Nourished and hydrated

Down another pound this week to make a total of 3 pounds in 2 weeks. I'm happy with that.

(Just stopped myself before I started explaining why it could have been more. I need to stop doing that!)

I'm on Phase 2 of the super top-secret 12-week plan and there's more freedom in the dense carbs and fruits, but I'm still choosing to ignore stuff like breads, crackers, pasta and similar foods. But as for fruit, the universe has expanded to all fruits. Still, I'm going to choose ones on the lower end of the glycemic spectrum, give or take a frozen banana half in a smoothie.

I've also been eating a lot more real food. I can't remember the last time I ate a protein bar or frozen meal. Sure, they're quick and easy but the real food satisfies me more. 

Trader joes fresh cheese sticks
I am down to the last 3 cheese sticks in this package, which has gone into deep hiding in the fridge.

There still are a few quick grab-and-go snacks in my arsenal. I picked up some mozzarella sticks at Trader Joe's and they're different than most cheese sticks in that it's fresh mozzarella. Same calories and nutrition but really good. Sometimes I pair it with an apple or a cup of berries, sometimes it's just the cheese. The important nutrient for me to focus on is protein, so I make sure it's the centerpiece of all meals and snacks.

The meals and snacks I'm making have me feeling satiated and, well, nourished, instead of just fed.

I think the biggest impact on my health and weight loss this week has been getting in at least 64 ounces of water every day. That water bottle I bought gives me just enough visual stimulus to see how easy it is to get in those 8 glasses. 

That said, I should buy stock in toilet paper.

I asked my dietitian whether the body starts to adapt better to drinking all that water and she said, basically, no. Whatever. I'm still doing it because I've been feeling really good -- alert, awake and  hydrated.

My 3-month PMS finally subsided and my hunger signals are finally back to normal again. But since I have no idea what my hormones are up to, I asked my dietitian how I can deal with my hormonal roller coaster and she gave me one of her brochures on Hormone Friendly Diet Principles, so I have some lovely reading to do tonight. (For you, one word -- sweet potatoes. OK, that's 2 words, but sweet potatoes.)

On the fitness front, I decided to switch up my Tuesdays and Thursdays to DDP Yoga. If you're not familiar with DDP Yoga, it was created by former pro wrestler Diamond Dallas Page (DDP). I'd describe it as power yoga with some tai chi and isometrics to keep your energy up and your heart rate elevated. I wrote about it a few years ago and just stashed away the program. Then I lent it to my sister, who also stashed it away. I finally asked for it back and promptly stashed it away again. But I was cleaning out the office and found the set, so I decided to finally, FINALLY! use it. It's fun!

So, that's all I've got for today. 

Rock on, and heed the words of my new blog tagline:

For those of us who think visually, this may do the trick for water

First things first: I lost 2 pounds this week on my super top secret 12-week book pre-release plan.

{cue the balloon drop}

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Aside from the fact that my body decided that there's no time like the present to surprise me after 3 months (yeah, that) I soldiered through the PMS and followed the plan.

I also got in five straight days of exercise and threw in a Saturday workout just cuz I felt like it.

Blogilates water bottleThis week I'm building on my success by really focusing on the water thing. 

Oh, the water thing. I really, really don't drink enough plain, unfettered water. So I bought myself a gift -- yet another water bottle. I found it on Cassey Ho's Blogilates site and I knew I had to have it because it has markers for every hour from morning 'til noon. When you finish that side of the bottle, (it says "Do It Again") you simply fill it up and go from 2 to 6 p.m.

I got it in the mail right before we went to the gym, so I made up for lost time and drank the entire quart on the bike during my 10-minute warmup. (Note to self: Don't do that. It's hard to workout when you're sloshing full of water.)

But for those of us who think visually, having those one-hour hash marks to polish off makes getting the water down super easy. 

It's not a little sippy bottle; it's a big ol' chug bottle so the o-z's go quickly.

Today was the first time I drank 8 glasses of water in quite awhile and I intend to keep using my new gift to myself.

I especially love the message on the front of the bottle:

Bottle front