Saturday, April 13, 2019

Proof of Weight Maintenance April 2019


I'm still maintaining 65.6 pounds. Not 70, but heyyyyyy after 7+ years, almost 8 years of food sober living. This is great. I'm living a great life, no complaints here. I was a child with obesity in the 1970's. I'm living my dream life. Just saying!!! So happy and proud of myself.

What's working for me

1. Abstaining from my trigger foods

  • Grains, nuts, emulsifiers like guar and xanthan gum

2. Tracking my weight daily

  • stopped tracking my food but getting back to it now. Volume creep is a thing for me.
  • Not binge eating tho, 
  • but overall better results with tracking

3. Managing my stress. Holy Crap, just cycled through some usual stressors

  • Life stresses happen, no need to sooth with food 

4. Recovered from the first real cold of 2018-2019. No cold products used.

  • (first episodes were actually allergies in late 2018 due to wind/pollen/spores). 

5. Dairy free

  • should ward off any sinus infections, because dairy was associated with my sinus infections.

6. Listened to epic podcasts including Bret Scher, MD- aka the Low Carb Cardiologist on the HPO podcast.

  • EVERYBODY needs a little Low Carb Cardiologist in their life, well, okay, this is only my 2 cents, but I do love his podcasts and interviews on other podcasts.

7. Meat off the bone, since Dr. Scher gave us some good talking points and I don't have to fear cholesterol in animal products

  • I know from my small ion mobility cholesterol panel, my CAC score, and my CIMT results that my heart attack risk is low.
  • Something about meat off the bone gives me good satiety signals. I feel awesome!
  • I use the hashtag #yest2meat if eating meat has helped you stay in weight maintenance

What didn't work for me in the past:

1. Moderating all foods, foods with fake sugar that may have triggered my binge eating
2. Avoiding the the scale and pretending I wasn't gaining weight. LOL. Not effective
3. Using sweets and binge eating to sooth myself during work stress, didn't work, got fat pants. SAD.
4. My colds lasted for 3+ weeks ending in sinus infections and cold products.
5. Dairy caused a sinus infection after every cold. I do not miss antibotics & the headaches and pain
6. I used to live in a low fat, WW echo chamber. Podcasts keep me up to date and learning more
7. I used to be afraid of protein. Now I eat either lean protein and meat of the bone to meat my body comp goals. No fear, animal protein is here to stay in my life. I had no idea I had to include it to balance my hungry/full hormones.  I was too busy choosing low point WW processed soy products.

Graphs, cool photos and onward into another month. May will mark 8 years of food sober living. Yay!

Hope you are all well. Part 2 of the food addiction series- my take aways is the next topic.

Shredded beef, pumpkin seeds, avocado, carrots Paleo, Low Carb Salad

Swami's Meditation Gardens, Encinitas, CA

Cat Sphinx Calendar, with tortitutde


  1. Your are a star Karen! Maintaining is difficult... I know. I'm totally back on track and only 3 kilos off where I will be happy. I have a deadline of 5 weeks until our big holiday so it's forced me to get seriously back into good eating.

    1. I can't wait to follow you on MY dream trip. And if for any reason I don't ever make it to the places you are traveling, just know I will have experienced some of it through you. :) Safe travels and kudos for getting close to your goal. The work done close to goal is the most rewarding and hardest sometimes. Bravo!!

    2. Got your last message. Thank you, Lynda!!!!

  2. I love it!!! You are doing great! I love the way you broke it down into what works and what you are doing versus what didn’t work! I was nodding my head with your lists!!!

  3. I'm so glad to see that all is well with you! My half ass efforts have yo-yo'ed all around over the years. I'm back on a downward trend though so YEAH! Everytime a song comes on with a good beat that I start to wiggle to in the house I think of you!

    1. Good to hear from you Mrs. Swan!!! Glad you are on a favorable trend!!