This past month, I think I hit rock bottom in a lot of ways in my life. The burden of financial woes keep coming – but there is a silver lining. My health took a turn and I’ve been having some serious TMI stomach issues. I’m seeing my doctor on Tuesday and will ask for some tests.
Last year, we thought I might have diverticulitis but the tests came back ok. The results showed I had an enlarged spleen. I switched to a high fibre diet and most of the symptoms cleared up within a few weeks. I have no idea what’s going on now – but I’m desperate to try anything to relieve symptoms.
Mainly, the minute I finish eating, I’m sick. No matter what I eat. If it’s not instant, then within an hour I feel like I’m dying. That could be part of the PCOS. I won’t know until I get some test results back to rule out infections, etc.
What I do know is that I need to make serious changes and fast. I need to take better care of myself and I need to desperately lose weight before things spiral even further out of control. So — here are my goals for the month of February.
- Lose 5-10 pounds
- Focus on CLEAN eating
- Daily workouts
What is clean eating you might ask?
That’s a difficult question to answer without getting into heated debates. Different people seem to have different ideas on what clean eating is. But to me, the gist of it is simple.
Clean eating is eating mostly natural foods and avoiding heavily processed foods.
Clean eating has always been a challenge for me. I’ve adapted pretty well into eating fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. I’ve cut back on things heavy in carbs like breads and pasta. But I can’t cut them out completely. Bread is a food group on its own. And pasta is just so insanely cheap and delicious. But I can still lose weight if I cut back.
Eating only home cooked meals
Eating only home cooked meals is also a difficult challenge for most people. There are some things that are just too much work for one person to be made at home. I’m thinking of things like sushi (not impossible), and things like breakfast foods – cereals, oatmeal, porridge.
In an effort to push myself in the kitchen and cook most of my food – this way I can control what goes into my body – I try to use fresh and natural ingredients where possible. I’ve started making my own rice pudding, soups, stews, chili, casseroles – and I’m pushing myself to learn to work with new ingredients and new foods.
As a result, my fridge is fully stocked with fresh vegetables – no pre-made deli meals (except for chicken – because raw chicken is SO expensive). My freezer is stocked to the brim with things like frozen corn, beans, broccoli, cauliflower and peas – because they last longer and can be cheaper. They’re just as healthy.
Document, document, document
I’m going to document my entire journey and share it with you. This way, this blog, will hold me accountable. The only person I can blame for my short-comings will be myself. Since I live alone, there’s no one else to blame.
I’ve already been doing clean eating for three days and can feel a difference. I’ve lost a few pounds in the past week – but that’s hard to go from since my scale is old.
I’ll start by sharing what a typical daily meal plan looks like – what I’ve been doing the past couple of days. I might share meal plans daily with recipes – or I might do a weekly batch report.
Meal Plan Examples
- Breakfast: bowl of Special K cereal with skim milk
- Lunch: 2 cups of kale and 1 cup of roasted chicken
- Dinner: a blend of kale, chicken, green beans, green onion, and pumpkin seed – it was delicious
- Snack 1: smoothie – 1 cup of yogurt, 1 cup of milk, 1 banana
- Snack 2: bowl of fruit with 1 cup of vanilla yogurt and oats
- Drinks: lots of water, 2 cups of coffee, 1 diet pepsi
- Breakfast: skipped due to an upset stomach
- Lunch: same as Saturday – kale and chicken
- Dinner: cream of asparagus soup with kale, real asparagus, green onions with a side of toast (no butter)
- Snack: granola bar
- Snack 2: none – still queasy
- Drinks: lots of water, 1 cup of coffee, and yes, 1 diet pepsi, 1 glass of milk
Monday – possible meal plan
- Breakfast: 1 bowl of oatmeal with a banana
- Lunch: left over asparagus soup (yummy) and one piece of toast
- Dinner: TBD — perhaps an egg dish of some kind or use up the of the deli chicken
- Snacks: fruit smoothie
It might seem like I am eating the same foods all the time. But I’m not. The problem with single living, is that you need to use up all the fresh food fast before it goes bad. The frozen food and left-overs can wait until the following week to be eaten. But those fresh veggies and fruits will only last so long. I don’t even use the “forgotten foods” drawer – because food will turn bad and be forgotten for months.
Thanks for reading – what do your meal plans look like?
So, I think that’s my goal for the month of February. Setting small and realistic goals are the only way I can lose weight and succeed. I change my mind on a whim as followers know by now. I see my doctor on Tuesday and will be going for more tests. I’m hoping this clean eating plan will help with some stomach issues. I’ll spare you the gory details.
Please follow for updates, original recipes and random musings. I’m working on a youtube channel. Just need the light in my kitchen fixed before I can do some videos for you.
Cheers for now.