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The RAW Blog: 100+ Days Raw - 35 Pounds Lost

Friday, November 06, 2009

Well hello!

So sorry I've been off the boards for a few weeks. I was managing three - 3!! - conferences- one in Chicago, one in Los Angeles and one in San Francisco. Now they are all behind me - a big success every one of them. No more long nights and weekends for a while -at least not until next April when it all picks up again. And I'm looking forward to my vacation coming up in two weeks. I'm going to spend two lovely weeks with my wonderful parents at their home in Montana. The last time my Mom saw me I weighed 256 pounds. Today I weigh 212. Boy, is SHE going to be surprised!!! I can't wait to see the look on her face when she picks me up at Glacier International Airport. I just know she's going to cry. And I probably will too.

I'm just so darn happy....... :)

You may have noticed that I'm no longer tracking at the top of my blog how many days I've been a Raw girl. After hitting 100 days this last Monday, I'm not counting anymore.

When I started the 7 Day Raw Challenge on July 27 I could not imagine that I would still be Raw 100+ days later. I did 7, then committed to 14, then another 30, and another 30. It just got easier and easier as I went along.

Here's the latest review of the stats:

July 27: 247 pounds (I only lost 9 pounds from January 09 (256) to July 27 on a low carb plan)
Today: 212 pounds

July 27: Size 18 -20 pants, 2X - 3X on tops depending on style.
Today: Size 16 Misses, XL Misses

I am no longer shopping in the Women's department!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!! When that happened 2 weeks ago I ran out of the dressing room and grabbed the closest saleslady to share the good news. She gave me a high five. It was sweet.

July 27: Energy Level: -(negative) 5
Today: 8 on a scale of 1 - 10

July 27: Brain Fog ----- Bad, bad, bad
Today: What brain fog?

July 27: Complexion ----red, pimply, tired, grey in areas
Today: Clear to sunny, glowing. Still have occasional breakouts in the chin area. I'm going to take TRUSTYRUSS's advice and avoid the citrus for a few days. Could that be the reason?

July 27: Mood - Depressed, angry, sad, frustrated
Today: Happy, hopeful, looking forward to every day

In case you don't know already, I have hypothyroidism. Since being diagnosed in 2000 I have struggled and struggled with my weight. I have tried every diet under the sun. I exercised like crazy. It took forever to just loose 5 pounds and by then I'd be so frustrated and depressed I'd drown my sorrows in a pint of Ben & Jerry's or a bag of Snicker's bars. The 5 pounds it took 2 months to lose came back on overnight.

I lost 8 pounds after only 7 days Raw. Finally, FINALLY, I have found something that works for me. I am NEVER bored with my food. I never go hungry (I eat until satisfied). I don't measure. I don't count calories. Honest to God, I don't really even THINK about food anymore. I've said it before and I'll say it again: I'm CALM around food. I control it. It doesn't control me.

AND - over these last 100+ days I have not had the time to exercise as much as I should. (I'm not recommending that you don't exercise! Just pointing out that this 35 pound loss came with very little exercise). At most I have walked or hiked 2 days a week and I do occasional yoga. Now that my schedule has returned to normal I am beginning a weight lifting routine and have committed to a 30 minute minimum walk every day.

I have decided when I reach my first goal of 190 pounds (sometime in late January I'm guessing) I will share my first set of before and after pictures. I, like many of you out there I'm sure, have avoided the camera for some time. I'm the one hiding in the back behind everyone else.

I'm not hiding anymore.

I'm just so grateful I found this lifestyle. Or, did it find me?

Thanks to all my SPARKIE FRIENDS for their love, support and encouragement.


Be well,

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    SO good to read this. You ARE an inspiration!

    Mangos. Are you eating mangos? They are related to poison ivy and the skin can cause a rash or redness around mouth. Common problem. Easy to resolve by making sure you cut the skin off the mango, and then WASH YOUR HANDS!

    We just got BACK from Chicago. GREAT city, eh?
    4230 days ago
    Diz - I loved reading your blog. You are such an inspiration! All the best to you. I'm sure you will reach your goal by January.

    It's funny, but Bobbi was inspired by you and then I was inspired by Bobbi (and now you). I think it is contagious! I'm not raw yet, but I am moving toward clean.

    Keep going girl!

    4242 days ago
    Hey...our Diz girl is back...yay..we missed you SO much! I'm happy that you had success with your conventions..that is awesome..3 at the same time..what are you..some type of wonder woman or what??? I'm still plugging away..doing great with the RAW/CLEAN a few little mis steps here and there..but I get right back up and commit anew the next day. I feel WAY too good to ever go back to the awful feelings I had before.

    Who would have thunk it...I came across this interesting blog by an interesting Spark buddy named DIZ...it was some kind of wonderful from that point forward!

    Thanks for being you! Hugs! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4242 days ago
    Diz!!!!!! So happy that you survived your busy season and to hear that it's a smashing success!! Wow - what an AWESOME achievement....it will be the sweetest moment when you see your mom and see the look in her eyes, memorize that and save it in your heart. It gives me goose bumps just thinking about it!

    I've missed you tons and I can't wait to see those photos!

    I'm hoping to order my dehydrator tonight...I really want one to use for my family and sort of sneaking them into raw in some way. I mostly think my son will really really love kale chips and stuff like that.

    Oh yeah, and I'm getting a juicer for Christmas (thank you MIL!) I'm so happy she's actually getting me something I want/need...so awesome! I haven't gone totally raw, but really aspire too. Still trying to find what my body like the most.

    Sorry to ramble - so glad to get back in touch with you!
    4242 days ago
    You're an inspiration! Thanks for continuing to share your story.
    4243 days ago
  • CHRYS13
    What a wonderfully positive blog! I'm so happy for you....glad you're back and that the conferences were successful. That seems to be a pattern for you now, personally and professionally! emoticon Congratulations on your successes and best wishes for a wonderful vacation with your family in Montana!
    4243 days ago
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