Sunday, July 23, 2017

Whole 30

How has it been a whole month since I have posted? Time really gets away from me these days. We're in the dog days of summer here in GA. It's been hot, humid, and alternating between blazing sun and pouring rain. Thank goodness we get monthly mosquito treatments or it wouldn't be safe to leave the house. My knees are doing well, to my delight, and I don't want to jinx anything but my Achilles' may be feeling a bit better and I'm hoping to get back on the rower regularly again.

I've been carrying one well with WW. I hit my four month milestone with the program a couple of weeks ago. The meetings have been proven an invaluable source of support for me and I've made so many wonderful new friends. BUT...

Recently, I feel like I've started slipping into the bad habit of relying too much on sugar free, fat free Frankenfoods, and frankenly (snort) I don't like the way it makes me feel. So, I'm going to embark on a Whole 30, while following the framework of my Weight Watchers tracking. If you're a longtime reader of my blog, you know that I've done this a time or two before. It really strips back to basics the old eating habits and completely resets the palate. There isn't a whole lot of room to hide when you're partaking of protein, good fats, vegetables, and fruits only. I'm also hoping to kick out any remaining inflammation and hopefully wean myself off the meds.

I have plenty of Paleo cookbooks to keep it interesting and delicious at supper so Rob won't feel like I'm trying to starve him. My favorites are the Well Fed series by Melissa Joulwan.* I cook from them all the time because Melissa's flavor profiles are amazing. Her Bahn Mi meatballs are out of bounds delicious! Other resources I have on hand are Practical Paleo, by Diane Sanfillipo, Against all Grain, by Danielle Walker, and Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam. All of these are solid, and the authors have blogs with tons of recipes and information available for free, but I have a thing for cookbooks and can't resist them. 

I'm not going to do a daily chronicle here, but I will be checking in periodically with how I've been feeling, what I've been eating, and how I'm making it work with WW. I'm starting on Tuesday. If you have any questions, as always, comment below and I will do my best to answer them.

Happy Sunday, and have a wonderful week!

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Home Again, and Thoughts on Being Away from My Routine

I love to travel, don't get me wrong, and seeing my family was WONDERFUL, but being away from my routine was difficult for me. Eating in restaurants really messed me up. I did really well making nutritious choices, careful splurges (the gnocchi with mushroom, black truffles, and crispy pork belly at Ballo was divine,) and staying within my daily and weekly points, but I still swelled up like a tick. And while I don't think I over-indulged in booze, the inflammation came back in full force! 

I went to a local Weight Watchers meeting at my regular time, Tuesday morning, to weigh in. The accountability is important to me.  I knew I would be up, and I was. I got my WW Weekly paper, but didn't stay for the meeting because I wasn't on my own time. I didn't spiral, and it didn't trigger the attitude of, "oh, well, I may as well eat whatever I want now." This is a major non-scale victory for me.

On the night before my flight home, I placed a grocery order with Instacart to deliver so my fridge would be stocked with nutritious foods when I arrived home. I stuck to plan on travel day, having the snacks I packed for breakfast and had almonds and diet soda and water on the plane ride. I cooked dinner when I got home and all was back to normal. At my WW meeting Tuesday, every ounce of my vacation bloat was off and I was back at my pre-vacation weight.

I can't express how wonderful it was being back at my meeting. I got so many hugs, it just made my day. 

I wore a dress to the Neil Diamond concert (which was great, btw!) I did a side by side photo, one of me on my 15th wedding anniversary in the dress I wore to the New Year's Eve party we went to in Italy with the photo of me in the dress before the concert...

I feel it more than I see it, but I'm pleased!

I'm starting to plan a mini-trip for my birthday in September. Rob and I are craving the beach. I'm thinking a condo, so I can cook some meals and not have to rely on restaurants as heavily as I normally would. I want to enjoy life, but going off plan isn't an option for me. I think I will be less stressed about it if I have a bit more control. It's a slippery slope and I can't ski.