Not exactly week 1, but I’m calling it week 1 because it’s the first week I’m challenging myself to do 30 days straight, no cheating. Realized I haven’t gone more than a couple of weeks clean in months. (That’s part of why I’ve gained 20 pounds, I’m sure.)
I also feel really good and energized with the clean diet. And not hungry enough to eat outside of my fasting window, so I know things are moving in the right direction.
Each week, I’m going to give updates of what I did, what I ate, what worked, what didn’t work, and what I’ll do the following week. I think I’ll also do a weekly live broadcast as well and link it.
Sharing to hopefully help, inspire, and motivate others. It’ll also help hold me accountable as I practice being more disciplined.
Challenges last week
On Sunday, I went on a Tinder date at the Cheesecake Factory and had a glass of wine, some crab cakes, and some fried, wrapped Chinese food inspired finger food thingy.
That triggered a craving for cheesecake, of course. And I brought me some. After my date left. lol
That trigger is why following the dating tips in Friday’s post are crucial for me. They’re especially helpful to those that are prone to strong cravings and have a hard time eating just one.
I’m definitely not the “few bites” and “just one” type of girl. I get a craving and give in, I go all in until I’m REALLY full. Which is what happened with the cheesecake. Some of it I had to toss out because I was sooooo full.
I do give myself a pat on the back, however, for not allowing that day to turn into a week. It stopped on that day. That’s an accomplishment.
Here are some tips for getting back on track as fast (and as realistically) as possible:
- Ate breakfast in the morning instead of at noon when my fasting window is over
- This allows focus on ridding the body of sugar (cravings) instead of fasting. It’s easier to fast when the cravings aren’t kicking my ass. I also ate sweet fruit (bananas and grapes), fatty meats, eggs, and cheeses. By Thursday, I was back to fasting comfortably until noon.
- If you have a slip up that kick starts your strong cravings, start getting back on track with sweet fruits, cheese (if it isn’t a problem for you), eggs, and sausages or bacon. The sweet fruits and cheese tricks your body into thinking it’s getting what it’s craving. The sausage or bacon makes sure you’re eating fat and protein too. Knocks those cravings out in a few days.
- Ate sweet potatoes in my scrambled eggs for my second meal
- Sweet potatoes are a fave. They’re enough sweetness and starch to handle cravings, but still a real, nutrient dense food. Love em’!
- 1/4 cup of cooked sweet potato was usually enough; if you’re prone to going overboard, limit your sweet potato serving to what you can tolerate – I’m sharing this from experience and since we’re both human (I’m assuming), and if you have a tendency to go overboard like I do, I think this might work for you also
- Ripe plantain is also really good – limit this as well
- Note, however, that you’d want to give yourself a “deadline” for when you’ll remove these starchy, sweetish foods if you’re on a ketogenic diet or doing a paleo for weight loss protocol. It doesn’t have to be a hard date either. It could be when you finish your supply of sweet potatoes or plantain.
- Test if you had too much sweet or starchy real foods
- Persistent cravings – cravings that don’t seem to lesson with time
- Wanting to nibble – wanting to continue to pick off the leftovers, grazing after the meal
What went well during week 1
Gaining control over cravings MUCH sooner. Tapering off of sugar with real foods instead of going cold turkey into keto helped a lot.
For the last few months or so, it’s taken weeks to a month (at my longest) for me to gain control. I’ll eat cleanish during the week, but the weekends? Forget it.
I was even back to getting Jack-N-The-Box breakfast after a night out and eating it while I watched TV. Pigging out at 3 am and then falling asleep on all that food.
Tapering off by eating fruits, cheeses, and sweet potatoes allowed me to get right back on real foods the following day. Record timing, I must say.
Getting back on it quickly has helped with keeping my weekends on point as well.
Another benefit has been having freedom from food.
Having less cravings and being able to go 20 hours without food is truly a blessing.
There’s truly more freedom in this discipline. This feeling of being in control is the other side I forgot about when I was high on sugar and craving.
Noticing the new mindset is growing roots.
Instead of only tackling the food and exercise aspects of weight loss, I’ve also been working on how I think about healthy living and managing my weight.
Sticking to my personal development plan has helped A LOT. With daily practice, I’m noticing the thoughts that don’t help me and the thoughts that do. I’m learning to focus on what I do want instead of what I don’t.
Let me tell you, it works big time.
No working out and no measuring – took it easy
This past week, I didn’t workout at the gym, but did go on walks during my lunch break.
I also didn’t measure any macros or consider my caloric intake. The only things I measured was how much butter and avocado mayo I used and how many eggs I ate.
I didn’t measure vegetables, ground beef (but did eyeball about half a cup), nor sweet potato. But I did finish my supply of sweet potatoes and fruit by Wednesday. By Thursday, I was back to eating no sweet potatoes or fruit for breakfast.
Oh, and I didn’t eat after 4 pm.
For my first week of 30 days clean, I kept it as easy as possible. The only two focuses was eating clean and allowing the cheesecake, wine, and fried foods to leave my system.
Since I ended this week feeling good, I’m going back to the workout and ketogenic, paleo approach.
I’ve been on a predominately paleo diet for so long (5 years now), I’ve found that I don’t usually need more than a week of clean eating to feel in control again. It’s those pesky psychological triggers that usually get me.
Finding that easing in and taking as long as I need, however, helps with those triggers as well. There’s like less bodily things (cravings) going on to focus on the mindset.
To be continued…
Decided to break this bad boy into two posts. The next post will have what plan I’m following to reach my weight loss goals.
So far I’ve put together weight loss plans (meals and workouts) that have helped me lose 75 pounds, clear up my allergies, rid myself of eczema, regulate my period, clear up my skin, and control my moods.
They’re more so… health and wellness plans tweaked a bit for weight loss and healing. And adding personal development aspect to tackle mindset. Finding that mindset might be why many of us still struggle with weight loss no matter what diet we try.
Watch out for the sample meal plan, meal planning tools, and full routine in Wednesday’s post.