So, I've been eating a vegan diet since about a month before we all started this challenge. While it makes me feel great and really helped me increase the amount of veggies and fruit I ate, it was not leading to one of my personal goals - to reach 135 pounds by the wedding. With a month to go, I got fed up and flipped my diet.
It is working. With that simple change, I have dropped over three pounds in about a week and a half. What? I am actually kind of annoyed by that.
Obviously I am not annoyed by the fact I've lost weight, I am delighted! I DO NOT WANT BACK FAT hanging over my strapless dress. Ugh. BUT month ago, Damian and I watched Forks Over Knives and found it really compelling for health reasons to mostly eliminate animal products from our diets. I really do want to eat that way. I also want to be skinny. Can I have both? I am curious to know other people's experiences in this regard.
It has been an amazing journey leading up to this wedding. Learning to accept help, creating some healthier habits, trying to create balance between work and life. I am proud of myself for what I have achieved.
Areas I want to work on: Journaling. I think I got in all of two entries since I last posted. So much for nightly journaling I really want that back in my life. Exercise. We've been relatively good about taking walks, but they haven't been nightly the last couple of weeks. Really don't want to lose that habit. I know it's crunch time with the wedding, but still. Last, work. Being able to tell clients that I can meet them in October, and then having the list of projects dwindle down with nothing to replace them has been so incredibly nice. Exhilarating even. It's like finally stepping off the hamster wheel. A hamster wheel I created myself. I am not sure how to learn from that when I get back to work, but I need to!
- 19 days as of writing this post!
- Success - under 140 by nearly 3 pounds. They might be little numbers, but they make this bride really happy!
THIS WEEK'S KEY TO SUCCESS: Pausing my vegan lifestyle and adding meat back in as my protein source.
THIS WEEK'S PERSONAL CHALLENGE: Keep up the hydration!
Pic 1 - backyard last month, steeply sloped, ugly bald grass
Pic 2 - backyard this week, concrete terracing, new deck, new trees (yet to be planted)
Pic 3 - our initials carved into the concrete (awwww :-)