This picture has no relation to my post- other than the fact that those pants are total workout motivators... LOVE.
Well, It hasn't been easy. Scratch that. It's been hard... very hard. I was utterly out of shape in every which way- strength, cardio, endurance, stamina- and I've been inactive for far too long. She (the
But you've heard the story (or experienced a similar one yourself) enough times before to know what I'm going to say next. It's all worth it. After only 2 weeks, the soreness is still there (oh, is it there), but it's accompanied by an overwhelming sense of power... strength... energy... confidence. And a drive to eat well, to get the sleep I need (to wake up at the crack of dawn), to move more- to push myself beyond my preconceived notions of weakness... beyond my [far-too-low] self-imposed limits.
Aside from the workouts though, they've recommended a simple solution to the ongoing issue of eating your vegetables. And this element has been equally important in the positive results that I've experienced.
The Addition Diet.
Not a diet, in the typical sense of the word- in which you cut food out. Here, you bring food in. It's not a new concept, but a simple one, and a good reminder to fill up on healthy foods, leaving less room for the junk.
Here are the rules (in their words exactly):
Rule #1 - Breakfast: Huge Smoothie
3 types of fruit and 3 big handfuls of spinach (Example would be 1 orange, 1 apple, 1 cup frozen blueberries, spinach)
Cut up the fruit, stick it in the blender with a little water and liquefy once that is all mixed up add in 1 handful at a time of the spinach (till you have three big handfuls in there). This should make a large smoothie. Drink until you are full. If you’re not full make another one.
*Don't let the spinach scare you; you won't even know it's there besides the color.
One hour later or before you eat anything else, eat 2-4ozs of turkey or chicken breast.
Rule #2 - Lunch: Big Salad
Commit to yourself that come hell or high water you will do your best to have a large salad for lunch every day. Try to get as much variety of raw vegetables as you can find.
Rule #3 - Dinner: Hippocrates Soup
Begin each dinner with a bowl of the following soup recipe:3-4 stalks celerySmall amount of parsley1 ½ pounds of tomatoes2 medium onions2 small leeks2-3 cloves of garlic1 pound of potatoes
Chop up the above ingredients and put them in a big pot. Cover with distilled water and cook for 2 hours. It is recommended that you keep the leftovers for no more than 2 days. If you need to freeze a portion, you can do that.If you want to be even better for dinner, have a lean protein, steamed vegetable and dinner salad. But the real rule to focus on is including the soup. Every night. It is a cleansing, detoxifying soup and you are not to add any salt.
Without a doubt, I am all for taking the 'all-is-okay-in-moderation' approach to eating (as long as you're active). But like Stephanie shared last week, sometimes "desperate times call for desperate measures." And since I couldn't seem to get my act together any other way, desperate measures were in order.