Here they are! My body progress pictures from my vegan round of the 21 Day Fix!
I wanted to lose around 10 pounds, but more importantly, I wanted my shorts to fit.
The reason I wanted to take it EASY on the intensity this time around is because I wanted to avoid another post-Fix ten-pound weight gain. More realistic habit changes = more sustainable habit changes.
So, was I successful with my goals?
I cheated like a maniac on this vegan Fix. I hardly followed the containers at first. Only when the round’s end neared (and the fear of “after photos” filled my world) did I start to follow the containers and rein in my insane dessert habit.
BUT – with that strictness during the last few days, I was able to finally achieve my goal of a ten-pound loss!
I’m not sure how many inches I lost, because I was looking for more of a my-shorts-fit-again victory instead of a measurement victory.
And, indeed, my shorts finally slid and buttoned comfortably by day 21!
Here are a few “after” snapshots I took at my mother’s house. I was feeling particularly svelte that morning.
Ten pounds down and I didn’t even have to behave.
When I didn’t behave, I hardly saw any changes. Remember? I talked about that in my days 10-12 post.
I also had somewhat of an emotional breakdown at that point, which I explain in that post.
At the end of my vegan Fix, Husband was asking me to reflect upon this journey and discuss how I felt about it. Though I talked about my feelings toward vegan eating throughout the 21 days, I’ll explain a little further here.
Because I’m not quite dedicated to the vegan lifestyle, my choice to pursue a vegan 21 Day Fix was wobbly from the start. I did learn a ton of new recipes along the way and discover some stellar vegan food hacks, though. Which is one of the many perks of pursuing any kind of round of the 21 Day Fix – you’re bound to get bored with your food, and boredom breeds creativity.
However, I clearly had a more difficult time sticking to the vegan eating plan than the regular 21 Day Fix eating plan. I am sure this had a lot to do with my desire to “take it easy” this time around, though.
I was VERY happy to be able to eat up to five green containers a day.
I was also thrilled that lentils and chickpeas counted toward my red container.
Many of the foods allowed on the vegan Fix are foods I eat on a normal basis. I mean, my vegan round ended a few days, now, but I’m still eating primarily vegan foods. I like vegetables, fruits, and grains.
I also like ice cream, which I’ve been eating freely ever since my Fix ended.
On eating vegan forever…
I’ve recently read an incredible memoir about a woman’s struggle with weight, food, and dieting, and her eventual transition into veganism. I must say, this book has compelled me to reconsider my eating habits (more so than any other diet literature I’ve read recently). I’ve been talking about the book nonstop with everyone in my life.
It’s called Always Too Much and Never Enough, and it’s written by Jasmin Singer.
In her powerful memoir, which I reviewed on Goodreads, Singer unveils many of the hidden struggles and mind games we all experience in our own relationships with food.
Skinny or overweight, I challenge you to read this book and not find it highly relatable.
Singer is into juice cleanses, which proved to be the solution to her weight struggles. She does them every month, sometimes for ten days, sometimes for three.
I’ve never done a juice cleanse, but she sure makes me want to try one out!
Singer is also, as mentioned, a vegan. A well-informed vegan. The only reason I didn’t cave and eat that chicken sandwich I’ve been talking about during my massive day 20 cheat day is BECAUSE I had been reading her book. Singer makes some substantial points about veganism, specifically in terms of animal cruelty. She touches briefly on some harrowing truths about the food industry, and those, alone, tip Brooke’s food scales in vegan favor.
More than that, though, Singer connects the dots between food and eating habits.
Here’s a blurb from her book that struck me. She’s talking about how breakfast = “break fast,” meaning we are supposed to be breaking the fasting we’re doing while sleeping. She is explaining how fasting relates to detoxing:
I like that she says we have to “white-knuckle” it.
This “white-knuckle” feeling is abundantly clear in the first few days/weeks of any diet. Why? Because our bodies are telling us to shove donuts in our mouths, but our dieting brains are telling our bodies no. Our bodies still crave the sweets we had been eating, though, which is why we feel so crazy during that first stretch of a diet.
This idea of detoxing from processed foods correlates to Food Babe’s argument: that the processed, refined, sugary treats we eat are made to be addictive. The ingredients in those foods are designed to taste so good, to hit so many pleasure points in our skulls that we mindlessly return for more again and again.
The problem is that those ingredients are usually devoid of nutrients, and many of them wreak havoc on our digestive systems and bodies.
So, I need to make some changes.
If I don’t go vegan, I am going to go something. And that something is going to start with a thorough detoxing. Particularly from SUGAR, to which I am wholly addicted, as you’ve seen.
Singer says that the less refined sugar she eats, the less refined sugar she craves. It’s true! When I was behaving on my vegan Fix and not eating dessert, I found that I actually didn’t CRAVE sweets in the evening like I normally do. It was weird, actually. I just didn’t want them.
But it might be a while before I start it.
Because, remember? I’m moving back in with my parents, and other BIG NEWS things are happening (that I’m going to share with you next week, so stay tuned!).
So, I’m incredibly busy.
And when I do the paleo diet, I want to be FOCUSED on the paleo diet and do it the right way. I don’t want to half-invest in it and half-succeed. I want to go all in.
And I will. As soon as my life settles down.
I am going to start researching and delving into this idea of “detoxing” my body from all of the sugary sweets and refined carbs that I’ve been feeding it, though. Because I want to see if sugar detoxing will rid my mind of the incessant WANT to consume sugar.
In the meantime, I’m going to keep packing and moving and reading books and researching.
And I’m going to soak up all of the clean-eating and detox information I can find like a sponge and then USE all that information to see if I can finally come up with a lifestyle that helps me shed these extra pounds and keep them off for GOOD!
See you next week for my BIG NEWS announcement! ♥