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Thursday, November 1, 2012

1 Year, 100 Pounds: Month 10 Weigh In


Hey! It’s November! Such a very busy time of the year for everyone. A FULL-ON PRESS of holiday-after-holiday; so many ready-made excuses to eat out of control. So – it’s cooled off a bit in Oklahoma..a couple of days have dipped into the 30’s (it will reach 80 today!). This did mean COAT weather. So…COATS.. I hate coats. They don’t fit me; they make me too hot; they’re too bulky; I usually can only button the neck button...it’s just a big reminder of how being overweight SUCKS. Last week, the cold came and I mindlessly got out last winter’s coat and it was very odd. My upper arms didn’t get stuck as I slipped it on. It zipped; it snapped; it buttoned; it fit. In fact, it was too big! Oh yeah – I forgot to mention – I lost 3.2 pounds this month, for a total of 53 pounds since January 1st. YAY! <insert celebration dance here!>
 
I’ve mentioned before that my son is the top high school marching band in the nation, and we leave to defend our title in Indiana at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Championship on Wednesday. This is his senior year – and they won state again last weekend (11th consecutive year!) Can you tell I’m proud? Anyway, the contest is three FULL days at the NFL COLTS stadium, so NOTHING but concession food is available. What a carbfest that is! But with some planning, I think I’m good to go. I’ll have protein bars, string cheese, jerky and shakes stuck in my bag. I’ll refill my water bottle over and over again and eat smart at every turn.
 
Our 72 year old dad had a heart attack a few weeks ago. He’s doing great now; in fact going on the Indy trip with us. This event was life altering for him and really drove home the importance of making yourself a priority. Amber and I were talking this morning about this, about how we both are seeing the need to just treat ourselves perhaps like a diabetic would. Diabetics have to put their nutrition ahead of everything else. They have to be prepared and make sound decisions regarding their health and eating – it’s a matter of life and death. Why did it take me so long to see that I am virtually in the same predicament? I have a condition, that if it goes unchecked – I’ll be checking “out” too soon. And I don’t want to. I am loving my life; enjoying it so much more now.
 
And while I do have a much more to lose, I no longer see this as my weight loss plan. This is simply - how I eat now. January 1st is coming soon for the end of my “big year” weigh in. But I think it will just mark the beginning of the rest of my years, and mark my re-dedication to my life and my family. This is the body I’ve been given and the nurturing and caring of it is my first priority. After that, everything else …is a snap! ~ Misha


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1 Year, 100 Hundred Pounds is a series written by my sister Misha (read her full story HERE). Her battles and journey are different than my own, but I thought my readers could relate to her story. We came up with the idea that should could break up her weight loss into monthly measurements and concentrate on the long term, instead of instant gratification. My role is to just support her, where she needs it. Not to nag, correct or scold. Just to be here for her. So proud she reached the 50lbs milestone!!!

9 comments:

  1. Hooray Misha! Congrats on meeting another goal.

    Sorry to hear about your father but it sounds like he's recovering well.

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  2. I haven't been following this blog long, but I just wanted to send you some encouragment. You are doing AWESOME! 50+ pounds is a great accomplishment. And very good for planning. Maybe you can get some laps around the stadium to counteract the foods you may end up eating? You can do it. We are all rooting for you.

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  3. She doing an amazing job! It really is a hard thing to break old habits. Our bodies just try to hang onto that old crap. Way to go!

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  4. Here I sit with my eyes full of tears again Misha! So beautifully written. I am bursting with pride and excitement for you! While I didn’t have 100 pounds to lose it was pretty close (probably 70-80). I’m down 43 so far. When I started my journey in February I was so tired of feeling lousy. Tired of everything – not sleeping well, chronic post nasal drip, clothes that didn’t fit, mood swings, tired all the time, puffy …

    By the time March and April came I had done enough reading about insulin and blood sugar to know that I needed to change PERMANENTLY. When I gave up the grains and starch as well as the sugar I knew this was just the way it had to be. Like you said, I told myself there were no other options. No “diet” was going to fix this – we have done untold metabolic damage over many years and we are setting out to reverse it and live healthy. I’m so excited that you get that too :)

    Dr. Davis posted just recently the following and it sums it up pretty well – all the crap we’ve eaten (whatever sugar/carbs that was for you) have destroyed our pancreatic cells to the point where we cannot handle a piece of simple fruit. “Wheat Belly Think of all those years we ate Swanson TV dinners, Sugar Pops, Trix, Lucky Charms, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, Scooter Pies, Raisin Bran, Wheat Chex, pizza, then low-fat pretzels and "healthy whole grains"--the end result: We burned out our pancreatic beta cells that produce insulin! Thus we arrive at age 40, 50, 70 or onwards barely able to even tolerate an apple or banana without mounting diabetic range blood sugars.”

    So I agree whole heartedly that this is just our new reality. You cannot think of it as being on a diet. I no longer look at what I can’t have but revel in what I can have (can you say cheesecake for breakfast?). I think it’s also important that we pass on this information to our children to spare them (if possible) a future like ours. If what we are dealing with is from years of insulin abuse than we can change their future :) (gosh ... sorry this is SO long)

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  5. Great job Misha. I like your philosophy and Trina's too for that matter in her comment to you. Lots of food for thought! Sorry about the pun. Keep up the good work! It's definitely a change in mindset that has to take place and it seems it has for you.

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  6. Yay! I was hoping to see a post from you today! You have inspired me! You are doing just amazing and it's such motivation to keep going at it because you'll get there eventually. I tend to give up when I'm not seeing fast and immediate results, but if I'd kept up with it, maybe my coat would be too big for me by now!

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  7. So sorry to hear about your dad, but glad he is on the mend! Great job on the weight loss AND attitude towards your food lifestyle. Congrats on your son and good luck with the defending your title!

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  8. Way to go, Misha! So very very proud of you!

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  9. Great job, you have come so far! woo hoo!

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