- Wednesday Nov 09, 2011
(real food/ less sugar/ low-cal/ exercise)
Well, a lot can happen in a year, and here I am again---with another baby! My third child was born in August, and even though I gained only about 18 pounds in my pregnancy (I stayed pretty active and lost my sweet tooth), I think I'm gaining weight NOW because I've let my healthy eating habits slide into the gutter. I still work out a lot, but I feel like my sweet tooth is out-of-control, and I can't stop eating JUNK. So even though the holidays are coming, I need some accountability, and I don't want to use Thanksgiving and Christmas as an excuse to gain weight. I would really, really like to lose five pounds by the time January rolls around. So that's my goal! And I am also going to try to update here as frequently as possible, because I really do need the accountability. It's great to see so many longtime DD'ers still here! That totally warms my heart. Gotta run for now...but I'll be back!!
- Wednesday Aug 25, 2010
Rats. Weight is still the same...even though I'm trying to implement healthier habits each week---less and less sugar...less and less "white"...etc. I have barely baked anything sweet and I haven't been craving sugar like I normally do because I'm eating enough protein and fat. But my body is HANGING onto the weight...and maybe it's because I'm still breastfeeding. Who knows. All I know is that my clothes fit better than they have in a long time...they actually feel a little loose! I LOVE that feeling! So maybe I'm losing inches...I'm trying not to get down about the number on the scale. I know it's just a number...but I'd really like to see my weight drop a pound or two.
- Wednesday Aug 04, 2010
Man, I'm terrible at remembering to update my diary. I really need to get back in the habit of doing this.
My weight is 1 lb. less than it was a week ago, but I know 1 lb. isn't terribly significant. It could be water weight. When I eventually lose 5 pounds, then I'll feel differently.
I've been a little lazy this week with my eating habits. Sometimes I'll do really well until about 4pm...and then I'll just want something sweet and fattening---something that only makes me even hungrier for the wrong types of foods. I need to have more fruits and veggies on hand---so I can snack on an apple or some cucumbers when the "munchies" hit.
I am still planning to weigh myself every Saturday morning. I can't buy a scale yet; I still love living life without having to step on a scale every day. Some people can do it, but I can't.
Tomorrow I have a party to attend, so I'm hoping I can refrain from eating too much---usually I am pretty disciplined at parties, unless there are too many trigger foods around! Then it's really hard for me not to eat more than I should.
- Sunday Jul 25, 2010
Today has been a stellar food day! I have new motivation to eat well.
I stuck to healthy, real foods---fruits, veggies, protein and healthy fats. And I avoided the sugar! Taking 2-4 tablespoons of coconut oil a day really cuts down on my cravings. And it helps keep my hunger at bay, too. I love it. Coconut oil is so good for the body---I'm currently reading "Coconut Cures" by Dr. Bruce Fife, and I'm more convinced than ever that coconut oil is one of the healthiest things a person can consume. (I no longer worry about saturated fat...the fat in coconut oil is the kind of fat our bodies need).
Anyway....I'm off on a tangent. But my goals are to eat more dark green veggies---like spinach---and to avoid baking at all costs.
I plan to weigh myself once a week at the gym.
- Saturday Jul 24, 2010
So...I made a brief appearance and then got super-busy for awhile and now I'm back. I need to be back for good, because my weight is 5 pounds higher than I thought it was. I hadn't weighed myself since February. In January, while I was in the States, I was down to 131 and felt great. And now I'm back to 137, but honestly, I'm totally surprised. I have felt rather bloated lately, but my clothes haven't felt tighter, and usually I can tell if I've gained 5 pounds. I made the dumb mistake of weighing myself on my birthday, and that just made me feel bad all day long.
And then yesterday, a lady asked me if I was expecting again because my belly was sticking out. (I was wearing a tight tank top...and had just had a salty meal and a coffee---I was definitely bloated).
I feel like I'm constantly exercising and I'm watching what I eat, so it's really discouraging that I weigh 137 pounds. Just four years ago, I was 105 pounds. I am definitely stronger now---I have a lot more muscle on my arms---but I wish I could get rid of the extra belly I've accumulated. (not just when I was pregnant...it started before I got pregnant)
I need to cut out sweets entirely. I can't think of anything else that is tripping me up. I exercise ALL THE TIME, and I do mean all the time. I went to a dinner party tonight and barely ate anything...and watched all these other girls totally pigging out...and they never seem to worry about their weight. It's so frustrating that I can gain weight so easily. I seem to have to exercise so much just to maintain my weight.
Anyway...I'm a bit discouraged, but this site will help me stay focused on my goal. Right now, I just want to get back to 130. I need to take it one day at a time. I need more interval training and more sleep. I need to stick to real foods, mostly low-carb foods, and plenty of water. And I need to cut out simple sugars. Period.
Here's to a new start! I'm hoping to reach 130 by September.
- Thursday Jun 17, 2010
Thanks for the warm welcome back, friends!
To answer a few of the questions you asked, yes, I still live in Asia (we're starting our 8th year in August), and yes, I've heard from Borntocry on and off over the past couple of years. She's still in Paris...and still running! In fact, she has completed quite a few half-marathons now...I'm so proud of her! I'll drop her an e-mail sometime to let her know that she's missed. I'd love to see her back on this site, too.
Here's where I'm at right now in my journey:
* I never weigh myself...I weighed myself once in February. Haven't stepped on a scale since. We don't even own a scale. I've experienced true freedom from the scale the past couple of years, and now I just gauge my weight by how my clothes fit. I have a couple of pairs of shorts that I know I'll be able to wear comfortably when I lose 5 pounds, so I'm working toward that.
* I eat more fat than I ever have before---good fat, that is. (coconut oil, nuts, olive oil, avocados, etc.) I think a high-fat diet helped me get pregnant. And the more I read about fat (even saturated fat), the more I'm convinced that we DO need fat in our diets.
* I also try to avoid starchy white carbs as much as possible, but my sweet tooth is still strong...and I LOVE to bake, so I really have to be careful. I give away most of what I bake, but there are definitely times when I do a little too much taste-testing.
* I still exercise every morning...and I often swim during the day when my son naps. (I have free childcare at the club I attend...so that's a big bonus) I ran a 10km race only 9 weeks after I gave birth, and my time was quite good! I'm still very competitive. :)
* I stress out a lot less about food now. Having kids doesn't allow me to spend so much time focusing on myself...two boys keep me quite busy.
So...I would like to continue to eat less sugar and to avoid emotional eating. Those are my big traps. I think I've been maintaining my weight quite well for awhile, but I'd like to shake things up a bit and actually lose a few pounds.
That's all for now! I'm still trying to get caught up on your diaries...and it's nice to see so many of you are still so faithful with journaling every day! Kudos to you!!
- Tuesday Jun 15, 2010
oh, my...I haven't been on this site in over 2 years and I just logged on for fun...and I see some familiar names! what a treat!
I could really use the accountability that this site offers, so I hope I can find the time to update my diary regularly.
Since I last posted, I got pregnant (a miracle in itself) and gave birth to a healthy baby boy last August. I now have two sons...our first son is adopted. I love being a mother, and becoming pregnant really helped me with some body issues. I feel so much more relaxed about my weight now. I'm still incredibly active, but I'm strong and healthy and I don't have a desire to be stick-thin anymore.
That said, I'd still like to lose 5 pounds. (wouldn't we all?) I have some clothes in my closet that I haven't worn comfortably for 3 years...and I'd just love to actually lose the weight and keep it off.
I can share more of my food plan next time...but I wanted to check in to say hello. And it's so good to see so many of my old friends are still here. :) I'll try to get caught up on your diaries soon.
- Monday Apr 14, 2008
(Under 1300 calories)
I am pleased to announce that I have had 3 menstrual cycles in 4 months!! If you know my story, you know that I have gone for way too many years without a cycle. (almost 10)
I think a number of factors played a role in me losing my cycle---too much weight loss after my thyroid disorder, too much running, a low-fat diet for several years, and icky hormone treatments for fertility.
Let me just say, I am probably the only female alive who REJOICES when I get a cycle now! I still may never get pregnant, but I'm sure closer to it than I've ever been before. So what was the reason I had a cycle? Well, I think it's a couple of things:
* I started taking Chinese herbs last year, and after just a few months, I had my first cycle. The herbs are in the form of a drink, and they taste downright awful, but they are helping my body get back in balance.
* I now eat plenty of good fats---olive oil, flax oil, flax seeds, salmon, almonds, etc. I truly believe that eating practically non-fat, high-carb foods was detrimental to my body. I may have been skinny, but I wasn't healthy.
* God has performed a miracle. I know that it's very rare for a woman to lose her cycle for 10 years and then get it back so quickly.
I have not enjoyed gaining weight, but I am currently maintaining my weight pretty well, and if I can get my body back in balance and someday have a child naturally (without any fertility drugs), the 20+-lb. weight gain will be worth it.
Besides, what 30-year old is still 105 pounds? Really. I can't believe I held myself to that "perfect ideal" for so long. I know now that I am much better off being 120-130 pounds (I still haven't weighed myself yet) and healthy. My body is stronger than ever. I am doing weight training classes and have fantastic arms now. My back is ripped, too! Carrying around a 22-lb. baby is also a workout! I still dislike my butt and thighs, but I'm working on those, too.
We're planning to adopt another baby next year, so that's also exciting.
I feel very blessed right now. Just thought I would give you an update on what's going on in my life! I still have a sweet tooth, but I've weaned myself off of diet soda, and I think that has helped me a lot. Drinking that stuff wasn't good for me...it made me crave sweets. Now I just eat all-natural peanut butter, and I don't crave sweets at all!
- Thursday Mar 20, 2008
(Under 1300 calories)
Hi, friends! I am currently trying to follow something called the Abs Diet. Basically, it boils down to 6 small meals a day, nothing white, and weight-training. I've really enjoyed the weight-training part and have definitely put on some muscle with the classes I've been taking at the gym. But I continue to struggle with the food...it seems like something always derails me around 4pm! On a positive note, though, I'm eating way more salmon and green veggies and stuff like that. I have no desire to eat fruit, though...isn't that weird? I've always loved fruit, but I just don't crave it at all.
- Saturday Mar 08, 2008
(Under 1300 calories)
I feel like the last few weeks have been chock full of birthday parties, weddings, and other celebrations. We've also had company for the last week, so that means more meals out and more excuses to eat foods I don't normally eat.
I really don't like my weight, but can't seem to change it. If I could just escape to a place where I never have any food temptations, then maybe I'd actually lose a pound. But that's not going to happen, and I just need to learn how to be hungry once in awhile and pass up the food that's offered to me. I know that's no fun, but neither is gaining weight.