Day 25, Enough Pain to Instigate Change

 
Today is the beginning of the third day with my new strategy.   I cannot calculate how many days it will take to reach my ideal weight this way, but I believe I can do it within the 110 days I initially set.  Again, my process is the critical thing to commit to.
 
I had some pork tenderloin again as a snack yesterday afternoon.  That may become a regular part of my strategy.  The point of the snack is to increase my protein intake to more than 45 grams daily.  It also helps me get through the afternoon.  Not containing carbohydrates, it helps avoid an insulin spike.  Protein can stimulate insulin, but it also triggers glucagon’s secretion, which has the opposite effect.
 
It is 7:42, so it is almost an hour before breakfast.  Last night and this morning, I read Tony Robbins’ Awaken the Giant Within.  He talks about the pain necessary to instigate a change.  The possibility of having to pay $1250/month for medication for depression leveraged my decision to start this journey.  $1250/month is a lot of pain.  On Day 2, my depression lifted.  Writing this blog was really me.  When I looked at my 2016 photo in the red dress, I identified with it.  I did not want the pain of being untrue to my identity.
 
 
Have you reached a pain threshold in your life?  I started to notice the fat between my thighs, causing a slight waddle when I walked.   That was it!  I was also going up and up on the scale and knew that had to end, the sooner, the better.  My love handles started showing through my clothes.  I would soon not fit into my pants.  That was not me!
 
I am glad I did not wait any longer to reverse this situation.
 
 
Here is my weight graph since I started Cronometer on June 28, 2017.
 
I am not at the highest point or the lowest.  I still have a way to go to reach where I started.  The last down stretch has been this journey since Day One.  For a while, I was less than 50 kg.  I can do it.  You may wonder what caused the weight gain:
 
  • stress
  • financial stress
  • grieving my father’s loss
  • depression
  • hospitalization
  • medical emergencies
  • TMJ pain
  • the pandemic
  • moving
  • getting married
  • eating sugar again
  • getting my thyroid meds reduced
  • using green drinks less frequently
  • snacking at night
  • letting others affect my beliefs about my weight
 
The most insidious of these was allowing other people to affect my beliefs about my weight.
 
My husband often spoke of me being too thin.  However, I showed him the above picture of me the other day, and he said, “That looks good.”  So letting him call the shots on what I should weigh was a mistake.
 
Breakfast
 
 
Here is today’s green drink.  Almost all of it fit in the container at the right.
 

Evening

 
While it was still morning, I walked to the library and back.  I captured a shot of the water jets in the park near the library.  Later, I had a good visit with my husband’s son and my neighbors.
 
 

Diet Diary

 
I ate a green drink for breakfast.  For lunch, I had pork tenderloin and almond milk before I visited the neighbors.  The neighbors served me mixed nuts.  I took my tiny digital kitchen scale so I could determine how much.  After I came home, I had kimchi and started my 18-hour fast, which has now been going for 3:10 hours.  Exhausted, I lay down for a nap for more than two hours with a meditation mp3, Finding Your Purpose by Stuart Kaplan in Insight Timer.
 
The only significant thing I am missing, besides calories, is choline.  I usually have that every day with Mini Joy, a chocolate blueberry, walnut, coconut mixture.  If you want to see variations on how I make it, consult my previous blog entries by clicking on the arrow to the page’s left.  My protein at 43.5 grams is not quite up to 45 grams, but it is close.
 
 
 
 

Prayer

 
 
EVENING PRAYER
 
Dear Lord,
 
Fortunately, the weather is warmer than it usually is this time of year.  I am still happy.  In a few days, my 59th birthday is coming up.  
 
While going for my walk today, I visited with a neighbor leaving for Florida for the winter.  I have her phone number now to keep in touch with her while she is gone.
 
Thank you for blessing me with favorable circumstances with kind neighbors.
 
Fasting a sizeable portion of the day is not as much pain as I imagined it would be.  I want to continue with my two-meal-a-day, small-snack strategy, with a green drink for the first meal of the day.  
 
Please bless my readers that they can devise strategies that will work for them.
 
Amen.
 
If you would like to join me on this journey from the beginning, please start with Day One.  If you wish to download a FREE copy of my ebook (with no need to enter your name or email), click on the book below.  Please continue this journey with me by clicking on the arrows at the right of the page.
 
 
 
 
 
 
This article, with its diet diary, shows what worked for me.  I do not claim that it will work for you.  Consult a licensed medical provider to determine your diet and medical care.  These blog entries do not diagnose or treat any disease.  If I provide any clues for you or your provider, I will be happy.
 
 

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