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Day 30 of The Whole 30

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Today I completed The Whole 30 and, to be honest, I'm really proud of myself!! emoticon

I have long been interested in Paleo because it seems to make sense for so many other people who were in my same position once: overweight, but yo-yo-ing, hungry when cutting calories, trying to track every BLT, etc....

But this has felt so good, so right for me. The first couple of days I was low energy and had to resist reaching for food. It took a few days to figure out I had to have a healthy carb with my high protein and healthy fat breakfast or I would feel hungry and out of sorts all day.

The second week I had to contend with mild headaches, but I felt that my energy level was increasing. Also, I gave up coffee on Day 4 because it just wasn't good without the Splenda. But the important thing is I wasn't hungry at all. I mostly ate 3 meals a day and an occasional snack if hungry.

And by early week 3 I was feeling great. I started getting a lot more done around the house and have felt a lot more energetic. I lost about 2 lbs a week (and that was with very little exercise. I know it won't always be that way, but that's the next step for me).

This week, #4, has been more of the same and I honestly see no reason to give it up. This has been like a reset button and I'm so grateful for it. I'm prioritizing healthy foods over pretty much everything else except my kids, of course. It's becoming more of a habit to think ahead and make sure I have a plan for healthy lunches and eating out.

Going forward, I do plan to experiment, very slowly, with other foods. I miss that sprinkle of blue cheese on my salads, you know? So I'll give it a try and see how it makes me feel. Interestingly, I had more fruit on Sunday night (at a party) than I have in a long time and I felt it the next day. I was slowed down and didn't feel right all day. That was a lesson, for sure.

But, now I feel like I have a framework in place and it's going to keep headed in the right direction.

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BARKLESSWAGMORE 5/29/2014 10:16AM

    Heidi I am so very very proud of you and KNOW that this is just one of many steps on your Healthy Living Journey! You have been SO inspiring to me (and I'm sure many other people too)! You are the epitome of the "everyday woman" who has a life with children and and a husband and many, many responsibilities but you still made time for YOU! I know you can do it but more importantly, anyone reading this blog nowknows THEY can do it too simply because of you!

Thank you for being YOU!

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AMARILYNH 5/28/2014 10:55AM

    Congratulations on finding a plan that works for you! I'm doing a type of elimination plan myself (called 'The Plan') and it has been an amazing experience. Its proved to me once and for all that our bodies ARE different - what works for one does NOT work for all!! Keep up the good work!! emoticon emoticon

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5KGRANNY 5/28/2014 10:30AM

    Heidi you continue to become a stronger, smarter, confident woman. I'm so proud of you and better yet I think you are proud of you.

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PHEBESS 5/28/2014 9:28AM

    Hey, if it works, keep up with it! Way to go!

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JUSTCHELLE75 5/28/2014 9:24AM

    way to go

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GLUCOZA 5/28/2014 9:01AM

    Very positive and inspiring message! Thank you for sharing your experience!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 5/28/2014 8:43AM

    Way to go Heidi!! So proud of you! ... it's so interesting how much you learn about your body when cutting out processed foods.. and it will get easier! SWEAR!

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MRSP90X 5/27/2014 11:29PM

    That's awesome!! Interesting with the fruit. I feel better with fruit than without it energy wise. But isn't that part of finding what does work for us and makes us feel better? I would have to give up coffee too as I don't like it without splenda either. Great going!!

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2BEABETTERME 5/27/2014 10:20PM

    Glad you found something that works for you and makes you feel great!
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LIVERIGHTNOW 5/27/2014 10:15PM

    I am just so flappin proud of YOUÖ You are putting you first- everything goes better when mama's happy and healthy! How interesting you will continue- that speaks volumes!!!!

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BLC week 1 fitness test

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

As I already knew, the fitness test confirmed I'm in terrible shape.

Crunches: 32
Push Ups (modified, standing): 15

And I didn't even do the 1 mile walk and the step test. I forgot until it was too late tonight (nice excuse, right? Not.)

Rather than focus on what my weakness are, why don't I talk about how awesome I've eaten the past week?

I started the whole30 exactly one week ago and the major change I've noticed so far is my energy level feels more stable throughout the day. This, though, only happens if I make sure to have a veggie with every meal. I can't just have eggs for breakfast....it has to be eggs and spinach, or a tomato or..... I'm so proud of myself for knowing this about me now. This kind of self-knowledge is exactly why I'm doing the whole30.

I also haven't had coffee since last wednesday (I miss it, but I'm ok not to have it) and have replaced it with tea. Unsweetened, of course! No artificial sweeteners, no cheese, no cookies....

So, while I am lagging on my fitness, it's not because I'm at home eating bonbons. I'm focusing on getting my nutrition right and having it become a habit. Fitness will come, but one step at a time.

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FAVALL 5/7/2014 9:38AM

    Heidi,
Those are good results. I started out with far worse 2 years ago. Keep up the ST and cardio and you will see good growth on your next check.

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NANCYTUNBERG64 5/6/2014 7:30AM

    That is great!! One habit at a time or it can get overwhelming. Once you feel like you have one change that is more of a habit, then move to the next things

Have a great day!!

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SMART goals for BLC 24

Saturday, January 18, 2014

SMART goals for BLC 24

1. My Goal: I want to reach 190 lbs.

2. Goals are Specific and Measureable
My SMart Goal: I will lose 1-2 lbs per week.

3. Goals are Attainable and Realistic
My SMARt Goal: I will achieve this goal through the following behavior goals:

Behavior goal 1: I will track my CICO every single day.
Behavior goal 2: I will increase my steps by 1000 steps every month (i.e. Jan = 5000, Feb =
6000, Mar = 7000, April = 8000, May = 9000, June = 10000).
Behavior goal 3: I will actively participate in my teamís chats & challenges.
Behavior goal 4: I will continue working through the Beck book.


4. Goals have a specific Timeline
My SMART Goal: I will reach this goal sometime between early April to mid June.


5. Goals are Significant
My SMARTS Goal: Why do you want it?

1. I will be in better health.
2. Iíll look better and like what I see in the mirror.
3. I will live longer.
4. I will have more confidence.
5. Iíll have the satisfaction of accomplishing something important.
6. Iíll feel more in control.
7. Iíll like myself more.
8. Iíll †be †a †positive †role †model †for †my †girls.
9. Iíll be more physically fit.
10. Iíll have more energy .

  
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EDDYMEESE 1/19/2014 6:07PM

    great goals! good job!

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2LABS2LOVE 1/18/2014 7:35PM

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More right steps...

Friday, January 17, 2014

Today I...

1. had 10 glasses of water.
2. tracked my calories and stayed within range.
3. walked over 5,000 steps [I know this falls way short of 10,000 steps, but it's following my plan of slowly working my way up so that I stay consistent. January=5000 steps, February=6,000 steps, etc...]
4. resisted sweets at an evening meeting.
5. chose to go home to take care of myself after the meeting instead of going out for a drink, surrounded by temptations.
5. checked in with my team.
6. did my TNT

  
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SKINNYINMYHEAD 1/17/2014 5:49PM

    Niiiiice!!

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NANCYTUNBERG64 1/17/2014 7:22AM

    Great job!!!

As your wall paper says "We can do it!!"

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STEPH-KNEE 1/17/2014 5:39AM

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Today's steps in the right direction....

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Today I...

1. had 11 glasses of water.
2. tracked my calories and stayed within range.
3. walked over 11,500 steps.
4. resisted sweets at a luncheon.
5. checked in with my team.
6. did 30 minutes of aerobic walking.
7. worked on Days 1 & 2 in the Beck book.
8. Entered into the calendar the days I will do our team's TNT & SE challenges.

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GAYLLYNNE 1/16/2014 9:11AM

    You are awesome!!!!

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 1/16/2014 8:03AM

    I would say you CONQUERED sweets not just resisted! GOOD ON YOU!!

Annie

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144AUTUMN 1/16/2014 2:00AM

  Keep up the good work!!

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