Sunday, July 21, 2013

Dorothy's Diary: Weight Loss Success on My Gluten Free Diet

Congratulations to Dorothy, our Sunday gal we just love to root for. (If you want to know why we're congratulating her, you'll have to read her post.) Dorothy's coach, Drew Parisi, has been helping her to navigate this gluten free lifestyle. If you don't follow Drew on Facebook, here's the link to her page. She's a great resource for healthy eating!

There is more to write about Mr. Dynamic, and that will come soon. For now, let's take a little break from all that and check in with my life on the Gluten Free Challenge.

July 3, 2013
I don't have a scale in my home. I haven't in a long time because I don't want to focus on weight consciousness. I don't want to get caught up in a numbers head trip. Instead, I care about how I feel.

On a whim, I stopped by the gym to weigh myself. I was just curious. I hadn't weighed myself since my last doctor's appointment on May 23rd. I knew my clothes fit looser, but I still wasn't prepared for what happened next. I took off my shoes and stepped on the gym scale. 18 pounds lighter. What?!?!?! I stepped off, then stepped on the scale again. It was the same reading: 18 pounds lighter. Unbelievable!! Wait, I better really be sure. I asked one of the gym trainers if they had recently gotten a new scale. No, it's the same one as always. Okay, so it's real. I have actually lost 18 pounds since May 23rd. This is definitely due to the Gluten Free Challenge! It's really working! Wowza!!! 

I got home and immediately texted Iris. OMG OMG OMG OMG. I gave her the good news. She texted right back. Iris asked if I had been dieting at all or just eating as I normally would. I wrote back. No diet, just normal eating. OMG, I really can't believe it. I understood immediately, this Gluten Free Challenge is going to save my life. It's going to take me from "surviving life" to living life again. It may even change my career path. I feel so much better than before. Iris asked if I thought this was a sustainable way to live. I said yes, as long as I can keep cooking. It also means I can't go back to my old schedule of working lots of overtime and attending too many meetings and events after work. It takes time to cook and take care of yourself. I can't go back to the old lifestyle.

I can't believe I haven't been starving or feeling deprived and I still lost weight. I have learned that I need to eat. I really have to eat or this doesn't work for me. If I wait too long in between meals and snacks, I get too hungry. And it even makes me cranky. I have to drink lots of water and I have to eat plenty of food. I love it! Eat more, not less! 

Spicy Chicken Tacos

Honey Glazed Salmon

Favorite New Gluten Free Meals
-Still love the green smoothie - make it almost every day. 
-Turkey Burgers in a Bowl (Drew Parisi recipe) - Love it!
-Honey Glazed Salmon with Walnuts over Curried Lentils - Yum!
-I tried to make Coach Mia's recipe, Sweet Potato Wedges with Guacamole. Mia's photo looked so pretty. My wedges look more like...not wedges. But they taste great!
-Watermelon with Lemon Juice and Mint (thank you, Mia).
-Spicy turkey (or chicken) sausage sautéed with onions, garlic, white beans, zucchini, and spinach (Drew Parisi recipe).
-Roasted acorn squash with cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, pepper and coconut oil. 
-Tilapia served over quinoa, sautéed onions, and spinach. I mix the veggies right into the quinoa.
-Spicy Chicken Tacos - Really good (especially if you don't mix up the paprika and cayenne pepper. Oops!)

July 4, 2013
Okay, just got out of the tub. Nice long soak. I looked in the mirror. I didn't try to avoid looking at myself. My brown eyes are sparkling. I feel good. I feel like a woman. I'm singing along to Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman" and I'm feeling it.

I bend down to put lotion on my feet. I look at my feet and ankles, and notice that the usual swelling is gone. I look at my right foot, which has a big bunion and (normally) lots of swelling around the big toe. Hey, wait a minute! I think the swelling around the toe and bunion is gone. At least it is way down. I feel the bunion several times, and rub. I actually think the bunion is slightly smaller. Can that be possible? I try to bend my big toe, which has been ramrod straight for quite a while. The big toe bends. It actually bends!! Is this from the gluten free diet? Holy crap! This is awesome. AWESOME!

Between the weight loss and the feet/ankles, I am seeing more changes and improvements with my new way of eating. I knew this Gluten Free Challenge would be good for me, but I didn't know it would be THIS GOOD.

July 17, 2013
A follow-up visit to the doctor's. I've lost 2 more pounds. That means I have lost 20 pounds in about 7 weeks. Also, my blood pressure dropped from 150/100 to 134/90 (both with medication). Another wowza!

I will definitely keep going with the Gluten Free Challenge. This is a great start, but I have to be in it for the long haul. One of the reasons it's working for me is that I don't feel like I am on a diet. I'm not going through deprivation. I'm just finding new foods to love. Let's go!

How do I feel now?
-Lost 20 pounds! Blood pressure reading dropped!
-Inflammation and swelling in feet/ankles is gone.
-No coughing anymore, no throwing up, stomach feels better.
-More energy.
-Better mood, better coping, more calmness.
-I see some "sexy" in the mirror. I feel my power again. 

When I cook and eat, the food tastes delicious to me. I haven't been craving the old foods very much, which is pretty unbelievable. Before, I used to eat at restaurants a lot. Now I'm enjoying cooking and trying new recipes. I don't "run as hard" as before. I focus on coming home, cooking, writing, and making my home. I'm gaining a desire to organize and get rid of clutter. A desire to decorate, finish unpacking, and make a home I can be proud of. Time to let people in. 

I have a new community, new friends, and new connections. A new support system of wonderful, honest, caring women (and now men too). I don't feel as alone and isolated. I am enjoying writing, and it's therapeutic too.

The secret for me is having NO GLUTEN IN THE HOUSE.

My Biggest Challenges
I have given up my coffee and hazelnut creamer. Drew wants me to have one cup in the morning with a meal, and that's it. She also said I should consider using a different non-dairy creamer. The hazelnut creamer I love and adore has too much sugar. I'm drinking less coffee, but not just one cup in the morning. It feels like comfort food to me, like a friend, like pleasure. Coffee and hazelnut. OMG so good. How can I give that up?

It's a close tie with my love for Nut Thins. I can eat a whole box for a meal. I love the crunchy texture. I love the taste. I feel like writing a love poem to Nut Thins. Well, to coffee with hazelnut creamer and Nut Thins. Please don't make me choose.

I'm still doing some emotional eating - but now with gluten free items. Especially late at night. This is a work in progress.

NOTE TO SELF: Do not make the full recipe of Iris' delicious Strawberry Shortcakes recipe. Don't make all 12 muffins or I will eat all 12. Iris offers a recipe for 3 muffin shortcakes and that is the way to go. Even the batter is delicious! I put the shortcakes into a bowl with the fresh berries, then poured coconut cream over it like a bowl of cereal. OMG that was decadent. It would have been perfect if only I had 1 or 2 shortcakes in the bowl instead of...well, more than 1 or 2.

I need to start a daily meditation practice. I can't just keep e-mailing Iris. (Fairy Angel Iris, whose support is helping me SO MUCH.) I know how. I just need to make the time. And do it. 



Shann said...

Yay!!!! Congrats on the weight loss! Doesn't it feel wonderful, to feel wonderful? Keep up the great work!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dorothy, You are on a great journey. Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. I wanted to let you know that using a spoonful of virgin coconut oil in my morning java has been a satisfying substitute for me. It even has a bit of nutty flavor. Maybe it would take the place of your hazelnut creamer. And definitely better for you than edible oil products!! All the best! Beth

Dorothy said...

Thank you Shannon! Yes, it does feel wonderful. And right back at you! XOXO

Dorothy said...

Hi Beth, So nice to read your comment! Great idea about using the virgin coconut oil in coffee. I never would have that of it on my own, but I am going to try it. I like coconut. Thanks so much, wishing you all the best!


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