I'm way past due for a change. So here I am, new avi, new journal, new Greeky.
Probably the biggest thing holding me back from achieving my goals is my binging problem. So stopping that is now going to be one of my top priorities.
My health is also another priority. You guys probably think I am a hypochondriac by now, constantly looking for a diagnosis to fit my symptoms. It is quite possible that I am looking in the wrong places. Maybe I just need more sleep.. maybe I am deficient in a nutrient. Regardless, I will try not to stress about it anymore as that only compounds the problem.
I finally got in touch with the psych clinic about therapy today, they will call me back sometime next week. I will also begin reading books and such on the topic of binging and emotional well being.
I don't intend to post my diet, except maybe for changes, and any bad things I may eat. Posting what I eat is another stressor and right now I just need to eat clean and healthy foods without worrying about the amounts (as long as they are not excessive)
As for my workouts, we'll see. I don't want strict rules for this journal, mainly a place to express my feelings and ask questions and get the much-needed support you guys always provide.
Tomorrow, I am going to weigh, measure, and take pics. I know it will be embarrassing for me. In the past two months I have gained 10 or more pounds. I am highly disappointed and upset with myself for this and I intend to go back to previous methods such as cardio which worked for ME to lose fat in the past.
I may or may not post my weight measurements and pics tomorrow, but I will definately take them.
In exactly 11 weeks will be my church's annual Greek Festival. I am setting this as a goal date because I want to look the best I can, and having an actual goal in mind may help my progress. (Who knows I may meet a nice Greek guy ) I aim to achieve 11 binge-free weeks. I have not decided if I will include cheats. However, I must make the distinction between controlled cheats and out of control binges.
I guess I will pretty much make this up as I go..
As of right now, I am doing two no carb weeks. Before you all jump on your soapboxes, I am doing it for the following reasons:
1) Break sugar addiction
2) Get possible and quite likely candida under control
3) Lose a couple quick pounds to regain some confidence.
By a couple, I literally mean a couple. Anything more will be water and or possibly muscle. I am however quite unhappy with the amount of muscle I have put on, so this is not a problem for me.
I will do periodic spit tests to check if levels of candida are going up or down, and then slowly attempt to reintroduce complex carbs..then eventually fruit as well.
I am going to use active verbs from now on. One thing I have learned as a communication major is that the language you use to describe something frames the way you view that thing. For example: I will try to stop binging VS. I WILL stop binging. Both of these have very different meanings, I will use the second form from now on. "Trying" is NOT good enough anymore. Only DOING!
I wanted to note my first no carb day is going well. I invented a new type of eggies, macaroon eggies. I add some organic unsweetened coconut flakes both in and on top (as well as cocoa and sweetener) It is surprisingly delicious, and using unsweetened coconut flakes adds *minimal* sugar. It doesnt taste that great alone..so I am not eating it out of the bag!
This is a very long post..but hey, its MY journal..
Good Luck Greek. Just getting through life sometimes is a big enough challenge, much less trying to take care of ones body and be in good physical/mental condition.
Since you mentioned you go to Church, I will take it your at least semi-religious, as am I. One thing that always helps me when I have issues or problems is taking maybe 30 minutes at the beginning of each day and pray/read the Bible/ or just quietly meditate and give my issues to God. I usually get the day going right doing this and it really helps me, especially during tough times.
I wish you the best and Good Luck.
"Show me a beautiful woman, and I'll show you a guy tired of screwing her"
Viv, I am so glad you finally decided it was time to get serious about your health conditions and try and take better control of it.
Im in the same process, I know its hard but hunnie it will be soo much more worth it in the long run!
Best of luck girl, Ill def be following for support!
" To dream anything you want to dream: That is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything you want to do: That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits: that is the courage to succeed."
I got this in my email box a few weeks back, and I hung it on my mirror. Good read
MEMO FROM GOD
From: GOD - The Boss!
This is God.
Today I will be handling All of your problems for you. I DO NOT need your help. So, have a nice day.
I love you.
P.S. And, remember....
If life happens to deliver a situation to you that you can not handle, DO NOTattempt to resolve it yourself !! Kindly put it in the SFGTD (something for God to do) box. I will get to it in MY TIME. All situations will be resolved, but in My time, not yours.
Once the matter is placed into the box, do not hold onto it by worrying about it. Instead, focus on all the wonderful things that are present in your life now.
If you find yourself stuck in traffic; Don't despair. There are people in this world for whom driving is an unheard of privilege.
Should you have a bad day at work; Think of the man who has been out of work for years.
Should you despair over a relationship gone bad; Think of the person who has never known what it's like to love and be loved in return.
Should you grieve the passing of another weekend; Think of the woman in dire straits, working twelve hours a day, seven days a week to feed her children
Should your car break down, leaving you miles away from assistance; Think of the paraplegic who would love the opportunity to take that walk.
Should you notice a new gray hair in the mirror; Think of the cancer patient in chemo who wishes she had hair to examine.
Should you find yourself at a loss and pondering what is life all about, asking what is my purpose? Be thankful. There are those who didn't live long enough to get the opportunity.
Should you find yourself the victim of other people's bitterness, ignorance, smallness or insecurities; Remember, things could be worse. You could be one of them!
Should you decide to send this to a friend; Thank you, you may have touched their life in ways you will never know!
Now, you have a nice day,
"Show me a beautiful woman, and I'll show you a guy tired of screwing her"
Good luck chicklit, Im here for ya, you know it my twin. I will not comment on the no carb weeks, just pleeeeezzzzzzzze be careful. As for the coconut-im off to get groceries and that is on my list for my nighty night snack! Much success to ya darlin!
I really wish you luck but do you realize what 2 weeks of no carbs is going to do to your metabolism, digetstive system and sanity?
It could take you weeks to bring your metabolism back up so that your actually burning fat again. Your metabolism shuts down and stops burning fat if this is not done properly. Not worth the pain and torture IMO.
Good luck Greek, I really do wish you the best.
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Thanks Jodi Jodie and Don Don.. I will monitor how I'm feeling, as well as do periodic spit tests. Then I will try to slowly reintroduce. I think brown rice is gluten free. We'll see, I might do only one week.
Anyway.. I got my pics and stats taken. Walgreens may be able to get you the CD in one hour.. but the quality is soooo much worse ugh! My pics stats and measurements are REALLY embarrassing. But I will put them up. I want to do them every week, but may more realistically only take pics every two weeks. I need a digital camera.. anybody wanna donate one??
I will also post some older pics that were on the roll, from december and january. I looked a lot better then
Greeky..I am jusy worried that after day three of no carbs you'll wanna pull your hair out. It's tough going completely no carb. Just monitor DAILY how you are feeling. If you feel that it is too much, start introducing things back in. Promise us that...OK????
"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on."