The Virgin Diet: Week 2 Report

Well, here we are. I have finished Week 2 of the Elimination phase of  The Virgin Diet and am going into Week 3. Feel free to look here for what the Virgin Diet is and Why I am doing it and look here for my Week One Report.
 

 
How is it going? Let’s see….

  • My energy levels continue to stay level ALL DAY LONG!
  • My clothes continue to fit better and better each day.
  • The brain fog continues to remain lifted.
  • Here is a big one.  I ran 3 miles on the treadmill (run/walk intervals) on Friday and had zero knee pain.  And then I had no knee pain later in the evening and none the next day.  WHAT?!?!?  I don’t even know what it is like to live pain-free.
  • Overall, I just feel better.
  • My cravings for bad food is almost completely gone.  I just don’t want junk anymore.  I still love my chocolate and I still love my sweets but healthier alternatives scratch that itch just fine now. I do occasionally want a good biscuit or piece of pizza but I’ve noticed that usually think about those things when I’m hungry.  If I stay on top of my eating and don’t get overly hungry much I don’t think about the other foods.

 
I have one more week of the elimination phase which is when you leave all gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs, artificial sweeteners, and peanuts out of your diet.  Like I said last week, I might choose to go one more week but we’ll see how that goes.

Then I will start the re-introduction phase.  I will take ONE of the seven foods and add IT to my diet once a day for four days (Monday-Thursday) and then take it back out again the last three days (Friday-Sunday).  Then start the process again on Monday with the next food.  This process is not cumulative.  So, if I choose gluten the first week and then dairy the second, I won’t keep allowing gluten the second week.  It is one food per week.  This is to set up the testing the best possible way so that you can be confident that a bad reaction is because of that particular food you reintroduced that week. Make sense?
 
What happened this week that wasn’t planned?

  • I got SICK!!  Last week my son had a terrible cold and apparently he shared it with me. It was pretty bad and I was miserable for at least two days.  That put a huge damper in my workout plans.  Amazingly, I stayed on plan despite it all.  My husband was a smart butt and made a comment to the effect of , “But, I thought the Virgin Diet fixes everything!  You can’t get sick!!”  Yeah, I do think it does fix a lot of things but it doesn’t stop viruses. LOL!
  • We went to Moe’s on Sunday while out shopping for a new bed.  I learned that Moe’s is pretty safe while eating this way.  You can get the burrito bowl (no tortilla) with the pico and the guacamole and no cheese and you can stay on plan.  I drank unsweet tea.  It was delicious and I needed to eat out.  HOWEVER, I ate a few chips!!  *GASP*  That totally violated the ‘no corn’ rule.  I probably ate ten chips.
  • Sunday night, last night, I did start having some rather profound knee pain.  I mean I woke up with it throbbing like someone was tightening a vice grip on it.  I took some Advil and went back to sleep.  I kept thinking, “What in the world could it be?  I’ve had no pain for 2 weeks and now this!!” And then I remembered I ate those chips.  Hmmmmm!  Could I have really reacted that much so quickly?  I guess it is possible.  But, I’m not 100% sure either.
  • I did have some moments of being too hungry and that put me in a bad mood.  I mean a FOUL mood.  I would eat and would be much better.  But, I know now that I have got to stay on top of my eating and my hunger levels.  I need to plan better and pack food more often and carry more water with me.  There is no reason ANYONE should have to deal with me hungry like that. 😉 And I bet I wouldn’t have eaten those chips at Moe’s if I weren’t so hungry going in there.

 
I am very happy with how things are going with The Virgin Diet.  I am convinced now of how prevalent food intolerances are and how they can affect your body.  I was very skeptical until I have felt the difference in my own body.  It really is humbling and eye-opening.  We’ll see what the re-introduction phase brings.  Whatever it does bring I am pretty convinced that I will be eating this way or some version of this way for the long haul.  I can’t go back now.

 

How about you?  Do you have any questions?  Please share your thoughts below!!!
 
 
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The Virgin Diet: Week 2 Report

This Week’s Online Workouts

Since I am focusing my workouts on body-weight type workouts, or calisthenics,  I thought I might share with you what I am doing so you can follow along too if you want to.  I am mostly doing YouTube videos.  Did you know that YouTube is a treasure trove of FREE and FULL workouts??  It is true.  Just do a search and tons will come up. It is absolutely perfect for days you can’t make it to the gym or you just need to mix things up.

Okay, onward with the week.  I will go ahead and say that it was kind of anti-climatic.  I got sick with a nasty cold that I think I caught from my wonderful sharing son and that really messed up my mojo and my plans.

 

MONDAY

 

 

Monday was my first day back after taking a whole week off from workouts.  So, I figured I would do my “benchmark” workout which is the MURPH WOD.  It is a Crossfit workout.  I like to do it every couple of months or so to get a feel for how my training is going.
 

Here is the breakdown:

1 mile run

100 pullups

200 pushups

300 squats

1 mile run

 

I did the pullups on the assisted pullup machine.  I did as many pushups as I could on my toes and then proceeded to my knees.  The squats were not regressed in anyway because they were air squats anyway.  The runs were performed on the treadmill.

It was a TOUGH workout.  I can see now how poorly I am doing in muscle endurance.  And that is why I am focusing on that for a few weeks.

 

TUESDAY

 


 
I do LOVE Zuzana. She was the leading personality of BodyRockTV for a long time and the parted ways to form her own company. She has tons of FREE workouts on YouTube and has recently started the ZGYM, a subscription-based fitness site.

Her workouts are short but very intense. I have never done a workout of hers without literally sweating on the floor. It is awesome and I highly recommend her. Most of her workouts require no equipment, just your body.

 

WEDNESDAY

 
My nasty cold was starting to hit me pretty hard on Wednesday. I also was called into work. I worked my shift but ultimately left a little early. And then we came home for school and resting. Then my son had Awana in the evening. So, no workout this today. It was a good thing because I was rapidly getting worse and I was very sore from Monday and Tuesday.
 

THURSDAY

 


 
I do believe Thursday was the height of feeling horrible for me. I never even left the house….not even to check the mailbox. But, I wanted to do something to help stretch and move my muscles. This is all I was able to do. I sniffled and sneezed my way through it. 😉
 

FRIDAY

 
Friday is a bit better in the health department. I plan to go to the gym in the afternoon and either walk on the treadmill or the elliptical. I had grand plans for another awesome body-weight workout but I really don’t want to push it and make myself worse. I figure even a leisurely walk is better than nothing and gets me heading in the right direction.
 
 

Do you have any workouts you have done and loved? PLEASE SHARE!!!!

This Week’s Online Workouts

Reading: It Does the Brain Good

…What I’m reading lately.

Wait…You’re Christian and eat Paleo?!

 

This blog and article is written by a person friend.  You may remember me writing this guest post on her blog. While I don’t consider myself ‘Paleo’ at this point,  even though I am basically eating Paleo on The Virgin Diet, I think this article answers some very important questions.  I have heard the same hesitations from people about being a Christian and eating Paleo.  It comes down to where do you stand on evolution.  Personally, I don’t support the philosophical underpinnings of the Paleo lifestyle.  But, you don’t have to support those to eat this way. At its root eating Paleo is a food choice and not a religious conviction.  Simple.  The Paleo Mama does a great job explaining this.

 

20 Tips for Breaking Free From Binge Eating

 

Here is another one from one of my favorite women in the fitness world, Nia Shanks. I just love her slogan, “Lift Like a Girl: Be the Most Awesome Version of You.”  Yep, I think that explains it pretty well.  And, DARN!, she beat me to that awesomeness.  Anyway, this is a great article of tips on how to prevent yourself from binge eating.  These tips just make sense and they help create a healthy, sustainable lifestyle…..not just another diet. I just love it when people provide awesome advice like this.

 

20 Ways to Build a Whole Foods Kitchen on a Budget

Lord, knows it is hard to eat well and stay on a reasonable budget. I don’t know about you but I am not rich and I have to control what I spend. A common response to eating whole foods is, “But, it is cheaper to buy the chips than the carrots.” Yes, in the short term it is cheaper but in the long term, with doctor bills, it becomes far more expensive. But, I digress. Here is 20 ways you can build up your kitchen and pantry for success on a whole foods lifestyle. Once again, this article is full of “it just makes sense” advice.  Check it out!  Take one tip to work on and then build to two. Next thing you know you are eating whole, REAL foods most days.  How does THAT make you feel?? 🙂

I’m an introvert, and I don’t need to come out of my shell

 

This article is not fitness related but pertains a lot to me. Over the last few years I have come to the conclusion that I am not shy and anti-social.  I am an introvert.  I have been reading a fair amount about what it means to be an “introvert” and what I’m reading makes perfect sense. I especially enjoyed this article.  It explains ME and other introverts so well.  Check it out and you’ll understand me a little better.

 

10 Ab Training Mistakes You Need To Stop Making

Bodybuilding.com continues to be my favorite website for training advice and they did not disappoint with this article. How many people do you know who are either constantly talking about their abs or are constantly training their abs. Everyone wants that tight core and dare we pursue the goal of a six-pack? A tight midsection is THE mark of a fit body these days. For that reason there is so much information on how to get that tight core …. good and bad advice. Here is good, sound advice for you. But, always remember. If you don’t have your diet in check you will never achieve the abs you want. A thousand ab moves a day will not give you a six pack if you are eating fast food every day. Cold, hard truth. Check out this article if you want to get abs the sensible way.

There you go. Let me know what you think! And if you come across an excellent article please share with me!!!

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Reading: It Does the Brain Good

The Virgin Diet: Week One Report

I have officially completed the first week of the The Virgin Diet and I am here to report on how it is going. You can go here to read about why I am doing this and what it is exactly.

The transition to not eating gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, corn, or sweeteners was actually a lot easier than I thought. My husband was correct in saying that it would be fairly easy because we’ve been following pretty strict nutrition plans before now anyway. So, the discipline was there.

Here is what a typical day looks like:

  • Breakfast: Gluten Free Oatmeal made with almond milk, a squirt of honey (natural sweeteners in moderation are allowed), and a dollop of almond butter.
  • Snacks: Raw veggies with homemade hummus, Apple and almond butter, homemade Larabars, etc.
  • Drinks: Black Coffee, unsweetened tea, and tons of water

How do I feel after one week?

  • There is less bloating in my core section.  Yes, that infamous pooch we all hate is getting smaller and flatter.  I am looking tighter in general.
  • I am sleeping better at night.  I usually wake up several times a night and often have to go to the couch in hopes of falling back to sleep.  This week has been a blessed time of deep slumber.
  • My energy is through the roof and consistent throughout the day.  I usually have a major crash around 2 pm or so and really struggle to keep my eyes open.  Not this week.  I just kept plowing through the day.
  • Mental clarity.  The fog was lifted.  I had no idea that I was living with so much fog and dissonance in my head.  This week has been remarkably clear.  I wish I could say I came up with an awesome invention or profound thought.  Maybe next week. I’m just happy I was able to have complete thoughts and not struggle to come up with the right words in a conversation.
  • And here’s the BIG one. NO KNEE PAIN!!!!  Time will tell if that was due to the nutrition change or the fact I didn’t exercise at all this week.  But, I was thrilled to live this week pain free.

I thought I was going to be a superhero and get through this first week with no problems or cravings.  That was the case through Saturday.  I even navigated a party with slipping up.  But, then came Sunday.  The cravings hit me like a cast iron pan.  I was so hungry for everything bad all day long.  I was eating a lot of food so I know I wasn’t technically hungry .  I even messaged a friend and said “I think I could gnaw my own arm off and fry it in buttermilk.”  It was that bad.  I kept telling myself, “Cravings are just toxins leaving the body.  I can do this. I can do this. I can do this.  Push through this hurdle and it will get better.”

Now, here I am on Tuesday and things are better.  The cravings are not nearly as bad and very manageable. Perhaps it is the routine of the week  or I am slowly conquering the cravings.

My assessment after just one week?

I feel amazing.

This isn’t quite as hard as I thought it would be (except for Sunday).

I am following this plan better than any other plan I’ve followed.  I think that has to do with the fact that I want answers for what’s ailing me.  So, I can’t mess this process up with random cheats.

Two-Three weeks of the elimination process (I *might* add an extra week on for good measure) and then I will start testing each food one at a time.

I will keep you all updated throughout the next few weeks. 🙂



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The Virgin Diet: Week One Report

Rest: An Important Part of the Fitness Puzzle

May I confess something to you?

*Looking around*

Promise not to judge me?

Okay, I have hardly gone to the gym this week let alone done any kind of exercise.


There, I said it.

I had not planned it this way but it kind of fell into place. This week started out being very new with starting an elimination diet (The Virgin Diet) and not knowing how my body would react to it. I planned on taking it easy in general until I had a sense for how I was doing.  I wrote a post on Wednesday about planning to do body-weight exercise training for the next few weeks.  And that is still the plan for sure.

Then my son got sick with a cold and I couldn’t bring him to the gym with me.  I took that day off from the gym.  Then that turned into another day of sickness and no gym.

I could have exercised at home.  Isn’t that the whole point of focusing on body-weight training for awhile??   You can do it wherever you are?!  Yes, that is the whole point.

But, this may sound kind of hokey or crazy but something deep inside just told me to rest for awhile.  It wasn’t a feeling of laziness or “I don’t want to’s”.  It was just a sense of calm and “It is okay to rest for a few days.”

And guess what?

I am feeling fabulous this week.

I can’t wait to get back to it. It is ON LIKE DONKEY KONG on Monday! (always Monday, right?!?!)

diet on monday
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The whole point of the post, I guess, is to say that I am not superhuman. I don’t exercise every single day. Things happen in life that gets in the way. I get tired. I need to recuperate. I need to rest.

Rest is very much a part of the fitness puzzle. Change happens when we sleep not when we exercise. That is why we make a point to sleep a decent amount each night and that is why we integrate rest days into our fitness programs.

But, it is also okay to take a few days off if you honestly need them. Don’t feel guilty about it.

Wait, hold that thought. It kind of depends on why you skipping out. Are you just feeling lazy and unmotivated and would rather eat junk food and watch tv all day? You can probably push through that and create your own motivation.

But, if you are still motivated to stay the path but you just KNOW that rest would do you more good then please listen to your body and rest.

Just make a PLAN for how many days your rest period will be and when your start date will be.

And STICK TO IT!

I PLAN to be back in the gym on Monday.  I will have a workout in hand and I will be ready to go.

Do you want to hold me accountable?

Rest: An Important Part of the Fitness Puzzle