It was hard to leave mom yesterday morning to head home, but I think she was ready for me to go. My sister, brother-in-law and nephew will be visiting her starting on Friday, so mom need’s some downtime. Not sure she will get much as she is very well known and liked in her community and seems to have a lot of drop-ins. The passing of my step-father is a huge weight off her shoulders. She misses him but at the same time knows that his suffering is over. I think she’ll be just fine.
When I weighed myself this morning and saw a four pound gain (385), I wasn’t surprised. It’s only temporary and I expect to have it off and more by next Sunday. Mom pushed and pushed food on me as if she was receiving some kind of monetary kickback for anything she could get me to put in my mouth. I don’t think I have said “no thanks” as many times as I did in the last four days ever in my life. Good grief woman, stop! Even though I was able to less than I normally would at her house, I did eat more than I wanted. It was mostly the wrong kinds of food…and salt. I am so swollen and bloated, I feel like I could pop. My feet and ankles are huge and I am not sure any of my shoes will fit now.
While at mom’s I was able to do some walking. The weather was beautiful and I took advantage of the privacy her lot provides. I would like to continue walking this week since the sun is supposed to stick around. However, now I won’t have the privacy. I’ve mentioned before that I do not like being in public. I’m uncomfortable with it but it has kept me indoors for too long and I plan to conquer that fear this
Since I am working from home today, I will take a walk at lunch
time. It will be small, but 1) it will
be outside and 2) better than not walking.
Now that I am home, I can eat the way I would like. The plan is to follow the Whole30 approach, well most of it. A lot of people have been talking about the Whole30 lately, so if you haven’t already heard of it you can check it out here. I won’t be doing the 30 day challenge. I tried that once and with all the changes all at once, and me being super strict, I failed. Hmmm, that sounds like an excuse...moving on. I will be following 95% or more of it though and I think for me that will be just fine. The reason I say ~95% following, is that I may have honey or small amounts of bacon from time to time. I plan on eliminating grains, legumes, white potatoes, dairy, sugar and artificial sweeteners. So goodbye bread, beans, milk, butter, chocolate and diet soda. I’m not saying that I will never ever have these foods, but for the foreseeable future, I would like to stay away. Since I eat most of them daily, giving them up will be challenging. Nevertheless, I am determined. My husband isn’t jumping on board but is supportive.
Is Whole30 just another name for Paleo? I think they are similar, but not exactly the same. I don’t much about Paleo. I’ve read "It Starts With Food", by the founders of the Whole30. Maybe I will start reading some Paleo books. I’ve tried all kinds of ways to lose weight, from Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutri-Systems, Optifast, counting calories and more. I now believe I need to just eat as healthy as I can by eating whole foods rather than processed. Simple and clean will be key. I’m excited to give it a try and hopefully see my weight and blood sugar readings coming down.
Have you heard of the Whole30? Or do you eat a Paleo plate? If you have any suggestions for good Paleo reads, I would love to check them out.
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