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35 lbs In 45 Days...and MY COW What Days They Have Been

I don't like to weigh in because it messes me up.  I've said it before but it is usually a bad thing for me and I end up either binging or making bad choices (binging is a very bad choice, of course.  But I meant binging on raw food too.) Any way, I had a doctor's appointment and they weighed me on day 45 (June 15th) and lo! I had taken off 35 lbs in those 45 days.  If you add it to what I had managed to keep off (not much) from the days before I started, I am 52 lbs down from my lifetime highest weight of 406lbs. 


Guess what?  I did pig out a bit after I weighed too! lol But I was prepared for some kind of reaction from my Brat so I was able to put the brakes on quickly.  My body sure does like live food!  I feel so good most days, except for my feet, but I have faith that will come too.  My clothes are looser and my skin looks great when its not going through a zitty detox, lol.  I've had plenty of that too unfortunately. 


The remarkable part is that I, who have struggled with compulsive eating all my life, have been able to maintain this life-giving way of eating through some of the hardest times I've ever experienced: being seperated from my son (he had to live at our house alone, for his last month of high school, while I moved it to take care of mom.)  Son graduating and immediately going off to be a camp counselor.  My daughter not coming home from the University for the summer. (That one kills me.  No kiddos during the summer.  I love having them around and we always had so much fun together.) Moving.  Getting rid of all my stuff.  Feeling sad about watching my stuff I liked and had so many memories walk away with other people. And worst of all: Mom got sick again, and she ended up losing her other leg to amputation.  This is the foot and leg that I have nursed and done wound care on for eight years since the other amputation, trying to save it.  I feel like I failed her.  I feel like I'm losing my mom, piece by piece.  The stress of not knowing if she would survive the surgery.  Mourning the loss with her.  This means she can no longer drive, no longer be as independent.  This means horrible pain that I didn't want her to have to go through in what is likely the last year of her life.  It means more hospitals and rehab facilities and learning to do simple things like transfer from a wheelchair to a bed. I am so incredibly grateful to still have her.  She lost her legs but kept her life.


Raw emotions, and yet a raw diet.  Having to face it all "sober" not drunk on sugar and grease.  Realizing how angry I am and how I'm not as nice as I pretend to be sometimes.  Having to deal with what's really wrong, rather than how best to stuff it down with food. 


I am walking in the protection of grace through the fire.  I am so grateful that I have no other way to go, no other path.  No matter what, I just need to be choosing life, and live food is such a huge part of that.  No matter what.

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Comment by Heather L.O.V.E. on July 25, 2013 at 5:30pm

Thank you everyone for the kind words of encouragement!  It means so much when things are looking bleak.  Luckily they're getting better. :)

Comment by Jodi is Purely Nourished on July 23, 2013 at 3:21am
Heather, all I can say is I'm amazed and inspired by your strength. You are proving to yourself that you are truly a warrior. You are doing it, what needs to be done that is AND taking care of yourself through it all. What an inspiration to your children.
I am so sorry to hear about your mother and all that she has endured but she has you and I'm sure that means the world. I'm sure that the move was hard and letting go of your things, but people are much more important and so is health.
So proud of you! I know it's not easy. I'm cheering you on!
Comment by nathalie carles on July 23, 2013 at 12:40am

I was reading your post again and I must say that I really realy like this sentence of yours: "....having to deal with what's really wrong, rather than how best to stuff it down with food."

So true.

So real.

Great post, hope we have another one soon. Thank you.

Comment by Rachel Hoffman on July 23, 2013 at 12:01am

Great Job!!

Comment by Jo on July 22, 2013 at 10:41am


Comment by nathalie carles on July 20, 2013 at 8:33pm

Fabulous all those pounds gone!!!! Very impressive. Especially on those hard times in your life.

I am impressed!!!!

Comment by Kathleen Ruhl on July 20, 2013 at 2:56pm

Congratulations Heather on your weight loss. That is fantastic and very inspiring. I am sending love and light to you and your mom.

Comment by Raw at Heart on July 19, 2013 at 10:38pm

Heather, you are an inspiration. I look forward to following you as you continue your journey. Thank you for sharing.

Comment by Janet Carol Ryan on July 19, 2013 at 2:53pm

dear heart, you are releasing in many levels, eh? Your fellow 'Hab inhabitants are enfolding you in LOVE!

I stand with you in your powerful commitment to health and to LIFE!!  blessings.

Comment by Raw Truth on July 18, 2013 at 9:32pm

Heather, saying prayers for you and your mom. Hang in there girl. You are doing great! Hugs!

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