I had a revelation about a month ago that bread, pasta, cheese, alcohol and sugar constituted about 75% of my diet!! Which when I stepped on the scale and saw myself at a buck seventy-five made a lot of sense. I am not one of those chicks that walks around saying “Ugh, I’m so fat”….yada yada yada. The trick about weight for me (and I wish it for all women) isn’t about a number on a scale but about how I feel in my own skin. Truth be told, I don’t feel good in my own skin…so I am the only one who can change it!
I must admit, having been a professional athlete and played in a league that has the best athletes in the world, I realize my idea of “in shape” is a bit skewed. I am now over 30 (yes I am also a woman that will be honest about her ago…but only because google will tell you if I don’t) and I don’t burn 2000 calories a day seven days out of the week. To be honest, I’m releived I don’t have to because my body has paid the price of years of wear and tear. Because of this it has been a struggle the past several years for me on a personal level to find the middle ground between feeling good about what my body looks like and having that 5% body fat when every muscle in your body shows and your are “dimple” free regardless of which way you cross your legs!
One might expect given my former profession that I would be a disciplined person. Well, I am very disciplined and very undisciplined at the same time. I can deal with restrictions, such as no bread, pasta, etc., but I cannot deal with restrictions such as caloric intake and tiny bird sized portion control. I know this because I have tried and haven’t ever really gotten past the 7 day mark! Thus I decided to challenge myself in a different way.
For 30 days I will cut out bread, pasta, cheese, alcohol and sugar. I am not cutting out whole categories. No cheese does not mean no dairy. No bread does not mean no corn chips. I am very basically cutting out those five things because those are the things I love the most. The other important thing about this experiment or challenge is I do not have a goal of how much weight to lose. I did weigh myself on day one but I will not (and don’t feel women as a whole should do this either) weigh myself every day. The only reason for weighing myself is to see at the end if it those things are entirely respnsible for my weight and “softness” of my body right now!! Who knows…I may just be getting old! If that’s the case, then that is a whole other challenge!
The people I have told about this 30 day hiatis from the things I love the most ask me one thing. What do you eat then?? Good question. Let me share day 1.
Day 1 breakfast: raisin bran with a banana and fat free milk. Coffee with fat free half-n-half with stevia instead of sugar. Day 1 lunch: 1 mango, 1 peach, 4 strawberries together with about a 1/3 of a cup of almonds. Day 1 dinner: grilled asparagus, cabbage and carrot salad with red wine vinegar along with baked white fish with a mango, cucumber and onion homemade salsa!
It was delicious. I realized on day one just how few fruits and vegetables I was eating.
So here I am at the end of day 5 and I have already consumed more fruits and vegetables than I probably did in the previous 30 days. It hasn’t been hard either. Of all the things I miss the most I miss cheese! It is just a fabulous addition to any meal or even just on it’s own!! But after one trip to the grocery store and my final bill was about $100 less than what it usually is, it was painfully obvious how expensive my fatty fatty 2×4 diet is! No alcohol and no cheese…just think of the money I will save in 30 days!
Stay posted and see how the next 25 days goes. I can’t help but think it will get harder than the first 5