Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Three Day Refresh!

Last week I did the Beachbody Three Day Refresh.... And had great results! I dropped about seven pounds and between three & four inches around my waist.  I would say I had a successful time using the refresh!

I do like my Beachbody products so this made me super happy - another positive checkmark for Beachbody!! Here's the thing about the program... Do not go into it looking for a quick fix. Unless you really need a quick fix to look good in a dress or something.  What I discovered is that it's very low calories; under 1200 a day which I don't usually condone. But it was only for three days.  It's definitely something that someone could sustain on a long-term basis.

The plan was easy.... Most of the work was done for me. I had a Shakeology and a fruit in the morning, green tea twice a day for snacks, a Fiber Sweep drink late morning, A refresh shake, a veggie and a healthy fat (I had hummus) for lunch, another veggie and healthy fat in the afternoon, and another refresh shake and veggies from one of the recipes for dinner from the book they provided.  That's it... The recipes were not complicated and very easy to cook. No problems there.

I made the mistake of exercising too much the first day... I was starving. I should've scaled it back. The next days I worked out but decreased my intensity and felt much better.  I drank a lot of water during this time which I think really helped keep me full.  By the end of the third day, it was easy and I really enjoyed having a set plan.  If eating could always be so easy!!

Thursday I ate almost the same as I did on the plan. Lots of veggies and fruits. No meat. No dairy. No bad carbs.  This is exactly the answer I'd been hoping for when I started the refresh.... That it would spring me back into action with healthy, clean eating. Success.

I even did pretty well - better than I had been - over the weekend. I paleo buffalo chicken tenders and veggies Friday night for dinner. Saturday I did pulled pork in the crockpot and used a lightened up recipe for that too. I did indulge in some chips and a bun. Sunday was about the same. We had leftovers so we did pulled pork again, which I again had some chips with.  The chips went into my boyfriend's lunch and were out of the house.  We did not eat out all weekend. I cooked foods that were pretty clean and allowed myself those little treats. Oh! I also had one beer on Saturday evening. Just one. We walked about three and a half miles then I came home and ran at least one more on the treadmill so I decided I earned that extra little treat.

I have not weighed myself since the refresh but given that it was so low cal and so restrictive in terms of what was allowed, I'm sure I've gained some of that back. I mean, that happens about anytime you lose weight fast like that. I don't feel like I've gained it all back. Actually, I feel pretty good - and hope that I'm losing some more!! My exercise has been consistent and since the refresh my eating has been much better. Yesterday I had a whole grain English muffin with some natural PB and organic honey for breakfast, Shakeology with strawberries in it for lunch, plain Greek yogurt and raspberries for a snack, and dinner a veggie stir-fry using coconut oil and "zoodles" instead of noodles or rice, with a side of organic veggie broth because since the refresh  a cup was allowed with dinner) I have a new love for veggie broth.  I did munch on some whole grain crackers later in the evening - mostly because I needed the calorie boost.

So far today has been about like yesterday.  I'm working later this evening (until about 6:30 so home around7-ish and have not decided what I'll make for dinner yet). I have recipes I want to try, but let's face it - by that time I'm going to be really hungry and want something fast and easy.  I have a bit of a longer break today so I may try to make something while I'm off for lunch....Hopefully I have the time! Otherwise dinner might just be a quick salad and some broth....Who knows!!

Well, I suppose, my quick morning break is about done and I need to go get some more work done!!

Hope all is well with you!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Ohhhh Applebee's.

Applebee's... I get what you're doing. Marketing. You want to make sure people keep coming in, even during this time of resolutions. The Pub Diet. Great idea.... As far as marketing goes.  I've seen your commercials. I received your e-mail. You're doing a splendid job pushing it. I literally laughed out loud when I saw your info about grabbing a cold one and chowing down. Do you think that alcohol is healthy? It's not.  I get you make a great deal of your money from your alcohol sales....But really? Pushing beverages while advertising a "diet" seems a little silly to me.

I like that you're including foods like quinoa! I like that your offerings are high protein and low calorie. Your publications make the foods look delicious.  But...Where's the other nutritional data? Why isn't it plastered on the front page with the other data? No worries, though, I found it on the website. Your carb counts are pretty high. And your sodium? Atrocious.  Some of the offerings pack more sodium than most of us eat in a full day.  What do I expect though? It's processed food.  Like other chains and brands marketed as "diet" food - you have certain qualifiers that support your claim.  It isn't healthy though... It's not "clean." 

I found the same to be true of your other "healthier" options that were supported by WW. That's great - calories and points taken into consideration, you were on point.  But please.

I know you want to make money.  Don't get me wrong, I like your food - particularly the unhealthy stuff.  I have a cheat meal at my local Applebee's once every month or two.  Your Perfect Margarita really is perfect.  I like you, Applebee's. I just don't like your Pub Diet idea.  Is this like the Subway Diet? Eat these "healthy" options and continue to lose weight? Sorry... That amount of sodium, in addition to whatever is in my normal food for a day and I'd be beyond puffy the next day.  It's amazing how sodium can impact on a person's weight.  Did you know that, Applebee's?

I know you don't want to lose customers to their resolutions.You want them to come in. You need them to. But if you are concerned with providing us real, healthy options, perhaps try to do so in a different way. I know you're a business and it is all about making money and in order to provide truly healthy ingredients you'd lose money.  And you'd have to pay for more staffing to prep the healthy stuff. I get it....

But please. Try a different marketing strategy to keep customers. This whole Pub  Diet idea is a bit of a turn-off.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Oh! Hello!

Guess who's back.... Yup. Me. In the flesh. Blogging.  I've missed it. I've missed my amazing readers. I'm not sure HOW I even got out of blogging.  It just sort of happened.  And ya know what I learned in my time away? How much blogging really does keep me accountable!!!

So here I am...New year, same blog, basically the same story.  Still fatter than I should be, yet happier than I have ever been. My dreams are in process of happening... I'm with the love of my life, taking our journey step-by-step.  I'm super beyond pee-in-my-pants excited for the next step... Which I'm pretty sure will be coming sometime this year. I've finally fallen in absolutely real, true love with my soul-mate.  Happy...So, so happy.

My job...Much earlier than anticipated I'm doing what I love.  And what I went to school for. Heck, I feel like I'm doing what I was made to do (career-wise). I'm finally in private practice doing therapy/counseling. I didn't think I'd be here for a while but here I am.  Again, happy!

So I've been busy. I've had ups and downs. I've gotten away from running and clean eating. But I still workout nearly every day. However, sometimes workouts don't combat what you're putting into your body. That's my story. So, I'm currently in the process of cleaning up my eating (no this isn't one of those resolution things - it's a getting back on track thing that started before 1/1/2015. I'm finding my love for running again. This year I'm going to learn to love winter running. Maybe not love.  Like? Hmmm... Or maybe  just tolerate.  So now I'm waiting on it to be warm enough (about 5 degrees with a hell of a windchill isn't safe).  I'm looking forward to those warm, sunny Winter days that are at least 25 degrees.  Somehow that makes it better.

As I mentioned, I've not gotten away from working out. I'm doing it. Pretty much six days a week. Some days twice (not that frequently so don't get too excited).  I committed to a run challenge so I've already done two short runs this year. Not so bad considering my last race was a the end of October and my runs were sporadic between then and now.  Another thing I learned? I need races to keep me moving.  So? Lots of races this year.  And one big one in 2016 - I'm planning to be ready to do the Princess Half again with my friend Kelli. I could use a little more half marathon action in my life.

Currently I'm doing the 21 Day Fix (combines healthy eating/portion control and an exercise program). I'm also working on running again/more/on a regular basis.  Combined with that I'm adding in a combo of T25 and Combat workouts. Previously I'd done Chalean Extreme with some biking/walking/elliptical action, and then added Piyo to the mix.  After CLX ended I continued the pattern of Piyo with something else thrown in.

The biggest thing happening in terms of my health is the clean eating.  I've been doing SO much better since Christmas ended. I was doing good prior to that (the start of December) but Christmas threw me off my game. UGH.  Since Christmas ended I've done well, although I did have a couple cheat meals in there.  One step at a time, right? Improvement is improvement.  Today I sit and write with a new determination. My fire is rekindled. I'm ready to get back to where I was (now that I've finally realized that I was healthy AND looked good - wasn't "fat" like I thought).

So that's that...Stay tuned for my consistent postings. Break's over - I've got a client coming in shortly.