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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 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:


  • 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)


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

1/3 protein
2/3 fruit

Snack 1: handful of raw almonds and a small apple

1/3 protein
1/3 vegetable
1/3 fruit

Snack 2: handful of raw almonds and some dried fruit

1/3 protein
2/3 vegetable

No eating 4 hours before bedtime.

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Day 300

Posted by iwanttodothat on June 26, 2010

I’m glad I had Day 300 marked in my calendar. I’ve been doing some thinking about the last 300 days and realized I did 100 days of really hard work and 200 days of sitting around on my butt. To end the year with a bang, the next 65 days are going to be a mad dash to finish the year strong. I know it sounds crazy, but I plan to lose 50 pounds in 65 days. Let the games begin!

Day 300

8:20a Breakfast. 1/4c steel cut oats, 3/4c egg whites.

11:20a Snack. 1 small apple, 1oz raw almonds.

2:00p Lunch. 3c 50/50 Baby Spinach/Spring Mix, 6oz albacore tuna, 1c brown rice, 1T evoo, 1T balsamic vinegar, 1c watermelon

4:30p Snack. 1 Chobani fat-free Greek yogurt cup, 1/2c fresh blueberries.

Okay, here’s where it gets tough… We’re going to a Tampa Yankees game tonight for Boy Scout Night, and we have wristbands for all-you-can-eat. The only one in our family that should take advantage of this is the 6 year old Cub Scout. The rest of us need this like we need another hole in the head. My plan is to drink a lot – water, diet Coke, etc. I am considering having some popcorn, but I might just have to say no. I’m not sure what all is included in this deal, so I’m not sure what to do tonight. I will add to this post with what I actually end up doing.

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Day 183

Posted by iwanttodothat on March 1, 2010

Holy moly. It’s Day 183 of this project! Thanks for sticking with me and a hearty welcome to all the new folks checking this out for the first time!

I’m on track for a really great week. I had a great race this past Saturday and am really excited about the Disney 5k this coming Saturday. It will be a blast! Disney really knows how to run a race day. The expo will be great, too. I never thought I’d be one of those people going to races, but here I am, knee-deep in commitments and loving it!

Here’s the skinny on today’s plan:


7:00 Woke up, took meds, drank water, yadda yadda yadda…

8:00 Exercise. 20min walk/run. Basically 2-3min fast walk, with a 1min sprint, wash, rinse, repeat.

8:30 Breakfast. 1 small banana, 1 Mix1 tangerine protein drink, water.

10:45 Snack. 1 apple, 20 almonds.


1:00 Lunch. 8oz bay scallops, 1/2c brown rice, 3c raw baby spinach, o&v.

3:30 Snack. 1/2c nonfat Greek yogurt, 1/2c frozen blueberries.

5:45 Dinner. 6oz albacore tuna, 3c raw baby spinach.

7:00 Fencing Class – 2 hrs.

9:00 Exercise. 30 min. walk with neighbor. (That’s you, Teresa!)

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Day 152

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 29, 2010

Remember: Success comes with planning, so here’s today’s plan!


7:00 Wake up, take meds, drink water, stretch, get ready for walk/run.

7:15 Exercise. 3-mile walk/run.

8:15 Breakfast. 1/4c (uncooked) steel cut oats, 4 egg whites.

10:30 Snack. 1.5 scoops protein powder, 1/2c strawberries, 1T heavy cream.


12:45 Lunch. 4oz ground turkey breast, 1c broccoli.

3:00 Snack. 1.25 scoops protein powder.

5:30 Dinner. 6oz tilapia, 3c lettuce, 1/4 tomato, 1oz green peppers, 1/4 onion, 2T salsa, 1T olive oil.

8:30 Snack. 1 sugar-free Jello.

10:00 Bedtime.

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Day 151

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 28, 2010

I’m back on track and feeling good! Here’s the plan for today!


7:00 Wake up, take meds, drink water, stretch, get ready for walk/run.

7:15 Exercise. 3-mile walk/run.

8:15 Breakfast. 3.5oz ground turkey breast, 1banana.

10:30 Snack. 1.5c strawberries, 1.5 scoops protein powder, 1T heavy cream.


12:45 Lunch. 4oz tilapia, 1/2c brown rice, 4oz asparagus.

3:00 Snack. 1.25 scoops protein powder.

5:30 Dinner. 3.5oz ground sirloin, 5oz green beans.

7:00 Exercise. Fencing session. 2 hours.

9:30 Snack. 1 sugar-free Jello.

10:00 Bedtime.

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Day 150

Posted by iwanttodothat on January 27, 2010

Today is Day 150, and the beginning of my own personal goal of another 50 pounds off in 100 days. I’m ready for the day, and here’s what it looks like!


7:00 Wake up, take meds, drink water, stretch, get ready for walk/run.

7:30 Exercise. 1.5-mile walk/run. Calibrated Nike+.

9:00 Breakfast. 1/4c (uncooked) steel cut oats, 4 egg whites.

Day 150 Breakfast

11:00 Snack. 1.5 scoops protein powder, 1/2c strawberries.


1:00 Lunch. 5oz ground turkey breast, 4oz asparagus.

5:45 Dinner. 5oz albacore tuna, 3c lettuce, 1T olive oil, balsamic vinegar.

9:00 Snack. 1 scoop protein powder.

11:00 Bedtime.

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