Bohemian Burble

= A socially unconventional person.

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What’s Your Secret?

In all the years that I have been struggling to lose weight, then finally losing weight, then seriously doing some extensive shrinking…. people from all over will either ask me face to face, email me, text me… ask through others… but they always say, WHAT’S YOUR SECRET? 
There’s no secret. There’s no magic bullet. There’s no weight loss pill or shake or special program to buy into to get to your magical weight you want to be.
All there is … is the word: DETERMINATION. Once you match that up with your own melon … then you, and only you have to make that all important decision that you want to lose weight and get healthy.
I’m around a lot of people who are overweight and who complain nonstop about being overweight. When I offer suggestions, they quickly say something like “Oh I could never give THAT up,” or “No wheat or grains???” or “I eat soooo much bread, I could never give up bread!!!!” … But you can, and it is quite easy to do. And your body will seriously thank you for it.
In the meantime, instead of enjoying their lives, like I did for almost two decades, I got sicker and sicker. I allowed my depression to take over and I was seriously a very disgruntled human. And I made every excuse in the book to either not exercise — including just moving my body for 15 minutes a day .. AND for eating healthy. I mean come on, it’s easier to grab fast food or a cylinder of Pringles than it is to buy chicken and some vegetables. I’m not stupid. I was that person.
Seriously, it’s all about taking one single day at one single time and then starting over the very next day. You make little teeny tiny goals and when you reach that particular one goal, you reward yourself with something nice and not food. Then you make a new goal and do the same thing… baby steps.
I just finished a 6-week walking challenge at my job. I was paired up with 5 other humans from my company who were across the United States. We came up together, with the group name, The Gladiators. I was the team captain. Every week, I’d send off one group email to everyone and just tell them to do their very best and move their bodies. At the start of the next week, we would all record our steps. And a new week would start…. Out of 33 teams nationwide, my team proudly came in 9th place. We started at 15th place, then kept moving forward in the six weeks. I was extremely proud of all the people on my team and I told them so. Last year I was on a team made up of people in Sioux Falls and we always stayed in 22nd place. And no one ever sent out words of encouragement.
I strongly believe in order to have success in anything I do, I need to surround myself with positive-like-minded humans. And for the past 6 years since my lap band surgery, I have had an Army of Supporters. Since I joined the Wheat Belly lifestyle in April 2017, I also have a wonderful world of Wheat Belly Warriors on my side… several of them are close personal friends in my circle.
My turning point was visiting my friend and Bon Homme County Nurse, Paula G. in Tyndall one time for an appointment. She told me about a woman from Springfield who reversed her Multiple sclerosis by following the Wheat Belly lifestyle. I knew who this person was but I wasn’t friends with her but I felt compelled to contact her. And I did in 2014 I believe. Yet… I did not seriously look into even attempting to do it until April 2017. That’s when I found the books I needed at the Siouxland Libraries here in Sioux Falls and I checked them out. I’ve never looked back.
And then something wonderful happened between that “lady who reversed her MS” and I. We became friends. Also her son, on facebook, started to post really amazing posts about how food is used for our bodies for fuel. And fuel only. He posted a lot of amazing articles and points of interest about that topic. I learned so much from him and his mom.
So the next time you feel the need to inquire, “What’s your secret?” … You all really do know the answer. It is never too late to start over. Tomorrow.

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An Unexpected Surprise

This afternoon I went to see Dr. Stotz for a completely different reason other than weight loss. However, during the initial weigh in with the RN, I actually looked UP for the very first time when I stepped on the scale. I saw the number appear and it did not register at first. I cannot recall the last time I ever saw that number on a scale.


Once I got off the scale, I had to ask, did that really say _ _ _? She said yes. And left…. then my doctor came in with a huge smile on her face. I said to her, “Did you see the number?” Big grin, YES, she said. Oh. My. God.

We talked about the reason why I was there and then focused back on shedding another 17 pounds since I last saw her on April 2, 2018.

The last time I was under 200 lbs was around the age of 16 or 17 years old. I am almost there. I have really stepped up my walking on my breaks at work now that all the snow is gone. And I have upped my drinking of water and herbal teas, both hot and cold.

I am so proud of myself. Nothing has ever been easy for me but if you stick to your guns, you can do it. If you need guidance, let me help you.


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A Robin Splashing in my Bird Bath

Wall hangings and other home decor decorating my living room have sayings that say: Have Courage & Be Kind…. Dream Big …. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made….Think Happy… and then I have my original watercolor abstract and realistic paintings hanging on my wall that I created in 1988 at Wayne State College to inspire me as well. And owls, birds… a big silver rooster that I bought at a flea market 20 years ago…. All things that are all about me. Things that make me smile. Happy.

That being said, another work week is gone by, thankfully. I made it through without shedding any tears this time around. Once home, I put on some shorts that I had bought last year… and wah-lah, they are baggy and quite too big on me. I rummaged through another box of shorts that are a year old too… too big, too big, too big. Go me and the ability to still shrink.

As much as I want to say my life is 100% dandy, it’s not. But I have high hopes it will be. I recently bought a bird bath. It’s cheap and I had to add a lot of sand to the base but I put it up near my teeny tiny patio outside. It survived two big blizzards in April and today, just now, a Robin landed in it and splashed around. I’m so happy I got to witness that. The bird. A Robin. Splashing. And me wearing shorts that are way tooooooo big. Yes, I have high hopes that with all the luck in the world, my Angels above, my wishes I make to different things…. and seeing a beautiful creature made by God, that my luck is about to change.

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Bye Bye Visceral Fat

WHAT IS VISCERAL FAT? Visceral fat is the type of fat that exists in the abdomen. Visceral fat, or abdominal fat, is a type of body fat that exists in the abdomen and surrounds the internal organs. Everyone has some, especially those who are sedentary, chronically stressed, or maintain unhealthy diets.

High visceral fat is dangerous and is correlated with cholesterol, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other conditions. This is because visceral fat is the fat that is located inside the abdominal cavity – packed between organs – rather than underneath the skin (subcutaneous fat) and this fat will release acids that are metabolized by the liver and which can cause insulin resistance in the liver. 


June 2017 was the first time in my entire life that I first heard of the phrase ‘visceral fat.’ Before that, I had zero clue I had that surrounding my organs. I thought “fat” was “fat.” My former provider, Lori Ranek, PA-C, explained it in more detail to me in July. And then I started to do research. Fascination was pretty much all I could think of after finding all the images on Google.

On how it was explained to me by a coworker in June, then again in July by a professional, I knew I was on the right path in continuing to decrease the amount of visceral fat inside my belly. Once I started losing my “VF,” weird but good changes started to happen within my body. One of the changes happened in June, alerting me to think something was majorly wrong with my body, but no, nothing was wrong. And then after the recent weight loss in December again, yesterday, my body reminded me there is more visceral fat that has been cleaned out. But before I came to that realization, I had to get a hold of my mom to tell her that I think something is wrong again. No, it’s me shedding the bad. Go me.

I mean, we all know that putting ON WEIGHT is easy peasy. Rarely are there any weird things that happens to your body other than you need bigger clothes and diseases start appearing at your check up’s with your providers. And then you start making all sorts of excuses as to why you are getting wider and bigger than the other way around.

Losing weight is a process, not an instant solution, like many seem to think with fad diets, purging/vomiting, sitting in a sauna… to name just a few.

If you want serious results that are approved by a Cardiologist? Follow the Wheat Belly lifestyle and eliminate wheat and all grains from your eating habits.

How I got started on the Wheat Belly movement was hearing about it from someone from my hometown of Springfield, SD … Her name is Karen. She was diagnosed with a very serious disease and through her own research, she found the Wheat Belly lifestyle and became a faithful follower of it. And she happily reversed her disease and never looked back.

I talked to her two years ago about this type of lifestyle. It sounded intriguing but I really did not think I would be able to do it by myself. I really was depending that I still could “do it,” by myself without going the route Karen chose.

This past April 2017, I had enough of still being sick with my Type 2 Diabetes… still dealing with my sleep apnea… still dealing with my high anxiety… still suffering from major depression. I still had issues with my knees/joints/weirdness in my limbs feeling off and wonky… and I knew I needed a huge change in how I was eating.

I went to the Sioux Falls downtown library and checked out the book The Wheat Belly Detox. I also found two facebook groups about the Wheat Belly Detox book and joined them.

Next up, as a newbie, before starting the 10-day detox, I asked a zillion questions to the administrators on the WB Group pages… THEN I did the unthinkable… I took a big bag and took a deep breath, and went thru my cupboard, freezer and fridge. I gave away almost all of my food items that contained anything with wheat or other grains, to people at work or took to my mom’s house, otherwise my black birds, squirrels and bunnies got the rest.

Sometimes I get flack for posting so many photos of my food choices on facebook and other social media outlets but I look at it as it’s confirmation that I am on track with my healthy options. I also use social media as my own personal diary which sometimes I get flack from people for that too. But seriously, I really don’t care what other people think anymore. I guess if you don’t like it, don’t be my social media friend. But I’ve always said, I am the same person you read about online as I am in person. I’ve never pretended to be anything but the real me.

That being said … I started cold turkey on the Wheat Belly 10-day Detox on April 27th. By the time, my 6-month diabetic checkup rolled around on July 6th, I got a clean bill of health. All of my lab results proved to be extremely awesome. Proudly excited to say from five and a half months ago to current date, I no longer have any of the above ailments including depression, anxiety, body issues (knee pain, feet issues, excessive sweating, allergies, hot flashes, sleep apnea….) ~ I’m almost finished dealing with my Type 2 diabetes…

Take it from me, if I can do this — eliminate wheat and all grains from my pie hole, ANYONE can do it. It’s super simple to read the labels at the grocery stores. Basically the first word in every ingredient is WHEAT. Once you see that nugget, put the food back on the shelf. And walk away.

Once you go survive the insane and the annoying 10-Day Wheat Belly detox, YOU HAVE BECOME YOUR VERY OWN SUPER HERO. You are now invincible. And you will start seeing instant results, like immediately.

That being said … I still have plenty of visceral fat to lose. I have yet to reach a teen model status (aka reference to Marcia Brady). But I feel I am on the right path.


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The Novelty Is Over

indexThis week’s lesson learned: Be skeptical when buying a fitness tracker on clearance!!!! Mine worked from 4/15/15 to 4/23/15. Died 5:05PM. Tried to reboot, re-everything to no avail. Thankfully I can still take it back to get a full refund.

Will I replace it with a Fitbit? NO! The lesson???

I realize I need to actually move my body and not sit idle for long periods of time. I also realize I sleep like crap. I’ve had sleep apnea since 2004. And my CPAP is a life saver.

I do not need a bracelet to tell me any of this!!!

Continue to make good food choices and move your body!

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New Purchase: Jaw Bone Up24

imagesV4MU8HEHI joined the band wagon of activity fitness trackers tonight. Thanks to a nice discount of $75.11 off the original price of $149.99 …. I paid a handsome fee of $74.88 plus $6.00 for the 2 year plan as it was recommended from reviews I read on other sites …. I am now an owner of my very own “onyx” Jaw Bone Up24.

Also my cousin Diane and her adult children/spouses also sport them too and I saw it in action last weekend from her showcasing it for my mom and I.

Several of my good friends and my brother own a Fitbit. I went back and forth tonight touching each one, seeing which one I’d like better… but the price of the Jaw Bone Up24 won me over as I like low prices so much better.

I’m about to go to sleep so with my sleep apnea it’ll be interesting to see how well or not so swell I sleep tonight. I also have “jimmy legs” but I didn’t see any where in the reading materials or the You Tube videos that it help capture that lovely hidden talent of mine.

I walk all over the place so it’s going to be fun to track my steps in ‘real time’ too.

And just for the nay-sayers who like to find the not so good in my life… the cost of this baby was all in thanks to my clients who bought some art from me recently…. I also tend to treat myself to something cool instead of putting it into the bank.

Goodnight all. Continue to make excellent choices.