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Whole30-Day 29


Happy Monday!

This is day 29 of our Whole30 adventure and I have to say, I’m amazed at how relatively easy it has been. Most importantly, my wonderful AH has been totally onboard with the plan – I don’t think I would have made it otherwise. We’ve also had a great Facebook group – these folks have shared recipes, given encouragement and helped us all stay on track. We’re even continuing the group after W30 is over – everyone has noticed so many positive changes we don’t want to quit!

I am eager to continue trying new recipes, looking for ways to slowly add back in some things (like…wine…not gonna lie, I’ve missed wine!) and maintaining my new healthy lifestyle.

I’d love to hear your Whole30 experiences! Please comment and let’s start a conversation!

To your health!

Lori

P.S. My music career is taking off! You can hear some of my music and see videos at: http://www.loriyearymusic.com

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Whole30


Good morning, Everyone!!! I just have to share a couple of victories this morning.
#1 – For the last 5+ years I have struggled with sleeping. I would routinely wake up between 1 and 2AM and be awake for a long time before I could go back to sleep. Or I would toss and turn for what seemed like an eternity before falling into a very restless sleep only to wake a couple of hours later.
Last night I actually slept through the night – no waking at 2AM, no waking to go to the bathroom. I intentionally didn’t set an alarm, and slept until 8AM. I woke up slowly and it was glorious!
#2 – I have been a late night snacker for, well probably, ever. I always reached for popcorn, chocolate, a glass of wine, etc. I knew it was a bad habit and I actually kicked it for awhile when I was trying to lose 30 pounds. But I let the habit creep back. Now I only snack if I’m actually hungry – which I haven’t been on Whole30! I’m amazed at how little food (good, healthy, sugar free food) it takes to fill me up now. I don’t crave sweet things, and my salt cravings have greatly diminished.
I will slowly add back wine and some dairy, but my love affair with sugar (except for the very occasional dark chocolate!) is pretty much over. I am SO grateful for W30, this group of accountability partners and most of all, Ashley G. for gently prodding me and AH on this journey!
Stay strong!
Lori

Week 1. Done.


We made it through the first week of Whole30! AH and I are committed to staying the course, but it has definitely taken some effort and discipline. I’ve planned and prepared more than I can remember doing before. I actually did some pre-cooking on Sunday to be ready for the week. I’ve read labels, researched brands and scoured Pinterest for recipes in order to find the best, tastiest food for this effort. I’m so thankful to be part of a Facebook group – these folks are so encouraging and helpful! It’s a place to post questions, rant a little and even share victories. I think I’d probably have quit after a few days without them.

If you’re doing Whole30 – or any healthy eating plan, good for you! I never imagined how much sugar, carbs and grains I was eating. Since cutting them out I’ve had more energy and been in a better mood than I have in – well – years. I don’t have cravings, I don’t need to snack (I’m a long time snacker, believe me) and I don’t even miss coffee. AH and I have decided to adopt a more Paleo style of eating after W30 is over – I don’t want to add sugar back in, and I’ll be severely limiting my grains and carbs as well. Wine will be a treat, not an every day occurrence. Chocolate will be the exception, not the rule. I will be healthier, happier and stronger. Happy New Me!

Joyfully,

Lori

Happy New You!


Happy New Year! 2017 is already shaping up to be interesting – and that’s putting it mildly. AH (Awesome Husband) and I started Whole30 on Monday and I’ve been surprised at how relatively easy it’s been. Don’t get me wrong. The thought of giving up sugar, bread, pasta, wine, etc. was pretty daunting. I can honestly say I haven’t missed any of it. Yet. But this is just Day 4, so we’ll see how I feel on Day 7!

A little background. In my last post I talked about my weight loss journey that started in 2012. At the time I swore I would never. Repeat, NEVER allow myself to gain any of that weight back. Well, I should have known better than to say NEVER about anything. I didn’t gain it all back, but I gained about 8 pounds of it back. And I could feel every pound. No one else seemed to notice (or were just too kind to say anything), but I did. Enter Whole30. At the urging of the wonderful AAG (awesome family members who will remain anonymous – you know who you are), AH and I decided to jump on the W30 bandwagon. Bless him, AH never seems to have trouble losing weight, but he is a trooper and is in this with me which will make life SO much easier for the next 26 days. Yes, I’m counting down!

What I’m hoping for:

  • Weight Loss (I’m shooting for 10 pounds)
  • Increased energy
  • Decrease in cravings (chocolate and carbs are my downfall)
  • Clear thinking (Anyone else have a foggy brain sometimes? Women of a certain age aka WOCA can relate, I’m sure)
  • Clearer, healthier skin
  • Better sleep
  • Reduction in joint pain (not serious, but annoying)

I plan to chronicle the process here. Feel free to jump in and comment, or just check back occasionally. I’m not sure how often I’ll post, but I promise: I. WILL. FINISH. STRONG!!!

Cheers!

Lori


It’s been awhile since I’ve written, and much has happened. I’m changing direction a bit with this blog and I hope you’ll stick with me. If you want to read about my weight loss journey, you can peruse the archives!

I remember being 15 in 1974. Barely, but I remember. Anyone who was 50 years old was ancient. My mom turned 50 that year. Here is what I remember about my parents in 1974:

  • They didn’t seem to have much fun
  • I don’t recall them being very happy
  • I don’t ever remember them having friends over – and only occasionally did they go visit friends
  • They weren’t physically active
  • I thought they were really, really old

Understand I was the youngest of three, and by the time I was 13 my sister was married and my brother was in college. I’m sure my parents were pretty worn out by the time I was a teenager, and in all honesty they were pretty hands off. Luckily I was petrified of getting in trouble, so I was a pretty good kid.

My parents passed away within three months of each other (Dad in November, 2007 and Mom in February, 2008), not long before my 50th birthday in January of 2009. I remember that birthday very well. I was still struggling with grief (and probably undiagnosed depression) and life wasn’t much fun. At all. I was overweight, out of shape and unhappy. But I had no clue (or in all honesty, motivation) to change anything.

Fast forward to December, 2011. New Year’s Eve, to be exact. I decided I was sick and tired of being sick and tired and finally worked up the courage to do something about it. The short story? I went on a diet and exercise program and lost 30 pounds over the next 10 months. It wasn’t easy, believe me, but I did it. And I’ve keep 25 pounds of it off for 4 years.

There are a lot of blogs you can read, and in all honesty I don’t expect many people to read this one. It’s more for me than anything – does that sound selfish? Well, maybe it is, but I need to do this. I need to write to keep myself accountable so I never, ever go back to they way I was in 2011.

I believe my life really started over in 2012. I’ll share more in the next post…I hope you’ll be here when I come back.

Lori

Challenges


I’m not quite sure why, but losing 10 pounds seems harder than losing my original 30! Maybe it’s because it’s a relatively small amount, but I’m really struggling. I’ve probably gained and lost the same 3-4 pounds a half dozen times in the last 2 months. Just can’t seem to break through that barrier.

I started the Advocare 24 day challenge 2 weeks ago and honestly didn’t lose but 3 pounds during that time. I started the second phase yesterday which meant having a meal replacement shake for dinner and taking the Metabolic Nutrition System E packets. This morning I was 1.5 pounds lighter and finally had broken through my 4 pound barrier! I had another shake for breakfast this morning and did not feel hungry until well after my normal lunch time. I’ll be interested to see how the rest of this week goes. I’ll definitely keep you posted.

How are you doing with your weight loss plan? Are you on a special diet, or just watching calories? The trick is finding what works for YOU!

Taking joy in the journey,

Lori

If you’re interested in more information about the AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge, check out my website!  https://www.advocare.com/yeary/24daychallenge

Frustration


I’m starting the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge today. I need to do something to jump start this year and I’ve heard great things about the Challenge. So I’m doing it. I’ve been watching my food intake and exercising a bit more regularly, but the weight is stubborn. Very. Stubborn. If you’ve followed the blog for any time you know I faithfully use My Fitness Pal to track my calorie intake on a daily basis. It has worked very well to keep me honest about what I’m eating and I still use it. I’m playing with my calorie counts now to see if raising (or lowering) my numbers will help me get back down where I want to be. It’s a process, but I think as our bodies change (and we increase or decrease our activity levels) it’s good to change things up a bit. What worked 2 years ago might not work now. That’s why I’ve jumped on the AdvoCare bandwagon. I’m hoping it works!

I did another cleanse two years ago and it really helped get me back on track. So, here we go. I’ll keep you posted on my progress!

Taking JOY in the journey,

Lori

AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge

If you want to check out the AdvoCare 24 Day Challenge, here’s the link: http://bit.ly/AdvoCareYeary

(Disclosure: I am an AdvoCare distributor. Purchasing products from this site will produce income for me. Just being honest.)