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Whole 100: My Day 100 check in

Here we are – Day 100 of my Whole 100. The end of a pretty good experiment.

Casting my mind back three and a bit months (obviously, with the help of a blog post from then too!), I wanted to give a Whole 30 a bit longer and see if I could address a longer standing problem of having a poor relationship with food. The makers of Whole 30 acknowledge that, while it shouldn’t be a 365 day way of eating, you might want a bit longer than 30 days if you’re experiencing different or more embedded issues. My previous Whole 30s have been great experiences – each time I have learnt a little more about myself. The problem for me hasn’t been in the completing the Whole 30 (I’m bloody minded enough to stick with it for that kind of time), but it is the “after” that I really struggled with. Moderation, as I have said before, is not something I am good at. I’m an all-or-nothing kinda girl. As a result, I quickly slipped back into old eating habits, putting on more weight, and then, well, several stone later and the rest is history! So, without waffling further, I wanted to see if 100 days of eating in a strict paleo way would help me battle some of the longer standing niggles.

The Grand Results Progress 

I’ve been thinking about the rhetoric that I use to describe what I’m on, and I was chatting to Mum at the weekend about a couple of things, including my recent weight loss. It got me thinking. I don’t like “results”. No, that’s a lie. I like results (as an entity) a lot. I don’t like the word as a word to describe where I’m at. Results to me imply that it is an arrival at a destination – I’ve finished. Except, I haven’t finished (not by quite a long way). So, I’m calling it progress.

Numbers wise, I’ve lost 36 lbs since I started this Whole 100, and since the beginning of the year, I’ve lost 56 lbs – 4 whole stone. That kind of blows my mind. Apparently, according to I Lost What that is the equivalent of a hang glider or 280 tomatoes!

Whole 100 Results Beyond the Sofa February to August

However, health isn’t just about weight, and there are plenty of non-scale victories to complement the decrease in my waistline. Even if I had no other highlights, I’d be pleased with the above, but actually I can also be pleased about:

  • Going down two dress sizes (okay, at the moment, it’s only officially one size, but my current trousers are too big so I know I will fit into the next size down).
  • Tackling hills. Particularly lately, I’ve done pretty well on powering up some hills at the weekends and during a week off.  I definitely think I would have struggled with this 6 months ago.

Whole 100 Hills

  • Sticking with yoga. Following in a similar theme, I have to admit that while I do struggle a little bit with it at the moment (I am absolutely nowhere near being able to do jump throughs or anything, as I am carrying too much weight), I don’t think I could have done half as much 6 months ago. Back in October last year, I went to a beginners course at the studio I go to now, and I found that hard and disheartening. I don’t feel like that now, which is great.
  • More home cooking. I find cooking generally quite relaxing, and, let’s face it, very rewarding. I have enjoyed cooking more food and eating better. I’ve also tried to make more choices to support local businesses, like buying from our local butcher (who has an amazing “meat for the week” deal), and our local greengrocers. The only thing I REALLY don’t like, is the washing up. Urgh. When will I be able to work in a tidy way? It looks like World War 3 has happened, a sea of mutilated onion peelings and crushed garlic trailing in my wake.

Whole 100 meals

  • Eating out. In my previous Whole 30s, I have actively avoided social interaction and eating out. That’s doable for one month, but for three, not going out just wasn’t going to be a workable solution. It took some effort and pre-planning (no, Italian could never be on the list of places I could go, and Chinese was out for the soy they put in everything), but I did manage it. I keep thinking I’ll do another post on eating out on paleo, but suffice to say for now, I’ve maintained some sort of social life. Also, bonus non-scale victory? Realising that soda water with ice and a slice at the pub is free. Yes, I stood there with my purse for about 5 minutes, waiting for the bartender to come back and charge me, before he realised that I didn’t know it was free. Winning!
  • Better handle on my binge triggers. I have always know that when I feel low, my willpower slips and I end up eating ALL the things. Typically all the sweet things, though I am non-discriminatory in that sense – savoury is equally as game. While I’ve always known this, it has nearly always been a surprise when the urge to eat anything and everything in sight hits. For the large part of my Whole 100, I haven’t felt the need to do this, until recently (maybe the last 4 or so weeks). I’m not surprised I haven’t really noticed it before, but there are tell-tale signs that this kind of behaviour is imminent, but when it really hits, it’s like someone has flicked a switch and nothing would satiate that feeling. It’s hard to describe, and I am probably not making a load of sense. My point is, that I have now experienced that feeling, paid close attention to it, and then promptly got on with a distraction to help the time (and the urge) pass. Hence why I have gone through several balls of wool and crocheted a lot of granny squares.
  • Enjoying summer. I won’t lie, my parting is very much not enjoying summer and practically sizzles like a hot plate when I get in the shower (I really do need to remember a hat), but generally, I am really enjoying this summer, for the first time in literally years. I’m not sure if I can attribute this to just the Whole 100, feeling better in my skin, or living in a different town, but I am definitely doing a better job of living beyond my sofa so far this summer.

Summer 2016

I think I have gone on for quite long enough today. I am still feeling a little nervous about coming off of the Whole 100, but I have given it a lot of thought over the last couple of weeks, and think I have a plan in place – more on this another day!


My other Whole 100 posts are all here:


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Whole 100: Day 90 update and weigh in

Wow! 90 days in! Just 10 more days to go. That is now three consecutive Whole 30s under my belt, and the second longest I’ve managed to stick to a particular way of eating. I think the only way of eating that I have stuck with for longer so far was the Tesco GI Diet in 2008.

Let’s talk numbers. Since January this year, I have lost 50 lbs in total, and 30.7 lbs since I started my Whole 100. This is a bit of a funny one for me. My team mates at work have asked how I am doing and are always amazed at the number that trips off my tongue, but it doesn’t feel that much. I have found myself getting a little disheartened (which I know is silly) as I know that I have probably just ticked over a third of the way to my goal. I think the sadness has come from two places – 1) that I have lost a lot of weight already now, but there is still a long way to go, and 2) that I have been so heavy for so long that I actually asked Matt the other night “when will I be a normal size?”. I’m not looking for sympathy, as these moments are always countered by the feeling that I am finally getting somewhere with it, and have lost the most I have ever lost.

Yo-yoing feelings aside, this is how my Day 1 to Day 90 compares:

Whole 100 Day 90 Update Front

I don’t think I have realised quite how tired I look first thing in the morning. Bags aside, I think it is safe to say that I have the beginnings of a waist again (hurrah!). I have to admit, I’m pleased as I can see much more of a change now, and clearly sticking at it is really beginning to pay off. One thing I have noticed in the picture above it that the drop in my right shoulder is getting more obvious as I lose weight. I came off my motorbike years ago and damaged my shoulder. I hadn’t really noticed the droop until today.

Whole 100 90 Day Update Side

From the side, I can see that I am beginning to go in now, and the double chin is slowly receding, which is always good news.

Highlights

The trousers that I bought after not being able to find a pair I liked initially, are now baggy. They’re not quite as baggy as when I last needed to move down a size, but they’re definitely on their way. I’m holding off buying a new pair until towards the end of August – firstly, I am beginning to get a little nervous about what life post-Whole 100 looks like, but secondly, I haven’t budgeted for it (I am trying to rein my spending back in with the wonderful YNAB app). In terms of tops, I’m now able to fit into more of my wardrobe too, which is really great and meaning I can have “work clothes” and “normal clothes” rather than mixing the two.

I’m also super impressed that I haven’t really ended up in a food rut at all for the last 90 days. I did look for some Whole 30 compliant new recipes that I could make recently, and this sausage and butternut squash casserole (here) was a big hit.

Another highlight for me has been not dying whilst walking up hills. Last weekend, Matt and I went to Wiscombe Park in East Devon to watch a hill climb race (in a nutshell, cars will sprint to the top of the hill). Spectators had to park at the top of the hill in a different field and walk down into the valley. That’s all well and good, but what goes down must also come up if you want to get back to your car. I can’t confess to having sauntered up the hill in a spritely manner, but I definitely didn’t die, or really stop. (I really feel that the picture hasn’t done the steepness of the hill any justice).

Wiscombe Park - Beyond the Sofa

Activity

When I write these weigh in posts, I usually take a look back at the most recent one to see what I was writing and experiencing to see what has really changed over that period of time. I note that in my 60 day update, I was hoping to start running with the Couch to 5k programme shortly after my update. It hasn’t happened, but (and I know people say this all the time), I swear the last 30 days has galloped by without my noticing. I definitely feel like I am ready to get back out there physically now, so definitely watch this space!

Otherwise, my main activities have been walking and yoga. I’ve had good days of walking, where I have done a fair bit above 10,000 steps a day, and then some others which have been pretty, well, comatose. Yoga has been good though, and I’ve made it through the ashtanga vinyasa sequence to some of the seated poses. Initially I thought that the seated poses would be fine. It’s sat down, how hard can that be?! I think I sweat more in the seated poses than I do in some of the standing ones. I am pretty sure that I have mentioned in a previous post somewhere, that my long standing pose nemesis is downward dog. I don’t know what it is about that one, but I really struggle with it – super tight in my hamstrings, very weak in my shoulders. A few weeks later, and I can hold the pose for longer and more often without having to resort to the puppy pose. Small progress, but progress nonetheless.

Concerns

I wasn’t sure whether to call this “concerns” or “nervousness” or “considerations”, but I am beginning to find myself a little nervous about coming off my Whole 100. It’s been a really good thing to do, and I have enjoyed it for the most part. I’ve eaten out less than I would have done normally, and while eating out has been a bit tricky, it hasn’t been impossible. To date, I’ve lost the most weight I ever have done from eating in a specific way. I am nervous that by coming away from my Whole 100 I will start to put the weight on again. I’m not actively worrying about it, but it’s silly things like if I have a piece of cake, will I be able to keep some sense of sanity and plough on through with my willpower, or will I revert to Steph of the past and face plant the cake and eat it all? The rock and a hard place dilemma is that I don’t want a life devoid of cake forever, but I don’t want to fall into a food based spiral back to 20+ stone again. I don’t seem to have much of a handle on moderation.

I haven’t really tried to think too much about my concerns so far, but I know I will need to address them in the imminent future.


Previous updates:


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Whole 100: 70 days down – shorts and old SD cards

Seventy days in to my Whole 100, and I have a couple of highlights to add to my previous ones this week.

Firstly, I’ve found a picture of me from February, just after I’d finished my January Whole 30 and was about to start doing the Fitness Blender 8 week challenge. At the start of the Fitness Blender challenge, Kelli and Daniel recommended taking progress photos along with measurements. I am not entirely sure what I did with my measurements (they’re probably in an old notebook somewhere), and I’d forgot about the progress photos until I looked back on my smaller SD card.

Beyond the Sofa - Feb 2016 to July 2016

Much better! I popped over to see Mum on Friday as it would be the last time I saw her before she left for her holiday in Canada with my sister, and we got talking about my weight and how I was doing. Long time readers will know that I have been overweight for a very long time now, and Mum and I got talking about Christmas 2014. I blogged that the walk had taken place, but I didn’t tell the full story. Mum said to me on Friday that it had been so sad to see me at that time. I’d turned into a lumberer. There was no spring in my step and I walked like a very heavy person. I remember getting home from that walk, barely having kept it together, and sobbing as I sat back on the sofa having abandoned the walk early. What I hadn’t really considered was that other people felt sadness for me. I have to admit, I’d never really thought that other people would see my weight as a problem that they would experience. It was an interesting conversation, and one from an angle that I’d never really considered.

On a happier note, when I last went to buy some new jeans (in my original hunt for some work trousers), I also bought some shorts in the next size down, mainly because they were £10. When I bought them at the end of May, I couldn’t fit into them at all. The button wouldn’t meet. Today, I thought “I’ll just see”, and lo and behold, they did up! They’re totally wearable – my circulation isn’t being cut off and I’m not deluding myself into thinking that I can fit into them as I have done so many times in the past. Nope, these fit!

Beyond the Sofa - Summer shorts

Please excuse the white glare coming from my legs! They literally never see the sun.

In other news, I also finished my 6 Weeks into Mysore classes at my local yoga studio. I think I’ll be keeping it up once a week though I’ll skip this week as I have a couple of things going on. I can’t say as I have noticed a load of progress, but it is a good way to escape and do something active for a bit.

Life is going pretty well actually, and it’s kind of strange to think that I have the equivalent of one Whole 30 left now. As I mentioned in my 60 day post, I think this would be quite a sustainable way to continue eating for me and I don’t anticipate changing much from Day 100. That being said, I might find that in the next month, I suddenly get a huge hankering for something I don’t currently eat. I would be surprised though. Even if I did, I feel like I would be able to have a better, more honest conversation with myself about why I wanted it (whatever “it” is).

The only thing that isn’t improving is my scalp. I bought some stuff from Neal’s Yard today in the hope of sorting my skin out. Given that I am not eating any wheat or dairy and haven’t done for over two months, I don’t think that I can lay my awful skin at the door of my diet. The culprit, as perhaps I’ve always known, is stress. My poor scalp is red raw and has been for ages now. It got a bit better when we had a week off a couple of weeks ago, but now it’s pretty awful. I kind of refuse to go to the doctors as it just seems a bit of a stupid thing to go for. Plus, the root cause of it is, I am quite certain, stress, so I don’t just want to mask the symptoms, I want to tackle the cause but soothe the irritation in the meantime. So that’s my focus for the next 30 days, to effectively stop bleeding from my hairline. Gross.

Apparently it is National Ice Cream Day today. What’s your favourite ice cream? Obviously ice cream isn’t on the Whole 30 “approved food” list, so instead I had an iced coffee today.


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Whole 100: 60 days in

I’m now effectively two Whole 30s in to my Whole 100. Day 60 seems to have come around without much ceremony, probably not helped by the fact that I ran out of time to blog at my Day 40 and Day 50 updates. By the time I’d managed to string a sentence together, it was a bit too late. Such is life!  Visually, this is where I am at:

Whole 100 Day 60 Front

Unlike in my Day 30 weigh in, I can definitely see more of a difference this time in my front profile. My face is much less puffy for a start. Random weight loss NSV? I have to use slightly less foundation when I’m putting my make up on now.

Whole 100 Day 60 Side

Side on, I can definitely see the difference. Mum commented on my last weigh in post, saying that I seem to have grown. The only thing I can think is that it is the weight coming off which is stopping my body being weighed down. Very strange.

That is a total of 40 lbs down since 1st January this year, and 20.7 lbs down since I started my Whole 100. I’m pleased with the numbers, though I feel that the loss has slowed down quite a bit lately, having lost just 8lbs since my 30 day weigh in. Being a bit more objective about it, a loss of 2lbs a week is perfectly fine. I guess it’s just that as I know how much I have to lose, 2lbs a week doesn’t really dent it much. Must think bigger picture!

Highlights

In my last weigh in post, I mentioned that I needed to find a pair of trousers for work, which was proving a bit difficult. I found a pair in Debenhams, and while they’re not a different size than my old ones, but there is a big difference in the sizing. It’s actually really frustrating – why can’t there be a uniform approach to sizing? It has made me more aware though not to trust in the number on the tag – it doesn’t mean much right now. Being totally honest, it’s been such a long time since I fitted in to non-plus-sized clothes, I don’t remember if “normal” sizing has the same problem to the same degree.

I have a good and consistent level of energy, and I’m definitely noticing that I don’t seem to be suffering too much with energy dips during the day. We had the week off last week and did quite a lot of walking about, which I think I would have struggled to do, partly because of my weight and also because of my peaks and troughs in energy levels.

I’m not getting much in the way of cravings. I actually feel like I could eat this way for the vast majority of the time going forward and beyond a Whole 30 or Whole 100. The fact that it has got to Day 60 without much in the way of hiccups I think just confirms that this isn’t too difficult for me at the moment. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t think that some flexibility would be nice. Doing this has definitely given me an appreciation for those who have something that means they have to be gluten and/or dairy free, or choose to be a vegan. It’s really hard to just find something to eat on the go.

I donated my 12th pint of blood at Blood Donors this week. Ask any blood donor what they look forward to, and it’s the chocolate biscuits and cup of tea at the end. I count myself amongst them! Not yesterday though. Yesterday I drank enough water to sink a ship and stopped at Marks and Spencers to get an undressed salad and prawns. I should have been more prepared and taken a Nakd bar or something with me, but it was a bit of a last minute decision to book an appointment. Anyway, another non-scale victory (I think) is that they got into my vein much easier. It could well be that I had a great nurse who has the knack, or it could be that they’re easier to feel (the veins for blood donors are always quite deep and usually hard to find).

Also, this week, I have cooked some new cuts of meat – brisket and shin. So far, so good! I made a rosemary and garlic pulled beef, and a casserole. We’re very lucky to have a great butcher in town, who also do an amazing “meat for the week” deal, which I took up to batch cook last week.

Activity

I’m still enjoying my yoga classes, though I missed last week, and it’s the last session this week. I’m unsure what I am going to do after this week in terms of continuing at a studio or class. I really need to clear the spare room of stuff again so I can carve out a workout space. I’ve really noticed that I am quite sedentary in my normal day to day life though so I need to make more of an effort to move more.

My thoughts have turned back to running again. I am trying to work out the best time to start back on Couch to 5k. Watch this space!

In summary then…

Things are going well, and I am still enjoying the process. I could definitely see that this is something I could keep going with, but with some flexibility in the future, as even the creators of Whole 30 are clear that it shouldn’t ever be a Whole 365. And who wants a birthday without cake and Christmas without pudding anyway?


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Non Weigh in Wednesday 19: Baggy trousers

Non-Weigh In Wednesday

 

I really must get better at putting together my Weigh In Wednesday posts, as it has been another couple of weeks since I last posted one.

It’s been a good couple of weeks for non-scale victories.

Loose trousers

So we all know about my work trouser saga, and I haven’t resolved it yet. As a result, my bum has got properly baggy, but I hadn’t really noticed how much until I caught sight of myself in the mirror at a conference today during a loo break.

Mirror selfie

It’s all well and good, but the bottom of my trousers are really scuffed up now. I need to make it my mission in my week off to find a new pair of work trousers. I’m not really complaining. I think it’s actually kinda cool (though doesn’t look great, so yeah… Need to get it sorted!).

People noticing

Mum, Dad and me travelled to Hampshire on Sunday to see my sister to go out for lunch for her birthday. It was really lovely to see her (as it always is), especially as I haven’t seen her since Easter. She was very complimentary and said she could see a real difference. I was a bit concerned about what I was going to eat, as we were going to a pub. I picked a salad, and I swear it was one of the best salads I have had in ages. I’m now looking for roquito peppers, as they were in the salad and they may be my new favourite thing.

Our catering account manager has also said she can see a massive difference every time she sees me. I swear she is my favourite person at work sometimes!

Yoga

I went to my Moving into Mysore class again on Monday, and really enjoyed it. I think mentally, I’m feeling in a bit of a better place. I have always struggled with downward dog and normally revert to puppy pose instead. This week, I actually managed some downward dog. I was pretty pleased! I am feeling it in my hamstrings today though.

In other yoga news, I went to a wellbeing conference for work today and was introduced to laughter yoga. It is probably the most bizarre thing I have ever experienced, but it was really fun. I hadn’t heard of it before today. Very sadly, apparently while children smile in excessive of something crazy like 400 times a day, adults are lagging way behind. It’s the same for laughter, so the idea of laughter yoga is to get back in touch with your inner (smiley, giggly) child – going around and clapping and saying “ho ho ho, he he he”, greeting people like you’re really excited to see them and are long lost friends, and all sorts. It was completely random, but good fun.

Days ahead

It’s going to be a busy few days ahead. My meal prep has been okay this week, and I just need to make sure that it continues for the next few days. I have made a couple of really good salads, eggy muffins for breakfast, and pulled stuff out of the freezer for tea. It definitely takes the stress out of it all.

It’s Blogtacular on Friday, and I got my photowalk instructions this morning (woohoo!). There was a link to making the best of a photowalk on that email, and one piece of advice was to be prepared to be involved in the actual photos. Normally I would have though “urgh” as I really felt uncomfortable in front of the camera. At the moment, the thought of this doesn’t bother me at all. This is quite a revelation for me!

There’s a few more non-scale victories to add to the list! It’s all good!

Have you ever heard of laughter yoga? Would you ever give it a go?


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Whole 100 Day 30 – Progress Update

Here it is! The sun has nearly set on Day 30, which I guess makes this my fourth Whole 30, and (you guessed it) 30 days into my Whole 100. I thought I’d just run through where I am right now.

Highlights

I’ve had a couple of really good highlights so far. Firstly, I am in the next size down in jeans and really do need to replace my work trousers sooner rather than later. I’ve actually lost 15lbs since Day -1, which takes my weight loss since the beginning of the year to 31.5lbs lost which I am really pleased with. I’m just trying to see if I have any pictures of me at Christmas for a better comparison (if I find any, I’ll post them at some point). Frustratingly, while I feel different, I don’t think you can see a massive difference in my progress pictures, though it is slightly more evident front on (I think, maybe).

Whole 100 Day 30 side comparison

On the plus side, I look a bit chirpier than I did in the Day minus 1. When I’ve spoken to Mum, she said I sound happier too and I guess I feel more like that in myself despite some extra challenges and stress at work.

Whole 100 Day 30 front comparison

When I talked about my Day minus 1, I said that my skin, hair and nails weren’t great. I was suffering with some pretty gross dandruff, my nails were super brittle and flaky and my skin was spotty and patchy. This is definitely a work in progress, but I’m really pleased to say that my dandruff has mostly cleared up and my nails are growing well and are much stronger (despite catching my thumb nail in the grater when I was grating carrot a week and a bit ago! Ouch!).

Another highlight has been eating out. In my previous Whole 30 escapades, I have actively avoided going out to eat. This time, I’ve eaten out twice and haven’t found it too bad an experience (and hopefully, I haven’t been too difficult to eat out with!).

Food

I thought I’d just mention food that I am really enjoying right now.

Whole 30 Meals

Sweet potatoes are everything. I eat something sweet potato related most days, and I am nowhere near bored of them (which is quite unusual for me). I’ve also really enjoyed my salads lately, along with some deli tuna from Well Fed 2. For dinners, I was glad to welcome some spicy food back into my life in the form of curry. From having eaten quite a lot of red meat over the last month, I’ve batch cooked a load of chicken dishes, so it’s going to be a bit more varied this month.

The next 30 days

Over the next 30 days, I had a couple of things I’d like to work on. Firstly, I want to make sure that I’m actually eating enough. There have been a good few days where I forgot to eat breakfast, and then meetings roll on or I get caught up in something at work and before I know it, I haven’t had any lunch either. I’ve tried to make sure my portion sizes aren’t too big, but that’s not much use if I am not eating until tea time. I’ve guessed that might be why my moods are a little all over the place at the moment. Poor Matt – he’s dealt with a lot of my hangry moods lately.

Secondly, I want to add some activity in. Last night, I started a Moving into Mysore class at the yoga studio I went to last October. It’s a six week course, and I’d like to think that it will set the foundation and structure for a better commitment on my part. I’ve been comparatively more active in terms of just getting out and about over the last month or so too so I would like to keep that up.

In summary

Despite a couple of rocky patches so far, it all seems to be going okay. I’m not at the stage of feeling all out amazing, but that has just confirmed that I need to stick at this way of eating for longer to see if I can really break out of some bad habits. I do remember thinking that 100 days was an awfully long time, but now that I am 30 days in, it doesn’t feel too bad. I think Jo had exactly the right advice which was to just treat it like 100 single days, instead of one massive block of 100 days. Thanks Jo!


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Ultimate Coffee Date: June

Coffee at the ready, it’s Ultimate Coffee Date time! It’s time for a catch up! I cannot remember the last time I blogged so much. I’m not sure whether it’s the Blogtacular effect and my brain is coming up with new post ideas because of that, or whether I’m just doing a bit more that I can write about lately. Who knows!

Coffee in a teapot

If we were having coffee, you’d notice that I’ve caught the sun a little bit. I’m genuinely hopeful of a tan this year instead of going red then back to porcelain white. When we lived in the flat, we didn’t get out a huge amount as we didn’t have anywhere to sit in the sunshine unless we trekked a load of furniture with us, and even then, it’s not the same as being sat in the garden. Now that we have a house with a garden, we’ve really been enjoying getting out in it and tackling the lawn and will very shortly start weeding. Our acer has also gone from having very little in the way of leaves, to suddenly being the most beautiful colour. In terms of working in the garden, I seem to be the person who gets to do the mowing, while Matt rotivates the flower beds (which is fine by me – my weakling muscles can’t cope with rotivating manually for very long!). I think we have been outdoors a bit more lately too, which has helped, and it is amazing what a bit of vitamin D can do for your mood!

Garden 2016

Over coffee, I’d tell you that my Whole 100 is going okay. I’m near the end of a normal Whole 30 now (30 days are up on Tuesday I think). I’ve gotten into a bit a funk lately, which doesn’t seem to have any reason behind it, so I can only assume that it is the junk still leaving my body and it’s just kind of throwing me out of sorts. I know it’ll pass, and I know that I need to invest some time in getting it right too. I haven’t been great at my meal prep outside of dinner. Yesterday, because I hadn’t prepared anything and I was doing some training at work and time got away from me, I didn’t have breakfast or lunch. Not ideal. So today, I suspect is going to be a hungry day. On the plus side, it is a good kind of strange to recognise what hungry is for me. I’m trying to make a conscious effort to only eat when I am hungry, rather than “oh look, it’s 1pm, it’s lunch time”.

Whole 100 breakfast

Over coffee, I would tell you that I am going to be attending a yoga class on Monday. It’s a 6 week class which is meant as an introduction to Mysore style classes. Thankfully it is designed for the complete beginner, though while I am not a complete beginner, it’s been a while since I last practiced. My thoughts have started turning towards the last yoga course that I did in October, and I’ve been quite aware of how shallow my breathing is. Anyway, I’m sure I’ll ache and be a bit stiff for the first couple of times, but I’m really looking forward to it.

Exeter Yoga 2

Over coffee, I would probably still be singing the praises of the Devon County Show. I haven’t been for about three years, but Matt bought us tickets to go this year. I really do need to finish the blog post I’ve started for it, but I enjoyed myself a lot, despite getting up at the crack of dawn (at least it felt like it!). Normally, Mum and I go on a Friday as there are less children around, but Matt didn’t have enough holiday to do that so we went on Saturday instead. Also, with Mum, usually we try loads of different foods, from cheeses to honey to seeds to whatever sounds interesting in the beer and cider tent. This time, my Whole 100 scuppered my plans and I couldn’t eat much at all which was a shame. I actually didn’t buy too much – just a HUGE steak, some sausages and a potted rose for Mum. I would have sneaked an alpaca and/or horse out as they are one of my favourite animals, but I think someone would have noticed!

Devon County Show 2016 Collage

So that’s me this month.

What’s happening in your world?


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Whole 100: 20 Days In – Attack of the Grumps

I am now 22 days in to my Whole 100, and things have definitely changed a bit since my first 10 days.

Stomachly speaking

Since my Non-Weigh In Wednesday this week just gone, where I waffled on about how my digestive system is happy, about 12 hours after posting that post, Armageddon hit my tummy.  I had probably 4 days of being completely unsettled, and I seem to be a bit better again now. I vaguely remember something like this happening during my January Whole 30, and Whole 30’s timeline predicts that it’ll happen about two weeks in, so I seem to be running a little later.

Swing Low…

If the tummy issues weren’t enough, my mood swings hit full pelt over the last couple of days too. Matt had wanted to go to Castle Combe yesterday, and originally, I was quite happy to go. It sounds like a nice day out, spectating instead of mashalling as we would usually do. By the time yesterday morning arrived, I was trying to think of every reason not to go and started getting really (stupidly) grumpy about it. Of course, when we were on the road and nearly there, I was absolutely fine. The sunshine definitely does wonders for grumpiness!

Castle Combe - June 2016

Food

The food is all okay, though I should probably be more organised with it again. I have slipped a bit in terms of meal preparation these last couple of weeks. Knowing that this was the case, and also knowing that my batch cooked meals from a few weeks ago were beginning to run low, I had scoured through my Pinterest board and Bloglovin’ feed for inspiration. I’ve actually eaten out a couple of times too, which I don’t think I’ve ever really done on a Whole 30 before. The go-to meal is always steak (which currently suits me fine!). I am due to go out with work for a Thai this week, so I am not sure what I’ll be having then.

I have probably had a bit of grumping around food envy too. Matt is kind of following me with the paleo thing, but he is also eating other stuff. I have felt myself saying “I can’t have that because of xyz” a lot over the last week or so, which is getting a bit grating. The plus side? I am definitely getting good at label reading again.

Victory!

I have had a great non-scale victory though – I’m in my next jeans size down! I bought some new jeans this weekend, and I’m really pleased to be in a smaller size. Unfortunately the work trousers that I had ordered didn’t fit, so rather than hang on to them “for when they fit”, I decided to return them (which may be the first time I have ever returned something!). I liked the fabric but I wasn’t keen on the fastening – just a zip on the hip – no button or hook and eye or anything. I figured I would sit down too quickly or something and split the zip. The search continues!

Skin, Hair and Nails

I would say that everything is going well on this front, but it’s not quite there. My scalp is still sore (though not as bad), my skin is still a bit rubbish (but better), and my nails are doing pretty well! I’m having a manicure in a couple of weeks, ahead of Blogtacular, so I am hoping for nice long nails at that point. They’re growing pretty well, so I doubt that’ll be a problem.

Sleep and concentration

Sleep has dropped off a bit for me, and I definitely am not feeling overly rested. Getting up has returned to being a struggle again. My bed has just been too inviting to get up from. Concentration? What’s that? I’m quite sure that this is all work-related fugginess so I’m not too surprised.

Our Bedroom

All in all, I’m doing okay, but my inner chant at the moment is “this too shall pass”. I think the sunshine and non-scale victory of the jeans is helping to mitigate the worst of my mood.


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Non-Weigh In Wednesday 18: Checking in

Non-Weigh In Wednesday

Non-weigh in Wednesday is here again! I still haven’t stepped on the scales yet, and think I am going to leave it until a Whole 30 has been completed before I do so. What’s been going on this week?

Steps

Well, I think I did my most steps this year on Saturday just passed, when Matt and I went to the Devon County Show for the day. I’ve got a post to write up about it, but I tipped over my goal at 10:30am on Saturday, which I don’t think I have ever done before. I feel like I am more active generally too.

Devon County Show 2016

Sleep and Concentration

I am definitely finding it much easier to get up in the morning still, though I am struggling to shut my brain off in the evening. I feel like I have so many ideas (work, blog, life) and so little time. Plus my note book is never near me when I need it, and I’m just not a digital enough kind of person to pop it on my phone. So this isn’t really a non-scale victory for me this week. My concentration levels aren’t brilliant, but I think it is because I am stretching myself quite thin (jack of all trades, master of none right now!). That will get better over the next few weeks (hopefully).

Clothing

My clothes are definitely getting baggier, which is brilliant news. While it is good news, frustratingly, Next don’t have any immediately available trousers in my size so I have been forced elsewhere. I’ve taken a bit of a gamble on what size I am in a different shop, but I think it’ll be officially the same size as I currently wear for work trousers. I need to buy some new jeans too, which I am hoping will match the size of my work trousers (they’re currently a size bigger). I also wish I had taken a selfie or something before I started my Whole 100 as I am sure my face looks a bit thinner (or perhaps I have found better lighting!).

Skin

This is a bit of an odd non-scale victory. My skin has broken out horribly. I’ve decided that this is a good thing. I have no idea whether this is actually the case, but I’ve decided that the crap from everything I was eating before my Whole 100 is on its way out and of course, being acne prone (still), it is my skin that suffers. If I am completely honest, my stress levels are quite high again, and that probably isn’t helping.

Digestively

This is a big thing for me. While I am generally pretty good, digestively speaking, this has got better over the last couple of weeks and it’s great! I don’t think I am eating as much, and life is just settled in this respect.

So that’s me this week. How is your week going?


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Non-Weigh In Wednesday 17 and My First 10 days

It’s ten days since I started my Whole 100! I’m stuck in that place where I feel like that hasn’t been very long at all, while also feeling like I have found my rhythm with it and like I have been eating this way for ages. As I am not weighing in, I thought I’d share some more non-scale victories (which are decidedly less sarcastic than last week).

Stronger nails

As I mentioned in my pre-Whole 100 post, my nails have been brittle, flaky and weak for what feels like absolutely ages. They were slow to grow and when they did, they wouldn’t last. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like super long nails, as I struggle to type, but I do like a little tip so that nail polish (on the rare occasion that I wear it) looks nice. Hurrah for stronger nails!

Yogi Tea - Bedtime

Getting up

I don’t know whether this is a Whole 100 thing or just a lighter mornings thing, but I am finding it much less difficult to get up in the morning. So much so that I have shrugged off my night owl preference and got in early to work both yesterday and today without having too much issues with flagging during the day. I’ve had a lot of work this week with one person down in the team, so I have been getting in to work for 7am. I have actually impressed myself. I don’t even think I represented a zombie when I’ve arrived – no one has recoiled, so I can only take that as a good thing! Importantly though, I have also managed to have a normal day until about 10:30pm. I don’t think it is something that I would want to get into the habit of long term, but it does feel good to be able to get up without having to feel like I am dragging an anchor behind me.

Whole 100 breakfast

Enjoying food and feeling hungry

Prior to starting this Whole 100, I cannot tell you the last time that I felt my tummy rumble. I am trying to remember where I found an article which I’ve read recently which was basically saying that we are designed to feel hunger and we shouldn’t avoid feeling like that. I’ve actually felt hungry! Who’d have thunk! I’ve also been really enjoying the meals that I made and froze. I don’t think there is anything that I have really felt “blurgh” about at all, which is great!

Well Fed Deli Tuna

Feeling fuller on smaller portions

This bit really is that simple – I feel that I am eating much less than I was and that I am taking longer to eat my food which is good. Obviously trying to race through crudités gives you immense jaw ache, so I have been taking my time.

Day 8 Lunch

Whole 100 generally

I have actually really enjoyed this all so far. I haven’t had my temper tantrums (yet) though I suspect they’ll arrive at some point. My concentration is a little better and I feel perkier. I don’t know if I feel thinner, but I am feeling much better in myself. I’m less windy, my stomach ache has gone and I haven’t had any since I started my Whole 100. I am not really craving much at the moment, but is phantom smells a thing? I swear I can smell things like freshly cooked doughnuts (mmm….) and other random smells in unsuspecting places. I have a feeling that I have this in my January Whole 30, but I don’t appear to have written it down in the blog.

Thinking back on my decision to go for a Whole 100 over another Whole 30, I feel like I have made the right decision. The fact that I am feeling pretty good, when ordinarily my temper has frayed and I have been a nightmare to live with for the first two weeks in a Whole 30 indicates to me that I still have stuff working its way out of my system (certainly if my skin is anything to go by, that is definitely the case).

The only thing that really hasn’t improved yet is a dandruffy scalp which makes me thing that it is more to do with my stress levels than my diet. It’s frustrating (not to mention sore) but I know it’ll go away over the next few weeks.

Anyway, that’s me for this week – I feel much more positive. All round chirpy!