1. I traveled for a long weekend and stayed on the challenge. Not being able to eat nuts or a little bit of beef jerky for snacks was a little challenging, but I made it through by bringing foods that were ON Plan. Good practice- bringing my own salad, buying food to make on the trip, planning ahead, cooking for the family were all key.
2. Better Sleep quality: I finally figured out what it was about the Whole30 that allowed me to sleep better- lower carbs. For the challenge 40-60 grams, before the challenge 60-80 grams. Basically, I can limit myself to 1 fruit a day- berries, many vegetable servings and hit the 40-60 grams a day easily. On hiking days, I'll add in half an orange or some cherries. Totally do-able. Love that I get tired naturally and fall into a nice deep sleep. Awesomeness. It's valuable that I solved this mystery.
3. Stopped the night time snacking: I stopped snacking on nuts and chocolate in the evenings. It's a habit, and I think it was getting out of control. Good to rein it in, re-introduce slowly.
|Fish eye effect on the Keurig|
4. I brewed more coffee at home, and took it to go. This saves money. It has nothing to do with the low carb challenge- although I appreciated having coffee on the yes list. Thank you, Corbin
4.5 Twitter: I enjoyed seeing Amy Kubal's tweets. Good to read. Glad she's an RD who gets it.
5. My weight stopped bouncing around and stabilized. After 40 years of trying to loose weight and maintain- and then finally finding what works, I do weigh in. It works for me so I do it. My slippery slope thinking has lead me to overeating very quickly in the past. The scale is a tool. I use it. Don't hate....... And remember- I'm short so the weight I maintain is a low number.
I have a natural plateau and I'm on it solidly right now. 2 month stats and 1 month stats.
In the past, here's what didn't work:
1. Using travel as an excuse to eat junk! My body does not care that I'm traveling- junk food was not a treat!
2. Sleep was less restful when I ate higher carbs- not just the gain, but dairy kept me snoring. No dairy = sounder sleep.
3. Night time snacking- this really kept me in a bad habit & kept me from losing weight or maintaining. Hands down- the hardest time of the day for me.
4. Starbucks add-ins- Sugar free flavoring, Skinny Latte's, biscotti's, egg sandwiches, oat meal with toppings, occasionally splitting a pastry. No- just no. It kept me stuck. I still enjoy an Amerciano- black, with no room and leave the rest.
5. Not facing and reversing a weight gain. I would avoid the scale, make deals with the Skinny Cow Ice Cream devil (but it's looooow in points.... I'll have half...I'll have the other.. and I've walked a lot, so another half...moooooo!) and various other ineffective methods. I could not clear the brain fog fast enough or have enough courage and strength to tackle issues that I was eating around.
That's the scoop. Over all a success. I will celebrate by looking into buying a food dehydrator so I can make my own jerky and maybe some kale chips. Usually I don't celebrate with food- but I figure a kitchen gadget might do my low carb cooking proud. :)