A week ago I started a year long journey to eat clean, loose weight and be healthy. This week has been very interesting for me. I have experienced a wide range of emotions about my decision to write this blog. The first was fear, but that was quickly followed by a number of other equally strong emotions.
Happiness for knowing that I am positive changes in my life
Surprise at the number of people who are reading the blog
Pride when I receive complements on my writing, my food pictures and my recipes.
Acceptance of who I am right now and who I want to become.
This last emotion came to me earlier this week while I was at Zumba class. I was in the aerobics studio (translation: a room full of full length mirrors) and I looked at myself. For the first time in a very long time I think I saw an accurate reflection of me. A typical look in the mirror for me usually involved turning myself in a way that made me look the thinnest and rationalizing that I looked smaller than the biggest people in the room. This time I am pretty sure I saw the real me. I don’t actually know why this occurred, but I think that it is because I am so committed to this change that I don’t need to only look at the best parts of me or rationalize how I look. It was a very peaceful experience.
When I take stock of the last week I see a number of goals accomplished. I ate only clean foods this week, worked out 3 times and posted on my blog every day.
My goals for next week are: Increase exercise to 4 times next week, ensure I am eating a complex carb and protein at each meal or snack, increase water intake to 2.5L.
Today we did a clean Grocery shop. He is a preview of the foods I will be eating this week. Please ignore the mini wheats, they are for the kids and I forgot they were in the cart when I took this picture.
Breakfast - Clean Blueberry Pancakes (no syrup) and a banana
Lunch - Toasted tuna with yogurt cheese and cucumber on 12 grain bread
Dinner - Salmon with dill sauce (made with yogurt cheese), baked potato topped with dill sauce and asparagus. (See picture below)