This is a first for me over the last year and a half.
Finally, I went through an entire weekend and actually lost weight as of monday morning.
Last Sunday, which was 8 days ago, I was at 205lbs, the same weight that I was on September 29th.
For the last couple of months, I could not budge from that weight.
Because every week I would be more careful with what I was eating and would lose a couple of pounds.
Then came the weekend and after the weekend, I was back up to 205lbs, sometimes even worse, the highest that I have seen has been 210lbs on a sunday or monday morning.
So, this is a big deal that after an entire weekend, I actually lost a couple of pounds and did not gain!
Last Sunday I was at 205lbs – 50lbs of Fat – 25% Body Fat – 26.6BMI and 43 inch Waist
I am sure that alot of that was water gain just from the more processed foods that I would generally have on the weekend.
Last sunday I wrote a post about building a new day of body transformation with the right exercises to lose weight and meal plans for weight loss.”H
As many of you might know, I have every reason to not be motivated.
I have struggled for over a year now to get back down to where I was after 300 strict days on Hashi Mashi.
Frankly, I have felt embarassed, frustrated and upset that I put on even one pound after finally finding a way to lose weight, let alone 30 pounds.
True, maybe I had become too thin, I kept hearing that in my neighborhood, “Hashi, cut it out, you are losing too much weight, stop it!”
But, there is a big difference between putting on a few pounds of healthy weight and thirty pounds of weight from processed food.
My blood cholesterol levels have reflected the fact that the additional weight was not of the healthy variety.
Back in April of 2013, my cholesterol level for the first time in my life was under 200.
Usually, for as long as I can remember, my cholesterol levels have been around 245 to 260.
Last April, they were 175, wow!
Very close to the magic number of being under 150 which is supposedly the marker for really good heart health.
In several famous studies like Framingham, no heart attacks were recorded in individuals with cholesterol levels lower than 150.
Last month I discovered that my cholesterol level had gone up even further than my quote unquote normal 245.
They went up to 290.
That is not the highest I have ever seen.
I have had cholesterol levels up to 400.
Clearly, that is not good.
As a result, I am now seeing those fatty cholesterol deposits around the eye called Xanthelasma.
Losing weight is not just a matter of appearance, this is important to overall health.
For over a year and a half, from my low of 175lbs and 175 cholesterol, I have gradually packed on the pounds up to 205lbs and 290 cholesterol, those are the facts.
Processed food is no friend of mine.
This last week I did something different.
I was browsing around looking for why it is so difficult to lose weight, especially dealing with cravings for sugar.
I came across some articles which were discussing hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid.
Hypothyroidism rung a bell because I remember that I did have a check up where the Doctor told me that my thyroid hormone levels were too low.
The symptoms of an underactive thyroid include weight gain, difficulty in losing weight, depression and always feeling cold, bingo!
I implemented several of the suggestions for hypothyroidism:
- Gluten free diet
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- No Junk Food
Since last sunday, from 205lbs, I am over 5 pounds down, almost 1% body fat loss, down in BMI by a point and 2 inches off the waist.
I have known now for a couple of years that wheat free was great for me.
Hashi Mashi is built around no bread, no grains.
What I did not know was that perhaps the reason that I thrived so much on no grains was not because of no rice, no oats or no quinoa, it could be because of no gluten.
Gluten apparently suppresses the thryoid hormones.
I will be writing more about thyroid hormones as I learn more.
In the meantime, what I do know is that there are specific foods which help the thyroid do its job properly and other foods which are damaging to the thyroid.
So, this last week, I stayed off of bread, wheat products, like I usually would on Hashi Mashi, but I did have brown rice, quinoa, oats and baked white potato, all no nos during my initial 300 days of strict Hashi Mashi Meal Plan for Weight Loss.
The other thing that I did different this week, something that I have never done and would never even think of doing, was to have apple cider vinegar every day, sometimes three times a day.
A tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in 16 oz of water, cold or hot, mixed with a tablespoon of honey and a quarter of a lemon.
I have had the least sugar cravings this last week that I can remember for at least 18 months.
I did not blow it over the weekend either.
I was able to enjoy good meals with even a little wine that included greens like okra, baked potato, brown rice or quinoa.
Here is the takeaway from this post.
If you have been struggling to lose weight for a long time, you might have an underactive thyroid!
Check out my little apple cider vinegar for weight loss drink.
I have been having it first thing in the morning before going on the elliptical for an hour.
You might not know if you have hypothyroidism, but in the meantime, if you do know that you never seem to be able to lose weight, then it is worth while trying on some new habits.
1. Drink the apple cider vinegar for weight loss and for helping your thyroid.
I have been having it three times a day and have not felt this good in a long time.
The apple cider vinegar I am using is Bragg's which contains the ‘mother', an organic natural ingredient that is important in healing whatever is not working right now, either candida, yeast, underactive thyroid.
2. Have balanced meal plans for weight loss, for example:
egg whites, vegetables, with rice, oatmeal or quinoa or kasha in the morning.
baked potato and tuna fish and salad in the afternoon.
brown rice and beans or chicken, turkey or lamb at night.
3. Start deadlifts, squats or pushups today.
Those are three, 3 actionable items that you can implement today.
For sure you can drink the apple cider vinegar, you can have potato, rice, quinoa or kasha instead of bread and you can do some pushups, even one.
The main complaint I heard from people about Hashi Mashi in the past was that they were too hungry without being allowed to have any grains.
This last week proved to me that I can have some grains without any problem, maybe it was just the gluten from the wheat that was causing the problems.
Please let me know if you found any of this information useful.
I really appreciate knowing that this might help someone else.
Thanks for reading!