Weight: 199.6FINALLY UNDER 200
I am truly happy and will not forget this Birthday for sure! STILL, THE Reality check is -- I thought if lost 2 pounds a week through this WOE -- I'd be at my goal weight OF 150 POUNDS by my 60th birthday!
Real reality is I have lost not even a quarter of this. But between last Saturday and this I did loose over 4 pounds this week.
Hopefully, my problem has been the thyroid drug I'd been on. I am really, really happy today that I am loosing again!
I also just realized that I made my first goal of vegan dieting: I have gone under 200 pounds. It took 10 months to do it actually over that including the weeks I was on Esselstyne's diet - but I have lost 30 pounds total as a vegan. I shouldn't forget I was at 250 at my highest so I have lost 50 pounds since I started really applying myself to trying to loose!Fifty pounds I think is a really good accomplishment - it was terribly slow - I have sen people come here and get to their goal in like 10 weeks. I am just so happy for them - but this could have been for me, particularly lately on this llllooooonnnnnggggg plateau, a really discouraging period! IT WAS NOT THOUGH!
The reason it's not is all the sincerely nice folks here!!!!! I am so glad to have met you people! You are all so supportive and also here for changing your health with every bite you take So, I have not been discouraged hardly at all because people sympathize, offer suggestions, commiserate and wish me well. I am so terribly thankful for these folks and this forum!!!
The other part beyond how cool all the folks are - is that even though the pounds have, as yet, not melted off quickly -- the health issues are disappearing and that is the real goal.
I'd like to be like Rosey and say that my fibromyalgia was gone in a few weeks after starting - mine's not! It goes up and down still. There are still times when the pain is very high - but the energy is so much better and secondary symptoms of the fibro are just gone, like restless legs, and IBS. Even the headaches are less often and the energy is so much more! So no complaints there either.MY BIRTHDAY PLEDGE TO MYSELF
The thing is -- I made my first goal, yay for that -- and now I will schedule another blood test and meet with my doctor. I want to share this happy time with her for being so supportive of this change to a vegan lifestyle. I mean other than babies and maybe surviving cancer treatments or another big health crisis - do we ever think to say thanks to our docs when they are there for us! So that's coming up.
Then there is the part about what's the next goal.
I am going to set the bar really high - personally I think this is undoable - but I am going to treat everyday like I can do it and aim for it. I am going for the next thirty pounds by Thanksgiving.
I want the folks around the table at Turkey Day - to be able to SEE
why I am not eating all that "good food" and really understand without me explaining myself anymore - why I have done this and that it hasn't been a hardship for me at all. That it's been nothing but good.
If I loose this next thirty pounds - actually just a little over - I will be in normal range!!!! There after, my next goal would actually be goal weight !! Maybe after to see if I can get back to the weight I was for most of my life 137.5.
137.5 is what I weighed in High School and until I had my hysterectomy at 41 and went on thyroid drugs the fibro followed those health issues. And once I had fibro the weight just wouldn't budge - and I tried lots of diets let me NOT tell you what all!
137.5 puts me right at 20 BMI too. It never occurred to me that for like half my life I was exactly where is should have been weight wise. It's clear though at that weight I wasn't where I should have been health-wise - I got cancer at that weight. But then I was also a drinking 1/2 gallon of milk a day, having yogurt twice a day and eating cheese every chance I got! Not to mention eating out and having steak, ham, roast beef and other delicacies all the time.
I've now read Colin Campbell - I have no doubt that what I was eating fed the cancer everything it needed to go out of control. So I am not ever going there again. This is why I say I am in it for my health not as much the weight loss. Still, I also want the TC to be below 150 and the LDL to be less than 80 - like Dr. Esselstyn notes is the zone below which there are no heart attacks and that is going to come with the weight coming off - I doubt I can get there with out being firmly in normal range.
So these are all my goals for the WOE and this is my first day of trying to achieve the next one. AND I am absolutely jazzed and energized to to so!! B: oatmeal/fruit/flax/cinnamon/almond milk w/ herbal coffee 1 tbsp coconut creamer
L: giant salad with 2 cups rice and veggies
D: potatoes/cabbage/cauliflower w/ pub mustard