The new year and other fests are officially over in Japan; I did the mistake of weighting myself AND finding my medical exam card on the same day a few days ago. I putted on 5 KG (12 pounds) since I arrived here. I knew I had putted on a few pounds since september; but this much? At first I almost cried but then realized it would get me nowhere. So I got my ass in front of my computer and ordered on amazon a blender (because a juicer is fucking expensive!) , nuts and chia seeds.
A few weeks later, I can say I officially started smoothying. Daily. But not for all my meals; c’mon, solid food is delicious. But I have to say, it goes better than expected (I taught it would be unbearable for me to keep on going on vegetable puree for at least half of the day) but its not that bad. I also let myself get a bunch of edamame as soon as I crave food, and found a glass-container on my dorm floor (a few girls have been moving back to their countries recently, creating a mass of ‘garbage’ (i.e. still good stuff) so my water intake has gone up, for the best.
I also started with the idea of not necessarily losing weight right away, but more to clean myself from the inside in the best possible way: chia seeds, water and coconut milk. TMI ALERT ——-> it works very well. For somebody who suffered constipation for the last few years (I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t constipated), the feeling is awesome. My bloating drasticaly reduced, I go at least 2 times a day to the bathroom to SHIT. And it’s gooood! Also reducing the amount of food I put into my body helps for this, and I noticed that my digestions ability have improved (I leave this to your imagination).
Of course the cravings have not stopped. I bought a pack of salty rice crackers yesterday and ate them all and liked the salty taste on every one of them. But after the whole package, I also didn’t feel guilt (ok maybe a little)… but I was able to wash it away easily: I know I’m on the right path. Of course it won’t always be easy like it is now, but I believe in myself again, and I am able to say, “heh, its not the end of the world!”.
With another of my friends who put on a lot of weight since september, we started going running every 2 days or so. She never jogged in her life so its a bit hard for her, but I’ve been pretty inactive in the last few months so I don’t start with a crazy hard-running-level. We are going slowly, avoiding injuries, cheering up eachother and it feels really good.
The lunch smoothie! Small-brocoli, 1 carrot, 1 cucumber, 2 pieces of garlic, a bit of ginger and chia seeds. My reaction after the first… bite/gulp: OMG THATS A LOT OF GARLIC! So guys, keep it cool on the garlic.
My blender is a very small one (350 ml) so I need to keep things realistic when choosing my veggies (I get really pumped up and want to put everything in lol). For this one, I steamed the hardest veggies and then blended everything together.