Week 1 Weight Loss Journey
I was so nervous to know that no matter what happened I was going to be held accountable and update you on my weight loss journey starting with week 1. This will be a week by week weight loss journal with results and what I did that week. So, this is my weight loss journey – week 1, let’s go.
Let me catch you up a bit. Not to worry this won’t take long. I’m about to be certified as a holistic nutritionist and I had this idea in my head that I should be thin and have all the answers by the time I was done. But here’s the deal… I have been learning more than I ever thought I would be being the health fanatic and health nut I thought I was. That’s what school is all about right? It’s about learning?
This experience can only make me better understand how to help my clients. Anyway, I have definitely made a few changes. I also tried weight watchers for a few months, and I ended up gaining weight instead of losing. I think it’s a mental thing, I don’t know really. My husband on the other hand is shrinking by the second. So, no real big back story other than yo-yo dieting my whole life and going from overweight to skinny and back again.
The Awesome news – I lost weight
I lost weight this week. How much did I lose you ask? Well, it just so happens I lost 5.2 pounds! I have never lost so much weight in one week! Now listen and listen closely. We are taking this thing week by week okay. No expectations, no pressure, and certainly no demands on myself. I couldn’t be happier, and I need to realize that I got here by taking a more laid back, self-love approach, including being gentle with myself. Now, do you want to know what I did to lose the weight? I mean I didn’t think I would lose this much. I was hoping for maybe 2 pounds. Certainly didn’t go hungry this week, so all I can do is tell you what I did.
I said no to more things than I ever realized. Usually, I’m saying, “well I don’t eat that bad”, “I only get a little bit”, “it’s only once a week”. The only reason I was saying no was that I went on a no oil strike. I did it mostly because I was noticing that even with vegan dressings if it had oil, I would feel really sick. I would feel nauseous and have a stomachache. It really wasn’t about the weight loss at all.
I’m actually still concerned that it could be something a little more serious but since I haven’t had oil, and I stopped feeling that way I just figured the problem is fixed. Although as I’m writing this I wonder if I should see a doctor anyway (hhmm). Anyway, back to the point. I don’t eat meat, I don’t eat dairy, and with my no-oil strike, I was saying “no” to items I would normally say “yes” to. Just because it had oil. Plus, I’ve been trying to stay away from sweets for like for-ev-er.
Did I cheat this week
Did I cheat this week? that is the question. I’ll be honest. I had a non-dairy cherry Garcia ice-cream and yes, I paid the price because I felt like shit and didn’t even really enjoy it. I’m kinda feeling like my taste buds are changing which is really weird. I told my son and then I told my husband not to tell me when they buy chips, not to eat them in front of me, and not to let me see them walk in with them.
But of course, my husband is very sweet and loves me to a fault, so he left me some and didn’t finish the bag. So, what did I do? Now hold on now. I looked at the serving size and the serving size said 15 chips, so I had 15 chips. Honestly, I could have gone without getting any at all, but it was so sweet of him and I do freaking love those imitation Takis from Trader Joe’s. But that’s all I had.
Let’s talk about fat
My focus and goal that I have set for myself have been to lean towards a high carb/low-fat diet. I have endometriosis, fibroids, and persistent cysts on the one ovary I have left and a diet higher in fat makes me feel like I’m on my period even when I’m not. So, I’m doing what worked for me. I have not read the starch solution although I love doing research and will eventually get it so I can help clients who may be curious about the diet. What I have done is use the Cronometer App and put in an 80/10/10 ratio of 80% carbs and 10/10 fat and protein.
However, I go over on the protein all the time and I’m totally ok with that because my body feels good with more protein. I’m all about listening to your body and what you need. So basically, what I look for on the app is keeping my fat intake low and my carb intake high. These are color-coded. I don’t pay much attention to the calories unless I see that I haven’t eaten much then I’m more conscious of adding more food, such as fruit or a banana. Some days you just get busy and forget to eat as much.
The Calories Mattered and Didn’t Matter This Time
Here’s something to think about. One burger after having skipped a meal will be enough calories for 2 days, but if you have committed to sticking to fruits, veggies, legumes, and starches, you can easily end up not having enough calories and kicking your body into starvation mode. Then your body has to hold onto every calorie for dear life. so, as you can see it really wasn’t a big sacrifice this week. I even had a bunch of jasmine rice this week. I have to say, I miss the Goddess dressing from Trader Joe’s but the oil in it makes me really sick. Plus, I just don’t have time for a DIY dressing. I mean I could, but I need a go-to consistent dressing I can throw in my bag.
Did I do any exercise? You’ll be surprised, I think. All I did this week is walk. This whole world crisis has had me in my feels. Plus, it gave me enough time on my hands to start a new career and business which left me with no time again. Also, a new discovery of pure joy doing what I’ve always wanted to do. I went walking twice with my sister using the Strava app to know when we had hit a mile. However long it took didn’t matter. Our goal was a mile.
Weight Loss Journey
Week 1 Begins
Then I decided that I would start taking my pitbull with me on walks in the morning since I am always up before everyone else and I can’t keep waiting for someone to go with me so I won’t go alone. Yes, I get scared to walk alone being a woman. Anyway, I walked about 3 days this week with my pit. We did 1 mile 2 days and 1 ½ miles the last day. That’s all I did for exercise. Don’t get me wrong though I love to exercise, including hiking, weight training, dancing, I could go on. The nice thing was that I was close to home, it was quiet, there was no one around which meant I didn’t have to wear a mask, and most importantly I was out of the dang house.
P.S. My week was Sunday to Sunday. I’m writing this post on Sunday and it will go live on Monday. This has been week 1. Wish me luck for week 2. I hope you have a great week ahead and if you have any questions please be sure to let me know.
Sending you love, light, peace, and prayer. Remember that life is like a buffet, take what serves you, and leave what may harm you, behind…