Phase 2 of the Master Plan!
Sunday, April 02, 2017
My Whole30 AIP 30 days was up on Friday. The next phase is the "challenge" phase of the Whole30. Carefully adding foods back into my diet and noticing how my body responds to them. I added eggs on Friday. The process is to add in a "challenge" food on one day, then go back to eating the AIP and note any reactions for the following week. I did notice that I had intestinal cramping for the first time in 30 days, so that made a red flag go up. Shoot! The next time I "challenge" eggs, it will be just the yolks. So I just keep eating my meat/fish, vegetables and fruits and I'll pick another food to challenge on Friday.
For phase 2, I need to work on the fitness component of my healthy lifestyle. I have been unable to push myself to get a nice fitness routine going. So I knew I had to do something about that. I put that out into the universe and all of a sudden the pathway was shown to me. My health insurance site had a special "waive the enrollment fee if you join before March 31st!" "Over 9,500 fitness locations" One of those locations is the gym that my husband joined. I got a postcard from that gym that said "Free 7 day trial and Free session with a personal trainer." So I made the call and I signed up for the plan with my health insurance that this gym accepts. I've had my free session with the personal trainer. They did an assessment so I now know that I am dealing with 38.8% body fat as my starting point here. And my previous nutrition work helped me start this phase at the top of the caution ranges, but out of the high risk range. That was encouraging. I signed up for a 2 day a week/ 3 month class to get some help with setting up a workout. And that will hopefully start soon. They are looking for one more client to fill that class.
So the plan is gym time every other day. I am looking forward to gaining strength and energy in phase 2.
I also set a goal for next April. I want to be 20 pounds lighter. Last year I was able to eliminate 20 pounds with diet and this year adding in a sound fitness routine, I hope to drop another 20. That works out to 1.7 pounds a month. I can do that!
Going over motivation with the trainer at the gym, I discovered what my real motivator is. I want to maintain a lifestyle that keeps me free from medication. As Nancy Reagan said "Just say no to drugs!" Motivation has always been tricky for me. But I realized that the reason I have been able to stick to my plan this time is my desire to stay off medication. And it seems to be helping me stay on track. That motivation will not change. I just need to remember it from time to time.
Now it's back to work. Menu planning, organizing and prepping, I am also going to head to the gym today and continue my search for my healthy fitness routine.
Have a great day!