Today’s the big day, day 1 of Whole Living’s 21 day action plan! This week I am beginning a 21 day journey to detox my body, limiting myself to fruits, vegetables, and plant-based fats such as nuts, seeds, and oils for week 1. Am I scared? HECK YES, but I think it’s important to stick to this plan for many reasons…
5 years ago, I lost 53 pounds by detoxing and completely changing my diet.
Instead of eating processed foods, I turned to fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole grains, and low-fat dairy. I felt fantastic, but sadly over the past 4 years I’ve allowed processed foods to creep back into my diet and have gained roughly 20 pounds over that time. Now I will say, I’ve done some pretty awesome stuff over the past 5 years despite the weight gain. I have become a runner, holy moly! I have run a number of races along the way, including a 5K, 5 miler, 10K, 15K, and a half marathon!
It’s mentally difficult to always be losing “old weight”. I feel like I’ve lost these same 20 pounds 10 times, but it’s because I haven’t created a lifestyle that lasts a lifetime. I do not want to change my diet into something unrealistic, prohibiting foods from my diet. This detox will be tough and is not what I want my diet to look like in the end, but it is part of the process and necessary to get to where I want to be.
Am I detoxing to lose weight?
Yes No Yes No I’m going to say no because truthfully I am detoxing to remove the toxins in my body from eating so many processed foods and am looking to get my body in the habit of eating whole foods again. My goal in the end is to return to a whole foods, whole living, CORE like diet, but I know that in the end I am going to lose weight over the next 3 weeks.
Over the next 7 days, you can expect my diet to look a little something like this…
Breakfast– fruit smoothie with protein powder
Snack– fruit, veggies, and raw nuts
Lunch– salad and/or soup
Dinner– roasted veggies, stir-fry, or some soup combination
Each week I will add various foods back into my diet, including seafood, beans, lentils, soy, gluten-free grains, and eggs. After week three, I’m sure I’ll add other foods back to my diet, like dairy and lean meats, but my goal is to primarily eat the foods from the detox.
Now as some of you may know, I’ve been doing Weight Watchers since the end of October. I will still weigh-in each Tuesday over the next three weeks, though I do not plan to count points this first week.
So here I go… wish me luck!
|Workout Plans||Other Plans|
|Monday||Morning run with Neal and weightlifting over lunch||Mall run, The Bachelor and laundry|
|Tuesday||Weightlifting over lunch||Weight Watchers and The Biggest Loser|
|Wednesday||Morning run with Neal and yoga at Cycle Studio||Grad work|
|Thursday||Weightlifting over lunch||Night out in Georgetown with the gang|
|Friday||Morning run with Neal and weightlifting over lunch||Watching the Cotton Bowl! Go K-State|
|Saturday||2 spin classes: Tri Ride and Cycle 101||Grad work|
|Sunday||Off||Church, wedding registry shopping, and watching lots of football!|