When I say Yo-Yo, what do you think of? The super awesome simply designed toy that can keep you entertained for hours on end? I'll tell you what I think of when I hear Yo-Yo.....I think of my weight :P Here's a fun bit o' math for you.....In February, I started this journey at some amount (which I will reveal at a later time, as I'm not quite comfortable with it yet), I lost 15 lbs, gained 11, lost 11 again.. Did you get all that? Or have I made you nauseous from all the ups and downs ??? Well, in short, I'm now down 15 lbs....yes again! However, there have been some MAJOR changes I've made.
Early July, I got on the scale and saw that I had gained back 11 lbs of the 15 lost. I was super irritated with myself. I went through a slurry of emotions. I had that serious talk with myself and I made that decision to go cold turkey and give up the things that I felt were holding me back. I'm a huge bread and pasta junky. I can bypass the cookies, cakes, pies, cupcakes, etc in the grocery store, but show me a freshly baked loaf of bread and I'm done! Well I'm happy to report that I have been bread/pasta/rice/and potato free for 25 days! My main goal with this is to prove to myself that I can conquer my addiction. These are my "feel good" foods. When I'm sad, I eat pasta....when I'm happy, I eat bread.....when I'm stressed, I eat pasta sandwiched between two pieces of bread, etc. etc. I think you get the picture. This challenge to myself has made me rethink my emotions, and find other outlets to my eating habits. Lately, when I'm happy, I allow myself to be happy and not let my hands reach for food to "enhance" that happiness....when I'm stressed, I workout to release the tension..Essentially, I'm forcing myself to feel, not feed, my emotions :) I'm also being very very very consistent with my food logging. I'm still staying within a 1200 calorie day. I'm trying to throw one day in there where I will eat 1600 calories, just to make sure my body doesn't get used to the 1200 every day. While yo-yos are fun and all, there's a time when you have to put it down. I'm so ready to cut that yo-yo string!
I've discovered some pretty interesting new foods/methods of cooking since starting this new challenge. As you've probably read about my new fascination with cauliflower as a pizza crust, I also discovered shirataki noodles. A few years ago, while watching my favorite Doc....Dr. Oz, he had an episode that featured these noodles. I never tried them, however, I had all intentions to. Fast forward about 3 years, I am at the grocery store and saw them, I was super excited because I had been craving a dish that I used to eat as a kid. My grandmother and mom, used to make noodles with stewed tomatoes. I bought a pack, got a can of fire roasted tomatoes, took them home, followed the instructions on the pack, and YUMMY! I was in heaven. I added a little bit of Parmesan and voila! I had a lunch that was less than 100 calories!! At just 20 calories for half of the package, these bad boys are definitely one of my new faves! So far to date I've found a new love for bean pasta, cauliflower for my pizza crusts, and now these lovely bundles of joy, Shirataki noodles! If you can't tolerate tofu, have allergies, or just try to steer clear, you can also find soy free Shirataki noodles. The soy free kind are just made from the konjac yam. They are full of some good for you fiber, which makes them extra awesome. One thing I've found thus far with these noodles is they have little to no flavor of their own. They will soak up and take on the flavor of whatever you put them in.Much like mushrooms, or tofu, they will soak up the flavor of any sauce. My tomato/shirataki noodle lunch tasted 10 times better after making it the night before and having it the next day. So who's going to be adventurous and try some shirataki???