I feel like I've been living under a rock for the past year. I say that because suddenly, I see the light. The past week has been amazing. Spurred on by that awful pregnancy comment, I have stayed faithful to my diet and exercise regime, while somehow taking it easy on myself and allowing some wiggle room. It must be a miracle. I know that I have gone through a similar phase before, but this really feels different. I'm not sure why, but it does. After seeing Rachel (the trainer) for a second time, she had me convinced that more cardio is really what I needed to start burning off the pounds. As much as I hate running, it does appear to be the one thing I didn't do much of when I stopped losing weight last year. And my co-worker friend Deb talked me into trying a grain elimination diet to speed things along. Now, I know I've been saying that we should be able to eat everything we want-- in moderation-- as long as we learn to listen to our hunger/full signals. But I just don't think I'm ready for that yet. But I am ready to start with something concrete, like taking grain out. And hopefully, I will eventually get to the point where I can add it back into my diet, and become more of an intuitive eater.
So I began my new journey right away, feeling refreshed and super motivated. I decided to go ahead with the journaling, as I mentioned in my previous sharepost. I intended to keep track of all of my food and each workout, and record my weight each morning. I have almost completely eliminated all grain from my diet. I am not going to say totally, because if I try to that I feel like I will inevitably fail. So I've had a tiny bit here and there, but for the most part, I'm grain-free. At first it was really tough, but after a couple days it became much easier. I found myself not wanting it as much. The second step I decided on was to eat less. I've been filling my plates with as many veggies as possible, along with a healthy portion of protein. I try to eat most of the veggies first, and take it slow so I really feel it when the satisfaction settles in. This is working! I've been eating less, and even took part of my food home before leaving Applebee's the other night (unheard of!). I'm also trying to eat a little less meat in general, and have been experimenting with vegetarian meals. I know that because I'm not eating grains, I still need to get my fiber. So I'm adding flax to my morning smoothies, and eating plenty of veggies (yes, those have fiber). I've been journaling every day, and that seems to help me be accountable for my choices. Writing my workouts down makes me feel more eager to go to the gym, so that I have something to write. I can't go every day, but when I do I make it worthwhile. I've been running 2.5 miles at least twice a week, and throwing in some Sandy workouts too. I even got to a Zumba class the other night!
My hard work has been paying off. I've dropped seven pounds in just over a week. I feel so much better. Not just because of the weight loss, but because I'm trying and it's working. I feel healthier, happier, and far more focused than I have in a while. And I don't feel deprived at all. Sure, I have some cravings, but I am allowing myself a glass of wine here and there (my favorite), and that seems to not only be satisfying me, but also not stopping the weight loss. I think I might be on to something here. I feel confident that I will keep this up, and who knows, by next week I might be a few pounds lighter. Either way, I will be thrilled to be moving in a positive direction.
Published On: November 17, 2011