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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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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!

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

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

Corned Beef and Cabbage Using My New Instant Pot

My husband couldn’t wait for St. Patrick’s Day. He cooked up a wonderful Sunday dinner using our new Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker – Corned Beef, Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots. Read the rest of this entry

Are We There Yet?

I have been on my weight loss journey for the past 22 months. During that time people would often ask me, “What do you eat?” and I would simply answer “Real food…no grains, sugar or processed food.” I can honestly say that I was a minimalist when it came to eating. I would Read the rest of this entry

Tracking Calories – Embracing the Process

We’ve all had them…those Aha moments when you realize something profound that impacts your life like nothing else.  When I realized I was sensitive to grains and sugar it was an Aha moment for me.  Most recently though was the realization that I needed to embrace the entire Read the rest of this entry

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