Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Sometimes, You Just Have to Let Someone Else Drive

Don't I look exhilarated in this photo?  Wind in my hair, water splashing my face, speeding through the water on a boat piloted by a family member.  In control of nothing, and loving it.  I have a confession to make: I'm a control-freak.  Here's another confession: I often lose control.  What a predicament huh?  If you've been following my posts regarding my weight-loss journey and my "Wagon" posts, you know that I've decided to create my own "wagon" so-to-speak.  What I've learned in doing this is that I'm not a wagon designer and I don't know how to drive one yet.

I would follow my rules most days, and then fall off my own wagon and lose control at one of our wonderful, local bakeries.  I have such a weakness for pastry, refined ingredients and all.  Oh and a weakness for chocolate... and pretzel bread... and sour watermelon gummy candy... and the list goes on.  In my attempt to control my own weight loss, I lost control.  The control-freak in me was screaming, I was depressed for failing, at my own plan and publicly stated on my blog no less. 

I have faith that at some point I will be able to be successful in achieving my goal weight and will be able to stay there without a specific nutrition plan spelled-out by somebody else.  But for now, I have to admit that I need rules; I need to let somebody else drive.  I've found The Harcombe Diet.  It is a diet based on real foods and inspired by the Weston A. Price Foundation.  It was developed by British Nutritionist Zoe Harcombe.  I'll let you follow the link if you're interested in the details. 

I've been following her program (riding in her "wagon") for about 6 weeks now and have lost 14 pounds.  There have been times here and there where I've given in to temptation and indulged in my beloved pastry, but am consistently losing.  The best thing about this diet, it has helped me identify food intolerances and what affects my sweet indulgences have on my body.  Another plus is that my hypoglycemia symptoms have practically vanished.  I have hope again that the beautiful clothes in my closet will fit eventually. 

So at this point in my journey, I'm content to follow a "program" and let someone else drive.


  1. I'd like to know more about it! Not that I'm interested in losing weight..but eating healthier is so important, and if you're doing it, it must be good!

    1. As long as you're eating unprocessed, whole foods as much as possible and staying away from processed foods, you will be good to go. :) The Harcombe Diet is for weight loss and once you've reached your goal weight, it's just about eating whole foods to maintain health. :)

  2. You look so happy in that picture! Where were you? I like the sound of the Harcombe Diet. Our diet is very clean 90% of the time. While there is almost nothing processed in my house, the baking that I do and the sugars that we use are killer. We've been talking for weeks about eliminating sugar completely. There never seems to be a great time to just do it, you know?

    I think that July is going to be the month for it though. I KNOW from past experience that if I can cut out sugar for a month, my cravings will be gone. Unfortunately, I have a substantial amount of baking commitments through the next month. I know I won't be able to resist it as much as I'd like.

    Way to go with the weight loss, it feels great, doesn't it?!

    1. Thanks Mary! I was visiting my home in Oregon when that photo was taken at a local resevoir. I agree on the sugar thing. It is definitely my downfall/weakness. I'm at a point now though, that my cravings are very minimal if not gone. Also, my tolerance to sweets is not as strong as it used to be. I am much more sensitive to sweetness and many of the sweets I loved in the past are just too sweet for me to enjoy now. But I tell you, after a few days of eating them, the cravings come right back and the tolerance goes right back up.

      And yes, it feels great, thanks for asking! :)


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