Learning to eat …

February 11, 2009

Quick Food Diary Stats: Tuesday 2.11.09 and Wednesday 2.14.09

Filed under: Food/Fitness Journal — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 11:28 pm

Tuesday

What I ate:

  • Smoothie: juice of two small oranges, one whole orange, 1/2 bulb and stalk fennel, lots of chard! (yum!)
  • Raw juice made from: large bunch kale, juice of one lemon, 2 asian pears (YUM) (also no way to accurately put this in nutridiary so I tried but I know it’s not exactly accurate)
  • Entire avocado w/ bit of sea salt
  • pomello (entered as grapefruit in nutridiary)
  • 2 oranges
  • ugli fruit (entered in nutridiary as grapefruit)
  • soup made from a teaspoon of garlic infused coconut oil, and LOTS of sweet onions (too many). This tasted really good and satisfied the hunger craving I was having and I stayed full a LONG time … but too full feeling later when running 😦 this was even though it was less coconut oil than the previous day.
  • cucumber, lime, romaine green juice

Nutritional analysis for the day (nutridiary):

  • 73% carbs, 7% protein, 20% fat
  • 1416 calories
  • short on my goal for protein of 10% as well as slightly short on my iron goal, but everything else was exceeded as far as what it tracks for

Fitness was a 2.5 mile hard run — hard as in I kept wanting to stop — until I was done and then I felt great! I wonder if it was eating the coconut oil within 2 hours of the run that made it harder? Hmmm… will have to experiement on that one.

Wednesday

What I ate:

  • Smoothie: 4 Bananas, 2 cups spinach, 4 celery stalks
  • Cup raw carrots
  • 2 small zucchini, 400g mixed lettuce and spinach greens, bit raw onion all w/ a creamy dressing of blended cashews, nutritional yeast and mustard seeds , and some sunflower seeds on top
  • 1 tomato, 1 orange, 1/2 cucumber, 2 stalks celery smoothie (was supposed to be dressing but when I used the  nut sauce instead, I sipped on the dressing just as I would a green smoothie)
  • orange
  • supper salad: orange pepper, 1/2 large cucumber, handful greens, half avocado, juice of one lime and bit sea salt
  • 1/2 orange
  • Also few bottles of water throughout the day

I did only about 5 minutes of rebounding so I didn’t log it; for running I did 25 minutes of speed work — up to 6mph for 2 minutes at a time 3 x and 5.5 a couple of other times while alternating slow jub and fast walk at other times. 🙂

Nutritional analysis as done by nutridiary:

  • For the day: 54% Carbs, 11% protein, and 35% fat (nuts, seeds, and avocado — no OIL today)
  • 1432 total calories
  • 54% of my calories were consumed at lunch (and I could tell — I felt HEAVY afterward – don’t know if it was plain overeating or too much fat/nuts)
  • all of the nutrients it tracks (sadly not all I would like to track) showed me exceeding daily limits, including Iron and calcium.

I felt great all day except for the heavy feeling after lunch. I think it helped that I at lunch a bit earlier than the day before and may have been part of why running was easier today (no oil/fat late in afternoon). Otherwise my eyes were itchy in the evnening and I had to blow my nose a few times (including while eating supper) but that’s it. I do wonder soemtimes if I need to cut back on peppers / night shade plants and if they could be bothering me some. I have been eating A LOT of colored peppers so after the ones I have are gone, I’m going to try to cut back for awhile. It can be challennging to keep things simple and easy and yet rotate my food choices.

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February 10, 2009

Food Journal: Monday February 9th

Filed under: FOOD!, Food/Fitness Journal, Today I ... — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 12:52 am

OK, this will be quicker than usual because I’m up WAY later than I would like to be, and I just spent over an hour (!) entering my meals into Nutridiary (!), but to be fair it was setting up the account that took some time too. Now if I could just port that info from there to here — or at least give you all a link to see it! Until I figure that out, I’ll just let you know what info I find out there.

Breakfast today was a green smoothie of 1/2 a cantaloupe, a cup of blueberries, and 4 large chard leaves.

Lunch today was 2 large mushrooms w/ avocado (an entire one) spread on top and some sweet onion.

2nd lunch / snack: blood orange, ugli fruit, naval orange

afternoon snack: Quick soup (I’ll write this up later) of 1 T. garlic infused coconut oil, and some chopped sweet onion in hot water.

Supper was a LARGE salad (4 oz of mixed baby greens and spinach), red pepper, grape tomatoes, mixed sprouts (and they didn’t have this in the nutridiary database!), sun-dried tomatoes, 1 T. olive oil, sprinkles of balsamic vinegar (need to stop having so much of that!),  and a few pea pods (also not in that database).

Dessert was “banana ice cream” — 2 bananas and 1/2 cup walnuts (was going to leave out nuts this time as just the bananas were SO good … but daughter wanted nuts and then she didn’t even eat hers!)

So the stats on today — a day of eating w/out a whole lot of thought was:

  • calories: 1551
  • calories from fat: 747 (avocado, coconut oil, olive oil, walnuts were primary source)
  • total fat — 91 grams
  • saturated fat 21 grams (coconut oil — labled as saturated but still very healthy fat and I eat it on purpose)
  • sodium — 677 mg
  • carbs — 189 g
  • dietary fiber 43 g
  • sugars 117 g (all fruit sugars)
  • protein 30 g

Calorie distribution was 48% Fat:  7% Protein: 45%  Carbs: (note these were all complex carbs)

I would say that is slightly higher fat than I usually eat due to having both nuts and the olive oil (I do try, but don’t always succeed in having coconut oil). I *think* (remember this is all evolving as I listen to my body and continue to research and experiment what raw foods I perform best on) that I would like to be closer to 30% or less fat, 10% protein, and the rest carbs (complex carbs in fruits, veggies, and greens). It will be interesting to see what plays out as I continue to track this. I think it will be a useful tool so I can look back and see what looked best. I’ll share reports when I have a chance, and hopefully this will satisify those that have been asking me for caloric breakdowns. I had a good guess that I eat close to 1500 calories a day, and I guess I do … or at least today. 🙂

I will be writing more soon about various goals I mine, but one immediate one brought to light by this food analysis is that I want to try to eat my fats earlier in the day, and I think I’ll save olive oil (even high quality cold pressed) for more rare occasions than a fast supper — so it’s time to really start getting familiar with blending fruits and veggies to make dressings (already love cucumber, celery and chive … didn’t have any cucumber tonight). Also, if I keep my total fat low enough, I think cutting my internal coconut oil to 1-2 tsp instead of tablespoons shoudl be sufficient for health (will continue to experiement though). I think from a training standpoint, I’m going to try to make the 2 days before my longest run each week to be even lower fat days and see what difference that makes in my performance — so no avocados on Friday!

On the fitness front — today was my rest day after two great runs in a row over the weekend … tomorrow it will be back to the gym! I meant to do my Praise moves DVD today though, but didnt’ get to it — must do it tomorrow so likely won’t be posting tomorrow. I did of course do my 20 minutes on the rebounder this morning … entered that into the nutridiary as 20 minutes of general arobics because I didnt see anything for rebounding.

Felt great all day … too much energy tonight — must get decent sleep tonight!

February 4, 2009

Bonus Incentive (Free yoga classes when I meet my weight loss goal)

Filed under: weight loss — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 10:45 am

“Simple Pleasures are the last refuge of the complex” Oscar Wilde

I had my favorite health treatment yesterday — an hour of thai yoga massage and then an hour of regular mesage from Christina and Simple Pleasures.  Christina was full of praise and kudos for what great shape I’m in now versus last summer. She then asked me what my weight loss goal was, so without a missing a beat, I said 130 pounds — after all that is what is on my affirmation on my mirror. (If you have a goal, you need affirmations!) Christina then said that when I reach that, let her know and she’ll give me 8 weeks of free classes! Woo Hoo!

Do you have any extra incentives going for you in your goals? Would it help if you did? What type of incentives can you set up to help you?

February 2, 2009

Past the 50 pound mark! (Weight loss and measurement chart)

Filed under: Saturday Morning Weigh In, weight loss — Tags: , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 2:43 am
Date Weight Body Fat % Inches Total
May 2008 220
10/16/08 194.0 43.7
10/25/08 191.0 42.9
11/1/08 187.6 41.7 245
11/15/08 184 40.8
11/22/08 181.8 40.8
11/30/08 180.4 39.7 233.25
12/9/09 179.8 39.5
2/1/09 166.8 35.5 222
Loss to Date: 53.2 pounds 8.2% 23 inches
  • Waist: 34.25 (-4.75)
  • Chest: 38.25 (2.75)
  • Hips:41.5 (-4.5)
  • Right Thigh: 21.75 (-1.75)
  • Left Thigh: 21.5 (-2)
  • Right Arm: 11.75 (-1.25)
  • Left Arm: 12 (-1.5)
  • Belly 41 (-4.5)

I have misplaced a few notes with intermediate weights and inches so maybe I’ll update the chart and make itmore complete when I find them again. I’m so glad I’m keeping track of body fat percentage and inches as well as weight because sometimes the scale does funny tricks of not moving for days or moving back up. Generally my pants fitting or not fitting because they are too loose is enough to reassure me that I haven’t been eating in my processed food in my sleep, but it sure is nice to be able to measure the results in other ways sometimes, and I highly recommend it to anyone that wants to track their weight loss.

I also can’t believe it’s been so long since an official update! Especialy since I was so excited last week to be at the 50 pound mark!

I don’t think I started losing weight at all until August so that makes it 6 months now and just over 50 pound of weight loss. I think that is a reasonable rate of weight loss, and my body seems to think so as well by how it feels most of the time (ALIVE I mean really alive!).

It’s interesting how suddenly everyone seems to be noticing the weight loss … to the point of not recognizing me. That’s kind of cool … and validating. I hope a few people can tell I’m way healthier too, but if not I’ll just have to continue to shout it from the roof tops!

In other news I started the 90 day detox today!!! And so I’ll shift my blogging more toward that although I see no problem in completing a BES program while starting the detox as the programs, at least at this stage, do not conflict at all. I’m so exicted about trying some of the awesoem recipes in the 90 Day Detox menu plan — they look AWESOSME.

~Tami

P.S. If now isn’t the right time for you to join in the 90 Day Detox (although I may be able to twist Tera’s arm if you still want in), then listen to the Q&A anyway so you have the info for when you ARE ready. And then sign up for the FREE 7 day detoxGreen Smoothie Challenge … or just join in the blog or twitter chatter! 🙂

January 8, 2009

The weight just keeps falling off! (Do you want to loose weight? Are you? What have you tried?)

Filed under: FOOD!, Health, Today I ..., weight loss — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 10:50 am

Today I’m simply going to ramble a bit. It’s the new year and everyone is all about resolutions and wanting to look better (feel better?) and, of course, loose weight!

How many of you have weight loss resolutions or goals? (Maybe I should set up a poll or survey!)

I have to admit to having those types of resolutions in the past, but honestly not often. You’ll notice that this year I didn’t list any specific resolutions. I will however be posting an “Eating Manifesto” for the year soon. Generally for me it has either been the case that I’m on a healthy path or I’m not. I have never  rarely gone for a typical “diet” or quick fix. The few times I did go with something that was all the rage, like my brief  journey into the Atkins world years ago, I have always regretted it. And counting calories or points is something I knew would NEVER be for me. That sounds simply like it is all about the negative and deprivation — what you can’t have rather than enjoying nature’s bounty and what you CAN have. And typical canned diet shakes such as slim fast??? YUCK and full of YUCK!

You MUST feed your body first! And the more I learn about health and nutrition the more convinced I am that if you take care of your body, then proper weight (and great skin!) will follow.

So when I hear about all of the recommendations or the various things people (especially women?) are trying in order to loose weight it kind of makes me sad because I know that attaining better health is SO doable!

Ahh, but this post is about my own releasing of weight right? Or at least that is what the title indicated!

So, during this past month — aka “the holidays” — I LOST nearly 10 pounds instead of gaining the traditional holiday 5 to 10 pounds! And I did this without much exercise. The lack of exercise is NOT something I recommend. In fact my very specific goals/resolutions for the new year focus almost entirely on exercise and fitness because I know this is an area that I really need to start kicking myself in the butt about and get going and get in shape!

But back to the weight loss …

I will do an official weigh in and measurements this weekend. But so far things are looking good for the past month according to my quick jump on the scale when I got back from my 2 week driving vacation with the kids. I have to admit I indulged a bit (a little is fine unless you are allergic, etc.) — gluten free christmas cookies, and LOTS of tortilla corn chips with LOTS of gaucamole and salsa, and of course a few glasses of great organic red wine. So, see I DO indulge some. 🙂  Then last weekend I stayed raw but indulged in A LOT of raw pizza and then cheese sauce the next day (too much of anything isn’t good … with the cheeses I eneded up with LOTS of nuts in my diet for a few days — high fat and while healthy in general these proportions were a bit excessive).

I also paid close attention to how my body responded to these various foods, and I did indeed notice that I was less than at my best. And who wants that long term? A hangover, even just from food, is really not the way to live life. The same goes for feeling bloated or constipated. My health concerns may make this a bit more extreme than what others experience but we can ALL learn by listening to our bodies MORE than we listen to the scale.

But if you really want to loose weight ??

I recommend starting with the advice from Michael Pollan, author of the Omnivore’s Dilemma: “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

You want more specifics?? Well, stay tuned because I’ll be sharing lots more soon. But in the meantime, get your groove on with green smoothies. If nothing else it will help you get your recommended fruits and veggies (especially greens!!!).

Follow me, in all my every day glory on twitter at: http://twitter.com/tamigroth

And, likely more important when looking to gain health and/or loose weight, follow the Green Smoothie Queen: http://twitter.com/SmoothieQueen

~ Tami

P.S. If I’m right, I’ll be nearing a 50 pound weight loss next week! How should I celebrate?

December 9, 2008

Monday Weigh in and Surviving the Holidays (Weight Loss in December with Raw Food)

Filed under: Challenges, Saturday Morning Weigh In — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 12:18 am
Basil and tomatoes in the blender

Basil and tomatoes in the blender

So much to share, and so little time.

First, I did to a quick weigh in this morning, and crossed my fingers that it wouldn’t be higher than last week. Whew! The official stats for this week are: 179.8 pounds and 39.5 body fat%.

So, I can officially say that I’ve lost over 40 pounds n That is the good news. The not so good news, is that that is the lowest amount I’ve lost since I started keeping track. I have been told not to stress about this, and I’m not. Weight loss on a raw food diet may fluctuate a bit anyway because of the water content of  the food. I’ve become pretty good and realizing when I’m actually retaining even just a bit of extra water though, and I try to naturally release all of that before my weigh -in each week. (I release the retained water with foods like cucumber, watermelon, dandelion root tea or other forms of dandelion, and of course lots of great water.)

But this week I would say that the bigger culprit would be the easy spiral that happens when I indulge in a bit of cooked food, and then eat more than I should because I find it harder to read my fullness cues when I eat cooked food. And then there are the times we eat even if we know we’re not hungry — ahh, the holiday parties.

It really hasn’t been too bad, but I have been eating more rich foods (nuts, agave nectar, and so on) than I typically do because I make some special foods to share (and eat!) and holiday parties and gatherings. Just like with cooked goodies, a little goes a long way with these foods! I’ll be posting some recipes soon too, but caution one to remember these are treats and not necessarily to be eaten on  a regular basis.

If I wasn’t continuing to feel energetic, and as if I was continuing to release weight, I may research into other health issues, but I think this is just normal Holiday food issues. 🙂

I just spent the last hour listening to a Dr. T. teleseminar (The Truth About Your Food), so I’m even more inspired now to continue to nourish my body with healthy food! My New Year wish to everyone is that they are able to also nourish their bodies and feel healthy in return!

November 30, 2008

No Wonder My Pants Were Falling Off! (weight loss and more at the end of the Body Enlightenment System)

Filed under: About Me, Challenges, Health, Today I ..., weight loss — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 11:19 pm

groth_34-2Whoa! Time to check in with my Learning to Eat blog because I have certainly been learning to eat! The BES ends tomorrow, and it has been an incredible month. It’s truly the beginning of permanent changes for so many wonderful people. For me personally it has meant a refining of what I eat and how to eat it, AND at the same time it has been full of emotional processing and release. While I’ve lost weight and inches, I have GROWN in the many important ways.

I’ll share the numbers with you first. I want to point out the completeness of the numbers and encourage any of you that are interested in weight loss (remember my primary goal is total health), to measure more than just weight. I’m glad that I have the scale that measures body fat as well. Even if it’s not the most accurate BF calculation possible, it still shows that even when the scale isn’t going down as fast as it seems it should that I am indeed loosing fat. Also I’m SO glad I started the month with taking measurements because now I have concrete numbers to look at about what is changing with my body. For those of you not inclined to take measurements, then simply looking at how your clothes fit can be a great guide as well … my measurements confirmed what my clothes had already been telling me – I was loosing inches off of my hips, butt, and belly!!! This is good because this is where all my fat went the last few years. J So, off it comes now!

Month of the BES (Body Enlightenment System) by the Numbers

  • Weight lost: 7.2 pounds
  • Percent Body Fat Lost: 2%
  • Inches Lost: 11.75
  • Clothing sizes change: -2 (from sizes 18/20 to sizes 12/14! … no more XL!)

Official Measurements on 11/30/08
Waist: 37 (-2)
Chest: 41 (same)
Hips: 43 (-3)
Right Thigh: 21.75 (-1.75)
Left Thigh: 21.5 (-2)
Right Arm: 13 (same)
Left Arm: 13 (-.5)
Belly 43 (-2.5)

Date

Weight

Body Fat %

Inches Total

May 2008

220

10/16/08

194.0

43.7

10/25/08

191.0

42.9

11/1/08

187.6

41.7

245

11/15/08

184

40.8

11/22/08

181.8

40.8

11/30/08

180.4

39.7

233.25

Loss to Date:

39.6

4%

11.75

But I have to tell you that the weight and inches that are coming off is truly only a fraction of what is happening. For me personally I am also gaining so much insight into my health in so many ways, and even more than that my emotions and spirit are evolving in ways that feel really good.

Abundance of greens and veggies!

Abundance of greens and veggies!

So, if I was learning about raw foods, the importance of eating greens, and a alkaline diet before the BES program, what did BES do for me? Well, first there was a HUGE amount of support both personally and as part of a community. That support and sense of community was so helpful at this point because eating such a unique diet can be isolating, especially as the holidays approach. There was also a sense that someone would always be there to reach out to with questions or for support—someone that understood the process I was going through, and likely someone armed with information to help.

BES also has a fitness component and I’m sure that is why my bottom has begun to disappear. As I’ve both done my 20 minute minimum each day and also started integrated more activity throughout my day (squats, push ups, etc. throughout the day). And Tera makes the fitness component SO fun with fun names and challenges for everything. I feel I’ve made a breakthrough with fitness again because I realized yesterday, when I didn’t do my 20 minutes on the rebounder, that the day just didn’t seem quite right. I now know that I feel and do better when I start my day with that 20 minutes (or more) of heart-pumping activity.dcp_5757

And something I had no idea before starting the BES program is that it includes not only LOTS of encouraging affirmations, but also daily worksheets and a commitment to make changes. I found the daily worksheets were very empowering as they showed me daily all of the great choices I did make with meals and fitness, AND they gave me the opportunity to list the things I plan to do, check them off when I did them, and list what to improve on tomorrow.

The most powerful line on the sheet though is the one that lists one thing you could do today that you’ve been putting off. So each day I was encouraged to do something I had been putting off. For me, and especially this month, was HUGE. This alone could have transformed my life this month. It’s a process and there are still a couple of things left for me to list on that line this next week before I even have to think hard about what I might be putting off – but I have accomplished so much. And in the process I’ve let so much of the negative energy attached with procrastinating things! J (Praise God!)

A Wonderfully Savory Green Smoothie

A Wonderfully Savory Green Smoothie

And then there is the hardest thing to talk about – the emotional processes of the BES program. I think it should be called Total Person Enlightenment Program! And I learned how these things go together. I learned that processing emotions and digesting foods are two things that each take a LOT of energy. In fact that can take so much energy that your body often can’t do both things at once – this means you can effectively stop your emotional processing by eating – hmm stuffing our emotions quite literally! This also means that when you don’t eat as much, eat things that are easier to digest, or do a fast (we do water or juice fasts on BES for partial days) – well, then the emotions are free to flow! This can be overwhelmingly surprising for someone that thought the emotions were already dealt with! But no we have many layers of emotions and I think I’ll have to do much more fasting (and then praying/meditating) before I’ve peeled off all of the layers!

The BES program gave me the support I needed to go ahead and start feeling and processing some complicated emotions. Those that know me know that my daughter’s birth/death anniversary is November 10th and November has been a really, really hard month for me for the last seven years … I went into this November with all positive affirmations and feeling really great. I thought I was just going to peacefully remember my sweet girl, but no my spirit, now free to emote away, had other ideas. So, for a few hours I was thinking maybe this was not the time to be doing the BES program, but then I realized that I maybe would not even have been able to access those emotions if it were not for the BES program. Now that is powerful!

Now that the program is over, but the evolution of me continues. I will be part of a continued coaching program with Tera from The Raw Divas, and I will continue to post on the Green Smoothie Blog, and I’m sure I’ll do another live session of BES in the future. Additionally, one of my post-BES goals is to stop ignoring this blog. J I’m going to get back to posting nearly every day simply about what I’m eating no matter how mundane it sounds to me. I want to do this for future reference for myself as well as so that everyone knows what I’m eating. I’ll also occasionally update my fitness activities, and hopefully do some really juicy posts all about vegetables and how I’m continuing to learn to eat!

Yours in health ~ Tami

P.S. Are you joining me on the 24 Day Green Smoothie Countdown to Christmas?

November 1, 2008

November 1st: Saturday Morning Weigh In — with Measurements

Filed under: weight loss — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 10:48 am

I decided to get this posted before having my green smoothie and getting busy for the day. Of course I’m not sure I can count the day as busy when it includes two hours of Restorative Yoga! Lucky me. 🙂

We’re also being blessed with truly gorgeous weather. It is a last hurrah before winter comes to settle in I suppose, but I’ll take it. I’m hoping to walk, ride bike, and even rake leaves this weekend. Since there are still many leaves on the trees I’ll likely have to spend some time, likely in much cooler weather, doing it again in a couple of weeks as well. But after this weekend the bikes will be in storage so we can start parking the car in the garage and the van in the driveway as alternate side parking starts now! (The joys of living in a cold and snowy climate!) I’m looking forward to the day when the bikes are not impossible to get out on the unexpectedly warm days in the fall and spring, but alas that is not now.

OK, so in review of the week — it was prep week for the Body Enlightenment System program which officially starts today! In reality I didn’t do anything differently than I have other weeks, and actually ate a bit more cooked food than usual, including gluten and cheese free pizza while out with Nessa after our appointment at Mayo in Rochester (and, yes, it does still qualify as pizza). However, I also had my daily green smoothie, almost daily salads, and started paying more attention to only eating until I’m not hungry and slowly and completely enjoying my smaller portions. It will be good to eat less through the winter now that we have received our last CSA box for the season!

I didn’t really expect great things on the scale, but was pleased with the results this morning. 🙂

Today my stats were:

  • Weight: 187.6
  • Body Fat 41.7%
    • Waist: 39
    • Chest: 41
    • Hips: 46
    • Right Thigh: 23.5
    • Left Thigh: 23.5
    • Right Arm: 13
    • Left Arm: 13.5
    • Belly 45.5

10/31 Inches: (Total = 245)

(All moms likely know what the Belly measurement is; it isn’t always included but it was important for me to include it; c/s moms especially know what this one is as reportedly after the fat is pushed up for closing during surgery the belly will never be the same…I don’t know but it would be nice to find out)

I probably won’t do measurements again until the end of the Body Enlightenment System program (so in about a month), but I will continue with weekly weigh ins as well as sharing other trials and challenges — and hopefully getting back to more pictures of FOOD — you know those yummy veggies. Believe me I’m as surprised as the  next person about how much I rave over kale these days! Speaking of Kale, I need to go get some marinated for part of my last supper before the fast for the first day of the BES! I also need to make some Kale Chips! 🙂

Here is a reference table I created to help me track things. 🙂

Date

Weight

Body Fat %

Inches Total

May 2008

220

10/16/08

194.0

43.7

10/25/08

191.0

42.9

11/1/08

187.6

41.7

245

Loss to Date:

32.4

2%

October 31, 2008

Some Goals (Weight Loss)

Filed under: About Me, Challenges, Health, weight loss — Tags: , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 9:39 am

I mean goals other than feeling well — healthy, vibrant and all that. 🙂

Why wait for New Years?!?

I’ve been encouraged that even during this challenging week when I’ve done very little for exercise and have had a mini chocolate bar or two (mostly fair trade at least), that I’ve still dropped a little weight … and the Body Enlightenment System is just starting this Saturday so things should just get better and better!

So, I started thinking about what could happen if I kept losing weight a couple of pounds a week on average.

And I decided that if that happens, these would be reasonable goals:

  • By Christmas Vacation (December 17th is approximately when we leave) — be at 170 pounds or less
  • By Easter be at 145 pounds or less (April 12th; lent starts Feb. 25th)

Earlier this week I verified via medical records that according to the scale at the clinic I was at 220 in May 2008, so I’m going to use that as my “highest weight” even though I think it may have been a tad higher before that. So, according to that I’ve lost 30 pounds so far!

According my my medical records the weight was slowly starting to come off about the same time I slowly increased my percentage of raw food. Looking back I would guess that it was about August when I became about 95% raw, and started actually paying attention to it closely. I’ve also discovered that I feel the best with primarily fruits, vegetables and greens. This means I do eat some nuts and sprouted grains, but that isn’t my daily diet at this point.

If I meat my goals, I’ll have lost 50 pounds by Christmas and a total of 75 by Easter!!!

After that I think my goal will just be to increase my physical fitness and stay healthy. I think that will mean continueing to eat a high raw food diet, but I’m not sure what percentage that will be. I may include more cooked whole grains in my diet at some point, especially in the winter, but remain low/healthy-fat vegan (wild and brown rice, potatoes, etc. — macrobiotics or McDougal eating plan?),  and still eat a high percentage of raw foods including green smoothies daily. I can’t imagine going more than a short while without green smoothies at this point. 🙂

I’m also thinking very seriously about doing a juice/Green Smoothie fast during lent, but I’m not committing to specifics yet at this point. I do feel very strongly about doing something like this though. Having a juicer at my house before that would be a requirement though. 🙂

OK, now that this is out there in the public world, I just need to make some reminders around my house. 🙂

Looking at it this way sure makes those couple of pounds a week look good!

In Health and Happiness —

October 27, 2008

Saturday morning weigh in … and prep week for Body Enlightentment System (BES)

Filed under: Challenges, Health, Saturday Morning Weigh In — Tags: , , , , — tamiofbrooksgroth @ 3:31 pm

OK, so as you’ll notice I don’t always POST on the same day the information is recorded. My goal is to have Saturday be my weigh in day, and then to post it as soon as possible after that. I may or may not weigh myself between Saturdays, but I won’t be posting it.

The weights and body fat percentages are from my home scale unless otherwise noted. I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to do any kind of before or after picture. I will likely do measurements when I get around to it. 🙂

Stats for Saturday October 25, 2008

  • Weight: 191.0
  • Body Fat %: 42.9

Well, now it’s out there for the whole world to see! (I’ve done scarier things though.)

And the exciting news is that this is the prep week for the BES. I’ve very excited about this as I could really use some encouragement and inspiration on this journey to wellness and releasing weight. I have certainly noticed that I feel better when I stick to eating simple fruits, vegetables, and GREENS! I think my body would love me if I lived on green smoothies … but old habits are hard to break.

My big accomplishment this week has been learning to not eat too much. Even with eating only salads, raw soups and smoothies, I was sometimes simply eating too much. So I’m practicing learning to eat simply until I’m not hungry anymore or have enjoyed a small portion of food rather than continueing to eat. For example, I usually would eat the entire blender full of soup that I made, but instead I now eat one bowl full and save the rest for later (sometimes I dehydrate it so I have a fast and easy meal when not at home). I then try to slow down and really enjoy my food. Sometimes this is difficult to do when eating with young kids or at the office, but I’m trying!

Have you checked out the new posts on the Green Smoothie blog? Yum!

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