Last weekend I took advantage of the 70 degree weather and took off for LMRA. Had been ill on Thursday, not feeling very well on Friday, but on the way home I knew I just could not let this weather pass me up. And, I'm glad I didn't!
Got to my favorite site at 9:30 p.m., full moon rising. Forgot that it takes a while for the moon to actually shine on that site as it needs to get up and over the tree canopy first. Quickly I realized that I had forgotten some important stuff. Chocking a vehicle after work with needed items is definitely not foolproof.
Hmm: Pillow, difficult to sleep without my pillow; flashlight; under garments; and something else I can't think of right now. Had to laugh it off and go shopping the next day.
Hiked LMRA beach in the morning, 1st Street Beach mid-morning, and LMRA beach closer to sundown. Saw a nice sunset and laughed about saying to someone on my prior trip up the stairs off the dune that it was my last sunset of the year. He said - no way. His statement did weigh on me and help me make my decision to go north once again before winter strikes.
The fall colors were at their best. I've only been north one other time with the primary reason being to view the colors. Turns out this was timed for the best possible color variation. I felt guilty that I didn't tell my mom I was going north. She always mentions things that make me worry about my "episodes" and that does seem to influence how I feel as I leave town. I do worry about them but have not had any in so long and I do now know how to divert my attention off its impending fainting spell and think about other things vs. trying to avoid. Hard to explain.
The fact remains that if I passed away while camping up north, I'd be in the best place (for me at least) and want folks to know that I am my happiest at camp.
Now onto the title of this post. I began my journey here in late January of 2011. By June I had lost approximately 17 lbs. I kicked Diet Coke and enjoy the fact that I don't have to run bottles to the store any longer. I eliminated the majority of grains although I have a quarter cup of brown rice occasionally. I learned to enjoy cooking again. I eliminated sugar. I still need to work on elmiinating "processed food"; however, it is only found in minimal amounts of food I ingest. For instance, salad dressings, ketchup, Koegel hotdogs (nitrates), bacon. I have not progressed to grassfed meat yet.
Many people are beginning to notice this weight change since I have finally purchased clothing that fits. The comments are constantly: "You are getting too small, too skinny, etc." They come at unexpected times from unexpected people. Frankly, some times I think they wish they were me. I know that is unkind. These people have seen me throughout this year and act like I'm continuing to take off the pounds which is totally untrue. I had reached a plateau in early June and have held my weight since that time. I feel great and am totally enjoying where I'm at visually-wise (is that a word?).
I have no intentions of more weight loss. I do have intentions of toning up more and perhaps that is what people are noticing? Unfortunately I did not take any measurements in January so I personally can only go on what I see in the mirror. What I do still find is that I don't see what the scale is telling me. Another idea that I am having a difficult time explaining. However, I know that my weight is healthy.
What fun I had shopping recently. Depending upon the retailer I am in size 6, 8, 10 or small for tops. I have not lost any bra cup size (very different from other weight loss journeys) but the flattening of the stomach has been a joy for me to behold! Regardless, as I reflect on the sizes above, I know that I have not gone too far in this area.
I believe I have mentioned before that I need to get into the PB exercise part of the program and do intend to. Since Mark is putting out a new book, I will be purchasing it next Tuesday, 10-18-11, and we'll see where I go from here in regard to toning.
Dealing with groups and eating has become easier and easier. Earlier I would feel like I had to explain about the food choices and perhaps get others onboard. The same people who criticized this eating plan still criticise it but I don't spend any time trying to defend any longer. They have their opinions and they can keep them. They don't understand this "grain" stuff at all. They keep thinking glutin. They worry about saturated fat intake. They're on their own.
All I can say is thank you to Mark for everything and my friend at work, Doug, for leading me here and loaning me his book; and this MDA. BTW I have now purchased my own book! That way I can now loan it out too. I feel so successful and that my success is not a fly-by-night event. It is here to stay.
I am so looking forward to my next annual physical and checking out my new numbers and perhaps informing my dr. about this transformation. I do wonder about her reaction....will it be like my friends?