Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Going Vegan?

I don't really care about how many people read my blog.  I used to because I heard having a really good blog got you free stuff.  After years of on-again-off-again blogging, I've come to the conclusion that what I really want is a place to jot down all the crazy health fads I go through, to see what works for me.

About 12 years ago, (ironically after I got married), I started getting major stomach cramps and disgusting digestive 'problems'.  After a lot of poking and prodding, a stomach biopsy, a colonoscopy, and even a hydro-colonic session, it was determined that I had IBS...For those of you who don't know what that is, it's Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

I remember when I first heard of IBS, it was listening to the Howard Stern show on the radio (when it was free to listen) and Kelsey Grammar was a guest, talking about his wife's IBS.  Needless to say a string of diarrhea jokes and fart sounds soon followed in that broadcast.  All of which I laughed to.

My IBS magically disappeared when I got pregnant 4 years later, only to re-appear now that my daughter is 6.

If you know me, you know that I've always done SOME kind of diet and exercise.  Yoga and Atkins, Personal Training and Carb Cycling, then home exercise and Paleo diet.  The last one which REALLY worked the best.  But I can't stick with anything for too long.  Making three meals a day from SCRATCH, and most times, two OTHER meals for my daughter and husband, I got soooo fed up with washing dishes and running to the store for fresh ingredients all the time.

But I'm at it again.  After watching Forks over Knives, I've determined that I'm going to try Vegan.  Not for the sake of the cow (although it does help but god help me for loving steak)  but for cancer and heart disease purposes.

I have NO medical history since I'm adopted, and with all these IBS symptoms creeping back up, what can it hurt?  Can I give up meat, cheese and fish?  It's really an extreme diet, but I'll see!  My husband seems to be on board, since cancer runs in his family.  So maybe it will be easier with the cooking and cleaning...probably not though.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

10lbs in 10 Days - Day 8-10 CONCLUSION!

Weight - 149.0
Total Loss - 5 lbs

I finally finished following the Jackie Warner Diet 10lbs. In 10 Days.  My total loss was 5 pounds.  Days 8-10 was a roller coaster of weight gain and loss due to the fact I'm gaining water (ladies will know what that means.)  

However, because I only lost five and not ten pounds, leads me to believe that maybe this diet works the best on people who have MORE body fat to lose than I do.  I was only doing this to get rid of those last pesky 10 pounds.  If you know how your body responds to depleted calories, and it works well, this would be a great diet for you.  You never feel hungry as long as you remember to eat, and eat EXACTLY what's written out.

BUT there are several things about my body that I've learned on my overall 2-year fitness journey.

First, the best I have ever looked was after intense, 5 days a-week training on a carb-cycling diet for 6 months.

Second, my body responds best to high intense training and complex-carbs.  

Jackie's book has exercise circuits and programs laid out for you day by day.  Alternating between body parts and exercise.  She recommends a lighter weight than I'm used to, so I added weight.  Personally, I have done all the exercises before so I knew what I was doing, however if you are new to exercising, keep with the recommended weight, and always remember to keep your back straight as a board to prevent injury.

The book also recommends mini cardio bursts in between circuits, which I'm used to doing, however I am also used to doing HIIT Intervals on the treadmill for 30 minutes AFTER training.  You would NOT do this on this ten-day period because you are consuming so little calories in a day.  If you burn too many calories in a day, you run the risk of reaching an unhealthy weight complete which can lead to potential health problems.
Why did I not lose 10 pounds?  Who knows.  I am happy with the weight I did lose, I feel tighter and look a hair skinnier.  5 more pounds would be great.  But keep in mind there is no 'one size fits all' diet.  I know what my body responds to best, which is more food and intense training.

HOWEVER, Jackie Warner states in her book that this was developed for her celebrity clients who need to lose weight fast for either nude scenes or red carpets.  If you need to lose that weight that fast, I recommend this 10 in 10 diet.  But I would not go any longer than 10 days on the same diet and training because of the lack of calories.

My personal goal is a figure competitive look.  To get there, you train hard and eat harder.  This was JUST for bathing suit season and to get me started at a lower weight than I was at.

In Jackie's book you have the option to continue on a 20 day cycle and a 30 day cycle.  These phases include more calories and a training program which is typical of how to tone up and get lean.  If you're in it for the long haul, continue on these next two phases as I will.  
Thank you so much for all your comments and input in these last ten days.  I will not be posting every day about this particular diet plan, as I think I am going to try paleo next, so I will be posting about that next, as well as life in general.

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Thanks for reading!

Monday, June 11, 2012

10 in 10 - Day 7

These are Kettlebells

Height 5' 8"
Weight 150.4
Total Loss - Same as yesterday 3.6lbs.

No weight lost...well shit.

OK, so I'll admit that although I've been copying the diet down to the last almond EXACTLY how it's written in the book, I'm NOT doing the exercises exactly.  I do the same weightlifting exercises, but I use more weight with different equipment.  I also have been alternating my cardio between jumping jacks and kettlebell swings.  Other than that, I have NOT cheated or missed a DAY with exercise.  Is jumping rope REALLY so MUCH better than what I'm doing for cardio?  I don't own a jump rope, which really isn't the problem, it's my ankle.  I can never jump a rope without slapping it into my ankles, which are EXTRA sensitive right now.  NOT to mention it hurts when I jump anyway.  I think everyone would agree that I shouldn't do something if it hurts my ankle.  But it's still frustrating when I'm doing everything else, and it's day 7 and I haven't even lost 5 pounds.


My dinner's are tasting OK again.  I think I just needed to get over the monotony 'hump'.  My stomach is visibly smaller and feels tighter, and my thighs look smaller (which is the real test...right?)

My temptation today was popcorn and goobers at Madagascar 3.  Someone who's addicted to chocolate, I swear the goober smell way overpowered the popcorn.  I mentioned it to hubby and he said not to worry because all the goobers were gone.  So that only means my addiction has gone into overdrive smelling empty goober boxes...two seats away.  Again, I brought my allowed snack and some water and was satisfied.

I'm beginning to compare this diet to quitting smoking.  I smoked for 16 years and quit 4 years ago.  Every day after the day I quit was just an added prize.  From that first week, to a few months, to years after, if I was around someone who was smoking I never wanted to take a drag because I would have to start all over again at day one.

I can't believe I used to smoke old butts when I ran out...

That's how I'm starting to feel.  It's been one full week without sugar, salt or (real) bread.  I'm starting to see great results with how my body feels, so I don't want to screw that up and have to start all over.

I think I may even continue the diet for a couple of more days just to see the numbers on the scale say 144.

Thanks for leaving comments!  I love to read them!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

10 in 10 - Day 6

Height - 5' 8"
Weight - 150.4
Total Loss - 3.6lbs.

I'm beginning to see a light at the end, and YAY!  Almost below 150, but still 1.4lbs away from the half way point.

I woke up early worried today because we had a birthday party to go to, and my nemesis was going to be there...cake.  Determined to push through, I packed my allowed snack per Jacki Warner's Book, 10lbs in 10 days, and water and went.  I did fine.  In fact it wasn't even the cupcakes that tempted me, it was the grilled cheeseburgers with it's yummy goodness scent, and the multitude of salads (potato, pasta, etc.) that had my mouth watering.

I decide to workout after lunch today because the birthday didn't start until 4:00 and I knew I would be getting home too late.  To my surprise I had enough energy to complete the session.  Instead of jumping jacks though, I did 30 - 20lb kettlebell swings in between each circuit, for a total of 90 swings.

My body's metabolism is really climbing, because I'm sweating alot more now during training.

Yesterday I posted that celery had calcium, I found some sources that back that up here and below.

1.00 cup
101.00 grams
16.16 calories
World's Healthiest
Foods Rating
vitamin K29.59 mcg37.041.2excellent
folate36.36 mcg9.110.1very good
vitamin A453.49 IU9.110.1very good
potassium262.60 mg7.58.4very good
molybdenum5.05 mcg6.77.5very good
fiber1.40 g5.66.2very good
vitamin C3.13 mg5.25.8very good
manganese0.10 mg5.05.6very good
calcium40.40 mg4.04.5good
vitamin B20.06 mg3.53.9good
tryptophan0.01 g3.13.5good
magnesium11.11 mg2.83.1good
vitamin B50.25 mg2.52.8good
World's Healthiest
Foods Rating
excellentDV>=75% OR
Density>=7.6 AND DV>=10%
very goodDV>=50% OR
Density>=3.4 AND DV>=5%
goodDV>=25% OR

I'm in the homestretch!

Thanks for reading!

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