30 Off! Week 6

Trying to lose weight is so difficult. I wish it were as easy as swallowing a pill and having your excess fat just melt away. But maybe then everyone would just binge-eat and take those pills and be completely unhealthy. It’s definitely mind over matter but, more often than not, the mind isn’t very good at asserting itself.

Exercise? What’s that? I’ve been seriously lacking in that area. I must go back to that workout program Julio gave me.

I do the cooking in my house and have absolute control over the menu, but there are just so many recipes I want to try out! Our bookshelves are taken up mostly by my cookbooks, with a “healthy” cookbook shoved in here and there. I have been trying to eat much better this week. I consciously have to make an effort to spoon a smaller serving of rice onto my plate and a bigger serving of vegetables. It’s been tough saying no to dessert, and having just one serving if I can’t.

And what do I have to show for it? One pound less. I suppose that’s much better than one pound more! I have four and a half months to lose 24 more. Putting it that way, I have a long way to go!

Current Weight: 126 lbs.

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30 Off! Week 5

I’ve lost 3 lbs. since over a month ago, when I said I would eat better and get more exercise.

Have I actually done those things? Not really… I started out pretty well, but I’ve gone back to eating starch and consuming way more junk food and sweets than I normally do. And the exercise part? I’ve done Julio’s workout maybe thrice.

No more excuses, Ynez. Let’s do this right.

Current Weight: 127 lbs.

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30 Off! Week 3

Still just 5 lbs. down. I know it’s not an excuse, but I was feeling pretty sick the first half of the week. Plus Julio was diagnosed with dengue so I was more than a little worried. We were at the hospital every morning from Tuesday to Friday so he could get a complete blood count, and he wasn’t diagnosed with dengue for sure until Thursday.

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In any case, was I able to work out? Heck no. Did I eat better? I suppose I did but I went back to eating starch Friday. Worst of all, I had instant noodles for lunch today. Hopefully I’ll be able to hold out this week, even with the trip to Baguio!

Current Weight: 125 lbs.

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30 Off! Week 2

I’ve fallen off the wagon and gone back to my pre-diet weight.

That’s right – I gained back the 4 lbs. I lost. Make that 5 lbs., because I lost another pound sometime at the beginning of the week. Then the weekend rolled around and I gained it ALL back. I must admit, I have not exactly been eating healthily nor have I been sticking to my self-imposed one serving rule.

Bugger. I can’t believe I gained 5 lbs. in the span of just as many days! I started the week properly but began eating junk food and other no-nos by Wednesday. I did work out twice this week, so yay for me on that end. I even had a little workout partner!

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Bea has her own kettlebell (given to her by one of Julio’s friends) but, don’t worry, she is not yet allowed to even carry it.

I do have to give myself a slap on the wrist for cheating (a lot!) this week. I had cake and donuts and dessert and lots of starch. Bad Ynez.

So I promise to do much better this week. More veg and NO cheating at all, since I cheated almost every day last week. Let’s just keep the McDonalds double cheeseburger and fries I had for lunch yesterday a secret, deal? Just between you and me though, that meal was not at all worth it.

Current Weight: 130 lbs. – again!

30 Off! Week 1

A week’s gone by since I started my diet. I lost 4 lbs. within 4 days but my weight’s plateaued since then.

What have I been doing differently? Not eating starch, for one. For someone who is used to having rice or pasta or bread or potatoes with every meal, it’s been easier than I thought it would be. I’ve cheated (quite a lot!) and had a teeny slice of cake for dessert or just one piece of chocolate, or even an Oreo, but generally I’m right on track. I haven’t been cooking with salt. I’ve also been eating things like this lentil dish. It was pretty tasteless, and on hindsight I should have probably used dried lentils instead of canned.

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Or this corned beef and bean concoction with fried egg for breakfast. I know it doesn’t look appetizing, but it’s pretty darned good. After eliminating salt from our food, this one seemed a bit too salty. But it was good enough to wolf down anyway.

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I know, I know. I said we were going to go on a Paleo diet. And legumes, apparently, aren’t on the list of Paleo food. But we were going the Slow-Carb route too, and I had loaded my pantry shelf with cans of beans. Julio said to just use up the stock of canned beans we have then go Paleo as much as possible. I love beans. I think I was okay giving up the starch because I could have beans. But now, no starch and no beans? We’ll see how that goes.

What else have I been up to? I’ve also done some exercise. Not much, mind you. Just twice since I started the weight loss program. We took Bea to U.P. to practice riding her Strider bike, and Julio watched her while I took a 30-minute walk.

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In my first post in the 30 Off! series, I mentioned that Julio created a workout program for me. I’m supposed to do it twice a week for 2 weeks, then increase the number of workout days. In the one week since I started the diet, I’ve only done it once. And it was tough! It consists of swinging a 10-kg kettlebell and doing squats. My legs and arms were pretty much Jello by the time I was done. And my butt ached the next day. Still, I suppose I might as well stick to the regimen if it’s going to help me lose weight faster. Although I’m sure the cheat weekend didn’t do my body any favors.

Current Weight: 126 lbs.

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30 Off!

As mentioned in a previous post, my husband and I started the Paleo/Slow-Carb diet last week and we were pretty good about it. However, my sister got married this week and for 3 days we ate like pigs. I stepped on a weighing scale last night (at Julio’s insistence) and was shocked to see that I now weigh 130 lbs. Holy moly. This is the heaviest I’ve ever been, and I actually teared up when I got off that cursed thing. For my height, I should weigh 100 lbs. Now I haven’t been that light since I was in high school some 15 years ago. But this is just insane! And I suppose, being married to a strength and conditioning coach, I should be more physically fit than I am. I was looking at photos of me taken at the wedding and I must say, I could definitely stand to lose weight.

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I was joking around and saying my necklace was so tight that it would snap if I flexed. After seeing pictures, I realize just how true that was!

We talked about it, and I said I’d like to lose 30 lbs. I was going to say 10 lbs., to make it easier, but Julio said that I’ll have to work just as hard as I would trying to lose more weight. Then he asked me what my goal was, time-wise. I was going to say 3 months but that might be too ambitious so I said 6 months.

My goal is to look like this again (a picture of me 10 years ago)

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So today, I’m going to start a new weekly blog series called 30 Off! This will document my success (or failure) at weight-loss. I figure, if I write about it for everyone to see then that should be additional motivation for me to work at it. We’re going to do a combination of the Paleo and Slow-Carb diets,  which I suppose just means no carbs, no sweets, and no salt. To understand it fully, my husband is going to do more reading up on it and will just give me the dummy version – what’s allowed and what isn’t. Julio has also made a program for me to start on Monday, and wants me to make a daily food log. Hopefully I can do this!

Current Weight: 130 lbs.

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My First Cleanse

Two weeks ago, we had our open house. I had to be there from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day for a week. There was no time for me to run out for lunch so I ended up having to pass fast food drive-throughs on my way to the project site. One can only have so much junk food at a time, and I definitely reached my breaking point. Man, did I feel sick and guilty that week! There’s just a weird taste left in my mouth at the end of the meal, and the food didn’t sit right in my stomach. I don’t even want to look at another McDonalds burger or Jollibee Chickenjoy (which I had twice).

So last week, I decided to do a cleanse. I made sure to schedule the cleanse for when the husband was out of town, otherwise I’d have to cook meals and be tempted to eat. A friend of mine posted a photo of a bottle of Juju Cleanse on Instagram and I was intrigued so I looked it up online. I ordered the Level 1 1-day cleanse kit soon after. They delivered the juice to me the day after I deposited the payment. It comes with a case that carries the six bottles, each labeled with a number from 1 to 6, which constitute my meals for the duration of the cleanse, and a schedule of when the juice should be consumed. Super easy! Let’s see if I last the day without food though.

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7:30 a.m. Bottle #1 – Green Bomb
So I opened the carrier and there are 6 bottles in it, The first bottle is up. It’s quite good. The color makes it seem more intimidating than it tastes. Very strong taste of celery, with a hint of apple and sweetness at the end.

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10 a.m. Bottle #2 -Spicy Limonada
I’m in the middle of a meeting and I whip out my second bottle. There’s a slight tanginess, more like watered down calamansi juice, but with a bit of a zing with every swallow. I’m not hungry but boy, is my stomach growling!

12:40 p.m. Bottle #3 – Red Giant
I was supposed to drink this at 12:30 p.m. but I had to put Bea down for her nap. She’s still awake but I’m starting to get dizzy already. It’s a bright red juice and most certainly has beets, which I can taste the earthiness of. Not my favorite. It also has pineapple, carrot and ginger juice apparently. Once I’ve downed it though, the dizziness disappears.

3 p.m. Bottle #4 – Alkazest
I like this one the best so far. It has grapefruit, pineapple and coconut juice. I’m really surprised that I’m not at all hungry. This is amazing. Problem is, there’s kamote-cue for merienda and I’m going to have trouble resisting that.

5:30 p.m. Bottle #5 – Green Bomb
Wow. I did not allow myself to be tempted by the kamote-que, although it was calling out “Eat me!” I’m not in the least bit hungry. But am headed out to a Japanese dinner with my mom and someone whose we used to stay at in Frankfurt. Good luck sticking to just salad.

8 p.m. Bottle #6 – Salaba’t Lemon
It was a little too watered down for my taste.

I have no self-control whatsoever. I ordered a chirashi don and finished every bite, plus uni and salmon sashimi and nigitoro. But, man, I’ve never felt so guilty ordering a meal!

So that was my cleanse day. The verdict? I’m going to do it again, and stick to it for real. Maybe I’ll make it a quarterly thing though, because at Php 2,700 per 1-day cleansing kit, I’m going to go broke if I do it more often than that.

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