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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Loving the Journey!

I am 4 1/2 months into this journey.  I never imagined where it would lead me or how much I'd be enjoying it!  My objective from the beginning was to gain knowledge about eating clean, whole foods.  My thought was that I'd avoid growing bored if I learned about new things to eat & how to prepare them.  Additionally, I hoped that if I knew more about what processed food was doing to my body, I'd be less likely to consume it.

October and November went great.  December was.... well.... Let's not talk about December.  January first, along with the rest of the world, I began again.  It's been 8 weeks since I consumed ANY sugar or ANYTHING processed!  I have jumped in completely and I'm loving the journey!

The more I read and learn, the more experimental I become.  For example, I started with basic clean eating, which is whole foods!  Lean meats, fruits and veggies, whole grains, etc..  Then I read a book that led me to try cutting out grains, including bread, crackers, rice, pasta...  THAT made a huge difference immediately.  The weight really started dropping then and I started feeling GREAT in my gut.  SIDE NOTE.... I've always been very, (ah-hem.. gassy). Totally un-sexy.  Since I cut out the grains my belly has felt GREAT!  As I continued researching, I came upon info about sprouting.  It is my total obsession this week!  IT'S SO FUN!!!  Over the weekend, I got totally lost in you-tube videos demonstrating sprouting.  And the next day... and the next day... and when I'm done typing this, guess where I'm headed?

Left to Right... Wheat Berry, Mung Beans, Broccoli Seeds

Guess who sprouts, by the way??  Raw vegan foodies!  Naturally, I began checking out their websites and blogs. ( Did I mention that I am learning so much?!)  Tonight for dinner I made a raw sprouted adzuki bean & quinoa chili.  It packed some heat!  WOA! No... I'm not saying I'm totally diving in to a raw vegan lifestyle - but I'm sure going eat more raw and keep investigating!

Quinoa Sprouts!

At last weigh in (February 4) I was down 18 lbs.  It was about a week later that I began seeing and feeling noticeable differences in my clothes.  I also did my measurements on the 4th and was down 11 inches overall.  I decided at that time that I would not weigh or measure again until March 3rd.  Today is February 29th - so just 3 more days.

So.. that's the update!  Off to surf you-tube :)

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