Freedom in Tracking: Week 2

This is the second week of the “tracking challenge” the Husband and I decided to do together. I’m also on day 12 of my raw food challenge. I did have some cooked food one day last week (I was sick), but other than that, I’ve been raw. The enemy would have me see this as an “all or nothing” sort of challenge but I’m rejecting those thoughts every time they arise. “Progress, not perfection,” is what I’m aiming for here.

I have tracked my food intake for the last week. So, here’s what it looked like. According to this morning’s weight, I lost 0.6 pounds last week, which brings me to 5.2 in two weeks. The irony is that I actually ate fewer calories on average and burned more calories the second week. Go figure. Here are the numbers:

Week 2 Averages per Day:
Calories:  2,085.5
Carbs:  88.9%
Protein:  6.0%
Fat:  5.2%
Fiber:  51.7 grams
Exercise Calories Burned:  710.7

Overall Challenge Averages per Day:
Calories:  2,111.7
Carbs:  87%
Protein:  6.0%
Fat:  7%
Fiber:  52.1 grams
Exercise Calories Burned:  627.8

On the Raw Side II: Day 9

This was day nine of my raw food challenge 🙂

The Food

  • Breakfast – 8 oz Orange Juice
  • Morning Snack – Green Smoothie (13.75 oz Bananas, 6 oz Berries, 3/4 cup Apple Juice, 3/4 cup Coconut Water, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz Spinach)
  • Lunch – 9.5 oz Bananas, 6.5 oz Mango, 4.75 oz Strawberries, and 3 oz Kiwi
  • Afternoon Snack – 2 Bananas & 8 oz Orange Juice
  • Dinner –  8 oz Orange Juice & 3 Bananas
  • Evening Snack – I don’t know…
  • Water – 30 ounces
  • Calories – 1,903.3 (Carbs 91.9% / Protein 5.2% / Fat 2.8%)
  • Fiber – 47.7 grams!

The Exercise:

The Results:

  • As of last Saturday, I have lost 4.6 pounds. Week 1

The Effects:

  • I was still craving orange juice today but I’m out now.
  • I was rather moody today… I didn’t say much about it, just felt it.
  • I’m really tired and ready to go to sleep.

On the Raw Side II: Day 7 & Day 8

Today I’m just going to post my “stats” for days seven and eight. I have tracked what I’ve eaten but I’m not really in the mood to type it up.

Day 7 (raw)
Calories: 1,893.6
Carbs: 92%
Protein: 5.7%
Fat: 2.3%
Fiber: 44.3 grams
Exercise Calories Burned: 1,445.4

I had a really long day. My calorie intake was way too low, especially with the exercise I did (running, TKD, & skating). I went for a run in some miserable conditions. I began to feel under the weather in the evening and lost my appetite. I tried to eat some oranges but they just didn’t taste good – so I had orange juice instead.

Day 8 (62% raw)
Calories: 2,526.1
Carbs: 80.8%
Protein: 9.2%
Fat: 9.9%
Fiber: 59.8 grams
Exercise Calories Burned: 0

I woke up around 1:30 Tuesday morning with a terrible sore throat. I dozed off and on after that for several hours. Obviously I didn’t exercise. All I wanted at the beginning of the day was orange juice. Then I tried a smoothie… and more orange juice. Then the husband made me some raw soup but my taste buds rejected it. By dinner I was really, really hungry. We had wintry weather so the family decided to have black bean chilli, tortilla chips, and french fries. That sounded so good to me so I had some too. Which is why I was only 62% raw today. I went back to raw after dinner. I’m not going to let this deter me from the challenge; I’m just going to move on. I did wake up in the middle of the night sweating and swollen (probably all of the sodium in the cooked food). I’m feeling better this morning though.

 

On the Raw Side II: Day 6

This was day six of my raw food challenge 🙂

The Food

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (10.25 oz Bananas, 6 oz Berries, 3/4 cup Apple Juice, 3/4 cup Coconut Water, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz Spinach)
  • Morning Snack – 1 Banana, 1 Clementine
  • Lunch – 1 oz Sprouts, 10.75 oz Bananas, 2.4 oz Clementines, 4 oz Mango, 1.75 oz Strawberries, and 2 Medjool Dates
  • Afternoon Snack – 1 Banana, 1 serving dried pineapple, & 8 oz Apple Juice
  • Dinner –  “Tortilla Soup” – the recipe made about 4 cups but I only ate three of them. (2 roma tomatoes, 1 carrot, 1 avocado, 1 inch slice of red pepper, 2 T onion, cilantro, homemade taco seasoning, salt, & 2 cups of warm water… blend together) – had a banana for “dessert”
  • Evening Snack – 1 Banana, 24 oz orange juice (was craving OJ all day)
  • Water – 30 ounces
  • Calories – 2,134.2 (Carbs 85.8% / Protein 5.4% / Fat 8.9%)
  • Fiber – 52.2 grams!

The Exercise:

  • I did some yard work for about an hour. The Husband and I were both feeling rather lousy though.

The Results:

  • As of last Saturday, I have lost 4.6 pounds. Week 1

The Effects:

  • I’m still having detox symptoms.. Ugh!

On the Raw Side II: Day 5

This was day five of my raw food challenge 🙂

The Food

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (10.75 oz Bananas, 6 oz Berries, 3/4 cup Apple Juice, 3/4 cup Coconut Water, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz Spinach)
  • Morning Snack – Green Smoothie (10.25 oz Bananas, 6 oz Berries, 3/4 cup Apple Juice, 3/4 cup Coconut Water, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz Spinach)
  • Lunch – 8.25 oz Bananas, 4.25 oz Clementines, 3.75 oz Roma Tomatoes, 2.75 oz Kiwi, and 2 Medjool Dates
  • Afternoon Snack – 1 Banana, 1 Apple, & 8 oz Apple Juice
  • Dinner –  Favorite Salad (2 oz Avocado, 4 oz Mango, 1.5 oz Onion, 2 oz Spinach, 3.75 oz Roma Tomatoes, Cilantro, & Lime)
  • Evening Snack – 1 Serving Organic Dried Pineapple Rings
  • Water – 72 ounces
  • Calories – 2,067 (Carbs 88.6% / Protein 5.2% / Fat 6.1%)
  • Fiber – 58.8 grams!

The Exercise:

The Results:

  • I lost 4.6 pounds this week.

The Effects:

  • I’m having detox symptoms… yucky taste in my mouth, fatigue, and aches. Just feel yuck.

Freedom in Tracking: Week 1

Just over a week ago I contemplated rejoining Weight Watchers. If for no other reason, I would have to weigh in front of someone each week. I talked to the Husband about this. He said he would support me if that’s what I wanted to do but he suggested that perhaps we could accomplish something similar without having to pay $40 a month (or whatever the rate is now). He said that I could weigh in to him. Then the topic of tracking my food came up. Tracking is one of those practices that helps me, not necessarily because I overeat all the time. No, the opposite is generally the case. I typically under-eat… and then binge because I’m so hungry. However, when I know how much food I’ve had, I am better able to  give myself permission to eat… which always preempts the binge.

So, I have tracked my food intake for the last week. I began eating RAW on day four. I forgot that the Husband and I weighed ourselves last Saturday. You see, I have worked with God these last few years to bring me to the point that I don’t think about the scale number again after I write it down. For years prior, I would tattoo the number on my mind all day… and then all week long. Now, I write it and forget it. Anyway, the point is, I didn’t realize I had numbers to share until today. According to this morning’s weight, I lost 4.6 pounds last week. Unfortunately, I didn’t take any body measurements, but I do have some other numbers to share:

Week 1 Averages per Day:
Calories:  2,137.8
Carbs:  86.0%
Protein:  6.1%
Fat:  7.9%
Fiber:  52.5 grams
Exercise Calories Burned:  544.8

On the Raw Side II: Day 4

This was day four of my raw food challenge 🙂

The Food

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (14.75 oz Bananas, 6 oz Berries, 3/4 cup Apple Juice, 3/4 cup Coconut Water, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz Spinach)
  • Morning Snack – Didn’t have one.
  • Lunch – Green Smoothie (11.5 oz Bananas, 6 oz Berries, 3/4 cup Apple Juice, 3/4 cup Coconut Water, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz Spinach)
  • Afternoon Snack – 1 Banana, 1 small Apple, & 2 dried pineapple rings
  • Dinner –  I ate what was left of the 8 year old’s salad from last night (very little left after the other kids got a hold of it), plus 7 oz Bananas, 3 oz Kiwi, 3.25 oz Clementines, 2 Medjool & 1 oz Sprouts
  • Evening Snack – 1 serving dried Pineapple, 8 oz Apple Juice
  • Water – 50 ounces
  • Calories – 1,960.1 (Carbs 92.3% / Protein 4.9% / Fat 2.8%)
  • Fiber – 52.5 grams!

The Exercise:

The Results:

  • I don’t have any “results” to report at the moment. I won’t weigh until Saturday and then it will still be a week from then before I have something to compare.

The Effects:

  • I woke up rested again this morning.
  • Calories are a little low right now but the night is still young 🙂 It’s date night so I’ll have to post updated counts tomorrow. – UPDATED above
  • The Girl (8) completed her raw challenge at 2pm today. That was 72 hours. I asked her why she wanted to end it today. She said it was really hard to eat differently from the other kids. I knew that was going to be an issue. Yesterday she made the comment that she “can’t” have something. I stopped her and explained that she can have cooked food, she’s just choosing not to. So, today she comes to me and says that she’s choosing to stop eating raw 🙂 These socks accurately capture her sense of style and bright little personality.

On The Raw Side II: Day 3

Three days down. Woohoo!

The Food

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (13 oz Bananas, 6 oz Berries, 3/4 cup Apple Juice, 3/4 cup Coconut Water, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz Spinach)
  • Morning Snack – Didn’t have one.
  • Lunch – 4.75 oz Strawberries, 9 oz Bananas, 2 Medjool Dates, 2 oz Spinach.
  • Afternoon Snack – 1 Banana & 8 oz Apple Juice
  • Dinner –  Favorite Salad (2 oz Spinach, 4 oz Roma Tomato, 1.5 oz Onion, 5 oz Mango, 1.5 oz Avocado, Cilantro, Lime) & 1 small Apple
  • Evening Snack – 1 Banana, 1 serving Dried Pineapple, 2 Medjool Dates, 8 oz Apple Juice
  • Water – 50 ounces
  • Calories – 1,922.6 (Carbs 90.2% / Protein 4.7% / Fat 5.1%)
  • Fiber – 50 grams!

The Exercise:

The Results:

  • I don’t have any “results” to report at the moment. I won’t weigh until Saturday and then it will still be a week from then before I have something to compare.

The Effects:

  • I woke up rested again this morning but was in a bit of a bad mood for some reason.
  • I spent some time on the sofa this afternoon resting my knee/foot (and chatting on the phone with Mandy B.).
  • Calories are still a little low today, but both calories and water were better than yesterday.
  • The Girl (8) struggled with eating raw. She didn’t like my “favorite salad” very much at first. She said later that it started tasting better but she was full. I don’t think she ate enough today. She’s still sticking with me, but it’s really difficult to eat this way with all of your siblings eating “Po-tacos” tonight (baked potatoes coated with vegan “taco chili”).

On the Raw Side II: Day 2

This was actually my second consecutive day RAW. I ate raw yesterday as well (and may post that information later). So, I guess that will make this challenge 54 days instead of 53 if I go all the way to the half-marathon.

The Food

  • Breakfast – Green Smoothie (15.5 oz Bananas, 6 oz Berries, 3/4 cup Apple Juice, 3/4 cup Coconut Water, 2 oz Kale, 2 oz Spinach)
  • Morning Snack – Didn’t have one.
  • Lunch – 2 oz Mango, 4.5 oz Strawberries, 2 Bananas, 2 Medjool Dates, about a cup of Sprouts.
  • Afternoon Snack – 1 Banana & 1 Navel Orange
  • Dinner –  1lb 4oz Watermelon, 2 Navel Oranges
  • Evening Snack – 1 serving dried pineapple, 16 oz apple juice
  • Water – 46 ounces
  • Calories – 1,989.8 (Carbs 92.2% / Protein 5.1% / Fat 2.7%)
  • Fiber – 49.2 grams!

The Exercise:

  • 4 miles run/walk on the trail with the kids, calorie burn of approximately 400 calories.

The Results:

  • I don’t have any “results” to report at the moment. I won’t weigh until Saturday and then it will still be a week from then before I have something to compare.

The Effects:

  • I woke up this morning bright-eyed. I slept very well.
  • My calories were too low. If I had eaten a morning snack I think they would have been on target. As you can see, I didn’t photograph everything we ate. I will do that from time to time but I’m not committing to doing it daily.
  • The eight year old seemed OK most of the day. She did cry a couple of times, which is unusual for her. She’s normally quite cheerful and lets things bounce off her. She cried during the run this afternoon and over something very minor in the van this morning. She wanted “dessert” after our dinner of watermelon, so I offered her a date. Apparently she doesn’t like dates as half of it is sitting on the counter as I type. She’s made it a day and a half, we’ll see how far she goes.
  • It seems we have a couple of people joining in the challenge. The Husband has committed to tracking everything he eats and weighing in with me on Saturdays. Tracking is a big deal for him. He has very little weight to lose (if any) but his tracking helps me too. Also, my friend, Mandy, is stepping up. She’s thinking about her challenge focus.

On the Raw Side II: Guidelines

Here we go! Ok, so maybe I’m a tad crazy for doing this… again, but there is no denying that the results of my first mostly* Raw trip were pretty cool. My guidelines will stay almost exactly the same as my first challenge.

The Food

  • Raw Fruit – I’ll be eating “high fruit” and will eat whatever fruit is available at my local grocery store.
  • Raw Vegetables – Most of my veggies will be in the form of greens but I’m not going to avoid the other colors of course.
  • Raw Fats – These fats will primarily come from fruit and vegetables with limited overt fats like avocados and nuts (no oils).
  • Percentages – I’m hoping to keep my weekly averages to 80% or higher Carbs, 10% or lower each of protein and fat.
  • Fresh & bottled juices – I do own a juicer but I’m including bottled juice because I do live a very busy life.  I’m trying to be realistic and set myself up for success.  *This is why I called this “mostly” raw at the start.  Most bottled juice isn’t raw because it undergoes pasteurization. 
  • Water – I will try for 64 ounces a day – I really didn’t do well with this one last time.
  • 2000-2500 Calories per day – That seems like a lot of food for an average 30-something year old woman but I already know (from the last challenge) that my body can handle it.
  • Tracking – I plan to share my menu each day, complete with calorie count and dietary percentages such as carbohydrates, protein, fat and fiber.

The Exercise

  • I’m currently training for a half-marathon, so obviously I’ll be running.
  • I’m also doing an indoor cycling class for cross-training.
  • Other activities I expect to do include: TaeKwonDo, Figure Skating, and walking the dog (although he is running with me now).
  • Tracking – I plan to share my workouts each day as well as the estimated calorie burn.

The Results

  • Weight – I will not weigh any more often than once a week. The actual scale number isn’t important to me but I’ll record the changes for anyone wanting to see what is happening there.
  • Measurements – I will take measurements on Saturday but haven’t decided how frequently I’ll do them after that.

The Effects

  • I am planning to make notes about how I’m feeling and the effect these dietary changes have on my mood, energy…etc.