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Food Strip Tease

Friday, March 25, 2011

Well, that title is deceiving! There is nothing Stripped down about this menu! I am eating some delicious combinations of foods that I would not have thought of. I do want to make mention of the fact that I have not calculated how many calories I am eating a day at this point and am not totally sure of my macro's. I do plan to look at that today. I want to give myself totally over to the plan and have so far . . . however, I don't want to be foolish and sabotage myself. Here is what I mean about that. A couple times this week I have been starving like I have never been before. I know I am eating enough by volume and I keep telling myself that it is okay to be hungry and that delayed gratification is a discipline worth developing. BUT, I want to be careful to not allow myself to feel deprived and trigger a binge episode. I have full faith that I would rebound from a binge basically unscathed at this point in my weight loss, but I don't like that feeling of "I have to have something NOW".

I realized last night that this might be problematic if I didn't pay close attention to how I am feeling, how rested and how hydrated I am. My photographer had finished my photos and had sent me a link that showed a slide show of the photos. At the photo session she had asked me if I would send her some of my before pictures. I thought maybe she would do some split screen photos for me or something like that. I sent her four photos. One when I had lost 10 lbs., one when I had lost 20 lbs. and the other two were the first time I took pictures that showed my stomach, January 2010, weighing 210 lbs.

As I opened the slide show the music started . . . "firework" by Katie Perry. Perfect song! There was my before picture and the next photo in the slide was a current picture. She had taken photos of me in three outfits, two showing my tummy and one in street clothes. In some of the photos she focused in on just my tummy area. I was uncomfortable at the idea of having photos of just my tummy. I can't use a smile or a pose or anything to distract attention away from my stretch marks if it is just my tummy. Well, one of those photos was in the slide show. And looking at the before picture and the rolls (multiple ones) that I had and then seeing the tummy only pics with stretch marks . . . I have to say, I would not change a thing. I now have a new appreciation and maybe even a love of my stretch marks. A new level of acceptance maybe.

Anyway, my family was very proud of me and they were giving me hugs and lots of love. And we were all chattering about 'back then'. One of my sons said "Don't you want some donuts right now?" and my husband said "Or maybe your favorite Entenmann's Rasberry Danish?" And I emphatically said "Please, please do not bring those into the house, not now!" My oldest son said "Mom, you have been able to pass up all kinds of temptations and even had little treats without it being a problem." And I explained that right now I was having trouble with feeling hungry and did not trust myself to just have a bite or a bit. He very wisely said "Well, maybe this isn't the plan for you long term." I agreed, long term it is not the plan for me, but it is a 28 day process that I have given myself to and will continue to monitor. Last night did prove to me though that that tendency to binge is still there, receded, but there.

Let's go to the table and see what tasty foods we find!

Oatmeal, 1/2 banana, walnuts and 4 scrambled egg whites (not pictured)

Chicken Breast and Steamed Green Beans

Salad of Fresh Spinach, Radishes, Strawberries, Leftover London Broil

A pear and a protein shake (1 scoop protein powder w/water)

Dinner was delicious and the serving size was ample. This however may be why I was hungry. Soups alone never leave me feeling satisfied. I always want a salad or crackers or even just a side of chicken breast.

My energy is high, I am sleeping well, I drink enormous amounts of water! My tummy is flattening and I have stepped on the scale and the numbers are going down. I will wait until Sunday to do measurements, pictures and report my week one weight loss.

Oh, if you want to see the picture slide show from my photographer, here is the link:

May you be encouraged, inspired, motivated, and supported on your journey to being your best self NOW!
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  • no profile photo CD3035359
    Just watched the slide show. Wow you really should be proud!

    Fantastic and very inspiring.

    Have a wonderful Monday!

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    3474 days ago
    Wow. I am crying, this is soooo awesome. This is where I want to be.
    3475 days ago
    That link brought tears to my eyes - YOU LOOK GORGEOUS! I am so very proud of you and your accomplishments! You are such an inspiration for women!
    3476 days ago
  • B-N-ME
    Your consistency, positive attitude and focus have brought ou far...I continue to be amazed by you...you are simply a BEAUTIFUL person!

    You pictures highlight your glow and happiness!

    Wishing you much continued success!
    3476 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2531301
    Your photographer did a beautiful job, but it helps that you have a great smile and gorgeous eyes. You can really see the progress you've made. You should be really proud of yourself. emoticon
    3476 days ago
    emoticon Carolyn!
    3476 days ago
    Your pictures are beautiful and they look so natural that it could be your job lol.Sometimes when we change our routine that can make us more hungry so perhaps your bodies not to pleased your doing this at the mo but it'l thank you later.

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    3476 days ago
    Wow, those were amazing shots. Loved the slideshow. I am loving following your clean eating journey. Your health and vigor radiate from these shots!
    3477 days ago
    love love love the slide show.. what a beautiful, powerful woman!!! SO PROUD!!
    3477 days ago
  • no profile photo CD2712264
    3477 days ago
    I have an idea for you to try... that I love.. but it's a texture thing... I've never done it with rolled oats but it may be the same... I cook oat bran (like normal) and while it's cooking I mix the egg whites to stiff peaks.. then about a minute before the bran is done I fold in the egg whites (they'll cook).. the result?? Huge volume of fluffy fluffy oat bran!! YUMMO.. just a thought (cuz the thought of eating plain egg whites makes me want to gag LOL)
    So love you.. can't wait to see your slide show.. going there now!
    3477 days ago
    Just watched the slide show... OMG!! Your pictures turned out amazing. You are absolutely beautiful. I hope to someday feel the same!
    3477 days ago
    I am teary eyed - so beautiful and inspirational - Thank you for sharing them!!!
    3477 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8377017
    Thanks for encouraging SO many of us!!!!! U are amazing!!!!! emoticon
    3477 days ago
    WOW I am awe inspired.
    3477 days ago
    I loved the slideshow!! All of the pictures were awesome. You have done an amazing job. Way to go!
    3477 days ago
  • LBDB001
    Thanks so much for the photo slide :-). It is so liberating to see a REAL WOMAN's body in photo's. Not these airbrushed untrue, fake pics we see in magazines that bring us false hope as to what our bodies will become with hard work and committment. You are my role model :-). Thank you soooooo much for being faithful to your journey :-).
    3477 days ago
    Amazing photos! Your beauty radiates!
    3477 days ago
  • JEA1668
    not only does your food look awesome, but your slide show was phenomenal, you look absolutely STUNNING! goosness gracious you are the biggest inspiration I could have ever asked for!!! thank you for always staying true to You and for always being there whenever someone needed a little pick my up or motivation :) truly blessed for having come across you :)!
    3477 days ago
  • no profile photo KRISTINARAINES
    All I have to say is Beautiful1!
    3477 days ago
    Thanks Carolyn for sharing the photos. You are so beautiful!
    3477 days ago
    The story told in those pictures Carolyn, I really just don't have words. To see the full truth in what has taken place...as dramatic as the body changes are....the most profound thing to me was the eyes...always beautiful, but so full of fire where you are now...yes...that is you...on fire for life and your story serves to help me stoke my own fire a little more everyday. You are and always have been true beauty personified, from the inside out! emoticon
    3477 days ago
    Congratulations with your weigh loss. Continue to do well and share your story.
    3477 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    First the slide show - WOW! You are such a beautiful woman - inside & out. I love the blue street clothes outfit. You look vibrant, classy and so incredibly young! Not only have you lost pounds, but you lost years off your age too! All that healthy living just shining out of you.

    Even if you don't stick with this plan after the 28 days, you're learning something new about how particular food combinations affect you. I tried the flat-belly diet at the beginning of Jan. I didn't like the plan, but I learned a ton.

    Thanks Carolyn for sharing your journey. I keep following along right behind!
    3477 days ago
    Terrific pictures. I love that turqoise colour on you. About feeling hungry, I feel your pain. I've been starving for the last week or so. I think maybe I'm truly coming out of hibernation. I'm hoping it will pass soon. Can't wait to see your 'stripped' results.
    3477 days ago
    bar none favorite pic is the one you refer to...

    3477 days ago
    What a great blog. Thanks for sharing your journey, your dedication, Carolyn. Thanks also for sharing your slide show ... you deserve to be proud of the work you've put in ... feeling great is an amazing bonus, hey! Well done!!!
    3477 days ago
    Wow...Wow...Wow! I don't even have words for those photos and the fire in your eyes! You most certainly are a "Firework", always bursting full of motivation and inspiration! emoticon
    3477 days ago
    I am with Kat, you have a "A" gameplan for everything you do my friend! Love your pics!
    3477 days ago
    You are turning me on, LOL!!! Your photos are amazing, you could be a model. It is amazing the changes that have taken place over the past 2 years for you. You continue to inspire me!

    That food looks delicious. I am definitely trying to incooperate some of these into my diet plan.
    3477 days ago
  • FATSOO51
    You look emoticon !!

    3477 days ago
    You ARE a firework!! I love that you always bring your "A" Game to everything!!
    3477 days ago
    Crying!! So amazingly amazed and happy for you! You are a FIREWORK!! Thank you for sharing your journey, lovey!! It means so much to me to be a part of this. You continue to inspire me every day!!
    3477 days ago
    I really appreciate the details you share on how you are sticking to the plan. Your honesty in dealing with the hunger and possibility of binging is eye-opening, and certainly a motivator for me! The next time I feel like that, I'll think of you, and be more disciplined.

    And the slide is is beautiful! YOU are gorgeous! Personally, I love that ab shot!
    3477 days ago
    WOW!!!! Carolyn!!!!! your slide show is FAB-U-LUS!!!!! you are absolutely an inspiration to all of us and the true reason that SP was made. Your transformation is incredible, your skin is glowing, your body is baggin! I love to read all of your blogs and always, always pull at least one thing out of them that I didn't know.

    Thank you for being so dedicated and sharing it with the rest of us!
    3477 days ago
    It's very illuminating that you have examined your hunger and see the danger/weakness there. I know you can do the 28 days and it will be interesting for all of us to see the results. The food does look delish! I, like you, share the discoveries, struggles, and joy of my journey, and I believe doing that helps to attack the vulnerable aspects and encourages feedback from the people that know (and love) you best.

    The slide show was beautiful, and it is encouraging to see your confidence, happiness, and love for the body you have taken responsibility for.
    3477 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/25/2011 9:26:18 AM
    Wow, Wow, Wow!! Fabulous! You rock!

    emoticon Kelli
    3477 days ago
  • LDY_ALI_79
    Your photo shot looks like it went well! I love the outfits & the colors you choose! emoticon You look amazing! emoticon
    3477 days ago
    Absolutely gorgeous!!!! You should be so proud of yourself and all of your accomplishments. What I saw was a beautiful woman inside and out! Amazing!
    3477 days ago
    WOW I LOVE the pictures- you are so gorgeous!!! The photographer did an amazing job :) I definitely am inspired and motivated.
    3477 days ago
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