Friday, April 13, 2012
Although the reboot plan inspired me to make some changes to my permanent diet, I scrapped the vegetarian plan last night. I found myself foggy, exhausted, unable to exercise, and angry all the time. I couldn't take care of my family, and that was the final straw.
I'm back to my protein dieting, but with a lower protein and fat content. I'll keep adjusting that down to a healthier level. I will still push the veggies, but will limit my fruit intake. My blood sugars respond best to this plan.
I was able to do 20 good minutes on the elliptical today and it feels great to challenge my body again. Maybe tomorrow I'll be able to jog a little, but I really need to do weights again tomorrow. No time today, getting ready for work.
I'm also back on a small amount of caffeine. My hypothyroidism just slows all my systems down too much, especially my GI system. I was taking in huge amounts of fiber this week, yes, probably too much. Without the coffee to help eliminate it, I was miserable. I've also learned that I just can't digest beans that well. I'll take fish and meat as my main proteins from now on.
So today, I feel much better. I'm not on the verge of blowing up at my family, and I know I can handle my ten hour shift at work, and the commute to and from work.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Thursday, April 12, 2012
This is also day one of absolutely no caffeine. I'm still in a little of a fog, but not so bad that I feel like I need caffeine.
Today's workout was 30 min on the elliptical, weights, and crunches. I may stretch later. Had to postpone stretching, needed to eat.
I think I can eat like this for a month or two if I can figure out what to do about all the gas. I can't go to work and stink up the place, way too embarrassing, so I need to find a solution today. I think I'll try Beano and I'll look up suggestions on the Reboot website. That was a FAQ. We'll see. I may have to replace the beans with meat. Hubby doesn't seem to have this problem, thankfully.
I've logged my food and I seem to be doing fine with protein. I may be a little low on calories, but some of my estimates may be low on quantities. It will be interesting to see if my weight finally moves some more. That will be inspiration.
It's rainy here in my part of Iowa today. I'm glad. It got me back on my elliptical and doing weights. The rain may also cancel a track meet and soccer practice tonight, making my "soccer mom" schedule easier. We'll only have piano then.
Have a great day everyone!
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Just a reminder-I'm doing the "no-meat" thing to support my Hubby. I would really like to add a little meat of some kind, and will add it back (a small amount) down the road.
I didn't sleep well last night, and I tried zero caffeine today so I'm really dragging. I broke down and made some green tea with caffeine in it. It's still a lot less than I'm used to. I'll try to limit myself to one caffeinated tea bag.
Food-wise, I think I'm doing fine. Yesterday, I learned that I need to eat my fruits, not make a smoothie with them. That's too much sugar too fast. I had hummus for my lunch with dipping veggies. I also made a totally meatless, can-free, bean dinner last night that turned out very tasty. I used a bag of 15 bean soup beans, soaked and simmered them. I wilted the following in olive oil: carrots, celery, onion, and green/red/yellow/orange bell pepper dices. I then added the wilted veggies plus two fresh diced large tomatoes, garlic powder, marjoram, salt and pepper. I simmered for another 30 minutes. It was so nice to eat something warm. On Monday, all my food was fresh and cold.
My food day goes something like this now:
Breakfast: two hard boiled eggs, fresh berries, green tea
Morning snack: green sludge
Lunch: dipping veggies with hummus
Afternoon snack: green sludge or a whole fruit (maybe both, still adjusting)
Dinner: salad with lots of veggies, bean stew (last night, still working on other protein options for dinner)
Bedtime snack: 1/4 - 1/2 cup peanuts
I also drink water with lemon added all day, and I've added a sliver of ginger to that. I pour hot water on the sliver of ginger, then add a little cold water so it's a good temp to drink, and add a little lemon juice.
For my workout today I went on another walk. Today I had a friend with me. Since we were chatting, we went at a 20 minute/mile pace. I didn't mind so much, I'm still quite tired from low caffeine and not sleeping well.
From testimonials on the reboot site, people generally feel better somewhere between day three and five of changing their diets. Here's to hoping the fog lifts soon. I'm sticking with it for my Hubby! He needs me and I love him so much!
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
I've been good at getting Hubby outside for walks the last few days, but he really does slow me down. I was happy to be able to get out on my own today for a four mile walk. I'm still adapting to the new way of eating, so I'm not back to jogging yet. I might try to get some weights in yet today. We'll see. I'm still a little "foggy."
A couple months ago, Hubby watched a movie called, "Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead." He finally convinced me to watch it. It's about a man from Australia who goes on a 60 day juice fast. He spent the first 30 days in New York, then the next traveling across the United States. His "before" picture really resembles my Hubby's physique, lots of extra padding around the gut. I think he was around 300 lbs.
During this man's journey he meets a lot of different people across the country. He's looking healthier and feeling healthier as his journey goes on. One man he meets is a trucker from Iowa. The trucker eventually calls the Australian for help since he's got over 200 lbs to lose. He also does a juice fast for 60 days.
It was really interesting watching this movie and I recommend it to everyone. The trucker in the movie stayed at a place in Okoboji that we went to a few years ago on vacation. It gave us an extra connection to the movie.
Hubby got really motivated, and I feel really bad that I didn't support him at first on this quest. We're not doing a juice fast, not yet at least. The Rebooting website recommends weaning off meat and caffeine first, weaning on plant proteins. I have to admit, I'm surprised how much protein I am getting from the veggies I'm eating. I started logging things today and my fat and calories are way down, my protein is way down (I was taking in too much before as a protein dieter) and I am almost entirely off caffeine. I need to get off the caffeine for my adrenal fatigue anyway. I have been eating two hard boiled eggs with breakfast, and we're eating beans as well to boost the protein a little. Most of what we are eating is veggies and fruit. I've been making a veggie smoothie I lovingly call "Green sludge" for a couple of years now, so the concept of "drinking" my veggies is not new to me.
I'm hoping with my help, Hubby will be able to lose that extra weight, and bring his blood pressure down. I want him around for a long time.
Monday, April 09, 2012
I had to take Mary to the doctor today for her congestion, so I stepped on the scale while I was there. Hubby and I are starting a new eating plan, and I wanted to see where I was at the beginning. I've come down a couple pounds, I'm 174.
I spent a lot of my day preparing veggies and fruits. We are consuming bunches of those, and decreasing the fat and protein quite a bit. I know I've been way over doing it with both, and that's probably a big reason I've been stuck at 178 forever.
Our workout today was walking again, hubby and I. We went down to the soccer field to pick up Stevie, and planned to walk during his practice. When we got down there, it was very cold, so we headed home to bundle up. That cut into our walking time, so we only got 20 minutes in.
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