|I didn't lift weights this week but I spent over an hour each day working hard in the garden.|
Tomorrow will mark one full month on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet so I will go ahead and report my results today since it is close enough.
First the numbers.
I stated at 173 and now I weigh 166.4. I have lost 6 inches and gotten into a smaller pants size. I'm now an 8-10(I'm 5' 10"). I'll detail the inch loss so you can see the overall changes my body went through.
1 inch above belly button -.5
Upper thighs -.25 off each
Lower thighs -.5 from each
Arms nada but they look more toned
Now the symptoms.
My skin looks better and broke out a lot less this month. I usually have a few pimples crop up on my neck and last for weeks. I only had one this month and it went away a lot sooner. My gut is quiet! And less bloated! This is a major thing for me. I've been trying to figure out how much noise a normal gut should make for years. Now I think I know. My usual 24+ hour ovulation cramps lasted less than 12 hours and were about half as intense. My hormones seem to be stabilizing and my hormonal swings were much less severe this month. I was able to deal with things much better than usual and I had my fair share of stress this month. After getting through the first week my energy steadily got better until this last week when I felt strong and can work hard. I spent over an hour in the hot sun working outside in the garden every day and it didn't wipe me out as usual.
Here's a list of what I'm now eating without symptoms.
Gelatin(homemade using mint tea and a little honey)
Butternut squash(I have to keep it to less than 2/3 a cup per meal or I get bloated)
Everything is well cooked and pureed except for the avocado, winter squash and banana. I am eating carrot chunks instead of puree now and will try the other veggies well cooked but not pureed when I need to make more. I've been cooking a big batch of each item and then freezing it in 1-2 day serving sized containers to make the cooking easier. I just defrost what I need in the fridge and then add it to my broth for each meal. So each meal is meat, a carb(banana, pear, or squash), and then a mug of broth with veggie puree in it. Oh, and I also eat 1/2 cup of yogurt with each meal. I add some to my broth and pour the rest over my meat and veggies. I'm not too bored with my eating because of how good it is making me feel. I have been craving salt so I'm using Real Salt sprinkled on each meal.
Next week I will talk about my weight loss and health journey over the last four years. I need to get some photos of how I look now taken to include. I hate having photos taken so I don't think there are very many before and during photos but I will search my archives and see what I can find.
How did your fit week go?
I'm linking up at Fit Mommy Friday with Annie Kate.