Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The hangover.

Anne was a little naughty; she hopes Santa doesn't put her on that list...

Well, actually I didn't dive totally into the deep end of the sugar plum fairy's pool.  I waded in it just enough to get the carb induced hangover.  It's not good.

It all started with that stupid cold that I caught two weeks ago; wasn't making the best choices - but not the worst choices either.  Just sorta blah.  Then the white chocolate covered popcorn found it's way into our house, then the truffles, then the M&M's, and the sugar cookies....

December 26,  those treats either got polished off or sent to the trash... the 27th, the cravings started.  Like overpowering, overwhelming cravings.  Pictures of Coke on ice were flashing in front of my face and the thought of eating one more piece of succulent milk chocolate was making my mouth water!  I had a massive headache!  Oh, it's real.  It's very real.  I'm such a believer in food addictions now.  Don't try to convince me that it's just in my head because the physical symptoms of sugar withdrawal are horrible. 

I went to exercise last night for the first time in two weeks, and it felt good!  Today I've been reading and re-reading my food bible (a collection of articles about why wheat is the devil) and have been inspired to do better for myself.   

I am going to go wheat free starting Jan 1st (see my other post from today) and am contemplating a war against all refined sugars.  Whatever sugar hangover I have left in my brain is protesting that one so strongly that it hurts to even think to much about it.  I'm trying so hard to stay strong.  Plans have been made to see Lisa and then a good walk with my dog.  Gotta do positive things to stay occupied before I unconsciously drive over to Mickey D's and order up a large fry.

United we stand!!

I'm challenging YOU!


Anne here with an important announcement.  As of January 1st, 2012 am taking the 4 week wheat free challenge.  Not 99.9% wheat free either.  100% no wheat.  That means I need to cook my meals and really watch what ingredients I'm using...  did you you know that gliadins (wheat proteins) are snuck into already processed foods just to make them more addictive?? 

Now, this isn't the biggest challenge that I could take on as I really have cut out most breads, bagels, crackers and other crunchy snacks.  But I do still eat them occasionally.   So for four weeks, no pizza crust (but I have a no starch crust recipe to try - uses cauliflower! genius!), no breads, no cookies.... NADA!

Who is in with me??

(insert cricket sound)

OK... so maybe these articles will help convince you that it's worth trying... (A HUGE thanks to my Guru Lisa for all her research!  So inspiring!!)

The first article is from a fellow blogger, The Defiant Dieter.  She blogs for a newspaper in Vancouver, I think.  She recently wrote a post about how eating more fat is making her thin.  What?   More fat = less fat??  Sounds too good to be true right?  If someone told you that you could slather your food with butter and not feel guilty about it, you'd do it in a heartbeat right?   Um, guess what?  You can.  You want to read more now, don't you??   Check her out at:

You can also follow her on Facebook.

But wait!  There's more!!  I recently posted a blog about my new fave coconut milk.  Even better than that is extra virgin coconut oil.  You need this stuff!  It's unbelievable.  A natural treat chuck full of all things good AND an appetite suppressor.  I swear it's true!  Check this out:

Your welcome!   I have a jar of coconut oil and it's almost gone already.  It's in a solid form and can be found in the health food section of the grocery store or at GNC.  It's great for your whole body, inside and out.  I used it in place of butter in my honey apple crisp and it was great!  I fry my eggs in it, put some in my hot coffee and tea, and just straight up on a spoon (try with a smidge of peanut butter).   Go get some.  NOW!

And if you need one more article to convince you that this is a doable challenge, just read:

I read articles like this and I'm all sorts of emotions.... angry and inspired to be a better and healthier me. 

One last article, just in case you need more, google "The Oiling of North America".  People!  Wake up!  Vegetable oils are killing you. 

So, grocery store list:  butter, and coconut oil!  Lock up the crackers. Put away the pasta.  NO MORE SODA.   Take the leftover cookies and chocolates and give them to people that you don't like.



I'm having the toughest time getting back into the swing of healthy eating after the holidays.  Is anyone else out there having this problem?  Or am I the only chubby bloated pathetic loser out here?

I've eaten SO MUCH in the past three weeks.  I've gained back SIX pounds.  And my appetite is on over-drive, still!  Totally carb-fueled, sugar-infused, pop-drenched, and salt-soaked.  Chex Mix and Christmas cookies up the waazoo and cases of Coke Classic and Creme Soda and Dr. Pepper and cheesecake bars and Chex mix and maragritas and crackers and GOOD cheese and Cherry-Coconut-Powdered Sugar Balls and did I mention CHEX MIX?!

I'm starving today.  My mother, sister and I technically started a "Christmas Detox" this Monday, with weekly weigh-ins and personal food journals and a private Facebook group (we're the "Shrinking Divas!") and daily reports of our progress and shared motivation.  We're all struggling this week, as we're still surrounded by leftovers.  But soon, they'll all be gone and we won't buy (or bake) any more, for a very VERY long time.

Wishing I could blink these ugly, itchy 6 pounds away.  They SUCK.

My newest goal is to lose 30 by mid-March.  

How's everyone doing? 

Friday, December 16, 2011

A new fave....

Oh yummy!  Coconut milk (not to be confused with coconut water - ewww) is awesome.  I get the creamer for my morning iced coffees, and recently tried the egg-free eggnog and mint chocolate milk.  Dairy free, gluten free, and packed with the good stuff.  (have to watch the added sugar, though)  I just read that coconut milk is has anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, so drink up!

And also, don't confuse the brand name "So Delicious" with "Soy Delicious" as that is obviously soy based - which I also like. 

I've been fighting a wonderful cold, so I haven't been too active.  However, I'm still on my plan and haven't gained any weight either.  Looking forward to feeling better.  Soon.  Please!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Push Restart

Hi!  I'm Anne, have we met?   I'm sorry, I must have blacked out there as I almost don't remember that meltdown that I had a week ago.  We reconfigured my brain, and I have rebooted.   All is well.  VERY well, indeed.

I was embarrassed by my behavior after my "Thanksgiving Carb-a-Palooza" and was apologetic for getting so cry-babyish.  But Lisa was sooo supportive and made me realize that sometime we need to have these episodes in order to get back on track.  IT IS OK TO CRY. 

It wasn't that I was feeling guilty for eating the tasty meal of bread and sugar.  I'm OK with treating oneself.  It just had a real effect on my thought process.  It IS like a drug.  That addiction monster was woken up and was telling me things that I didn't like.  I got down and felt that helpless feeling of sinking into a dark abyss, and at that point EVERYTHING in the world is wrong.   I was feeling like I had been back in August, and knew that I didn't want that again.  I was sad because I had been feeling so damn good, then just like that it was gone.  The sadness turned to worry that I had lost that good, good, good vibration for good and that it was only meant to be a short term thing.


With the help of Lisa's reassuring words, I regained my focus and got back into step with my eating program.  Keepin' it simple.  Back to 4 quarts of H2O a day.  Measuring out my portions (that is where I was starting to slide).  Protein, fruit, veggies, good fats (evoo and butter).  I am LOVING my kettle bells classes and trying to just enjoy that hour.  It's hard work, but the group of people that I am with are funny and good spirited.  I get to laugh!  I get to forget about all the other stuff in my day for that hour and just be a person in a room that makes fun of herself. 

Whatever works, do it.  I'm down 18 lbs, and 23.75 inches of my DNA is gone.  All that fffffftttttt that I've lost is the bad part of me.  I'm keeping the good stuff!

 Keep on keepin' on!!  Have a great weekend!