July was kind of a weird month for me emotionally. I felt out of sorts, cranky, sad, apathetic and at times downright depressed, which is unusual for me (I honestly think it was hormones, that’s the only explanation that makes sense). Normally, I’m pretty even keeled (okay except for those few days before my Special Lady Time) so having ALL THE FEELINGS all month long threw me for a loop. It was during this time that I emailed my RD Amanda and said “I need a break. I’m in a bad place and I just can’t think about weight loss right now” and honestly I expected her to say “okay see ya! Nice knowing you! Bye Bye Loser!!” (she would never actually say that – but that’s how I was feeling). Instead she said that I should take a few days to think about what I wanted – take a few days completely OFF – no tracking, don’t wear the pedometer, don’t weigh in…just do nothing for a week and then I could decide what I wanted to do. Well, thankfully, the tide of my bad mood shifted and at the end of that week I was ready to get back to it. I missed our weekly phone sessions and the guidance she gives me. When I told her I wanted back in, she let me know that she had talked with Andrew (the founder of Selvera) and they decided to let me try the ready-made meals that they offer with the full plan in order to hopefully jump start my weight loss.
I am seriously overwhelmed at their generosity and unwillingness to give up on me. Like, I almost cried over it, so touched was I.
So yesterday I got my big box of foods!!
Woohoo! Wanna see what was in it? There’s 14 days’ worth of foods, which includes:
The plan is to eat 5 of these packaged babies along with 2 fruits and 2 vegetables every day for 2 weeks, plus I can have 3 “discretionary” items (small portions of any food I want, basically) as well as 4-5 alcohol drinks per week. The foods are high protein and high fiber to keep you full and nourished. So far I’ve had the breakfast cereal (with 1 cup of blueberries) and the chicken soup (with 2 cups of carrot sticks – have you ever eaten 2 cups of carrot sticks? It’s A LOT OF FREAKING CARROTS). I’m heading to the grocery store after work to stock up on more fruits and vegetables so I don’t ever have to eat 2 cups of carrot sticks ever again ever. I love carrots, but man…I don’t know how those rabbits do it. In case it isn’t clear: I’m over the carrots, is what I’m saying. It’s time for a grocery run anyway – my vegetable bin is nearly empty, hence the 2 cups of carrots.
What I already like about this is that I only have to choose from what’s in my box – the choice of a whole world of food is not an issue now and I’m surprised at how relieved I am because of that. In a few weeks, I’ll transition back over the grocery store foods, but for now it’s nice to not have to think so hard about what I’m going to eat.
I also will be exercising and drinking boatloads of water, which I should be doing anyway but I seriously slacked off last month (see: soul crushing hormone tornado in first paragraph). The plan is to change things up every day so I don’t get bored because I apparently have the attention span of a toddler when it comes to working out. I get resentful when I have to do the same thing over and over, and then I don’t want to do anything except sit on the couch and eat Oreos. The plan is to do some form of cardio every day and add strength training exercises 2-3 days with one rest day per week. I can handle that. 🙂
I’m going to try and post here at least a couple of times a week so you can see how I’m progressing. I’ll review the food and the sessions I have with Amanda. If you have any ideas for different kinds of cardio that I could do – that would be great! I have a treadmill, and the weather is mild enough that I could do some outside work too, so keep that in mind.
Whew! This post turned out to be a lot longer than I anticipated so if you’re still reading, thanks for hanging in to the end!
*FTC folks – Selvera provided the food and counseling sessions at no charge to me in exchange for my ongoing review. All reviews/opinions are mine alone.