Serious apologies to everyone for my absence. I'm back into a course and trying to juggle that, with working full time is no easy task. I have/we have now completed this full month of Whole 30 (insert applause). Congratulations to all of you/us.
It's been an interesting month for me with a few family stresses (I'm sure the same is for all of us). My youngest daughter relocated from Toronto to London, England and ended up in the hospital for 12 days with a severe lunch infection, which resulted in a collapsed lung. Being so far away from her (she is only just turned 21), was very difficult and stressful. She has just been released and is on the mend. She works as an AuPair in London, and thankfully the family that she works for has been very, very kind to her. I throw out a big thank you to the universe for all the kindness the caregivers have provided my daughter. Where would we be without kindness in this world? (these are some of my ruminations this month).
Okay, on to the business of the body, the weight, the progress, the highs, the lows and the complete package.
I personally found this Whole 30 months to be my toughest to date, perhaps because of some major stresses, or it may be that I've completed Month 3 and some boredom has set in? In any event, I had occasions of consuming some sugar (piece of blueberry pie and 1 piece of pumpkin pie). Immediately following the consumption of these two items, I felt really sick and then promptly fell asleep for a few hours. Wow, what a waste of a day when the sugar rush makes you feel as though you are having a heart attack, followed by the waste of time when I'm in a complete comatose sleep. Bad news all round this sugar stuff.
Here's the positive news:
1. I moved from being stuck at a 150lb weight to being consistently in the 140's. I have yet to reach my goals of 143 yet, but I hope this next month will see that loss realized.
2. I shopped for clothes this month in a way to celebrate my accomplishments and I purchased the following:
A. All new bras. I was for a proper fitting and tried on about 18 different types of bras and now I feel that my new bra size has been assessed properly and makes my silhouette appear even nicer.
B. I purchased TWO (2) Victoria Secret bikini's and the bottoms are a medium. I don't like bragging, but I'm THRILLED because I look fantastic and the ladies in the store also think I look amazing. This is no small feat, given that I'll be 50 in two more years.
C. I bought a beautiful kilt (they are really hot this year), with matching thigh-high socks. I look and feel hot and my husband nearly lost his eyeballs when I stepped out in this little outfit to go to brunch this morning
D. ......DRUM ROLL PLEASE........here comes the best news of all: I have officially moved from a size 12 into a Size 10 and I'm now OFFICIALLY WEARING A SIZE 8!!!!!! This is my BIG NEWS this month. At the beginning of September, I was wearing a 10 but am OFFICIALLY INTO A SIZE 8. I'm smitten with these results. I hope I don't come off sounding too big on myself here -- apologies for that, but I'm really thrilled.
I believe the real gains this month came from me 'upping the ante' on the exercise. On MOST evenings, I leave my home at 7pm to begin my 10km, race-pace walk. I walk around our block which is measured as exactly 1-mile in circumference. And I just walk that block round and round and round. I do this route out of safety and in case I need the washroom partway through.
In addition, I've been doing more convict conditioning exercises on a weekly basis --- I just throw my yoga mat down in our family room and while my husband is watching tv, I either stretch or do body weight exercises. I figure I'll keep the body moving which is preferable to sitting on the couch and doing nothing, right?
The food/menu has been the same --- Daily 16hour IF, with a feeding window of 8 hours. I prepare a bullet coffee each morning and then off to work I go. Lunch and dinner are between 12 noon and 6pm and no snacking at all after dinner. I'm in bed by 9:30pm. I've found the IF to be easy as I'm rarely hungry before noon and it's nice to not have to bother with the preparation of breakfast.
Energy levels continue to be beyond anything I might have dreamed of. I'm often up at 5am and try to get some studying in before work. My evenings walks are something that I look forward to as it's 'time for myself' and I have the opportunity to think/ruminate about my studies, work or life in general. The sharp autumn air clears my brain and I feel invigorated.
Finally, my husband is beginning to see the light on all of this. He cannot believe my results, and he quite proud of me. He has begun to embrace this lifestyle and sees the merit in it. I can understand his hesitation at first, because he is a doctor, and he is conservative in his thinking until he conducts his own research and sees results for himself. He is fully ON BOARD with this lifestyle. He ran a 21km trail race yesterday and did not consume any sugary drinks or gels and he felt fantastic. I've been sharing with him many articles and research on fat-adapted marathon runners and he is re-thinking his approach.
Although I am happy that my husband is opening up to this concept, I also would like to say that his participation, acceptance or endorsement is not necessary to my success or happiness in the paleo lifestyle. Although I ready many postings on husbands/wives/partners who are not on board, this should never stop anyone from adopting a healthy lifestyle. Some individuals just need a bit more time to see results before making changes. There's nothing wrong with that approach.
Sorry that this post is becoming too long now.
I will post my weight tomorrow once I officially weigh myself.
I am commencing my next Whole 30 *(4th month) and nothing changes. The goal continues to be remaining in Ketosis with the priority on building more muscle & strength through continued daily exercise. I will be in a hotel for a week for a conference and that will present a bit of a challenge, but I'll go prepared with tins of smoked oysters, sardines etc.
My last comment is meant to leave you with a smile: I visited my fish monger yesterday and treated myself to 12 fresh Oysters. Hubby quickly opened them! Nice that my hubby is world's best shucker!
Can't wait to catch up on all your successes this past month. Please let me know who's moving forward on this train into the next 30 days!
Last edited by Louisa655; 09-30-2012 at 08:28 PM.
F, 48, 5'10"
Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)
Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.