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Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Monday, July 4, 2005, 6:50pm
I applied to be a blogger and start my health and fitness journal but no one has replied to me yet.  I was wondering how long it takes to be approved? ??)
I applied around Wednesday of last week...I think... ??)
I can't wait to start my journal ;D
Thank you
Alessandra
Posted by: Lola, Monday, July 4, 2005, 7:06pm; Reply: 1
alessandra:
you could start your journal right here, in this new thread you ve began! )

then if you are approved, you can go ahead and just copy paste any info already given.

how does that sound?
Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Monday, July 4, 2005, 7:07pm; Reply: 2
that's great! thank you Lola :D
Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Monday, July 4, 2005, 7:12pm; Reply: 3
So I am starting my  journal here until I'm approved for blogging.
My name is Alessandra, I am on the blood type diet.  I'm type A.
I have been on BTD for about a month now.
So basically,I am desperate to lose the Paxil weight.
I have surgery coming up, I have to get new headshots, start auditioning again, and of course fit into my clothes so I can go out and do all this (I can't afford new clothes, especially when I know this weight is abnormal, and WILL come off eventually).
For my career, it is very important to look your best, so even if I sound a bit obsessed with all this (the weight issue), I have to. (don't worry, I'll never go overboard and become anorexic or anything)
I don't want to starve,and I won't, but these pounds have got to go QUICKLY.
I'll eat A LOT less if I have to.
I think that if I eat lots of fruits, vegetables and water, I lose weight very quickly.  I can do that but Paxil slowed down my metabolism quite a bit, and it's taking forever for this weight to come off.
I exercise everyday.  I NEVER used to while on the Paxil, as I was chronically exhausted, but now I feel great, so I alternate between a brisk hour walk, a 45 min.  high impact dance workout or Ashtanga yoga.  In spite of this, the weight is not really coming off as I would like.  I think I eat too much and eat Oatmeal,cereal, pasta...things that A's are "supposed" to have.
Also, I'm hypoglycemic, and have noticed that I rather eat really tiny meals all day lo you know, every 2 or 3 hours and about 6 times a day.
Also, I tend to eat my small meals very slowly, I have always been that way.
For example this morning I ate my grapefruit and then 15 min. later my egg and so on.  Basically i eat almost all day long but like a bird each time.
I have been doing the 6 meals a day, and I think I'm starting to feel the difference.  Even though according to my doctor's scale, I've lost nothing, I feel slimmer and I'm starting to realize that the jeans I just bought, to wear in the interim, until I can wear my own clothes again, are starting to feel looser.
Honestly, I decided 2 days ago to just have fun in my life, and focus on that instead of weight.  I am eating like a bird, every six hours, and I am starting to feel less and less hungry by the day
I am focusing on Highly Beneficila foods and neutrals but I'm really just focusing on being active and drinking the water that I need.
For example, Friday night I went Salsa dancing, Saturday night I went Samba dancing, today I'm just going to dance my butt off at home and do some yoga, and I'll be taking my puppy to the park this afternoon.  I'm focusing on having fun and I think it's already starting to work for me.
I don't want to count calories or anything like that  and I'm focusing on HB foods, focusing more on the veggies, legumes, beans and protein, and of course some fruit.
Right now, I'm happy about it, even though I would still like to lose the weight a bit quicker, so I can start auditioning and also to make sure that I will be in tip top shape when I finally have my BR.
I'll be back with more ;D
Alessandra
Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Monday, July 4, 2005, 7:19pm; Reply: 4
So, I am eating everything in a 12oz. bowl to make sure that I am portioning my meals and I don't eat too much.  I think it might be working :)
Ohhh....the posting before this one might sound really familiar to you. That's because I didn't feel like writing everything all over again, so I copied and pasted from other postings of mine ;D
So far today, I had cereal and fat free soy milk, in the 12oz. bowl that I'm gonna call the portion bowl from now on ;)
For lunch, I plan on having Pinto bean soup with a bit of cheese on top, also in the portion bowl, and then a couple of hours after that I'll have a bowl of veggies, and so on.
This whole eating every 3 hours deal is really helping me!
I'm not as constantly hungry as I used to be 8)
I'll be back
Alessandra
Posted by: Lola, Monday, July 4, 2005, 7:20pm; Reply: 5
allessandra,
I d focus more on protein and veggies at every mini meal, every 2 or 3 hours.

leave grains and legumes and all carbs for later, when the scale begins to move considerably.

veggies and fruit ( the given amounts per day) instead of the carbs from grains, etc.
Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Monday, July 4, 2005, 7:22pm; Reply: 6
Thanks Lola!
Alessandra
Posted by: Lola, Monday, July 4, 2005, 7:49pm; Reply: 7
dance those pounds away!!! )
Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Tuesday, July 5, 2005, 7:39pm; Reply: 8
Today I had a 2 egg omelet for breakfast, with a little mozzarella cheese in it.
I woke up real late today so, I am tired and sluggish and had my breakfast at noon instead of 8 or 9.  I'm doing my water drinking and I'm off to Trader Joe's to get tofu and other things for the rest of my meals.  I'm not stuffed with my breakfast but satisfied.
Alessandra
Posted by: CarolineC, Wednesday, July 6, 2005, 5:16am; Reply: 9
Good job, Aless...

Dr. D. stated last week, that he had all the application he needed and would be making the decision. since he has to go through them all, it might take a while, not to mention he is getting the new clinic up and running.

Caroline
Posted by: 1047 (Guest), Wednesday, July 6, 2005, 10:28am; Reply: 10
What a nice breakfast, full of protein! Eggs are good but personally I'm afraid of cholesterol and I don't eat yolks. But if you eat such a hearty breakfest you feel okay with tiny afternoon meals.

Aless, I'm sure that even if you keep eating as much as you do, you'll lose weight on the BTD. I think the best portion is the one after which you don't feel hungry.

Just keep on dancing

:)
Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Thursday, July 7, 2005, 3:44am; Reply: 11
So today was not a good day :(
I have been nauseated and have barely eaten anything.  I feel dizzy and all around yucky :X
I am doing better in spirits now but have a very sensitive stomach.
I am starting to realize more and more that I feel this way if I get stressed and if I don't drink enough water :(
I am just going to try to get some rest and see how it goes tomorrow :)
Alessandra
Posted by: 1501 (Guest), Thursday, July 7, 2005, 11:20am; Reply: 12
Sonia- I eat 2 eggs every day (I have my own hens), along with lots of red meat and got my cholestrol tested last week.

Total: 169
Triglycerides: 31

Does your blood type make you more likely to react negatively to eggs?

Laura
Posted by: 1047 (Guest), Thursday, July 7, 2005, 11:44am; Reply: 13
Quoted from semmens
Sonia- I eat 2 eggs every day (I have my own hens), along with lots of red meat and got my cholestrol tested last week.

Total: 169
Triglycerides: 31

Does your blood type make you more likely to react negatively to eggs?

Laura


Yes, if I was 0 or B I wouldn't mind 2 eggs a day, but my A organism is more likely to collect than reduce cholesterol when I consume it. (disappointed)
Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Thursday, July 7, 2005, 6:30pm; Reply: 14
So I didn't get any rest last night :'(
I am absolutely exhausted as i haven't slept in 2 days.  See the thing is that my doc had also put me on a sleeping medication to help me with nighmares and nigh terrors but my body has been detoxing so well that even the lowest dose, split in half is too much for me.  So I'm now 100% off of all meds but I can't sleep without this med yet >:(
I haven't eaten anything today, as I just woke up, and honestly, my stomach feels so crappy, I'm afraid to eat.  I feel like fasting on fuits and water.  Can a hyplglycemic do that?
Today I intend on exercising, in spite of my terrible fatigue, and I'll drink lots of Chamomile as well as take a nice Lavender bath, right before bed.  I have Valerian root pills but the taste so nasty I ussually belch the taste all night long :X
It's horrible.
I'll be back in a little while :K)
Alessandra
Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Thursday, July 7, 2005, 8:29pm; Reply: 15
I just had 2 rice cakes with peanut butter and cherry fruit spread.  I feel like c**p though and even water drinking is making me queasy :X
I am so tired from not sleeping that i actually feel really sensitive and vulnerable :'(
I don't know how much longer I will go without sleeping but I do not look forward to it.
I guess I'll just have to take it easy.  The thing is that when I don't sleep, I get really stressed out and then I really CAN"T sleep.
Stress is no good for type A's and I have to say that I really believe it.  My whole being feels out of control if i'm stressed. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Thank you
Alessandra
Posted by: 1374 (Guest), Thursday, July 7, 2005, 8:41pm; Reply: 16
Have you tried meditating, stretching? This can help me fall asleep sometimes ...
Posted by: 1196 (Guest), Thursday, July 7, 2005, 8:49pm; Reply: 17
Melatonin at night for an A's sleep and Methylcobalamin (form of B12) in the morning for re-setting an A's body clock.  Try to get up for some daylight between 6-8am as this also helps reset your inner clock.

Aloe Vera will soothe your stomach and help rebuild any damaged villi in your intestinal tract.

Alternate nostril breathing will help balance your energy flows.

Those and the valerian (if you can handle it) should reduce some of the stress on your system and in turn lower your cortisol levels.

The first preference in the anti-stress protocol for A's is KavaKava and may be worth considering.

Emphasise the B vitamins in your choice of foods as B5 in particular supports your adrenal glands which helps with your cortisol levels.

And if you think hormonal changes are behind the  :'( then Black Cohosh may be the A answer.
Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Thursday, July 7, 2005, 8:50pm; Reply: 18
I did a deep sleep meditation last night at 4AM when I just couldn't taker it anymore and it helped me fall asleep but I had to repeat the audiobook twice before i was able to calm down from how stressed I felt that I couldn't sleep :'(
The thing is that I don't stay asleep or a I have very active dreams that don't let me rest.
Thanks Mokawa.  I'll try meditating throughout the day to see if I can keep myself from getting stressed out at all.
Aless
Posted by: 1374 (Guest), Thursday, July 7, 2005, 9:00pm; Reply: 19
A while back I bought some CD sets from the Relaxation Company. One set had four CDs that help sync your brainwaves for certain activies (sleep, concentration, relaxation, etc). The other CD set has an almost inaudible beat in the background that is supposed to help you stay asleep. Check out their website, or go to a local bookstore and see if they have these available.

I used to have a terrible time sleeping. Stretching seemed to help, but I had to completely concentrate and really make a big thing out of it to acheive the full benefit.
Posted by: 1196 (Guest), Thursday, July 7, 2005, 10:40pm; Reply: 20
Aless

The less calories you eat the slower your thyroid functions and paradoxically leads to weight gain, your thyroid actually needs calories to fire itself up and metabolise the food you do eat.  Protein is beneficial for weight loss as it builds muscle and is best  focused in the first half of the day, leaving carbs - fruit and veg to be more improtant in the latter half.  A good feed of vegetables for your evening meal will be light on your stomach and set you up for a good nights sleep.

It may well be the lack of carbs at the end of the day that is keeping you awake.
Posted by: Bethysue, Friday, July 8, 2005, 1:03am; Reply: 21
Alessandra,

I felt the same way too today. Tummy sick and run down. I am sorry to hear you are feelin bad. The world is turned upside down right now, lots of craziness and it is a full moon. I am very in touch with my environment and it sounds like you are as well. I hope you get to feeling better. I ate only Miso soup, toast and fruit. That might be a good idea for you too when you feel a little run down. Take care my fellow A!

Beth Sue :D
Posted by: 1047 (Guest), Friday, July 8, 2005, 9:45am; Reply: 22
Alessandra, maybe it's just that you don't excercise enough in the afternoon? According to
what I know about natural biorythms, full moon is the best time for being physically active. It's possible that it's the energy that accumulates in your organism, and needs to be set free.
Don't worry. :)
Posted by: Starrlyte (Guest), Friday, July 8, 2005, 12:35pm; Reply: 23
Hi guys-

I'm completely new at this, but I too am an A.  This week was the NEW moon, not the full moon.  

Despite the fact that I'm eatting mostly fruits and whole grains, I think I'm getting more protein than ever!  LOL!  My only real question is about cereal.  I LOVE cereal and don't really have time to cook an egg every morning, is there a cereal that's ok to eat??
Posted by: 1047 (Guest), Friday, July 8, 2005, 4:55pm; Reply: 24
Hi Starrlyte! Neither grains in the morning nor eggs every day are best for As, but you can try to introduce more protein for breakfast by adding peanuts to your cereal or prepare a proteinous meal(for example fish salad) the day before.

I don' know which phase it is now, but it goes like this:
new moon-move a lot
2nd quarter
full moon-move a lot
4th quarter-don't move too much
Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Friday, July 8, 2005, 8:29pm; Reply: 25
So I got to sleep better last night. I'm still exhausted but I had some coffee fro breakfast and some eggs and I hope that it gives me enough energy to resume my exercise.
I am going to do my work out and then have some lunch and a fruit/tofu smoothie.  For lunch i think I'm going to make a big salad with spinach, lettuce, cucumbers and carrots and probably almonds.
A blog wouldn't be one without posting the negatives also.
Yesterday I screwed up BIG time.  I was tired and felt like c**p :X
My scoliosis, which was caused by my breast size and weight, was acting up and it pinched a nerve that caused a horrible shooting pain down my arm, back and neck (only on one side of the body).
I was in tears :'( :'(
I ate everything in sight after that, and I truly believe it was emotional eating :'(
I ate chips and salsa, potato chips and coke! COKE! :X
I have not had that in ages!!!! truly unhealthy ::)
The coffee is making me energetic right now so I'm going to exercise! ;D
I'll be back!
Aless
Posted by: Bethysue, Friday, July 8, 2005, 9:33pm; Reply: 26
I had a day like that too on Wed. I had to leave school early with a tummy ache. We are in this together Aless.... :K)
Take Care,
Bethy Sue
Posted by: marciamyrs (Guest), Saturday, July 9, 2005, 10:20pm; Reply: 27
Alessvitale my name is Marcia and about 4 weeks ago while running with a friend I had a sharp pain shoot through my left arm shoulder and snake around my breast.  What is this scoliosis you have and you say it's because of your breast size i am a 38DDD and overweight 224 lbs. I'm concerned.

Okay looked up scoliosis online, Whew i do not have that however i'm concerned being an A i too want to lose this weight.  emotionally having trouble sleeping at night my boyfriend broke up with me back in March but he lied and said he wanted to still be friends.  I was deperate (my first love at 33 years of age) He hurt me a lot. then i found out that he is now see someone else and i had to ask him he would have kept me with this false hope of getting back together again.  He was the first man i had ever trusted and so now i can't sleep and i eat WRONG for an A and i'm stressed out.

Sorry to unload this is your blog section.
Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Sunday, July 10, 2005, 2:04am; Reply: 28
What a jerk! >:( >:(
honey, I am on my way out right now, but I just read this and wanted to let you know that I'm all ears :)
You can unload all you want.
If you would like to, you can send me a PM.
We are going to help you through this.  You WILL prove to yourself and also to this man that you have the power to be the best you can be :K)
Remeber....EMPOWEREMENT!!!!!
Sincerely
Alessandra
Posted by: Bethysue, Sunday, July 10, 2005, 2:13am; Reply: 29
Aless, If your scoliosis has been examined and you don't have to get surgery, it can be supported and you can strengthen your back with professional pilates & physical therapy. I have it too, I slump over all the time if I don't strech and be mindful of my body.Aless, you and I have a lot in common!
Bethy Sue
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, July 10, 2005, 2:45am; Reply: 30
marcia,
he does not deserve you!!
count on our support, we are all here to help eachother. )
Posted by: 1319 (Guest), Monday, November 7, 2005, 4:40am; Reply: 31
Where did Alessvitale go? Does anyone know? I looked around but could not find her, will do a search, that, I didn't do yet.
I didn't see her on the bloggers page, unless I missed it.
Posted by: Lola, Monday, November 7, 2005, 4:46am; Reply: 32
her last post was july 9 th, as far as i can see.
Posted by: 1319 (Guest), Monday, November 7, 2005, 4:49am; Reply: 33
Hmmm thats what I saw too. I was curious how she made out with her diet, sleep probs. etc.
Thanks.
Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Monday, November 7, 2005, 6:05pm; Reply: 34
I'm here!  ;D
I'm so sorry that I haven't been around  :B
I was diagnosed with CFS and i found an amazing treatment for it through a book written by Dr. Deepak Chopra and I've been following that for now, instead of BTD, although they are very similar which only shows to me that BTD is right on.
the treatment I'm following is ayurvedic and although today in particular is not a good "healthy" day, this treatment has helped me a lot.
If you allow me to be around, even if at the moment I'm not following BTD to a T, I would love to be here again :)
let me know ;)
Love,
Aless
Posted by: Lola, Monday, November 7, 2005, 6:18pm; Reply: 35
tell us about your treatment aless! )
Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Tuesday, November 8, 2005, 7:10pm; Reply: 36
it's based on ayurvedic medicine and the doshas.  My dosha is Vata dosha, which is the air element.  Each dosha has a specific way of eating.  Tha main aspect of eating is taste. It is very important to taste all 6 tastes everyday, preferably at every meal. The six tastes are: sweet, salty, sour, bitter, astringent and pungent.
here are a couple of sites about all this:
http://www.lifepositive.com/Body/ayurveda/ayurvedic-treatments.asp
and
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=diet&dbid=12
and here is the copra site if you are interested:
http://www.chopra.com/
I really love this  :K)
it has been wonderful to me already, even though I have a ways to go to follow it the way it's meant to be, but I will get there.
It wasn't until I started following this and stopped counting calories and obsessing over all that, that the Paxil weight started to come off, so I am a believer of ayurveda and its ways.
It is important to learn to eat the ayurvedic way, in silence, without doing something else while eating, focusing on taste and on being aware of what we do while we are doing it, being in the present.  It is important to eat slow and to NEVER eat if you are not hungry and to ONLY eat when you are hungry, and, of course, to only eat until you feel satisfied but not so full that you are about ready to pop...it focuses on self-referral (your body's cues) as oppossed to object-referral (external cues), listen to your body and all will be well...I love it!
it looks like my breast reduction surgery is going to be in January and it is going to happen for sure :)
6 months have passed and emotionally, I am doing better than ever...there will be no reason for the doctor to say no and we don't believe she will.
it's good to be back here  ;D
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, November 8, 2005, 9:58pm; Reply: 37
great!
thanks for sharing your plan! )
can you give us examples as to ....sour, bitter, astringent and pungent tastes?
Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Tuesday, November 8, 2005, 10:22pm; Reply: 38
sour: yogurt, lemon, cheese, plums, berries...
bitter: greens, endive, spinach, brussel sprouts...
astringent: all beans like lentils, apples, cabbage, pears...
pungent: curry, all hot spices, ginger, wasabi...
sweet: rice, pasta, cereals, honey, organic, raw pure cane sugar, grapes(they are sour too), etc.
salty: everything that contains salt.

I'm still learning, so I'll give you more information as I learn it. :)
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, November 8, 2005, 11:24pm; Reply: 39
very nice, thanks!! )
Posted by: greenfields, Saturday, November 12, 2005, 7:24pm; Reply: 40
Alessandra,
Are you able to find out your secretor status? That might help you refine your diet. I also have pre-diabetes/hypoglycemia and find that I sleep horribly if I don't eat enough. I actually have to have a small snack before bed. Cortiguard - one of the BTD products - might help you sleep, too.
Posted by: greenfields, Saturday, November 12, 2005, 7:30pm; Reply: 41
Oh, one more thing, you might want to check out the BTD book on diabetes, pre-diabetes, hypoglycemia. It tells you specifically what types of foods to eat to help with insulin levels (i.e. blueberries, pineapple, plums, and blackberries are "super beneficial" for this). And, Trader Joe's just came out with really awesome organic unsweetened and unsulfured pineapple rings - great for weight loss!
Posted by: Alessvitale (Guest), Saturday, November 12, 2005, 7:33pm; Reply: 42
thank you Laurjen :)
I am not particularly struggling with hypoglycemia anymore (at least I don't htink so) and diabetes is not a concern to me, since I don't eat many sugary things, except for natural sugars and honey.
I do love pineapple rings! thanks for letting me know, I'll make sure to pick up some at TJ's ;D
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