Saturday, May 14, 2011
Two weeks down and two to go! Somewhat of a difficult week. I allowed back in my creamer for my coffee. I decided that if this is going to be a lifestyle I really can't see never drinking coffee with creamer. So why stop now. I don't know how much dairy is in 2 cups of coffee a day, but that is my decision. I am okay with it and my coffee with creamer makes me happy. I have been dealing with a low blood sugar everyday which is pretty exhausting. So I am toying with my insulin rates through my insulin pump to deal with my bodily changes and way of eating.
I took measurements this morning and I am down another 1 1/2 inches. So in two weeks that puts me down 5 inches. I can definitely tell in my clothes. My black pair of parents I definitely am going to start needing a belt for. The bit of frustration comes once again to the scale. I lost 2 1/4lbs last week and by Tuesday of this week was down another 1/2 lb. Got on the scale this morning hoping for 138 (which means I would be down 2lbs) and it was back up that 1/2lb. So not sure what's up. I even drank 1 1/2 gallons of water yesterday. I average a gallon a day. So, hopefully that scale will budge for next week. I am sure it's my body doing something and I probably did lose some weight. Shows how you can't go on the scale alone for progress. I immediately had to remind myself of all the reasons I was doing the ECS plan and losing weight was NOT the only reason. I have many many temptations this wkd as my parents are here. I made homemade sticky buns, cake, ice cream, and we went to a coffee shop today where everyone was eating canolis, éclairs, etc...I had my coffee, pear and almonds. Delish. I know I will have an éclair and I am scheduling it in at the end of the month, but I was happy to sit there making the right choice. OH, I plan on eating this way except for taking one day a month and eating some of the treats or cravings I would like.
So, I do have the goal of losing that 10lbs, but this is a lifestyle change and i will keep at it. Heck, if it takes me 3 months it will, but I am going to try my darnedest to lose it and plan on working hard everyday!
So, getting to my inches lost. I lost another 1/2 in. in my upper chest (more or less where the back fat can accumulate even though I don't have any excess there-total for 1 in lost in 2 weeks); 1/4 in. in my arms ( 1/4 in. in 2 weeks); almost 1/2in. in my natural waist (total of almost 1in in 2 weeks); 1/4in. in my thickest part of my abdomen (almost an inch in 2 weeks); 1 1/2 inches in my hips in 2 weeks; and 1/2 in. in my thighs- didn't change this week! My legs are my biggest goal. They and my arms are my biggest challenge. So slowly but surely he inches are coming off, thankfully!
So I am just going to post this weeks pics until I can figure out how to do the side by side view. So, I feel like these pics make me look slimmer than I do, but maybe it's cause I am at a bit of a distance. Oh well.
Love how close up pics ALWAYS make you look better!
So thanks for getting up with me and looking at my early morning "roll out of bed" pics! Ha ha. So, I can't wait to see what another 2 weeks holds for improvement. My goal is to show my backside happily!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Okay, so I really struggle with this. It seems as though we should always be pushing ourselves, right? Tha'ts what gets us closer to our goals. So when is doing enough just enough. This is where I'm coming from. I do my reguarly scheduled workouts, but I challenge myself everyday to do another 10 -15min. or focused exercise for that day. Currently I am doing the '7 days to a better booty' by the getinshapegirl. There is 2 days to rest your booty and I try to do something else on that day.
So, I come to today which is like many days. I am just done by the end of the day doing everything, playing with kids and etc....Night time comes and I'm done. I need quietness and a mental break from everything. So, basically I did everything today, but had it in my head i would do the treadmill. Great goal, but it's that time of the day and I have no drive. So is that okay? Aren't I suppose to be strong and go above and beyond and find that drive deep down to do it. I mean it gets me closer to losing my 2lbs for the week right? Well, what about mental health and sanity. Yeah, my nighttimes are my time for mental health = quietness! So this is where I struggle. Yes, I do want to push and do the treadmill as an extra burn, but is that obsessive? I had an incredible 45 minute cardio today where my HR was in the 80% max. HR the entire time, but still feel that need to push. And I did do my flights of stairs afterwards as my extra as well. Maybe I'm an overachiever which my hubby tells me all the time, but what do you think? SHould i push or say yes to my quiet time. Not sure what the balance is. I did tell myself though that if I choose not to I do have to get up every 15 min. and move and do some pushups or jumping jacks or whatever.
I would love your thoughts on this one! Thanks.....
Monday, May 09, 2011
This was a very insightful week of eating 100% clean stripped style. Basically, you are eliminating dairy, breads and any artificial sweeteners from your diet. I mean there is more to it, but I am basically summing it up in that way.
This is what I learned:
1. It was a bit difficult on my blood sugars since you are not getting as many complex, but simple carbs. You eat so much fruit on this and I love that.
2. I had more consistent energy throughout the day. I usually get a lul in my energy before lunchtime and at around 4pm. I still experienced a bit of a lul in my energy after my workouts, but not as severe as I normally do. LOVIN THAT.
3. I had such a steady state of positivity and my mood seemed more balanced. I have been working on putting out the negative self-talk and writing down daily my thoughts, which has been very helpful. I do this everyday for about 10 minutes during my lunch.
4. There is alot more food prep and cooking daily, but I have never eaten better. It's worth it. STaying home with 2 kids there is ALWAYS something pulling at my attention so I do like a meal where I don't have to follow a recipe, but it makes me appreicate staying home even more. I can't imagine having to do all of this on one day and being ready for the week like you working ladies.
5. My cravings have pretty much gone away. This weekend was a tad tempting when my hubby was eating store bought chocolate chip cookies (yeah the soft chewy ones) . I did give into a tad bit of pb. I ate 2 T. which I probably shouldn't have, but this was hte most successful eating weekend I can ever remember having. I do think all the fruit eliminates some of the cravings. The pure focus of eating clean and the things you focus on eliminating that you normally would have realizes makes you realize it's not worth having that bite of pancakes that are leftover on your kids plate!
So overall it was an excellent week. I did give in a few times to creamer in my coffee which you are suppposed to drink it black due to the dairy. I did realize though I can put almond milk (unsweetened) in it to cut some of the bitterness. So i may do that. So with that being said I would say I stuck to the plan about 99%. I have committed and followed through with my goals that I blogged about 97%. I didn't get in that one day of pushing beyond my comfort zone in my workouts, but got in almost all of my BBC moves. I do feel a bit leaner as I lost 3 1/2inches all over and 2 1/4lbs. I lost a 1/2" in my chest; 1/3" in my nat. waist; 1 1/8in. in the thickest part of my belly around my belly button; 1 1/4 in. in my hips; and 1/2in. in my thighs. So I am really happy about that.
I have never treated my body better and I am happy that i am finally willing to make those changes. I am going to shoot for another 2 lbs lost this week and just keep doing what I am doing. One thing I am going to try to commit to is not allowing ANY creaner in my coffee. I don't want to cheat in any way and shouldn't have last week so really allow this plan to do what it needs to do. So here's to another great week and the end of the week is going to be a bit of a challenge since my parents will be here for the entire weekend. Tried to plan dinners around what we all can eat and my breakfastsa nd lunches will obviously be different. Will be going out for ice cream and celebrating their 40th anniversary with a nice cake I will make. So right now I don't feel that those will be temptations, but I CAN see wanting my coffee with creamer to use as a treat. Not liek I need food as a treat, but that is what I have done alot in the past. I use coffee with creamer as my treat. So I have a plan and i plan on sticking to it!
have a great week all!
Friday, May 06, 2011
Expectations: I can feel them creeping in. This happens all the time and one of the reasons I am really working on stopping negative self-talk. I am reaching the end of the first week of eating 100% clean ("Stripped" style) and I have these feelings of anxiousness and self-doubt. Like, it's been to good to be true to have had such a great week and waiting for the crash and burn. I have atleast identified them due to these expectations. NOt sure what the expectations are per se, but it has been a great eating and exercise week. So, I'm not sure what I'm expecting to see physically. This is where i get off track. It's not just about the physical results or the scale, but the health of it and what I learn through it about my mind and body.
I wont' be weighing myself until Sunday and take measurements, so I know I have nothing to go off of other than my negative self-doubt that is creeping in. I do see little changes though. This is where normally my bulimic tendencies would creep in and take over, but not this time! So, atleast I have identified the source of my subconscious now conscious anxiety and issues. It's not strong the anxiousness, but I feel held back a bit. I am thankful for being aware of it.
So, how am I going to combat these feelings? Well, by
#1. Keep eating clean and eating for my health.
#2. Tell myself to not get excited over something that doesn't make sense. It's not rational for me to be anxious when I have been doing everything right and seeing changes. My body is going to change at it's own rate and this is about healthy changes and taking care of my body. I have atleast accomplished that this week....being more self-aware and really over coming alot of negative self-talk!
#3. Get in a great workout to feel strong and remind myself how much I can beat myself up in a "good" way not a "bad-negative-self-talk" way.
Thursday, May 05, 2011
So if you are wondering what ECS is well it's my abbreviation for Eat Clean STripped. Just easier to abbreviate it. So today is day 4. Yes, and I am satisfied. In my previous blog I wrote about being very hungry for hte past 2 days. Today surprisingly, I have not been hungry at all! So that was nice. I don't like being hungry. I always associate it to low blood sugars. Seriously, usually the only time I get hungry is when my blood sugar begins to drop. So I associate hunger with the feeling of low blood sugar. I DON'T like that feeling.
It was a good day although I was feeling run down by allergies. Man, I have really never had issues with allergies before and man I got a taste of what people deal with. I am surprised at how run down and the cold like symptoms it gives you. So, I pushed through my workout. I had a hard time pushing, but I atleast got my heart rate into my 80% max. HR zone. Still have my booty moves to do this evening. Those are my added exercises I am adding daily for a little challenge and to work on my butt! I have one (no doubt about that), but want to shape it up nicely! Oh yea, this baby got back!
Working on my goals is all on target! Still feeling very positive and I am very appreciative of that. I do have to say though I gave in and put some sugar free hazlenut creamer in my coffee today. I broke down and borrowed some from my mother in law. I know, pathetic having to go and borrow some, but oh well.
I was curious to weigh myself this morning, because I woke up and everything is feeling a bit slimmer. My stomach is flattening out some which still needs major work. I wanted to not be too curious and have this be about weight. Of course I want to lose those 10lbs in 28 days, but this is about health and learning certain tendencies that I am not so aware of. I want to see how my body responds to strict clean eating. ONe thing I can say is that I made homemade meatballs and spaghetti for my family and I tasted the sauce. Just a little taste and all I tasted was sugar. NOw the sugar content was not high as I don't serve sauce laden with sugar, but my tastebuds seemed more aware of the sugar in it. So, that ended up being the body part I was thankful for today. I know, who really thinks of their tongue as a body part that they are thankful for, but I am today. I am thankful that my tastebuds are becoming more aware to certain tastes and more aware of the ones that are not good for me. I went to nursing school with a girl that could not taste. Seriously, I felt so bad for her. Imagine not being able to taste your food? So here is a funny, silly pic of me being greatful for my tongue! ha ha
So I started the day with another oatmeal day. It was oatmeal, 1/2 banana, a sprinkle of walnuts and 4 egg whites and my coffee and water.
Snack: I was not particularly fond of having chicken and broccoli for a snack, but I did. I forgot to take a picture, but we all know what they look like.
Lunch was leftover elk steak and veggies with a side of spinach which I put some balsalmic vinegar on top. Also, I had a few strawberries with just about 6 almonds.
My afternoon snack was a pear and a protein shake and that's where my coffee and creamer came in as well.
Dinner was better than I expected. It was a recipe in the book called "lots o' peppers seafood chili". I actually didn't put fish in the seafood, but just added a few extra shrimp on top for the protein. You are supposed to put shrimp on top, but just didn't want fish in it. Came out pretty tasty.
Well, if I get hungry in a few hours I will probably have a few egg whites and a slice or two of tomatoes. I am not sure I will, but if I do that is what I will have. So, I am looking forward to my weigh in on Sunday morning and will not be taking pics until week 2. From then on I may take pics weekly, but just one more week to REALLY see results.
Thanks for reading!
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