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Setting Goals and Dreaming of the Future…

9 Mar

As I think about my long (10-day) journey ahead, I am planning for the future. Besides thinking about how good I will hopefully feel, pounds I will hopefully shed, how great my skin will hopefully look, etc., I am thinking HOW WILL I GET THROUGH THE NEXT TEN DAYS? This is my last day of being able to eat and what am I toasting out my chewing skills with? The usual fruit salad and veggies. Except today, I’m hoping to keep it raw. If I didn’t love produce so much, I’d be screaming.

Last week I picked up a great deal for Nusta Spa from Bloomspot. I have been dying for a spa day and what better way to use this deal than as a reward for a job well done, right? In addition, I’ve had my eye on a super cute watch (pictured to the left), so why not add that to the pot of gold at the end of this beet, kale, carrot, and apple colored rainbow?

This evening, after a trip to the grocery store, not only will I be doing a test-run of the juicer but I’ll also be doing a little testing of my body. In an effort to really monitor my progression, I am going to take detailed measurements (eeeeeek) and keep tabs daily to see how things shrink up. I’m happy to report that after almost a whole week of eating vegan (and eating avocado and peanut butter with wild abandon) I have lost 6 lbs. on the nose! I feel incredibly less bloated, less hungry, and have eliminated my crackbury mini egg-cravings. I just hope I can keep the cravings in check when there’s no broccoli to munch!

As for the measurements I’ll be taking, here they are from exercise.about.com:

  • Bust: Measure around the chest right at the nipple line, but don’t pull the tape too tight.
  • Chest: Measure just under your bust
  • Waist: Measure a half-inch above your belly button or at the smallest part of your waist
  • Hips: Place tape measure around the biggest part of your hips
  • Thighs: Measure around the biggest part of each thigh
  • Calves: Measure around the largest part of each calf
  • Upper arm: Measure around the largest part of each arm above the elbow
  • Forearm: Measure around the largest part of the arm below the elbow.

 Wish me luck tomorrow! I am definitely going to need it…

the happenstance gourmande


Thank You, Coby

22 Nov

When my friends and I made the slightly inebriated decision to spend a post happy hour dinner at Hooters, I didn’t know that it would be the day to change my life.  Literally.  I’m not sure if you can fathom the pain (emotional and physical) of a Hooters meal.  Hilariously enough, not too long after what I will refer to as “The Hooters Incident” or just “The Incident”, the show “Undercover Boss” featured Coby Brooks-CEO of Hooters.  How appropriate! 

Not surprisingly, around the same time as The Incident, I tipped the scale at a lifetime high.  Eeeek.  I am, and have been a card-carrying member of The Yo-Yo Dieters Club since circa 2001, however I knew that my experience with food during The Incident transcended a mere diet.  I experienced a toxicity in my body brought on by food that I never wanted to experience again.  I don’t blame Hooters for creating the foods that it does…well, yes I actually do.  Before I begin a long diatribe, lambasting American chain-restaurant culture, I will stop and say that The Incident changed my life by forcing me to think critically about every morsel I put in my mouth. 

As I climb off my soapbox, I want to say that I recently hit a major milestone in my weight loss journey. (HALFWAY!!!!) I refer to it as my weight loss journey, because I don’t view my post-Hooters relationship with food as a diet.  Everything seemed to fall into place all at once.  We had a local foods expert give a talk at work, I began a trial membership with a CSA type farm delivery program, Food Inc was on Showtime…the list goes on and on. 

I hope you will follow me through my journey as I reminisce about the past ten months as well as keep you posted with my recipes, weight loss progression and any other morsels of goodness that I have picked up along the way. 

the happenstance gourmande