Don’t Be Stupid!

Truth be told, I don’t like the word stupid and because of how I feel about the importance of “words” in our lives, I would never call myself stupid. However, in the past week I’ve made some really poor choices with regards to my eating plan. And quite frankly saying, “Don’t make bad choices” doesn’t have the same ring as “don’t be stupid!” I’m tempted to print it out on card stock and post it somewhere. Let’s see, where do I make the worst choices? In my car. Okay, I’ll write a post it note and stick it on my dashboard. Will it make an impact on my decision making process? I don’t know, because our minds so like to rationalize our bad choices. I’m not quite sure what my rationalization was, but I just kept kind of thinking it wouldn’t matter if I made this bad choice or that bad choice. I mean, it’s just a little bad stuff. (or so my irrational thinking tells me)

Maybe I had convinced myself that I had been doing really well with everything and could fudge (did I really say fudge?) just a little. Today I stepped on the scale and had gained one and a half pounds. I know, not that big of deal! But, when you think about the culmination of poor choices over years and years, that’s what ends up being 40 – 50 pounds. So, it really is about not being stupid about the choices.

In Tim Ferriss’s book, The Four Hour Body, he talks about having one free day a week. I actually think that’s a pretty good idea because if you allow yourself a little free something each day, you end up not caring every single day. But when it’s just a free day, you can plan what you’re going to have on your free day. And it’s only on your free day. If you have a birthday party coming up, use that day as your free day. Then the following day, DO NOT EAT THE LEFTOVER CUPCAKES! I know they’ll be calling your name. Oh yea, and those cookies too. You’ll want to just have one because one isn’t a big deal.

It is a big deal! When you tell yourself, “it isn’t a big deal.” That is the cue to you that you are wrong and it is a big deal. Everyone talks about diet this diet that where you can eat anything you want. Well, that just doesn’t work long term. You can’t take a pill and have it work long term. You can’t just drink a shake three times a day for the rest of your life. You will want the “forbidden” stuff. So, you have to program your mind to not do the stupid things.

For me, it’s pop. Pop is my stupid thing. It’s a slippery pop slope for me. I told myself last week, “if I just have water with my pop, then it will be okay.” And why? Oh yes, I rationalized. I’ll drink the water, then the pop, so I won’t drink as much pop. Where was my rationalizing brain telling me, “if you don’t drink the pop, you won’t drink the pop.” So simple. But I was having Mexican food. You have to drink pop with Mexican food. No you don’t! I had been doing so well not drinking pop, then I had one. Then another. Then, just a sip of someones. Then, just half of one. Then just a kid size. Then a regular – light ice (because it gives me more pop.) Then this morning I woke up with a dry throat and my stomach felt bloated. Gosh, I hadn’t felt that in awhile, my irrational mind said, “I wonder why you feel bloated.” My rational mind said, “Because you made a poor choice and had a whole coke from the fast food place yesterday.” The irrational mind said, “Oh, it wasn’t a big deal. And since you have a dry throat maybe you should swing through the drive-thru on your way to show that house.”

I wish pop wasn’t my weakness, but it is. So, instead of listening to my stupid irrational mind, I got up and made my favorite green smoothie. And vowed not to make stupid choices for a very long time. I then decided that tomorrow is my free day.

My favorite green smoothie:

  • 2 Bananas
  • juice from one orange
  • 1 1/2 slices of pineapple (because that was what I had)
  • 6 large frozen organic strawberries
  • a ton of spinach

The very first sip was so cold and pineapply that I found myself nearly gasping with it’s goodness. I really do think the green smoothie is sometimes my magic formula to make “stupid” flee.

What’s the one thing in your life that would change if you could only make the wise decisions instead of needing to look at the post it note telling you, don’t be stupid?

 

Before and After Pics AND A Day of Gluttony

I’ve had requests to post a picture of my results so far. Unfortunately I didn’t take a before picture. So, I’m including a before picture from last June with my dad. I took a picture a few days ago in my bathroom. I don’t know why I’m wearing sunglasses. Sometimes I just have to laugh at myself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pants on the left are a tight size 12. See the fat blobs through the shirt? Gross.

The photo on the right, I’m wearing a size 8 jacket. Also the belt is one that I haven’t worn in a very long time. It’s a small, but on the largest setting, so really a medium. Still, no fat blobs hanging over the belt! Not fat blobs sticking out of the shirt. Legs seems slimmer and my arms are getting firm and definition. And even my face looks better – even with sunglasses. ūüôā

 

I had a day of gluttony, okay gluttony is probably a pretty strong word, perhaps a word that means not eating healthy, all day long would be a better description. I didn’t plan the day to go like it did, it just did and I didn’t resist.

I also didn’t feel guilty. I made my choices and knew that with the choices would come either weight gain or a lot of extra workouts. It wasn’t a reward for a job well done. It simply was. I don’t think we need to spend too much effort thinking about why we make the bad choices we make. Sometimes we just make them. Get over it and make good choices the next time. The problem comes when we make bad choices ALL THE TIME and have an occasional good choice.

I feel like I’m doing great if I am making really good choices almost all the time.

I do kind of wonder if there was something in my brain though telling me it was okay to indulge one day a week. That’s what Tim Ferriss in his book The Four Hour Body promotes. I simply can’t agree with eating donuts and a bunch of crap one day a week. I used to drink and eat crud every single day. It wouldn’t be wise for me to go back to that place.

So, what happened on the day of gluttony was that I had a protein shake in the morning. Then I went out with a friend to get all our healthy stuff at Costco and Central Market. But first, we stopped at Steak and Shake for a burger. I ordered a Frisco Burger. Just out of curiosity I thought I would look up the calories to post them here for you. I almost felt like saying a bad word! This is what I found out…

Frisco Melt¬†(Steak ‘n Shake)

 

Serving Size: 1 sandwich Calories: 1173 Total Fat: 93g Carbs: 43g Protein: 40g

Good thing I only ate a few fries and drank water with lemon. Can you imagine if I had eaten all my fries AND a coke?

Knowledge is power. I don’t think I will be ordering a Frisco Melt any time soon.

After buying all my lovely greens and fruits and taking them home, the kids wanted me to go see a movie with them. We went to Snow White and the Huntman. It’s not my type of movie, but we do sacrifice for our children don’t we? I actually liked it a lot! I also enjoyed some popcorn and yes, even half of a small coke.

After getting home from the movie my boyfriend called, reminding me that we had a date to go out for dinner. At least I knew I was going to make good choices with him. When we arrived at our favorite restaurant, one of our favorite servers had already set the table special for us, complete with extra linens and the napkins folded in a special way. The problem was she didn’t know we had both quit drinking cokes and she had already set the table with them. I had about a half of my glass. We did also order water with lemon. I had some steak and orzo pasta with asparagus. It was yummy.

So, where do I go from here? This was a day of really poor choices. I’ll tell you where I go. I get up the next morning and make my shake. I work out a little bit extra and vow that it’s going to be quite awhile before I have another day of gluttony. And now that I know how many calories are in that Frisco Burger, I am now armed with information and when faced with the decision again, I will not be able to ignore the facts. If I choose the burger, it won’t be out of ignorance.

I’ve been reading a bunch of stuff about nutrition and it’s kind of interesting how the information can contradict itself. So, I’m being my own guinea pig. This past week I decided to make my protein drink in the morning and the green smoothie later in the day. It was fast and easy to get that protein drink in, but I think I missed the morning fiber (if you know what I mean) I had become so regular, same time every day, that it got a little skewed with the switch up.

This is my favorite protein drink. Poor it in a martini glass for a little extra fun in the morning. I’m thinking of writing a book, Martini Mornings. How to Drink and Lose Weight. Okay, that was just for fun. People would maybe feel a little duped that I wasn’t really making martinis, just putting the protein drink in a martini glass.

One banana (fresh or frozen). Sometimes I omit. If you don’t want the sugar, leave it out.

1 Cup Choc Almond Milk

1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk

3/4 scoop of Jay Robb Whey Protein (I was out of my Life Extension Protein) – this one is YUMMY

1 Tbls fresh cashew butter that I made myself. (only used cashews – no additions)

1 tsp melted coconut oil

1 Tbls cacao powder

That’s it. blend it up and say YUM!

And here is my new favorite “green” smoothie. Okay, this one is purpley.

1 1/2 cups coconut milk, 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 2 small apples sliced, 1 Tbls cinnamon, a splash of real vanilla, juice of one orange (i just cut it in half and squeeze into the blender), two medjool dates (pitted) then three handfuls of spinach. Blend until smooth.

I’ve made a variation of this one every day for the last three days. I bought a giant bag of frozen organic blueberries from Costco. I’ve switched up the greens, using Kale instead of spinach. I’ve left out the dates. One day I forgot to add the cinnamon and vanilla. It definitely adds flavor when you put in cinnamon and vanilla. The dates add a little sweetness to it. The kids are all loving this one. Even Jordyn tried it and said, “I yite it!” That’s toddler talk for “I like it.”

My son sent me this interesting video on weight fluctuations. Thought you might enjoy it.¬†http://youtu.be/cYMNPP2Z He did experiments throughout the day to see how his weight fluctuated. I think that’s why I “gained” four pounds after my massage. I had been drinking massive amounts of water. For some reason I decided to weigh myself and had gained four pounds. Fortunately it was all gone in the morning. Even though I weigh myself now (better than never stepping on the scale out of fear) I do have weight in it’s proper perspective. It’s just one type of measurement.

I’m going to end with one final recommendation. I’ve been watching a movie on Netflix called The Beautiful Truth. It is a documentary following a 15 year old homeschooled boy searching for health and truth. It’s fascinating! I’m going to require all of my kids to watch it. Not only will it give them some great information, but also a wonderful role model of a kid in search of the truth about nutrition. I highly recommend it.

 

A Fun Closet Experience

I’m so glad someone told me that I should not only weigh myself, but that I should take measurements too. I think the inch loss is way more exciting to me than the weight loss. Plus, now that I’m adding the kettlebell routine into my life, the muscles are starting to define my shape too.

I’m finding that the key to better health and a better body is definitely balancing intake with physical activity. Of course now I feel way more energetic so it isn’t as daunting to do an exercise routine. I still haven’t done every rep of every exercise in the video that I’m using. But it’s okay, I push myself really hard and sometimes have to stop with a couple of reps left. Each time I get stronger and feel myself doing better. And I’m not sore anymore. I’ve engaged the muscles and they now know how to work hard. Woo hoo!

In the past I didn’t want to try on my old clothes because it was always depressing. I have a few favorite dresses and I would just be enveloped with sadness that they looked so terrible on me. I would be especially sad when I couldn’t even button them. One dress is a black shirt dress with a cinched waist. Well, I decided to try it on the other day and …IT FIT. Not only could I button the buttons, but I had to cinch the belt further than I did when I bought the dress four years ago. I paired the dress with my polkadot pumps and a polka dot headband. I felt CUTE again. When I walked out of my room one of my kids said, “Wow Mom! You look amazing!”

The next day I tried on another dress. A black dress with white piping that has a very slimming look. However, when I was so “fat” I bulged everywhere and it was not at all flattering. I wore that dress a couple of times this week. Both times I got compliments from the people in my family. It sure feels good to hear the compliments.

I had to go to a graduation on Friday night and decided to try on one other favorite dress. I was nervous about it because the tag says it’s a size 8. The size is handwritten, so I’m not 100% sure that’s the real size. I was having to buy a size 14 <gasp> when I started this journey. This was the dress I was wearing about four years ago when a lady working at Saks Fifth Avenue told me how much she loved my dress and proceeded to check the tag to see what brand it was. So strange. Anyway, the dress is gorgeous. I bought it at a consignment shop about ten years ago. It’s very classy looking with a basic deep blue sheath with a red jacket with white and blue bold vertical stripes. When I tried it on – it FIT! And I didn’t look overly lumpy. There were people at the graduation I hadn’t seen for awhile. And get this, one lady approached me and said, “Terri! You look STUNNING!” You can bet I’m going to be holding on to that compliment for a long time!

Honestly, I feel stunning. I was watching a show someone recommended called The Revolution. You can watch some episodes online, so I watch it when I take a bath.¬†http://beta.abc.go.com/shows/the-revolution¬†There are some videos of other things and I found one that was makeup for older people. While I hate to admit it, pushing 50 makes me “older.” One of the tricks was to apply bronzer in strategic locations on your face. It gives your face a glow and a lift. I had some bronzer, but thought it was just for legs and I had never even used it. I like my pale legs thank you very much. LOL. I followed the video and I don’t think I’ll go back to wearing makeup my regular way again! It really did give that look of health and vitality, even though I’m pretty sure I’m not just faking it with make up. Because I do feel so amazing.

I’m speaking for a graduation in a few days and can’t wait to wear one of my old favorite dresses.

Day 30 of My Green Smoothie Experiment!

Fruits and Veggies make colorful and nutritious "green" smoothies.

And the results are in!

Today, I stepped on the scale and have lost a total of 10 1/2 pounds! Okay, so those are just pounds. I don’t put a lot of stock in what the scale says, it can go up and down from one day to the next. A couple of days ago I was a bit lighter. A friend had told me to be sure to measure myself too, because sometimes you might not lose weight, especially if you’re working out, but you’ll lose inches, which is really what people see. Fortunately we don’t wear a post it note telling people how much we weigh.

I found a measuring chart which had measurements all over the body. r upper arm, r forearm, l upper arm, l forearm, chest, bust, midriff, waist, abdomen, hips, buttocks, r upper thigh, r mid thigh, r lower thigh, r knee, r calf, r ankle, l upper thigh, l mid thigh, l lower thigh, l knee, l calf, l ankle. There were some places where I didn’t lose any inches and others where I lost a lot. All together adding up the measurement loss it was 24 1/2 INCHES! Where did it go? This is maybe the best part for me, seeing the results.

Sometimes it’s hard to tell if things I’m noticing are a placebo affect or if they are real, but here are some other things I’ve noticed.

My hair doesn’t seem to be coming out as much as it was before. I had been getting annoyed by how much hair was coming out on my brush, but that is markedly less. Now, I know that hormones and things affect that and maybe I had shed all I needed to, but I have noticed.

Bathroom time is GREAT! I can tell that my digestive system is working the way it is supposed to. Not going into more details about that.

I don’t crave sweet things at all! I don’t want to grab a piece of candy as a pick me up. I’m perfectly content.

There doesn’t seem to be a sugar spike at any time of the day. I just go through the day, smooth sailing. I’ve been out of protein powder for the past five days, so haven’t had my mid-afternoon protein drink – I do miss that and am looking forward to buying my next supply.

The desire to put yucky stuff in my body is so gone!

I would say I have ingested more fruits and vegetables in the last 30 days than almost my entire life combined – especially spinach. ūüôā

Now, for the cons:

My kids don’t think there’s any food in the house.

I do have to go to the store frequently and desire to buy organic, which is of course a little more expensive. But I do love how good my body feels knowing I’m putting some great things in the body.

Fruit flies – uh, yea, this is the biggest con.

 

 


Week 3 of the Green Smoothie Experiment

More veggies less fruit - 1 Pair, 1 cucumber, bunch of carrots, bunch of tomatoes, baby field greens. I added lots more greens after I blended a bit.

I don’t think I would have thought I could go more than 21 days drinking a green smoothie every single morning, but I sure have and can’t imagine not having this vital wake up drink. I’ve never been a morning coffee drinker, but I was a morning coke drinker. I often referred to it as my “morning coffee.” Now that it’s been more than 21 days without a coke, I can honestly say I don’t miss it one bit.

Last night I decided to have a Starbucks drink with Mike. We had gone out for dinner and it was a small disaster with slow service, a kid in the booth in front of us standing up, leaning into our booth and coughing (without covering his mouth of course) and other things that just made it not an outstanding experience, which made me feel like I wanted to have a little comfort time. So I ordered a tall, soy, with whip, cinnamon dolce latte. The first taste was BLECK! Oh my goodness it was SO sweet I could barely stand it. Funny, I remember when I first started getting an occasional drink from Starbucks I would always order extra pumps of the sickly sweet stuff. My first several dates with Mike were to Starbucks. When I began working as a REALTOR¬ģ and was working late into the night developing marketing materials, Mike and I would pop over to Starbucks right before it closed. So, for me Starbucks is more a “date” thing than a coffee thing. I did eventually enjoy the drink last night, but I think it will be another month before I have another one.

The weigh in this week wasn’t as exciting as last week, only a half pound lost and 2 1/2 inches. So far I’ve lost 2 inches off my waist and all the other places are losing inches too. Woo hoo! My body is adjusting to the new routine, which is actually a really good thing.

It was fun fastening my pants yesterday, there was a good inch and a half extra rather than having to suck in just to get them fastened.

I’m ramping it up with more exercise now. I bought two kettlebells and they came with workout DVD’s. I chose the contour bells from Bob Harper. The workout was too hard for me. I had to do a modified workout, but I went through the whole thing and made sure I did the stretches and the cool down. Boy was I sore yesterday though! Really? I have muscles there??? I’m still feeling a little sore today, but will do another workout today. My experience has shown me that if I give myself a day of rest, then I often come back feeling stronger, even if I’m a little sore. I’m looking forward to my new fit and healthy body! It’s what keeps me going. My plan is to do an every other day workout, then walk on the in between days. Sometimes it’s too hot to walk and I’m not a morning person, so I may have to figure out another way to get in a nice long walk during the summer. I could get up early but — well….One step at a time – one step at a time.

I have found that I am sleeping way better. I rarely wake up in the night and I’m definitely not waking myself up snoring. My face doesn’t look as fat. You know that under the chin hang? It’s beginning to firm and disappear! I hated that extra stuff. I’m going to have to start adding some skin brushing so I keep my skin tight as I lose weight. Don’t want saggy skin…no no no.

I’m enjoying shopping at the grocery store again. For a long time I really didn’t like going. But now it’s like there is a whole new dimension that has been added. It does take a long time though, because I’m reading everything! I’m also enjoying perusing the aisles of Central Market (like Whole Foods Market). I especially like to look through all the fresh ingredients.

So this lifestyle change is really taking hold of me. It really is changing my life.

Cheers! Now you can drink in the afternoon!

Here’s a recipe for Terri’s Chocotini – this was an afternoon protein drink

  • 4 oz Chocolate Almond Milk
  • 4 oz Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1 tsp raw cacoa powder
  • 1/4 cup whole rolled oats
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 medjool date (pitted)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • cinnamon garnish (you can also add cinnamon to the blender, but I forgot so it became a garnish)

I poured it into a martini glass just for additional fun. The glass has olives on it, so that made it look just a bit strange.