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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Day 5 - New Counter, Continued Results, Re-Introduction

I decided it would be nice to look at my latest endeavors with a new start count.  Hence today is day 5 after the Whole30.  Another idea is that it would be really nice for to attempt trying to blog more regularly.

Day 1 (3/3/2013):  It was Pat's birthday, so we decided on a fantastic little place called Q-Fanatic.  It has some of the best barbecue every.  We order some sides as well.  So, on day 1 I had what ever was in the various BBQ sauces and some potato wedges.
Day 2 (3/4/2013):  I woke up with a bit of a gut-ache.  I spent the day staying Whole30 compliant.
Day 3 (3/5/2013):  Good night sleep, woke up well rested, no gut ache. Snow day!  Ate compliant.
Day 4 (3/6/2013):  Had my junior high girls bible study over.  One of the gals brought a yummy red velvet cake to celebrate her birthday.  I had a piece about 1" x 1".  Sat in my gut the rest of the night, not comfortable!
Today:  Woke up gassy. Eating compliant today.  I think that there are two things I want to try to reintroduce.  1) Wine and 2) Dairy.   Now I need to determine if I should break up dairy into milk, cheese, yogurt.  Yes, that seems like a plan.  As for wine, we will see if an occasion arises.

I am continuing to work out at least 4 times per week.  I will update the status of the goals I set this weekend.  I am still in the 1 lb. down contest.  I have decided that most of what has been added to my diet is around processed sugar.  Also, that my body doesn't like it and I am not craving it.  The cake last night was good, but I could have taken or left it.  That is such an amazing feeling!

Next week the chief cook and grocery shopper will be gone.  That means I am totally on my own for food.  I think that on Saturday (after they leave?) I will prepare for the week, go grocery shopping and set myself up for success.  Maybe I can even talk DH into making me a chili of something to use for leftover eating.  Food that I would like for the week:
  1. salmon cakes
  2. egg bake
  3. meatballs
  4. chili (pineapple and/or chocolate)
  5. hard boiled eggs
  6. kale chips
  7. stir fry of some type
  8. fruit

Monday, March 4, 2013

Day 32 Done, but not really...

Down 14 pounds
Stopped taking allergy medications (usually year round)
Sleep has been amazing
Energy for work outs good
Face and skin clear
Fingernails growing
Just not feeling as 'puffy'
No caffeine for 32 days
I know I have lost inches, but those measurements will be taken later today.

Because of the TOM issue (just ending), I am going to continue on with some re-introduction as things presents themselves - no real 'needs' just now.  Last night for husbands birthday we went to a local BBQ joint.  I am sure that there were things the meat was cooked in that were not compliant and plus sides like slaw, but it we didn't go on a cake and pie binge.  So, with one night off, I am continuing on for a couple of days and then will see if there is anything that strikes my fancy.  I am pretty sure wine is going to be next.

I have to admit that I woke up this morning with a gut ache and feeling a bit bloated.  Just another reason to stay on.  Because of our outing last night, I don't think I could make a determination of the culprit, so a few more days on and I will be more careful when I decide to add the next item - ONLY ONE AT A TIME!

I don't think I have slayed the sugar dragon completely.  However, with vacation this month, my 50th, etc all in the month of March, I think I will hold off on anything like a 2nd Whole30 until at least April.  I have noticed that I am not craving anything sugary, but when those treats come around, I am still very tempted.  I would like to alleviate the longing and deprived feeling as I pass them by - is that possible?

I had hoped to feel so amazing that I would want to dump all my prescriptions (bc, thyroid & depression), but after the PERIOD FROM HELL, I am not ready.  Just eating healthy did a number on my hormones, I cannot imagine what my body would be up against if these hormone based drugs were dropped.  I have appointments coming up with some of the doctors and we will have some serious conversations.  My husband says he doesn't feel any better or worse.  I am a bit bummed about that.  His cholesterol levels were great, but the doctor is attributing it to the meds.  His sleep has been good too, but also he uses meds there, so... Only time will tell and we each have to be comfortable with our choices.

Recommend this to anyone!  You can do anything for 30 days, and this has been worth it!