Sunday, September 9, 2012

Getting Out of My Own Head

Exactly 4 weeks and 6 days from today, I will be sitting on my couch hopefully feeling very proud that I accomplished my goal of 13.1 miles.  The training has been tough and I won't lie, there have been some serious rough patches.  Part of these patches are straight up lazy on my part, but there is an equal part of not having enough time in the day.

Training was going great during the summer months.  I would be sure to hit the road before my husband went to work.  Then reality struck me in the face... school started again and I found myself not wanting to wake up at 5am to go for a run.  Getting two kids ready for school is exhausting and when I come home from school, the last thing I want to do is tie up the laces.  I've sadly skipped too many of the short runs but tried to keep my pace on the longer Saturday runs... Then came yesterday.

I hit a super lazy patch.  I ran 7 miles two weeks ago and then ran a 5k the next day.  All this fit into my training schedule.  Schools started and a ended up skipping two weeks of running.  So on Saturday, I decided that I needed to hit my scheduled 9 miler, after not having done anything.  This is not a good idea.  I hit mile 6 and BAM! I stopped.  Now the funny thing is that I wasn't tired.  Nothing hurt.  I was actually headed to a downhill section of my run.  My brain stopped, I could run another step.  I walked the rest of the way home and went through every emotion.  How was I going to run 13.1 when I could finish 9?  Why was I doing this?  Do I really even like to run?  Why do I care?  Why did I stop?

It all came to one major realization... If I wanted this, really wanted this, I have to let go of the excuses. I can run 13.1 miles, I know I can.  But will I torture myself by not preparing myself and struggling every step?  Or will I decide that I'll commit to the training and do this right?

Here's to the next 4 weeks and 6 days...

xoxo -k.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Hitting the Road

So after my crazy diet following, many of my friends tried it out for themselves for 7 days.  There was a mixed bag of success in the bunch, but as far as I know, no one regretted trying it out.  I have in fact gained some of the weight back.  I am happy to report however that it has only been 2 pounds as of yesterday.  With that, I have officially been at wedding weight since mid-June.  That's huge!

So now I have a new goal.  I have registered to run my first half-marathon in October.  Seeing as blogging the diet kept me honest, I decided that I would blog this new adventure.  For those of you who don't know; my New's Years Resolution this year was to run in 10 races in 2012.  So far I have completed 5 of the 10.  I've had an amazing time so far and feel like this might actually be the first resolution that I keep.

So as cool as it will be to complete a half-marathon, I still have 10 pounds I'd like to shed to reach my ultimate goal.  (That sounds so much better than the 30 I started with!!)  I'm hoping that not only will I have completed 13.1 miles in October, but I will finally reach my goal weight.  It's only 12 short weeks away.

Now I will NOT be blogging after every run.  No one wants to read that.  But perhaps each week...  We have all created excuses on why we can't exercise or that there aren't enough hours in the day to complete everything.  I will be training for this half-marathon (approx. 200 miles of training), going back to school to get my 6th year, raising 3 kids all while holding down a full time AND a part time job.  Thank God my husband supports my craziness.  This should, if nothing else, be a comical adventure...

xoxo -k.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Day 7

The end.  I made it the full 7 days.  I won't weigh myself until tomorrow morning to get the actual pounds, but even after todays 9 pound total, I would have to say this diet works.  Today was fruits and veggies all day again but now I was able to add vegetable juices.

For breakfast, I literally took a spoon to half a watermelon and went to town.  I love watermelon.  I left it on the table and every time I walked by, I ended up having another bite.  I ended up eating the whole thing before lunch.  For lunch, I grilled up two portabella mushrooms and topped it with a spoonful of salsa.  I'm loving the salsa as a topping.  Changes everything up a little.  Nothing else was very exciting for the rest of the day.  I bought some green juice from Whole Foods that was all organic and straight vegetables.  It was the grossest thing I ever tasted, I couldn't finish it.  I'm not sure how people do just juicing for weight loss.  I give you credit.  Now I know there are other combinations for juicing, but if they're anything like the one I had today, I'll pass.  I did buy a carrot and beet juice that I will be trying in the next couple days, but I don't have high hopes.  Dinner was a beet that I boiled the other day.  It was bland and I didn't really care.  I wasn't starved, nor was I craving anything.

My energy level today was really low.  It actually said on the website that I would feel weak today and they weren't kidding.  All I wanted to do today was nap.  Again, I didn't love the temptations I found being home.  I think knowing the end was here, I wasn't as motivated to avoid.  Today was the only day I cheated.  My cheating included - one sour patch kid and 2 peanut butter m&m's.  They were delicious.  And I didn't feel that badly about it.  My biggest cheat was when my husband made my favorite vegetable drink in the whole world... a Bloody Mary.  Mmmmmmm.  It was tomato juice and it had a stalk of celery that I ate, which was approved for today.  Maybe the shot of vodka wasn't but I looked at it as a celebratory drink.  I didn't end up finishing the whole thing, but I'll admit it was delicious on the way down.

Again this slight deviation from the plan didn't kill my spirits.  I lost 9 pounds in 6 days and my plan is to figure out how to keep it off.  I refuse to live my life where I can't enjoy food.  I want to eat a brownie every now and then, I want to enjoy a cocktail with my husband.  In turn, I want to stay active and eat smart.  This is the balance that I will find in my life.

So here are my recommendations if you want to try this diet:
1.  RESEARCH.  Please read all the varieties of this diet.  There are a ton of them out there.  Some plans are slightly different than others.  Different recipes for the cabbage soup, etc.  I found mine on  I like the information they gave me about each day and the reasoning behind what I was doing.  
2.  Try and find a stretch of 7 days where you'll be able to commit yourself to this diet.  There will never be a perfect week where you can place yourself inside a bubble and hide from the world.  But if you really want to do it, you won't let yourself make excuses. 
3.  Have a plan for after the diet.  I'm thinking that I will be cutting out more carbohydrates and sugars from my diet.  I'm also planning on finding some exercise routines that will help me, too.  Right now I've been doing a lot of cardio but I need to mix that up.  
4.  Find someone to do this with you.  It's easier to suffer with another.  Though my husband didn't do the actual diet with me, he was extremely supportive, making the whole thing much easier.  
5.  It's only 7 days, but make sure you stay busy.  It keeps your mind from thinking about food all day.  Like I've mentioned, I found this easier to do during the work week than the weekend.  
6.  Would I do this diet again?  Probably.  Besides being tired today, I've felt really good, healthy.  A detox every couple month might not be a bad idea.  Even if its just a recommitment to myself.  

Thanks to everyone that followed along!  If you've been inspired, please let me know how it goes for you!  Maybe you did something differently and still had great results.  I'll be sure to let everyone know how I've been able to maintain this weight loss, if I can.  I'm guessing I'll put back 3-4 pounds, but hopefully that's it.  I'm still another 10 pounds away from my ultimate goal, so this was just a little boost to continue forth!

Now I'll go back to writing about crap that no one cares about.

xoxo -k.

p.s. Thank Jess, for the little inspirational quote above!  Gotta love pintrest!  I'm sure you found this quote right next to the recipe for the "best piece of chocolate cake ever"!

Day 6

With only two days remaining, I entered into today very confidently.  Maybe a little too confident.  I figured that if I managed through tomatoes and protein all day, that veggies and protein would be a piece of cake.  Of the 6 days so far, this one was my most challenging.  It wasn't that I didn't have enough to eat or that I didn't have a variety in my meals.  Today was the day I wanted everything else.

I'm going to venture to say there were several contributing factors to the "toughness" of today.  First, I was home all day.  Days 1-5 I had to get up and go to work.  I had all the food I was going to eat in front of me.  I didn't have an option of encountering other foods.  Every time I open the fridge at home, I saw something that I wanted eat.  Now mind you, it wan't even that I craved crappy food.  I wanted the chobani yogurt or the cheese stick.  Of course when I opened the pantry and say the ever so delicious chocolate oreos, I had to pull my arm away from the package and walk away.  But that wasn't what I was craving.  I was craving good foods, just not anything I was suppose to have today.

A second contributing factor that I had was the annual neighborhood block party.  The food was tempting and the grilled smelled delicious.  I could have licked the actual grate, but I probably would have destroyed my tongue and the neighbors would most likely talk about me in a not so favorable fashion.  How was this any different from the day before at my friend's end of the year BBQ?  Well, there I didn't have to explain myself to the guest.  They were all my friends and knew I was doing this crazy experiment.  I didn't want to explain myself at the block party.  No one needs to hear that story (Says the girl writing a blog about her diet!).  I was asked to be in the annual pie eating contest and my neighbor insisted that it was only a small slice of pie and it was fun, my reply was lamely, "I really don't feel like it, but maybe next year."  Really?  Maybe next year??  I should have been better prepared with a response.  Lesson learned.
tofu noodles and veggies

lettuce wraps
But I made it.  I didn't cheat.  I did take 2 bites of a burger, no cheese or bun.  Figured that counted as protein, but actually felt guilt and didn't finish it.  It was cold too, so not quite worth it.  I did make some yummy dished though.  For breakfast I made a veggie and egg white omelet.  Added hot sauce.  Yup, again with the hot sauce.  Lunch - I used tofu noodles as my protein and added a ton of veggies and a quick tomato sauce.  I did leave the block party for dinner.  I made the yummiest lettuce wraps.  Just grilled up the chicken and added a spoonful of salsa.  I can't wait to make those again.

One day to go.  9 pounds down.  The end is in sight.

xoxo -k.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Day 5

Last day of school, presenting to a staff of 45 on next year's teacher evaluation plan for 5 hours, attending a "official start to summer" cookout at a friend's house, and trying to stick to this diet - tomatoes and protein.  I thought for sure I'd cave today.  Surprisingly, I didn't.

Breakfast, I ate a tomato sprinkled with salt.  I was also a stress ball because my presentation was starting any minute.  Due to the concentration I had for the morning, it went by very quickly for me.  Lunch arrived and I devoured 2 pieces of grilled chicken and another tomato.  My husband got up in the morning and grilled me 4 pieces of chicken for the day.  (thanks, honey!)  They were so good!  I think that I hadn't had any form of protein in 4 days made me enjoy the cold piece of chicken as if it were my favorite food.  That also may be why I'm finding that this diet isn't very difficult at all.  Yes, there are restrictions and self-control but I simply plan what I am going to eat for the day and that's it.  Other foods aren't tempting me, they're just not.  Ok, so back to my day - I ate lunch by myself today because I needed to get ready for the second part of the presentation.  Again, I was so focused on that that the chicken and tomato were simply something I could grab easily and not really think about.

This is so not my picture. And I didn't use lemon.
I just needed something to represent the day! 
Finally, presentation was over and my summer vacation began!! I headed over to a friend's house for the end of the year party and brought my little lunch bag with me.  Inside - 2 more tomatoes and another piece of chicken.  I thought for sure I'd want to nibble on a cheese burger or a hot dog or some of my favorite macaroons.... oh macaroons, how I love you.  But again, I found I was easily able to walk away from it all.  I threw a tomato on the grill and ate that as a little snack.  It was yummy.  Then I hung out with friends, drank my water happily (though I would have loved a beer), and then grilled another tomato and heated up the last piece of chicken and ate dinner.  I was able to eat another 2-4 tomatoes and more protein if I wanted, but I wasn't really hungry. And no cabbage soup again!  So I left it at that.  Nothing fancy, nothing crazy and simply 2 more days to go.

The scale is showing about an 8 pound loss at this point and I can totally see it.  I've officially hit wedding weight and I'm a little less than 5 pounds away from pre-Gavin weight.  Day 6 looks to be easy - all the protein and veggies I want.  Maybe I'll switch it up and have some salmon.  Though the grilled eggplant was so tasty, I'd eat that again in a heartbeat.  Maybe both!

I think my big focus now isn't if I can do this diet, I obviously can.  My thoughts are already heading to how can I keep this off... I'm anticipating a 3-4 pound gain once I start eating "normally".  But hopefully I can keep the rest off.  I think that's the real challenge.

I've forgotten to mention that both today and yesterday, I did throw some exercise in there.  In the morning, a friend and I went for a walk around town.  Yesterday, we walked nearly five miles and today it was nearly six.  I felt a little sluggish yesterday, but today felt normal.  I'm sure the carbohydrates in the bananas helped that.

So here's to the next two day... may they be quick and easy. :-)

xoxo -k.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Day 4

Bananas, lots of bananas.  Though the thought of this day made me cringe, it actually wasn't so bad.  Along with up to 8 bananas today, I was able to have 24 oz of skim milk.  And of course, the amount of cabbage soup was unlimited.  Manageable.  At this point I know I'm half way through and my will power is better than I thought it would be.  I'm not going to screw this up now.  The scales shows a 5 pound lose as of this morning.  I'll take it.

Breakfast consisted of a banana, 8 oz of milk and a few ice cubes thrown in the blender to make a smoothie.  Exactly what I wanted.  Before this diet, I was making a protein shake every morning.  I love them.  So with this banana smoothie, I felt like I was back to my old routine.  Then about an hour or two later, I had a banana.  Lunch - 2 bananas.  Now I was at the Wadsworth Atheneum for an all day professional development, so cabbage soup really wasn't a lunch option.  Got home from PD and you'll never guess what I had.  Yup, a banana.  I added a cold 8 oz. glass of skim milk with it though - for a little something different.

just in case you needed a visual of a banana
Dinner was welcomed with a warm bowl of cabbage soup.  Added the hot sauce for flavor.  I might be obsessed with the hot sauce... I seem to add it to everything.  I didn't eat a lot of it though.  Didn't really want to.  And dessert, you guessed it, banana #6 and the final 8 oz of skim milk.  I did have this great idea to freeze a banana and eat that for dessert... thinking I'd at least change the texture.  But, being the genius that I am, I didn't peel the banana before freezing it.  Yes, I apparently thought the skin would simply peel right off.  Mmmhhmmm. Brilliant.  Side effect of this diet is apparently you turn into an idiot.  Awesome.

Overall, I wasn't hungry today.  The bananas were filling and it wasn't very hard at all.  I liked having milk as a change.  I still ended up drinking 48 ounces of water along with the 24 ounces of milk.  But it all was manageable.  I do wish I had a toothbrush throughout today though.  That many bananas gives that "sweater on your teeth" feeling.  You know what I'm talking about.  I could have done without that.

So, I'm official halfway through this diet.  Tomorrow I get to eat protein!  Downside of tomorrow, the only other thing I can eat is 6-8 tomatoes and of course, cabbage soup.

xoxo -k.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Day 3

So apparently, I have a steady following on this diet!  I've received several text messages, emails, Facebook posts and had discussions about this endeavor of mine.  So let's get started on what happened today....

Today was fruit and veggies all day - no bananas and no baked potato today.  Also, the goal is to stay away from starchy veggies.  With that said, I found today to be the easiest of the three days.  Fruit for breakfast and snacks.  For lunch I had some left over stir fry from last night with more hot sauce - I love hot sauce.  I didn't find myself hungry at all today.  However, today was one of the busiest days... it was the last day of school.  There was lots of packing, cleaning, and getting things dome around my classroom.  I didn't really give myself much time to stop and think about food.

I have to say that I am finding myself really showing some serious self control.  I bought donuts for the kids today as a special year-end treat and cut them all in half.  (No worries each kid ended up with a donut and a half, not just a half.)  Anyway, I ended up getting chocolate frosting on my fingers and usually after cutting everything up, I would totally lick my fingers or the knife.  Don't judge, you know you've done the same thing.  After cutting everything up and passing it all out, I washed my hands and the knife without sampling the delicious chocolate.  Now if you know me, that is NOT my M.O.  I think the sense of commitment is there because I know it's over in 4 more days.  I'm not saying I will be stuffing my face with chocolate come Monday, and throwing all this hard work down the toilet, but if there is a donut in the vicinity - I will be tasting the frosting.

Moving on in the day, I thought that I wanted to have a salad for dinner, but I was craving something warm.  I wanted to stay away from the cabbage soup, so I came up with these tasty treats... I cut think slices of eggplant and grilled them.  Then in the blender, I threw in a tomato, some salt and lemon juice and made a little sauce.  Next time, I will add some fresh basil.  I ate 2 of them like that.  I didn't make enough sauce so the next 4 "eggplant steaks" I added a slice of tomato and mmmmmm.  I would totally have this again with a side of spaghetti squash.
"eggplant steaks"
Energy-wise - not my best day.  I'm feeling a little sluggish.  Now this could be due to it being the last day of school, or that I'm stressing about giving the professional development at my school on Friday, or the fact that my throat is sore (I'm not getting sick, I'm not getting sick, I'm not getting sick). And once I got home, I had to start "cleaning" my house because the cleaning lady is coming tomorrow.  So I've been running around like a chicken with my head cut off.  The logic in "cleaning" for the cleaning lady is prime subject matter for another blog.

Regardless of the kind of day I'm having, I have found that I feel in complete control of this experiment.  I've easily said no to food or snacks offered to me and I'm not really craving anything.  Tomorrow is bananas and milk.... hmmm.  I have some ideas to change it up a little and I'll go into them tomorrow.  We'll see how I feel about self-control tomorrow.  I also have a staff party at a friend's house on Friday... that is where temptation will throw it's best at me.

Stay tuned.

xoxo -k.