Well, here I go. I think it's time to try out this journal thing. First off, a little of my history. I was raised on the standard American diet loaded with lots of meat, dairy, and sugary treats. I was always a normal sized cute kid...until I hit my teens. Then everything started to fall apart for me. I gained alot of weight fairly quickly and got a very severe case of acne. (I wish someone had told me about dairy when I was younger as it would have saved me a load of heartache!!) So of course along with that came the self-esteem issues and depression, and I turned into a home-body. Anyway, through high school I squeezed into a size 13 and was about 165 pounds and of course was not very active at all. In my 20's I tried a few diets but always gave up after a week or too. My mid 20's was different though. I found a group of friends that were fairly active. We would go walking, hiking, rollar-blading together several times a week. We even joined YMCA and would meet up there after work. I was in the best shape of my life, but I was still overweight (about 170 at that time) because my diet was still really bad. I then got married at 27 years old and we moved away. So I lost that group of friends and I went back to my old habits and the weight started to come back on. I should mention that I got down to 150 for my wedding which barely put me in the "normal" weight range for my height of 5'6". At about 30 years old I was horrified to see that my weight had jumped up to 200 pounds! So I joined Weight Watchers and over about a year I got down to about 165 again. I started feeling comfortable at that weight, quit going to the WW meetings and gradually started to gain the weight back. A few years later I was back up to 200 pounds again. This time I decided to try Jenny Craig. Got down to about 165 again after about 6 months and then decided it was too expensive to keep up with it, plus the food was not very good at all. My first bite of "real" food again was like turning back on the switch of my old unhealthy habits. So you guessed it, I gradually gained to weight back.
So this gets me up to date and last year (Sept 2011) I stepped on the scale to find that I was 215 and size 18! But I decided I had enough with diets and wanted to find the proper healthy way to lose weight, get rid of my depression, headaches, skin issues, etc for good. I came across Mark Hyman and he opened my eyes about dairy. I kept doing some research and then came across a documentary called "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" all about juicing. Then somehow I came across the "30 Bananas a Day" website and I finally thought I had found my answer. Low fat raw vegan - Fruit! So Sept through Nov 2011 I had lost 25 pounds! I was thrilled! But then after that my weight had totally stopped. I was stuck at 180 for months, but I stuck with the fruit because I was feeling really good. My skin looked alot better, my mood has greatly improved, the headaches aren't as frequent. Were as, with any other diet I've tried I never felt any improvement like that, so I knew I must be on the right path. Anyway, May 2012 I noticed that I was starting to gain some weight back and it was getting harder to stick with the fruit. I was getting alot of cravings for other foods. People at 30 BaD often mention Dr McDougall and several of the other plant based diets like Engine 2 or China Study so I decided to look into it. All of them are based on high carbs so I decided to give it a try.
I was elated to make my first big pot of vegetable soup!! Just to be able to cook something again was amazing to me! Such a treat! So these past couple of weeks I've been experimenting with still eating alot of fruit, but also adding in some cooked vegetables, rice, potatoes, etc. I'm still feeling pretty good so I'm going to stick with this and see how it goes. I am finding though, that I miss my fruit if I try to go all McDougall. So it's been interesting trying to find a balance between both programs.
I really need to lose the weight though so from now on I'm going to try to simplify and go with the Maximum Weight Loss McDougall program. I am currently reading the book. I've lost 2 pounds this past week so I'd say I'm off to a good start. I'm still eating more than 2 pieces of fruit a day though and I've noticed the scale hasn't moved for a few days now. So this peach and banana smoothie in my hand with be my last smoothie for a while (it's so good though!!) Starting tomorrow I will stick to the 2 pieces of fruit rule and see how that goes. I'm hoping to stick to MWL for at least this summer and then we'll see about going to the regular McDougall program for more variety. Well, that's all for now. I'm about to go out for a walk and I will try to write more tomorrow....