Small Victories: One day at a time


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Great stuff! Congrats on seeing the finish line!

 

However, for best results, it's best to see it instead as a new starting line. I strongly recommend that you take the time to do reintroductions in a methodic way to help inform your way forward and ensure you look and feel in "good health". It really is so helpful in a number of ways. 

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               Btw, someone remarked yesterday to me how much I looked liked I was in "good health". She didn't say, oh you lost weight! She said, " Your skin is glowing, you look energetic and happy. Even your hair is shiny!" haha! I liked that last bit. I haven't changed any of my beauty products. So I'm going to give that to the Whole 30 program. 

 

The last time I had my haircut my hairdresser remarked on the condition of my hair, and how much it had grown  :)

 

Nice work so far - best of luck for the next 5 days, and take it slow on day31........

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Great stuff! Congrats on seeing the finish line!

 

However, for best results, it's best to see it instead as a new starting line. I strongly recommend that you take the time to do reintroductions in a methodic way to help inform your way forward and ensure you look and feel in "good health". It really is so helpful in a number of ways. 

 

Got it --- I particularly like this bit from the reintroduction page. "Reminder: If you don’t miss a particular food or drink that you know makes you less healthy, don’t bother to reintroduce it. Not missing tofu, black beans, cottage cheese, or brown rice? With evidence pointing towards these foods making you less healthy, there’s no reason whatsoever to add them back into your diet. Only reintroduce those foods that you suspect you’ll really want to include back into your diet once in a while, and leave the rest happily behind."    

 

I already know I'll want to try dairy. But I don't see a need to do the sugar thing. I get the feeling that even if I prove through reintroduction that small amounts  don't affect me negatively, I'd rather not get my taste buds accustomed to regular doses of sweetness like that again. I'd like to think of it as a preemptive strike. ;)

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DAY 28 - Okay, time of month where I'm usually a SLAVE to salty-sweet cravings. You've been there:  standing in the kitchen staring into the contents of the fridge or looking at all the open cabinets and letting the cravings take the lead right to the cookies and then the chips then back to the cookies. Even in the last year where I've  managed a significant  weight loss with workouts and a low-carb template, these monthly cravings and overindulgent fests were expected.

 

I'll be honest, the thought of chocolate ice cream and salty pretzels is tempting. The cravings haven't gone away, I guess that's just nature? But they don't seem as powerful. Whether that's because this time there are no "cheat foods" in the house, or because the cravings  are actually passing quickly,  I'm feeling okay.

 

So today's  victory:  not being covered in cookie crumbs and cheese doodle dust. I did cry at the drop of  a hat because a friend posted some story about an abandoned puppy on Facebook but that's it for the cliches. 

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DAY 30 - Made it!  Making it this far IS the win. Making a decision to eat as clean as possible hereafter is as well. On to the next phase --- careful reintegration (only of foods I really like ---but not sugar!)  and making the commitment to eat well.  

 

I didn't lose more than  2kg ( or 4.4 lbs) on the program, I honestly hoped for more. But I guess I had been low-carbing it for a year before this anyway and the eating style wasn't too different except that this way is much more refined, much cleaner and more precise. I'll continue on this path anyway, with the goal of 5 kg/ about 10 lbs to go per my doctor's requirements to meet the "normal" range for mt height and structure. 

 

However, I do feel stronger, I feel more efficient during my daily workouts, I sleep so much better, my skin is at its best and I do jump out of bed in the morning. None of that dragging my feet around like a zombie for the first hour until the coffee kicks in. I like how this feels. I think I'll keep at it. :) 

 

Thank you all, for your help and support --- wishing everyone success in their own journeys! I'm certain I'll be back to do another round ( I'm anticipating a trip to Southeast Asia soon and will probably need to re-boot after that. Lots of healthy food in Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines --- but  I also intend to enjoy a little bit!) Here's to  successful Whole 30s for everyone, again and again.  :)

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Congrats! You did a great job. I really hope you can focus on all your extraordinary successes you've achieved in just one month--and can let go of any obsession with the scale. 4.4 pounds is a little more than a pound a week, which is a fantastic rate of fat loss, and nothing to sneeze at, especially since you have very little to lose at all. As your body composition changes from eating this way, the number on that scale should mean even less. If it takes you a year or three to lose those 10 pounds you're chasing, or if you never lose them, you will still have revolutionized your life. And if you can focus on THAT, and let go of the useless scale, you will have achieved even more!

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Congrats! You did a great job. I really hope you can focus on all your extraordinary successes you've achieved in just one month--and can let go of any obsession with the scale. 4.4 pounds is a little more than a pound a week, which is a fantastic rate of fat loss, and nothing to sneeze at, especially since you have very little to lose at all. As your body composition changes from eating this way, the number on that scale should mean even less. If it takes you a year or three to lose those 10 pounds you're chasing, or if you never lose them, you will still have revolutionized your life. And if you can focus on THAT, and let go of the useless scale, you will have achieved even more!

Thanks for this! That's why I love this forum --- I get such perspective. It's easy to lose sight of the bigger picture and bogged down by the numbers, I guess old habits of being tied to the scale die hard. Will now also focus on the next thing ( which is really main reason for going on this in the first place) and that is to end the last of the anti-diabetes meds I've been on. The dosages have been cut in half in the last 6 months but I can aim for zero. My doctor's been impressed by this entire undertaking, by the way, and is optimistic about achieving that end goal.

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