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Day 31: In Between

Sunday, January 31, 2010

So, this is an inbetween day in my program since my 30 day Meltdown ended and the Spark Your Life Challenge starts tomorrow. That, however, is not an excuse to get off track.

I have dived back into fruit like you wouldn't believe. All those days of low carb have definitely revived my love of fresh fruit. There were apple and orange slices at church this morning, and I just kept grabbing them. I also bought today mini-grapefruits, clementines (last of the season!), honey-crisp apples, and peaches. I'm planning some future baked goods using pears and blueberries and dried apricots as sweeteners.

Today, I started the deloading workout program that Dax said to do. I like it, but I'm not sure how long I want to do it. It isn't easy, but it isn't much for getting my heart rate up, so we'll see how long before I want my intense exercise back.

Tonight, I revived with adjustments my favorite snack from this past fall. I chopped and sauteed apples in coconut oil with cinnamon. I mixed that with Greek yogurt. I crunched just a few honey-nut chex on top and enjoyed it! In the fall I added Maple syrup or chocolate sauce to it, but I don't need that now. The apples are sweet enough.

Anyway, I am freezing and didn't sleep much last night, so I need to rectify those things.

Tomorrow will be pictures, measurements, and a new challenge! Who's with me?

Onward and upward!

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TOWANDA132 2/1/2010 9:18AM

    Wow, that is awesome, you are such an inspiration for true lifestyle change. Congrats on you 30 days!

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Day 30: The End!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

So, today marks the last official day of Dax Moy's Meltdown ( www.londonpersonaltrainingstudio.com ).

It was a great ride. I pushed myself hard and I definitely can tell.

Elimination Diet: I was not actually 100% on this. I allowed myself very small amounts of 75% or higher dark chocolate, and I didn't remove all traces of sugar from things like salad dressings. I also had Yerba Mate a few times (has a substance like caffeine) and dairy a couple of times. However, I have completely destroyed my sugar cravings and I intend to keep it that way. I am re-incorporating dairy because it has never been an issue for me as well as caffeine because I've never been addicted to it and rarely drink it in the morning anyway. However, I intend to keep fighting the battle against sugar pretty much forever.

Carb cycling: I've always liked it, and it does work really well, however, this version was too extreme for my body. I think I'm going back to my system of two low carb days a week, South Beach style (Atkins style is too harsh for me too). Also, I rely too much on nuts/nut butters when I low carb and can overdo cals more easily than eating fresh fruit.

Workouts: I love lots of mini workouts, so this program was awesome. I really like doing my stair intervals during my work day, so I am probably going to keep those. Some of the other workouts I liked and will be incorporating back into my routine along with things I miss like running and Project Mayhem. However, I will do Dax's deload protocol at least for a few days (maybe the whole week) first and then get back into a routine that includes morning and evening workouts of no more than 20min each and my stairs at work.

Fasting: I like fasting. I can't quite make 24 hours, so I'm aiming for about 20 right now. I am definitely going to keep this in my routine one day a week. Probably Fridays so that Thursday night after dinner during D&D I am in my fasting mindset and will have to do something other than snack.

Okay, lots of exciting ideas and plans. I also really liked having something that I was doing for the whole month that I could count down to, so I think I'm going to join the Spark Your Life challenge in February just to give myself another challenge of sorts to keep me going. I may need to run/invent challenges for upcoming months. We'll see. Maybe I'll just get the hang of it without that.

Oh, and I baked today since I'm done with all the low-carb insanity starting tomorrow. I made Gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan Orange Spice Mini-Muffins try them: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip

I'm going to try and put up more of my recipes more often too.

Okay, so overall: I had a blast, I feel great, and I'm dying for some sharp cheddar!

Onward and upward.

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CINCYDORA 1/30/2010 11:55PM

    Good for you! 30 days is a long time to stick with something so strict.

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Day 29: Melting Down!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Only one day left on the Meltdown! There will be exciting stats posted here on Monday associated with weight and inches lost, but for now, I have some exercise news to report.

Here are my starting and ending numbers (reps total) for the "Meltdown" workout

(exercise) - (start reps) - (current reps)
Push-ups - 42 - 60
Squats - 38 - 56
Shoulder Presses - 28 - 49
Step Back Lunges - 32 - 46
Spidermen - 37 - 54
Step through lunges - 16 - 22
Curl press - 17 -23
Squats - 35 - 52

Wow, I improved a lot in just 1 month! Woohoo!

Today was my high carb day, yay for fruit! Oh, and rice noodles in my Pad Thai. The Pad Thai was good tonight. I think the key is to thicken the sauce with cornstarch so it coats better. I also think that I adore sprouts. I should eat more sprouts. With like, raspberry vinaigrette, and shredded daikon. Mmmmmm. Sounds awesome. Now, I am prepping for my last fast during meltdown by not eating a snack. I'm pretty busy, so tomorrow shouldn't be too hard.

Last night, I had some control issues. Every ten minutes I was up grabbing bits of food, nuts, and peanut butter, and sunbutter, and grapes. It was not cool, and the Wii Fit let me know that this morning. I think the problem comes when I am doing something that doesn't involve my hands, like playing D&D, or being at a party. When my hands aren't specifically occupied, they grab for food. They seem to even convince my stomach to want more. Not cool. This is the one major remaining issue I had. Now, I didn't grab for anything like candy, and didn't really want candy, just something. However, too much anything, even healthy anything, still is too much.

I did go to a party today surrounded by pizza, chips, soda, and beer and didn't really want any of it. Yay!

Okay. Enough chat. I have some plans for post-meltdown. Maybe I'll talk about them tomorrow. Tonight, I feel great. Maybe I'll have some tea later, it's freaking cold again.

Onward and upward!

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JENISNAPE 1/30/2010 4:18AM

    yay! It's great that your stats increased so much in only a month! wow! emoticon
Can't wait to hear about your plans for post-meltdown :)

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Day 27: Spinach-stuffed Meatloaf

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I wasn't intending to focus on food again, but my husband complimented this dish, so I better write it down before I forget it! I mixed 1/2lb of ground turkey with about 1/2 cup of black beans, onion powder, oregano, a squirt of ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and an egg. I sauteed some spinach in olive oil. I made a loaf with the spinach in the middle and dashed some more Worcestershire on top. I put that in the oven for a while. Then, I processed one tomato with garlic salt, basil, and oregano and poured that on top of the loaf and cooked longer. I think once I'm off the Elimination Diet, I would sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top too, but it was delicious anyway.

I did all four workouts today, woohoo! I had an issue with my lunch where part of what I brought was inedible, so I had to hunt down a snack in the middle of the day. I got a trail mix from the vending machine and gave all the M&Ms to my grad student leaving me with peanuts, sunflower seeds, and raisins, all E.D. friendly! A few more carbs than I was meant to have today, but I'm feeling much more tired than usual, so I'm allowing a few extra carbs.

I won a battle against an oncoming sore throat, but now the after effects of said battle are an annoying post-nasal drip that keeps sending me into coughing fits requiring either hot tea or cough drops. I feel fine, but coughing is not pleasant.

Okay, I think maybe I'll go to bed early tonight. Maybe that will improve the tiredness. Hard to tell. Tomorrow is D&D and Supernatural night, woohoo!!! Keep working hard everyone!

Onward and upward.

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MJSCHUMAN 1/28/2010 7:07PM

    Can't wait to try the meatloaf!

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CHOCMOM 1/28/2010 11:11AM

  That meatloaf sounds delicious! I will try it. emoticon emoticon

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FENCHELSAMEN 1/28/2010 4:32AM

  I think I might give that a try this weekend when the kids come to visit. Sounds yummy AND a way to sneak some spinach into the meal. ;-)

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BOOPSTER69 1/28/2010 3:34AM

    MMMMMMMM! This sounds absolutely yummy! Take care of yourself - pamper that throat! Hope you are doing emoticon and that life is treating you well!

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Day 26: Black-eyed Pea Soup

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Here's my recipe-ish (I don't measure stuff): saute some red onion, parsnips cut into tiny pieces, and chopped celery in olive oil. Add chicken stock (homemade) and pre-cooked black-eyed peas. Simmer everything for about 10min. Add just enough almond milk to make it creamy, simmer a few more minutes. Either hit it with an immersion blender or process about half the soup and remix together for creamy goodness. Spice to taste with sea salt, Mrs. Dash, garlic powder. I thought it was pretty awesome.

Today was fast take 3, and it went pretty much great. The key to fasting is being busy. Sitting in front of my computer working was hardest. However, it is clear that my body doesn't 'require' food for 22 hours or so because even though I was a bit hungry and my stomach was rumbly, everytime I stopped to examine my physical sensations, I realized that I was never actually starving or really feeling like I must eat. Herbal tea is also awesome.

It was a long day today, so I did the morning workout, did my stair climbs during work, but then didn't get to anything else until I got home at 9:30pm. So I did a combination of the ICP and DB matrix. It felt good. I am totally teaching myself to do a headstand, btw, because my abs are now strong enough to pull my legs up, but not yet to hold it for any length of time without the wall for support. It's awesome.

Time is running short on my insanity with Dax Moy ( www.londonpersonaltrainingstudio.com ) but my results have been good so far. If I end the month around 155, then my new goal for the year is going to be 135, and I'm going to aim for 2lbs a month. I can do that even with occasional vacations. That would get me to goal before Thanksgiving.

Anyway, I have enjoyed the monthly challenge, I may need to find or create a new one for next month ... hmmm.

Onward and upward!

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MJSCHUMAN 1/28/2010 7:05PM

    Congratulations on your progress. I was thinking of working on my headstand also since the DBMatrix makes me think about yoga.

I find fasting days mean I don't have to pack a lunch and snacks, I don't have to think about food in the morning. It's a small thing, but I do like the break.

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GATSBY9 1/27/2010 12:09PM

    I haven't been reading your Spark blog the whole time... why is it that you fast?

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JENISNAPE 1/27/2010 3:42AM

    Mmm great recipe! And I happen to have some black beans on hand so I'll try it soon :) Thanks! emoticon

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HLTHYLIVNCCJ 1/26/2010 11:23PM

    The recipe sounds yummy....will have to give it a try!

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VXWALL1942 1/26/2010 10:27PM

    What did I miss? I thought SP didn't recommend fasting because it made our body feel like it was starving and all sorts of things happen resulting in a negative effect on our overall weight loss efforts.

Your recipe looks great. Thanks for sharing.


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