Okay, so I’m losing weight. Like CrAzY. And I feel really, really awesome. I have so much energy! I began my journey about two months ago after I read Tosca Reno’s book “The Eat Clean Diet Recharged” and decided to change my life.
So, I weighed myself this past Sunday, and let me tell you, after the holiday I had at my folks’ house, I was seriously SCARED to step onto that scale. I mean, my mom received a deep fryer for Christmas and one night we had a “What isn’t nailed down that can we fry?” kinda night. This consisted of a homemade blooming onion, jalapeno poppers, fried pickles…it was a heart attack on a plate. Then we washed that down with bear claws from the Savannah Candy Kitchen. I felt like crap that night. Oh, and I paid for it the next day! My body was getting used to eating clean foods that fuel my body, not fried junk! It did not react very well at all. I did my best to stick to eating clean & once we got home I went back to plan. Now my body is happy again. 🙂
Back to the scale…I mustered the courage to step onto it, inhaled sharply and gasped when I read the numbers. I was down 6 pounds! Even after our night of eating fried junk, I still lost weight. I know I succeeded because I had the discipline to go back on plan straight away. Then, I weighed myself this morning…another 3 pounds down. That’s 9 pounds in 2 weeks! I am over the moon with my results! 🙂 *does the Snoopy dance*
The other topic I’d like to cover is rewarding one’s self along the way. I think it’s so important to be kind to yourself & use rewards as a motivator. On New Year’s Eve, I wrote a list of rewards (non-food) to encourage myself to keep going regarding my new lifestyle change. I won’t post them here because it’s incredibly long & mainly girly stuff. I’m a complete makeup junkie. Sephora is my House of Worship. (Dear Universe, I need NARS The Multiple, Tarte bronzer, Urban Decay eye shadow, NARS eyeliner, Body scrub & TanTowel to look spiffy in my swimsuit this summer…)
Today I crossed off two of my rewards:
1. Get a manicure.
2. Get hair done.
To some, this wouldn’t be a big deal, but for someone who is used to taking care of everybody else but themselves, it was major. I discovered a new salon by my house and they doted on me. Do you remember the scene in The Wizard of Oz where Dorothy has reached the Emerald City & they’re giving her a big makeover before she meets the Wizard? Well, I had that kinda day.
I plan to reward myself with little things as I lose weight. It doesn’t always have to be expensive, either. Sometimes just stopping by CVS and getting a new lip gloss or eye shadow will do. I think that making yourself feel good is important. Remember to flip your list & put yourself on top! (Another thing I learned from reading Tosca Reno’s books!)
What I Ate Today:
*lemon water upon rising
Breakfast: Steel cut oats + chopped apple + unsweetened vanilla coconut milk + 1 Tbsp. ground flaxseeds
32 oz. of water
Lunch: 4 oz. roasted chicken breast (no skin) + 1 cup broccoli & cauliflower with sea salt & cracked pepper & side salad–Romaine lettuce, cucumber, scallions–no dressing, just squeeze of lemon
Snack: 1 banana + 2 Tbsp. of PB2
32 oz. water
Dinner: Grilled chicken salad, no dressing, just squeezed lemon on top of it + water with lemon (can you tell I was in a lemony kinda mood?!)
32 oz. water
Post-Workout Snack: 2 oz. turkey breast + 1/2 cup fresh pineapple
45 minutes alternating 5 min. power walking, 5 min. jogging, meeting my Target Heart Rate (= a little over 2 miles distance-wise)
30 minutes of free weights (arms, shoulders, squats & crunches, 25 push-ups)
That’s all I have for now! I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! 🙂