from 7 Shifts, Moving you Forward Faster by Jenny Price
At the beginning of May, I had an awakening about my health. I needed to do something different, or I was going to reach 190 pounds. I was gaining weight and I was discouraged.
When I was 36 weeks pregnant, I weighed 185 pounds. I started my pregnancy at 170, so I had gained the recommended pregnancy weight. While pregnant, I ate like I had “always” eaten, which included refined sugar and flour: breads, pastas, treats, processed foods, etc.
When I came home from the hospital in January 2012 with Trevor (my second baby), I was eating all the amazing food our friends brought over. This food was high calorie, high carbohydrate and extremely yummy. In addition, I was eating cookies and brownies almost every night.
My addiction to sugar had reached an all time high.
I was using sugar like a drug: to comfort, relieve stress and to feel good. I was creeping upwards on the scale and none of my clothes were fitting.
I knew I needed help in overcoming my sugar and food addiction.
So, I reached out for help and found a few close friends who had success with using HCG to reset their metabolism. What is HCG? Read more about it here:http://www.healthierpost.com/what-is-the-hcg-diet-why-you-should-try-it/
I did a lot of research and found a professional who said it was safe for me to do the HCG program while breastfeeding, as long as I continued to eat at least 1000 calories or more a day and drank plenty of water. Most people who do HCG eat a Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) of just 500 calories.
I was fully committed to this program because I wanted to end the insanity of my battle with the scale. I immersed myself in further research and found so many inspirational blogs and success stories.
I began pinning new and healthy recipes to my pin board on Pinterst called “Eat Healthy” http://pinterest.com/twerthem/eat-healthy/ I reprogrammed my mind and body about food. I ate lean meats and a variety of fruits and veggies. I drank over a gallon of water a day. I eliminated refined sugar and starches.
I followed the program like my life depended on it. It does. Having a baby (my second) was a huge contributor in me making this shift. I am almost 41 and I want to live a long, healthy and abundant life. Being a mother and a wife are the most important roles in my life and to be effective at these, I instinctively knew I needed to take better care of my body.
As a result of my making these healthy choices, I have released over 20 pounds.
My start weight was 178 on May 10,2012. Today, I weigh 155.
I went from a size 16 to a size 12.
My BMI has gone down from 30.6 (obese) to 26.6(overweight).
I have added exercise into my daily routine. I have set a goal to finish a ½ marathon in November 2012: http://everydaylifeline.com/services/wellness/ Would you like to join me??
Here is a picture of my new and improving body:
My family is eating differently and my husband is losing weight too. I am retraining my children about food and they are learning to eat super foods like Quinoa. http://www.queenofquinoa.me/get-to-know-quinoa/
I no longer crave sugar or bread or other processed foods. I have learned to listen to my body and eat only when I am hungry. I eat every couple of hours and snack on almonds, fruit and low fat cheeses. I consume about 1600 calories a day and enjoy a feeling of fullness. I use very little artificial sweeteners and my favorite sweeteners are Truvia and Stevia. I have replaced my sugar cravings with broccoli cravings.
I am passionate and excited about learning new ways to cook healthy. My husband has cheered me on all the way and I am so grateful for his support.
Jacob said to me recently:
It is really amazing to see what you have accomplished. You are a real inspiration. I think you’re hot!
This shift into a healthier lifestyle has not been easy. There were moments when I thought I would cave and eat a whole bag of marshmallows. But, God equipped me in a miraculous way. I have slowly gotten rid of most of the refined sugar in our home. What has gotten me through the difficult moments is knowing that Jesus is with me. I have a verse that really helped me:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
This body that I feed is His temple. This life I live, I live unto Him
I hope this post inspires you to take action in your life. Will you share about your experience with food, good or bad.
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- My “No More Sugar” Shift (by Tammy Bolt Werthem) (iwokeupyesterday.com)
- How to reset your metabolism hcg diet? (weightloser7.blogspot.com)
- How to get a Free copy of “7 Shifts, Moving you Forward Faster” (post by Tammy Werthem) (iwokeupyesterday.com)