Bill Found his Food and has found his life and music again!Read More
Met Lisa and Steve at C3 Fitness the gym I work at. They have a great story about how changing their food has changed their lives! The future is so bright for these two!
I'm not very big; 5’1” with very small bones, so extra weight has always made me look and feel pretty dumpy. That’s how I was feeling in December when I finally had enough. I had watched a couple of teacher friends work hard the last year get in shape. They looked great and had so much energy. I decided I wanted in on that. I had been successful in the past losing weight when running was a part of my program, so one of the teachers and I committed to running a 5k each month in 2016. I downloaded the Couch to 5k app and was ready to begin. At the same time, my church had a sermon series to start the new year. It was called the Double Dog Dare. Basically, the pastor challenged us to figure out what our big issue was early in the year, while people were thinking about resolutions, and just finally deal with it. The topics included marriage, family, finances, and fitness. My husband, who had been packing on the extra weight over the last decade or so, and I looked at each other and said, “let’s do this.” The church scheduled a 5k four months out, and my husband and I committed to completing it together.
I had gotten a fitbit as part of a wellness promotion for my insurance company the summer before, so I had a pretty good idea of how much I was moving. My husband got one in January—his include the heart rate feature. He became a man obsessed! Finally, he was motivated by that piece of plastic and electronics—far more than my years of nagging had ever motivated him! He entered every item he ate in the fitbit app. If he didn’t hit his step goal, walked the house until he did. He was motivated by the math/science involved. He could see the calories in vs. calories burned and he began seeing results. This was because we changed our food.
My husband and I both really like food. Specifically, we like carbs. We love pasta, crackers, popcorn, bread, beer…all the evil items that are keeping us larger than we want. When we took the “Double Dog Dare,” we cast all of those from our kitchen. Instead, we ate healthy foods. Dinner became meat and veggies with a salad. We thought about food constantly. “What are we going to cook for dinner? What’s on hand for lunch? Breakfast?” We were eating better than we ever had before and enjoying it more. A typical day looks like this: Breakfast: cheese omelet. Lunch: grilled chicken, cheese, fruit. Dinner: steak, sautéed spinach, tossed salad. If we needed as snack, we grabbed cheese or fruit.
The weight just started to melt off. My husband joined a gym in February and works out 4-5 days a week. I run 3-4 days a week and take a spin class at my gym. The original motivation for my husband to lose the weight was to fit into a tux for an event in March. Unfortunately, by March the tux was entirely too big for him and he ended wearing a suit from the way back part of his closet. By the time the Double Dog Dare 5k rolled around, we were down 70 pounds: 50 for my husband and 20 for me.
Success comes from sticking with the program. Is there an occasional lapse? Yes. My husband took a trip and for 3 days ate pretty much whatever he wanted. It took two weeks to lose the weight from that trip. I did a similar thing on a girls’ trip to the beach in April…but that was a choice. I knew I’d gain and I did, but I worked hard to get the weight back off. We have a beach trip coming up in July and we are planning to eat some things that are not on our plan, but at the same time, we rented a place with a fitness center. You have to know your limits and if you cannot lapse and then get back on the plan, you have to choose not to lapse. We love how we look and feel now that there is so much less of us. The support Jess has provided through the years has been a blessing to me. I hope our story encourages someone else to go for it. I double dog dare you!
Meet Cassie, a client of mine. Bright, articulate, high-achiever new Mom, she and her husband have been on an amazing journey utilizing Whole30. It's broken up the strangle hold of some foods as well as delighted their sense of adventure with food and entertainment!
“I’m too tired to think about dinner. Let’s just…” How often have you found yourself saying these words.
It’s been a long day. You are mentally and physically exhausted. Running around all day with work, kids, pets, and your To Do list is STILL not done and it hits you -DINNER.
They slip out…
“I’m too tired to think about dinner. Let’s just…”Let’s just what? Order a pizza? Get some take out? Whatever is easiest and doesn’t make you think too hard.
I have been there, done that. I have the sweat pants to prove it and if I am honest, that has been my greatest struggle to date in my journey to find my food. How easy it was for me to just pick up a pizza on my way home or some Publix chicken fingers and a six pack of beer and a half gallon of ice cream. These became Go To meals.
But as I found my food, I realized the following:
I cannot let the “I’m too tired” moments derail my progress. I have to change my Go Tos.
My quick & easy meals for those days when my family needs dinner fast.
Brinner - an omelette with whatever veggies I have left in the fridge.
Cold proscuitto and veggies with a homemade Whole 30 dip and a sweet potato (5 mins in the microwave)
I even have a go to take out place. (Yes! They exist. You just have to do the legwork to find it)
These new Go Tos help me overcome those moments and give me the energy to complete my day.
What is your Go To? How do you handle those tire moments? Those life moments?
When you find your food, you gain the energy to conquer those life moments.
Our facebook group Find Your Food
Has gotten a lot of new people. There are 3 Admins along with myself who come and go around that page. One thing I do is watch for people's stories. The pain, and their success! The challenges and their ways through! The connection and conversation that resonates from these voices.
(and yeah )My team will tell you I'm very very inclusive , and I find it's better to share the road and I know it's better and I want it better...so it's better to SHARE THE STORY, SHARE THE ROAD and invite people to speak up.
"Testimonies" is a place where I will host other's and give them space to share their story. My inspiration? Dietdoctor.com of course! That site has drive 1000's to the blog and at least a 100 to the group. I'd love to build a welcoming platform right here that could in fact give voice to your journey.
SO, email me if you want to share! Findyourfood2@gmail.com
Your story and voice have value and ADD value! Would love to invite you to participate in building value to the LCHF, Keto, Paleo, Primal, Whole30 world....
Meet Judi! Judi and I met at an online diet community. She has an incredible story. With the help and guidance of her doctor she has reversed disease and lowered or removed medications. She's Found her food! Found her life! and she's living. Her joy is contagious! She's joined our Find Your Food facebook page and knows sharing and helping others, helps her too! So glad to call her friend!
This is the new me. I have found a way to put the illnesses my body was threatening me with into remission. The path of LCHF (low-carb, high-fat), IF (intermittent fasting), and ZC (zero-carb) has given me results I wish for everyone who wants to stop or reduce the damage of diabetes (type II), high blood pressure, and obesity.
I began my lifestyle change on May 1, 2015 while at a beautiful place called Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. What a time to decide to get my health in order…on a fun weekend! I always avoided going places because of all the medications and equipment I had to drag with me. Medications for diabetes and high blood pressure. Pills, insulin, and a CPAP machine. I hated it.
At a doctor’s appointment just before the trip, I weighed in at a shaming 303 pounds. I had to change this, but how?! I was following the instructions of the medical advisors. It still was not helping. On medical advice, I kept increasing my insulin, and that resulted in weight gain. I had to stop this vicious cycle!
A friend who had seen some weight loss shared the LCHF plan with me. My librarian self dug into videos, books, and FB groups that gave me information about LCHF and how it was improving people’s lives. I wanted that too.
I am currently into my 51st week of this lifestyle, and almost a year later, I am delighted to report that I have lost 121 pounds! I have a goal of losing 150 pounds, and though I’m not there yet, I am confident I will be before too long. Yes, I am losing half of myself.
If you want to know how I was able to burn off all that fat, it’s not from running around. I’m not big on exercise, but I do use blue resistance bands and a video with gentle stretching movements. I burned the fat by not eating fat-producing foods: sugar, fruit, bread, potatoes, pasta, peas, carrots. Carbohydrate sensitivity means those foods turn into high glucose numbers and the return of diabetes in my body.
I won’t lie…it was difficult at first. I tried to find substitutes, searching the Internet for recipes to fool my taste buds. Eventually, I decided not to bother anymore; I knew sugar addiction was gone because I didn’t care about sweets. Occasionally, the “I’m bored” need to eat something leads me to crunchy pork rinds, Moon Cheese, and string cheese to fill the gap.
I keep track of calories and macros; as I near my goal, I’ll adjust for maintenance. My calories are between 1000-1200 daily. My macros follow: carb 5%, fat 80%, and protein 15%. I use coconut oil, olive oil, avocado oil and real butter (Kerrygold grass fed). I fast on Mondays and sometimes Thursdays and incorporate IF all other days. I usually eat at 2pm. “Eying” meat and cheese can be deceptive, so I almost always weigh them.
My waistline is down lost 24 inches; all of me fits into one leg of my old jeans! 5XL clothes in my closet have been weeded and replaced with XL. More purging to come; even the shirt I have on in the photo is too big. What fun to find great buys on the clearance rack in stores--a new experience. And smaller clothes are less expensive and weigh less. The next time I go on a trip my luggage will be lighter…lol.
The story is not over and the work continues. I am grateful to my dear friend Maura, who introduced me to the lifestyle that made my life better. I am blessed to have family and friends who support my at times unusual WOE (way of eating).
Never going back — choosing to make my life better.
How did I get here again? Tears. Frustration. Shame. Anger at myself. Self contempt. Embarrassment. Recognizing for the millionth time that my food, and therefore my body, is out of control. I don’t want to admit it. I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t want to deal with it…but I must, and I know it. If I don’t, pounds will stack up and make the inevitable start-over-diet even worse. So I did what I usually do…called my friend Jessica. We have ridden the diet roller coaster for years together. We understand the truth and we speak it to each other…or we stay silent. Either way, there is a bond…mutual respect…forged on mountain trails and in a lifetime of friendship. At this point I am up and she is down. She is thriving and has experienced a breakthrough. I am listening. But I am also angry. At food. At my inability to deal with it in healthy ways. At the fact I have to give up the things I love…again. She is patient. She waits for me to finish my tantrum…because she knows I will. Then she says…”Find Your Food.” “What?” I ask. “Find Your Food.” My mind stops pouting for a minute. Find my food? Diets don’t tell you to find your food. They tell you your food. You don’t have any choices…do it or don’t, that’s it. This phrase shifts something in my head. I ask more questions. How do I find it? Remove problematic foods for 30 days…or 60…or 90. Detox. Then add them back one at a time and see how they make you feel. If you have no negative effects you get to keep it. If your body responds negatively, take it away. It makes sense to me. So I try it for 30 days…and I feel so much better I add on 30 more. Not focused on weight loss…though I have lost 17 lbs. I focus instead on how I feel. How the cravings are gone. The sluggishness is history. The aches are subsiding. Blood sugar levels are stable. My husband has benefited as well. Lost close to 20lbs. Blood pressure lower than it has been in years. Brain fog gone. Energy up. He says, “Let’s keep going.” And so we are. Finding my food and finding my hope.
Michelle wrote this some time back. This past week she shared a blog post with me that I want to share with you...Amazing News!