Start weight was 294.
I finished the month at 284.
I am ecstatic.
My January goals were to 1) follow whole30. Pack my lunch/ snacks. Preplan Dinner with whole 30 approved meals.. I stuck to the whole30 plan by daily tracking on Spark people, eating breakfast each day, preparing lunch each morning, and having a planned dinner. I marked each day with a sticker, and have stickers on all but three days. I am still working on the habit of drinking green tea with infusion tea throughout the day. My first 30 days end 2/5. and then I start again on 2/10.
2) Movement. My daily goal was10,000 steps, minimum of 15 active fun cardio a day, like elliptical, bike, treadmill, water aerobics, and 10 minutes strength training, yoga or TAE CHI. Walk each morning or Bike to work when weather permits.( it didn't). I did not make much progress in this area.
I didn't use the wellness room for treadmill, biking and stepping for 15 minutes but will in February. February will be a focus on movement.
3) I did try and Have a life; be accountable to Spark, Scrapbook, organize and clean, be an active mom.. did something besides sit on the couch and become one with the furniture. I finished one crotchet project, and started a second. The boys kept me busy with band, and college search. January brought us the princess birthday, and the Baby's Confirmation retreat.
What other topics have been on my mind? I have played at paleo for about two years. I would do well, then go off and binge, tank etc. to start over. My naturopath suggested I do a whole30, which is a type elimination diet that Chris Kessler talks about. I cut out dairy, which was a staple, because I had said I never had any problems with dairy, and I said my paleo included dairy. I cut out sneaky sugars, in your face sugars, and fake sugars. and I cut out grains. I wasn’t strict before. This time, I have been strict. I am pretty sure that the dairy and grain cheating was responsible for the urge to binge, something I have been battling for a very long time. I haven't binged. I don't have that horrid I need to eat right now in the middle of the night feeling. I am going to have a few days off, at the end of my first 30 days, then start again on 2/10, and follow it till Easter.
I want to chime in on the cost of feeding two or three plans. There has been many obstacles to doing this healthy plan. One is money. most time, I am the only one eating healthy, and I felt guilty forcing them to eat my way, so I would buy my organic meat and veggies, then I would buy his protein whey, and frozen fruit, and his junk food, and his processed food, trying to please all three of the men in my life. My husband would be very upset about the increased in the food costs, war would ensue... you get the picture. After some good hard work in therapy about boundaries, I drew a line. Since I do the meal planning, and cooking, and shopping; I am in charge. It is my kitchen. I plan a whole30 meal for dinner, I have lunch options for me. I have breakfast options for me. I give the boys a food allowance to buy what they feel they must have that are not provided. My husband can eat his way at the daycare. I do buy some carbs for the boys, to augment, but I won’t cook them and they are learning their way around a stove. They are responsible for their breakfast and lunch, with usually eating options from home. It's working. Food costs are still up, but I need to learn to cook for a month, shop for a month within budget. More work in therapy to do, because it's a binge wherever it's over buying fresh produce or eating at fast food if it's off the rails.