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Saturday, September 1, 2012

1 Year 100 Pounds: Month 8 Weigh In


Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! I can't believe how this year is flying by. I am SO glad I decided to make a life altering change 245 days ago. That means there are 110 days left in this year, but it will not be the end of my journey. What I've finally come to understand is, this is really not a temporary change I've implemented to lose weight. This is my life. I am changed. Will I ever go back to eating flour, grains, sugar? I really don't think so, or definitely not a normal part of my lifestyle. Before I go into my new philosophy, let's get to the weigh-in!

This month, I've lost 2 pounds. That's 48 pounds down since 1/1/12. I sure was hoping to get past the 50 pound mark, but I'm pleased that my new lifestyle still yields a loss. I can't tell you how much personal pride I've gained in knowing that I have the strength to carry out a plan I put in place 8 months ago. I have such resolve and confidence; I control what goes in my mouth; food doesn't "happen" to me any more. What an odd little victory this is!


I actually allowed myself to think about planning a binge this weekend. I really entertained the idea. I tried to justify it by thinking, I deserved it, or it may be what I need to shake things up, or who would know... While all this started and ended within about a 3 minute timeframe, it scared me. That used to be my pattern. Do great on a diet, lose weight, hit plateau, binge, start over. Then I received a newsletter from Geneen Roth, author of Women Food and God, and this month's topic was called, "The Secret to Change." It really spoke to me about my relationship with food:

"Take the next step: Remember that the more time you spend ignoring the food-and-weight problem, wishing and hoping for it to just go away, the less time you spend developing new attitudes, behaviors, and habits that will change it.  Decide whether you'd rather keep lamenting your relationship with food or create a new way of eating.  And then decide what you're going to do about it.  Because wishing and hoping won't change a thing.
Finally, I decided instead to invest my time and energy in acting on a positive vision of myself  the sane, powerful me I sensed was waiting in the wings.  Every day I would wake up and feel the pull to go back to what I had been doing before:  dieting, bingeing, agonizing.  And every day, I would tell myself that change was possible and that I was following a new plan;  I was eating when I was hungry, stopping when I'd had enough, and keeping a written track of my food intake, hunger levels, and feelings before and after I ate.  After a few months of paying attention in this way, my relationship with food permanently changed.  Not only did I lose weight, but I began to believe  because I experienced it directly  that I was worthy of self respect, and that left to my own devices, I would not chomp my way clear across the United States.  In brain language, I'd been consistent and focused with my attention and I'd repeated the same new behaviors over and over; I'd given my brain a chance to develop new pathways, new habits.  And I've never gone back."
You can read more or sign up for her newsletter here:    http://www.geneenroth.com/?s=news001

Well, I didn't mean for this to turn into a commercial, so thanks for indulging me. This just really spoke to me.


I made a lot of the improvements that I set out for August. I made little grated zucchini, ham and cheese "muffins" for breakfast for about 10 days. They were a great idea. I ate breakfast all but about 2 days. I've been using resistance bands for some stretching exercises. I did track a couple of days, but I think I'd like to do this the first week of each month, just to validate. I really don't stray much from my food list and I really don't like thinking about food/calories/points. I like feeling hungry, eating, stopping, still feeling a little hungry and moving on. My only non-approved diet pop was actually last night at the high school football game when they ran out of water; I had a diet Pepsi. I did have a few of crystal lite drinks this month, but have cut back on them. Mostly drinking water or tea. Overall, it was a great month for me.

September is here and I'm ready to take it on. These days are mine for the taking, the changing, and the reaping. Take charge this month before the holidays roll around and take charge of you!


Thanks for listening....... 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

16 comments:

  1. Hey girl you are doing great! I lost 80 lbs in a year then the other 10 fell off after that so You CAN do it too. Have a great weekend :-)

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  2. You are doing so great! I know how it feels to be disappointed in a low loss, but really that you are still losing 8 months into your new eating style speaks volumes about the plan and the staying power of this way of eating. I am proud of you! woo hoo! The whole 100 will come off, doesn't matter if it takes you one year or more or less. :)

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  3. I am so excited for you! Truly if I spent the time being good that I spent making excuses, I would never have to overindulge again either. Your attitude and thinking will serve you well. It is a lifetime goal that you are after! Good luck to you and congrats on 48 lbs!!! So exciting for you:)

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  4. Woot Woot!! Your words are always so inspiring Misha! I too feel this is completely different this time - this is NOT a diet. That's what I love about this eating is knowing it's not about calories in/calories out - we now understand more the science of how our bodies work and why we are doing what we are doing. I personally believe giving up wheat has caused my hunger and cravings to virtually disappear - and like you I feel in control of what I eat for the first time in my life. It's such a freeing feeling that I never want to go back to that out of control hunger ever again. Don't be fooled into thinking you can cheat just once ... maybe you could or maybe it would be the catalyst to old behaviours rearing their ugly heads - don't give into that thinking :) Dr. Davis says for some people it only takes one thing to start cravings again (like just one cookie – think that’s a chapter in the book). I'm so excited to see what happens in the next few months for you.

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    1. Trinia- you're absolutely right! Just say NO to the bad stuff and YES to a new life!

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  5. So proud of you for sticking with it Mish! Find something around your house that is about 50 lbs. Pick it up (or try to) and see how big it is. You are doing great - slow and steady wins this race.

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  6. How wonderful for you! I had an "indulgence" yesterday that resulted in an evening of great discomfort...I ate popcorn and had a cherry Coke at the movies yesterday after going without for years. Clearly, my system doesn't care for it any more and I'm going to listen. It truly is a matter of mastering out mind and our thoughts, once we do that it seems the actions and feelings fall into place. Congrats!

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  7. Misha: Congratulations! What an awesome success story you are! Keep up the great work and keep being an inspiration to everyone!

    Andrew
    CarbSmart.com

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  8. I have to tell you what an inspiration you are! I too started with the Wheat Belly diet January 1st this year. I lost very quickly for the first couple months, then everything came to a halt. Down one pound one week, up .6 pounds the next...so on and so on. Starting at 304lbs, I was very anxious for the "biggest loser" type transformation. I spent alot of time banging my head against a wall trying to figure out why this wasn't working for me, after reading SO many people on Dr Davis's blog were dropping weight like it was nothing. I was ready to give up, and just accept the fact that I was going to be heavy the rest of my life no matter what I tried. I then took Dr Davis's advice and made an appt with a functional medicine Dr. She ran lots of tests and found that my thyroid and my adrenal gland were pretty much non-functional. Though this gave me a sense of relief that there was a medical reason my weight was not falling off, it wasn't a cure all answer. I am only losing weight at a pace of 1-3 lbs per month even after going on supplements. Reading your journey keeps me motivated and inspires me to keep going. Even the smallest weight loss is reason to celebrate! Congratulations on all you have accomplished so far and for all that you will continue to accomplish along your journey. And thank you for inspiring me when I always need it most :)

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    1. Jennifer! Wow..it sound like we are on very similar journeys. I would love to hear more. I'm making a Dr's appt this week to have some tests. I understand how you feel. Weighing only once a month has helped me keep the focus on good eating habits. I hate those crappy little ups and down the scales put up. Once a month really helps me keep my eye on my behavior. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    2. Those crappy little ups and downs of the scale were about the death of me..lol. I put my scale away 2 months ago when I had my "weigh in" mental break down and only pull it out on the first of every month :-) I am glad you will be making an appt with your Dr! Hopefully you have one that listens. I first talked to my PCP about my stalled weight loss before going to my current functional medicine dr. Needless to say he was less than helpful. Not to mention I don't think he really believed me that I wasn't actually closet bingeing on cake and cookies. My functional medicine dr was totally different. She ran a full thyroid panel, a saliva adrenal gland test and a food intolerance test right away. My thyroid levels came back totally messed up. The biggest was my TSH level. Normal was .4 to 4.5. Mine was 26.92. Just a little off..:-). My adrenal gland test checked for my cortisol levels. I figured they would be thru the roof, just like that really funny weight loss pill commercial said they would be. However, my levels came back pretty much non-existent. Seems after years of being over weight and stressed out my adrenal gland just couldn't keep up with those needed levels of cortisol and just pretty much quit. Your thyroid and adrenal gland are two major players in your metabolism. Without them, you don't have much of a chance. I have been on a natural form of armour and an adrenal gland supplement for 2 1/2 months. I have only lost 6.8 lbs since starting them. I shouldn't say only. I could have gained, so I am trying really hard to be grateful. And it is way better than the nothing I was losing prior to taking them. I just get frustrated. But slow and steady wins the race! (I just wish my race was a tiny bit faster..lol) My food intolerance test was interesting too. I was expecting gluten/wheat. What I wasn't expecting was eggs. Eggs which I had been living on for months. That was a bummer, but since I had at some point over the course of the past 8 months given up just about every other food group, it wasn't too hard to remove them too. Sorry for rambling, but hopefully I have given you a few things to ask your Dr. about that might help!

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  9. Wow, Wow, WOW. I love reading about your journey. Your sis is right , slow and steady does win the race!!! If you have any doubts about it. Look at all your pictures, from the start till now. What a big change. You look so much healthier and happy. You complexion is just glowing. Keep up the good work. We are all pulling for you!!!

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  10. Great, inspiring post! I am going over to Geneen Roths website right after I write this. I bought the book when it came out, but sadly it was another thing I never finished. It's funny how sometimes a person will say something and it will really click with you, and what you wrote clicked with me today. I have to look at this journey as a way of changing the way I eat forever. Keep up the good work and if you every feel that you aren't losing fast enough, just think of me. I have been doing this ( but not wholeheartedly) for nearly two years and I've only lost 20 lbs. I know I need to commit more fully and that is what I'm working on. But I promised myself I would stay connected to the blogs and the people on these blogs no matter how I was doing. That has been the greatest help to me.

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    1. Thanks so much for encouraging my sister Pattie! So glad her message clicked with you.

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  12. I needed some inspiration and am glad I read your post. Unlike you, I do exercise a lot. Even though I'm in pretty good shape, my body, especially my belly, has been getting bigger as the years pass by. I did the "Body for Life" by Bill Phillips over 12 years ago and it worked wonders. Now I will try the Body Fat Cure diet which, from what I've been reading, is a lot like BFL. I ordered the BFC book today. I just need something to keep me focused for a while. The low carb/sugar diet definately works. Adding aerobic exercise makes it work even better.

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