Well, I made it through the 10-day Shred and lost all of the weight I had gained back plus one. And I feel better, too!
I think I am learning that smaller meals, especially when some of them are liquid, really works for me.
Now, I need to put together a meal plan that will work! Smaller meals that I can enjoy, that are infused w/ as much comfort as possible. :)
I can't tell you how relieved I am to have lost the 8 pounds so quickly!! It will help me keep going through the remaining 8 days of the Shred10 I'm participating in. Fingers crossed I lose a pound a day until it's over.
That's my goal weight! But even if I don't lose another pound, as long as I don't gain any, I will be back within the healthy weight range for my age and height. That's a relief, too!
I have to confess that my greatest fear was that this weight gain was the beginning of gaining all of the 80 pounds I loss. I am determined not to do that! And so far, it's working.
Here's What I've Been Eating
I tried to make the past two days mostly liquid, and I have the detox symptoms to prove it! I have had 2 Juice Plus pea protein shakes each day, 1-2 servings of collard greens, lima beans or baked beans and one serving of oatmeal each day. I also drank 1-2 cups of herbal tea.
I have had a fever yesterday and today, it feels today like I am getting a sinus infection and I have had some kidney stress and higher blood pressure (though still within an okay range). They say when you detox, you often will have symptoms from past illnesses. Well, it's official.
But for the next 8 days, I am going to ease up on the liquid. More veggies, possibly an extra serving of oatmeal, maybe only one protein shake or one cup of tea. Not sure. I will feel my way with it.
Wish me more luck!
The last time I used that image, I was excited to announce that I was within the healthy weight range for my age and weight. That was no longer true the other day when I weighed myself!
I knew I was planning to do a 10-day Shred and try to stop the gradual weight gain that seemed to be happening about 2-3 pounds at a time. Why I thought that meant I could splurge on anything I wanted to eat in the meantime is beyond me!!
Cheese pizza. Lots of kettlecorn and tortilla chips and butter bread almost every day. My appetite has increased, that's true, but I wish I'd bought more veggies instead of eating so much comfort food.
I'm all about finding a way to include it, especially for those of us who tend to overeat, have some kind of trauma in our backgrounds and have a habit of eating emotionally. Drastic changes are hard to sustain, and I have never intended to, but I did overeat, emphasize comfort food above anything else, and the scale at Kroger's shows it.
So, this week, I am drinking two protein shakes a day, eating veggies and drinking tea. And that's about it! I am hoping it will break the spell of eating all the comfort food.
And help me lose the 10+ pounds I gained back. I'll keep you posted!
I know I said I was taking a blogging rest, and I am, but I had to come clean about what is happening, and give myself the support of accountability while I try to fix it.
Wish me luck!
Here's What Happened
It started like this: My son left to spend a couple of weeks with his father. I felt like I was on vacation and I ate like it, too.
My birthday did happen during that time, but I ate like I was celebrating the entire time! Not just apple pie a la mode with whipped cream, lemon cake and a cookie, but also kettlecorn, tortilla chips. tea with milk every day and almost no veggies whatsoever.
In the beginning, I actually lost 3 pounds but before it was over with, I had gained them back plus one. Sheesh! I also got bloated and my resting heart rate has gone up a bit.
I really screwed up!! But I had fun (LOL.)
And Here's What I'm Going to Do about It
Sigh. Can you believe I did all that? The scary thing is that it doesn't want to budge!!
So, I plan to do another reset. I'm going to take a few days and drink protein shakes and tea, and get rid of the crap that's hanging around.
Wish me luck!
Popping back in just to share this video! If you are vegetarian already or are thinking about shifting to a vegetarian diet, this video will be encouraging. I enjoyed the reminder, myself. :)
I am going to take some time to think through what I want to do with this blog. I am still settling into vegetarian eating but I am going to need to make a shift because the call of comfort food is starting to be louder than the call to use food as medicine and work toward continued healing.
I need to figure out what to do about that, but also, how best to be of service here at the blog. I think helping comfort food lovers to lose weight may be part of it, but there are other ideas I will be meditating on and seeking guidance about so I can get some clarity about where to go with the blog.
Hopefully, I will pop in to say hello, and let you all know how things are going, but if I don't, once I get clear, I'll be right back to tell you what I'm planning.
Love you guys!
Since the last time I checked in here about weight loss, I have lost about 7 pounds. I've lost about 80 pounds altogether. And today, I found out by checking with my new best friend, Google, that I am within the healthy weight range for my height and age.
I am open to losing another 8-10 pounds but I love the idea that not only could I stop after that, but I also could decide to stop now if I would like.
To be honest, I have met my "weight loss goal" several times already, because I keep lowering it. The last time I intentionally lost a large amount of weight like this, I did the same thing. But I think this time, I am about ready to stop.
I hope to continue to feel better and look better by exercising. My son has started taking walks and I would like to join him.
I also want to try yoga again. I start it and go for a bit and then, for whatever reason, don't continue. But I want to try again. Meanwhile, I do have a rebounder right here in my home, so I can get back to that whenever I want.
And the other thing I hope will continue is eating better. I still crave comfort food sometimes, and still am trying to "comfort-ify" the healthy food I already like. I am thinking about protein shakes, primarily because if I can make them taste like milkshakes, they will be treats that won't hurt me and can replace my late-night snack and help with my low blood sugar by giving me something I can eat quickly & easily as soon as I get up.
What's Your Healthy Weight Range?
"The thing to remember, experts say, is that there is a range of healthy between overweight and underweight—even for the 'average' 5-foot-4-inch woman."
~How to Find Your Healthiest Weight on Health.com
I am happy to discover that you can be considered healthy at higher weights based on age. But being healthy, in general, obviously, is the most important criteria, and it's always good idea to talk it over with your health practitioner to decide for sure.
Have you landed on your own healthiest weight goal?
See you next time?
Last week was SO busy, as my son and I tried to finish in time for the start of June, that by the time June arrived we were both tuckered out. And now, it feels like I am on vacation!
A staycation, if you will. So I thought of you guys, and the blog posts I should write, but just could not get around to them. I think I might have one more blog post in me this week, and then I hope I can get back to normal.
I've been reading novels, watching movies, and sleeping late. I even went to Panera Bread with my mom and loved the broccoli cheese soup, the baguette and the lemon drop cookie. At home, I have been eating very casually: oatmeal, sandwiches, soups and bread with butter.
How's the beginning of summer going for you?
See you next time!
My son and I are hard at work this week trying to finish up with homeschooling for the year. This is always our catch-up month and we always end up rushing just a bit to get it all done.
So I'm taking the week off from the blog so we can get it done before the weekend. We may also need a couple of days next week, but then I'll be back here as quickly as possible.
What I Will Wear: My Style Challenge Wardrobe Plan
I am in love with this style system! ...
It's called Fantastical Beauty, and it is the brainchild of Kati Moore. She has created a system with 9 main style archetypes and several subtypes within each main one that are based on fantasy concepts.
For example: angel, maenad, seer, mermaid, dragon princess and more.
Starting on June 19th, the challenge will go for ten days and involves choosing an archetype to try. Each day, participants will wear one outfit that they have chosen to represent the archetype they picked.
I intend to participate and am excited about trying to create the capsule wardrobe dedicated to the type that resonates most for me. The archetype I am choosing is called Cupcake Princess and is a subtype of Dragon Princess, one of the 9 primary archetypes.
This Polyvore set I created represents dream outfits based on my understanding of Cupcake Princess and another subtype I identity with, Siren, which is a subtype of Seer.
Mind you, you only fully know an archetype if you buy a guide for it. I have the Dragon Princess guide and she does mention Cupcake Princess, but it does not yet have its own guide. So, fingers crossed, I will at least appropriate her vision for it (and mine.)
If you want to give it a try yourself, there's still time. Go to her website at http://www.katilmoore.com.
See you soon!
I truly cannot wait to try this!! Even my son has agreed to give it a try. It comes from Decorated Cookie, and here's a video demonstrating how to make them.
Does that not sound absolutely yummy? If you try it, too, let me know in the comments what you think.
It would make a great breakfast recipe and it certainly is a simple, easy vegetarian comfort food recipe, which is what I share here every week (or as often as possible.)
See you next time!
The Weight Scare
Not even a whole week later, I weighed myself again, and the scale showed a 6-pound weight gain!! I was both worried and upset, as you might imagine.
All my thoughts came back about how hard it is for me to keep the weight off, and I got scared that this was the beginning of gaining it all back!
All I could think to do drink more water and pray it would work itself out.
By the end of that week, I couldn't stand it anymore. I hadn't given myself enough time to lose all 6 pounds, but I at least wanted encouragement that it would be okay.
But I got lucky! They were all gone & I was back to the weight from the week before.
The Water Trick
"The group that loaded up on water lost about three more pounds than the group that didn’t up their water intake. And the more they drank, the better the results; people who drank 16 ounces before every meal lost about 4.3 kg, or 9 pounds, over the course of the experiment." ~Time.com
I have learned two things about how to drink water for better or more weight loss: first, that drinking 16 ounces of water or more at one time increases your metabolism, so you could do that right before you eat each meal and/or snack. And second, that if you drink at least half your weight in ounces of water, your body will be in a better position to release the weight.
But I learned more after reading an article in Women's Health Magazine.
It also helps you empower your workouts, helps you know when you really are hungry but then helps you feel satisfied sooner when you do sit down to eat, and will help you recover from your mid-afternoon slump. That article also referenced the study from the first quote above and mentioned that the woman connected to it makes her clients download an app so they can keep track of how much they are drinking.
I couldn't find it when I went looking this time, but I read an article months ago that suggested you could lose up to 0 pounds a week just from drinking half your weight every day. I've been trying to do it ever since and though, I have never lost quite that much in one week, I do believe it kept me from gaining weight during times when I had stopped trying to lose.
And I believe that right before the 6-pound scare, I was not quite drinking enough water. And I knew it! It was the first thing I thought of after seeing that weight gain.
At the time, for some reason, I was only getting in 6 or 7 glasses each day. I thought I could slide by, but maybe not.
To learn more, check out the video below.
So what about you? Has drinking water (or not) made a difference in how much weight you lost?
See you next time!
"When you are acquiring new pieces for your wardrobe, you should do it with intention and a plan, just as you would in any other aspect of your business. We have already created your Signature Style Manifesto & have made a list of pieces your wardrobe is missing. The next step is to decide where to look for those pieces & by when you need to have them."
~Rachel Nachmias, The Face of Your Business
I wanted to wear purple. In fact, that dress, which I was planning to order when I had that wish, would have been perfect!
Instead, I grabbed the purple leggings that are now one size too big, and the green pullover that truthfully, is poorly made and doesn't really flatter me. Its end is uneven, but it cost less than $10, so what are you gonna do?
My wardrobe is in transition.
That quote leaves out budget restraints & the need to keep wearing what no longer works until the transformation is complete. So, gradually, I am replacing my current wardrobe with a better one.
But until that process is complete, there may be more posts like this one, where I just can't make myself show an entire full-body picture of myself. Soon, though, I hope to be modeling some new "wonderfuls" for you!
What I've Been Eating
As I began the transition to becoming a vegetarian, I read a lot of information about how to go plant-based.
One author, Dr. John McDougall, in his book, The Starch Solution, gave me permission to eat the same thing over and over again if I really like it. And I gave permission to myself to eat comfort food, and add better veggies or whatever else I think is missing, later.
So I have been eating a lot of bread and rice. In fact, most of my meals start there and then I add beans or green veggies. Occasionally, I eat pasta or chili with beans. But the easiest, go-to things are rice and bread, my staples, and then, I think about what else I want to add.
The surprise is that is working! And working well. I'm still losing weight, my resting heart rate has dropped almost 30 points, I am no longer constipated and my ankles are un-swelling.
I have lots of plans to branch out and try more and develop a bigger repertoire, so to speak. But it will unfold gradually. And meanwhile, I'm doing well.
See you next time!
"I believe the consumption of animal products is a spectrum, with vegetarians and vegans being reducetarians, too—it’s just that they have reduced their consumption of animal products so effectively that they eat very little or none at all. Plus, those who reduce their meat consumption are more likely to become vegetarian, and those who become vegetarian are more likely to become vegan." ~ Brian Kateman
About ten years ago, I decided to give up meat for Lent. I wasn't Catholic, but had sometimes chosen that period of time to try to change bad habits. and this time, I decided to experiment with giving up meat. If it worked well, I'd stick with it.
But what I remember most about that time was how miserable I was! I had decided to allow myself fish, so I ate lots of tuna subs and sandwiches, but I desperately missed hamburger, pizza with sausage and pepperoni, and bacon.
On Easter, I spent the entire day trying to make up for what I missed, eating as many different meats as I could and felt the urgency of getting to them as quickly as possible. Have you ever felt that sense of urgency about getting back a food you had avoided.
I decided that day that I would never become vegetarian because I just couldn't hack it. And now that I have become vegetarian, I have been thinking about what made it different for me this time, now that it is working for me.
This article about reducetarianism reminded me of that time so many years ago. I felt trapped by the rules!
And this time, my goal is vegetarian eating, and I haven't really missed meat that much, but if at some point, I start to crave a sausage-and-pepperoni pizza, I will probably have one. Or at least a slice of one.
The other thing that's different is that I have tried to stack the deck with vegetarian comfort food I knew I would enjoy. So I am not just giving something up temporarily while waiting for time to pass so things can go back to normal.
Because I had some worry about whether or not this would stick, I planned meals that I could count on wanting to eat again and again.
Would that work for you?
This week, there is no recipe post, and this post is only going to offer meal ideas or suggestions, but for meals that are so simple, you can easily make them without recipes. If you are not ready to commit to going vegetarian, but you would like the health benefits of reducing the amount of animal products you eat, think of how many different ways you could prepare & eat the following...
I have found that I love chili with beans instead of hamburger. And I eat meals with rice and baked beans and really enjoy that, too.
Just this morning, I watched an episode of Pioneer Woman and got the idea to upgrade ordinary cheese pizza by adding a tomato pesto sauce and now, I can't wait to try it.
And I'm not done! There are many more variations I intend to try.
What about you? Just as a start.
See you next time!
I'm a certified holistic health practitioner, healer and health coach & I have lost almost 90 pounds!!
It's really a miracle because I love comfort food!! In fact, right now, I am a test case for expIoring how much & what kinds of comfort food I can eat and still lose or maintain weight.
I'm sharing my journey & helping others trying to change what they are eating or lose weight without having to give up the food they love.
And right now, I am taking a break to meditate on where this blog will go next. See you soon!
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