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I have been on a diet since I was 12. I finally found something that let me lose 45 lbs and I was able to maintain for the over a year! This is amazing for me. Then I let myself go back to the old way of eating, even if compliant with the new way of eating. Far too much processed starch and large meals. I have gained back 35 lbs since July so back on the wagon I climb.

Pieces of the puzzle are finally fitting together.

I have many foods I have a bad reaction to so I must eliminate them from my diet maybe forever. I figured the next paragraph out by myself but I recently was introduced to Dr. Steven Gundry, MD who wrote the book The Plant Paradox about lectins in our foods and the damaging effects they have on my body. All of the food I gave up were Lectin foods which I discovered on my own. In reading the book I have found a few more so eliminating those as well. Very organic veggie high and remember you eat what your food ate. Any veggie with internal seeds is on the no no list. I highly recommend you check out his book and website, just google him. Good-bye pain, stiffness, and all of my health problems forever. By the way the food is delicious too. I lived pain free for nearly 2 years. I wasn't losing any more but I felt good. I started taking his Lectin Shield so I could go on vacation on a cruise and I let sugar back in my life and that seems to be my total key and downfall. It is my cryptonite.

This is what I found by trial and error. No gluten, only grass fed cow products, no night shade veggies (potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and egg plant and goji berries). No processed sugar and white rice I keep to a minimum and only pressure cooked. No artificial sweeteners but I can use Stevia and Monkfruit and Bocca sweet and Yacon syrup.

It started to sneak up again at the end of summer and I realized that I had adopted some substitutes and stopped logging. For me logging and being accountable is key. I also was eating many foods containing lectins which was making my problems worse not better, not now. My husband is supporting me entirely and his health will get better in the process..

Member Since: 12/26/2012

Fitness Minutes: 34,872

My Goals:
Health Goals:
I want to again be no longer Obese, simply Overweight; second goal is to get to where I am Normal.
Career Goals: Grow as a teacher, present at conferences, earn awards, be once again seen as highly effective.
Create Lesson plans to use in my classes. Create professional Development activity for my region. In Mary Kay and Pampered Chef find how they fit in my life.

My Program:
Log my food -must follow what I am limiting at this time and It is important that I log my food and stay in parameters - I found this to be total key. I am using Spark people for logging and now I am sold on the Plant Paradox food list. Doing deep water workouts 3x weekly, or my Total Gym and under desk bike, Yoga and Y classes as a second sometimes- they compliment each other well. I have found that I can do after work water aerobics/jogging so I have been doing that several times a week as well.

Personal Information:
I am the wife of a wonderful man named Prince - we have been married for a joyful 26+ years with 40+ more to come. I have 3 sons - My oldest age 29 and a college graduate and living on his own, he is a full time Equity Stage Manager in the top 3 theaters in the Twin Cities. My middle son and my husband's oldest is age 25,moved back home to go back to school and has made Dean's List each semester. . Our youngest, age 21 completed 2 years at college and is now taking some gap time and working as a pharmacy tech while he figures out life and he too has moved home. He volunteers as a scout leader as he earned the rank of Eagle for Boy Scouts in high school. By Day and some evenings during the school year, I am a teacher of adult students. I prepare them for their High School Equivalency Test and their College Entrance exams. My second career is I am a Senior Consultant with Mary Kay Cosmetics and a Consultant with Pampered Chef because I really believe in their products and my hobby is the

Other Information:
As a teacher I read all of the time and really like self help books and teacher philosophy books but for brain candy - I enjoy erotic literature, and historical romances and Fantasy fiction like Harry Potter.
I enjoy Contemporary Christian Music, Musical Sound Tracks and older soft rock but mostly I like silence.

Favorite TV shows are currently on Hulu: The Good Wife, The Good Doctor and Young Sheldon and Saturday Night Live on Starz: Outlander On Net Flix: Crown. I have love Criminal Minds and CSI type shows. Black Mirror was great as we Orange is the New Black. Big Bang Theory we watched every episode.

I don't go to the movies very often but enjoy when I go.

I am a very busy woman so I get to watch t.v. for about 1 hour a night and on snow days and when I am ill which is rarely. Also lately we have been a bit obsessed with the news.

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  • v AURA18
    I read Plant Paradox and lectin-free for a few years. While visiting my brother for 3 months (Twin Cities), I lost track and ate too many carbs. I will post on the Lectin team to get started.
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    268 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/13/2019 6:35:39 AM
    Thank you for commenting on my blog. Yeah my end of the neighborhood is fair quiet. Go a couple blocks down and stupid stuff starts happening.
    427 days ago
    Yes I know The Guthrie well. Kudos to you & your family for your support of the dramatic arts. I dare say if more people discovered the joys of community theatre, they’d experience less drama in their every day lives and we’d ALL benefit! Win win!
    887 days ago
    Sounds as if you’ve got everything under control - just wanted to stop in and say hello. Love your THEATREMAMA handle. Ex EQUITY SAG AFTRA actress here. Blessings to you & yours
    896 days ago
  • v no profile image MRSBKM
    Thank you for your tips. I am could definitely use more water and less refined sugar!
    1311 days ago
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