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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Three Years on the Belly Fat Cure

This is my three year anniversary on the Belly Fat Cure! That is a long time to be on a diet, right? You might think that if it was so successful, then I wouldn't need to "be on a diet" anymore. But I am determined to keep my 53 lbs off, and that means I'm still on a diet. Forever probably, but I'm just concentrating on getting through today.

I started this blog on the very first day that I started Jorge Cruise's Belly Fat Cure and can't believe I am still doing it! I was just going to give it a go for 12 week class I had signed up for. I have said it before, and still believe it to be true - it was easier to lose my weight than it has been to keep it off. While losing weight you get that weekly reward at weigh in, and people complimenting you and new clothing. You know at some point it's going to end. But with maintenance it is different. I see now my "skinny friends" who made it all look so easy, are really working at it all the time. They are working out and watch what they eat at every meal. Of course a few of them are just naturally thin, but mostly they are working at it and that was news to me!

Here is my best piece of advice: Don't cheat.

If you really are hungry, have more of a food that is allowed and go over your S/C Values of 15/6 with those foods. When you cheat with high sugar or high carb foods, you bring those tastes and cravings back into your life and it takes will power to fight them back off again. Cheating even a little bit, makes staying on the plan really hard. So do yourself a favor and don't cheat. Who are are you cheating? Yourself.

I love this old song by Alanis Morissette and I think it really speaks to where I am in life right now. It's not perfect, but it's pretty darn good. I'm broke but I'm happy, I'm poor but I'm kind, I'm short but I'm, healthy, yeah. I'm high but I'm grounded, I'm sane but I'm overwhelmed, I'm lost but I'm hopeful baby. What it all comes down to Is that everything's gonna be fine fine fine.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

1 Year, 100 Pounds: Month 9 Weigh In

Hey – Happy Fall Weather everyone!  A big sigh of relief from this part of the country.  We’ve enjoyed a few days in the 70’s and 80’s and a bit of rain, so Oklahoma may escape another dustbowl era! Time for walks, soups, hot tea and new resolve.

So today I start my TENTH month without a whiff of wheat, while I follow the Wheat Belly diet – and 49.8 pounds down since 1/1/12! I really wanted that 50 pounds, but it will come. And so will 60, and 75, and 100 and more. For the month of September, that’s 1.8 pounds.

What am I eating?  I’m eating lots of protein and veggies. I eat raw pecans and almonds for a quick snack. I love a good sharp cheddar cheese…cold or melted on protein. I include a salad every day and usually a protein shake for breakfast. Omelets with mushrooms and any leftover veggie on hands are usually the star on a weekends. I love grilled, baked and sautéed chicken. I even fried “naked” chicken breast and shake on some kind of seasoning (like Tony Chachere’s creole seasoning or Hidden Valley Ranch mix ) and dip them in blue cheese dressing.

How many calories do I eat? I don’t know. When I do track, it’s under 1000 calories, with most of it coming from fat. My carbs are generally between 20-40. But again, you’ve heard me say it before, that’s what I like about Wheat Belly. I have a list of foods that I can eat – I eat just them. And for the most part, I am satisfied with smaller portions and simply do not get hungry. In fact, while I was typing that… I don’t really feel like they are smaller portions any more.

Do I exercise?  I don’t. Not really. I want to, but my body just isn’t there yet. I bought some resistance straps that I use with my feet and Achilles and try to work that in every night and morning…just for survival’s sake. So I can walk from the parking lot to my car. I want to walk. I want to ride a bike – stationary and …regular. I do want to make that a priority. I’m just afraid of hurting my feet and ankles…and…I hate to say something negative about me…but I am lazy when it comes to exercise.

How much longer can I go wheat/grain free?  Definitely through the end of the year. Bread is almost off my radar. I have this weird craving from time to time for of all things… a kraut dog with mustard… Hasn’t haunted me much this month, and yes, I have sauerkraut and wieners from time to time, and even squirt some mustard. But dangit… sometimes, you just want to eat a hot dog!  I ate a bunless burger with a salad today with my husband. I order mine without, he does not, but takes off the bun. He’s afraid of being judged or doesn’t want to say..i’ll have the same. Soooo he always has a stack of bread or buns on the side of his plate. Today, we were in Fuddruckers which REEKS of fresh-made bread, but I’m over it. But I have to admit, it was overwhelming. After I was done with my patty and salad, I picked up a bun and sniffed it. It didn’t have the same intoxicating smell that the baking bread had. I thought it was funny. It was like, you know, you could come in here and just sip and water and smell all the bread you want to. Because the bread itself, doesn’t smell anymore like the baking bread than a glass of water does. Does that make sense at all?

Am I going to have a bread gala on 1/1/13? Absolutely not. I have treated this diet like flour/bread is a drug or alcohol. I’m afraid that the first bite will send me spiraling down a binge I wouldn’t recover from. Actually – if I really stop and examine it all now, I don’t think that I would. But for now, it’s a somewhat healthy scare that does its job. In fact…I ventured out a bit this month.

Now I don’t really want to say I conducted an experiment, but let’s just say I turned it into one. I’ve talked about my chip addiction and how chips are my kryptonite. Did I mention that it’s fall and fall means football, and football means marching band, and that means concession stand, and I am a band parent that runs the fast concession window in the state. Sooo.. wow..so many temptations and really, just no Wheat Belly friendly foods. We start popping the popcorn about 5 and shutdown the windows around 10. The first game was absolute torture. By the second game, I ate a really nice chicken salad and iced tea and took a frozen protein shake in with me. Fully satisfied, but I kept thinking about that chip rack stationed in front of me and was simply obsessing about it…I’m taking 3 days after the game.  Without disclosing all the chip fantasies to you, I decided that I would simply buy a snack sized bag of chips and eat them. I did.

So what happened? Nothing. I ate them, they were uber salty; actually made the corners of my mouth burn and they didn’t last very long. My stomach seemed a little …wonky… bloated or something for a day or so and I really didn’t like the experience. And that was it.
So what did I learn?

  • I am in control.
  • Potato chips are not as good as a parmesan crusted chicken breast.
  • They are definitely not worth losing my plan and confidence over.

So here I am, teetering on the edge of 50 pounds gone. Planning my meal before this Friday’s game (and oh by the way, Saturday is an all day event at the stadium, so I will be packing a lunch and a dinner.) Feeling just really good about my sense of well being. Nothing really sexy, but confident. I have a sense of calm as I start October. November and the holidays are just around the corner and I’m totally ready.

I will be attending the Parade of Roses on New Year’s Day. My son’s marching band (The Pride of Broken Arrow) won the National Championship last year and was invited to march at the parade and in Disneyland. So I will be celebrating this year in style. I think back to this last New Year’s – where I committed this year to a total makeover, and it’s happening. Not as fast I was wanted, but it is happening. Amber found a neat sign on Pinterest that I printed out and have displayed in in my office. It says, “IN A YEAR, YOU MAY WISH YOU HAD STARTED NOW.” I like to look at the sign and say, “not me…I did start!”  If you haven’t already committed, don’t wait until next Monday, or next month or next year. Commit to plan now that will make your life better.

Have a GREAT October!

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.

I am so proud of her for sticking with it, even when she doesn't meet the arbitrary goals we made up. If she ends the year at 5lbs, 20lbs, 50lbs or 100lbs lost then it was a success. I know she feels so much better, and that is what really matters most.