Monday, June 09, 2014
Had a terrible food week end. Not prepared and ate somethings I no longer want to. And I FELT the difference in how I felt eating crappy food.
So I'm happy that I'm realizing how food and coffee effect me and it's giving me motivation to stick with my plan!
Thursday, May 29, 2014
OK so I've been struggling with my weight for....well decades really at this point....maybe only one decade but still........
My Chiropractor suggested a liver/gall bladder cleanse regimen to give them a break from all the fast and processed food I eat and jump start a healthier me. This was a few weeks after her strong recommendation to add fish oil to my diet daily, which I did and in TWO DAYS my mood was better. I kid you not, TWO DAYS!! So I had a high degree of confidence in her cleanse recommendation and I was ready!
So we ordered the cleanse, which was much easier than I anticipated. I could eat lunch and dinner (veggies and lean protein) and had a drink mix for breakfast and snack along with a packet of herbal remedies three times per day. I was not hungry and my guts didn't cramp or become angry as I had wrongly anticipated. I felt really good and since I was drinking the shake at breakfast, actually began to start my day with some nutrition on board. See I usually have 4 cups of coffee for breakfast (oh yea, no coffee on the cleanse, that was my most difficult thing to abstain from for a measly 10 days!).
The cleanse also forced me to bring my lunch to work as well as prepare my own dinners in order to stay within the cleanse protocol. This was a change for this fast food queen, but one I enjoyed as all the fresh spring greens and vegetables are abundant and I enjoyed (and still do) very healthy and delicious salads.
I also committed to logging all of my food during this process so I could see where my calories were coming in at and just to add this commitment too.
So I've completed the cleanse and have continued to eat the same way. It's now been three weeks and I FEEL SO GOOD!!! I've lost 10#, am eating regularly throughout the day, have ditched all processed and fast food, am preparing my own meals and love everything I eat.
I just spent some time on my daily feedback reports and see how easy it really is to stay within my daily calorie range. Heck, I use to eat a days worth of calories at lunch and sometimes dinner too! It's easy to do with fast food. Actually my habit was to not eat all day and at 4 be ravishingly hungry and just power eat all night, feel stuffed and bloated and in a food coma.
So what do you know, you cut out fast and processed food, eat breakfast lunch and dinner with a few healthy snacks if you desire and lose weight and feel terrific!! It's like I'm on autopilot now! I still loath cleaning up the kitchen but it's a price worth paying.
Imagine what will happen when I hit they gym again.....wait for that post!
Wednesday, May 14, 2014
So today I braved the scale and viola, I lost 5# already on this cleanse. It's not a weight loss cleanse, but you do end up losing weight as a part of the light eating. I feel better, less bloated and to see 5# drop so quickly (yes I realize it's water and cleanse related) is still motivating! I'm not hungry and am pleased with the food I am able to eat, so that makes sticking with this longer term easy. I'm missing my coffee though!
Monday, May 12, 2014
Well it's Monday...I made it through the week end of my cleanse with absolutely no problems. The Nutri Clear and whey protein drink is actually not bad at all, I don't have to choke it down and upon reading the plan more closely, I discovered that I can have food for lunch and dinner, veggies and lean protein only though, no potatoes, sugar, or junk. I can do this! Especially since it's spring and the vegetables are fresh, salads are amazing with fresh chervil and micro greens and spicy arugula and turnip greens added.
I did have a family dinner for Mothers Day on Sunday and I did have a nice helping of home made scallop potatoes. These were not on plan but I also don't think it will do much damage overall. They were home made and we don't have them very often.
Feeling like I CAN do this and am in a much better mood than when I began on Friday, feeling like my life had ended! Funny how emotions are so tied up in food for me!
So here's to continuing to make progress!
Friday, May 09, 2014
You can tell by my blog entries why I struggle...I'm not consistent!!!!
Since my last blog post, my foot pain (which had prevented me from running/walking) was finally correctly diagnosed. It required surgery to fuse the 1st Metatarsal joint in my arch. This was waaaay more complicated than I expected. After the 5 weeks of non weight bearing, it was like I had to learn to walk all over again. Then I got a Morton's neuroma on the other foot which was even more painful than the reason for surgery. It's now almost 2 years later and I am finally having no foot pain for the most part. I've been able to get back into my favorite running shoes too (but only for walking at this point).
it seems like I have so much fat to burn and fitness to recover that it just overwhelms me into inaction.
This time I'm looking it from more of a health perspective than just fat loss. While my bloodwork is really really good considering how heavy I am, I do have slightly elevated blood sugar and my phosphate level was one point above the normal range. So before these numbers turn bad, I want to help them stay good and get even better.
I'm relatively sure I'm gluten intolerant. I have started seeing a Chriropracrtor who I really like and she suggested a 10 day detox which I just started today. After the detox I'm going to follow a Whole 30 plan (eliminating all processed foods, no dairy, no white) and from there hopefully I can add a little cheese back in and maybe a latte every now and then.
I've done a Whole 30 before (last November) and loved it and felt really good, but then got super sick at Thanksgiving and then the holidays and I reverted to old habits very quickly.
There's a huge emotional component to this for me. I am an emotional eater and while I do want to feel better and look better, I struggle with being worth doing this for. Why bother? I'm single with little hope for this to ever change and who cares anyway? I have to change this attitude!
Today is day one on the detox and while I'm not hungry at all, I still am sad and afraid which in turn makes me mad.....why am I not worth this??? Why can't I feel good and be active? Why not me as our Seahawks QB Russell Wilson says...why not me?
So I'm starting......AGAIN.......with hopefully much more consistency and once I get to the higher energy part, hopefully more exercise. I got a dog in November 2012 who needs his walks but I'm realizing his walks don't equal exercise for me! He stops to sniff and pee too many times, but if I'm jogging he'll stay right with me. Now that the weather is getting nicer, this will be nice too!
So here I am....stay tuned...
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