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Accountability Partner

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Hey everyone!

I know I still haven't been around Spark much since early September. Spark has been difficult for me for a great number of reasons, the largest of which (of course) being that so much of my energy has been going elsewhere, into Much Harder Things. Really, the only way I'm holding my health together these days is with short-term plans. My Whole28 thing went really well, because it was a four-week plan, with a VERY strict set of instructions and a hard-line begin and end date. In the five days since it ended, I've felt very aimless, and this is Not Cool.

My response? Create another short-term plan...or, more accurately, a series of short-terms plans, with break weeks between them. After this coming Saturday, there are exactly 18 weeks until my birthday (March 1st), so my long-term set of short-term burst plans are centering around those 18 weeks. Cool. I've got this. I'm good at planning.

I'm less good with following through, though, especially with any plan that can be in any way considered long-term, even if that long-term is a series of short-term things.

Which brings me to point #2, and the real purpose of this blog. My Whole28 thing was successful not just because of the stuff I said above, but because every single day, I checked in with my cousin Jen (not a Sparker) and my good friend Stephanie (INEEDACAT9). I've never been one for accountability, necessarily, but the daily check-in and touch-base was really helpful for me, and kept me on track (and excited about the plan). And while I'm sure Jen and Stephanie wouldn't mind me continuing to send them daily check-ins for the next 18 weeks, they both have major stresses going on in their lives right now, and I don't want to be a burden on them Every Single Day.

I need an accountability partner, or a series of accountability partners. I need someone (or multiple someones) that I can text/email on a daily basis, someone who I can encourage, and who will encourage me, kick my butt into gear when I'm just not feeling it. I need someone I can talk to, and complain to, and be honest with, and just have to reach out to when I'm falling off the wagon, which is sure to happen over the next 18 weeks, as all my energy, again, is going into Much Harder Things. I need someone who is also looking for a daily accountability partner, so that this is a partnership and not just a one-sided thing, and who won't get bored or awkward and stop communicating after a few days or a few weeks (we've all had that happen before, haven't we?). It would be preferable - though perhaps I'm asking too much here - for that someone to have similar interests, ideas, viewpoints, etc, so that our messages don't have to center solely around fitness/nutrition. (In other words, it might be difficult for me to have a more-than-health-based relationship with someone who is devoutly religious or extremely politically conservative, for example.)

Not sure if there's anyone here on Spark that is looking for an accountability partner like this, especially as I'm asking particularly those people who I've known for a long time and/or have talked to often. But if there is, let me know, by comment or email or whatever. I'd love to hear from you. And thanks.

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CRABADA 10/23/2014 1:36PM

    I'm definitely in!

If you get a few of us who are interested, maybe a small private team (in addition to texting) would be a good idea, so that even if one of us missed a day, we'd always have a good conversation going.

For me, in addition to one or two fitness/food things, I need some help getting on track with some school stuff. Hope that will be OK.

Either way, let me know how I can help.


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MISSROCKABILLY 10/23/2014 12:05PM

    I would definitely be interested in doing this with you if you want me to. My schedule can be a little crazy with school, but I always have a little time and can always use a push to get some exercise in, which is what I am struggling with the most right now. I'll send you a message with my info, just let me know.

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Whole28 - Week 4 - Final Results

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Well, the scale barely moved this week, though this was expected. I'm at 158.4 lbs, for a 1.2-lb loss in Week 4 (plus 1.5 further inches lost). The stall-out, I know, is a combination of two things. First, it's TOM week and I'm right in the middle of that, so the scale has been unyielding since that started. Second, I didn't do a whole lot of exercise this week, and all the lying/sitting around majorly contributes to whether or not I lose weight. As usual, exercise is far more important to my weight loss journey than diet.

Over the four weeks of this experiment, I've lost 12 lbs (170.4 to 158.4 lbs). This is incredible. I've been on this weight loss journey for nearly five years now. At my highest weight, I was morbidly obese, at 255 lbs. Even then, even when I had a ton more to lose and lost all the water weight at the beginning, I have never, ever lost this much weight over a four-week period. This really impresses me and, more than anything, shows me just how well this diet works, ESPECIALLY because I'm still eating PLENTY of calories and not starving at all. Awesome.

I'm not going to do dailies this week. I ate pretty much the same way I've been eating the last three weeks, and I would prefer to concentrate on the overall results of this experiment.

I did not do Whole30 like most people. I tracked my calories every single day. I weighed in every single day. I measured every week, and took pictures every week. Now, the whole point of Whole30 is to stop eating the way you used to, to stop obsessing over calories and food. You're supposed to learn to trust your body, as well as learn about your food intolerances. So why do it differently? Well, frankly, I was a bit skeptical about the whole deal. I've watched other people do it, per the rules, and have consistently seen two things happen. Either the participant refuses to take (or publicize) weight/measurements at the end of the program, or their daily meal blogs show these tiny amounts of food that anyone would lose weight on no matter what made up those calories. I wanted to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that if the program worked, it worked because of the diet, and not some other factor. This is why I broke the rules.

After my four weeks are up, I can conclusively say that this style of eating seems to very much work for me. It forces me to eat my produce, which is difficult for me in general. It allows me to eat until I'm no longer hungry in a way that carb-heavy diets do not. It allows me to go hours without eating, without any hunger, which is unusual for me. I am fairly insulin resistant because of my history of health problems with that tooth (see my main page for specifics), and I've always done better with lower-carb (but not SUPER low carb) diets. Keeping my ratios fairly consistent - 50% fat, 25% each carbs/protein - seems to be a good balance for me, especially getting those carbs from whole-plant sources (potato, sweet potato, carrot, rutabaga, etc).

I've had no trouble sticking to the rules, or with cravings, other than major salt-cravings when my sodium levels dropped too low about halfway through the program. After I started adding some salt back in, those went away. I haven't had any giant surges of energy, but considering the sort of stress/anxiety there's been at home, the fact that I have energy at all is pretty amazing. In addition, a lot of the symptoms I mentioned in the beginning (lethargy, heartburn, stomach pain, carb cravings, bone/joint stiffness at night) have disappeared completely, and a few of the others have improved.

Lady business (or, skip this paragraph if that sort of thing bothers you): I had zero cravings or insane hunger before TOM this month, nor any bump in weight. My weight has stayed the same through TOM instead of bloating up, however. Notably, it might actually have gone down if I'd been exercising, instead of the normal bloating up, which is kinda cool. I also had a lot less trouble with acne during this time, which is a usual major TOM symptom for me. It did not, however, get rid of my normal TOM headaches. End lady business.

Now that I'm done with my four weeks, my plan is to keep eating this way, while testing ingredients slowly. Then, I'll adapt the program for a more relaxed lifestyle. I will still have to count calories - that macronutrient ratio is pretty crucial to me feeling good, and it's too easy to eat too much of one nutrient or another - but I can deal with that. I will write further blogs as I discover what foods I can and can't eat.

Now, for numbers! You all know how much I love numbers. :) Skip or skim if you please! Before/after pics at the end.


Weight lost overall: 12 lbs
Weight lost per week:
- Week 1: 6 lbs
- Week 2: 1.4 lbs (very little exercise)
- Week 3: 3.4 lbs
- Week 4: 1.2 lbs (very little exercise)


Inches lost overall: 10.5
Inches lost from:
- Neck: 0.75
- Arm: 0.5
- Bust: 3
- Waist: 2
- Hips: 1.5
- Upper thigh: 1.5
- Mid thigh: 0.75
- Calf: 0.5


Calorie range: 1344 to 2038
Average daily calories: 1744
Average daily calories per week:
- Week 1: 1852
- Week 2: 1788
- Week 3: 1712
- Week 4: 1756


Total calories burned: 4827 (avg 172 daily)
Total exercise minutes: 834 (avg 30 daily)
Days exercised (of 28): 16 (57%)
Calories burned per week:
- Week 1: 1919 (avg 274 daily)
- Week 2: 924 (avg 132 daily)
- Week 3: 1227 (avg 175 daily)
- Week 4: 757 (avg 108 daily)
Minutes of exercise per week:
- Week 1: 345 (avg 49 daily)
- Week 2: 128 (avg 18 daily)
- Week 3: 215 (avg 31 daily)
- Week 4: 146 (avg 21 daily)

DEFICIT (or, calories in vs calories out = pure bunk)

Calorie deficit for the entire project, per MFP: 12268 (~3.5 lbs)
Calorie deficit for the entire project, per Fitbit: 9649 (~2.75 lbs)
Average deficit daily, per MFP: 438
Average deficit daily, per Fitbit: 345
Deficit per week (MFP, Fitbit):
- Week 1: 3308, 2658
- Week 2: 2690, 2295
- Week 3: 3522, 2788
- Week 4: 2748, 1908
Average daily net calories (food - exercise): 1572
Average daily net calories per week:
- Week 1: 1578
- Week 2: 1656
- Week 3: 1537
- Week 4: 1648

Now for pics. I'm wearing the same swimsuit bottoms and sports bra in all of these for consistency. I also apologize in advance for my head being partly cut off - when I started, I had an older camera and it didn't have a very good zoom on it, and this was the best I could get. Since switching to a new camera, I can do full body shots, but I wanted the comparisons to be consistent, so I made them all as close as I could to the originals. These collages include, from left to right, a before picture, a half-way through picture, and an after photo. They aren't super-dramatic - only 12 lbs between them - but there's definitely still a difference. Note: My "after" photo is smack in the middle of TOM bloating.


Side - no sucking in

Side - sucking in


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BBORDEN86 10/21/2014 6:47AM

    Great progress! I can definitely see a difference. :)

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/20/2014 2:54PM

    Wow! I can definitely see results in your photos and 12 pounds lost is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your journey with us in detail. It is very helpful to see what is working for others as we work on how to perfect our own journey.

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SBEAR5 10/20/2014 10:43AM

    Very impressive Amanda! Glad to see you've found something that works for you! I love the "end lady business" that really did make me giggle. haha

Hope you're enjoying your lovely east coast fall weather! emoticon

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SAPHRAEL 10/20/2014 8:24AM

    Great progress, Amanda! I hope the stress levels go down for you so you can fully appreciate and celebrate this accomplishment!

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TRUE-NESS 10/19/2014 8:00PM

    Great job! This way of eating definitely has worked for you. It's clear that you lost more the weeks when you exercised more too. But even with little exercise, a consistent, respectable number of pounds were lost. Congratulations again! I can't wait to see what the future weeks will hold for you!

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PEGGY11 10/19/2014 10:34AM

    You have done a good job. Proud of you and glad you are going to keep working the program your way.

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CRABADA 10/18/2014 4:34PM

    That's awesome! Good for you!


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NYMORNINGGLORY 10/18/2014 1:36PM

    Great that you were able to tailor this plan to what works for you and to listen to your body along the way. Congrats on the fabulous results!

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C8TSON 10/18/2014 10:55AM

    emoticon Looks like you had great success! I'm glad you found a diet that works well for you!

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/18/2014 9:06AM

    Congrats - such great results

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WENDYANNE61 10/18/2014 8:57AM

    Congratulations on your excellent weight loss and for sticking to your plan for 4 weeks!

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KRISZTA11 10/18/2014 8:05AM

    emoticon to your success and to the smart analysis!
With your modifications, it sounds to be an easily tolerable and effective method.

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Whole28 - Week 3

Saturday, October 11, 2014

This was a very bad week with very bad home things. There was one day I barely ate. I don't have the strength to say more. It's just been a very stressful, awful week.

However, adding back exercise seemed to help get the scale moving again, just like I predicted, even before the day that I barely ate. On Day 22, three full weeks into the program, I'm at 159.6 lbs (back in the 150s for the first time since mid-June!), for a total loss of 3.4 lbs in Week 3, 10.8 lbs so far on Whole28. In inches, I lost 2.25 this week from the eight places I measure (9 inches down so far for the whole program). In further positive news, I am beginning to fit back into many of the clothes I had outgrown, both shirts and pants. I've finally started feeling like myself again (in body, anyway), even if I still have ten or so pounds to go. I took some feeling-good pictures.

Also, I re-reached the next milestone, 95 lbs lost, this week:

I have to say, it's pretty gratifying to see the difference between 160 lbs when I first hit it in Nov 2012 (left) vs now (right) - same shirt, btw:

This way of eating really seems to work for me. This upcoming week, while I'm not quite done with my four weeks, I will be breaking the rules for the first time. Long before I began, I signed up for a parents' social that includes a wine tasting. It will be on Day 25. I will participate in that tasting. On Day 29, my son's birthday, I plan to make myself a mostly-Whole30-approved dessert (a gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free butternut spice cake, mmm). Then I will slowly test ingredients, while continuing to eat this way, to figure out where my intolerances lie. Then, maybe once I know that, I'll try for eating this way most of the time, with a bit more flexibility (like eating natural peanut butter instead of pecan butter, because it's a fraction of the price - $13 for a tiny bottle? Sheesh...).

Dailies, skip if you wish:

Day 15 - 163.0 lbs

Breakfast: coffee, sweet potato hash
Lunch: mocha-rubbed tuna steak, potatoes, salad
Snack: strawberries, cocoa pecan butter
Snack: uncured hot dog, tea
Dinner: chicken veggie kebabs, carrot-onion saute, pecans (not pictured), pickles (not pictured)
Cals: 1761

Extreme lethargy by evening. This worries me as it's what happened the last time I attempted Whole30. However, I was still hungry despite lethargy (NOT the same as last time), and I believe I might not be getting enough sodium. I've been craving salty foods for days now, more insistently. Since I'm eating no processed food (even the hot dogs and lunch meat have no added sodium), I'm not getting much salt. I don't salt my food. So at dinner, I ended up gulping down three pickle spears and could have easily had twice that many. Will do better to make sure I'm getting enough salt. (Looking back over my numbers through MFP, my sodium HAS been pretty low.)

Day 16 - 162.2 lbs

Breakfast: coffee, egg muffins, strawberries, pecans
Lunch: chicken veggie kebabs, carrot-onion saute, pickle, mixed nuts
Snack: strawberries, cocoa pecan butter
Snack: scrambled egg, tea
Dinner: meatball crockpot over potato
Cals: 1720

Felt good today. Apparently the sodium helped. No more lethargy or salty cravings. Scale dropped again, yay!

Day 17 - 162.4 lbs

Breakfast: coffee, banana, pecan butter, chicken patties
Lunch: meatball crockpot over potato
Snack: clementine, cocoa pecan butter
Snack: egg muffin, tuna salad, tea
Dinner: beef stew, salad
Cals: 1924

Amazing night of sleep. Though I had my first food-related dream. I dreamed I was given doughnuts at a birthday party and ate without thinking, and was frustrated because I hadn't even been having food cravings and felt like I'd been tricked into failing this thing... Other than that: Fun day trying on my own clothes again, and finding out many of them fit! And guess what? This is the day I normally start craving sugar when I give the stuff up. Nope. No cravings at all (perhaps that dream??). Success!

Day 18 - unknown

Breakfast: coffee, chicken patties, clementine, mixed nuts
Lunch: beef stew
Snack: tuna salad, banana with pecan butter, tea
Dinner: chicken curry (amazing!!!), roasted sweet potatoes & carrots, salad
Cals: 1760

I ended up eating my dinner on Day 17 very late (close to 9), which always affects my morning weigh-in, so I simply did not weigh in. I was okay with that. I didn't need to see a bump because of my meal-timing! Again, no sugar cravings!

Day 19 - 161.6 lbs

Today was a terrible horrible no good very bad day. Up at 2:45 am after only 3 hrs sleep. Fighting and stressed for the next 16-17 hrs. Barely managed to eat a bit of chicken and a clementine during the early afternoon, had a real dinner (steak, snap peas, sweet potato) after an evening semi-truce. Just under 1350 calories for the day, no naps, no exercise, no food pics, just high stress. On the plus side, I didn't eat ANY unapproved foods. Actually, I didn't even crave them. Success?

Day 20 - 160.2 lbs

Breakfast: coffee, egg muffin, chicken patties, clementine, pecans
Lunch: steak, sweet potato, salad
Snack: larabar
Snack: tuna salad, tea
Dinner: chili chicken, roasted veggies, pecans, salad
Cals: 1856

I guess the silver lining of a terrible horrible no good very bad day is that I hit 95 lbs lost again. Though I'm sure, after I eat a normal day's worth of food, that'll bump back up. Unfortunately, the lack of sleep and all the crying from Day 19 bled over into tonight's rest, and I only got 6 hours of sleep this time. Up since 4 am. Sigh. Kinda hungry all day, probably from the lack of food yesterday, but I managed not to overeat.

Day 21 - 160.2 lbs

Breakfast: southwest steak & egg scramble
Snack: tuna salad, apple, pecan butter
Dinner: Mexican braised beef, swiss chard, strawberries with hazelnuts
Cals: 1620

So tired yesterday that I forgot to prep for breakfast. Had to improvise with leftovers. Oops. Unfortunately, I was up again at 4 am, and am now running on three days with very little sleep. Sigh. Made for a very not-hungry kind of day. Even the amount I ate felt like way too much.

Be back for my 28-day wrap-up next Saturday.

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TRUE-NESS 10/15/2014 5:35AM

    I know you don't feel this way (as you always call yourself a slow loser) but you REALLY are consistent with weight loss. When you set your mind to it, it really does come off consistently for more than one week at a time. Thank you for always sharing.

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/14/2014 4:21PM

    Girl, you are looking fabulous! I am sure that it must feel wonderful to be back in some of your old clothes.

SO very sorry that things are tough right now. Here's hoping they get better very soon. You should be super proud that you are still doing what is good for you in the midst of it all.

Your food looks so yummy! Whole foods really are the best!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/14/2014 1:01PM

    I'm glad you're finding your stride, that's fantastic! I wish I could find mine... Hang in there sister, things will get better = )

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DINAOREILLY 10/13/2014 7:55PM

    Hang in there honey....it will get better no how hard it feels....

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UNSTOPPABLEJEN 10/13/2014 9:57AM

    So sorry things have been such a mess at home. I'm proud of your for making your health a priority and for taking such good care of yourself. You look terrific!

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JEN_LOGIC07 10/11/2014 9:04PM

  Awesome blog!!! I'm so sorry for the stressful, awful week you had emotionally, but I think it's amazing that you didn't let it affect your healthy lifestyle as much as possible. Your strength is so motivating!

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WENDYANNE61 10/11/2014 2:14PM

    Glad your Whole28 is working so well for you! Sad to read that you are having such a stressful time - it sounds serious.... Hope this next week will be a lot better and that you enjoy the wine tasting too!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/11/2014 10:35AM

    emoticon remeber what ever it is that is stressing you,this too will pass

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/11/2014 10:26AM

    Your meals look great and so do you! I hope things at home get better. I just got the Whole 30 book as I'm contemplating it!!
Have a good week

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POLSKARENIA 10/11/2014 8:59AM

    Persistence pushes those pounds off, as you've shown, despite a rough week.
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Whole28 - Week 2 - Meals

Sunday, October 05, 2014

I want to say something re: yesterday's blog. Despite what it may have sounded like, and despite what people seemed to think, I do know that 1.4 lbs lost last week is a good thing, and that I've had really good results with this program so far. My frustration has been with the fact that the scale stopped moving entirely after eight days of the program. It fluctuated, but stayed pretty much the same. I know my body very well, and I know all the signs of being stuck. I don't get stuck for a few weeks and then move again, and I don't get hung up on the fluctuations of daily weigh-in. For those Sparkers who have been around for the last 3.5 years of my time on Spark, you'll know that I am extremely self-aware, and that my journey has been anything but typical. Let's just say that I've gone months and months and months without the slightest scale movement despite doing everything right. I was hoping that this way of eating would help. I'm not expecting miracles in weight loss - I know that most of the first week's loss was water weight. I'm just hoping to find a consistent downward trend. Most of Week 2 was not a downward trend, but an unchanging one.

There. Now that that's done...

Day 8 - 164.4 lbs

Breakfast: coffee, stuffed squash
Lunch: chicken curry, plantain, apple, pecan butter
Snack 1: leftover steak and roasted onion
Snack 2: clementine, mixed nuts
Dinner: roast (beef, beets, carrots, rutabaga, onion), salad
Cals: 1745

Still hungry after dinner so I had a small spoonful (maybe half a tablespoon) of pecan butter. Had a few hungry moments throughout the day, probably because my breakfast had almost no carbs in it at all. Will modify tomorrow when I have the other half of that squash.

Day 9 - 163.4 lbs

Breakfast: coffee, leftover stuffed squash, banana
Lunch: roast & veg, salad
Snack 1: cherry pie Larabar
Snack 2: deviled eggs
Dinner: a half-serving of chicken stirfry
Cals: 1672

We were out at a street festival all afternoon so I had a Larabar (dates, almonds, unsweetened cherries) to keep my energy up. It didn't have any protein, though, so I was starving when I got home and had those eggs, and then I wasn't really hungry for dinner, and only had a half-serving of what I'd cooked for myself... Also, the festival was full sun exposure for several hours in high 80s, so I ended up with mild heat stroke, which made me feel kinda sick for the rest of the day.

Day 10 - 163.8 lbs (2nd gain of the program)

Breakfast: coffee, chicken patties, clementine, mixed nuts
Lunch: chicken stirfry
Snack 1: uncured deli turkey, banana with pecan butter
Snack 2: sweet potato coins (not pictured)
Dinner: karniyarik (Turkish beef-stuffed eggplant), clementine, cocoa-pecan-butter
Cals: 1730

Still feel bloated and dehydrated and awful from yesterday's sun exposure. I'm sure that's part of why I gained, though probably the much lower number of freggies yesterday also contributed. Other than the bloated, I felt pretty good most of the day, and didn't crave carbs or emotionally eat when I had a huge stress-bomb arrive in the mail yesterday afternoon. Success!

Day 11 - 163 lbs

Breakfast: coffee, chicken patties, banana with pecan butter
Lunch: beef-tomato-sweet potato hash, salad
Snack 1: tuna salad, squash
Dinner: fish-potato-veggie packet, mixed nuts
Cals: 2029

Weight loss is definitely slowing down. Probably the slow down is due to lack of exercise, as I didn't exercise on Days 8, 9, or 10. Ended up overcompensating by exercising too much today, felt like total crap afterwards the rest of the day...

Day 12 - 163.8 lbs (gain)

Breakfast: coffee, chicken patties, clementine, mixed nuts
Lunch: fish-potato-veggie packet
Snack 1: chicken patty, apple, cocoa pecan butter
Snack 2: salad with uncured hot dog chopped into it
Dinner: curry chicken, sweet potato coins, squash
Cals: 1831

Extremely swollen from overexercising yesterday. Also extremely hungry for most of the day. First time I've been craving off-plan stuff, though surprisingly it wasn't for sugary stuff, but salty stuff. Pizza. Chips. Etc. I was a good girl, though, and around 2:30 (about 24 hrs after my major overexercising from yesterday), the hunger and cravings STOPPED. Thank goodness. I rested today, will get back on with (more moderate) exercise tomorrow.

Day 13 - 163.8 lbs

Breakfast: coffee, chicken patties, nuts, orange
Lunch: curry chicken, sweet potatoes, salad
Snack: tuna salad
Dinner: shepherd's pie, nuts & raisins
Cals: 1590

I am officially irritated with my scale. Grr. On the plus side, I went much longer between meals without feeling hungry, shaky, or sick, and I seemed to need less at each meal. I barely needed a snack at all and only had a single small one. Also, I staved off a hypoglycemic attack with nuts instead of a carb source - awesome!

Day 14 - 163.6 lbs

Breakfast: coffee, sweet potato hash
Lunch: shepherd's pie, nuts
Snack 1: tuna salad
Snack 2: uncured hot dog, clementine, tea
Dinner: mocha-rubbed tuna steak, potatoes, salad with pecans
Cals: 1917

Not much to add today. Wanted non-plan foods, especially salty foods, didn't eat them. That's about it.

Okay. I'll be back next Saturday for Week 3, hopefully all in one post this time, heh!

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POLSKARENIA 10/8/2014 2:26PM

    It'll happen. I had 3 weeks of nothing nd it takes a lot of perseverance but it WILL happen for you!

Keep up the good work😊

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UNSTOPPABLEJEN 10/8/2014 12:28PM

    Dang it, your food pics look AMAZING! (Note to self: gotta stop reading your blog right before lunchtime, lol!)

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/7/2014 5:09AM

    how i really enjoy your blogs.especially the food photos.keep on keeping on you are doing great love. emoticon

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GHK1962 10/5/2014 5:24PM

    Man .... I sooooo want to eat squash now ... and that sweet potato hash ... *makes gurgly noises in my throat* ....

Your pictures have gotten better and better.

By the way ... are you doing NaNo?

(Yes, yes ... I know I am not quite commenting on your blogs and what you are saying in them ... but I am so reading ... because.)

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JULIAINLA 10/5/2014 2:12PM

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/5/2014 1:50PM

    I admire your ability to keep in touch with what your body is doing! I think that is a wonderful ability and so important! This journey is so different for everyone.

All of your food looks so good!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 10/5/2014 12:13PM

    I'm so far behind in blogs. Working hard to catch up, though.
Something you said (You may have addressed this in another blog) has me curious:

"Had a few hungry moments throughout the day, probably because my breakfast had almost no carbs in it at all."

You were hungry because you didn't have enough carbs? As I think you are aware, my diet since surgery is high, high protein and very low in carbs. I find the protein keeps me full longer. If I go a bit over in carbs, I find myself much more ravenous. Just find it very curious as to how much different we are in that less carbs make YOU more hungry, yet for me the opposite is true.

p.s. Great blog as usual, and love your food pics. Gave me a few great ideas!

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Whole28 - Week 2 - Results

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Well, let me just start by saying this week hasn't been nearly as spectacular as Week 1. Actually, a good chunk of the week has been very frustrating. This is scale-frustration, and part of that frustration is uncontrollable (can't keep losing as spectacularly as Week 1!) and part is controllable (I, personally, did not do things as well this week). My original plan was to have a short blip about results and then to go over my meals, but I think I'm going to break this into two posts again as there's just a lot to talk about.

So, to start with results.

I began Whole28 at 170.4 lbs. On the morning of Day 8, after 7 full days on the program, I'd dropped to 164.4 lbs (6 lbs lost). Today, the morning of Day 15, two full weeks into the program, I am at 163.0 lbs (1.4 lbs lost this week, 7.4 lbs lost total). Now, losing 1.4 lbs in a week is something to celebrate, yes, even after coming off of a giant first week of loss. The thing is, I hit 163.4 lbs on Day 9 - that's 7 lbs in 8 days on the program. Then, it was like slamming into a wall. The next day, I recorded a gain. On Day 11, I hit 163.0 lbs. The next day, a 0.8-lb gain. Which hung around for three days before FINALLY dropping back to 163 on Day 15.

This is the frustration: that the scale no longer seems to be consistent or reliable. It isn't going down by tiny increments - it's bouncing all over the place, mostly staying the same since Day 9. With the way things have gone since then, I would not be surprised if I lose absolutely nothing in Week 3.

Anyway, I'm trying to celebrate the 1.4-lb loss, and the additional 2 inches I lost (0.25 each from my neck and upper thigh, 0.5 each from bust, waist, and mid-thigh). That brings me to 6.25 inches lost so far.

I'm also trying to concentrate on a few positive things that I've noticed this week. My facial skin seems to be clearing up a LOT, though my eczema (located on my fingers) has seen no change. I seem to go longer between meals without needing anything to eat, and I don't need to eat as much at meals (average daily cals this week is 1788 vs 1842 last week). I also had one amazing experience: I was very late to lunch one day after having only eaten half my breakfast, so I was shaky with low blood sugar. I snacked on some almonds and pecans while I prepped my lunch, and was going to have an orange after I had lunch in the oven (because low blood sugar usually needs simple carbs to stabilize it). After the nuts, however, I felt perfectly fine. I actually got rid of low blood sugar through a fat source. That has NEVER happened in all my 15 years of battling hypoglycemia.

I've struggled a little with cravings this week, mostly for salty stuff, not sugar (we're not to Day 17 yet, heh...), but I've held firm.

Other good stuff: I'm now lower on the scale than I have been since before I moved to the Boston area. I tried on my storage-pants - ones that haven't fit since early July - and I can get them on and button them now, though they aren't yet comfortable or wearable. I've also been trying to have fun with dressing up a bit lately, to help myself feel slightly better about my body even if it's not where I want it to be:

Now, the controllable bit:

I have a strong suspicion that my scale ambiguity this week isn't just because of the inevitable slow-down. I believe it's related to exercise. In the first week on this program, I exercised 6 of 7 days. Second week? Two of 7 days. There were reasons for this - extremely busy weekend, getting mild heat stroke on Sunday, overexercising on Tuesday to make up for three days off (which had me recovering for two days...). Reasons or not, though, I moved a whole lot less this week. I'm going to try to do better to exercise more this week, and see how that changes the scale's movement, now that the initial drop-off is over. We'll see.

Anyway, thanks for listening. I'll be back tomorrow with my daily meals/thoughts from Week 2.

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ARUNNINGKAT 10/5/2014 1:52PM

    I am also working on dressing up - I just feel so much better! Love your outfit too!

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POLSKARENIA 10/4/2014 6:06PM

    I was stuck in one place for3 weeks, now finally moving down - it WILL happen!

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KRISZTA11 10/4/2014 3:27PM

    Congrats to your 7.4 pound loss, this is great progress in just 2 weeks.
You look great!

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WIZKEY 10/4/2014 3:13PM

    Love the outfit - very cute!! Congratulations on your successes!! I weigh every day also but I average it all for the week. That way I'm not agonizing over every little blip on the scale. You are doing great!! emoticon emoticon

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FORMYDARLINGS 10/4/2014 2:37PM

    You are doing just fine AManda. Keep it simple and try not to overthink or find reason for every small change in weight. Your body is a living breathing organism and WILL fluctuate daily and tri-daily. That is absolutely normal. If you are going to weigh yourself every day, you cannot obsess about the numbers. Look at your whole package, just as you actually have, and realize as a human you are making great headway and it takes as much time as it takes. BTW- Only you expect you and everything to be perfect. The rest of us are so proud of where you are and what you have accomplished. Keep moving forward, slowly and hang in there for the whole show.


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C8TSON 10/4/2014 1:57PM

    Sorry you didn't see as dramatic of a weight loss as week one, but it sounds like you are still on the right track. I hope things are getting better for you. emoticon

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