Post detox follow-up

Carl[1]Sitting at the front desk of the gym enjoying my bowl of shredded wheat and blueberries with unsweetened almond milk I realized that I’m missing my detox days.  I don’t miss the dizzy, I want to pass out from low-blood sugar moments but I miss challenging myself with something that I thought was an impossible task and sharing the experience with everyone.  So I decided that I needed to find a new challenge and continue my daily journal to keep myself motivated.

First, let me back-up a few weeks and discuss my post detox days. The detox has been a lifestyle changer. For one, I steer clear of processed foods, certain flours/grains, and bread. Well. except for the Presidents’ Day weekend binge that I buried my head in a bag of potato and tortilla chips, gnawed on a bagel or 2, and drowned my soul in red wine I’ve been avoiding the middle aisles of the supermarket. Fruit has staked a claim in my diet. The only fruit I would ever eat was an apple on occasion.  I’m obsessed with blueberries. I can’t believe it either. I pop them like candy. I replaced the granola on my yogurt with blueberries and a few almonds. My steel cut oats are topped with blueberries and walnuts. By the way, steel cut oats are the ultimate breakfast. It keeps me satisfied for HOURS!  I slather almond butter on my apples, strawberries decorate my salad and when I get a hold of a pomegranate..beware!  I don’t eat fruit all day long but I try to include it at least 2 of my meals. When I’m not eating fruit I’m eating vegetables or beans. I’m in love with roasted chickpeas as a snack too.  I also discovered black rice..YUM!

Wine. Here’s the deal. Did I miss it? I thought I did. I did enjoy the glasses..err..bottles..I consumed over the long holiday weekend with my good friends but did I miss the “Good morning, this day has to end!” feeling, not at all.  I never realized how angry and impatient I get when I drink wine. I have no tolerance for anything and I’m so easily annoyed. I enjoyed the calmness I experienced during the detox.  I have to get back to that state. I bought a bottle this past Friday night and opened it, poured a glass and was done. Then I felt pressure to get through the bottle this weekend because I didn’t want to waste the money. I failed. I still have about a glass left in the bottle. I just don’t miss the fuzzy, I’m so tired feeling after consuming a glass or 2. I don’t have time for that anymore.  I will be saving wine consumption for when I’m in good company.

I’m apart of a 30 day challenge that was formed by my friend on Facebook and my 3 goals are , running 10 miles a week (totally failed at that for week 1), drinking more water (I’m getting better), and reading instead of watching TV (getting better at this too).  I was thinking of doing the detox again but this time at level 3, no dairy, just to see what it feels like, but can I really not put cream in my coffee? So if you have any ideas on what challenge I can take on next please share them!

 

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Lazy Days

ImageI need to start lifting like this at the gym. I’m trying to get motivated to go beyond the classes but I easily get intimidated. I’m more worried about form and technique than people watching me. I need a workout friend to follow in the gym. Who wants to be my friend?

Last night I had a piece of regular dark chocolate and it was too sweet! I couldn’t even finish it. I opted for my 90% cocoa instead. So the detox worked to some degree. I’m still drinking coffee without sugar and I’m trying to limit my carbs to just good carbs, sweet potatoes, Ezekiel bread, fruit, etc. I need to organize my meals. I feel like I’m all over the map with meal prepping. I really need some sort of guide, a meal plan so I’m not staring at the fridge for an hour trying to figure out what to cook for dinner. I made quinoa and chickpeas with a tahini dressing for dinner last night which was ok. I felt like it was missing something, maybe mint? I broiled some chicken to throw in it and was a so-so dinner. I wanted to make a crock pot dinner but I had nothing defrosted to throw in there. I’m going to attempt this pot roast tomorrow since we’ll be more than likely snowed in.

Time to start working on my boot camp class for Friday. The theme: The Olympics. Olympic events stations, snowboarding, downhill skiing, skating, curling, etc..it’s going to be fun!

Maybe I need to start again?

Ribfest2011_GuyThumb1[1]<–That was me, yesterday, at my Super Bowl party digging into the short ribs, and the meatballs, and the guacamole, and those organic blue corn tortilla chips, and the homemade pita chips..and the wine. The wine. I had a 1/2 glass of white and then a 1/2 glass of red and I was done. I thought for sure I would get all buzzed and loopy after the first sip, it’s been a month since I had any alcohol, but I felt nothing (I’m sure the chips absorbed the alcohol) and it really wasn’t worth consuming the sugar so I stopped drinking it and switched to water. I could’ve done without the cup of coffee at 8pm but hey, it was a party! Let’s go crazy!

I’m still not sure where I’m going next with my eating habits. I’m still sort of sticking to the detox diet but I’ve added fruit and grains back in. No bread, no refined sugar and with the exception of last night, no alcohol. I made Paleo brownies for yesterday and I have to say they were delicious. They were made with shredded sweet potatoes, organic honey, eggs, unsweetened chocolate powder and I really enjoyed them. I said no to all the other desserts last night but I was so stuffed beyond belief that I couldn’t even put them to my mouth if I tried. I also made almond crackers from almond meal and egg whites that were good too. They could’ve been rolled a bit thinner for baked a little longer for a nice crunch but they were a good vehicle for all that buffalo chicken dip and guacamole!

I’m so exhausted today. It was a hectic weekend and yesterday was non-stop prep work for our Super Bowl gathering but it was worth it. I think our guests left well-fed. I can’t wait to get home and take a much needed nap. 4 am came way to quick this morning..and it’s snowing..and nobody is coming to the gym..