brooklynmama Posted January 12, 2014 Share Posted January 12, 2014 Well, I only just figured out that there's a log section here, so I'm starting on Day 8. Bear with me. I'm Jillian, I'm 35, and I have been between 20 and 30 pounds overweight for most of my life. I have an amazing husband, and a wonderful little boy. Both my marriage and the kid are five years old. I work in marketing, as a team lead, at a media agency. I live in Brooklyn now, but I'm from Vancouver by way of L.A.: I moved to Los Angeles for work in 2004, met my husband, had my son, and moved all of us to NYC last year. Since moving here, I've lost twelve pounds that have stayed off, just through the NYC lifestyle. I LOVE it here. I love walking everywhere. I take the subway every day to work in winter, which adds a mile of walking and a lot of stairs to my day. In summer, I bike commute. Being in a non-car-based city again has helped me lose some of the weight I put on in Los Angeles. I had a similar lifestyle in Vancouver, where I ate fairly clean, walked everywhere, and went to the gym a lot. Here, I don't get to the gym quite as much as I'd like, but the lifestyle shift definitely helped. I went on the Whole30 because, while I've tried to stay Paleo, I have not been strict. I know that my body and my brain work better when I don't eat grain, dairy, sugar or alcohol, but the quick easy fix is sometimes too easy. I work in marketing, so there's always food around at work: lunch and learns or dinners and drinks out with vendors or clients. I have a husband and son who eat OK, but there's always still cereals, cookies, chocolate chips, around the house. And I kept seeing it as giving foods up, rather than eating to optimally power my body. But over the holiday break, I bought Well Fed. And then I read It Starts With Food. And the concept of eating for optimal power, rather than just switching for weight loss, really clicked. I realized that I needed to do this whole30 challenge because I have to have black and white restrictions. And if I am to accomplish the first two goals, of readjusting my emotional relationship with food, and readjusting my hormonal response to food, I am going to need to do a black and white, no excuses, no cheating program. This has meant a lot of changes in the past week, changes I am just now realizing are more extreme than I thought. I didn't realize how hard this would be. I thought my eating habits were good enough that this wouldn't have a noticeable impact...but every day since I've started, I've realized that being on this committed program has kept me from eating something I didn't actually need. Some example of that things I DIDN'T eat this week: half and half in coffee, a handful of chocolate almonds, sushi for an afternoon snack, a bowl of yogurt after dinner, or half of an incredibly tempting meal, including wine, at a vendor-sponsored dinner last week (I ate some vegetable appetizers and an entree; no bread, bread-related appetizers, no cheese related appetizers, and no dessert...and did I mention no cocktails or wine?). My committment to this diet has stopped me from buying cheese, from putting honey in my tea, from eating more than 1 - 2 servings of fruit per day. I simply do not need those things, and they do not help me run at 100% efficiency. So, that said, here's what I did eat yesterday and today: Satrday breakfast: leftover Rogan Josh over cauliflower-rice and an apple. Saturday lunch: three eggs scrambled with kale, smoked chicken breast, baba ghanoush Saturday dinner: rainbow trout, green beans Today, so far, I have eaten and/or planned: Sunday breakfast: buffalo chicken egg "muffins" (from 21 day sugar detox) and a mug of zucchini soup Sunday lunch: more soup, a raw green pepper with baba ghanoush and a can of sardines Sunday dinner: rainbow trout, cumin-roasted carrots, green beans, and I'm going to try making kohlrabi for the first time. I like doing this, and I do think it's helped me a lot so far. With twenty-two days to go, I'm kind of psyched to see what other positive changes this brings me. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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