Saturday, September 25, 2010
Fit for Fall: Detox Week Review (and Ramble)
Today officially marked the end of my one-week "detox" (I use that term loosely), and well, it didn't go so well. I should say that today didn't go so well, the rest of the week went fine (more or less). Eating 100% vegan again wasn't that much of a challenge, except that due to many factors, I just can't have the variety of food that I used to in Austin. Because of that, I found myself eating the same things over and over and also not being able to find some of my fave products... that got annoying.
Still, it went pretty well. After just a couple of days, I just felt less... bloated. My clothes felt better on my skin, and I just wasn't as uncomfortable. This is what I love about vegan eating! As for the sugar, well I did crave it a bit, and tonight I caved in when my friend bought Sour Patch Kids at the movies. I'm not ever going to be one of those people who gives up sugar for life, but all things in moderation, oui?
As for alcohol, that was surprisingly easy to give up. I'm just not a huge drinker, and while I appreciate a glass of wine as much as the next gal, I can easily go without.
Tomorrow I'm going to brunch with my friend Will and that means definitely no vegan eating. It also means caffeine (hello, coffee!) and alcohol (mimosas, anyone?). But. I'm going to try and eat as intuitively as possible (in other words, stop when I'm almost full instead of gorging because I haven't had cheese in a week. From now on, I want to try and eat vegan when at home, and then make the best choices I can when I go out. I've also started tracking my eating on Livestrong.com, and I even got the iPhone app! I really like Livestrong because you can find out how many calories you should be eating (whether you want to lose, maintain, or gain weight) per day, and it also breaks down the nutritional info of what you're eating. I learned that today, I ate way too much fat (hello olive oil and Earth Balance), but not that many calories.
Now, enough about food, let's talk working out. Over the past week, I had three cardio sessions (1 elliptical, 2 running) and 2 strength training (Fluidity and Pilates). Honestly, that's better than most weeks, but I really wanted to squeeze in some yoga. Next week! Pilates was good - my abs are SO sore today! I have really weak core muscles and since core is so important in both running and yoga, I want to attend Pilates regularly to, well, strengthen them! I'm going to try more classes at my gym - Zumba, Xtreme Interval, Cycling - because that'll be the easiest way to fit in cardio and strength training. I also want to get a heart rate monitor - do any of y'all have one? I'm thinking about this one, but I won't buy it until I have a job offer (which will hopefully be very soon - fingers crossed!!!).
Fit for Fall... that's what I want. I can't lie and say this isn't about my appearance, my body, or my weight, but more importantly, I want to get FIT. That means clean, balanced eating and loads of exercise, but also living life and enjoying it! If that means a particularly boozey night or a greasy brunch, then so be it. Who's with me??