Week 9: Green Smoothies and a Sleep Challenge

Last week: 348lbs

This week: 348lbs

Loss:  0

In six weeks, I am going to NYC for a five-day trip.

When I went last year, I was so frustrated because I couldn’t have the kind of experience I wanted thanks to all my excess weight. Granted, I did a fair amount of walking, but after a couple of days, I was so exhausted that I spent the last two days hanging out in my hotel room reading books and ordering takeout. Who does that when you’re in NYC?

I want this time to be different. So, I am dedicated to making some serious progress within the next six weeks.

First change: I have started going to bed at 11:30PM-Midnight. This is huge. My sleep schedule was so off track these last few weeks. Going to bed at 6AM one day and then getting up at 6AM the next day was wearing down my spirit.

I consider myself a night owl. It really pains to think that I’m missing out on the best, darkest, quietest, most peaceful hours as I sleep through them, but I had to do something. I had to get my sleep in order. I do get up early and experience some quiet before the city wakes up and there’s ongoing noise. I’m grateful for that.

My ordering takeout habit has slowed down. I’m drinking green smoothies more so than juice. They leave me feeling full and energized.

Second change: I’ve started working out more. I told myself that if I do two miles on the treadmill every day for the next 40 days, I am buying an iPad.

The plan for the upcoming week is to do some walks outside. I consider it training for all the walking I will do in NYC.

Photo by: LeSimonPix

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Week 8: Stuck…

Last week: 348lbs

This week: 348lbs

Loss:  0

I feel like the novelty of starting this site and the excitement about devoting so much of my energy to losing weight is wearing off.

This week, the ordering takeout habit continued. The good news is, I’m not back to ordering pizza or anything involving bread or desserts.

It’s such a strange thing. Half the time, I’m making juice and drinking at least two quarts a day. The other half of the time, I’m eating a lot of deep fried foods and craving salt like crazy.

I keep going back and forth in my mind. Should I continue with Weight Watchers? Should I take a break from juicing and drink green smoothies for awhile instead? Should I try something else? I just go around in circles trying to find something that feels right that I can stick to.

I’m still not working out.

Photo by: Cameron Knight

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Week 7: French Fries Did Me In…

Last week: 347lbs

This week: 348lbs

Loss: +1lb

This week, I really got off track.

When it comes down to it, I got too cocky. I was so thrilled at the idea of being in the 340’s, that I went to the grocery store and bought some frozen French fries. That totally threw me off. I ate way too much the night I brought them home and ended up feeling like crap.

You’d think, the next day, I’d back to juicing and eating beans and rice. Instead, I ordered out for takeout (Chinese) and it’s been a downward spiral since then, in a sense.

Also, disappointingly, I haven’t been working out.

 

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Week 6: At Least I Didn’t Eat Cupcakes

Last week: 351lbs

This week: 347lbs

Loss: 4lbs

Food:

This has been a crappy week.

Sure, there has been a weight loss and I am happy and amazed, but I feel like I’ve gotten way off track.

It started Sunday night when I went shopping for cucumbers and came back with them and a bag of frozen French fries, a can of gravy, a box of gluten-free crackers, and a bag of Pop Chips. What’s insane is that I was eating this stuff while I was juicing.

This week, I ordered out for takeout more times than I care to admit. Ugh. I was doing so great in January and hadn’t ordered out for three weeks. Then I talked myself into ordering once and it has become consistent again. It is going to stop. It’s such an expensive habit.

Honestly, thanks to all the green juice I’ve been drinking, when I eat anything takeout (which, these days is mostly Chinese food) within just a few minutes of eating it, it comes out the other end very fast and liquid-y (if you know what I mean).

When I look back on the week, mentally, I was so happy to have lost weight (and finally be out of the 350’s), I kept celebrating with food. I felt good and wanted to feel better. I’ve done this sort of thing before. If I want to continue losing weight without having weeks like this, this behavior has to stop.

Next week, it’s back to beans and rice and raw food.

I’ve gotten so used to juicing everything, that I can’t even remember the last time I actually chewed any fruits or veggies. This week though, I ate two pears and some Clementine oranges. I have some Asian pears I’m eager to eat as well. I hope this is the beginning of a new phase of eating a bit more rather than drinking so much.

Exercise:

Did I mention it was a crappy week?

My sleeping schedule has been thrown completely off track. Every day this week I felt like I was never fully rested and just didn’t have it in me to work out. Starting Sunday, I am getting my sleeping back under control. I’m also starting my 12-Week Workout Experiment.

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Week 5: Back to Normal

Last week: 354lbs

This week: 351lbs

Loss: 3lbs

Quick Update:

I can’t believe I got through a period without chocolate or a cheeseburger. That is a victory within itself.

It was good to see a loss on the scale. For a really long time, I was afraid I couldn’t lose weight at all. At this point, I’ve lost 12lbs. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t mean a lot, but to me, it means so much. It means I have made progress.

I started taking Omega-3 capsules. I know I need to put more Omega-3 into my body. These days, I’m not drinking smoothies (preferring juice instead). It’s in smoothies that I would put hemp seed or flax to get those healthy fats. So, for now, capsules are a good substitute.

Truth be told, I’ve never really stuck to taking any supplements long enough to get a sense if they work or not. I’m not quite sure how to tell if I feel better taking four of these capsules each day.

Exercise has not been going well. I don’t even want to write about it.

 

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Week 4: The Perils of Being a Woman

Last week: 354.5lbs

This week: 354lbs

Loss: 0.5lbs

Food:

Have to be honest, this week I was dealing with PMS and had intense cravings for salt. So, I indulged in tortilla chips, potato chips, and French fries.

The crazy thing is, this would have been the time for me to soothe myself with chocolate, bread (in some form), and beef—all the things I usually crave during PMS. I never did though. I stuck to salty things.

I continued to drink green juice, citrus juice, and green smoothies. I continued to eat beans and rice.

I’m starting to really appreciate how, I have come to notice, eating beans and rice fills me up without making me feel sick and uncomfortable afterward like, say, pizza always did.

I’m not going to beat myself up over the junk food indulgences this week. I know, once my period has ended, things will be back to normal.

Workouts:

As the month ends, I feel a bit frustrated with myself for only working out a handful of times this month. With me, it always seems like I go through three different phases:

-I eat well, but don’t workout

-I workout, but don’t eat well

-I completely check out and don’t workout nor eat well

My hope is that, now that I have spent nearly a month glutten-less, sugar-less, and meat-less that February will be the month I focus on workouts.

I’ll be documenting my workouts on DailyMile.com. I’ll also be posting at the 300+ Club thread and the Walk Away the Pounds thread on the 3 Fat Chicks message board.

Other Things:

I’m not one to take comfort in finding a label for any sort of thing that feels off when it comes to my body. I hate the idea of a medical condition becoming part of my identity.

Having said that, I’m starting to wonder if I suffer from Adrenal Fatigue. Some argue that Adrenal Fatigue isn’t an actual medical condition. I don’t know what to believe. I don’t have all the usual symptoms, but I have enough to make me wonder. Over the years, my horrible eating, lack of exercise, crazy sleep schedule, and holding on to decades worth of anger, I’m sure, has taken its toll on some part (if not all) of my body.

The cool thing is, Adrenal Fatigue can be treated with better lifestyle choices. It’s letting go of the tension I carry from the past and the worry about the future that I just don’t know how to deal with to better help my body.

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Week 3: I Want to Stop Killing Myself with Food

Weigh-In:

Last week: 356lbs

This week: 354.5lbs

Loss: 1.5lbs

Food:

On a scale from 0-10, when it came to eating this week, I was at about a 6.

Most days were on track. I drank a lot of juice. I ate beans and rice. I drank green smoothies.

A habit I’ve had for decades is to always buy some sort of “treat” when I run errands. This week, I had to stop in at Staples then buy a few things at the grocery store. Normally, I’d pick up some chocolate bars at the drugstore and stop for a large chicken burrito as I walked back home.

This time, since I’m not eating gluten, sugar, nor meat, my “treat” choices were limited. While I was at the drugstore, I tried to go for a non-food treat and picked up a bottle of nail polish. It just didn’t feel the same, so I headed for the food section and picked up a bag of Pop Chips. (I love Sour Cream & Onion flavour.)

I felt good about my choice. I ate the bag when I got home. The thing is, the high sodium really got to me. (There’s over 1000mg of sodium in a “share” bag of Pop Chips.) Not only did I become bloated, but I started to seriously crave other salty foods. I ended up ordering out for takeout food—the first time in three weeks—and getting two orders of French fries.

The thing about eating fries is that, in your mind, you remember them tasting awesome. I have to admit, the first 25 or so were pretty good. But when you eat (or drink) a lot of fruits and veggies, you start to get used to the taste of live food. When you eat something cooked—or deep fried—once your mind is satisfied, you start to realize how unnatural fries taste.

Once again, I don’t quite understand why I keep craving potato-related foods. I do know though, I have got to be so much more aware of my sodium intake and be mindful that too much will take me off track.

One other thing…

I had a conversation with my mom about food. She loves baked goods and meat. I try to talk her into eating more fruit or trying green smoothies. She refuses to even consider it.

After I got off the phone, I realized something. My mom doesn’t have the happiest life. Food is the thing that brings her pleasure. I really think she’s biding her time until she dies and is enjoying all the muffins, steak, chocolate, etc she can as she continues on that path.

I can’t judge her. I used to be the same way. Someone once asked me, “Do you really want to live?” I couldn’t answer with a firm “yes”. However, today, I feel like I’m leaning way more toward “yes” than I have in a long time. My fear is that I’ve done too much damage to my body by neglecting for so long that I won’t have the longevity I now want.

I just know I will no longer be killing myself with food.

This week, I’d like to try a three-day liquid feast and drink green juice, citrus juice, and green smoothies.

Workouts:

Honestly, I didn’t work out much this week. I feel like, for the past three weeks, my focus has been more on food.

I have 90 days until I visit NYC. I was going to do a round or Power 90, but, after giving it some thought, I realized I’m not physically ready to do that right now.

So, instead, I’m going to dive into my Leslie Sansone DVD collection and start “walking away the pounds” as well as do strength training every second day.

The thing about Leslie Sansone DVDs, is that I appreciate their simplicity, but after awhile, I tired of Leslie. I’ve read of people who turn down the volume and put music on instead. I may try that.

I will be using a Web site I found recently, DailyMile, to keep track of my workouts.

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