Wednesday, May 08, 2013
I am about half-way through the Jumpstart program. I thought I would give an update on how I have been doing with the program as well as the pros/cons.
Exercise: Due to problems with my feet, I have not kept up with the exercise program. I have decided not to do the cardio in the morning, and instead focus on the strength-training until my feet are doing better. Ironically, I am able to modify videos like th 30 day shred without too much of a problem, but "simple" walking is too much foot movement right now. It is super annoying.
Diet: With the exception of 2 slices of Pizza, a string cheese stick, supplementing a few meals with a protein shake, and a handful of almonds, I have stuck pretty close to the diet, and I am certainly well under 1200 calories a day, which is my normal "minimum". Cooking meals ahead of time this week has been very effective. I am not starving, and I am definitely adjusting to less calories, more nutrient dense food.
Weight: As of this morning, I am down 8 lbs. I don't expect a lot this week, as I lost 7 the week before. When I eat healthy, I almost always have a large loss the first week and less the following week. I feel really good about that. I like that my focus has been health primarily, and weight loss secondarily. The point of the jumpstart diet for me primarily was to "detox" from carbs and sugars and prepare for the Skinny rules, so I don't intend to lose the 20 lbs in 21 days but have been pleasantly surprised by the results.
Pro's: Weight loss, obviously. 8lbs in 10 days, not bad results if I can maintain gradual loss with the Skinny Rules. My eyes are shiny and bright, and my skin looks amazing. I was breaking out badly right before the diet. Prepping meals ahead of time has been great, I feel like I am not always in the kitchen, espescially this second week. I am not hungry often, the meals are filling. New Habits - prepping my meals ahead of time, and bringing breakfast and lunch to work is something I hope to continue. I feel really good about sticking to my daily schedule and not wondering "what am I going to eat?"
Con's: Some of the meals are just plain gross. I'm not going to lie. I haven't been adding salt, and egg whites without salt are kinda disgusting. It is expensive. I knew this going into the plan, eating healthy is just expensive. I make breakfast and lunch for Jacque and I, and dinner for the two of us and our roomate. Our weekly bill has been $125.00 on average. On the plus side, we are not buying lunch every day, which Jacque and I had gotten into a really bad habit doing, so it is probably cheaper in the long run but seeing it all at once at the grocery store was a shock. I am grateful that Jacque and I have the luxury to be able to choose to spend our money on groceries or going out with both of us working now - but with a lot of families struggling, this may be a major expense. It's worth it, if you can do it. I am a big believer in nutrition as the best preventitive medicine, but healthy food is more expensive than processed food.
Today I plan to prep meals for the next three days. Saturday, I am taking my mom out for mother's day. I am sure that the restaraunt will be "off" the diet, but I will try to stick to veggies and protein if I can.
My #1 goal for the day is to be in bed by 9pm.