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One Week Til Easter

So for Lent I said I was giving up Facebook, sugar and alcohol. Never in my life (in my recollection) have I ever broken my Lenten promise and I am very disappointed in myself. Yes, I am under inordinate stress but that’s not really an excuse. I have been on FB constantly, eaten a lot of sugar and had one glass of wine. Bad, bad, bad. 😦

Well, today I got on the scale… I was shocked beyond belief. Truly. I have NEVER weighed so much in my entire life! 164.2. Granted Aunt Flo came (after eight months!) so I am sure that added to it but really, over 160? I was horrified.

So I bought a little pink tape measure and I will measure myself tomorrow and post some before pictures. I bought tons of produce and plan to eat clean until Easter!

So, this week: NO added sweeteners of any kind, no grains, no dairy, no nuts, no caffeine. It’s only six days til Easter. Totally doable.

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Always Some Excuse

So breakfast was juice and lunch was a smoothie. But the weather was cold and I was heating up lunch for my daughter.. and I broke down. I ate some cauliflower with cheddar and butter and some black-eyed peas with carrots that had been prepared using smoked turkey and chicken stock. Did I eat any grains? No. Anything processed? Not really. Anything with refined sugar? No. But I had animal products and beans which I said I wouldn’t have. Was I asleep by ten? Yes. Did I wake up early and do yoga? Yes. I am proud of what I accomplished but annoyed with myself for not sticking to my plan, especially as I look in the mirror and see my checks are still covered with hives or this rash or whatever this is.

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It is winter. We got a ton of snow yesterday. I want warm food. In the movie Joe fasted when it was warm weather. So did the other guy they highlighted, Phil. I’m pretty sure it was warm when Daniel and Jesus  and Gandhi and other religious figures fasted. Who solely drinks cold juices when it’s 20 degrees outside? I’m sure people do it but gosh darn it if it doesn’t make it more difficult. Though, then again, some folks fast without any food or drink and do it when it’s 100 degrees outside. It’s done. It’s not comfortable. It’s not supposed to be easy or fun or comfortable. I think this really illuminates what kind of person I am. I want what I want when I want it. I gave in. I indulged myself. I didn’t persevere. I gave up.

I gave up.

It got too hard.

It wasn’t fair.

I did the yoga, I got some sleep. I avoided grains and sugar… so I justified eating the food. I did part of it.

But I didn’t do exactly what I set out to do.

Why not? Why was I okay with doing just a half-assed job? Or rather (because I was not okay with it) why did I give up? My skin/energy level/health are suffering! Isn’t that enough?

What is my deal?

I have no idea. This is interesting though. Depressing. Enlightening. Maddening. Infuriating! Sad.

On to Day 2. Or rather Day 1 again. Wish me luck.

Fruits and Veggies Baby!

My mind keeps going back to what I saw in Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. That movie was amazing. If you are having challenges with your weight or your health, I recommend you watch it if you haven’t. It was inspiring. It reminded me of a time when I ate only fruits and veggies for three days once. A friend of mine did this with me and we speak of it often. Day 1 we were motivated. Day 2 we were hungry. Day 3 we were bored with the choices but we felt amazing. Seriously really, really amazing. I remember that feeling as if it were yesterday. I want that again. Thing is, I did that when I was about 25 and in much better health. I imagine it will take me much longer than 3 days to feel great (I bet a month is more likely) but I go back to work in a five days so however long I can sustain it-great. For now I just want to give my body a rest and help clear out some the toxins.

In the movie Joe drank a green juice every day. I am going to start my day with a juice.This was his recipe:

1 bunch of kale
some ginger
1/2 lemon
4 stalks of celery
2 granny smith apples
1 cucumber

I am also a fan of Kimberly Snyder and she starts each day with a green juice as well. Here’s her recipe:

1 bunch of kale

4 stalks of celery

1 small apple

1/2 lemon

Very similar!

Kimberly Snyder also recommends drinking her Glowing Green Smoothies as a morning option. Here’s that recipe:

1.5 cups of water
1/2 bunch of spinach
4 stalks of celery
1 apple
1 pear
1 banana
1/2 lemon

Today is day 1. I started the day with 7 hours of sleep (10:30-5:30) and did some yoga for hips when I woke up. I am looking forward to a simple day of fruits and veggies.

Have you ever done a fast? What did you eat? How long were you able to sustain it? What were your results?

It’s Been a Long Week

Work drama, kid drama, overwhelmed with details. These haven’t made it easy to stay focused but I am here to report that I have done very well! There was pizza at work on Thursday and I didn’t cave and eat any; someone offered me a sweetened yogurt and I turned it down, and most impressive: I made my daughter a delicious looking grilled cheese sandwich yesterday and didn’t make one for myself–and, boy, did I want to!!

Last night I made an amazing dinner: baked chicken thighs with butter and rosemary, acorn squash with butter and cinnamon and a salad with romaine, raisins, cashews and a homemade basil dressing. It was delicious! During the week I drank several green smoothies, ate loads of veggies and drank a ton of water. I am pretty proud of myself thus far.

Now it’s time for a confession, well two.

#1. My daughter asked me to buy her the canned chili from Trader Joe’s after she sampled it in the store and liked it. I caved because it is so hard to pack her something for lunch that she likes. Tonight at dinner she claimed it was too spicy and couldn’t eat it (because she was ready for dessert) but I took a mouthful to be sure. Yeah, no. Not spicy at all. I spit it out but it did have sugar in it.

#2. This second example though is faaaaaaaaar worse and even embarrassing to post…. My sugar cravings were pretty intense the other night. I was craving something sweet so I made some pumpkin muffins with almond flour. The recipe I used called for honey. They turned out okay but not the right sweetener for my taste; the next time I make them I will use maple syrup instead. So after sampling one  I decided I should put butter and maple syrup on them to make them tastier. The maple syrup was so tasty I ended up eating several licks (like 50) of plain syrup!! Not kidding! It tasted oh so good but made me realize my sugar addiction is strong (as if I didn’t know that) and I need to keep on pressing on to try to get through it.

The biggest hurdle is preparation and time. One day all I had was grape tomatoes for lunch! That was no fun! LOL. Today is Sunday so I need to cook some food for the week and freeze it to be sure we always have healthy sugar and wheat-free options available. I did make some applesauce this week which my daughter declared was better than store-bought (score!) which is already in the fridge and I plan to make some pumpkin oatmeal today. It feels like the 1950s and even though I don’t enjoy doing all this cooking, I must admit the food tastes awesome!

Day One

Not too hard! And check this out: I’ve decided to give up sugar along with wheat this month! Wish me luck!!! Starting weight:153.

Breakfast- green smoothie: kale, romaine, apple, banana

Snack-Greek yogurt with honey and wild blueberries

Lunch- tomatoes

Snack -3 pieces of bacon (leftover breakfast)

Dinner- Tuna salad, lettuce, pickles, tortilla chips, fresh squeezed o.j.

C’mon Day 2, I’m ready for ya!!!

Noticable Change

It’s only been two days but I am already feeling different. No, not just different because that takes away from how much different better I am feeling. I haven’t been feeling bloated or exhausted. Still got achy joints but really in just two days I can feel the difference. It’s awesome! Here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast: Smoothie with Romain, spinach, banana, apple; cup of coffee with cream

Snack: granola bar and cheese stick

Lunch: Salad with Romaine, golden raisins, almonds, roast beef, avocado and balsamic dressing

Dinner: carrots with olive hummus, baked chicken with salsa, 1/4 banana, 2 strawberries, 1/2 glass of Chardonnay

I also noticed that I slept through the night last night –without waking up once!– and woke up this morning without an alarm at 6:15am.

It may be too quick to notice any changes but dare I conclude that change in diet is the reason why I am feeling so much better?!

 

Feeling Better

I had four hours of sleep last night. I don’t know what I was doing–nothing particularly productive but guess what?! I was oddly energetic today. Really, I wasn’t tired at all! I was contemplating getting a huge mug of coffee this morning with some sweet creamer but I knew that that was not part of eating clean so instead I made myself a huge green smoothie: Romaine, spinach, water, bananas, apples, ice. Blended it up and drank about 32 oz of it. It wasn’t delicious but it was filling. Lunch was salad with romaine, golden raisins, almonds, roast beef, mozzarella and balsamic vinaigrette. I had a mid morning snack of an apple and some water. Dinner was a cup of tomato soup, some cheese, 3 slices of bacon, carrots and cucumbers dipped in olive hummus, some strawberries, dark chocolate and 1/2 a banana. Weird combination of foods I suppose but no wheat and lots of fruits and veggies. I am typing this in my bed and I don’t feel bloated or stuffed. Hope tomorrow is even better.