21 May 2017

The Hormone Reset Diet - My Journal - Prepping for the Hormone Reset

This is the start of a new series that I am doing-- a series dedicated to my trials during the Hormone Reset Diet.  

I want to be held accountable.  I need to be held accountable.

Here is a little bit of the backstory before I tell you what I am doing.

I have struggled with my weight for as long as I can remember.  I know, I know-- everybody claims that appearance isn't everything.  But isn't that the biggest lie that we are ever told?  I mean, our society is dedicated to appearance-- and if you don't have the correct one that everybody dreams of, there is a multi-billion dollar weight loss/cosmetic surgery industry to ensure that you make it to be.

I'm not crazy, I'm acknowledging the obvious.

I have let food control my life for years.  Years.  In 2008, after I had my son, I told myself that I was going to lose all 70-ish pounds that I gained.  Well, I did; and then some!  I went from 230 to 140, and I never felt so good in my life.

It is now 2017, and I had a second child.  All I can do is reminisce about the 'good ole days' when I felt happy about my body, and not the chunk of today. 

It has gotten so bad that I don't want to leave the house, go to family gatherings, or anything. When I couldn't put my favorite jeans on for church this morning-- it was the last straw.

I know there is a lot of obsession here, and I know the rules.  You know...don't check the scale everyday, muscle weighs more than fat, calorie counting, yada yada.  I'm not new to the game.

The problem is that I am almost 30.  I look in the mirror and I see small lines on my face, age spots in random areas on my body, and some gray hair.  I feel lost-- who is that person in the mirror?

The worst part of it all (if I have to pick one) is that the weight keeps packin' on.  I'm up to 190 pounds now.  That's a lot for a person that is 5'4".  

Oh, please don't think I haven't been doing anything about it.  I work out for an hour 6 days per week and alternate between cardio and strength training.  I ingest no more than 1,200 calories per day.  I try so hard.  But the weight will not come off.  My doctor even mentioned something about it.  

I am at my wits end here, and I am about a second away from just giving up, guys.  I don't want to settle with myself, but what am I supposed to do?  Quality of life is imperative, and I feel like I am wasting my whole life being miserable and restricting my calories only to gain, gain, gain.

After I realized that crying got me nowhere, I was led to a book called The Hormone Reset Diet by Dr. Sara Gottfried.  

This book described exactly what I was going through, so this directed me to believe that I need to reset my hormonal system due to an imbalance.  It claims that over the course of 3 weeks, I will engage 7 hormones, and lose 15 pounds. 

Why not, right?  At this point, what have I got to lose?  Weight.  (Hopefully).

People tell me that I look good, that I have a body that many would pay to have.  The problem is that I don't feel that way.  That is where my problem lies.  Not only the loss, but esteem as well.

Here are the [basic] rules of the diet: 

1.  Every three days there will be a new rule to reset a hormone.  
2.  Increase fiber.
3.  Increase exercise.
4.  Increase water intake.
5.  Eat 1 pound of veggies per day (I made a soup for easy consumption).
6.  Take an epsom salt bath 5 times per week.
7.  Eat 5 or 6 smaller meals.
8.  Use a protein shake as one of the meals.

Tomorrow starts the first hormone reset:  meatless and no alcohol.  This continues for Monday through Wednesday and then throughout the three weeks.

This particular reset shouldn't be that hard considering I already am a vegetarian and I do not drink.  Although the book points out that even people in my position need to acknowledge this reset.  

Today, Sunday, I prepped for my hormone reset.  By prepping I mean, I went to the store to grab some healthier food, and I took all of my measurements.  I made a 10-spice vegetable soup (recipe from Oh She Glows to make sure I get my adequate amount of veggies every day.  I canned them in mason jars for a quick meal.  

The vitamins that I am currently taking are:

1.  NeoCell Biotin Bursts (in the morning)
2.  Methylcobalamin b12 - sublingual (in the morning)
3.  Kroger-brand tasteless fiber powder (in the morning)
4.  Lipogaine hair drops (in the morning and evening)
5.  Skinny Jane Multivitamin (in the evening)

Here are my before measurements and statistics for benchmark purposes:

Waist............................................37.0"
Hip...............................................48.0"
Waist-to-hip ratio.........................0.81
Weight..........................................190.0 lbs
Height...........................................5'4"
Basal Metabolic Rate....................1918.6
Hormone Score.............................28.0
Body Mass Index..........................32.6
Waist-to-height ratio......................0.54
Sleep..............................................8 hrs
Blood Pressure..............................112/68



I will be using a FitBit and MyFitnessPal to track everything.

I am fully committed.  This is only three weeks.

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