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Today, Tuesday February 11 2020 - a special day for me - my 72nd birthday.

Got to thinking about my eating habits and all the weight I have accumulated over the years. Growing up and until mid 20's I was of healthy weight and eating habits were normal.

I was not a person interested in sports but growing up had to walk everywhere which to me was enough 'exercise'

Then I started to work a 9 to 5 job where I sat all day. I lived alone so it meant eating alone and that was not something that I really enjoyed, though I did enjoy living alone. So my days of eating change from 3 balanced meals to not the best of meals. Stopped having breakfast but rather would stop on the way to work for a cinnamon bun. Lunch time was usually a hamburger, fries and pop. Suppers consisted a lot of the time of either spaghetti, pizza, Chinese food, hamburger and fries and of course more pop. And evening treats were always bought which consisted of chips, bars and of course more pop. Notice the amount of vegetables - yup not a vegetable eater but would eat it when home visiting my parents or out for special events.

Years go on with me gaining weight - not a lot in one year but each year it added up. I didn't weigh daily or monthly but usually about once a year. And each time I thought 'I won't ever let myself get to 150' or I won't ever let myself get to 175' or I won't ever let myself get to 200 and on it went till one day I got on the scale and I had reached 316.

Shock set in as I am only 5 feet tall. I immediately cut back on what I was eating - not really changing what I was eating but cutting back and got down to 287 pounds. By this time I had tried every 'diet' out there and finally joined TOPS (taking off pounds sensibly)

In October 2019 feeling very frustrated with my weight situation I got to thinking about the changes I had made and what seemed to work and not work. I realized that I never really followed through with any program as I just felt uncomfortable with the different plans and quite honestly though I knew I needed to release some weight I was not committed to making any real changes. Got to thinking about sugar and flour and wondering about those that made that change - a new member of our TOPS chapter had given up sugar and flour and was doing well.

A Spark friend suggested reading the book Bright Line Eating by Susan Peirce Thompson ( she is a neuroscientist and did a lot of research on how sugar and flour affects the brain). So I ordered the book. Meanwhile at TOPS from March 7 2017 till November 5 2019 I went from 287 down to 271.4.

So November 5 I decided to give up sugar and flour - and after reading Susan's book I decided that I would follow some of her suggestions (she has a weight loss plan and a maintenance plan in the book).

So what does my plan look like? Breakfast consists of 1 protein / 1 fruit Lunch consists of 1 protein / 1 fruit / serving of vegetable / 1 fat and Supper consists of 1 protein, 1 serving of vegetables / 1 serving of grain

The plan I am following is (1) 3 meals a day as mentioned above (2) no sugar no flour (3) no snacks (4) measuring out all foods (5) writing down the night before what I would eat the following day and then sticking with it.

Did I find this difficult? No not really. I wasn't thinking that I was going to be eating like this the rest of my life - but rather when I got up in the morning I looked over what I had written down to eat for the day and said 'Just for today I will do this' And before I knew it I had done it for 7 days - and that first weigh in at my TOPS meeting showed a loss of 9.6 pounds.

I was overjoyed. I relooked at the book about what it says re losing weight weekly (and I joined a public group by the same name as the book on facebook) and saw that if I was to follow this way of eating that I could consistently release between 1 - 2 pounds a week.

Last week of November when I weighed in (Tuesdays are the weigh in) I discovered I had lost 16 pounds. I was overjoyed and finding it hard to believe it was doing so well.

So I continued eating this way following the principles as I have mentioned above. Did I ever go off program and have some sugar? Yes I did but I chose to do that but immediately got back onto the program with the next meal. I never felt guilty that I went off plan. Just got back on track.

Will I eat this way the rest of my life? I don't know honestly. I say this because I believe I can eat anything I chose to eat - it is my choice - but for today I chose to not have sugar and flour and no snacks.

As of today, Tuesday February 11 2020 (99 days of no snacks, no sugar, no flour) I have released 24.2 pounds - I am over joyed about that. I feel so much better, I have gone down one size re pants and tops, I have lost 5 inches from my waist and the pain level re all the illnesses I have has decreased considerably.

So what's next for me with respect to making changes? Well of course I am going to continue eating this way. But I am now going to re think my 'exercise' level - I know I have a problem with that as I keep putting off walking - either outside or on the treadmill. So am going to have to work on that.

So what could I possibly do with respect to motivating me to walk due to the mobility issues I have and the pain if walking or standing for very long. I know here at Sparkpeople they talk about doing just 10 minutes. So have thought lately that I am going to work on getting in 10 minutes a day for 5 days out of 6. Tuesdays and Sundays I will not fret if I don't get any in. Otherwise I am going to see if I can build this up and take the time to walk between 10 - 11 am on Mondays, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This would give me 60 minutes total - so am going to set a goal of 240 minutes and see how many days it takes me to hit that goal.

Joined Sparkpeople many, many years ago but closed the account mid 2019 as I thought I could do this without the support. But I have returned as I realize that support is very important.

Member Since: 9/22/2019

Fitness Minutes: 1,460

My Goals:
My Goals for 2020
(1) Follow my program of no snacks, no sugar and no flour knowing that I can eat anything but I chose to take the sugar and flour out of my food choices
(2) To drink 90 oz of water daily
(3) To work on getting at least 10 minutes of walking on the treadmill each day
(4) Read my Bible daily

My Program:
1) no sugar / no flour at all
2) 3 meals a day no snacks
3) record all meals the night before and stick with it 100%
4) measure all foods

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Name: Marilyn
Reside British Columbia Canada

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    Thanks Marilyn I appreciate your prayers and support. She is taking some stuff for it from the specialist but still having problems. The gastro person sent her a message back saying that it is her goal weight she has to be over not her weight now and she is still in it.
    28 days ago
    Hi Marilyn;
    We just did not feel there was enough interaction on the teams.We felt there was not enough support for us. Now she needs it more than ever since within the the last week she has had severe diarrhea with her IBS and losing food. He scale was not working right so she emailed the manufacturers and they said they would send her a discounted one and we just got it today. She found out she gained a lot of her weight back and with the insurance if you lose more than 5 pounds you are kicked out of the gastro program for a year. So instead of waiting until after she sees the person she just called and told her she is pulling out and not going back in again. She is very depressed now; so please pray for her.
    30 days ago
    Thank you for the profile comment! I have a lot to catch up on. Currently eating some skinless chicken breast with spinach as I watch Netflix. I hope you have a great day!
    33 days ago
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    ❤️ Have a wonderful day! ❤️
    41 days ago
    Thank you so much for your encouragement on my blog. I am being kind to myself and not prioritizing weight loss right now, just trying to maintain and make healthy choices while I deal with my emotional blocks to going under the big 200. I have plenty of time to make the scale move, right now I am just taking a bit of a break and holding steady. It's okay. I made a couple of breakthroughs earlier this week (way too personal to share), so I am already doing better than when I wrote that blog. It will come in time, and I am not in a rush.

    I haven't been on the team much since I am not in a weight loss mindset. I am praying for Molly! emoticon
    50 days ago
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