Friday, January 14, 2011
Well, tomorrow is the last day of this cleanse. Let me reassure my Spark friends that for every veggie you didn't eat or didn't buy....I very well could have prepped it and ate it for you
I have learned a lot. I have had some veggies that I wasn't in love with before, but prepped them in a way so that I could say 'wow, this does taste good'. For example...beets. I will never forget back in high school...my sister and me tried this diet where we had to eat beets. Now my mother pretty much raised me on 4 veggies and when I tried beets I could only think about how they tasted like dirt and it was torture to eat them. In the last 2 wks, I have made some very tasty dishes involving beets. There were a couple recipes I missed because we had leftovers and it saved me from cooking every single meal, but I would like to make them. Tonight, I made borscht. Wow. It took hours. But WOW. It is fantastic. So pleased with it. And kale. Oh the kale. Lots of it. They say you should make half of your plate veggies and I have to say this followed the rule to a good extent.
I've had some things that I already loved, like steel cut oats in a few variations. But salmon on rye crackers w/ a red onion/yogurt spread...for breakfast...who knew? Maybe if you had bagel and lox this isn't news to you. But I don't eat lox. And who knew that 4 rye crackers could fill you? But they can.
The one thing that did not work at all was a smoothie for breakfast. I know some folks swear by the smoothie. No thanks. We (husband and me) both felt a huge void.
Most of the meals were worth the effort. There was an asian based dish that took a lot of set up and was very complex. I'd repeat the miso soup and tofu in it...but leave the seaweed and other crazy cut veggies. It was a meal that left us hungry as well. Not a winner.
Loved the beet soup (different from the Borscht). So flavorful and so filling too. And no grains or dairy of any kind in it.
I find myself re-evaluating what I allowed for myself regularly (because it just about packed on 10 lbs in little time). I have lost...drumroll...approximately 7 lbs on this cleanse. And, aside from the two meals I mentioned...plenty of yummy food and no feeling hungry. I am so happy that we did this and how the 'bad' was undone...so to speak. I still have a few lbs back to the true goal weight...but I'll take a few. Especially with these amazing recipes in hand and lessons learned on what should and should not be a part of our regular menus.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
So in a few days I will reach my SparkVersary. 2 years. Wow. 2 years. I don't ever recall sticking to my fitness for that long. Not ever. Nope. Many tries and many stops. I cannot say enough good things about what Spark does for me. There was one thing it couldn't do...and hey...when you auto generate values based on random math...you might not always get a hole in one. If I really, truly wanted to educate myself...I needed to really KNOW myself. What I ate, and what it did for my goals (good, bad, or indifferent). As well as what I burned too. That part took a little more understanding and a little more education, but it was something I needed to know. Lots of bling out there to track calories burned and such. I didn't want to spend big bucks, so I got a fairly economic HRM at my local Sears. It's been my buddy ever since I strapped it on. And now, almost 2 yrs later...it either needs new batteries or it needs a replacement. Hoping it is the batteries, but we'll see. Machine readouts...meh...not true to scale. And as I mentioned...Spark...it cannot do it all. User participation and education is a must too.
So much has happened in 2 yrs. Losing 50 lbs did take some time, but it was done in a sensible way. And recently, I learned that if you get lazy then it can nip you in the rear. Thankfully the cleanse is undoing the evil, I am eating some delicious food, and I know what really works. You think that you just need to banish certain foods...but it is more than that. You learn that even some of the 'safe' food is really not a necessity...but sure you could plan a splurge. I have eaten more greens in the last few days than I have ever had in my life! LOL. Good to know how to prep them so they are tasty. I have struggled with anemia from time to time, and if I can it my greens then I can avoid the problem (finger's crossed!).
For a girl with an evil sweet tooth, I am losing some of it. I don't know if I have become a food snob (I do enjoy some of the fine dining around here lately) or what it might be. I don't seek it out. I don't crave it. I had Christmas cookies go bad this year because they didn't make it to the recipients (weather related). Perhaps I just want it to be of a certain quality and it isn't so I don't bother. I am really not sure. But I guess that isn't bad?
Before this cleanse, I did have an affinity for bagel and cream cheese. Oh they are tasty. But I need to watch that one. Lots of carbs and I need to burn them if I am going to have them!
I barely touch any dairy. My husband, who is lactose intolerant, has almond milk. I have switched to nothing but stevia in my morning cup of coffee and I am fine by it. I have only had yogurt lately because it is part of the cleanse. I had dropped that as well. And yet I could be a sucker for a slice of pizza. The worst temptation ever was the pizza I got for the kids a few days ago and my husband and me really did want a slice of pizza...but we are trying to be diligent with the cleanse.
In this last year of Sparking, I did achieve my goal weight. And I was not doing my usual exercise. I did my PT, and I added some killer ST. I did it daily for an hour. I do attribute that to reaching my goal. And then I did a backslide for a bit until I could run again. I am easing into the running. I did start this year with a 5k...my first race in 8 months. 8 months is a looooong time. I was pleased with the result. I have decided that I am going to train up for a 10k and then run it. Then start at square 1 for a HM and run it, and so on. Test the waters and then go. This will let me know how much distance my knee can take without undoing the whole pretty picture (fingers crossed). I tend to proceed into many things slow and steady. This is fine by me. There is no fire, and I am enjoying the journey.
To those who have stuck with me most of this time, and especially from near the beginning...you are true gems. More than you will ever know.
I am looking forward to this year with positive thoughts for good health and continued positive choices.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
What did you Accomplish Today?
I did 3 mini Jillian challenges (shoulders, abs, arms)
I did 8.4 miles on the stationary bike.
I also ate the food that was on plan.
I went to a church meeting and only ate veggies. Even with cookies, brownies, and other terrible things in my reach. I really wanted a cookie! :P
What areas could still use some work?
Not eat the serving of M&Ms I had today (wash, rinse, repeat ;) ) - yes, i really did repeat this. The good news is that there is only a serving left in the bag. ROTFLMAO.
Give yourself a Grade and Try to Beat that Tomorrow!
Saturday, January 08, 2011
Week 1 is done for 2011. In this week, I have managed to exercise, in some form, every single day. It was something I wanted to recommit to if I wanted to maintain my successful weight loss with minimal gain. It was how I began my journey, no excuses, 2 years ago. I knew that if I wanted to remind myself of positive habits, and perhaps ensure some fitness to strengthen my knees, then I would set and work to keep this commitment.
So far, so good. On the days I did not run this week, I was either doing intervals on the stationary bike to strengthen the supporting knee muscles...or some other strength work. I thank my Onyx Outlaws for the TNT because on that day the crud in my sinuses really snapped my mojo. Their TNT and GOYB gave me that bit of fitness that my body did benefit from. Thanks Outlaws!
I had examined my caloric burn based on a few days of running, and I knew it just wouldn't cut it. I had to do more. I had put on a few pounds from enjoying the holiday. With the cleanse (nothing odd or funky and totally tasty and healthy) and the increased fitness commitment, I have had a super week. I burned just over 3400 calories and achieved 225 fitness minutes (could be off by a few, but that is the gist of it). This is where I need to be if I want to keep a healthy lifestyle and I am so thrilled to have the stationary bike. It was a total fluke that I have it, but I am very grateful for it.
The food lover's cleanse is definitely time consuming, but for 2 wks...I can take it. I am enjoying the variety and some things I have never had or thought were 'so so' before. It has given me new recipes/ideas.
With this renewed commitment, I have a different caloric range. We'll see how that goes. You need the fuel to burn the caloric flame, right? I am now starting up a virtual 10k as part of the BLC 15, and it was so timely as I just finished my first race in 8 months. To transition from 5k to 10k over 12 wks is very doable. Thanks Mike!
Really pleased with the first week of 2011. Feeling very positive!
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