Monday, July 23, 2012
Well, I've been out of town for a week or so, and AWAAAAY from the scale. Yes. AWAAAAYY. That's what it feels like, because as I have stated in previous blog posts, it's difficult to be AWAAAAYY from the scale. I obsess about it a bit, but it keeps me in line.
I was in NYC performing and slightly vacationing, so as you can imagine, I walked a lot. Up and down subway stairs, up and down Broadway -- in 100 degree heat, no less. I stuck to my TaeBo every morning, despite the fact that the friends we were staying with interrupted me frequently. I was in my 'workout skivvies' as I like to call them, but I didn't let the embarrassment deter me. I think I was most proud of that. I was determined to be consistent, no matter what.
Another thing I did consistently each day was listen to my weight loss podcasts -- "Half Size Me", "Eat, Sleep Move" and a few others. I can't find "Inside Out Weight Loss" on Stitcher, and I've lost my ipod, so I can only listen to the ones my phone can pull up on Stitcher. I listened to them every spare moment I could find -- some episodes I listened to 2 or 3 times while I was there. I believe the podcasts really helped to keep me focused on my goal.
On the eating front, I did alright for the first couple of days. I ate mangoes every morning, and I tried to make sure I wasn't snacking. The last half of the week included a lot of indulgences I normally would avoid during the week. I also ate late at night several times. I found myself craving an environment in which I could be in total control of what I was eating again. My husband seems to relish the idea of presenting me with tempting options at every turn, simply because we're on a (working) vacation. I ate my share of bagels with cream cheese, a few cookies, some strange waffle sandwich contraption, and a few Haagen Dazs bars to boot. I thought I had screwed up royally.
But when I came back, I was pleased to see that the scale had moved in a downward direction. Even with the indulgences, I was making sure not to gorge myself or eat mindlessly. The consistent workouts, and all the extra exercise I got just getting from point A to point B really paid off. I was down 2 lbs., and I'm down another today! Shock and awe!
I'm just about 1/2 lb. from reaching my 20 lbs. lost goalpost. And there's another important milestone coming up in a few days that I'm excited to share as well. So all in all, I feel just a little more 'in control'. Which is a good feeling.
As for being AWAAAAYYY from my scale this week -- I think it's taught me that I like weighing in everyday. Yes, there's a certain amount of anxiety tied to it, but there's an even greater amount of anxiety tied to NOT weighing in. The weight loss process itself can be a little maddening, but better to be maddened by the information you have than the information you don't have. So for now, I will continue to weigh in everyday so I can catch bad behavior before it becomes even worse behavior.
I feel like I've learned quite a lot about myself in the past week. Happy losing, everyone!
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Well, the raw vegan experiment is done. The results? Inconclusive. I have a lot of fruit allergies, so I dealt with a lot of congestion/sniffling/sneezing this week. I slept more than usual, but it's possible I wasn't taking in enough calories. That's hard to do when you're just consuming fruits and vegetables and a few nuts. My skin looks better than it has in years, though. Lost a couple of lbs., spent more time than I ever have in the kitchen. Grocery bill was actually slightly lower than normal. It would be hard to do with a 9-5 job. Not impossible, just difficult. I definitely plan to incorporate more raw fruits and vegetables into my diet, but I'd have to commit to the lifestyle for a much longer period of time to determinte whether it was for me. I'm glad I did it, and I plan to do another 'raw week' sometime in the near future. Thanks for all the encouragement!
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Day 2 went well. I probably overdid it on the nuts, because I went up a lb. Oops! But they were great! Cashews, sunflower seeds, almonds... and AVACADOS!
I took it easier today, so I expect better results tomorrow.
I experimented with new juicing recipes, and had a great salad in the evening. Enjoying it thus far...
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Well, day one went stupendously. I had no hunger, no lightheadedness, no cravings whatsoever. I find this much more 'doable' than juice fasting -- with most of the benefits.
I was asked if I would be ditching the scale during this time. Actually, I don't think so. I want to see what the effects of this lifestyle will be on my weight. When I have sufficient evidence that it's helping and not harming, I think I will feel a lot more comfortable with putting the scale away -- at least during the week.
But I do have concerns with the amount of fruit I'm eating. I'm vaguely following the '80/10/10' plan, which recommends that we get the majority of our calories from sweet fruits. I lost a lb. from yesterday to today, and roughly entered my food intake into the calorie tracker. I went over the allotted calories, but still lost weight. There's definitely something to this lifestyle.
I feel energetic, but not excessively so. Just alert and awake, and ready to take on the day. One thing I'm finding out is that eating raw vegan is a bit less expensive than eating 'normal food'. No meat, no processed foods -- just fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds... yeah, you're gonna save money. Surprise, surprise!
Mixing things up on day 2. Trying some new juicing recipes, and drinking more water.
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Monday, July 09, 2012
Today I begin an experiment with the raw vegan lifestyle. I've been attracted to this way of eating for a while now. I did a juice fast about a month ago. I intended to do it for a month, but only made it 7 days in all. But I loved the idea of not having to worry about whether or not what you were eating was healthy. I think committing for shorter periods of time is also a good idea. My mind and body need to be able to keep up with my ambition. The spirit is willing, but sometimes the flesh is week.
So, it'll just be a Mon-Fri thing this week. We'll see how it works out in terms of my energy levels and weight loss. I want to begin eating this way at least 70% of the time -- eventually. I've weaned myself off of beef and pork for the most part -- although I allow myself to have them when I'm really craving tacos or pizza, which happens about twice a month these days. I don't eat lots of carbs either. So, it won't be a huge adjustment. The biggest thing for me is cravings for sweets. But as I understand it, if you're getting enough carbs from your fruits, you won't crave sweets as much.
So, I'm off. I don't know why, but I'm really excited about it. I'll be juicing a lot, and eating lots of salads mostly. Here's to good health!
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