Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ottawa Recap

Hello all!

I'm a bit late with this update - but better late than never, right? I was in Ottawa all last weekend, and since I came back I've been swamped with work/errands/life/etc.

How did I do, food-wise, in Ottawa? Hmm....

We went to a restaurant called The Elgin Street Diner, which had amazing poutine. Four of us split this one (which came with bacon and onion on top). At least I didn't eat the entire thing myself...

Of course, I also ate a beaver tail while in our nation's capital! I really had no other option. ;)

The weekend also involved several beers and a great vegetarian/vegan restaurant. And, of course, lots of fun with my old university roommates. :)

In my last post, I vowed to track all weekend while in Ottawa... which didn't quite happen. I did, however, manage to at least write down what I ate (up until Sunday night), without counting it... so that's better than nothing! And for some reason, Monday & Tuesday kind of fell by the wayside... and I tracked most, but not all, of Wednesday...

In other words, I'm still trying, but obviously not hard enough. This week's weigh-in will NOT be pretty, I can already tell you that! But I'll do my best to get through the rest of this week with minimal further damage, and start fresh on Saturday, as usual...

That's all for today - I have piles and piles of tests to finish marking now. Le sigh. Stay tuned on Saturday for my (probably disappointing) weigh-in results...

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Joshi's Holistic Detox: Conclusions.

Three weeks ago, I started Joshi's Holistic Detox. I explained my reasoning in this post. Yesterday was my last day! I actually made it through all 21 days! So, did I accomplish what I'd set out to do?

My goals were as follows:
  • Eliminate cravings. My cravings absolutely diminished very soon after starting this detox. Prior to the detox, I was craving/thinking about food ALL THE TIME. On the detox, it was very easy to turn food down, and I hardly thought about it.
  • Increase my motivation. I am feeling super-motivated as a result of the detox! My clothes are fitting better, I have more energy, and I feel better all around. I want things to stay this way!
  • Try new foods. The restrictions of the detox forced me out of my food comfort zone. I tried new foods, like sole and millet puffs, and I even developed an affinity for goat cheese (which is lower in fat than regular cheese, I believe)!
  • Lose weight. I know what you've all been waiting for - my weigh-in results from today! Well, going by my home scale and my weight from Day 1 of the detox and this morning... I lost 12.6 pounds during the 21 days! Awww yeah!
I also went to a Weight Watchers meeting this morning, since I won't be at my usual Saturday meeting. I weighed in at 198.8 lbs, down 3.4 from last Saturday. That's the lowest weigh-in I've had (and my first time below 200) since October 6! I'd say I've definitely given myself the wake-up call I so desperately needed.

The detox has other benefits as well - I am positive my skin is better, and I've been a LOT less moody, according to some people. ;)

Andrea asked on my last post if my boyfriend held up his end of the bargain! You may recall, he decided to give up chocolate and blog every day for the duration of my detox. He didn't quite blog every day, although he did blog a lot more than he had been... and as for the chocolate? He managed to give it up completely, except when he "accidentally" drank some chocolate milk last weekend... I'll let it slide, seeing as I was technically having gluten in my spelt bread. :)

Now onto today - so what did I do with my newfound freedom from Joshi?

Shockingly enough, I didn't have any coffee!! I'm not in a rush to get hooked on it again, and I wasn't really by a coffee shop today, and I still don't have regular milk at home (which I take in my coffee), so I didn't bother with it. I am planning on using one as motivation for my 5:30 wake-up call tomorrow though...

My first treat today was fruit! It was totally delish. I also had oatmeal with peanut butter, as planned, and went out for dinner. Thankfully, I didn't go nuts and devour everything I wasn't allowed to eat on the detox. I'm finding things like fruit and tomatoes (and probably tomorrow, coffee) to be treats enough for now (along with the giant calzone I had for dinner...)

My next goal is to make it through this weekend in Ottawa with friends! I've got lots of food ready to bring with me for the weekend:

I have carrot sticks and hummus, Mary's Crackers, and a turkey & avocado sandwich on a pita for the bus ride up tomorrow evening. I'm also bringing various bars as well as little bags of nuts and seeds worth 3 Points Plus each. That way, if I need a snack throughout the weekend, or on the train ride home, I'll be set. (I'm taking the bus one way alone, and the train one way with my friends).

I am vowing now, publicly, to TRACK what I eat while I'm out of town! It might not be easy, but I will at least write everything down so I can go back and fill it into my online tracker when I get home. I will tell you how it all goes.

As for incorporating Joshi's rules into my everyday life - Chezjulie and Enz had similar suggestions: Chezjulie suggested making my regular meals more Joshi-like, and Enz suggested incorporating a few Joshi meals each week. I think these are both excellent ideas! I will definitely try to eat more veggies and have well-rounded meals to try and keep my blood sugar stable and my cravings down. I also foresee detoxing for a week or so every few months to recharge and renew my motivation.

I must be off to finish my packing! Thanks again for all of your detox support. It is very much appreciated. :)

Have a wonderful weekend, all! I will be back early next week with a post.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Joshi's Holistic Detox: Day Twenty-One... wahooo!


Unless something crazy happens tonight after I finish posting and I ruin everything. But I think I'll be able to hold out until tomorrow morning. :)

I snuck a peek at the scale this morning - I'm 11 pounds lighter than I was on Day 1! Not bad! I can't attend my usual Weight Watchers meeting on Saturday morning, so I'm going to one tomorrow morning instead... I will report my "official" results after that!

Breakfast was my usual egg whites with onions and goat cheese... no spinach today, though!

I packed tons of snacks in my lunch:

Carrots, Mary's Crackers, hummus, yogurt & a banana, and the last of the lentil pilaf from the freezer.

Today I did something I've only done once before - during my 3 hour break between classes, I went to the gym! I usually have too much work to do to be able to go (it takes about half an hour just to get to the closest Goodlife gym from my school). I did about 20 minutes of intervals on the bike. It really energized me for the afternoon!

When I got home from school, I immediately ate some rice puffs and soy milk.

I liked this snack before the detox, and I'm sure I'll still like it after the detox. :)

I wanted to recreate one of my most delicious detox meals for my last dinner.

Sweet potato fries and goat cheese-stuffed chicken thighs! I had to scarf it down in about 5 minutes before I went to meet some friends, but I still enjoyed every bite.

I met my friends at Starbucks, where I had been planning to eat another "Natural Bar" like I had yesterday. Unfortunately, in my rush, I left it at home! I stuck with my vanilla rooibos tea, and realized I didn't even need a snack.

And that's all she wrote! I'm DONE, baby.

Detox aside, one thing I don't want to lose sight of is the simple fact that I tracked everything for the past three weeks. I would guess that I haven't tracked for three weeks straight in over a year. Just that fact is HUGE for me. I'm really proud, and I hope I keep up this momentum!

Also, you should know that I've already planned several things I'm going to eat tomorrow. Including oatmeal with White Chocolate Wonderful peanut butter... and I'm being taken out for dinner... where I'm planning on eating a giant calzone. :D

Thank you so much, everyone, for all of your support during this detox! Being accountable to my blog readers was literally the only reason I was able to keep this up. I have no doubt that I would have caved very early on otherwise. I also feel back in a blogging groove! Hopefully I will keep posting regularly (although not every day).

Have a good night all! Stay tuned for tomorrow's weigh-in results, and my thoughts on the detox as a whole. :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Joshi's Holistic Detox: Day Twenty

Omg. Is it really day twenty? Will I be done in only one more day?

I can hardly believe it! Honestly, the three weeks have gone by much more quickly than I anticipated. That being said, Thursday can't come soon enough. ;)

I realized yesterday that I ate 12 Points Plus worth of bread... yikes! So I decided to avoid it today. Breakfast was my usual egg whites, onions, spinach, and goat cheese scramble with some tea (but no toast).

Lunch was lentil dal and roasted carrots courtesy of The Big Carrot, with avocado, mixed greens, and Mary's Crackers. Yum!

Afternoon snack: rice puffs with soy milk!

Then it was time to think about dinner. I was so pleased with how the baked rice turned out last week, I made another batch to have with dinner. I foresee making a big batch every week or so in the future. :)

While it was baking away, I had some plain yogurt with a banana. Nothing new and exciting here.

I needed some protein with my brown rice for dinner, so I took out this Sesame Ginger tofu I picked up last week.

I stir-fried it with some veggies... mixed carrots, peas, and corn because that's all I had on hand. I mixed it with the brown rice (which turned out great!).

Not too shabby!

While at the Carrot earlier today, I found these "Natural Bars." The only ingredients in the almond flavour are almonds, honey, orange blossom water, and lemon juice. Could it be - a detox-friendly bar?!

Sorry for the blurry picture! I'm eating the bar as I write this. It's a nice treat! Too bad I didn't discover them until the end of the detox.

Stay tuned for the very last day of my detox... tomorrow! Have a great evening, all.