Sunday, September 13, 2015

Weight loss: eternal vigilance!

So, as I wrote in my last entry, I've been following a weight loss program that is super healthy and on which I've had mild success.  I've lost a total of about 8 lbs and a few inches.  I'm pleased, but realizing that this is going to take a lot longer to accomplish my goal than I would like.

I need to lose about 35 more lbs to get to the upper range of my BMI.  I was down another pound, but the past two weeks I gained a pound each week and then lost some of it, (don't worry about the math--I had a set back!).  Anyway,  it's clear that I have to really stay on top of things to keep this success going.

One thing I have started doing that is making this seem more "doable" is prepping food to take to work on the weekends.  I found a blog about prepping food for "grab and go" lunches and it included "salads in a jar".  I am in love with these!  You can check out the weekly prep here:  and check her recipe link for the salad recipes.  Basically, the salad in a jar allows you to package complete salads in a jar and have it ready to go--including dressing!--but not result in a soggy salad.  These salads can be so healthy and delicious and most importantly--satisfying!

This past week I noticed that I was having horrible candy cravings--and gave in a couple of times.  I started thinking about how for several weeks I was doing fine and could not for the life of me figure out why the cravings were suddenly so strong.  Then one day instead of a piece of candy I grabbed one of my bags of cut up veggies--which I had been avoiding--and voila.  The craving was GONE. 

I also realized I wasn't drinking as many of the protein shakes as I was before.  I love those because it satisfies my sweet tooth but also gives me a huge boost of protein.  Tried it and again, craving GONE. 

The lesson I learned from this was that when I have been successful and am suddenly struggling a lot, I need to think about what I am doing differently that might be contributing to the struggle.  Those old habits are so sneaky and can slip back in without my realizing it.  I think it's good for me to review the eating plan from time to time to make sure I'm following it correctly!

Until next time!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Losing weight

Hey there, it's been a while so I thought I would post today.

I've struggled with my weight for several years now.  In the past when I thought I was fat I wasn't really fat.  I just wanted to be perfect.  I would lose weight and then stop following the plan and gain it all back plus some extra.  In my early 40s I ran a lot to keep my weight under control.  I was healthy and my BMI was in the normal range but I wasn't "skinny".  At some point I had to stop running because my knees started hurting to the point that I dreaded climbing the stairs after I ran.

Well, when I quit running the weight piled on.  Before I knew it I was in the "overweight" range of the BMI scale.  For those who don't know, BMI refers to Body Mass Index which is a rough calculation of your fat to lean ratio.  Anything above 25 is considered over weight.  In recent years my weight has gotten high enough that my doctor wanted to sign me up for a special program.

I honestly did not want to add a medical weight loss program to my life.  I was a little afraid that they would start talking about bariatric surgery and I did not want to "go there".  For those who have had bariatric surgery, please don't take that as a criticism.  I just don't like to have surgery if at all avoidable.  Period.

I really did not know what to do because I had given a lot of things a try and not had good success.  I prayed about it, asking God to show me some way to get my weight down that would be healthy.  I'm generally a healthy person but being overweight is a risk factor for a lot of things, so I wanted to get my BMI back to normal range.

A couple of months later a friend contacted me to ask if I wanted to participate in a 21 day weight loss challenge.  It would involve a 7 day "cleanse" phase to rid the body of lots of toxins, etc., and then 14 days of one of the quicker weight loss phases.  Both phases looked super healthy (LOTS of fruits and vegetable and protein) and do-able for 21 days.  After praying and thinking about it I decided "OK I'll try it."

Well, the first 5 days were hard (I started the cleanse late so I only did it for 5 days instead of 7) but I made it and then started phase II.  By the time I was finished I had lost about 6 pounds--the best I had done in a long time!  I decided to switch to the plan's "slow and steady" menu, which allows one high quality grain serving per day.  Since then I have lost another 4 pounds.  I'm officially down 10 pounds from my top weight.  To say I'm encouraged is an understatement.

So, that's my initial story about this weight loss thing.  I'm going to start telling about what I'm doing and my success/unsuccess to just share my strategies and keep myself accountable.

Till next time!