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Friday, June 14, 2013

**Drawing inspiration for the title from my newfound fitness class, Parkour**

So.. If you take a look at my ticker it will say 0 monthly fitness minutes. If you take a look at my shared nutrition tracker you'll notice it's been blank for weeks.

I'm doing an experiment. It's summertime and I'm naturally being more active, so I know I'm getting adequate exercise. I don't think the fitness tracker is necessary right now.

My weight is still going up. Maintenance range was arbitrarily set at 118-123. Last night I weighed (pre-dinner) 125.8. That is unsettling, but my muscles are definitely getting bigger. In pole class last weekend we were trying a new plank trick and the instructor came over to spot me. She noticed I was hesitant to let go of the pole and rest my body weight on one hand. She said, "You're strong enough, you've got killer arms. No one comes in here with arms like that!" And you know what... I DO have killer arms. And shoulders, and chest. So I'm not going to track my weight on here either (though I may peek).

Day by day I keep cleaning up my diet, eliminating more unhealthy things and adding more colorful veggies. I'm very much set on doing the Whole30 for the month of July, so I'm already starting head down that path. Grains are all but gone from diet, save for my daily Clif bar. Farmers market veggies fill my plate, alongside a lean protein the size of my palm. I use healthy fats more freely, and associate the smell of hot coconut oil with happiness. If I entered this stuff on my nutrition tracker my cholesterol would be off the charts, my fat would way too high, and my carbs would not even be halfway to goal. So I'm not going to enter them.. at least until Whole30 is over.

I feel better, but honestly it's psychologically freaking me out! Seeing the scale go up is a very uncomfortable feeling. But if I've gained 9 lbs since I moved to VA in March, yet all of my clothes still fit just fine, it's gotta be muscle. Eating this much, and what I presume is a LOT of calories, it freaky as well. If I have double chin on July 31, then fine, I can go back to measuring and counting calories. I can ALWAYS press reset. So I'm going to go for it full force! No cheating, no excuses.

...Did I also mention I'm going to attempt to write a novel in the month of July as well for Camp Nanowrimo? It's going to be a very tough month. But I am strong.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
DEZZIEJAMES 6/18/2013 2:00PM

    Way to go!!! It sounds like you are on your way to a Whole30 lifestyle. I started mine cold turkey, and am on day 16 now. Here to cheer you on along your way!!

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RYDERB 6/15/2013 5:25PM

    Congratulations on getting stronger and on letting go of the scale and tracking. None of us should be stuck tracking for the rest of our lives. Your clothes will definitely let you know when you've gained fat, so don't let your scale get to you. emoticon Congratulations on all the changes you've made to prepare for your Whole30. I promise you it's going to be worth it. I'm on day 53 of what started out to be a 30 and it's definitely changed me for the better

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DEB9021 6/14/2013 8:05PM

    You gotta do what feels right for you. Go for it! There is a lot more to health and fitness than the **** number on the scale. Whether it is moving the right direction to make you happy or not, that doesn't tell you whether you are healthy. That's something you have to feel.

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ERIN1128 6/14/2013 11:50AM

    You go girl!

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BIGPAWSUP 6/14/2013 11:28AM

    You have to do what works for you. This is an experiment of one - YOU!

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HFAYE81 6/14/2013 11:06AM

    I think that letting tracking go for a bit will be great for'll definitely reduce your stress!!! It's kind of like putting all your weight on that one have to trust yourself and just go with it! Double chin in July? Come on! Doubt it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KCLARK89 6/14/2013 11:00AM

    Awesome! I too have taken a break from the huge amount of tracking and listening to my body more instead. My clothes still fit, granted, I mess up here and there, but that's why this is a lifestyle and not a "quick fix." I don't expect to have to track my food for the rest of my life, so taking a break here and there feels so good!

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PJ2222 6/14/2013 10:56AM

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