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Adventures With Detox

Monday, November 12, 2012

It's been over a month since I wrote a blog here. I've been super busy and focused more on my daily fitness/health blog at : fitem.blogspot.com
If you want to stay up to date with my fitness adventures, go there. emoticon

My newest adventure is about gaining control over my diet. I've lost a lot of weight over the last few years and kept it off (92lbs), but I haven't lost any weight in over a year. While I am comfortable with my body and know I am incredibly strong, I would like to get rid of the extra fat that I still carry and really see the muscles I've been working so hard for.

My eating has been getting out of hand lately. Lots more sugar and processed snacks were sneaking in, and my weight started to creep up. That's not okay. Since I am not currently training for an event, this is the perfect time to do something about my diet, so I decided to do a detox.

*I would like to stop here and say that I am very, very skeptical of detoxes in general. This one is mostly comprised of cranberry juice and flax, and it is accompanied by eating 3 meals and snacks - super clean food, but plenty of food. This is not some crazy juice diet. I'm never going to back to those stupid diets again. They don't work.*

Anyway, whenever I change something, I always start on a Monday, and I usually use it as an excuse to overindulge all weekend before I start. I didn't want to do that this time, so I did something completely out of character and started on Saturday. I've been very successful at sticking with it so far, and I feel fantastic. I got up for my morning run this morning without any food hangover (which is common on Monday mornings). I feel great. I'm sleeping better. I'm a lot less stressed. And, I actually feel healthier. I weighed myself this morning, and I am down 2.6 pounds!

The detox is for 10 days, so I will be ending it just before Thanksgiving. I'm hoping that by breaking my addiction to sugar I will have an easier time resisting all of the holiday goodies. My current goal is to not gain (and hopefully continue to lose) weight during the holidays. Once the detox ends I plan to continue to eat clean and avoid sweets. If I eat clean on Thanksgiving, I will allow myself a small slice of pumpkin pie. I like this plan better than my usual free pass on the holiday. That always gets out of hand and makes it hard to go back to healthy eating the next day.

The one thing that has really surprised me about this detox is that I am even more addicted to dairy than I thought. I never realized how much of it I consume, and I don't buy non-fat (or low fat) dairy (except Greek yogurt, which I am still consuming). That's a lot of extra saturated fat! I've had a lot more temptation from dairy than from sweets, which is not something I would have expected. I'm really curious to see how my body changes during this detox. I already feel the difference.

I really feel like I am back on track with weight loss. I'm ready to drop the last 35 pounds and see how good I feel then - and how much faster I'll run! emoticon
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    Interesting about the dairy vs. sugar temptation. But I do love dairy myself, so I can kind of understand that. :) Though I looooove skim milk and nonfat dairy! I can see how if you're used to the full fat stuff, nonfat versions definitely seem thin and watery, but I was raised on the nonfat stuff so I'm used to it. Anyways, I'm glad this detox thing is working for you! Keep up the fabulous work! :)
    1952 days ago
    High five to you!!! Sounds like your detox is working. I hate, hate, hate those food hangovers, and yet, I still don't recognize when I eat certain foods they are going to make me feel blah later. Have you checked your yogurt cups to see if there is any added sugars in them? If so, those hidden sugars may be urging you onward. Keep up the good work!
    1954 days ago
    I hear you on the dairy. I do not drink milk anymore. I love it so much, I'm like a milkaholic- one sip and I chug the whole gallon. I feel so much better since I have given it up. I eat (small amounts of) cheese, and still have a nonfat Greek yogurt for breakfast or after an especially tough workout, but I feel SO much better without milk.

    Sometimes I wonder if I might feel even better without the cheese and yogurt... but I am not curious enough to give them up :)
    1954 days ago
    Way to go on this weekend!
    1954 days ago
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