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.

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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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