40 Day Weight Loss – Day 26 – 30

Weight – Day 26 – 236 (with cast on)

Weight – Day 27 – 236 (with cast on)

Weight – Day 28 – Couldn’t get a good weight with my cast this day

Weight – Day 29 – 235 (with cast on)

Weight – Day 30 – 236 (with cast on)

Calories – each day between 389 (Day 29) and 600 (day 30)

I’m definitely experiencing a weight loss plateau right now. I’m fluctuating between 236 and 235 each day. I have hard a really hard time during these 5 days. I’ve been extremely hungry and have had some cravings. Drinking herbal tea with Stevia helps me with the sweet cravings. I have also been feeling a bit bad for myself. I have been home bound for a few weeks and am going a little stir crazy. I have gotten out to go to doctors appt’s and a few social outings, but it’s hard with the cast, crutches and scooter. So I have opted to stay home more than be out and about, especially with the snow and ice we’ve got over the weekend. I am hopeful that at tomorrow’s doctor apt. I will get a walking cast and then I can get back to work (at the actual office not just at home) and get out more socially. I think I’ll be in better spirits and not be so tempted to cheat once I’m more mobile.

I have asked the doctor’s office if I can possibly continue the program for three more weeks. I feel like I haven’t been able to get the most out of the program since I haven’t been able to do my in person doctors visits that include office weigh ins, body scans and check ins with the doctor. I hope that they will work with me on that since I paid quite a bit for this program. I’ll let you know about that in an upcoming blog post.

I can say, that my emotions have contributed to my cravings and wanting to cheat during these five days. I know for a fact, when I’m not feeling all that great emotionally (feeling sorry for myself due to being laid up with the broken ankle) I tend to go to food for emotional comfort. I’m trying to drink more herbal tea (I love that!), read, watch happy movies, write letters and call friends to catch up instead of turning to the cupboards and refrigerator for comfort. It has worked for the most part but I know it’s something I’ll have to continue to work on every day.

Thank you for following along. 10 more days to go and then I will either start the reset phase or hopefully do another round for a few weeks. I’ll keep you posted!

40 Day Weight Loss – Day 16 – 22

Weight – approx 240 +/- – the last time I was able to accurately weight myself the scale said 240.
Calories – between 475 and 600 calories per day
Cheats – twice in the past 6 days – I’ll elaborate on this below.

So I made it to two days past the halfway mark. Eating the low calorie, protein and veggies meals (only 2 per day) has been the easy part. I have a good schedule down now.

Here’s my schedule:

Morning – Prescribed weight loss drops – before I drink or eat anything as soon as I get up but after I’ve gone to the bathroom.
English breakfast tea with 1 packet of Stevia and then a warm up with a half pack of Stevia when the tea has cooled down.

Lunch time – between 11;30 am & 1 pm – 3 oz of protein with 1 cup of veggies – I’m supposed to only eat one type of veggies, but I have done a mixture (stir fry veggies) a few times and feel like I’m still on track and still losing. I can have a fruit with my lunch but I usually save it and have it as a snack between lunch and dinner. I’m very hungry by 3 pm.

I do more prescribed weight loss drops in the afternoon between lunch and dinner.

Snack – a small or medium serving of fruit. I can have a small pear, medium apple, cup of blueberries, cup of strawberries or a small orange. I have my fruit every day. If I don’t have this, I’m ravenous and then I cheat and eat something that I’m not supposed to.

Dinner – between 6 pm and 8 pm. I’m trying to eat earlier because I’m pretty hungry by dinner time. I make sure I have another serving of fruit after dinner or with dinner and if I have tomatoes with dinner, they count as a fruit. Ugh!

Before bed, I do a cup of herbal tea and my last dose of prescribed weight loss drops.

I’m drinking between 80 and 92 oz of water, caffeinated tea (I usually have 2 to 3 cups per day), herbal tea and bubbly water each day. I’m definitely peeing more but until a couple of days ago, I was really thirsty and felt I needed to drink more. My water consumption has decreased a little bit over the past couple of days.

Other than my face being broken out like a teenager right now, my detox symptoms have disappeared. I am still laid up with a broken ankle and taking pain meds as needed.

Now about my two cheats…I had to go out and go to the orthopedic doctor, had lunch before I left but with the extra work it took me to use my crutches, I’m sure I burned extra calories. On the way the back to my place, I asked my friend to stop at the Sugar Bake Shop and get me a Paleo muffin. I just love them and I brought it home and enjoyed it with a cup of tea. It was awesome, tasted so good and I didn’t feel back about cheating at all. I felt like I needed it that day. I got right back on track and that only added about 100 calories to my calories for the day. I’m sure the sugar in it wasn’t good, but it was so good. I’m remembering it fondly as I type this. 🙂

The other cheat was on Friday night. We had some people over to sign my cast and just hang out. After everyone left and we were cleaning up the kitchen, putting the crakers, chips, cheese, and salami away, I saw chocolate covered pretzels. I’m a sucker for anything chocolate covered. I found two broken pieces and ate them both when Steve wasn’t looking. I’m celiac and was pretty sure that I’d be sick that night from that splurge. I didn’t get sick, and even though I ate a small amount of sugar and gluten, I think my gut is healed or on it’s way to being healed from my drastic eating and lifestyle change. The chocolate covered pretzels weren’t as satisfying as the paleo muffin, even though they were tasty in the moment!

I have 17 more days to go on this program and I’m determined to see it through. I should be getting a walking boot next week and hope I can start weighing myself again and also get out of the house more. That will present with me a whole new set of challenges, as I’ll be able to get out and shop for myself again and eat out if I choose to. I can’t lie, I do miss carbs, I’m hungry alot and I don’t think I could eat like this forever. I do think I can make some drastic changes to be much more healthy, but limiting things that I love isn’t going to work for me long term. I can do anything for 40 days and will see this program through the end, after that, I hope to add some things back into my diet and I also hope to be able to eat more calories.

This program guarantees that you will lose between 20 and 45 pounds in 40 days. I will be happy with 20 to 25 pounds. If it’s higher than that, it will be a bonus to me.

I’ll write more in a couple of days. Thanks for following along on my crazy 40 day journey. A journey that has been crazier than I expected with my broken ankle added to the mix!

40 Day Weight Loss – Day 8 – 15

Weight – 240 (the last time I could accurately weigh myself)
Calories each day – between 500 and 650 per day

Since breaking my ankle a little more than a week ago, I’ve managed to stay on my diet and continue to lose weight. The last time I’ve been able to accurately weight myself was last Tuesday (2/3/15) before I got the cast put on. I balanced on one leg with all of weight, not holding onto anything and the scale said 240. I’ve tried to weight myself with the cast on, but I can’t put any weight on my left leg and I’m not getting an accurate weight trying to balance with the cast on.

I do believe I’m still losing weight though. My clothes are much looser and a friend who was visiting yesterday noticed and said he thought I looked like I have lost weight. I’m sure I am with the limited amount of calories I’m eating. Last week, I took pain meds when I needed them, rested alot, watched movies and visited with friends who came over to help me. I’m forever grateful to my friends who took time out of their busy lives to come help me last week. I’m a bit more mobile this week, so hopefully I can manage on my own a bit better.

I have wanted to quit and eat carbs more than once over the past week. I’ve been very weak, tired, in pain and just feeling sorry for myself on more than one occassion. When I’m feeling this way, I want comfort food and I also want sweets. That’s what I’m used to grabbing to comfort me when I’m emotionally not strong or having a tough day. I have cheated a couple of times when I was extremely hungry and ate some nuts, a hard boiled egg (they really satisfy me when I’m feeling the hunger pains) and a couple of chocolates. I know that was bad and probably set me back, but I didn’t over do it. I only had enough to curb my extreme hunger and got right back on track the next day. I’m giving myself a little wiggle room since I’m hurt and healing. Steve, my fiance, has been great and has kept me on track really well. He grocery shopped this weekend and only bought stuff that I can eat on the diet.

I’m a third of the way through the program and want to keep going, even though I’m sure there will be more hard days over the next three weeks. It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. As long as I have enough water, tea and bubbly water and don’t wait too long between lunch and dinner, I’m not hungry. If I wait to long between meals and don’t have enough liquids to drink, then I feel hunger, I get grumpy and feel like I want something bad…mostly sugar. I don’t actually crave it too bad though. I gave up Diet Coke cold turkey when I started this 40 day program and I don’t miss that at all. That’s a huge accomplishment for me. I used to drink 2 to 3 Diet Cokes a day. I know other people probably drink more than that. If you can only cut one thing out and it’s diet soda, please try to do that for your health. I bet you will lose some weight just from cutting that out. The fake sugar in Diet Soda actually causes you to store more fat. You think you’re doing good because you’re drinking “Diet” or low calorie drinks, when actually, it’s contributing to you keeping weight on and not allowing your body to lose the weight you want to lose.

I can’t weigh myself each day but am going to keep going. I’m excited to see what the scale and scan will say when I’m finally able to weigh myself and go in for the body scan in a few weeks. I think once I get a walking boot, I’ll be able to put weight on my left leg again. Then I’ll be able to weigh myself and get the body scan done at the doctors office. I’m sure my report will show a huge improvement.

I’ll talk more about my original body scan, what it said and why it scared me enough to do this extreme program in my next blog.

Thank you for continuing to follow along even though I’ve had a little set back, I’m sure I will be happy with the outcome at the end of this journey. I may need to do some additional work on my own, but that’s ok. I’m not afraid of hard work and this program has given me the kick start I needed, even with a broken ankle!

40 Day Weight Loss – Day 7

Weight – 243ish – I had a hard time weighing myself today
Calories – not many

So…I fell in the crazy snow storm we had unexpectedly last night and ended up breaking my left ankle in 2 places. I most likely will need surgery. I’m not sure how I’m going to continue on this program. I’m going to do my best, but I can’t weigh myself very well on one leg with crutches.

I’ve emailed my doctor to see what my options are. I’m definitely taking the pain meds that were prescribed today. I am in terrible pain and don’t think I’ll get through the next few days without them.

So for today…I’m in limbo. I’ll write as soon as I know how I’m going to continue with my broken left ankle, on pain meds, most likely needing surgery situation.

Until I know more, thank you for following along on this very interesting and crazy journey!

40 Day Weight Loss – Day 6

Green pansWeight – 243.2 Calories – 606 – I had wine instead of my fruit today

Today was the best day so far of my sugar detox. My headache is almost gone.  I’m not hungry and the flu like symptoms I had have gone away.  I drank all the water and liquids I’m supposed to drink during the day. I took all my drop supplements and apple cider vinegar/salt drink after my meals and actually wasn’t hungry at all. I did crave something sweet today, but I let that pass and didn’t cave.

We had unexpected company last night so I drank about 2.5 glasses of white wine. I didn’t have any of my fruit and really enjoyed the wine. I also tried some Colorado tincture for the first time. It was super easy to use, very tasty and worked to relax me. There’s no sugar in it and you just drop a couple of drops on your tongue. It made everything much funnier and me much happier in general. That may be my new go to help me relax instead of alcohol now. I can wind myself up and get very stressed out easily. I have a lot on my plate most days so sometimes I really need to unwind and just let things go. I have a hard time doing both of these things. So some outside help is needed sometimes.

I actually didn’t eat lunch until about 4 pm. I was super busy with a client all day and wasn’t actually hungry. At 4 pm when I was done for the day, I thought, “Oh man, I should probably eat lunch!”. I made the tastiest 3 oz burger made with 90% lean grass feed beef and sauteed mushrooms (I used about a cup of raw organic mushrooms) in my awesome “Green Pans”. I bought them at Target and they are truly non-stick even without using oil. I did get to use a teaspoon of Flax oil to saute my mushrooms. I added garlic, pepper, Himalayan pink salt and Herbs d’Provence (my most favorite spice ever). My lunch tasted gourmet and was very satisfying. It held me over well until we ate dinner later in the evening.

Since we had unexpected company (I love when that happens), we decided to order Thai food to be delivered. The Thai restaurant we ordered from was awesome! They had no problem making me plain steamed chicken with steamed veggies sans the rice or noodles. When it arrived, I just measured my chicken and veggie portions and ate with everyone else. It was really easy, very tasty and I have enough left overs for at least one more meal. I didn’t miss the rice at all. In the past, I would have eat the entire container of rice and had everything smothered with some curry sauce. I felt like my dinner was just as tasty without the rice or the sauce. I’m really happy that I was able to order healthy “in” so easily. I do have organic food in the house for this program, but it was so much easier to order it along with everyone else’s order instead of having to cook my own meal separate of the group.

Now about the wine! I can have wine on this program. I can substitute wine for the fruit once a week. Last night was my wine night, but I’m going to book club tonight and will have at least 1 glass of wine tonight too. I may be playing with fire, but I’m skipping my fruit today to so that I can have at least 1 maybe 1.5 glasses of wine with my book club ladies. I can’t eat with them, so I want to at least be able to drink a little with them. I might regret this decision tomorrow, but tomorrow is a new day and I can readjust then. 🙂

On an emotional note…one of my best friend’s Mom’s passed away, unexpectedly, yesterday and that was very sad to me. I love her very much and will miss seeing her when I visit (NY). Normally when something sad like this happens and I let my emotions rule my eating, I would have turned to food for comfort. And not good food, more like ice cream, cookies, cakes, pasta or comfort type food. I didn’t do that yesterday. In stead, I took a moment to be present with the news. I cried a little. I remembered her Mom fondly. Took a deep breath and reached out to my friend to offer my condolences. I then spent a few minutes looking into getting a plane ticket to go home for the weekend to support my friend and her family. The prices were too high and I had to be practical about dropping everything to make a cross country trip right now. It doesn’t make sense financially for me right now and as much as I would have loved to be there right now, I have to honor my local commitments and not add debt at a time when I’m trying to save for a very special event (our wedding in October). My friend understood and was probably a little surprised that I was even thinking of coming back for the weekend and memorial service.

To make the long story shorter…I didn’t turn to food to comfort me. Instead I made a cup of tea and carried on with my busy day. I’m actually very proud of myself for this. It’s another first of many to come!

40 Day Weight Loss – Day 5

Weight – 244.4 (going down still, so that’s good!) Calories – not enough today!

So last night was not good. I had a terrible headache all night and was extremely hungry even after I ate dinner. I made a delicious stuffed red bell pepper for dinner, but it was small and didn’t fill me up at all. I was still very tired and felt really worn out, so I made a cup of herbal tea, drank it and went to be around 9:30 pm. I laid there not able to get comfortable and finally got up around midnight and took two ibuprofen. I’m not sure if I’m supposed to take meds while I’m on this program, but it helped and allowed me to get some sleep.

I woke up really hungry this morning. I drank my morning tea and stevia…had my water…did my morning drops and went to work. I pack my lunch the night before (to make it easier and quicker in the mornings for me) so I grabbed my lunch and off to work I went. By 10:30 am I was really hungry. I held out until about 11:30 am and made my out of a pouch Albacore tuna packed in water on top of romaine lettuce salad garnished with yummy lemon, pink salt and pepper. I ate it, it was good but about 20 minutes after eating, my stomach started grumbling (not in a good way) and I had to make a run for the bathroom. Not to get too graphic…but I didn’t keep much of my lunch with me…so began my hunger again. I ate a small pear (one of my fruits) and had another cup of tea and more water to get me through the afternoon.

When I got home around 3 pm, I felt exhausted and really hungry…the feeling I get when my blood sugar is low and I don’t care what I eat, I just need to eat something.  I normally would have had something sweet or cheese and crackers to satisfy my hunger.   I couldn’t stand it. I broke down and ate a hard boiled egg. It worked. It stopped my hunger and gave me the little bit of energy I needed to finish the day (a couple of minor computer tasks and a conference call). This program is very clear about not delineating from what you are supposed to eat each day, so hopefully that one hard boiled egg won’t set me back. Today, I don’t really care. Tomorrow I may feel differently when I get on the scale…we’ll see.

I’m still very tired and am going to lay down in a bit to take a rest before I make dinner. My headache is better, just dull now. I’m still warm here and there but not feverish any longer. I am hoping I’m on the upside of detoxing from Sugar. I am still planning to take it easy for the next few days until my detoxing symptoms settle down a bit. Last night when my head was throbbing and I couldn’t get comfortable, I did do some deep breathing and I tried visualizing myself at my goal weight wearing my beautiful wedding dress. I’m going to keep at it, but it’s not easy. They said I wouldn’t be hungry but I am, at least last night and today. I’m going to check in with the Doctor’s office and see if there’s something more I can do to help with that. I’m hopeful that the extra egg I ate today doesn’t set me back to badly tomorrow. If it does, I’m not going to beat myself up too much over it. It was one flippin egg! 🙂

Thanks for following along!

40 Day Weight Loss – Day 4

Weight 245.4 – seeing the scale go down today was AWESOME! Calories – 503.50 – it’s getting easier to only eat 500 calories a day!

Today, I feel more like myself. I still am very warm at times – it’s a weird feeling, but I can almost feel my body burning my stored adipose fat. That’s what it’s supposed to be doing, but I never thought I’d actually be able to feel it. I get very warm and there’s a churning feeling inside of me. I’m down 4 pounds in four days, so what I’m doing is working. I’m drinking plenty of water (approx. 72 oz a day) so I know it’s not water weight. I’m very excited about the prospect of this program actually working for me. I have tried so many weight loss programs and spend probably on the upside of $10,000 to “try to lose weight” over the last 20+ years. I’m tired of being fat. I want to be healthy and fit. Doing it on my own didn’t work for me. Even when I had a personal trainer, I never got to where I wanted to be. I’m confident that at the end of this program, I will have reset my metabolism enough to be able to go the final step on my own. I’ve never, ever in my entire life been able to lose 4 pounds (easily) in 4 days! That has me very excited. I made it to work today and am going to go about my normal schedule – work a little more for another client tonight, cook dinner and hang out with Steve. I’m not ready to start exercising yet, but will add short walks and yoga to my schedule by the end of the week.

My reward tonight a small bouquet of Gerber Daisies.  I love flowers and love to have them in the house.  Celebrating the small things with flowers and love tonight!

Gerber Daisies...my fav!
Gerber Daisies…my fav!

40 Day Weight Loss – Day 2

Today’s weight – 249.4 – same as yesterday
Calories eaten – 619.10 not much but not hungry

I started the day feeling pretty good, but by 2 pm I felt awful. I actually thought maybe I was coming down with the flu. I left work early and went home to rest. I still followed the program exactly as I’m supposed to. I paid quite a bit for this program, so I want it to work.

I put myself to bed and stayed there most of the afternoon/evening. I felt worse as the day went on. I emailed the doctor’s office to ask them if this feeling was normal. They said “yes, everyone detox’s differently”. I knew I was addicted to sugar but didn’t expect to feel this awful. I know it will get better. I was especially thirsty today, so I drank more water than I am supposed to each day, but I was really thirsty, so I’m hoping that was ok.

If every day is like this, I won’t be doing this for much longer. It has to get better though! The one good thing, even though I’m eating a very low calorie diet with no fat and no sugar, I haven’t been hungry.

Day 2 wasn’t that good, but I did get a lot of rest and I listened to my body and gave it what it needed. That is probably a first for me!

Tell your story

Last night while going through my basket of “gifts” that I collect all year for birthdays etc…, I  found this great sign that I actually bought a few months ago.  I hung it up in my bathroom so that I will see it every day, as a reminder to tell my story more…in pictures, the written word, art, journaling, or just telling my story to whoever would like to hear it.

Each one of us has an incredible story to tell. I hope by seeing this photo, you will also be inspired to tell your story, however, messy and complicated it may be. The more complicated, the better!  If you’d like our help telling your story, we’d be happy to help you spread it however you choose.

Tell your story
Tell your story

Monarch Mountain is on sale…today only!

#50 – Get a lift ticket for 50% off at Monarch Mountain in Colorado, today only.

Everyone knows that skiing and snowboarding is a lot of fun but can be a very expensive hobby.  Monarch Mountain, which is near Buena Vista & Fairplay is offering a 50% off deal for lift tickets if you purchase them today.  If you’d like to explore a different part of Colorado that is off of the I-70 ski route, check them out:  http://skimonarch.com/.  The website is slow to load, so be patient.  It sounds like a lovely place to get your ski or snowboarding on!