Monday, June 03, 2013
Whole 30~ Day 21
I am in such a good spot right now with my overall weight, health, body/food...stuff... I am now 21 days free of grains, sugar (regular or artificial), dairy, legumes, alcohol, and basically anything processed or junky. Not only am I feeling great physically, but I have this renewed clarity of where I want this journey to go...it's not about being my skinniest, but about my overall health and well being.
I am certainly not at my "smallest" right now, but I am so fine with it. I've had some sweet victories and that's the motivation to keep going! Just to list a few:
~Binge free for 21 days
~Sugar cravings very very minimal...almost non existent
~Sleeping like a log
~Feeling lighter-from the inside out (if that makes sense)
~Noticeably looser clothing
These are just a few off the top of my head, but there are many more.
I am looking ahead at what I might try to add in after my 30 days are up. Definitely not sugar! I am thinking maybe a latte once in awhile if I can tolerate it, but I really think that I will steer clear of grains too for the time being. Most grains that I would go for are empty carbs, so I see no point. Maybe in time I will do some steel cut oats now and then. I will have to think about it, so more on that later.
To wrap it up, I will share a cool story. This morning I picked my clothes for church, and after I got all dressed I looked down and my pants were sagging soo bad, that the crotch was nearly to my KNEES!! LOL My daughter was standing there and gave me this crazy look like, WOW! Me being the late person that I ALWAYS am, I really don't have time to waste fumbling through all of my ill fitting clothes, so I ran upstairs to try to throw something together and by the time I reached the top of the stairs....my pants were literally falling OFF! I seriously wore this exact outfit less than a month ago. WOOHOO~Small victory for me!! I'll take it!
I am feeling so great that I'm already planning my next whole 30! Happy Sparkin'!!
Thursday, May 23, 2013
I'm on day 11 of Whole30. It's a detox type diet...let me just say that I'm not big on fad diets, but I really don't see this as a fad diet at all. The purpose is to get all of the refined, processed, junk out of your body. I'm ALL for that! The claim is that you will sleep and feel overall better. There is testimony after testimony of people getting rid of chronic symptoms that have plagued them for years.
This is a strict NO CHEAT plan. What is not allowed: Sugar (real or artificial), Dairy, Potatoes, Legumes, Grains, MSG, or Alchohol. Like I said~STRICT
So what am I eating?
Meat, seafood, eggs, tons of vegetables, some fruit, and plenty of good fats from fruits, oils, nuts and seeds. Let me just say that I have not been deprived! I have eaten more volume of food in the past 11 days than prolly the past month before I started. I did have some cravings in the beginning of course. And I would be lying if I said I wasn't dying for a latte...that has been the hardest for me!
The only other real rule they have is not to measure or weigh at all throughout the month. This has proved to be difficult (at least the weighing part). I'm an every morning weigh girl..Good or bad. I just have that habit. I am really trying to stay off for the duration of my 30. I don't even expect to loose some crazy large amount, but I don't want that to be my focus.Ever!
My results so far: I have seriously been sleeping so hard. I in general, am a night owl...mainly because I have a difficult time going to sleep at night. Since starting this program, I have slept like a baby. Seriously, I'm so excited about this! Also, my overall mood seems lighter, and I have felt clearer in my thinking. We've all felt the effects of sugar to the brain...not good! Energy levels are moderate to high. And best of all, my jeans already feel looser..great feeling!
Anyway, I will report back on this whole30 adventure in about a week...until then Happy Healthy eating!
Saturday, April 27, 2013
This morning while getting dressed, and dealing with the clothing drama of finding something to wear that fits me right now...I got an unexpected surprise. I had bought a pair of "motivator jeans" awhile back and I happened to run accross them. Now I have to say that when I bought them~ I should NOT have bought them...they were like skin tight, but they were very cheap, and I like a good deal, so I went for it. I actually forgot that I had bought the dang things! Well you know where this is going. I slid easily into them, with almost too much ease in places!!!! WOW, that feels SO GOOD! Just leaves me cravin' more!
Friday, April 26, 2013
I'm back at it...somewhat afraid to blog or be "visible" here on Spark People, for fear of jinxing myself. (not that I really believe in that sort of thing)
I am coming back from a very difficult couple of years, and I managed to gain about 60 pounds back from my original 120 loss during this time. If you've ever been thru regaining lost weight-not to be dramatic, but it is a pretty dark place. I believed the lies in my mind telling me that I was a failure and I could not recoup from this "fall".
I lean on a higher power tho~Jesus, and He has brought me out of the mire once again. I know that I will always undoubtedly struggle with weight and weight related issues...I have accepted that. I do however, look forward to each time I rise out of the ashes of the hard times that I will grow and get stronger and be able to see things clearer and hopefully do things differently.
Today I want to focus on being healthy and enjoying my life. I will not be crippled by the sadness and disappointment in myself for not being where I was 5 years ago...This way of thinking has already robbed me of two perfectly good years of my life (I allowed it)
Anyway, I want to be very upfront and open about where I am today. With God, myself, and anyone of my Spark friends who might be in this for the long haul with me.
My highest weight (recorded)-297 lbs in 2006
My lowest weight 179-2007
Some serious yo yo-ing went on in the years between 2011-2013
My new "starting weight" 241-January 2012
My weight at the beginning of this year 225-January 2013
My weight today 203-April 2013
So as you can see, I am down 38 pounds. YAY!!
I haven't been super excited about my weight loss until about the past week or so. I am really finally starting to see a difference in my body and I am starting to fit into some of my "skinny" clothes again. Hallelujah!
That's about all for now. I will slowly give more details on how I am getting this weight back off. I do love to blog, as it gives me some extra motivation and a place to come back and see progress. For now, I'm just gonna keep pushing~Keep moving forward!
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
So last week I didn't track, I didn't exercise, I did nothing! It felt crappy!
Today I am struggling to want to track my calories, but I know that I will feel much better within a couple of days of mindful eating. I am sticking by my motto of "NO EXCUSES"! This is sort of hard with the busy month of May that I have ahead of me. Our oldest son is graduating from high school on the 26th, and I have tons to do to get ready for the party. Maybe being busy will keep me from eating! LOL
Any and all encouragement is greatly appreciated! I need my spark friends, and I NEED to keep my mind focused forward!
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