January Slump and Battleplan

Due to bad weather, my yoga class was cancelled and the gym is closed. Great. I tried running at home but only made it half a mile. I need to find a cardio class I can get involved in. I am also kinda interested in starting with weights.

I realized something this week that I knew before but never fully acknowledged: fitness is not a fix; it is not temporary; it is a lifestyle and it is forever. Even if I meet my goal weight and look fantastic, I will have to keep working to maintain it. This is why I can’t just push myself alone at the gym. I need classes.

Tuesday night yoga classes are great, but that yoga is more for flexibility and wellness rather than working out. I found out my gym offers free fitness classes, so here is what I am going to try next week…

First, in the mornings I will practice yoga and run through my personal ab routine at home. Then workout in the evenings by this schedule:

Monday: Zumba class
Tuesday: Yoga class
Wednesday: Cycling class
Thursday: Zumba
Friday: 5K run
Saturday: Jillian Michaels DVD
Sunday: Random/free day

This should keep me motivated and active. It gives me cardio at least 4 days a week, abs at least 5 days a week, and will improve my running by increasing my stamina and having me run a weekly 5k.

I’m excited to start!

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Unforeseen Development

Today I am off the Daniel Fast. I ate normal foods. And I discovered something.

I don’t like chocolate. Or coffee. Or meat. Or bread. Or milk.
I have no taste for them anymore.

Hot tea is still my love– it will take more than ten days to break me of those, but I seem to have lost my desire for all of the aforementioned. Interesting.
I had Daniel-Fast friendly lunch…and snack. My breakfast was a slice of whole wheat toast, but I didn’t enjoy it nearly as much as I thought I would. My dinner was cheese and crackers. I did have an early dinnerish chicken egg roll–>that was delicious. Otherwise, I am quite surprised at my apparent change in tastes, pleasantly surprised.
I ate a candy bar today, but I didn’t even like it. I only finished it because I was hungry at work (bad reason to eat junk food).

My body has been unjunked. Starbucks isn’t even tempting. Since when?! Now, apparently.

Conclusion of my Daniel Fast

It’s the last night of my first Daniel Fast. Ten days on a totally vegan, no sweeteners, no yeast diet (basically a grain/vegetable/fruit plan), with the goal of detoxing my body and refocusing my spirit. The fast (or partial fast, as it were) is based off the Biblical prophet in the Old Testament book of Daniel.

The first few days were full of cravings, but “ten days to break a habit” proved true and I have very few cravings now. I missed hot tea– a lot– but I no longer crave meat or bread and I am okay with no dairy. Chocolate I miss a little bit, not nearly as bad as those first days though. I’m not saying I am adopting a vegan lifestyle, but I have learned how to eat simpler. Vegetables and legumes will certainly have a more prominent place in my regular diet… and I am looking forward to a glass of milk with my breakfast tomorrow.

Daniel Fast UPDATE

It is DAY EIGHT of the Daniel Fast. Here’s what I’ve learned:

  1. Fresh strawberries in oatmeal is fabulous and satisfies my morning cravings for a hot cup (bowl) of something (I can’t have tea or coffee).
  2. TOFU! Tofu is great! Why haven’t I been eating it before this week??
  3. Sugar is a powerful thing. Also, it is in practically all packaged foods– including natural peanut butter and most dried fruits.
  4. If you sniff something really closely, it feel like you are eating it because your taste buds are aided by your sense of smell.

Seriously though, this venture has been harder than I imagined it would be. Everything I read said prepare, prepare, PREPARE, but I didn’t want to do too much preparing because I felt like if I ate better, more home-cooked meals than normal, how was it a fast? However, not preparing meals in advance has meant I spend a lot of time thinking about what I will be eating. I do believe a second go-round would be easier and less food-focused because I am now more familiar with what I can and cannot have. Also, having a husband in the house who is NOT on the fast has proven a challenge. Last night he had pizza and boy did I want some! But I sautéed pineapple and garlic and added it to a plain tomato sauce over whole grain pasta to give myself the flavor  of pineapple pizza. It actually curbed the craving (though I would have still loved a bite of the warm crust). To be honest, my bread and meat cravings are almost entirely gone. The hardest has been hot drinks and sugar. I didn’t think I was much of a sugar person because I don’t add sugar to really anything (maaaybe 1/2 a teaspoon to my coffee), but that has been my biggest struggle: not eating foods containing sugar or other sweeteners.

Wednesday is my last day. I think I may try this again for lent, but plan better– and keep my coffee (I can drink it black). I really think I could go vegan without much trouble. I don’t think I will though, not just yet.

Daniel Fast– Day 1

It is Day 178 of my fitness journey and DAY 1 of the Daniel Fast! It is actually harder than I thought. First of all, there is peanut butter chocolate chip cookie dough in my fridge. KILLMENOW. Here’s how the day went:

7:00 AM            Unsweetened oatmeal with cinnamon and sliced apples– had to resist nibbling on the sourdough bread as I packed my husband a sandwich for lunch. Pouting, I put the teakettle on the stove…only to remember I can’t have tea.

10:00 AM          Banana and PB2 peanut butter. Dying for some graham crackers.

10:30 AM           Want to stop for Starbucks on my way to work. Denied.

11:45 AM            Spinach, 2 tbps black beans, shredded carrots, bell pepper slices, fresh hummus. Did not pack nearly enough in that little Ziploc bowl.

1:30 PM              Starving. Ate raisins. Still hungry. Craving bread, crackers, chips, CHOCOLATE.

3:00 PM             Ran an errand and hungrily plotted to buy Triscuits, mixed nuts, and everything else in the nearby grocery store. Resisted. Went home.

4:00 PM              Ate half a whole wheat tortilla with PB2 peanut butter and some whole wheat pasta with salt & pepper. A weird combo but I was desperate for whatever carbs are allowed on this diet.

7:00 PM              Made Blackened Lentils & Onions over rice for dinner**. Added chicken to the hubby’s. Glared at the cookie dough in the fridge.

Now                      Craving chocolate. I think I’m drooling.

 

Whenever I tell myself not to eat something, that is when I suddenly want it. I just need to stay strong! 9 days to go!

**Recipe: http://www.ultimatedanielfast.com/monday-menu-blackened-lentils-onions/

Pre-Fast Anxiety

It is shortly after midnight on January 13th– Day 1 of the Daniel Fast! Ten minutes ago I was simultaneously drinking coffee, chocolate milk, and eating a chocolate chip cookie (#fulldisclosure). I think I am a little anxious about the next ten days. Funny thing is I have eaten worse these last few days than I have in the past year, all in preparation for this partial fast. Ironic.

So here we are. Day 1. Oatmeal is a grain and therefore allowed, but no sweetener, not even natural honey. So oatmeal and apples are what’s for breakfast. I’ll have to make some quinoa before work in the morning. Speaking of, I should get to bed; there will be no coffee  to help me wake up. In retrospect, the Starbucks before bed was not such a good idea. Ironic.

Life is full of irony, isn’t it?

Goodnight, internet.

P.S. Now that I’m hyper (and feel like going for a run, but I don’t think that’s the best idea in the world), I have a story to tell. This evening I watched The Terminator while doing yoga. It was an interesting combination. The stretching and repetition moves I could do fine, but all the focus/balance poses I couldn’t concentrate on. Wonder why. ;)