A few weeks back Lorrell sent me a Twitter link to Buzzfeed’s 2015 clean eating challenge. To my surprise she was up for it and we decided that once she got back from a business trip we’d give the two week program a try.
Its not that we eat totally unhealthy but convenience and habit watch us fall into the same old patterns of eating during the week, and by god that time between 8 pm and bed, we both pick, pick, pick. We’ve both been on our individual weight loss journeys over the past five years, and for me it always seemed that from about Easter to Labor Day each year I’m good for falling off the wagon. Over the last five years I’ve lost over 75 pounds, but since moving to Wyoming there has been about a 25-30 pound swing that I seem to be good for, and I’d love to stop that swing. Plus I’ve still never gotten to my goal weight of 195. This challenge seemed like a good way to alter some habits for two weeks, maybe find a recipe or two that we could incorporate into our routine and to try and lot of fresh food that we normally walk past in the grocery store.
Today is day 6 of the plan, and I’ve got a few observations about this plan. I’ve lost 7 pounds in 6 days, and I’m at the lowest weight I’ve been since 1995. I’ll never get back to 180 which is where I graduated high school, but I’m within 8.5 pounds of that elusive 195, and only 4 pounds away from seeing a 1 as the first number on the scale instead of a 2.
We have always excelled at eating better when we plan a weekly menu out. With the three of us constantly on the go it is easy to grab and go dinner. I spent $250 at the grocery store last week, depleting the checking account to the point where grabbing and going isn’t a smart option if we want to pay our bills. Having a planned out menu has been very helpful, and it has allowed us to view lunch with trepidation, or dinner with excitement.
I have no energy. I’m not getting enough calories out of this to work out. I ran 4.2 miles of a 5 mile work out on Tuesday and thought I would die. My heart rate was elevated dangerously. Walking up stairs is brutal. I could not sustain a diet of 1300-1600 calories on a regular basis. I’m nervous about getting into week two of this as it is. I have decided to supplement with extra fruit and veggies to boost the calories without shooting the plan all to hell. Today I brought an extra banana to work just in case.
Chia pudding is the worst thing I’ve ever put in my mouth. I gagged on the first spoonful and forced myself to eat the entire bowl. Horrible. We skipped that the 2nd time around, and made an omelet with leeks and cheddar cheese. Much better. What we have found is other recipes for Chia seeds since we have a giant bag of them that was about $6.
Giving up caffeine, white sugar, and alcohol all in the same week is much like quitting smoking cold turkey. I could easily kill someone at any moment for no reason what so ever. The anxiety I feel is the same as what I used to feel for a cigarette. We don’t realize the addiction our bodies have for these three substances.
We have found some excellent recipes. We had a spaghetti squash with ground turkey the other night that was outstanding. We used the leftover squash last night for the dish in the picture at the top of the page.
I’ve eaten a ton of eggs, six yesterday to be exact, and two more today. We’ve gone through better than two dozen this week. It’s good I like eggs.
We’ve eaten a ton of spinach. It’s gone in smoothies, salads, and entrees. It’s a good thing I like spinach.
Last but not least we are learning some new habits. I had to sit through a brewers festival committee last night and not drink. I’ve brought my lunch every day this week. We’ve sat down and eaten dinner almost every night this week. These are all good things. Unfortunately we decided to do this during Memorial Day weekend, so we have to skip the beers and bbq this weekend, but I truly believe we are getting our summertime off to a much better start than we have in past years.