Detox Day 1

Here we are- the first day of the rest of our lives. Thus begins the detox.

So far so good.

I had a grapefruit for breakfast. Without a sweetener. And you know what? If you get past the bitter after taste, a grapefruit is actually quite sweet. I thoroughly enjoyed it! ¬†Mushrooms steamed and then saut√©ed in a little balsamic vinegar fills you up! And hot water with lemon will replace the ‘coffee’ craving for 7 days.

I think that’s what I’m going to be saddest about not having this week- coffee. I don’t put any fancy creamers in it or anything. I just savor a cup of coffee each morning- watching the news, going on Facebook, driving to work listening to good music… Is it an addiction? Probably. But it’s something I indulge in once a day that really doesn’t hurt me like smoking or drinking or chocolate consumption. But I can deal for seven days.

At least I hope I can for seven days. Today I feel excited- like GAME ON BITCHES! I made a vegetable soup to eat for the next few days. I have kale chips slowly cooking in the oven to snack on. I have portabellas marinating in the fridge to grill for the BBQs I have this weekend. I can bake apples with cinnamon if I want something desserty. My attitude today is that this is a new challenge- much like the challenge of becoming gluten free.

But I’m scared. I’ve dieted my whole life and have had mixed results. Most of my issues lie with will power. And what a weekend to start something like this. Part of me wants to bail on the two BBQs I have, so I don’t have to be exposed to the temptation. But if I do that, I’d never be able to leave the house! Eventually there will be SOMETHING that will temp me…and I will have to learn to fight it off. Luckily, I have some of the best friends and family in the world. They support me so much!

So today it’s GAME ON.

In case you are wondering what diet I’m doing, here’s a link to the site. It’s run through a nutritionist friend of mine, and I’m part of a FInd Your Fit Contest that starts today and runs through Nov. 22nd. I don’t care if I win or not, I just like the competitive part of it! If this is something you’d like to do as well- you can still register! Just make sure to let me know, so I can put you in touch with my friend.

Summer Detox

I will admit I have greatly neglected this blog in the past few months. It was mainly because a. I haven’t really done much cooking because I’ve been doing a lot of traveling, and b. when I am cooking, it hasn’t been anything super creative or worth posting. So I’ve been a bad blogger… again.

However there is now a new reason to start this up again:

I’M DOING A DIET DETOX.

Tomorrow, the lovely foods you see below, will be my only food source for the next week. Fruits and veggies only. No meat, dairy, coffee, alcohol, fats, or grains for seven. whole. days. Quite frankly I’m kinda freaking out about it. I’ve never done a diet like this, and my will power when it comes to food isn’t very strong. However, it’s time to make a change. It’s no secret, I’ve been overweight my whole life, and I’m sharing this journey with you mainly to help me stay in check. So I hope you are all still reading out there. Because I’m gonna need your help and encouragement. I’m planning to blog every day for the detox and once a week of the diet.

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I spent this summer doing nothing but relaxing and traveling. It’s the first summer in a really long time I didn’t need to work. I learned a lot about myself in the process. The past two weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about going to back to school next weeks, and all the obligations that go along with it. And I realize I do too much…

I DO WAAAAY TOO MUCH.

Which probably why my weight continues to creep up- I don’t take time out for myself to listen to my body. I eat bad things out of convenience on nights I don’t get home until 8PM. I snack on bad things in between meetings because I don’t allow myself the energy to seek out something better. And most importantly- I don’t give myself enough time to go to the gym regularly.

This all must change. So not only am I detoxing my body, I have also began detoxing my life. I cleaned out my closet the other day for the first time in a looooong time. I had clothes in there that haven’t fit me in years, in the hopes that I will loose the weight- which I never did. And the closet is only the beginning- I only want to focus on the things that are truly important to me- my husband, my family and friends and my body.

They say ‘make room for the life that you want, and not the life that you have.’ Well, I’m cleaning house because I most certainly do not want to live or look like this anymore. It’s time to take care of myself- and if that means I have to trim away some of the work I do, then it’s what I’m going to have to do…