Thursday, December 18, 2014
If you are a new or returning member to the BLC, now is your chance to enroll in the next 12 week round scheduled to begin in January! Head over to the registration team and take a gander at the teams!
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
I should be walking, not blogging. I can tell because I feel groggy. I'll take a walk as soon as I get a few words down. The week is young, but so far, so good. I'm down 1.5 pounds from last week.
I'm eating clean, clean, clean, though I'll admit I ate more turkey chili than I needed last night.
I'm fine tuning my morning ritual. I wake between 3 and 4 a.m. Nodding off at 8 p.m. may have something to do with that. I was going to correct it, but I kind of like having some quiet time. I start off with a detox tea and a green smoothie. I make my rounds to my Facebook groups and Spark teams while I have breakfast. Then, I hit the elliptical. Mind you, this ritual has only been re-instituted since Sunday, but this is the routine as it stands! After 30 minutes on the elliptical, I use my skin brush before I hit the shower. I don't know if the benefits are substantiated, but it feels good, and I'm all about that! Today, I did all those things PLUS I made time to polish my nails, a true spa day!
Now it's lunch time and I've finished my second smoothie and a boiled egg and am working on my lemon tea. For some reason, I'm feeling blue. I think I need that walk!!
Now that I'm done with the smoothie cleanse, I've been thinking about adding foods back that I haven't had much of since July. I bought a loaf of whole grain bread this week and had a sandwich Sunday night. I could take it or leave it, which is saying a lot. I have food issues and breads and pastas are near the top of the list.
Dairy is another thing I am not sure I need back in my life. The only dairy I have a healthy relationship with is cottage cheese. It's such a great pairing with just about anything, despite the weird looks from my family! I tend to over indulge on all the other dairy products, so I'm thinking I'll continue to keep them off the buy list.
This week, I've also decided to ban Stevia. Why? Well, I spent the last year eliminating sugar and sweeteners. Even though Stevia may be a healthier alternative to the pink, blue, and yellow, why would I bother with this additive if I'm okay with the natural sweetness of things?
Please comment on your morning rituals, if you have any, and your experiences tinkering with or eliminating foods from your nutrition. I used to be a believer in moderation. I still try to follow that principle when it comes to portions. But this year has been a year of exploration for me in terms of the types of food I eat, expanding, and in some ways contracting, my nutritional landscape. I've enjoyed redefining my acceptable food parameters. I like where I am right now and I'm curious to see what 2015 will bring.
I'm on track to have a loss in December. This will be the first year since I joined Sparkpeople that I did not gain in the month of December. In order to pull it off, I must remember that food is not the focus of our holiday gatherings.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Here is my motivation / action board....my mantra since I began this journey has been "Eat fresh, move often."† I created this for a contest on JJ Smith's VIP group on Facebook.† Three years ago, long before I knew of JJ and the work she's been doing, I was already a disciple, focusing on two legs of the DEM (detox, eat, move) system! I'm still a skeptic about some of the suggested detox methods, but I'm tolerant and willing to listen.† Have you ever heard of or used Castor oil packs?† Warm Castor oil compresses are said to assist in detoxing the liver.† Hmmm...the ladies are using the packs over night and claim to be losing inches.† Hmmm...Here's my dilemma: who am I to knock something if it works for you? However, why do you think the liver is so I'll equipped to do the job on its own? I think the human body is an amazingly resilient system. Being kind to it is easy if you move it regularly and feed it good food.
Anyway, this board is ready to go.† Day 1 of JJ's 30 Day Challenge is marked on the calendar and I have my star stickers to give me credit for every successful day completed.
On January 1, I'll be competing against myself to accomplish 10k steps per day, clean eating,† and portion control. I'll also do strength or yoga 3x week. I'm still working through that plan.† It needs to be simple.
But I'm not waiting for the perfect day on a calendar. I've already started!
I'm not one to do progress pics, but I decided to do this. The before pic on the left is not at my heaviest. I don't think I have any! The progress pic on the right is earlier this month at my daughter's baby shower.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Today is the final day of my 10 day smoothie cleanse. How did I do? I didnít take measurements because I couldnít find the tape measure. I did take my weight, almost daily. I dropped 3.5 pounds at one point. Today, Iím down only Ĺ pound. So, Iíll do a final weigh tomorrow, but Iím not expecting a big change.
Once I tire of being disappointed, itís time to face facts and figure out why this didnít work. I wasnít able to stick to the plan, not even for a single day. The cleanse is a serious discipline exercise, requiring mental fortitude I just didnít have. I need to think long and hard about trying it again because I donít know if itís worth the low morale. Itís weird though. Although Iím not seeing results on the scale, the plan gave me such clarity of mind, it felt really good to be working toward something. It was just the feeling of failure that sucked! Forsooth, I canít blame the cleanse. Iíve had this evening food spectre hanging over my head since I began this journey. The plan works. I need to break some habits.
The first few days, I went without protein powder, so I thought that might account for the ravenous feelings at night. Maybe. Then I got the protein powder and I tracked all my food. I was on the low end of my calorie and macro nutrient ranges. Eating higher in my range and consuming more calories earlier in the day mightíve helped. But itís still the elephant in the room that I really need to confront: my evening habits are conducive to overeating. Am I ready to stop eating in front of the TV? Are my husband and I ready to make changes to the evening routine? Until I make changes to this aspect of my life, Iím stuck.
Iíll tell you another thing I thought of as I was driving into work this morning. It seems I have this thought at the end of the day that since I hoarded calories earlier, now is the time to fill up. Ugh! I need some strategies for pushing down those crazy thoughts and setting myself up for success. I need to plan out some overwhelmingly satisfying meals. I need to really slow down when I eat so I donít go back for seconds before my husband even touches his meal (he talksÖa lot). I need to apply the ďhands off the snack cupboardĒ rule to the evenings, as well as the rest of the day, when itís rarely a problem. Iíd remove the junkfood snacks entirely, but I have other family members that eat it. It also wouldnít correct the problem. When we have no junkfood, I get really creative at satisfying a craving!
Maybe at the beginning of the year, Iíll redeem my hot yoga groupon. If I workout after work, that will take up some of that idle evening time. The only problem with that is Iíll have even less waking hours with my husband. I need to work with him to figure something out. Iím hating food right now. Itís such a struggle!
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
I am frustrated to say I still have a cough that's slowing down my workouts. I'm anxious to get back to health, cuz...
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