tunibell Posted February 2, 2016 Share Posted February 2, 2016 Day 33 - The New Start Line About me: I am a 41-year old mother of two looking to improve my health and avoid the family legacy of obesity and diabetes. I have psoriasis (historically very mild and currently in total remission) and celiac disease, both of which put me at increased risk for further autoimmune issues. I have extensive environmental allergies (for which I will soon be receiving allergy shots) and a history of annoying sinus issues. I completed my first Whole30 in January, which brought me significantly closer to my goals. I am also participating in the Whole Life Challenge, which runs from January 16-March 11. It's basically the same program, but legumes are allowed, and there is room for the occasional indulgence. That's the framework I will be following until the WLC concludes. Here's my new starting line quantitative data: Post-Whole30 Starting Measurements Weight: 129.4 (-5.3) Upper Arm: 11.5" (-.5") Bust: 37" (-2.5") Abdomen: 31" (-2.5") Natural Waist: 29" (-2.0") Hips: 37" (-1.5") Upper Thighs: 22"/L, 22.5"/R (-1.0"/-1.0") I've been thinking a lot about it over the past two days, and I've decided that I'm not yet ready to establish any finish line goals. I think that will be an evolving process. I do, however, really like the idea of proceeding one month at a time. At the beginning of my January Whole30, I did a SWOT analysis and found the exercise really useful. So here we go again, for Month 2: Strengths I've been living this lifestyle for over 30 days, and I've got some forward momentum going. I've seen encouraging results, both scale and non-scale, that will keep me on track. I have a strong support network. Weaknesses I struggle with patience. I was actually a little disappointed that I "only" lost 5.3 lbs during my Whole30. Opportunities Now that I am comfortable with the program basics, how can I augment it for greater success. Hint: I'm thinking vegetable intake goals. The scale and a measuring tape are now available to me whenever I chose. How can I use this feedback to keep me moving forward? Building successful, sustainable change involves focusing on bright spots and replicating them...which of my most successful "non-scale victories" can I build upon? Threats Valentine's Day Possible mini-travel over February break means increased meal-planning difficulties. Slower loss rates and plateaus. Experience has taught me that the most dramatic results generally come at the beginning of a weight loss program. Here are my If/Thens... If I find my patience waning...I will meditate for at least 5 minutes on all of my successes so far. If I travel this month...I will research and plan my meals ahead of time. If I do something special for Valentine's Day...I will stay within my WLC indulgence points. With this information, here is my plan for February: I will continue with most of the Whole30 guidelines, but I will allow myself indulgences as my WLC points permit. I may or may not re-introduce legumes, and I will establish some sort of metric for vegetable intake (TBD). I will continue to run three times a week, bike twice a week, and lift weights four times a week. I will fit in Pilates and yoga when I can. I will continue to take excellent care of myself by doing the following: getting 8 hours of sleep per night, waking up early for me/alone time, taking care of my appearance (hair cuts, skin care, dental care, etc) I will continue to reward and support myself in non-food/drink ways: massages, meditation classes, new clothes, etc. I will set my numerical target for the month at...(thoroughly explored in next post) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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