Day 2 was another success. Everything is going well and I am happy to say that today is the FINAL day of my challenge. Tomorrow, I start another :)
It was a short 3 days and I learned a great deal. My husband was impressed with the raw soup I made the first day and I found it to be relatively easy. The blending was a great way to maximize my nutrition and get in all the vitamins etc.....my body needs. Now, having said all of this........I MISS MY GRAINS!!! The good thing about this challenge is that it forced me to lean on veggies instead of brown rice or oats for my source of energy and fuel. This was a very good thing. The key is now to find balance. I think the Eat to Live program is a fantastic example of a good mix of nutrient dense foods that at the same time allows me to eat the foods I love.
Before going into what my next challenge will be, here is a look at Day 2......
Breakfast - Vega one shake with kefir, strawberries, activated barley, banana, bee pollen, brewers yeast, GOL fiber blend, spinach and chia seeds. Veggies and fruit to eat - green bell pepper, apple and grapefruit.
Snack - Chia seeds soaked with flaxseeds mixed with fruit, almonds and kefir
Lunch - the second half of the morning shake
Mid day - Juice blend - Bok choy, celery, cucumber, parsley and ginger
Dinner - more of the flax blend from my snack along with another Vega one shake with veggies
Now.....today is my last day of this challenge and I will post the pics and details of my day later on but for now I wanted to lay out my plan for the next 10 days.
The challenge will begin May 17th and continue to May 27th....which just happens to be my birthday :)
10 day birthday challenge -
1. Start off each morning in prayer and studying God's word. The only answers for this life are found through drawing closer to the Lord. They are not found in a magic pill, they are not found by a reaching number on the scale, they are found through seeking God's plan for your life. I am learning this and I hope to grow closer to God through this challenge as I seek HIS will for my life.
2. Follow the Eat to Live guidelines for veggies and fruits, fish, grains, eggs, oils etc.
3. Limit bread to the Health Starts Here type.....no oils etc...and only 2 pieces a day MAX
4. Complete 100 miles of walking, running and cycling over the 10 day challenge.
5. Continue the pushup challenge I am currently on ( totals of 1,300 as of this morning)
6. NO honey or agave during the challenge. Only stevia
7. Log calories on the challenge via Spark
8. Drink at least 3 L of water a day
9. Continue TRX training and PT exercises - 3 times a week
10. VM green and earth daily
This challenge should be pretty easy for me as this is what I have been doing for some time now. HOWEVER.......I have been adding in honey and raw organic cane sugar to my foods, eating more grains than needed, I have been drinking organic skim milk, and I have not been strict with my VM green as I once was. I also have failed BIG TIME on logging my foods. I NEED to set aside some time every night before bed, or during Kayla's nap time to really make sure I am logging my calories. Just because you are eating healthy DOES NOT mean you are not eating too many calories!!! Remember, I have been in therapy for my running injury and I have not been putting in the miles I used to so I DO NOT need the fuel I once needed. Trust me, your weight can go up even with greens and the best diet IF you caloric intake is more than your burn each day.
I think when you lose weight and are maintaining weight loss you can get sloppy and lazy to a point. There is not that burning passion for weight loss that you once had as it is not really needed. BUT......if left unchecked, the weight can come back on and I am NOT going to let myself get comfortable as I have worked TOO hard for TOO long. Just because people are thin, or have reached normal weight does not mean you can eat anything and think you will stay the same. It takes a daily effort to ensure you are eating the best foods possible not only for a healthy weight that can last a lifetime but for longevity!!! What if you did not gain a single pound and yet you filled your days eating DIET food that was not feeding your cells the nutrition they crave?
Ask yourself this.....What is on your plate that will help you fight off cancer? What is on your plate that will help guard your mind from aging and what will keep your heart strong? This is what I am looking for. Not a tea that will make the scale go down or make my belly look flat. Not a fad diet that will make my clothes fit better and will give me the illusion I am losing weight when in fact I am only starving my cells instead of nourishing them through proper nutrition.
No one ever said that this journey was going to end the morning the magic goal number showed up on the scale. The journey does not end.......ever....IF we are smart and we realize that the journey IS the reward!!!! What we learn from the challenges, the hard days where we feel like giving up. This is where we go from just someone on a diet to someone who is transforming from the inside out.
Just as this day will only pass us by once...this opportunity to truly nourish and restore our bodies will pass us by if we do not take a hold and really work on making the most of our health. Itt starts with what we EAT and how much we MOVE!!! Let's work on moving in the right direction....for a lifetime!