Monday, February 6, 2012

Starch = Devil?

Okay. I'm annoyed.

First off, I have been doing SO WELL with my exercise plan. I got my butt out of bed both Saturday and Sunday mornings and went to yoga. Saturday I cancelled shopping plans with my mother and instead went for a jog with my roommate. The feeling of running was coming back to me and it's really nice to have someone to go out with. I feel bad because she is A MILLION times fitter/better runner than I am but I think she doesn't mind just getting out. Plus she was running a four mile race on Sunday and so didn't want to burn out. Safe to say that she did not (even though I did!). We even talked about running a 5K together. I've been hemming and hawing about a 5K for a while now. You may remember my stint with Cto5K last summer. Somehow I think it will be easier to motivate with my roommate next to me. She said she'd look up races in May/June. That should be enough time to get SOMETHING done, right?

The yoga class I went to on Saturday was a FREE class (which means it doesn't count towards my Groupon hahaha) so I'm changing my tally system.

I've been to 4/11 classes (see what I did there?). I have rehearsal tonight but am planning on going every night this week. I'm debating adding in another 7am class even though the teacher made me feel personally victimized the last time I went. I also am not sure if two classes in one day would KILL me but I haven't been feeling particularly sore or anything. Though with the math that I'm doing right now, I am thinking I'll only get 9 out of 11 classes in. Which is still worth my 30 dollars. If I add in the two morning classes I could make it. But would I want to?

I was patting myself on the back for all my excellent choices during restaurant week. I thought I survived relatively unscathed. I emailed Christine everything I consumed and she sent me back very positive feedback.

And I gained 1.5lbs this week. WTF?!

It was distressing. 1.5 is not a ton in the great scheme of things. But I cannot for the life of me break this little plateau that I've been on for MONTHS now. Months. I feel like I'm eating like a normal person. I don't think I'm overdoing it. I'm trying my best to eat healthy foods. I eat lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. I'm making a concentrated effort. And I gain weight. Usually there is a day or two that I can point to and say Oh-- I should have done that better. But there isn't one for this week.

I suggested to Christine that maybe it was all the exercise that did it? And she scoffed. Literally scoffed. I'm not sure yoga is real exercise in the mind of Christine. And one probably-not-even-a-mile run... isn't going to cut it and cause me to gain 1.5 pounds of muscle. Or whatever.

I expressed my total frustration to her. I mean, I look good. I am still slightly overweight. My BMI still has me as overweight. I would like that to not be the case. She said she'd pay close attention to my diaries this week to see what real changes I could make to get the extra weight off. For this week she made a suggestion: cut out starch for one meal.

Her thoughts were that having a bean soup or stew for two meals a day could be the culprit. This I find upsetting. Can a normal person not have lentil soup for two meals a day and not gain weight? I don't think my eating has been excessive. She said my snacks are fine (FiberOne, fruit, cottage cheese, yogurt, bars). But just to eat leaves for one meal a day. Leaves and vegetables with a little protein (chicken, goat cheese, whatever).

I am bothered by this. She said it's because I'm down a weight class. It's time to up the ante. If you're a 300lb girl and you are eating like a 200lb girl... you'll lose weight. So I guess I'm eating to maintain my weight when at any other point in this journey I would've been eating to lose. And now I need to revamp. Whine whine whine whine whine. I don't think anyone would fault me for just sitting at this weight, honestly. But I really truly would like to lose it!

So for this week the name of the game is Protein On Leaves. And we'll take it from there.


  1. I just broke a plateau (and started my whole weight loss journey 4 months ago) with going sugar free. Yes, even fruit was out. You can't go wrong with the veggie and protein plan. Just be sure to get those good healthy fats. You've really done a great job on your quest. Keep at it! djkreger from Finding a Way

    1. Thank you. I've really enjoyed reading up on your story! Let's get it done, shall we?

  2. Congrats on the success with your exercise! Sounds like your fitting a lot in. Perhaps if you are stuck in a plateau give a cleanse a try, I hear they are good for breaking plateau's. I eat a lot of "Protein on Leaves" if you finding it unappealing try experimenting with different types of vegetables and protein, be your own food critic, pretend your on a cooking show ha ha I find that helps me food lacks its appeal.
    Keep up the great work.

    1. Thanks! Yeah I've toyed with the idea of a cleanse for a while but I think I'm just too attached to food. I also worry I'd gain everything back the second I was done. Have you done one you liked? I'm also feeling more resigned to ONE WEEK of Protein On Leaves... and we'll see what happens! Thanks for the comment!

  3. i have to agree with christine here, anna banana. i'd probably stay off the yoga (well not entirely, it's still enjoyable) and do something a little more cardio intensive.

    personally, i blame the crockpot. too good to be true!

    1. Sigh... my lovely lovely crockpot.

  4. If lentils are out... try tempeh? Is tempeh starchy? Because this vegan sloppy joe recipe is amazing. My friends made it and topped each sandwich with a slice of daikon radish for texture. If you want to skip the bread, I bet it would be good as a lettuce wrap.