60 days ago my employer started a heath and fitness initiative at work called the 60 day fitness challenge. We had to commit to making a change for 60 days (such as a particular form of exercise or/and a healthy eating plan etc), stick to it, record all our foods, water intake, exercise and thoughts in a booklet and also take our measurements and weight before and after….
I committed to walking for 40 minutes each day (6 days a week) and decided to follow a vegan diet. (this has worked really well in finding out how vegans must have coped during WWII with the already limited rations and how they would have adapted recipes)
Instead of my meat, cheese and milk rations I’ve had lentils, split peas, nuts and almond milk (vegans during WWII would have probably used nuts to make a nut milk. Almond milk has been used since the middle ages as it keeps much better without refrigeration) and instead of butter/margarine I’ve used Earth Balance (an organic soy based vegan margarine)
Above all I’ve pretty well cut all junk/processed food out of my life, I don’t buy alcohol (so rarely drink it) as my budget doesn’t allow it (although I’ll drink all the alcohol I am offered at a friends house!), have eaten huge amounts of fresh vegetables and lots of fruit and generous portions of complex carbs such as sweet and regular potatoes, organic oatmeal etc.
I know this seems like a lot of deprivation, it is, BUT I know myself the person I am and keeping away from trigger foods is the only way I cope with my food addiction… over time I hope to moderate this behaviour but for now austerity works for me PLUS the fact that this is providing me with a wonderful insight into the real adaptation people had to make with rationing during WWII
I’ve also averaged around 2000 cals per day but NEVER deprived myself of food…. trust me I eat platefuls!
So the final low down….
60 days ago I weighed in at 299 lbs (home scales unclothed)
This morning I weighed in 267 lbs
TOTAL LOSS in 60 days = 32 lbs
I’m happy, it’s a great start and now the hard work begins….!