Because she believes me!

Hello everybody, here I am … today is day 9 of the Fast Metabolism Diet 28 day plan! This plan is supposed to heal your metabolism in about 28 days, some people have a slower metabolism than others, some have more or less weight to lose than others… so if by day 28 you’re “not done” you just start all over again… People have asked me “what made me try the Fast Metabolism Diet” and I always say “she believes me” … Allow me to explain: when I heard about this plan I thought I wouldn’t be able to do it because NO DAIRY is allowed… at all… no yogurt, butter, milk (except for rice/almond/coconut milks), kefir, sour cream, cheese, nothing! and I thought I for sure would never even try something that would separate me and dairy! Nothing could ever come between us! NOTHING! but… as I continued to read the book I found something that Haily Pomroy (author of the FMD) said that touched the very depths of my soul … she said: “I believe you!” … She says in her book that some of her customers come to her tired of dieting, skeptic to try something “new” or “opposing what they’ve learned in other diets” etc… and they tell her in frustration how they have REALLY ADHERED to other strict eating plans without any good results… and she says that she believes them … and then she talked to me, the reader, and said: “I believe you! I believe that you have done it, I believe that you have counted calories, I believe that you have only eaten protein or carbs, or whatever the diets required of you” (paraphrasing) I BELIEVE YOU! And it’s been so long since I last felt someone “believed me” … even when trying THM (Trim Healthy Mama, which I love) when I would come up to the wonderful groups where everyone is really, sincerely supportive and nice… I found that people would say “well, maybe you’re not doing this or that, well, maybe you are doing something wrong, maybe you’re eating too much of something, etc” … when I would go to doctors when I was eating low calories and exercising a lot they looked at me and smiled in disbelief and said “well eat less and exercise more!” … and for the first time… I found someone who said… “I believe you!” … Haylie doesn’t know me… personally (obviously) … but she knows I (and many others like me) exist! and she knows I (we) have really tried! she believes it… but there’s something else why diets don’t work even when test results come back from the doctor’s office saying that everything is “apparently normal” … So… because she believed me… I believe her! And I will do this as well… with everything I have! Sometimes I have doubts while doing this program… but I mostly doubt myself… Am I eating too much? And I go back to my meal maps that she put together… and I trust it and “Let it go” …. I weighed myself yesterday and I lost 2 pounds on my first week.. it’s not a lot but I am not stressing out… I am truly letting go and doing this thing! Hopefully my metabolism will get it!

The Thin (and hopeful) Lady Inside

Phase 3 I LOVE YOU!

Hello everyone! So… I have followed the “Fast Metabolism Diet” (FMD for short) Program for 4 days now… which means I’ve gone through Phase 1 (2 days of high -and healthy- carbs and fruit sugars, moderate protein, low *or non existent* fat) …. Phase 2 (2days of boring, headache inducing plain, lean protein *not even egg yolks!!* and unlimited vegetables, but not any vegetables just the least satisfying ones, not even cauliflower!!, zero carbs, zero fat, zero sugars) and today… today begins Phase 3 where your efforts are rewarded (LOL) where you tell your body “what? you thought you couldn’t eat fat? that’s not true, here goes some fat! No need to store any! keep losing!” so on phase 3 you get to eat protein (some fattier protein too like salmon, skinless but delicious chicken thighs, you also eat healthy grains, some kinds of delicious fruit, seeds and nuts and vegetables, you’re very liberal with some satisfying vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, etc… and on top of all that… avocado! up to 3/4 of an entire avocado, coconut oil, nut butters, etc.) can you tell I am excited? Ah! Today I am happy! And just ecstatic that Phase 3 last longer than the other 2, you have 3 full days to nurture your body with healthy fats and just tell your system “it’s ok, it’s ok to let go!”. Each phase is essential for the program and 1 can’t exist without the others … keeps your metabolism confused and it’s important to do exercises that are “phase appropriate” … so I did cardio on phase 1, strength training on phase 2 and I will be doing some dry skin brushing today, focusing on un-stressing and hopefully I will get hubby to give me a good long massage.

I sure sound hopeful… I know… and it’s because I really am! I really hope “this is it” .. I know I will give it my all as usual! I will have to follow this plan of repeating cycles of phases 1,2 and 3 for 28 months and then… repeat as needed! 🙂

So… this morning (phase 3) I had -for breakfast-

– 2 whole eggs cooked in coconut oil and seasoned with sea salt and nutritional yeast.

– 3 slices of avocado

– 1 Ezekiel bread English muffin (half of it with almond butter the other half with coconut butter)

– 1 cup of blueberries

– 1 sauteed zucchini.

How do  I feel? Amazing! 🙂

The Thin Lady Inside

Take 1839 … GO!

Hello everybody! I think I should’ve been named “Caleb” … unfortunately that is a boy’s name… but Caleb means: “Dog that won’t let go” … “stubborn” … but kind of a “good stubbornness” well… I am the good and bad kind of stubborn I guess… So I am here trying another “new thing” … see… I am sticking with losing weight! As you know I did try Trim Healthy Mama… and I still love that plan! I think it is great for many and I’ve seen people solve a whole lot of issues with that plan… and me and my family loved all the ingredients and how all of this super-foods have made us feel… But… I had to realize that even when it was a great thing for many… it was not going to be the thing that helps ME, individually, lose weight! I gave it a good try, I think I was on it for about 4 months, even for Easter I stuck to it… part of my silence here on my blog was 1. I didn’t have anything new to say! 2. I was so certain this would work that I wanted wait to make a big “come back” and show you the “new me” or at least a big improvement! But no! Nothing! Even for Easter I stayed on plan! I didn’t touch any sugar! By now you know me… and when I say “I am doing this” I am doing it! Even when I recently quit my very early morning walks I still continued to exercise in the evenings and still seeing no results! So… I continued to read about it all! And I came to a few conclusions.

1. Trim Healthy Mama Plan is one that encourages, promotes and even requires great amounts of healthy (really healthy) fats (both animal and vegetable fats).

2. I do not have a gall bladder and my metabolism is really slow so I am not sure if eating lots of fats is the best for me… at least not the way I was doing it.

3. I realize that Pearl and Serene (the authors of the THM book) have the best intentions and a lot (A LOT!) of knowledge that serve to help most people… and it’s a healthier thing for most people as well. I love the THM so much that I plan on going back to it once I reach my weight loss goal, with new found knowledge and trying to stay cautious and not as liberal with the amounts of fats I eat but I also realize that they do not have a background in medicine any PHD kind of thing, etc… to know how maybe a few people would probably even be hurt by the genera idea behind the use of fats in THM. (Not that they are not knowledgeable with lots of great stuff, way more than many doctors who won’t care about healthy eating and would just give you pills to lose weight! I am not trying to say anything bad about them!)

4. Reading about it all… I found the “Fast Metabolism Diet” and I have Devoured it, really studied, etc… lots of the concepts and ingredients are just like TRIM HEALTHY MAMA but in many ways there’s way more balance here… The focus (as I read) in the Fast Metabolism Diet is to HEAL your metabolic system … and lose weight as a result! To do so… you have to stick to this plan (STRICTLY) for 28 days (no changes, deviation, adaptations, not at all!) and you teach your body to “remove the stress” that most “weight loss” programs cause to it! You even treat it to a couple days of HIGH (healthy, no wheat/corn/white potatoes) CARBS and NATURAL SUGARS (fruit) each week so the cortisol levels go down! She even emphasizes the vital importance of not getting all stressed out about weight/scale, etc… because she says that your metabolism suffers ENORMOUSLY, slows down even more, stores more fat, etc… with feelings of stress, guilt, etc… And… this lady (Haylie Pomroy)  seems to know a lot about gall bladder issues and the IMPORTANCE of chewing a lot and eating certain things (spices, cilantro, parsley, etc.) to help your body break down the fats when you don’t have a gall bladder because you could actually hurt your liver/pancreas by making them over-work with fats (yes, great fats but still fats) when there is no gall bladder to take part of the “weight” and work-load. In the book you also find the kind of exercises you should do depending on the food you’re eating etc… (high carb days = cardio, high protein days = strength training, higher fat days = massages, relaxation, etc.)

So… after reading/re-reading this book, breaking it down, making notes, researching by myself, etc… I realize that it’s worth a try… I will be letting you know each day how it goes… My first day is today… and I am on Phase 1 (you go through 3 phases each week) and for breakfast I had a generous bowl of oatmeal with blueberries and a cup of mango! Not bad! 🙂 I will be eating in 3 hours again and it will be another fruit… Ah! The sweetness of the fruit which I had never appreciated is greatly welcome right now!

Before today I decided I would splurge during the weekend… It had been a long time since I last ate all the wrong stuff! LOL! I actually couldn’t make myself even take a sip of a soda though… the mere thought of the syrupy drink made me gag! I had pizza from Domino’s on Saturday and it was amazing! (I had last eaten “real pizza” in June 2013) I know I didn’t need to do that but why not? I must say I am very proud that I can at least say that I didn’t lose weight because things just HAVEN’T WORKED for me… rather than because I didn’t really try my best! It was nice to eat with my friends at a restaurant during the weekend and enjoy a cheeseburger and fries! My friend even took a picture of me! She said she couldn’t believe it! and that it was nice to see me not stressed out about calories, ingredients, etc… So… I enjoyed my weekend! I plan on enjoying the next 28 days of metabolic healing… and then maybe, if this works, another 28 days and as many times as necessary to lose all this extra weight and then continue my healthy living with a new approach towards food and less stressed about it all!

So… there you have it… Wish me luck!

The Slow Lady Inside!

Long time no see -sigh-

Hello friends… patient friends… here I am … again…

I have continued to follow my Trim Healthy Mama regime and … well… it’s been nice to be able to eat… it’s not been nice to not be able to lose weight…

I have been doing some things and waiting on some tests before coming and giving an update… I guess I didn’t even know what to say? It’s been kind of confusing here…

So… several changes have been made:

– I no longer run/walk in the mornings… I had to admit I am not a morning person and walking/running in the morning actually made me tired for the rest of the day… having to take naps here and there… just extremely fatigued… so… hubby banned them suggested I shouldn’t continue running so early (5 in the morning) maybe soon I’ll be able to walk/run again in the morning when his schedule is a bit more flexible and allows me to go at 6:30 a.m. as the earliest time…

– How is his schedule going to be more flexible? Well… it turns out that he now works across the street from home YAY! so … I love that BUT here he has been starting at 6:30 a.m. many days of the week… so… he is actually leaving home earlier than he used to… but soon the schedule there will change too and I’ll be able to go walk while he’s still home and then when I come back he can leave (just in case you don’t know, we have two little ones so, one of us always has to stay home with them)

– In my desperation and due to the fact that I saw the scale go up a few times regardless of all the changes towards healthier eating, etc… I went to see a charlatan “Professional Homeopath” that I was referred to …. I got there and I actually started crying from the very beginning (that’s how desperate and maybe hormonal I am) so… they did 1 weird test (that didn’t even last 10 seconds) and they were able to tell me the following:

  • – My biological age is 60 years old
  • – I am 44% fat (which I believe)
  • – I burn only 1340 calories in 24 hours (not too improbable either)
  • – I am allergic to milk (what??? I never saw the allergy tests, etc… but she mentioned that I must be allergic because of my skin sensitivities, interesting! No blood drawn, no skin tests, not even a look at my skin! nothing)
  • – All of my ailments have a solution! Yes… one easy solution… I have to buy all of their products!!! (-sigh- I must say I got a very expensive sales pitch!)

They also managed to make me feel confused and discouraged… I had been reading an awesome book that I got from the library… “The Good Fats Cookbook” (look it up!!!) and it all pretty much agrees with everything else I’ve been learning on my own about health, good fats, dangers of sugar, soy products, etc… besides the amazing benefits of coconut oil… etc… etc… well… this lady from the Natural Center of Health… told me that soy is the best for hormonal balance (WHAT???!), coconut oil isn’t that good for you (HUH!!??), and that I obviously need to eat well below 1300 calories if I want to see any weight loss… pretty much … many things that go against everything I’ve been reading… I gave her my arguments and she treated me as an idiot… she said that she knows we all just go “running to Google” and believe everything we find there… ummmm I honestly didn’t want to convince her of anything… by then I realized it was best to just end it all quickly and go home… I couldn’t believe I traveled that far (it was quite the drive) and pay money to hear so many things that made me feel so… BAD! I cried the whole way home!

So… a few days later I went to my OB/GYN… I told her many people have told me I must have some hormonal imbalance… she “chuckled” and said: “many people come here saying the same thing! I wish I knew what they’re talking about! There’s no such thing! except for thyroid or … I don’t know… I wish I knew specifically what they’re talking about” I thought I was “in” for another session that would leave me feeling like I am not just fat but dumb too… thankfully the Ob/gyn appt. didn’t last too long but she did have some blood tests done and… it turns out I have dangerously low levels of vitamin D … Praise the Lord! This could explain my chronic fatigue! I am now being treated for that and hopefully I’ll start to feel better!

I continue doing THM … at least I can eat… today I have actually started the “fuel cycle” which is a plan within the method that is done only when you have stubborn weight that will not budge… so… I am trying that… we’ll see how that goes!

 

Sorry this is not my usual, upbeat post… I wish I had more of a better attitude and happier things to share right now…. I want to feel good… I want to lose weight … I am 190 pounds and staying there! Nothing like my 172 pounds I had already reached (and I still had a long way to go) so … it’s even worse now…

Thanks for reading!

 

Me.

Cold again

Well… you have to be kidding me! LOL! 🙂 It is COLD, REALLY COLD again… freezing temperatures in this area of Texas are not common, especially not in March… but … oh well! I guess it is just a great opportunity to show determination and go out there and take my morning walk!

I am doing good with my eating… I haven’t lost more weight (well, just 0.2 pound… so… not even half a pound) but… again… I am amazed to be able to EAT and not gain weight… losing is even better! 🙂

Right now my very favorite healthy treat on Plan (Trim Healthy Mama) is my “ice-cream” … it’s not real ice cream but I LOVE IT! And I eat LOTS OF IT! … I just use frozen strawberries -cut into smaller pieces so the food processor can handle it (or a berry medley) in the food processor container (frozen just like that, not thawed) and process until I get them into a “snow” consistency… once the berries are like that I just add a splash of vanilla, some stevia drops, about 1/3 – 1/2 cup of 0% greek yogurt (I use FAGE) and some cocoa powder (about 1 tbsp. or a bit more) … If I need to add more protein I just add about 1/2 scoop of Jay Robbs (ultra expensive so I am switching to Swanson’s which is way more affordable) whey protein isolate (no sugar! YAY!) but the extra protein is optional… greek yogurt is already a great source of it, process it all together and Voila! My delicious “ice cream” is ready… I sooo love this healthy treat! I find it addicting!

IMG_0160[1]I’ll be back… have to go now… I’ll be hopping around your blogs tomorrow! 🙂

The Thin (satisfied) Lady Inside

What I’ve been eating

I am in a bit of a hurry but I realize I haven’t been updating…. I want to stay on track and I love blogging and sharing with everyone about this journey! … I will be commenting and replying soon… hopping around your blogs as well! Just hang in there … I’m coming! LOL! (I am pretty much talking to the 4 people that consistently follow and/or comment on my blog… LOL!) BTW… just real quick… Jackie… you rock! I sometimes don’t even know what to say… but I wish I could just “make it all go away” you are an example of courage and good attitude! How you care for all of us and share what you go through to even try to help others… is admirable! I am sorry you’ve been having rougher days… but if anybody can do this… it’s definitely you! Prayers for you!

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And now… here I just want to share real quick some of the things I’ve been eating lately…

IMG_0055[2] IMG_0072[1] IMG_0061[1] IMG_0091[1] IMG_0094[1] IMG_0121[1] IMG_0125[1]And some berry-licious smoothies! Soups! creams! YUMMINESS!!!

Can I just say I love my life? LOL!

Lost another pound and I’m going for more!

The Thin (and well-fed) Lady Inside

I am a sore loser!

Hello everyone! Here I am … first let me wish you all a “Happy Valentine’s Day” … I am still thinking about healthy treats I can make for hubby so we can enjoy them together… I ordered my 100%birch (USA made) Xylitol yesterday on amazon… (xylitol is a natural sweetener that is plan approved and does not affect your glycemic index, there are two kinds… corn based which is GMO and birch which is good and the one that we will be using) so… anyway… I ordered it and I will be getting it in about 5-8 days… so… obviously I can’t use it to bake… Stevia has too much of a weird (and very bitter) aftertaste for me especially when baking so … I can’t think of anything else to make! We’ll see.

So… yes… I am a sore loser… it turns out that yesterday I got back on my rowing machine… it had been abandoned for a long time and yesterday started back at it… I could only manage 5 minutes! (INCREDIBLE! ONLY 5! I was up to 1 hour before!) but at least I am doing it again… I am soooo sore from just 5 minutes of rowing! This morning I hesitantly weighed myself just because I am weighing every week… I lost 3.1 pounds! it is awesome! I am so excited about it! Thank God!!! I hope everything will continue to go in the right direction… as you know I have gained almost 20 pounds of the 50 I had originally lost… I was sad to have reached 190 pounds again… and today I am 187! It’s a lot but I am going down… so I am happy to be a loser! AGAIN! I can keep losing like this every week! LOL! 🙂

So that’s it… I just wanted to share that with you… have to go because my breakfast is waiting for me!

The Thin Lady Inside