Sunday, April 18, 2010

8 Week Update

In 8 weeks I have lost 28 lbs. I am averaging 2 lbs a week and eating as much as I want. One more pound and I will go from obese to overweight on the chart.  I had my blood work done this week so we will see if my cholesterol of 225 (total) has dropped. I'm pretty sure it has.

Other benefits:

I can now "run" 2.5 miles without stopping (if there is someone to yell at me!).

This is prime allergy season for me and I am not suffering from allergies at all. I'm not taking any antihistmines.

A fog has been lifted from my brain, my thoughts are clearer and I am less forgetful.

Energy! I can clean all morning, shop all afternoon, and still have energy for a long walk in the evening - all on the day after we did taxes late at night!

Sex drive? Check!

Food tastes amazing. Fruit is like candy used to be. I actually prefer a salad to most any meal (I still think this is weird).

Very few cravings. In fact the only time I crave is if I get too hungry - which is rare because I am always eating.

I wake up fresh and ready to go.

I have no need for caffeine at all. I used to drink at least 3 diet Dr. Peppers a day. Now it tastes gross to me and water is much more satisfying.

PMS? What PMS?

And, my hair and fingernails are growing fast.

What I ate yesterday:
  • Oatmeal with blueberries
  • Ran 2.5 miles (ack! I still can't believe it!)
  • Banana and grapes
  • Lunch at Olive Branch - Amazing bean burrito with vegetarian green chili and delicious pico de gallo
  • Small handful of almonds
  • Small piece of 70% dark chocolate
  • Vegan quiche
  • apple 
  • Lots of water! Very thirsty day!


Linda said...

I think it's time to post a before and after (or during)photo of you and Roland. How many pounds has he lost?
I have (with various minor cheats) been on this diet for 5 weeks and have lost 18 lbs. Weight loss was not my motivation to start and to continue this discipline. High cholesterol, back pain and arthritis pain were the main motivators. I used to take 1-4 Tramadol /day. I've had none in the past 4 weeks. That is significant. I have more energy.

I still have occasional carb cravings but they are satisfied by a huge glass of water and small serving of whole grain bread, 1-2warmed corn tortilla, or bananas.

Last night I almost went into panic mode when I realized that we are out of spinach and won't be able to shop until Monday.

Linda said...

Today I got out my 35 year old Champion Juicer that I haven't used in years. We had fresh carrot juice with breakfast & now I'm making fat-free & sugar-free carrot pulp & whole wheat cookies.

Trinity (of haiku tofu) said...

Awesome, girl! Congratulations on all the success! To top it off- you're living the ultimate compassionate lifestyle- and karma is loving you!

Robin said...

Mom! I'm so impressed that you have no need for pain meds! That is almost miraculous. You are doing great.

Trinity - I feel like I'm totally hooked into the karma flow.

the wrath of khandrea said...

hmm... what about seasonal allergies? my kids suffer. SUFFER. do you really think if i change their diet, it will make a difference to their grass allergies?? i want to embrace all this, but i am a skeptic. i do believe it works for other people, but i don't think that
a) it's a realistic approach for a busy family with young children
b) it works for everyone. what if i'm part of the "everyone it doesn't work for" part of the equation??

Sally said...

2.5 miles without stopping! WITHOUT STOPPING!

That is AWESOME!

That is a 5K!

Girl you've already run your first race. Wow.

I love each of these posts. Please keep them coming, it is really great to read them and I always love reading what you ate.

Sally said...

Oooops, I meant that is ALMOST a 5K. You will be at a 5K in a week! That is so fantastic.

Can you believe that you run 2.5 mi without stopping? I mean, isn't it just amazing. I always think it's amazing.