I’ve spent the last five years trying a lot of things and recovering from trying a lot of things to get the waist size down. I know what works, and I know what doesn’t. I can’t do crash diets where I’m hungry all the time. I get crazy, then I rebound. Ugly stuff.
So. Diet plan: 13yo and I are going to start Whole 30 again on January 8. For both of us, but especially me, this is a hard-reset of the habits. That’s why we’re waiting. I just couldn’t see saying, “let’s suffer right before fudge season, then ruin ourselves and have to do it over”. Stupid. Better to wait.
Why W30, and how does this work? Well, if you remember my personal diet pyramid from this summer, you’ll see that grains and sugar aren’t a big part of what I should be eating. Unfortunately, I find them easily and quickly addictive. IF I stay off of them, I lose weight. The minute they come back, I stop losing weight. When they get comfy, I start regaining. Truth is sometimes not very comfy stuff.
So, W30 isn’t “the diet”, it’s the reset that leads me to eating what I should be eating. I lost more weight AFTER W30 than during that month. I’ll use W30 resets as necessary if I find my habits slipping.
Now, as a permanent diet, I need to figure out when I have dessert/treat allowances, and I’m going to have to write those in stone. I do better with hard rules. I haven’t sat down with this yet, but as a concept, what this would look like is “which day/wk am I allowed to have dessert, and on which occasions/year will I make exceptions to that rule?” Because sugar habituates so quickly for me, I won’t be having it on a daily basis. I can’t.
Exercise: BBC 2x/wk; CF 1x/wk; start walking regularly with 13yo. I looked up how competitive athletes and body builders cut fat before meets, and they add lots of low-intensity cardio (walking on a treadmill) while maintaining their normal training regimen. I tried that this summer, adding activity to my day, and yes – the pounds came off. The low-intensity doesn’t add substantially to my appetite, which heavy workouts do. (Hit a PR, eat all the food). So, I need to make that concrete, not random. Adding a session of CF will help, but mostly it will help my cardio capacity, which isn’t where it used to be.
My goal is to lose 25 lb. I have no idea what my goal weight “should be”. My muscle mass now weighs more than I weighed in HS, and I wasn’t thin, so that doesn’t help. 25lb is a rough guess, and it’s also an achievable goal. I need to not stop pushing until I get there. It feels completely insane to say this, but I’d like to hit that by Easter. Three months? I dunno, folks. That’s a lot of weight in three months. 10lb is more usual for 3 months for me. But I am getting the push, so I’m going to commit to that goal.
There, now the plan is on paper, and not bouncing in my head being irritating.