Archive for June, 2014

Whole 30 Anyone?

Are you familiar with Whole 30?  Whole 30 is a 30 day program to reboot your eating and relationship with food. Thirty days don’t sound long and then on the other hand they sound really, really long. In short, for thirty days you abstain from the following:

-sweeteners of any kind
-alcohol
-dairy
-grains
-legumes

Yep, I’m going to try it til the end of July or maybe until we leave for Mexico. Yes, that looming trip to Mexico sure is a motivating factor. I had my daughter photograph me in my swimsuit yesterday and it was shocking! I looked awful! I will post those pictures after I see some results. Right now I am just too horrified and embarrassed for anyone else to see how terrible I look! It sounds really hard so I am modifying it slightly. I bought some ghee but if I hate it I will do butter occasionally. They say no to all grains and I will do no wheat/gluten but honestly I may do rice or oatmeal from time to time. I’m going to try not to of course, but I may. No chips or snacking foods like tortilla chips but if I am on a date at a Thai restaurant I may have a bit of rice under my chicken curry. 🙂 I’m just being honest. Oh, and as far as sweeteners? They say none at all. I might put a bit of raw honey in a tea. It’s better than a chocolate Sunday and I am afraid of being so strict that I veer off completely. So, though I’m not trying to make allowances for myself (well, maybe I am) I believe it’s in my best interest to do it this way psychologically and in all honesty if a few cups of rice and some tea with honey are the only slip ups I make, I will be thrilled with myself.

Knowing I was going to start Whole 30 I figured why not have a last hurrah and have some ice cream or cookies or candy. I figured Monday was a good day to start so why not? But then I noticed as I walked around the grocery store that nothing looked appealing so I decided to go ahead and make yesterday day 1. “Yay,” I thought to myself, “I am halfway through day one. Here is what I ate:

Breakfast: nothing
Lunch: grass-fed ground beef, sweet potatoes and onions sautéed in coconut oil with cumin and sea salt and a fried egg (look at it ~ it was delicious!!)

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Snack: organic grapes
Dinner: raisins and almonds, more grapes.. and then a salad

I drank tons of water. Wasn’t hungry at all… (updated)  until 9:30 pm. Suddenly I was ravenous so I made a salad. I was so hungry and whipped together my favorite salad (romaine, avocado, raisins, almonds and goat cheese) and gobbled it down. It sure hit the spot. I think it’s the mix of tangy from the balsamic dressing with the sweet from the raisins and the crunch from the fresh romaine and almonds with the creaminess of the avocado and goat cheese. The only missing ingredient was the freshly chopped basil which I must put on my grocery list. I enjoyed it immensely and then realized..

Oops, goat cheese! Totally forgot I am not supposed to be eating dairy so I guess I am starting today instead!! Kind of bummed that I can’t count yesterday as day one but, really, I shouldn’t and I won’t beat myself up over a sprinkling of goat cheese over my salad! 🙂

In other news, Amazon Prime said my Fitbit is arriving on Monday and I found Groupons for Bikram yoga. C’mon July, bring it! I’m ready!!

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Fitbits and Bikram Yoga

My child told me this morning that I need to “lose fat and not eat so much fat so I can run fast and play tag and not be slow.” This is the second time this week that she has mentioned something about weight and energy level. “I don’t want you to run slow like a grandma. I want you to be fast like a cheetah!” I guess I do talk about it a lot and I don’t want her to have issues with food and eating so it’s time to get serious!

I ordered a Fitbit this morning. Have you ever used one?

I am also trying to psych myself up to get a month’s pass for Birkram Yoga. Have you ever tried Bikram? What do you think?

Day Three..

Today is day three and from now on I will no longer be counting days but I just wanted to get myself focused that I am on a diet of sorts, keeping track of my new way of eating. It is only 2:45 so I have a lot of the day left but just checking in to say that I have booked a vacation to Mexico for August so I better get crackin’!! We leave in less than six weeks so I have about five weeks to get myself in bikini shape. That’s a scary thought after yesterday’s post (and quite a stretch) but one can dream. I must say it is much more motivating!! My goal is to lose at least ten pounds and a few inches. Wish me luck!!

**update

Today was a good day overall! Here’s what I ate:

Breakfast – nectarine, started drinking my first 32 oz of water

Lunch – cherries, finished water, cheese stick

Dinner – sautéed some grass-fed beef and onions in coconut oil and cumin. Ate that with plain yogurt and a slice of havarti cheese. Also, a salad consisting of Romaine, almonds, raisins,, fresh chopped basil and balsamic dressing. Oh and an orange pepper (so good!). More cherries.

That’s it! I was very tired though. At some point during the day it hit me so hard that I lay down on a pile of folded laundry on a the love seat. I was crammed into the corner in a very uncomfortable position but I was too exhausted to either move the clothes or walk up the steps to my bed. I think I slept about 10min before I got a telephone call. It’s now almost 11pm and I find myself very, very tired again. I have no sheets on my bed but I don’t think I have the energy to put them on.. zzzzzzzzzz

 

 

 

 

 

Day Two, Done and Dusted

I can’t say I did my best on day 2.  I did  a lot snacking and not enough water. I filled up my 32oz water bottle in the morning and swore to myself that I was going to fill it up 2-3 more times and didn’t even finish one. Not good. But this realization was worse:  I tried on some capris to see if I could wear them and they didn’t fit! I used to wear these pants last year to work and now I can’t even button them! To say I was horrified is an understatement. Instead of donating them to the thrift store I decided to keep them as a barometer of my weigh loss. I hope to be able to wear them to work in the fall. My goal is to try to ignore the scale and instead focus on how things fit. If these pants fit in the fall I will be thrilled. Now for the photo. I am warning you in advance that this is very unattractive!! It’s horrifying, which in turn is incredibly motivating. So seriously, you have an out if you are squeamish and fat people disgust you. Turn off your computer now because trust me, this is no pretty site. Ok, here goes..

 

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Ok, sorry, I had the photos up for about an hour but they looked inappropriate so I took them down. But let’s just say my stomach and thighs are HUGE!! YUCK!! I was able to force them up over my fat thighs but closing them was not possible. So I am on a mission to get these pants to fit again before I return to work in the fall.

(A New) Day 1 is Done

Well, it could have been worse. I didn’t fast and I ate some carbs but I waited until I was hungry to eat and I didn’t overeat. It’s a (slow) start but it’s a start. I drank a lot of water and did a bit of exercise.  Tomorrow I will ramp it up more. Baby steps..

Weight and Measurements.. scary!

I bought a measuring tape a few weeks ago and have been meaning to do this as often weight loss is seen in inches before pounds.I measured myself so they may not be completely accurate but I will do them again myself every month or so.  Okay, here we go. Oh wait, first I must share my weight. I weighed myself first thing this morning and the scale read:

164 pounds (!!)  This is my heaviest in my entire life.

Measurements:
Bust:  37″
Waist:  30″ (at thinnest part)
Stomach 30″ (at fattest part)
Right arm:  11.5″
Left arm:  11.5″
Hips: 47.5″ (!!!!!!!!!!)

So starting today I am cutting way back on grains, sugar and alcohol and starting to exercise and drink more water. I am also starting 5:2. Fasting on Mondays and Thursdays is the current plan. I am officially disgusted with myself :-/ but ready to reverse the aging process and find my former attractive self. 🙂

 

Happy Unfierce Birthday to Me

Well I started this blog a year ago thinking I had two years to get fierce but I end year one fatter than ever. And totally and completely unfierce. I look old and decrepit. 😦

But I am excited to say that I am totally on board once again to strive for the hottest, sexiest, strongest, healthiest version of myself. 🙂 I have 365 days until I turn the dreaded 5-0 and I can’t enter into a new decade looking like this! Tomorrow I will share my weight and measurements.

Let’s do this!