Learning to eat …

October 31, 2008

Some Goals (Weight Loss)

Filed under: About Me, Challenges, Health, weight loss — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 9:39 am

I mean goals other than feeling well — healthy, vibrant and all that. 🙂

Why wait for New Years?!?

I’ve been encouraged that even during this challenging week when I’ve done very little for exercise and have had a mini chocolate bar or two (mostly fair trade at least), that I’ve still dropped a little weight … and the Body Enlightenment System is just starting this Saturday so things should just get better and better!

So, I started thinking about what could happen if I kept losing weight a couple of pounds a week on average.

And I decided that if that happens, these would be reasonable goals:

  • By Christmas Vacation (December 17th is approximately when we leave) — be at 170 pounds or less
  • By Easter be at 145 pounds or less (April 12th; lent starts Feb. 25th)

Earlier this week I verified via medical records that according to the scale at the clinic I was at 220 in May 2008, so I’m going to use that as my “highest weight” even though I think it may have been a tad higher before that. So, according to that I’ve lost 30 pounds so far!

According my my medical records the weight was slowly starting to come off about the same time I slowly increased my percentage of raw food. Looking back I would guess that it was about August when I became about 95% raw, and started actually paying attention to it closely. I’ve also discovered that I feel the best with primarily fruits, vegetables and greens. This means I do eat some nuts and sprouted grains, but that isn’t my daily diet at this point.

If I meat my goals, I’ll have lost 50 pounds by Christmas and a total of 75 by Easter!!!

After that I think my goal will just be to increase my physical fitness and stay healthy. I think that will mean continueing to eat a high raw food diet, but I’m not sure what percentage that will be. I may include more cooked whole grains in my diet at some point, especially in the winter, but remain low/healthy-fat vegan (wild and brown rice, potatoes, etc. — macrobiotics or McDougal eating plan?),  and still eat a high percentage of raw foods including green smoothies daily. I can’t imagine going more than a short while without green smoothies at this point. 🙂

I’m also thinking very seriously about doing a juice/Green Smoothie fast during lent, but I’m not committing to specifics yet at this point. I do feel very strongly about doing something like this though. Having a juicer at my house before that would be a requirement though. 🙂

OK, now that this is out there in the public world, I just need to make some reminders around my house. 🙂

Looking at it this way sure makes those couple of pounds a week look good!

In Health and Happiness —

August 24, 2008

A wonderful birthday indeed…

Filed under: About Me — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 4:33 am

Back on August 2nd I received some wonderful encouragement to continue on this journey of wellness through nutrition and raw food … birthday presents!

I smile with delight after opening one of my presents...one of my requested cookbooks

I smile with delight after opening one of my presents...one of my requested cookbooks

Cookbooks were the theme of the morning, and I spent much of the weekend devouring them (and trying a few recipes).

Nessa, Megan, and Shawn in the kitchen on my birthday

Nessa, Megan, and Shawn in the kitchen on my birthday

Nessa helps Megan while making my birthday cake

Nessa helps Megan while making my birthday cake

In addition to presents, they made me my much requested Carrot cake. While it was gluten free (wonderful recipe from the Silly Yak email list, let me know if you want recipe via comments), it certainly wasn’t raw, and in fact it had an old fashioned cream cheese frosting. Yumm!

At that time I was eating transitionally toward going all raw. That continued most of the month. This week I’ve been as close to 100% raw as possible the entire week! It feels great. And the encouragement my family offers me by doing things such as all those wonderful cookbooks has really helped. I think it’s going to be a great year!

Stay tuned to see how this journey of food discovery brings about positive changes this year. 🙂

And, in case you’re wondering, I’m 37.

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