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Yay Me, I Fasted!

Well I am here to say that I completed my first full, no-cheat fast day, per 5:2. For 5:2 intermittent fasting, women are allowed up to 500 calories two days of the week and the rest of the week you eat normally. I have done this before and maybe ate 600 calories, maybe 800, maybe more but today was a true fasting day and I tracked it all using my new Fitbit! (man, I love that thing! 🙂 ) I ate a hard-boiled egg and a nectarine for breakfast, a small handful of almonds and raisins for lunch and a hard-boiled egg for dinner. And I drank 64oz of water. That was only 330 calories yet s I type this at 9:36pm I am not the slightest bit hungry.

I got motivated to do this again by watching the documentary about it. There are so many reasons to do this from cellular regeneration to improving blood work to losing weight to neurological benefits. I’ll take any one of those but by severely restricting your calorie intake twice a week you benefit from them all. Woot! Now don’t get me wrong; it wasn’t easy. But it’s wonderful to know that I can do it and I can eat whatever I want tomorrow. Have you ever tried intermittent fasting?

I’m Feeling Great!

Day 6 is here of eating clean and I am starting to feel much better. I am not bloated and I think my skin seems to be clearing up as well! I am happy to say that  it hasn’t been difficult either. I have had some cravings for salty snacks but surprisingly not sugar. I haven’t signed up for yoga yet and I’m not exercising much at all but I am drinking tons and tons of water. Though I’m trying hard to not weigh myself I did step on the scale this morning and was surprised to see that I have already lost four pounds! We leave for Mexico soon and at this rate I expect to have lost at least ten, maybe more. Yay! 🙂

Now that I feel like I am on a roll and will be able to continue eating well for the long haul, I am going to post my before pictures. Hey, I only get about 3 visitors to my blog a day so it’s not a big deal. I acknowledge that look really, really awful but by this time next summer I am going to be one hot mama so who cares?! Ok, here we go…

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It’s a skirt suit so I am holding it back so you can see me legs in all their cellulite-covered glory. 😦

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Why is my right shoulder lower than my left? Okay, that’s an issue for another day. So there you have it; my before shots. I know I look terrible so you don’t need to tell me! But if you feel the need to comment on how horrific I look, go ahead. I can take it. I am excited finally be serious about this and I plan to post pictures of the progress that I make.

Happy 4th of July!

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. 🙂

 

Not Attractive!

Okay, this is a warning for the squeamish. Do not read further if you are disgusted or appalled by bodies that are less than perfect. Here’s the deal: I was lying on the couch feeling fat, full and bloated when I looked down at my stomach and I was really horrified.  It is truly disgusting and I’m only posting a photo because one day I know I will be posting an “after”.  But there is more than just a grossly fat stomach at play here. I have major joint pain; I can barely walk across the floor sometimes. I am exhausted – exhausted in as in falling into a coma mid-afternoon unable to do anything productive or fun. No. energy. at. all. This is no way to live! And I can’t take it so tomorrow I am trying again. Giving up wheat because I am convinced that the joint pain is an auto immune response and sugar because it is just plain bad for you and there is no reason to eat it. Period. End of story. No more excuses!

So here goes… Feast your eyes on this. Sorry. Yuck. Maybe public embarrassment will be motivating?

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(and what in the hell is that little piece on my right side?! Ew!)

So, tomorrow I am starting AGAIN! Eating clean and drinking tons of water. Really hope I can sustain it this time..

Hello, America

Being healthy is hard if you live in the United States. There is fluoride in the water, GMO “foods” sold without labels in the markets, processed food everywhere and so many overweight people that  you start to think of your extra twenty pounds as being no big deal.

I  have been eating a terrible diet for the past two weeks. I started my new job and they have been providing a lot of meals and most of it is stuff I shouldn’t be eating. It’s a shame, really. In Asian countries it’s acceptable and normal to eat rice, broth, fish and vegetables for meals with unsweetened tea or water. Americans, meanwhile, chow down on pasta with sauces, sugary drinks and desserts. Trying to choose just the salad and water when everyone around you is eating lasagna, lemonade and chocolate cake is really hard. No wonder there are so many fat people here and I am slowly becoming one of them.

This weekend is dedicated to organizing my life so health and wellness are the focus. I need more sleep, more water.  healthier foods and exercise. I don’t have a choice. How? Well, for one since I have to be at work at 7am, it’s going to be “early to bed and early to rise”. New bedtime? 9pm – or 10pm at the latest if occasionally necessary. Then I am going to unpack my overseas shipment and locate my cutting boards, juicer, etc. and start using them. I haven’t figured out yet where exercise is fitting in but the other plan is to be vegan until 6pm. Have you heard of that book? I don’t know where I first read about it but here’s the Amazon link:

http://www.amazon.com/VB6-Before-Weight-Restore-Health/dp/0385344740/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377964273&sr=8-1&keywords=vegan+until+6

The basic premise is to eat vegan (fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds specifically) until 6pm and then for dinner you can eat what you want in moderation. I think this is great! I am busy at work so I won’t have much temptation anyways but then it allows for me to go to happy hour, go on dates or hang out with friends without being on some crazy restrictive diet plan. I love it and the author had great results with it.

Now if I could only find a time and place to exercise..