Tuesday, June 21, 2011

My Anniversary Post

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011[This blog was originally posted on a weight loss website.  It has been edited.]

Yes, it has been one year since sparking! Thank you, Spark community!

Here are the highlights:

Met my goal in March of this year. I lost a total of 59 pounds! I am still figuring out maintenance. The plan was to stop when I hit 10 lb above my final desired weight, and then I would just ease into the weight as I gradually added more carbs. But, that hasn't happened. Instead, the weight eased up, and now I am back on the Rosedale plan which is lower-fat, lower-carb than what I was on a month ago. I am also back on a few challenges. This time I am going to overshoot, and then hopefully it will go better. When I get there, I'll re-tool, and decide if I want to continue with the weight loss or not.

I have a cheat meal out several times a month, and that may go down since our favorite eatery is closing. I continue to try to grow as much of my own food as I can. In my garden, I am going to focus on more greens and growing less fruit.

As of today, I have lost a total of 54 pounds. My body fat has gone from over 46 down to 33 percent. I don't have any other illnesses or conditions. My blood pressure is lower, and no more GERD, aches and pains, or stomach issues. Currently I don't eat many grains or soy, and especially avoid wheat.

I have found that motivation is both delicate and fleeting, especially when people continue to sabotage my weight loss by telling me that my diet of choice is unhealthy and unsustainable. This year, I will be minimizing my contact with such people and focus on those friends who can productively share in my journey and fully celebrate my success.

I am not going to allow people who are sure of their data to speak for me or tell me what has or shall work for me. I will listen to my body instead of the so-called "experts". That includes nutrition experts, researchers, the USDA, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the American Heart Association.

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