Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Feeling Different Part 2

I think I must have come off as having a harder time then I really was in my last post. My drowning wasn't the depressed there is no way life is going to get better than this kind. It was the I am sick, my baby is sick, my kids are fighting, I can't get to my house let alone my hobbies until who knows when kind. I am much better now. Levi is going through 2 bad nights of sleep for every good night of sleep so I am a bit on the sleepy side but good things are happening here none the less.

Most of you will recall my spinach smoothie from last year not because it was oh so memorable but because my drinking smoothies everyday for a year came up in conversations. Well, that blasted smoothie! I attribute it to too much weight gain during pregnancy and then the giant child that came forth from that. Not that it was unhealthy as much as it started me out on a sugar high every morning which kept high through out the day thinking "oh- I can eat this cookie because I had spinach smoothie today" and then I would eat the whole row of oreos- in one sitting- on top of all the other sugary things I was eating. I had the best intentions. Really I did. I thought I was eating healthy with a few bad things a day. I never got a cold from all the Vitamin C too and I felt good except for the weight gain.

So then I had Levi and stopped drinking the smoothie because of the orange juice and the other fruit's acid. Then I got an infection on my ta tas that thrive on yeast so I cut out sugar to help the pain. Pain is a GREAT motivator. Anytime anyone had ever said they were cutting out sugar I thought they were CrAzY!! But then I had a great reason to cut out all sugar including natural sugar. I felt better and I lost another 15lbs in 9 days (the first 20 were childbirth and water gain losses). Since I want another baby soon and was told by the doctor that I had to lose my pre prego weight first I decided to go off sugar until after the next baby!

It has been almost 3 months since I have had sugar including most natural sugar. I only eat 2 sevings of fruit and have a little dairy which has natural sugar. Here's what I have noticed

-although weight loss slowed down I did lose that 1st 15 pretty quick and am still losing
-being hungry is not as bad because I am not hitting a sugar low too
-Levi's fussiness went away- might have happened anyway though right?
-my belly fat is smaller than it has been in years
-its no where near as hard as I thought it would be
- I HAVE SELF CONTROL!! Who knew! Now I just need to transfer that to other things like spending money :)

This week I also switched to eating only whole grains instead of refined. We will see how that goes. I guess my diet is basically like the second phase of South Beach Diet.

I also came up with a new spinach smoothie recipe that has a lot less sugar and is hopefully healthier. If you know better than me, please tell me! I won't pretend to know what I am doing. Sometimes I regret not continuing with the Dietetics major I started on. Darn Microbiology! I tried taking a picture this morning but couldn't wait to drink this "Blueberry Milkshake". My kids love it

1 cup frozen blueberries
1 1/2 cups skim milk
2-3 cups spinach
snippings of wheat grass
1 frozen banana (I just invited this sugary fruit back in my diet for smoothies)
1-2 Tblsp Fage Greek No fat yogurt (from Costco)
1/4 cup protein powder (unless Rory and Simeon are sharing)


Jenn said...

Well isn't at least good to know that you have girl friends and sisters who are willing to pick you up when AND if you need it?!?!. Thanks for the new smoothie recipie I will try it with some small modifications.

Melissa said...

I am glad you were not really drowning!

I cut out most refined sugar for a healthy habits challenge a bunch of friends were doing and I noticed a huge difference in my energy level and appetite. Of course, I am back on sugar, although not nearly as much, since the challenge is over, but you have inspired me to get back on track! Thanks!
I might need to try the smoothie if it keeps you from not getting sick! What kind of protein powder do you use?

GNGT said...

YOu are so great at knowing what your body needs, I pleased you have the will power to eat more healthy. The amount of bread we ate at the family reunion was crazy. I need to loose too, what protien powder do you use? I have whey.