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Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 12:26am
Hi, gang:

Gosh, you probably have no idea how much I miss you all since my net access (other than via my cell) was summarily cut off. I WILL be getting fully outfitted, computer and net-wise, THIS month, by the way. Meanwhile, the timing of being exiled to cyber-Siberia really rhymes-with-ducks for me because it just so happens to coincide with me hitting all these HUGE milestones in my weight loss journey. I’m talking about milestones I’ve dreamed of posting about for YEARS and, now that they are happening, I have no access to my BTD buds! Or, very limited access, anyway. I’m writing this in Word right now and am going to sneak it out into cyberspace, via the underground railroad, to my own email addy, then cut and paste it to the board from my cell. Youzz have no idea what a biznatch that last step is!  Oy vey. So here it is, the post I’ve been praying to be able to post for years. Like I said, bad timing. It’s like “Wu hu. Been working for this for YEARS and now can’t tell the very friends that helped me get here that I’M HERE!“  I mean, I've been wanting to tell you lot this since last week, but better late than never:

A few weeks ago, I think I did report that I had broken into the 140’s after the longest plateau in the history of the world kept me at around 153-ish for many MONTHS. Well, as of last week, I FINALLY, and this is the biggie: GOT INTO WHAT THE DANG NIH BMI CALCULATOR HAS TO ADMIT IS THE “NORMAL” WEIGHT RANGE for me!!! Check it: I’m even one pound BELOW the tippy-top of the range! That’s right, sports fans, I’ve hit 147! 147! Did I mention: 147! Take THAT, BMI calculator!

*Whew!* Nothing to it! (SARCASM!) It only took since the end of 2008 *lol*!

But that is actually pretty fast, considering that I have now lost NINETY-ONE POUNDS. Actually, my entire BTD journey began in 1997, bless it. Many ups and downs (before the GenoType Diet burst onto the scene and was the final piece in the puzzle for me), literally, but the downs were every bit as intrinsic to the learning process/curve as the ups, and that is what Dr. D has tried to impart to us many times over the years when he says things such as “never denigrate your failures”. Amen, bro, they are teachers, all!

What a thrill, even amidst all the stress and sadness I’m going through in recent months and the fact that I’m cut off from you all, my BTD fam, to step on that scale last week and have it suddenly (ha—not really “suddenly” AT ALL, yet it felt that way!) PLUNGE to not just my goal of 148 but 147! 147! Did I mention 147?!

So now, you guessed it, not content to sit on my ever-shrinking laurels, I have a NEW GOAL yet again: Now I’m going for 138! That will be an even 100 lbs lost, if I can get there. Depending how long it takes me to get there and if I even can, I MAY then go for 135, which is actually my ultimate ideal weight. However, mind youzzzz, I’m quite happy (THRILLED) here at 147, so if I don’t budge another ounce, that’s okay. It took AGES for my body to quit resisting any further loss and break 160, and then it took EONS to get off a dime already re “153, 152, 154, 153, 153, 154, 153…” But I just kept on truckin’, baby. You got ta keep oooooon truckin’. How’d I do dat? Well, it’s like this, folks: I just stepped up my walking to basically an insane level *lol* and I got ‘er done…eventually. The healthy way (i.e., Dr. D’s diets) may not always be the fastest way, but they are the way that stays. Starve yourself in any way and you’re going to have a “rebound” quicker than you can say HORMONE ATTACK. So even on my longest plateau ever (and by “ever”, I mean since getting on the GTD in late 2008—ever since then, I’ve been doing really well, the aforementioned “downs” were all pre-GTD, yet there have been some long plateaus), I knew: “Edna, you cannot change a thing at this point about your diet because it is pert near perfect. It’s optimal. Tinker with it further and you will only be hurting yourself. If it ain’t broke, DON’T fix it! So leave your diet alone and realize that you gotta step it up even MORE exercise-wise.” And now, to get to 138, I will probably have to CHANGE it up, versus STEP it up, as there is no possible way that anyone who works full time, goes to the dog park the rest of the time, and somehow attempts (usually without success) to maintain an old house and help an aging, disabled mom can POSSIBLY “step it up” and walk more than I do. However, I may need to, as gcg suggested ages ago, CHANGE it up by doing DIFFERENT things, such as joining a gym and working with weights and machines and God knows what. If I join the Y (right near my house), I would also have a POOL, but I’m kinda scared (tragically, as I LOVE, love, love, love, LOVE swimming) of it at this point with all the inner ear probs I’ve experienced in the last few years. Ears are doing well now and I’m scared to get water in ‘em, although the ENT told me no worries on that front. But since when do I believe anything doctors say, other than Dr. D? I do like this ENT a lot, though, I hasten to add. A LOT. After what I’ve been through, ENT-wise, in life, believe me, I appreciate having a good ENT doc, which is why I drive an hour each way to go to him, as I do with my veterinarian. They are both in the same city. My theory is that, for some inexplicable reason, all the good doctors in west central Florida are in this one city (Dunedin) that you would never think they would be in, as it is not a major city in the area. But I have not come across a dud doc yet in Dunedin. Just saying. Wuuuu, massive digression in topic—sorry!

So, yep, I’m a normal weight! A NORMAL WEIGHT! From 238, to a normal weight! If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit!

…Wow, this post feels kinda anti-climactic now that I’ve been waiting since 1997 to post it *LOL*. And yet…the reality of it is the gift that keeps on giving. Long past this current stressful, sad time in my life, I will still be healthy and slim (well, maybe not “slim”, but “normal”). And actually, perhaps having it happen during a difficult time in my life is really good timing instead of bad. It is a way of the cosmos giving me the message: “Realize how, when everything is hard and everything seems wrong, one thing is still lifting you up and supporting you through it all, and that thing is your priceless foundation of strength, health and balance.” Without that, i.e., if I weren't in such glowing good health, the hard stuff in life would be so much harder still to cope with.  THANK YOU, DR. D!

Take home message to everyone else: if you are struggling, don’t give up! I never did, even in the darkest time when I was completely out of biochemical balance and couldn’t seem to find the groove/get back on track. And now I have finally “gotten there”. Where? I’m a healthy weight, I’m strong, I’m in good balance. That makes the good times better and the rough times easier.

P.S. To anyone who thinks you need to “count” anything to lose weight: I lost 91 lbs on the GenoType Diet without EVER counting a single calorie, carb gram, fat gram, or anything else. I simply ate from my superfoods and neutrals and avoided my avoids, AND I walked a lot. The only additional thing I personally did (and this is a Peppermint Twist individualized customization, so it isn’t for everyone, but may help some, like me) is to limit my grains to one grain-containing meal per day. So if I had brown basmati rice in a stir-fry for breakfast, for example, I would only have veggies and/or fruit with my protein at dinner. Sounds like a plan! No math involved, peeps, just eating like I was hard-wired to eat. Once you really get this, it’s easy, honestly, and joyful. In the immortal words of Paris Hilton: “LOVES it!”
Posted by: C_Sharp, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 12:30am; Reply: 1
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 12:37am; Reply: 2
you won the battle!!!
Posted by: Dianne, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 12:40am; Reply: 3
You should be the 'poster child' of GTD Peppermint Twist! What an inspiration, I must call my Gatherer-B blood type friend and let her know. This will be so encouraging for her.

Keep on truckin', or should I say walkin'.  ;D
Posted by: md, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 12:43am; Reply: 4
Posted by: 312 (Guest), Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 12:50am; Reply: 5
;D Great news PT and thanks for the grains advice too!
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 12:52am; Reply: 6
HUMONGOUS CONGRATULATIONS!!! Incredible & awe inspiring :K)
Posted by: gulfcoastguy, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 12:59am; Reply: 7
Congrads Twisty! You need to go buy some new clothes to make the Puppy Napper jealous.
Posted by: grey rabbit, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 1:02am; Reply: 8
Quoted from Possum
HUMONGOUS CONGRATULATIONS!!! Incredible & awe inspiring :K)

ditto! ;D
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 1:05am; Reply: 9
I love you all, my BTD family (and that is what you truly are) so much!  I wish I had a full keyboard right now instead of a tiny cell phone, so that we could get a proper, rollicking, fabulous conversation going right now, but all I have is this. While it cramps my style MASSIVELY, the up side is, I CAN link music from YouTube!  So me thinks it is literally time to dance with the ones that brung me. That's you guys!  The following songs are for you!

First one?  Why, keep on truckin', of course (had to be!)
Posted by: BTypeAUS, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 1:12am; Reply: 10
Well done peppermint , that's just great !!
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 1:15am; Reply: 11
And the dance party/celebration continues!  The lyrics to this one are just SO GTD journey!  This expresses it exuberantly!
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 1:26am; Reply: 12
Wuuuu, nothing like a little dancing time with the BTD/GTD fam to cheer a girl up!  Had a really tough day yesterday, as it happens, yet thanks to finally getting myself over here to post my news today, and soaking in all the love vibes here, I feel a tad or several BETTER. This community rocks. Let's keep the party going, it's been a long time coming--which gives me an idea for the next song, but first:
Posted by: grey rabbit, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 1:28am; Reply: 13
Dancing is really good exercise  ;D

Yes, please do start to do some weight bearing exercises, good for the bones, tones the muscles and will make you feel strong, because you are! And muscle burns fat while it is resting.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 1:34am; Reply: 14
Great gosh a'mighty, it's been a long time coming!   ;D
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 1:56am; Reply: 15
Posted by: ABJoe, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 1:58am; Reply: 16
FANTABULOUS!!!!  To have a normal P. Twist.  What is the world coming to?

All that walking is keeping Hurley fit, too.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 2:20am; Reply: 17
Peppy, I sent you a message.  Are you able to check your pm's via your phone?
Posted by: Whimsical, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 2:27am; Reply: 18
Hi PT!  Please post this on your blog so I can link to it!  I'd love to link to it from my blog so I can share with my patients!
Posted by: Tom Martens, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 2:59am; Reply: 19
Posted by: PrincessMia, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 3:41am; Reply: 20
Congratulations PT.  :)
Posted by: gulfcoastguy, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 3:49am; Reply: 21

Remember when you found this group for me? A rocking song for a boomer.
Posted by: Joyce, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 10:12am; Reply: 22
What a super post PT - wish my DIL would see it!
Congratulations. :)
Posted by: Brighid45, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 11:02am; Reply: 23
So proud of you twinnie!

(sunny) (sunny) (sunny) (sunny)

You've come a long way and learned so much . . . your wisdom is amazing. I knew you could do this! You've survived the ups and downs, you've been patient, you've applied Dr. D's excellent truths to your situation . . . and here you are glowing with health! Yippeeeeeeee!!

Here's my contribution to the song list at your online party. That weight's not doggone, it's long gone!  8)  :K) **HUG**
Posted by: Amazone I., Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 11:34am; Reply: 24
:o(smarty)(clap)(ok)(dance)great news... Peppylein :K) where is our new pic from U ??) :D  ;D
Posted by: amyflood, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 12:30pm; Reply: 25
AWESOME! good for you!!
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 1:33pm; Reply: 26
WHoohoo!!!1 Congrats PT!!!

I wish I could get you and my Mom to sit down and talk to one another- I'm not sure she'd read a  blog post and she's also got about 100 lbs to lose. She was half-heartedly on BTD, then low-carb (so mostlly BTD by default, since she's an O) and now she's about to start some pre-packaged food diet (one meal per day, four meals/snacks of bars, shakes ,and processed food.  ::) ) I'm kind of hoping she doesn't do well on this diet so she'll abandon it and try something healthier.
Posted by: Goldie, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 1:43pm; Reply: 27
AAAWWWWSSSSOMMMMEE.. congrats.. you are out of sight but never out of mind of old timers..

well done!LOL
Posted by: deblynn3, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 2:13pm; Reply: 28
(clap)(hugegrin)(woot) great news!!
Posted by: 14442 (Guest), Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 3:17pm; Reply: 29
Utterly amazing.
Posted by: Jane, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 3:35pm; Reply: 30
I'm so incredibly proud of you, E...but you already know that, right?  I know how hard the past year has been for so many reasons but you've kept on going and it's truly inspirational.

Heading out tomorrow for 10 days in Louisiana and Houston.  It's my granddaughter's 2nd birthday on Saturday.  How time flies.  

Keep in up!!!
((((HUGS)))) of joy!
Posted by: Captain_Janeway, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 4:16pm; Reply: 31
Posted by: cajun, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 4:53pm; Reply: 32
You are so inspiring!!!!! :D
Love your humor, perseverance, and beautiful spirit! ;)
Wishing you continued success at whatever...... :)
Posted by: JillP, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 5:05pm; Reply: 33
WOW !!!  Thanks for sharing  :)  This means I too can reach a BMI that is on the chart...I have a long way to go...but I can do it  ;D

Congratulations !!!!!!
Posted by: AKArtlover, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 5:18pm; Reply: 34
:) 8) :K)
Posted by: cowgirlmama04, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 5:58pm; Reply: 35
WOW..... WOOHOOO!!!!! Congratulations!!!!! This is a story that I need to keep in my book of insperation.
Posted by: Kristin, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 7:22pm; Reply: 36
Hooray for YOU!!  :K)(clap)(dance)(woot)

Especially spectacular to reach your goal weight at midlife when those pounds can rather silently creep up on one and stubbornly refuse to let go!

The better it gets, the better it gets....

Big hugs!!  And I enjoyed your BTD forum dance party too!
Posted by: Teresa S, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 8:15pm; Reply: 37
I am so happy for you.  You deserve it.  Congratulations!!
Posted by: purlgirl, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 8:32pm; Reply: 38
Posted by: Spazcat, Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 9:10pm; Reply: 39
So awesome!!! ;D
Posted by: kateland, Thursday, April 5, 2012, 1:07pm; Reply: 40
You are ridiculously inspiring, you have put a HUGE smile on my face!!! Love you heaps, total stranger, and CONGRATS on your KICK-BUTT achievement!
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