Yesterday, one of the women I work with took me and one other woman out for lunch - as a thanks for our hard work on a business project.
Normally I wouldn’t to go, but since she knows about my goals and aspirations - and she has been very supportive - I said yes. Plus, every now and then it’s a nice change of pace.
So, with my goals in mind, we decided to go to "Fresh", a gourmet vegetarian restaurant located a few blocks away from our office.
I love this restaurant because it is very unique. They use a variety of vegetarian friendly foods (soy, almonds, hulled hemp seeds, heart of palm etc.) to make their dishes taste almost identical to non-vegetarian cuisine...not to mention, incredible!
So when they picked the restaurant I was more than happy to go, because I knew that finding something I could eat would be very easy.
After waiting for 30mins for a table (yep, it’s that good!) we finally sat down to order. Of coarse, I already knew what I was having because I had planned ahead and looked at their menu online (to make sure what I was eating would fit my diet).
I ordered the “Deluxe Burger”, which consisted of a “high protein almond, grain, tofu & vegetable burger” (hold the bun) on a bed of mixed greens. But when the meal came out, I realized I hadn’t order dressing!
Oh no! Dressing!?! How was I ever going to eat that plate of sprouts, tomatoes, lettuce, carrots etc. - PLAIN!?
But then I stopped for a moment, and I thought to myself…what the hack am I doing? If I am going to do this…I’ve got to learn to love food for its natural flavors!
So, I picked up my fork and knife, and cut into the burger. Then I grabbed a chunk of tomato and some sprouts and shoveled it into my mouth.
I chewed….I thought….I chewed…I thought…
Why haven’t I realized how FRIKKIN’ tasty tomatoes were before?! It was so juicy and so delicious, I was so happy I hadn’t ordered dressing.
What I’ve come to realize is that the more I wean out simple carbs and saturated fats, the more I am beginning to love the flavor of hearty vegetables and grains.
So in a strange way, I think yesterday’s lunch was a lesson for me.
Before I am quick to add in unnecessary excess salt, sauces and dressings, I need to start trying the food first! Who knows? Maybe I’ll end up liking it. And not only will I have eaten a wonderful mean, but I will have dodged the extra calorie bullet!
If you are contemplating a weight loss transformation of your own, as many of my site visitors are, there is something important you must learn before you embark on this journey...
…The difference between successful weight loss and unsuccessful weight loss is planning.
What I've come to realize over the past couple of months is that the primary reason I have made it so far this time (compared to my other, not so successful, weight-loss attempts) has been the fact that I have planned for everything!
So, what do I mean by planned for everything? Well, I mean I have literally sat down and had a conversation with myself that went something like this:
My thoughts: So, what are you going to do if you go out with your friends for dinner? Are you going to eat out, or bring food? What will you do!?
My other thoughts: Well, first I will contemplate if I really need to go out for dinner…can I meet up with them after? Can I just go and not eat? If I do decide to go, and I know where we are eating, I will research the meals available at the restaurant and incorporate something healthy from the menu into my meal plan for the day. I will also ensure that my selections are nutritious - for instance a salad with a vinaigrette dressing on the side and a grilled chicken breast (hold the skin).
My thoughts: Ok, so what about if your alarm doesn’t go off in the morning and you are already running late? You won’t have time to pack your lunch!
My other thoughts: That won’t be a problem! I am pre-packing my lunch the night before so that I don’t have to worry about it in the morning.
Creating the plan
Notice the type of situations I have planned for?
It is important that we contemplate these types of scenarios because they are bound to happen in life. But if you don’t plan for them, and instead say to yourself, “oh, you’ve done a great job, you can cheat just this once”, that “once” will turn into a twice, a three times, a four times and sure enough, a whopping 10lbs on your hips.
So, instead of ending up on another yo-yo diet, take some time to really think about the type of “bumps” you will face along the way. Remember, the difference between successful weight loss and unsuccessful weight loss is planning - so write it down!
Here are some of the scenarios that I suggest you plan for before you embark on your transformation:
- Going out for dinner
- Being late for work
- Having no food in the fridge
- Forgetting your lunch bag at home
- Being pressured to enjoy a “night out with the girls”
- Christmas, Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Your birthday – all the holidays!
- The scale not budging (at times it won’t, and you need to plan for how you will react)
If you’ve got any other suggestions for others on what type of situations to plan for, let me know in the comments!
For the past 2-3 weeks, my stats haven't moved and I'm getting frustrated. I'm sitting at 168lbs and 34% body fat. So, after speaking to the good people of bodybuilding.com, I am now beginning to contemplate a refeed.
What is a refeed you ask? Well...I'm not 100% sure exactly. That is why I am going to do a bit of research before I dive in feet first.
My understanding of a refeed it that you basically "shock" your system by consuming a WACK load of carbs (clean carbs) to restore your, probably deplated, glycogen and leptin levels.
So what is glycogen? Dictionary.com describes it as a "polysaccharide consisting of glucose units: the form in which carbohydrate is stored in the liver and muscles in man and animals. It can easily be hydrolysed to glucose Also called animal starch"
And what is leptin? Dictionary.com describes it as a hormone that is thought to suppress appetite and speed up metabolism.
So basically, what I'm guessing is that by restoring these levels (by increasing my carb consumtion for a breif period of time - 12-48hrs) it will "refeed" my body with the energy and hormones it needs to burn fat again.
If I'm wrong, someone please correct me! lol
Anywho, I'm going to do more research and then probably take a crack at it this weekend. I do know that there can be some negative side effects (like water weight gain), but they are temporary...and in my mind, worth the risk.
Stay tuned! I'll let you know how it goes.
I just wanted to say thank you.
Yesterday, I posted my website URL on bodybuilding.com and I have over 450 people visit! This is a perfect example of the amazing culture that bb.com has created.
Thank you for your support.
Thank you for your curiosity. And,
Thank you for your kind words!
With your continued support, I know I will succeed!
So, like I said in my posting a couple of days ago - progress seemed to have been slowing down for me. But, since I changed my diet and workout routine I feel like that is beginning to change.
I'm not sure if there is any connection, but I feel like when I really nail my meal plan and workout routine on the head, my body gets particularily hot.
For instance, when I eat a really good, clean meal (like sweet potato, chicken and salad) I instantly start to sweat! It's like my metabolism goes VEERRRROOOOMMMMM!!! Maybe it's just me, but I don't notice this kind of heat when I eat something crappy for my body.
Anybody else notice this?
Anywho, today has been a good day. I have had a bit more caffeine then I probably should - but otherwise it's been a great day.
So, yesterday I decided to try H.I.I.T on the bike.
Usually, I do it on the treadmill and although it is hard, it's never seemed as bad as some people make it out to be.
Well, let me tell you something!
The bike is 100000 x harder than the treadmill, for me.
I guess it's because on the treadmill, there is a bit of a delay in the level increase. But, on the bike, as soon as you click level 10...IT SWITCHES! and you better be prepared!
I kicked my a$$ so hard yesterday. wow.
I came home feeling like I was going to puke! Not to mention my legs felt like cement bricks - it was awesome!
Yep, that's right, you heard me - it was awesome!
I could literally imagine the fat dripping off my thighs, my metabolism reving up, and myself lounging on the beach in my bikini!
I can't wait until Saturday - I'm going to do it all over again!
So, granted, I've come a long way since I began my journey on January 15th 2010. But, I can't help but feel like I've somewhat stalled!
Lately, when I step on the scale the weight has barely shifted. Luckily, it's still going down...but only like .2, .3, .4 lbs at a time! Maybe I am stepping on the scale to much.
Anyways, it's a little frustrating, but I know I just have to keep on pushing and changing things up, which is why I have revamped my workout routine, re-incorporated more cardio and switched up my meal plan.
I'm ready to start burning even more and I'm even more ready to prance around in my cute bikini!!
So, today i decided to start my website. I figured, what the heck, I'm already addicted to bodybulding.com, why not make a website dedicated to just my transformation...and here I am.
So, what will you have to look forward to? well, updates from me... in this blog. All of my meal plans documented, as well as my current workout routines and even my thoughts on various supplements.
I hope you enjoy following my journey as much as I do. If you have any questions - let me know!