Friday, June 17, 2016

Here we go again...

I just read through my last post that I wrote WAY back in 2015 about doing the vegan cleanse thing.  Welp.  I'm at it again.  But this time I'm prepared with the knowledge of where I went wrong last time and feel like I'm better prepared to success this time around.  Let's go through the 5 questions every good news story needs:

And a photo, just because no one likes to read a post without photos.

What:  I'm going to be doing a vegan "cleanse" again.  Last time I used the Fresh Start 21.  This time, I will be using a combination of the Fresh Start 21(FS21), but I'm also using a lot of recipes from The 22-Day Revolution(22DR).

Who:  Me, myself and I.  But I'm hoping to bring E along for the ride as well.  He will definitely not be going vegan, but said that he will be willing to go vegetarian for the 22-days.  I've also asked that my kids (who are 4 & 2 see for more adorably cute photos of them) that they need to taste a lot of my food, just to see if I can get them on the healthy eating plan as well.  I don't have high hopes, just that they find 2-3 foods through the 22 days that they like that they hadn't tried before.

When:  Monday, June 20th through Tuesday, July 12th

Where:  This one seems silly -- I'll be doing it right here on the blog.  I'm hopeful to do some video diaries, post from photos of my food, and discuss some of the challenges and thoughts throughout the cleanse -- but also post my losses (both weight & measurements).

Why:  I've decided to do this again because I feel like I need to hit the reset button.  Our eating habits aren't the healthiest, even though I love eating fruits and veggies.  Junk food is usually the easiest & fastest to grab.  Also, I don't fit into any of my summer clothes the way that I want to.  I had big aspirations to be able to fit into my shorts before summer.  And while I lost 5 pounds on a dietbet and can get into my summer wardrobe, I still didn't lose those last 5 that would put me comfortable in my clothes.

What I learned from my last cleanse (an overview):  During my last cleanse, I made it through 9 days.  And in those 9 days, I lost 9 pounds and an inch off my midsection.  I felt fatigued and rundown.  I didn't get the energy boost that those who were on the cleanse said they got.  And in retrospect, I know why.  I was in a severe caloric deficit.  Each morning began with a smoothie.  I learned that I don't like smoothies.  And I can't force myself to eat something that I don't like.  I would never be able to finish my breakfast -- most times not even getting half of it gone.  So I basically wasn't getting all the calories that I needed.  Everything else that I ate I loved (except the beet soup).  I never felt hungry while on the cleanse and I always had to push myself to finish all the food on my plate.  In listening to my video diaries that I did, I missed regular food, but didn't have any desire or cravings to eat them.  The only thing that I missed was my coffee.  Severely.  And when I actually tried to cheat on my cleanse, it was with a cup of coffee -- not butter, carbs, or sweets.

Modifications:  I already know that I am making some concessions to see this thing through.  I am not giving up my coffee this time around.  I feel like a single cup of coffee is perfectly acceptable because coffee is vegan.  I take my coffee with a teaspoon of sugar.  I won't be using the sugar, but will be using agave nectar, which I've done before and feel comfortable with.
In looking at the recipes in the 22DR, I feel like I'm going to be using most of their recipes because they all look SOOOO good.  There are some salads from the FS21 that I will be adding in, because they were just too good to pass up.  My only other concern at this point is the fast that the FS21 allowed for two snacks during the day.  I don't see any snacks in the 22DR.  It is quite possible that the 22DR meals are filling enough that snacks aren't required.  I'm going to initially try to skip the snacks and see how things go with 3 squares a day.
I also will be allowing myself two drinks a week (not to be used on the same day).  I may or may not use them through the three weeks.  But I feel like the purpose for the cleanse is a hard reset, not necessarily the toxin removal that the FS21 claims to have as a benefit.  But I feel like if I don't allow myself one or two, I'll want the wine or the beer because I know that I can't have it which seemed to have happened during my last cleanse.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

"V" -- Day #9

My notes and such from the first week of my vegan cleanse.

 Strawberry Fields salad

The Fiesta Bowl

Sweet & Crunchy Salad with my raspberry-mint infused water


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

"V" -- Day #1

My total apologies for being as entertaining as a wet rag.  This "cleansing" shit is hard, yo.

Friday, March 20, 2015

"V" is for Vegan

Hello, Awkwardness (& dirty house) my old friend,
It's nice to talk with you again.

Oh, and also -- it's not called a detox -- it's a cleanse.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Let's Get Waist-ed: Week 10

Last week's weight:  145.0
This week's weight:  143.8
Weekly weight lost:  -1.2
Total weight loss:  -8.6

Not sure how this is working -- but it is!  Breastfeeding a kid that eats all the time works wonders on your waist line!!!!!  Oh, and another thing? 

Hello, pre-pregnancy weight!!!!!!!

 It only took 33 weeks to return to my pre-pregnancy weight.  But finally!  And now to lose some additional weight and inches to reach my goal!  I now have less than 10 pounds and 1 inch to reach my goal by November.  Not sure that I'm going to reach my weight goal, but I am very confident that I will reach my waist goal, which is the big one!

That's all I've got this week...  Catch ya on the flip side... 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Let's Get Waist-ed: Week 9

Last week's weight:  146.4
This week's weight:  145.0
Weekly weight lost:  -1.4
Total weight loss:  -7.4

Sorry I don't have a photo of the scale.  I weighed myself this morning and forgot.  This week has been a real doozy.  Our scale broke on Sunday -- well, okay, by "broke" I mean that it needed a new battery.  And of course, it's only of those crazy small ones that you can't find in the grocery store.

But also this past week, I have just felt in a fog.  I've slacked on certain aspects of my life that I don't normally slack in.  I couldn't figure out which day of the week it was.  I missed a couple of appointments due to not realizing what day it was.  I don't really know what my issue was.  But I have a renewed objective to "get my shit together".

Obviously, I didn't start exercising this week.  And maybe that was my fog issue.   This life shit is hard, yo.  Parenting is especially hard and trying to keep your life together while it revolves around everyone else seems to be even more difficult.  But tomorrow is a new day and I'll take it!

Lots of visions of organization and scheduling and not feeling so slumpy... 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Let's Get Waist-ed: Week 8

Last week's weight:  146.4
This week's weight:  146.4
Weekly weight lost:  -0.0
Total weight loss:  -6.0

So there was no weight loss this past week.  And there was no whole30 begun.  When I really started to look into the "paleo" diet, I realized that it was restricting A LOT of foods.  And with lots of restrictions come lots of failures and beating myself up about falling off the wagon.  I had also read a couple of articles that actually say that it's very easy to take the unhealthy road (meaning lots of meats -- a.k.a. very Atkins-ish).


So my new plan is next week, I'm beginning an exercise routine.  I'm going to begin P90x on Monday.  I have tried that program once before.  I only completed two weeks of it before the train derailed, but I had lost a notch on my belt in that two weeks.  It was before I had kids and I was working full-time, completing the program in the evening when I got home from work.  My goal this time is to get my work-out in first thing in the morning, so I have no excuses.

I am also going to cut out a lot of my sugar intake.  I'm not going to cut it out completley.  I need my sugar in my coffee (as I don't use creamer), I take my coffee black with a teaspoon of sugar.  But I'll be cutting back on the amount of sugar that I use.  Also, there is sugar in beer and I don't know if I want to give up my daily pumpkin beer (of lately).  So I am going to use my old rule -- no food that contains sugar in the first three ingredients.

Wish me luck!