Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Hormone Reset Diet: Week 2 results

Some have asked if I am still doing following Weight Watchers.  The answer is YES.  I follow simply filling (very easy to do with The Hormone Reset).  I do not track foods that are on the Simply Filling list and track those are not on the list.  Right now, I am not eating much (if any) foods that are not on the list, so tracking has become easy.  

The reason I am doing The Hormone Reset Diet is that I felt like my hormones and metabolism were out of wack.  I always want to look for a natural approach to deal with any issues in my body and this fit in with everything I had researched and was all food based.  

I am so pleased with week two results.  

Week 2 results:
Weight loss:    3.4 lbs (9.6  total)

Thigh - 1 inch (3 inches total)
Waist - 3.5 inches (4 inches total)
Hip - 1 inches (3 inches total)

The hard is going to get harder beginning today.  Today is caffeine free.  I expect the next few days to not be much fun, but I know I can do it!!!! 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Where Did This Energy Come From

"Who are you?  You can't be my wife.  It is the day before school gets out and you want to go for a walk."  This is what my husband said to me tonight.  

The last month of school and especially the last two weeks of school have always been exhausting.  That means, eating out more and/or Scott having to cook dinner because I do not have the energy to.  When I get home, my recliner is my best friend and I am usually dozing in the recliner by 7:30.  Exercise routines stop for most of May and all of the the last two weeks of school.  If Scott wants to go to the store - the answer is "No I can't go with you tonight."

That has not been the case this year.  I am tired, because I am working hard on cleaning out and packing for summer break and trying to keep kindergartners learning when their brains have checked out for summer.  It is hard and demanding both physically and mentally.  I have been amazed at how much energy I am having.  I am working just as hard at school, but coming home and cooking/ cleaning each night.  In addition, I have energy to walk.  Some nights more than others, but I am still walking.  I even went to three stores with Scott the last day of school.  That is the day I got over 20,000 steps.  

This Hormone Reset is working!   

Sunday, May 31, 2015

More Than a Picture, More than Graduation - LOVE

Yesterday, my oldest son graduated from High School.  There were many amazing moments, loads of emotions, and even a frustrating/scary incident (involving two families and the police right behind us). 

But the highlight of the day was my mom being there.  Mom has always valued education and she has passed that on to my sister and I as well as our children.  Mom has ALS, and to be honest, we were not sure she would be here to watch her oldest grandchild graduate from high school.  So you can see why this is so important to all of us. 

Graduation with a large high school and at the convention center, makes meeting up with each other after kind of challenging.  Mom also has limited stamina and needed to go home as quickly as she could following the ceremony.  Jon knew that Nana would stay as long as she could, but there was a chance he might not see her at the ceremony. 

Jon wanted to see his Nana.  He loves her so much and was so honored she was able to make it to the ceremony. Jon exited the opposite side of the convention center, than we did.  Nana was tired, so we were trying to get her to the van and loaded as quickly as we could.  Jon called his dad who told him where we were and to hurry.  He made his was across the convention center as quickly as he could, dodging so many people as he made his way to the opposite side.  He wanted to see his Nana.  Once outside, Jon and Scott started walking very quickly trying to catch up with the rest of us who were helping Mom get to the van.  He saw us in the distance, van ramp down and about to load her into the van.  He started running fast, hat and diploma in hand and blue graduation gown flowing behind him.  I stopped Dad from loading her.  Jon had made it.  Hugs and kisses were given.  A glance that told Jon how proud his Nana was of him.  Papa, my dad, gave him a hand shake and huge hug.  Then we took some very special pictures right there on that special day, at that special location, in the special moment. 

Vegetables Taste Different

In my last post I wrote about “loving vegetables”.  I wish I did love them.  However after last week’s loss, I have a greater respect for them.  I am learning to like them more and more.  I know eventually I will love eating.  For now, I love the results I am getting eating them.  Dr. Sara says, "...vegetables are the best medicine when it comes to healing hormone imbalances that cause broken metabolism."  Guess that is what I am seeing right now.    

Dr. Sara talks about in her book that “experts” tells us to eat 7-9  servings of fresh fruits and vegetables.  Like many others, I increased the fruit I was eating, because I LOVE LOVE LOVE fruit.  Day 7 in the reset was hard because you go fruitless (for a short time).  Only ½ cup of berries a day.  

I cannot tell you how hard this was for me.   What made it easier was her explaining why I am doing this.  Who knew that there was a hormone, leptin, that is effective by fructose (sugar in fruit).  

Leptin is very important for many reasons.  One is that it is leptin is “nature’s appetite suppressant.”  Dr. Sara says, “When you overeat fructose, your leptin levels rise excessively – not only do you get fat but you feel ravenous too. …..   The result:  leptin levels keep rising, receptors stop functioning – so your body doesn’t get the leptin signal, and you don’t feel full; you keep eating the wrong foods in an addictive pattern, and you keep gaining weight.” The Hormone Reset Diet, Dr.  Sara Gottfried.  

Understanding the “why” behind going fruitless, really made it easier.  

Saturday, May 30, 2015

The Hormone Reset Diet: Week One Results

To say I was blown away at my Weight Watchers weigh-in would be an understatement.  I knew I had lost inches, I saw it in my stomach.  I knew of Dr. Sara's claim "3 Weeks, 7 Hormones, 15 lbs".  However, I did not believe it could really happen to me.  

Week 1 results:
Weight loss:    6.2 lbs

Thigh - 2 inches
Waist - .5 inches
Hip - 2 inches

Dr. Sara says, "You need to want the things that are good for you, even if they're hard."   This has not been easy.  Saying no to some things has been hard.  However, now seeing some great results,  I now want to feel better, want to be healthy, want to have energy.  I am willing to do what is necessary - even if it is hard (and really hard is coming).

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Hormone Reset - Tweaks I am Making

I am on Day 5 of The Hormone Reset Diet, currently on Sugar Free, resetting my Insulin.  The stuff I am sharing today, began Day 1, but I am just now getting time to write about it.  

Dr.  Sara sells her protein shake and fiber powder that you can use for the reset.  To be honest I am not using them at all.  I have been using my Young Living Power Meal as my shake.  The reasons I chose Power Meal were that I had it in my house when I started and I had already researched the product. With two weeks left of school, I did not have the time or energy to research another product.  So I used what I knew and had.  I am also not using any fiber powder.  In my body, fiber powder acts like glue so instead of cleaning me out, it stops me up.  I have gone back to using my Young Living ComforTone.   It is kind of like doing the cleanse I did last summer, but with a specific dietary plan to go with it.   I cannot wait till weigh in and measurements on Saturday.  I can tell my stomach is smaller, quite a bit smaller. 

One of the hardest things for me is eating a pound (or more) of vegetables a day.  I don’t really like vegetables that much.  But I am committed to doing this.  She wants you to eat vegetables with every meal.  I decided to do six ounces a meal.  I keep telling myself “I love eating vegetables”.  Now this is said with dread on my face and a scowl on my face.  As the week goes, it is getting harder and harder.  I am not sure why I decided to start this the last two weeks of school - exhaustion, lack of energy, a little crazy or all of the above.     I need to research new and interesting ways to prepare veggies, but really don’t have the time.  I guess, I can look up recipes as I have a few moments, pin them on Pinterest.  Then when school gets out, I will have more time to learn how to prepare them.  For now, I will just keep eating the vegetables – a pound of vegetables – every day.  Did I tell you how much, “I love vegetables.” ?  

I have begun pinning veggie recipes on Pinterest.  If you follow me, they are under my Clean Eating/Paleo board.  If you don’t currently follow me, you can follow me HERE.  As soon as school gets out, I will start trying them.  I will do recipe reviews of the ones I try.  

Monday, May 25, 2015

Hormone Reset Diet

When Scott first mentioned he had listened to a couple of podcasts that had Dr. Sara Gottfried on it, I rolled my eyes.  He went on to tell me about her book Hormone Cure.  Again, I rolled my eyes and told him I was not interested.  He dropped it.  That was about a month ago.  He just kept trying to encourage me.  The more stressed I was, the worse I ate.  The worse I ate, the worse I felt and gained weight.  I kept trying to do what I knew in my head to do, but kept falling back into old habits.  I was beginning to think, that I had no will power or strength to do what was necessary to lose this weight.  Even when I ate “right”, I still felt tired, bloated, no energy – yuck. 

A couple of weeks ago, Scott and I went to Downtown Grapevine to the Olive Oil store.  We love their variety of flavored olive oils.  After, we went over to Southlake Town Center, to go to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory (gotta love gift cards from students).  We got there early and decided to go to Barnes and Noble and look around.  He had wanted to see the book the Hormone Cure and I appeased him.  He was having trouble locating it, but had found her new The Hormone Reset.  To basically shut him up about this, I looked at the book.  Well that changed everything.  Not only did it sound intriguing, but it incorporated many things I had learned in Weight Watchers and many things I had learned in other areas regarding natural health.   Well it cost more than I had in my personal money, so I looked it up on Amazon. The E-book was more in my budget.  I ordered it immediately.  I began reading it that night and started the next day. 

It was easy to follow and Dr. Sara explained everything very well.  Well easy in theory, but harder in reality.  Giving up something temporarily is not always easy, but worth it in the long run.  Will be posting more as I go through this journey.  

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Walking Together with God

Our pastor, Rick Atchley, challenged our congregation to read 1 million chapters this year.  I decided to read through the Bible in a year on my YouVersion app.  It has truly blessed my life in so many ways.   As I have been reading each day, I have been convicted that we are not giving the way God wants us to.  It has been weighing very hard on my heart for about a month.  Then Preacher Rick had a lesson a few weeks ago about Unleashed Generosity.  I started feeling a sense of urgency that we needed to get our spending and giving under control.  I could not get it off my mind. 

Let me back up a few years.  Many years ago, Scott and I followed Dave Ramsey’s principals in My Total Money Makeover.    We became debt free except our house, cut up and canceled our credit cards.  We even bought our last car with cash.  We have remained debt free, but got lazy.  We quit following the budget.  We quit saving.  We reduced giving.  We began spending more.   This MASSIVELY causes stress in Scott and as a result, stress on our marriage. 

Now back to the story.  I talked to Scott at the beginning of my spring break (he had taken the week off also) about what I felt God had placed on my heart.  Scott was in total agreement.   So this week Scott and I worked had a budget negation meeting and worked on our budget.  This is my LEAST favorite thing to do.  But through lots of prayers and a few tears we have a budget we can both live with.  Our original thought was that this would go live in April.  However, we both looked at the calendar date, and we decided to start it NOW (March) with a half of the monthly budget.  AAAHHHHH!!!!!  This is scary to me, because the original plan was April and I wanted us to think about it and pray about it more, then begin it in April.  However, God convicted me (us) to start it NOW.  The budget went live on Friday.  It is not perfect, we are already figuring out what we forgot or chose to leave out that needs to be put back in (after 1 day).  But we view our budget as a living, breathing guide to how we use the resources God has given us.  So we expect us it to change as we live it and as life happens.  We also are searching for ways to reduce spending. 

Satan does not like it when we do what God wants us to do, so I expected him to start attacking.  So one day into the live budget and the garage door breaks and the refrigerator started having some issues.  Good news, we have an emergency fund to cover the repair for the garage door and Scott is going to try a few things to fix the refrigerator. 

Walking together with God will take us to AMAZING places!!!!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Made to Crave - God preparing me for this Journey!

Satan is trying so hard to keep me from getting my thoughts out this morning.  He keeps reminding me that  I have been down this path before and failed, I am not worthy to write this thought.  Then there were multiple distractions and technical difficulties.  Well God is faithful and I finally got out what He is doing in me right now.  

Two weeks ago, our preacher challenged our congregation to read 1 million chapters.  This seems so overwhelming.  Last week Preacher Rick, introduced us to the website we will be recording how many chapters we read and different plans we could do if we chose that route.  I had  yearning in my soul that I needed to be closer to God and all the Rick was saying told me I needed to be in God’s word daily.  I knew that, I just did not always do that.  I had already decided to read Jesus Calling every day and had committed to it with my youngest son.  I also had committed to myself to read again Made to Crave by Lysa Terkeurst.  It had been such a blessing in my life a few years back, and I really felt called to read it also.  So I had my plan (so I thought).  I was flipping through the plans (instead of listening to part of what Preacher Rick was saying – sorry) and I felt led to the read through the Bible in one year plans.  Now I have tried that before and failed every time – New Years Resolutions never pan out with me.  But one of the plans intrigued me.  There was a January plan, February plan, etc.  HMMMM  I could commit to one month and probably be successful for one month.  But it is January 11 and I am already behind.  I felt the Spirit prompting me – just catch up.  I argued with the Spirit (not a good thing to do by the way) that I just don’t have time.  I already committed to these two and really felt I was called to do that.  Then I have a family, work, a sick mother…….  As I was listing these things, God said wait to start Made to Crave until you have caught up. 

That was the beginning of the most amazing weeks ever.  It was not an easy week – just an amazing one.  I wanted to start that book, so I committed to catching up.  Just so you will know, that meant reading a LOT of the Bible every day.  God is a smart dude and He knows what you need, when you need it – and I needed this.  I started craving God’s word like I have never have before.  I would wake up in the morning and want to read more – before coffee.  I found myself reading in the car waiting to pick up a kid, reading in a restaurant waiting a person to come.  During this week, I had a bunch of rough days – the worst kind of days.  But I kept on reading.  Despite what was going on, I craved the Word more and more.  It really seemed to calm my soul and excite my Spirit.  I know Satan kept throwing things in my path to distract me, discourage me, make me fearful, and make me sad.  I even turned to cookies one day this week that was very hard – yes I ate the whole package – felt like a failure there.  I just kept on reading and the more I read, the more I wanted to read.  Well last night, I caught up.  So what did I do, I pulled out my iPad and opened Made to Crave.  God said, wait until tomorrow.  Smart Guy – I was exhausted and would not have gotten much out of it last night.  This morning, I got up, read today's reading and was almost a little disappointed that I only read 4 chapters today.  But then I thought – I get to start Made to Crave and with that God pulled this week all together for me.  I started reading the introduction of the book.  There is so much good stuff there, but one thing really stuck out to me this time.

“God made up capable of craving so we’d have an unquenchable desire for Him, and Him alone.  Nothing changes until we make the choice to redirect our misguided cravings to the only one capable of satisfying.
Getting healthy isn't just about losing weight.  It’s not limited to adjusting our diet and hoping for good physical results.  It’s about re-calibrating our souls so that we want to change – spiritually, physically, and mentally.  And that battle is in all three areas.” – Lysa Terkeurst, Made to Crave:  Satisfying You Deepest Desire with God, Not Food.

If I had read that last Sunday, it would not have such an impact on me as it did this morning.  I had to experience last week with cravings (physical, mental and spiritual) for God to really speak to me personally.  We serve an amazing God who is with us through the good, the bad and the ugly.   If we following His promptings He will take us to amazing places – not easy places - but amazing places.  I am ready for the change that must take place in me.  My journey is about getting my body healthy.  More important though, it is about getting my my whole body healthy - spiritually, mentally and physically.  With God's guidance and love, I can do this.