Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy Monday!

I am feeling great on this rainy spring morning! How about you?

I managed to stay very close to my ideal plan over the last 4 days, and am still down 4 pounds from the first of the month. I struggled there for awhile, but every day without junk it gets easier. Today I feel the fog lifting and my energy coming back.

My puppy is 6 months old now, and is "blowing coat" for spring (aka huge amounts of shedding hair). She is an indoor dog who spends all her time very near me, in the living room, kitchen, yard... wherever I go. With this nice cool rainy weather she also gets to come with me in the car when I run errands. Her training is going very well (competitive obedience and tracking) and she really is keeping me active. In case you missed it, she was my 100-pounds-lost gift to myself, and is the best gift I could have come up with! She is my personal trainer, my link to new social events and making new friends and connections, my reason for wanting to be fit (to keep up with her and maybe try agility), plus as an added bonus, she stares at me, unblinking, whenever I eat someplace other than the kitchen table. Nothing says "stop stuffing your face and get off the couch" like a puppy sitting 12 inches from your face staring and occasionally drooling on your keyboard.

I feel like my body is singing from the way I am finally feeding it. I feel happy. Oh I have my moments where I still feel overwhelmed and fat and annoyed with life's circumstances, but every day the energy and happiness is increasing and the fog is going away a bit more. I am so glad things are finally falling into place.

I am still doing the Medifast plan but did go back to 5&1 and cut out the fruit and dairy. I feel so much more focused at this lower level of carbs. Not sure yet what this means for my long-term eating plan at maintenance, but I am considering cutting out dairy permanently (although cheese is my major weakness) and keeping fruit to 1 serving per day. I'll figure it out when I get there.

Have a beautiful day!


Bunpoh said...

So glad to hear you're feeling so good. Me too!

I really have to say thank you. When you talked about your hunger level being too high, and figured out it was the fruit and dairy, a lightbulb went on over my head. I've been going through the very same thing since I came off of my own diet protocol. Because of you, yesterday and today I did NOT start off my day with Greek yogurt and berries, but rather an omelet with a little goat cheese, sausage and veggies. Lo and behold, my hunger levels suddenly normalized and are right back to where they were last time I went on maintenance, and I feel great. Thanks for figuring it out, apparently for both of us! :)

Nicole said...

Congratulations on 100 lbs! A puppy is a good gift. I wish someone would get me a cat:) I am geting ready to read through it.

Christina said...

Congrats on a happy Monday!

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

That's one of the primary benefits of keeping a running journal of what we eat and how we're feeling. It's documented proof that what we feed ourselves has a huge impact on how we live and our state of mind. And this post sums it up beautifully. Way to go, my friend.

Mrs darling said...

I have decided that for me there is no life without cheese. When I am done with the protocol I am on I will have to incorporate cheese into maintainence. I will cut out whatever else I have to to have my cheese. My favorites are Swiss, Jarlesburg and Gouda. Those three cheeses will have a prominent place in whatever I do afterward!

Good for you for recognizing the problem and fixing it!

HopefulandFree said...

Interesting. Finding the best way to eat for your own needs is definately a learning process. Can be frustrating until the solutions appear.

Glad to know you are feeling much better!

Princess Dieter said...

Hooray, you're getting your mojo back!

I gave up milk this year, but I ain't giving up cheese. I minimized yogurt (my beloved Fage with fruit and nuts treat) and have it rarely. I use sauerkraut now for my probiotic fix once in a while. I use coconut milk (diluted some) as my milk substitute. Love it in cocoa (like German chocolate cake or Mounds!) I love cheese too much in my omelettes and on my marinara veggies to give up. And my burger patties. And with apples. And on salads. :)

I find the too much fruit CAN slow down my weight loss, but I love it. I used to have half a dozen and MORE servings of fruit a day. Now, I max it at 3, and ideally keep to 2. If I have lower insulin spiking ones (berries, melon), then I feel free to have a third. Or 2.5 servings. Depends how I feel. I'd rather have fruit for dessert than have a mouth craving for a junky sweet.

I experience no binge desire and no crazy appetite cutting out the starches/sugar. It's amazing.

And yes, if I have an omelette with cheese and veggies, EVEN with papaya or another fruit on the side (my fave breakfast, with or without breakfast meats), I am no hunger for hours and hours.

Now that I read again about you 100 pounds lost present puppy, I gotta decide what is gonna be mine. I gave myself a clothes/shoes spree for Onederland , and I reached 100 lbs lost this weekend. So, I really gotta think about it.

Hubby already knows what my get to goal and stay there for at least 2 years reward is: A trip to Tuscany. He's gotta save. :D

Anonymous said...

Lyn, my friend, mark this post as a favorite or make a page or a photo with a link that you can hit anytime you consider that maybe you can indulge in dense carbs again.

I am making it one of my favorites the minute I hit publish!


Anonymous said...

yay lynn! you're the best!!!

Jennifer said...

I went back on MF too recently. I was thinking the same about dairy but I sure do love cheese!!! I think I could eat just about anything if it had some melted cheese on top :)

Good for you for recognizing what foods make you feel better. i am still in the learning stage of that.


skinnyhollie said...

I am so glad you are feeling better! I, too, see a big difference with less carbs, but I am struggling since Mother's day. There is a part of me that wishes I had been able to stay on Medifast longer than I did. Who knows, if I get a windfall I might just go back on it :)

Anonymous said...

Glad to have you back to feeling good and on top of things again.

You can do this!

You are worth it =)

Anonymous said...

"I feel so much more focused at this lower level of carbs. Not sure yet what this means for my long-term eating plan at maintenance, but I am considering cutting out dairy permanently (although cheese is my major weakness) and keeping fruit to 1 serving per day. I'll figure it out when I get there."

So much goodness here! You're happy. Your body's happy. You've identified some trouble FOODS. It's not you, it's not personal. It's what these foods make happen in your body.

I loved the fact that you don't need to figure it all out now and control it all now - that you have faith in sorting it out in the future. And the now is good.

So happy you're happy.


Karin said...

You're such a ray of sunshine and i'm so glad you're feeling better. It's encouraging for sure. Glad you figured out your trigger and how to handle it. Way to go Lyn!

timothy said...

glad the no dairy/fruit is working i thought it would help. i try to stick with mozzarella cheese it seems to be handled easier by my body. and a string cheese is a great snack. i must've missed it what kind of dog do you have? feel free to post pics, i love dogs. divonna is a 6pd chihuahua the 1st small dog i've ever owned and she's my baby!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad to read you had a good day Lyn. It does take time to figure out what works and what doesn't. The beauty of blogging is that you can go back and make discoveries about yourself with each post.

One fruit with cheese makes me think of cranberry stilton. Yum.

Tom Gellak said...

I am glad I stumbled on your blog Lyn, your attitude motivated me :)

One small question, is it not one fruit serving per day a bit too little for a healthy diet?
I personally try to have at least three to complement my two portions of vegetables.

I would love to read what you are doing in more detail, maybe in another blogpost.

Angela Cruz said...

Lyn, I had to shake my head and smile when I read all about your binge episodes, because they sound EXACTLY like the ones I have done in the past-- at the buffet, starting out eating healthfully, and then going nuts... and then in the parking lots after I just filled my shopping bags with tons of "I want to eat it all!" foods. :) Thanks for sharing your struggles, and your realization that they're not worth it. Very motivational for me to read. :)