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6/6/2004 9:13 AM
Wow. What a week. First, it took me 10 days to get “over” the spider bite. On day 7, the thing finally came to a head and burst. I’ll spare you the gory details – just to say that it made a boil look like a cakewalk. I finally felt normal and truly good 2 days ago.
I can’t believe that I made it through the end of the year school thing, my daughter and husband’s birthday (including a slumber party for 8 kids) and the beginning of the summer break while dealing with this spider thing. That’s the only problem that I can see with having children later in life – you just don’t have the energy that you did 10 years earlier. However, I wouldn’t change anything – the benefits, for me, far outweigh the tired feeling that I often have.
I want to talk about the diet now for a while. I have had some changes and I think that they are OK. While I was sick, I was craving rice with soup and rice with nutritional yeast. My stomach was very sensitive for about 5 days, and even though I tried to concentrate on bennies, it just wasn’t working for me. I decided to listen to my body and give it what it wanted. It definitely gave me something that I really needed.
Up until this point, I have been completely starch free for nearly 2 months. However, I have to say that I wasn’t truly happy about it. I don’t necessarily feel that it made me any healthier, just more deprived. In some ways, I felt the best, physically, that I have ever felt, so in that way it was a very good experience, but it’s not for me long term. I do have to say that it has changed that way that I approach and consume starches. I can clearly see that rice is my best option, and, at this point, I find that a very small portion is sufficient for me. I don’t really crave starches, nor, at this point, do I find that I am eating them at every meal. I am eating a little each day.
In my life, I have spent countless years obsessing about anything associated with my weight: diet, exercise, weighing, size. You name it, I have obsessed over it. I think that I have finally come to a good place. The T-Tapping is definitely working. After doing a 12-day “boot camp” (it was supposed to be a 14 day camp, but got cut short by a certain spider), I have settled into doing a 1-hour to 1-1/2 hour workout every other day, or at least 3 days per week. On the days that I don’t work out, I either do a 23 minute, “step away the inches” workout using my MetaTreks
weighted shoes OR I just wear the shoes around the house or do errands. Yesterday I didn’t “workout” per se, but I wore the MetaTreks to my daughter’s swim meet. 4 hours of wearing weighted shoes around is definitely enough for one day.
I am happy to say that I am down nearly 1 full size. Teresa Tapp believes in the BTD principles, but also has another approach to food: 2 days “God Made" (or in the way that I think: "Nature Made”) followed by 1 day “Man Made”. I am going to start incorporating this approach into my following of ER4YT. What this means for me is that for 2 days I will stick to the BTD, but only eat food in it’s truly “natural” form: meat, veggies, fruit. Nothing processed in any way. After that, I will allow myself “man made” foods for one day, but still staying within the principles of ER4YT. On that day I will allow myself some spelt pancakes, or some white rice, or something of that sort, keeping the portions of these items low. I’ll let you know how it works out for me.
Even with all of this, I must say that wheat is still a big avoid for me. I have eaten a little bit over the past week, and it really makes me sleepy. It’s just not worth it for me.
OK – gotta run for now. I’ll try to blog a little bit more than I have been. Hopefully, this week will be less chaotic than the past 10 days. I’ll be measuring myself towards the middle of the week, and I’ll let you know how it is going. I really like the combo of ER4YT and T-Tapping. It may be the thing that works the best for me.