Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Not me week

I didn't follow this plan "mostly" & expect a weight loss this week, no not me.  I didn't wonder if this plans for me, giving myself permission to eat, brownies & a Reese's peanut butter cup, no not me.  And since my weigh-in day is Monday, I didn't stick to the plan religiously on Sunday thinking I would have a loss after only 1 day, no not me.  (BTW, I'm really proud of that day because it was my nephew's 1st birthday & I turned down the birthday cake, woo-hoo!)  Oh yeah, & I didn't eat an unlimited amount of wheat thins while I was folding laundry, not me ;).

All kidding aside, I gained a pound from the previous week.  When will I get that I can't do the plan 1 day a week & expect a loss.  I do actually think I get it now, but only time will tell.  Right now it's about 9 a.m.  I'm giving my word that I'll report before I go to bed of my food diary.  It will be "belly good."  Then I'll do the same tomorrow & the day after, and the day after, etc.

These were some of my belly good meals in the last week:

On Thursday since my oldest was out of school due to Veteran's Day, my mom came for a visit & we went to The Museum of Life & Science.  The kids were so excited to see Grandma & we had a great time.

A few pics from my nephew's 1st birthday:

Happy BFC'n everyone!

Thanks for stoppin' by.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Day 1 of sticking with it even if I mess up

Thanks for the comments.  I love our blog community...it's awesome :)!  Minichick, my cancer started as nodules.  My endocrinologist ended up doing a fine needle biopsy because my nodule was large (about the size of an egg, they said).  The result was inconclusive.  So they recommended getting that side of the thyroid removed.  Now everything was really positive because only 1% of those with nodules end up with thyroid cancer & lots of people have nodules.  The plan was to take half out during surgery, have pathology test the nodule for cancer.  If no cancer was detected they would leave the other half, which could produce all of the thyroid hormones I would need.  The results were benign, so they stitched me up leaving the other half.  Well when the final pathology report came back the following week, cancer was detected. So a few days later I had the other half removed.  Fun, huh!...2 major surgeries within 8 days.  The hardest part was waiting about a month to find out if it had metastasized. All I could think about was my then 4 year & 1 year old.  I ended up having to do a low iodine diet, radioactive iodine treatment, then a scan after the treatment that scans for thyroid cells.  If any cells are detected in other parts of the body it has metastasized. The result - no metastasis!!!  I've had follow up ultrasounds & blood test since then (2years) & no sign of cancer has been detected.  I just have to take synthroid now.  I definitely feel SO BLESSED.  This is the number 1 increasing cancer among women, so I'm always encouraging everyone to have their necks checked by their doctor! This cancer is about 98% curable if diagnosed early. 

Thanks for the encouragement Rosalie.  You're such an inspiration.  I know I can do it, no matter how long it takes. I love the idea of not looking back.  I'll try that.

I've decided to blog my food for a while.  I need all of the accountability I can get ;).

Breakfast was a new concoction.  I usually have peanut butter oatmeal, but today I tried it with blueberries.
  oatmeal, blueberries, cinnamon, butter, sun crystals = s/c value 5/2

After watching the anti-cancer video I decided to include more anti-oxidants. I like the peanut butter variety better, but it was good for a change.

Happy BFC'n.

Monday, November 8, 2010

As a cancer survivor I have to believe this is a healthy program, not just a weight loss program.  I mean, take chemo & lose weight, but it's definitely not healthy.  I've been praying to be directed to best lifestyle for me.  I knew I needed one I could maintain for the long haul.  I think I've found it in the BFC.  I may do some tweaking along the way, but not now.  I just watched this video by Anti-Cancer, A New Way of Life and lots of the lifestyle changes Dr. David Servan-Schreiber recommends fit nicely with the BFC.  It's a long video, but SO worth watching!  Please watch it & forward to love ones.

He states within the video the number one risk factor for cancer - OBESITY. That's me, OBESE! As a cancer survivor whose also a wife and mother, that's not smart.

From now on when I want to cheat, I'm going to wait 15 minutes, do another activity, anything. Believe me with a household & 2 small children it's not hard to come up with something to do. If I still want to cheat, I'm going to write down why. Maybe this will help me face whatever it is that causes this self sabotage. As Oprah says, it's not really about the food. I also quite ofter think about a YouTube video I saw a while back. She quoted Dr. Phil as saying & I'm paraphrasing here, if you're fat you want to be fat. You're getting something positive from it. Here's her video:

I went to the doctor today for a checkup. I knew it was coming...about 5 minutes into the appointment. "Oh Catherine, you were 151, then 158, then 162, then 170, then 174. Now you're 180. Are you happy with that?" Ummm, NO. He was very supportive of low carb. I really didn't feel like going into the BFC...I mean it's just words... I need action.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

No Excuses. Period.

Same old story...wandering around wondering what diet I should do...all while eating every unhealthy, sugary food in sight.  Because after all, I'm starting my diet in the morning & I'll never be able to eat X again, so I might as well get my FILL of it now.  Lies. Lies. Lies.  I keep coming back to the BFC.    What makes it so great is it's flexibility to various eating styles.  I have been flip flopping back & forth between vegetarian & omnivore.  Here's the awesome part...either one can be done on this program!!!  How cool is that.

For the rest of the month of December (starting today, day 1)  I'm keeping a food log & posting it on this blog.  Please keep me accountable.  I may be posting several times a day at first...seems to help me stay on track.

I can do this.  I've done much harder things...thyroid cancer seems to ring a bell.  This is easy compared to that.

My motivation:
  • feeling sexy again!  Woo-hoo!  
  • fitting in those size 4 jeans in my dresser draw.  I know that may seem small to some people, but I'm 5'3" with a small frame so I think this is very doable.
  • more energy to run & play with my kids (& my hubby, wink, wink ;) )
  • to be here for my 2 beautiful girls
  • having the energy to keep a clean, tidy house
  • sleeping better
  • healthier
  • going clothes shopping & purchasing an item knowing it will look nice!
  • cardio & strength health
  • the feeling, I can do anything!
My goals:
  • maintaining a weight of 115-120
  • fitness:  run a mile (without stopping), perform a cart wheel & a back bend (bridge), perform 20 regular push-ups (not girlie style)
That's all for now.

Happy BFC'n.  :)


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