I really don’t like blogging anymore. So I’ll call this an “update”. Maybe I’ll update every few months.
I’m back at 189! It took me about 7 months to lose what in the end was a 27 pound gain. Eep!
It’s quite easy at this point. So many foods make me sick that I have a very parred down, totally yummy diet that I LOVE but that is pretty much neigh to impossible to gain on. My weight usually fluctuates by 2-4 ounces a day anymore.
Wild rice, rice, brown rice
Ghee (butter boiled down with all of the mild products strained off)
Almond and brown rice flour
Chicken, turkey, fish
I make weird looking biscuits with almond flour/rice flour blend and nutritional yeast. I throw in sunflower seeds and I think they are to die for. I make cookies with the same flour mix and sweeten them with raisins, soaked and ground dates and a soft banana. Add lots of cinnamon and I think they’re great. They are way too soft so I keep them in the freezer and pull them out when I want one.
My exercise is very moderate. I do yoga a few times a week, maybe 20-30 minutes each, I walk about 40-60 minutes every single day and lately have started a run/walk program 2-3 days a week, taking it real easy as too much running exacerbates the MS. I run no more than 20-30 minutes at a time, with a lot of walk breaks. Maybe that will improve over time, but if it doesn’t, I’m ok with that. I like to bike when we are at our Michigan apartment. We live by miles of trails there. In finding out what foods make me sick, ie, cause the MS to flare up, I have been super healthy for a long time.
The things I cannot eat:
legumes including soy products
Any gluten so no flours, no hot cereals. Oats are ok every great once in awhile.
Potatoes—except for one tiny one, and only once a week.
No caffeine in any form: no tea, no coffee, no diet soda
No processed foods of any kind
Sugar in any form
Fake sweeteners of any kind
I’m enjoying eating more than I ever have. I LOVE sitting down to eat and my sense of taste is really fine tuned.
I never think about my weight. My “issues” with the scale are completely gone. And now I get that it was actually an issue with the food, as in, “How much eating can I get away with”? When the scale never changes but to go down, very slowly but consistently, the scale loses it’s power. I can’t eat ice cream and cake and then fearfully step on the scale to see the damage. Plus, I’d be very sick in bed for 2 days so there is most definitely that.
It’s very odd to know that I now weigh 14 pounds more than the day I got married 31 years ago, after being at close to 300 pounds for so many, many years. Now I know I’ll get down into the 170′s, probably the 160′s or 150′s. I’m not trying to achieve anything. I’m going to just let my body settle where it wants to. If I never lost another ounce I’d be fine with where I am now too.
My peace of mind and calm spirit is just mind-blowing to me. Getting off of sugar, grains and caffeine has made me an entirely different person. Or I guess it has showed me as the person I really am. I am rarelyrocked by life, I take it in stride. I don’t feel bursts of anger or frustration very often, don’t worry much at all. I feel quite zen almost all of the time. I am still major active in all I do in life, but the frantic state is gone now. I can’t even remember what that was like. I’m no longer drugged up by things that were killing me.
Later I’ll post another picture, when I reach the 100 pound loss mark at 183. I don’t know when that will be.
My husband got a major promotion and is up for another, which will bring him to the very top of his career. He loves his job and won’t retire next year when he turns 55 as we have planned. He’ll stay on a few more years. We have an apt in Michigan that his company pays for and have recently moved back to WA near my family and his work and live in a sweet apartment here. We are so happy with our small town life. We walk everywhere.
I’m now in the process of studying to take both the New Mexico and the Washington state realtor state exams at pretty much the same time. I intend to work here in Washington state where I used to sell houses, and when we move back to our house in Albuquerque (rented out now) in a few years, I will go back to the Coldwell Banker I loved and worked at while living there. So I’m in a major transition phase and am loving life and the challenge of developing myself and stepping back into a career I truly love. I adore business and I do it very well. It suits my “achievement gene”.
Best wishes to everyone. I’ll update in a few months