Cleansing and Weight Loss!

Hi Guys! How is everyone?  Life is good here!  I’ve been busy but happy!  I’m sporting a new haircut, a bob and side bangs for spring which has me feeling flirty! My focus for this month has been on enjoying life, tackling my life’s to-do list but never feeling overwhelmed or stressed out by what needed to be done.   Getting back to yoga and finding a balance between yoga and running has been another goal.  I’ve fully gotten back in to yoga, it is continuing to kick my butt as I build my strength back and I love feeling sore! Sore muscles are proof that I am working hard.  I’ve been running about three days a week.  My mileage has been low but I have been enjoying the runs and  the shorter distance so I’m OK with that for now.  My goal has been to keep moving everyday.

Week of Workouts 5/7/12

In the month since the Boston Marathon I have been enjoying drinks out with friends, dinner out with Michael, and satisfying my cravings.  I’ve enjoyed all of it!  But all good things must come to an end and it’s time to focus on my eating.  I’ve been so used to eating what I want, when I want.  Carbohydrates have been completely necessary for fueling over the last year.  Indulging in sweets had not been something to think about, I was running 30 or more miles a week.  Now that I’m hitting the yoga mat more and cutting back on my running miles I need to adjust my diet and eating.  Bowls of pasta, loaves of bread, sweets and snacks all day is just not necessary for my body.

Cake and Ice Cream is Not Good for the Waistline!

Between carb loading for the marathon and indulging for the last month I’ve put on about 3 or 4 pounds.  While that is certainly not a lot of weight or anything to be concerned about it, it is a good reminder to cut back and refocus on healthy foods.  Michael has been wanting to lose a few pounds as well and hopes to reach his goal weight before our vacation in early July.   Here’s how we plan to refocus:

  • Cut Back on Carbohydrates.   We won’t cut them out completely but we will try to avoid them.  We will forgo the extra bread with dinner, replace our rice or potato with greens and other vegetables.  We already buy sandwich thins and bagel thins for our lunches, or breakfasts on the weekend so we will continue to do that.  I’d like to have more lean protein and fruit with breakfast rather than cereal, oatmeal or waffles like I normally do.
  • Focus on Portion Control.  I am a big eater and always have been.  Michael is that way too.  Luckily we both have the metabolism to keep up!  I tend to eat more than I need to because I’m not full yet or feel like I have room for more.  I’m constantly worried that I’m going to be hungry in an hour.  I want to focus on larger portions of green vegetables, salads and lean protein and smaller portions of carbohydrates and fats.  I also plan to eat until I feel satisfied and not until I am full.  It will take some work but is something I want to learn to do.
  • Cut Back on Sweets.  Michael and I both have a ridiculous sweet tooth.  On the weekends we always have some sort of dessert after dinner.   We need to cut back on this.  I usually avoid sweets during the week but need to make more of an effort to stick with fruit when the tray of cookies is out at the office.  Ultimately I’d like to indulge once or twice a week with dessert.
  • Make Smart Choices.   Losing the weight is all about refocusing and making good choices.  I plan to replace my afternoon granola bar with a Greek yogurt and reach for fruit rather than the box of crackers or a cookie.

I also want to focus on drinking more water.  When I was training I was so focused on hydrating, I always drank 2 big water bottles a day.  Lately, my hydration has been slacking so I want to make more of an effort with that.  Water always makes me feel better and leaves me feeling cleansed.

Water is Good for the Body!

I’ve been wanting to try a gentle cleanse for months.  I just bought the Skinny Girl Daily Cleanse by Bethenny Frankel. I’m hoping that it will leave me feeling “lighter” and less bloated. I plan to try it for 30 days and see how I am feeling at the end.  If all goes well I may try a true juice cleanse in July.

A Mild Daily Cleanse!

The plan is all about moderation, refocusing and incorporating more of the good choices I already make!  Like, I said, I’m not looking for dramatic weight loss.  I just hope to lose 3-5 pounds and maintain that weight.  I held that weight for training during both Chicago and Boston Marathons and felt great.

I’m off to go make some healthy choices!

How do you adjust your diet for your activity levels? What has made you successful in losing a few pounds and keeping it off?  Do you do a daily cleanse?  What are your thoughts?

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16 thoughts on “Cleansing and Weight Loss!

  1. Tt in nyc says:

    This looks like a realistic plan and healthy attitude- i also have a raging sweet tooth, but discoevered that chunks of banana half dipped in melted dk chocolate and then frozen are thebest dessert that is super healthy! I also often put a fruity chobani in the freezer for a few hours and it can also satify my cravings… Interested to hears your thoughts on the skinnygirl stuff-

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  2. runcupcake says:

    I can’t wait to see your new haircut!

    I love how you say you’re afraid you’ll be hungry in an hour. I am the exact same way! I have found recently though that eating large salads, or fruit with every meal, has kept my belly happy.

    I’m curious about the cleanse. I’ve been trying to knock off a few pounds of water weight ever since my weekly mileage dropped. I’ll be bumping back up again soon, but this is frustrating me!

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  3. Jess Sutera says:

    I actually don’t adjust my eating (volume wise) when it comes to my level of physical activity. I USED to but I learned that I was just basically justifying eating way more calories than my body needed just because I’d done a long run that day or a really tough set of workouts or whatever. I now eat roughly the same number of calories every single day (weekends too! used to be a big time trigger for me in terms of overindulging the WHOLE weekend all the time) and simply adjust the TYPES of food I’m eating if I’m in for a longer run or an intense set of workouts. It just depends on the day for me really. And while its taken practice for me to figure out what will work for me and my body, I think I’ve figured it out at last and it has been super helpful and very eye opening! (sorry, super long response!!).

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    • liverunloveyoga says:

      I’m kind of with you on the volume aspect. For me it’s more about making the mental shift when it comes to seconds, particularly with foods I really enjoy that are not as healthy. When I’m running high miles I don’t think about it so much. Now it’s more about ok this is a good portion size, do you really need that extra helping? Or telling myself to reach for more salad versus an extra scoop of mac and cheese. I think in the end it’s all the same amount of food, just more about how I think about it mentally. I totally get you on the types of food too, shifting away from carbs and more to veggies is huge right now. I love your responses, short or long!

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  4. Emily says:

    Hi Whitney! I absolutely love your blog. Keep us posted on how the cleanse goes please! I’ve heard mixed things so I am really curious to hear about your experiences. You’re such an inspiration – I just finished my first 5K and I’m starting to train for a 10K. Good luck with everything!

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    • liverunloveyoga says:

      Thanks Emily! I will definitely keep you posted, it’s completely new to me so it will be fun to share. I also read mixed reviews about it myself but figured it was worth a try. Good luck with your 10k! You’ll kick butt!

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  5. Monster Femme says:

    I love your blog! It is great you are checking and balancing your diet and activity to acknowledge where you are at and where you would like to be. It sounds like you are not being too hard on yourself for what seems like a natural and organic change in weight, but realistic in implementing goals. I commend you!

    I haven’t tried the Skinny Girl Detox, but I am a fan of Yogi detox tea. Some foods can be naturally cleansing – for me, I love quinoa, kale, and chia seeds. You may also want to check out Dr. Oz’s two-day cleanse recipes for some more ideas: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/48-hour-weekend-cleanse-recipes

    I think the hardest thing you have on your list is cutting out the sweets. I just read an article about the toxicity of sugar (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?pagewanted=all) and am just fascinated by the impact of this legal chemical.

    Keep it up and always be kind to yourself! 🙂
    -Rebecca

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    • liverunloveyoga says:

      Thank you so much! This is an amazing comment with such good resources! I love it!! I love all the Yogi products, I’ll have to pick up some of that tea. Thank you so much for the suggestions, as I started to think about this I was a little lost about how to approach it but feel like it’s easy and manageable. Thanks again!

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