Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tell me, what's awesome with you today?
This is Day 4 of my smoothie escapade. I'm still enjoying it and trying to ignore the heckling from the peanut gallery.
Oh, if my post office figured things out, my DDP Yoga package should arrive today. *fingers crossed*
Design happiness NOW :)
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
We're coming down the final stretch of !
In non-health related news, I met with my boss' boss about a leadership opportunity I'm interested in. It requires both their recommendations. I get to draft my own recommendation! It's gonna be stellar!
I've been down 2 pounds for the last few days. Looking forward to taking official credit for the loss tomorrow!!
I'm on Day 3 of my smoothie experiment. So far so good. I like that I don't have to be exact with the ingredients. And when I do eat whole food, instead of eliminating dairy, meat, and grains, I've just cut them all way back. The real benefit for me is cutting processed foods and sugar. I haven't had sugar or chocolate cravings, which is significant for me. But I have had meat and cheese cravings, which I see as a good thing. If I get a hankering for them, I work a modest amount of them into the plan as a snack.
Benefits I'm seeing so far:
1. Portion control. It's getting easier to allot myself sensible portion sizes.
2. I feel like I want food less. This is a weird sensation for me! Could it be possible to think about and eat food only when I'm hungry?
3. Processed foods are no longer a crutch. My mind is tuned in to whole, fresh food. I make sure those options are available...and I reach for them!!
4. My water intake has increased, which inadvertently means I'm getting more steps to refill!
5. My teeth seemed whiter this morning, but I don't think that has anything to do with a 3 day change in my eating habits!
6. I'm feeling more focused at work. You know what it's like to be 'in the zone' and everything is aligned correctly? I'm experiencing that feeling more often.
7. Weight loss. Amen, yes, that's what I really want! People are losing 10-15 pounds doing the full 10 day cleanse. I'm willing to ease into it and experience a slower loss.
I'm wondering if I can adopt the smoothie lifestyle. Time will tell. I figure I'll keep doing it until I don't feel like it anymore!
Monday, July 28, 2014
This is Day 2 of my green smoothie challenge. I haven't decided if I'm doing the 1-a-day for 30 or 3-a-day for 10, probably somewhere in between. I decided to try it because 1. I like playing with my food and 2. I realized I always have the ingredients. How is that?!
Yesterday's breakfast smoothie was spinach, baby kale, peach, and apple. Sounds pretty bland, right? It wasn't big on flavor, but it wasn't gross either. I made enough for 2 and put the second in the fridge. The water separated fairly quickly, leaving the fluffy pulp on top. The juice on the bottom was far sweeter. The recipe called for strawberries and mango, rather than a peach, which probably would've provided more flavor. I also didn't include flaxseed and stevia. I'm doing my smoothies without added sweetener.
This morning, I added strawberries, a banana, a medjool date, and 1/4 avocado to the base. It has the smoothie texture I'm used to because of the banana and avocado. It's also really cold since the strawberries were frozen! The sweet chunks of date were a pleasant surprise as I finished the drink (my blender isn't the most powerful). The Day 2 smoothie turned out to be pretty high in calories (~408), so I'm saving 1/3 of it for later.
Since I'm not doing the 3 meal replacement challenge, I doubt I'm going to have as profound results, but it is motivating to try it out. If I really like it, I will probably buy the Nutribullet.
I just made an executive decision: I'm not working out this morning!
I'm not declaring a rest day yet, but I'm too tired right now.
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