This round has been a success.
Pounds lost: 5
Now for the big before & after. Left is before - not a massive difference, but a good start.
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Right "after" shot looks funky b/c my mirror
needs cleaning #lazy
As you can see, this is pretty much how my weight loss went down...
Luckily, my stomach followed suit. During the first 2 weeks I came close to quitting because I thought my midsection was actually getting bigger. Then I saw this meme and felt better. Thanks interwebs!
I was hoping for the same result as last time, but it just didn't happen. My weight loss was less this time, but my inches were more. A few reasons why I think this didn't happen...
1. I had cheese once a week - Cheese is a big NO on the Whole 30, and it should be for me. My indulgence was limited to some blue cheese or feta on a salad here and there, and one meal of fresh mozzarella debauchery. Not major crimes for sure, but not Whole 30 approved either. But I'm weak, and cheese is delicious.
2. I didn't work out as much - I'm training for a 5k, doing the C25k program. But not doing much else. My work life has picked up significantly, so both workout time and intensity has been much less as I get the hang of my new schedule.
3. I had drinks. Alcoholic ones - On a few occasions I indulged in some adult beverages. And they weren't low sugar either. One night of fancy cocktails, a few glasses of wine here and there. On one occasion, I had a lot of wine...and I learned my lesson. My body just doesn't love chugging wine anymore. I sleep terribly, it hurts my whole digestive system, and I get terrible anxiety the next day. Not sure how much I can attribute to not having carbs to soak up the booze VS I'm over 30 now, but either way, it's just not as much fun as it used to be. I get more stress relief from a good run or cooking a fab meal.
What all of this really adds up to, is that I was living my life. It actually felt great to do this program and slip a little without completely going off the rails. I'd just pick up the next day and eat whole foods like nothing ever happened. It makes me believe I can do this for the long haul, and finally kick this chub to the curb for good.
For good measure, here's a gratuitous food porn shot of a good, solid Whole 30 dinner. Are you ready to try it yet? Get the book or get all the info for free on the Whole 30 site. Do it!!!