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This thread will document the things I do to get back on track with the best healthy eating plan I have found, the Whole 30! I finished my second W30 in Feb. but life spun out of control and I don't think a 2 week reset will yank my mind back to being in control. Here are the steps I have to go through to make sure I am focused and committed - no excuses. #1 I have my eating plan in place. This is more than a menu for the first week, it involves the shopping and the cookup plans. This motivates me and gets me focused. #2 I print out the 30 day what to expect calendar and put it on the fridge. #3 I start my day by day journal. #4 I take my weight and waist measurement plus set my goals. #5 I set my non-scale tracking goals and celebrations. All of this may sound time intensive but it is the way things make an impression on me. I also choose to keep a written journal because I commit better when I see it, feel it, write it and live it - victories and challenges both. The only problem with a planned reset like this after I have fallen off the healthy lifestyle is that the few days leading up to the reset are blowouts! More coming
I finished my Whole30 R2 on Feb. 12th. I lost 5 pounds and felt great BUT totally love the tiger blood I felt being so clean. I gradually added back sugar (Raw sugar and added sugar in food) . Then 2 days reset. Then I added some gluten in the form of crackers and bread. I have also added back alcohol in the form of Potato Vodka. I started out with a Bloody Mary then settled in on a potato based Vodka Tonic. All was going well. I added back some dairy in the form of ice cream. All is still going well. Then I added back artificial sweetners in my coffee, in my sparkling water, in my applesauce and then the lower GI went crazy! My eating has settled into a routine and I am just fine WITHOUT too many grains, dairy, and legumes. I enjoy one of my 'Tater tonics' on Friday's and Saturday's but during the week I stick pretty close to the Whole30. Breakfasts are eggs and veggies and fruit. Lunch is either some form of a salad or soup and a fruit. Dinner is usually a protein, a veggie and a fruit. Over the last month I have felt great and motivated. Eating is easier than it has ever been with no guilt. I have lost 2 more pounds over the last month in spite of a few days when i went totally out of control with my grandkids. I immediately did a reset for 7 days and the bloated and foggy feeling went away with the tiger blood coming back. I am changing a couple of attitudes - increasing activity and just watching my eating. My weight loss expectations are only a half pound a week. I have 9 more pounds to go so I am in no hurry. I will come back to my blog as time goes by.