So I did.
And it helped.
But I continued to always have that sick to my stomach feeling, swelling all the time, bloated, you know the drill. So I started reading up on the vegan diet. I began with The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone, and followed that up with Brendan Brazier's Thrive. Both from completely different points of view, different recipes and different thoughts on being vegan. So there I was, 30 lbs over weight, feeling sick all the time, in desperate need of a change....so I sucked it up and went cold turkey. Just like that. No meat. No dairy. No gluten.
I didn't feel amazing right away. It took a good week or two to notice the change that was happening. I slowly started to realize that my energy levels were increasing, my appetite was more controlled, and my stomach pain was disappearing. And the weight, well that was melting off, almost immediately.
In the short span of 3 months, I went from weighing 167 (yikes)
The amazing thing was, I didn't even realize the weight had gone. I was working out 5 days a week, mixing it up between weights, cardio, yoga, Zumba, anything that held my interest, which is not an easy accomplishment.
After 1 year of maintaining that weight and diet, something changed. I had just gone through my first round of IVF, first miscarriage, and one failed frozen IVF cycle. I was
I was not happy.
But if this was going to help us get pregnant, I would try it.
After surgery, I grew more depressed. I convinced myself that I could start incorporating dairy and fish into my diet, and it would be fine.
I didn't devote nearly as much time to my health, I stopped working out all together. And guess what happened? Yup, all that weight came fleeting back. Over the past year, I've gained, and lost, and gained and lost anywhere around 20-30 lbs, depending on the time of year.
So here I sit,
Four weeks ago, I had that light bulb moment again. I can't live like this. I hate looking at pictures of myself and always feel self conscious about how I appear. Never mind, always feeling sick. So I've made a promise to myself:
No cold turkey this time. I am simply making small changes to a healthier life. Goal weight: 135
1. I started taking Bikram Yoga 2-3 times a week, now up to 3-4 times a week. It's 90 mins of insanity and burns between 700-1000 calories per class. And I love it! The heat helps to relax my mind and calm my nerves.
2. I started tracking my calorie intake on AnytimeHealth.com. It's a free website if you are a member of Anytime Fitness. You type in what you've eaten, it calculates your calories for you. You can set weight loss goals, and it will adjust your calorie intake. It also lets you put in your physical activities so that your calories can adjust. It's been a huge help in understanding what I am eating and where I should be at to reach my goals.
3. I try to do something physical every day. Whether it be for 30 mins or 120 mins. Seeing as I sit at a desk all day, I need to make sure I am being active everyday. And I'm not referring to just going to the gym, or going for a run. I mean doing anything physical. Like cleaning our home, putting my new loom together (yay!), anything....