Day 122: Last blog of 2012; Day 8 whole food detox(I cheated) and 2012 summary

Today was day 8 of my detox and it started off well. Then I had a lunch date and I ate fries. The worst possible thing that I could have eaten and I felt like shit afterwards. Not just guilty but my body felt like it had eaten junk. It was so not worth it. Hindsight is 20/20. I wont beat myself up over it. Tomorrow I pick back up again and finish of my 10 days.

I am also happy to announce that I accomplished my December running challenge. I got in 103 mi, which is three miles over my goal, and I went for a run/jog/walk all 31 days of December 2013. Happy dance.

Averaged 3 miles a day

Averaged 3 miles a day

that sho’ is a lovely picture.

 

Lets get the not so great news out of the way. I weighed in at 169.2. I am taking this with a grain of salt because of AF.  I will weigh-in again after the week is over.

So 2012 wasn’t a great year in terms of weight loss.
1/1/2012 I weighed in at: 186.8

12/31/12 I weighed in at: 169.2

That means I only lost 17.6 pounds, which is truly terrible.I only averaged 1.5 lb. a month, which ironically is my weekly weight loss goal.

On the brighter side, I am stronger and faster and I have also gone down a few clothes sizes. I might not have lost lbs., but I lost tons of inches. and built muscles. I haven’t had a soda all year and my drink of choice is now water. Looking forward to cooking more of my own food and sharing more with my blog peeps.

 

I ran a total of 907.75 miles in 2012 in a total of 230 hrs.52 minutes 43 second. I am really proud of this and I cant believe I kept it going. My goal for 2013 is to average 100 mi every month and so I hope to improve on 2012.

I cringe at april only 9.5mi.

I cringe at april only 9.5mi.

I am also just a happier person this year.

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Have a great crossing of the year.

 

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Day 121: Day 7 whole food detox and I have never made new years resolutions

I can’t believe I made it to day seven. No more headaches or cravings and I don’t think I can go back to tea/coffee in the morning. I have identified myself for so long as a coffee junkie that’s its weird even thinking about quitting. So I wont heheheh. Just keep it for when I go out with friends and have to read a huge law review.

I’m weighing in tomorrow despite TOM. Maybe it wont be so bad.

 

I have never made new years resolutions or if I have, I can’t remember so I must not have done anything about them. Mostly becasue I believe people don’t keep ‘em anyways so why bother?

This year I want it to be different.  I am going to write down 13 things I want to get done in 2013 and will do everything in my power to get them done.

13 in 2013

 

I don’t really know whether to call them goals or resolutions or what. I just want to have a target and work towards it. Maybe the reason resolutions fail is that people make them without having a plan that backs them.

 

I have racked my brain for what I want this coming year to be like and I think I have about

 

  1. Work towards finishing law school and with excellent results. This is super important to me. My undergrad was full of last minute studying and putting off schoolwork until the last minute. I made too much time for friends and not enough focus on school. Law school is a different beast. It consumes all your time and you are left with only enough time to sleep and brush your teeth. My friends will have to take a back seat for a while. This doesn’t mean that I wont keep in touch and hang out but it wont be the center of my universe as it was before.
  2. Volunteer in a community project. I think its been a while since I was politically active. In undergrad I was involved in so many things. The most fun was when I worked with hotel union workers and low wage workers who want to unionize for a better living wage. I need to find something that I can work on for the whole year. Not just volunteer once a month. I need an issue that I am passionate about.
  3.    Run 100 miles every month. This is completely doable without breaking a sweat. No matter how busy I am, I always have at least 30 minutes in the day that I can run.
  4.    Train for two marathons in 2013:  I have picked up two races that I want to focus on this year. I am definitely sure that one of them will be a full marathon but I’m still on the fence on whether the second one should be a half. The two races are 4 months apart and so I have enough time to rest and pick up another training session.
  5. Start running in the rain: I live in a place where it rains. ALWAYS. And I always use rain as an excuse for not going for a run. This year, I plan on going to a sports store and outfitting myself with “a run in the rain” running gear. I Hate envy all those of you who go out there no matter what. I want to be one of you in 2013
  6. Get to goal weight-wise: I need to get down 10-15 more kgs. I wont obsess over this but I will make sure my actions are working towards this goal.
  7.  Save up money: I have a number in mind andI will work towards it. I want to be completely independent and debt free by the time I am done with school.
  8. Vacation with my whole family: spend more time with my family and plan a vacation together. Never really done that before because of scheduling conflicts and people living in different parts of the world but its about time. I will take the initiative and even plan it.
  9. Become fit and healthy: It’s not just about weight loss but I want to change my whole body into an efficient machine. I want to run faster, I want to lift heavier and overall good eating habits. I am toying with the idea of going vegan but cant warp my head around no eggs (at one point I couldn’t warp my head around no meat but I broke through that. I sure the egg thing will pass)

10.Be a better friend: I know I just said that my friends need to take a bit of a back seat until after law school but the limited time I spend with them has to be worth it. I have a tendency to stay out of touch and not really communicate and I’m sure it will lose me friends in the future. There really is no reason why I don’t call back or email, I just procrastinate to the point where it never happens.

  1.   Be a better daughter: My mum has sacrificed a lot for me to be where I am today and I want to make sure that I openly show her how appreciative I am. I plan on doing something special for her a few times during the year.

12. Plant a garden: I always joke I want to be a farmer. I think if I wasn’t a lawyer I would be a farmer but whose to say I       cant be both. I want to start growing as much of the food I eat as I can. I definitely have the space and I just need to get down to business and get it done.

13. Maintain my blog: I love having a space where I have to be accountable to and meet new people and hear from people all around the world. My blog also makes me have to think about what I am doing and how innovative I can be. It has made me cook more, create more and be more conscious of myself.

 

Here is to hoping these don’t fall on the wayside in a few months.

Day 120: Day5 & 6 Whole food Detox: Make your own Vol.2- Hummus

Yesterday was day five of my detox and nothing exciting happened. I did however weigh-in and was down 4 pounds in the four days I have been on the eating plan. That was great news even though my weight is not where I want it to be.

My I have been eating pretty much the same thing daily. If you have ready day 1-4 then you know what I have been eating.

 

Today I went to the grocery store to get staples for the whole month. Spices, different types of beans and legumes and more containers so I can prep more food in advance. I think I can almost plan a whole menu if I had the patience. The only shopping I need to do now is my weekly fresh food.

My detox was to be for ten days but I think I am going to push it for at least a month. I’m going to try to be as strict as possible with what I eat but will include some extras that have been off limit in these ten days. E.g eggs.

I wanted to weigh in on the 31st so that I can see exactly how much I lost this year. The only problem is that TOM is here and that means my monthly bloating and weight gain of up to 6lbs (yup! My bloating and water retention is that bad.) is here.

This is how I feel about once a month

 

This will totally throw off my detox results, which really pisses me off. I worked so hard these past few days to eat on plan and I won’t even know how well it worked. Being a woman sucks.

I will push on though.

 Make your Own

I decided to do my second installment of make your own (my quest to rely less on processed food) and since I have been making my own hummus after years of buying it, here is my recipe. Its pretty simple and quick

 

I cup Dry chickpeas

I medium onion

I large red/green bell pepper

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup tahini

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt

¼ teaspoon cumin (I always add cumin to legumes)

olive oil

 

Procedure

  1. Soak your chickpeas overnight and boil the following day

    Soak over night and they should double

  2. Sautee your onions, chopped garlic and bell peppers in olive oil for about a minute. (I do this to reduce the taste of raw garlic and onion in my hummus. However if you do not mind it, go ahead and use them raw.

    Sautee for about a minute or two

  3. Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend to desired taste. (you can add some of the water you used to boil the chickpeas if you want a smoother consistency or you can add a quarter cup of olive oil to make it smoother.)

    Blend. add lemon juice and olive oil

  4. Store in the refrigerator and you have  delicious chickpea that is cheaper and tastier than store bought.

Day 118: whole food detox day 4

Today was similar to yesterday foodwise. However I went to the grocery store to replenish my fresh foods and the fresh break smell from the bakery nearly killed me. I think I read somewhere that the smell of fresh bread triggers the brain and makes people hungry and that more supermarkets make sure there is a fresh bread smell in there to make you purchase more food.

 

It almost worked on me today. I was so hungry and the temptation to get over and but a fresh warm bun was almost too much. I resisted.

I did however cheat on my detox today. I had an egg for breakfast. I woke up surprisingly hungry and it was raining with thunderstorms outside. As a result, I missed my morning run and slept in thinking of nothing other than fresh toast with melted peanut butter with an egg on top. The fact that I only had the egg and none of the other goodness is a WIN.

Breakfast: green smoothie, lemon water, green tea and 32oz water
Mid-day snack: banana
Lunch: Thai stir fry (broccoli, greenbeans, Zucchini,garlic thai paste), guacamole, half an apple and carrot
Afternoon snack: Nuts and green tea
Dinner: butternut squash soup, tofu chuncks

Tomorrow I will be halfway through my detox. I think from her it will be smooth sailing as long as I plan my meals ahead of time.

 

We have guests coming over for new-year and I am trying to think of a way I can continue with my food plan and still make them food.

Any Ideas??

Day 117: 100th Post, whole food detox/cleanse day 3 and what I ate Christmas Edition

Happy boxing day everyone! I can’t believe I am on my 100th post. I thinking this is the longest I have kept a journal of any kind. And I thank everyone who takes time to come to this little corner of the interwebs.

 

I survived Christmas without going off my detox plan. It wasn’t tempting at all. I made all the food I was going to it and let everyone know they could have some of it with their normal meal. I think that is a great plan especially if you are invited somewhere and aren’t sure of what will be available. Just make what you are comfortable eating and take it as a gift for your host (survival)

 

Here is what I ate

The spread. shredded red cabbage with carrots, sliced veggies(carrots,avocado,celery,snowpeas), homemade hummus, guacamole, lettuce, homemade dressing (juice of one orrage, a tbs of applecider vinegar, a pich of salt and black pepper) sauteed black peans not included.

The spread. shredded red cabbage with carrots, sliced veggies(carrots,avocado,celery,snowpeas), homemade hummus, guacamole, lettuce, homemade dressing (juice of one orrage, a tbs of applecider vinegar, a pich of salt and black pepper) sauteed black peans not included.

My plate was about 600 calories. most of which came from the one cup of black beans I ate. Not too bad for christmas lunch

yummy goodness.

yummy goodness

By the end of the day I was sooo full and I did not cheat or eat anything else that wasn’t on my plate. I ate slowly and this lasted me the whole afternoon.

Today is day three of my whole foods detox.

I woke up and had my lemon with warm water 160z. I went for a three-mile run and I felt very energized. After the run, I had my 32oz of water and my green tea.

My plan for the rest of the day is to make my green smoothie, have a little bit of the left over lunch from yesterday and then its soup for diner. This new way of eating is going so well I am thinking of going a little more than ten days.

Day 116: Happy Holidays and Day two detox

Guess who ran on Christmas day??? This Girl. 3 miles and my december run everyday challenge is still on 🙂

I’m going to follow my detox plan today. green smoothie and lemon water for breakfast, a lot of fresh veggies for lunch and  soup for dinner. Tons of water  and green tea to keep myself full and hold off temptation.

Enjoy your family.

Have a good time and play games and remember Its not all about the food. you still have tomorrow.

New Series:Make your own- SOYMILK

I have decided to start a recurring feature. In an attempt to get to a healthier lifestyle with less processed food, I will be attempting to make my own food from scratch as much as I possible can. There are so many things that we buy at the store already made but with a bit of time and patience, we can make them ourselves. This will save us from all the unknown and unpronounceable ingredients that they add.  I will endeavor to share all these in a new tab at the top of my blog.

 

  1.     Make your own Soymilk.

As I was planning my detox menu and knew that I would be making my own green monster smoothie, the first thing on my shopping list was tons of soymilk. I have been playing with the idea of making soymilk for a while and even once soaked the beans but ended up cooking them. This is so quick (as in hands on time) and makes lots of milk at a very cheap price. Saves money and is healthy too.

You will need

Mature soybean

Water

Blender

Large pot

Cheesecloth or kitchen cloth

 

  • Soak 2 cups of white /yellow mature soybeans for at least 8 hrs. I would do it over night so it gets really big and soft. I had mine soaked for 24 hrs.
  • This will produce about 4/5 cups of beans.
  • You will make your milk in batches. For every cup of soybeans, you will need 3 cups of water. (You can make it two if you want your milk to be thicker)
  • Blend this in a blender for about 2 minutes.
  • Sieve this in the cheese cloth to separate the milk and pulp
  • Put the separated milk in the pot and repeat the cycle.
  • After you have all the milk ready, boil the soymilk for about 20-30 minutes. Do not leave it unattended and stir frequently.
  • At this point, you can add a cinnamon stick, or vanilla extract or some sugar to sweeten it. I left my plain.

The milk has a beany taste, which might take sometime to get used to. I personally don’t think I can drink this plain. I know some people who swear by it and would never drink the commercial soymilk. But it is absolutely perfect for the green monster or any smoothie you might make. It also works as a great substitute for any recipe that calls for milk

I read on some blogs that you could boil the milk in a tablespoon of baking soda to get rid of the beany taste. I don’t mind it so I didn’t do it. I might try at a later date and share whether there was a great difference in taste.

Enjoy and let me know what you do differently.