Winter slim-down update week 13

It’s official…I’m a yo-yo. Up, down, up, down… In 3 days again I managed (despite my good intentions for a majority of the time) to pack back on more weight. But then, it started melting away again.

Yesterday, which easily ranked in my lifetime top 20 most stressful days, to my astonishment I actually LOST weight! Really surprising considering that I was in that kind of mood that I really didn’t care about what I was putting in my mouth or in my shopping bag. I just wanted to feel better. I even went so far as to lunch out at a pizza buffet (God, its been years since I’ve done that) and, shamefully, ate half a container of chocolate cake frosting. Plus, all the accoutrements. When I stepped on the scale this morning, dreading the read-out…it was more than 1 lb lower than yesterday. I was like ‘How the hell did that happen?!’. Not complaints here, I’ll take an actual free day that doesn’t come back to haunt me…literally…for once!

Which brings me to my next mini-rant. Free-days, cheat days, call them what you will. This diet phenom which allows us to eat whatever our little hearts desire for one day a week so we don’t freak out about all the restrictions of dieting and drop the diet like a hot…apple. In theory, this works well. Yesterday, it worked fantastically (the exception to the rule, it seems). But thats the ONLY time I haven’t found myself in a sincere state of regret and frustration the day after a ‘free day’. For the most part, I’ve found that free days have a way of sabotaging aaaallllllll the hard work I’ve done for the rest of the week. (Or cheat holidays, hence the frustration now as I should’ve stayed on the diet over the holidays and I wouldn’t be starting all over; + some, now.) I even whined about it to my fellow blogger at Chape. So sadly, I’ve decided to cut out free days until I reach my diet goals. Ggggrrr :/

The sun is shining now so even though it’s still really cold, I don’t feel the need to just burrow in, fatten up and wait out the weather. More energy = less appetite in my case and that’s also a positive.

This week, I’m holding strong with the current exercise plan. My alterations for the upcoming week include 1) no more free days  AND 2) incorporating a better nutrition / vitamin / nutrient regime. Yes, I already take vitamins…of course. But I’ve always had a ‘thing’ with taking too many vitamins on the same day, or taking the same vitamins for a long period of time. I truly believe that one’s body becomes accustomed to receiving vital nutrients from an external source, and in many cases kind of says to itself ‘well, there’s enough coming in, so we don’t have to produce so much’. This is why people tend to fall slightly ill once a break from taking a daily vitamin occurs. Firstly, your body has to realize that its no longer receiving the vitamin, and then the slow process of starting to produce it itself begins again. Hopefully. However, there are many minerals or vitamins which help the body to function better which are only received through the foods we eat. Vitamin C, for example. I’ve also been informed that eating oranges and the like, which contain vitamin C will help curb chocolate cravings. Sign me up!  Sulfur also, is not produced in the body but it helps us to take away and hold more collagen from the foods we eat, which in turns helps us to feel better and is THE MAIN issue in aging skin, hair and nails. Ladies, pay attention! So its these kind of nutrients which are only received externally that I will be paying close attention to starting this week. Now. Today. I’ll check in next week and let you know how it worked out!

Thanks for reading!

-mliae

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11 Comments Add yours

  1. chape says:

    Hello, Mliae 🙂
    “An organic chemical compound (or related set of compounds) is called a vitamin when the organism cannot synthesize the compound in sufficient quantities, and it must be obtained through the diet” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin
    Vitamins supplements are no necessary if your diet is balanced 🙂
    And an excess of vitamins is as harmful as a deficit. Supplements are for specific seasons where you may need more (exams, training, work…).
    Have a nice week!
    Big hug, David

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    1. mliae says:

      Thanks for the input! I was not aware of some of this 🙂 I’m a vegetarian (sometimes craving seafood) who’s moving into the vegan arena slowly. It’s all I can do to quiet rubbish food cravings and I’m not the best at balancing the diet. Thanks! 🙂

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      1. chape says:

        Vegetables are good sources of vitamins. We need to talk about your diet 🙂

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      2. mliae says:

        Yes, we do 🙂

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  2. B12 turns out to be important for vegetarians/vegans. We get it mostly from meat, so it’s a good idea to take a supplement. Specifically, Methylcobalamin. I take 500 mcg twice a day. If you have access to blood tests, it’s a good idea to see if you’re low or not. I ended up with all kinds of neurological issues that higher B12 might have prevented. If I’d only known…

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    1. mliae says:

      Marlene, thank you so much for sharing this! I’d never considered B12, or the possibility that not having enough of it might cause serious issues in the brain! How are you doing now?

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  3. chape says:

    I hope this helps you 🙂
    B12 in plant foods:
    http://www.veganhealth.org/b12/plant

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    1. mliae says:

      Totally put my mind at ease…thanks! I’m eating a ton of seaweeds, some tempeh and taking the occasional chlorella tabs. Linked bookmarked. Thanks!

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      1. chape says:

        You are welcome 🙂

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