A few weeks ago, I posted about my February health goals. Sick of feeling bloated, sore and unattractive, I embarked on a four week health plan to make myself feel and look better.
My goals were:
- Reduce the daily bloat (have roughly the same size stomach when I go to sleep as I do when I wake up)
- Feel good in my bridesmaid dress at the end of June (and always!)
- Be more conscious with my food and drink choices
- Get my run distance up to 7 miles (11.5 km)
My steps to accomplish this were:
1) Give up alcohol
2) Run (and fit in more stretching)
3) Low FODMAP diet.
So how did I do?
Well, to be honest, I feel pretty great! I'm sleeping better, I look better, I have more energy and I'm not dealing with any weird stomach pains.
I'm still bloating a BIT during the day, but not every day, and only when I've been bad (sometimes a girl just needs a burger)
I hit my 7 mile run! It only happened once, but my running overall has really improved. A 5 mile used to be a chore and now it's fairly easy. I've realized I need new shoes though so that's the next step. The ankle support in mine have given out.
Stretching... There could have been more of it, but I tried to fit in beating-belly-bloat yoga poses whenever possible. I feel like this will become something I do on cheat days when I'm regretting my decisions before bed.
The food and drink related steps were harder. I successfully gave up alcohol for the first two weeks, having only 1 glass of wine on Valentine's Day, but last weekend definitely gave in to temptation first on family pub night, and then at a friend's birthday. I've still been good about not drinking on nights before work, and I think that's something I can stick to. Sorry Sunday through Thursday, no more drinks for you!
Low FODMAP was also difficult (bread... I can't give it up) but I managed to make a few key adjustments to my diet which seem to have really helped. I've drastically reduced onion and garlic in my cooking, I have oatmeal every morning for breakfast now, and I've switched to almond milk.
These few things do seem to be helping, my bloating has really gone down! I'm going to keep on with those few things, as well as (lightly) following the Low FODMAP food guide I found... But sometimes a girl just needs a glass of grapefruit juice, or an avocado. Stomach be damned.
Like I say, at the end of the day, I feel better. I've made some changes which I am happy to continue, hopefully with a continued feeling of success.