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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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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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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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I have to be honest. I haven’t blogged about this before because I didn’t want to be held accountable. So here it is: I’m on a diet. You’re probably thinking “what’s the big deal”? But for me, it is. I’ve been on some form of “diet” since my early 40’s and have probably lost (and gained) the same 10-15 pounds at least a dozen times. I’ll start a plan, go gung-ho for a month (sometimes two!), then go right back to eating like I always have. Two years ago I did the 21 Day Standard Process Cleanse and lost 11 pounds. I made all kinds of “I’m changing the way I eat – for good!” promises, but I gained all that weight back within about 6 months.

On January 2nd I started the 21 Day Cleanse again. I even added light exercise this time, and at the end of the 21 days I’d lost a whopping 4 pounds. Not discouraged, I immediately increased my exercise and started a calorie counting program. As of today (1/30/12) I’ve lost 7.5 pounds! I finally figured out something that works for me – and calorie counting seems to do the trick. I’ve never been one to stick to a prescribed “diet” plan – where I have to eat certain things at every meal. I don’t like a lot of the suggested foods, and with my schedule (and trying to keep my awesome hubby happy) it’s difficult to maintain. I found that if I focus on eating healthy foods (fresh fruits and vegetables – organic when possible), lean meats and LOTS of water, I am not only losing weight (albeit s-l-o-w-l-y), I feel better!

I know – we’ve all heard this stuff before at least a thousand times. Everywhere you look there’s somebody touting the latest diet that guarantees you will lose 20 pounds in 20 days. But until I discovered the best way for me, it was all just noise. I had to be determined, dedicated and yes, stubborn about wanting to lose weight. No excuses. Going to the gym 4 times a week. Every week. I’ve never done that before in my life, but I have to say after missing one day last week I actually felt deprived! Weird.

So here’s my commitment. I’m going to lose 20 pounds and keep it off. I’m going to exercise regularly and tone up the wobbly bits that have gotten out of control (bye-bye muffin top!). And I’m going to continue to eat healthy, balanced meals after the weight is gone. I want to be fit and sassy when I’m 80 years old!

Here are the two tools I’m using to help me win the battle of my bulges: www.myfitnesspal.com and www.beyonddiet.com  My Fitness Pal has an iPhone and iPad app that makes counting calories and tracking exercise easy. It keeps me honest and helps when I’m eating out. I’ve even made a list of my favorite restaurants with the calorie counts of things I can eat so I don’t even have to look at menus. It really boils down to choices – I know now there are things I just can’t eat any more and I’m ok with that.

This is going to be a process, but I’m determined!

Taking joy in the journey,

Lori

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