Good for you, Cathy!
I read just the first entry and wanted to respond right away. I too, am a grandmother, and I too have more than 100 lbs to lose. I also deal with autoimmune disease, but I'm not sure which one since I abhor doctors and believe in my younger years they made me more sick than well. I am hypothyroid and have adrenal fatigue (according to my naturopath) and am on what seems like a long road to wellness. However, since I started this journey on August 1st, I can tell you that my life already seems much different.
The pain in my back and knees is reduced about 50%. I am sleeping better. Breathing better. And God knows I am eating better. It's been 15 days and I feel like I have a new lease on life. I know about the pizza and bread craving. But it goes away... at least it did for me. Maybe not entirely, but I don't miss it anything like I did the first few days.
Coincidentally, I also found myself at McDonald's yesterday with my granddaughters... I didn't realize when taking them out to run errands that they had not eaten, and it was the only quick place to duck into on our way to where we were going. God, did those fries smell good. But I didn't have one... not even one. So, good for us, I guess! I don't eat at McDonalds, even in my bad times, but yesterday I wanted a fry, gotta admit. I never take my girls there, but there we were.... *sigh*
Anyway, I shall read the rest of your journal, and if you need a buddy to walk alongside you in this deal, just hollar!
B Protein pancakes w/ blackberries Yes again, they are so good and I have blackberries I need to use up, and that is my excuse
D Hamburger, large plate of fresh picked green beans w/butter
S Almonds and plum I am finding snacking on almonds and a fruit at night curbs my cravings
Exercise? what is that? LOL Opted to get my boatload of dishes done, but I stand to wash them now and that is a workout
Goodnite all, God Bless
Day 6 8-17-12
B: 2 scrambled eggs
D: 12 oz prime rib, mixed veggies at the Outback. Normally I order Alice Spring Chicken with the sweet mustard sauce and a baked potato. But opted for broccoli (which I hate), carrots, pea pods, and zucchini. It was all so delicious, even the broccoli! Was so glad I ordered it.
S: Macadamia nuts
hang in there honey.... you can make it.... i am new here and I have over a 100 lbs to lose too.... good luck!
Jayden, Thank you so much for your reply. I know! MD fries, mmmmm, right! Good job saying no! But truly I think the smell is the best and with most things that are not good for you the first few bites seam good then it seems to me just ok but I keep eating it (ice cream seems this way to me). I will admit somethings are good alllll the way through and even seconds but I can't dwell on them or I would be eating them.
I am glad to hear you are feeling better in such a short time. Keep focusing on that and think about how good you will feel in a few months or a year and you have your own self propelled motivational therapy going!!!
I agree about doctors. I went to a seminar once and an oncologist reported that in medical school they were told (in so many words)to not cure their patience but just make them feel better because that is your bread and butter. They can't agree on different research and the meds they give can cause terrible side effects, which isn't the doctors fault because I think they work with what they were taught, but is what they are taught the best? So your left with what the pharmaceuticals telling the doctors what works. Toss in the Govt. food pyramid and presto.
That said, I must add, I believe there are times you need meds and doctors...I needed the meds they gave me to kill the fungus that attacked my spine. Even though those meds can cause liver damage I am grateful for them finding something that worked before it was too late (which I believe God sent the specialist that found it). But I also sincerely believe that God put things on this planet when He created us that can cure us and I now think that eating closer to what God created for food and getting rid of the things man creates that are deadly, is the key.
It is only in the last 5 years or so I have been thinking about it. Because I too went through different diets and none really worked except when I did Curves (low carb). I lost 50 pounds then and felt much better but eating the carbs they allowed always left me wanting more. It seems to me that eating Primal has kept me feeling satisfied and when I didn't a little bit of something fatty did the trick (nuts or a taste of coconut oil). But knowing and talking about it is simple, living it is so difficult. I have also felt clearer headed at the end of this weak, after a lot of the toxins have probably left my system. So I think this is what I need.
I plan on LIVING this way for 4 to 6 months and then getting my cholesterol checked just to see if there is any effects that way, whether good or bad. A few years ago I had it checked and my doctor said how did you get your HDL levels up? The only thing I had done was switching to using olive oil and butter instead of margarine and a veggie type oil. And what do they tell you, don't have butter. So I would really like to see better levels and have him ask me what I have been doing. He would be shocked!!!
PS. I love my doctor, he isn't totally bound in pharmaceutical hype, told me to take cinnamon to help bring down my cholesterol, to bad it bothers my stomach.
And yes I do need a buddy!!!!
So hey buddy see you on the boards
Day 7 8-18
B: Protein pancakes, strawberries and whip cream
D: Hamburger, zucchini, and onion stir fry
S: Macadamia Nuts
Day 8 8-19
L: 2 eggs, deviled
D: 2 stuffed peppers (1 or maybe 1 1/2 would have been enough!)
S: macadamia nuts (don't think I will buy again right away, I eat to many!)
Weigh in today at 255. That's 10 this week, 22 pounds total! Just used scale each week in Aug. because the first couple of weeks on any 'diet' is good loss (Water, bloating). Starting in September I figure I will see what I weigh at the beginning of each month that way I can be more focused on my clothes feeling bigger.