I have felt myself getting sicker and sicker, letting the PCOS take over my body, eating crap and treating it poorly and not eve really caring.
Part of it was due to a very busy tax season this year. I was giver more work than I am typically given (which I loved by the way) and therefore had to work longer hours most days, which also led to me driving to and from work everyday.
I survived primarily on coffee, fast food and munchies.
It wasn't good...
By the end of April I was begging for a change. I felt horrible, I had no energy, and all the previous weight loss I had achieved was now gone...
My husband and I agree it was time for a reset, a 30 day transformation process, similar to the one Robb Wolf created, where we clean out the body and start from scratch again. We had done this before and it has worked very well.
The first week is the killer...
Sunday we woke up, bought our last cups of coffee (at least for 30 days) weighed ourselves, took some measurements, and made a food plan and shopping list.
I knew my biggest challenges were going to be breakfasts and lunches. I can get pretty lazy and not want to make anything the night before or morning of, so I specifically looked for things I could make in advance and just take with me.
After our shopping trip I set about preparing as much for the week ahead of time as I could.
Strawberries and Blueberries
Breakfast, Day 1
My sister (who lives in my basement currently) was a huge help. I also prepared some tuna salad for lunch which my sister chopped up some cucumber and bell peppers for snacking.
Lunch, Day 1
So let's do this thing! Let's eat healthy! Let's feel healthy! Let's BE healthy!
I have been married twice, divorced twice, and am currently in a common law relationship with a man who finally makes every day brighter. We have been together almost 7 years now, longer than either of my marriages lasted...
I used to be very thin, actually I was anorexic, but thanks to my recent PCOS diagnosis, my weight fluctuates up and down constantly. I probably haven't been under 150 pounds since I hit my thirties.
I love to start knitting and crocheting projects, but I rarely finish them.
I love to buy and read books, but I probably buy 10 books for every 1 I read.
I'm currently planning my first "real" vacation with my partner. I am pretty excited about this!
I was accepted to be a team member for the upcoming CMA Board Case Competition in Alberta.
I am sure there is more I am forgetting...but I think you get this gist of it...
So anyhow...the point of all that above rambling was just to get to the fact that I am a very busy person...it was seriously getting to the point where I wasn't sleeping or eating much anymore. It was just work work work (in some form or another).
So...I had a mini breakdown, and together with the other half decided some thing(s) had to go. Unfortunately the CMA Case was one of the first things to go. It required the most additional work at the time, and there is always the opportunity to try out for the team next year. Just letting that one thing slide out of my hands brought so much relief it wasn't even funny. I knew right away by the change in my stress levels that I had made the right decision. It still saddens me, but I know it was the right thing to do for me at this point in my life.
Since making that decision Sunday I immediately poured myself back into my studies to try to catch up to the point I should be at. I am currently enrolled in two courses, PHIL252 - Critical Thinking and ENGL305 - Literature for Children. I have to have Critical Thinking completed by the end of January. This means I have to focus focus focus!
Here is what my nights currently look like when working on Critical Thinking...
Regarding Literature for Children... I have started reading from the study guide, but not the actual novels yet...the pile of reading I will need to do is slightly intimidating...
Hello out there! Is anyone still reading this pretty much dead blog? I have been so busy over on my review site blog I almost forgot about this little corner of the web I owned.
OK, that's not entirely true...I knew it was still here...sitting...waiting...gathering dust and wondering why I had deserted it in it's hour of need...but I know why...let's be honest here...it's because I targeted this blog mostly at my personal health, diet and weight issues, and I wasn't seeing any progress...I was embarrassed ..I didn't want to come here anymore...
But here's the thing I just realized. I called this blog EVERYTHING Gwenny for a reason. It is supposed to incorporate ALL aspects of my life, not just the healthy/fit ones.
So that's what I am going to do. I am going to redirect this blog at ALL parts of my life, and if a healthy, diet, weight related post makes it in here and there, so be it...if not...so be it as well...
So what kind of posts can you look forward to now?
If you are interested in anything to do with reading and reviews feel free to visit my review blog, Rants~N~Scribbles.
So where to start? Let's start with crocheting! I have been doing a lot of crocheting and knitting lately!
I figured I had some balls of brightly coloured Red Heart Super Saver yarn lying around the house for this rainbow blanket I once started, and as usual never finished...so I decided to give it a use in this nifty crochet bag.
Here is a starting photo after the first few rounds had been completed. My family "lovingly" named it the rainbow beanie.
This image was take after I had completed all the increase rows for the bottom and started the sides of the bag.
It "should" resemble something similar to this once it is completed.
Monday is the day our family has chosen to reboot our healthy living lifestyle. With exams and holidays and birthdays, etc., we have kind of let it slide for the last few months...and it shows. I am back to my pre-surgery weight, and that's obviously not good.
So what's the plan? It's pretty simple. We are starting a 3 step plan to make sure I don't bonk out completely and fail when I head back to work Monday (which is also the start of our very busy tax season). We are going to start out Sunday night with a (dreaded) weigh-in and measurement check, and then it's on to step 1 Monday morning. Step 1:
Go back to our paleo lifestyle starting Monday, January 9th. When we started back in March of 2011 it worked wonders for the whole family, helping my lose weight and "curing" my PCOS symptoms. My husband lost weight, leaned out, and lost his shaky feeling he would get from not eating at times as well as some other health issues. My son's ADHD and ASD symptoms even decreased. It was amazing!
I found this cute little flowchart someone made about paleo eating and wanted to share it in preparation for next week. The only things we are allowing ourselves that is not paleo is coffee, and that's only for a few more weeks.
I purchased a Groupon for Extreme Fitness that gives me a two month membership and two personal training sessions for $24. I figured this was a great way to test the waters and see if I was motivated enough to actually go to the gym and workout. The personal trainer option is nice but unnecessary since my husband is actually a personal trainer at Extreme Fitness, so he`s be working me out anyhow... apparently he has big plans for me... /cries. I plan on starting this January 16th, one week after starting the paleo lifestyle.
Give up coffee on Monday, January 23rd. This gives me one full week of paleo eating, plus one full week of exercising (hopefully) and paleo together, before shocking my body yet again and giving up coffee...this is going to be a toughie...
So that's the plan...let's see how everything goes!