Last night was fun, but I know I drank too many calories...the Pinot Grigio was flowing like water...not the best, I also made a few bad choices and ate 4 mini tacos which is one serving...they were tasty, but not worth it. It was a good first attempt at temptation, tomorrow I will be tested again at the in-laws but my great mom-in-law is going to bake me a chicken breast, as to not be so tempted. Thanks Dianne!
I am going to start the new year off with a cleanse. Due to Gallbladder Disease several years back, my Gallbladder was removed. It is a vital organ despite what you have heard. The Gallbladder for those of you who don't know much about it is a small pouch that sits just under the liver. "The gallbladder stores bile produced by the liver. After meals, the gallbladder is empty and flat, like a deflated balloon. Before a meal, the gallbladder may be full of bile and about the size of a small pear. In response to signals, the gallbladder squeezes stored bile into the small intestine through a series of tubes called ducts. Bile helps digest fat." (webmd.com) Since I am lacking this organ, I assist it several times a year by doing cleanses. There are varying opinions about cleanses from they are necessary to the opposite. I feel it is important for me. My husband usually joins me in the adventure starting either a day before or after I do, so the final day we are not fighting for the restroom. (Draw your own conclusion)
I have read quite a bit about them, and feel it is a personal medical choice, I don't recommend it unless you speak with your doctor first. There are different cleanses you can do. Some you buy at a store, and others you do with just eating foods, and avoiding others. I will start my next cleanse on Monday. If you care to join me in the 6 or 7 day cleanse, please make sure you do your research over the next few days so you are ready. I have recently read that you should never do a cleanse longer than 4 days. However, since I have done them in the past and spoken with my doctor about them, I am going to do the 7 day cleanse. I will report my eating like usual at the end of each day. I have also had 5 lb weight loss during those weeks of cleansing which is another reason I like to do them. ;o)
I have been reading a bit about fruits and veggies and why they are important in your health, not that you should just eat them, but what they actually do for your body. Here are a few that I thought were helpful for my weight loss.
Lemons (with pulp) break down fat toxins, so add to your green tea
Cranberries: heal the liver, helps with cellulite, drink a glass of pure cran. Try it warmed up too!
Leafy greens: spinach, kale, swiss chard, flushes excess water weight, burns fat and helps with fatigue
Red grapes: 1 cup/day, can increase fat burn
For exercise today, I with my fellow walking friend, went for a 4 mile walk in 60 minutes. It was good, but I felt super sluggish, and light headed. I didn't seem to eat much today before the walk, and likely still recovering from my wine intake. I do feel back to normal now. Burned 309 cals walking.
Weight: 209.9 (not a shocker after last night...) This is a minor set back, and I know for those who weigh in weekly, this is normal.
Breakfast: Whole wheat toast, clementine and coffee (233 cals)
Lunch: 3/4 cup of cooked veggies (35 cals)
Snack 1: Fiber One bar, green tea, and Crystal Light (147 cals)
Snack 2: Carnation Instant Breakfast 1/4 c peanuts (400 cals)
Dinner: Grilled Salmon with Lemon and Mrs. Dash, 1 cup of lentils, asparagus (635 cals)
Snack: milk with ovaltine and green tea (114 cals)
Total cals 1564
Happy New Year!