Check up! (and getting my act together wow)

Week 1 Update (Sunday, 4.23.2017)

So it’s been one week since I finished my month-long trial, and I’m still feeling pretty good, because of my re-lapse I do feel my blood sugar drop more often, so I think I just need to drink more water until my eating window is open so that I don’t do the same mistakes I’ve been doing all week of eating an hour or two earlier, working out and then feeling my blood sugar drop dramatically towards the evening.

In a week I’ll weigh myself to see my progress, but honestly I’m not feeling that great about it. I’m trying to eat more whole-food, plant based options, but I slip up fairly frequently so… yeah. Meal planning is always key! With that in mind, here’s my plan for the next week:

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Day 33- The Grand Finale!

Sunday, 4.16.2017

Day 33 out of 33!

And… that’s a wrap! I can’t believe it, but the month has passed by and I think I’ve figured out what I want and how to get it. My main problem has been becoming hungrier after lunch time because of my physical exercise. The solution, I believe, is the move my eating window so it’s a little later in the day. Tomorrow I’ll try eating around 18:00 instead of 13:00 (I foresee plenty of green tea in my near future), and get in all my exercise before that time.

Before I move onto the results, I want to share my thoughts after watching a documentary about anorexia. I am not pro-anorexia, never have been and never will be. I’ve had my problems with food, and this blog is what I decided to use so that I could control that better. But I do suggest controlled dieting, and I wholeheartedly support eating in a balanced way (preferably plant-based, whole foods).

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Day 32- EXERCISE (and a little binge eating)

Saturday, 4.15.2017

Day 32 out of 33

Tomorrow morning is the final weigh-in! After this week I’m less optimistic but today I went on a 30-minute bike ride, followed by an hour of skateboarding (trying to learn, at least) and an hour of leisure gym time (during which I boxed for a while but mainly did nothing).

This update is a bit late since I quit my job recently (TMI but thought you should know), and I’m doing freelance work which takes away from my blogging. There are so many freelancing options online! Holy cow! Back to the subject of this blog- tomorrow is the last day, and I’m ready.

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Day 31- I’m back!

Friday, 4.14.2017

Day 31 out of 33

Hello! It’s good to be back. After a pretty awesome trip (with pretty terrible food choices), I’m finally back and ready to keep going. I’m kind of excited to conclude this entire month in two days (which will include measuring me and recounting my overall feelings and tips for this part month). I’ve even found a few new recipe sources which seem fairly healthy, have a calorie counter on them (which I will make a conscious effort to stop using once I reach my goal weight) and are vegan.

Today I had potato croquettes (recipe from The Vegan Corner) with BBQ sauce and some (unhealthy) vegan cookie dough. It’s hard for me to get back to fasting, but my schedule should relax now so I’m staying optimistic. As for exercise, I went for a leisurely swim today and tomorrow I have a bike ride, a boxing workout and another swim planned.

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Day 27- Seder & a bit more about my trip

Monday, 4.10.2017

Day 27 out of 33

I’m a little frustrated. I keep slipping up. I gave myself a break today because I was invited to Seder so I couldn’t really refuse and I came to eat. On the other hand, I think I was in a deficit since I went leisurely swimming for about an hour followed by half an hour of biking.

Still, I came into this lifestyle to save time, lose weight and be healthier. After my trip that starts tomorrow (Jerusalem!), I’ll get back into it with more gusto. By the way, yesterday I timed my plank time. I got to about 50 seconds. I’ll try doing it again tomorrow morning before I catch my ride and try improving it by 5 seconds. I just want to make a little progress every time I try this (I’m thinking about every two or three days).

As for my trip, I’m very excited but I will definitely and try to remember what I want out of this whole thing. Besides, I have an itch inside me to finally weigh myself again, and once I do that I think I might be able to slowly fix the way I think and treat food. Because today I binged on some dark chocolate (quite a bit, if I’m being brutally honest), and then I ate quite a lot at Seder as well DESPITE ALREADY EATING THAT DAY. I wasn’t even hungry, it was just… a routine.

So that’s where I’m at. I think I’ll try packing food for tomorrow since I’m only leaving around noon (getting there quite late whoops), but I won’t beat myself up if I don’t. That said, I am on a pretty limited budget for my trip so I’ll just have to wait and see what happens (my friend recommended a good bagel shop in Jerusalem I should try).

I can’t promise anything, but I’ll try keeping notes so that I’ll have an update for when I’m back about my experience at the conference I’m going to (don’t worry it’s a fun ne I’ll have stuff to do).

I’d like to end this post by saying that I wore a dress today and I felt a lot more confident than I usually would. I can’t completely attribute it to intermittent fasting, but it’s definitely a strong component in my journey. I’ll write back when I get back from the holy city!

Day 26- one week to go!

Sunday, 4.9.2017

Day 26 out of 33

Another friend I haven’t seen in a while came by today and he also noticed how I’ve changed these past few months. I don’t know if it’s the veganism, the working out, the fasting or a combination of all three (probably all three let’s be real), but it feels good.

I think I need to improve my confidence and that’s what will really help this whole journey. Also, I’m almost totally back to fasting! It’s really difficult lately because I’ve been slipping on meal prep and planning which causes me to snack later on. So guess what? The menu is back! Not in the same format as before, but similar.

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Day 25- full of exercise!

Saturday, 4.8.2017

Day 25 out of 33

My computer keeps lagging and crashing so this update will be posted a tad later than usual. Today was basically a full-on workout day! I tried fasting but because I exercised so much today I had to re-energize myself so I had a bit of a snack during traditional dinner time.

I went bike riding for half an hour, tried learning how to skateboard for just about an hour and spent another solid hour working out at the gym with my friend (we did circuits and boxing- circuits not that much fun but better than when I’m alone and boxing really freaking great). Food-wise, I didn’t have the best day, but as I wrote in the past, it’s about the journey and the change. I don’t expect to master all of this that quickly.

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Day 24- gettin’ back on track!

Friday, 4.7.2017

Day 24 out of 33

It’s nearly the final stretch! I’m down to double-digits! I’m slipping a bit on the fating part of my whole diet and I’ve eaten a bit of junk today, but I refuse to be angry at myself because of it since I’m trying to ease into this healthy eating habit.

On the workout front, I’ve biked for five days in a row today (each for about 30 minutes), and I’m feeling great! Tomorrow’s a day full of nothing, so I’m going to finish up some deadline stuff before filming my very first video and then going biking and perhaps hitting the gym for some boxing, dumbbell and mattress work! It’s a free day, so I can do whatever I want!

I felt really lazy today, so I had some no-brainer spring rolls (rice paper) with peanut sauce, but they were making me feel a little sick so I just gave up and binged on some Nature Valley (not the best). Also, just before writing this I ate some roasted and salted pumpkin seeds and a couple of large dates. As you can tell, I haven’t been great with fasting, but I’m just going to have to go back into it slowly.

In food news, I’m pretty happy with the menu I have planned for tomorrow. I plan on having five more spring rolls with peanut sauce (hopefully they won’t make me feel nauseous) and some cauliflower and quinoa barbeque balls (I don’t think they’re incredibly healthy since I’m using store-bought sauce, but I’ve already made the mixture and I’m craving them).

Also, I’d like to end this post on a positive since today I saw a friend I haven’t been in contact with or seen in about six and a half months, and she said I looked much healthier and leaner. It was really motivational! Tomorrow I’d like to write a bit about what I think about weight loss and beauty and fashion and the industry and the stuff between, but it’s going to be a busy day so I guess we’ll just have to see.

It’s odd for me not to write metrics or a menu, but believe me it’s for the best!

Day 23- a longer post and explanations (sort of)

Thursday, 4.6.2017

Day 23 out of 33

I can explain. Things have been incredibly busy lately and I’ve been exhausted because of it, so now, as I promised, here’s a long blog post about what’s going on.

I’m still intermittent fasting, but I’ve decided to only use Eat This Much for recipe-finding purposes and not as some “guide”. This is because I will naturally be in a caloric deficit from eating only once a day (since once I’m full I can’t eat any more), and by eating plant-based foods I will be filling up quicker and giving my body the fuel it needs.

So what’s next?

Today was the fourth day in a row I cycled. I cycle for 30 minutes at a speed of about 6 miles per hour outside. This gives me plenty of vitamin D which I miss since I work inside most days, and yesterday I got some boxing gloves, wraps and training gloves, so I’m going to learn more about boxing and then I’ll be ready to do that more. Can’t wait for that!

I’ve also decided to abandon my metrics since they’re not very accurate and also it’s very hard for me to keep up with it since my hunger and energy levels change minutely within the day so I can’t be one hundred percent sure about if I’m being too positive or too negative about the metrics. I’m also going to be writing a menu once more without the nutritional information (not that I’ve posted much of that).

Thing is, I don’t want to develop another eating disorder. It took me so long to accept the first one so I’m not going to dive right into a second one. My body needs food, and I’ll give it food. Granted, it’s only once a day, but that’s only until I reach my goal weight and then I’ll resume eating normally and exercising regularly (which will probably cause some weight gain but then it should stabilize).

Furthermore, I’ve decided to just keep doing cardio. I enjoy cardio and I enjoy working out (cycling, swimming, running and boxing are great), but I hate circuits and I see no point in continuing doing them if they make me feel miserable. I know a lot of people say that a variety in types of exercise is important, but I think as long as I’m moving my body I should be fine.

And now for the hard part (this isn’t going to be fun). I need to try and stop calorie-counting. Being in a calorie deficit might work but in the long haul it doesn’t, and I’ve seen it happen. I need a lifestyle change, and that’s what I’ll get. It’s going to be hard and it will be annoying and it’s very easy to cave into calories but I have to stick it out, which will be hard with a scale in my room and this preconceived notion of “fast” weight loss.

For honesty sake, I’m going to just say that I’m starting some freelance work soon and I’m going to need to have plenty of energy and time. So I’m still going to do intermittent fasting, but I’m changing it up a bit. For example, here’s tomorrow’s menu:

– Cooked vegetable spring rolls with peanut sauce

– Quinoa and cauliflower buffalo-style balls

– Fruit salad

This is all high-carb and not processed (well, partly, at least). This is what I’m aiming to do. I also want to increase my water intake and generally make a whole 180 to my life.

So that’s what’s going on. I’ll update more on boxing and cycling and swimming and all that fun stuff sometime else. For now, I have work to do and mindsets to change.

Write back soon.

P.S: I thought this would be longer but I got all of my points across fairly quickly without dwelling too much on how I ate crap today and yesterday but it was technically in a deficit so I didn’t care (that did happen, though).

Day 21- apologies but also (ultra) short update again

Tuesday, 4.4.2017

Day 21 out of 33

I swear I keep missing the milestones of this journey but it’s my best friend’s birthday today so I have to keep this short. Also, yesterday I was absolutely exhausted after a hard day at work, so I didn’t post. Sorry about that. Unfortunately, it’s probably not going to get any better than this (if this late post is anything to go by).

Anyway! Today I didn’t intermittent fast, but I also noticed I was way less hungry. I also biked for thirty minutes yesterday and today. I’ll bike tomorrow as well and I’ll fit in a morning workout before I have to go to work. Other than that, my menu keeps looking appetizing (because I can customize it), and I’m feeling pretty good. I did eat a bit of junk today, but I didn’t go over my calorie limit so I’m done with junk until the end of the month (sad-face).

I did say this was a short update, right? Because I’m tired as hell and I’m going to go to sleep now (parties are exhausting). I’ll write more tomorrow and make up for this terrible update (I’m so tired I’m not doing the metrics, I’ll do those tomorrow).

See ya then!