Thursday!

I will check my hand written notes in my planner have anything I haven’t shared and post any I find.
As far as today goes: I have eaten no refined sweeteners, have had salmon for my meat and nothing processed!

Early morning: Hot water with lemon juice
Morning: coffee with honey and cinnamon and 4 T. Of cream.

Lunch: 1 quart (almost) of green juice consisting of- Romaine lettuce, mixed greens, cucumber, pear, grapes, cilantro and parsley.

Lunch2: romaine lettuce salad with cucumbers and tomatoes with homemade dressing.
Cilantro dressing:
Apple cider vinegar (or another vinegar, lemon, lime, orange, or grapefruit juice)
Fresh garlic cloves (no skin)
Mustard or plain, Greek yogurt
Salt
Pepper
A hand full of cilantro and a hand full of parsley
Blend or use a food processor to mix well.
Need more water! I had a cup this morning while taking my medicine and another with lemon juice but need to up the intake!
No exercise yet!

First Full Week/1st Weigh In Post!

I am tired and was ready for bed over an hour ago but I don’t want to get behind on this. 

This is my first, official BLOG WEIGH IN!

I am now at 218!

Starting weight was 220, so I am down two pounds. 

I am working on getting enough water in, started back at the gym this morning (treadmil: didn’t hold on for dear life and I averaged around 3.5 with a 1.5 average incline. 40 minutes) – and I am adding juices, keeping on with smoothies and taking in no added, refined sugars. Well, I am trying to make sure nothing I eat has refined sugar but it is in so much, it is hard to know. 

There was much more I planned to say/share/write but I’m not quite sure what they are/were!

Great idea my DIL and I saw on one of the previous Biggest Loser shows tonight: Wrap vegetables in a slice of deli turkey breast and place them in baggies with ice for lunch. Love it! We’ve been eating a lot on Napa cabbage or Romaine lettuce leaves. SO GOOD!

 

Catch up post!

Okay … I’ve literally lost track of days on my new health style plan but I’ve been keeping to it with the exception of exercise. Well, and water — I’m only getting in about half of the water I need so I will work on that. 

I also want to add back my organic, apple cider vinegar tonics, eat small amounts every 3-4 hours and not eat after 7:00 pm. Reading this, I realize the only thing I’ve done is eat healthy foods! Oh, well… one day at a time! 

I’ve had cookies I’ve made so many times from the Go Raw cookbook (I will share a link to this book and share the original recipe when I can type more) that I’ve made it my own. Yesterday, I used walnut flour, dates, peanut butter powder, almond butter, coconut oil and a sprinkle of chocolate chips. 

No sugar or sucanat has been in my coffee but I have been using cinnamon and honey… so, so, so good! 

I’ve had salads with homemade dressings, veggie and turkey packed with veggies sub with no dressing. I’ve used chopped garlic in olive oil and mustard. 

I’ve had simple juices… mainly vegetables with a few fruits here and there. WONDERFUL! I’ve had green smoothies and banana and peanut butter powder smoothies with chia seeds. 

There is the update. More later! 

Days 4-6, I think?!

I will have to ditch keeping my titles up with the day/days I’m on.

Some nutrition notes:

Being healthy and whole and strong … just on and on it goes, is my big goal. Along the way, that will mean weight loss and that is important alone but there are so many angles to consider. One is just making sure that all the vitamins, minerals and so on’s are getting consumed. 

Calcium is something I’ve gone back and forth on because it seems every day a new tid bit of information screams out advice different from the previous day. I was going through emails to get them sorted and such and came across this blog post and wanted to share that here. I do this for my own recording hopes and for anyone it might bless or help along the way. 

Yesterday, I had a great smoothie early on and the rest of the day was left over post roast and turkey chili. I also ended up eating two light English muffins. 

For a snack to keep myself from having a chocolate eating contest with myself and to even keep me from more turkey or roast — I made a decadent smoothie! If I already shared this, just delete and carry on. I’m tracking my points on WW online and tracking my calories on Loseit to see what I will keep when my membership ends. It can make posting here interesting bec I keep having to check to see what I’ve already written. 

Onto the calcium rich smoothie and I will end encouraging you to have a GREAT day!

9 ounces of almond milk (it poured over 8)

a banana

PB2 (peanut butter powder)

Cocoa powder. 

SO good. 

I haven’t slept adequate hours per night since before I got back from our trip to TN so that   isn’t good. I will  attempt a nap at some point today! 

Monday

I really need to detox! It is imperative that I finish reading Sugar Blues

I am frustrated over how many withdrawal symptoms I am having from sugar. I guess I will just have to keep starting over until I go a full three days or week or whatever from ANY sugar. Today, I had two tablespoons of honey mixed with cinnamon in a big mug of coffee and it was … so good! 

For breakfast, I had a green smoothie with:

8 oz. almond milk

1 1/2 cups kale

banana

water

1 T. chia seeds

1 scoop of Greens800 (berry flavor) 

Lunch:

Organic mixed salad greens

2/3 cup of turkey chili

2 T. Sabra Greek yogurt veggie dip

Craving something sweet or richly chocolate … intensely. 

 

Healthier Habits

Today’s lunch was fairly healthy but I didn’t do as well as I could or should have. 

I found this turkey chili recipe and needed something easy and fast and it was really good to have not simmered all day. I did end up eating about 4 ounces of a roast and gravy my darling MIL sent down and I had it with 1/2 of a light English muffin.

I should have eaten NO bread (that or the 3/4th other half I ate with my chili!) since I had popcorn when I did Children’s Church this morning. I also ate some M & M’s our Pastor and his wife brought back from New York. In my unabashed defense, they were flavors available nowhere but the place in New York they got them from… so.

I had maybe equivalent to … I don’t know… a hand full? 

I have had no sugar in my coffee today (this is going to be a hard one) and I find myself suffering pretty intense withdrawal symptoms. How surprising! I have cut out so many refined sweeteners for so long that I thought it might not affect me much to stop even the natural choices like honey or sucanat. I was wrong! I did great all day yesterday and got up to get water in the middle of the night. My daughter, a niece and a friend of theirs had chips, cookies, ice cream, hot fudge, and more. I ended up eating an M&M cookie and eating a hand full of chips! 

I’m falling asleep typing so until next time….

Day 2 & 3

Yesterday went well with the exception of no exercise, eating something other than fruits or vegetables too late in the evening and eating two mini Cadbury chocolate eggs! 

Those and not planning well enough for today’s meals and snacks… but I am working on it. 

Today, I’ve had a green smoothie:

Almond milk, banana, grapes, chia seeds, cinnamon, spinach leaves

Coffee and water

My thyroid levels were low so my Dr. upped my dosage for now and we’ll see if that takes care of some of the symptoms I’ve been having! My cholesterol was high so he reaffirmed some urging for me to eat a better diet a better way and to get in an hour or more of exercise 6 days a week. 

Here are my beginning stats:

Weight: 220

Blood pressure: 112/80

BMI: 36.61 (NOT good since it is supposed to be 18-25 for me but it has come down since 2010 when it was 40 or 42!)

My doctor’s instructions are to:

* Consume 1,400 calories a day to meet my healthy weight loss goal. He did the math on what a healthy weight is and feels I should start with a goal of 155, work to 145 after that and then see how everything looks before possibly going for my original goal of 130-135. 

* Limit salt intake. Avoid fried and processed foods and limit sodium intake to 2 grams daily. Is that possible? I need to call the office and see if this typed up wrong bec I think just about everything has SOME sodium. 

No breakfast yesterday (…) but I had a sensible lunch at Jason’s Deli and salmon over salad with 1  T. of dressing and 1 oz. of cheese.

I am SO tired. I haven’t stopped much since returning home from TN so I might snooze if the coffee I just perked doesn’t kick in quickly!

 

 

Typing my way to healthier life spiritually, emotionally, relationship-wise, physically and more!