Achieving Goals

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I have been on this weight loss journey for a long time. It was probably about 7 years ago when I was first prescribed a medication that would see me gaining nearly 60lbs in approximately 4 months. I had already been slowly gaining due to other meds in my regimen, but it was the addition of that last medication that really did me in. 

I had lived my entire life hovering around 125lbs and suddenly I was peaking at 198lbs. I was nearly 200lbs and I couldn’t believe it. 

I was eventually taken off the trouble med, due to my weight gain, but the damage was done. The weight was there to stay. It was up to me to buckle down and try to lose the weight through conventional means.

I had never had to deal with weight loss in my life and I had zero idea how to go about doing it. I had images in my mind of throwing around a medicine ball in some gym and sweating my face off. I was dreading it. 

My goal was always just to lose ten pounds. Through some minor adjustments to my portion sizes, I quickly lost the first ten and entered into the 180s, down from 198. 

I tried going to the gym, but it just wasn’t my thing. I don’t know if it was because I felt self-conscience about my weight or if I just simply didn’t like working out in front of a million other people, but I only was able to drag myself there on one occasion and I probably stayed for about 20mins. Epic fail. I would have to find other means of getting in shape. 

As I mentioned in a previous post, I tired Pilates. I really like Pilates and it’s something that I plan to continue, however, I am still searching for an appropriate exercise routine for a beginner. The last time I did a full 20 mins, I wasn’t able to walk for the following two days. I like that it kicked my ass, but I need to work up to the full on stuff. 

So, I just started walking. I have four dogs, all of which who get a lot of exercise at the dog park, but now I was taking them for long walks through our sprawling neighbourhood and loving every second of it. I have time to think when I’m out walking my dogs. I often come up with various ideas to post about on the blog, meal ideas for my boyfriend and I, ideas for how we should spend our weekends together. Not to mention all of the quality time that I get to spend with my furry companions.

They behave totally different when we are on walks. I usually let them take the lead and our walks sort of turn into an excerpt from a ‘choose your own adventure’ book. I love it!

Before too long, I had made it into the 170s. It felt like an enormous achievement. I just wanted to keep on going, however, getting out of the 170s would prove to be a much more difficult accomplishment than I had anticipated. 

The initial weight came off in a flash because I was no longer taking the trouble med and I made some minor portion adjustments. I am assuming that a good deal of it had been water weight. The rest would have to be worked off and I was going to have to make additional changes if I was going to make that happen. 

I have a condition called gastroparesis that effects the speed in which my body is able to process food. The last time I was tested, it took more than 4 hours for my stomach to empty after eating a simple egg sandwich that was infused with some sort of nuclear dye so the food would be visible via x-ray. They actually called off the test after several hours and extrapolated the results because it had been taking so long. 

Because of my condition, I am very limited to what I can eat. During flare ups, I am mostly on a liquid diet. So I thought, why don’t I try my flare up diet when I’m feeling well in an attempt to effect my weight loss?

The results have been positive and steady. I am on an almost exclusively smoothie diet augmented with Vega plant-based protein powder to ensure that I am receiving all of my daily nutrient requirements. 

As I mentioned in a previous post, I initially gained weight on this diet until I reduced the amount of Vega powder that I was having per smoothie. Now I seemed to have figured out a recipe that works for me, keeps me feeling great and full of energy, and most importantly, has me losing weight. 

This morning, I stepped on the scale and after so many months, I weighed in a 169.4lbs. I am finally out of the 170s. I feel like I’ve won the lottery. The craziest thing is that, after my recent ankle injury, I haven’t been able to get out with the dogs for longer than a walk around the block. Just think about the progress I will make once I am finally able to start moving around again!

If you’re interested in trying out this diet for yourself, I have included the recipe of my favourite smoothie recipe at the bottom of this post. It’s the one that I have almost daily. I have one – two per day, sometimes with something solid as well. As I said, due to my gastroparesis, my food requirements are different than most people with normal digestive systems. 

If you’re hungry.. EAT!! Just be smart about it. If your goal is to lose some weight, you just have to mindful of the things that you are putting in your body. You have to love yourself enough to know that you are worth more than whatever junk that you may be tempted to put in your mouth. 

And don’t think that just because you’re on a diet you can never spoil yourself again. I eat out on a very regular basis. Usually around 4 times a week. However now when I get an X-large vegan pizza with the boyfriend, I have two slices instead of six. I am mindful of where we are ordering from. I am mindful of what I order.

Of course, living in Canada’s largest city, there are about a million restaurant options for us to choose from and I understand that other people may not have the same kind of selection. I am very lucky to live where I do and I know that. If you don’t have healthy take-out options where you live, perhaps that just means that you order out less or you could treat yourself to something that is available at the grocery store vs delivery?

I just don’t believe in restricting food as a way to lose weight. I think that it’s unhealthy and depressing, which kind of eliminates the ‘feel good feeling’ that is supposed to come with being thin anyways, doesn’t it?

It’s all about intuitive eating and simply being mindful about the things you put in your body. 

So, here’s the thing you’ve been waiting for!! My recipe for my super excellent and magnificently PINK smoothie!! I am fairly lazy when it comes to the kitchen and so you will find that this is the easiest and quickest smoothie in the world!

Firstly, I want to say that you are totally not doing yourself a disservice if you buy frozen fruit. They are cheap and obviously last longer and are still super tasty, so why not?

To save even more money, I buy frozen “imperfect” fruit. I will be completely honest, I don’t see how the fruit is imperfect at all. It tastes great and is available in several different blends. My favourite is peach, grape, pineapple, strawberry. 

Recipe:

  • About 1 1/2 cups of your favourite fruit blend
  • One banana.. my favourites are the ones that still have a tinge of green on them 
  • Half water, Half non-dairy milk
  • About a 1/4 scoop of your favourite flavour of Vega protein powder
  • Blend!

I hope you like it and I hope that you are able to share in the good results that I have been enjoying. 

Stay tuned as this journey continues and share your own journey in the comments below. 

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Allisonxo is a she/her identifying feminist from Toronto, Canada who is a lifelong crafter and lover of vegan food and thrifting.

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