What’s up, Wednesday?

This week feels simultaneously really long, and really short. How is that even possible, right? Here’s a few things I’m diggin’ as of late:

1) My friends at Diet-to-Go occasionally let me ramble over at their official blog. This week I shared ten of my favorite health and fitness people to follow on Instagram. There’s no way I could ever list everyone amazing I follow on Instagram, but this is a good start. Check it out and let me know who else I need to follow! #1 is my buddy Alan, who I’ll get to see at Fitbloggin’ in a few weeks!

2) Thanks to a lovely reader of the DCD, Carrie, I checked out my first ever TOPS meeting! TOPS stands for Taking Off Pounds Sensibly, and is a community supported weight loss group with a $28 annual membership fee. (Yeah – annual! Cheaper than one month of Weight Watchers!) I really liked the group I went to, as there was singing; cute weight loss related songs to the tune of pop culture songs like “You are my sunshine”, and a chance to win some money, as there were several weight related bidding games. You follow whatever eating plan your doctor gives to you, and the weekly weigh ins and meetings are for support. I’m still trying to find the right day of the week and time for me to go to meetings as I’ll be traveling often the next six months, but you should definitely check out a meeting. It’s a refreshing twist on group weight loss.

3) I’m finally back on track with healthy eating. Grief does strange things to you; in my case, making me want to eat chocolate cake all day every day. I had a few weeks to project my emotions through food, but the buck stops here. For the past few days I’ve been good about sticking to a low-carb eating plan. Here’s what I had for lunch today; turkey breast slices, broccoli, and some sparkling orange seltzer. It’s definitely less exciting than chocolate cake, but I don’t feel crummy, and it will help me reach my goals.

4) This week officially marked 24 weeks to go until the Double Chin Divas and I walk 60 miles!!! I’ve got to get on a solid training plan, and thankfully, the 3-Day provides several ways to stay on track. I’ll be seeing April this weekend, and I know we’ve got a nice long walk planned to help us log some miles. I am surprised at the way my gratitude strikes me when people make a donation — I cry. It’s so incredibly special to be able to do something like this to show my support for the millions of people in America who have been affected by cancer. I’m carrying the names of loved ones lost with me on my journey, or names of survivors to honor. Please help me make a difference in the fight against cancer. Just one $10 donation can help change somebody’s life.

5) I’m currently binge watching Orange is the New Black. Who else watches? I kind of love all of the characters, and I think they did a really good job capturing the complexities of females. Now, some of the stories are a little bit too far out, like, have you ever heard of a prison without security cameras? But, it’s a great, entertaining watch for vegging at night. Now, I just need to remember that enjoyable TV shouldn’t mean I sacrifice sleep, cuz I’ve been tiiiiired this week. Anyone else do this and regret it the next morning?

That’s all I got. Tell me whats up with you!

xo

5 Thoughts on Day 5 of my Liver Detox and Cleanse

1. I ate a pound of brussels sprouts for lunch, per the guidelines of only eating “Cruciferous vegetables, greens and organic apples and pears” for days five through seven. My husband is an unlucky man as I could probably power a hot-air balloon with my own self-made gas.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and Rock Salt

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and Rock Salt

2. This morning I was thinking about chicken breasts in such detail that I envisioned them dancing around, in a little chicken breast conga line. Who would have thought a simple, flame-grilled cut of lean meat would sound so appealing on day five of a vegan, gluten free, sugar free diet?

I never thought chicken would sound so good. Credit: cdn.ientry.com

3. I just drank my third medical shake of the day (I do four a day for the next two days), and despite doing everything I could to make it taste palatable (aka, unsweetened apple juice, frozen pear slices and ice cubes) it still smells like rancid baby formula and those horrible nougat halloween candies. I’m over it.

Medigenics medical shake #3 is down the hatch.

Medigenics medical shake #3 is down the hatch.

4. I’m trying not to get discouraged about what I’m seeing on the scale. After three days, I was down 3.5 pounds, but this morning, I had bloated 2 of them back. I need to remember these things take time, but damnit, I’m all about instant reward. In my mind, after five days of very dedicated efforts, I expect to be 165 pounds. Maybe my expectations are a TAD bit too high?

5. My energy level feels good. I feel perky and upbeat, and I’m not too hungry, but more than anything, I miss being able to eat a variety of foods. I also miss the convenience of being able to make something quick and easy. I spent an hour today preparing and roasting vegetables for the next two days, and tonight I’ll make my own juice. I’m trying to remember how fortunate I am to be able to afford to eat clean and do something like this, but it’s hard when my husband cracks open an ice cold beer or I smell the delicious aroma of Lenny & Larry’s fudge brownies at work.

My goal for the next two days are to drink a ton of water, take it easy (this means no cardio… just light walking, etc, per the detox guidelines), and try and be conscious of the changes my body is going through. So far, so good, but I’ll be happy on Saturday when I can add rice and lean protein back into the mix. Sunday I can start slowly re-introducing foods, and then on Monday, I’ll get my blood tested again to see how my little liver is doing.

How’s your day going? Do you have any thoughts you’d like to share?

 

 

Thailand 20 Tuesday – Week 3

Hello everybody! Hard to believe my third week of Thailand 20 Tuesday has come and gone. Lately I look at the calendar and think “WHERE DID 2012 GO?!” It’s been pretty wild how time keeps going faster and faster. I’m happy to report this week I lost 1.8 pounds! While it’s not quite my weekly goal of 2, it’s damn close and that’s just fine with me.

Last week I had a couple of things that helped me stay on track – like exercise! Here I am after an hour-long bootcamp class. I wanted to quit so many times, because this class was HARD – cardio, and then intense weight lifting in intervals. But each time I wanted to quit, I reminded myself that everything I’ve accomplished in my life has always been filled with those moments where you just want to stop. But you don’t stop – you keep going, and then eventually, that long, hard battle comes to an end and the victory is even sweeter.

I also ate pretty clean this week. Matt and I enjoyed delicious and rustic meals like grilled chicken breasts and roasted vegetables. I love meals like this because I can eat as many vegetables as I want!

I really focused on the protein this week. A lot of you know I’m not a big meat eater, and I probably eat vegetarian 80% of the week. I really tried to make sure I got protein somehow this week – like tonight, where in addition to three pieces of bacon (yummy), I made an egg white omelet packed with lots of fresh veggies. The egg whites help me get up there in the protein, and because it’s not meat, I don’t have that heavy feeling after. (PS: Breakfast for dinner? WINNER!)

This week I need to kick up the exercise even more, and stay focused on eating clean. There’s a few challenges in my way, like Halloween, but I’m determined to keep this trend moving downwards! Tomorrow, April has a great Halloween post about self-confidence, and then pretty soon we’ve got a chance for you to win a fancy new bra from our friends over at FullBeauty. I’ve also got a great review of my rad new scale from the kind people at EatSmart. Lots going on in Double Chin land! As always, thank you for reading – we wouldn’t be here without you! <3

Calorie Counting Update

Hi everybody! Happy Friday! I wanted to give you an update on my new “plan”, which is calorie counting with the MyFitnessPal app. Ok, first of all – how is this app free? It’s freaking awesome, and way more functional, interactive and efficient than the Weight Watchers app. No offense to Weight Watchers, but as somebody in the digital industry, MyFitnessPal blows me away with its functionality. It also flashes this cool little update when you finish counting calories for the day that tells you, “If you ate this way everyday, in five weeks you’d weigh XXX pounds.” Very motivating!

I’m finding calorie counting strangely much easier than tracking points. The only “calculation” required is typing in what I ate – and usually, the exact brands and portions comes right up. I’m also a lot more full, and I think I figured out why. On Weight Watchers, I’d stave off hunger with zero-point fruit. What I’ve realized now is that fruit wasn’t really ever filling me up… in fact, it might have been making me even more hungry. I’m not eating as much fruit, but I’m not eating as much in general now – focusing more on heavier breakfasts and lunch. MyFitnessPal has me at 1,900 calories a day to lose 1 pound a week. I weigh in on Monday morning with my university nutritionist. I’m curious how it’s going to go – it’s been three weeks since I weighed in. It could be really good, really bad, or the same. We’ll see! I’ve also decided not to weigh in weekly. I get a little too focused on the number, and I think it’s better for me to focus less on what the scales says and more on what my body and clothes and FitnessPal say.

Here’s an example of how I’m eating. I’m trying to pack protein and fiber into my mornings, and focus on a slightly larger lunch to keep the snacking at bay. I’m still obsessed with Chobani 2% Mango, and I usually have a small snack at night – in this case, it was a small bowl of raisin bran. I usually don’t drink whole milk but it’s all we had, so it was a nice creamy treat.

I exercised for 40 minutes and ended the night with 262 something calories. Not too shabby. That’s 8 peeps! 😉

What are your thoughts about calorie counting? I initially thought it would be incredibly hard and force me to eat lettuce and water. In fact, it’s much easier than I thought!

Have a wonderful day!