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Helloooooooooo, plateau!!!!!! June 7, 2014

Filed under: Weight loss — fabamy @ 10:08 am

I know I mentioned this in my last blog post, but a couple people messaged me on Facebook about an update. It’s been a crazy few weeks since our film trailer came out (I will post the link below), and we’ve had a lot of media appearances to deal with.

Since I’ve been so busy, I have been terrible about eating every 3 hours. Now, there are people who believe or don’t believe in eating every few hours, so just do what’s right for you. It works for me, and I know that part of my weight gain was not eating frequently enough. Other factors were portion sizes and not having enough protein. I know that all 3 of those together have helped me lose this 28 pounds.

I’ve been going to yoga 3-4 times a week, too. It’s gotten hot out in Phoenix, so I can’t hike as much. The times I have gotten out there the past two weeks have been when I got up at 4:45 to be hiking by 5:30. It’s insane, but it hits 80 by 7am now. I don’t even take Dexter unless I get out there at the crack of dawn. The yoga has really made changes in my body! I’d been having a shooting pain down the back of one of my legs, which I know is from sitting in a dining room chair all week for work. I’ve got a good chair coming in a couple weeks, thankfully!

So, I’m down 28.5 pounds. If you’ve ever wanted to lose weight, you know that half a pound still counts. I also have a full body composition test every Monday. When my waist size goes down (about a half inch every 3 weeks), and my weight hasn’t changed, it’s still progress. I also sometimes lose a half a pound of fat, but gain muscle. So, there is still progress IN my body, which is what is keeping me motivated.

Don’t always think the scale is what’s showing that you’re doing a great job. Find out what your fat percentage is. My chiropractor is also a nutritional counselor, so she has the equipment to do this every week. See if you can find someone who can do the same for you in your town.

Here is our movie trailer. I still cry every time I see it!

 

Don’t you read labels? May 20, 2014

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I’ve been a label reader for years, mostly on the lookout for high fructose corn syrup and/or sugar. My friend Deb and I went to see “Fed Up” the other night, and while I knew a lot of what they talked about, it was good to see if from the perspective of kids.

See, the movie is about all the hidden sugars in our food, and the amount we eat nowadays. Have you ever read the labels on what you buy? You’d be surprised.

One of the families in the film thought they were cutting out “the bad stuff,” but there were still Cheez-its and other highly processed snack foods. Since they didn’t SEEM like a sweet food, like cake or candy, the parents didn’t see what was so wrong with it. Their kids were obese, and wanted to lose weight desperately, but they kept gaining. They exercised more than most people, but kept getting bigger and bigger, all because of sugar.

If you think that only sweet things have sugar, guess again. Bread, salad dressings, crackers, and pretzels, all have sugar in them.

If you’re trying to lose weight, you need to read labels. Learn the different terms in the ingredients for sugar. And stop eating them.

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Last week was brutal, and I gained almost a pound. May 5, 2014

Filed under: Weight loss — fabamy @ 4:52 pm

Last week, two days were spent moving, and a couple more unpacking. I didn’t get to hike for almost a week, and it killed me! I strayed from my normal eating, because I couldn’t find half the stuff I needed to cook.

I’m ok with it, though! I have been doing this since February 3rd. This is the first time I didn’t lose at least 2 pounds. I knew it was coming. I’m happy, though, that at least it was just a pound. My chiropractor said I have been doing very well, and rarely sees someone lose weight as consistently as I have.

I work really hard, but I didn’t last week. Part of life, and it just means I’ll work extra hard this week. So far, I am down 27 pounds total. I can’t be upset with that!

This is what I eat for breakfast every day, along with 2 fried eggs and a dash of freshly-grated parmesan. I make a big pan of the veggies, and stop cooking about 2 minutes before they would be considered “done.” I re-heat on my stovetop (I threw out my microwave), and don’t want anything over-cooked. As you can see, variety is best. You can add whatever else you want. I sometimes add mushrooms. I like slicing portobellas and adding them.

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I’ve been testing & eliminating foods April 23, 2014

Filed under: Weight loss — fabamy @ 3:09 pm

Since February 3rd (I will remember the date the way I remember May 9th, 2004, which is when I quit drinking), I have eaten all whole foods. My chiropractor has given me a great list of different food groups, and told me to cut out gluten. I never really thought about not eating it, but I have several friends who are sensitive/allergic to it. After doing my own research, I found that we don’t really need anything in it, so I cut it out.

Three times I have eaten bread. All three times I have gotten bad stomach cramps, within minutes of eating it. I’ve had two people ask me if I had been tested for it. WHY do I need to be tested??? I was a philosophy scholar in college. I took logic courses. If the same thing happens three times in a row, it’s logical to conclude that it’s just not good for ME. By the way, all those “gluten” foods are so devoid of nutrients, that there’s no point in eating them.  So, now I won’t eat bread. I haven’t had pasta since January.

I’ve over-educated myself about food the past few months. I read everything I can get my hands on. I talk to people who follow a diet that may not contain what the GenPop eats. Who cares what I eat? Who cares if I am staying away from gluten? Most doctors don’t even keep up with dietary trends. Some still say eggs are bad for you. What??? Go ahead and stay in your 80s mentality, bro. Eggs are a great food and they don’t raise your cholesterol. Talk about a bad rap!

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I sliced up some Roma tomatoes, then drizzled 1/2 tsp olive oil over them, and added salt & pepper. Then, two fried eggs (runny yolks!!!), 1/4 avocado, another 1/2 tsp olive oil (yes, I measured it!), and salt & pepper. This was my dinner last night. 🙂

 

 

 

Ever weigh yourself after a stomach bug? April 6, 2014

Filed under: Weight loss — fabamy @ 10:16 am

I should have, but I didn’t. I got really sick in the middle of the night last Sunday. I woke up at 2am Monday morning to run into the bathroom and vomit. And shit all over my bathroom floor. Oh, and I pissed all over myself. While I was vomiting. This went on for 7 straight hours, and I finally went back to bed around 9:30 Monday morning. It was the sickest I have ever been in my life! I slept most of the day. Thankfully, I have awesome neighbors and an amazing boyfriend who took care of Dexter and brought me saltines and club soda.

I make my own ginger ale and ginger tea. When you buy ginger ale in the store, THERE’S NO DAMN GINGER IN IT. It’s just syrup and bubbles. Frankly, I can’t believe people still drink that shit, but whatever. As soon as I started to drink it, my nausea subsided, and I didn’t vomit anymore. The saltines helped, too, I’m sure. I felt so guilty eating them, because there’s absolutely nothing good in them, plus I have a gluten sensitivity. But, they didn’t make me feel bloated or make my intestines hurt. I mustered up some strength to go buy watermelon, because it sounded appealing. I puked that right up!

I didn’t go for my weigh-in last week because of this. I was tempted to go a few days later, but I’m a creature of habit, and go on Mondays. It will be interesting to see what I’ve lost the past two weeks. Yesterday was my first hike in a week, because this stomach bug just held on all week. I’m still a little tired, and woke up in the middle of the night last night, burping up something I ate in the evening yesterday. That never happens, so my stomach is still obviously healing. I will be very good to it today! In fact, I’m drinking ginger tea.

So, here is how to make ginger tea and ginger ale. It’s really easy and it tastes like…ginger! Oh, and the healing qualities really work.

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Buy a big hunk of ginger. It’s cheap.
Cut of a big chunk. Slice thinly. No need to peel. While slicing, heat 2 cups of water to a boil. D
Now, for tea, just throw the ginger into the boiling water, boil for 5 minutes, then cover and simmer for 20. Strain. Drink. If you need sweet, 1/2 tsp (YES YOU HAVE TO MEASURE THIS) of local, raw honey is ok. It will be sweet enough, trust me. In fact, it seemed almost  two sweet with that amount for me.

For ginger ale, add a cup of sugar to the boiling water/ginger. Strain. I strain mine into a larger Pyrex measuring cup, because I can store it like that in the fridge and pour it out easily. Pour 1/2 cup syrup into a large glass. Add ice cubes and fill the glass with club soda. It’s SO delicious!! It’s very crisp, and you can taste the ginger bite.

This stomach bug was worse than donating a kidney.

 

It’s been 6 weeks, and I feel amazing. March 25, 2014

Filed under: Weight loss — fabamy @ 5:31 pm
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Well, it’s been 6 weeks since I changed my eating habits. Though I always ate a lot of veggies, my portions were way too big. I wasn’t eating enough protein, either. I’d often skip meals, which is the worst thing you can do. When I got weighed yesterday, I was down 18 pounds!

So, this morning as I was getting dressed to go see a client, I decided to see if a pair of pants fit that I hadn’t worn in 3 years. I could barely get them on around Xmas, and would have looked like a total asshole if I HAD worn them. They fit! They fit perfectly! I was pretty happy about it. Since I work from home, my wardrobe is basically yoga pants and a T shirt, so I don’t wear a lot of the clothes I have. I wanted to FEEL the results of my hard work. And I’ve worked REALLY hard.

I hike a LOT. I have an app to track my walks and hikes. I’m hiking at least ten miles a week right now. Last week, my best friend Deb and I did Tom’s Thumb, which was WAY up in North Scottsdale, almost to Carefree. The first two miles were tough, but we did it. It was up all the way, then down all the way back to our cars. Some people think going down is easier, but it’s a harder workout, because you really have to stabilize yourself and make sure you don’t slide. My legs get tired going up, but they get a workout going down. There was an older man (70s!) hiking up as we were going down, and he told us there were several rattlesnakes down the hill, so I kept watch.

I made an awesome snack last week. I always have a squash or two on-hand, because I just love it. This time, I had a butternut squash. I sliced it thinly (I could have saved time by doing it with my KitchenAid, I bet!), put the slices in a bowl with olive oil, salt, pepper, and a bit of cinnamon. I had the oven preheated to about 400. I spread the slices on cookie sheets, and turned them every 15 minutes. I think it took about an hour. I wanted them to get a little crispy. It was so good! Everything caramelized, too. My boyfriend saw them, took a bite, and thought it was a sweet potato. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard him say he doesn’t like squash. Hahaha! Psyche!

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A couple other tips:

Always have hard-boiled eggs on-hand. No, they don’t make your cholesterol shoot up. That’s an 80s food myth.
A handful of pistachios goes a long way!
A serving of most fruits is about a cup. Yes, you have to measure it. No, the world won’t fall apart while you take 30 seconds to measure it.
Two servings a day of fruits. 4 or 5 a day for  veggies.
Parmesan cheese (FRESH. Don’t buy that Kraft shit. Seriously.) is your best friend! A serving is 6 tablespoons, which you can put on pretty much everything. But it fresh, and grate it fresh. The world won’t fall apart during the MINUTE you are grating it, I swear.

 

When you cheat, you get caught…by the measuring tape! March 5, 2014

Filed under: Weight loss — fabamy @ 10:34 pm

I can’t lie and say I have stuck to my eating plan entirely. After this past appointment, though, I won’t be straying at all.

On Sunday, I wanted to show my boyfriend how to make the best grilled cheese sandwich. We got bread from Sprouts, and it didn’t have any HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) in it, so I didn’t feel as guilty as I could have. I like my grilled cheese sandwiches to have a couple different cheeses. I also love adding green onions and very, very thin slices of tomato.

I felt guilty eating half of my sandwich. Really, really guilty. I beat myself up when I don’t succeed at something. It’s not that I am an over-achiever, but I do want to follow through, complete, whatever you want to call it, projects I start. I’m looking at this as a project to keep me motivated. Hey, whatever works, right?

Well, that damn sandwich sabotaged my week. I had stomach cramps all night. I was lethargic the next morning. I was bloated. My chiropractor said it’s probably because I’m allergic to wheat. Great. Now I have to be one of those gluten free people. Thankfully, right now, that’s the furthest thing from my mind. I went a month without bread, so it won’t be hard to just stop eating it. I’ve never really been a bread person anyway. I never buy it. I’ll have it at a restaurant, but only because it’s there. I’d never order it.

That half of a sandwich caused my waistline to be at the same it was a week before, even though I know that I got smaller. My pants fit way better and one pair is actually a little loose. Anyway, I have been beating myself up over that damn sandwich and I don’t want to feel like this when I go back in 2 weeks. I want to feel like I accomplished another week of being healthy.

This week’s recipe isn’t mine, but I made it. It’s a hearty tomato stew that you cook your eggs in. It was really, really good! My substitution was 2 tbsp of mozzarella instead of the goat cheese. Here is the link: http://food52.com/recipes/26725-eggs-in-a-wintry-tomato-and-kale-sauce

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The best exercise? Walking. February 27, 2014

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While meeting with a client yesterday, we started talking about weight loss. She hadn’t seen me since just before Xmas, so she could tell I have been losing weight. Every woman seems to have this frustration! She mentioned losing 7 pounds and wanting to start exercising more. When I asked what she did, she mentioned walking, but wanted to add something else.

Guess what? Walking is one of the BEST exercises out there! And when you think about it, that’s pretty easy. Have a dog? Take it for a walk. Live near the grocery store? Grab a canvas bag and pick up a few things. I walk to a couple in my neighborhood, even if I buy only 2 things. It gives me an excuse to get off my butt!

I also downloaded apps for keeping track of my exercise. My favorite is MapMyWalk. (I also use MapMyHike.) It logs how far, inclines, calories, speed, and much more. It’s good to see that I’ve actually DONE something that day, even if I feel like I haven’t. Another great app, though I haven’t explored it much, is Noom Coach.

I HIGHLY recommend getting your body composition tested, too. (Also called BMI test for “body mass index.”) For starters, it tells you your muscle mass, water mass, fat mass, etc. It also tells you how many calories you burn just sitting there. I am at about 1600 calories burned during resting, so I am eating less than that amount a day, plus exercising. My walks usually burn about 100 calories, and my hikes from 600-800, depending on length of time & speed. Once you have this test done, you will see ON PAPER, where you need to improve.

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Ten pounds in 3 weeks! February 24, 2014

Filed under: Weight loss — fabamy @ 5:31 pm

I couldn’t believe today’s numbers! I’ve dropped ten pounds in 3 weeks. It hasn’t been easy, though. Last week, a few friends met me for my birthday ice cream, which I knew I wasn’t going to eat. Even though my birthday should be cause for everyone’s celebration, I didn’t want to sabotage all my hard-earned efforts.
I’ve been hiking a LOT. Yesterday, I took Dexter on a 2-mile walk around my neighborhood, then went on a 3-mile hike with my bestie Deb. In the past two days, I’ve hiked/walked almost 8 miles. Having a dog is a huge benefit, because I HAVE to get out of bed to walk him EVERY day. I truly believe dogs need to get out and explore the world and sniff and pee on everything. He’s inside with me so much (I work from home), that I would feel really guilty if I just let him run around the yard. Our morning walks aren’t more than 20 minutes, unless I know my day will get crazy and I won’t be able to hike. I’ve been scheduling my life around hiking, though, so that I don’t have an excuse. I even signed up to walk for the homeless this coming weekend, for some charity. I don’t remember the name, but I’m going. 😀

I use Pinterest a lot to find recipes. I had heard about a cauliflower-crust pizza and tried it. I knew it wasn’t going to BE pizza, but it was great to find that recipe and fool around with it. Each bath makes 4 pizzas, so I have one each day for 4 days. Do a search on Pinterest and you will find a bunch of recipes.

As a kid, our favorite lunch with my mom & grandma was a tuna sandwich, a handful of black olives, and a Pepsi. Well, I’m not eating bread right now (I’m not a big fan anyway), so I made tuna salad with the olives in it, and threw it on top of some mixed greens.

Recipe:
1 can tuna, water-packed
2 tsp mayo (Yes, you measure it out!)
8 black olives (that’s a serving, duh!)
salt & pepper
Mixed salad greens (the darker green, the better!)

Use HALF of the tuna salad mixture. That’s a serving. Don’t eat the whole damn thing, yo!

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Stop with the “I can’t” and excuses already. Cripes. February 12, 2014

Filed under: Weight loss — fabamy @ 10:25 am

When I was 7, my parents were splitting up. My father was an alcoholic. This was the mid-70s, and women did NOT get divorced, but my mom was strong enough to see that this was not going to be a good marriage, nor would it be good for my sister and I to live in such a toxic household. My father is gone now, but I still remember “the talk” he had with me when I was 8 or 9. He sat me down, and said to me, “Amy, there are two words I never want to hear you say. ‘I can’t.'” Now, I thought at first he meant that he couldn’t say it, that it was too terrible, but after a few seconds I realized he meant the phrase “I can’t.” I can still hear him saying it, and I’ve had it in my head my entire life.

About a month ago, my friend Alison posted on Facebook about “body positive” being bullshit, and it is. I know, you’re thinking “But positive thinking will help us reach our goals.” Blah, blah, blah. Keep up with THAT excuse, because you’re not DOING anything, you’re just THINKING. When you weigh 250 pounds, you’d better not fucking feel good about that. Not only are you fat, (yes, I said it!), but you’re unhealthy and you risk health problems. Serious health problems. Stop it already! Grow a fucking pair of balls, get off your ass, and pay attention to the shit you’re putting in your mouth.

That may sound crass, but I am honestly tired of the excuses. If I see “everything in moderation” one more goddamn time, I am going to stab my eyes out, but not before cutting the tongue out of the person who said it so they can never say that again. No, NOT everything in moderation. Not only is some shit terrible for you anyway (don’t get me started on microwave popcorn, or you will end up in a mental institute), but that’s just another excuse to eat/drink whateverthefuck you want. NOT everything in moderation because even diet pop is going to make you gain weight. “But it has zero calories!” Right. Zero calories makes it healthy??? Since when? Because it DOESN’T have sugar, diet pop makes you CRAVE sugar. I know, it doesn’t fucking make any sense, but that’s the way it is.

I just took a deep breath because I’m pissed off and I want to share a couple tips with you:

1. Throw out your microwave. If you are overweight, you are most likely eating a lot of processed foods. All those pre-packaged foods by Weight Watchers or Hot Pockets are terrible for you. I don’t give a shit who made it, frozen entrees won’t help you do ANYTHING. They. Are. Junk. Get rid of the microwave and lift up a goddamn knife and MAKE something. Sorry you’ll have to miss 15 minutes of CSI: Miami. You probably have a DVR anyway, so fucking pause it.

2. Two things that should never be ingested. Ever. Microwave popcorn and pop, whether it’s regular or diet. (You may say soda, but it’s pop. Deal with it.) The bags that the popcorn come in are coated in chemicals, which the fake heat (Again, this is my microwave oven rant/hatred) stimulates to coat your popcorn. GROSS. (You can Google that shit yourself, I’m not making this up!) And pop? What’s GOOD for you in pop? If you can give me FIVE things, I will let it slide. That goes for regular and diet.

3. If you have a dog, for fuck’s sake, take it for a walk! Just because you have a big backyard, your dog DESERVES to get out into the world. Dogs are social animals. They like to smell shit (literally and figuratively) and meet other dogs and people. Dogs need to KNOW your neighborhood in case they get out. They need to be familiar with their surroundings. Plus, IT GETS YOU OFF YOUR ASS. Put in some earbuds and find a great podcast to listen to. Plus, you’re at work all day. Doesn’t your dog, who provides you with unconditional live, deserve to go outside and see the world? Dexter is my world, and it’s my job to give him the best life possible. That’s what a walk does.

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Stop making excuses. Hate yourself enough to motivate yourself. Get angry with your gut hanging over your pants. Go for a walk already, Fatty Fatty Two By Four.

 

 

 
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