Thursday, November 22, 2012
It's Thanksgiving morning. In two hours, my besties will be here and we will begin a whirlwind of dicing, roasting, steaming, stirring, straining, baking, mashing, creaming, and, of course, eating! It's a day for feasting, and the perfect day to enjoy non-Whole30 freedom.
I woke up at 7am and knew that I could have anything I wanted for breakfast. I could have toast with butter if I wanted, or even a bowl of oatmeal. But I don't want those things. I'm going to go for a run shortly, so I had half a banana with sunflower butter and half of a leftover sausage. I can eat what I want, sure, but I also know that I've got mashed potatoes made with sour cream, homemade croissants (not the Pillsbury crap -- homemade, from scratch, by my husby), cranberry meringue and sweet potato pies waiting for me this afternoon. Why do I need to eat lesser indulgences just because it's the "morning after?"
I am, however, psyched about a cup of coffee with cream and sugar. OMFG.
I have a lot to be thankful for this morning, as I do everyday. This year, it's even more so! My husband tops my list, always, but now I also have the house, my full-time job, my nephews, my financial stability, my friends both here in Chattanooga and all over the country, my progress as a runner, and a thousand more things. But the thing that sticks out for me right now, is this:
On October 20th:
Body Fat % Estimate: 27% (Fun fact: I found results ranging from 2.5% to 73.05%)
Waist at Navel: 39"
My weight actually crept up to 165.6 on the day I started Whole 30, so that's fun.
Today, my measurements are...
Body Fat % Estimate: 26% (Fun fact: I found results ranging from 2.5% to 73.05%)
Waist at Navel: 37.5"
I lost over 5lbs and 4 inches in just a month! This is so fanatastic!
I can't say this enough: this way of life is perfect for me. I love the food I've been eating. My teeth are cleaner, my sinuses are clearer, my brain is sharper, my energy levels are continually high and steady, I sleep better, I feel sexier! I don't miss the things I thought I would -- I don't miss cheese that much (but I am excited to welcome parmesan back into my life), I don't miss yogurt, whey protein powder, peanut butter, hummus, pasta, ice cream, or milk at ALL. I do miss chocolate, though not as badly as you'd think, and I miss some baked goods. But I don't plan on indulging in the real deal that often -- I'd rather bake with coconut/almond flour and get nutrition in my treats.
Like I said before: I'm never counting calories again. I don't need to. I lost 5 pounds without tracking anything. I just ate food that was natural and whole, and my weight figured itself out.
I don't need to battle my body any more. There is nothing left to get upset about. I KNOW that for 30 days, everything I put into my body was going to make me a healthier person. If I continue to eat only foods that make me healthier, with the occasional treat when I really want one, I know my weight will balance out. I don't have to do anything extra or deprive myself of foods I want -- because I no longer want foods that hurt me.
I am liberated. I know exactly where I stand with food, exercise, and my fabulous body.
I can't think of anything I could be more thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I hope you're counting your blessings -- make your body #1 on your list!