My 30 week marathon training schedule officially begins Monday. I'm nervous about it and that I'm actually going through with this. I'm also extremely proud of myself for setting a goal and working towards it. While my weight loss has slowed down with dieting (mainly) alone but I feel the 5 day a week training schedule will definitely kick things into higher gear as far as getting some more pounds off of me. I posted the first of my "transformation" pictures this week where I can see the difference 18 pounds has made on my face - I've lost a chin or two! My pants are actually FITTING, and not just squeezing on.
I have a busy weekend ahead of me as I'm getting up early tomorrow to head north and visit my Dad, see my favorite bride and bridesmaids for lunch and have a fun time at a 3 year old's birthday party. They're calling for snow for the area Sunday into Monday with the possibility of 5-10 inches here which should make for a fun Monday morning commute. I'm also in my last two weeks at my current job before I make the big move over to Children's. I went this week for my pre-employment visit with employee health and HR for my badge. I walked out with a new picture ID, a blood draw and two shots. I only have one more day of call and next Friday is my friend Melissa's birthday/my going away party so that should make for a fun time.
With the new changes in work, schedule and training, I'm thinking about mixing things up a bit more with my eating. Not only watching my total calorie intake but really focusing more on "clean eating". I am obsessed with iced tea full of Sweet-n-Low which I down regularly most mornings with my oatmeal and at meals out. I've been reading a lot about aspartame and un-natural chemicals and additives in food and I think making the switch would obviously be healthier but I don't know if I can realistically do it. I still LOVE food. I'm staying under my 1420 calorie goal most days and if I have the calories for a cookie or frozen yogurt, I eat it. I think to really achieve the end results I'm looking for I may have to cut these things out of my diet completely and also stop eating artificial things in food, including my beloved Sweet-n-Low. That being said, I've also read that completely cutting yourself off from those things you really love to eat can put you in a bad place and in moments of weakness one can binge some serious calories on all these things they've denied themselves. I don't want that to happen, either. I guess I'll have to find a happy medium. Do any of you have experiences with the "clean eating" lifestyle/process? Pros? Cons? Is this actually doable? Can you still live a "normal" life and do this? I've love to hear your input.