Renee McCarty

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About Renee McCarty

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  • Birthday 09/29/1959

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    Female
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    Oregon
  • Interests
    Cooking, reading, gardening, writing
  1. I want to be like you, Suzy... that's why I'm doing this and sticking with it beyond just 30 days. It's not about being some skinny minny little girl, I am a 54 year old grandma with big breasts and saggy skin from losing weight. If I can get back to 175 lbs I'll be doing a happy dance! I will never fit into a spaghetti strap tank top in the summer, or skinny jeans. But I want to be healthy and strong and be a good example to my grown kids and my grandkids. I want to have self discipline and not feel like I have no control over what I put into my mouth... I want to love myself enough to change... Thanks for sharing!!
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    Freaking out about end of 1st Whole30

    I confess, I am frightened about finishing the Whole30. I do not believe I have lost any weight, which is disappointing because I really need to lose some. I must be one of the 5% that doesn't. But I feel really good otherwise, and my hubby is totally on board with eating Paleo permanently. He wants to add in a little dairy, I am allergic to casein so that's out for me anyway. I agree with jayelle though, I have been dreaming about oatmeal!! I think I'm going to take a few days off, take a couple of deep breaths, have a glass of wine, and get right back on next week. I really want more "magic" than I got this time...
  3. Thank you Suzy for being so courageous and sharing your story. I am 53 years old and at 5'3", I weighed 240 4 years ago. I was depressed, had sleep apnea, arthritis, and felt terrible about myself. Over 1 1/2 years, I lost 60 lbs on Nutrisystem. But it is expensive, so finally had to jump off and into the real world. I didn't know at the time that it is really unhealthy as well! I decided to take a short-cut and did HCG - 3 times. I got to my "goal weight" of 175 (I know, still plump, but wanted to learn to live in this body..." but have steadily put 20 lbs back on over the past year, no matter what I did. In addition, the HCG ruined my hormones to the point where I don't know if I'll ever be able to lose that weight again. I am on Day 24 of my first Whole30, and I have to tell you that even though I don't think I've actually lost any weight, I feel fabulous. And it is so freeing to not weigh everyday, not obsess about counting calories, not having to weigh my grams of protein... I have more time! I am smiling more! My husband says he doesn't care if I never lose another pound as long as I am happy, because I have been so obsessed and miserable for the past 2 years that it was hard for him to watch. I hope I do drop a bunch of weight when I get back into balance, but in the meantime I am learning to love myself and not have my self worth be based on the number on the scale, or the label in the back of my pants! Keep up the awesome work!! We can totally do this!!
  4. I am on Day 21 and am struggling to get into my fat jeans... good things are changing in my arthritis and pain levels, but not so good changes in my body composition. How does one go about getting a personal consultation??
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    So Frustrated!

    Thanks for the reminder, Cicatella!! My hubby has threatened to throw the scale away if I so much as open the closet door where it is stored... So I've been good. I really don't want to sabotage myself. I guess this is a really good lesson in patience for me, which I must be in dire need of! LOL! And just so everyone knows, I have abs of steel... you just can't see them! LOL!
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    So Frustrated!

    Thank you so much, Ann! I appreciate your input! I have several friends who do this as a lifestyle and they are both fit and full of energy, so I am trying to trust the process. And at 53, I know that I have to modify my expectations some to account for menopause and all that other good stuff. I think I'm just too impatient, and who knows, maybe it's going to be a Whole 60?
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    So Frustrated!

    Honey, I did not have abs of steel when I was a child... LOL! But I would take a decrease in the saggy-baby-belly!
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    So Frustrated!

    I am on Day 15, and by all accounts I am doing great. Enjoying the food, not hungry, feeling good, decrease in arthritis pain. That said, my pants are getting tighter, and I am frustrated that I am not seeing results in my body, which needs to lose some weight! I am doing this out of desperation, after years of dieting nothing was working anymore, and while I am not weighing or measuring, I want to so bad!! My hubby and a girlfriend are both doing this with me, and they are definitely getting baggy around the waistband. I know the "magic" happens at different times for different people, but this is really scary... All this high fat... maybe I'm eating too much... Scary! Would appreciate hearing some stories from people who did not have an easy time but still saw success... Thanks!
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    No weighing, but can I check my measurements?

    Thank you, Spinnin Jenny! I loved what you shared! Why do we always compare ourselves to others? When we do that, we will always fall short in our own eyes... Lets just keep rockin' this Whole 30 thing!
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    No weighing, but can I check my measurements?

    I too am having trouble staying off the scale, not measuring, and not tracking every calorie! My clothes are not looser, they do feel different but I can't tell you how or why. I'm terrified of weighing the day after this Whole 30 and finding I've gained even more than before I went on it. BUT! Today, on Day 12, I woke up and realized my joints don't hurt anymore. For the first time in several years, I have no pain in my hands. My neck feels better. My hip joints feel looser. I have more energy. I'm using less caffeine to get through the day. I feel more joyful. I am finally starting to understand that it really isn't about the weight, although that is the reason I did this. It's about learning to listen to and love my body and trust myself. PS: I looked in the mirror too, and something is definitely changing...
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    Soy Sauce- replacing it

    I made steak fajitas with coconut aminos the other night, first time I had used them. Did NOT enjoy the flavor! I will be careful what I use them on in the future!
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    Can of Pumpkin Puree?

    Good idea, EstherC! I have been wanting to make those salmon cakes, but didn't want to use up my sweet potatoes on them. I have lots of pumpkin in the cupboard, I buy it on sale whenever I see it.
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    Can of Pumpkin Puree?

    I actually love it just with a little coconut oil and cinnamon, heated. Tastes much like other winter squash to me... I had it for breakfast this morning!
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    Things to Keep on Hand...

    Thanks for the ideas, we did end up having canned herrings (thank heavens I had cleaned out the camper not long ago!) I never thought to look for olives with pop top lids! I am trying to stay away from nuts unless I'm really in a pinch, it's just too easy to eat too many. But I love the idea of the tuna/salmon in packets. I wonder if chicken comes that way? I have not been able to find any precooked chicken without added sugar... seems we have to have sugar added to everything!
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    Things to Keep on Hand...

    Day 9: I have been so busy this week that I ran out of leftovers and bagged salad and cooked sweet potatoes and had a disastrous lunch today! So stressful trying to figure out what to make in a short amount of time, and ended up getting in an argument with my hubby to top it all off! What are some things I can keep on hand, that won't spoil quickly, yet are compliant and quick for times like this?? Any suggestions? I keep hard boiled eggs, canned and frozen veggies, and fruit all the time, but I was lacking protein since we had eggs for breakfast... Thanks!