Tub on the Run


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Non-Weigh In Wednesday 16: Non-scale victories already?

With my whole not-weighing-in during my Whole 100 (at least for 30 days anyway), I thought it might be nice to share some non-scale victories I have had so far.  Are you ready?

I’m alive. Functioning, just. I have had a headache for the last two days that just won’t shift (damn it Whole 30 people – you were right when you said that the amount of suck experienced in this phase is directly proportionate to how much crap you ate before starting). I am genuinely considering being alive and not having murdered anyone for a shortcake millionaire thing as a remarkable success. Where did the little chocolatey treats come from? My manager – she bought them for the office (normally a very lovely gesture that I would completely appreciate). I had to sniff them. It was the closest I could get. Thankfully I don’t think I dribbled in the tub… Nope. My colleagues just think I’m a weirdo.

Whole 100 Day 3 Beyond the Sofa

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To be fair, I am considering the not eating sweet things as a genuine non-scale victory for my first week, as resisting those buggers was tough! Who doesn’t love the Marks and Spencer tub of treats?! I am assured by Matt that this does count as a victory.

Right now, I’ve ended up in a bit of a funk. It’s a temporary food funk. I have also apologised to Matt in advance of the impending storm that will be my toddler style temper tantrum that will strike without warning (and almost undoubtedly for no good reason) over the next 5 or so days. I should probably apologise to him again, now, as I think I’m being needy and difficult. All of this over sugar. How ridiculous.

I think my mantra at the moment is very much “this too shall pass”.

This too shall pass

(Photo credit: Marlis Borger on Flickr)


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T minus 1 to my Whole 100

It’s Whole 100 Eve today! I’ve decided to take some time out to blog about where I am right now, with pictures and everything. In my January Whole 30, I made the mistake of forgetting to take any before pictures. This time, I’ve remembered!

Starting Point

This is my starting point. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that I felt like an over-stuffed sausage, squeezing into these capri pants again. It’s a long time since I wore them last, and man can I feel the extra pounds in this! I am also cringing a little to post this, but I’m desperately trying to remind myself that this is my “before” photo. It’s going to get better from here.

Whole 100 Minus Day 1 Beyond the Sofa

Obviously it should go without saying – apologies for the awful hair and lack of make up. It’s Sunday – that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it! I’ve weighed myself, measured myself, and taken photographs. One thing? I am definitely hoping for a bit more of a tan in 100 days! I’m still undecided what I am going to do about weighing in over the course of the Whole 100. In my Whole 30 round up from January, the creators of Whole 30 think you should look at the achievements beyond the scale, but when you have such a large amount to lose, I think it is helpful, so I am going to do what works for me. I don’t want to be beholden to the scale like I used to feel when I did Slimming World, but I also don’t feel ready to go it solo.

Anyway, I think it’s fair to say that my weight loss seems to have ground to a halt lately. I’m bobbing around the same couple of pounds, and I find myself regularly overeating just because it’s there.

Energy and other stuff

I honestly feel like I live in a kind of “coffee cannot cure this kind of tired” way at the moment. I have quite defined peaks and troughs in my energy (don’t ask me for anything between 3:30pm and 5:00pm – it won’t get done). My procrastination levels are possibly reaching new highs too. This has been further compounded by some really awful sleep. Normally I’m a good sleeper, but lately, my sleep has been quite broken. I’ve been quite good at getting to bed on time, as I had promised myself that I would do, though my weekends need some work! The sleep itself though has been decidedly naff.

Let’s talk about skin, hair and nails. Now, I’m going to paint you a lovely picture with words. I think I’m turning into a crust. My skin is so awfully dry and flaky. My scalp is sore with painful dandruff. My nails are super thin and brittle. I’m truly gorgeous! I had a facial a couple of weeks ago in the hope of sorting my skin out, but even that didn’t really help.

About my Whole 100

When I wrote my post about doing a Whole 100 a couple of weeks ago, I thought I’d be able to breeze through it with no real issues. How hard can it be? It’s only 3 lots of Whole 30 plus 10 days. I’ve done 3 Whole 30s already after all. Then, I suddenly start thinking that actually, 100 days is really long and that I don’t want to be a hermit. Then I remembered it is the Devon County Show in a couple of weeks, and I won’t be able to eat the wonderful cheeses, breads and other samples. Then I remembered that I am out with friends the following week. Then I remembered that I am actively choosing to do this, for good reasons, and that in the grand scheme, 100 days really isn’t very long and I will be able to eat out as normal but I’ll have to be that person. It’ll be fine.

I’m expecting the first couple of weeks to be a standard Whole 30 affair, with some grumpiness, some breakouts, some issues with tiredness and concentration. From around Day 30 onwards, I would anticipate either some food boredom or plate envy, and maybe a desire to binge eat. I suspect I’ll probably have a bit of a grump around then too, though that is wandering into uncharted territory at that point.

I’ll be blogging about it, but it won’t be as frequent as my January Whole 30, as, y’know, 100 days and all.

I have a “send off” of chicken fajitas and tiramisu, so I am going to head off and have my tea. Wish me luck!


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Venturing towards a Whole 100

I can’t remember exactly what it was that set me off down this line of thought, but I have thinking about my next Whole 30. I had intended to complete another Whole 30 in July this year, a half year check in since my January Whole 30. Despite my best of intentions to live an 80/20 life of food, it hasn’t worked. If I’m honest, I’m not sure it has ever worked for me.

When I am good, I’m really good. If I am not tempted by anything, it’s all super easy, but if I have the taste of something, that’s it – it’s a lost cause. While I can’t pinpoint the exact time that I started thinking about my next Whole 30, I am quite sure it was after I had eaten a lorry load of junk during (and after) a training session at work. It’s just so easy to slip back into eating garbage. Yes, my willpower could do with a bit more exercise, and maybe some would say that I don’t want it enough (it being losing weight). Maybe sometimes, that is true – with so much else going on, sometimes I forget that actually I do need to do something positive for my physical health. Perhaps it’s an addiction to sugar (most of my foods of choice tend to be sweet things). I don’t know, but I know I need to change.

First Ice Cream

The people behind Whole 30 also recognise that sometimes, 30 days isn’t enough:

“Generally speaking, if you have a long-standing medical issue, an autoimmune disease, or a history of tenacious cravings for food addictions, you’ll likely find 30 days isn’t enough to see the full potential of your results.”

I am lucky not to have any medical issues or autoimmune diseases, but my relationship with food is still, three Whole 30s later, poor at best. Have my Whole 30s been failings? No, not at all. I’ve learnt lots about myself during and after each one. I just don’t think I have done them for long enough. I could consider doing a Whole 45 (45 days), or 60 (60 days). I could, but I’m not. I’m considering a Whole 100.

I want to have a really good stab at it. I wrote a while ago about something that really gets my goat – the New Year’s “it only takes 21 days to form a habit” rubbish. For me, 21 days just isn’t long enough. Thirty days isn’t long enough. Perhaps 100 days will be enough for my brain and body to realise that there really is life without sugar all day every day, and that the life after that can be pretty good (if the 30 days are anything to go by).

I’ve tried to read about what sort of things to expect, and it seems that food boredom is top of the list. I’ll be rolling out my well used copies of Well Fed 2 and Nom Nom Paleo and working my way through some of the new-to-me recipes in there. I am also considering buying another paleo cookbook, but I haven’t decided which yet. In terms of when to start, I am going to postpone until after my Mum’s birthday, as we are planning to go out for food (probably Wagamama), so factoring in some time for batch cooking, I think I am looking at a start date of Monday 9th May, making the 100th day Wednesday 17th August.

As for blogging, I won’t be blogging every few days as I have done in my previous Whole 30s, but will do a round up once every 10 or so days. I am currently thinking what to do about my Weigh in Wednesdays, as the consensus is to stay away from the scales during a Whole 30.

Anyway, that is my current plan. I have Friday off to exercise my inner domestic goddess and get some batch cooking done, and help batten down the hatches.