Sunday, June 12, 2011

Happy Sunday!

Welcome to my blog. It's been (several very difficult) years since I've blogged. My blogging emphasis used to be parenting, homeschooling, family and natural parenting.

This blog will be in one way intimate (about my journey to physical health, including weight), it will be less about my life. As a teacher and therapist, what I can say about my  paid for work is limited. I am co-parenting with my children's father in a rather hostile dynamic, and so that will be limited as well.

Here is some more info. I was very successful on a healthy low carb diet about 10 years ago. I ate mostly vegetables and meat. I was not (after research and deprogramming from the cultural paradigm) dietary fat phobic. 10 years ago, my youngest was 2, and I had birthed 3 babies rather quickly. I was just coming off a ethical/health vegetarian "thing". I was a vegetarian for my second daughter's pregnancy and until I concieved her brother. At that point, I was nursing 2 kids and gestating another one. My body SCREAMED for steak. My veggie buddies said "Nah. That's just indoctrination. You need (black beans, nut butters, brown rice, dairy)." I tried that until I gave into the fact that actually my body needed STEAK.

I followed a healthy low carb for a couple of years until life tanked big time. {insert long sob story here} Now, I am in my mid-forties, kids are teens, and I am obese. I am 5'5" and weigh 224.3, size 18.

Adding exercise to my schedule at this point is counter productive. I have 3 jobs, 3 teens and am a full time student. I graduate in December, and although I don't expect to be have too much scheduling freedom at that point since I will be finding a paid for role in which to complete my "LMFT", "LCDC", and "LPC" designations - in addition to teaching 4 days a week and possibly maintaining my full time hours as library assistant at my graduate school.

A few years ago, I tried Weight Watchers (I was an angry, screaming mess eating lean protein, 100% whole grains, fruits and veggies) and did not lose weight. I tried low carb, lost on Atkins' induction and stalled. I did not have the momentum at the time to persevere. I did get my thyroid checked at that time (I was losing hair at an alarming rate). I don't think they did a full, appropriate panel but what they did do came back "fine". I suspect that the preponderance of dairy based low carb legals was an issue for me then.

This time around on Atkins low carb, my clean induction created a just under 10 pound loss. I was fine with that. I didn't expect the rate of loss to continue. I have stalled. I am not sure if dairy is a portion (and therefore) calorie issue for me or that I react to dairy in a way that stalls me, but my gut (no pun intended, but I love puns) tells me that the stall is at least related to dairy.

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