Lorna from Canada

Day 31 - still in review mode

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Technically I am on my own now - Hubs and Gee are done with the W30 for this round although both are committed to do it again the minute they think it's necessary. Hubs had some catering prepared chciken and his first beer last night at a work event - he was really shocked that he could only tolerate half the beer before setting it aside and, to use his words, "I feel like sh** today. I really have to take this seriously!" Likely that catering chicken was sugar, soy and God knows what else. Anyway, I'm still on the W30 for 10 more days. I'll be checking in with Gee in a few days to see what's happening with her.

To weigh in or not to weigh in? That is the question. 

I'm one of those people who has a scale problem. When I'm heavy, I avoid it like the shame inducing plague I believe it to be. When I am thin, I'm on that thing 3 times a day. I TOTALLY agree with Melissa that we should not be letting a bit of $20 plastic, (well, $150 bit of chrome and glass for me but we're quibbling here), rule how we feel about ourselves. But that statement holds true whether we're on it or not. Avoiding it isn't any better than getting on it - dealing with the emotion it brings up is what's important. My therapist is chuffed with pride right now.

So, I decided to weigh in. I lost 10 lbs. I'm really surprised and not at all surprised because I know how my clothes feel on me and my face couldn't make a double chin if I retracted it back to my spinal cord.  I feel no emotion whatsoever about the number which is the weirdest thing of all. This program has helped solidify all those therapy sessions into a happy part of my brain. I've never felt more emotionally balanced in my adult life and my reaction to getting on that scale solidifies that.

Just for some perspective though - the last time I was successfully on WW (2017, lost 12lbs), I was sticking to their points system and never ate my extra points. I was probably between 900 - 1200 calories per day. I was working out every day - running, cycling, strength training, yoga. It took me 5 months to lose 12 pounds - I was hungry all the time and, it wasn't sustainable. On W30, I haven't been to the gym once - sidelined by recovery, I decided to work on diet and inflammation before heading back to the gym this month. I eat large amounts of delicious food, I am never hungry and, in 30 days, I lost 10lbs.

So. Okay then. Day 31 indeed...

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It's so much harder to be on your own! My bf isn't taking reintroduction very seriously and doesn't seem to understand why I am. He keeps just eating whatever he wants and it's driving me nuts because I want to do it right! It was easier when we were on the same page.

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8 hours ago, megbeveridge said:

It's so much harder to be on your own! My bf isn't taking reintroduction very seriously and doesn't seem to understand why I am. He keeps just eating whatever he wants and it's driving me nuts because I want to do it right! It was easier when we were on the same page.

Agreed Meg - now I'm in Adelaide and, looking at my daughter's firdge, realized that the reintro is going to be hard to do alone here. :( Hubs and Gee are progressing gently back at home but I almost threw in the towel realizing that I was going to have to be hungry until I get myself sorted grocery wise. I hope it goes well for you - what are you reintroducing? I am starting with wine then grains then dairy the legumes. No sugar or soy. I suspect dairy will be a problem.

 

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Welcome to Aust! Weird to think you went from all the way over --------------- there, to just over -- there :)

Can you declare tomorrow a market day? I know your daughter isn't keen on you "dieting", but if you frame it as a "I've been really looking forward to hitting the markets!" it could just be a fun outing :)

Be sure to go to Something Wild when you are there! They specialise in Australian game meat but have an incredible array of Australian native herbs and spices and goodies. So much fun to experiment with!

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9 hours ago, Lorna from Canada said:

Agreed Meg - now I'm in Adelaide and, looking at my daughter's firdge, realized that the reintro is going to be hard to do alone here. :( Hubs and Gee are progressing gently back at home but I almost threw in the towel realizing that I was going to have to be hungry until I get myself sorted grocery wise. I hope it goes well for you - what are you reintroducing? I am starting with wine then grains then dairy the legumes. No sugar or soy. I suspect dairy will be a problem.

 

I've introduced dairy, grains, and sugar so far. Dairy was terrible, grains seemed to have little effect besides feeling overly full, and sugar is a demon. I second @SchrodingersCat with the market outing! It'll be so fun to go to new and different markets!

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Good suggestionss @SchrodingersCat and @megbeveridge -  I can easily walk to the market today and the weather isn't going to be too hot. Meg, the Adelaide Central Market is AMAZING - 150 years old and huge. Of course, being here in summer means everything's fresh - what a delight after months of frozen Canada :) 

My daughter was very accommodating last night making compliant chicken and salad - she's an awesome cook so, it was delicious. I may have worried about her reaction to all of this prematurely. After posting yesterday, I found some compliant chorizo in her fridge and whipped up a little hash onto which I threw a couple of eggs and ate like a queen so, it's no as bad as I thought it would be.

Thanks you two!!

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