Cleanse Days 8-12

I’ve been doing this cleanse for nearly 2 weeks now. I thought I would be going crazy by now, but I’m actually still enjoying myself. I’m still having my smoothie for breakfast. Lunch varies, but dinner tends to be a big salad. I haven’t had soup for a week. I just couldn’t bring myself to eat any more puréed soup. The thought made me ill. Besides, I usually get full enough just from the salad.

I’ve also started making roasted chickpeas. I kept reading about them on different blogs, and then one day my mother was looking for a snack, and she made some. They’re my new addiction. Half a can of chickpeas has 11 grams of protein, 8 grams of fiber, and 14 whatever units you use to measure iron. They’re also delicious. I’ve been roasting mine and then tossing them in olive oil, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, and a little bit of cayenne pepper.

I also tried gluten-free pasta yesterday. I was really missing pasta and figured that I could try brown rice pasta and still be following the rules of the cleanse. I also thought that now would be a good time to see if I could control myself with pasta, as pasta has always been my downfall. Yesterday was the first time since the cleanse that I actually hit my calorie limit for the day, according to MyFitnessPal. Today I had pasta again, but I forced myself to stop after one bowl, and I really didn’t need more than that. A little after that, I cut up some fresh pineapple as a snack.

I’ve been good about eating a variety of colors every day. I get red and yellow with my morning smoothies, green with my dinner salad, and tan with the chickpeas. The only color I’m not really eating is blue/purple. I don’t really like blueberries I’ve found, and I can’t have potatoes on this cleanse, so I can’t eat purple potatoes. I haven’t seen many purple vegetables at the market, but I’ll try to keep my eyes open for them.

Week 1 Weigh-in

Previous weight: 295.4
Current weight: 291.0

This week’s weight loss: 4.4 pounds

I’m definitely excited to see the results of week 1 of my cleanse. I was afraid that I wouldn’t have lost anything, and that would be sad. That number definitely made the past two days worth it.

See, yesterday was my boyfriend’s birthday, and the day before that was his brother’s birthday, so we’ve been at his parents’ house for the last two days. I packed up enough food for those days so I could continue my cleanse there. His mother was very concerned about what I was eating (she has been since I stopped eating meat), but I stuck with the plan. They had a double-layer cookie cake with frosting that smelled delicious, and it was very hard to turn that down two days in a row, but I knew that the cleanse was more important. Three weeks without sugar. I can do that. After that, I’m allowed to have sugar again, but it has to be balanced with everything else that I eat. It should be a treat, not something I eat all day long.

Speaking of sweets, though – I did learn yesterday about the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. I remember hearing about it last April (when I started the vegan journey), but it was too late for me to actually go to it. Fortunately, I found it in time this year. The one in Atlanta is being held on Saturday, April 20 – the last day of my cleanse. I’m hoping I can talk my mother into going with me so we can buy some vegan treats to have after the cleanse is over (although not in one sitting, of course).

Overall, I’m happy with the way my first week has gone. I do think I’m going to try adding the protein powder back in to my shakes. I know vegans are sick of people asking where they get their protein from, but I actually do think I’m not getting enough protein. I’ve been getting 25-38 grams of protein each day. I haven’t been eating as many calories as I’m “supposed” to, so the fact that my protein numbers aren’t where they should be isn’t all that surprising. I know I hated the protein powder the last time I tried it, but I also hated the blueberries that were in it. I’m hoping that was the real reason I hated the shakes. I guess I’ll find out today.

Cleanse Days 4 and 5

Food Recap
I’m glad I decided to add strawberries and bananas to my meals. My smoothie Wednesday morning was delicious. A cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk, a cup of strawberries, and a small banana. I was doubtful that it would keep me satisfied until lunch, but it actually did. I had the smoothie around 11 this morning, when I was hungry for the first time, and then I had lunch around 2:30.

For lunch on day 4, I had another lentil and brown rice burger on a brown rice tortilla with lettuce and that red pepper sauce. For dinner I had another big salad and a mug of green vegetable soup, which consists of broccoli, zucchini, yellow squash, and green beans all blended up.

Yesterday was my first day of the cleanse when I actually had to be out of my house for a large portion of the day. I’m currently working on getting my Masters in Teaching, and this semester I go spend one day a week in a classroom. This interfered with my 12 hours with no food, but there wasn’t really much I could do about that, as we don’t eat or drink in the classroom after homeroom starts at 9 am, which was the earliest I was supposed to eat. I ended up having my smoothie at 7:30 before I left for the school, and then I had a black bean and quinoa salad with pineapple salsa. Aside from the fresh parsley, which tastes just like cilantro (which I absolutely despise more than almost any other flavor), it was pretty good.

Thursday evenings, my boyfriend and I get together with a friend of ours and write/watch cat videos/hang out. I decided to change up my eating schedule a bit more for this, so I had a big salad when I got home from the middle school (around 5) and then had another smoothie on the way. Then I had an apple on the way home (around 9).

I always hear people talking about sticking to 1200 calories a day, and I always thought those people must be crazy and starving all the time. Now I’m looking back over my calorie intake for the past few days (I started tracking calories on Monday), and I’m shocked. My calorie intake has ranged from 950 to 1400. The first two days that I tracked were higher (1400 and 1300), but the past two days were lower (950 and 1010). I’m a little bit worried that I’m eating too few calories — MyFitnessPal keeps yelling at me that I’m going into starvation mode — but I don’t feel like I’m being unhealthy. I do feel hungry a lot of the time, but you’re supposed to feel hungry before you eat. I usually just eat when I feel like eating, which I think is part of how I got to 300 pounds.

I’m just going to keep going with this cleanse and try not to worry about it unless I start getting lightheaded or dizzy or something. For now, I feel good. I was really craving pizza and junk food last night (as that was what our friend was eating, so the whole place smelled like pizza), but now that I’m away from that smell I feel better. I’m still looking forward to making vegan pizza when this cleanse is over and I can eat wheat and tomatoes again, but I’m not feeling miserable. The first time I had a strawberry-banana smoothie, I added vanilla to it in an attempt to make it taste sweeter without adding sugar (which I can’t have except for what is naturally found in fruits). Now it’s been a few days, and I really like how they taste on their own. I don’t feel like they need anything at all.

I’ve just started day 6 of the cleanse, and I’m still happy to be on it. That has to be a good sign, right? 🙂

Cleanse Days 2+3

Day 2 of the cleanse was much better than Day 1. I still didn’t like the smoothie that I had in the morning . Even with the new vanilla powder, the drink was disgusting. I tried it again today, hoping I would like it better the second day, but I didn’t. I guess protein powders are not for me. Maybe next time I’m at Whole Foods I’ll get a sample of a few different ones, but I’m not anticipating finding one that I like.

For lunch the past two days, we’ve been eating the lentil and brown rice burgers featured on page 48 of the Clean Program Meal Plan. Those are really good. My mother also made some red pepper sauce to put on top of them. I put mine in a brown rice tortilla. I’m so glad we tried this recipe, as I was starting to fear that I had just signed up for the worst 3 weeks of my life.

I have learned that I can’t just stick with just three meals a day. Right now, my schedule looks like this:

Breakfast: 9-10 am
Lunch: 1-3 pm
Dinner: 8-9 pm

I need snacks. The first day, I ate most of the pineapple that we had in the fridge. Yesterday, I ended up stopping by the gas station on the way to school and buying two apples to eat before and after class. Today, I had an apple right before we left to go shopping, and then I had a banana while we were out. I also just had half a cup of a bean salad, which will keep me satisfied until dinner.

At first I felt bad about adding more food, but I’ve since decided not to let it get to me. For one thing, the program says you’re allowed to eat snacks – it just has to follow the guidelines of what you’re allowed to eat, which mine mostly do (more on that in a minute). For another thing, two of my snacks were pieces of fruit. An apple and a banana. You can’t tell me that those are bad for you. Which brings me to another thing I felt I should mention–

I’ve decided to eat two of the foods that you’re not supposed to eat on the cleanse.

Strawberries and bananas. Strawberries were supposed to be cut because a lot of people are allergic (and this cleanse is all about eliminating foods people commonly have problems digesting), but I know I’m not affected by strawberries, so I’m not going to let that bother me. Bananas might be high in sugar and starch, but they also keep me from starving, and they’ll make my smoothies taste better. I’m hoping strawberry-banana smoothies in the morning will keep me from going crazy in the mornings. And I’m still only having sugar found in fruits (and sometimes dates), so I’m still eating way better that I used to, so I’m not going to worry about it.

Besides – we got all these strawberries for less than $2.50! Come on, how could you resist?


I was also reading something today about how we should try to eat fruits from all different colors of the rainbow. It started as a discussion on a forum, and that led to my looking up the book Color Me Vegan by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau. I started thinking about the different colors of food that I eat, and I realized that I’m actually eating all the colors now that I’m following this cleanse.

Breakfast: Yellow and Blue/Purple (pineapple and blueberries)
Snack: Yellow and Green/tan (banana and apple -not sure if you count the color of the skin or the inside)
Lunch: Brown, Green, and Red (lentil burger, brown rice tortilla, lettuce, and pepper sauce)
Dinner: Green, White, Orange (Veggie soup, lettuce, spinach, jicama, carrots, dressing)

I’m excited about eating all those different colors. I’m also excited about the fact that by the end of today, I’ll have eaten 8 servings of fruits and vegetables. I used to go a week and barely get that many. I just need to make sure that I keep this up after the cleanse is over. I need to grab an apple for a snack instead of a bag of chips. I need to remember that I don’t need 5 servings of bread to keep me full. I don’t need to eat pasta with every meal. Having a big salad once a day is refreshing, not boring. Eating this way might take a bit longer, as you can’t just stick the food in the microwave for a few minutes, but it’s definitely better. 🙂

Cleanse – Day 1

Okay, so today didn’t start out as magnificently as I was hoping it would. I ate my last meal around 10 the night before, so I had to wait until 10:30 this morning to have my first shake. My mother and I had the “Cinnamon Rolls for Breakfast” shake, found on page 28 of the Clean Program Meal Plan. She added hemp protein to hers, but it made the shake taste weird, so I didn’t add it. I probably should have, as I was starving a few hours later. We got some vanilla protein powder from Whole Foods today, and I’m going to add it to my shake tomorrow. Hopefully that will make the shake a bit more substantial.

For lunch, we had the vegetarian burrito featured on page 47 of the meal plan. My mother loved that recipe, but I found it sort of boring. I added some salt to make it more bearable, but it really needed some salsa, which you’re not allowed to have as part of the cleanse. I’m not really sure what the deal is with tomatoes and citrus fruits, but I know you’re not supposed to have them during the cleanse. I wasn’t satisfied with lunch, so I also had a little bit of pineapple and then made some kale chips.

For dinner, I had a large salad and a mug of cauliflower and garbanzo soup (page 69 of the meal plan). The soup was actually really filling, which was nice. The recipe that I’m most in love with, though, is found on page 76 of the meal plan. It’s called “Eva’s Raw Vegan Better than Ranch Dressing,” and it is the most amazing dressing I have ever had. It’s better than any ranch dressing I have ever had. We didn’t have herbamare, so my mother found a recipe online and made her own herb mix. It’s delicious. If anyone’s thinking of going vegan and/or wants a really tasty dressing to make, I highly recommend giving that one a try.


Let’s try this again

Okay, so it’s been about two and a half months since I last posted on here. As per the rules of this blog, though, I’m not going to beat myself up over that fact. I’m simply going to acknowledge it and move on. I am happy to announce, though, that I have not gained weight in the last two and a half months. I’ve actually lost weight.

Starting weight (Nov. 22, 2012): 303.8
Previous weight (Jan. 12, 2013): 298.4
Current weight (Mar. 30, 2013): 295.4

Weight loss since last weigh-in: 3 pounds
Total weight loss: 8.4 pounds

Okay, 8.4 pounds in 4 months isn’t really all that impressive. Still, I managed to keep the weight off without tracking anything or exercising at all (except for the exercise I get at work). And it’s not a gain, so that’s exciting.

I’ve decided to work harder on fixing my eating habits, though. I may not have gained weight, but I’m still eating way too many unhealthy foods, and I don’t like that. My mother has started this cleanse program that she saw on Dr. Oz a while ago, and I’ve decided to give it a try myself. It’s called the Clean Program. You can choose to buy the expensive shake packets and supplements, but we’re not doing that. We’re simply going to be following the recipes listed here: Clean Program Meal Plan. You can also get the Clean Program Manual here.

I’m sharing this information in case anyone’s curious what I’m doing. I’m not trying to say that anyone else should do it. I’m going to start it tomorrow. My mother’s been following the recipes for a week now, and she’s enjoying it. She says that she feels better, and she’s looking forward to continuing for the whole month. Since she seems to be enjoying it, I figured I would give it a try, as well, especially since work ended yesterday, and I’m going to have a lot more time on my hands now.

For anyone who doesn’t want to read a 48-page manual, here’s a summary of what I will be doing for the next three weeks:

I will be cutting out dairy, eggs, meat, gluten, soy, sugar, and caffeine. There’s a whole list in the manual, but these are the main things I won’t be eating. Obviously cutting out meat isn’t a problem for me since I do that anyway. There’s actually a version of this plan that allows you to eat certain fish and organic chicken and turkey, but I’m not doing that one. Eggs and dairy I’ve been meaning to cut out completely anyway, so that’s also not really a problem. Cutting out soy will be a little more difficult, but I’m sure I can manage. It’s the gluten, sugar, and caffeine that will be a problem. I eat those things all the time. Of course, I also know that caffeine and sugar isn’t all that great for you anyway, so it’s probably good that I cut it out for a while.

The gluten is really the big thing that I was on the fence about cutting. I know a lot of people have issues with it, but I don’t really think that I do. However, the goal of this cleanse is to cut out foods that are the biggest triggers for people and then slowly add them in later and see if they affect you, so I guess it can’t hurt to try it for a couple of weeks. I can always add it back in later.

You eat three meals on this program. You have a shake for breakfast (made mostly from fresh/frozen fruits and/or vegetables). Then you have lunch, which usually consists of a salad and some sort of entrée, which you can find in the Meal Plan PDF linked above. Dinner is some sort of vegetable soup. There’s a list of approved snacks you can eat if those meals aren’t enough, although I also have a list of several vegan snacks that I’ve found on other sites that I know fit the guidelines of this program.

I will be tracking my food on My Fitness Pal again, not because I think tracking is the best thing ever, but because I’m curious to see what the nutritional information will look like for such a meal plan.

I can’t promise to blog every day or anything, but I’ll try to post frequent updates on my progress.

Weigh-in: Week 2

Previous weight: 299.6
Current weight: 298.4
Weight lost: 1.2
Total weight lost: 5.4

Okay, so I’m two days late in writing this post. I didn’t write it on Thursday because I got distracted and forgot, and then I didn’t write it yesterday because I wasn’t really near my computer for most of the day. I actually think I’m going to change my weigh-in day to Friday, though, as I tend to weigh less on Fridays than I do on Thursdays.

I’m pleased about my weight loss this week, especially since I didn’t really exercise much this week. My mother and I went for a forty minute walk on Sunday, and that was about it for my exercise. School started this week, and I’ve been parking in the lot farthest away from my classes, so I guess that’s something.

I’ve also been working on eating better. I had my mother watch the movie Vegucated this past weekend, and she decided to go vegan with me – or at least mostly vegan, as she wants to use up the food we have in the house before she goes and buys a bunch of vegan alternatives. She’s decided that she wants to eat mostly whole foods and get away from all the processed junk, so that’s what we’re doing for the most part. We went to the farmer’s market downtown and bought a whole cart full of grains and fruits and vegetables. We actually have too many vegetables to fit in the vegetable drawers in the fridge. We’ve had falafel and rice/lentil/veggie salad, and a bunch of other delicious food that’s made of mostly whole ingredients.

That’s not to say that I’m only eating healthy food. I had three cookies at my boyfriend’s house yesterday. I’ve been eating regular mayonnaise in my sauce for the falafels. I’ve had a Boca chik’n patty on a tortilla. I think it’s important that I eat mostly whole foods but that I don’t obsess about it. I think that’s where I’ve gone wrong in the past. I’ve tried to change too many things all at once. Now I’m trying to change a bunch of things, yes, but I’m just aiming for eating more whole foods than I used to. I’m trying to make gradual changes that won’t drive me crazy.

And you know what? It’s actually fun.

15th time’s the charm?

According to one of the documentaries I watched today, it can take up to 15 tries before we like a new food. While I’ve certainly never counted how many times I tried a new food, I know that there are some foods that I never thought I’d like that I kept forcing myself to eat and eventually grew to like. This is mostly true for vegetables. I didn’t like carrots or tomatoes or cucumbers as a child (or as a teenager or an undergrad). And yet over the past few months as I decided to become vegan, I’ve found myself eating more and more of those foods. I made a curry recipe with carrots, and I actually enjoyed it. At first I thought it was because the curry flavor masked the carrot flavor, but the more I started using carrots in recipes, the more I realized that I actually enjoyed them. I started adding more carrots to the soups that I was making, something that I never would have done before. In fact, usually I decrease the amount of carrots in recipes.

It was definitely exciting to learn that some of the healthy foods I disliked before were now something that I enjoyed eating, but it’s not just old foods that have grown on me. My mother discovered a whole bucket of millet in our pantry last week, and she asked me if I had any recipes that called for it, as she didn’t want to throw it out but didn’t really remember why she had it. So I looked it up and came across this recipe: Tomato, Basil, and Millet Salad. I ended up using cannellini beans instead of black-eyed peas because I like them better and because we didn’t have black-eyed peas, but otherwise I kept the recipe as it was.

The first step is to toast the millet until fragrant. I was definitely expecting a smell, but I wasn’t prepared for the smell that I experienced: a kennel. I thought it would get better after I added the broth, but it didn’t. If anything, the smell just got stronger. It really smelled like the pound did when we went to find a dog. It was bad. I wasn’t looking forward to eating it, but I already had all the ingredients, and I wanted to wait and see if it got better, so I carried on.

When the salad was mixed together, I tasted it. It was gross. It tasted just like it smelled. I was so disappointed. My boyfriend tried it, and he didn’t like it. I moped around for a bit, sad that all that time and money had gone into making a recipe that sucked. Just for good measure, I tried it again. It wasn’t as bad as I had thought it was the first time, but I definitely didn’t like it. I stood next to the stove, talking to my sister (who is 21 and was just learning how to boil water), and I ended up trying it again because it was there and I was starving. It wasn’t as bad, but it still wasn’t something I was happy with. My sister tried it, made a face, and put the fork down.

I’m not really sure how it happened. I guess part of why my family’s fat is because we eat food that’s in front of us, even if we don’t really like it. Normally I’d say that was a bad thing, but it actually sort of worked out in this case, as the more we picked at it, the more we started to like it. My parents tried it, and they liked it. My sister eventually decided that it wasn’t bad, which is actually a pretty good compliment since she generally hates all of my “weird vegan food,” especially if it involves vegetables of any sort. I actually ended up taking some with me when I went to hang out with a non-vegan friend so that I would have something to eat on the way and wouldn’t be tempted by her fatty non-vegan food. Then I had the leftovers today. Every time I ate it, I just liked it more.

This is definitely a recipe that I would make again. It was simple to make, and once the flavor grew on me, I actually enjoyed it a lot. And it’s good to know that just because I disliked a food the first few times I tried it doesn’t meant that I’ll never like it. 🙂

Weigh-in: Week 1

Okay, I meant to do this yesterday, but I somehow managed to forget that it was Thursday until late afternoon, and I prefer to weigh myself in the mornings before I eat anything, so I decided to just wait a day. Hopefully now that the holidays are over I’ll keep better track of what day it is. Also, I’ve decided to start counting the weeks making this week 1, even though my starting weight is from Thanksgiving.

Starting weight: 303.8
Previous weight: 300.6
Current weight: 299.6

Pounds lost this week: 1
Total weight lost: 4.2

Not the big number I was looking for to start the year, but considering I didn’t really track my food this week or exercise, I’ll take it. To be honest, I’m not really sure where this week has gone. Yesterday I woke up around noon and then spent a few hours cleaning my room. The day before I slept in and then spent the day grocery shopping (where our cart was filled with fruits and vegetables and little to no processed foods). The day before that I slept in really late because I had stayed up way too late the night before. I keep meaning to do something productive with my time, but I haven’t quite managed to do that yet.

I have, however, been eating better. I’ve started eating more hummus wraps with vegetables.I made one tabbouleh salad the other day that wasn’t all that great, so I’m going to have to try another recipe to see if I can find one that I like. I had tabbouleh at Whole Foods, and it was great. Now I just need to find a way to recreate it at home. I also have a bunch of other cold salads that I want to try before work starts.

My new food for the week is bulgur wheat. It’s not exactly new as I tried it before at Whole Foods (see tabbouleh above, which I’m fairly positive was made from bulgur), but this was my first time making it at home, so I’m still including it. Turns out it’s really easy to make, and really cheap at the market I go to. Mix half a cup of bulgur with a cup of water, bring to a boil, then remove from heat and wait until the bulgur absorbs the water, about 25 minutes. So easy! Also, a cup of cooked bulgur has about 150 calories, 8 grams of fiber, and 6 grams of protein. So that’s pretty cool. I experimented with a southwest-style bulgur dish yesterday, but I added way too many spices and not enough of anything else, so it was sort of gross unless I added some vegan sour cream to it. I think, though, that if I added more beans vegetables, it would have been good. Maybe I’ll try that again this weekend.

Goals for 2013

Okay, it’s been longer than I would have liked since I posted on here. I’ll blame the holidays, even though that really wasn’t the reason I didn’t update. I haven’t lot any weight in the last week, though I haven’t gained any, either, so I still consider that a win. Really, I think I took one weekend off from updating my food diary while I was watching my boyfriend’s dogs, and I sort of fell out of sync with the whole updating thing.

But now I’m ready to update a bit more. I got a new recipe book for Christmas. I tried a bunch of different salads at Whole Foods, and now I’m on a mission to find a way to make them myself. And I tried pomegranates for the first time and learned that I quite like them. I have a mango that I’m going to try tomorrow. I’m having fun.

I’ve also decided that it’s time for me to list some goals for myself. It’s that time of year that we start setting goals, so why not? For the record, I know that the number on the scale isn’t the most important factor. I want to get healthy. I don’t think that you’re a horrible person if your BMI is over 25 or anything like that. But it’s the easiest thing to measure, so that’s what a large part of my goals are going to be.

Weight Loss Goals
Goal 1 – 5% lost – 287
Goal 2 – 10% lost – 273
Goal 3 – 50 pounds lost – 254
Goal 4 – College weight – 244
Goal 5 – 75 pounds lost – 229
Goal 6 – High school weight – 212
Goal 7 – 100 pounds lost – 204
Goal 8 – Driver’s license weight – 190
Goal 9 – Goal weight – 180

From now on, I’m going to do Weekly Weigh-ins every Thursday. I know Thursday is sort of an odd day to do weigh-ins, but Thanksgiving was the first day that I remembered to weigh myself, and since then I’ve just sort of had Thursday be my weigh-in day. Knowing me, that might change in the future, but for now that’s just what I’m going to do.

Starting weight: 304 // Starting BMI: 44.9
Goal weight: 180 // Goal BMI: 26.6

Current weight: 300.6 // Current BMI: 44.4

Yes, my goal weight still falls into the “overweight” category. I’m okay with that. According to BMI charts, the most I can weigh and still be “healthy” is 168. I’m not all that concerned about that, though. While I was trying to figure out what I wanted my goal weight to be, I stumbled across this site: My Body Gallery . You can type in the height, weight, pant size, shirt size, that you’re looking for, and then it pulls up pictures of real women who are that size. Oh, and you can also pick your body shape. It’s really cool. I used that to figure out where about I want to end up.

And now that I’ve discussed weight loss goals, I’m going to move on to some other goals of mine for the new year.

Food/Drink Goals
1. Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day.
2. Track my food everyday for at least two months. I’m not sure if I’m going to track my food forever, but I at least want to track it for long enough that I feel like I know how to make good choices on my own without tracking everything.
3. Keep my calorie intake in the recommended range.
4. Try at least one new food/meal a week.
5. Build up a list of recipes so that I can easily eat right when work and school start up again.
6. Cut down on caffeine consumption.
7. Eat at least one fruit or vegetable with every meal.
8. Transition to being vegan full-time.

Fitness Goals
1. Use the elliptical at least 5 days a week for an hour – when I do not have work.
2. Use the elliptical at least 3 days a week for half an hour – when I do have work.
3. Go with my mother to the park at least once a week.
4. Run a mile without stopping by the end of the year.
5. Do 5 real push-ups by the end of the year (in high school, I could only do 3 by the end of the semester).

I might adjust those goals later, but for now these are my health goals for 2013. In addition to those, I plan to update this blog at least once a week with my weekly weigh-in, though I hope to update it once more per week with a review of some sort, either of a new recipe that I’ve tried or a new fruit that I ate or something. Or maybe I’ll just combine that into one post. I’ll figure it out later. For now, I’m going to sit back, read one of my new books, and enjoy the fact that I didn’t gain any weight over Christmas. 🙂