This made me laugh! …..’cuz I can tell you I’d rather eat a donut than anything green these days.
I’ve been having a lot of good days with my nutrition BUT my weekends have been tough. Golf nights have been tough. And, I’m still dealing with a ton of bloating and uncomfortableness and crazy weight fluctuations. I also still have some weird things going on when I eat certain foods. I get really short of breath and almost like heart palpitations when I eat things with gluten. So, when I started feeling better, I started eating it again and didn’t really notice any terrible side effects…but one nice thing about trying an elimination diet is you are way more aware of how your body reacts to things.
I think when I started to feel better, I thought I “deserved” to take a break from worrying about what I was eating constantly. But, it was just an excuse and it’s left me feeling really really blah. I’ve even had some of the pain back ~ nothing like before thank goodness but enuf that I know I need to refocus. And, I got a little tough love from my sister this week about getting back on track ~ it really is important and I CAN DO IT!
So, yes, I started a refocused plan of attack yesterday….yes, on a FRIDAY. The old me would’ve waited til Monday. Actually, the old me would’ve waited until after my trip to Nashville at the end of the month or maybe even until summer was over. But, I don’t wait for things any more. My team & I started a 3-week impromptu challenge! #strengthinnumbers
I’ve had this Rocking Fit Body, Mind & Spirit 12-week journal for a few weeks now and I was going to start using it when I started my next new fitness program…which is likely going to be Country Heat!! BUT, again, I just remembered yesterday that I don’t wait for things anymore!! I’m almost 2 weeks into PiYo and loving it! And, it’s time to take my power back from food again!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the back!!
I’m working on a separate blog post about my plan to get my health truly back to optimal but here’s the short of it!
I’m on a 7-day adaptation plan of the M.A.D.E. Diet. It was put together by a top coach in the network, Melissa McAllister. She has been doing IF (Intermittent Fasting) for a long time and she is AH-MAZINGLY fit. I love IF because I don’t love to cook and prep a lot, so this lets me off pretty easily lol. This plan is a HFLC (High Fat Low Carb) plan that is also GF (gluten-free) & DF (dairy-free). Now, I don’t love anything “low” when it comes to eating ~ but often plans tagged with this more mean you are eating the right carbs ~ complex carbs from fruits, veggies and certain starchy foods like sweet potatoes…which have become like an every day staple and are so nummy! So, this is my plan until just before Nashville when I do the 3-Day Refresh! I do this every few months and always LOVE how light and energetic I feel and I wanna head into Nashville feeling the best I can AND full of energy because it’s go-go-go and not a lot of sleep! Then in the beginning of August, I’m going to do something called the Ultimate Reset. It’s a 3-week detox from Beachbody and people rave about the results….mostly how they feel when they’re done! AND, THEN, I’m moving back into the Whole 30 plan. Again, I will have a separate post detailing more of what I’m doing but I had tried Whole 30 about a month ago and it was so hard but it was so good. I hated it and loved it all the same time. (I partly hated it ‘cuz it was SUPER hard to watch labels and find things I could eat…I know more now and was making it harder than it needed to be….but seriously, I couldn’t believe how many foods have hidden sugars and soy in them and other crazy things you can’t pronounce!) My doctor ultimately advised against it for me at the time…so, I was doing it on my own. She wanted me eating a low-fat, low-fiber diet and breads and pastas….which for IBS that is somewhat recommended. But, I do believe there are reasons that may not be the answer for me. And, honestly one of the bigger reasons she didn’t want me doing it was because she thought stress was contributing to my tummy problems and since I’ve told her about my issues with food, she didn’t want me over-thinking and over-stressed about food choices. But, I’ve learned a lot more about it….learned how I can do it without as much meat….I’ve found where I can get allowed foods more easily….and, I’ve been connecting with a fellow coach who has lost over 100 lbs. with it but more importantly she has shared with me how it has changed her life…changed her relationship with food. And, honestly, that’s what I’m after. I can’t tell you how amazing it would be to be free of the chains once a for all. I have done really well in the past 3 years and can’t imagine where I’d be without the support system I have, but when I’ve fallen, I’ve fallen kinda hard.
I’m writing a new story tho ~ and it’s not going to be about my struggles with food! It’s going to be about how I worked really hard to overcome…and I hope it will help others who maybe struggle like I have!
So, here I am with a new set of “before” pics! They never get easy….trust me. BUT, it’s for motivation…it’s for accountability. AND, since I know first-hand the scale doesn’t always tell you the truth about everything, I rely on pics to gauge my progress!
Ha, do you like my peeling left shoulder? ick.
I do still use the scale as a gauge but it doesn’t hold nearly the weight it used to….no pun intended lol. My weight ~ 179.8.
And, just for fun and a BONUS, my new fave shirt from the Pulse Boutique! I’m in love with this online store!!
Ok, so there you have it! Believe me when I say, it’s hard to come up here to share my story and it’s yet again another story of my struggles. But, I’m confident again! I took a little break and although I’m disappointed in myself, I’m human. I will always be the girl who decided to go for it….over and over again…every day. I truly believe you have to make the decision to go for it every. dang. day. Let go of yesterday. Let go of last month. Let go of last year. Focus. On. Today. And, then do that over and over and over again. #TodayMatters
Oooh, and another bonus. For the record, I don’t like Walmart. If I could, it would always be online or Target. BUT, I’m not proactive enuf and am often forced to go there! But, you can find good deals and cute stuff sometimes! Like those tanks I talked about last post…or cute coffee mugs if you’re like me and have a coffee mug addiction! How cute is this?!?
Peace out and happy weekend everyone!