The Maker’s Diet, Phase Three and Beyond!

Happybody

Welcome to Leisure Lane, friends…

Where everyone is happy, because today is the last day of the third phase of the Maker’s Diet, and my body is H A P P Y!!  That’s right, I’m not just a somebody anymore, I’m a happybody.  But now is the first day of the rest of my life.  Choosing right foods, eating other foods in moderation will be the daily challenge, especially with the holidays coming up, but I know in the long run it will be a BLESSING.

As I’ve mentioned in my previous posts on phase one and two, I’m giving a brief description of what this diet has done for me, so if you are interested, I suggest you research it for yourself to get a full view of it all.

I didn’t introduce too many grains back into my diet yet.  This is because I know my intestines have a longer way to go for a complete healing.  So I’m using grains in moderation.  I also have not been in a hurry to sweeten a lot of items, so though I’ve been using the raw, unfiltered honey and the teeniest smidgen of organic 100% maple syrup, those, too, have been in moderation.  I’ve been feeling wonderful, full of energy, and proud of myself for coming this far, and accomplishing so much.

Now that being said, I must be transparent, and admit some things.  As I said in a previous post, I had a couple of moments of eating something that was restricted from the diet during that particular phase.  But as I also said, I did not overdo it, and I immediately continued in eating properly.  Last Friday, however, a dear cousin, whom I haven’t seen in many years, came down here to Texas because he was moving his lovely daughter here.  They stopped by for a visit, and he brought a pie for us to have with coffee.  I SUCCUMBED…yes, friends, I ate quite a bit of blueberry pie.  I mean quite a bit…okay, OKAY, I ate the most of the pie!  Wow, you don’t let anything slide!  I will admit that I enjoyed it…Mmm-mm!  But my insides were not pleased with the lack of control I had.

I also will say, as I mentioned last time, that forgiveness works wonders, and I don’t allow guilt to enter into the picture.  I enjoyed the pie, and I will enjoy desserts again on occasion.  The key really is moderation, and infrequency.  I wanted you to know what I learned in these past 40 days – that a lifestyle change really is possible.  And the results of that is a happy, healthy spirit, mind, and body.  The perks are just as wonderful, for example my son and his dad are very proud of me.  I’m proud of me, too – even with the moments of weakness.  I learned something from them, too.

In a near future post I will share two delightful things to eat, that are healthy and yummy.  In the meantime, thank you for joining me here today.  You’ve all been such an encouragement to me.

Stop by and visit with Melody at Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday Wednesday.  I’m popping over there now.  It’s sure to be fun.

Thursday I’ll be joining Meri at Love, Meri, for Share the Joy Thursday, so come back and share the joy and fun,

Until next time, may happy days abound!

Marianne

Note:  The above altered happy sunflower is from an original ATC size acrylic painting by Marianne Coyne.  All rights reserved.

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16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Brenda
    Oct 03, 2013 @ 17:29:34

    SO PROUD OF YOU!!
    Brenda

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  2. Terri
    Sep 26, 2013 @ 03:11:34

    Well, this is joyful news! Congratulations on completing a plan you set out for yourself! Yay! You must feel very good about listening so well to your body. You have such a good attitude. I love that you didn’t let yourself feel guilty about eating the pie….guilt only makes one eat more. lol! I am really thrilled for you.
    Wishing you the best on the continuation of treating yourself well.
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  3. meriak
    Sep 21, 2013 @ 14:08:43

    I hope you’re taking time to celebrate your changes (in a way that doesn’t rely on food that makes your body unhappy, of course). Celebration is really important.

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  4. Vicki
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 19:51:33

    Hi, Marianne, my friend,
    Congratulations on your continued success with your new life changes. Also, thank you for your transparency. You are so right to be forgiving if you do eat something that maybe you should not have. I know you will continue to have success with such a great attitude. I hope you have a lovely upcoming weekend! Love and hugs to you~ Vicki

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  5. GILLENA COX
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 17:59:04

    an extremely happy Thursday to you

    much love…

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  6. Karen, Pixel Posts
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 15:45:58

    Cute painting! Glad your body is happy. you are what you eat!

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  7. Kim Mailhot
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 14:53:06

    Congrats on your healthy success ! Enjoy your happy body !

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  8. Sally
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 01:56:48

    Thank you for this inspirational post! We tried to do the Eat to Live diet and it was so hard to not eat breads, grains, pasta, sugar etc. I hope to be a happy body too 🙂
    Happy Rednesday!

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  9. Jenn
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 23:12:24

    Cute drawing! And, happy sayings! Has it been 40 days? Wow, seems like yesterday – time is just flying past too quickly … Thank you for sharing about your experiences w/eating better. I’m still stuck … but have found some local natural raw honey (it didn’t say unfiltered, or I didn’t notice it). It’s strong! I’m using the cinnamon and honey to help reduce inflammation. Sometimes, after I finish eating my tablespoon+ and a “ton” of cinnamon, it is as though I can feel the inflammation vacating in waves. It’s an unusual sensation. Kind of blew me away. It makes me wonder how happy my body would be if I’d straighten up and eat correctly. On the wagon, off the wagon, on the wagon and off … bad foods good foods … oy vey! But your words are encouraging! Thank you! Jenn

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  10. Red Rose Alley
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 17:26:04

    Hello,
    Thank you for visiting us at Red Rose Alley. Your blog is so lovely. While I was browsing, I noticed the picture of the girl with the red dress? It is so nice, and reminds me of my girls. Did you paint that? I was wondering if I could use it on a blog post someday?

    I hope you visit us again, and have a sweet day.

    ~Sheri

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  11. Joanne Jamis Cain
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 11:07:50

    Marianne, I allow myself some sweets too. I am realistic about my healthier diet and cutting some things completely out (like treats) just doesn’t work for me. I just feel too deprived.
    I am glad you enjoyed your blueberry pie and I won’t give you any guilt about it!
    Have a wonderful day and keep being good to yourself!
    xo Joanne

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  12. chrissiesz
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 05:03:38

    You sound so happy Marianne and so focussed. I am happy to hear that it is all going so well for you.

    Love the painting as well

    Chrissie xx

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  13. Donna
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 03:59:23

    Marianne, Good work on sticking to the diet and all you have accomplished. Dieting is not easy for sure.
    Donna

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  14. Melody
    Sep 18, 2013 @ 03:59:11

    Hi Marianne!
    I’m so happy you came for Rednesday. Good work on the diet..the pie was a little glitch..

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