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New Direction for This Site

Ides of May has had different purposes over the years. It is once again going in a different direction. I’m moving it away from a personal site to one about food and health. My personal site can be found at PattiMay.com where I’ll be writing on a range of topics. What we eat impacts our health, so for me, the two topics are related as much as earth and water. As I’ve grown older I have become increasingly aware of how my food choices can and will impact my general health. I’ve tried to be careful about my food...

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Progress Is Slow But Needs to Be Lasting

WOW! I almost dropped off the couch when I saw that it was back in February when I last posted here. I knew it had been a while, but didn’t realize just how long. Very bad on my part. Thankfully, while glacially slow, the weight eviction hasn’t stopped. I hit the 20lb mark back in May and have felt quite stalled there. In fact last week, I noticed that I had crept back up 4lbs. When you’re going down in very small numbers, going up 4 is huge. That’s disheartening. The goal here is to not only evict the weight but to form a relationship with food that supports keeping it off so that it becomes a normal part of how I live and eat. I’m always on the watch for articles and material for me to consider that will help to inform and guide me towards my goal. Knowing I’m not a very physically active person, I’m aware that my metabolism is likely as sluggish as I can be. Metabolism helps to generate energy and to cue the body to burn fat. Now, at this point, the traditional wisdom would drive me towards an exercise program as the answer to the problem. To a large degree that is a need that I need to meet. I’m also aware that I’m setting myself up for frustration to see that...

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Gee Has a Month Passed?

I would say I’m doing a much better job of getting on the scale every day than I am on updating this blog. So, while a month has passed (well almost a month) without me posting, I have evicted some more weight. When I last posted, I had evicted 5.8lbs. As of this morning, I have now evicted 11lbs. I’m actually pretty pleased with that. It means at the end of the second month of the year, rather 17% of the year has passed, I’m now 11lbs closer to my 50lb goal or 22% of it has been evicted. So I’m moving closer to my goal at a slightly faster rate than the year is passing. Being ahead is good. So, have I cheated yet I can almost hear being asked? I can’t really ‘cheat’ on this process. I can make choices to not advance as quickly as I could but I can’t really cheat. See this whole process is about choices. Any weight loss program is about choices. I’ve been making choices over the last few years that has led me to where I’m at now. I likely could have gotten here sooner, just not so sure I would have felt the freedom I’m feeling with where I am now. I’ve made choices over the last few years to pretty much eliminate processed foods, refined sugar and wheat...

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Small Victories Are Truly Sweet

No. I haven’t abandoned my goal for 2014 already. I’ve been without my laptop for almost two weeks and it appears it is going to be at least a few more days. The hard drive died, I returned it to Staples who sent it to their repair depot for repair. They will then bill Acer as it is under manufacturer’s warranty. They had to order in a drive for it. I learned today that the new drive failed and another has to be ordered in. Better it failed in their hands than back in mine, I would have been seriously ticked at that. So, thankfully, I have my iPad mini. It’s not as convenient to work on as the laptop but considerably better than nothing at all. So posts will be short and mostly to the point. The eviction project continues. I’ve not succeeded on every fast day I’ve tried but I have succeeded at not abusing myself with excess food when my plan hasn’t gone as planned. As of this morning my weight is now 383.6lbs. I’ve evicted 5.8lbs in less than a month. I’m delighted and that tells me that I can stay the course and surpass my year’s goal of 50lbs’ STATUS: 5.8out and 44.2 to...

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First Challenge Met

Well, I’m pleased with myself. I got through a 24 hour fast on Monday, going from breakfast to breakfast. It wasn’t too bad until Monday evening but my habit of not eating after dinner helped me stick to the fast until I went to bed. Once I was asleep, piece of cake, finishing it off Tuesday morning was easy. So, this morning I got weighed and am showing an eviction of two pounds, that puts me at 387lbs. Now, I’ll consider that to be real when I get weighed on Sunday and it’s still showing. I noticed yesterday that I really wasn’t any more hungry than usual, if anything, I was less hungry. So, I’m pleased with the first round. Tomorrow morning (Thursday) I will start the second fasting period as soon as I finish breakfast. We have a dinner at the Legion on Friday so I will be doing a lot of moving around preparing that. That’s good, exercise doesn’t hurt the process at all. Stay tuned....

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