I have really just begun my journey to becoming a healthier version of myself, but I wanted to share this journey in hopes of inspiring others. I am a 52 year old mom of four children, three step-children and four grandchildren. My story may sound very cliché, but weight has always been something I’ve struggled with, fretted over, obsessed about and wanted desperately to change. All my attempts just seemed unfruitful and left me feeling defeated and hopeless. Many times I told myself that I was just destined to be “this” weight or that my body must have simply liked being this size because it sure wasn’t cooperating in helping me to change!
From as far back as I can remember, I can recall my dad referring to my sister as “skinny Cindy” and to me as “chubby Pammy”. So, regardless of my weight, I have just about always thought of myself as being overweight, chubby, fat, unattractive and very self-conscious of my body. I truly haven’t always been overweight, but I’ve just about always been unhealthy. Of course, the older I get, the harder it seems to even lose one pound. My husband and I will go on the very same low carb diet, he will lose 12 pounds in a week and I’ll gain 2!
But, this time, something has changed. Something is making a difference and I’m beginning to lose weight, exercise more and I’m actually starting to feel more energetic, less lethargic and eager to make more healthy choices. I’ve done a lot of reading about clean eating, healthy eating and just about every diet or diet program out there. But, my mind kept going back to the idea that if I were to start making overall healthier choices in my eating and simply try to move my body more, that maybe, just maybe, over time I would start to feel better and maybe even lose a few pounds.
My new healthy lifestyle got off to a bumpy start. I found information on line about cleansing and liquid diets utilizing protein powders to lose weight. I lost a couple of pounds, but I felt hungry all the time and it still didn’t seem like the right option for me. Then I reminded myself that this method wasn’t exactly “healthy” either and I knew I wouldn’t be able to stay on this type of diet for the rest of my life. I needed a simpler, better way to achieve my goal of becoming healthier.
We all have different motives for wanting to lose weight, but my motive had somehow shifted from simply wanting to lose weight so I’ll look better and feel better about myself, to wanting to be healthier so I feel better in general and I’m able to live an active lifestyle with as few complications as possible as I get older. Mostly, I don’t want to be something else my husband has to worry about.
This year has been a life-changer for both of us. In February of 2014 my husband suffered a cardiac arrest. I stood at the foot of his bed watching the ER staff work to revive him for over 30 minutes. Finally, when they were just about to give up, a pulse! Lenny was put in a medically induced coma to try to protect his brain and underwent the Arctic Sun protocol. He was only given a 5% chance of survival. He not only survived, but he’s healthier now than he has been in years! In fact, on February 17, 2015 we celebrated his one-year “re-birthday”.
I am so grateful for a second chance with “my Lenny.” I owe it to him and myself to be as healthy as I can be so we can enjoy this incredibly ordinary life we live together.
I want to be healthy so I can enjoy life with Lenny. Thus, my journey begins. No more
crazy dieting. I do have to say that I’ve really gathered a lot of useful information from
“How much you eat matters, but the quality of the food we put into our bodies matters more
because it drives our gene function, metabolism, and health.
Rather than subscribing to the antiquated calories in/calories out model for weight loss and good
health, focus on powerful, gene-altering, whole, real, fresh food that you cook yourself can
rapidly change your biology. You will lose weight by getting your systems in balance, not by
I’m pretty excited about becoming a healthier version of myself. If I can make these changes,
you can too!
February 2, 2015
BEGIN NEW HEALTHY EATING!
Breakfast: WonderSlim chocolate protein shake (best protein shake I’ve EVER tasted)
Lunch: Strawberry Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing
Dinner: Chicken Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing
Snacks: Almonds, Gala Apple, Florida Navel Orange
Drinks: Water, water, water and more water!
Exercise: Walk my dog Remo for 15 minutes
I continued pretty much this routine for two weeks. I was a pretty heavy diet soda drinker and I
had begun giving up the caffeine and artificial sweeteners about two weeks prior to starting my
official healthy journey. I pretty much try to avoid flour, sugar, dairy and artificial anything.
February 9, 2015
Weight Lost: 5.2 lbs
Breakfast: WonderSlim Protein Shake
Lunch: Chicken Taco (chicken, lettuce, homemade salsa, corn tortilla)
Dinner: Chicken Taco
Snacks: Almonds, Navel Orange, Gala Apple, air-popped popcorn
Drinks: 8 cups water
Exercise: Yoga – 30 minutes in the AM five days a week; Walking 30 minutes in the afternoon
three days a week
Winter has decided to raise its cold, snowy head and I haven’t been able to go outside and walk
much. However, my goal is to walk at least 30 minutes five times a week and along with 30
minutes of yoga every morning. (I found some Yoga videos on YouTube and also Amazon
February 16, 2015
Weight Lost: 3 lbs
Breakfast: WonderSlim Protein Shake
Lunch: Spinach, Strawberry and Strawberry Vinaigrette
Dinner: Taco Bell nachos and taco (celebrating my husband’s one-year re-birthday)
Snacks: Almonds, Gala Apple
Drink: 8-10 cups water
Exercise: Yoga – 30 minutes; Walking – none
I felt horrible after eating Taco Bell for dinner. I don’t know if it was all in my head or if it was
from the ingredients. In general though, I can’t believe how much better I feel in just a short
period of time. Unlike other diet attempts, this was different. I think doing the research, being
prepared with ingredients and foods on hand, and preparing for the change by giving up
artificial sweeteners prior have all helped.
In addition to the foods listed above, I’ve also enjoyed black bean, lentil and white bean soup,
beef stew made with chuck roast, red potatoes, green beans, carrots, onions, tomato paste,
and garlic. Oh, yeah, I found this recipe for these scrumptious no-flour chocolate muffins. Sure
to satisfy any sweet or chocolate craving. I do have to say, the strawberry spinach salad is one
of my most favorite dishes ever!
February 23, 2015
Weight Lost: 3 lbs
March 2, 2015
Weight Lost: 1.2 lbs
April 13, 2015
Weight Lost: 15 lbs
My weight loss has been slow, but I continue to lose. Even after going on vacation to Mexico and gaining 1-1/2 pounds, I was able to get back on track and lose that weight the first week back home.