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Sunday, October 12, 2014

I just realised I didn't post my measurements for after Whole30. Here they are!

Before measurements:
Weight - 12 stone 1, 169 lbs
Neck - 34cm
Upper arm - 32.4cm
Wrist - 17cm
Low chest - 84.5cm
Waist - 79.5cm
Hips - 112cm
Thigh - 65cm
Calf - 41cm

After measurements:
Weight - 11 stone 9, 163 lbs (-6 lbs)
Neck - 32.7cm (-1.3cm)
Upper arm - 32cm (-0.4cm)
Wrist - 16cm (-1.0cm)
Low chest - 82.5cm (-2.0cm)
Waist - 77.4cm (-2.1cm)
Hips - 108.8cm (-3.2cm)
Thigh - 62.5cm (-2.5cm)
Calf - 40.1cm (-0.9cm)

I did drop down to 11 stone 5lbs (159 lbs) at the start when I wasn't eating anywhere near enough. Once I started getting a sensible number of calories it bounced back up, which I am totally okay with. Starving myself is so not the way to go. Ever.

After bringing peanut butter back into my diet with no side effects, I decided to give milk a try, and I am severely disappointed to find I've had some not-so-great reactions to it. I'll not go into detail but trust me, it's bad. I do seem to be able to handle it in small doses, so I could have tea with milk (thank the Lord, I can still be English!) but ice cream and yoghurt etc are out. Sad face.

Now onto some good results. You know that mysteriously feeling happy that people have apparently reported while on Whole30? I've had that the last few days. You know, since I started eating 'bad' food again. The other day I was even smiling on the way to work. That NEVER happens! And it made me realise how long it's been since I just felt happy in myself. So it turns out restrictions, even self-inflicted ones, make me a seriously unhappy bunny. See, I'm learning.

The other good result - after pb and milk I decided to try eating bread again. I went to the bread aisle in the supermarket. I picked up the bread. I read the ingredients. For like 5 minutes. I put the bread back down again. I walked away. Seriously, I looked at every single brand of brown bread they had, and there was not one ingredients list with less than 15 items on it. I'm just not putting that kind of stuff in my body any more.

And a final good point. Before Whole30 I always, always struggled to meet my fibre goal for the day. I couldn't fathom how people got that much into their diets without some kind of supplement. But once I sorted out my calories on day 7 or whenever it was, I have met my fibre goal every single day.

So even though I hated it, Whole30 has made some really good changes in my life.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

AMBER281 11/1/2014 4:35PM

    Glad to hear you are learning what will and won't work for you.

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PEGGY11 10/14/2014 2:43PM

    I was really surprised when I bought a "healthy" margarine the other day. I can't believe it is not butter light. On the lid it says made with buttermilk. Well buttermilk powder is about 6 down on the list, just before all the chemicles. The writing is so small I had to use my magnifying glass to read them. It is going with me now when I shop. When it said made with buttermilk I feel like it should have been the first ingredient.

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CRABADA 10/13/2014 6:58PM

    So glad you're feeling like the experiment was a success, and also learning what will and won't work for you.


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AMARILYNH 10/12/2014 5:42PM

    Wow - VERY impressive! Congratulations on the knowledge you have gained!!

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Oh, sugar.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Confession time!
Confession #1
Last night I sat down and ate a whole bag of sweets in one sitting.

Confession #2
I don't feel the slightest bit guilty about it. They were the most delicious thing I have eaten in over a month, no question.

I can deal with the odd nomming session like that. I've just got to make sure it doesn't keep happening on a regular basis.

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RAWCOOKIE 10/10/2014 10:01AM

    you rebel!

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JILLYBEAN25 10/9/2014 1:37AM

    I think that's a very healthy and evolved attitude to have! emoticon emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 10/8/2014 11:35PM

    emoticon sugar monster sometimes cannot be denied. Hope it has gone off to a dark corner

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PEGGY11 10/8/2014 2:13PM

    It is good that you enjoyed it and don't feel guilty. It is also great that it will be a once in a blue moon thing.

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PENSFRIEND 10/8/2014 1:11PM

    Glad you enjoyed. It's the pits when you have something you shouldn't and then decide after it wasn't worth it...


(not that you eat a bag of sweets with a knife & fork!...)

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BYEPOUNDS 10/8/2014 12:22PM


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Great Scottish Run

Sunday, October 05, 2014

I ran the Great Scottish Run 10k race today, and am therefore too knackered for a full-on blog.
My legs hate me.

It was a fantastic atmosphere at the race, even though I was far too tired and had leaden legs before we even started. I'm getting a cold so I wasn't expecting anything time-wise, which actually made it a bit better. I did run up almost all the hills though, which I'm very proud of. Normally I avoid hills at all costs.

I was just running for the sake of it, but most people were running it for charity. Reading people's "I am running for..." signs helped distract me from my heavy legs. I saw:

In memory of Emily Nelson. Who, from the photo, couldn't have been older than 3 or 4.
Alzheimers care
Scottish Association for Mental Health
7 different cancer charities (has anyone else ever thought they could work much faster if they all joined into one big charity and shared their money? Just me?)
Diabetes UK
Beat - a charity that works with people with eating disorders
MS Society
Finding a cure for Lupus
and so many others I will never remember them all.

Of course, there were also the funny ones:
Vegan supremacy
Run?? I thought you said RUM!!
Training for the Pokemon league
The pint at the end
Why is everyone chasing me!?

I had no sign on my back. They annoy me.

And finally, I am in love with that foil blanket. Best invention ever.

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SOFTBALLMONKEY 11/11/2014 8:17AM

    Well done!!

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CHODGES83 10/7/2014 12:17PM

    Well done! Those funny signs sound like a great distraction. I have a 5k coming up this weekend and our shirts will read Run For Your Life. I work at a doctor's clinic. Someone thought this was clever ;)

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NITHMOHA 10/7/2014 3:38AM

    Remarkable! Congratulations :)

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RAWCOOKIE 10/7/2014 2:58AM


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SATCHMO99 10/6/2014 3:58AM

    Great that you did 10k, even if your legs hate you now :-)

I keep putting off entering a 10k because my weekly 5k time remains a slow 36 minutes of leaden legs but I really need to up my distance.

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Sticks and stones

Saturday, October 04, 2014


It seems that comment last weekend has affected me more than I realised.

"You're not used to active stuff, are you?".

At first I thought it was good. "I'll show you not active!" *kills workout*.

But then I pushed so hard with my kettlebells that I hurt my back. I keep posting workout statuses on faceboook to prove that I've been active. I spent half an hour finding an interview I'd seen where a comedian spoke about people judging her on her size, during which she said "By the way, I run and workout. It takes a lot of effort to look like a normal/chubby person!". And I posted that to facebook as well.

I was so proud of myself for 'handling it' when I answered her back, but really it's messed me up just as much as it would have had I not said anything.

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RAWCOOKIE 10/5/2014 11:25AM

    Here's one from Linda Spangle (100 Days of Weight Loss) 'No matter what you do or say to me: I am still a worthwhile person'
I've found this very helpful x

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MSBBYTHEBAY 10/5/2014 7:48AM

    At the end of the day, I think you need to ask yourself: Who am I really doing this for?

If the answer is them (commentators, friends, family) you may need to examine your motivations. In this instance, the external validation led to you getting injured.

If the answer is me, then when people say negative or discouraging things, you can really just let it go by - this isn't about them, it is about you and your growth (and shrinkage ;) )

Take care of you and keep on rocking your workouts.

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CRABADA 10/5/2014 12:37AM

    That comment would have pissed me right off, and then wormed it's way into my head too. I absolutely sympathize.

But you DID say something, and that's a big step for you. Give yourself credit for taking that action.

And most importantly, remember that her comment, and what your head is saying since then, is NOT TRUE! Given the amount of dancing and other workouts you do, you're probably more active than 90% of the people you know.

Own that. Be proud of it. You don't need to prove anything to anyone, especially people who are ignorant enough to think that just because you have some weight to lose means you're sitting on the couch all the time.

Finally, tell the voices in your head to shut the hell up because you know they're wrong.


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DTHOR6 10/4/2014 8:27PM

    I totally agree with Satchmo99. Don't let her get your "goat". Don't let other peoples words define your mood.

Hope that your back is doing better.


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SATCHMO99 10/4/2014 7:44PM

    Don't allow her to have free rent in your head any longer! Hope your backs ok.

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POSITIVEHOPE 10/4/2014 7:17PM

    You were active. It is easy to let active slip away as we gain weight and it hurts to face the fact that we aren't as active as we once were. It is such a slow insidious slip that you don't realize how far you've gone for a long time. It happens quietly like insidiously a creeping vine until it's got us down and we finally see our new reality. It's not that "You're not used to active stuff, are you?" It's that you were used to it and miss beging able to easily do active things right now. There is nothing in that sentence that keeps you from working on regaining that ability. It makes us made to have lost something so precious. So, you over did it with the kettle ball and injured yourself. Sorta like punishing yourself. Now, you have to heal and then pick yourself up and start pursuing being active a little more gently. Turn your hurt and anger into something constructive like persistence and determination. You can change your body but you need to change your thinking. Forgive yourself that you let it happen. If you had seen it happening you would have stopped it sooner. Start right this minute.

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Peanut butter

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Mm. Peanut butter is THE most amazing thing I have ever tasted. I am in heaven right now. Seriously.

I was going to do weight and measurements today, but my TOM is most decidedly on the way and for the last few days I've been puffing up like a balloon. So we can all wait til that's sorted itself out and then I'll get my tape measure out.

Did I mention how much I love peanut butter?

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/2/2014 11:46AM

    Love it too - I really love it with bananas!!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 10/1/2014 11:45PM

    I love peanut butter too. Peanut sauce on noodles💗

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JILLYBEAN25 10/1/2014 8:21PM

    I love me some nut butters of all kinds!!!

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CRABADA 10/1/2014 4:37PM

    I'm with you. I made a comment lamenting the calories and people suggested PB2. I had no idea what it was, but when I discovered it was a *powder* I wasn't even remotely interested.

:) C.

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