The Accidental Beginning
Take it slow and easy. What do I think made my weight loss possible, as well as how I am feeling so much better now? A combination of everything, but, I would say, the green thickies and walking. Granted, when I first started, I couldn’t walk far. Heck, I could barely walk a mile! But you have to remember…everything is a process. Nothing happens all at once.
At first, I added green smoothies to my diet. This started out at about 3 or 4 a week. I believe that this worked because it allowed my body to get used to the huge influx of nutrients (which my body was not used to!). It can be quite startling to your body, (most especially, your intestines) to completely change your diet, so doing it in baby steps is a much more comfortable way of doing it.
Stepping Up my Smoothie Game
After a few months of just having a few frozen green smoothies a week, (Thank you NutriBullet!), I got a Ninja Professional from Costco and immediately stepped up my smoothie game. I want to tell you, that Ninja was a very good blender and if you can’t afford a high speed blender, then that is the one to get.
It was about this point that someone had noticed that when I came home from work, I didn’t just throw myself down in exhaustion. I would come home, and like…DO things. I was shocked once I realized that and knew that it had to be directly tied to the green smoothies. This was because it was the only recent change that I had made to my life that could explain this drastic change.
I was also getting smaller. I hadn’t lost any weight, but my clothes were getting looser. While I still weighed 230 pounds, I was getting smaller. Apparently, fat was being exchanged for muscle, before I actually started losing weight. I lost at least one pant size before any actual weight loss had occurred! Even if you stop at this point, and never do anything more, (but continue with green smoothies), you will continue to get healthier and probably lose some weight, but why stop with that!!!
I began adding other foods to my smoothies. At the time, I didn’t know it, but I was making green thickies. I started with chia seeds, and flax, and continued to go from there!!!
Learning About Green Smoothies
While researching what to put in my green smoothies, I discovered green thickies (Thank you, Katherine!!) While I could never afford her challenges, I learned a lot about green thickies. Most especially, what yummy things you can put in your ‘basic’ green smoothie (for me), which is a banana, blueberries, nondairy milk, and greens. I was hooked! Some of my favorites to add to a green smoothie are:
- Peanut butter (I use Adams)
- Chia seeds
- Coconut oil
- Orgain Organic Plant Based Protein Powder, Creamy Chocolate Fudge
- Cacao powder
- Pine nuts
Making Them Last
It was around this point that having three children kicked in. I have always been a huge proponent of leftovers. At some point, I had figured that that particular container that I was making smoothies in was for 2 smoothies and I had been having at least 1, if not 2 of those, a day. Lots of nutrients, and quite a few calories. Not that any of that was going to waste. I was still actually losing a little bit of weight at this point. This was approximately the beginning of January 2015.
Have you ever heard of gelato? Well, my son, while not completely on the health ‘kick’ I am on, eats Talenti because of its very limited ingredients. If you must have ice cream, I can personally recommend those. But their advantage, as it pertains to smoothies, is that they come in resealable containers! They make the perfect size to freeze smoothies in!! Thanks to my son, we had them coming out of our ears.
So at this point, I am making my green thickies, (about 4 at a time), I eat one, and freeze the rest. Since I don’t measure the ingredients (eyeball measurements only!), the number of frozen smoothies vary. What this does is allow me to have a smoothie once, or twice, a day without having to break everything out to make them, and stay consistent with having them every day.
The better you feel, you will find that you actually want to get out there and get some exercise. You want to take the long way through the parking lot. You will find yourself not making excuses to get out of going on a walk. You actually get up and take yourself on a walk…spontaneously! You will find yourself getting up and moving around, more and more often, as time goes by. That is because your body is getting the nutrients that it has lost from all of the ‘fake’ food. Your body has been starving for nutrients, while you were busy putting on the pounds.
Another ‘pasttime’ that I had that I believe was very important to my weight loss was weeding. I am not talking about the slow, sedate pulling out of the weeds from the garden. I am talking wholesale, dandelion slaughter! I started out with a ‘dandelion popper’, but ended up using a claw hammer and that is where the real calories were burned. I will admit to a substantial amount of divets in the yard, but since I was putting them all over the yard and the yard was being watered regularly, the majority of them weren’t very large or noticeable.
Don’t Rush It
Take this whole process nice and slow. You are getting healthy and trying to create a new habit. It’s ok, if there’s a ‘hiccup’. Just get back up and keep going.