Sunday, May 5, 2013

It Takes 4 Weeks

I remember last fall when my weight crept up to 205. TWO HUNDRED FIVE pounds!! I felt so defeated. I was going to class 3 days a week and had 6 hours of homework a night. I was eating and sleeping taxes. UGH! I remember that feeling.

But I also remember the feeling this morning... I am at 205!! TWO HUNDRED FIVE pounds!! That is a ten pound weight loss in under 3 weeks. And the feeling is SO SO SO good! The best part about it... I can feel my muscles coming alive again! It's amazing.

As I've stated before... I am not doing anything CRAZY.... Well, maybe some of you think it's a little bizarre... I have simply cut out processed foods, grains, dairy, and sugar (for the most part of the sugar). So what do I eat? Tons of protein in the form of beef, chicken, crab, and pork. I do not trim off the fat like James does of anything I eat. FAT is great for you, if you are consuming the right kind. I drink a lot of coconut milk in my coffee. I make home made dressings. I eat tons and tons of vegetables. AND... I drink a lot of water.

What kinds of veggies do I eat? Cucumbers, carrots, mushrooms, lettuce- romaine or musclun, cherry tomatoes, spinach, avocado, onions, asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, and some peppers. ICK, you say? Vegetables? How can you eat that every. single. day. ? The answer is simple. Because I am fueling my body with the nutrients it needs. I love salad. I love home made dressing that I know what I've combined together to get a great taste. Do I eat salad every day? No. Some days I snack on baby carrots and sliced cucumbers. These are the two things I LOVE. They do it for me.

I realize that I was so excited about losing that big amount of weight in the first week. My body is detoxing. Ridding all of the processed crap that's been in my body for years and years. Now that it is pretty stable, I am looking at increased muscle, and fat loss from here on out.

But you know what else is helping? Sleep. I can tell a difference in the weight dropping when I get enough sleep, than when I get interrupted sleep. My weight goes down on the weekends because I am not getting up to let the girls outside. During the week I get up so J can sleep because he has to leave by 530-6 am. Getting 7-9 hours of sleep is optimal for me. Some of you may not need that much. I'm more on the 9ish hour side. I feel more rested and have a ton more energy.

Speaking of energy... Do you know what else is helping? Getting off my keester and doing an ab/squat challenge. I feel SO good. I know you've heard of the squat challenge. But if not, here it is.

I am on day 11. Yes. That is 110 squats I did today. Wide legged and plie. Each day gets a little tougher, especially after a rest day. I use a 15 lb kettlebell to help with core stability.

The ab challenge is something I'm kind of doing on my own. Between plank, deadlift with kettlebell, and weighted standing oblique bends. After I finish up this month of detox, I'm going to break my ab disc from P90X out from under the dust and pop it in 4 days a week. I will tell you, I started at 20/side, and have worked my way up to 40/side as of this morning, with that 15 pound kettlebell.

Tuesday, I am gearing up to start another C25K. I can finally fit back into my yoga pants even though they are stretched to the max so I can tough through those chilly mornings we are still having.

Changes I've seen so far? The biggest change I can tell you is that I no longer have to rush to the bathroom after I eat. For those of you that have had your gall bladder removed, (if you have dumping syndrome- usually acquired after surgery), I would highly suggest changing your diet. And by "diet", I am talking about the way you eat. It really has been life changing!

I can't wait for day 90.

What are you waiting for?

Thank you for your support!!

Enjoy your Sunday!

Miss T

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