Sunday, March 27, 2016

4th Week of March Update

This week has been a kinda blah week. I have stuck with the 7 Day Flush the Fat Away meal plan. I only lasted until Thursday night where I added some turkey sausage in with the lentil & kale soup. I looked at all  my days on this vegetable and bean based diet and the carbs make up 70% of my daily calories. I don't know how people are vegan and stay small. My body just does not like that many carbs in a day. I do think it helped detox my system a tad with just all the great veggies and fruits that are chopped full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory characteristics. I think if I decide to do this again I will stick to just 3-4 days.

Workouts were not consistent at all. I started off the week with a workout then my energy just sunk! I actually drank some Jack3D on Tuesday and still didn't have the energy to workout. Wednesday was the same thing. I think a lot had to do with the fact that my office was so darn cold those days. The highest it got in the office was 62 degrees. I think being cold all day just zapped me of any energy.

Friday was a day off for me and due to not being in an icebox of an office I had energy to do my workout. I think when you are shivering all day sitting at a desk you just lose any ounce of energy.

My week started off strong, but by mid-week I had no energy. Saturday was a total bust but today is new and I am back at it.

Breakdown of March 20th to 26th:

I did not weigh in last week so I am going off my last weigh in on the 12th. I was at 181 on the 12th and today I am 180.5 so just a half pound loss. It could have been more since I did not weigh in on the 19th. Lack of exercise and eating a higher carb diet kept me from losing weight. But I can say I feel as if the clean eating of only veggies did help detox my kidneys and liver a tad. So if I was to go this route again it will be only a 3 day stint instead of trying for a full 7 days.

Until next time!! Winnie

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Thursday Tell All

So it has been 4 days since I began the 7 Day Flush the Fat Away meal plan. A few of the recipes just rock and I don't even miss meat as my protein source. Then there are a few, especially the Cleanse & Detox Smoothie, that I just have to push through to get it all down. I'm just not one for juicing and that one is all about a green juice instead of a smoothie. Plus I am not a raw kale fan at all.

Cleanse & Detox Smoothie....looks refreshing but I just cannot get pass the raw kale texture

My favorite recipes have definitely been the soups. I love the Black Bean & Lentil soup. I did use spicy organic black beans by Simple Truth Organic and it kicked up the season and spice level but even using regular black beans would still have a great spice and seasoning level in this soup. And another very filling and well seasoned soup is the Flush the Fat Away Vegetable Soup. I really think the sweet potato and bay leaf add to the flavoring perfectly.

Flush the Fat Away Vegetable Soup....this is delicious

Cleanse & Detox Superfood Salad...this is a delicious salad
A couple of days morning and afternoon snacks

Quinoa Pilaf...very filling and loved the mushrooms in this recipe

So far I have not missed eating meat and have been full most of the day. Monday night I did snack on more walnuts and grapes than I should have, but it was walnuts and grapes not chocolate covered candy of any sort. I don't expect to see a huge weight loss this week just because I am consuming more carbs than I normally do and my body will adjust to the change. Hopefully, the following week I will see some changes in the scale.

Workouts are going okay. Am I pushing as hard as I can? No. Am I at least doing the work? Yes. I am wrapping my brain around the fact that this is a lifestyle change and it takes many days of doing it before it becomes part of my routine. I'm getting there and haven't just thrown in the towel because it is hard. It is suppose to be hard at first. I will get back to my glory days of working out 6 days a week without having to make myself do it. It will get back to me wanting to do it again. I just have to listen to that darn thyroid and not push as hard on days when I am feeling drained and push harder on days I have umph in the tank.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

3rd Week of March Update

Well I completed my 3rd week of my challenges. I was staying on track with eating clean until Saturday. Spent the whole day on the ski slopes and had a couple of beers and margaritas then was too tired to make dinner and ordered a pizza instead. I felt like crap immediately after eating the pizza.

I am still waking up 30 minutes to an hour early. It has been hard this week since the time change. It is now once again pitch black when I wake up and head into work. Plus the weather has been very dreary and cold. So not only is it dark when I leave for work, it is cold and overcast when I get off. Hopefully, April will bring back the sunshine and I can come out of this funk from lack of it.

I have noticed that if I miss my second dosage of multivitamins during the day I wake up with a horrible headache. I missed taking my second dosage at lunch on Tuesday and Wednesday morning was horrible. I still woke up and had my breakfast prior to leaving for work. I stuck with my planned lunch and snacks for the day as well.

Speaking of planned meals, my daughter and I began a 7 day flush the fat away meal plan. We started today and it is a week of clean whole foods. There is no meat for 7 days!! This will be tougher for us towards the last few days. I love my meat as well as my daughter. One thing that will get us through these next 5 days is the planned grilled ribeye on Saturday!! The meal plan is by SkinnyMs. and is very detailed with printable recipes. Plus there are substitute meals you can do instead of the ones outlined in the plan. I printed out each days' meal plan and went shopping for all the items on Friday. Be ready to spend a lot of time in the produce area of your grocery store because that is where majority of the meal items are located. My poor husband is bumming this week. He went and bought his own groceries and meals for this week because he is way too active to go without meat as his protein. If you are interested in this 7 day meal plan, just click on the above link and see whatcha think.

My workouts suffered towards the end of the week. Thursday my energy levels were non-existent. Work drained the hell out of me and I just couldn't get motivated. Friday I did my grocery shopping after work and by the time 4 came around I was spent. Saturday I did go skiing, but it was a hard push to get me out the door. I have to look at what I might have changed in my diet these days and see if that is why I am drained. I did change my coffee to Dark Roast Folgers instead of Green Mountain Caramel Vanilla. Maybe today will be better since it is chopped full of veggies, fruits and whole grains.

No number breakdown for this week since I could not keep up with my food yesterday. I'm sure it was way over. I'm hoping for a better week this week.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday Tell All

So far this week I have stuck with my workouts. I have stayed within my calorie range. Tuesday I ate more carbs than I should have but I had made some homemade Artisan bread and just had to have a slice. Then, as usual, the extra carbs made me crave even more carbs plus sweets and I ended up indulging in some Special K Nourish cereal. At least it was healthy and not junk food that I turned to. I probably would have reached for some fruit instead but all my fruit except oranges are gone until I go grocery shopping on Friday. I would have had the orange but late in the evening it spikes my blood sugar too high prior to going to bed.

I must say I am loving the workout videos by Jenny Ford. She makes working out fun. Check out her youtube channel and see for yourself!

A few snapshots of what I have eaten this week thus far:

Flax Seed Meal onion bun breakfast sandwich. I used a muffin top pan to make the buns from scratch. This is a very filling breakfast that keeps you full until lunch.

Southwest Chicken soup, this soup lasted me for  a week and a half. I will definitely make more in the coming weeks. Very filling!
Eggplant, turkey sausage, marinara sauce with mozzarella cheese bake. I have been in an eggplant mood these past couple of weeks. I have made this dish, eggplant pizza, and instead of baked spaghetti I substituted the pasta with eggplant.
The good old standby, baked pork chops with scalloped potatoes and steamed veggies. I like to caramelize my onions in a cast iron skillet and finish off the potatoes in the oven.
I had to grab a snapshot of the Artisan bread. Can you see the steam from how hot and delicious it was?! 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

2nd Week of March Update

This week went by pretty fast. I was able to work 5 days of workouts into my week. I missed Tuesday due to unexpected car troubles, but I did double up on Saturday to make up for Tuesday's. I was glad I did because the workout was fun and I do like fun workouts.

On the eating front I only had one day of over my calories and that was last Sunday. I was not feeling well and just had the hubs pick something up for dinner. Rest of the week I stayed between my daily calorie requirements. I am finding if I stay between 1200 and 1400 calories I lose weight. So I have to stick to my plans.

Breakdown of Mar 6th to Mar 12th:

Again the numbers don't lie. You have to burn more than you consume. Burning 5000 calories gave me a 1.5 pound loss. I am happy with this progress and will stick to it. I don't need to lose a bunch of weight all at once. This slow but steady progress will be the way I lose the weight and keep it off. This is a lifestyle not a quick fix and going slow and consistent will then allow me to switch over to maintenance without any hiccups.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Thursday Tell All

Well it's Thursday and my week has become hectic. I did my workout on Monday even though I had to really push through. Tuesday, daughter's car broke down and I had to go pick her up and arrange for it to be towed. So no workout as planned on Tuesday. Wednesday was better and I got in my workout. Now it is Thursday and I was able to stick to my workout even though my day has been crazy!!

My workouts are becoming somewhat easier but my knee still does not like a lot of lunges in any form. Plus I am adding in low impact plyo. My knee is barking at me right now after today's workout. It had a lot of quick lunges and some plyo, but I will ice and keep pushing.

I thought I would share some meals that I prepared this week.


Vanilla yogurt with fresh strawberries

Oatmeal with apples, tart cherries, and walnuts
Scrambled eggs with onions & peppers, bacon, & fresh pineapple and strawberries

I'm trying to go as low carb as I can stand, so I have been substituting crackers with sliced carrots.
Spinach salad with grilled chicken, Arugula salad with chicken salad & carrots, Chicken Salad & carrtos. Other days I had homemade Southwest Chicken & Black Bean Soup (forgot to take a picture)

I only remembered to take a picture from Tuesday nights dinner. The other days I have had baked barbecue chicken wings with celery and carrots; baked pork chops with asparagus and broccoli; and eggplant lasagna without the ricotta cheese.

Coconut shrimp with steamed veggies

 I am also trying a few flax seed meal recipes. I am not succeeding in too many of them but there is one that I liked. It is for an onion bagel and it turned out yummy right out of the onion but next day was no good. I also only had mini donut pans so I could not toast them. I bought a new pan that is for muffin tops and plan on making them again in this pan.

I will keep tying new recipes until I find one that works for me. This week is nearly over and I am feeling much better compared to last week. I was also hitting the wall at 1 pm each day and decided to take the full dose suggestion for my multi-vitamin. I had cut it down to half because it was pushing my selenium to 400 mg per day. But apparently my body needs that much. I am feeling much better after just 2 days of doing the full multi-vitamin dosage.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

1st Week of March Update

This first week has been tough. I tried a couple of low-carb, gluten free bread recipes. One I can work with, but the coconut bread I cannot.

I did wake up early everyday during the week. I cooked breakfast M-Th, but Friday morning I had a horrible headache and ate Special K Nourish cereal instead. I did measure and eat only a serving size.

Thursday night was a bad night. I had planned on cooking eggplant pizza but I was feeling blah and ended up eating ritz crackers and cream cheese along with snacking on marshmallows. Bad bad night. That could be why I woke up with such a horrible headache on Friday. Too much carbs and sugar.

My workouts suffered from Thursday on. I wonder why....yeah I know why. It takes one day of over consumption of carbs and sugar to ruin the rest of my week. At least it was by Thursday and not sooner or my week of workouts would have been zero!

The breakdown for Feb 28th - Mar 5th:

I was able to stay under my calories everyday except Thursday. With this I had a one pound loss. Of course if I had worked out the days planned I would have loss 2 pounds. The numbers do not lie. But all and all with how I was feeling towards the end of the week, I am pleased to have lost one pound instead of maintaining or gaining.