Tuesday, April 20, 2010

About Eating Clean....

Over the last month, I have surrounded myself with information about "Clean Eating." Books, websites, blogs, articles, recipes, magazines and more books. I started with Tosca Reno's Eat Clean Diet Recharged! My friend Kate has a much better review of the book than I do, so I will just point you in her direction. I pretty much agree with everything that Kate has to say about the book. It's a fantastic starting point for anyone that is interested in what it means to eat clean.

After I was done with Tosca's book, I ran out and bought her cookbook along with a Clean Eating Magazine. This magazine has quickly become a favorite of mine. I bought a subscription almost immediately. Inside the front flap, I found this neat-o definition of what it means to Eat Clean: (click the thumbnail)

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I posted this on my refrigerator about a month ago as reminder of what we are doing over here. I haven't talked much about this entire clean eating thing (yet), but it consumes a lot of my daily thoughts as I try and integrate the principles into our lifestyle. I find myself making compromises where I need to, but overall, we are getting it down. As a result, there is one shelf in our pantry that is now barren. See, it used to house all of the processed junk that we were used to consuming. The Fiber One bars, the Wheat Thins, the Triscuits and the 100-calorie packs. It's the one shelf I would run to first if I needed a snack. Not anymore. I am experimenting with things like quinoa and steel cut oats. I find myself after a bowl of oatmeal as a snack these days and it's starting to pay off. My 2.5 lb loss last week is definite evidence of this payoff.

For once in my life, I feel like my "diet" search is over. Eating clean is not a "diet" in the traditional sense. It's a lifestyle change, and one that really brings you back to the basics. This mentality is full of common sense, and I love that about it. It's simple, it's easy (with some forethought and preparation) and it's a forever solution to my weight and health issues. After reading Tosca's book, it was like the light bulb had finally gone off in my head. I love those Eureka moments!

Now a quick word about Weight Watchers:

Weight Watchers has taught me so much about portion control and what it takes to get the weight off. However, I always felt that Weight Watchers was lacking something, and that something for me was learning how to make the proper food choices. Weight Watchers caters to people that need to make small changes at first. It allows you flexibility in your food choices, so much so that I believe it can be detrimental to someone on a lifestyle mission like myself. I am beyond making those small changes. I am in it for the long haul. I realized that I couldn't continue to save my points/calories for something naughty just because my body needed a treat. Sure, indulgences are fine in moderation, but I can't live the rest of my life consuming 100 cal packs and then starving my way to dinner. While that might get me the same result (read: pounds off, weight lost) I am doing my body a disservice in the long run. Eating clean is teaching me what it means to make smart, nutritionally-sound food choices. So far, so good!

So, here it is. My blog-proclamation to continue eating clean and to start writing about it more :) We'll see how it goes!

Monday, April 19, 2010


I did it! I weighed in on Friday to see a 2.5 lb loss!! I am currently 198.3 lbs and I could not be happier!

When I started this journey back in November I started taking my measurements. I never did manage to take an actual photo which isn't that surprising. I used to dodge the camera with all of my might when I was 230 lbs. I just couldn't stomach seeing the photos and I sure wasn't going to purposefully take a "before" shot. Hindsight is always 20/20 as I would love to have one now, but oh well. I did find a picture that was taken on Thanksgiving and I can see the differences BIG TIME!

Here is the before shot taken on Thanksgiving:
And here is the picture I took on Thursday night before my workout:

Can you see the differences?? I can, mostly in the face, tummy and arms. I carry quite a bit of my weight in the upper half of my body and it's obvious (to me at least!) that I have lost almost 32 lbs. I also took my measurements, and I have lost 14 inches overall, mostly in my hips, stomach and thighs. WOW.

I also graduated from C25K last week, and started to take my runs outside. Ironically, our treadmill died on Thursday night. I guess it had had enough of our constant use, so outside I went. Running outside is proving to be a huge challenge, and I am being way too hard on myself about it. We took a family run on Saturday morning, and I finished very frustrated with myself. Curtis, being the motivator that he is told me to cut that negativity out and focus on getting stronger outside. I have to remember that I am dealing with a resistance that the treadmill didn't have and that is going to take some time to adjust to. I have a run planned for this afternoon; by myself and outside. I am thinking that being alone might help me to focus a bit more on running consistently. We will see how it goes! It can only get better from here, right?

So, there it is. I am on my way to my goal weight of 180 lbs. I feel great about my accomplishments so far, and I am excited that it's just the beginning of Spring around here. I have many months to work on my running outdoors, and I am looking forward to it!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Where Have I Been??

Good question. Enjoying the weather, running my socks off, cooking, working and chasing after an 18 month old. Those are the things that seem to occupy my time these days. Life as the Queen is a busy one :)

I wanted to update my trusty readers with the latest good news regarding my weight loss journey.

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I am this.close to breaking 30 lbs!! I expect to break it this week, and with that will come another huge milestone....being under 200 lbs for the first time since 2005!

And there's more...

Last night I completed a 30 minute run. The first of 3 runs in the final week of Couch 2 5k. I have 2 more runs to go and then I will have graduated from the program. If you would have asked me 5 months ago, if I could ever see myself completing the program, I would have laughed in your face. I tried it twice before, and twice I failed. This time, I have succeeded.

There is this cliche that says "Running will set you free." I always thought it was bogus. How could running set someone free? I mean, really?? I am here to tell you that YES, running can set you free. As I was on the treadmill last night, it clicked for me. I was in my rhythm, head-bopping to the music, and I felt AWESOME. So awesome, that my 30 minute run could have probably turned into a 40 minute run. I get it now. Running has taught me that I can do the things I never thought that I could. That my friends, is enough to set me free. I am free from living a sedentary life, and free to live the healthy life that I know I deserve. The "I can't" voice in my head has been toned down to a dull whisper. The next step, is to work on silencing her completely :)

Stay tuned for my weigh-in at the end of this week! I am enthusiastic about what that scale has in store for me.

Have a great week everyone!