Thursday, January 26, 2017

Whole 30 - DAy 25

I made it to day 25.  WHOOOOOHOOOO. This really is unchartered territory for me.  Not even a spec of sugar, carbs, dairy, or alcohol.  

One thing that I have learned is that 95% of my eating was for something other than necessity.  I am now free of the sugar/carb addiction, and I no longer want to eat.  I do eat, because I have to, but I do not eat because I want too. 

Still trying to figure this out, it's such a different concept for me.  Anyway 5 days to go and then on to re-introduction.   yeppers.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Whole 30 - Day 14- Halfway there.

Wow, I am shocked, proud and excited at the fact that I have successfully completed my second week on the whole 30 plan. I have spend the better part of the last 6 years trying desperately to stick to a plan, any plan - and there have been many.  So the fact that I have gotten this far is remarkable.  I keep telling myself, this is NOT a diet - it will not end, this is how I've always wanted to eat and I am here and will continue to eat this way going forward.  Yes I will add small amounts of dairy to my diet, (milk in my coffee mostly), and may partake in a dessert now and then or a glass of wine from time to time, but 90% of the time, this is how I will eat.  And that makes me happy.  HAPPY.

This last week has been a busy one- met up with a friend on Tuesday to catch up.  She wanted to go for dinner, like we always do, and when I told her I couldn't she immediately was ok with that. We went to Starbucks for coffee, and she got a snack pack that had a boiled egg in it, so I could have something to eat along with her.  Wednesday I went to a book signing with another friend, and we she asked if we could go grab something to eat in the food court.  I think she saw the look on my face (it was day 10- which is one of the hardest days) and then quickly changed and we went to Starbucks instead where she grabbed the same snack pack my friend had the day before - aaaaand gave me the egg to tide me over.  I love that my friends are always so supportive of attempts to figure out this weight thing.  My co-workers- not so much.  The person I work closely with, has done everything in her power to taunt me with food this last week.  Chocolate bars shoved in my face.  Chocolate eclairs for breakfast etc etc.  It has been constant and instead of making me cave, has given me strength to not allow these toxic people to break me.  The good news is she was recently downsized in a restructure within our department and she will be gone in a few more weeks.  Good riddance!

As for day 10 being a tough day.  It was really awesome coincidence that on day 10, the founder/creator of the Whole 30 was at the Indigo book store near me promoting her new cook book.  Of course I went with a friend of mine (who is now going to start the whole 30 for her and her family), and was just so inspired and now I'm ready to keep going.  Nothing will stop me from getting to 30 days.... Halfway there.

So how am I feeling.  The quick answer is great.  Skin is clearer, eyes are brighter, less bloating, less body pain.  From reading the plan, I envision that at this stage my body is fighting with my mind right now.  My body is telling my mind to give it sugar and flour... easy sources of fuel, and my mind is saying no way body, start burning stored fat.  They are in a standoff right now. body is making me hungry and giving me cravings to try to get me to eat.  As long as I don't give in, body will have NO CHOICE but to start going to my stored fat for fuel.  This should start happening soon.

Here are some pictures from the last week.  Trying to keep up with the pic of me every day.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Whole 30 - Day 8 Let week 2 begin

First thing to mention, part of the whole 30 is that you are not supposed to step on the scale during the 30 days.  I have stepped on the scale 3 times this week.  It's hard to believe that is what is giving me the most problem, but it's the truth.   Going to put it away tonight and NOT touch it for the remainder of the month.  BUT I am down 5.6lb in my first week. 

Part of the problem for me is that I feel like I am eating huge amounts of food.  I am trying to reverse the years of following diets (I think I was 11 the first time my Mom took me to a diet class similar to weight watchers). Low fat this, whole wheat that, sweetener, soy,  juice fast, opti-fucking-fast.  Especially in the last 6 years I have become fucking crazy following every recommended diet that anyone threw at me,  one after another.  The sad thing is I have known for a long time that I wanted to eat clean.  But I always said I need to lose x amount of weight first - doing the same old stupid diets I always did (note: not dissing any plan that anyone else is on, they just have never worked for me and my challenges)

I have long suffered with IBS-D (irritable bowl syndrome).  I have to rush to the bathroom - a lot.  Oh and the D stands for diarrhea. Enough said.  Most of the stuff that I have been told to eat over most of my life is stuff that was bad for my IBS.  I just never really knew what foods, other than carbonated drinks(pop) which I cut out many years ago.  I finally got an official diagnosis of IBS last year and since then have done lots of research.  I found the Low FODMAP way of eating which adivses of may of the foods that CAN cause IBS symptoms.  So I started to follow some of those and make a few changes.

Now this Whole 30 plan actually gives a food list that also follows the FODMAP diet, which just is thrilling to me.  At the end of the 30 days I am hoping my insides have healed and I can then start slowly adding some foods back into my diet to make sure my body can tolerate them.  I am excited about finally being able to eat clean, and eat low FODMAP, and eat healthy.  At this time in my life, the weigh loss is secondary to my health....

If I could just put the damn scale away....