Last day of the cleanse. If you followed on tumblr (or have just been following along), you know I didn’t stick with it to the letter. Especially after realizing how corporate it was and not being able to bring myself to eat beef on the first beef day.
I didn’t lose ALL the pounds, but I wasn’t trying to (and I think it would have been unhealthy for me if I had). I am slightly more toned (thanks to added bits of exercise), my insides feel much less grumpy and I feel like I know my body better than when I started. So I’m going to go ahead and call it a success.
Fruit-only day was the hardest. Banana and Soup day was the easiest (and tastiest). Meat days were weird – I was much thirstier on those days and drank a lot more water, which was what I was supposed to do, it was just much easier.
On March First I started a Tumblr to keep track of my progress. I mostly just update with my starting weight of the day and how I’m feeling. I’ve been using an app for food tracking, but it’s waned in it’s helpfulness, so I’ll probably go back to just remembering what I eat again in the future. A few things have happened since January.
Most importantly, I found out that my weight trigger is almost completely hormonal. By getting my hormones under control through herbal supplements, my weight has varied and actually gone down. When I started keeping track I weighed 122. Today, I started out at 117.6 which isn’t half bad. Obviously, it fluctuates a lot, so I’m not totally ready to call it “lost” yet, but it’s nice to see the scale moving down instead of just up. Ironically, the scale numbers don’t actually reflect how I feel. So I’m still working on that. My legs however, are really starting to tone up and look really nice, and so is my stomach when I’m not focusing on that one little ledgey thing near my abdomen (which might just be where my stomach lives). I haven’t measured myself but I should start doing that, because that’s what actually counts.
Secondly, I’ve been staying fairly consistent with exercising. I don’t push myself too far because my body will regret it and I don’t have a trainer or anyone besides my muscles and bones to tell me what’s safe and what’s not. I still walk at least once a day if it’s not pouring ice cold rain, and I do general yoga stretches and core (I think?) exercises in the morning or at night as needed. My muscles have been finicky lately (and today my tailbone decided to hate me) so I pay attention to those and if I think I’m going to bother them more, I don’t do the stretches. It’s better to avoid injury, I think…
That said, my body is starting to have a little bit more definition than it had before which is nice. Weird, but nice.
We’ve been cooking. Less this month than last, but cooking and controlling your ingredients does seem to help – at least as a placebo if nothing overtly noticeable. This week we made Ribs with Macaroni& Cheese (who knew they went so well together?), Chick-Fil-A-eqsue sandwiches (because they don’t exist here, and I miss them :P), and we’re going to be making chili, chicken pasta primavera, curry chicken shepard’s pie, and if I’m lucky, I’ll make a scrambled egg & left over veggie thingy. 😉
So that’s where I am now. Still flying by the seat of my pants – the biggest thing, I think, is just figuring out what your trigger is and focusing on that, and then adding things (cutting soda, cooking more, exercising regularly).
I finished going over the last two fitness books from the library and came to the conclusion that I actually like using pinterest for finding exercises. Some of the exercises in The Perfect Body Diet I actually have pinned on my fitness tips board.
The Mayo Clinic book was very nice though, and I’m glad I skimmed it. I like their approach and if I hadn’t figured out more of what I was doing last week I think I would have gotten more from it. They were very gentle which I liked and took a lot of care in talking about things like self-image in and how your self-esteem/mood/body image relates to getting healthy. They suggest things besides just exercising – like writing notes to yourself and confidence boosting activities, which I do occasionally (write notes to myself) when I’m feeling particularly happy with humanity for those moments that I know I’m going to need it (like today).
I’ve said this before – I live in a second floor apartment and someone lives under me. We don’t have carpet, so there’s nothing to soak up the sound. We try to be as quiet and considerate as possible which makes exercises like jumping or jogging in place kind of hard to do. I even tip toed through some of the kinect fitness stuff because I didn’t want to land too hard.
Amazingly, when looking for exercises it’s hard to find ones that are really good for people who have to equipment (not even a yoga mat) and live above someone in an apartment complex. The easy go-to’s are kind of off limits to overly considerate apartment dwellers.
But I found one website on pinterest, that lets you select a region you’d like to work out and lists a variety of exercises to choose from.
It’s Divine.ca and at night, before I go to bed I’ve been doing the Inner Thigh Sculptor and the Leg Raise. They all take place on the floor and use your bodyweight, so it works well and I can feel my muscles working. The other exercise I’ve been experimenting with I also found on pinterest from Tracy Anderson called the Thigh Trimmer.
I usually just sit on floor and watch whatever’s on while I do them. The hardest part is that my cat thinks it’s time to rub against me while I’m stretching. I love doing these at night because my muscles feel much more relaxed and comfortable before bed.
Later today, or this week I’ll go through the exercises from the library book and see about incorporating some of them too.
I realize setting this “goal” is ironic after going shopping for tv dinners and ramen noodle cups, but life happens.
Anyway, This post is going to be relatively short. I’ve been taking vitamins again, now that I remember. I’m really good with taking my iron (flintstones ftw) it’s the other stuff that I have a problem with. I hate normal milk, so I don’t get as much calcium as I should – but we started getting chocolate milk (because I drink that) so that is my round-about way of getting it.
Everyday when I wake up, I take two Vitamin C’s and a Flintstone (it has iron) multivitamin. I actually look forward to those because they taste good. Someone finally had the idea to make a gummy vitamin C, so the trick is really only eating two. 😛 After I eat lunch, I take two Vitex pills for hormonal balance. I haven’t noticed any changes with that, but it’s significantly less like candy.
I still walk about a mile every day – give or take lately because the sidewalks are precarious. I should change my pace a little to increase my heart rate and I’ll start using RunKeeper again to keep track. I even found a widget for it and put it up on my sidebar. Just because the last activity was October doesn’t mean I haven’t done anything.
Lastly, I’ve decided to up my water intake and drink more green tea. I have a water bottle that filters the water as you drink it. I don’t know how many ounces it holds, but it’s a pretty decent size. So if I can just remember to keep it with me and refill it enough throughout the day that will be an improvement. Green Tea, I’ve heard is good for metabolism/burning fat, and it’s winter so it’s a win/win. I had two cups yesterday while I was sewing and I just finished one a couple minutes ago. I think I’m going to attempt to have two cups of green tea a day, but we’re running low so I’m not sure how long that’s going to work.
Eventually I’d like to try one of those anti-bloating drink recipes on pinterest, we’ll have to see.
So today I started my new thingy, where I wake up during the morning and work out before Alex wakes up. I like it! except for the bout of queasiness from trying to eat apples too quickly after everything. I think maybe I should either wait longer, or start out with the apples so I have a little blood sugar and I don’t get all weird and dizzy, and maybe lemon water instead of just water.
Anyway, I like it, and I feel more awake and significantly less grumpy-morning-kiery even though it’s all gloomy and stuff. Although right now I’m getting hit with a case of the 2’s, so I think after I’m done here I’m going to take my hazelnut iced coffee and do some painting with my photography lights. See if I can’t get some of those energy endorphins I had this morning and an hour ago back…
Also, perk: Phineas and Ferb in the morning. So that’s cool. I feel a bit more nimble in the morning too, and I started off with a round of easy Zen exercises to loosen up before I got into the work out portion of the game (yay for kinects!).
Tonks seems to like this too, as he gets fed faster. Which makes me wonder if maybe he wasn’t curling up beside me because I’m cute and warm in the mornings, but because he wanted me to wake up and feed him?….
Our 2nd anniversary is on Memorial day, so I probably won’t be posting until Tuesday.
Today was warm, really warm – we might put in our AC soon – although now it’s drastically cooling down and we’re under a severe thunderstorm watch, so I’m almost shivering. I didn’t paint anything today, but I did exercise and play with my hair (which should be an art of it’s own, really, because the most creative I usually get with it is pigtails, ponytails or hats). I made a weird side braid that I then attempted to twist into the rest of my hair to make a bigger braid. It didn’t last long in my greasy hair, but it was kind of fun, I’ll have to play with that a little bit more.
I’ve been working my way through some of the programs on Your Shape for the Kinect and well…..my muscles are working I think, found some I didn’t know I had. I feel good even though I’m in a little bit of pain and my legs feel like jello. I like that there are programs and routines and whatever that take place over time, and that I can mix it up if I want to – they even have things for getting bikini ready, which I haven’t downloaded yet (I don’t have enough points or something?) but I would like to, sometime, after I work through the beginner levels and into the other slightly more intense programs. Right now I’m just sort of trying to get through the easy stuff.
I’m hoping that all the walking and sit ups and working out I’ve been good about since March will pay off soon, but my hormones are all nuts so I’ve actually gained 4 pounds instead of losing. I hope they figure themselves out soon, or I might look into donating them (if that were ever a thing). I feel like the medical procedures I make up should exist and have no harmful side-effects, but alas…
I also made soup today, which was fine until I couldn’t lift the pan with rue-d veggies without hurting my list and had a breakdown in which I swore off cooking ever again. I can only take so much of it, and then I flip. I’ve cooked more in the last month than I have in a lonnnng time and I started getting stressed. It smells good though, I feel like I should take another long break, but I don’t know. We need to eat, and I don’t want to eat out all the time, and frozen stuff is only so good when neither of us feel like cooking. I like it when Alex cooks. ^.^
Anyway, all that to say, I (probably) won’t be around till Tuesday. Have a great Memorial Day everyone!