Hey y’all! I hope you enjoyed the guest posts over the last couple of days – I’m so grateful to Tara and Betsy for sharing the writing load with me this week! I’m finally back in Seattle and, just like every time I take time off, I’m wondering if the vacation time is really worth the mounds and piles of work I have waiting for me when I come home! Who am I kidding – it’s totally worth it! – but if you are wondering where I’ll be for the next week? A good bet will almost always be my desk!
Vacation was great – it was really nice to take a mental and physical break. Before you shake your finger at me, don’t worry – I didn’t take a total break from working out. In the 5 days I was gone, I got in one awesome gym trip, a 3.5 mile run, and a 3 mile walk. And yesterday, my first day back, I hit up the gym for an AWESOME kick-my-own-arse cardio and core session. I can’t wait to meet up with my trainer this afternoon and get back into the groove with her, too.
Another thing that has me excited is that I’ve decided to give the slow carb diet from The 4-Hour Body a try for the next 2-3 weeks. I won’t weigh myself until Sunday to give myself a few days to lose a bit of water weight, but I already know that I’ve put on probably 10 pounds over the holidays. So I’m ready to get that weight off and prep my body for all the awesometasticness that 2011 will hold, like running lots of events – including the Warrior Dash, Ragnar, and a half marathon – and another round of HCG.
So today I started on The 4-Hour Body slow carb diet, which is basically as follows:
RULE 1: AVOID “WHITE” CARBOHYDRATES. Avoid any carbohydrate that is, or can be, white.
RULE 2: EAT THE SAME FEW MEALS OVER AND OVER AGAIN.
RULE 3: DON’T DRINK CALORIES.
RULE 4: DON’T EAT FRUIT.
RULE 5: TAKE ONE DAY OFF PER WEEK.
I know these rules might seem uber-restrictive because, well, they are! I am not worried about feeling deprived for two reasons. One is that one day each week, I can eat what I like. At this point, I am sure that will include lots of fruit (which I will miss), some dairy, and maybe even pizza. The second reason I am not worried about feelings of deprivation is that I don’t intend to follow the slow-carb diet for ages. I’m using it as a tool to help me take off a few of the pounds I’ve gained and to get me off sugar completely before I start my next round of HCG.
So there you have it – I feel fantastic today because I got a good night’s sleep, fit in a fantastic workout, and have eaten yummy, healthy food all day today. Oh, and I’m taking a trip to Whole
Paycheck Foods tonight on my way home to stock up on lots of essentials, including white truffle sea salt, eggs, chicken, beans, lentils, veggies, and more.
How are you? I’m still catching up on blogs, so fill me in on your news and goals for 2011!