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I call my page "Cris 4 Cris" as a reminder that I am doing this for myself although I look forward to how these changes will cascade through my life and impact my family, my friends, my coworkers...

My weight loss related writing will be in the blog here so please do check it out.

Dates to remember:
01/10/2010 - Made a decision to change my life
04/21/2010 - Officially lost 50 pounds
05/08/2010 - Jog/Walk my first 5K (00:56:35) @ 250 lb
05/22/2010 - Jog/Walk Road to Rec. 5K (~00:50:30) @ 248 lb
05/25/2010 - Wore a pair of size 18 jeans
06/05/2010 - Jog/Walk Burn Center 5K (00:46:43) @ 243 lb
07/10/2010 - Jog/Walk Women's 2 Mi Run (00:27:26) @ 236 lb
07/25/2010 - Wore a pair of size 16 slacks
07/25/2010 - Became a Spark People Motivator
09/18/2010 - Jog/Walk Transplant 5K (~0:48:00) @~230 lb
11/30/2010 - Weight-loss hiccup... restarting at 242.4
06/04/2011 - bigger hiccup.. no one is perfect 262.2
08/03/2011 - Starting Over - but not from the beginning
10/04/2013 - Starting Over 298.0
12/27/2016 - Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes @269 lb
01/06/2021 - I'm back @232 lb, ready to lose the last 50

Many people restrict carbs or eat low protein. For me, to stave off hunger, I eat a protein and a carb for every meal/snack. I am often telling people why I do this in the form of an analogy used by my friend CHRISMACSWIMS - it is the first time I understood 'why' both protein and carbohydrates are important to my body, why denying my body one or the other only causes fatigue and a constant feeling of hunger.

I figured since I reference this analogy so much to other people here on spark, it would be good to put it here, on my site. So now, when I want to reference it, I'll just send the person here to read it for themselves. Without further ado:

Carbohydrates are the same as kindling while protein is like a log.

When you go to start a fire, if you use only kindling, you will need to continuously feed the fire or it will go out. Kindling burns fast but it doesn't linger. Neither does the energy produced from carbohydrates.

Now, if you try to build a campfire with only logs, you will not have much success in getting it started. In the end, after a lot of time feeding the fire wood, it may or may not start. But if you are lucky enough to get the fire started, because its a log, it'll burn for a long while. The same goes for protein. If you can get the protein into your body, it will take a while to 'kick in' but when it does, you will feel better.

This is why its best to start a campfire with kindling and feed it logs while the kindling is still burning. The kindling will burn long enough to get the logs going - and once the logs are going, then the fire will burn for a long time.

If you feed your body a carbohydrate and a protein, the carbohydrate will offer a quick fix to the hunger and a burst of energy - by the time the energy from the carbohydrate is gone, the protein has started to burn and will carry you through to the next meal/snack.

There is no need to ever feel hungry. Hunger will only make a person want to eat more to satisfy and squelch that feeling. If you do not go hungry, then you are less likely to binge or make a bad decision.

Member Since: 1/19/2010

Fitness Minutes: 6,642

My Goals:

My Program:
Vegan for the animals
Plant-Based for my health

~75% Whole Food Plant Based ... working towards 90%

Personal Information:
Aside from working in IT as a project manager, I also co-founded and run a Farmed Animal Sanctuary with my husband.

Other Information:
I love to read, write and cook. I also enjoy crocheting.

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