May 24, 2011

The Shanahan Plan: Week 2 Recap

Most of you are aware that I have been on this new endeavor to change my lifestyle. Eating Cheerios and processed foods 24/7 isn't conducive to a good diet (or a good body for that matter). What's sad is that before I started this whole lifestyle makeover, I thought I ate well. Like, "Oh, Cheerios for breakfast and a snack isn't terrible, skipping lunch sometimes isn't too bad, and eating brussels sprouts and asparagus for dinner is great!"

The missing component here is healthy fats and PROTEIN. Notice I have literally no meat whatsoever in my daily food intake! And I had a whole lot of dairy too - I would snack of cheese sometimes or Jello Mousse or grab a Starbucks Chai Latte. Notice I "snack" a lot too. Not a bad thing if  was consuming healthier foods like veggies, but yeah, I wasn't (for the most part).

This makes me feel like a pig, but to be honest, I was also eating out a ton. I'd go to Subway and get a decently healthy sandwich -- turkey on wheat with veggies. If I was out at a restaurant, I'd try to go the healthy salad or salmon route. But still, it's as healthy as that type of food can be. And I was eating a ton of food with preservatives and all kind of other crap in it.

So, after two weeks, things have gotten so much easier! My cravings have gone down tremendously. I can see a cupcake at work and bypass it, Starbucks is just a luxury (when I get to have it again), and I actually get excited to get home and cook a meal.

While I've had a few supporters with me on this journey, but some of my friends have been less than thrilled. "You're on a DIET?" "You're boring." "What can you eat?" It's like the world is about to implode when I say not drinking or can't won't be getting anything at Starbucks or Pinkberry.  Not going to lie, it has hurt my feelings some that I have to explain myself to some of them. Can't they just pat me on the back for the attempt? Obviously I want to do this for my own peace of mind and well-being... I'm 100% supportive of everything they do, I'd appreciate the same in return. I don't want to spend the rest of my life explaining myself, nor do I need to.

Moving on, Terry and I discussed that I want to build lean muscle (tone) and lose weight.

When I first started, my measurements were:
  • 25 inch waist
  • 35 inch hips
  • 9.5 inches around my bicep
  • 20 inches around the thickest part of my thigh
  • 118 pounds
That was 5/13 (Friday). I measured again on 5/22 (Sunday) and in addition to losing another 1.5 pounds, my measurements are:
  • 24.5 inch waist
  • 34.5 inch hips
  • 9.5 inches around my bicep
  • 19.5 inches around the thickest part of my thigh
  • 116.5 pounds
I lost half an inch (in most places)! Not too shabby for a week. Granted I did indulge a little (I had a Moscow Mule at my friend's birthday dinner last Tuesday -- delish), but the progress has made me more consistent and also more motivated to keep on track.

Also, I've gotten so much better about cutting out cardio and focusing on strength training. I'm working hardest on my legs, but I'm finding I'm able to handle more weight in my arms in just a few weeks than I did before because I'm really putting the pedal to the metal when I'm at the gym. Moreso, my clothes are fitting differently! I'm noticing certain things that were tight before are more loose fitting, and today I feel comfortable wearing a dress I bought my sophomore year of college -- four years ago. I mean, I haven't lost a significant amount of weight or anything, but my overall self image has improved in just a little over two weeks!

Terry admitted when I started that I went full out and we should have eased into things, but I'm glad I started off the way I did. I'm finding new ways to enjoy food and I just feel better now that I'm eating right. I'm more alert and I just feel and overall sense of goodness when I'm providing the proper foods for my body. It's really be a great experience thus far -- so much so that I was freaking out about my upcoming trip to Texas: "How am I supposed to eat all the glorious Tex-Mex and fried foods?!" and now it's not bothering me as much. Terry said I could indulge but not go cray-cray and to keep it moderate, but to eat clean leading up to the trip. While I'm looking forward to the food, I'm also looking forward to the pool, seeing my fam, and nomming on some Texas deilcacies isn't at the forefront of my mind.

Also, Terry has an easy travel workout to try. I am cracking up picturing me attemp those wall push-ups. I mean, accident waiting to happen, anyone? Knowing me, something terrible would happen. I'll do the chair pushups before I get too adventurous.

Need a healthy and delish snack? Kale chips. Not the buy at the store kind.
  • Purchase a bundle of Kale at your local grocer, Whole Foods, what have you.
  • Wash the bundle, and chop into chip-sized pieces with a large knife, and cut off the stems.
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Take a spoonful of Coconut Oil and heat in the microwave for 45 seconds until it melts.
  • Mix kale with Cocnut Oil in the bowl so it's lightly doused. (Don't overdo it)
  • Spread the kale on a baking sheet, and sprinkle a tiny bit of sea salt on top. Just as smidge though.
  • Place sheet in oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the kale is appears crunchy.

Voila!  Beautiful kale chips are ready... and they taste like Baked Lays. Not oily at all and totally yummy!
Here's a fun workout playlist I made to get me through the cardio and weights:
  1. Hollywood - Michael Buble
  2. Feels So Good - Steven Tyler
  3. I Don't Want to Know - Glee Cast
  4. Any Way You Want It/ Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' - Glee Cast
  5. All of the Lights - Kanye West
  6. Linkin Park - Waiting for the End
  7. Shanice - I Love Your Smile
  8. Edge of Glory - Lady Gaga

Until next week... Hard body wishes and paleo dreams!

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