Six Months

**This was posted on my other blog, Foodie Reset, earlier this week. I wanted to update you, my loyal readers/subscribers on what’s been going on over here!**

Six months ago, Adam and I went to the gun range after my very stressful weight loss doctor’s appointment and followed that with a “last meal” at Red Robin. A Banzai burger, regular soda, and french fries laid heavy in my gut when I went to bed that night, anxious about what the next days would bring. One day at a time… that’s what I’d committed to do.

Day 1 was not easy. Believe it or not, Days 2 and three were harder. On those days, I was so out of it (more than I would’ve admitted at the time) that I taught my sixth graders the same lesson twice… and no one said anything. It was 90 degrees outside, I had all sorts of lovely skin issue from the heat/sweat/friction…I won’t get too into it.

By the end of the first month, I was in shock at my own success. Yet I was still apprehensive. I still had SO FAR to go. Sure I’d lost 20 pounds, and my clothes were fitting better, but I was still solidly in the same clothes I’d been wearing. Nothing really new, no size changes, and I was still in the state of disbelief in myself. 20 pounds could be an accident. Or water weight. Surely it couldn’t have been what I was doing.

It’s been interesting to look back and read my old posts, for a multitude of reasons. Some days, when I feel like saying “screw it” and eating a giant cheeseburger like I would’ve 6 months ago, I read those first few days and remind myself how horrendous that detox was. I never want to do that again. Some days, when I want to see how far I’ve come, I read the posts from a month in.

At first, I didn’t want to take pictures of myself. I thought it was weird, I thought it was vain…but in reality, they’ve been the biggest help to my own intrinsic motivation. I bit the bullet and started posting progress photos on Instagram and Facebook, and every “like”, comment, and “thumbs up” boosts me up a little bit, especially on days when I really need it.

I’ve had an amazing external support system: Adam has been beyond supportive, my mom and sister have been my biggest cheerleaders, and my friends at work are more motivating than they will ever know. But in the end, it’s in my own head. And I’m really glad I have photos to look at.

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August ——————————————————————————————————October

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November ————————————————————————————— February

Six months in, and I know I have a long way to go. But, instead of it being this incredibly daunting task that I had no idea how to conquer, I’m learning how to make it manageable. One day at a time, one meal at a time, one minute at a time. Choosing to eat my OptiFast bar instead of the brownies in the lounge. Choosing to have four ounces of grilled salmon and roasted veggies instead of a giant burger and fries. I’m the same person that I’ve always been… yet I still feel like I’m completely different.

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Recently {Eats and Pics}

Well, life is a little different around here in What’s for Dinner-ville.

Since I last checked in with you all (my loyal readers, and I thank you!) I had lost about 40 pounds and was eating and preparing only my OptiFast products and drooling over the low-carb deliciousness that awaited me.

The strangeness of camp photos is nothing new to you all, so this before/now comparison will make sense. The before was taken in early August, after an embarrassing moment when I was unable to truly participate in the giant inflatable jousting match. I was mortified but brushed it off by laughing. The “now” photo is from yesterday, where I wore a new outfit from New York & Company, complete with pointy heels ALL DAY… down from a 22/24 and 3XL to a 14/16 and XL. (please excuse the clutter in the background)

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I feel like a different person. I know people say that all the time, but really, I don’t recognize myself in many different ways. Sure, I look different. But I’m not exhausted all the time. I’m not forgetful like I used to be, I can walk and talk at the same time. I’m enjoying *gasp* physical activity! Boot camp twice a week, plus the Couch to 5K program are keeping me busy, and I start Zumba this week! WHO AM I!?!? It’s a far cry from the cupcake-loving girl that I used to be.

I’ve also started eating one meal a day. I have 350 calories and >20g digestible carbs to work with, and within that I need to have 2+ cups of vegetables and 3-5 ounces of protein. Just a few things I’ve had as of late:

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Lots and lots of brussels sprouts, cucumber-wrapped rice-free sushi, sashimi, different preparations of chicken, and beautiful vegetables at Eataly. The lower left corner is my favorite dinner so far: spinach salad, sautéed mushrooms, baby pepper slices, a medium-rare burger, a runny egg, and 1/5 of an avocado. OMG. Just delicious.

I’m relearning to cook, without the starchy bases I relied on for so many years. Most things I eat are vegetable based with a side of protein. It makes eating out simple as well. Not to mention, a dinner out is actually 2-3 meals now since I physically cannot consume what I used to…and I haven’t had a drink since August. I’m a cheap date!!

In about 4 weeks, I get to start adding in a second meal a day, and I’m really looking forward to packing lunches again. There’s something about a giant salad or warm food midday…

I’ll stop rambling now. I ramble enough on my other blog, and you all don’t come here for my weight loss ramblings. Once I’m better at cooking the way I’m eating and have recipes to share, I’ll begin posting again. Thanks for sticking with me!

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Big Changes: UPDATE!

Oh hey there!

I know, it’s been a LONG time. 12 weeks to be exact.

I’ve spent the last 12 weeks NOT cooking, NOT making dinner, NOT grocery shopping, and instead, doing a doctor-supervised liquid diet program called OptiFast.

It hasn’t been easy by any means. Do I want to cook? YES. Do I want to eat delicious things like buffalo mac and cheese? YES.

But here’s the thing. This is working. I’m down over 40 pounds so far. I feel better than I have in years, I have more energy, my skin has cleared up, and I’m back into sizes that can be purchased at a “regular” store.

I posted this picture on Facebook and Instagram and had inadvertently put the year as 2014…guess I was looking ahead. I fixed it to share with you all!

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I’m sure that once I start transitioning back to normal food, I’ll start sharing recipes here again, but for now, my life is kind of boring.

6:30 a.m. – OptiFast shake made with hot coffee and sugar free syrup

9:30 a.m. – OptiFast bar

11:45 a.m. – Ready-to-drink OptiFast Shake

3:30 p.m. – Either a powdered OptiFast shake or another bar

7:00 p.m. – OptiFast soup, either chicken or tomato, made with a few herbs and spices

Throughout the day – approx 96 oz. water

Physical activity – Walking, and recently, I’ve been taking Pilates classes.

My life is so significantly different than it has been in previous years that I’m really making a new normal.

I’m chronicling my journey/adventure at my new blog, FoodieReset

Thanks for sticking with me!

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Big Changes

There are big changes happening here in Dinner-land…

I’ll be taking a break for an undetermined amount of time (12-21 weeks I think) but you can follow my changes/journey here: http://www.foodiereset.com

Hope to see you over there!

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Free Printable: Some Inspiration

The beginning of the school year is always so insane for me, and without fail, I tend to panic and freak out that NOTHING is going right.

I was out with family this past weekend, and my cousin showed me a quote that, since then, has kept me motivated. I of course, made a cute printable for her to hang up in her classroom, and for me to hang up in mine…so I’ll share it with you!

Feel free to print it, share it, pin it, whatever. I’m going to live it :)

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Download the full-size printable here.

I’ll be back soon with a recipe, I promise!

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