Start: Aug 1 / Goal: 100 lbs in 1 year
Go big or go home, right?
Hello Whole30 Community! My name is Christine and I am going to jump into this diet for 365 days. I guess you could call it my Whole365. My goal is to lose 100 lbs in a year. Currently I am at around 261 lbs. I am a 46 year old 5ft 6 in female. I am not particularly attached to the end weight as long as I feel healthy and at my ideal weight, whatever that may wind up being. But for now 160 lbs will be my end goal. The ideal range (per the internet) seems to suggest around 122 - 149 lbs, but I'll get to my goal and see where to go from there.
I actually tried the Paleo diet before but crashed and burned because of the sugar dragon. I wasn't doing a true Whole30 since I allowed myself to have one cheat day per week. I think that was my downfall. I have too much of a sweet tooth to allow the cheating. I read somewhere that giving up sugar is harder for people than giving up cocaine. While I have never had a drug habit like that, and I am not sure if that is actually true, I do know how painfully difficult it is for me to give up sugar.
I lost 14.6 lbs in 71 days during my former Paleo challenge. That was an average loss of about 1.4 lbs per week if my calculations are correct. If I average out the daily weight loss for a year that will give me a 75 lb loss, but I also am not planning on having the weekly cheat day, so that should make a big difference. The only days I might cheat a little on are holidays like Christmas and Thanksgiving. I will attempt to still eat plenty of veggies on those days, but if I bend the rules a bit on those days I'm not going to worry about it too much. I guess technically I will only be doing true Whole30s on months that don't have those holidays then.
My start day will be on Aug 1. I am planning on writing my experiences in a diary and posting those experiences here once per month until I hit my goal. Hopefully this is the appropriate place to do that. I need to be accountable or I might slide. I hope the people here will keep me accountable.
My biggest concern is getting through the sugar cravings. I am hoping to eat more than the advised amount of sweet potatoes and fruit in the beginning in order to get through that. I don't know if that is considered cheating or not. I also have a fairly physical job and I am concerned about crashing and burning if I don't have enough fuel to last. I work at company where I sometimes am lifting 50 lb bags of oats, flour and sugar into a mixer, often in hot environments since I am working next to machinery. It's not unusual for the temps to get around 90 - 100 degrees in the summer. I need to be on a diet that can sustain me through that.
I am also planning on doing some juicing. I know juicing isn't technically considered Paleo but I read somewhere that drinking lots of celery juice can help your body deal with hot temperatures. I am quite curious about whether that is true or not. I also want to increase my vitamin and mineral intake without having to eat ridiculous amounts of vegetables so I will be drinking some sort of combination of celery/kale/collard/ beet green juice right after I eat one of my meals. The 3 cups of veggies I am planning on eating per meal should still provide me with plenty of fiber. I think that should be OK since I won't be adding fruit to my juices.
So, here are my goals:
- I want to feel better physically. Actually, I want to feel amazing with tons of energy and strength. For the past two years I've really been dragging. I've felt lots of fatigue. My naturopathic doctor recommended I take an HCL supplement since she didn't think I was properly digesting proteins and that helped quite a bit, actually. But I know I can feel much better than I do. I feel like I am at this turning point where my body just can't tolerate being abused with bad food anymore. If I don't do something drastic I am worried my health will continue to get worse. I also have aches and pains in my feet and joints and it takes a while for everything to warm up in the morning so that things start to feel better. It shouldn't be that way.
- I want to not have to be stressed over my weight and my health. I have to keep stretching out my shirts to get them to fit since I am refusing to buy a larger size. My thighs are too fat and constantly chafe (TMI, I know, sorry). I have some low self-esteem issues when it comes to how big I have gotten. It would be so refreshing to not even think about my weight.
- I have no energy to accomplish my personal goals. After work I am pretty exhausted. I have a goal to write a novel and get published. Writing takes mental focus for hours daily and my mind can wander. I need to be able to lock it in mentally.
- After I lose the weight I want to get really strong. I've always enjoyed lifting weights (although I don't have the energy to do it anymore). I'd like to crave working out after a long day at work. Not sure how possible that is at my age, but that is my goal.
- I'd like to be less anxious and depressed. I never was a social butterfly, but it seems as the years go on I keep getting more and more antisocial and anxious around people. It's getting pretty bad, actually. I hardly get out anymore unless my family drags me out to a family event. I'd like to be more confident in myself. I think diet has something to do with that.
- I'd like to stop losing so much dang hair. About a year ago my hair started to shed like crazy. It's actually amazing that I still have a full head of hair although it is not near as thick as it used to be. I should be bald by now with how much hair I lose in the shower and in my hairbrush. When I went Paleo before I did see a bit of improvement, so I am hoping by getting strict on my diet it will stop the hair loss completely. Otherwise there will be a wig in my future. That would be horrible.
I guess that's about it. Sorry for the long post. If anyone has any recommendations on how to handle my potato and fruit intake (quantities recommended) for a job that requires intermittent heavy lifting for an entire 8 hour work day, I'd definitely appreciate it.
It is dawning on me that I am really about to do this. *Feeling the fear*