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  • Getting my life back

    I am still working my way through the PBP and have been lurking here for about a week. I need a journal to keep track of my progress or lack there of whatever may be the case. I am jumping in as much as I can cause my health has taken a huge dump the past 5 years. Some days I wake up and wonder how did I end up in this body?

    Five years ago I was a mostly healthy 40 yr old woman at 5'9.5" and 160 pounds. I had never had a weight problem and decided to finally kick my smoking habit. So I quick smoking gained 30 pounds and that's where it all started. Fast forward and now I am 45 and looking at major metabolic syndrome. My bp is 150/90, fasting blood sugar 134, diagnosed hypothyroid, total cholesterol 190, and 240 lbs. I am a heart attack waiting to happen. I just started on thyroid meds and I am hoping that adopting this lifestyle will keep me off more medication and allow me to get my life back.

    My husband is currently deployed in Afghanistan and won't be back for another 7-10 months. My goal is to get healthy and look great before he comes home. I have an awesome dh and he has supported me through so many challenges, but I know my weight gain has effect him. We are very active and usually spend our vacations in places where we can do some serious hiking. This past year I have been so tired, fatigued, and achy. I have zero energy and struggle to get through my day. Anyway I am determined to make this work and started eating primal 3 days ago. I plan on stopping in here as much as I can to document my progress to help keep me on track.

    Today's food:

    B: coffee with creamer ( French Vannilla)
    L: 2 hard boiled eggs, steamed broccoli, cauliflower, and carrots. A few blueberries and strawberries.
    D: 3 egg omelette with cheese, sausage, and a few home fries. I ended up eating 2 pieces of toast which made me upset, but it was reflex cause the toast was on the table.

    I had about 2 glasses of water throughout the day and another cup of coffee at dinner. I think bread and potatoes are going to be my biggest problem. I am trying to eliminate as many carbs as possible to maximize my fat loss, but I love bread .

    One day at a time and I will get there. I have to, my life is depending on it.

  • #2
    Good luck! I think it is almost easier to just "cold turkey" stop with the bread and potatos since you will trigger cravings even with a little. It really does get better after a week or so. Since you like hiking, be sure to pair the diet with walking and body weight exercise as you feel better

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    • #3
      Welcome Jeapa, you can do this. You have made a great start and I wish you success in reclaiming your health. I love hiking too, and have really got back into it in a much bigger way since also eating primally.

      I feel that ditching the bread will be one of the keys to your success, potatoes not quite so much of a problem (and you can let them back in sparingly once weight loss is achieved, unlike the bread which you will be better to eliminate almost completely).

      Creamer sounds to me like a processed thing, I would opt for real cream instead.

      Best wishes, Annie
      Annie Ups the Ante
      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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      • #4
        Thanks for your support Annie and miss blue it helps a lot. Reading members journal gives me motivation to stay the course. The flavored coffee creamers and bread are going to be my hardest two things to give up, but I will do it!

        It amazes me how much weight I gained trying to follow a more vegan/vegetarian diet. I was eating so many carbs trying to stay away from fat/meat, and I really believe with my thyroid issues it was just making things worse. For the first time since starting this diet I feel a little better this morning. I bit less achy and I will take it. I am skipping breakfast as I usually do and am going to try and go with this and get some walking in.

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        • #5
          It looks as though you have the right momentum here, best of luck with it. We all have glitches that we can iron out over time, there's no rush on this, like you say one day at a time.
          Healthy is the new wealthy.

          http://www.facebook.com/groups/ances...handnutrition/

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          • #6
            You may want to try some of the bread recipes that use coconut or almond flour. These treats really help many people in the beginning. Check out Elanaspantry.com for lots of baked goody recipes. Also check out/ search out recipes here. While these types of recipes should not be the main part of your lifestyle, sometimes you need a muffin, cake or cookie recipe and these are all grain free. Best of luck to you!

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            • #7
              Enjoy your walk, Jeapa. I guess skipping breakfast is ok if you are used to it, I do it sometimes now. But when losing weight I always found that eating eggs and veges for breakfast set me up to make good choices the rest of the day also. Have a great primal day
              Annie Ups the Ante
              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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              • #8
                Thanks for the encouragement Owen and the advice Mud Flinger (I like your screen name).

                Today has been a good day. I skipped breakfast and just ate a handful of almonds around 11. I got quite an unexpected workout today. I needed to catch a rooster and a couple of my laying hens to take to an Amish family. Well chickens can run pretty darn fast when they know you are trying to catch them I should have grabbed them last night while they were roosting, but then I wouldn't have had the benefit of chasing them today.....lol..

                Food today:

                B- coffee w/ creamer (giving up the flavored stuff)

                Snack- handful of Almonds

                L- not hungry

                D- got hungry so ate early at 3:30. Garlic chicken with red cabbage cooked with turkey bacon and onions. Yum Yum. Had another cup of coffee.

                If I don't eat anything else today I think I managed to stay below 50g of carbs !!

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                • #9
                  Welcome Jaepa, seems you are doing great so far! Keep up the excellent work. I know you can do it, and your husband will be so surprised. What a great gift to give yourself, and him for his homecoming!

                  I went cold turkey on everything when I started. And oddly enough I no longer crave bread, starch or sugar! The first few days were rough, but trust me, that will end!

                  Proud of you!!
                  There will come a time, you'll see, with no more tears. And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears, get over your hill and see what you'll find there, with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Annieh View Post
                    Enjoy your walk, Jeapa. I guess skipping breakfast is ok if you are used to it, I do it sometimes now. But when losing weight I always found that eating eggs and veges for breakfast set me up to make good choices the rest of the day also. Have a great primal day
                    Thanks Annieh. I had a great day! It seems impossible to have gained so much energy in just 4 days of making changes to my diet, but I got so much more accomplished today then my usual. I never seem to be hungry until 10:30-11:00am and during the week I work 6:00am-2:30pm so by that time it is my lunch hour and it works out. I do tend to eat dinner early so sometimes I grab a snack at 8:00pm if my stomach gets rumbling. The weekends tend to mess with my schedule so I end up just going with the flow.

                    I stepped on the scale today and I am so happy cause I lost 8 pounds

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by JenLiana View Post
                      Welcome Jaepa, seems you are doing great so far! Keep up the excellent work. I know you can do it, and your husband will be so surprised. What a great gift to give yourself, and him for his homecoming!

                      I went cold turkey on everything when I started. And oddly enough I no longer crave bread, starch or sugar! The first few days were rough, but trust me, that will end!

                      Proud of you!!
                      Thanks so much JenLiana. I am feeling more confident as each day passes. We can do this!

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                      • #12
                        Last night I spent a considerable amount of time reflecting on where I am, and where I want to be in the next 12 months. I came to the realization that I probably haven't been healthy for most of my adult life even though I was a good weight. I am not happy that I gained 70 lbs over the last 5 years, but if hitting rock bottom is what it took to lead me here maybe it will turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

                        For the first time in a long while I woke up this morning feeling like I was ready to not only face my day but to conquer it! I took the day off from work to get caught up on the many chores and tasks I have let slide for the past 2 months feeling depressed and unmotivated. I need a life reset or a do-over..LOL.. I have a lot of responsibilities both at work and in my personal life that I have not been giving my full attention to. I am on the school board and treasurer of my church, grandmother to two beautiful grandchildren, and an entomologist for the USDA (I do research on bio-control of invasive insects).

                        My goals for today:
                        1. Get 2 months of paperwork off my desk and filed.
                        2. Get my checkbook up to date and balanced.
                        3. Get my treasurer duties up to date (I am 3 weeks behind)
                        4. Clean my bedroom!
                        5. Start an exercise routine besides walking.
                        6. Schedule in a 1.5 hr nap since I have a 7pm board meeting tonight.
                        7. Eat as close to 100% primal as I can.

                        It is 12:30 and I have already completed 3 three things off my list and have been perfect with my eating.. enough rambling off to finish up my list.

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                        • #13
                          I had Avery good primal eating day:

                          B- Leftover garlic chicken and red cabbage, cup of coffee w/cream
                          L- finished up the garlic chicken and red cabbage
                          D- 3 eggs with green pepper, onions, tomatoes, garlic, and spinach, 3 turkey sausage links. I had another cup of coffee and maybe 2 half glasses of water.

                          I don't think I will eat anything else as I am still full from dinner and feel satisfied beyond belief. I did not get any specific exercise in today except for cleaning house which did work up a sweat at least.

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                          • #14
                            You know what? Housecleaning IS a workout! Don't I know it, I was sweating like mad when I cleaned mine a couple of days ago. Throw on some tunes and dance while you do it too! Its fun, puts you in a great mood, and you sweat more!
                            Only thing I would suggest is drink more water!! But you are doing great!
                            There will come a time, you'll see, with no more tears. And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears, get over your hill and see what you'll find there, with grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

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                            • #15
                              Sounds like you are right on track. Getting things done that have been hanging over you is such a great help for depression. You are taking care of yourself and facing where you've been with health issues will help you make better choices. The process is the solution, isn't it?

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