Yesterday I completed Week Two of “Finding My Fit.”
It was not a successful week on the scale. In fact, I gained 3 lbs. back. I was devastated. Especially since I worked so hard to loose it. And many people told me it was the extremely hot and humid weather, or the simple fact my body just hasn’t ‘let it go.’ But I was pissed. I’ve been measuring every morsel of food going in my mouth. Working out regularly. Made a ton of sacrifices.
Still- I gain 3 pounds.
The important thing is, I am not stoping the plan. I am still fully committed to it. My hope that my body IS having a hard time letting go of the toxins. I’ve lost 1.5 of those pounds already…
Aside from that, I felt good about what I was eating, and confident of my plan. It was also my first week back at school with the kids. And there a few nights of eating out, but I stayed in my plan-made good choices and kept my portions in check. I also learned quite a few lessons about food and my body I’d like to share with you. These things might help you in your journey….
1. Eating out can be stressful. But where ever you are, there is a healthy choice. For example, we ordered out from my favorite mexican take out place. I normally get the enchiladas, but this time I got the stuffed peppers. I simply order a healthier choice without compromising the places I love to eat. Also, pay attention to portion sizes. Yes, they tell you to ‘ask for half to be wrapped’ when you order, but you really don’t know how much you will get. Instead, use your hand as a guide for portions. For protein, you should something the size of the palm of your hand. For fats, your thumb is a tablespoon. And for starched and carbs, no more than 1/2 cup.
2. Always have a healthy snack on you. This will save your life!
3. Reduce dairy- My acupuncturist (yes, it works) told me from the get go that I should try to eliminate dairy from my diet. She said it builds mucus in the system and ‘clouds your chi.’ I didn’t believe her truthfully. However, the first day back from detox, I had dairy…and was sick almost all day. At first I thought it was the coffee or eating ‘richer’ foods with fat again, but by the time I was ready for bed last night, I became phlegmy. I know that sounds gross to hear, but I think my acupuncturist is on to something. I really think too much dairy is not good for you-eggs excluded. Now this doesn’t mean that I am swearing off dairy forever. It just means that I will try to limit my intake to one serving a day- if I have a cheese stick as a snack, then I won’t have a glass of milk with breakfast. That’s all. And let me reiterate that eggs are excluded from the mucus forming ways.
4. Sacrifice makes you feel powerful. When you give something up you enjoy, you are telling your body you love it. And that’s makes you feel good! I feel gaining will power, makes me stronger. Yesterday our school had a happy hour to celebrate the first week. I wanted to go so bad…but I couldn’t drink, so what’s the point? So I went for a run instead. I feel bad, but there will be other times. And I feel so proud of myself for making that healthy choice.
I will continue to use these lessons as I embark on week 3. I just hope the scale starts cooperating. And…I can’t wait to have a glass of wine again next Saturday!!!!