Good evening dear silent followers!
Tonight's my last post for this challenge and it was mostly a good one for me. Let's start with my day:
Breakfast: 1 C spinach + 2 oranges
Snacks: 8 bananas + 100g plums
Lunch: 5 Medjool dates + 1 big apple
Dinner: 28g cashew nuts + 3 zucchini + 1/2 head of lettuce + 15 Deglet Noor dates
2366 calories 87/7/5
Exercise: 3 hours brisk walking around Paris
Sleep: 7 hours
Water: more than 3 litres
Now here's the outcome of this little experiment. I think I did quite well, apart from a few days when my choices were far from being wise. Other than that, I followed the plan and this is what made me feel my very best.
I had only fruits and veggies, very little coconut and some nuts almost daily.
I'm very happy because when I started out, I was only eating about 1500 calories, which was very low but I was used to eating this way. Now I'm way over 2000 (2366 today - woohoo!) and aiming to eat the recommended 2500 calories (or more!) per day by the end of my new 30-day challenge.
I always drink more than 3 litres a day - this is the amount I need daily.
I always seem to sleep between 7 and 8 hours.
I mostly jogged, walked a lot as usual and did some stretching before bedtime.
THE 30 DAYS' PLEASURES
- finding out what works best for me (namely staying on 811)
- my family unexpectedly taking part of this experiment!!!
- feeling so great
- having enough calories a day especially when I still had my old mindset
- stocking up and having ripe fruits handy at all times
- going organic
- forgiving myself when I couldn't stay on track (people sometimes matter more than food)
- suddenly feeling drained of energy when I didn't have 2 Tbsp of nuts a day.
THE CHANGES I EXPERIMENTED
1. My body
- my body fat has decreased from 29 to 27%
- my weight has gone from 59.6kgs to 56.6kgs - a 3-kg loss.
- my waist used to be 73cm - now 70cm
- my hips were 104cm - now 101cm
- my thighs were 57cm - now 55cm
- the eczema on my tummy I got when my beloved cat passed away is now barely visible
So overall: WOOHOO!!!
- I also learnt my basic metabolic rate (1341 calories) + my usual daily expenditures = 2107 calories absolute minimum for me.
- I run faster my usual 20-minute loop.
- Strange fact: my hair is very straight but I've now got this weird CURLY wisp of hair on my forehead!?
2. My mind
- I'm more relaxed.
- I've got fewer mood swings.
- I'm less shy.
- As long as I'm eating 80/10/10, I'm feeling happy.
- I'm more open to change (I've finally made up my mind to move and leave Paris).
3. My family
- My baby daughter and my son are more open to taste freggies now they're surrounded with them.
- Hubby went from being worried about the number of bananas in the house and being skeptical of organic produce to a budding vegetarian! So amazed and proud of him!!!
4. My kitchen
- I got a spiralizer which I absolutely love!
- I've fallen in love with the Vitamix blender even if I can't afford one yet.
- I've made 3 kitchen recipes I'm really proud and fond of.
5. My food
- my sense of smell and my taste buds have evolved too - I now want good produce, even if it's not the cheapest.
- I've beaten my chocolate cravings - when I've got enough fruit in my system I don't even think of chocolate (I used to be a BIG chocoholic). I'd even forgotten to write about this!
- I tasted my first dates ever and I especially liked (read: LOVED) the Medjool ones.
- I now know how to cut a mango and a pineapple. Not so scary!
- I've learnt to shop smartly: I now buy a 10-euro fruit and vegetable basket from Bio-C-bon several times a week, plus 2 10-euro fruit baskets on Wednesday (one being Le Campanier). I also buy my organic bananas from Dia, the discount store. I now use the 'end of market day' produce regularly - they're ripe and cheap.
MY NEW CHALLENGE
- Food: I want to be consistent everyday.
My aim is to reach 2500 calories a day.
I also want to try to buy in bulk.
- Sleep: I'm aiming for 9 hours a night. Can I do it?
- Exercise: I want to keep walking, running and stretching.
I'd also like to add some strength training because I miss it.
- Challenges: social gatherings (I've got an Indian restaurant outing planned) + getting 9 hours of sleep.
That's it! Thank you for reading the longest blog ever - sorry about that! Please feel free to add your comments if you wish.
See you around,