Welcome to Thanksgiving week on the Virgin Diet, Elimination Cycle. This week will NOT knock me off track...it just won't. I'll still have some amazing choices, but I commit to staying on track. If not, I'll have to start all over, and I've come to far! We are headed to "Friendsgiving" this week since we won't be going back to Nashville for the holidays. My heart is full because of the home we are making here, but I always carry a heavy heart around this time of year. (for many many reasons, but that is for another blog post) So, even though we won't be going home, we will enjoy this holiday surrounded by people we love. When it comes to staying on track, I'm determined for many reasons, but I'll share the most important with you today...
We are "trying" for our first child. So, we've entered the incredibly tough part for me...how to NOT turn this into a chore that ruins "the act" for good. We can't do a ridged, scheduled routine so instead I'm taking a different approach. Clearly we know where babies come from, lol, but I am letting faith carry me most of this journey.
31 years old is creeping up on me next month. Is that old? Hell no, but I'm sure not getting any younger. My biggest Virgin Diet motivation, beside physical health, is to create the best space for the most precious baby. Our first child. This subject is tough for me. Honestly, it tears me apart sometimes, but I'm sharing here because I know I can't be the only one. This subject just isn't easy. Without going into detail, this isn't easy, and my whole heart is with every family that struggles with this. You are loved, prayed for and wonderful.
It helps tremendously to have a husband on board, his support is my life line in many aspects of my life. Especially this. We are beginning a journey and vulnerability is part of that for me. Nothing is perfect. My life and my journey is no exception. Thank you for your genuine kind thoughts and love. We appreciate it.
Sooooo...back on track...I am a week into this "diet" and I'm seeing big changes. I have lost a total of 7 lbs, and my energy is super high!!! No more major bloat (can't wait for FLOW to head out because I see even more results coming) and I totally love that. My clothes fit better, my belly feels better, and my breathing is better. I know...the last one was unexpected for me too. But it's 100% truth. When I started last week, I was having an incrediblly hard time clearing my throat...just a bunch of gunk. I just chalked it up to "allergies" but in fact I've learned dairy may be the culprit. We've still got 2 weeks to go, so I'll do a full update after, but I'm loving it so far. Winter is a tough season for me and clearer breathing would be a total bonus!
Today I got moving!! Went walking with a friend this morning...much needed girl time and extra calorie burn!!! #winning
Todays struggle: honestly, my true issue is that fatigue, cravings, and bloat had become my "normal" and there's just nothing normal about any of those things!! I'm done accepting that my "norm" is feeling like a slug. Here's to reevaluating my "normal" and keeping up with this process!
Food tip: Don't give in...JUST DON'T...whatever you are craving, it stinks, but it's a good sign. It means that food could possibly be your trigger food. Also, note that you can, eventually, reintroduce many of these foods with no problem, but healing your gut is key! So, in addition to staying strong, add a good probiotic to your daily routine!
Breakfast- Vega Shake
Lunch- Vega Shake
Snack-apple with nut butter
Dinner- A very picky plate at a Mexican restaurant with my sweet friend! All Virgin diet approved! Feeling proud. :)