It’s Day 4 of my 10 Day Shred.
There are a few things I have learned about myself in this short time.
~I will not give up my coffee, except for medical (say a colonoscopy) or dental (3 days of at-home whitening) reasons. While the Shred calls for no caffeine and I could have purchased decaf, I am drinking what I have on hand (oh, illy, why did I find you at Marshalls?!), but I will be out before the Shred is over. However, I am not making mid-day Dunkin Donut runs with my coupons and gift card, which had become a bit too regular the past few weeks. So, there’s that! 🙂
~I can make eating fun again! I am creating my own protein mixes for my smoothies, rather than grabbing a pre-made protein powder.
Powdered Peanut Butter (5g protein in 2 Tb)
Cacao Powder (5g protein in 2 Tb and it is a superfood with copper, manganese, magnesium, zinc, iron and potassium)
Ground Flaxseed (3g protein in 2 Tb and chock full of Omega 3’s)
Collagen Powder (6g protein in 1 Tb, this is the most abundant protein in our bodies)
I usually tolerate 10 or 11 grams of protein in my shakes/smoothies and nutrition bars, so I can mix up these ingredients to get what I need.
The rest is made up of the following:
Frozen fruit, always a banana and sometimes cantaloupe or pineapple
Non-dairy milk, usually almond and water, about equal parts
Dash of cinnamon, always
Mixed greens, spinach or kale, if I have them on hand
I am making protein powered snacks, too. I somewhat closely followed a recipe for Pumpkin Energy Bites, consisting of oats, peanut butter, honey, canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla protein powder. When I make them in the future (say the Dyna-Bites, Double Chocolate Peanut Butter, Pumpkin Chocolate Chip and Mocha), I believe I will use some of my other protein powder sources, in lieu of the pre-made stuff. There is a recipe for “Protein Puppy Chow” ~ YOWZA! That I have to make my own!
I am baking chickpeas again, keeping hardboiled eggs on the ready and stocking up on other whole-food proteins, like turkey breast.
I am more conscious about eating protein at every meal/snack, so that I don’t feel hungry too soon. Thankfully, I don’t have “bad” foods in the pantry to grab on the quick!
When I do eat after 6P, I am grabbing veggies and fruits. Washing and cutting them up during the day helps to productively spend my free time and ensures I have healthy food at my fingertips.
I am very good about drinking water, but I did notice I slacked off a little bit once we moved to humid Florida from dry Colorado. I am keeping track of my consumption and aiming for 90 ounces, which is 3 fills of my water bottle. And sliced up 2 limes to add some flavor!!
~I will switch up the fitness classes I attend to stave off monotony and to keep this 10-day process from becoming a chore.
~I am using this time to listen to my body even more. When tired, I will rest. When hurt/pained/sore, I will seek care from a massage therapist, ice, natural analgesics.
~And, while many of the “changes” aren’t that big of a change, per se, I am feeling more energetic. I have been feeling “off”, which I can attribute mostly to my TSH levels; however, I know that even small changes I make for the better greatly impact my overall health and wellbeing.
~This is a time for me to truly focus on Jen. To think more clearly. To love more deeply. To observe more frequently. To honor my needs more genuinely.
I have 6 more days to Shred. I did not take any body measurements as a “Before” because this wasn’t about losing weight or inches for me. I wanted to clear away “the clutter” and practice discipline. I will do another Shred (or an entire T30) with Before and After pics.
I hope some of you will join me on the journey. I would love to have traveling companions!!