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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

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Food weirdness happening today. Just a year ago the prospect of cake and cookies in our staff kitchen would have been overwhelmingly tempting. Today, 31 pounds lost and healthier than I’ve ever been, I’m not even remotely tempted. I’d rather have a banana. Or Yogurt. Or my new favorite snack food, Little Cutie mandarin oranges.

Change happens slowly. A lifetime of bad (or less than good) food choices and habits will take time to change. Don’t be discouraged! If you eat something that’s not on your food plan, don’t beat yourself up about it. Just determine to make better choices today, and the next day. Before you know it, you’ll be choosing healthy snacks, drinking lots of water and exercising regularly. And you’ll look and feel different.

I’m still amazed that I’ve lost weight and kept it off for almost a year. My eating habits have changed to the point I don’t really have to think about what I eat. I just automatically make good food choices now. Oh, I still have dessert occasionally, but in moderation. I’m actually looking forward to this summer and an extended waterski season. I’m not totally dreading putting on a swimsuit or shorts.

Don’t let a minor setback derail your diet and exercise plan. Keep going – you’ll get there!

Taking JOY in the journey,

Lori

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6 months into my journey to health, I’m surprisingly still committed to it. Seriously. The longest I think I ever stayed on a “diet” before was 21 days, and that was a cleanse. I guess I never found a program, diet, whatever that brought results. Until now.

I’ve discovered that losing weight is a lot like marriage. It takes time, commitment and determination to stick with it through the day in, day out challenges. Time is something I was not willing to take before. Time to exercise, time to log my food intake, time to think about what I put in my mouth. Commitment was always a challenge – I just wanted to eat those chips, cookies, ice cream – more than I wanted to lose weight. Determination was never a strong suit. I get distracted (squirrel!) and bored easily. One look at all my unfinished craft projects will verify that. I joined a gym over a year ago, and after 3 or 4 visits early on, I didn’t go back until this past January.

Now here I am, 25 pounds lighter, 4 sizes smaller, in better shape than ever and committed to staying this way. Needless to say, I’ve changed. I take the time to log my food intake every day. The iPhone app “My Fitness Pal” reminds me if I forget to log my lunch. I record my weight and exercise every day so I keep track of my calories. I don’t freak out if I go over my calorie count for the day, but I do watch it pretty closely. If I gain a pound or two, I review my diet and make small changes: reduce calories, exercise a bit more, change things up. I now understand what I can and cannot eat. And it’s really not that painful. Do I still want that cookie? You betcha. Another glass of wine? Don’t mind if I do. But I’ll cut out something else and drink tons of water to get back on track. It’s all about knowing your body. I’m committed to keeping the weight off, determined not to go back to my old way of eating. I’m giving away all those larger clothes. No “backup” wardrobe for me.

I went to lunch with a friend recently at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. The old me would have motored through a bowl of chips by myself and started in on a second one. This time I took out a “serving” of chips, put them on a plate and ate only those chips. My friend did the same thing and we were so proud of ourselves we took a picture of the almost-full-bowl-of-chips! It’s all about making a decision and sticking with it. Time. Commitment. Determination. It pays off. I promise.

Taking joy in the journey,

Lori

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It’s good to set goals. But it’s hard to reach them. I speak from experience.

I set some pretty specific and possibly difficult goals for myself in January of this year. I would lose 25 pounds. I would exercise and be healthier. I would learn to slalom ski and advance enough to buy my own ski in 2013. I would participate in a Fun Run or 5K (notice I said “participate”, not necessarily “run”!). Pretty good goals for the year I turned 53!

I reached the first goal, losing 25 pounds in May. I am thinner, healthier and happier than I’ve been in a very long time. Last week I achieved my second goal. I learned to slalom ski! I’ve waterskied for years (on two skis) and have always had some kind of mental block about getting up on slalom. It freaked me out, intimidated me and made me feel inferior to my husband, family members and friends who could slalom. I knew my weight was part of the problem, so I set out to lose the weight, work out and get stronger this year. And I did it! Not only did I get up on slalom, I was getting more and more confident by the end of the week. It feels SO good! My awesome husband says I’ll definitely ready for my own ski by next season. I didn’t even mind having my picture taken after my best run – that’s quite a change.

Next up, training for a Fun Run/5k, possibly this fall. I’m really intimidated by this one, so it’s going to be a stretch, but I think I’m ready for the challenge.

On a side note, I made it through our week long vacation and only gained 2 pounds! I still counted calories and was careful with portion sizes, but I pretty much ate what I wanted. I just found I didn’t want all the junk food normally associated with one of our vacations. I even walked early in the mornings, and with the added skiing I was able to keep my weight within range. Quite a change from previous years.

If you are in a weight loss program, don’t be afraid of a vacation! Be smart, exercise when/if you can and enjoy some time away from your normal routine. Watch your portion sizes, but try not to obsess about it (this was hard for me!). Find healthy substitutes for junk foods, drink lots of water and give yourself a break. You’ll be glad you did!

Taking joy in the journey,

Lori

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I don’t feel like dieting today. I want to eat chocolate, potato chips and junk food until I make myself sick. Really. I’m at the end of month 4 of my diet and fitness challenge, I’ve lost 20 pounds and I’m tired of it all. Just being honest.

This whole weight loss journey has been amazing. I feel better, look better and honestly feel lighter than I have in years. But it’s come at a cost. I’ve pretty much made a total change in the way I look at food. More fruits, vegetables and lean meat/fish – less junk food, fast food and processed sugar. And the change has been wonderful. But today I’m tired of it all and just want to eat everything that’s bad for me. Ever had one of those days?

So now it’s decision time. Do I throw away the progress I’ve made in the last 4 months? Do I drive through Whataburger and order that combo meal complete with large fries and (regular!) Coke? Or do I gut it up, put on my big girl panties and get my butt to the gym? Answer? I go to the gym.

As much as I would love to just say to heck with it, I know what I need to do is power through this slump and keep moving forward. I have to. I know it’s a cliché, but I really have come too far to turn back now. I have 5 more pounds to lose and I will fight to lose them. This is important. This is for me.

And so, I’m going to the gym!

Taking joy in the journey,

Lori

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