WELL-BEING

Elizabeth G

POSTED: Wed, 08/31/2016 - 11:19pm

A fresh start: Recasting September 1, 2016

Some members of this community have been re-reading FWDGF during the month of August, with a plan to begin recasting on September 1. I'm definitely on board, and hope others will post here too. Tonight before turning off the light, I'll quickly review Chapter 3 "Short-Term Recasting: The First Three Months."

During our re-read, I've tried to pay closer attention to portion size and really notice how uncomfortable and bloated overeating makes me feel. My focus during recasting will be: lots and lots of water, fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit, reasonable portion sizes, consistent meal times, and more conscious movement. Autumn is just around the corner, cooler fresher weather is on the way, and I'm ready to enjoy my favorite season by taking excellent care of myself.
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Patoui

POSTED: Fri, 01/20/2017 - 8:36pm

Recasting 2017 Has Begun

I had the wake up call. THE wake up call. I was getting ready to go to my chiropractor and looked in the mirror and said to myself...and out loud..... I am NOT à l'aise dans ma peau. I just felt blah and not Beauté Charme. Okay so there. I said it and went off to Dr. Davis. He could tell I was stressed because my neck will not give. Not one bit. He told me so quietly that once my stress disappears I will have more well being. So I made my vow. Enough. Seriously enough. My job just is so stressful but here's my thought. It's just that... a j-o-b. A means to an end. I did hear there are going to be more roles added to the organization so I set up a meeting with one of the leaders to learn more about the roles and responsibilities. And should I fit one that will make the work life a little more tolerable for now.. because I have the big plan coming soon. Miraculously my manager approved my 2 week vacation request for this summer. Going to England and PARIS with one of my sisters. Yes Paris! So now that I have it on my calendar I had to get my butt in gear. So today, I pulled back on my portions, enjoyed every bite, and added extra water. And made an appointment to have my hair chopped off. I can hardly wait! Finally I just started reading Mireille's "French Women Don't Get Facelifts." LOVE it! I hope all of my French sisters are well, and if I don't see you here....see you on FB. Hugs!

kit

POSTED: Tue, 01/24/2017 - 2:33pm

Wow Patty!

Such exciting news. So glad good things are coming to you! You've had a rough time and now it's Patty Time! Glad you are exploring other job roles that will make work more bearable! All the best to you sister!

JSB

POSTED: Mon, 01/23/2017 - 12:42pm

Rereading your post

For the umpteenth time.Wonderful,fabulous and fantastic.You totally rock.So happy you stayed with us.It is a joy to share your progress.oxo

Sheri

POSTED: Mon, 01/16/2017 - 9:55am

Starting my "real" re-casting

I had some ah-ha's about FWDGF. It all works together. Not just the movement and eating, but the entire lifestyle. I've always noticed that after a massage my appetite is satisfied. (Note: if truly physically hungry, that stays, of course. But if I desired food out-of-balance before the massage, that desire was gone.) *So, I've decided a FWDGF lifestyle overhaul is in order for 2017: *Fashion - picking neutrals and a basic wardrobe as a red-head (black and white don't feel good on me, but head-to-toe chocolate brown doesn't work either) *The food, water, movement, of course. And mindful, thoughtfully prepared meals. (Fortunately the movement is easy for me. I love hiking, walking, yoga, tai chi, strength training, etc. It's the mindful, thoughtfully prepared meals that I need to learn.) *Pamper Pamper Pamper - Daily rituals and savoring them as I do them (for example, mindful skincare vs. just for the sake of healthy skin, but being distracted while I do it) *Time each day to be mindful, play, rest, without guilt. *Beauty in the home. *Scents...I have a new diffuser, so enjoying it will be a part. *Gardening. (Enjoying gardening, vs it being a chore.) *I'm open to any tips anyone has who has overhauled their lifestyle. (Actually, I'm asking for tips from anyone who has overhauled to live FWDGF.)

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 01/17/2017 - 3:10pm

Intellectually

I know that but it is not a firm ,insightful practice in my life.Tend to lose track and wander off.So reading your ah ha moment has helped me wake up.And now that I have much more free time I can focus.Please keep us informed of how it works for you.Thank you.oxo

kit

POSTED: Mon, 01/16/2017 - 8:04pm

Hello Sheri!

You sound like you've taken a great first step! And we are here for and with you. I've let anxiety and stress lead me down a slippery slope. But fortunately we can always come back "home" here! Take care!!

valds58

POSTED: Sun, 01/15/2017 - 1:06am

I'm here too!

I'm here too! I need motivation ladies. I posted over on the facebook page.

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 01/17/2017 - 3:18pm

Hi!

You have a lot to contend with,my friend.And coping with so much can be distracting .Very easy to to lose focus for yourself.First,may I suggest you get good,healing rest.Read your post in the group about movement and see you are doing very well.Thhat is the smart way to do it.We are all here for you.When anyone of us brings a concern it is helpful to all.oxo

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 01/03/2017 - 5:54pm

Sorry

For the multiple postings.

cwlorente

POSTED: Tue, 12/27/2016 - 11:26pm

Serious recasting...

...to begin very soon, for me anyway, Monday, or thereabouts. Going to once again study all of the notes I made the last time I read The Book. Stay tuned, and please join me. -- Carol

Marilyn

POSTED: Sun, 01/01/2017 - 6:12am

Me too

I'll join you, Carol. I seriously need to get my body and mind in order for 2017. Everything has slipped. Back to the drawing board.

Knnhy0

POSTED: Wed, 01/11/2017 - 3:20pm

Me too?

Hi Marilyn, Do you remember Kathy who was studying accounting-I recall you giving me tips when I was headed to Washington DC for a brief job detail. I am back and in need of simple pleasures and balance. I hope you are well. Kathy

Marilyn

POSTED: Sun, 01/15/2017 - 3:01am

Hi Kathy

I do remember you. I think I still have your email address presuming you are Kathy M! I hope all is well with you in these troubled times. Good to see you back.

JSB

POSTED: Sun, 01/01/2017 - 9:06am

Me Three...I will join you.

Back to basics and living well.Because I am no longer at work,I have had much less temptation but I somehow managed to stow away a fair amount of rich food.My body rebelled and I paid for it with a most uncomfortable day on Friday.We can help each other.oxo

JSB

POSTED: Sun, 01/01/2017 - 9:06am

Me Three...I will join you.

Back to basics and living well.Because I am no longer at work,I have had much less temptation but I somehow managed to stow away a fair amount of rich food.My body rebelled and I paid for it with a most uncomfortable day on Friday.We can help each other.oxo

kit

POSTED: Tue, 01/03/2017 - 2:05pm

May I make it a foursome?

Too many "just a little" of this and that. Lovely neighbors delivering home made treats. Back to basics, 50% solution. My stomach has been sending me "knock it off" signals. We can do this!!

kit

POSTED: Wed, 01/11/2017 - 7:46pm

Week 2:

Doing the 50% solution per Mireille. Not weighing, but waistband is a tad looser and tummy troubles gone! Enjoying my food but still need to slow down the mealtime. Trying to continue daily walks despite rain, yes rain in Southern Cali. How are you all?? Welcome back Kathy!

Knnhy0

POSTED: Thu, 01/12/2017 - 8:42pm

Thank you Kit!!!

I am so happy to fed by this group and all the beautiful littles riches everyone shares. and I am so happy you are all still here. Kathy

kit

POSTED: Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:29pm

Glad you are back Kathy!

I need to log on more often. Got lazy at Holiday time but it's always a comfort to be here!

JSB

POSTED: Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:16pm

Wandered off....again

Find it difficult to stay focused.Recalibrating and jumping back on again.Hard for Nurses to slow down their eating.We get into the habit of rushing,even when we no longer need to do so. Good for you!Your efforts are paying off. Have declared that I will manage my petit demon....bread.....two slices a day.So have to plan ahead if I want a sandwich.The bread will be the best I can afford and any type I want.

kit

POSTED: Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:37pm

Yes I hear you Jean...

I still need to slow it down. Bolting food like I'm still punching a timecard..it's a process. My husband eats too fast so I follow along. I agree about the bread, nothing beats real bread for flavor and texture. I usually just buy low carb white bread for my husband but it's not too satisfying. A little loaf for moi?? Why not??

JSB

POSTED: Thu, 01/12/2017 - 11:52pm

Mais oui,ma belle

A loaf for you,is a must.Eat good things that you like.It is all too easy to,jet through a meal.Tonight I ate part of my meal standing at the stove.Bad,bad,not good.lol. I have decided to make some flat breads.Easy to do and it will save me a little.Also,had chickpea flour and made socca.It is similar to a pancake is Shape and thickness.You can add anything you like to it.Herbs,spices,cheese or eat it plain.It is French from Marseilles.

kit

POSTED: Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:08pm

Interesting!

Never thought about flatbread, great texture! And making your own no less! May have to check that out. Yes bought a small loaf of sourdough. I love toast and can definitely take a page from Mireille with butter. My "sliver of butter" can get out of hand. And I like to eat and read at lunch. Not the best habit!

JSB

POSTED: Sat, 01/14/2017 - 12:27pm

Toast

Would live on toast if I could.Have to get a rolling pin for my flat bread plans.Yes butter is a must.Yum.It is keeping that within bounds that is the challenge.We can do it.

JSB

POSTED: Sat, 01/14/2017 - 12:27pm

Toast

Would live on toast if I could.Have to get a rolling pin for my flat bread plans.Yes butter is a must.Yum.It is keeping that within bounds that is the challenge.We can do it.

kit

POSTED: Sun, 01/15/2017 - 2:43pm

Love toast!

I always wished they'd make a candle that smelled like toast! They make sugar cookies fragrance, why not toast. Yes I like a little toast with my butter! ;)

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Sat, 01/07/2017 - 2:16pm

Will five

of us work?

JSB

POSTED: Sat, 01/07/2017 - 5:16pm

Five

Is a fine number.Do join us.oxo

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 01/03/2017 - 5:53pm

Most certainly

Yes we can!We don't need out tummies getting mad at us.And mine is definitely grumpy.Back to basics ,my sisters.

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 01/03/2017 - 5:53pm

Most certainly

Yes we can!We don't need out tummies getting mad at us.And mine is definitely grumpy.Back to basics ,my sisters.

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 01/03/2017 - 5:53pm

Most certainly

Yes we can!We don't need out tummies getting mad at us.And mine is definitely grumpy.Back to basics ,my sisters.

Quayette

POSTED: Tue, 11/01/2016 - 4:04pm

Fresh Start Today: Nov 1st

I've been yoyo dieting all year trying to loose 5 kilos. I'm not over weight, but this is not my confortable weight. Since I'm petite, every kilo adds to my body and my face. :( Since January 1st, and having been +/- 2 kg from my starting weigh...Today I stepped on the scale and I still have 4 to go. I'll journal this week's meals and have my magical leek soup next Monday and Tuesday. Winter will be hard to keep me from stuffing from all that delicious & comfort foods. Some would say.... wait till Jan 1st... but honestly... why wait to develop the kind of eating behavior I so deseperatly need? Why wait to enjoy a healthy relationship with food? Why wait to experience a plus très chic lifestyle? No more procastination!!! By the way... hello everyone... I'm from México

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 11/01/2016 - 9:32pm

Welcome Quayette!

So glad you joined us.And absolutely...why wAit for the good things in life?please keep posting as we will all want to know how you are faring.

cwlorente

POSTED: Mon, 10/31/2016 - 8:41pm

Halloween

Well, there will certainly be much compensating for me the next few days. Didn't help to have a bowl full of Halloween candy sitting out all day. I was certain we'd have a few trick-or-treaters because there are children in our building, but so far, no one. So I bagged up candy and taped the bags to their door. I think I'll ask my husband to hide the rest. --Carol

Marilyn

POSTED: Wed, 11/02/2016 - 3:41am

Oooh the danger

Of left over Halloween chocolate! We had some left over but not any more!! We both are it though not just me and luckily I hadn't bought an excessive amount! Compensation for me as well.

kit

POSTED: Tue, 11/01/2016 - 1:11pm

Oh that bowl of temptation...

Maybe you can donate the rest Carol. I know that if it was hidden I'd be hunting it down. I did have "several" 'fun' size Butterfingers, but after three I realized they weren't as wonderful as I'd hoped. Well we will compensate as you said!

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 11/01/2016 - 2:00pm

Saved!

By the fact there are very few little ones here and I will not to back to work until after the Halloween candy has been devoured.

newkid54

POSTED: Mon, 10/24/2016 - 2:48pm

Starting over.....

It seems like we have much in common. I too over eat and am always promising myself "it will be the last time". Portion control and grazing through late night are my weaknesses. Every night, when I am bloated and uncomfortable I climb into bed and promise myself never again. It is a painful and humiliating cycle. I am doing much better with water. I bought a wonderful carafe with an infuser. I fill it will herbs or celery (yes celery) and the water tastes great. It's the best thing I've bought myself in a very long time. Now I have to work on my walking. Where I live there's no place to safely walk. So, I have started to take the bus to large stores, plant nurserys, school yards and the such to do some walking in a stress free environment. I even hit up the cemetery for a quiet walk. It was actually quite pleasant.

JSB

POSTED: Tue, 10/25/2016 - 10:28am

Hello Newkid54

Your posting gives a clear and poignant picture of the struggle.I am right there with you.And I think.you are doing the right things with taking it one step at a time.And.brava for finding places to walk.Thiswill all pay off.And remember when you slip that you are human and forgive yourself.oxo

cwlorente

POSTED: Fri, 10/28/2016 - 8:07pm

Several of us...

...are right there with you, newkid. I never accomplish every goal every day. I recast and "start over" quite often; it's just part of the journey for me, and I don't think that's out of the ordinary for most of us. If it weren't going to happen, Mireille wouldn't have given us the knowledge, ability, and permission to get back on the horse once we fall off...I think it's great you've found a way to get walking; I admire your creativity and determination.

Shirley 1944

POSTED: Mon, 10/10/2016 - 9:29am

Still wandering in Alice's Wonderland

trying to figure out how to eat right. I love Mireille's French way of living, and said Paleo and vegetarian be damned! I had some of the best bread and enjoyed it so! However, following this I had a two week episode of depression, foggy mind, inability to concentrate, and broke out in a rash on my scalp and right elbow!!! My doctor (the functional MD) said it was "leaky gut" and gluten. I just don't know what to think. He has never done any test for this, only the "muscle testing". Have any of my sisters heard of having problems like this? Maybe I should get a second opinion.

kit

POSTED: Wed, 10/26/2016 - 5:34pm

Hello Shirley

I think it's never a bad idea to get a second opinion. Proponents of Paleo/ low carb lifestyle feel that many of us with your symptoms are suffering due to modern life. Vis a vis, high carb, processed foods and too much sugar. I don't entirely disagree and as such have spent years loving Mireille's attitude about diet, yet knowing I do feel better eating less carbs. But Paleo is for life with little allowances for just being human. And when we can't have something, boy do we crave it. And the recipes for Paleo bread, bleh! So I try to balance what I know about my body and the freedom to eat like a French Woman. I think you can do both. Mireille never eliminates entire food groups like popular "diets" do. And she emphasizes portion control, moderation and eating fresh food in season. Wishing you good luck. Hope you get the answers you seek.

kit

POSTED: Tue, 10/04/2016 - 3:04pm

Two days....

Of, as Marilyn stated, silly eating. Back on track today. I don't weigh anymore, just trying to remain at a stable size. It's a bit cooler now, so I slipped on my jeans and they fit comfortably. So as Mireille says, Peu a peu. Even with slip ups, fall down, get back up. How are you all? We can do this!

Marilyn

POSTED: Wed, 10/05/2016 - 1:17am

Same here

I've been the same, just silly eating. I'm hoping that it is not becoming a habit! No excuses sadly. We have had friends for a meal which started the silliness combined with a feeling of lethargy towards food and cooking. The exercise has remained the same with additional gardening as I put the garden to bed for the Winter so luckily that has counteracted the silliness. I need to give myself a shake and concentrate.

JSB

POSTED: Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:17am

Silly eating

Boredom with food and preparing it can be a bump in the road.A sandwich looks much easier than giving thought to a meal.I fall into that very frequently.Let's find the energy to explore a new recipe .Keep on gardening ...good for your soul and body.

Marilyn

POSTED: Sat, 10/08/2016 - 4:23am

More silly eating

We are out again tonight, celebrating a friend's birthday. I have promised myself that from Sunday the silliness stops. I bought some organic casserole steak yesterday in readiness for home cooking. Our food and drink expenditure has reached stupid heights through not thinking before I shop. Back to lists and proper cooking. Are you joining me, Jean and Tina?

JSB

POSTED: Sat, 10/08/2016 - 9:55am

Yes

With you all the way.Looking forward to having enough time to really invest in self care.BTW,did you enjoy yourself?I hope you did .It is a good part of life to celebrate with friends.

kit

POSTED: Wed, 10/05/2016 - 8:46am

Give me a shake too Marilyn..

I back slid shortly after posting yesterday. I've tried analyzing the triggers. Unfortunately they vary. In a little while, I'll be taking the bus downtown for jury duty. I usually drive everywhere, so I did a "practice" bus trip last week. Something as ridiculous as worrying about catching a bus triggered a handful(or two) of chips. I amaze myself sometimes with my antics. Like you, I am enjoying working in the garden to counteract my behavior. Onward dear Sister!

JSB

POSTED: Fri, 10/07/2016 - 10:12am

Buses,jury duty,anxiety

The causes may differ but the anxiety feels the same.You will conquer.OXO

Patoui

POSTED: Mon, 09/26/2016 - 2:59pm

Feeling Empowered

Huge step for me over the past two weeks. I actually told my interim boss I could not handle an additional rush project they were trying to push on me. Guess what? He assigned it to someone else! Wow! That felt so liberating to say "no." I need to do that more often. It sounds like you ladies are doing well with the recasting. Keep it going! I'm doing okay during the weekdays...it's the weekends that are the struggle but I'm learning to face it and say that my health and happiness are more important than that extra beer or 2. Oh and I tried 3 of Mireille's recipes....all were magnificent!!!!


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