Maybe it’s the darkness, the holidays, or stress, but I’ve been off the wagon for the last week. My clothes are a tiny bit more snug but I have only gained back 2 pounds. I was spending so much time thinking, writing, and reading about food that I stopped paying attention to my job and got way behind on grading. I have to find a balance though, set a schedule for when my energies go to which place.
So today is my first day wholly back on the wagon. My food is all set, I am blogging to get my head back in it. I’ll catch up on everything else once I submit grades. I need to make it through the next few days and then make sure I have a great plan in place for vacation.
Breakfast looked about the same as yesterday. Nuts and berries on the road for lunch.
Salmon with mango and thyme
Organic Beet greens & fresh eggs cooked in a teaspoon of coconut oil
I had a wonderful green juice this morning for breakfast and two brown rice cakes with almond butter.
For lunch we got Moose’s Tooth pizza. Fantastic quality and delicious, but I don’t remember the last time I felt so sick. Maybe when I had the flu in the fall?
No more bread. No more meat. Ugh.
I don’t really understand why it’s so hard to stick to a new eating plan.
Anyway, after beginning a couple of weeks ago I immediately fell back off the wagon. Changing habits is a struggle even when you know that your bad habits are slowly killing you. But then my cousin’s husband died. A student’s brother committed suicide. My grandfather is back in the hospital. And so I was reminded that life is short.
The bottom line is that I weigh too much. My skin is a mess lately. I don’t have enough energy. Last Monday was the 23rd, exactly three months until my 41st birthday. So I switched to about 70% plants and only a little bit of “bad” stuff. On Saturday night I hung out with friends and snacked on the food that other people brought. I didn’t drink but I woke up on Sunday morning feeling hungover. It took massive amounts of water, a little coffee, and a few crackers to get me to start feeling normal. I need to start eating better.
So, yesterday I ate about 90% – 95% healthy.
For breakfast I had a green juice (1/2 cucumber, spinach, parsley). Lunch was roasted vegetables (asparagus, Brussels Sprouts, sweet potatoes, beets) and I had a very small handful on M&Ms. After school I had some dark chocolate with almond butter (to satisfy a Reese’s craving) and a brown rice cake with a little more almond butter. Dinner was more roasted veg with another brown rice cake.
And today I am on track again. 🙂
I’ve lost 2 pounds since last Monday. I’ve found that writing the other blog has kept me sticking to my “green” goals so I’m hoping this one will help me stick to my health goals.
Rules for now:
little to no dairy
green juice every morning
eggs are okay
coconut oil is okay
lots of water
max of two cups of coffee per day
And in 2.5 weeks I am going on a vegetable juice fast for 10 days.
Is it ominous that I am starting this on Friday the 13th?
Last night I cooked a lot of vegetables, something that I need to be more in the habit of because it makes life a lot easier at work.
2 cups black coffee
2/3 cup cooked oats with seeds
1 1/2 cups veggies, roasted with coconut oil, salt, and pepper (sweet potatoes, beets, asparagus, Brussels sprouts)
bag of DOLE spinach salad
Four tiny Reese’s cups (uh oh)
1/4 cup raisins (better!)
Egg sandwich on whole grain bread