For Stimulock: What to eat on your loading days

This post is dedicated to those of you who have purchased the Stimulock drops (and those of you still curious) and are wondering what to eat during your first two ‘loading days.’ I noticed that the blog had been getting a lot of traffic from search engines inquiring what to eat the first two days on and the first two days off of the program, so here is part one.

*Note: these practices are specific to the Stimulock System and are entirely ineffective without the purchase and use of the drops. For more information on getting started with Stimulock click here.

If you were following my blog back in January, you may recall that I documented my Stimulock journey including my loading days. You can see what I ate while loading here and here.

Doughnuts?

Go for it.

Burgers?

They’re all yours.

Ice cream?

Eat that too.

BBQ, Chipotle, pasta, brownies, cookies…? Eat all of it! Seriously. It surprises most people that they are encouraged to eat like this on the first two days of a ‘diet,’ which is nothing like any popular diet you’ll see advertised elsewhere. Yet Stimulock works for those who follow it from day one through the maintenance phase. I am proof!

This step is vital in the Stimulock System and will help you be well on your way to begin the weight loss phase. Happy loading!

Stimulock Support Challenge

As most of you know, I am a Stimulock practitioner. This means that I do sell the product and provide support and coaching for clients through the entire Stimulock System.

Lately, I have been getting more and more searches on my blog for Stimulock. People are wanting to know more about it, and maybe you are one who has been considering trying it yourself; here is your opportunity!

Starting on July 5th, I will be leading a group of individuals through Stimulock, until each and every one has reached their goal. This Stimulock Support Challenge will provide that little extra ‘oompf’ that it takes for some people to reach their weight loss goals. We will be having weekly discussions, get togethers and email newsletters while embarking on this great journey together.

But what individuals can participate in this? Anyone who is ready to make a positive change in their life! Maybe it’s an office of coworkers, a bride-to-be, couples or families, if you are ready to lose weight then you are ready to participate in the Stimulock Support Challenge!

You can read more over at the Stimulock page and you can reach me at kcorrigan7@gmail.com with any questions. You have until July 5th to make one of the best decisions of your life!

Weight, what?

Raise your hand if you have ever looked in the mirror and disliked what you saw

This post is something I have been planning on writing for a couple of months, but the timing was never juuuuust right. But now, it’s just right.

It’s no secret that at once in my life weighed 300lbs. It’s also no secret that I have been working for over 4 years to get where I am today. Naturally, the topic of body image will pop up in my thoughts, conversations and..um, everywhere?

Let me start from the beginning. Back when I was a 300lb person, I didn’t realize what I actually looked like. I knew other people were smaller than me, but I loved myself for who I was. I was creative, ambitious, smart, and loved by those around me; this was all that mattered. As I slowly began to lose weight, I still felt like that large person. At 260lbs, I felt better about myself, but knew I was still big. At 230lbs I felt okay but still hated my muffin top and bra rolls. I never believed that I would be satisfied with myself; that belief in lifelong dissatisfaction was fed by a person who once told me,

“You know, no matter how much weight you lose, you’ll never be happy with yourself.”

To the person who said this to me, I want to say thank you. Your words have haunted and challenged me from the moment they passed your lips. And guess what. I am finally happy with myself. There’s a reason you’re not in my life anymore.

Even in the 200′s I was active, continued working out, continued counting calories…and let me tell you it was dreadful. I plateaued and subsequently stopped counting calories and lived a little. In the back of my mind I was constantly reminding myself that I wasn’t where I wanted to be. I was still fat. I was destined to look this way forever. There was nothing I would be able to do about it. I still worked out, I still tried new things, but I was still the overweight girl.

Then Stimulock happened. I was introduced to this program by witnessing the weight melt off of a friend in Summer 2010. I wanted to know what she was doing and where I could get some. It was a financial, emotional, mental and physical investment. I began my Stimulock journey in September 2010 and it helped me reach the point that I am at today; a number, weight, size and health I never thought was attainable.

But since when does a number on a tag of a pair of pants or the number on a scale define who I am, day in and day out? Since when does a number on the scale determine my attitude for the day? Since when does a digit determine my happiness?

It happened because I/we allowed it to. We let the determination of our happiness and joy fall to the hands of society, a designer, a scale. Those things aren’t where our happiness lies…is it?

This is the point where I had to take some steps back and evaluate. This is why it has taken me so long to publish this entry. I was still seriously battling issues with my body image. Even at nearly half the weight of my old self, I would look in the mirror and this girl is who I saw looking back at me:

and I would think, “If only I could get to where I want to be…”

Talk about distorted body image. When I was fat, I thought I was normal, when I began to be healthy, I still thought I was fat. You get what I’m saying here? Not once in my life have I been able to see myself for how I really am. This is something that men and women deal with, it’s not a topic just for the girls. The way I viewed myself haunted me; I would look at my thighs and still see thighs that were a size 24, I avoided form fitting clothing because I didn’t want anyone to see my bodily imperfections, even when shopping I gravitate toward the 16s, 18s, XL and XXL…because that’s what I have known.

What’s a girl to do at a time like this? Go to her Dad, that’s what. I’m talking about my heavenly Dad here. I came to terms with the fact that I was desperate for emotional and spiritual healing. I’m not in control and I needed to stop acting like I was. You want to know what He told me? This is what He said,

“My sweet daughter, I have designed you exactly how I want you. You know that you are called to be healthy, not to weigh a certain number or to be a certain size. Just as I have created everyone unique in their own ways, so I have created you. I want you to live life to the fullest, to enjoy your friends and your family, to not be deprived of what I have blessed you with in this life. “

After much prayer and many tears, I came to a peace. Yes, this is the only body I have for this lifetime. This body has endured and has much to endure in the future. How I look right now is only temporary, and it will change and fade with time (pshh…I haven’t even had babies yet!) but still, He is in control. These two verses have really done a great deal for my heart through this process:

For we don’t live for ourselves or die for ourselves. If we live, it’s to honor the Lord. And if we die, it’s to honor the Lord. So whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:7-8

Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised. Proverbs 31:30

Being thin doesn’t cure anything in life. If anything, having lost all of this weight has forced me to dig deeper. I can no longer hide behind food or use it as a crutch for whatever excuse I might come up with. In the past several months I have been searching and finding out who or what ‘me’ is, making mistakes, dealing with challenges, living through frustrations and am learning so many lessons. I have peace though, peace in the fact that I am becoming who I was designed to be.

Andrea could not have put it any better:

Thinness is like Ikea furniture. Looks great in the showroom, but you have to get it home and assemble it yourself. Most times it doesn’t look quite like you’d hoped.”

I can see the light!

Many of you have been aware of or are following me through my Stimulock journey. Let’s rewind to January, the Loading Days which you can find here and here. These loading days were to ‘prepare my body for the weight loss phase’ and included stuffing my stomach with things like this

and this

Oh and we definitely cannot forget these

After two days of (literally) eating myself sick, I began the weight loss phase which has included more of this

and a whole lotta these

Guess what comes next?! Just guess.

I. finally. get. to. start. the. lock-in. phase!!!

This means that:

  • over the next 23 days I will be enjoying as much protein and vegetables my tummy requires which means amazing monstrous salads
  • I am healthy
  • I feel amazing
  • it is finally time to enjoy where I am after 4+ years of hard work put in to lose weight
  • my patience was wearing thin of being on protocol. honest to goodness truth.

But seriously, this is the light at the end of the tunnel in this journey. I have literally worked my butt off for over four years to get to the place I am today; I couldn’t have done so without:

  • my bff Jesus giving me motivation from the heavenlies
  • constant support and encouragement from my friends and family
  • the many life lessons I have learned on this path

It has been a long 87 days, Stimulock, but in 23 days it will be time to maintain and enjoy.

this is how I spend my free time

Lately it seems that people have been asking me what my hobbies are (this is good because it means I am meeting new friends), but all I can come up with are…running, blogging, and…food? I omit the really embarrassing ones like reading stacks of books about running and nutrition, cookbooks, Bon Appetit, Runners World or my mild obsession with tea and Man v. Food.

So in case you didn’t know…I like food. A lot. Ok love. As most of you know I have been on a diet since early January, and although I am eating very healthy and feel amazing…I’m ready to be done. I want some of my carbs back. I am happy to admit that the food that I am craving is healthy, real, and natural. So how do I get over these cravings? You’re going to think I’m crazy…but I spend too much a lot of time reading food blogs, magazines, books, etc. So much time that I have compiled a list of food that I am enthused about slowly incorporating into my life (or eating them just once…I don’t care at this point!) so here you go…I’m sorry if this leaves you hungry.

 

1. Overnight oats in a jar. Oatmeal was one of my favorite foods back pre Stimulock, and this version is one you stick in the fridge and eat in the morning, cold…and it can contain whatever your heart desires. I see bananas, strawberries, blueberries, chia seed, peanut butter and pumpkin (not all together) in my future of oats…

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2.A big, soft, salty, delicious homemade pretzels. And then I have plans to slice them in half and turn them into sandwich buns. Can I get a yum?

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3. A really good sandwich. With whatever I want on it…this may become a daily staple. Hummus, spinach, turkey, chicken, sprouts, cucumbers, edamame…the possibilities are endless.

Courtesy of Kath

 

4. Buffalo chicken stuffed shells, anyone? I’m going to need an excuse to make these babies. Who wants to come over for dinner in _____ days?

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5. A dang quesadilla. Quesadilla = toasted, cheesy sandwichy goodness…with whatever my heart desires  nestled inside.

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6. Quinoa. Why am I craving this…I have no idea. It’s a safe craving though, it packs a good amount of protein and is absolutely delicious and versatile.

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7. Yes I miss broccoli. It is not on the allowables of protocol. I’m not explaining myself.

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8. I miss my chocolate PB2. I love this more than real peanut butter. This will go great in those overnight oats. And probably in a quesadilla with a banana.

 

9. Can’t forget dessert! This would go really well with those overnight oats. Or in the quesadilla with PB2 and bananas. I may be able to knock out half of my list in one meal. I am okay with that.

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Two other items on my list:

Spiced Lentil Burger from blanc burgers+bottles

Sweet potato burrito from Eden Alley <Pre-race carb loading? I think yes.

 

 

There seems to be a trend here. Carbs. I promise I’m not going to eat all of these things in two days. I learned my lesson the hard way last time after eating too many carbs too soon after getting off the diet. I developed my own personal blotation device…not fun.

So there you have it friends, probably two of my deepest,darkest secrets to date: foodgawking and a love appreciation of carbohydrates.

 

 

(See, I could have written about my 8 mile run yesterday, but that’s no fun to look at. Food is fun to look at. If it snows on Saturday and you want to look at something really fun, you can come to the gym I workout at and watch me run 12 miles on a treadmill.)

let’s get physical

You know what could easily be put on my top 5 list of ‘most awkward things in life to-date’?

One word: calipers. Yes, I am talking about getting body fat percentage taken via the skin fold method. There is nothing quite like standing around and having your personal trainer pinch the fat of your stomach, back, hips, triceps, thighs and the chicken fat between your boob and armpit. Why do I put myself through this torture? Because I was born with legs as strong as an Olympian. Because I care more about my body fat percentage than my weight, as I have always carried a decent amount of muscle. And seeing as how I am on this diet, I was curious to see where my BF was hanging around these days (that’s BF for body fat people, not boyfriend, boyfriends don’t hang around here).

I’m practically a pro at this whole skin fold test thing, seeing as how I get it checked almost every 6-8 weeks. I know it has to drive my trainer nuts, but it’s something I need to know! Now for the numbers:

  • 38.2% body fat last summer during half marathon training, pre-Stimulock, falling in the ‘obese’ category
  • 23.0% body fat as of 11am today, still on Stimulock and am now a member of the ‘fitness’ category
  • 51 total pounds lost to date since beginning Stimulock
  • 8 times I did a happy dance today

Sometimes doing things like having a stranger pinch your fat with cold, plastic tongs is very humbling and uncomfortable, but all goals and dreams have to start somewhere, right??

(This post was going to contain more but currently the WordPress photo uploader is not working…I am having the worst digital photography luck ever this week!)

What does this mean for you? This means you have to wait until Friday for a tantalizing recipe :) sweet dreams!