How We Lost Over 30 Pounds and 40 Inches In One Month
January Weight Loss Weigh In
When we started this process I didn’t really know what to expect. At one point or another my husband and I have both worked on our weight. But let’s be honest it was always 1 step forward, 2 steps back. This summer I saw a number on the scale I’d never seen before and I knew something had to change.
A few days before the end of December and with a doctor’s note saying it was necessary, my husband approached me saying it was time. This was it, once and for all we had to do it… but this time, together.
I was immediately on board. And not just because it was a new year, but I needed a fresh start. For me it was never about what the scale said - sure I wanted it to be less, but I’d grown fairly comfortable in my own skin. I wanted to do it for my health - to live a long life, to be my very best.
What I didn’t want to do is treat this like a crash diet. Get crazy restrictive and constantly feel like I was missing something. I was determined to make a plan that would see results, but was ultimately something we could live with for a long time.
Jared had a blood test that showed an elevated Liver enzyme and an A1C that was slightly elevated. Both of these markers can greatly be improved by the simple act of diet and exercise. After doing some research I felt like our best way to get started was by doing a functional medicine Liver Cleanse to kickstart digestion and rid our body of toxins (find out the exact cleanse we used here).
I lost 12 pounds in 4 days and my husband wasn’t far behind me. And it wasn’t from starving ourselves. It was by fueling our body with the nutrients it needed to do its job.
From there we switched into a transitional diet that wouldn’t shock our system back into fight-or-flight mode.
A week into the month I knew I needed to start moving. Sure I knew I could lose weight with diet alone, but I felt sluggish and was tired of being out of breath walking up a flight of stairs. A good friend of mine had been doing this crazy 100 day workout challenge. Crazy to me, well, because it had been at least 15 years since I’d had that kind of movement. I watched her get to 60 days, I finally convinced myself I could do it.
After 5 days straight of workouts, I finally admitted out loud I was taking on this challenge. I committed to moving my body everyday for 100 days. To me it wasn’t about sweating or any insane workouts - I just needed a commitment to myself to move everyday. So I made my own rule of at least 30 mins a day - with active recovery built in - so some days weren’t a workout at all, just stretching, yoga or a brisk walk.
From the outside looking in I can see how someone might think what we’ve done over the last month wasn’t doable for them, but there has been a lot of real life built in. For real - there is no cheating, life keeps happening, it’s just a series of conscious decisions. Here are a few foods you may be surprised I choose to eat (and boy did I enjoy them):
Chips & Salsa
Chocolate Cake & Ice Cream (Frozen Yogurt)
Bread & Butter
Triple Fried French Fries
This month I couldn’t stop living - we had 2 birthdays (our mom’s were born a week apart) and a girls night out.
I also made a lot of positive choices, the kind I know I can keep doing, but do require a conscious effort:
Swapped a lot of starch & grains for veggies (Cauliflower Rice is a staple in our home)
Stopped drinking soda pop cold turkey (again - this time - fingers crossed for good)
Planned every meal in advance (cutting down on costs at the grocery store - check out my Instagram to see exactly what we buy every week)
Ate at home 99% of the time (Join our free Facebook group to get the exact meal plan we used)
Shopped primarily in the produce section
Now for all the ladies I have something you don’t want to hear, but you absolutely need to hear. Gaining weight during your menstrual cycle is completely normal. And it sucks. And it makes you want to quit. I gained 4 pounds during my cycle. Three of them came off the day after it was over. When this got me antsy I turned to my tape measure - I knew if I was still losing inches I was still on track. I didn’t give up - I kept moving my body, I kept fueling my body with quality food.
We still have a long way to go, but I’m so incredibly proud of our progress. I can see it in my husbands face. I can tell we have extra energy (Jared literally laid a new bathroom floor in an afternoon with his dad) and are able to stay up a bit later than usual (no falling asleep on the couch at 9:00 p.m). We are going to keep going and I can’t wait to take you along with us.
Here are our numbers at the end of January:
-18.1lbs for January
-26.75” (4” of that was in my chest, 6.5” from my waist)
-14.1lbs for January