Friday, September 10, 2010

The Verdict

So...

I had my third appointment with the most awesome nutritionist ever! If you're in Austin and want one, leave me a comment and I'll send you her info. She's awesome! Seriously...awesome!

10 Day Detox
Good news... I lost 10 lbs on my detox

Bad news... 8 lbs of it was muscle

Reason... I wasn't eating enough. Hear that? I wasn't eating enough! I've never heard that before, but it makes since. My body type* requires a combination diet that is heavier on protein. I wasn't eating enough protein. With the amount of muscle I have, I burn just over 1600 calories a day just doing nothing. That doesn't include working out, walking around, etc. 1600 calories of healthy food is A LOT of food. So I need to tweak my portions a bit by adding more protein to my diet. Easy enough...I think!

Maintenance
Obviously this is the next step and what will probably be the most challenging. You can get through a detox because you know it's 10 days. The next step is maintaining it for life. I am now officially on a dairy free, gluten free, sugar free diet. Luckily, she is giving me 2 freebies a week. This means that 2 times a week (not 2 days a week) I get to eat/drink whatever I want. It can be a bowl of cheerios, cupcake, 5 beers, bowl of queso, whatever. (She's fairly confident that I'll learn my lesson quickly and stick to the healthier freebie options instead of the bowl of queso).

This will be interesting at first. It really means that I'm going to have to be careful what I eat and plan ahead. I have a feeling after the first few weeks I'll get a really good hang of it and it will start to become second nature.

No caffeine (unless it's a freebie) and only 1 glass of alcohol every other day (unless it's a freebie).

Freebie?
The idea is so that I don't feel like I'm dieting. Since this is something that is for life, she believes that I do need to be allowed to have the occasional cupcake or fries. Also, this will limit from the picking (2 chips here, chocolate kiss there, cookie here, you get the picture...)

Goals
For the next two weeks, her goal for me is to put 4 lbs of muscle back on (which she says will happen easily if I eat the proper amount of protein) and lose 1.5 more lbs of fat.

Baby Steps
I'm going to achieve these goals by following the eating habits I'm supposed to and mixing up my work out. I haven't worked out much since my last run, but I'm starting back up next week. I'll run 3 days a week and lift weights 2 days a week.

Solicited Help
Since this dairy free, gluten free, sugar free diet will be for life, I'd like to find some good tips, recipes, or resources. Anyone out there have anything they'd like to share with me?

* Please don't listen to what I say as advice for everyone. My nutritionist is a professional who ran several tests on me to determine what is best for me. What's best for me probably isn't what's best for you. Seriously!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Almost there!

Today is day 9 of my 10 day detox from my nutritionist. I mentioned that I needed professional help because I’ve plateaued (big time) in my weight loss. I have teeter-tottered with about 10 pounds for a few months and it was DRIVING ME CRAZY!

The nutritionist appointment went really well. She was so cool and easy to relate to. Overall she seemed impressed by my efforts and wants to help me lose the rest of this weight.

We did a body comp analysis. This was pretty cool. It gave me some happy information and some not so happy information – which helped determine what weight my nutritionist wants me to be at. Good news is…I didn’t tell her my goal weight and she came up with the same goal weight for me that I had for myself.

She told me one thing that I already knew and was hoping she wouldn’t say: women can’t loose weight long term by running long distance alone. I know, I know…ugh! (I’ve since started weight lifting, especially since my running is at a slow.)

Good news: I have above average pounds of muscle on my body for my height and weight. Yes, this means I’m ripped!

Not so good news: I have an (on the higher side) average amount of fat for my height and weight.

Our goal is to put me below average (or on the low end of average) for pounds of fat.

Temptation
The detox actually isn’t what you’d think. She doesn’t believe in starving yourself or filling your body with processed foods. My detox was simply lots of lean protein, lots of veggies, some fruit, detox drinks, and supplements.

The idea is to stay away from grain, processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, dairy, sugar, etc.

Not too bad right? Right! Well, until I traveled to Houston with the fiancĂ© and some friends for the Texas football game. That was so much harder than I thought. Not only could I not drink beer or eat just about anything at the tailgate or game, but eating out was difficult! But, I stayed strong and didn’t cheat once! Not even when the Double Tree gave up warm chocolate chip cookies when we checked into the hotel!

Tomorrow is the last day. After that, I’m not quite sure what my plan will consist of. I have another appointment with the nutritionist Thursday, so I’m anxious to find out.

PS – thanks for all your encouraging words on my post about the Chicago Marathon. As I mentioned, it was a really tough decision, but one I knew I needed to face. It was either deal with it now and save myself from serious injury, or deal with it later after it’s possibly too late.

Friday, September 3, 2010