Monday, August 6, 2012

276 - Weekly Report (3 days later).... And My Little Experiment

I am late again in posting an update, surprise surprise... I was however, on time with the weigh in itself which was 276 pounds on Friday morning. Only 26 pounds to go until I reach my first huge goal!!

Ok, I know I kind of left you all hanging with an update on my mom (another crazy week)... I am happy to report that this surgery was her best yet from start to finish. Normally when she has surgery she requires several blood transfusions, is out of it when she comes out, and can't hardly move for days. When they wheeled her out of recovery this time, she was alert, her face had great color, she required no blood, and was cracking jokes about finding someone who had the opposite side amputated so they could share shoes. Just a day after surgery they had her up out of bed and despite being right side dominant, now without a right leg, she moved better than she has for a year. She is now at a rehab center where she will learn how to function with her new body, and we couldn't be happier. I am sure that there will be trials ahead but, nothing compared to what she has already gone through. Honestly she should have done this a long time ago. I am excited to see my mom get her life back, and proud of her for making such a hard decision. Thank you all for your prayers, I firmly believe that without them or the blessing and Temple prayers, things would not have turned out so well, so THANK YOU!!!

Do you guys remember when I talked about my pig out day I was planning for when I was under 279?? Well... This weekend it happened, and I'd like to share my experience with it. At 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning, we ventured out to begin this day. I had not eaten fast food (other than Subway or Papa Murphy's "diet" menu) in a year. The first place I chose to start my adventure was Apollo Burger. I ordered a mushroom swiss burger meal, could not even eat the whole thing, only about half. While it was very tasty and everything I had hoped for, I couldn't help but notice how sluggish I felt afterwards. Normally when I eat I get energy, but not this time.... I only wanted a nap. Our second stop of the day was at the New China Buffet, I used to love that place and have wanted to go there for so very long... We get there at around 2:00 p.m. and find that all of the food had been sitting under the lights for a long time, the food was pretty gross. I barely finished a small plate and again was full beyond recognition. In the past I was able to eat 2-3 plates without even thinking about it. I am glad the food was gross and my stomach was done. I was then left with the feeling of having a rock in my stomach. We went fishing after this and I had brought along a bag of Jalapeno Cheetos, another one of my old time snacks. Normally I would have eaten a bag in one sitting, usually in about 15 minutes. I nibbled on them and this lasted about 4 hours, I shared with my sister and between the two of us ate about half of the bag. Our last stop of the day (not really a stop) was pizza delivery from Pizza Hut... I love this place, or at least used to. I had 2 slices of pizza, 3 chicken wings, and a bread stick. I don't know if this day was the Lord's way of saying you don't need this, but this place was gross too! Not at all what I had remembered. I capped off the night with a Twix candy bar, and not a minute after I ate it the regret set in. I felt so sick to my stomach, and this continued through Sunday. I was so happy that it was fast Sunday because I don't think I could have ate if I wanted to. I am so happy to be back to my regular food today. I never realized how bad junk food made me feel until Saturday. It is evident that the stuff is toxic. I can testify to that as I was not feeling right from the beginning. Anything that has the power to make you sick for 24 hours can not be good for you. Am I glad that I decided to do this? Yes, because it showed me that I do not really miss this stuff, not sure how I ever ate like that, it used to be a daily thing (only much more). No wonder I never felt good. It also showed me the difference between the types of "fuel" I give my body. I choose to have energy and not feel like a slug. I choose to eat healthy. Am I saying that I will never do it again??  I don't plan on it, but I am sure there will come a day when I forget this little lesson, and will crave something stupid again, but it won't be for a VERY long time. The rest of this week will be spent trying to make up for my very crappy day, I am hoping to at least break even on the weight. I don't really expect much of a loss on Friday, if any, but am hoping I can prevent a gain.

Well, I had better get going, I will be back tomorrow or Wednesday for another update on some future plans that are in the works and a new recipe. I hope you all had a great week last week and will have an even better one this week.


  1. We don't eat fast food much but every time that we do, I am reminded of the nastiness of it. I am glad that you indulged and found out that it isn't as good as you once thought it was. I am sure it will go a long way to curbing your cravings for it. :o) I am so excited for you as you are nearing your first goal! How amazing is that?!!? Keep on going girl, you are fabulous!! :o)


  2. Brandi,
    You doing okay?
    Mom too?
    Missing hearing from you. :o)
    Your in my thoughts...


  3. Hi!! Sista!! So glad that I found your blog! Congrats on this week's update! Keep up the great work!!!


  4. What a powerful lesson! A few months ago I started eating only natural foods and no processed foods. At the beginning it was really hard to stay focused so I would have a cheat meal. Every time, I felt awful, sick to my stomach, sluggish and everything you described. After three cheat days with consistent results, I committed to never going back. You're right - food should make you feel energized and full of strength, not crappy and sluggish!

    Congratulations on all of your progress so far - you are truly an inspiration!