Thank you, K!I've been enjoying reading your journal, too. You've already come so far!
And thanks for pushing me onto page 2. Woohoo!
It's February! I've been at this for a whole month now, so I thought it would be good to do some checking in. I weighed myself this morning and was down to 178 even for a total loss of 7.6 lbs in January. I'm pretty happy with that, along with meeting my January goals of being in the 170s and having my clothes feel looser.
For the past couple of days I haven't eaten potatoes, but haven't really cut out any other nightshades like tomatoes. There was just too much tomato-y food in the house to waste, but I will try cutting them out as well (or at least reducing them as much as possible) after this food is gone.
Yesterday I allowed myself a hemp milk mocha, my only cheat or coffee treat all month. I thought it might be nice to celebrate the end of each month with something small like that, though surprisingly, it wasn't the choir of angels experience my brain was telling me to expect. Definitely something to remember next time.
My face was so dry and flaky this morning, and not just limited to the sides of my nose. I suspect it's partially because of the lack of oil in my diet, coupled with the dryness of winter and indoor heat. More noncomedogenic moisturizer needed, for sure.
There have been a couple of nights this past week where I wasn't sleeping well, and I've made a preliminary tie to those being the evenings where I did not eat starch for dinner, only veggies, to try to balance a more starch heavy lunch. Again, something to keep in mind for the future and to remember that balance and consistency is important, even over the course of a day.
All in all, I've been so happy with this WOE this month. My cravings are pretty much non-existent, and when they do show up I know it means I'm either hungry (for proper food, of course) or I'm feeling emotional and seeking a distraction. Lately I've recognized that I'm struggling with a bit of the blues (not enough to really call it depression), moreso after my mom got her diagnosis. The grey winter blahs don't help either. I wonder, though, how much worse I might feel if I didn't have the stabilizing effects of this WOE. That thought came to me last night as I read the chapter in the MWL book about diet and emotions, starches and mood. Hooray for serotonin!
My husband has also lost several pounds this month, mostly from a combination of eating a lot of the food I prepare sans oil and portion control when he eats other things. I'm pleased for him but he already weighs less than I do - I'm never going to catch up at this rate!
Thankfully, though, he's very supportive and is fully ok with cooking without oil. I think it helps that I've made some pretty awesome dishes this month. He's even eating oatmeal in the mornings, albeit with peanut butter, hemp milk, and maple syrup.
This month has also been great on our finances, which was very welcome after making two trips to NY for funerals and the expenses and missed work that they entailed. It seems that every other week we have a more expensive grocery bill as we stock up on oats, rice, and potatoes, with cheaper weeks between as we replenish more perishable veggies and fruits. We also haven't been going out to eat much, which has been another big help.
This weekend we have friends visiting, which will be a challenge. I'm used to cobbling together vegan meals when we go out, but obviously there will be some more restrictions this time around. I'm open to eating beforehand and just nibbling on veg or a salad, but I'd rather not make things too weird for the other people at the table. Oh well, I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. They're both open-minded and have dealt with my lifestyle for years now (and are not opposed to going to veggie establishments), so I shouldn't sweat it too badly.
One more thing. I initially came across Dr. McDougall and this WOE when I was considering what to adopt as my "January Challenge." For three years now I've done something quasi-radical for January as a way to reset myself and try to clean up my act after the excesses of the holiday season. Two years ago it was all raw, and last year was 80-10-10 (that one did not quite last the whole month). Raw was ok, but I was glad to go back to cooked food, and I never had the thought that I wanted to continue that lifestyle permanently. This has been the only time that I wasn't counting down the days left in January so I could go back to whatever I had been doing before. I'm hooked!