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03-28-2006, 06:53 PM
ljannise, I wonder if you would share some about your weight loss journey? 130 lbs is so impressive! Did you do it raw? Inquiring minds want to know...and learn...
PS my name is Janice but my dad always calls me Jannise! I love that name.
03-28-2006, 07:09 PM
Here is the reply that I had on another thread when I was asked.....
"""I used to have a diary, but I made an entry every long once in awhile, I didnt feel that connected with it so I let it go.
Basicaly, my story is pretty plain. I do beleive my weight issues 1st started when my mother brought me to a determatologist as a toddler for scalp issues. The meds she prescribed had steroids. I later lost my eye sight & suffered weight issues since then all my life. I was growing long & lean until then. My photos growing up are as different as night/day.
So a year & a half ago, I had my thyroid checked. The tests came back normal, but the dr wanted to start me on an antidepressant to help with my high anxiety. I despise doctors. That's why it took me so long to get a test done on my thyroid. I dont beleive in governments meds. The last thing I wanted to become was another zombie for his waiting room. So I looked into an herbal alternative to this well known antidepressant. I found 5htp. Learned wonderful things about it. Searching around caused me to stumble on the world of vegetarians & vegans. (What it was about, etc) It was as if a door finally opened for me, but little did I know Raw Vegan was to come.
When I learned about being a Raw Vegan, it was the world that the little voice inside me was telling me about my whole life. I have heard many times from 100% raw foodies like me about the "divine guidance". All those years when I was trying EVERYTHING to lose weight- every. single. time. the divine guidance would tell me to ONLY eat raw fruits/vegs. When I learned it was possible/healthy I immediately dropped everything & did my transitioning.
I learned that there is a difference between transitioning & see-sawing (LOL) Transitioning is when you get firm to move onto a higher level (100%) See-Sawing is when you just teeter-totter back & forth. If you get stuck in a rut where you end up giving in & this lasts for a good long while over & over again, I'm sorry but you're not "transitioning". This will last FOREVER if you arent careful. You can get out of this rut by recognising what is causing you to fall & getting rid of it. Noone can do it for you. It's all up to you.
I noticed as a vegan, the more vegs I ate, the more my body wanted them. My body wanted less meat & more vegs. I found this so amazing. My body had it's own wants/needs. That sounds so silly to some ppl but for others, we have a real problem not recognising this.
As a vegan, my eyes were opened to corporations & who they are really for/against. For years, I thought society wanted me to be a size 2. That's completely WRONG. Society wants us to be the biggest size we can be before we explode. It's where the money is. Along with tobacco, gasoline, etc. I am speaking from an American standpoint. Esp Texas because we have 5 of the fattest cities in the whole United States.
So I became 100% raw vegan & I'm here today. *big toothy grins*
What else did you want to know???? LOL! I wish I had a journal open for the dailies like food, my little miracles, etc. I know those are always fun to read.
Nomal weight? Ummm.... I would say that I have 20 more to lose. In the beginning, I lost 30 pounds a month & then 20 a month thereafter. I didnt bother excersizing until I had all this bottled up energy I didnt know what else to do with. It was all by choice to start jogging, but that was to tighten things up. Not for weight loss."""
My name is Lisa. Jannise is my married name. Nice to meet you!!
03-28-2006, 10:39 PM
...and it's nice to meet you too, Lisa! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with me. And congratulations on your healing and weight loss success!
I understand what you mean when you say "All those years when I was trying EVERYTHING to lose weight- every. single. time. the divine guidance would tell me to ONLY eat raw fruits/vegs. When I learned it was possible/healthy I immediately dropped everything & did my transitioning. "
I have a habit of consulting my Inner Guidance about many things....and every single time I asked about weight loss, the guidance I got was "if you want to be light, eat light...eat fruits and veggies." I just wasn't clear that raw was indicated! Or that only fruits and veggies would be good for me. And I was so brainwashed against carbs/sugar that I was afraid to start eating fruit. And like you, I needed to know that it was healthy....well, YEAH! LOL I didn't get it until about a year ago when I found Alissa, and my thinking shifted and I started my transition to raw. When the student is ready, the teacher appears!
Intuitively I know that this is the path for me. For healing, for weight loss and more importantly for spiritual awakening. For the past few months I've been on a plan that restricts the fat in my raw vegan diet and I keep craving SAD foods. And made me unhappy. So now I have released the struggle, and am loosening the restrictions. My commitment is to eat 100% raw and allow my body to heal and release the weight. I know that it will. I've lost 15 lbs already. And I am committed to being happy in the process!
I just printed out almost the entire "Consider the source..." thread about the process of allowing raw to lead the way and not strong arming the way to do it.
I agree about the difference between see-sawing and transitioning. It's all in the decision...and that decision took me some time. But it's been made now.
30 lbs and then 20 lbs a month is fantastic. Did you follow your body's lead: what and how much to eat, or did you shape a plan and tweak as you went along? I'd love to know what you ate generally.
I love exercise so that part of the journey is in place. I walk miles and miles happily and I started jogging recently and really like it.
Thanks again so much for sharing,
03-29-2006, 08:26 AM
"""30 lbs and then 20 lbs a month is fantastic. Did you follow your body's lead: what and how much to eat, or did you shape a plan and tweak as you went along? I'd love to know what you ate generally."""
My body seemed to go a direction that I fought for a very long time. When I LISTENED to my body & didnt eat certain things, it rewarded me on a daily basis. Amazing skin, bright eyes, weightloss. I have to learn to stop fighting what my body was trying to give me.
So one of the 1st lessons for me was to let go of the s. a. d. way of thinking. There's NO plans, there's NO counting, there's NO pressure. It's all freedom. Freedom for a world that has been surrounding me for years. My eyes have been opened & it's so strange how things have taken such a turn.
I never shop on the MIDDLE aisles on the grocery stores anymore. When I 1st read how that was happening to others, it sounded so DIFFICULT. I thought- "How on Earth can I make that happen for ME?" It was something the RAW LIFESTYLE SHOWED me. It was an awakening. And it didnt happen until I was READY for it. All those aisles just look like boxes of crap to me now. It's dead, there's no nutrition whatsoever. And I see the ppl shopping there differently too. They grab this stuff & it's a main in the daily consumption. You dont get SNOBBY, you just get AWARE. It's not judgemental. It's just this awareness for right/wrong.
I've tried to describe it, but when someone gets there, they get a full understanding of what I mean.
When I 1st started a LONG time ago, I ate so many veggies & NO fruit. My body wasn't wanting it. Then a few months into things, I started eating a very small amount. A few more months into things I was 95% fruit, then it balanced out for me. 50-50. Now, I am back at 95% fruit, but that's what I'm craving. I do what my body wants.
I CANT restrict. if I do (going to a certain amount of cals) Weightloss will stop, I'll get really hungry & s.a.d. will call my name. It's so easy for someone to say they just wont let that happen, but we're human. THings happen. And for those that are just getting into this & arent transitioning, it's DIFFICULT. I'm so glad I did a cleanse. It made things so much easier since we hold so many toxins for dairy & stuff, of COARSE we will crave it!!
And I used to spend a LOT of money on fruit, veggies that I thought I HAD to buy. My body leveled out & I am at a time right now where I eat clementines for breakfast... cucumbers & some various fruit for lunch.... a snack on veggies mid day & blueberries for dnner. That's the way it's been going. It's NOT a restriction. I'm just as hungry as any other person sitting down to a meal. And man, do I really want my hands on those blueberries, LOL!!! Esp if they are still frozen a bit. It makes a slush & it's my FAV.
I am not gourmet. It's not something I've been against. I'm more mono. I'm a raw vegan.
I noticed that I am spending so much less since I'm not buying real meat & soy vegan meals ($5 a box!!) Milk, cheese, things from the bakery, (they are very pretty & colorful, but it's all the SAME thing- sugar, flour. No matter what the color or shape that's all it is!!) , fast food, & other already prepared stuff. And I've had my heart BLAZE before so I dont ever want to feel that way again. Anyways, I'm getting off topic there--> Luckily, my grocery store is in a really nice shopping center & I would rather spend my extra money on the clothing stores or Bed Bath & Beyond, etc. I used to think those places were expensive, but my eyes have been opened now!!! It's wonderful.
03-29-2006, 08:43 AM
Wow, I really enjoyed your post ljannise and reading about your natural progression through raw foods. That was fabulous ~ thanks!
03-29-2006, 09:04 AM
AWWW thank you Carmel. And yes, you deleted the right thread. Thank you!!!
Trolls really urk me for Alissa.
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