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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
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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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Four months is not a long time. But that’s how long it’s taken me to lose 20 pounds. It wasn’t easy, but I can say with confidence it has been worth the time and effort. It is interesting to note that when I tell people I’m losing weight, they often wonder aloud why – they didn’t perceive me as “overweight”. While I wasn’t 50 pounds over my “ideal” weight, I was definitely carrying a significant amount of extra weight for my 5’4” inch frame. Even my doctor said I wasn’t technically in the overweight category, but that I would probably benefit from losing some weight and exercising. I wasn’t eating a horrible diet, just not the healthiest for me. In addition to fruits and vegetables, I ate fast food on a weekly basis, drank diet soda, snacked on chips and crackers and didn’t really think about what I was putting in my mouth. I’m not a huge fan of dessert, but I didn’t turn it down, either.

A friend recently asked me what the turning point was in my attitude. Looking back, I can safely say there were several.

The first was almost a year ago when we took our annual vacation to Table Rock Lake in Missouri. I love that lake, and have always said I can do all my waterskiing for the year in that one week. Last year was the exception. On the first day of our vacation, first time on the water I put on my skies and prepared to enjoy my first run of the week. Only I didn’t get up. On my second attempt I fell and pulled the hamstring in my right leg. Bad. I limped all week and never skied the rest of the summer. I didn’t want to admit it, but my weight was part of the problem.

I’ve never really enjoyed looking at photos of myself, and at our 30th anniversary party in August our daughters gave us 3 beautiful photo books – each book marking a decade of our marriage. As I looked through the books and saw the awful 80’s and 90’s hair, eyeglass and clothing styles (shoulder pads, anyone?) I also saw the ups and downs of my weight over the years. Those books and the photos taken at our party was the second domino to fall.

The final domino happened around New Year’s Eve. We were going dancing with friends and I needed something to wear. All of my nice dresses were too small, so I went shopping. I ended up buying a nice, cream colored tunic. Might as well have been a tent. I didn’t want to be in the group photo, but got dragged in anyway. I nearly cried when I saw the photo. It was time to make some serious changes.

I started a 21 day cleanse on January 2nd and the rest, as they say, is history. After the cleanse I started counting calories with my new best friend www.myfitnesspal.com and exercising 4 days a week. I also started blogging about my journey (the first one is here: https://thisjoyfuljourney.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/perseverance/) which has helped keep me accountable. I had amazing encouragement from my family, friends and coworkers who cheered me on with each milestone I reached. My awesome husband has been the greatest source of encouragement and support. I am blessed, indeed.

So much has changed in a very short time. It’s amazing how my attitude toward food has altered over these past four months. I used to just eat mindlessly: grab a box of “healthy” crackers or bag of chips and eat in front of the TV. My hand would automatically go in the box and to my mouth without me ever thinking about it. Before I knew it, ½ the box would be gone and I would (for a moment) regret eating all those crackers/chips. Now I make healthier choices automatically and don’t crave sweets or fast food much at all (except for the occasional hormonally crucial chocolate – which is now satisfied with one small square instead of a whole candy bar!)

Believe me. If I can do this, anyone can! I still have work to do, and will have to be diligent to keep off the weight, but this has been a remarkable, challenging, frustrating, enlightening and yes, joyful journey.

Taking joy in the journey,

Lori

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