I've been slacking on strength stuff again this week ugh. I thought I was back in the groove, I guess not. Too much going on, my schedule is too busy for my liking this week. I just need to get through today and tomorrow(and teaching 4 more classes), then dh is off for vacation. We sooo need it. Can't wait to get in some lazy time but also some biking, hiking and who knows what else. I have been neglecting yoga too, teaching this much burns me out and takes away from time to take classes. I'm going to have to do differently for my summer school schedule, I don't like teaching 4 days a week, I miss the kids. I'm hoping I can consolidate classes to 2 days a week.
Great progress, Soror. Fall is a tough time for lots of people due to the decreasing light. It's not surprising that your appetite would change.
It is not the sun for me, I feel better in high winter than high summer.
Whole 30 is done!
Today begins reintroduction. I'm skipping reintroducing alcohol, because I already know that it triggers a worse-than-average migraine for me, so no need to repeat that! I had a Whole 30 breakfast, but I'll have some beans with lunch and dinner and see how that goes.
My main hope with Whole 30 was to reduce migraine frequency, and unfortunately it did not help in that way at all. That's a real bummer. I was really hoping that a previously undiscovered food intolerance was playing a significant role in the migraines, but I guess it really is just perimenopause hormonal stuff that I can't control.
My second goal was to get rid of the belly bloat, and it worked brilliantly for that. I still have more fat on my belly than I'd like, of course (it would need more than 30 days to get rid of that!), but I'm talking about the painful, heavy bloated feeling that was becoming a daily occurrence before. It disappeared from day 1 and hasn't returned.
I was also hoping to lose two or maybe three pounds. That seemed like a reasonable goal. I lost four. I'm hoping it was all fat, and not muscle! I haven't been lifting weights quite as regularly as I had been before, so I hope I didn't lose muscle. I think at least some of it was fat, because my clothes do seem to fit a bit more comfortably, and my waist measured a quarter inch less. Not a huge difference, but I'll take it!
So overall I'm definitely considering it a success! Probably the single best thing about it was that I REALLY boosted the amount of veggies that I eat. I don't want to give that part up - I really enjoyed it! And even though my husband and daughter didn't do W30 with me, they ate more veggies too simply because I was preparing more. I didn't feel as deprived as I thought I would, and I think that's because I tried new fruits and veggies that I'd never had before, and that made it fun.
I thought about turning it into a Whole 60, but instead, I think I'm just going to take the reintroduction phase a little slower than it says, and see how things go.
I'd love to hear how it went for the others who did it! Since you guys had done it before, are you still going to do the gradual reintroduction? Or will you just go back to eating the foods you know you can handle?
Losing 4 lbs and better fitting clothes is great for a months work. Even better to lose the belly bloat. Sounds like something you were eating was bothering you for sure, now to figure out what is causing the pain and bloat. Too bad about the headaches Hormones suck.
I had lost track of the time really. The first week you guys started was a bit rough for me, it took a bit to get lined out with my medication changes. I guess it has been about 2 1/2 weeks I've been back to a stricter diet, although I don't follow all of the W30 rules, I kind of make my own for my body. I eat pre-made salad dressings and sometimes have condiments with sugar. I have honey(from my bees) in my tea(it really seems to help my seasonal allergies). Anyway, my "diet" is working very well for me right now, I'm eating lots of produce, a fair amount of protein and some fat. I've had the roughest time figuring out carb levels since this last pregnancy(as we've talked about), it just seems my body could not make up my mind at all. But right now I'm not even having to think about it. Some days I eat more (like yesterday) and some days less, less food, less carbs. I'm eating at just a slight deficit, judging by my hunger, but only slight. Anyway, my body just feels like it is working right again as I said and it is a nice feeling and an amazing difference between that and when everything is all haywire and I'm having to fight it because the urge to eat a (literal)half box of Cheerios is too strong, although it makes me feel terrible!
Yesterday's food (this was a heavy eating day for me)
4 chicken breakfast sausage links(no preservatives yada yada) large apple, almond butter, peppermint tea w/ honey
leftover peanut beef(store bought sauce), broccoli(xtra broccoli) and carrots- at most a1 c. beef, 2 cups broccoli, 1/2 c. carrots
2 leftover pork chops and half a small baked sweet potato- 1 pork chop didn't do it for me! this was my snack!
carrots w/ treenut "cheese", strawberries- light supper b/c my "snack" earlier filled me up pretty good and I was craving produce~!
orange la croix drink(carbonated flavored water)- 2oz orange juice- just b/c I wanted it
Thinking forward to some beach vacations coming up this summer: I won't be able to do weight lifting but want to keep up strength training. I thought it would be fun to figure out a strength training routine that could be done in the sand or water on the beach.. Would you guys like to help me think of exercises? One requirement is that they would not look obscene! (So I don't want to be sticking my butt out, doing clamshells, fire hydrants, etc!)
Here are some exercises I can think of to include:
Planks, bird dogs
Lunges of various kinds: walking, forward, reverse
What can I do for hamstrings/glutes? I think a bridge would look too obscene, but what do you think about a one-legged bridge?
Can you think of any way to do a pull type of exercise?
Besides just walking through the water, are there any lower body things I could do in the water?
What about stretches that wouldn't look obscene? Child's pose, various shoulder ones. Would a figure 4 stretch look decent while lying down or should I try to stand up and do it?
All ideas appreciated!
I do pulls on misc. objects, I've done them on hotel doors before, keep your eye out there is often something to grab ahold of around. Otherwise you could do rows with whatever you can find for some weight. I always vote for squats for bodyweight exercises, there are soo many and they are good for shaping the butt.
I like to do "hugs", bring your arms in front of you, like you are hugging a giant ball then bring them out wide as far behind as they will go. Hands laced together behind your back and raised. There are so many stretches out there.
Edited by soror, 25 May 2017 - 07:16 AM.