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My #Whole30 results

Day 30 came and went without too much notice.  I had started to feel a bit anxious about what I was going to eat when the Whole30 was over, and partly for good reason.  Matt and I were due to go to the Silverstone Classic on Thursday 24th July.  We made it there in good time, but hadn’t really catered for a camping trip for the Thursday (our Day 30).  We’d already planned to eat whatever we could rather than try to find compliant food when we were out and about, and I had deliberately started the Whole30 when we did so that camping wouldn’t be a problem.

Thursday morning was a bit of a rush, taking photos and measurements before work, but we got it done, and I am certainly pleased with the results, and I know Matt is pretty chuffed with his too.  At the beginning, in my elevator pitch of Whole30, I wrote about what I wanted out of the 30 days:

  • Making significant inroads into breaking my problem with sugar

  • Learning more about what I truly benefit from and what does me harm

  • I won’t lie, some weight loss would be nice!

  • I’d also like to see if some of the skin problems I have are linked to my diet.  I imagine that they probably are

Looking at it in a bit of detail, I think it was a worthwhile exercise.

Energy

I didn’t think I was really one to suffer with mid-afternoon slumps, but one thing that has really made itself known since we came off of Whole30 is that I do.  My concentration is poor and I don’t feel like I am firing on all cylinders for a sustained period of time.  On Whole30, I felt great.  The world was my lobster and I felt ready to take on the challenges.

Sleep

I’ve never been a bad sleeper.  I’m a fidget and nuisance as I have restless legs and sleep walk and talk sometimes, but it rarely wakes me up.  Poor Matt, on the other hand, can often be the victim of a randomly flung leg or arm.  I wouldn’t feel like I would wake up refreshed and raring though.  Whole30 didn’t change this for me much.  I continued to sleep well, but I woke feeling a little brighter.

Sugar Addiction

This, for me, has to be one of the greatest successes.  I’m not “cured”, but these 30 days have helped me to sit out a craving, or find something else.  It’s proved to me that I don’t need the sugar and that I work better as a human being with less sugar.  I am still getting cravings every now and then, and although we’re not really following paleo or Whole30 right now, I haven’t slipped back in to my old ways of reaching for the first sweet thing I can find.  I feel like I have made a significant inroad on this particular aspect, and one that I am very keen to continue.

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Skin

My skin has never been great.  Ever since I hit puberty, the dermatology gods decided that I was destined to be plagued with breakouts and problem skin.  This has continued into my late 20s, though thankfully it isn’t as bad as it used to be.  That said, I am still unhappy with it and I find it to be a source of self-consciousness.  The Whole30 website says that improved skin can be one of the benefits of the 30 days, but I didn’t really find this to be the case.  I must make a point of saying that I have stress related breakouts and July was a stressful month, so Whole30 might have saved me a couple of nasty spots, but I’ll never know.

Weight

I don’t think there is a huge difference between the photos, but there is a good difference on the scales.  I started the Whole30 at 18 stone 9.5lbs and weighed in on Day 30 at 17 stone 7.5lbs, losing 16lbs and 8 inches.  Is it water weight?  Maybe.  I don’t really know.  I have really tried to make this more than just about losing the weight, but this is one of the best indicators for me. Something you can actually see.

Tub on the Run Side Comparison Whole 30

Tub on the Run Front Comparison Whole 30

Life after Whole30

Since finishing the 30 days, I have not stuck to any semblance of the principles of Whole 30.  This has seen my moods go up and down, my ability to cope with stress is compromised, I’m not feeling as efficient and I’m bloating.  I don’t feel great.  I actually feel sad.

Matt has seen a return to bloating too.

We’ve discussed what our next plans are in terms of diet.  We’ll be returning to a paleo/primal kind of eating soon, working on a 90% rule.  We’ve loved most of the meals that we’ve eaten and definitely want to keep them in the meal plans going forwards.  The issue is that August tends to be quite a social month for us, and eating out on paleo seems quite difficult, though not impossible.  With that in mind, we’ve discussed doing another Whole 30 in September.

I’ve got a few more thoughts on Whole 30 that I will write down at some point soon, but I thought this post was long enough, without getting in to the rest of it.


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Some non-scale victories

Having just finished off my Slimming World friendly, sweet tooth satisfying pudding, I have had the chance to marry up healthy eating and satisfying my craving for something sweet.  I’ve even managed to get a bit of chocolate in (hurrah for Curly Wurlys!).

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Lately, I have been feeling like I have failed on the weight loss front.  Failed may be a bit strong, perhaps it’s more of a stalling than a failing.  Following my disappointing March round up result I have felt a bit deflated (whilst still being very much inflated).  Over the weekend, I had a good chat to myself.  Rather than my usual self-depreciating, self-esteem bashing talking to, I tried to think hard about how far I have come.  I took the week off from my Slimming World meeting this week.  I had stuff to do anyway (like food shopping for one), and it always turns into a rush on Tuesdays to get everything done.  It feels kind of strange not weighing in.  Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t a chore going, and I enjoy catching up with the friends I have made there, and getting new ideas, but I just wasn’t feeling it this week.

Despite my lack of weigh in, I have had some non-scale successes this week. 

  • Firstly, I can now get into my smaller work trousers.  They are from Long Tall Sally (which my mum always come up a bit small on the sizes), and a size 20.  I have been trying to get into them for what feels like months.  I actually wore them to work yesterday.  It feels a bit strange though, wearing a pair of trousers that don’t hang off of me. 
  • The second of my non-scale successes is that I can fit into a pair of size 18 Dorothy Perkins jeans.  I have a slight muffin top in them, but they are low-rise.  They’re a little tight, and I probably wouldn’t wear them outside of the house right now, but it’s definite progress and I’m sure that it won’t be too long before they fit properly. 
  • The third of the successes is only one that I really gave proper thought to yesterday.  I was walking from the reception at work up to our boardroom with a group of interviewees, and I walked up the slight hill, up the stairs and maintained a conversation.  A few months ago, I would have tried to appear deep in thought as I shuffled up, trying desperately hard not to seem as out of breath as I was.  Not now – I wasn’t out of puff at all.  It is one of those silly but important things. 
  • The final thing was people.  Two people at work have mentioned that I have lost weight.  Surprisingly, both men.  I say surprisingly, as I work in a factory, and normally the men don’t much pay attention to that kind of thing.  One of the managers saw me hoiking my trousers up as I walked back towards my office and asked if I was losing weight and said I looked well on it.  The second was one of the warehouse guys.  He’s ever so lovely, and wasn’t quite sure how to word it best so as not to cause offence.  Apparently, I look “well… umm… healthy… um…. “.  I smiled and said thank you and that it was ok to say I was looking thinner.

I have also tried to give some thought to the mental block I seem to have developed for running.  My last couple of attempts haven’t been successful, and I have lost some confidence.  I have been making poor excuses as I realised when I read Peanut Butter Fingers’ post on hurdles to exercise.  I seem so focused on the problem that I can’t find a solution.  I have made a decision to go back to Week 5 of Couch to 5k, and see if I can work up to Week 9 again.  If I am able to get through the weeks quicker, great, but I need to get back to it.  No more excuses – I have the time, I do feel better for exercising, and I lose weight in doing it.

Anyway, the long and short of it is that I feel much more positive that I have done in quite some time.  I feel in control of my eating, and am promising myself a good week of being on plan.


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Monthly round up, success and new, new shoes

Monthly round up

So weigh in yesterday yielded another 1.5lbs, bringing my month total to 3.5lbs.  3.5lbs.  Wow.  That’s a pretty miserable number when you still have another 80-ish lbs to lose.  I’m over it though, after my last post, I need to scrape myself up and just get on with it.

Inches wise, I’ve lost another 2.5” from my body, bringing it to a total 17.5”.  I’ve not dropped another dress size yet, but I am hoping it won’t be too much longer – there’s a shop that I want to buy stuff from (but they won’t cater for those of a larger girth).

I have also updated my photo page, and I think you can see a small difference between the February picture and now, but there is a difference between the January picture and now.  It’s quite nice to see now.

Rewards have been centred around Lush bathbombs (thank you to my sister for a top up – my Easter present, much less fattening than chocolate), and new shoes.

A Success

Normally, M and I have a great challenge in terms of deciding what to eat when we go marshalling.  The marshalling fraternity is well renowned for its love of pork pies, sweets, and pastry delights (not to mention the cooked breakfast).  Usually, weigh ins following a weekend marshalling are pretty dire, but this week, I had a loss!  It was freezing cold as Castle Combe on Monday, but the racing was excellent, proving a small distraction to the loss of feeling in the extremities.

A freezing Tub

A freezing Tub

We ate entirely on plan, and even the sight of the Cream Egg on wheels was not temptation enough to set my sweet tooth off.

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On the way home, courtesy of the clocks going forward an hour, we were rewarded with a lovely sunset (sorry for the rubbish photo – I am not too far off of upgrading my phone).  It’s amazing the difference a bit of sunshine has on your outlook.

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Success continued at home, with a quick and easy Lamb Tabbouleh, from a Weight Watcher’s recipe (it’s a syn free meal).  I was really impressed with the dish actually, though I did honk of garlic for a considerable period of time.

Recipe is:

  • 90g fat free Greek yogurt (I used the Fage Total 0%)
  • 2 garlic cloves (to avoid being super stinky, opt for small cloves… unless you live in a vampire infested area…)
  • 1/2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 175g lean lamb steaks
  • 425ml hot chicken stock (though I don’t think it would make much difference to use veg stock if you have it)
  • 75g bulgar wheat (I’d never had this before – it’s a bit like couscous, but takes longer to absorb water)
  • zest and juice of one lemon
  • 2.5tbsp of mint (I used dried mint, as I’m rubbish at keeping things other than cats and M alive)
  • Fry Light/low calorie cooking spray (or a small amount of oil)
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes, finely chopped (or lots of baby tomatoes)
  • half a cucumber, finely diced
  • salt and pepper

(that looks like a huge amount of ingredients, but it isn’t too bad)

  1. In a shallow bowl, mix 2 tbsp of the yogurt with half the garlic, the spices, and a little seasoning.  Mix well, add the lamb, and make sure it is well coated.  Put aside for a few minutes.  Mind out for pesky cats who think garlic coated raw meat is a challenge.
  2. Put the stock and bulgar wheat into a wok and boil until the stock has been absorbed.  While the bulgar wheat is boiling, add a tbsp of the lemon to the remaining yogurt, add half a tbsp of mint, the remaining garlic (remember, if you’re not keen on the garlic, put a smaller clove in this bit, as it will remain uncooked) – mix well.  When the bulgar wheat is done, tip it into a bowl and set aside, then rinse the wok.
  3. Returning the wok to the heat, spray with the cooking spray, add the lamb and yogurt, and cook the lamb off (your choice on how you like your lamb – I like mine a bit pink in the middle).
  4. Add in the onion and tomato (I also chopped up a small sweet pepper and added it in), then add in the bulgar wheat and the remaining lemon juice and mix well.
  5. Serve into two bowls, and top with the yogurt dressing.

And finally…

I went back to Runners Need to see about changing my shoes, and they were really great – no problems at all.  I explained the problem I was having in the numb  toe department, and asked if there was a chance of swapping to the Saucony Omni 11s, and I am now the proud owner of said trainers.  There was a slight price difference (the new trainers were cheaper), so I got a water bottle to go with it.  Woo!  Now I have to go out for a run in them.  I was planning to go tonight, but I’ve had such a rubbish day at work, which is in part due to tiredness, so it’s an early night for me!


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Feb’s monthly round up

After biscuitgate, I seem to have fared quite well at my weigh in today (total fluke, which I’ll probably pay for next week).  I lost 2.5lbs.  This has taken me over my 2.5 stone award.

More importantly, it’s the monthly round up, where I get to see my month’s work.

Over the last month, I have lost 6lbs (ok, no great shakes), I am 30% of the way ‘there’, and I’m another 7.5 inches off.   I have also gone down a dress size.

I haven’t managed to take another photo this month, so it’ll have to wait now.  I’m not sure how much of a visible change there would be anyway.