From Here to Health

My journey back from autoimmune disease

Daily Log

Sleep – 1:00-6:30.  I was having some PVCs and couldn’t get to sleep.  I prayed about it to no avail for 2 hours and then I called my husband (he works nights).  He said he would pray for me too and right after we got off the phone I prayed out loud to be released from any curses that might have a hold on my health. I won’t go into it in detail now, but I had a conversation earlier in the day with a friend about blessings and curses and how in most Christian circles we only focus on blessings, but curses are also Biblical.  Anyway, all I know is my husband and I simultaneously prayed about it and I fell asleep before I even finished my prayer:))

Exercise – 3o minute walk on treadmill @ 4.0, ME workout with 8 & 10 pound weights -made it through 4 full rounds and 1/2 of round 5, 20 minute after dinner walk

Food –

Breakfast – 2 turkey sausages, 1/4 avocado, protein shake – 4 oz almond milk, 2 tsp chia seeds, 1 tbsp peanut butter, 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

Snack – 1/4 cup raw nuts

Lunch – 4 oz. tuna salad, 2 slices homegrown tomato, 1/2 zucchini ( I slice in on a mandolin and wrap my tuna salad in it), 6 dark red cherries

Snack – handful gluten free crackers, 2 tbsp natural peanut butter

Dinner – It is slim pickins around here so here is what my husband and I threw together:  1.25 pounds turkey meat, 1/4 cup taco seasoning, salt, pepper, 2 green onions, 1 sweet onion, 3 cloves garlic, 3 sweet peppers, 1/4 jar of salsa- The kids ate this over rice and added cheese- I just had the meat mixture, but I did put some greek yogurt on top, then I had a few bites of fresh pineapple

 

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Daily Log

This post is a little late.  It is actually for yesterday.  I was in a real funk yesterday so I didn’t get it done.  But, here goes…we’ll see what I can remember:)

Sleep – Ok, but not great.  I fell asleep really easily while watching the Tudors on Netflix with the hubby.  As I mentioned previously, we love all things British and this series is no exception.  We are super into it.  Anyway, I fell asleep while watching it, but my husband kept it on and so I kept sort of going in and out of sleep.  Then, we he did turn it off, I could no longer get back to sleep.  At some point, I did fall back asleep, but woke up with a headache in the middle of the night?  I took 1 Tylenol and tried to turn the Tudors back on (payback right?) but it wouldn’t load so I just got a cold pack and hung out until my headache went away.  I then did go back to sleep and slept til morning.

Exercise – 30 minute treadmill walk at 4.0,  Two 20 minute treadmill walks at 3.5 after lunch and dinner because my digestion is all wonky these days and a little activity after my meals seems to help, ME workout with 8 and 10 pound weights ( I can’t seem to do side raises/flyes with the 10 pound weights yet)

Food – Here is where it may get dicey, my memory that is-

Breakfast – 2 organic turkey sausages, 2 scrambled eggs in grass-fed organic butter, 2 bites avocado

Snack – handful of raw mixed nuts, 1 orange

Lunch – homemade fried rice- organic white rice, bragg’s liquid aminos (instead of soy sauce) lots of veggies and scrambled eggs

Dinner – 1/2 organic apple, 2 tbsp natural peanut butter (didn’t feel like a “real” meal because my stomach was bloated:(

Snack – 3 red cherries

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Daily Log

Sleep – pretty good overall, but I woke up several times in the night.  I felt a little, weird….kind of unsettled….not sure how to explain it. But I slept from basically 11-6:30.

Exercise – 35 minute walk outdoors during Finn’s swim lesson, ME workout (10 pound weights)  Made it through 4 full rounds and 1 set of the 5th round. 5 minutes stretching

Food –

Breakfast – 3 scrambled eggs in 1 tsp coconut oil, 1/2 cup organic strawberries, 1 tbsp chopped pecans, green tea (unsweet)

Snack – 1/4 cup roasted chicken, 1/2 cup fruit salad

Lunch – 4 oz turkey burger over spinach, chia seeds, roasted red bell pepper, toasted pine nuts, olive oil

Snack – handful of almonds, 1 orange

Dinner – 4 oz turkey burger, 1/2 roasted sweet potato, 1/2 cup rice with lots of garlic and onions

Other – I have been super bloated for the past 4-5 days…like 6 months pregnant kind of bloated.  It was better today (not totally gone) so I’m hoping for a trend in the right direction.

 

 

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Sleep – Still doing good in this domain.  I’ve been getting up earlier due to Finn’s (my daughter) swim lessons at 8:15, but I think that has helped me to fall asleep quicker at night.  Last night I slept from 10:45-6:15.

Exercise – 30 minute walk on treadmill at 4.0, ME workout – moved up to 10 pound weights and got through 4 full rounds and 1 set of round 5

Food

Breakfast – 2 1/2 turkey sausage links, 1/2 avocado, 1/2 sliced tomato,  8 oz. peach white tea

Snack – handful of almonds, 1 cup organic strawberries

Lunch – Greek salad –  3 oz. organic roasted chicken, roasted red bell pepper, 1 tsp chia seeds, 8 kalamata olives, 2 tbsp pine nuts, 2 cups organic spinach, 1 tbsp. olive oil

Snack – 1 tbsp natural crunch peanut butter, 1 peach, 1/2 organic apple

Dinner – 4 oz turkey burger, small sweet potato

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Different Daily Log

So this daily log is not going to be my usual format.  I’m having one of those days!  I slept well.  My daughter did wake up twice in the night claiming there was a giant black beetle in her room, but since my husband was home, I only had to take one of the calls as exterminator.  Because my daughter had a swim lesson at 8:15a.m. I got up at 6:00 to work out beforehand.  I walked on the treadmill for 30 minutes at 4.0 and then did my ME workout.  I was able to get through 5 full rounds and 8 reps of round 6!  I was stoked!  It had only been a week and I was ready to move up in weight.  I felt strong and accomplished.  And then it happened.  My husband fixed the scale.  On the one hand, I was glad I didn’t have to shell out the extra bucks for a new scale.  On the other hand, if the scale was working, I felt compelled to get on it.  So I did.  125.4 pounds.  That is a 2 pound gain since my last weigh in.  I stepped on that scale feeling strong and accomplished and I stepped off feeling fat and defeated.  How is that possible?  How do I let a piece of plastic control how I feel about myself?  It is something I have struggled with since I was 12 years old.  We were having one of those President’s Fitness Test days in 6th grade.  Remember those?  You would have to do sit ups, pull ups, sit and reach, etc.  Well…. I did really well in all those areas.  I should have felt proud, and I did.  Until the weigh in.  The weigh-in was public and when I got up to the scale it said 104 pounds.  Some other girls said, “Can you believe she weighs over a hundred pounds?”  For some reason, that seemed like a huge number at the time.  I immediately felt like 104 was an unacceptable number.  Looking back, I know it was fine.  I was the same height in 6th grade as I am now- 5’2″.  If I were that weight now, I would be much too thin.  But it stuck with me.  I have measured my success and my worth by that number for years.  I can tell you how much I weighed the day I met my husband.  The day I married my husband.  They day my twins were born.  The day I came home from the hospital with my daughter.  And any number of other dates in between.  It’s twisted!  I know there is a better way to catalog the events in my life.  When will I be able to let this go???

Even with all that I have just said, it still remains true to say that I want to lose weight.  My clothes still don’t fit the way I want them to.  The question is, how do I achieve the results I want without my worth being tied up in that number?  I need to get this figured out before I pass this on to my 4 year old daughter.  I don’t want her to have her worth tied up an arbitrary number.  I want her to know her worth comes not from her outward beauty, but the simple fact that she is a cherished daughter of the most high God.  Somewhere deep in my psyche, I know that is true of myself as well, but I have a hard time living my day to day life in that place of grace.  It is a daily process.

As for a current action plan, I know I need to give up the chocolate for a while.  It has a hold on me.  I don’t think it is really too bad to have some dark chocolate now and then.  However, at this point, it has a little bit of a hold on me.  I also think I am going to have to adjust my goal of losing 10 pounds to losing 5 pounds.  Right now 10 pounds just seems overwhelming.  And I might be perfectly happy with 5.  If I can get in my clothes comfortably, I think I will.

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Sleep – 10:45- 6:30  without waking up, so AWESOME!

Exercise – 30 minute walk on treadmill at 4.0; 5 min warm-up, 20 minutes ME workout (8 lb weights, 4.75 rounds, the goal is to get to 5 rounds in the 20 minutes and then move up to higher weights), 5 minutes stretching, 20 minutes rebounder, 2o minute leisurely walk with kids after dinner, 10 minutes yoga stretching before bed

Food-

Breakfast – Spring Scramble (see previous days for ingredients); green tea with ginger

Snack – Think Think Bar- I like these, but I don’t eat them often because of the sugar alcohols

Lunch – vegetable beef soup with 1 oz cheese, 1 orange; My husband made the soup last night for the kids while I was working and he saved me some.  I can’t tell you exactly what was in it, but I did pick out grass-fed beef, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, tomatoes & parsley

Snack – 2 chocolate chip cookies- Ok, before you judge me too harshly, let me explain.  I used to bake all the time before I went gluten free.  I actually had a side business at one time.  My daughter still loves to bake and has been begging me to make cookies.  I agreed to make the chocolate chip cookies in the book I am following, The Eat, Drink, and Be Gorgeous Project.  They were fabulous.  All the kids loved them, even the neighbor kids.  And that is saying something.  My kids are so accustomed to eating “different” things that they almost never complain about the weird textures and other differences that come with baking/cooking gluten free.  These cookies are vegan to boot!  At some point I am going to start putting recipes and pictures on here.  I am learning one step at a time.

Dinner – 1 stuffed bell pepper- Once again, my husband cooked.  I know, I know, I am very lucky!  You are probably wondering what in the world I do while he is doing all this cooking.  Usually the answer is cleaning up behind him.  While he is a wonderful, inventive chef, he leaves a giant mess in his wake, using every pan, pot and utensil we have.  Anyway, this dish had grass-fed beef, zucchini, onion, garlic, parsley, roasted red bell pepper, carrots and some unknown spices.  He then stuffed the mixture into red, yellow and orange bell peppers.  Mine was orange. And delicious:)

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Sleep- Better than last night.  I fell asleep easily at 11, but then woke up at 4 with a headache.  I have a scalp massager so I used that and was able to get back to sleep after about 30 mins.  I ended up getting up at 6:30.

Exercise – My first Metabolic Effect workout = 20 mins w/ 8 pound weights & 10 mins yoga cool down/stretch; 60 minute walk

Food-

Breakfast- 2 organic turkey sausages, 1/2 avocado, 1 sliced tomato

Snack – 1/4 cup mixed raw nuts, 1 orange

Lunch – 4 oz crabmeat salad with avocado (same as yesterday); 1 cup organic strawberries

Snack – 1.5 oz dark chocolate, 1/2 orange

Dinner – handful almonds, 2 oz cheese, 1 orange

Other – The headache was gone when I got up at 6:30 and didn’t come back. Yeah!!

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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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