Seeing Results

After a week of mostly following the Whole 30 eating plan, I’ve lost 4 pounds and am back to the lowest weight I’ve been so far! I haven’t been as strict as the Whole 30 plan can be: I’ve cut out flour, legumes, sugar, and have really limited my dairy (basically just a little bit of feta with my eggs in the morning). I’ve also been logging my food and it looks like the main reason the weight is finally coming off is that I’m consistently staying under my daily calorie intake by a few hundred calories.

I’ve noticed that I feel much less bloated and am having very few digestive issues. That alone makes restricting some of these foods so worth it! I’ve decided to keep this up for a month to see what kind of results I get. I’ll then consider slowly adding back in beans and chickpeas. I miss them, but I have a feeling they were affecting my digestion in the amounts I’m used to.

It’s a great feeling to see the scale on its way down again. I’m 17 pounds away from my first big goal and I’m confident it’s within reach. I’m not sure why I stopped when I was here just a few months ago. I think it may have had to do with fear and guilt. Fear that I would reach that first goal and then either be dismayed by the realization that I still have a long way to go, or fear that I wouldn’t be able to maintain that first goal and would see the weight come back on again. And the guilt? Oh, that guilt has been a companion for so long that I hardly even notice it anymore, but it’s constantly lurking. It whispers things like, “Who are you to deserve putting yourself first? Who are you to try to get fit and look good? Why are you so special?” Yep, it’s there and it sucks and I’m still learning how to ignore it. I’m ready to shut it up again.

Progress & Plans

I’m sure everyone’s heard how the scale can be deceiving and is not necessarily the best measure of progress. Well, I can tell you that has been true for me. For the past few months the numbers on the scale have barely go down. I’ve pretty much been hanging around at the weight I’ve been for most of my adult life. While that is somewhat frustrating, I’m also wearing sizes that I last fit into about 15 years ago. I’ve also lost three more inches in my waist, one in my chest, and one in each of my arms since I last measured.

My yoga studio offers a barre fit class and I’ve attended it the past few Saturdays. I can honestly say it’s one of the most challenging classes I’ve ever taken and I love it. I took a similarly titled class at another fitness studio, but that was NOTHING compared to this class. The exercises make you sweat and your muscles shake uncontrollably at times. Apparently that’s the point. Rumor has it that this class is great for re-shaping and toning your body. I can’t wait to see what kind of results I get in another month or two.

Now that we’ve hit spring (although, it doesn’t quite feel that way temperature-wise) I’m going to get some early morning walks in a couple of times a week. It’ll be a nice addition to all the yoga, Pilates, and barre classes I’ve been taking.

With any luck (and let’s face it, some actual work), I will have some significant progress to report!