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PROGRESS / DAY 28

PROGRESS / DAY 28

This is what happens to the human body after eating whole foods and eliminating SOFAS (sugar, oil, flour, alcohol and salt) for 28 days. I am in shock, and honestly on a bit of an ecstatic high!

If you’re wondering why I wasn’t getting these results before, there is good reason. Maybe you’re thinking to yourself, “But wait, Kristen is healthy, she’s always posting heathy recipes and eating the healthiest foods, she’s the healthiest person I know!” But then you take a look at what is happening now, and maybe you are scratching your head. You’re right, I am over the top passionate about living the healthiest life you can. I read all the articles, I watch all the documentaries, I’ve made all the recipes, I’ve changed my lifestyle in many many many ways, yet, I was packing on the pounds. Even while training for endurance events like marathons, even an Ironman. I put in hours of training. Why was I still overweight and borderline obese? Why was I so bloated and full all of the time?

The proof is in the foods I was eating, as well as how much I was eating. And those two variables are directly related to one another. I was eating a fair amount of highly addictive foods, and because they were addictive, I ate a lot of them. Uncontrollably. And to the point of feeling sick, to the point of it effecting my sleep, my brain activity, my bank account and my self worth. Because guess what? I might have had an A+ diet during the day, but at night when I was alone, I ate everything in sight. And I didn’t tell a soul.

I mean, how could I tell anyone this secret? I even had a juice company! Like, what was fundamentally wrong with me to know exactly how to live the healthiest life you can, yet be so overweight and only be gaining more and more. I felt like a complete fraud. And I couldn’t stop. Feeling discouraged I couldn’t lose weight, actually made me want to eat and drink more. I was literally sabotaging my body and my health while at the same time completely understanding how to live a healthy lifestyle. To say I was lost and confused is a wild understatement. But once I realized there wasn’t anything wrong with me, things began turning around. Once I realized it was the food in my environment, and it wasn’t me, everything changed.

All I did was completely abstain from every highly addictive food. And then I adopted the diet we were originally designed to eat…food in it’s purest form, in it’s most raw and real state…food found in nature. Food! I separated addictive food-like products from real food, and that made all the difference. I am less bloated, my joints aren’t swollen, I can think straight, my body is becoming lighter, I feel lighter on the inside, my body is digesting food easier, and I have a calm, stable, controlled sense when I’m around food.

My body and food have literally been my enemy since realizing I was one of the big girls in the 6th grade. On that day I weighed 161. I will never forget it. Since then, every single day of my life has been about “trying to lose weight”. Every activity, every conversation, everything has had something to do with with my weight. And the majority of it was happening in my head via cruel conversations I was having with myself.

Something clicked last year. I reached a point where the pain was too much. I reached a point where I would do anything to never feel this pain again. Luckily, I already knew what action to take. It was simply a matter of taking it.

It has been 28 days and I am not stopping. I will discover my body’s natural weight, and I will find out what is possible with my skin disease, as well as my physical endurance and strength. I will move into a brand new body I have never known. And I can’t wait.

This week’s measurements and weight loss were small, yet consistent. That is exactly what I want to see. I am after lasting change and nothing else. This week’s progress photo is all I needed to see. I am discovering just how important taking photos is to success when making a lifestyle change. I see a drastic change and I just really can’t believe my eyes.

 

Day 28:

Weight: 173.8  |  Chest: 42  |  Waist: 40  |  Hips: 43.5  |  Bicep: 11.5  |  Thigh: 21

Day 21:

Weight: 174.6  |  Chest: 42.25  |  Waist: 40.5  |  Hips: 44  |  Bicep: 11.5  |  Thigh: 21.25

Day 14:

Weight: 176.2  |  Chest: 42  |  Waist: 41.25  |  Hips: 45  |  Bicep: 11.75  |  Thigh: 21

Day 1:

Weight: 180.8  |  Chest: 43.5  |  Waist: 43  |  Hips: 45.5  |  Bicep: 12  |  Thigh: 21.25

PROGRESS / DAY 21

PROGRESS / DAY 21

Welcome to my Pure Raw Life. It’s Day 21 and I’m checking in with my results.

I am amazed at how much can change in just one week. Consistent change truly adds up over time. This week’s photos and measurements inspire me to keep at this!

I see now why progress photos are so valuable to success. Just yesterday I had a moment where I thought, “Is all this really even worth it? Why am I even doing this. Maybe I should just go along with the way the rest of our country is eating.” Seeing today’s progress and remembering my “why” keep me on this path to fulfillment.

How about some Non Scale Victories this week? I put myself in some sticky situations…aka eating out…and I passed with flying colors! I even met friends at my favorite Pizzeria and swapped pizza and wine for sparkling water and salad.

Some areas I’d like to strive to improve upon this coming week? Eating in more, having more green vegetables, and drinking more water.

Now let’s look at some of my stats:

Over the last 7 days, I released 1.6 pounds and 1.5 inches. And over the last 21 days, I have released 6.2 pounds and 5.75 total inches measuring chest, waist, hips, bicep and thigh.

I literally can only imagine where this will take me if I continue at this rate. And the best part is I am finally beginning to believe that this can happen. That I can discover my body’s natural weight and be free of obesity and all that comes with it, once, and for the rest of time.  I can heal my body and my life.

 

Day 21:

Weight: 174.6  |  Chest: 42.25  |  Waist: 40.5  |  Hips: 44  |  Bicep: 11.5  |  Thigh: 21.25

Day 14:

Weight: 176.2  |  Chest: 42  |  Waist: 41.25  |  Hips: 45  |  Bicep: 11.75  |  Thigh: 21

Day 1:

Weight: 180.8  |  Chest: 43.5  |  Waist: 43  |  Hips: 45.5  |  Bicep: 12  |  Thigh: 21.25

PROGRESS / DAY 14

PROGRESS / DAY 14

I really want to Vlog (Video Blog) my Pure Raw Life, but right now I have a creative block and a resistance around creating video content, and I honor that.

Luckily, I also want to Blog!

Welcome to my first Pure Raw Progress post. It’s Day 14 and I’m checking in with my results.

Other than the occasional espresso withdraw symptom…I love love love espresso!!!…I feel fabulous! Actually, I feel free! Because I have chosen 100% abstinance from triggering “foods” like Sugar, Oil, Flour, Alcohol and Salt, I don’t feel restricted. Moderation is what makes me feel restricted. Because, how do I define moderation for myself? Is it different for me than it is for you? Maybe I should go by what my Personal Trainer says? Or the super fit naturally thin girl I follow on Instagram? She eats out a lot and she stays thin. Is moderation considered one donut/week? Espresso on the weekend only? One “cheat meal” a week? But what if I have 3 social events in one week?? “And, it’s for their birthday. I have to celebrate with drinks for their birthday! Ok, this week I’ll allow 2 cheats. I mean, we only live once.”

Correction. We only die once. We live every day. My point is, do you see how much stress is created by the “everything in moderation” situation? Do you see how much energy I spent on what I was going to eat and drink and what I shouldn’t eat and drink? It was exhausting. Deciding I am abstaining opens me up to so much living because I am not in a constant state of stress about food. I know what’s included in my diet: food in it’s purest form. Period. Freedom.

Disclaimer: This isn’t an issue or struggle for everyone. But this has been my experience. And maybe it is yours too. Maybe this resonates with you and we can support each other. I have a lot more to say about brain chemistry as it relates to moderation, and I will share that in a future post. It’s super interesting and it just might be the thing that changes your life like it has for me.

Now, let’s get into the good stuff…my physical progress. Over the last 14 days, I have released 4.6 pounds and 4.25 total inches measuring chest, waist, hips, bicep and thigh. I also have a pretty good idea my percentage of fat to muscle based on a BIA test I had done in August. Fat makes up approximately 40% of my total body weight and that is considered obese. It is true, I have a lot of excess fat on my body…71.8 pounds to be exact. I have basically been carrying around a 10-year. It’s not been easy.

Eating from my unlimited garden of whole, natural foods has been working so far. Things are moving in the right direction and I am feeling a lot less bloated as well!

 

Day 14:

Weight: 176.2  |  Chest: 42  |  Waist: 41.25  |  Hips: 45  |  Bicep: 11.75  |  Thigh: 21

Day 1:

Weight: 180.8  |  Chest: 43.5  |  Waist: 43  |  Hips: 45.5  |  Bicep: 12  |  Thigh: 21.25