In the past six weeks my weight has gone back and forth, up and down the scale by about three pounds and guess what? I’m right back to my starting weight!! And it has been a tortuous journey. Lentils and lentils and lentils every morning.
But THIS morning, as I write, I am sitting here sipping a delicious Matcha Green Tea Smoothie, a combination of fresh organic spinach, big sweet chunks of frozen mango, pineapple and banana with a generous grating of fresh ginger.
I give up on this diet. That is not to say the diet doesn’t work–but as with every program, you have to follow the directions exactly. I did not. I didn’t take the supplements or do the recommended sequence of exercises and all the little tweaks along the way. I thought it might work anyway. I thought it would be enough–simply the absence of sugar and carbs along with being vegan would make the pounds just drop right off. Wrong.
The diet would be much easier if I ate eggs, I’d imagine. I remember losing a ton of weight quickly on the Atkins diet long before I was vegan. The food was so delicious: meat, cheese, mayonnaise, cream in my coffee, ranch dressing, bacon! I remember losing all the weight I wanted to and then some. However, I also remember gaining back 20 pounds over the course of only a year!
And, by the way, lentils are chock full of carbs. I hated that over-full feeling every morning. My energy has been low and although I have stuck with a regular yoga routine, I never wanted to do any cardio or weight training. I just didn’t have the energy. I miss feeling light and energetic in the morning. That’s what my smoothie would provide for me. And of course, I could have a smoothie on my free day… but come on! One day per week to eat all the things I couldn’t eat all week long? Well, the smoothie never made it onto the list of foods I could cram into 16 hours.
I don’t believe fruit is bad for my diet. It’s a naturally occurring food! It’s full of vitamins. I missed it…never as much though, as when I couldn’t have it. I was never a big fruit eater, it’s just the smoothie was part of my routine before. The Matcha is so energizing that it takes me through my day and into the evening without feeling dragged down.
So, now what? I still want to lose 7-10 pounds. And I’m still going to do it. But maybe, just maybe all these years of dieting have taught me enough to put together a plan that works for me, that is realistic and sustainable.
Stayed tuned…because my journey is not over yet!