Progress Report #1

It’s been just over a month since I decided to transform my life. Let’s see how I’m doing.

No Alcohol at Home

Since mid-January of this year, my husband and I decided to not drink at home. We normally drank about 5 nights a week…that’s a lot! We would have wine usually, or an occasional martini. In our past attempts to reduce our alcohol intake, we decided not to drink from Monday to Thursday. Then Tuesday would hit, and it was usually me who would say, “Honey, let’s pick up a bottle of wine tonight”. So, that wasn’t working.

In January, I just decided we had to do something more radical. We would never achieve our health goals unless we changed our lifestyle. We put all our bottles of booze away, out of sight. We made a decision that we would drink only when we were out for dinner or at other social events. No drinking at home.

Well, guess what? We did it! We have, NOT EVEN ONCE, had any alcohol at home! I am so proud of us. We’ve learned that drinking at home really was just a habit. Only time will tell how long this new habit will last.

Healthy Food

We’ve been eating healthy food most of the time. We focus on potatoes, grains, veggies, beans and fruit. Most breakfasts are oatmeal with fruit, nuts and plant-based milk. My lunches (I am fed at work-I know…spoiled me!) are usually a green salad with veggies, hummus and or beans and a little balsamic/oil dressing, followed by some kind of soup (sometimes with cream) or pasta and tomato sauce or a veggie burger patty.  Sometimes I veer off course and overeat at lunch, or I eat something I know is not good for me (a few perogies with sour cream or a piece of non-whole grain bread with hummus or a faux peanut butter).

On the weekends, we’ve been going out to eat in restaurants…some weekends a bit too often. I’ve had pizza, salads with goat cheese, spinach/artichoke cheese dips etc. I am still not choosing meat (I am having shrimp at times), but I lean towards having dairy when we dine out. I think it’s sort of an excuse to “cheat”, but you know what? I’m OK with it. If I need to veer off course a bit on the weekends until I can sustain a healthy diet on a more long-term basis? So be it! Instead of being hard on myself, I am celebrating my successes!

Exercise

I’ve been moving my body more…yay! For the first month, I did a walk/run combination on Saturdays. Each week, I walked/ran at an indoor track. I kept a record of the laps I ran, and increased the number each week.  6 laps = 1 mile.

Week 1: 6 laps    Week 2: 15 laps    Week 3: 16 laps    Week 4: 18 laps    Week 5: 21 laps

It is so awesome to see my progress. Is it huge? No. Is it awesome…yes! For the last two weeks, I’ve also added in 1-2 treadmill walk/runs in my basement as well as some wall push-ups and planks. It is not much, but I am DOING it!

Weight Loss

I’m down about 5-6 pounds. Yay!

Attitude

I was feeling low, like I wasn’t having much success. I lost the 5 pounds in the first 2-3 weeks, and then I plateaued (probably the restaurants). I wanted the weight loss to be faster, so I didn’t think I was doing a good enough job. Then I realized how hard I was being on myself. I was looking at the negative only. I turned my thinking around and told myself…Wow! Look at the success I’ve had (see above). Look at the things I’ve stuck with. I can’t give up now! I am making progress!

My journey has taught me to keep trying and to keep checking my attitude. Remember to recognize all the awesome things you do. We can be our own worst enemy, or we can be our own best friend.

Attitude

What’s Next?

A trip to Mexico in about three weeks. Yay! Escape for ten days from winter in Canada!

To give me a little boost, I’m going to do the following for as many days as I can until we leave for Mexico.

Healthy Liquids After 5

  1. Eat breakfast, lunch and snacks through the day as I normally would.
  2. After work (I’m usually home between 5 and 6 p.m.), I will drink only water, juice (juiced at home from mainly veggies/greens with some fruit), broth or tea. If I feel ravenous, I will have only raw veggies and fruit.
  3. Weekends: Stick to the above if I feel like it.

I started my Healthy Liquids After 5 yesterday and feel great! It’s amazing how light you feel when you don’t eat dinner and/or snack in the evening. I’ll report on my progress; I’m not sure how many days I will follow this plan. I am hoping to do it for at least 10 of the next 18 days.

Note: I do not believe in quick diets to lose weight, as a general rule. I believe in eating healthy and establishing patterns that lead to long-term health. However, I see nothing wrong with doing short spurts of limiting food intake (juice fast, raw foods until 4, etc.) to give ourselves a boost. The reason I’m doing this is for a short-term solution to drop some extra pounds quickly before I put on a bikini in Mexico. I recognize that as soon as I start eating in Mexico…most of the weight will be back by the time I get home. I can live with that; I will then get back to the healthy habits I am developing and work on my long-term weight loss and health.

Wishing you health and success on your journey,

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Wrap up! 28 Day Raw Food Cleanse

I wanted to take a minute to recap how my 28 Day Raw Food Cleanse went (thanks for the reminder, Susan!).

Weight Loss

I felt it was a success, as I lost almost 15 pounds….BUT, I got sick at the tail end of it, so that last five pounds was not really related to the cleanse, I don’t think.

I am now up a few more pounds, but since the cleanse started on Jan. 1, I am still down about 8 pounds.

So, is it a good way to kick start your weight loss? Absolutely!

I think that a 2 or 3 week cleanse would do the same thing, however. It really just gives you a boost.

If I were to modify the 28 day cleanse, I might do something like this:

Week 1: Eliminate all animal products (meat, dairy, eggs) and processed food

Week 2: Continue with above, and also eliminate all added oils and sugar

Week 3: Keep going with above, and eat only raw fruits and vegetables

Week 4: Continue with above and eat only smoothies for the first 4-5 days, followed by fresh pressed juice for 2-3 days

Health and How I Felt on the Cleanse

Here is how my Year-long Goals Sheet looked at the end of January.

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How did I do?

My top row, exercise/move everyday, was on track until I became sick.

My green row, the plant-based goal was solid, for every day of my cleanse!!

My cleanse goal, the third and yellow row, of eating only raw fruits and vegetables was awesome too. Four days I drank a homemade broth, when I was my sickest, and on the last day, I had chickpeas in my salad. Still…pretty good!

The last row is related to my mental health, which is to work on my blog. Now, I don’t expect to see that filled in every day, but I want to see some effort there. I can proudly say, that yes, I put forth an effort to either do research on blogging or health or to actually write a blog post.

I really felt terrific during my cleanse! In fact, as soon as I started to eat cooked food, and to eat some dairy, my mood altered…it dipped. I did not feel as good. Did that stop me from eating more unhealthy food? No.

It is amazing how easily I left the raw food that made me feel great, to eating food that I categorize as unhealthy (pizza, cheese etc.) What is up with that??

I think that as long as we eat unhealthy food, we just want more. It may be a cold turkey thing. Eat none of the crap, and you won’t crave it. I just haven’t been able to pull off the cold turkey thing yet!

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Thanks to FoodCourtComics.com, for this great picture!

I continue to struggle to eat the way my mind and heart wants me to. I will not give up.

Wishing you, and me, a healthy journey!

Day 28 of 28 Day Raw Food Cleanse

Day 28 (Jan. 28)

Morning Weight: up .4 lb; with a total loss of 14.4 lbs since Day 1.

Today is the last day of my cleanse. I miss cooked food, like rice, chickpeas and potatoes. I will probably focus on eating mostly raw for the next few weeks; I haven’t decided what my next phase towards health will be.

Had three jars of smoothies as well as an apple. Again, I just wasn’t that hungry.

I ended the day by having a small salad, part of a salad my daughter couldn’t finish. It did have some chickpeas, so it was not part of the cleanse.

I drank about ¾ litre water today.

Wishing you a healthy journey.

Day 26 of 28 Day Raw Food Cleanse

Day 26 (Jan. 26)

Morning Weight: down .2 lb; with a total loss of 15.0 lbs since Day 1.

Made a green smoothie to start the day, followed by another one later on.

Lunch was a bowl of raspberries and blueberries.

Dinner was a salad with tomatoes, cabbage and raw corn from the cob. Dressing was just half an avocado, mushed up.

I just wasn’t that hungry today. I am still not feeling well.

I drank over a litre of water today.

Wishing you a healthy journey.

Day 23 of 28 Day Raw Food Cleanse

Day 23 (Jan. 23)

Morning Weight: down 2.8, with a total loss of 14.6 lbs since Day 1.

Weird to see so much weight loss in one day after eating little and just lying around.

Today I started my day with a trip to a walk-in clinic. This is my third day in a row of missing work, and my employer requires a doctor’s note for three days or more of missed work. So, I got to sit in a waiting room for almost two hours…definitely not fun when you are sick.

I had a green smoothie in the morning, followed by another smoothie and broth during the day. I also ate a bowl of raspberries and blueberries.

I feel just awful. My chest is congested, so I am coughing a lot, which is painful and just gross. I also have quite a headache that comes and goes and lasts for varying amounts of time. I would say that on this day, the headache occurred for about 70% of the time.

I am assuming that what I have is some kind of virus, although the thought has crossed my mind that it could also be detox. The body gets rid of toxins through the lungs too. The headaches remind me of detox and because they aren’t going away, that makes me wonder too.

I am not taking any over the counter medication because of a few reasons:

  1. If I take a Tylenol, for instance, and my headache goes away, I may have relief of the symptom, but then I do not know what is going on with my body. I won’t know if it would still be giving me headaches. My body is working to fight whatever virus, toxin etc. is in there, and the body usually can do a good job on its own. I don’t want to interfere with my body’s natural ability to heal itself by adding more toxins.
  2. I’m on a cleanse, and the last thing I want to do is put over the counter medication or any prescription drugs into my body! I would rather suffer. Of course, if I felt I just HAD to take something, I would.

Today, I pushed myself to drink more water, I think I drank about ¾ of a litre.

Wishing you a healthy journey.

Day 22 of 28 Day Raw Food Cleanse

Day 22 (Jan. 22)

Morning Weight: down 1.8, with a total loss of 11.8 lbs since Day 1.

I was in bed all day yesterday, and didn’t eat much, so that is likely why my weight went down almost two pounds.

I had a big cup of my homemade broth, followed shortly after by a blueberry, banana and arugula smoothie.

I know that the broth is not part of my cleanse, but while being sick, my body just seems to want it. The broth is esay to digest, so I think it will be an ok, temporary addition to my cleanse.

I can’t remember the rest of what I ate, but just more of the same broth and smoothies.

Today was especially tough; being sick, I didn’t feel like eating much, nor did I drink much water.

Wishing you a healthy journey,