#110 | Let’s Talk About Weight, Bay-Bee

It’s finally Friday! What a wonderful feeling! Today, we’re gonna depart a little from the usual sparkly, pretty, wedding stuff and talk about something a little more per-so-nal. It’s a wonderful roller coaster I like to call: my weight. And I’m gonna use the real numbers here.

Back in May, I blogged about my journey to hit my goal weight of 135 in time for my wedding in July (coming from 166.5 in November). I got within a pound or two thanks to an amazing nutrition plan, an awesome team of trainers, and a LOT of hard work. I was so proud of myself. I had to trade my wedding dress in for a smaller size twice and then had to have the smallest one taken in even more!

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Then I got married. I went on my honeymoon. I came home. And I got laid off. I spent all my free time applying to jobs, interviewing for jobs, and sulking about being laid off. I stopped eating the way I was supposed to eat and I stopped working out completely. I was one of those girls who got in crazy amazing shape for her wedding and then just let her self go. CRAP. And to add to the fun, I found out in August that I’m gluten intolerant.

So I got a new job (that I actually really love by the way) and things were looking up. I was eating OK, but not great. I was having salad everyday from the cafeteria at work (it’s the safest thing down there if you can’t have gluten), but I added things I shouldn’t, like big piles of cheese, bacon bits, and dried cranberries (stupid added sugar). And I still wasn’t working out.

Then this past Sunday I was feeling pretty crappy. I was tired, I felt bloated, my pants weren’t fitting right anymore. I knew it was time to face the music. I stepped on the scale and wanted to cry. 146.9. I had gained 10 pounds since the wedding. It wasn’t just the weight. It was how I felt. Tired, sad, unmotivated. I knew from working with my nutritionist that my mood was directly related to my food. I was eating crap, thus, I felt like crap. I decided to try something new.

A little before the wedding, Erik started a diet almost entirely of shakes. He was never overweight, but had started to get a little bit of a belly. He’d been watching a lot of documentaries about how many illnesses are caused by poor diet and decided to make a change. He’s lost more than 20 pounds since the summer, with NO CHANGE in activity. He had to buy new pants and drill new holes in all his belts. Plus, he feels amazing! So I decided to do it too.

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I have one shake for breakfast, one for lunch, and one for dinner. In between meals, if I get hungry, I have a snack of either: nuts, seeds, fruit, or vegetables (or any flavor of Lara Bar which doesn’t have chocolate). Surprisingly, I don’t snack very much, because I’m not very hungry. My shakes are full of such good food, that my body is actually nourished by them and doesn’t want to snack all day. (Crazy right?!)

Wanna know what’s better? I got on the scale today, and guess what it said: 141.6. I’ve lost five pounds in under a week (weighed at the same time of day, under the same conditions, in same weight clothes).

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Just to clarify: We are not juicing. When you are juicing, you throw away the fiber of the fruit/vegetable and only get the sugary liquid. For that reason, some people experience stomach discomfort when juicing. You’ll lose weight fast, but you won’t be getting all the benefits of the fruit and veggies that live in that yummy fiber! We throw everything in the blender whole: vegetables, fruit, nuts, beans, seeds, I even toss in a teaspoon of cinnamon for a little extra kick! They are sweet, easy to make, portable, and JAM PACKED with healthiness.

Now eating a diet of raw, organic, veggies, fruit, nuts, beans, and seeds can get a little pricey, so here are some tips for saving a couple bucks:

  1. Check your local bulk/warehouse stores. We have a Costco and BJ’s nearby. Costco sells organic spinach and carrots for really cheap. We buy big bags of frozen organic fruit from BJ’s.
  2. Stock up when things go on sale and freeze them. Frozen veggies only make your shake colder and yummier.
  3. Buy in bulk whenever possible. When it comes to nuts, seeds, and beans, we buy them in the self serve area of Whole Foods instead of buying a packaged brand name an aisle away.

We don’t add any supplements to our shakes. The protein in our shakes comes from foods that are naturally high in protein (like nuts and avocado). We also don’t add dairy of any kind. (Basically I think we went vegan without meaning to.)

I think my biggest problem this last time around, was that I was so focused on hitting a certain weight by July 4th (wedding day) that I forgot to look beyond that day. I wanted to look amazing in my wedding dress, and I think I did, but my goal shouldn’t have been to weigh 135 for one day, it should have been to maintain a healthy body for life. I knew that, but I didn’t follow through, and now I know that’s what I have to work on.

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I feel reinvigorated. I feel excited. I feel proud. I’m done with weight goals. I’m only setting fitness goals from now on. I want to see visible ab muscles this summer (I’m not talking about a six pack, just definition). I want to run at least 3 5k’s this year. I want to encourage other people to take healthy steps with their nutrition.

So if you struggle with weight, know that you aren’t alone. But also know, that you can do something about it if you choose to. What’s your story? Share it in the comments. Have questions about our shakes? Ask away! As always, I love to hear from you :)

xo

UPDATE:

I was asked on Twitter for a recipe and it wouldn’t fit there, so I’m adding it here. This is my “usual” shake. Note: I make a large batch each night and put it in a glass jug for the next day. This recipe makes me approx 3 shakes. This is the order I put them in the blender (light on bottom, heavy on top will push the food down into the blades and ensure smoother shake). We have a Blendtec blender and I hit the “smoothie” button twice to get the consistency I like.

  • 1 Large Kale leaf (or 2 small leaves) broken in a few pieces
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 2.5 carrots full sized carrots (i give the last half to my greedy puppy)
  • 2 sticks of celery
  • 1/2 of one large tomato (or one plumb tomato or a handful of grape tomatoes)
  • 1/2 of one apple
  • 1 handful of almonds
  • 1/2 tablespoon of flax seed (approximately. I just kinda shake it in there)
  • 1/2 cup of pinto beans (soaked overnight)
  • 1 handful of blueberries
  • 2 handfuls of mixed frozen berries (strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
  • 1 cup of orange juice
  • water if needed/desired (will be thicker without it. I don’t use water, Erik does.)

#40 A Different Kind of Tuesday Shoesday

So as you may or may not know, I’ve become a huge gym rat (<~ I consider this a good thing.) I was always athletic growing up, but once I hit college that changed (unless beer pong is a sport.) I had a really awesome metabolism, so my body didn’t change if I ate fried food three times a day and drank more beer than is even conceivable today.

Shortly after my 21st birthday, I noticed my metabolism starting to slow down. Suddenly, if I ate a large pizza for dinner I gained a pound (<~ weird right?) Over the years between my 21st and 23rd birthdays, my weight fluctuated between 125 and 150; back and forth and back and forth it would go. Usually I’d find a happy medium around 135, only to go up again and then back down.

Then, I lost a very close friend in a very traumatic way. Soon after, I started getting sick. Really sick. ER sick. My doctors ran my blood a bagillion times (OK four times running 10-12 tests each time). But everything looked fine. Perfecto even! They decided, in their infinite wisdom, that I was internalizing my grief over the lost of my friend and the stress was making me physically ill. They put me on Paxil (w/ a side of Ativan).

Well, I SWELLED UP LIKE A HOT AIR BALLOON. Passing my happy medium of 135, not stopping at 145, or 155, or even 165. When I hit 166.5, and didn’t feel any better I might add, I went to a new doctor. She said “ENOUGH.” She started to wean me off the Paxil and Ativan and also suggested I switch my birth control (I won’t name any names “birth control that tried to kill me.” But your name starts with a Y and rhymes with Taz.) She noticed in my file that my GYN had switched me from Ortho Tri Cyclen Lo to this new pill around the same time as I lost my friend, and thought that was too strange of a cooinkydink.

Weaning off of Paxil was really hard. No joke. The doctors told me it would be like withdrawing from any drug; my body was going to crave the substance. I had dizzy spells, cold sweats, nausea, panic attacks, heart palpitations, achy muscles, and these things called “the zaps,” where it feels like your brain just stuck itself in an electrical outlet, for a second and then it’s gone. I had to step my dosage down slowly to keep from feeling too many withdrawal symptoms. It took almost three months to finally wean off. (This is supposed to scare you from taking one of these drugs unless it’s 100% necessary. Do yoga. Meditate. Don’t Medicate.) I took my last pill on Thanksgiving day of 2010.

The following Monday I was in the gym. The sneakers I wore to the gym that day I had literally owned since I was a freshman in college. It’s been 5 months and I have put holes in them. (Told you I wasn’t very active before.) So now, I need new sneaks! I don’t want to spend a ton of dinero but I want something that’s really going to stand up. Cuz the moral of this story is, once I got off all those pills, I felt more amazing than I had felt in my whole life. Sure, I had crazy emotions for the first few months as my brain learned to feel things again. And sure I would randomly cry at NOTHING. I would cry at milk cartons in the grocery store. But I could feel really really happy too, and I liked that. I’m at 138lbs now, pretty darn close to my happy medium, but I’d like to continue to beat sneakers up for the rest of my life.

For Tuesday Shoesday, I’ve put some contenders down below. If you’re athletic and have a suggestion of your own, or want to comment on these options, I’d really appreciate it. Cuz I feel really awkward going to the gym with holes in my shoes, and I’d like to change it up ASAP!

Ps. When I decided to do a TS post about sneakers, I didn’t know I was gonna get this personal with it. Once I started to get it all out, I just couldn’t stop. I sure hope you guys don’t mind terribly!

Adidas Invigo Trail ($39.99 at JCPenney)

Nike Air Skyraider 2 ($45.50 @ Macy*s)

New Balance 411 ($55.99 @ JCPenney)

Nike Air Alvord ($59.99 @ JCPenney)

Asics Gel-Kanberra 5 ($60.00 @ Macy*s)

Adidas Galaxy Elite ($62.99 @ JCPenney)

#22 Get in Shape for the Big Day (and Every Day!)

Every girl wants to look abso-freaking-lootly amazing on her wedding day. I am no different. I was a tad bit┬ácurvaceous when I got engaged. In November, I decided to make a change. One of E’s close friends (and groomsmen) is a trainer. He encouraged me to come to his gym and I decided to dive in head first.

It’s been a little over 4 months now (I was shedding for the wedding before it was a show!) I’m down 23 pounds (and just a couple teeny pounds from my goal weight)! It hasn’t been easy, but I wanted to share a few things I’ve learned.

  1. There is no trick. There is no pill or hollywood diet or magical super-fruit that is going to make you drop weight for your wedding (no matter what those ads on your Facebook page say.) If you really want to lose the weight and keep it off, you have to make a life change, and you have to commit to eating right and exercising regularly.
  2. Everyone loses weight differently. What works for one person or is written in a book may not work for you. Feel free to switch up your routine until you find something that works for you.
  3. Calories are not the enemy. My nutritionist told me that when he has a client who is working hard and having trouble losing weight, the most common reason is they don’t eat enough calories. Food is not the enemy. Food is fuel! Feed your body the highest quality fuel you can.
  4. Don’t be afraid to live a little. That cookie is OK every once in a while. And if you have it when you want it, it will probably keep you from eating that TIN of cookies when you finally break down.

Here’s a yummy omelet that you can try tomorrow (or tonight if you are a fan of BFD like me!) A morning meal is super important to weight loss. Your body has been starving all night while you sleep. Giving it a healthy meal high in protein will help your body to start burning calories (instead of going into panic mode and hoarding them!)

  • One whole egg
  • One egg white (Y0u can add one extra egg white if you are really hungry. I did this for E yesterday and he was stuffed.)
  • Two TB skim milk
  • One quarter bell pepper diced (any color)
  • Three mushrooms diced
  • 15 leaves of fresh spinach diced
  • 1 slice of skim cheese (optional)
  • Chicken sausage (optional)

I saute my peppers, mushrooms, and spinach until the peppers are soft (5-7 min on medium heat if diced really small). Then I add in the chicken sausage (we buy a brand that comes precooked, so you just need to heat it up). Turn that burner to low to keep your stuffins warm. Combine egg (the yolk is full of good stuff and the cholesterol has been proven to be the healthy variety and one a day is the recommended serving), egg whites, and skim milk in a bowl. Stir, stir, stir. Pour into a nonstick pan (tip if you don’t have an omelet sized pan: I heat the pan up to temperature while I am sauteing the veggies, then pour the eggs slowly on to the already hot pan. The egg starts to cook quickly and won’t run to the edges of my huge frying pan becoming paper thin and impossible to use.) Once you let the eggs set up a little bit, add your cheese (if you like) and the veggies on half of your egg pile. Fold that puppy over. Flippity flop a time or two and BAM! Healthy happy morning omelet.

I know it’s good because E said “wow, I don’t need to put ketchup on this!” and he puts ketchup on EVERYTHING. I hope you enjoy!