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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

1 Year, 100 lbs: End of Year Weigh In

Happy Wheat Belly Birthday to ME!

Happy New Year everyone! What an amazing year I've had. When I decided last December that this would be the year that I took control of my weight, I wondered how I would ever make it through an entire year! I've learned so very much while following the Wheat Belly diet. I knew that bread, pasta and other grains were something that were interferring with my ability to lose weight and being satiated. This last month, I think I learned even more.

I hung on to my good habits through the first part of the month, but lost my will and my focus the second half of December. I kept focusing on bad things, foods and emotions mostly. I think I found myself with the holiday blues. I had two hamburgers with half a bun, so that was the only wheat in the year; but I kept allowing a little sugar here and there, until I actually ate a whole candy dipped carmeled apple. The next morning, I woke up RAVENOUS, with loud rumblings and pangs. Wow, it had been a long time since I was ACTUALLY "hungry." I had forgotten how much damage that eating carbs does to that little signal. I went from being satisfied and rarely hungry to STARVING. Now it's been a daily struggle to do without. Carbs were put here on earth to make us come back for more, and more and more! This is especially true when it comes to sugar.

So..for the month of December, I actually gained 2 1/2 pounds. So, I'm trying not to beat myself up too much. I feel that I've let down myself, my family, and you. I was weak. BUT - let's look at the positive. I lost over 50 pounds in a very focused and disciplined year. I understand how my body works. I feel much better physically AND mentally than I did last January. If I didn't tell you, Amber had a hard time getting me to commit. She was very stubborn and relentless. I was not ready to do it, but I just started. I decided to fake it until I could make it. Sometimes, you just have to wade in and get used to the water. Before you know it, you're kicking and swimming with the sharks!

I've been trying to think of what I need to re-motivate me in 2013. I have a lot of good in my life and have a lot of life left to live! I still want this. Have you made your resolutions? I'm doing some soul searching for mine. I'm going to take the rest of this week to come up with a new game plan. I've got some ideas, but I want to develop them a bit more. Things that worked that I will continue? No wheat, monthly weighing, writing about it on this blog (thanks Amber!), and surrounding myself with people that love me and support. And while I want to be honest, I really want to keep this positive and not make this a pity party every month. Oooh... I can throw a good pity party, but I've learned, pity and carbs have a lot in common. They both leave you wanting more, they don't look pretty on your face, and you regret everything you said/ate the next morning! So, onward and upward.

I hope this new year find you all happy and healthy and full of resolve. I am ready, are you?
1 Year, 100 Hundred Pounds is a series written by my sister Misha (read her full story HERE).  I am SO SO SO proud of her for sticking with the Wheat Belly Diet plan for a whole year! She lost 52 lbs total, so not the 100 lbs we had hoped for. But that is 52 lbs lost forever and nothing to sneeze at. I am looking forward to what she has in store for 2013 and how she is going to tackle the next phase of her weight loss! Congrats Misha! 
Love you, Amber


  1. First, congratulations on your dedication this year and your resulting weight loss. I am with you Misha on that whole carb/sugar thing. As a sugar addict things have gotten away from me and I have consumed far too many calories in the form of sugar and carbohydrates. The only thing keeping me in my current wardrobe is that I have been excercising consistently, but if that were to stop, I would be going up a size for sure. I need to STOP & hit the re-set button before this gets even more out of hand. Thank you for your inspiring posts. If you can do it, I can do it. Tomorrow is a new beginning. :)


  2. It's funny how those carbs and sugar can grab you right back in so fast isn't it? Don't beat yourself up. You have had a good and very admirable year. I love a new beginning and we have a whole brand new year to meet our goals. Continued success!! XO

  3. I agree - that darn sugar and carbs! You have done so well, and should be so very proud of your 52 pounds! Think of the next year as your next 50 pounds goal, and I think you could REALLY DO IT! You have some great preliminary goals! I haven't really decided how I'm going to get where I want to be this year, either. I look forward to seeing what you decide to do this month. take care!

  4. You shook things up a little bit and now you can start a fresh new year. I wish you continued success in 2013. If you feel good with 50 lbs lost, just think what the next year can bring! Keep on keeping on!
    If it makes you feel better, I was a bad girl too! Not sugar really, but carbs....my old best friend:(

  5. I am just starting my "lifestyle" change and I have read about your whole year in a couple of days. It has been helpful to me to see your struggles and successes. I hope 2013 brings you more of the latter. I'll be interested in how it goes.

  6. What an awesome year for you. Losing one pound is hard work, so losing 52 is fantastic. You can do it. It's not the amount of time it takes to loose the weight it's that you are doing it. Keep up the good work.

  7. First of all, what a lovely pic of you. You have achieved a great thing, not only did you lose weight, you stuck to it for a year. That is no easy task, Congratulations!

    I wish you continued success in 2013, and look forward to reading about how you are dealing with your challenges. You have been a wonderful encouragement and I believe you will succeed.

  8. Great job Misha! You should be so proud!!

  9. Wow great job! Your honesty is appreciated, more people are losing like you than like Amber or Rosalie did. Not to take away from how invaluable their blogs and journeys are, but your journey is closer to mine. I am doing the right things but am only averaging about 4lbs a month in loss, and I have had several LONG plateaus that they never seemed to encounter. I am glad to see blogging as one of your resolutions because I love reading your entries.

  10. Misha, I know you are feeling bad about yourself right now, but really, you should be feeling powerful and empowered. In your very BRIEF falling away, you have learned so much information about how your body works, how important it is to be in charge of your eating, and what happens when you are not. Knowledge is power and, armed with this knowledge, you have become empowered to move forward with a new resolve.

    Be easier on yourself. None of us are perfect and you have achieved so much in such a short time. You are a hero to all of us who are following behind you. Your strengths and weaknesses are ours, too, and we love you for your honesty - it is a reflection of who we are and what we are facing, just like you. Please give yourself permission to falter - you are only human. Then get right back up and move forward to your goal. You are our hero!

  11. Hi! First of all congrats on the weight loss!!! Such an awesome job!! I too have been on the BFC for around 3-4 months now and have lost around 25 pounds so far!! But, i seem to have hit a wall. I was losing steadily every week around 5-7 pounds but now nothing and i just seem to be fluctuating around the 224-227 mark. Did this happen to you?? What would you suggest to get past this??

    1. I would just keep on keeping on. Watch for hidden sugars in sauces and marinades. I had a favorite smoked chicken breast I was eating and found that it 22 grams of sugar from a marinade. Ketchup, BBQ sauce, salad dressings, sugar free desserts and dairy products are sneaky too. Are you eating breakfast? Let me know how you are doing this month. Don't give up! Stalling is always better than gaining!

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