Month 3… I still can’t believe it. It’s been just over 3 months since I started this journey on October 1, 2015 to get healthier and I’m still going. I’ve lost track of the weeks (I think it’s about 14 weeks now). Â I have to admit, I’m so proud of myself. I’m not usually great at sticking with things. I usually give up when it gets hard or life gets busy and I simply forget to keep working on something I wanted to change. But I’ve stuck with my goals and it’s working.
At my last weigh in, I was down 29 lbs! It’s been over 8 YEARS since I’ve lost this kind of weight. The last time was when I was trying to get pregnant with my 2nd daughter. We tried for a year and half to get pregnant with her and it just wasn’t happening. About a year into trying, I did my first round of Weight Watcher to try loosing the baby weight from my first pregnancy (3 yrs earlier). It worked (temporarily!) and I got down to my lowest weight that I’ve been since college. The weight loss worked and we got pregnant! But of course the weight came back on with my pregnancy, plus more after she arrived because I never really learned how to eat. That then lead me to the place I was in last October: 60 lbs above pre-pregnancy weight (I’ve never admitted that before out loud!). I was exhausted, very uncomfortableÂ and unable to keep up with my kids.Â Today,Â I’m only about 30 lbs away from that pre-pregnancy weight and hope to continue on below that to an even healthier weight!
My family and friends have been absolutely amazing, especially in the last month. People have really begun to notice the changes and are such an encouragement. Each little compliment just pushes me and makes me want to never go back to how I lived before. As I’ve mentioned before, my self-esteem was so low before I started this journey. I couldn’t stand living in my skin and secretly hid from a lot of life’s experiences. All of the sudden, people are noticing me again. They’re saying they like my clothes, complimenting me on how I look, asking me how I’m doing it… it feels so good. Maybe I’m carrying myself differently now. I’m still the introvert I always was, but I know that having some confidence again makes it easier to dress a little nicer and put myself out there more. So thanks, family and friends! Please keep encouraging me and I hope in return I can do the same for you!
The holidays were challenging but not quite as bad I expected them to be. Really, they taught me a lot about boundaries. In the past, holidays for me involved a lot of baking, eating sugary foods, and getting overly stuffed at holiday meals. This year, I went into the Christmas season with a different approach. I tried to enjoy the season more than the food. We did more activities that didn’t necessarily involve food. We saw lots of Christmas lights displays, hosted an Indonesia student in our home, explored the Cambria Christmas Market, went ice skating and just spend lots of family time at home. Right before Christmas, my daughter was really wanting to bake Christmas cookies so we found new recipes to enjoy that didn’t have gluten/wheat in them. They ended up being delicious and we learned that you can still enjoy the things you love, but just change them slightly to make better choices. Next time, we’re going to try them using Stevia too instead of sugar to really turn them into a great choice. It took will power, but I decided to stick to my meals plan guidelines 100% except for Christmas day. This allowed me to continue losing weight each week instead of having to re-lose any weight gained by holiday bingeing. For Christmas dinner, I enjoyed more food than I typically would on a normal day, but I made good choices. I stuck to proteins and veggies and limited the starches and sugar. I also avoided any foods with wheat in them, as I knew my digestive system wouldn’t handle it very well if I did! Yes, it takes willpower, but we all have it if we try. Thanks to my choices, I lost 2 lbs over Christmas week, even while I enjoyed a couple gluten-free cookies and a delicious Christmas dinner!
Excitement for 2016
It was so nice to ring in the New Year knowing that I was already 3 months into my goal for 2016. This new year, I want to finally find a healthy weight for me and know that my body is healthy on the inside too. Each year, I tell myself THIS will be the year I finally lose some weight. It never happened… But this year, I’m doing it – I’m already doing it! I am determined to reach a goal I’ve wanted so badly for so many years. And I’m so inspired to continue learning this year about food and it’s direct effects on how our bodies’ function. I’ve already learned so much these past few months about how certain foods affect our bodies:
- Too much sugar can’t all be used by your body for energy so your liver turns it into fat and stores it, indefinitely. It sits there, in your liver (which becomes an unhealthy, fatty liver) and around your organs (the dangerous “visceral” fat that leads to cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes) and just continues to grow and grow as you eat sugar. I didn’t know this 3 months ago.
- I didn’t know that a body can be intolerant to certain foods, but not necessarily allergic. My whole life I’ve eaten wheat, not knowing that I was intolerant to it. It was only this past year that my body began to give me symptoms thatÂ something wasn’t right. I was always bloated, tired, dealt with digestion issues and had such a bad brain fog that I could never stay on track each day. I didn’t know all of this was related to the food I was eating.
Just this past week, I watched an incredible documentary called “That Sugar Film“.Â Wow.. if this doesn’t wake people up to the current situation of most American foods, I don’t know what will. This guy switched from a plant & protein based diet with zero sugar to a diet of the typical low-fat cereals, yogurts, snack bars, sauces, etc that most people eat each day and are found on every aisle of the grocery store. However,Â he still avoided fast food, candy, ice cream and other typical “desserts”, exercised like normal and ate the same number of calories he did before this test. These are the foods that we’ve been taught are healthy for us in the past 30 years because they’re “low-fat”. You won’t believe the weight he gained, how many inches his belly increased and what happened to his organs (in just a couple months)! Please take time to watch this movie. Your health is worth it!
Let’s Do This Together
I know many of you out there want to improve the quality of the food you eat and improve your health. On January 1, I created a Facebook group to do just that. I originally created it so that others could take a 31-day challenge during January to eat only real food. A few of us are actually doing that challenge, but most of the members are simply there to get encouragement and food ideas. I’d like to invite you to come join too! Come on over to our Real Food Challenge group and get inspired to make some changes. We post recipes, share our daily meals/snacks and other interesting articles to get us making some changes. Let’s make changes together!
Remember, I’m always here if you have questions or want help getting started. Just email me!
Stay tunedÂ next month to see how the rest of January goes!
Do you want to continue to follow my journey as I discover how to live with food sensitivities, see how I will adapt to this new lifestyle and how my weight loss journey goes? I hope you will! Follow my posts HERE! Stay tuned as I continue my â€œJourney to a New Meâ€ series!
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