If you are just tuning in, I am on a mission to lose 18.8 pounds. If you are sick of hearing about this, you may be dismissed. This post is for the 3 of you interested in following my progress.
To recap: Last year, I went on a 40-day fruit, vegetable, seeds and nuts fast. I did it for spiritual reasons, primarily. But I am a multi-dimensional being, so it’s difficult to separate the spiritual from the physical, you know? One directly affects the other. They are all connected.
I lost only 3 pounds on that fast, which is really just a typical daily weight fluctuation for me.
When I came off that fast, (one year ago TODAY!) I gained 2 pounds a week for 6 weeks straight and then continued to gain about a pound a month for the next 7 months. That all happened while I was doing what I have been doing for the last 25 years: eating healthy and working out 5 to 6 days a week. No other changes in diet or exercise.
That entire time, I was working out with a personal trainer. Most of that time, I was working P90X DVD’s into my normal routine. Not the kind of endorsement these folks are looking for (do this and gain 18 pounds!)
After 4 doctors, a personal trainer and a nutritionist looked at my blood, my pee, my diet and my exercise regime, they concluded the cause of the rapid weight gain was a combination of coming off that fast, being on Lexapro (an anti-depressant) and my age (I’m 42). All of those things combined, completely wrecked my metabolism.
I weaned myself off Lexapro in June (doing GREAT, by the way!) and I started my Fitness Initiative in August. I obviously can’t do anything about the age.
Here are the numbers:
Weeks I’ve been hitting my diet and exercise HARD: 8
Number of days as a vegan: 23
Number of vegan diet splurges: 1 (I ordered French fries with my garden burger last week. I shared the fries with my family)
Number of Days I worked out in September: 25 of 30
Number of days in the month of September I’ve worked out with my trainer: 8
Number of days I could hardly walk down a flight of stairs or lift my arms above my head: 8 (He pushes me really hard, and has me work different muscle groups each visit)
Number of days I did 30 to 60 minutes of cardio: 17 (power walking, running or elliptical)
Pounds lost since August 9th: .6 (yes, there is a decimal point in front of that 6. I have only lost one half pound in 8 weeks, y’all)
Inches lost: 9 (that’s 1 to 2.5 inches in chest, waist, hips, butt and thighs)
Am I disappointed that the weight is not just melting off my body? Sure. Honestly, when I got on the scale this morning, I was shocked to see that it hadn’t moved from last week. Shocked, I tell you.
However, seeing the inches shrinking is encouraging. I know I’m building muscle and losing fat, though it has yet to translate to actual pounds lost.
I feel absolutely great, both physically and mentally. Though I finally had to break down and purchase some new jeans this week (last year’s jeans don’t fit—at ALL), I’m finally seeing muscle tone in my shoulders, arms and abs that’s been hidden by a layer of fat for months. I feel a mental sharpness I haven’t felt in years. My resting heart rate is in the “athlete” range. I feel strong. I feel healthy.
Short of starving myself or working out 2 hours a day, there is nothing else I can do. And I don’t want to do that anyway. I like having a life. Though whether or not being vegan qualifies as “having a life” is debatable.
Have a great weekend, everyone!