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I’ve decided that since I’m doing so well with my new eating plan that I would finally start weighing in at home. I’m not sure how my home scale compares to the doctor’s office but I’ve lost about 18 pounds so far just by changing the way I eat. So this will be my official weigh-in for the re-birth of the blog.

Today’s weight: 372.1 lbs

produce, meat, and eggs

Farmers’ Markets fit really well into my eating plan because I can get lots of fresh vegetables and locally raised meats and eggs. Lincoln has at least 3 farmers’ markets that I know of and there might be a fourth. There are also produce stands on street corners right now too. I like the Old Cheney Farmers’ Market because they are close to where I live and they have a system set up to let you purchase using a credit or debit card. They even take SNAP (formerly food stamps) which is a great local program. The system works by purchasing tokens from the information booth and then using them to purchase goods from vendors. The vendors then give change in cash and then get reimbursed for the tokens they turn in at the end of the day.

It was warm and humid out today but I walked around with Sandy, Ross and my parents (well they wandered off on their own) and found some good foods for the week. I can actually see getting most of what I need weekly at the farmers’ market so I’m going to try and make this a routine weekly errand. Today I got some nice local ground beef, pulled pork, eggs, baby bok choy, broccoli, lettuce, and dried bell peppers. I also splurged and got a mango tea, it was unsweetened tea with mango infused, and it was great because by that point I was getting really warm. I believe I spent about $32 so I was well within my budget. The only things I still need to get is some fruit and chicken, the only chicken I saw today was a full roaster and that wasn’t quite what I wanted.

I also need to make time to get down to the bigger Haymarket Farmers’ Market this season too. I have friends that go pretty much every week so that will be fun too. They have a lot of live entertainment and other things going on and it’s a Lincoln tradition.

How many of you buy most of your food at a farmers’ market?

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This is a picture of what I had for dinner tonight. Grass-fed grilled beef patty, mixed greens, and mashed butternut squash. Pretty tasty!

I came up with this food plan yesterday and decided to put it into practice today. It may seem extreme but now I’m looking at it as an experiment so I am going to track my progress and see how it goes. The plan itself is actually really simple and below is a list of foods I’m going to eat:

  • Proteins (chicken, beef, pork and eggs)
  • Vegetables (as much as I want)
  • Fruit (only once or twice a day)
  • Olive oil as needed when cooking

That’s it. I am going to focus on what I am going to eat versus thinking about cutting anything out because I want to help minimize the feelings of loss. This is actually easy to work with in my mind because it’s a limited list with a lot of different options. Since I already have regular doctor appointments to monitor my nutrient levels and the likes that will help me see how this is benefiting or hurting my overall health. I would like to get some baseline readings at the start but I might have to just use the information from my last doctor visit.

I’m also trying to eat less often during the day and just eat meals and regular intervals. The hard part might be eating out however I don’t have a lot of money for that right now so that is helpful. Plus, I can pick places that serve foods I can eat with some modifications.

In the last couple days I have become focused on my plan for a healthy life and I started tracking again on LiveStrong. For me, I feel like if I track enough to see what’s going into my body I can better understand what I am eating and how it compares to my mood. I have started by cutting out sugar and plan to have starches follow soon. I decided that while I still have some foods on hand I do not want to eliminate everything. I am going to be mostly eating vegetables and proteins with fruit occasionally. Last night for dinner I had tuna on a big salad of mixed greens and spinach without dressing. While I was eating I started thinking that others might wonder how I can eat that way but then I realized it should be the other way around, how can anyone just eat junk all the time?

I am going to do my first weigh-in on Saturday and update my stats from that. I have a doctor’s recheck appointment in July and I hope to have made a good effort at losing weight. I’m really worried about my blood pressure level and I hope that goes down too. I am going to start doing water aerobics at the Y at least twice a week and once I’m feeling more in shape I’m going to start doing yoga. I’m nursing yet another knee injury, possibly torn cartilage, so I think water aerobics are my best bet. I also want to start working on the elliptical once I feel my knee is ready, which I’m hoping won’t take long.

Here’s to healthy living!

I have not posted in awhile for many reasons and most of them are just excuses so I won’t bother you with them. I will say that I have gained back the weight that I lost and I’m owning that. All this means is that I have an opportunity to show others that you can make mistakes in your journey but you can fix the problems and still meet your goals. I am dedicating myself to blogging about my life long struggle with my weight. This journey is never easy and I’ve been down this road before, losing weight and gaining it back. I’m going to get back to the habits that make me the person I want to be in life.

I went to see the doctor this morning for a possible knee injury and the discussion went towards weight loss. I knew this was coming because I know I need to lose weight. I think regaining the weight has taken a bigger toll on my body that I anticipated. My blood pressure is elevated, my pulse is high, and I’m having fluid retention problems. This was not my regular doctor which is always a little awkward because he doesn’t know me as well but he still had a lot of good advice. He told me about how I should be eating seasonally, that is eating spring foods and avoiding foods high in surgar and starches. He said that when you eat sugar and starches your body thinks it’s preparing for winter and adds stored fat to all your cells. He said that simply by eating spring foods and letting yourself be a little hungry that the weight will fall off because the body will be forced to use the stored fat. I think there is no harm in trying this method and it actually makes sense to me. This is going to mean a complete re-evaluation of the foods I put in my body and realize that food is fuel and nothing more.

The first step for me is to clear out my kitchen of things that I no longer want to eat. I’m going to reduce my intake of sugar and starches and increase my intake of fresh vegetables, fruits, grass fed beef, and free-range poultry. I then need to implement a new fitness plan and stick to it. I’m going to start by going to water aerobics classes at the YMCA and walking more. The doctor thinks that with time doing this I can greatly reduce the pain and inflammation in my body.

The bonus part of me is that this gives me more things to write about in my blog. The new new me is ready to get started, anyone want to join me?

Vital Stats

Name: Angela
Age: 36
Height: 5'8"
Total Weight Lost: 46lbs

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