I’ve been going balls out on my 2015 New Years resolutions. There are several of them I’m working on at once, but the one that I’m most focused on right now is “Body Confidence”. It’s a recipe for success – it’s part diet, part exercise, and all commitment. For the majority of the time, I have felt GREAT. My stomach issues have all but disappeared, I have renewed energy. And the only reason I know this is because when I’ve faltered
- I ate cheese sauce made with milk and flour two weekends ago – with brocolli, it was delicious, but it hurt my stomach
- I had a few chips with my tostada on Sunday
- and tonight, I ate a small sliver of garlic bread
My stomach hurt me when I ate cheese sauce and chips….. not so much with the garlic bread. All mini-setbacks from my plan, but definitely recoverable.
Other than this, I feel good with this “diet”. Diet in quotes only because I don’t think its a diet, its a way of life – one that is easy to do for me – I love to cook, especially with my slow cooker, and I’ve made some amazing recipes. Danielle Walkers cookbook and website are my #1 go-to for recipes and information, but I’ve also found great recipes and tips on other websites. My favorite is Danielle’s Slow Cooker Pork Roast. I make the full amount and use it for so many dishes… it has such a great flavor and is so easy to make. I had a cook-off day with a girlfriend and we both made unbelievably delicious recipes. Had enough leftovers to share – meals for days.
The challenge is when I travel or go out to eat, which is when I faltered (see above). But other than that, I really like what I’m doing, I feel great, and I plan to continue until March (my original goal was to complete 30 days) as I think it will take this much time to lose the weight I want to lose.
Oh, I should let everyone know that I’m still drinking wine – I figured if grapes where on the safe list, well then, anything made with grapes would be too. It may take longer to lose the weight, but its worth it. The diet alone makes my stomach feel better – so much better than any doctor has. I will go back to a nutritionist to make sure I’m not missing anything, but as of now, my stomach feels better in 2 weeks on this diet than it has felt in the last 5 years. And for that I’m extremely grateful.
So far, 20 days in, I’m down 3 pounds. I wanted to lose more by this point, but because my stomach issues have all but disappeared, I’m willing to continue and hope for weight loss.
As far as exercise goes, I signed up for Bikram Yoga and Belly Dancing – things that will help me stretch out and get healthy in a fun way. This is in addition to walking more (got myself a fitbit!!). I do love the belly dancing class. Its different and I’m learning a completely new way of doing things.
I’ll post on other interesting topics later.. I have so much to share, just not enough time..