Monday, October 08, 2012
I've been asked alot what I'm doing to lose this weight...
I loosely follow the 17 Day Diet... Not so much the cycles as given, but I pretty much eat from the three cycles and occasionally outside of that. I have my lemon water first thing in the morning and it's not always hot water. I get to work and have a greek yogurt and a green tea (hot). I tend to graze all day long... so if I'm still hungry, I tend to have more protein... either a hardboiled egg, or some meat from the night before, or a cheese stick. 1st break is my fruit, whether it be red grapes, or an apple or an orange or whatever else and usually only from Cycle 1. Lunch is veg and protein and a hot green tea. Then my 2nd fruit by 2 pm. More protein if I'm hungry (not always).. and 2nd break is my 2nd greek yogurt. When I get home, I exercise. Most nights, 5-6 nights a week. I usually do minimum 2 miles with Leslie Sansone, tonight I did a bit over 3 miles. Then I have dinner which is veg and lean protein (meat)...
Lately, I've been cooking more things for my son to eat (he told us he's vegetarian now)... so couscous or whole wheat tortillas, sweet potato or squash... but if I have some, I almost always take it for work the following day so that I have that carb at lunch and not for dinner. I drink a cold green tea with dinner and always a huge bottle of water (I finish at least 1 large, 33.8 oz water at work, sometimes 2, max 3 and yes I go to the b/r alot)... then at home, almost always 2 more bottles (I drink ALOT of water)
Weekends are hard... as I'm always running around... but I get my 2 greek yogurts in by 5 pm (one in morning, one usually before dinner)... grab an apple or two for the road, or raw carrots and eat those while driving around. I will grab an hard boiled egg or turkey hot dog, anything portable, while I'm out and about. Always grab a large bottle of water and usually fill a bottle with cold green tea for the road as well. The lemon water is still cold in the morning.
I go and walk outdoors on Saturday mornings... usualy 90 min walk... and sometimes on Sundays as well, or Ill do the Leslie Sansone tape sometime on Sunday.
That's pretty much how I've adapted to my lifestyle. I think it's a bit heavy on Cycle 1 but Mon-Fri, I tend to have a bit of chocolate... not much and first thing in the morning.. but I've been on this since March and I think that my metabolism works with it fairly well.
As for the detox.. I've never really felt it. As for introducing other carbs, I haven't discovered any allergic reactions either.
I went to an engagement party on Saturday... if I'm out and about, I dont' freak out about it, really... but gravitate towards the protein (any) and vegetables and just stay away from the carbs. It seems to be working for us.
Monday, October 08, 2012
This mornings' weigh in was soooo great! My week's loss was 6.5 lbs (that's coming off a .5 loss the week before and nothing the week before that)... This puts me at 93.5 lbs gone... FOREVER! I'm seriously NEVER going to go backwards... only forwards.
I just wish I'd discovered all of this sooner, or had my head in it, or well, whatever. I guess I always knew what the keys to success were, but finally I'm using them and it's working!
A few things going on for us now is that my 15 yr old son announced over a week ago that he's a vegetarian. So, I'm trying to make sure he's got all the foods to be successful in his journey of better health and whatever else his reasons for it are. My husband and I, on the other hand, are losing very successfully on the 17 Day Diet program (although, we've taken out alot of the structure of it), and are constantly eating lean proteins in meat form... so it's a balance I'm trying to play out here at home... I know that I've been watching alot of the carbs eat and haven't fully embraced the complex carbs into daily life, or even other daily life... but now, I'm learning quickly because of his choice and I do indulge and eat what I cook.
We had a small festival of sorts a few weeks ago here in town... and a local university had a table setup to cook very healthy dishes. It is their Diet and Nutrition department. I've been going there EVERY single Saturday morning to see what they are offering and tasting it and then bringing home the recipe cards... I've been buying cous-cous (spelling's off, but can't figure it out now), looking for Quinoa, sweet potatoes, squashes, peppers, onions, tomatoes... etc... just healthy stuff. I'm loving it. Tonight, I'll make a butternut couscous (oh, maybe that's the trick, no hypen?) anyway... and then I also found a recipe on here for a sweet potato/black bean burrito. Interesting.. might try that, too. Now, I cook mostly for him, but I'm trying as I go, so a burrito may become my lunch tomorrow.
Well, just so excited for my new healthy life... I think it's arrived... what do you think?
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Just through some recent talks with friends I started thinking that it'd be a great post for a blog...
It's just crazy how the mind works... It's really so powerful.
I've got some friends who are waiting to "diet" (for lack of another word) til after... fill in the blank. After vacation? When do you leave? Doesn't it make more sense to lose some weight before you go? LOL Especially since most of us tend to not follow diets closely on vacation. Wait til after the holidays? Well, I think the next one is more than a month away... I lost 20 lbs in my first cycle of the 17 Day Diet...
I think you get my point... I'm finally shedding weight that I've held onto for over decades! Well, no more than two decades... I'm not THAT old! LOL ;-) I KNEW what to do... I knew how to do it. I just DIDN'T.
I've never been one to be on diets and not lose... I feel for those that experience that. I always knew that if I didn't lose weight while dieting, it was my own fault... If I got on the scale and saw the number stay the same... it'd be a disappointment, but I never was like... REALLY?? AFTER ALL I DID! Or if I gained a little something... I almost always can say... hmm, that was that cupcake and chai I had... or missing workouts, or well... whatever.
I recently was in a conversation and this happens alot about the 17 Day Diet... and there are times that the "I don't like that, or that... or I really hate that"... I don't think I can do the diet... Well, I am a firm believer in the fact that there is a diet out there for everyone. This is the one for me. However, I think I'm definitely proof positive that it's working very well for me.
This diet is time consuming... I'm eating way more fresh foods and not "quick" foods all the time... I actually have to cook! And that's not a favorite thing of mine to do. However, it's getting better and easier... It's been several months now and I'm adjusting.
As for the liking things... well, I do feel that once on this plan, I started getting rid off all the processed foods in my system and then everything started just tasting better. I NEVER liked brussel sprouts... but hubby did... and I gave it another try... and now I love them.
I hear "I can't eat the same things over and over"... and well, I can. I actually do much better with lack of variety, only because, variety is way too hard a concept for me. I do more... cook various things and sometimes I crave other things... so it's a danger zone for me. However, I don't eat the same things over and over... The "variety" that I feel I have is that I'm always figuring out new ways of cooking things, or trying new vegetables, etc... trust me, one or two max recipes is ALL I have time or energy for. I just can't imagine wanting something different for every meal... I'd be in the kitchen all the time. I like to precook meals... grab and go... that's the kind of person I am.
Also, I've given thought to Thanksgiving a bit... and it's not that frightening. I can eat turkey... in fact, I can have as much as I want before I get full... I can load up on vegetables (a big part of the holiday in my family)... I may have to reconsider the stuffing or the mashed potatoes... but one of two things can happen... I can search for new recipes that I can sort of mimic the item I'll miss... or just have a bit of it... not worry that it's on the table, just don't "go to town" on the stuffing, ya know?
I hope that we all can get our heads in our individual games (journeys) and that we are all successful. Really? We all are smarter than some of the things we try to convince ourselves.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Maintaining and good with that!
I have to admit to weighing in a few times a week. For me, it totally keeps me accountable. I had a few cheats this week (Thai Drunken Noodles on Tuesday with a cupcake and on Friday late night, a half order of nachos)... The other things I had, really weren't cheats, but they were added carbs which I try to have only in the first part of the week, but this past week had towards the end.
I kept the exercise up, but didn't do the volume that I tried the week prior.
It's all a journey... I've definitely got a handle on my weight now... I keep an eye on it... I work out extra if I feel that I was bad. I amp up the veggies and water after high sodium days, etc.
My wonderful husband lost 4.5 lbs this week, so he's on track... with a total of 67.5 lbs lost! I'm so proud of him! Really, I know there are ALOT of you with hubby's out there that just can't get into the diet thing or even the healthy thing... and he was one of them! So, it's HUGE what he's doing right now and even that keeps me more on track with my journey.
I know that this week, this maintaining will stay on my mind (not punishing myself, just ultra aware)... so I feel this will be a good week for me... I know I'll report a weight loss next week!
It feels great to have this much control over my own body!! FINALLY! It feels awesome!
Monday, September 17, 2012
Wow, today I weighed in and I've lost 87 lbs! I'm so close to getting to that magical 100 lbs lost mark... I can taste it! Ivan has lost 63 lbs, so that puts us at losing 150 lbs between us today! And, on Wednesday, marks our 6 months of living healthier! I'm so proud of us it's insane!
In all, it seems that it's been coming off pretty quickly... and even though I'm exercising up to 5-6 times a week... and always watching what I eat and documenting what I eat... it's been relatively easy! I've tried other plans before and not sure why, but they all seemed like work. This is the only plan that taught me how to eat, so the thinking is out of it... I just know. It makes ALL the difference! I'm grateful that I found this plan (the 17 Day Diet, which at this point, we've totally modified for our lifestyle)... when we did. We were HUGE (look at my pics and I have them in order)... and I can honestly say that I don't remember us that big... I see bone structure now... I see shape! I see the person that's been hidden inside of me for decades!
In fact, I just believe I can keep going and I'm eager to see what my 44 yr old thin self looks like (I guess she'll be 45) lol! She's still in there... I've still got over 110 lbs covering her shape!
How wild is it that when I find a cute top that I just buy it in my goal size? I borrow clothes from others and if I see something super cute and on sale, I purchase it for the thin me that is inside. Pretty wild!
I'm just SO EXCITED! My body is under major construction and I'm loving every step of the journey!
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