Archive for June, 2012
Crazy busy weekend to finish off my 21 day reset – the last two entries are video blogs
I have officially made it through day one post reset.
The real difference was that I had my mid morning snack and I snacked a bit after dinner.
Here is what I had:
Breakfast: 1/2 papaya, about a cup of grapes, couple strawberries, 3/4 nectarine
Snack – 1 slice Ezekiel bread and thin layer of almond butter – about 2tsp
Lunch – Large bowl of spinach, 1/2 avocado, 1 small red grabefruit, 2T mixed nuts and a dressing of olive oil and lemon. (Recipe from the Forks Over Knives Cookbook
Snack – Leftover seaweed, edamame and carrot salad (SO yum!)
Dinner – Small bunch of kale braised (favorite way to prepare) leftover serving of brown rice and sauteed veggies (coconut and sesame oil – my new favorite)
Snack – blueberries and slice of watermelon (I could seriously eat blueberries till my head falls off!)
We had planned on doing a big hike but Chris’ knee started to bother him and it kept us from that so I didn’t have much exercise today.
I don’t know if it was the elevation change from our drive up the mountain today or the bread but I hit a wall mid afternoon (about 2 hours after eating the bread) I also noticed that I was slightly gassy and bloated. Other than that it was a pretty “normal” day.
Have I mentioned I am just ready for this to be done? Don’t ge me wrong, I feel really good and I am REALLY glad I am doing this but I really don’t think this is the way I want to live for ever and ever.
I’m NOT saying I want a cheeseburger and cookie, I just don’t watn to be so strict.
I think I’m most curious to see how my body reacts to the foods that I was used to eating. I wouldn’t call it a “craving” so much as I just “want” certain foods – mostly bread. I’m glad I began eating “like a man” for this week as I need more calories with my amount of activity. I’m also looking forward to working out but unfortunately with upcoming travel I wont be sticking to a program.
Before the reset I actually ate pretty healthy, granted when we were traveling it wasn’t perfect so this reset has been GREAT to start me, and my kitchen off on a super clean foot
I have been giving a lot of thought as to how I want to come out of this. There is a transition period, of another 3 weeks actually, where you slowly add things back in. I already know I will be transitioning much faster as I will be traveling a week after the reset is done and we have a friend in town mid week. I kind of wish I had two weeks between finishing reset and traveling.
I imagine I’ll be “tasting” foods, not eating an entire meal of fish, dairy, grains, cookies etc. But if Chris is eating something I want to appreciate the taste of I’ll try it. I’m looking forward to trying some recipes from Forks Over Knives and Eat, Taste, Heal which are both “new to me cookbooks”. I love that a lot of the Reset meals are similar to the meals in the cookbooks
Anyway… Thanks for reading my journey. It’s not over yet!
Here was my breakfast today. Since I didn’t prep the night before I ended up blending my frozen cherries and peaches with a bit of water – it was really good!
Lunch was really good. I enjoyed this salad.
I totally forgot to eat my afternoon snack. That never happens to me. I was really hungry for dinner and totally forgot to take a picture! I enjoyed the tempeh better this time than I did the first part of the reset.
Prep for day 20
Breakfast fruit plate is ready
Lunch – switched it to another spinach salad
Dinner – No need to prep, can make it all fresh.
It was Chris’ birthday and we went out for dinner. I think I did pretty good actually. I even managed to make him carrot cupcakes without licking the bowl or trying any! (I did freeze one to have another day!)
Since we were heading out to dinner I ate my “dinner” for lunch and planned on having a salad at dinner. I was really looking forward to trying the fennel but sad to say I wasn’t overly impressed. I have a few more recipes from the Forks Over Knives cookbook to try so I’ll definitely try those next week.
There were some options at dinner that would “work”, meaning they were vegan and grain free. I opted for two small salads, a grilled kale salad and a roasted beet salad. I say this will “do” as I’m sure the dressings that were used (a papaya “relish” probably had more sugar than any of my dinners the past two 1/2 weeks.) Honestly, I like my beets better
Not drinking is not hard for me, although it would have been nice to have a glass of wine! What I missed the most was trying the fresh bread and tasting the fish Chris ordered.
I didn’t end up prepping anything for Day 19 at all as we were out later than normal.
Crazy busy, fast, full day, but OH so good! It’s Monday and I LOVE Mondays!! I start my Monday at 6am on my bike listening to an inspiring call that makes me want to help as many people as I can. I come home pumped up and ready to work through the day.
Things are ending, things are beginning. Exactly as the day is beginning here in Hawaii it is finishing somewhere else. Nothing ever really ends, does it? It’s just a cycle of life…
I “finish” two things this week. On Thursday I finish a 30 day business bootcamp training, on Saturday I “finish” this. But not really, I still need to officially come out of it. I am already setting up my own training to help others grow their business. I am determining exactly how I will come out of this Reset. As much as I’d like to just go back to “normal” I DO want to be smart about this and really pay attention to my body. And what is normal? Could this be my new normal? Parts of it, yes. All of it, probably not.
Honestly, I don’t have much in terms of Rest to report. It was a pretty normal day. Energy level was good, just got pretty hungry today. I was SO busy I didn’t really have time to let it affect me.
My lovely breakfast – even Chris said it was “pretty”
Lunch wasn’t very photogenic. I flipped the Asian Cabbage Salad for today’s lunch. I didn’t eat the miso soup option (probably should have, I was hungry!)
My snacks this week, when not Shakeology, has been my new favorite, carrots and avocado! Not sure if I am craving avo, or if I just REALLY like it but I seriously could eat avocado all the time! I didn’t even like it 3 years ago… totally missing out!!
Dinner was ok. I’m full, so that is good, but I did opt to “eat like a man” and added not only the optional 1/2 cup of brown rice but added the additional serving that men get to add. I enjoyed the curried cauliflower but it just didn’t feel like enough of a “meal”. Yesterdays dinner was much better.
Prep going into day 17
My fruit plate is ready for breakfast
I made the carrot salad so it’s ready for lunch. It smells AMAZING!! I can’t WAIT to eat this and I am sure I’ll be eating this again!
Dinner – I’ll cook it fresh tomorrow.
Wow! BIG difference today! I feel emotionally MUCH better, a bit light headed today though.
**Maybe** part of my good mood has to do with an AWESOME post in my Jiggle Free June Challenge group from Stephen A.
I showed this to Chris who read it and told me that my breath has in fact been a bit “different” during this! Well, thanks! Now you tell me! I have a good man for putting up with me through this! xo
Anyway, I texted Stephen because I was SO excited about his FB post and I get this back from him:
“Thanks Mandy for all your encouragement and help. If you were here I would hug you. I feel so good about myself. There’s no stopping me now.”
Seriously! Give me a minute as I rub the goosebumps on my arms and wipe the tears from my eyes. That is SO going in the “don’t quit” file! There are some days that I feel like “Why do I even bother? Wouldn’t it be easier to just go about my life and not worry so much about other people and their success?” It’s notes and emails like this where I KNOW that I have made a difference and that is AMAZING. It makes me want to keep going, to share more, to help more and it makes me know I am on the 100% right path. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… No one ever told me how fulfilling being a Beachbody Coach really is. Sure it’s great to get paid for doing what I love, and we all have to pay the bills, but THIS, this lives on in Stephen’s life and it will change his wife’s life, his kids lives and the lives of their kids. I want him to play for years and years with his grand-babbies and spend another 40 years with his best friend and wife. And the thing is I have never even met him. He was simply “given” to me from Beachbody.
Then a few minutes later I was able to help another challenger join my team as a Beachbody Coach! She is ready to pay it forward and help others get in great shape! I was so pumped up with all this GREAT news I HAD to burn some energy and pressed play with Les Mills Pump. I did the 55 minute Pump Revolution and loved it! I am thoroughly enjoying these workouts. They go by fast, are fun and I love the music! Oh, I think I have a new girl crush as well!
I got back on my bike today, not quite up for sunrise but it still felt great to start my day that way. A beautiful fruit bowl, 1/2 papaya, 1 kiwi, couple slices of watermelon, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup strawberries and a few cherries. YUM.
Had a really random thing happen out and about, such a cool small world story actually! We went to one of our favorite swimming holes, Wailua Falls and we always start chatting with people down there. I met this nice lady named Lisa (she noticed my P90X had and told me she had it but wasn’t following the meal plan…tsk, tsk, tsk!) As we were chatting she learned that I used to work at Cirque du Soleil and she told me she had a friend who used to work there. Turns out I know here friend as well. It always amazes me that I can sit under a waterfall in Hawaii, talking to a lady from Tennessee who runs a ballet studio and trained my friend and former co-worker that I knew in Vegas! Be nice to people, they are probably just friends you haven’t met yet
After our waterfall chill out time we had lunch on the beach. The salad was really good – such a simple dressing of lime juice, honey and oil. I didn’t eat all the jicama, I’m not sure it was 100% fresh. I ended up eating a bit of leftover edamame and corn succotash when I got home since I missed out on the calories from the jicama. I’ll totally make that simple dressing again though. Who needs bottles when it’s so easy to make your own!
My snack was Vegan Shakeology which kept me full before dinner, good thing too since my baked potato took closer to an hour too cook! Dinner really isn’t the time that I get hungry, it’s mostly after breakfast and before my afternoon snack. Maybe there is something to that alkalinez supplement that keeps me going, I totally notice an energy boost from it. I know it isn’t keeping me “full” and it is only 8 calories, but it sure does help.
Dinner was good, and yes, this is a purple sweet potato. They are local here in Hawaii. It was a giant potato so I figured I should just have half. Garlic veggies were good and I didn’t feel I needed the quinoa so left that out. There is an optional grain for dinners this week.
Wow! This has gotten to be such a LONG post!
Prep for tomorrow -
Breakfast – fruit is easy
Lunch – I’m going for the Asian Salad since it was on the menu today. I’ll prep that to have it ready to grab and go.
Dinner – Looks like it is cauliflower and kale so no prep needed for that one.
Make it a great day!
Blah, blah, blah… Totally how I feel today. I didn’t want to get out of bed, I don’t want to do anything right now, I’m just ready for a new day. I think I am a bit bored as well, I’d just love to eat, or cook a new recipe, or bake cookies, or make pancakes, or try a new restaurant.
Sorry to start off on such a downer note, just not feeling “it” today.
I looked through some of the facebook support groups and it seems normal at about this time people are just ready for it to be over. Happy tomorrow starts week three. All downhill from here
This morning I actually stayed in bed till 7:30 which was really nice since. I probably needed a bit of a sleep. For the last two weeks I have been up between 5:30-6 everyday.
Super happy to have my fruit back for breakfast but opted for a lot of frozen fruit. Frozen blueberries just aren’t the same as fresh.
The rest of the day was so up in the air. We were supposed to go to a friends house for dinner and I had no idea how long we were going to be away from the house so I literally packed EVERYTHING in my bag to be prepared. Here is my lunch, snack (Shakeology) and dinner just in case. No excuses, right? We ended up not going out at all so I stayed on plan and went with the kale instead of a zucchini. See below
Lunch was really good, you know, the normal salad and the soup made from leftover pumpkin and coconut milk. (I added some leftover vegetable broth as well) We weren’t somewhere I could heat it up so had it chilled. Not bad. You’d think after all these salads that would be what I am bored with but not at all. I LOVE salads and will stick to lots of green salads after this is done.
I actually really liked the dinner tonight. It was a great mix of edamame, corn, peppers, shallot and onion served with a bunch of steamed kale with olive oil and lemon. I ended up mixing it all together and it was really tasty. I’m always so surprised at how filling the dinners are. I rarely crave more food or sweets after eating the dinners. Tonight was a different story!
I did end up going off plan a bit tonight and messed up. After dinner I swung by the grocery store to pick up some fresh fruit for tomorrow’s breakfast and
couldn’t didn’t resist the blueberries and a big juicy strawberry.
I gotta say again how much I hate the scale. Seriously. So I get up and weigh my self out of curiosity – down to 128. Middle of the day I’m at 133.5 (of course I had had food and water). No wonder women go crazy. Throw out your scale! It’s dumb!! I know I didn’t “gain” 5 pounds in a matter of hours – it’s the food in my system.
Emotionally it was a tough day but overall it wasn’t bad. Mama said there’ll be days like this…
Oh, for prep going into day 15… I ended up planning on switching the Asian Salad for Day 20s jicama and avocado salad, I was a bit nervous my jicama would go bad and wanted to try the salad. I am not prepping anything for dinner as it’ll all cook up pretty fast and I’ll need to be in the kitchen anyway.
I think this is the hardest part so far for me. After a not great day yesterday, feeling a bit like a stick in the mud with not being able to go out to eat normally or enjoy a glass of wine. I’m ready for it to be over and just be a bit more “normal”. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m in no way thinking of quitting! The last two days I haven’t done my sunrise bike ride either which has thrown me off a bit. I really need that time in the morning to set the tone for the day.
As I mentioned before, I just couldn’t do miso soup for breakfast but instead of subbing with fruit I did two days in a row of the chick peas, avocado and spinach. Can’t WAIT for my fruit plate tomorrow! SO excited!!
Lunch was a lovely salad with roasted beets enjoyed on the beach.
And dinner… I was REALLY looking forward to the squash as I LOVE pumpkin and we eat a fair amount of pumpkin soup in New Zealand. I don’t tend to cook it myself and was hoping this would be an amazing recipe that I could add to my list of meals. It just didn’t turn out as good as the picture in the book was. I really am not a fan of tahini and my pumpkin turned out a bit dry.
The only prep I did so far was shelled my edemame (I bought the frozen edemame in pods from Costco). Oh, I also baked all the pumpkin and will make the soup tonight instead of tomorrow so it is ready to do.
I also weighed myself today. I have been weighing in from time to time. I really don’t like scales. At all. I like my pants. If they are falling off I’m losing weight, if they are tight I need to ease up on the cookies. But for this reset I was curious. Because I didn’t think I had weight to lose. I don’t want to be “skinny”. When I started P90X 3 years ago I weighed 142. I went down to 134 when I finished and have gone between 134-139 the last few years. I’m currently at 130. I’m don’t really want to see it go lower. It just doesn’t feel right. I’m 5’7″. I don’t notice a huge difference in the way I LOOK and my clothes don’t feel too different, maybe a bit loser… ***Warning!! poo alert!!**** It kind of makes me think that there was some gunk in my system that needed to come out! And speaking of which, things are moving, regularly. I am NOT spending all day in the bathroom. My insides are definitely getting a spring clean