Helpful Tips I’ve learned on the Diet Beta Test

Today I thought I would share with you a few helpful tips I’ve learned over the last few months with trying the Diet Beta Test, and while these are specific to my experiences at the moment, they will cross over into other diets or eating plans you try. Some of these are common sense, while others have been more profound to me. Let’s start with easy:

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– Make sure to eat! I know this sounds silly, but when we first try things, I think we tend to get caught up in the process and forget about the fact that you have to do something. For me, when these things happen, I tend to get down and want to eat salty carb snacks and then feel bad about life and start the cycle over again. A close second is…

– Meal Prep is key! Once you get into a rhythm things, get easier but for the first few weeks make sure you’re prepping out your food in advance. Make sure they’re easy to transport and eat at a later time, and for a little bit make sure you have an alternative snack on hand just in case you decide at the last moment that you actually can’t eat chia pudding no matter how hard you try.

– Remember it’s a process – You know when you first start out on a new endeavor things are always going to be hard when things tend to get hard in other areas of my life, I double down and get to work to find solutions. When it comes to eating and diets, I tend to bail at the first sign of trouble. Why? I’m still trying to figure that out. This time around since we’re supposed to be learning about our bodies and how they react to certain foods, I’m taking on scientific approach and allowing for a little bit of leeway in the process. So far it seems to be working for me.

– Make sure to check the science – It’s something Chalene repeated over and over again, and frankly we should be doing that all the time when it comes to dieting and our bodies. How many times are we told to eat only this, or totally remove that? But in doings so we make ourselves sick from eating things that don’t work for us, or taking out things that are healthy for you but don’t fit into a standard plan.

– Listen to your body – and trust yourself! This idea goes hand in hand with the point above, this journey is supposed to be about you, and you alone. So why would we spend all of our time listening to other people’s success or failure and considering it the final authority on the subject? I do it all the time, so this round I decided OK, I will listen to the podcasts, and watch the videos, read some studies and see how I feel, how my body reacts and if I’m willing to live with the consequences good or bad! Just like I talked about having my coffee in the morning – I know it breaks my fast, I know I really shouldn’t be adding the sugar in – if I want to follow the process strictly. But! My happiness means more to me than the potential for slowing my weight loss down in this particular situation. My sanity and personal well-being are more important to me that I will make this sacrifice. It may be something else for another person, maybe they need to keep rice, or beans or something else in, maybe they can’t tolerate that much fat in their diets or low carb makes them deathly ill. The beauty is you get to figure those things out for yourself.

– Lastly, give something more than a day – Our brain is excellent at making it seem like we are quite literally dying if something changes. On top of that, we’re magnificent at talking ourselves right out of things, if we’re the least bit uncomfortable. So make sure the discomfort you feel is something actually wrong and not your brain trying to talk you out of the change. You will truly be amazed and what you won’t miss if you just give it a try. My key – I thought I would miss sparkling water – and for a few days I did, but when I had one as a treat, it gave me the worst bloating, and I felt awful. After a bit of trial and error, I’ve found that I can drink the “mineral waters” like Pellegrino without too much discomfort, but the waters that are infused with C02 are too much for me.

I want to take a moment and say these are tips I’ve picked up over the last few months from my personal experiences. If you are truly in emergent discomfort – you will know, and you should not push through that! Ever! Again the key is getting to know yourself and get to know how you feel – about food, about life about your wellbeing and truly about your personal happiness.

XOXO Sarah


Diet Beta Test – Day Nine

Happy Wednesday! How is everyone today? Me I’m doing very well! Day nine is in the books of Chalene’s Diet Beta Test, and quite honestly I’m feeling much more positive today than I have in the last few. I made some “big” little decisions today that may or may not be helpful to me in regards to losing weight or priming my system, but I think it will keep me happier in the long run.

Lately, I’ve been feeling awful about not being able to eat the things I like and not even the bad stuff! Don’t get me wrong – PMS was no joke this weekend! And I did cave last night and have a few chips with my “taco” salad – big mistake! I felt awful and bloated, and the scale reflected my salt discretion this morning. It’s more like, I miss grapes, and my coffee on my drive into work, even worse, I was missing out on milk in my coffee (and we’re not talking a lot) I could feel myself starting to be resentful toward the process which is no go! So I decided that having my coffee earlier than my first meal and keeping dairy, was ok – and I know it takes me out of fasting sooner than I should but, if it keeps me on plan and not resenting the process, I’m willing to take that risk. I feel like it’s my one little treat of the day, plus from the time we quit smoking, and even more when I gave up coca-cola last year, coffee is my one vice that I still really enjoy.

I also realized I’ve got to keep food in the house; it’s not even a decision about good or bad food – I will usually make the right choice if presented to me. But if I don’t have either I’ll crave the bad, and then be resentful that I can’t have it. So today the hubby and I went out to dinner and stopped by Sprouts on the way home, making sure to pick up healthy nuts, and fats that can easily be made into a small meal or snack. Don’t get me wrong as I wandered through the aisles looking for some cracker, pasta, or flavored coconut butter I was rather disappointed. But I figure we have another two weeks or so to go, and I can ease on back into healthier carbs knowing I should be eating way less of them after this Beta is complete.

While neither of these are earth shattering decisions, they are steps in the right direction and should help me on my journey to better health.

I didn’t do a good recap of weight loss, inches, mood and sleep numbers so I thought I would catch you up on that today. I also made a new chart that has the entire month of May so we can see the big picture along with the daily gains.


IMG_0543And lastly I took a new set of pictures – with the same outfit on as last week, I don’t see a different yet, but it did make me realize I need to take these with all of my lights on and my real camera – not my cell phone in the hall mirror. I will make a point of doing that tomorrow and maybe even lay a bit of tape on the ground so I can get the angles right too.

The top picutres are from today – grainy and awful I know – the bottom are from last Monday.



And now for the drumroll:

Pounds lost – 7.2
Total inches lost – 12

Most of the inches lost are in my chest and waist measurements, where I notice it, is in my lower gut – I doesn’t look like it pouches out as much. All in all – not bad for nine days! My API is creeping up again, but not as fast as the last time, I also think it might have more to do with hormones than the foods that I’m eating, I’ve tried adding a little more carbs later in the evening, and it hasn’t made a difference. Last night was my highest night so far at 2.5, but I was less restless and seem to have had a better quality of sleep than before. I’ll keep tracking. Hopefully, it’s something that will pass.

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