Monday, November 16, 2015 

The Light has finally broken through.

Hello long forgotten weight loss blog....

   I would love to tell you. I haven't been blogging because I finally reached my goal weight but that certainly wouldn't be the truth.   The truth is I haven't really been trying.  I cut back and say I'm eating the things I should but then a special occasion comes up or I think I deserve a treat and I indulge till I bulge.

   I don't like to exercise and have managed to lose or break all my pedometers.  I have arthritis in both my knees so walking is harder than it used to be and let's face it....I'm notoriously lazy and getting more so as I age.

   We recently saw a friend at a conference and when I asked about his wife who has had some physical problems his answer made me stop and think.  "You know," he said, "when you reach 65 it's all maintenance."  Oh no....that means I'm in trouble!

    My weight has recently spiraled out of control because of mindless eating in front of the TV.  I'm an emotional eater and our work is very physical so I reward myself with chocolate or kettle popcorn.

This is what I know about myself :

  1. I'm addicted to salty things like chips, popcorn, and add salt to my food.
  2. I'm addicted to sweet things like cakes, cookies, chocolate.
  3. I'm an emotional eater....I eat to make me feel good.
  4. I graze at night especially after my husband has gone to bed.
  5. I don't sleep well (probably because of my dietary indiscretions ).
  6.  I'm starting to have numbness and tingling in my feet which is a sign of type 2 diabetes.
  7. When my belly is upset it causes me to be short of breath.
  8. I have high blood pressure and have been on medication for 30 years.
  9. I hate having my picture taken.
  10. I'm embarrassed by my appearance .
   So what are you going to do about it?  As you can see by my blog this has been a problem all my life and one that I struggle with.  I have lost probably hundreds of pounds by now only to find them again and gain even more.  I have tried recording and counting all my calories except it makes me crazy and becomes all consuming.  It takes on a life of it's own and I like to think I'm more than just the food I consume.

  On November 2nd I weighed 267 pounds and officially started the " Eat to Live " diet of Joel Fuhrman M. D.   The basic diet it vegan....beans, greens, fruits and vegetables.  No Meat, No grains, No diary, low salt, no sugar (except that which occurs naturally in fruits) no starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes or potatoes.  I didn't like it but I stuck with it during the first week.   I noticed that the swelling  in  my feet and ankles was gone.  My toes no longer looked like little sausages.  I lost 8 pounds!

  I was thrilled.  It's just water weight I told myself as I inwardly did a happy dance.  Last week I made vegetable soup as well as lots of salads with beans and other veggies.  I have this super easy chopper that makes it almost fun to make a salad.  I declined diner invitations and stayed the course.  This week I lost 4 pounds.  I'm over the moon and will stay the course even though this week is my birthday and next week is Thanksgiving. 

This is probably not the best time to start a new life plan of eating but if I can get through Thanksgiving, my birthday and Christmas I should be almost bullet proof. (famous last words!)  

I collect quotes and this one really spoke to me more than anything else I have ever heard.

Discipline:  choosing between what you want now and what you want most!

So wish me luck I'm on my weigh!

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  • From Elizabethton, TN, United States
  • I am a married, empty Nester, missionary, living in the hillside of Tennessee, with lots of homespun humor and hopefully some insights!
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