Happy August everyone! This marks the end of the 7th month that I have been following the Wheat Belly Diet. It also marks the first month that I’ve been somewhat disappointed in my weight loss; only 1.2 pounds for this month. So, let me get all the negativity out of my system. Waaaa. Ok.. I’m over it.
That’s a total of 46 pounds since 1/1/12. Yes – I’m behind my goal. Do I know why? Not really. I still can boast that no wheat/no flour/no grains have passed these lips for the duration, but I have become a little relaxed. These are the things that I’m going to work on for August.
- I have made it a habit to have only coffee/cream for breakfast. I think I need to step it up to plan and prepare better. (Send me your suggestions for quick and easy wheat free breakfast ideas for a working mom!)
- I have allowed artificial sweeteners to sneak back into my life. Wheat Belly allows the natural ones (Stevia and Xrythitol) and Splenda. I have allowed ANYTHING, mostly in the form of those little Crystal Lite and Walmart brand flavor stix that you add to a bottle of water. I have had a couple of cans of diet soda that are sweetened with other things too. And while I don’t believe that this has caused any weight gain, it may jack up my sweet cravings, but I just crave another bottle of peach tea or lemonade. So I need to knock that off.
- Tracking – I hate tracking. That’s one of the biggest reasons I like this diet. Just a list food I can and cannot eat. It’s a control thing with me too. And I don’t like thinking about my food. It makes me hungry. Amber wants me to track, mostly, (I think) so she can validate that I’m on track. We’ll talk about it.
- Exercise – I hate exercise… Ooohh…more negativity… (I hate negativity! ;-P) And it’s oppressively hot here! 112 yesterday and today… But..my achilles and feet have been really good this month, so I’ve been thinking about just walking around inside my office building. Still get a twinge when I go up or down stairs, so just flat surfaces for now.
Here’s the good news – I am not depressed about my small loss this month. I’m not falling into the usual – “woe is me, no matter what I do, I just can’t lose weight.” I like the progress I’ve made. I’m proud of it. I claim it. It’s made some huge differences in my life…physically and mentally. I’ve had some neat things happen at work, my clothes are fitting nicely (and I’ve bought a few new things). I fit into chairs, and cars and booths with much less effort. So I think I’m on the right track.
Of course, I hope that July was just a slow month for me and that August will show my progress on the scales. I’m going to do everything I can to reach my 100 pound goal ..which is yikes… almost 11 pounds a month for the next 5 months. Regardless, I already feel successful and I can envision myself, in a time not so far away, in smaller clothes, a more fit body, but with my same big smile.
Have a great August everyone, and thanks for all your support! ……………………Misha
1 Year 100 Pounds is written by my sister Misha who is on a journey to lose 100 lbs this year. She started Jan. 1 with a goal to lose about 8 lbs a month. Her issues with weight are very different than mine and she is 10 years older than me, but I thought my readers could really relate to her and she can definitely use the support. You can follow her weigh-ins and full story HERE.