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Burden of Proof (or yes, Virginia, ditching grains really does make you shrink)

It’s been way longer than I planned for it to be before getting back here to post again. Between the kids, the puppy, the house, the job, the very occasional date (don’t get all excited, no I haven’t found “HIM” yet but it sure is fantastic to get out and talk to adults!) and every other little thing life throws at us when we have the cojones to make any kinds of plans, I’ve just been running crazy.

But I promised pictures and here they are. The first one is in June 2013, a week after THE BREAKUP, in full-on uglytastic 80s garb for the moms’ dance in my daughter’s recital. Fat, depressed, sick, unhappy, exhausted, in physical and mental pain. It is not easy to share this picture but I know that so many people (including me, still!) need inspiration, and need to see with their own two eyes that there IS a life outside of the one they feel trapped in. The second picture is from today – January 31, 2014.

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I have not stepped on the scale since the last post. I’m fairly certain that I’m at upwards of 30 lbs. lost now. The numbers aren’t critical to me, how I feel is – and I feel great.

Do I cheat sometimes? Hell yeah. Especially if we’re going out to dinner, I will have whatever I want. But I am very careful not to go too far, and to keep myself on track at home because that’s where I eat the majority of meals.

I also feel compelled to add that this hasn’t just been a matter of dietary change. I have done a tremendous amount of mental and emotional work in the past four months. I am convinced – pathological disorders notwithstanding – that it is almost impossible to see long-term physical improvement/weight loss without doing the mental work along with it. I know there are those who will disagree, and that’s fine, but I have spent an adult lifetime battling my weight and energy levels (with thyroid problems on top of everything else) and I can say without reserve that until I began to fix some of the seriously off shit upstairs, the downstairs stayed fat.

That said – I know some of you have been begging for more practical ideas, recipes, meal plans, things you can put into action every day in real life, so the next post will focus on those issues.

Until then, please share your thoughts and stories with me in the comments!

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Grain Free and Weight Loss

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I never used to believe it when people would say that they lost weight just by making a small adjustment in “lifestyle”. After 2.5 months of grain free eating I’m no longer a skeptic and I gotta say, it feels good!

I have avoided the scale til today because it’s a real catch 22 for me – if the results are good, it motivates me. If the numbers aren’t what I want, it can send me into a spiral of doom leading straight to the fridge. So when I started eating grain free, I decided I wouldn’t even go near the scale until I felt at least fairly happy *in my clothes*, that way the numbers wouldn’t wield much power.

This morning I was feeling priiiitee good, so I took the plunge and stepped on.

Backtracking a bit – way back in June, immediately following The Breakup, I danced in the moms’ dance in my daughter’s dance recital, as I have the last couple years. I was MISERABLE. I was an emotional wreck, I was fat, unhappy, and would have simply crawled into a hole if I could possibly have avoided the week-long recital hell. But I couldn’t, because my kid was counting on me.

Fast forward to September when I finally decided to take action and kick the grains – since then I have felt amazing physically, I don’t need naps anymore (ok, maybe on a rare occasion during that special time of the month D:), I don’t feel like a sloth after eating, and most importantly I don’t CRAVE anymore. I still have a high-stress life, but the biggest difference is that I no longer have the urge to use food as a sedative. That is HUGE. All of you who struggle with that *know* how huge that is.

Back to this morning, I figured what the heck, I’m moving steadily toward going down another pant size, I feel confident and pretty when I go out, why not see what the scale says just out of curiosity. Since going grain free, I have lost……drum roll…..

27 pounds!

I can honestly tell you – I do not go hungry, yes I eat carbs (and plenty of them), I don’t think about food constantly, I don’t feel guilty when I eat, I don’t crave junk but I can eat a treat and be satisfied with just one, in short – I don’t try.

Again, the biggest benefit of all is that I don’t have cravings and I feel fantastic. Actually, maybe I don’t feel fantastic. Maybe I feel “normal” – maybe this is what people who don’t regularly go into a bread coma feel like. Either way, I’ll take it!

I can also honestly tell you I’m not a workout crazy gym rat. I take my dog for a two to four block walk most days, I dance around with the kids sometimes, and I try to do a few crunches and standing push-ups each day. Oh, and I love goblet squats. I just try to sprinkle a little movement in here and there throughout the day.

Don’t get me wrong – I am still in plus-sizes and probably always will be. I haven’t been in “regular sizes” in adulthood since I starved myself to a size 10 for a stupid pageant when I was 19. My “goal” is to lose another 40 pounds. If I do, I do. If I don’t, that’s ok too.

If you’re wondering what 27 pounds of weight loss actually looks like, stay tuned – the next post will be pictures! 🙂

Have you seen success in weight loss by making small changes to your lifestyle or eating habits? Share in the comments!