The Root Cause – My Insulin Resistance

One of my greatest fears is that I will regain the weight that I have lost and more.  It happened before to me.  I had lost weight in the early 80’s and had gotten down to a size 4 from a size 16.  And then, over time, my weight increased…dramatically.  I talk about this in my blog post Getting to My Goal Weight – Twice!  Well I finally graphed ALL my weights over time and the result is this graph…and it terrifies me.  Most of my weight loss happened between 2013 and 2014 when I discovered that I was sensitive to grains and sugar.

My Weight Loss Graph

My Weight Loss Graph Spans Over 30 Years!

I learned so much during that time period about the effect on grains and sugar and how it relates to my Insulin Resistance.  I actually learned about and came to understand that I do have Insulin Resistance.  Looking back I can see that I was in denial about that.  Actually, it all seemed too complicated and I never really took the time to learn.  I just took it for granted that because I didn’t have Diabetes that everything was good!  How wrong I was!  Because I have ALWAYS BEEN Insulin Resistant…and Insulin Resistance leads to Obesity.  What?!  I had always thought that because I was overweight I wasn’t exercising enough or was eating too much food!  Well it turns out that I was trying to solve my weight loss by focusing on the wrong issues.  I needed to correct the cause and not the symptoms.  And the cause of my weight gain was my Insulin Resistance.  Adding to that my thyroid issues and it is no wonder that I gained so much weight!

Mona Minnie - Weight Loss Graph

My weight-loss has slowed down in the past year…so I am tackling the root cause…my Insulin Resistance.

So, getting back to the graph you can see exactly when I went grain-free and sugar-free.  The few times I lost weight before were my attempts at Weight Watchers…which didn’t work out so well for me.  And you can also see that over the past year my weight-loss has slowed down…a lot!  My fear?  That my body is trying to adjust back to a higher weight or set-point.  Well, as has been typical on this journey of mine I have learned that I am even more Insulin Resistant than what I thought.  I have needed to decrease my carbs even more…to less than 25 grams a day.  And this is actually working because the scale is finally moving down again!

In future posts I’ll be sharing with you my some of the things that I am learning.  Be sure to visit my Facebook Page and to Follow this Blog.  My readers say that my story inspires them but in reality they inspire me!  Until next time…

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Thyroid Issues After All

Proud of my 150-pound weight loss!

Proud of my 150-pound weight loss!

I’ve been taking time to deal with some health issues recently.  It turns out I still have thyroid issues.  I was misdiagnosed years ago as Hypothyroid and only recently found out that I have Hashimoto’s, the autoimmune disease that is the cause of 90% of Hypothyroidism.  So I’ve been working with my doctor and doing research on possible causes so I can be put on the correct medication.

One change that I have made is to go dairy-free.  I love my cheese and full-fat heavy whipping cream but it has been surprisingly easier than I thought to remove these from my diet.  Hopefully I can add some things back after my gut has more time to heal.  Who knows?  Maybe this is the reason for my weight loss stalling.  I have 35 more pounds to lose ~ Fingers crossed!

One thing I have learned on my weight loss journey is to be open to change.  How are some of you dealing with dietary changes?  Do you find it easier to go cold turkey or to make gradual changes?  I’m open to suggestions!

Some Things You Never Forget

One of my goals this year is to be more active. Spring and summer are way too short here in Michigan and since I am not a fan of winter sports I need to take advantage while the weather cooperates. In Michigan that could be five minutes or five days! So, to support my goal and to celebrate my 150 weight loss I bought myself a bike.

Test driving it behind the bike shop was fun, once I realized it was in 7th gear and changed it to a lower setting. Can’t say I like the safety helmet they made me wear! Lol! But once I got going it was like, well…like riding a bike. You never forget…and I didn’t. 🙂 So I ordered white fenders, a white basket, a water bottle and holder, a zippered pouch and a bell (so people know to get out of my way!) Then I had to order a trailer hitch and a bike rack for my car so I can get to all the bike trails I want to check out.

Mona_New Bike

Test riding my new bike!

Of course it’s been over a week and it’s still in the shop getting the accessories added on and wouldn’t you know it, the weather forecast promises five days with no rain. Everything is done except the basket is on back-order…and my bike rack for my car hasn’t been delivered yet. So here I sit anxiously waiting for the bike shop to call and tell me it’s ready to be picked up, hopefully within the next five days…otherwise I may be ordering an umbrella for it! Lol! What are some fun activities that you do to be more active? I need more ideas for my bucket list…please share!

Lessons Learned in My Life

May 9th was my two-year anniversary.  Two years of eating grain-free and sugar-free…but the truth is that in the past year I lied to myself.  I really haven’t been 100% grain free.  I didn’t “relapse” but there were foods that I ate that I should have known not to.  And I included fruit in my diet far too often than I should have.  I embraced cooking grain-free recipes from scratch and then ate too much of what I cooked.  From May to October I had a steady downward weight loss and then I flat-lined.  Partly because of the reasons stated above but also because I didn’t make myself my biggest cheerleader.

My 2-Year Anniversary Pic - 150 Pounds Gone!

My 2-Year Anniversary Pic – 150 Pounds Gone!

I let my emotions get in the way of achieving my goals.  But like all of life’s lessons I can now see the good in my situation.  I learned that I am the only person that I need positive feedback from.  Feedback from others is a plus but I should not expect it…should not let it influence my goals.  Once I came to terms with that my weight loss picked up where I left off.

Like last year at this time I missed my goal by five pounds.  But I am happy and proud of my 150 pound weight loss.  Almost half-my-size!!

Finding My Balance

My July, 2002 PicThey say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Well being obese didn’t kill me but I was well on my way to that end.  I’ve had some time to think about things lately and really reflect on my life and my weight gain over the years.  Not only did my health suffer but my relationships did as well.  How present and in the moment could I be when I was juggling two jobs, going to school and maintaining a household?  I lost touch with not only myself but with family and friends.

This hit me hard this week because a fellow classmate passed away.  He was my age, born in the Read the rest of this entry

Hard Boiled Eggs in an Instant…Pot

Making hard-boiled eggs in my Instant Pot pressure cooker was so easy!

Making hard-boiled eggs in my Instant Pot pressure cooker was so easy!

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to make hard-boiled eggs for your salads or for decorating this Easter consider using your pressure cooker!  It was amazingly easy and only took 5 minutes.  I used the recipe posted on the Instant Pot website and was thrilled that they turned out perfect and so easy to peel.

I’ve tried so many ways to boil eggs over the years and they never turned out.  I am hard-boiled-egg challenged!  Lol!  These eggs were so easy to make that I couldn’t stop…now I have 15 hard-boiled eggs!  And now I want to color them for Easter instead of using them for my salads. 🙂 Read the rest of this entry

My March, 2015 Progress Pic

Happy that my plateau has ended and I am on my way again!  Down four pounds this month and every weigh-in was below my trend-line!

My March Pic

What Goes Up Must Come Down!

In my previous post I talked about needing to get to my goal weight after getting their once and now needing to do it all over again.   Read on to find out how and why I gained 205 pounds after reaching my goal. Read the rest of this entry

Getting to My Goal Weight – Twice!

Recently I signed up for the Fox 2 21-Day Weight Loss Challenge which starts on March 30th.  As I approach my 2-Year Grain-Free Anniversary in May I have a few short-term goals on the Read the rest of this entry

Meal Planning for Weight Loss

It may seem obvious but the first step in meal planning for weight loss is sitting down and actually making a plan. In the beginning this was almost too much for me though. It was overwhelming to sit down with a stack of cookbooks, make a list of recipes I wanted to try, Read the rest of this entry

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