I can't believe New Year's Day 2015 is just a few weeks away! 2014 has passed so quickly, it's nearly a blur, especially the last 11 weeks. Unfortunately, part of the reason this year passed so quickly was that life seemed to be constantly enveloped in stress and uncertainty. On the bright side, because of that additional stress, I shifted my priorities, gained a new perspective on life, and a new appreciation for everything that really matters. So, even though life is still stressful, I'm grateful for each new day.
SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER UPDATE:
We decided we wanted to sell our house, but before we could list it, there were a few thing that needed to be done. Because of my husband's work and travel schedule, I was the one that had to complete everything on the to-do list. Painting a few rooms, baseboards, and cleaning out closets and the garage didn't seem like it would take very long or that it would be too much for me, but I was wrong. My days were long and physically exhausting. So, I had to let go of my September fitness goals, and I didn't bother setting any new goals in October. My only fitness minutes, consisted of walking with our dog, on his mandatory twice daily walks, (average daily total 5 miles). Normally I don't count walking our dog in my fitness minutes, but since it took all the energy I had left to walk him, I counted them. I tried to hold on to my nutrition goals as long as I could, but by mid September, because of all the clutter the painting had caused, I couldn't even find my kitchen. I was surprised how quickly I noticed negative changes in my health, from all the restaurant foods.
It was mid October before our house was ready to go on the market, and by that time my *precious* body was screaming for attention. The joint swelling and muscle pains I had been dealing with earlier in the year, had returned with a vengeance. I was a complete mess. Even my husband, who has never had any health issues, was complaining about how rundown he felt, since I stopped cooking for us. So, we decided to reboot our systems, with a new Whole30. Eating W30 clean, isn't that different from our "ideal" normal eating habits. The big differences are no alcohol at all, no sweeteners of any kind, and no dairy. The rest of the avoid list, we do our best to avoid anyway. Today is day 31!
What made this Whole30 special is that we survived Halloween, 19 days away from home, an early Thanksgiving celebration with my husband's family, my birthday, and Thanksgiving, while eating W30 clean and without ever feeling deprived! My husband and I both feel so much better. Weight loss is supposed to be the "added bonus" of completing a W30 and not the focus. So I haven't bothered to weigh myself today or take measurements. I honestly can't remember if I took measurements when I started. If I did, they're someplace "safe" out of the reach of realtors or potential home buyers. Actually, one of the best things to come out of us, listing our house, was that I had to put our scale away. Out of sight. Out of mind. My addiction to that thing has finally been broken. But, I did weigh myself on my birthday, since in the past, my birthday has always been a big goal date for me. That was 10 days ago. To my surprise, I had lost 12 pounds! I did a quick happy dance, and then shoved that thing in the closet where it belongs. I won't bring it out again until New Year's Day.
Unfortunately, I'm still dealing with some muscle and joint issues. I have an MRI scheduled for tomorrow, and then a follow-up appointment with my orthopedist on the 10th, to discuss the results. He said if his suspicions are confirmed, I might need surgery on my right knee. A scary prospect, since my right knee has always been my "good" knee. I'm not going to think about it, until I have to think about it. But, I haven't had to scream once in the last two days, which is a BIG deal, since for the past 9 weeks, I couldn't go an hour without an exclamation. Maybe my W30 is still helping my body heal itself. Fingers crossed.
After 30 days on the market, a fluke contract issue with our realtor, allowed us to be granted an unconditional release from our contract. So we took our house off the market. That has alleviated a lot of stress, since our CA house hunting had not been going well. Our plan is to enjoy the holidays with our families, deal with my knee issues, and then decide if we want to list the house again in February. We'll see. To allow us to stay here, my husband would need to find a different job that eliminated all the traveling he's been doing these last two years. I'd rather live in a tiny CA apartment with him, then our beautiful house alone half of every month.
DECEMBER CHALLENGE: Stronger than Yesterday!
CANNIE50's Precious Body Challenge : www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
30 DAY NUTRITION CHALLENGE: Follow Wahl's Veggie Protocol, and eat Primal clean.
30 DAY FITNESS GOALS: Until, my orthopedist gives me permission to do more, my daily fitness will continue to only consist of walking our dog twice a day (min. of 5 miles daily) & Tracy's Mat Workout Arms and Abs 4 days a week.
PERSONAL REMINDER: There is no magical shortcut.
On my birthday, I watched Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead 2. If you haven't seen it, especially if you loved the original, wait until you can watch it for free. It's not worth the rental fee. Although it still tried to shine a light on the health benefits of juicing, the message that really came across was that drastic unsustainable diet changes, don't work. Since filming the original, Phil Staples (truck driver guy) has gained back all his weight, and Joe Cross regained and struggles with 30/40 pounds. It was sad.
I've been seeing the word "set-point" popping up a lot lately, when referring to why it's so hard to lose weight, and so easy to put weight back on. It seemed like a meaningless buzz word, until I watched this short YouTube video, The Quest to Understand the Biology of Weight Loss,
Researchers controlled the subjects weight loss, and tested all their hormone changes and metabolism changes as they lost weight. Conclusion... Whatever diet & or exercise plan you follow that allows you to lose excess weight, you need to be prepared to continue for the REST OF YOUR LIFE to keep the weight off, because the human body's natural survival response is to help restore the weight that was lost.
Success is not determined by reaching a goal weight or size. Success is having healthy diet and fitness habits become my default setting.
I'm ready to finish 2014 (and the rest of my life) strong. One day at a time.