Congratulations Judi! We can’t wait to see you reach your goal!
If we’re looking at weight loss; I’m halfway to my goal. I lost about 40 pounds working with Sheila at OBB (and 34 inches!). I have another 60 to go.But, if we’re looking at attitude shifts, I’m 100% there! I finally ‘get it’!I thought I knew how to lose weight. I’ve certainly done it enough times over the past 40 years. But I didn’t know the relationships formed between food and my body.It isn’t just eat less, move more. As a wise woman once said; our body is not a bank account where you need to spend more than you put into it, rather it’s a chemistry lab.My body reacts very differently to different nutrients. I knew little about gut dysbiosis and food sensitivities, but wanted to see what I was ‘sensitive’ to. I took a blood test for food sensitivities in April 2011.I’ve ALWAYS had sore joints, kneeling was impossible and I took MSM and chondratin daily. My food sensitivity test said to cut out cane sugar. Well guess what? My joints don’t hurt if I stay away from white sugar. It’s no big loss, I can still enjoy dates, maple syrup and honey.The test also pointed out a strong reaction to onions. I LOVE onions, truly. But now that I don’t eat them, I noticed my sinuses clear up and throat clearing is not an issue anymore. I do indulge in scallions and shallots sometimes. The final food on my sensitivity list was peanuts. I have no idea how they affected me. I still haven’t eaten them to find out.My huge take away from this program is that I’ve learned to listen to the cues and signals provided by my body. For example, I no longer need my prescription omeprazole for heartburn. If I eat too much bread, I feel the heartburn coming back. If my joints start hurting, I review my food intake for the past couple of days to see where I might have slipped up.Thank you Sheila for helping me learn how to eat to live. I don’t count calories, which was a major departure for me. In fact, for at least a month, I was stealth tracking my calories, even though Sheila said it wasn’t necessary.But now I focus on the balanced plate and continue to enjoy four meals a day. Six days a week, I have a delicious fruit smoothie for breakfast. (Sunday is a veggie omelet.) The late afternoon meal is a lifesaver to get me through to supper.I hope to reach my goal weight by next August (2012) and will reward myself with a long weekend in New York City with family and friends.-Judi