The Numbers are in and I’m WINNING!!

It’s been 2 months since I started the changes that have been helping with my daily blood results, blood pressure and weight.

I’ve gained a confidence level I never had before, I’ve gained energy levels I haven’t had since highschool (or possibly even moreso!)

Today, I went in for my blood work to be done, as I’m due back at the clinic to review how things are going in 2 weeks and in to see my family doctor before that.

I’ve been like a kid waiting for my favorite show to drop, checking the website every 5 minutes and trying to stop myself from doing so by distracting myself with research for an art project I want to start soon.

Finally, some numbers have appeared, I’M SCREAMING internally!!

Quick lil Happy Dance!!

Not all results are online yet, BUT it appears I have moved within a few points of being reclassified as Pre-Diabetic 😀

For the nerds in the crowd – My previous test was from May 6 2019. I didn’t start with the changes until June 29, so technically my A1C is skewed (it uses a 3 month marker) by a month of bad #’s. I’m still happy with it all.

Previous Fasting Glucose – 19.6 today – 6.5

Previous A1C – 12.4 today – 6.8

Cholesterol results and all other blood work in so far is in the zone!!!

Later this week I will share my Dexa Scan results and some personal insight to how all of this adds up to me well on the road to healthy and happy!

As always, if you have any questions, or want to share your own journey, please leave me a comment or link to your own blog!

Society – Do People Treat Overweight People Differently ?

A discussion started in my favorite support group this morning about how society as a whole treats people with Obesity or Weight Issues poorly.

Points that were brought up that rang true for the majority of the group?

  • passed up for jobs
  • treated like you’re lazy / stupid
  • ignored
  • not accepted easily to social groups
  • used as a means to get to know your ‘skinny’ friend

I’ve seen and been on the receiving end of a few of these myself, but today, for once I took a good look at it all and thought – But what if a lot of it is reflective of our own making?

Don’t get me wrong, none of it is right or fair, but is there possibly something we can do to change it ourselves?

It all comes down to confidence, body language and self-love for me.

Confidence: If you have it, people tend to notice and will flock to you to try be in on your aura of powerful self.

Body Language: If you sit in a defensive position or ‘hide’ , you make yourself unapproachable, make others feel like you don’t want contact, but in reality it’s what you actually do want!

Self – Love: this one tags on to confidence a bit. If you love yourself, and don’t allow others to belittle or walk on you, then you will find people starting to think of you as an equal or peer.

Yes, it’s all over simplified, I’m only just starting to explore this, BUT I do feel that these three things, if you work on them, will help to alleviate some of the ways you are treated a bit more durable.

For me on this journey, I have noticed that people are less likely to dismiss my opinions since I have a boost in my confidence level and a hunger to research the crap out of things as I go.

Can working on the other things as I go improve this? probably! As a side benefit, my no longer sitting at home hiding, has led to going out, being more active and my healthy eating, self-care has ld to some weight loss. All of this is a big cycle that, in the end will hopefully bring me to where I want to be.

Happy, Healthy and Loving Life! Happy Monday Everyone!!

As always, I love to chat, so comment away, lets learn and grow together and from each other!

My Body Not Only Talks, But I Can Hear It Now!

I have a new best friend, my body. It’s amazing how much She tells me and also sad, how long I went not listening.

The more I explore and change my lifestyle and eating habits, the louder the signals, both good and bad get from my lovely new friend, my body. She loves fresh veggies and meat and some dairy products. She doesn’t like ‘Carbage’ that over processed, no nutrient value left in it what-so-ever foods. I find my happy place for both her and I remains in the carbs from veggies and some fruit only zone. So that’s what I’m doing. Everyone’s bodies are different, this is what makes mine stop hurting, complaining and loudly gurgling.

My body also has no issue with Intermittent Fasting up to 48 hours. After that it just is not happy, gets sluggish and really just wants a nap.

So I’ve settled into a ‘sort of’ routine that makes me happy as well as my body.

DAILY ROUTINE

I wake up some time between 6:30 and 7:00 am. no alarm, my body does this all on it’s own now.

Stretch lightly to warm up the ole muscles then wander down to the kitchen with my JOURNAL and either plug in the kettle for tea, or start up the coffee maker.

Test my blood pressure (we have a machine at the house to test mom’s, so I make use of it for my own notes on how things are as I go!)

Go to the bathroom and wash my hands, check my weight, note the weight in my journal and then test my blood sugars.

From this point I enjoy my tea while reading other’s blogs and catching up on Social Media.

Around 10:30 – 11:00 I start preparing my first meal. I note what I ate in my journal and then carry on for the day with whatever is needed to be done.

I don’t snack at all.

At 12:00 ish, I prepare lunch for my parents. I’m never tempted to snack thankfully, as I prepare their food!

At 3:30 – 4:00 pm dinner preparation for all 3 of us and finish the meal by 4:30 at the latest. I note the start and end times in my journal along with what I ate, and also note that any medications have been taken with whichever meal.

I have a section at the bottom of each page where I note things like that a certain food left me feeling bloated or any other thing I notice going on.

Also, yep, the dreaded poop noting! I log both time and anything else a doctor might ask about….

I usually end up tired and wandering off to bed sometime between 9:00 and 10:00 pm.

The only variation from this is if I’m throwing an IF into the mix. I usually do this by eating my dinner to start it off with extra high fat , little to no carbs, then drinking mostly water with some Pink Salt and the occasional black tea or coffee for the next day, and eat my next meal on the second day at lunchtime, back on schedule with dinnertime.

Special note, for me, exercising mildly, such as Yoga, Stretching or walking feel great in the fasted state as long as I drink plenty of water and add the salt for electrolytes. I don’t HIIT or Cardio during fasting as I find myself getting light headed too quickly. That’s my body talking and I listen.

To all of you out there, let me know what signals you notice from your body! drop me a message in comments or by email if you’re not sure about posting publicly. I look forward to hearing from you!

Failure, Reality and the Back in the Saddle Feeling

Last night, for whatever reason, I felt overly emotional, I did something stupid and ate a blueberry muffin. Yep. between the sugars and carbs and all the nasty chemicals in the mass made cake, I managed to make myself feel like a failure… for about 10 minutes.

For those new to my rants, raves and musings, I am on a journey to better health, following a TRE 19:5 schedule with LCHF – lazy keto diet.

Then I looked at myself in the mirror and started listing everything about me and my journey so far, that would forever outweigh some stupid muffin.

  1. I feel good being me
  2. I’ve lost 26 lbs
  3. My blood sugars are down!!
  4. My blood pressure is all within normal range
  5. My clothes fit better and are smaller
  6. I’m not ashamed to go places and be seen
  7. I have blue hair !! Yes I know this is the best one yet!!

So why did I eat the muffin? 4 hours after my last meal? Emotions. I was on a high having dyed my hair a lovely blue, then BAM all it took was my mom innocently saying she didn’t like it and I felt crushed. The entire time my brain was arguing with me about it, I ranted at how I needed to NOT care what others, including mom thought. Yet I still went to the front room, opened the package and ate that muffin. In the long run, it won’t even be a blip, but right now, it feels like I not only fell off the horse, but fell down the side of the canyon and landed right where I started.

Silly right? yet that’s how it feels. Logically I know I didn’t gain 26 lbs back, maybe 1 or 2. Logically I know I still fit into the smaller better fitting clothes. In fact the only change from the above list, would be #1 – feeling good to be me.

So this morning, I kicked my own self-loathing ass to the curb, climbed back in that saddle and started the day like any other. Black coffee, blood pressure – check! blood sugar – a bit high, but not ‘OMG I’M DOOMED‘ high. Weight – blah, yup reads up 2 lbs.

I’m finished writing this now, because I’m putting it behind me, I will learn and make other mistakes, but am determined to keep going forward.

One last update though, in the sunlight this morning, mom decided she actually does like the blue… lol Ah life, you sure love curve balls.

Food Relationships and things I’ve noticed

This whole journey started because I wanted to not end up in the hospital or worse.

I think it was the best kick in the butt I’ve ever received! The benefits from food or avoidance of, have been eye opening for me so far.

Hardest part for me personally was giving up carbs, not sugars or sweet things, but yummy pasta, rice and startchy veggies! gimme them potatoes!!

I am hopeful that in the long run I will be able to enjoy them on special occasions if I chose. But having given them up, the benefits obtained so far outweigh any craving I may have felt at the beginning!

So a brief outline of what my current choice for eating is: Lots of fresh veggies colours everywhere!! but I avoid any grown underground at the moment ( starches) Fresh cuts of meat – Steaks, chicken, pork, fish , some other meats as long as the carb count is low. such as bacon or sausage, Low Carb / sugar dairy products, nuts and seeds. Plenty of choices, loads of meal options and other than keeping carbs low at 20g total per day, I don’t count anything.

I eat 2 meals a day, one at 11ish and the other at 4pm and I don’t snack at all. I’m never hungry during the ‘fasting’ hours as I eat enough during the 2 meals.

So now on to the best part!! the benefits!

  1. I am losing weight. (23 lbs so far this month)
  2. I wake up full of energy and find myself looking for an exercise to do to use some up!
  3. My mood swings and anxiety are at low to 0 now. I’m off my Paxil and my confidence is growing.
  4. My brown spots (liver spots as they’re sometimes called) have faded to almost unnoticeable.
  5. A few old scars have faded, especially the ones I had on my hands.
  6. My headaches are a thing of the past, even if I feel one coming, I put a small piece of pink salt under my tongue and that’s it.
  7. I feel positive about every day and look forward to trying new things and seeing new places.

I know things happen at different paces for different people and I am grateful that in the last month and a bit I have benefited so much.

Hope you are all enjoying life, or working on getting there!

Revelations, Reality and the Stall

Hi everyone!

This week has been very much about healing, experimenting and learning. I’ve been focusing on listening to what my body tells me as I try adding new foods to my menu.

First I have to admit, I found a veggie I really don’t like. It wasn’t the taste, so much as the texture. The Eggplant! Maybe one day I’ll find a recipe that makes it palatable for me.

My weight hasn’t moved this week, but that’s to be expected, my body has a lot of healing to do and I’ve noticed NSVs that far outweigh (no pun intended!) any Scale drops. clothes fit a little loser, the horrible taste in my mouth is gone and my finger nails are growing in stronger now. There is also the skin miracles for me! my skin is smooth, clearer and old small scars and brown spots are fading. Also leg and arm muscles are starting to show through the fatty areas.

I’m exercising daily, first thing in the morning and all my pent up extra energy seems to benefit from that too.

THE BEST PART to me is the positivity I feel about things. I’m excited to go places and do things! My Bucket List of things the fat old lady me, plans on doing are all way more probable now. I’m not ashamed of who I am.

I have also done a reality check and will tone down my expectations on exercises. I want to learn Yoga next for stretching, flexibility and relaxation. I am researching rather than just seeing something and picking my ‘cool’ factor. That will all come later. For now I need to heal my mind and body and work my way into the HIIT and strenuous exercises.

I am also going into schooling this fall with an open mind. The way of life I have chosen feels right to me and so far has been very positive! Learning Natural Nutrition with ‘daily nutritional government standards’ might not fully support my choices, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be applied. I want to learn everything I can about nutrition for not just physical positives, but also for the mental health and well being. To heal, one must balance the mind, body and soul.

The end goal for me isn’t necessarily about weight, it’s about making friends with my body and feeling good about my life.