Sunday, October 26, 2014
Last Saturday, frustrated with my overall lack of progress and lack of control in regard to my eating, I determined that I was going to try to plan my meals and track everything for an entire week. I had experienced success with meal prepping before, but I had only done it for a week. But, I DESPERATELY needed to get my eating under control so I was game to try it again.
I didn't have a lot of *extra* money for grocery shopping for myself only, so, I wrote out a simple little menu of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner... not several options, just the same thing every day for 7 days. I already had some leftover nuts, Kind bars and frozen fruit in the house so I, at least, didn't have to purchase snacks. My husband took care of groceries and cooking for the family. I sooooo appreciated that.
I decided breakfast would be eggs, turkey bacon and spinach. Lunch would be salad w/boiled egg for protein. Dinner would be tilapia, broccoli and black beans over quinoa. Very simple meals. I spent all Sunday morning before church grilling my tilapia, boiling eggs, cooking quinoa, and measuring/weighing EVERYTHING out and placing in containers, because I was going to start SUNDAY. I wasn't going to wait another day. I was ready to begin!
Sunday, Oct. 19th, I weighed in at 192.
Mon, Oct. 20th - 191
Tues, Oct. 21st - 189.6
Wed, Oct. 22nd - 187.8
Thur, Oct. 23rd - 186.6
Fri, Oct. 24th - 187.6
Sat, Oct. 25th - 187.2
This morning, I weighed in at 187.4. So, I lost 5 lbs for the week! So, aside from Friday and Sunday, I registered a lost on the scale every day. Why I had a gain on Friday, I'm not sure. My cheat day was Tuesday, so I expected a gain on Wednesday, but I didn't have one. Sunday gain was expected because Saturday was a cheat day. But, Friday.... no clue. You're welcome to look at my food logs and analyze what I ate of Thursday and come up with your own conclusions. I'm not going to expend my energy on it, but you're welcome to expend yours and then clue me in. LOL
Other keys to the puzzle:
(1) TOM began on Monday and ended on Thursday.
(2) No exercise that week, except for Wednesday
(3) On Monday, I had picked up a book I ordered from the library written by Dolvett Quince (the black trainer from The Biggest Loser) entitled "The 3:1:2:1 Diet." I had ordered it a week prior when I was super frustrated. I figured I'd see what he was talking about. Well, it's a good read. I'm still reading it. Basically, his program is about eating "clean" for 3 days, then having a "cheat" day, then eating clean for 2 days and then having one more cheat day. That's the basics. But, I wouldn't prescribe to his program because I'm unwilling to cut out the things he suggests in order to "eat clean." I don't want to eat that clean. But, I did like the idea of having HEALTHY cheat days, which just means that you eat at the higher end of your calorie range on those days. So, that's what I did on Tuesday and Saturday. I guess I followed a 2:1:3:1 plan, instead of a 3:1:2:1 plan. LOL
So, that was my week!!
This week, I'm meal planning again. But this time, I'm adding back in exercising as well. I usually have success with one OR the other. But, this week, I'm hoping that I can do both successfully.
Wednesday, October 01, 2014
NOTE: September end-of-month update on goals is at the end of my "Hellooooo September" blog. But, in short, it was a bust. LOL Moving forward...
The healthy seeds I'm planting for October are:
30 for 30: 30 days of exercise for 30 minutes. This month happens to have 31 days, so I guess I get one pass. :-)
Water First: Before I can drink anything else, I must complete intake of 64 oz of water first.
1000 Fitness Minutes Trophy: If I'm exercising for 30 days for 30 minutes, I'll have 900 fitness minutes. So.... that means that some days, I'm expecting to exercise for longer than 30 minutes. :-)
Gym visit at least 2x/week: I only went to my gym one time in September... I am NOT about wasting money. So, I need to set foot into my gym at least 2x's a week.
Strength training 2x/week: Still haven't conquered ST, soooo I keep pushing and aiming.
Burn 6000 calories: I'm hoping this goal will help me to not "phone-it-in" during my brief 30 minutes of working out. I want to make those 30 minutes count. If I burn a minimum of 200 calories per workout, I will make this goal. I'm hoping to burn more though. This month I'll be using different machines and trying different higher intensity workouts. I'm curious to find out how much I COULD actually burn in 30 minutes if I pushed myself a little more.
At the end of October I expect a harvest of...
- better habit of exercise/fitness
- glowing skin (from all that water, lol)
- weight loss
- FINALLY being able to get my 10 lb weight loss reward! I'm down 5 for the month of September. So, I've got 5 more to lose and KEEP OFF. That's my self-imposed requirement. I don't want to just lose and gain throughout the month and then reward myself for it. If I lose the remaining pounds in October, it must still be OFF at the beginning of November. THEN, and only then, will I reward myself. (Rewards listed on Sparkpage)
HARVEST TIME!!! Let's go!!!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
I haven't really been active on SP that much lately. I'm sure I'll get back into it at some point. But, honestly, I seem to not have that many active sparkfriends, so I'm not really feeling as much support on here as I used to. And, without the support, it's kind of just a personal blog space. I've really been finding support on Instagram and in a Facebook group that I joined last month. I share my fitness goals, motivations, achievements, and pictures on the special fitness account that I created. If anyone wants to follow me, it's: the_vee_project. But, I have to say, I'm finding the most support and determination within myself. That's new for me. LOL
I'm doing great. I'm definitely staying on track. I've been concentrating on fitness and keeping my activity level up. I can't report any weight loss/gain because I've not been on the scale. I'm pretty much avoiding the scale because I'm on such a fitness high right now. I just don't need any distractions or discouragement. So, I'm trying not to have my every victory be tied to the scale.
I'm participating in a couple of fitness challenges this month. One is an 100-mile challenge that I joined mid-month with a lady from my church. So, I have a lot of miles to get in before the month of July ends. It's tough. But, I'm determined to get it done. All miles (walking, running, elliptical, bike, etc.) count.
I'm also participating in the below wall sit challenge this month with my sister.
I joined that one late as well. But, when I joined I just started at Day 1, so that I would have the same opportunity to build up my endurance as others who started the challenge. I'm on (Friday, July 4) right now. I can say that I'm getting stronger. I remember my legs shaking when I did the sit for 45 secs. Now, I'm up to 01:15. It's been a good challenge.
I've not been using my fitness or nutrition trackers (apps or SP website). I can get a little obsessive about that kind of stuff. So, I'm kind of just using the plate as a guide (half veggies, 1/4 protein, 1/4 carb). I've not had a single green smoothie since I finished the cleanse. LOL That was a lot of greens! LOL But, I still would LIKE to try to have a green smoothie every now and then as a replacement for one meal. I've just not been motivated to do so as of yet. These days, I'm not looking at a clock (timing how often) or a scale (measuring how much) or anything to determine when and how much I am/should eat. I'm just eating when I'm hungry and until satisfied. I'm actually listening to my body. It's just becoming natural and more a part of my life.
I really think this turnaround happened because of the green smoothie cleanse. After I completed that cleanse, my tastebuds and cravings and food desires, just changed. I feel more in control than I ever have been in my life. I'm in a good place.
Friday, June 27, 2014
How many of you have heard of this detox cleanse?? The author was recently on the Steve Harvey Show and The View.
Well, after I saw her on Steve Harvey, I said I would buy the book for my husband for Father's Day. He's been drinking smoothies since the beginning of the year and it's really allowed him to get more fruit and veggies into his diet that he's ever eaten. I've seen positive changes, but I see that he still uses a lot more fruit than he does veggies. So, I wanted to help him go to the next level. But, I was interested in it for myself as well. LOL I had to order it off Amazon because it's sold out in every bookstore!!
Before I added it to his gift bag, I read it myself in secret and I thought that I really wanted to try it for myself. So, the Monday after Father's Day, I went shopping for all the fruit and veggies that I would need for the first 5 days of the cleanse. Every day you just follow the smoothie recipe that's contained in the book. The ingredients are meant to facilitate cleansing of the liver and colon, which also will help jumpstart weight-loss efforts.
I began the cleanse on June 17th, and finished up the 10-days yesterday.
Well, after only 10 days of infusing my body with an onslaught of nutrition by way of green leafy veggies, fruit, nuts, fiber, healthy carbs and protein... I feel FANTASTIC!!! I'm down 9 lbs!!! I went from 194 (6/17) to 185 (6/27). I didn't take measurements, but my clothes tell me I'm down several inches as well. My skin is absolutely radiant! I feel light and fluffy and my sugar and carb cravings are absolutely gone. I'm actually craving more fruits and veggies.
Some days (depending on the greens used) were more challenging than others, and I have to admit the smoothie did not taste so good on those days (for me). But, they were certainly effective in cleansing.
The cleanse is meant to be followed for ONLY 10-days straight. It's a cleanse. It's not a diet. So, it's supposed to jumpstart your weight loss efforts. But, as a way of maintaining healthy weight or continuing to lose, you could drink 1 or 2 GREEN smoothies as a replacement for any meal and then eat 1 or 2 regular clean meals. That you could do indefinitely, provided you just alternate your greens. You, supposedly, could lose the healthy 1-2 lbs weekly by doing that.
I'm not sure that I'm going to do that. I did have one smoothie today as my lunch but that's because I didn't know what I want to have. LOL After not having to really think about that for 10 days, it was kind of hard to decide. LOL But, I did have sauteed spinach and an egg for breakfast this morning. For dinner, I had kale and some baked chicken wingettes that I made. I've continued to have over 64 oz of water daily.
In addition, there is an excellent Facebook support community of folks who are doing the full cleanse (3 smoothies and 2 snacks) and/or the modified cleanse (2 smoothies and 1 meal). The author, herself, is a part of the community and interacts with everyone on there.
The testimonies and pictures shared by people who are doing the cleanse are so encouraging and motivating.
So, I'm just sharing my experience with it just in case any of my sparkfriends wanted to try it.
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