So here I am one week into this endeavour. The first week of any big change is both the easiest and the hardest. You have all this motivation and are excited about the changes you are about to makeâthis helps drive you to stick to your plan. However, itâs also the time when you are transitioning from behaviours and choices that you have become accustomed to. Figuring out how to balance your new lifestyle can be a challenge. All in all, I would say I am doing really well. I got myself some cute new sneakers and workout clothes and havenât missed a day in the gym. I havenât touched a sip of alcohol and Iâve managed to stay gluten and dairy free without much difficulty at all. Iâve found that because this is a gluten-free change, and not simply a cutting out carbs approach, Iâm not feeling as though I am really missing some type of âcarb fixâ. Iâve replaced my regular morning breakfast of toast, cottage cheese and grapefruit with an egg white omelette and cherry tomatoes. I even found a trick for making this ahead of timeâif you put your egg mixture into muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes you can freeze the mini omelettes and just pop them in the microwave in the morning! (Iâve been sautÃ©ing up red onion and mushrooms then adding a bit of chilli flakes to the eggâbut just about anything that goes with eggs should work.)
Some other meals Iâve made this week include: -Homemade Thai spiced chicken fingers with gluten free rice breadcrumbs served with a cilantro, mint, and arugula Thai salad. -Homemade chicken burgers with dill, parsley, turmeric, cayenne and paprika served on a bed of lettuce instead of a bun and grilled asparagus.
Today I am going to make a batch of gluten free baked falafel balls and a dairy free cashew cream tzatziki (Iâll let you know...) Iâm using my Saturdays to try a new recipe every week instead of sitting around drinking wine. Sundays I go out for my one âtreatâ meal, take the dog to the park and get things done around the house. I donât think Iâm quite ready to hit the party scene sans alcohol, so for the time being I am going to keep myself out of situations where I think Iâll be too tempted.
Iâve also been trying to decide how I want to measure my success during this process. I am definitely the type of person who usually checks in with the scale (too often) to try to gauge success. Even though I know this isnât the best way to go about it and I know my weight fluctuates daily, Iâve always just thought that Iâd rather know than be in the dark. Iâve come to the conclusion that for the duration of this challenge I am going to weigh myself once (which I did today) And then not look at the scale again until the end of the eight week period. The number I saw today is definitely on the higher end (or slightly outside) of my âcomfort zoneâ, but instead of getting stressed out and letting it get me down, Iâve realized the next eight weeks are going to go by whether I do something about it or not. So, I can just get on with it and continue doing the things I know will lead me in the right direction, or I can whine and obsess over it. Only one of those things is going to help me outâso I think the choice is obvious. (JESSICA LOVES THIS!) I know logically that it takes a few weeks of working hard and staying consistent before you start seeing changes on the scale, and I just want to take that sense of constant monitoring out of this experience. I donât want to fall into a trap of not seeing a number go down and then stressing about that when I should be focusing on the changes and choices I am making. Iâve experienced this before where I feel like Iâm killing it in the gym and eating healthyâthen two, three, four weeks in Iâve only seen minimal drop in numbers on the scale! I start to think Iâm going crazy and wonder what it is Iâm doing wrong. Even though I KNOW itâs just taking my body awhile to catch up to the changes Iâve made.
I need to keep telling myself that if I stick to my plan, move forward and work hard I will achieve the positive results I am after. Not just for the remaining seven of these eight weeks, but for the rest of my life.