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I completed my Whole30 in spite of having a cold (and other challenges) in the middle of it! I decided to take "after" pictures anyway, even though I didn't think I made as much progress as I wanted, and I knew I had a few mishaps along the way...but I'm glad I did because I'm pleasantly astounded by the difference I can see in the pictures! I weighed myself again today (which is actually Day 33 because I've been keeping it going!) and I've lost 10 pounds since I started! I also lost an inch from my belly area, my waist, and each thigh!! I'm absolutely going to continue eating this way, whether I count the days or not, because I feel so amazing! I don't want to go back to the old (miserable!) me! I still have progress to make, but these pictures are so encouraging!! I also worked out today for the first time in about a year and it was great!! Last year when I was working out, my heart would start pounding really strongly so I had to keep stopping. Today, my heart did not pound like that at all!! It felt totally normal and I felt really good! I actually felt like I could have done more, but I didn't want to over do it! So here are my pictures: They were both taken on the same days, but the second one is just with a sports bra, and you can see the difference in the belly area more! And oh my gosh, look at how different my face looks! I am so grateful!!!!!
So here I am on the eve of starting my first W30. What do I hope to gain from it? Why am I doing it? Is it just another fad food thingy/diet I'm trying? Hmmm. Why have I spent the last 2 weeks or so pretty much eating anything I want, making sure I "get them in" before I dive in? It's what I've always done in the past, before embarking on a major change. I'm a 53 year old Wife/Niece/Grandma/Child-of-God/Aunt/Great Aunt/Sister who's pretty much always had some issues with food, with over consuming the 'bad stuff' like ice cream, sugar, cookies, popcorn, potato chips. Lots of emotional or stress eating. I used to have eating disorders. Now I still have mini binges, times when I'm completely ruled by consuming food, but they are less common and no where near the same extent as times in the past and not as long. Why can't I let this go? I'm thinking "It Starts with Food" explains it. I'm not fat (not skinny either) but I have a layer of fat that will not go away. From all I'm reading it's where I'm storing up toxins. Why do this? In the past year or so I was re-diagnosed with osteopenia...I am losing bone density. My dentist asked me if I knew because she could see it in my jaw. YIKES. I say re-diagnosed because they told me this over 10 years ago. So I've 99.8% cut out soda, changed my eating somewhat, and exercise more frequently (except lately). I have had a Morton's Neuroma for over 3 years now. Tried many things, acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, cortisone and some sort of freezing injections (lots), ultrasound to no avail. Most everyone says next step is surgery. It won't go away. My new Chiropractor says it's also gut related, that people with them have gut issues, might not need surgery. Hmm, it isn't as bad when I'm not eating sugar. Hmm. I deal with Raynaud's Syndrome sometimes and have since college (my finger tips/toes will go white and or numb especially in the cold). There's drugs for this, nope. I have TMJ, worsened by the bone density issue. I've never been 'regular' till I met Magnesium. I'm in the midst of Menopause. I have periodic joint issues and my knees are close to bone-on-bone. A few times in my life my hands get so weak that I can't open water bottles or undo my watch latch. My paternal grandmother was an invalid brought down by rheumatoid arthritis. My parents' generation all have had some form of cancer (except my Mom); Dad died at age 59 riddled with it. One brother is pre-diabetic, a double-cousin is diabetic. All the women ahead of me have lost up to 3 inches in height, my mom more like 4 inches. So the epigenetic factors are there. Lately there has been stress and I've been in Scarlett O'Hara mode...will think about it tomorrow. In the last year or so: My husband has had his ascending aorta replaced (like open heart surgery with a twist), chronic pain and a surgery for skin cancer. Our office is in Ferguson and the only reason our building didn't burn down was someone stomped out the molotove cocktail thrown in the upstairs/un-boarded window, now our business is bad and I'm considering a career change while my husband runs it. My Uncle/second Dad passed with cancer. There have been some other family issues. Our sweetest dog died unexpectedly, ripped from our lives overnight. Another dog almost died, 'my dog', spending 30 hours in intensive care Halloween time. One of my closest friends had a golf ball sized tumor removed from her brain while another close friend ended up in the hospital and now has a rare lung disease causing her to move to a warmer climate. I was in the Best In Show with only professional handlers. I have awesome grandkids. I have a loving husband and 3 great dogs. I have a good life overall so no stressing over the details! I'm not sure if this is a public or private log as I write this. I'm not whining. I'm logging. In writing it down I establish my new baseline of health. I'm seriously looking for NSV...non-scale victories. I will know them as I feel them. My goals: 1. Make it through the W30...I didn't realize how pervasive bad food choices are in our lives. 2. Learn the W30 and enjoy cooking again but in a new way (while incorporating some of the old way for my husband). 3. View it as an adventure, an experiment. 4. Log it. What am I gaining? Reduced inflammation and increased bone density!! An understanding of how I'm addicted to today's food-like substances. How does my body feel? How am I 'feeling' toward food? 5. Incorporate what I've cut out one category at a time to see what it does. Decide if worth it all, part or none of the time for the future. My mantra: Progress, not perfection. My name: Beverly (or Amma if you're a grandkid) If someone else is reading this, may success be yours because you have worked for it. Savor it.
Today is day 10 of my W30 and the good news is that I'm still here. Is it too soon to hope that the cravings for sugar, specifically Chocolate, will have gone away? I still think about it a lot, and it's all over the office where I work and it takes every ounce of my willpower to not have any. I haven't, btw. Interestingly, I also still crave diet Coke. In fact, that's the thing I miss the most. I'm wiped out, too. I sometimes Have to take a power nap when I get home. I'm waiting to get the energy that people talk of....and to not dread the next 20 days. I usually feel better after a nap & dinner. Thoughts? In some ways I feel like I'm "white knuckling"this thing.