M (my boyfriend) has lost a lot of weight on this. I would say between 15-20 lbs. His gut has really shrunk, and his face has a lot less fat. It's amazing how quickly men lose weight. I know they have more muscle mass, yadda yadda yadda.
That inspired me. I want more muscle mass. This push-up challenge is ON!
I tried on a pair of 16 dress pants I have in my closet this morning. I told myself before I tried them on to be gentle to myself. They are 16's. Not 16W's. I was able to get the pants up, and buttoned. But they looked like they had been painted on. It wasn't pretty. So I reminded myself that I didn't gain all this weight overnight, and put them back in the closet.
The scale this morning showed 187.8. Then I got to thinking... I have lost 11 lbs. But what have really gained from this diet? Here's what I can see:
My skin is clearer. It is like some of the wrinkles that I was beginning to worry about having to buy expensive creams to fix... are becoming less wrinkly. Not just the skin on my face either. The skin on my neck is younger looking.
Although I'm not making the jump from plus size to "normal size yet. My plus sized clothes are baggy on me. I noticed yesterday that around the butt of my favorite pair of dress pants that I had a little extra room, and every time I stood up from my office chair, I had to pull the pants up b/c the waist is baggy.
I feel stronger mentally. Like I am no longer living in a fog, or a cloud. I am better able to handle my difficult child. I have a bit more patience with her. I am more confident. I feel like I can actually turn this side business into something lucrative.
I sleep so much deeper. I am not going to bed when I need to because I am so very busy with this side job right now, and I know that is an impt. part of Whole30, but the sleep I do get is very good.
I have gained a freedom of counting, measuring, weighing, fretting over food. I know what I should be eating, and I stick to that. That doesn't mean I don't have cravings for things I shouldn't eat, because I do. I am just able to ignore those cravings, and keep moving on.
What I have gained is so much more important than what I have lost in these 23 days. I refuse to let myself become discouraged when M has lost 15-20 lbs (he didn't weigh himself before we started), and I have lost between 10-11. I need to focus on what I have gained, and quit letting that negative voice try to derail me. I have gained so very much on this journey!
Hope you are having a fabulous day, and able to stick to your goals. If I can do this, I know you can too!!