When I first finished my juice fast a couple of weeks ago, I was a little skeptical about the five pounds I’d lost. I can lose and gain almost that much just through normal monthly menstrual shenanigans. Hell, with my metabolism, I could probably gain that just looking at a brownie! Still, I am excited that I not only didn’t gain it back when I started eating regular meals again, but have since lost six more pounds!
Losing weight (especially when you have a lot to lose) can be tough. Anyone who has struggled with weight knows it’s not that hard to lose ten pounds and that it’s definitely not difficult to gain them back. Nonetheless, I feel really encouraged by my progress and hopeful that I will succeed this time.
So far, it really has not been difficult. Maybe it’s just because I’m super motivated and have decided to eschew any advice that says I’m only allowed to eat certain foods or only allowed expensive prefab meals, but I don’t really feel like I’m missing out on anything. I eat real food, but stay away from anything processed, hormone injected, chemical laden or filled with high fructose corn syrup. So far, even though I thought I’d stick to around 1500 calories a day, I’m not really counting them in any kind of organized way. (I sort of estimate them the night before as I plan my next day of food, but don’t really keep a food journal or anything.) I have a couple staples that I eat for breakfast and lunch, so I don’t have to think about it (thank you Doctors Oz & Roizen!) and otherwise just try to include healthy proteins (not necessarily meats!), fruits and vegetables in my meals and keep the sizes to a serving. I can’t say that I’ve completely eliminated sugar and carbs, but I do limit them and try to stick with whole wheat english muffins, heavy, dark European breads (no American mush bread, which I’ve never liked anyway!) or pumpernickel, if I eat a sandwich.
The biggest change I’ve made in addition to cutting out most pre-packaged foods is that, even though we love to go out to eat, I am doing most of my cooking at home. I am allowing myself a lunch or dinner out once or twice a week as a treat, but am more mindful about what I order and about not continuing to eat after I’m full.
Additionally, I’ve been trying to keep my mind in the game by doing more reading about food, nutrition, health, etc. Right now I’m rereading YOU on a Diet. I’ll talk more about that and other things in some other posts as I go along, I’m sure. For now, though, even though I’ve only taken a few steps, I’m pretty happy with the path I’ve chosen!
WEIGHT LOST: 11 lbs
PROGRESS TOWARD BIRTHDAY GOAL: 50%