Sweat it Out:
Weights 45 minutes
Elliptical 20 minutes
Before Christmas I started the Sweet Tooth Challenge where I made a list of the things I was not going to consume for the entire month of December. I did very well and I am happy to say that I didn’t give in to temptation only but a couple of times. What were the temptations? Soda.
Last month I confessed my addiction to caffeine and vowed that I would get myself off of the stuff. I did good with the soda, but then came the Excedrine. I was just plain tired. Everyday. All day. I wasn’t eating very good, I wasn’t counting calories, I was basically just going through the motions (which would explain why I didn’t lose any weight in December). I had cut out the energy drinks, but after 2 weeks of sluggish workouts and just not feeling myself, I caved and took some Excedrine. Then I started taking it every morning before the gym, and even on the days that I wasn’t working out.
Just to clarify Excedrine is a HEADACHE medicine and should not be consumed daily. All I could think of in my head was that how am I going to live without caffeine? I obviously couldn’t go more than a few days without it, and I was worried. I am not a stressor. I am an act on it or move on type of girl, and I don’t like to just stew about things. If I have a problem, I find a solution. If I can’t find a solution, then I give into whatever it is and let the problem solve itself. It’s the manager in me. But I could not for the life of me figure out the answer to my issue.
I started the 21-Day Vegan Kickstart Challenge on January 2, and was still doing the Excedrine every morning. I did this throughout the entire 1st week, and by Saturday I started to feel sick to my stomach and nervous, a feeling that the pills had never given me before. On Sunday the 8th I decided that I wasn’t going to take the pills and let the consequences play out.
I was expecting a major headache in the afternoon, because I have detoxed off caffeine before and this is the cycle. I get a headache it won’t go away for a few days and I feel sluggish so I find some way to get caffeine into my body stat.
A different thing happened on that Sunday, and I almost didn’t even notice it. It wasn’t until the end of the day that I remembered I hadn’t taken any pills and I didn’t have a headache, and most importantly, I didn’t feel sluggish or lazy all day. Last week I had amazing workouts, and a TON of energy! I have realized that eating vegan had rid me of my addiction to caffeine!!!
I sleep better at night, and I am a fan of not having to rely on something for energy everyday! With all the great results I have been having, it’s hard to deny that my body is having a positive response to the vegan lifestyle. I’m not making any major decisions about this diet until the finish next week where I will do a Pro & Con Post, but it is definitely looking more pro than con!
Starting Weight: 282.8 Pounds
Last Week’s Weight: 254.4 Pounds
This Week’s Weight: 251.6 Pounds
Total Week’s Loss: -2.8 Pounds
Over All Loss: -31.2 Pounds!
I am extremely happy with this weeks results, and I have heard that the longer you eat vegan the better you will feel! I am actually happy that the loss wasn’t bigger because it just proves that I am losing fat and not muscle, plus it is easier to keep it off when you lose it slower. I could not be happier about how this challenge is working out!
Stay tuned tomorrow for a very special guest post from one of my blogging buddies who recently turned to a Vegan lifestyle and the positive results that she has gotten from it!