Friday, May 20, 2011
I was vegan already (I've been vegan for 13 years now, woohoo!!!) before I started ETL, and that's basically how I found the program. I was hunting around online for vegan diet programs and came across it. Rather desperate to lose a few pounds, I decided to get his book and after reading it, believed that it was the way to go. I'd give it a shot.
The premise is rather simple. You want the most nutritious food possible for your caloric buck so to speak. If you're taking in a certain number of calories, they'd better be worth taking in. This leaves us with the question of what is worthy. Dr. Fuhrman makes the solid case that animal products are counterproductive to health and weight loss, so this program is vegan.
I knew I could do it, however I would face challenges. Leafy greens are to be the center of the diet, along with other vegetables. In the beginning, when you're first losing weight, there is to be limited starch. After an ideal weight has been reached then more starch can be added again.
The challenge would be obviously getting in the sheer amount of greens he calls for. I still can't do it, though I do get a lot of greens in. I'm sure I'd be losing more than the 3 lbs a week I'm losing if I could get in more greens. The more greens you eat, basically, the more weight you'll lose. Obviously this has its limits, however is the general idea. Another challenge would be my addiction to vegan cupcakes and all vegan bakery items. I'd eat those at least twice a week from my local vegan bakery. Yummy!!! It would be so tough to say no to that temptation. There are rules on ETL, and no refined sugar is one of them. Bye bye cupcakes except as a rare treat.
I started out losing 2 lbs a week. This was acceptable, however for all my effort I wanted better results. I wasn't exercising much though. The key would be exercise. Since adding exercise I've been dropping weight like crazy!!! I've dropped 4 lbs this week!!!
I've gone from 161 and a size 12 to 147 and a size 8/10 (depends on the maker) since April 25th when I started earnestly and seriously on ETL. I'm not playing. This isn't a joke. I'm totally serious, and I'm getting the results I need to get in order to reach goal as soon as possible. My goal is 130 and a size 6, however I may adjust that downward to a goal of 120 and a size 4. My husband doesn't want me to adjust it down, but hey, it's my body and the last time I checked I could be any weight I want to be. I also highly doubt that 10 lbs would matter so much to him that he'd think I'm unattractive or something. Heck, he might like it! I don't care much though. I want to be as close to what Dr. Fuhrman (guy who invented ETL) says my ideal weight should be, and that's 111 for my height- I'm 5'4. I think that 111 is a bit on the low side, so will be content with 120.
I'm dropping weight like crazy, and this is a beautiful thing. I'm not doing any strange exercises or eating weird diet foods. I'm eating clean, natural foods, mainly leafy greens that none of the cashiers at the store can recognize (one called escarole lettuce when she rang it! Ha!). I eat a lot of vegetables and about 4 fruits a day. That's it. I eat as much or as little as my appetite dictates. Usually I don't eat a lot. That's because I'm not hungry, not because of any strange diet rules. When I eat I eat, and when I'm not hungry I don't eat. I'm going with my body's natural signals.
As far as exercise goes, I do workout videos (I like the 30-Day Shred a lot), and I walk rather far distances at rather fast speeds (well far for me and fast for me). I walk with my husband who is 6'1 and have to keep up with him as well as talk to him, so it gives me a good workout. I really have to work it to keep up. We walk for at least 4 miles. Tomorrow we may walk 6 if I'm feeling up to it (I need to be in shape enough, and after being lazy all winter I need to step it up and see what my body can do. I should have a bus pass ready in case I can't do it! LOL!).
I'm going to start HIIT today at the local track. I don't plan on having a long session. I'll see what my body can do.
What I'm trying to say is that my exercises aren't out there; I'm not an Olympic athlete by any means. I'm a regular person trying to get into better shape.
I'm also bipolar, which means that I have some meds working against my weight loss efforts. I take a rather high dose of Lithium, and a med called Saphris, both of which are known for weight gain. I'm working against the current with these meds trying to make me gain weight. They try to increase my appetite. I keep my appetite down with ETL.
All in all, it's the ETL keeping down my appetite and causing the weight loss with maximum nutrition. I feel better than ever! I don't have health problems except for being bipolar, which cannot be corrected with nutrition.
Despite taking some powerful appetite-stimulating meds and not being a world class athlete, I'm losing 4 lbs/week (well, did this week).
I highly recommend ETL as a lifestyle. It's not just a diet. If you diet, then the weight will come back. You need to make a forever change. People think that they're giving up something when they go vegan. This isn't the case. I've opened up and gained more than I ever thought possible by being vegan. That in itself is a lifestyle; veganism is its own culture.
Tell me if you've tried ETL or if you're interested. I'd love to hear from you!!!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I started out needing to lose 30 lbs. I divided it up into parts of 3, as that would be logical, so that I would have attainable goals and could reward myself at the achievement of each mini goal rather than be all discouraged about the bigger number.
Well, I started at 160.5. Today I'm proud to report it's 149! This means I've lost 11.5 lbs so far since the beginning of May. That's a pretty good pace. (The reason is that I follow Eat To Live, and weight melts off with this program).
Anyway, I decided when I first had the idea of mini goals that I would reward myself with a $50 splurge at the attainment of each goal, and all new clothes (as much as I can afford) at the end of the journey.
I'm debating on what to get. I've wanted to start a yoga practice and get into that, so I'd need yoga gear plus clothes, and I'd need to get DVDs out of the library. Not a big deal. It doesn't look too expensive...until you check out the prices of yoga clothes! What, is the fabric made of gold or something?
I found some stuff at Walmart that is reasonably priced that I'll probably get. They don't have a wide selection for yoga, however do have a few things. I thought that yoga was rather common and that the prices of the clothes would be reasonable! No, this is not the case, at least he part about the clothes being reasonable.
I shouldn't spend a lot of money on yoga clothes anyway, because mini goal 2 is going DOWN!!! That's 139.5. I'll jump for joy when I hit the 130s again. I haven't been there in so long. I know all of you are nodding in agreement. It's so hard to lose weight. I'm doing well thus far, however have to fight for it. I'm really keeping it tight. By that I mean my diet is clean, I follow ETL exactly, I exercise, and take good care of myself. So far this approach is working and is paying off, however it's not easy. I totally love starches. Under the first 6 weeks of ETL I'm not supposed to have more than 1 starch per day. It's a constant battle to leave the pasta alone.
My jeans fit better, I feel lighter, and my husband remarked that I've lost weight. That's the best part. I want him to notice!
We're going to Vegas in a few months (I'm super excited!), and I can't buy clothes for the trip because I don't know what size I'll be. I'm aiming for a 6. I could still be an 8, but a 6 is my goal.
My wedding dress is a 6,=. I was in the 130s when I got married. Time flies, pounds creep up, and soon you find yourself blogging on SparkPeople about how you've made your mini goal.
Well, watch out world! Mini goal number 2 is just a few pounds away!
My scale actually said 147 this morning, h owever as I rebalanced my weight I got the 149, and decided to stick with it. If I get 147 in the morning then I'll stick with it, and be that much closer to goal!
I don't know what I want for my second goal prize. I guess I need to think about it. Maybe I'll need new sports bras? I just got new bras and they're already loose. This is a great feeling.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I had a really terrible fight today. It was whether or not to go to the grocery store and buy these yummy vegan coconut milk fudge frozen treats or to have an apple. Those poor apples were just sitting there, begging me, while the treats at the store sang their siren's song. I was torn.
It really was a fight. I mean a fight. Those bars are only 70 calories! However, I'm on Eat To Live, which is a lifestyle, a way of eating that basically encourages real food and while doesn't ban fake food, doesn't really approve of fake food. Even though these bars are vegan and made from coconut milk, they're still processed and therefore not an ETL-approved item.
I don't know how many calories are in apples. It's quite possible that the snack bar may have fewer calories than the apple. However, it was a triumph for healthy eating and for ETL. I should be aiming for 4 fruits a day. I got in a fruit there.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Because I started out having to lose 30 lbs, I divided my efforts into 3 mini goals. At the accomplishment of each mini goal there is a reward. The first reward will be a couple of yoga DVDs and some yoga gear. I'm aspiring to be good at yoga.
Anyway, I'm now at 153. 149 is the achievement of my first mini goal. That seems like it would be a couple of weeks away, maybe happening around the end of May, right? Well...
At about 2am I wasn't able to sleep. I got up and paced around, not knowing what to do. For some unknown reason I weighed myself. I was at 150! I could hardly believe it!!!
My scale is a bit questionable though. It will give incorrect readings if there's any rocking or motion that takes place, so you must stand perfectly still. I need to balance myself by holding the sink or the wall, which changes the readings. It's hard to get an accurate reading from that scale. I usually wait until I've gotten that same weight several times and over the course of a couple of days before I accept it as gospel. (Yes, I did try to get a new scale, however my hubby thought it was a waste of money and made me take it back to the store. GRRRR!!!).
150 is oh so close to goal. It's tempting! I've been working so hard and need to see the scale cooperate. It has been cooperating, don't get me wrong, I've been losing weight at a good pace. However, wouldn't we all like it to go faster? Wouldn't we all like to see those pounds go?!!!
130 by August 10 is what Spark says I should hit if I lose 2 lbs/week. Considering my diet (strict, healthy vegan ETL) and exercise (I'm exercising daily), and age (I'm 32, still pretty young), I should be able to move that scale.
This is the funny part (going back to the scale thing). My husband is on this journey with me. He has also lost 8 lbs, though it's a smaller % of his total body weight than it is of mine and I can't see it on him, whereas it can be seen on me that I've lost weight. He still won't get a good scale! I personally cannot stand straight like a Marine. No way. It's just my body. I need to brace myself, and that impacts the accuracy of the weight. New scale? Nope! It's a waste of money! I'm sure we could pick up one cheap on craigslist or eBay, still, he's convinced that our scale is perfectly fine. Maybe one of these days I'll just come home with one and trade them, and see if he even notices it! I'll pitch the old scale so there's no hope he can recover it and make me take back the new one! Mwhahahahah!!!!!
I could be just a pound shy of goal. My mouth is watering!!! Even if I'm still at 153, that's an achievement. I just have to keep working, and working harder.
I want to be in awesome shape for our Vegas vacation coming up in the middle of August (for my birthday). I'm working hard to make it happen. So far so good- I'm fighting hard for every ounce, but being rewarded by those ounces and pounds coming off.
Knock on wood!!!
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