What can I say? I’ve been slacking on the blogging. I’ve been slacking on working out 5 times a week. I haven’t updated my Pounds and Inches page in 2 months! I am a slacker!
Hopefully this post will put an end to this 🙂 The good news is that I’ve been losing more pounds and inches. I realized that working out 5 times a week is really difficult. I can do it, but I tend to be really tired by the end of the week when I do. If I’m not in bed by 10:30pm, then it’s really hard for me to wake up early and workout. While I definitely think I need to not make excuses, there is actually a lot of research that talks about how sleep is more important than working out due to hormonal activity that is tied to appetite. In fact, losing sleep in order to workout could lead to weight gain because there is a hormonal imbalance which causes us to crave sugary, high-carb foods. Here’s one article that explains this concept. I know the difference between, “I went to sleep at 11pm and waking up at 5:30am stinks”, and “I have gotten 4 hours a sleep and my eyes are burning”. I don’t workout if the latter is true. So this means that lately, I have been working out around 3-4 times a week, and I no longer feel bad about it! I feel really good, and I’m still losing pounds and inches…which brings me to…
My Pounds and Inches page? Well, I have to be honest. After I finished my first Whole30, I went back to my old ways a little bit. With that, I gained some of my weight back, and I just “got lazy” and didn’t post it. Yes, I was embarrassed. I was also a little annoyed because, eventually, I started to get back on track and my scale was starting to be really inconsistent, as in, I would weigh myself, and I gained 10 lbs in one day. Hmmm, not only did I not like the number, but it was clearly ridiculous. Then I realized that I’m working with a pretty ancient scale, so I decided to order a fancy new one. This picture is a great example of what I was dealing with before…and after. My old scale was at my parents house, and they gave it to me…as you can see, I really needed an upgrade!
The day I stepped on my new scale by EatSmart (isn’t she a beauty?), I made an interesting discovery. I was 3 lbs lighter compared to my old scale! This was great, in a way. However, I no longer really know how accurate my pounds are on my page since I was using my older scale. Thankfully, I am also tracking inches lost, and my tape measure is accurate (I think, hehe). I was trying to think of a way to resolve this since it probably has been somewhat inaccurate the whole time. I decided to keep this simple and just continue to log my weight and not change my previous weight. However, I am going to make a notation around 10/4/12, which is around when I bought the new scale. So, as you can see now, Pounds and Inches is updated 🙂 I have been continue to lose pounds and inches slowly but surely!
So yes, I have been slacking. I guess, like anything, this blog is going to have its peaks and valleys. But now it’s time to get back on track! Even when I’m not writing here, I am always thinking about how this blog makes me accountable to myself and to you!
What’s coming up? I’m going to blog more about my Pre-Made Paleo experience. Also, I have a dear friend that is going to write a guest blog, so I’m really excited about that! Stay tuned 🙂
As of Wednesday evening, I finished my first Whole30! The reason I say “first” is because it was such a great experience, I plan to do it again. I learned a lot throughout this past month. I’m going to summarize my lessons and triumphs in this post, and I hope they are helpful to anyone that decides to follow suit! Overall, you can see my progress on Pounds and Inches (between mid-July and now). I definitely lost some pounds and inches while doing this!
1. BE PREPARED!: There were a few times that I had to resort to making scrambled eggs for dinner. I do love eggs, but I also have my limit 🙂 Cooking a big batch of food over the weekend and throwing it in the freezer is the best bet for preparation and to avoid temptation!
2. Ask questions: While I did try to prepare my meals at home the majority of the time, there were some instances where I ate out in restaurants. I always hoped that dishes would be perfectly described on the menu, but typically they were not. I hated having to basically ask exactly how restaurants made certain dishes. Typically, I’m not very particular with food, so I felt like I was probably perceived as being very nit-picky. Then I realized that I’m doing this for ME. It’s my health, and the only person that will really lose out is myself. Before I ordered, I tried to ensure that there was no added sugar in dishes, and I always asked them to use olive oil for cooking. Another question I typically asked is if they used any cream in the preparation. I’m really glad I asked what was necessary because not only did it keep me Whole30 compliant, but it was also a great reminder that I’m doing this for my own well-being.
3. Hydrate!: I saw the least difference week-to-week when I was not drinking enough water throughout the day. When I drank water, I was more full, and I noticed more loss on my body.
4. A Natural Glow: A huge benefit from my Whole30 experience was how great my skin looked! I’m really not trying to boast here, but it was easy to see the difference. It looks brighter, healthier, and I had less blemishes. Even if I forgot to wash my face at night (unfortunately, I’m guilty of this every now and then), it was still nice in the morning! I even left the house a few times with no makeup, and I didn’t feel as “undone” as I had in the past.
5. Well-rested: I don’t really have trouble sleeping, however, I do typically wake up a couple times in the middle of the night and fall back to sleep. In the past month, I truly felt that my sleep was very deep. If I did get up in the middle of the night, it was usually after 4 am. In the past, it happened a couple times between 1am and 3am. The deep sleep did make it hard to wake up when I had to though. BUT I did end up having…
6. More Energy!: Once I dragged myself out of bed, I really felt like I had more energy throughout the day. In turn, this increased my productivity and improved my mood. I was also less irritable. I really believe this was because I was putting whole foods into my body.
7. Confidence: I really stuck to this program. I thought people would perceive me as being extreme or picky because I was doing this. The funny thing is, many people commended me for my commitment! I really think that I set a good example for myself, and, in turn, it positively affected others. I’m really grateful to whoever cooked me dinner in the past month and was kind enough to listen and comply with my requests. I felt so confident about my ability to really stick to a plan at the end. I always found a way to “cheat” with other diets or plans. This really put my body AND mind to a test, and it only helped me.
As of now, I am starting to introduce non-Whole30 foods back into my diet ONE food group at a time with the rest of my diet staying Whole30 compliant (so when I am done trying dairy, I will stop having dairy and try the next food group). The point of this is to see how each group isolated makes me feel (Do I get a headache? Do I feel congested? Does it feel like my stomach is about to explode?). For Days 1-3, I am re-introducing dairy, I plan on adhering to it for the most part with a few treats scattered about. In accordance with ISWF, I have been introducing certain food groups back into my diet to see how it affects me. On days 4-6, I will have gluten-containin grains such as pasta and bread. Days 7-9 I will have non-gluten rains including rice and tortilla chips. Days 10-12 I will have legumes including peanut butter, tofu, and beans. This is merely an experiment to see if one food group affects me more than others. I’m looking forward to what I will discover through these little experiments.
The best part about this whole experience is that (1) I want to do it again (2) I felt so great that I plan to keep eating this way with a few “slips” here and there (3) I DID IT!