Sweet potato spiced pancakes drizzled with pure maple syrup
and a side of nitrate/nitrite free bacon…YUM!
It’s almost two weeks in to my 30 Day Challenge, and I’m truly amazed by this whole process. Going in, I was leery of changing my habits…I like dairy. I didn’t want to give up cheese. Or scones. Or sour cream. And gluten is in everything. But I decided that I’d give myself over wholeheartedly to the process, keep an open mind, and just see what would happen. Worst case scenario, nothing would change, and I’d go right back to eating the way I had been, which was pretty much whatever I wanted within moderation. But let’s be honest…if eating that way was really working out great for me, I’d never have looked to something else to help me look and feel better in the first place.
So. Here we are at Day 11, and you know what? I’m mostly astounded by how my perspective on food is changing. In the past, my main weight loss strategy has always been eat less move more. Period. Which is great, since when you really boil it down, weight loss really is just a math equation. BUT…the catch is that, while I kind sorta focused on making healthier choices before, I was more concerned with the quantity I was eating rather than the quality. A calorie was a calorie to me, and if that meant using some fat free, sugar free whipped cream from a can in my morning coffee because it was less calories than the local organic cream from pastured cows, then that’s what I chose. Not very healthy. But my obsession was numbers, even at the sacrifice of my overall HEALTH. Sure, I might have lost weight, but I still didn’t feel that great. I was hungry most of the time, felt like I needed a nap around 3:00 every day, my digestive system was more often cranky than not, and I just couldn’t seem to get things under control.
But just within the last eleven days, I’ve noticed that by tweaking my diet (no gluten, no dairy, and eating all of my resting metabolic rate calories as real, clean food in it’s most whole state as possible at regular intervals throughout the day) I have been able to completely change my quality of life, which I’m convinced was poorer than I even realized. My energy levels are higher than I thought they could be…no more naps or yawning the afternoon away. I can tell my blood sugar is more stable…I’m not craving the junk and empty calories anymore, which I can’t even believe. I’ve always been ruled by cravings and simply tried to use willpower to outlast them in the past, which everyone knows is a losing battle. Now, I’m eating tons of real, amazing, delicious things, and since it’s what my body actually wants, rather than stuffing it with unrecognizable junk it can’t process, it’s happy. I’m learning not to be afraid of calories, to embrace nutrition, and enjoy the benefits.
We’ll see where this all ultimately goes…for now, it’s gluten free dairy free for the next three days, but I’m thinking I will probably continue eating this way for the duration of the Challenge and reevaluate things then…how I’m feeling, how sustainable I feel eating this way is long term, all that stuff. What about you? Have you ever tried something new (not necessarily food or fitness related) that totally revolutionized your life in a way you didn’t think possible? What was it? How did you transition from your old way of doing things to adopt something new?
Last spring I won a Facebook contest that The Miller Haus was putting on for a free night’s stay! Husband and I always have struggles getting away alone together, especially over night, but since his parents just moved to our area a few weeks ago, we were excited that they volunteered to stay with the kids so we could have a night away. We were all set to go…Husband was taking the day off and we’d have a relaxed morning, lunch together, and then head out for our trip. Except…not. The Bean woke up at 4:00 this morning throwing up, so our leisurely morning turned into a call to the pediatrician to get her in to make sure she didn’t have anything other than the flu.
Thankfully, they deemed it just a virus, and there wasn’t anything we could really do except let it run its course. So, we’re still trying to salvage the day and we’ll hopefully be headed off soon! Can’t wait to spend some time with Husband! It’s these kind of stressful situations, though, where my eating and workout plan get derailed. But, I’m happy because I’ve already put in my workout for the day, and I’m going to stick to as much gluten free, sugar free eating as possible.
Last Friday, since I knew this 30 Day Challenge would be starting, I finally bit the bullet and got fitted for some new running shoes. When I first started training to run my first half marathon, I did a ton of research about what shoes I thought would work well for me and made a decision myself from there (the adidas Marathon 10 W) and never got officially fitted. I loved that pair of adidas so much, but after all those training miles, they were shot. I decided that I probably should actually go get fitted for my next pair of shoes, so I headed to a local running store. I walked out of there with a pair of Brooks Glycerin 10s, and while they were alright, they were way more expensive and less comfortable than my beloved adidas. When I knew the Challenge would be starting, I thought it would be a great time to give a fitting a second chance and get some new running kicks. So I headed out again to my local running store and got fitted. After trying on at least six pairs, I ended up with a pair of the Asics GT-2000. In the store I thought they fit pretty well, but when I took them out for a test spin, I found out differently! I could barely limp home because in just under three miles I had huge blisters on the inside of my heels and I was in so much pain. WAH! This is disappointing on so many levels, but the biggest one being that since I’ve now worn them outside (I’ve tried wearing shoes around the house, but it really doesn’t replicate how they’ll work on an actual run), I can only get store credit from a place that has fit me twice with shoes that have been less than stellar to say the least. And even then I only get store credit if the manager approves it, so I may just be out $120. It gets me upset just thinking about it. Guess it’s off to do some more research for myself and call in Zappos to the rescue! We’ll see what I can come up with…
It’s Day Three of my 30 Day Challenge, and there are a few things I’m really happy about. This morning I unboxed my Les Mills Pump kit and got to work. And you know what? I LOVED it! Since Jillian Michaels is really the only fitness instructor I’ve got DVDs of (although I do have two Bob Harper DVDs), I’m used to HIIT training and fast, hard workouts. And the first thing I noticed about Pump is that the pace of the actual DVD is a bit slower, but the workout with the bar is intense, which I love. My muscles are sorer (in a good way) after the 20 minute intro Pump Challenge DVD than they have been with most Jillian body-weight workouts. I tend to be a bit tomboy I guess when it comes to my workouts, and endless sessions of cardio really never interested me. I would rather gnaw my own leg off than spend time on a step machine. So, I’m excited about this program and to be (hopefully) building some more serious muscle and definition. Plus, who doesn’t feel like a tough guy when they’re slinging that bar around? Even with five pound plates, I think it’s a little more impressive looking than dumbbells. ;)
The other thing I’ve really noticed is that I’m starting to feel better. I don’t know what to credit it to exactly, but I’ve noticed today that I’m not as tired as I have been for, well..as long as I can think of in recent memory. I haven’t felt the afternoon slump of needing a nap around 3:00, and my energy level just seems more even. I’m still going strong with the no gluten, no dairy, and it’s becoming easier. I’ve noticed that focusing on the yummy things I CAN eat rather than the bagels, bread, and crackers that I can’t has helped tremendously! I think it’s helped that we as a family stopped eating out at the beginning of the year. When you’re cooking everything yourself, you really are in total control of what you’re eating, rather than being at the mercy of what’s available in a particular restaurant. I’m seriously considering transitioning our entire family onto a gluten free, dairy free diet for awhile and seeing what happens. I figure there’s nothing bad that can come of cutting out dairy and wheat for a short while. I mean, we can always add those things back in. But I’m interested in seeing how and if it changes anything. Not sure how well that will go over with the kids (The Bug loves his goldfish crackers), but healthy change is painful at first. I’m doing lots of reading to determine what recipes to introduce to them first to make the transition as painless as possible. I’m hoping to have all that together by next week. Until then, tomorrow’s on to Day Four…
I went to leave the house this afternoon to pick up some more veggies at the market, and when I stepped out of the garage, I saw this on my doorstep:
“It’s time to raise the bar,” huh? How punny. :p
It’s my Les Mill Pump kit! This thing is a lot heavier than it looks, but I suppose it should be considering the bar, two 5 lb. plates, and two 10 lb. plates are in there…plus all the DVDs and extra stuff. I’m actually super excited to start this! I took a Body Pump class when I belonged to a gym for a short time in Raleigh and loved it, and this is supposed to be the at-home version of that, so it should be fun. Guess we’ll find out tomorrow…