Can I tell you a little secret?
I really want dessert. A candy bar. A Krispy Kreme chocolate-covered Kreme-filled donut, a bowl of ice cream. Something. Anything, really.
It has been such a stressful few weeks and although I’ve eaten nothing but Whole30 foods, I have not been eating as I should. Lots of grab and go meals that don’t meet all my nutritional requirements. Which means I’m stressed and hungry – cue cravings for comfort foods.
I’m not going to sit here and do a Scarlet O’hara-style declaration that “I will not eat a candy bar!” but I will say I’m not going to eat one right now. First, I want to spend the next week getting myself back on track with eating nutritionally sound meals and second, I start my reintroduction tomorrow. It’ll take about ten days to do the full reintroduction which will put me done about a week before I leave for France. I already know I’m going to have issues in France but I’d like to at least avoid the most major ones.
As for today, it’s Results Day!
When I got up this morning, I did my non-scale victories (NSV’s) checklist, took my after-after-photo and then hopped on the scale. I know the scale number shouldn’t really matter, but I have to be honest and say that what I saw made my cravings for a candy bar go out the window.
First, here’s the updated NSV’s. I’ve highlighted the new changes in orange (and then went back and circled them because my scanner is pretty sketchy). I’ve not had a remission on any of the other items with the exception that my eczema is flaring up a bit. Another side-effect of all the stress and busyness, is that I’ve not been taking care of my skin the way I should. I’ve been wearing makeup everyday, which is tough on my skin, and not washing it off properly. It’s also getting warmer and my eczema really hates when I sweat.
After my NSV’s, I had Wonderful Husband take another After photo.
(If you hover over the photo, you can see the dates each picture was taken.)
Yes, I know. I don’t do the “smiling in photo’s” thing very well.
Finally, I got on the scale.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the scale this time. I didn’t have any certain hope or idea what it would say and as I got on, I didn’t really give much thought to it other than as one of several measure of my progress. When the number popped up I didn’t know what to think because I honestly didn’t remember what my last weight was!
I have known exactly what my weight was at any given moment almost the entirety of my adult life. I was stunned for a second when I realized I couldn’t remember what my last weigh-in was.
THAT is a serious Non-Scale Victory!
So I logged into Fitbit to check and discovered that I have lost 8.4 lbs in the last 30 days and a total of 16.8 lbs since I started Whole30 two months ago. (If you want to be friends on Fitbit I’m here. Please let me know you found me from the blog.)
It’s great to know the weight is coming off and it’s even better that keeping up with the weight loss is a secondary part of the process. The primary part is the daily difference I see in my health and energy level. I will say that having kept the weight loss momentum going makes starting the reintroduction tomorrow a little less desirable. (And makes me not crave a candy bar quite so strongly). I’m doing great, why mess it up?
Because weight is not the driving factor of this journey. My total health is and I need to assess my body’s tolerance of the foods I have been avoiding. Especially seeing as in a little more than two weeks I’ll be jet setting over to France and will have far, far less control over what I eat than I do now. I know, I know, life is rough. (Get ready for a Posts from Paris series!)
So there you have it. Results Day 2.0.
Tomorrow starts Reintroduction. I get to eat Peanut butter! 🙂