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Day 1, Year 2

Posted by iwanttodothat on August 31, 2010

Well, today is the first day of a new year in my journey to good health. I’m also on Day 10 of the Paleo Diet and I’m still in compliance there!

I’ve learned a lot over the last year and I’m going to share some of those things with you this week as I look back over the year.

I am not stuck in a rut or abandoning you, but it’s back to school time in our house and we have crazy schedules this week and next, so bear with me!

More to come this week!

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Day 5 – I can do this!

Posted by iwanttodothat on August 26, 2010

It’s Day 5 on the Paleo diet. I’m not perfect and hardcore, but here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast: handful of raw almonds, 5 prunes
Lunch: Wendy’s California Cobb Salad (it had bleu cheese on it), pomegranate vinaigrette dressing (processed), and a Diet Coke.
Snack: handful of raw almonds
Dinner: 2cups of homemade shrimp gumbo (no rice), tabasco sauce, 8 fresh Black Turkey Figs (yes, 8).

I admit that I pigged out on figs. Who can blame me? They are BOGO at Publix this week, and they are perfectly ripe. Nobody else in the house eats them, and they don’t have much of a shelf life at this stage. I will be eating the other package tomorrow. Yep. That’s what I’m doing.

Breakfast was rushed and I didn’t get up earlier and cook something better. One kid’s doctor appointment ran late and we had a very short window of opportunity for lunch before we had to be at a robotics field trip across town. The kids decided on Wendy’s, so that’s where I had to make some decisions. I did okay on carbs, including the dressing, but I had some dairy (bleu cheese) and a Diet Coke. Is that a crime?

Almonds, again. Love those little babies! They are life savers for me. Truly.

The Gumbo veggie mix I use has some corn in it. Not a ton, but it’s still there. Other than that, it had a ton of shrimp, tomatoes, peppers, okra, onions, and parsley in it. I added about 10 good drops of Tabasco to mine, and that made it sing!

Enough of the food journal postmortem for today. Even though I felt a little out of control today, I still kept my food journal. Knowing that I’m documenting each bite I put in my mouth wields a lot of power with me. I am reminded of my commitment to this program and, moreso, to getting my hormones and weight under control.

Today, I continued to notice a sense of mental clarity. I was able to be present and focused. I feel good.

Girl Talk: As far as my cycle goes, I didn’t sleep all morning, take a nap in the afternoon, or inhale carbs all day long! I felt normal. I’m interested to see how my cycle day 4 is going to turn out this weekend. That will tell me a lot.

It seems like I had some other things to say today, but mostly I’m just looking forward to the weekend and spending time with the family.

Today’s Takeaway: Focus on the general before the specific.

I can’t beat myself up for drinking a Diet Coke or eating bleu cheese on a salad one day. I did choose a very low carb Cobb salad, and Diet Cokes are calorie-free. I could’ve had a triple Baconator with fries and a Coke. I didn’t do that. My family had ice cream tonight. I served it, but I didn’t even taste it. I’m making meals for my whole family, not just me. This is progress. I’m looking forward to seeing some results!

Thanks to all the new Twitter followers! Glad to have you along for the ride!

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Day 4 – Paleo Rocks!

Posted by iwanttodothat on August 25, 2010

I’m totally digging the Paleo Diet. Already, weight is coming off. (Yes, I know this is the water-weight-loss stage, mostly due to lowered salt intake, but I’m taking it!) I’m drinking more fluids. I’m going to the bathroom every 1-2 hours it seems, just like I did when I was in major weight loss mode last Fall. The reduction in my salt intake is already making a difference, too. I swam 14 laps today (better than nothing) and my wedding ring was not staying on. During this past year’s weight loss, I had to take it off because it kept falling off every time I washed my hands, and it also flew off while I was playing the piano. I put it back on a month or so ago, and it’s been staying on. It’s back on my jewelry tree. I just don’t want to lose it.

Basically, I’m already feeling better. Is it this specific diet? It’s early to tell. My caloric intake has been between 1300-1400 calories each day, and that’s about where it should be for my weight loss plan. My protein intake is also high enough to sustain substantial physical activity (which I really need to get busy with!) I’ve also been able to stop eating for at least 4 hours before bed.

Today, on my diet tracking, which I do on SparkPeople.com, my total calories were divided almost equally over the 5 meals/snacks today. If you’ve never tracked your food, the Nutrition Tracker there is really something. When you’re done with entering all of your meals for the day, you can get a final report that breaks down the numbers in several ways. This is very useful to me. I was beyond thrilled to see my five meals coming in equally like that. I’m retraining my body’s eating schedule properly. I’m also trying to get most of my carbs before noon, with a piece of fruit in the afternoon.

One other noticeable thing tonight… I felt very clear-headed while I was at work. What work? I am church musician, and we had choir rehearsal tonight. I could notice a difference in my ability to focus and let my fingers do what they are trained to do. I wasn’t second-guessing myself so much, and I didn’t have any moments where I thought, “Where am I on the page, and what am I doing? What key are we in?” Not that I think like that all the time, mind you, but I do have moments like that. I’ll admit that I don’t think as clearly when I’m all sugared up and full of carbs.

Anything that helps my ability to focus is worth a second look.

My sleeping is better this week. When my eating is out of control, I stay up way too late, sleep like the dead, and stay there way too late, too. I also want to take a nap after sitting still for 15 minutes. I haven’t had any of that this week.

Female business ahead. You’ve been warned.

Today is only Day 4 of doing the Paleo thing, and I completely managed to stick to the plan even though I started my monthly cycle today. (Mom, if you’re reading this, yes, I’m talking about my period on my blog. Deal.) Normally, I would’ve been carb-loading like a Sumo wrestler at the state fair, and I didn’t do it this week. This may not seem like a big deal to a lot of folks, but it is to me and the people I live with. I’m sure they are appreciating this change right now.

I hope I’m not speaking too soon, but I’m really digging Paleo. One more thing, compliance has been easy.

Click here for a great definition of Paleo Nutrition. I like to think of it as pre-technology food. If a food needs to be processed to be digested (ground, boiled, etc.), then it’s not on the list. Right now, I’m not hard core (aka NeanderThin folks). I’m just trying to get a handle on life without dairy and grains. We’ve been legume-free for years due to an allergy in the household. For that member of our family, I’m wondering if this might help with other health ailments.

I’m going to keep reading and researching and hopefully will have some interesting things to share regarding our “allergic” family member.

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Day 3

Posted by iwanttodothat on August 24, 2010

Today was weird. I had breakfast, then I grazed a little bit, and had dinner. Here it goes.

Breakfast: 3 scrambled eggs, 1T salsa, 4 slices Canadian bacon (not the greatest in the salt dept.)
Grazing: honeydew, 3oz roast beef, handful of raw almonds (2x)
Dinner: pork roast, broccoli, 2T Amish apple butter (on my pork)

Truth be told, I was hungry at breakfast, but I haven’t really been hungry enough to eat a big ol’ meal. In fact, I only ate about 2/3 of what I served myself for supper because I was stuffed. I didn’t exactly have a full plate, either. I know that I need to drink a lot more water because (1)I’m feeling a little dehydrated, (2)need to help my liver out with all the protein processing, and (3)I had a charlie horse in my right calf this morning that left it feeling bruised and sore.

One area that I really need to work on is the amount of Splenda I’m consuming. I want to wean myself off of it, but it’s difficult. I love to put Crystal Light in my water bottle. I’m trained to expect it there. I also chew a lot of Extra gum. I agree that chewing gum is a bad habit, but right now it’s helping me. One thing at a time, right?

I didn’t get my cardio in today like I thought I would. We had a torrential downpour most of the day. (Plenty of excuses. I have a Wii Fit Plus, jump ropes, weights, Jillian Michaels DVDs, etc. I could’ve done it if I’d put forth more effort.) I’m planning to swim tomorrow, and Thursday, I’m planning to go to a beginner spin class at the YMCA. Today, I did stop by the Y to pick up my Tampa Tri Team dri-fit t-shirt. Maybe I’ll put it on with some workout clothes tomorrow. I’m hoping for a little external motivation there. There’s a sprint triathlon coming up at the end of October that I could aim for. It’s not too far away to lose sight of, and it’s not too soon that I couldn’t be ready for it. I’m thinking about it…

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Paleo Day 2

Posted by iwanttodothat on August 23, 2010

Breakfast: 4 eggs and some salsa
Snack: handful of raw almonds, a few prunes
Lunch: Roast pork and honeydew
Snack: handful of raw almonds
Dinner: (this is not great) We went to a little tasting party at The Melting Pot where I had 1 “Love” martini, raw broccoli, raw cauliflower, raw apples, maybe 1/4 cup of spinach artichoke cheese dip (dairy – booo…) and a strawberry dipped in dark chocolate. We went to Longhorn for a real dinner, since we were having a date night, and I had the 7-Pepper Steak Salad, no dressing, and about 3 glasses of water.

Overall, it wasn’t too bad. I had The Melting Pot party on the calendar for a few weeks, got a babysitter, and took my husband out alone! I know my weakness was the martini, cheese, and chocolate. The good news is that I cheated in moderation. You should have seen the huge mound of marshmallows, pound cake, and chocolate fondues! I also avoided the croutons, and bread chunks. I had an absolutely lovely time with my husband, and I don’t feel bad about any of my food choices.

Today, I started using a diet compliance chart from the Health Habits blog. I went back to yesterday’s food journal and checked off my meals. I wasn’t compliant tonight for dinner, so I’m giving myself an “x” for that meal. Otherwise, I’m staying on track!

Keeping a food journal is critical for success. Even when you are not following a diet, writing down what you eat will keep you honest.

Tomorrow, I plan to get up and get in an hour-long walk/run. How hard is it going to be to drag my butt out of bed at 6am? It’s going to be pretty awful if I stay up much later. Good night.

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Paleo Diet Day 1

Posted by iwanttodothat on August 22, 2010

Breakfast: 4 scrambled eggs with some salsa
Snack: handful of raw almonds, a few bite-size prunes
Lunch: Roast beef, 1/2 honeydew melon
Snack: handful of raw almonds
Dinner: pork loin, little blob of bbq sauce, green salad, scallions, grape tomatoes, Italian dressing
No more eating tonight!

Today was pretty decent, although, I need to read more about seasonings, etc. My whole family gave me some grief about the bbq sauce asking, “Where do you gather bbq sauce?” Very funny. I’m not on a slippery slope here. It wasn’t a bag of chips, piece of cake, or loaf of bread! I probably need to work in more veggies.

I know it will take my body a few days to get used to this. I know I’ll be feeling pretty good by the end of the week, so I need to hang in there.

Back on the workout wagon tomorrow morning.

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I’m going Paleo!

Posted by iwanttodothat on August 21, 2010

Tomorrow, I’m going totally Paleo. I will be posting links, recipes, helpful hints, and pictures of what I’m eating. It’s going to be interesting. What does this mean? I’ll be gluten-free, dairy-free, legume-free, grain-free, sugar-free, chemical-free, process-free…

Why am I doing this? It seems pretty drastic, I know. Well, studies show (my life study) that I cannot control myself with starchy foods, sugar, grains, etc., and I think this is wreaking havoc with my hormones. I am a food addict. I cannot have even the tiniest bite of cake and my impulse control is gone. I’ll eat the whole piece and while I’m eating it, I’m trying to figure out how I can score another piece. Nobody needs 2 pieces of cake. I will definitely be writing more about this new chapter as I travel down new paths and carve out new ways of managing my eating.

Yes, exercise is important and I’m not going to neglect that part of it, but for me, conquering the food problem is the worst of it.

Here’s a general picture of a paleo ingredient list:

YES

  • All kinds of meats, poultry, and seafood
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables (NO potatoes, sweet potatoes, legumes, starchy foods)
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Fruits (in moderation)
  • Wine (in moderation)

NO

  • Dairy
  • Legumes
  • Peanuts
  • Sugar
  • Added salt
  • Starchy vegetables
  • Grains (including rice)
  • Grain-like seeds (amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa)

Breakfast:
1/3 protein
2/3 fruit

Snack 1: handful of raw almonds and a small apple

Lunch:
1/3 protein
1/3 vegetable
1/3 fruit

Snack 2: handful of raw almonds and some dried fruit

Dinner:
1/3 protein
2/3 vegetable

No eating 4 hours before bedtime.

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