Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Monday, March 19, 2012
Right now, in addition to my eating, I am really focusing on my last month of my training program. I cant wait to share my before and after photos with you all. I have come such a long way. Its amazing how far this journey has taken me in just a short amount of time. I feel energized, and as though there is hope I will actually achieve goals I honestly never thought Id achieve. Do you all have any recipes you could share for clean eating? Of course, Id love to see some vegan options, but that isn't required. Post below!!
Tomorrow I have an intensive workout scheduled at the gym, then tomorrow evening I have a date to run 7 miles. Definitely going to sleep well tomorrow night!
Ok, folks, I am officially back.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
So, that seems to be all that's going on here right now. I have family coming this weekend and I am a little nervous about eating well while they are here because they love to eat out as much as I do! I am praying for the ability to make good healthy choices! ALSO, tomorrow is my official week 3 end weigh in! Get excited!! I am. I cant wait to see how much I am down! Stay tuned for that. Good night all!
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Just had to share my dinner with y'all. 100% whole wheat tortillas, black beans, onion, corn, peppers, diced chilis all inside the tortilla. On top I put both fresh salsa and guacamole. Omg, so delish!!!!
I also had a salad, to include romaine, carrots all shredded up, red onions, cucumbers, celery, and my fave sweet onion and basil dressing from whole foods. I call dinner a success.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Friday, February 24, 2012
Now, let me talk just a bit about TRUE hunger. Once we can move through the withdrawal phase successfully we are able to recognize what TRUE hunger feels like. True hunger, apparently, begins in your throat. Your sense of taste heightens, and your salivary glands will be more active. I wondered if this was just something Dr. Furhman made up so I Googled it (my most reliable resource ;). I found from multiple sources (unrelated to Dr. Furhman) that this is, indeed, true. Although I have yet to feel this true hunger in my throat, much of my withdrawal symptoms have faded and I am hoping to soon experience true hunger.
Now, let me update you on where I am in this journey. My first full week ended Wednesday night. I weighed Thursday morning and found that I have lost 3.1 pounds. Let me be honest. I was disappointed. I expected to jump on the scale and see an 8 pound difference. So after weighing and feeling disappointed in myself, I had to take a sec for a reality check. I said "Jenny! you lost 3.1 pounds in a WEEK! Why the heck are you disappointed??!" Then I responded with, "Wow, you're right! That's great! What if you do that every week for a month?! That would be 12 pounds lost! Better still, what if you do that for 6 weeks?? That would be 18 pounds lost! How amazing is that?!" Ok. So the sadness is gone. So happy with my results at this point! Bringing me to the biggest achievement, making it a whole week without cheating. I did it. So freaking proud right now. I'm beaming.
In other news, my magical Ninja food processor/blender showed up on my doorstep this week. I have been so excited about getting this for making smoothies, dressings, whatever else I may feel compelled to process or blend. However, before I could even use the dang thing, I managed to cut the end of my texting thumb off on the blades while washing it. Man, I really thought the blood would never stop. Anyway, finally got it washed and blended the best green smoothie ever! I pretty much stick to the same recipe everyday (spinach, kale, flaxseed, strawberries, blueberries, banana). I feel pretty good at this point. I am feeling less hungry between meals and not craving the junk food like I was. The biggest change for me I've noticed is in the evenings I feel more energized. I haven't needed the afternoon coffee just to make it to bedtime. This has truly been a blessing for me and I am so thankful for my decision to go with this. Everyday I have success makes it harder to turn back and I pray it continues. Thank you so much for reading. All the positive notes really boost my morale :)
The All Star basketball game is on tonight, so I'm going to close out on that note.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Let me back up to yesterday. I have to say again that the last couple of days have been hard for me. I exercised hard night before last in a hot gym, wearing too many clothes and overheated on the treadmill. I woke up with a killer headache I haven't been able to shake. I felt nauseated all day yesterday. The last thing I wanted to eat was a cold salad. Blahhh!! My buddy Lorie came over after our morning gym workout and let me fix her lunch, too see what the hype was all about. I made her a salad of romaine lettuce, topped with onions, bell peppers, black beans, fresh salsa, and tahini dressing. We also ate the last of my steamed green beans from the previous night topped with tahini dressing. She added some chicken to hers since she isn't going the vegan route. She loooved it! I was so happy! I did feel incredibly full after lunch, as did she!
I am praying hard today since I am struggling so much. Lorie pointed out to me yesterday that this is the longest she has ever known me to go without eating fast food. 6 days, people! That is flipping SAD! However, this is truly the longest I have ever gone eating well, and without cheating with anything illegal! I have clearly not been able to make this happen for myself alone before, so I am certain that with the help from God and my family and friends I can push through this. My mom tells me the hard times will pass. We shall see.....
Monday, February 20, 2012
Moving right along. Since this journey began one of my major issues was how I could possibly make all this healthy food taste good. That has definitely been a problem with some of my concoctions so far. BUT, tonight I did come up with something that I really enjoyed eating! My mom gave me a recipe for a dressing made from tahini (ground up sesame seed), lemon juice, some spice and a bit of water, which I made. I cooked up a pan of black beans, green bell pepper, tomato, and a bit of fresh salsa with brown rice. I also steamed up some fresh green beans and poured this dressing all over both dishes and shabaam! Loved it! As day 5 comes to a close, I feel so proud of myself for finally making a change. It has not been easy, and I have to pray everyday for strength and the want to continue. If any of you reading are considering this lifestyle but just not sure you have the fight in you to make it work, let me suggest you read Made to Crave by Lisa TerKeurst. It was really here in this book that I found the inspiration to seek out what was right for me.
Sunday, February 19, 2012
I am having mixed feelings at this point over this eating plan. Its tough to think that this will be life. Although I finished reading the book, and it says to follow a 90/10 eating rule; eating well 90% of the time and 10% (one meal weekly) cheating. 1 bad meal followed by 20 good ones shouldn't undo all my hard work. Of course, once Ive made it to the 6 week point I may love my body and the way I feel so much that I may not WANT to cheat! We shall see....
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Most of you that will read here, I am sure, are probably here because I commanded you to do so in an effort to hold me accountable. Whatever your reason for reading, I am glad you are. I need this journey to be documented, again, for mostly my accountability, but also in hope that I can reach out to someone who has found their self in my shoes at the point I made the decision to Eat to Live.
I was recommended Eat to Live, by Joel Fuhrman by my mom. She is a vegan, and I consider her a valuable resource for nutrition. Initially my primary reason for my want to make changes in my diet is the realization that to be fit, truly fit, I would have to face my greatest addiction head on and make some real life changes. I love food. I love eating it. I love the social aspect of eating with someone else, or I can do it all alone. I've always heard that "you cant eat that way forever, it will catch up with you," phrase that I thought would never come true; it did. Back to the book. I have been reading, for some time now, about the benefits of "clean eating" and the correlation between diet and disease. I also recently read a book about the paleo diet and seriously considered this route as well. Dr. Fuhrman's book is so well written and so many legitimate studies are cited throughout the book. The evidence clearly states that if you eat whole, healthy foods you WILL lose weight (quickly) and protect your body as well as possible from certain cancers as well as diseases of the heart. Sounds pretty appealing? It does to me! Id love to stay here on this earth with my family as long as possible, and pass on as much knowledge of healthy lifestyle to my girls as I can! So, the breakdown of my diet and what I will be doing the next 6 weeks; goal of 1 pound of raw veggies per day, 1 pound of cooked veggies per day, at least 1 cup of beans/legumes per day, flaxseed, at least 4 fresh fruits per day, 1 serving of 100% whole grains per day, as well. Oh, and no snacking between meals, and of course my supplements. Sounds easy enough, right? HA!
Today, Saturday is my 3rd full day of eating on the plan. So Thursday was my first day, and I thought I was going to starve. Literally thought I would starve to death come 2pm. I made it, though. Friday morning I was proud of myself for having made it through the previous day, so I was ready to hit it hard. By 3pm I was detoxing so hard from all the sugars and processed stuff I'm so terribly addicted to I thought, "I CANT DO THIS"!!! So I cheated and ate a banana before dinner. OOPS! Again, though, I made it. Today was day 3, and a good bit easier. I actually realize, i think, that will not die if I dont have a candy bar or a slice of pizza. Yes, the food doesn't taste as amazing as a cheeseburger would, but it will keep my heart healthy and with commitment, provide longevity! I am eating "green smoothies" for breakfast, which consist of spinach, kale, frozen fruits (strawberries, blueberries, bananas), flaxseed, and water all blended up. They are actually my favorite meal of the day. I am eating a lot of salads too. Garbanzo beans are really delish on a salad! My mom gave me some recipes for some legal dressings that include lemon juice and unsweetened almond milk as well as tahini, that make the salads and veggies edible! So, tomorrow I will keep pressing on!
Now, I would like to say this; I am doing a workout plan found on http://www.bodybuilding.com/. My compadre Lorie and I are currently in our 6th week of strength training and cardio. Im hoping that combing the eating plan with my current workout plan I will see some amazing changes in my body over the next months. Id love to be able to proudly wear a bikini again! I suppose this novel will suffice for my first entry. I really have so much more Id like to say, but I'm getting evil looks from the hubs over there in the recliner. Until, tomorrow......