Decisions, decisions…

Well, here it is…the end of Day 3 of my juice fast. I started out with intentions to fast for 7-10 days. Now I’m not sure what to do. Here’s what I’m thinking:

1. As of this morning (2 days of fasting) I was already down almost 5 lbs. This is fantastic! I am now in the 180s. I’m guessing I will be down some more when I weigh in tomorrow morning. I was hoping to use this time to jump-start some losing…and that’s obviously happening.

2. I have not had a lot of the “side-effects” that many seem to have such as headache, feeling sick, body aches, fatigue, etc. I believe much of the reason for this is that I have already cleaned up my eating habits quite a bit in the last 6 months. I’m thinking that I didn’t have as much detoxing since I’ve not been eating much processed food, dairy, eggs, meat, etc.

3. I do feel much better. I feel a lot less bloated.

4. I’m ready to eat…and what do I want to eat? I want a big plate of veggies and maybe some quinoa or beans or something. So, at least I’m not craving junk!

5. A small factor: I’ve juiced a majority of the produce I bought earlier this week. And that gets EXPENSIVE!

Okay, so I don’t want to be a quitter. I really went into this not knowing what to expect. I’ve read about the experiences of others, but each person is different. Right? Well, I really feel like I’ve done a good job at sticking with this. It has made me realize how hung up on eating I have become. Some days I get tired of thinking about food, but also eat more than my fair share. I realize that I do a lot more grazing than I think I do.

I am proud of the ways that I have changed what I’ve been eating over the past 6 months. Again, this is something I never, EVER thought I could (or would) do! I am proud that I have done 3 days of a juice fast! I don’t really feel like a quitter, I guess. Just changing the plan…which was not something that was set in stone anyway.

I can honestly say that I don’t want to quit because I’m hungry. Yes, I’ve been hungry more often than usual, but that is actually a good feeling once in a while. I don’t mind the juice. It’s not extremely tasty, but it’s not horrible either. I suppose I just feel like this has done my body good and that I’m ready to go back to eating healthy. I’ve realized some areas where I need to be careful, so I will continue to work on that.

I will probably do a juice fast every so often…maybe just for a day or two. I may even replace a meal here and there with juice. I am ready to go back to eating right and I think I will enjoy that food now even more than I did before.

Can you tell I’m sort of trying to convince myself here? I need to just make up my mind and get on with it. I do have juice made for breakfast…or maybe I will drink that now (I’m rather hungry). And then I will just ease back into eating. Smaller meals, that are mostly veggies for now.

Weigh-in Wednesday

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My weight today was 195.2. That number is soooo ugly!!!! This surprised me this morning because all week I have been 193 or so. Not sure what I did yesterday that made it jump, but I guess that’s just more incentive to work hard this week!

I have got to get out of the 190’s. I have been hanging around in there for far too long! I’m thankful to be out of the 200 range, but this is still not a good range to be in.

I’m trying to remind myself how good it felt when I was down 35 lbs. How much more energy I had, the fact that my knees and feet didn’t hurt as much, and how I had more confidence in myself. I’m ready to get back to that feeling!

Vegan Blueberry Bundt Cake

I have been following Happy Herbivore’s blog for a few months. I have really enjoyed her posts. Her recipes use ingredients that are not hard to find. Another great thing about her recipes is that they don’t have a mile-long ingredient list.

I recently ordered her newest cookbook Happy Herbivore Abroad: A Travelogue and Over 135 Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes from Around the World I have bookmarked quite a few recipes that I want to try. The first one I tried was the Blueberry Bundt Cake. It was super simple, mixed up quickly and tasted delicious. I love the orange glaze that goes on top. I may even add a bit of orange juice and orange zest to the batter next time.

Blueberry Bundt Cake

Blueberry Bundt Cake

I think this would also be good with cranberries in place of the blueberries. Be sure to check out the other recipes in this wonderful cookbook.

New Year

Well, it’s that time of year again. Everyone is busy making resolutions. I have to be honest…I didn’t really make any resolutions this year. I usually do the typical “I need to lose weight”. However, I’ve been working on this plant-based stuff for several months now, so basically I just want to continue on with that. I still need to do some tweaking and make more improvements, but I’m on my way.

I’m going to try to get back to blogging here. I guess that is a resolution. I will try to do some brainstorming about some ideas for posts.

So…here’s to a New Year. New Food. New Me!

Speaking of new….

I tried this recipe tonight (and will share more info in the near future)

Blueberry Bundt

Plant-based diet

I’m trying again. I’m trying something I NEVER EVER, EVER, EVER thought I could do. I NEVER thought I could go without eating meat. Now, I’m not a huge fan of steaks, but I do love some good chicken or pork or burgers or tacos. Who in their right mind could go without eating meat??? Well, I guess I am no longer in my right mind. Ha! Not only have I stepped into the vegetarian realm, but I’ve gone even farther and working on a vegan diet!!! Vegan, you ask. I was never quite sure about what that meant either.

A vegetarian usually eliminates meat (or sometimes just red meat), but a vegan eliminates all animal products…dairy (including cheese, sour cream, butter, etc), meat and eggs. Some vegans even leave out honey. It’s a lot of eliminating, and something I didn’t think I could do.

Then I was told about a documentary called Forks Over Knives and it changed my mind. So much of what they said made sense.

I have been trying to eat a whole-foods, plant-based diet for just over a week and I am astonished that it hasn’t been that bad. You know how it goes when someone tells you that you shouldn’t eat something or when a diet “outlaws” something…carbs, sugar, etc. Well, I have to say that I really have not missed eating meat. Crazy! I haven’t missed the other things too much either. I haven’t been eating tons of cheese because it is high in points, I rarely use milk (just if I eat a bowl of cereal).  The biggest struggle is wanting to bake something and not being sure what ingredients to substitute. Most recipes for cookies, cakes and such call for butter and eggs…hmmm. That will take some practice and trying new recipes.

Tonight as I made supper for my family–who are NOT interested in plant-based–I was cutting up some cooked pork chops and popped a bite in my mouth. I chewed it for a moment and then spit it out. It didn’t gross me out or anything, I just decided that I didn’t really want it.

I’ll try to post about how things are going.

Oh…and in less than a week I had already lost 3 lbs!!! My weigh-in day is tomorrow so we’ll see what is happening.

Have you ever considered a major change in the way you eat?

Weigh-in Wednesday and more

Yes, I know, it’s not Wednesday, but I have been really bad about getting my weigh-ins updated in the last month or two. So thought I would update it a bit today.

I am currently down to 171 (home scale). My last weigh-in at WW was last Wed. and I weighed in at 173.4. I missed several weeks of WW in June and July due to being out of town or just not being able to make it to the meeting. The weight is slow coming off in the last few months, but my eating habits haven’t been very good either (and of course lacking in the exercise dept.). I thik some of it is also that I have become a bit content in where I’m at right now. It’s not where I want to be long term, but I have lost enough weight to wear smaller clothes and I’ve bought some new things to wear. I’ve lost enough that I have gained a lot more self confidence again. It feels wonderful to finally not be so concerned with how I look. Again, I’m not skinny, but much improved over where I was.

I could stand to lose another 20-30 pounds and still be within my healthy weight range for my height. I’ve said throughout this weight loss that I would like to be down to 145-150 pounds, but I’m not set on just the numbers. If I get to 160 or whatever and find that I am happy with that, then that is fine with me.

I still love the idea of Clean Eating, but have not been doing very well at it. Still improved over how I used to eat, but also have quite a ways to go.

Migraines

Friends and family probalby know that I get migraines. I get whiny when I get them, I try not to but HOLY COW they HURT!!! And I’ve been told (3 times) by my OB that I have a high pain tolerance. Anyway, these boogers usually show up about once a month, if not twice! However, it has been just over a month since I last had a migraine. Probably more. I have taken my meds 2 times in that time, thinking that I was getting one, but each of those times only one pill was required and that was the end of it. Normally, the migraine lasts 2-3 days and I take 2-3 pills in that time. Along with ice packs and whining and lying in bed.

So…what’s different. Well, the main thing I think of is that I have had no pop (maybe a sip here or there, but not a whole glass) since July 8 and no coffee (caffeine) since July 11. I have been drinking just water…oops…I did have a glass of sassafrass tea while at a local festival. I have also been trying to Eat Clean. I am not ovelry successful in that, but have improved quite a bit.

I’m so excited to have gone this long without them. I would love for it to continue….FOREVER…but I don’t really expect that to be the case. We’ll see.

Not so clean

Well, this was a not very clean day of eating…and not a good WW day either (although I wasn’t tracking my points). And do you know what? I can feel it. I’m sleepier, I have the munchies and just don’t feel as good as I have on the days when I stick closer to the plan. I forgot how much eating clean keeps the munchies at bay. Yet another reason to do my best to stick to the plan.

I’m hoping to make it to my WW weigh in this week. Seems like forever since I’ve been there. I suppose that is because I only made it to one meeting in July.

BTW…this is my 100th post on the blog. Hehe!

Eating clean(ish)

I mentioned in my last post that I was trying to implement the Eat Clean plan. I am still not hardcore, but I’ve been trying to do it as much as possible. I really can tell a difference when I eat like I should. I feel better overall.

I also have one of the Eat Clean cookbooks and have tried a few recipes from that. They are pretty tasty. I have more that I plan to try when I have the ingredients and time. I should also be receiving the Eat Clean for Family and Kids book soon.

July ended up being a crazy month and my weight is still hanging around in the same vicinity it has been for quite some time. I spent 12 days or so (June 28-July 8) in KY, came home for just over a week and then headed back to KY for a week (Dave’s grandma passed away).  So, all in all, I am pleased that I did not end up with a big gain. However, I am more than ready to hop into the 160s. I have been so close a  few times and then go back up a bit.

I reallly need to get back to exercising…I know that would make a HUGE difference!

I’m hoping to have more time and brainpower to post some more info on eating clean. If someone had told me a year or so ago that I would even be considering, let alone, doing this I would have laughed at them. It just proves how far you can come in a short amount of time.

Vacation is over

Our 3 boys and I spent about 12 days in Western KY at my in-laws’ house. We had a great week! My MIL eats pretty healthy food and it was great to have meals I could eat without worrying too much about too many points. I started out well with my tracking and then slacked off. Overall, I did pretty well at not eating too much. It helped that she doesn’t have much snacky and/or sweet stuff…so no temptations there.

Someone told her about the Eat Clean Diet while I was there and she purchased the book. I began reading it while there and just finished it (bought my own copy when I got home) tonight. It sounds like a great way of eating. I’m trying to implement it a bit already. Not hardcore at this point but trying to slowly make those changes.

Well, just thought I should check in a bit and I will try to get my weigh in posted this week. (Didn’t weigh in the last 2 weeks because of being gone).