On December 1, I embarked on (yet another) food journey with our flagship “Swim Bike Food” group. The Expert (and the kids, by default) came along for the ride.
As I always say, “I’m just one bad day away from a large pizza and a 12 pack of beer”—-and this may still be true—-but at least I think that I might stop there—on that one bad day—- instead of making it one bad year.
[Go ahead and shield your eyes. You know I love a good progress picture… and I have no problem posting them. I know, it’s embarrassing. But really, at this point… I don’t mind.]
26 Days Later, here’s where I am:
1. I have been about 98% compliant with clean eating. I did have a substantial few cheat foods yesterday, on Christmas Day. Otherwise, I have been true to: whole foods, meats, veggies, limited fruits, no dairy, no added sugar, no alcohol. ( I did not have to give up coffee. Thank goodness.)
2. My workouts are amazing. I feel better. I am faster. I am recovering better.
3. Nice side effect (but not the whole focus) is the weight loss. I am down 12 pounds from my Dec 1 weight. (Yes, the Ironman ONE-derland was long gone at the start of this!)
I kind of look like someone just opened a valve and deflated me 12 pounds… which I guess is true. 🙂
[My first reaction to these pictures was to cringe. But it was short-lived. For this body may not be perfect, but this body has completed an Ironman. So you’re damn right that I am going to work on loving it!]
Interestingly, this time it’s not just about the weight loss, because I still have a ways to go… Still, it’s so much more.
4. I am sleeping like a princess. As a historically raging insomniac, to me, this is the best part of cutting out all of the bad food and drink. I sleep so well, I fall asleep easier than ever, and I wake up rested.
5. My skin has cleared up. I usually have very dry, very itchy skin – and eating this well has cleared that up. Completely.
6. The biggest success I can attribute to this way of life is learning to face my problems instead of shoving things into my face to fix or avoid said problems.
At first, it’s not pretty.
Who likes to really deal with issues? NO one. Issues suck.
Sitting down at 9:30pm after a full 17 hour work & family day, and feeling the quiet and silence without cookies or a big glass of wine is interesting.
But I find that I am very tired—so I go to bed. Or I want to read a book—even though my eyes are exhausted. So I read, then sleep hard and wake up well.
(Seriously, the Expert looks like he is disappearing! Men!!)
But I can say that eating this way will continue in our house, and I will continue to work through these issues —and be healthier in the process.
I can honestly say, for the first time in my life, I am truly understanding why I have struggled with food all these years.
The answers aren’t pretty. But at least I finally understand the reason. And knowing the why makes all the difference. I want to be healthy now. SO I can live a full life. For my daughter, so she can see what healthy is, not just for the sake of vanity—but so she can run and play and LIVE. For my son, so he can feel well and play hard. For my husband, so we can grow old and crotchety together — healthy.
Taking a marriage—where the base of it is food and wine and partying—and narrowing that down to reading books and drinking tea is quite a process too. But it’s been good for our marriage as well—the Expert and I are on the same page.
Finally, I am learning that progress is a good thing.
That rushing to “perfection” is stupid. For one, because clearly, perfection is impossible, but secondly, because it just negates ALL THE GOOD that happens somewhere in between.
The long, slow road of progress is the only one paved with real lessons and true successes.
Thank you all for listening and sharing my journey. For those of you in the December group, I am so thankful for you. You ALL have taught me so much AND come so far—each of you! I am so proud to be a part of your lives —and I am looking forward to continuing on!
Wishing all of you an amazing 2014!
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