of diet soda that are sweetened with other things too. And while I don’t believe that this has caused any weight gain, it may jack up my sweet cravings, but I just crave another bottle of peach tea or lemonade. So I need to knock that off.
  • Tracking – I hate tracking. That’s one of the biggest reasons I like this diet. Just a list food I can and cannot eat. It’s a control thing with me too. And I don’t like thinking about my food. It makes me hungry. Amber wants me to track, mostly, (I think) so she can validate that I’m on track. We’ll talk about it.
  • Exercise – I hate exercise… Ooohh…more negativity… (I hate negativity! ;-P) And it’s oppressively hot here! 112 yesterday and today… But..my achilles and feet have been really good this month, so I’ve been thinking about just walking around inside my office building. Still get a twinge when I go up or down stairs, so just flat surfaces for now.
 
Here’s the good news – I am not depressed about my small loss this month. I’m not falling into the usual – “woe is me, no matter what I do, I just can’t lose weight.” I like the progress I’ve made. I’m proud of it. I claim it. It’s made some huge differences in my life…physically and mentally. I’ve had some neat things happen at work, my clothes are fitting nicely (and I’ve bought a few new things). I fit into chairs, and cars and booths with much less effort. So I think I’m on the right track.
 
Of course, I hope that July was just a slow month for me and that August will show my progress on the scales. I’m going to do everything I can to reach my 100 pound goal ..which is yikes… almost 11 pounds a month for the next 5 months. Regardless, I already feel successful and I can envision myself, in a time not so far away, in smaller clothes, a more fit body, but with my same big smile.
 
Have a great August everyone, and thanks for all your support!              ……………………Misha

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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 and she is 10 years older than me, 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. My advice is accurate tracking of you food intake and upping your fiber. That works for me! I think your feet and hips can't take too much, so don't over think the exercise piece yet. Maybe something small, but don't over do it. Most importantly congrats on the loss! You are working towards your goal and really getting there!

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  2. Misha I think you are doing great so fat. I have lost 90lbs on the BFC and there were many weeks that I didn't lose anything and some weeks I gained. Just keep at it and you will get there. :-)

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  3. You look fantastic! Your skin looks so nice and clear. I can tell 46 lbs are GONE...You have accomplished so much so far. WAY TO GO!!!
    I followed Wheat Belly and the first 2 weeks = -3 lbs. but I think I was getting in too much sugar, so for the next 2 weeks I am cutting out milk and my sugar free cocoa, which I have become addicted to and stopped measuring and putting Redi Whip on top. One day I used so much Redi Whip it was gone... in one day. Ooops.... I guess I have some addicted behaviors.

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  4. Good job! Rosalie is right, we all have ups, downs, and stalls. It's all a part of the process and we need to stay focused on where we're going, not how fast we're getting there.

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  5. Congratulations on the loss Misha. Yes it's only 1.2 lbs, but it is a LOSS. You are moving in a positive direction!

    A quick wheat-free breakfast for me is cottage cheese with Nature's Hollow, or a little cocoa powder and stevia.

    I hated exercising too. I wouldn't sweat, but would hold in all the heat and get so red in the face. I joined a gym in December and go there (air conditioned!) or I march/jog at home on my exercise trampoline or walk around the local high school track. Now I love exercise. It's a habit, just like changing your diet. Getting really sweaty used to gross me out, but now I know I am making my body work like it is supposed to. Some indoor malls open their doors early in the morning for walkers. Lots of options are out there. The smaller you get, the easier it will get too. Slow and steady wins the race. :)

    Kim

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  6. Great job Misha!! I actually agree with Amber (sorry) about tracking and fiber. There is nothing as motivating as reading over your successful days and your unsuccessful days and being able to point to the specific foods that are helping or hindering your healthy weight loss. I tried to ignore fiber for the last few months, but I can't deny that I have always been able to see a correlation between high fiber days and weight loss, and vice versa. I am going back to my beloved fiber.

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  7. WAY TO GO MISHA!! tRY WATER AEROBICS.....VERY FORGIVING ON THE JOINTS.

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  8. You encourage me by concentrating on your victories! Your body is giving up the extra weight in its own timing, and you are looking great!

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  9. You really loss weight huh...the pictures tells, I get motivated because of this thank you for posting this one..what is your weight now?

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  10. You're doing fantastically! 46 lbs! I'm a big believer in breakfast to boost the metabolism, so maybe adding a healthy breakfast to your coffee along with a brisk walk would help get the weight loss moving again. Good luck! You're an inspiration.

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  11. Wow, Misha. You have done so well overall. Life changing really. I wish I could claim what you've done but I follow all who are successful, and you are one of them. Keep up the good work.

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  12. You have lost so much weight and I am so happy for you! Great job!
    I do believe that breakfast is really important. I have a Healthful english muffin with peanut butter and natures hollow jam a lot of mornings when I am in a hurry. The muffin has quite a bit of fiber, and it is filling.
    What you can do for the rest of your life is what is going to work for you over the long run! Keep it up!!!

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  13. Yay Misha! As for planning ahead for breakfasts...if you like eggs, I make 12 egg "muffins" and eat 2 every morning. There are a variety of ways to do this, you could google for recipes but I use a 12 muffin pan and spray it with coconut oil, add a slice of Canadian bacon or a strip of bacon, crack an egg into the muffin cup and then top with some cheese and season. I put it in the oven at 350 degree for 12 minutes or so (depends on how well you like your yolks done). I also have made crustless quiches which is simply the same pan, spray with oil and add cooked veggies and then use 10 eggs with a little milk/cream/half & half and cheese whisked together and pour over the veggies and cook about the same amount of time and temperature. They travel well and keep for the week with no problems :) Oh, you could make smoothies too and freeze them in a muffin tin and pop them out each morning in the blender--you can google/pinterest those too!

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    1. Heather I love this idea and this was my advice for her too. I love those egg muffins! They are good enough to serve guests too.

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    2. Love the egg muffin/quiche idea - I may have to do that :)

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  15. Congratulations Sister M! You are looking so vibrant and happy :) Try to also remember, especially through periods of little or no loss, that your changing inch-wise. I still don't completely understand how/why this work, but I've seen it with myself and with so many others - noticeable changes in looks and clothes, with no changes in weight. It can be frustrating, but concentrating on all of your successes and believing you're in it for the duration will go a long way! Keep up the great work!

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  16. Hi Sister M! Congrats - it's still a move in the right direction and your progress to date is amazing. Try and lift something that ways 46 pounds and realize you are no longer lugging that around with you – so much healthier :)

    I was listening to Dr. Cate Shanahan last night and she talked about how it takes us YEARS to mess up our metabolisms and hormones and yet we all want it to reverse like yesterday. What took years to do may very well take a long time to undo but you can/will undo it. You just have to stay true to your eating style. http://www.askthelowcarbexperts.com/2012/02/7-the-long-term-effects-of-the-high-carb-sad-diet-dr-cate-shanahan/

    I think skipping breakfast is a big mistake. I have read that we have fat burning enzymes that get turned on when we eat a protein/fat breakfast. You could do protein shakes for a quick breakfast (although real food would always be more optimal). I love the egg muffin/quiche idea. I have also made Dr. Davis’ muffins and cheesecake and have had that too. Make several things and pop them in the freezer so you can heat and go.

    One more podcast that I found very helpful is this one with Jackie Eberstein. She talks about how the scale is a poor indication of what is really happening in your body (I believe Dr. Shanahan discusses that in her podcast too). If you are keeping carbs very low then you are building muscle and bone and burning fat. She also talks about how it’s harder for us women and when we are older that adds another layer of hormone issues but it CAN be done. http://www.askthelowcarbexperts.com/2012/01/1-weight-loss-obstacles-jackie-eberstein/

    You deserve to be super pleased with what you’ve accomplished so far!

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    1. I should add if you are going to do protein/whey shakes you should make them with some coconut milk to add fat (since the shakes are fat free). I usually add about 1/3 cup coconut milk and then unsweetened almond milk. The fat is what will keep you feeling full for hours since your brain will have plenty of fuel that way :)

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  17. Thanks everyone for your words of encouragement and wisdom. I WILL make the Canadian bacon egg "muffins" this weekend! I've seen them on Pinterst before and they do look good. Maybe add some shredded zucchini for a bit of fiber. I'm generally at the office by 7 am, so it leaves me no prep time. And it is so true about the years that it took to put on this weight. I'm learning to have patience AND forgiveness for myself. It's going to happen. It IS happening. People at work are approaching me about the changes they are seeing and want to know my secret, and that makes it real for me, cuz it's hard for me to realize that I am changing. You guys are GREAT and are a big part of my success.

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  20. i just found your blog and i find it sooo motivating! you are truly an inspiration! i have been doing BFC for 3 weeks and have lost 17.5 lbs. my fave breakfast is cottage cheese with truvia and walnuts. its so yummy and tastes like something bad! i am disabled and unable to do any meaningful exercise, but i stretch and do some yoga. one piece of advice, splenda is not good, i am a diabetic and my blood sugar got so out of control when i was using splenda. i use truvia now and have good control over my bs. i keep soda sweetened with truvia on hand and use it in my coffee, etc. also remember just because something says it has no carbs doesnt mean it doesnt. they dont have to list it when it is less than a percentage, but throughout the day it can add up!

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  21. Just started yesterday...I will be following you for advice and encouragement!

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