By eating clean I mean eating real food. Nothing from a box, nothing loaded with chemicals and certainly no fast food. I also eliminated bread and sugar. My sugar consumption has gone from very, horribly high to almost nothing.
Here’s what I AM eating. Eggs, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, lean meat and nuts. I’m eating a little dairy in the form of Greek yogurt but very minimal cheese.
Why no cheese and bread? Well, these items aren’t necessarily no-no’s when clean eating, but for me, they are trigger foods. One piece of cheese for me means two, or three, or five. Same with bread. I just want to get used to eating lots of fruit, veggies and meat before bringing in the foods that drive me wild. I’m eating lots of good food, don’t worry about that!
The picture above is zoodles (zucchini noodles) made with my new favorite kitchen gadget, the
Veggetti. So amazing, you have to try it.
After one week of clean eating and drinking exclusively water (and lots of it) I lost 5 lbs. At my two week weigh-in earlier this week I had lost another 3 lbs. I’m down 8 lbs. total.
A lot of people have asked how I feel. Well, the first week was really tough with the caffeine withdrawal headaches. But now, I feel really content. I don’t feel bloated, I don’t feel hungry (usually) and generally I do feel more energy that seems to last all day.
While I’m really happy and motivated by my progress, I find that it’s really hard to fight a few negative thoughts that keep creeping into my head. The biggest one is the thought that if I would have only started dieting and exercising 6 months ago or 30 lbs. ago I’d have so much less weight to lose.
Why didn’t I start sooner. It will take FOREVER for this weight loss to even be visible on my body. I’ll never reach my goal.
I’m a smart and confident woman and I know a self-sabotaging, negative thought when I hear one rattling around in my head, but wow, it can be so polluting. It’s no wonder that it’s so hard for people to really buckle down and make big lifestyle changes when they have a lot of weight to lose. The task just feels so big.
So far, I’m not letting the negative thoughts slow me down. I know there may come a day when that changes, but for now, it’s full steam ahead. I’m even doing some walking—about 1-3 miles per day to start, and tracking my steps on my
Fitbit Charge HR.
For any of you reading who are active on MyFitnessPal, I’m really needing some friends there. Please only add me if you actually use the app! My username is crissypage!