Hit the 10 lb. mark!

Rise Up

Update: -3.3 lbs
Total loss: -11 lbs

Woohoo! Finally broke through that 10 lb. barrier I’ve been shooting for for the last couple of months! I think it was maybe a combination of things, and we will see if it was a fluke and I jump back up a little next week or not. I think it had something to do with the combination of my noglutendairysugar diet for a month, as well as being sick for a few days, that actually did the trick. Although it sucks and I would trade anything to feel better while I’m sick, the up-side is that I usually lose a few pounds because of it. Most likely it was a little bit of water weight thrown in there too. I literally sweated through my pjs 3 nights in a row- I had to get up and change into a fresh pair 1/2way through the night b/c I was dripping with sweat. I got a flu shot, as I do every year, but this year for some reason I really reacted to it. I had aches and pains, hot and cold flashes, a pounding headache, and a major reaction at the injection site. My arm felt like it was hit with a baseball bat and it was swollen and red. It almost looked like I had hives, but it wasn’t itchy. Very strange. Took me down for a few days and I was out from work/workouts/life from Wed-Sat of last week. Finally felt better on Sunday.

Being sick those few days really did give me a huge sense of gratitude for my general good health and the fact that my body, although it’s not “perfect” and where I would like it to be, works well and does a great job of letting me do the things I love, like exercising, keeping up with my almost-2-year-old, etc. This week I am feeling good and am renewed in my inspiration to reach my goals!

No glutendairysugar- Week 1

accomplishment

Update: -.2 lbs
Total loss: 6.3 lbs.

I’ve been doing the no glutendairysugar diet now for about a week now and, surprisingly, I actually feel a little better, a little less tired, a little lighter. I’m not sure if it’s cutting out the dairy, or the gluten, or the sugar- or a combination of all 3- but it’s interesting to me that I actually do feel a pretty significant change, and it’s only been a week. I had expected to feel pretty crappy, so this is interesting. Maybe my body is just in a state of denial.

As far as the ‘no sugar’ suggestion goes, I’ve been pretty good about eliminating it, but I’m not going completely cold turkey. I’m not eating obviously sugary things (pancakes, sweets, pastries, candies) but I’m still eating things that might contain small amounts of sugar, like protein bars, protein shakes, fruit, etc. I’m trying to be mindful of eating things with lower sugar content- but not completely ruling something out just because it has sugar. I have had the occasional craving for say… a brownie sundae, or a s’more, or a fruit tart- but nothing that hasn’t passed when I’ve either a.) eaten something, b.) drank something, or c.) distracted myself with something.

I will admit that I was surprised by the lack of weight loss this week, though. I thought there was going to be another big jump. .2 lbs does not equal “big jump” in my mind. It equals “Huh. OK. I guesssss?” But I need to remember to keep perspective on this and realize that I’m still on track- ahead even- for my 1lb a week goal.

On another note- I’m signing up for an 8-week fitness program, tapered specifically for busy moms who need to get the most bang for their buck. It’s a results-based program, designed for moms who want their “body back”- and catchily enough- that’s what the name of the class is: Body Back. It includes meal plans & tracking, DVDs, and results-based direction from instructors. It starts next week and classes are 2x/week. It will also be a great way to meet moms who may be experiencing some of the same challenges. I’m excited to get started and report back what I find!