Week 10 Weigh-in

Okay, so it’s been a while since I posted on here. I missed weeks 7 and 8. I weighed myself those weeks, but for some reason I didn’t actually post about it. I can’t remember why. I guess I haven’t been great at posting on any of my blogs recently.

Previous weight: 284.2
Current weight: 280.2
Weight lost: 4 pounds

I’m pleased with that number. I’m getting better at eating what I’m supposed to. I haven’t been exercising as much as I probably should, but I’m going to be better at that. I did day one of Couch to 5k last week (Wednesday), and my legs hurt for the rest of the week. I’m going to try again tomorrow. I’m going to do it Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. My mother is going to do it with me. I’m hoping it’s not as bad as the first time. I managed to run when I was supposed to, but it was hard work.

I used to be able to run. Not a lot, of course. I was never a runner. But after PE in 9th grade, I could run a mile and a half without stopping. I want to be able to do that again. Hopefully by the end of the summer, I’ll be able to do that again.

I have another goal, a smaller one. I want to read my Goal #2 weight by the end of this month. I’m 7 pounds in a month. That shouldn’t be that difficult to do if I stick with what I’m supposed to do. I’ve been hesitant to attach dates to my goals, but maybe if I only focus on small goals it’ll be okay.

I’ve been reading through previous weight loss journals of mine, and it’s rather depressing. I’m 7 pounds lighter than I was this time last year, which is better than being 7 pounds heavier, but it’s still sort of upsetting. One of my goals was to reach my goal weight by my 24th birthday. My new goal is to be 273 by then (as my birthday is at the end of June). I wanted to lose 55 pounds last year. Instead, I gained weight. Whenever I set an end goal for weight loss, I fail. I’m sure it’s not the goal that causes me to fail, but it’s still something that doesn’t seem to help.

This time, though, I’m taking things slower. I’m not trying to hurry up and lose weight as fast as possible. I don’t beat myself up if I go over my calories one day, or if I forget/get to lazy to track. If I have a bad week, I don’t get discouraged and give up. I think that’s the attitude I needed to have all along. That’s not to say that I’m not really trying, but I’m not obsessing. I’m working on making healthier choices. I focus on what I’m learning along the way. I celebrate good choices and try not to make bad choices.

I think I’ve found something that works for me. I may not be losing as much weight right away as I have with past diets, but those diets have obviously not worked, so I’m okay with that. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

Also, my boyfriend’s mother said that I looked like I had lost weight in the stomach region. That was nice to hear. I know I’ve been feeling better, and I can fit into smaller clothes, but it’s nice to know that other people can see a difference, too.

Week 2 Weigh-in

Previous weight: 291
Current weight: 286.4

This week’s weight loss: 4.6

I’ve lost 8.6 pounds in the two weeks that I’ve been on this cleanse. That’s exciting enough in and of itself, but there’s even more important news: I hit my first goal! Goal 1 was 5% or 15.2 pounds, and I’ve lost a total of 17.4 pounds since November 22, 2012.

I’m definitely excited, especially since this hasn’t been that difficult. I mean, yes, I pout whenever I see bread or something sugary, but that’s not really that big of a deal. It helps that I know this cleanse is only temporary. I’ll be able to eat gluten and sugar again in a week.

I will admit, I sort of hoped that my food desires cravings would go away while I was on this cleanse. That hasn’t been the case. I still can’t wait until I can make cookies and can have a flour tortilla, not a gluten-free one that’s hard and doesn’t roll up that easily. I went out and bought super expensive gluten-free pasta because I didn’t want to wait another week and a half to have pasta.

But I definitely have changed in one respect, and I think this is the more important way. I’ve learned to control my portions better. I’ve learned that a smoothie really can keep me full for several hours. I’ve learned that I should wait a little bit, even if I think I’m hungry. If I’m actually hungry, my stomach will start to growl. If I’m not actually hungry, the “need” for food will go away once I find something else to think about.

It’s like I’ve been so afraid of being hungry that I eat before hunger actually sets in. And then once I do eat, I have a hard time stopping until I’m really full. Part of that is definitely that I eat too fast. I’ve always known that. When I’m around friends, I eat slowly because I don’t want to look like that fat girl who’s always eating, but on my own I generally eat pretty quickly. Then I get a second helping before the first one has had a time to settle. Obviously I know that I should slow down, but for some reason I haven’t done that before now.

But now, with this cleanse, my meals are more regulated. You’re not supposed to eat for 12 hours between dinner (or your last meal) and breakfast, which means that I have to fit 3 meals into 12 hours’ time. Lately I’ve been eating breakfast around 11, lunch around 2, a snack on my way to class at 4, and then dinner when I get home from class at 8:30. I try to spread out my meals, and that’s helped me learn not to eat so much in one sitting.

It’s also helping me learn that I need side dishes. Fruit can be super filling, and it makes a great after lunch snack or lunch side dish. Before, I would have half a box of pasta for lunch before I was finally full. Now I can have a single bowl of pasta and some cut up cantaloupe or pineapple or an apple, and then I don’t need food for hours. This may not sound all that revolutionary or anything, and it’s not, but this is the first time in my life that I’ve actually been able to eat the way I know you’re supposed to, and it’s exciting.

That’s why I’m so glad that I’m doing this cleanse. I’m not going to continue to eat this food and only this food for the rest of my life, but I can use it as a template for the rest of my life. I might be eating a flour tortilla instead of a brown rice tortilla, but I still only need one of them for lunch.

Also, it’s going to be much easier to stay vegan now that I’ve been a vegan for 3 weeks. Plus, after 3 weeks of not being able to eat oranges, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, caffeine, sugar, gluten, or soy, the vegan diet looks a lot less restrictive than it used to. 🙂

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.

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.