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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.


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An Amazing Day Today

blackbeansI had probably the best ever breakfast I could nourish my body in months and months and months this morning. Black beans with homemade salsa and a small piece of the bacon/egg/spinach/mushroom/onion Quiche from last weekend. It went down my pie hole with no issues and slid right past my lap band with ease. It was heavenly. Then I did something my old self would never have done. I went on a walk solo.

My mom lives on the edge of a State Park and there’s a gorgeous walking trail that loops around it and you come face to face with the Mighty Mo (Missouri River). Breathtaking views.

I returned and sat around til my mom came back and we hit up the loop a second time. I had zero aches and zero anything holding me back. I wasn’t out of breath and I felt amazing.

Also had another Non Scale Victory (NSV) … it was rather hot on the 2nd loop, so I took off my jacket and tied it around my shrinking waist. I don’t think since God knows when, I could do that with any type of jacket or sweatshirt. So two NSV’s this week. Awesome sauce!

We had lunch — lettuce salad with onion and celery chunks ….and I had celery with peanut butter too. I did some reading then …I finished out my exercising by doing a third turn around the loop and capturing a total of 2 miles for the day!

My body totally thanks me.


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To Jog or Not To Jog

weightJust completed Day 2 of my 8 weeks to “train” for a possible 5K. There is a 5K in 10 weeks called the Kolache Krawl at Czech Days in Tabor, SD this year.

I’ve never entered a race in my life but this Czech Days, I just might do it.

Otherwise I can shoot for the one that Springfield holds every July 4th but I know that has some hills in it…Second day in, I’m not sure 7 weeks away I can do those hills…

This morning, I woke up and decided to get in my exercising before I showered. So I got dressed and instead of what I had done yesterday, which was go in a different route, I opted for the walking the trail loop.

And I opted to jog down hill a good ways instead of walking for a minute and then jogging for 2 minutes. I am not good with figuring out distance but I do know I did jog a lot more than I did for distance from yesterday.

A steep incline greeted me next. I decided to walk that mega slowly and take deep breaths with every step. I made it to the top of that incline still in one piece but I did not rest. And I was proud of my accomplishments today.

I am also on Day 2 of officially following The Wheat Belly life style. For lunch today we had a cold pea, corn, cheese and bacon salad with peanuts. I had a cup of it and I seasoned it with salt and pepper. I drank about 32 ounces of filtered water as well. Now I’m full.

Tonight we are having Crockpot Cashew Chicken, except we didn’t have cashews and are just using peanuts instead. Found the recipe on Pinterest.

Something that would never have entered my melon before, the word, jogging… is now weaving in and out of my thinking mode. We drove to a nearby town after my walk/jog and I could feel pain in the vicinity above my ankles… what is that area called?

And I know I’m out of shape but I am still happy with my results so far.

The loop was 2/3 of a mile. I have a little bit to go later today and then I will have done a mile. Tomorrow, my game plan will change again and I’ll try a different way to get in my mile of a walk/jog.

When I get back to Yankton on Monday, I am going to scope out the cemetery paths…. full of nice hills and should be clear of everyone alive that is (hee hee hee)…. so no one will bother me on my journey to jogging.


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Darling, Detox Me…

detoxOnly a handful of folks know the real story that’s going on and that’s how I like it.  And that is how it will stay. For now. In any case, I have not been eating as healthy as I should be. I am mad about that. I’m also mad about not exercising either for that matter. Or just walking around the parking lot that I live mere feet from. Or around the nice walking area that I live next to. I mean, it is perfect conditions for a smooth, sleek road. No gravel, no grassy knolls, no ginormous hills or rocks around. Just really nice asphalt to walk on. And people would think that with what’s been going on, I should be getting in my equal time of walking, eating right and getting proper sleep.

It all sounds fabulous on paper or in my case, on my blog.

I also am so not proud of eating a variety of processed foods either. But thankfully (knock on wood), I have stayed far away from soda. My teeth also thank me for that nugget too.

This weekend when I have more time to get back on track … I need to detox my sluggish body from all the bad temptations I’ve allowed down my pie hole. My joints are aching, especially my fingers, hands and back area. And I’ve noticed I’m getting really jumpy again and I know that’s because I’m hoarding my medications. Not good. At. All.

I did get some lettuce the other night and a few other better, healthier choices but I could do better, I will do better, I promise.

There is a saying that keeps floating around on social media about how we are responsible for our own actions and/or choices. No one else can take the blame but me. And me alone.

This is why I have continued this weight loss blog/journey going after 2 years and three months since having my surgery.

To keep myself accountable for all of my great, good and now bad decisions in terms of continuing to be a better person overall, to be healthy.

And to be healthy, one must exercise. You know, the just get me out of the house and walk kind of exercise.

I have all the tools I need to be this better person….  and I need to stop listening to my inner critic and negative thoughts.

Tomorrow is a new day. I hope, I hope, I hope, I hope….


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My New Kicks

100_0964I treated my feet to a pair of new kicks!!! I absolutely love them and the bright colors. Although they look blue, the main color is really purple. And pink and a neon green. Like a party on my feet.

I once again ordered a size 10 and medium width.

Two years ago before my lap band surgery, I wore a double wide EE and a size 10 or even an 11. I lost track as to when my feet actually shrunk but I was a bit hesitant putting these fancy kicks on just now but they fit with a little extra wiggle room.

I’m thrilled. And cannot wait to hit the streets wearing these…. however, I need to rest my left leg and foot right now before I do any major walking…. I was forced to stand longer than a 4-hour time frame at work and you know my dealio with my messed up foot/ankle/leg.

It has now caused major pain thru my hip and now back. Not fun one bit. Thankfully I have the 26th and 27th off so I plan to give my left side some TLC.

As always, stay true to your own self and keep yourself accountable on your eating choices, drinking choices and how you exercise. Only YOU can improve your own self… no one else can do it for you!!!

Stay positive.