Saturday, November 23, 2013
Another Saturday has come and gone, woo hoo. I cannot believe this month is flying by! The year is going to be over before we know it.
Just another weekly update, since I promised myself I'd blog this month, especially since I've gone wheat free. So far, so good. Though I do have a few thoughts on it. I don't feel that it benefit me as much as I wanted it to. Do I feel good? Yes, great even. But.. is that just because I've not eaten wheat? I don't think so.
I felt good like this even when I was just eating healthier. I cannot say that I attribute the more energy, and clarity, etc to being wheat free. I think it's more of just living healthier. The one good thing I can say that I've felt my appetite decrease without the wheat. I find myself eating less often and really not realizing that I haven't eaten. I've gotten myself into a schedule though, and eat as more of a routine to fuel my body and not to satisfy hunger.
So, as of December 1st (or quite possibly for Thanksgiving.. not sure yet!) I'll be incorporating wheat back into my diet. Not huge amounts or anything - I don't plan on feasting on bagels and breads and such, but I'll just stop reading the labels for miniscule amounts of wheat and be less restrictive. In my opinion, it just wasn't worth it. I don't have celiac disease, or wheat sensitivity.. so trying to avoid it all together like I had been would be more of a hassle (and costlier).
That's all :) Biggest Loser competition at work is over Wednesday. We'll see how that goes. Still #3! :)
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Not much to report. It's been a good week! Still wheat free and doing pretty well. I've been exercising like a fiend, and really starting to love it. I mean, I liked it before, but I just feel like I am thriving now. I've finally added in strength training, and I used to hate it and now it's so much fun!! I have NO core/upper body strength and that needs to change. Working on it!
Yesterday was weigh in for the BLC at work -- lost a few lbs and closed the gab a little between myself and the number 1 and 2 spots. That feels good :) Only 2more weigh ins to go. I really enjoyed it. We are already planning a new one starting January 1st - can't wait!!
That's pretty much it lol... just me trudging along. I started a motivation wall tonight. I hung up a few things but I need to print off some of these motivational phrases that I've seen. Once it's done I'll post a picture of it!
Until next week.....
Take care everyone.
Saturday, November 09, 2013
So it's been 9 days since going wheat free, and I have to say, though I don't feel any drastic changes, I do feel better. I definitely have more energy and I feel less sluggish. I can't really say I even miss the wheat. I feel like leaving out the breads and bagels and such, I have so many more calories to play around with. I have been tracking every last bite and staying within my ranges. I've been planning out meals and it's all been working.
I can even say that I went to Red Lobster and sat in front of a warm basket of cheddar bay biscuits and didn't even indulge. Was it hard? No.. not as hard as I thought it was going to be, especially when the person I was with was scarfing them down. It was all okay. :)
I've been actually using my gym membership instead of paying for it and letting it just go to waste. Today I spent 1 hour there, 15 minutes on the recumbent bike to warm up and 45 minutes on the treadmill. My foot has been killing me though, but once I "warm up" or stretch the muscles, it feels better. Plantar fasciitis, ugh.
Let's see.. what else. OH, I fit into a pair of smaller pants today. :) It was awesome. I bought a size 20 jean from Old Navy like a year ago, they were on clearance for like 5.00, and I thought, I'll buy these.. because I'll fit them one day!! (at the time I was hovering around a size 24). THAT DAY WAS TODAY! I took them down from the shelf, slipped them on, and they fit. I promptly ripped the tags off. It was pretty satisfying. I have got to get some updated pictures up of me currently, so I can adequately document. It got me thinking if I had any before pictures, and I scoured the computer and found a few. I uploaded a few more before pics. They actually shocked me. I can't remember being that heavy and actually getting a picture of it. Scary.
Lastly, it's week 9 of the 11 week Biggest Loser competition at work. Thank god for that competition, or else I probably wouldn't be so geared to lose the weight. I decided to start it at work with about 17 people participating and it's been a big motivator. This week I slid into the #3 spot. There is still a chunk of % between me and the #1 spot, but I hope I can at least slide into the #2 spot in the next few weeks. I've definitely taken it up a notch.
I feel good. Great even. :) Next update in a week!
Sunday, November 03, 2013
All right. To keep myself accountable I'll do my weekly check in on Sundays. I might switch that to Saturday -- not sure yet. I usually work at my 2nd job on Sundays from 4-11:30, but today I worked in the morning. I'm free on Saturday's though -- usually just running around. Still thinking on it :)
I know it's only been 3 days wheat free, but so far, I'm loving it. Yesterday I was bursting at the seams with energy, not sure why. I can't imagine it's the three days of going wheat free acting so quickly. Whatever the reason, I decided to go for a "walk". I left my house and walked all the way downtown, and by the time I completed my walk and got back at the house, I had walked 4.75 miles! I downloaded an app on my phone called RunKeeper and it's fantastic. You can listen to your music and run the app in the background and it marks where your phone is moving on a map, GPS, and then tells you how far you've gone and what your pace it. Every so often it tells you how long you've been going and what your pace it. It's pretty darn nifty. I do recommend it for those iPhone exercisers out there.
So, all in all. So far so good. I've decided not to get on the scale each day this week and to just surprise myself on Friday, my weigh in with the Biggest Loser competition at work. We'll see what happens!
Thursday, October 31, 2013
So, I'm feeling good. I'm feeling pretty good. Since I've taken things seriously (weight hovering around 285), I've lost about 30 lbs (now, around 255). I feel lighter. My feet don't ache as much when I get out of bed, I can move around easier. It's nice.
I feel momentum building, and I am ready for the next step. That brings me to: wheat free. I've been doing a lot of reading on the mighty internets, and I've read a few books via kindle, and the conclusion I've come to is: it may do me good to give up wheat. For weight loss? Not necessarily. It's more for health reasons. Everything I've read leads to wheat = bad bad bad. But, I'm not your average sucker... so, I can't just take the internets word for it, so I need to do my own trial.
Starting Nov. 1, through Dec. 1, I am going cold turkey. Cutting wheat completely out of my diet. I thought it would be drastic, but it's really not. Not much different than what I eat currently, just a few less processed foods like breads and cereals, the occasion tortilla shell -- I can do it. :)
I'm not expecting miracles, but if it's true about everything I've read, I can expect to have more energy, and less foggy. That would be amazing. I can definitely use more energy!
We'll see. I'll try and post a blog as often as I can for this next month just to keep up to date with my progress.
Wish me luck!
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