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Sunday, August 15, 2010

It's Official! I'm down 50 pounds!


Good News! I’ve officially lost 50 pounds!!!! 

I need to let that sink in for a minute, 50 pounds is a huge accomplishment. I think I need to channel the “Biggest Loser” and try carrying around 50 pounds. I have a hard enough time carrying my son and he only weighs 32 pounds. When I have difficulty putting my weight loss in proper perspective I think of things like the carry the weight challenge. I admit despite my weight loss I actually feel bigger now than I did when I weighed over 200 pounds. I am now paying more attention to things like my jiggling cellulite and my abs that are not toned.  I Need to stop with that negative thinking and focus on the positive. 


I’ve been doing the Clean program for almost a week and I feel so good.  I am preparing healthy food that is totally free of things like wheat and gluten that I know are allergy triggers for me. Although I do not have a severe allergic reaction to wheat and gluten, I have more mucus, less energy and I believe more inflammation when I eat these things. 


My hip feels wonderful, after several months of hip pain I am finally able to run on a consistent basis to train for the Nike Half-Marathon on October 17th. I am fundraising for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and thanks to my generous donors I have almost raised my goal of $4000 - notice the “almost” you can donate here.


Because I’ve been eating Clean I’ve been preparing more home cooked meals. I want to share my meal for the day -  grilled portobello mushroom, brown rice and lentil soup. 
Delicious! 

The soup is basically an empty the refrigerator soup. I had leftover lentils and added carrots, bok choy, onions, flax seeds, cilantro, garam masala, ginger, cumin, garlic powder, Mrs. Dash original, salt, mustard seeds and black pepper. I just kept adding things until I liked the flavor since I used plain water as the base I need to ensure it was seasoned well.

The portobello mushroom I lightly coated with cold-pressed olive oil and flavored with garlic and rosemary. I placed it in the broiler and it was done in about 8 minutes.

I admit it takes time to cook but I am finding that I enjoy it and my family seems to enjoy my creations too. There haven’t been any leftovers! And my refrigerator is filled with so many fresh ingredients that I am always on the lookout for interesting and new recipes to try. Unlike other detoxes, this one has been great because there is food involved- I like to eat! After I finish Clean I think I am going to continue maintaining by having a shake for breakfast as suggested by Dr. Junger. I enjoy the shakes for breakfast and I want to life as  “clean” as possible. I already have thoughts of baking my own bread so that I can avoid wheat and gluten. I’ll keep you posted!

*I received the Clean Program for review purposes but all opinions are my own.

40 comments:

gretablau said...

That mushroom and rice looks good! Yum. And you look fantastic. Shut that duck up. Seriously.

But I do know what you mean, some areas get accented once you're not "full" anymore.

Maggie, Dammit said...

WOW.

Nice job, my friend! Wow wow and wow again. I have goosebumps. :)

Tyrone said...

Congratulations - that's a huge accomplishment! Relish in it.

Shawnta said...

You look amazing! Way to go...congrats! The meal, especially the lentil soup, looks so good.

Sheliza said...

Way to go Renee~! Congrats on your big loss :) I am loving your vegetarian dishes too. Sounds so good~!

Danielle said...

OMG! Huge CONGRATS to you! 50 pounds is amazing! Keep up the great work!

Rona's Home Page said...

Congratulations! You look amazing.

Andrea @ MommySnacks.net said...

Renee, you look FAB!! I am so proud AND happy for you!!

Beadwright said...

Hurraaayyyy for you!!! Congratulations. That is such a wonderful accomplishment. You look beautiful.
Nicole/Beadwright

Mom2anutball said...

You look amazing! Congratulations!

Emma's Mom said...

WhooHoo! Congrats on reaching your goal mama!!

MOMMY-MOMO said...

WOW!!! you look fantastic!!!

Skinny Sushi said...

A HUGE congratulations on your loss! You look absolutely beautiful.

Kirsten said...

50 pounds is so amazing, Renee! Seriously. That is awesome. I'm glad the eating clean is helping you feel better.

Drazil said...

That is so great - way to go!

Mandy said...

Awesome. Just awesome!

MizFit said...

CONGRATS!!!

Appu said...

lovely.
We can say: we are proud of you.
Claps for you - again & again.
You - The inspiration for many.

Meghan said...

Girly, u look amazing!
Congratulations!

Kimberly said...

WOW! Congrats on losing 50 lbs! That is huge! And the soup looks good, maybe I should clean out my fridge tomorrow! :) Have a great week!

Ivette said...

Wow, congratulations! Losing 50 pounds is a trememendous accomplishment. Keep up the great work!

Lindsey Whitney said...

Way to go!!!

Lindsey @ growingkidsministry.com

Amanda said...

You are an inspiration!!! Congrats!

Nikowa Lee {Quirky Mom} said...

WOOT! Congratulations girl!!!!

Lisa Johnston said...

You LOOK FABULOUS!

I love the foods that you're eating. Awesome job!

My first major goal is 50! I won't look as great as you when I get there, but that will come one day! Takes time, takes time!

Have a wonderful week!

Colleen said...

Congratulations...awesome job!

Marie said...

Look at you hot mama!! CONGRATS 50lbs gone!!

The Maniacal Matron - @MMScarlett said...

50 pounds!!! AWESOME!

I have never tried the portobello muchrooms before - this may be a good recipe to start with!

bookieboo said...

You are such an inspiration to everyone! We have just watched you melt over the year. XXOO

~Lori~ said...

What a awesome weight loss! Congrats!

Krista said...

Wow! congrats on all of your success!!

Heather @ Not a DIY Life said...

Wow! 50 lbs gone is an awesome accomplishment! So glad your hip is better and that you can train for your half marathon. Good luck!

kia said...

FIFTY! Wow, congrats. You were one of the first people I followed when I started my twitter account in November. I remember thinking you were nuts to start a weight loss effort the week before Thanksgiving. I am very thrilled you have proven me wrong.

Laura said...

FANTASTIC JOB HUN!!!!!

keep up the great work!
Laura @SeeLauraRun

Janice - The Fitness Cheerleader said...

You look fantastic!! Way to go! You're so motivating - good luck in your half marathon!

Anne DiNapoli said...

Congrats! You look fantastic and are so motivational! It was great to see you again at BlogHer.

Roxy said...

My major goal is to lose 50 lbs and seeing you there makes me feel all giddy! I'm trying my hardest to reach the -25 lb mark and it's so amazing to see where everyone is at on their own weight loss journeys. Congratulations! And wow, we need you on our fundraising team. Looks like you're meeting goal after goal. Life is good, huh? :)

The Clean program sounds interesting. There are so many different detox programs out there, so I'm finding it hard to choose. Looking forward to tracking your progress! Good luck in your half marathon!

Heather Silver said...

Congratulations on the 50 lbs!! You look beautiful in the photo :) I am training for my first half marathon in November also, so good luck. I have been a little leary about trying a detox cleanse, but I shuffled over to your post about the Clean Program and I may try to give the home version a try this coming up week.

lorrie said...

wow awesome congrats on the 50 lb loss thats a greta markt to reach i know ill be celebrating when i go below 2oo but for now im stuck between 220 and 215 havent gotten any lower

Christine.Joyce said...

I'm late but CONGRATS!! SUPER AWESOME!! Looking forward to all your maintenance tips!

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