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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Can you see the lightbulb that just went off above my head?

I have been avoiding blogging for a few days, first because of the insane headaches I wrote about earlier that have been plauging me and then because I have been researching and working on a new plan for myself. I have basically stayed the same weight since Christmas even though I am eating my WW point target and working out regularly. I will lose a couple and then one high sodium meal out (even with healthy options) will cause me to instantly gain a couple pounds that take a week to get rid of. For the first year of this weight loss roller coaster I did not have this problem at all. I still have 50 pounds to lose, I should not be plateauing, it should not be this hard!

In trying to come up with a reason for my sudden PMS symptoms (including the crippling headache) I have been reading up on how hormones affect metabolism and how chemicals in the food we eat can affect our hormones. For the past year I have been filling my body with all kinds of fat free, sugar free, non-foods that have helped me transition from my old eating habits slowly without feeling deprived. But, I honestly feel like I am filling my body with processed chemicals that are making me sick and stalling my weightloss. I drink 2 litres of Crystal Light every day, I eat fat-free mayo, baked potato chips, fat-free pudding, sugar free frozen yogurt. I have looked at every nutritional information label for everything that has gone in my mouth for the past year - counting the calories, fat and fibre and figuring out the points. I never look at the ingredients though. There is some scary stuff in these foods.

These foods have definitely helped me get as far as I am and I don't think I could have lost 60 pounds without them but now I am going to start on 'Phase 2' of this journey. I don't just want to be thin, I want to be healthy. I am going to cut out as much processed food as possible and whenever possible eat organic meat and keep my pesticide consumption to a minimum. I live in a part of the country where organic meat and veggies are easily available to me - I feed my precious doggie organic dog food, don't I deserve as much? I have planted a beautiful veggie garden and will soon have wonderful produce growing right in my own backyard.

I am going to continue with weight watchers, the meetings are a great motivator and keep my momentum up. I am not going to count points for the next two weeks though. I am going to follow the plan outlined in the book 'Master Your Metabolism' (written by Jillian Michaels). Weight Watchers has taught me so much about portion control that I think I will be able to utilize my eat until satisfied skills.

So, I am committing to two weeks of clean eating. I am hoping to regain some of the lost energy of the past few months, clear my throbbing head, and hopefully see some permanent movement on the scales.


skinny me! said...

i'm reading that book too and I agree there is a lot of truth to what she says. I also wanted to say...last year I did a detox called 'The Dr. Joshi Detox.' Basically you just eat super clean for a month...I lost 9 pounds but more importantly...I felt INCREDIBLE. It was hard to do, but if you're looking to feel better...grab the book. I think its a similar theory to Gillian.
Good luck!

JanetM97 said...

Good luck with your revitalized, new direction! sounds like you're on to something great for you! :)

Anonymous said...

I totally understand what you mean by all the scary stuff in the low fat/no fat things we use. Hubby and I think about that alot. More and more people are choosing clean eating. Good luck and post some pic's of your meals!

Unknown said...

I think your making a good change. I highly recommend a little or no processed food diet. You wont find too many items in my house that I used to eat as a kid thats for sure! lol I am also not a fan of artificial sugar substitutes from a previous YEAR of headaches that I feel was a result of my 4-6 pack a day use of equal in my ice tea.
I hope that you see and feel a difference in your new journey! I look forward to reading all about it!

:) keep us posted!!

SeaShore said...

Good luck! I hope it works for you, it sounds like a postive change.