Sunday, January 29, 2012

weeks 2 and 3 of clean eating.

The last couple weeks have gone pretty well.  I have lost another 4 pounds, putting me at 9 pounds since I started this 3 weeks ago.  I feel pretty good.  The weight is coming off.  And I am eating a lot of calorie counting necessary!!

The last couple weeks have brought their challenges.  The whole family had a Monday off, so we decided to go see a movie.  Of course, everyone in my family wants popcorn, candy, pop, and icees.  I had to be proactive and brought a snack with me: dry roasted peanuts and dried cranberries.  For a drink I got a bottle of water.  It was actually more satisfying than I thought it would be.  Then, they wanted ice cream after the movie.  I just had to use some self control and not get any.  That was tough, but I was proud of myself for resisting!

The last couple of Fridays, we have gotten pizza.  Instead of eating pizza, I have ordered a salad.  This past Friday, however, I tried a small bite of pizza....and boy did I regret it later.  My stomach was terribly upset with me.  I have learned my lesson!

Here are some of my favorite meals/snacks so far:
~I LOVE yogurt with blueberries and a little granola. I have discovered a love for blueberries that I did not know I had.  Yummmy!!  Love how they POP in your mouth.  :)
~ Natural peanut butter on ANYTHING!    (especially apples and/or bananas)
~ Wheat germ.  It adds a nutty crunch to anything.  I tried a whole wheat tortilla with sliced apple, peanut butter, and wheat germ was AMAZING.
~Making my own salad dressing. It's fun, and they are very flavorful! I have made a red onion poppyseed dressing that was my favorite so far!
~Dove dark chocolate covered almonds.  Before I began clean eating, I did not like almonds or dark chocolate!  Now, I look forward to my 3-5 almonds each day!

What do I miss the most? Two things, ice cream and pop.  I totally expected to miss ice cream.  The pop came as a surprise.  Hopefully, that will diminish, but sometimes it's all I can do to resist!

~ Eating fresh food makes everything taste better.  Not to mention, I have lunch for the next day.  Leftovers are so easy to pack.
~ I am more deliberate about what I eat when I go out.  I ate at Panera.  I had to think carefully about what I was going to eat there.  I ended up getting a pick two with a Fuji Apple Salad (no pecans or cheese) and a bowl of chicken noodle soup with a side of an apple.  I also went to Bon Vie one night for a GNO, and got a Grilled Salmon salad.  Except for the dressing, it was as clean as you could get.

Fuji Apple Salad

Grilled Salmon salad

~ I don't have to count calories!
~My sweet tooth has become easier to handle.  It's funny, because I never really liked blueberries before (they didn't taste sweet enough for me) I can't get enough of them!

~The family not doing this wholeheartedly with me makes it challenging at times.  But I am getting used to it, and I know that in the long run, it's for the best.
~ Fueling for a long run is tricky.  Still trying to figure that out.  I would really like to find a "clean" alternative to gels.  Does anyone out there have any suggestions?
I want to say goodbye to these!  

I found a magazine at the checkout line the other day called Whole Living.  I am considering subscribing to it.  I have also looked at a couple of cookbooks on Amazon.  Any suggestions?


  1. Way to go on the clean eating. You are very strong and dedicated to stick to your plan.

    What about rice crackers for fueling? I had a friend eat gingersnaps but that wouldn't fall under clean eating. I'll have to think about it....

  2. Maybe you would like the honey stingers? They are "natural" But they are still sugar. Also, liquid gold is another brand. In any case- you are doing a fantastic Job with the new eating, Mel!!

  3. thanks for the suggestions! i have heard that honey stingers might be the way to go! gonna check into it!

  4. Honey sticks are what I use, too! I stock up on them at the fair! They are small to fit in my pack and easy to open. Plus they have different flavors! :o)