152 miles on the treadmill for February!
It’s been interesting while dining out. Most places are accommodating when it comes to preparing your meal gluten free. While looking for restaurant to have our mothers funeral luncheon at, we looked into ‘Continental’ restaurant in Buffalo Grove. While talking thru meals, the owner brought up patrons with allergies. I mentioned I choose to eat gluten free, they prepared the entire meal (except appetizer and desert) gluten free for the entire party. No one knew, no one complained.
During a hospital stay, I was dreading what I was going to receive when I told them I was gluten and dairy intolerant (I’ve learned it works easier). I was mildly surprised at some of the fantastic meals I’ve had (better then the regular tray). Baked fish, salad, steamed veggies, etc. it wasn’t always perfect. I still received butter, cream, lactose free milk and sherbet
(dairy) and salad dressing and French fries (gluten). But had received plenty to eat and wouldn’t have wanted them anyways.
On the flip side, not all experiences have been positive. Went to ‘Omega’ in Niles to celebrate my daughters 2nd birthday. I ordered a lemon herb whitefish, which I was informed did not have breadcrumbs, however it arrived crusted with breadcrumbs. I sent it back. After several mistakes on our meal and an inappropriate rude comment from the owner that we were not supposed to overhear, let’s just leave it at they were unfortunately unable to accommodate there customers needs nor care about them.
Logged 141.12 miles in January. Whew!
Gracie’s friend mentioned she signed up for bike the drive, and we said, hmm…Why not. So I went to MB bank, picked up my coupon for an additional $2 off registration and free water bottle, logged on (BikeTheDrive.org) and signed up. While signing up, they offered a second ride in August, 4 star bike and chow (not sure if the chow aspect) so I signed up for the 60 mile ride. Looking forward to it.
Went in for my quarterly blood draw. For the First time, the doctor said….”your blood work looks great.”
Glucose and Triglycerides levels are down.
HDL Cholesterol levels are up.
While digging thru my closet for something to wear to my mom’s funeral, I had to retire 2 suits, 4 sport jackets and 6 pair of dress pants for being too big. Just had to keep going , retired several pair of pants and shirts as well. Down 2 shirt sizes and 4 pant sizes.
Tomorrow, I have to shop for a new suit. Bittersweet, but mom would be proud.
When I first started this journey I was excited, finally I can get to the bottom of why I’m struggling with the last ten pounds. No matter how hard I’ve tried and have actually reach my goal weight I would yo-yo away from my goal within 10 lbs., in other words I would self sabotage when I would get to goal. This have been going on for over a year an have been driving me crazy. I had already lost 121lbs. so I thought that since being in HI program the last 10 lbs. would be a cake walk. It’s turning out to be harder than the 121lbs. I initially lost. It isn’t the program, I believe it was the fear of being too thin and looking gaunt and older. Every time I saw the numbers on the scale go down and the lines around my mouth become more visible, I would unconsciously binge the weight I lost right back on. My mentor suggested to me that I should get out of my own way, and to remember what I would do when I really wanted something. I reflected on that this week, and did research on self sabotage when you are close to goal weight. I learned that there are many reasons from becoming complacent, or relaxed in your routines, being loose in your journaling of what you eat, relaxed on portions sizes, not mixing up excerise routines, to diet fatigue, like running a race without having the “runner’s pace” during the whole race, and tiring out close to the finish line. This week I stayed mindful and in the moment, of everything I ate, kept my stress levels down, keeping my eyes on the prize, and taking one day at a time. (Exercise was never a problem for me, I love to exercise, while listening to deep house music). I constantly was reminding myself that I really, really want this so that I can start to focus on maintaince. As a result, the weight started coming off again. I went back to chewing gum again which helped me greatly in the initial over 100 lbs loss, which I fell off from doing. I believe I’m on the right track of getting out of my own way, and am excited in crossing the finish line once and for all
With less than 2 months left in the program, everyone is putting the pedal to the medal & looking to finish out strong! I have DEFINITELY had that mindset as of late:-)! This program has taught me SO MUCH about eating healthy and being fit! I feel that I have been given the tools to successfully reach my ultimate weight loss goal (45 more pounds) & remain healthy and fit for life! We’ve been trained on physical exercise, given AWESOME gym equipment from SPRI (the jumprope & resistance bands are my favs & they’re great for traveling), and we’ve received GREAT nutritional training! When I entered this program, I entered into it with the mindset that I was changing my LIFESTYLE. I’ve done a nutrition program before (in 2007) & then gained all of the weight back (with INTEREST) after the program was over, because I didn’t buy into the “mental” aspect of it. Things are different this time around. I cannot WAIT for the Gala on March 9th when we all get to show off the fruits of our labor:-). I’m just getting started!