Archive | October, 2012

Homecoming!

29 Oct

I’m not sure why I believed everything would be different. After all, not even six months had passed since graduation. Still, I was nervous to be going back. But when I arrived on Hampton’s campus, I quickly realized everything was the same. The buildings, the crowded student center, the steam rising from the ground, were exactly the way I remembered. Some of the faces were different, (a new class of freshmen had started their Hamptonization process) but I was glad to be back at my Home by the Sea. Homecoming weekend was spent having fun with my close Hampton friends, and quickly catching up with my former classmates.

The thing I found is that I wasn’t the only one missing Hampton. More people than I can count were just like me: living at home, bored, and working somewhere only slightly related to what they really want to do in life. Some people were still searching for jobs, while others were contemplating going back to school. This made me feel better, because I know that a big part of my nervousness was coming from the idea that I’d be the only person in this position. In my mind, all of my classmates would have fancy titles and jobs with Fortune 500 companies.

The weekend was fun, but more importantly, I learned something. I learned that, despite what my imagination tells me, I’m not behind. I’m not the only one who doesn’t have a flawless plan. 🙂

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Day 2 and 3

6 Oct

Day 2

It was only day 2 of The Fat Smash Diet, and already my will was being tested. A friend of mine was having a birthday dinner. I planned to avoid restaurants during my 9 day detox, but I couldn’t ask her to postpone her birthday celebration for me.  She wanted to have her b-day dinner at The Cheesecake Factory.  I love TCF, and I love ending my dinner with a big slice of cheesecake. But, on this particular visit, I couldn’t do that. 

I thought about postponing Phase 1 of the Fat Smash Diet until after her birthday dinner, but I figured if I keep waiting until I have a “good 9 days,” I would never have a time to do it. 

So anyway, I went to The Cheesecake Factory, and I actually had a good time. Not too many of the people there ordered dessert, so it wasn’t like I was sitting lonely watching them all eat the food.  However, if it wasn’t a friend’s birthday, I would have made the decision to stay home. 

 

Day 3

I had another good workout at the pool today, but I’m thinking about changing it up very soon. I’m tired of washing my hair lol. But anyway, I went back to the store to get some more veggie burgers and stuff to make a huge salad. This time, my salad included nuts, mandarin orange slices, mushrooms, and low fat Caesar dressing.

Having my mom doing the diet with me is the best part. I think if I was in my house doing the detox alone, I would have already given in. My sister had grilled cheese and ice cream for dinner last night.  Ice cream is my favorite dessert, so I tried to “simulate” ice cream by having yogurt and strawberries.  Yummy lol. 

Overall, I think I’m doing great so far.  This detox is not nearly as bad as I thought (even though I’m SO ready to get to Phase II). I have 3 days in my pocket. I haven’t weighed myself yet, but I just feel like the results are going to be great

Fat Smash Diet

4 Oct

Since February, I’ve been trying to do it “own my own,” by counting calories or trying new exercises. The problem with this is that nothing I’ve done has been consistent. I’ll get to doing something for a couple of days and then fall off the wagon. I have lost and gained the same 4 pounds over and over again.

Two days ago, I decided that I’d put off my diet long enough. I was going to do something that had structure. With my mother as my weight loss partner, I began to plan Dr. Ian Smith’s Fat Smash Diet.  The first phase of the diet is a detox that includes mostly fruits, veggies, and some whole grains. I studied the first two chapters of the book and made a grocery list and detailed menu to last the 9 days of the detox. Even though I’ve had many fails in the past, I have realized that planning works.  Over the next 9 days I plan to write about what I’m doing and my end results.

Day 1

Plain oatmeal is nasty. I really can’t think of any other word to say. I added cinnamon and nutmeg, but that made it just ok. I also downed a half glass of soy milk, which was another unpleasant experience to me. My favorite part of breakfast was an apple. For my first snack, I had carrots and a fat free granola bar. This was a satisfying and I found that I wasn’t starving by lunch time.

Lunch and dinner went much better than breakfast.

For lunch, I had a salad with grapes and cashews. I forgot to get low fat dressing at the store, so I squeezed fresh lemon juice over my salad. The salty cashews, sweet grapes, and tart lemon juice made a delicious combination. While I don’t have this salad planned in my menu again for the next 9 days, I do plan to make it again. It was yummy. I also had a veggie burger and an orange. This was a great meal.

The fat smash diet also includes exercise, so after 45 minutes of swimming with my mom, I came home to make us dinner. I decided on a stir “fry.” I boiled some rice, and steamed broccoli, string beans, and green peppers. Then I mixed everything together with a bit of teriyaki sauce. This was also a tasty meal.

Overall, I think today was a great day. I’ll have to work on finding a tasty replacement to the oatmeal.

One day down, eight to go.