From Here to Health

My journey back from autoimmune disease

Fat Loss Protocol

Doug ( that is the hubby) and I are attempting a paleo fat loss protocol that was designed by Jason Seib.  If you don’t know who Jason is, he is the other half of the Everyday Paleo team with Sarah Fragoso.  I have been listening to their podcast for about a year and while Jason does come off as a little gruff sometimes, I think he knows his stuff.  And I believe he cares about the success of his clients.  So when I read this post he wrote about fat loss. I was intrigued.  I have known for a while there was something missing with me and the weight loss/fat loss thing.  I just have not been able to get the equation right!  I’ve tried CrossFit, calorie cutting, zero carb, 21-day sugar detox, and just simply going paleo.  None of those things have resulted in any sustainable fat loss.  I was hopeful when I started reading the post that there would be something “new” in it.  And there was!!  Two things to be exact.  He addresses the two issues that I think are my main obstacles.  Stress and carbs.  I feel certain that stress is part of why I hold onto fat.  I can go on vacation and lose 4 pounds in a week eating out, drinking alcohol and having ice cream every night!  I know this has something to do with stress.  It has to.  Jason addresses this through meditation.  Meditation is something I have long been intrigued by but have never truly given any sort of real commitment.  The other thing that sold me on giving this a try was carb cycling.  In the post he recommends Keifer’s CarbNite program (which we intend to buy).  On the surface I would say this looks gimmicky, EXCEPT….Doug and I have observed and discussed this exact phenomenon happening with my weight.  I will try to “diet” for a while, not lose weight, then decide “Screw it, I’m having some cookies!” and BAM…I’ve lost 3 pounds!  We have both shaken our heads at this outcome.  I think my body is really sensitive to the cycle of carbs and that there is a chance that this plan might work well for me.

September is Month 1 for us and that means 3 things according to Jason:

1. Perfect Paleo

2. Lots of walking

3. Sleep, Sleep, Sleep

I have been paleo for over 2 years.  I don’t know about the “perfect” part, but I am pretty dialed in.  I will admit that I am eating some “paleo treats” right now.  Not much, just enough to taste for recipes that I am developing for the blog.  Yay!  So if this plan isn’t working I will know the first thing that needs to happen is cutting those bites out!

My walking is pretty good.  I walk for 45 minutes 6-7 mornings before the kids get up.  Then I walk again for an hour most nights.  I do this either during Finn’s dance, gymnastics or soccer.  Or I just slip out after dinner and troll the neighborhood.

And my sleep is better than it has been since I had my daughter 6 years ago.  I go to sleep between 10-11.  I try for closer to 10, but sometimes I get a little carried away with whatever I am currently reading and the time slips away from me:) I wake up sometime in the 6:00 hour.  I wish I could sleep later sometimes, but I seem to have a very strong natural clock.  We have black out shades in our bedroom because Doug sleeps during the day, but I still can’t sleep much past 6:00.

So there you have it.  I will give you guys monthly updates on Doug and myself and let you know what our results are and how we feel about the program.

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A few more words on my “weight” revelation

Any of you who read these posts probably know that I plan nothing beforehand.  When I have a few minutes, I just sit down here and type.  Just let it fly.  One day, I hope to actually put some thought into what I want this blog to be.  I take that back.  I have put thought into it, I just haven’t put any real action behind it.  I think I am hoping it will just evolve naturally into this living thing where I say something, you guys respond and there will be a natural progression- like a conversation.  We’ll see how that goes:)

Anyway, I wanted to speak a few more words about my newest revelation.  The one that states that I don’t have to lose this 10 pounds.  Really I don’t.  My doctor said so!  I was at my gynecologist last week and for the past couple years I have been asking her how I could get this 10 pounds off.  What she thought the “problem” might be.  This visit I asked her, “Do I have to lose this weight?  Is there any medical reason why I would need to?” Her answer was no.  Your BMI is great and if you feel better with the 10 pounds on then you absolutely shouldn’t worry about it.  All of this while literally weeping because I knew just in asking the question that I had given myself a huge gift.  Shaken off some pretty serious chains.  Let me put this in perspective.  In the 6th grade our class had to get weighed for the President’s Challenge.  You know, one of those things where they count your sit ups, pull ups and how far you and bend over and touch your toes.  Mind you, I did really awesome at all that stuff, but what I remember is that when I got up to the scale (in front of everyone, something that probably wouldn’t happen these days) someone said, ” I can’t believe she weighs 104 pounds!”  Maybe they meant that in a a good way.  Like, 104 pounds is soooo small.  But what I heard was, ” 104 pounds is too much to weigh.”  I realize now of course that 104 pounds was fine.  I was 5’2″ tall.  Same as now.  I didn’t grow another inch after 6th grade.  Now I weigh around 124 pounds so I know that at 104 pounds I was small.   But ever since that day I have had an unholy obsession with the number on the scale.  I can tell you what I weighed the night I met my husband.  The day we got married.  When I went to Paris.  When I went to Disney.  After giving birth to my daughter. When I was diagnosed with Sjodgren’s. When I was diagnosed with Celiac.  The list goes on and on.  I haven’t tried to commit these numbers to memory on purpose, but they have just carried such a strong tie to my self worth that I held on to them.  My commitment for 2013 is NO MORE SCALES!  I want to take a trip this year and my memory be- Wow, I slept so great on that trip, or I ate the most amazing local food on that trip, or even I had the best sex of my life on that trip ( of course this being a trip that my husband took also)!  The point is that I want to have other benchmarks for events in my life.  Things that actually carry meaning and worth. It really is so hard to put into words the way that this has changed my life.  There is a lightness of spirit that hasn’t been present for literally 20 years.  I am so excited about all the things I will have the energy to do now that I don’t have a commitment to obsessing over that number and how many calories I will need to cut or cardio hours I will need to put in.  Hopefully I will have some time to put into making this blog super awesome:))

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Weigh In

So we prayed this week that I would weigh in at 125.8 pounds today.  Hopped on the scale and I weighed 125.6!!! It seems unbelievably simple, but changing my mind and praying are the only two things I have done differently.  When we started to pray about it together and I got honest about what I wanted and why, it changed my attitude and my outlook.  I believe that our thoughts have energy and changing my thoughts is affecting my body down to the cellular level.  I was eating right and exercising already.  To be honest, I am old hat at that.  I have had that down for a while.  Years, maybe.  But for some reason I have continued to hold on to some kind of fear.  Fear that I couldn’t succeed.  Fear that if I shined too brightly people wouldn’t like me.  I read a quote from Marianne Williamson the other day that I loved and what she said (among other things) was that by shining brightly, you don’t outshine others, you give them permission to do the same.  I LOVED that!  I love the idea that my being a bright light in this world allows someone else to let their light shine a little brighter.   That is how I am choosing to look at it now.  I want my decisions to be dictated by love and not fear.


Just as a side note, it has been an extremely crazy day.  My husband had emergency oral surgery for an abscess and my daughter has lice again!  She has a photo shoot with a photographer from L.A. on Saturday and I can’t seem to get rid of the nits in her hair!!  Arghhh!! Most of the nits are dead, but it makes me crazy picking them out of her long hair.  Her hair is so fine that they just don’t come out with the comb.  My darling husband has said he will spend his whole day tomorrow picking nits while he is numbed up on Oxycodone.  Gotta love him.

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First Weigh In

On  Friday I weighed 128 pounds.  I set my intention to weigh 126.6 by Monday morning.  I worked out as usual.  I ate as usual.  The only real differences were that I was more mindful of how my mind was  feeling and  how my body was feeling.  AND, Doug and I prayed twice a day a very specific prayer that God would help my body and my mind let go of excess weight and harmful thoughts.  I got up Monday morning and the scale said 126.4! Not only did I meet my goal, but God did me one better by exceeding it.  My next weigh in is on Thursday so I will check in with you guys then.

In other news, I am now the social director for my CrossFit gym.  A glamorous, unpaid position that I am hoping to turn into a discount if the parties go well.  I am in the process already of planning our Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas parties.  If any of you guys have an awesome party ideas, please send them my way.

Love to all of you guys for following along on my random journeys.  Hope all of you are having a super blessed week:)

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Book Review and Workout Revamp

So you all know that I revamped my diet this week.  After reading The Metabolic Effect Diet I am revamping my workouts as well!  For those of you who haven’t read it, I highly recommend it.  Many of the recommendations run parallel to the Paleo way of eating.  It is very high protein, low-carb.  One thing I love about it is that there is no calorie counting.  The authors Jade & Keoni Teta focus on how you can turn your hormones on to burn fat and keep you lean without really having to focus on it 24/7.  The workouts are fast and intense, which is great for me.  In the past I was one of those people who would run for hours on the treadmill, then do a zumba marathon, then feel compelled to walk on the treadmill while watching tv.  I cannot express enough that IT GOT ME NO WHERE!  Actually, that’s not true.  It got me an autoimmune disease.  I was totally unaware at the time that too much cardio was inflammatory.  I was working under the assumption that more always had to be better.  My unchecked cardio marathons were part of what put my body into inflammation overdrive.  That was a bit of a tangent, but my point was that this book really explains in simple terms how less is more. They emphasize short weighted training sessions and walking.  Both activities that our paleolithic ancestors would have done on a daily basis.  Here is what my training schedule is going to look like:

Monday- ME (Metabolic Effect) circuit (20 mins); 30 min walk

Tuesday-30 min Bodyrock workout (the authors recommend doing intervals instead of walking some days if you want)

Wednesday – ME circuit; 30 min walk

Thursday – 30 mins Bodyrock workout

Friday – ME circuit; 30 minute walk

Saturday – 60 minute walk

Sunday – 60 minute walk

I’ll keep you updated on my progress!

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Alright…something has got to change!  Today I weighted 125 pounds.  That is a small gain.  Essentially I am holding steady at 123-125.  I always fluctuate a little so to me this feels like holding steady.  At some point, holding steady will be great.  Not now.  I am not sure how much of  this is due to my thyroid issue and how much is my eating habits.  I am doing what I can to work on the thyroid issues so the only other thing I know is to change my food.  I had avoided getting on a structured eating plan because I cook for my family of 5 every day and it is not only time consuming, but also expensive to eat separately from them.  However, at this point, it looks like that is going to have to be my plan until August.  I have decided to use the book The Eat, Drink and Be Gorgeous Project by Esther Blum.  The book was recommended by my health coach and I really liked it.   She has 4 different eating plans at the back of the book.  I am going to start with the low carb plan.  It doesn’t include gluten so that will work well for me since I have a severe allergy.  I’ve been to the store and I’m ready to jump in full force tomorrow.  My plan is to follow it faithfully for a week and see what happens.  After that I will either stick to it or change to one of the other 3 plans.  I have also decided that I will post a pic at the end of July.  Whether I lose the weight or not I need to be ok with this body.  It’s the only one I will ever have so I need to learn to own it, warts and all!  Wish me luck:))

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Latest Intention

So I would really like to lose 10 pounds by the end of July.  I’m just putting that out there.  My husband and I are going on a business trip that has some dress up events and I would like to really enjoy shopping and dressing up for the occasion.  There is a part of me that says “Don’t worry about those 10 pounds! It’s no big deal.”  And part of me believes that.  But the other part of me wants to conquer this demon.  I know from past history that I feel better in my skin with those 10 pounds gone.  I don’t ever want to settle for less than what makes me happy.  Also, I feel like losing this 10 pounds would mean than my thyroid condition was heading in the right direction.  I believe that our thoughts have energy.  I believe I can use that energy for my good or to my detriment.  I want to fill my mind and this blog with words that support my intention to lose this weight!  So even though it is just 10 pounds, and even though it’s not that big of a deal, I am putting my words out there that this 10 pounds has to go and I am going to make it happen!  I have considered the idea of posting a picture at the end of this.  Something to keep me motivated.  Maybe in my fancy new dress, or horror, my bathing suit.  I don’t know yet.  I like the idea of having some external motivation to keep me going, but I’m not sure how I feel about posting a picture (flattering or unflattering) of my results.  I’ll give it some more thought and get back to you.