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Monday, February 24, 2014

Loosing weight on the farm...not just another chore...

When we bought our farm in 2010 I was a workout , health eating nut! All I did was work on me...with my teenage son almost grown..I was retiring from being a bellydancer for so many years..got my Esthetics license but after the market crash there wasn't much money in working at spas... sure I canned veggies from local farms , sewed lots of clothing (for me and my husband) crocheted alot and had a costume making business... but ultimately I worked on me....and it was fun! I had a goal and I was working toward that.. when we moved I was in the best shape of my life!! Worked out about an hour 6 days a week and followed a pretty strict diet and took lots of supplements ... my goal was to compete ... it was a focus to keep me on track and I did love how I felt..so much energy!
So when we got to the farm I jumped right in... and was lucky to be in such good shape or I don't think I could have done it...
Being up at 6am to milk goats  take care of chickens and work in the largest garden I ever had didn't phase me ... 

A little back story.... I have ALWAYS fought my weight! Always... I have been on every diet and workout plan you can think of..and with all of them I lost weight if I stuck to the plan...my highest weight was 213... in 1994 after my son was born.... and I lost down to 120 in 8 months upon joining a diet center called form u 3...basically a low carb, low fat diet with real and fake foods,moderate working out. After about 2 years I had crept back up to 160...then...
Extreme Low carb..did that ! Atkins I think it was....Lost a ton of weight!!! weighing less than I weighed in high school! I also did crazy amounts of step aerobics....  and was a royal bitch because I always felt horrible on that diet... came off it... about 2 years was back up to 145... through the years this is how I rolled... from about 16 years old when I first decided to diet and exercise to now at 40. Most of the time following low fat/low carb type diets and working out to the point of boredom. 

2010 in Knoxville...plenty of time to work out and be fabulous!
 That first year on the farm I continued to workout but at a lower more moderate pace... 3 days a week...I also keep my portions of food down and ate lots of fresh cheese, goat meat and veggies from the farm...
that winter though I got totally side tracked with an overwhelming amount of goats! I had tripled my herd with Nigerian Dwarfs... an extremely high maintenance animal!! I started a soap making & lotion business using the milk so lots of time was spent inside formulating (no cheap bases or melt and pours...its all my researched recipes from scratch!)  My portions became larger as I didn't pay attention and I completely stopped working out... gained around 10 lbs... which wasn't super bad because I was at the low end of my weight anyways when we moved... but still... spring and summer rolled around and I maintained that extra 10... till fall 2012 when it became 15...then completely over whelmed with the farm livestock and garden failures of 2013...few more pounds creeped on..I had gained 20 pounds...
totally stressed from running a herd of 30+ goats, a large garden, around 75 different poultry ... I felt like crap and was ready to sell everything!!! I could not physically keep this pace.... and the emotional stress of having all these animals... I can't even go there!

The Lord was working though and made it possible for my husband to come be on the farm full time... he had to close the business and tie up alot of loose ends but by winter 2013 it  was all done and on the way to being a organized farm again like we had dreamed... I didn't have to do it ALL anymore... but the goats had to go..loved them but I could not handle their drama any longer...
By the fall all my goats were sold and in new homes ... I had fell in love with my East Friesian sheep, their calm sweet way and their amazing milk ...Re did a complete farm/homestead reboot! Which took alot of planning and emotional energy...but I could never go back to goat milk now... nor to goat drama!!
Still,,, I knew I could not work this farm even with my husbands help if I did not get back into shape. I was tired...

So I prayed.... and had made a plan... no fads, no expensive supplements... no being hungry... no not having real whole food... I was NOT going to be on any low fat diet, no dry hair, no dry skin...I was not going to drink herbal tea every night...I would have wine or beer!
I would eat pork from our oh so fatty heritage lard hogs.... home grown duck and goose!
Sweet potato biscuits and cheese...butter! I would be 'sensible' about it...and portion control...no need to have a pig out with the nutritional dense foods we raise here....
 I would enjoy the fresh wonderful farm raised meats and other foods we produced here...

I would workout hard! finish strong for 3 to 5 days a week depending on what physical work I had to do on the farm....each workout would be under an hour...cause there is much to do...
and I would pray to stay on course... much like I pray to stay on course with anything!! I am weak & I get lazy,,,so why should this be any different. It is arrogance to think I can do it on my own shear will... I have proven time and time I can not stick with it on my own shear will...

I started this 'plan' in Dec..... I have lost 12 pounds :-) eating what we raise.... and yes, that does include the lard ;-)

 I feel good again....I have energy back!!! and I'm not even at my goal weight...

 I can enjoy my farm AND have energy to work it! Praise.. a huge praise to God is what it is....

just like this lamb and her sister :-)  and all the lovely milk I'll be able to get from their mother.. what a blessing...so many blessings if I just stop ...and look around....
Baby Grace, East Friesian ewe lamb twin...
So I'll continue to work towards getting in shape to work the farm..try and lose a few more pounds... build some more arm muscles.. much needed here!
and continue to enjoy the food our farm produces, trying to build a business and so much more... Thanks to the Lord...all thanks to Him.

Blessing to you all.