Tonight’s blog isn’t about food as much as it about me. Meal prep is starting to get easier and faster. Breakfast was a hard-boiled egg and some applesauce, Lunch was leftover chili from last night and supper was Collette’ delicious turkey burgers. Moving on…
A couple of days ago I blogged that my husband had a couple of potato chips. Shame! Well, now I have to confess that both my son and I have broken the Whole30 requirement of staying off the scale for 30 days. We have both checked our weight loss progress. My son said he has lost 8 lbs in the past 12 days. I have lost 5 lbs. But to further confess, I had lost 5 lbs as of last Friday after only 7 days on Whole30. When I stepped on the scale again this morning, I found that the needle hasn’t moved.
Now I understand the SOLE reason I/we are following Whole30 is not weight loss. If it is, then on Day 31 all those bad eating habits will come rushing back and I will have spent a lot of time planning, shopping, and cooking for nothing. So over Collette’s turkey burgers (I repeat, these were absolutely delicious!) I tried to get my husband and son to talk about Whole30. My son loves the food so far and asked if we could continue to eat meals like this once the 30 days are over. Ah… YES! He has started working out at the gym again and seems more relaxed than a few weeks ago. My husband isn’t bubbling over with enthusiasm, (I know he misses his beer), but he is continuing with the program and has enjoyed the meals.
So back to me. Why haven’t I lost any weight in the past week? I think the answer has two parts: I am too sedentary and I am eating too much food! Up until May, I regularly exercised every weekday morning with my sister-in-law. We would either walk around the neighborhood or go to the gym. And there was always a serious effort to do something physical on the weekends as well. In May I completed a 1/2 marathon (I had a respectable time considering I didn’t really train) and in June I did a 5K obstacle course race that included a mud crawl and a swim thru a pond. Then my job got crazy and several family members got sick, and well, exercising fell by the wayside. I was so busy trying to care for everyone else, that the mere thought of getting up at 4:30am to exercise became absurd. I just wanted sleep! But I now realize that putting everyone else ahead of me all the time is difficult and mentally exhausting to maintain. After 6 months, a disappointing vacation and double-digit weight gain, it is safe to say I am burnt out.
So its time I start finding my way back to me. And that means feeling better rested and getting back to exercising. This won’t be an overnight shift, but the momentum is building.
Back to the scale. I promise not to step on it again…. at least not until next Saturday. In the meantime, I need to eat less of all these delicious meals. My eating habits in the last week are like those dieters that just look at the label. If the label says “Low”,”Light”, or “Less”, then another bite or two or three won’t hurt. I have been eating whatever whenever just because something is on the approved food list. Wrong! I have been completely ignoring the calories. Yes, yes, I know that Whole30 isn’t about calories. But as a middle-aged 50 something woman, too many calories are not a good thing.
So here is my pledge for the coming week… To start moving a little more and eating a little less. I’m hopeful !
And now I’m going to bed. Good night!