Thursday, July 30, 2009

Great new workout to try...

I subscribe to Self Magazine and have been looking for an easy workout that involves lifting and cardio. I absolutely hate to lift weights and would much rather run 6 miles, but I know that it is important in order to get toned.

Check it out here:

The first day I did this I couldn't walk for two days.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Detox - Day 2

8:30 a.m. - Walked into work and saw someone eating a McDonald's breakfast sandwich in the lobby. When does the I am so healthy, I wouldn't think about wanting something like that kick in?

9:00 a.m. - For breakfast I had blueberries and a bottle of water. I decided that as long as I manage to be gluten/sugar/dairy/meat-free, somewhat organic, and stay away from processed foods that this is still following the idea of Detox.

9:50 a.m. - I need caffeine!

12:30 a.m. - Instead of the detox chicken, I opted for a piece of Salmon and lettuce with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

3:00 p.m. - It's official, I now know why people drink caffeine. It is supposed to help you work. Broke down and ate a small gluten-free snack.

Okay, surprisingly I am not as hungry as I thought I would be. I happen to be longing for food that other people are consuming, but I was able to resist when I ordered lunch today. The gluten-free snack though was too hard to pass up though.

6:00 p.m. - I went to get a haircut and then headed to the gym. I always hate having to ruin a good hair day and not taking advantage of a blow out by going out. However, since I can't drink or really eat too much, what's the point? I don't have that type of self-control.

8:30 p.m. - I was again surprised by the fact that I was not starving. I don't have much energy and my workout was pretty lame, but I still made it to the gym. It's really important to sweat when you are detoxing to rid yourself of toxins.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Day 1 : Feeling the Diet

7 a.m. - Woke up and drank a glass of water

9:30 a.m. - I started to get a little hungry for breakfast and decided that I should maybe figure out a way to get my smoothie. I called Jamba Juice and they do not have almond milk, coconut milk, or rice milk and therefore, I couldn't go there. I then went to a smoothie bar in the gym right across from my office and they were closed. Finally, I stopped at a Juice and Smoothie Bar in the AON center and managed to get fresh blueberries, whey protein, ice and a splash of OJ. It was pretty good and managed to fill me up.

11:30 a.m. - Lunch time! I ate some avocado, lettuce, carrots and oil and vinegar. I am having to adjust some of the meals because I couldn't find everything I needed last night. I am feeling pretty full after my avocado/lettuce meal, but I am kind of sleepy and missing my usually carb load at lunch. Plus, where is my diet coke!!

1:00 p.m. - In a meeting and drinking coconut water. Not liking it too much, it sort of tastes like splenda in water.

3:00 p.m. - Working + Detox do not work so well together and I am ready for a nap. Still trying to get through this coconut water.

4:00 p.m. - Sunflower seeds and almond snack.

6:00 p.m. - Got in a quick workout at the gym before I headed off to visit Hilary's little one.

9:30 p.m. - Broke down and had a peach and a piece of corn for dinner. Also, enjoyed some pumpkin seeds.

Detox Day 1

I spent a few hours last night at Whole Foods trying to purchase all the ingredients that are needed for this detox. Unfortunately, I don't even know what 1/2 the stuff even is or what to do with it. Ex: sweet miso, grapeseed oil, coconut water and fresh ginger root! But, I managed to buy what I could and spent the evening watching The Bachelorette and eating pumpkin seeds/drinking wine. But, after a few glasses of wine and some carbs last night, I woke up ready to embark on this detox adventure.

Day 1:

7am (or upon rising): Glass of room temperature lemon water
8am: Herbal tea
10am (breakfast): Blueberry and Almond Smoothie
11:30am: Coconut water*
1:30pm (lunch): Salad with Carrot and Ginger Dressing
4pm (snack): A handful of mixed pumpkin and sunflower seeds
6pm (dinner): Broccoli and Arugula Soup
*Make sure that the coconut water has no added sugar. Fresh is ideal but the brands Zico or Vita Coco are readily available.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Detox My Life

Okay, so I haven't been very diligent on my blogging or my attempts to get healthier. However, after months of eating semi-unhealthy (I have a serious weakness for ice cream) and making a semi-constructive attempt at working out, I am going to kick start my workout/life plan into full gear with a 7-day detox plan that I pulled from Gwyneth Paltrow's website GOOP.

You can find it here:

Check in tomorrow and I will let you know how I am doing. I figured that I might as just jump in and see how it goes. A little concerned about the fact that I am not going to be drinking any wine...