Welcome to My 30 Days to Healthy Living & Beyond journey!
I bet you are back here because you read – The Beginning – and had to know what happened?
Like a really good book that has a sequel and you just buy it because you have to know!
Well here it is, 30 Days Later!.
My 30 Days
In the week or so before the program started, participants were added to a facebook page and on there were tips, advice, and meal plans.
The meals actually looked really good, and it was easier to follow them than to work out what you can and can’t eat. The majority of the meals were winners; there are a few that will be cooked again.
There were a few smoothie ingredients that I was unsure of, but I said to myself that I would try them.
I did the shopping for week 1 a few days before, and I was totally pumped to get started.
I started Day 1 with some breakfast (yogurt and granola), and then shake for lunch. I decided I didn’t really like coconut yogurt so from then on I started having two shakes a day (Breakfast and Lunch). This is suggested if you are wanting to lose weight, and as I said in ‘The Beginning’, that wasn’t my main goal, I really did it out of ease more than anything.
Week 1 was the week I tried spinach in my smoothie, it is a core ingredient in one of my favourite smoothies.
During week 1 I was feeling very tired most of the time. I believe this is a symptom of my body detoxing.
Something exciting happened, I forgot to take my very strong reflux tablets, and usually when I forget I feel it a few hours later; I didn’t even notice until the next day when I went to take it! I will be trialing this to see if it was a fluke or a result of this program.
In the group, I heard someone had lost 2 kg by around day 5, so I was feeling a bit at a loss because I felt like I hadn’t lost any weight (I think maybe it was more of a priority than I first thought).
Week 1 – 71.8 kg = Loss of 2.4 kg
From the shocking results of Week 1, I was on a high and very motivated.
For months I had been meaning to YouTube ‘Basic Yoga’ for health and exercise. I diverged from that idea and found an exercise video that is now my go to exercise.
Easter happened in this week, which can be just as bad as Christmas. I had been craving hot cross buns, so made it my mission to eat one for breakfast on Good Friday like I did as a kid. I also had a couple of little chocolate eggs, but overall found them too sweet due to the lack of refined sugars in my diet.
In week 2 I was still having good results having the occasional reflux tablet.
Week 2 – 71.1 kg = Loss of 0.7 kg
I’d say that week 3 was the hardest. I did so well over the Easter period, so it was time to slide a bit. Two long weekends in a row does that to people. A bit of wine and bit of cheese, some pizza and bam! But while doing this, I was still exercising, my dog loved me and I loved being active. I also kept up with my new go to exercise video.
I started taking my reflux tablets every day again. There was one day where I didn’t feel well (I identify spring onion being the problem) so rather than feel uncomfortable, I caved in and took them again.
It was by about week 3 that I had decided to do the program for another month.
My weigh in for the end of week 3 was a couple of days late.
Week 3 – 69.5 kg = Loss of 1.6 kg
So after eating crappy in week 3, I was totally surprised and was feeling good about the result.
Mid week 4 I pulled everything out of my closet looking for a belt to go with a new dress I got. Oh the discoveries I made, all of these pants that hadn’t fit for a few years were now fitting!
Nearing the end of week 4 I had been busy with work and lazy at home. I was feeling fat (well as much as you can when you’ve lost what I have), so not such a good end to a positive, amazing, surprising month.
Week 4 – 69.9 kg – Gain of 0.4 kg
Favourite Meal: Vegetable Burgers
Favourite Smoothie: The Green Monkey
Total loss – 4.3 kg
Personally, I can’t tell from these photos that there are any changes, but I know there are, and I know my clothes fit better.
I am feeling more confident about my body after this month. I am happy with what I am putting into my body, and I have even been eating some yummy recipes.
1. Count nutrients, not calories. I know that a bottle of Pepsi has 1100kj, but I also know that a bowl of vegetables or salad is 100x better for me than a jam sandwich. When you have a health or weight loss goal it is hard enough to not obsess over hitting your goal, you don’t need to stress about calories.
2. Think about what you put in your body. It’s not hard to understand what is good and what is bad.
3. It’s not easy and it’s not meant to be.
4. As above, you’ll obsess over something. Whether it’s how much weight you lose, or that you have to be super strict with your food, or just how yummy the smoothies are and you want more than 1 or 2 in a day. It’s normal, just make it a healthy obsession.
Let me know what you think! Send me any questions.
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And don’t forget to check out the awesome Hannah my friend & consultant: here.