Gasp. I've run two days in a row and I started a new food plan yesterday (and did very well on it). And I didn't lose 5 pounds. I am shocked.
I kid. I know it doesn't work like that. Part of me did have my fingers crossed for a pound or two since, you know, I didn't eat sugary junk yesterday. But, alas, my body does what it does and the scale doesn't always equal success on day two.
(Actually, when I read the books "Crack/Conquer the Fat Loss Code," the author talks about how the body is on a three day food cycle. I don't remember the science, and don't have time to look it up right now, but I remember her talking about why she planned food days the way she did, and it had to do with how the body stores food for energy.)
At any rate, I am not expecting a miraculous weight loss overnight, even though I really did think I might weigh in the 178 range this morning. It's just the same old thinking attaching itself to me, I suspect. But I am recognizing it for what it is--potential sabotage. I am not going to let the lack of one day's movement in the scale derail me that easily.
Yesterday I had breakfast at 10 am. By 2:30 I was hungry. I had no food cravings for 4 1/2 hours. I didn't have cravings at 2:30; I was hungry. Not to say I didn't think about food. I DID. All day. I kept thinking "what in the heck do I eat for a starch if I can't have wheat or any kind of flour?"
For my late lunch, I had rice as my starch. It was the boil in the bag whole wheat kind, but it didn't taste very good. The texture was off. How do you mess up boil in the bag? I think I overcooked it. Plus, I think I need long grain wild rice or the kind that takes 30 minutes to cook instead of 10. Texture is a big thing for me.
At 6:00 pm I went out for a run. I was starting to get hungry, but it wasn't bad. At around mile 2 I was feeling puny, like I hadn't fueled myself enough. Then I channeled my inner Jillian and said "Are you kidding me? You are carrying around your fuel on your behind. Get it moving and keep it moving." It worked. I bettered my 5k time from the day before by 30 seconds, and I ended up going 3.4 miles.
At 7:00 I left for the grocery store. The exercise suppressed my appetite. I shopped at Target and The Fresh Market (we just got one a couple weeks ago; expensive, but the sales on produce are actually pretty good). I bought tons of veggies and fruits.
When I got home it was 8:30. By the time I had the fridge cleaned out and everything put away, it was almost 9:30. Then bedtime for the kids. Then it was almost 10. No time to eat a full meal. I had a measured cup of fresh raspberries and 1/2 c. lowfat organic cottage cheese. I was full and happy and no cravings.
Woohoo for day 1!
My big issues now are to figure out how to get protein and starch into my diet--and how to make them enjoyable. You know, without sugar and fat and salt, these things are just not a turn on. I know they can be. I just have to figure out how to get them there.
I have a couple of recipes from my low carb days that work well--protein and veggies. I can do breakfast easily and tastily. It's lunch and dinner that are going to throw me. I don't have time to spend an hour every night making dinner; heck, I don't have 30 minutes.
I need a plan so I don't fall on my face on day 3.
Cooking and preparing fresh food is work. It's work until you've figured out how to make it NOT (so much) work. And right now, it's work.
I have enough work in my life--the job, the house, the kids, the dog, the never-ending piles of laundry. No wonder it's so easy to throw up your hands and give up.
But I know it's possible for a mere mortal to cook real food on a daily basis (although, truly, aren't Moms expected to be more than mere mortals?). So I will pursue and learn and figure out how to do this.
I did pull Vickie's link on the foods she eats so I know what to call a starch. I mean, I "know" what to call a starch, but the one page I printed from Kay Sheppard's plan doesn't elaborate much on what she classifies as a vegetable. Potatoes and corn and peas are starches, but she doesn't list them as such. To be fair, I've barely perused her site, so it may be there somewhere, just not on the page that I printed.
I also see that Vickie has a list of recipes on her side bar. I'll be going there next.
I can't do this whole food transformation in a day, or a week, or even a month. But I can get started. Which is what I finally feel like I'm doing.