Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Oops, long gaps!

I apparently just... forgot to post for quite some time.

I'm still working in my ever-going challenge to better myself.

I've noticed that since I've been regularly taking the thyroid medications, my mood swings are much less frequent and severe.

Since I no longer weigh myself, the number really no longer matters. I'm trying very hard to free myself from feeling my value tied to my relationship with gravity.

I'm surrounded by people who tell me I'm beautiful. Why not listen? I'm encouraged to wear cuter clothes, and nice shoes, and just be happy.

I bought myself some Wonder Woman chucks because I am awesome.

I'm still logging food and tracking my stats with Body Media. It helps me keep aware of how much I am eating, and what. I think it will always be a good idea to be mindful of what I put into my body.

Although I don't manage to make it to Crossfit as often as I'd like, I will keep trying.

I signed up to run Tough Mudder in November. Ready or not, I'm doing it, and I will cross the finish line. And because I am insane, I am going to participate in the Great Bull Run.

Then, in yet more possible insanity, I'm shaving my head. I will be cutting off all of my hair and donating to Locks of Love, and then I am raising money for St. Baldrick's, which means shaving the rest of it off. If you're interested, you can donate here: http://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/mypage/643222/2013

I'm only at $555/2000, but anything I raise helps. And who knows - maybe it'll be fun! I've never had short hair.

At any rate, that's what I'm doing at the moment.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

An Almost Weekly Report

I'm still plodding along, doing my thing.

Food has been going really well. Yes, I do cheat, I'd go crazy if I didn't.

But for the most part, my calories have been in check and I'm eating very reliably what I'd call a Paleo diet. Best of all, it's getting easier.

My cravings are changing. It's not donuts and candy anymore. I'm getting plenty of sugar from honey and dark chocolate, and I don't feel the need for bread. I craved it like crazy in the beginning, and taking bread out of your life is incredibly difficult in the beginning.

I do still crave three major comfort foods: macaroni and cheese, pizza, and fettuccine Alfredo. I don't know that these will go away, and so these are what I allow myself to eat on cheat day.

Here's the report breakdown:

My calorie burn is going up and up. I find that I don't really care how many calories I eat, because I seem to coming in with a good deficit by sticking to foods that I know are healthy. My exercise is way up - averaging an hour a day.

That's huge. In addition to Crossfit three times a week, and agility with my dog twice a week - there's all the house cleaning, and other fun things I do that are adding up to more and more exercise. I'm finding fun things to do besides TV and video games (although I do still make time for them, as hobbies are good to have!)

I'm about to add even more - I'm adopting a new dog. I'll post more about her later, as she'll be coming home on Sunday. She's a large, athletic breed of dog - and at only a year old, she's going to require a lot of walks and jogging. I'm hoping to get back to jogging in the mornings on days I don't attend Crossfit.

(Remember my year end goal of Tough Mudder? Well, It's in November... so I have to keep up the training if I want to survive it!)

Monday the 25th is also my 7 year anniversary, so the husband and I are going to stay in a Bed and Breakfast and go horseback riding for the weekend.

I also did not purchase my shoes last weekend... because I felt like I cheated more than once on food. However I think I will be allowed to get them this week!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Progress post!

Last weeks starting the 90 to Life challenge has been interesting.

Having a group of people pushing you... well, I'd be lying if I didn't say it helped. They make you not want to fail. It's one thing to be public (As I do here) but it is another thing to have a lot of people actually CARE, and call you to make sure you come in on time, and encourage you, and tell you not to give up.

Last week went really, really well. I dropped 5.3 lbs by following a very strict paleo diet, and returning to Crossfit. I'm sure that initial weight drop isn't going to be the norm, but it was nice to see anyway, and really encouraging.

This weeks goal is simple: The word 'try' is not acceptable. Try gives you an opportunity to quit, to find an excuse. Either do it or don't. Do it and fail, or don't do it at all.

I love those pics, with wrong authors and wrong photos, they crack me up. Obviously, neither Dumbledore nor Gandalf said this - but Yoda.

At any rate, here is the report from the last seven days:

This is the overall report. Breakdowns to follow.

I'm proud of this one. My fat intake is still pretty high, but I bet that has a lot to do with my snacking an almonds all day. My cholesterol is high because I eat about 1.5 dozen eggs a week. I am not concerned with it as all my blood work from my doctor is normal and I do not have high cholesterol despite how many eggs I eat.

This I'm really excited about - my exercise. I did something every single day. Wednesday, Friday, and Monday include Crossfit. Wednesday and Monday also include Agility with my dog. Saturday and Sunday include house cleaning. Tuesday and Thursday were rest days.
This part sucks, and I do not know how to fix it. My sleep habits are awful. The dark grey parts are time actually asleep, the light grey parts are lying down but not asleep. I lie down for plenty of time but I never seem to manage to get to sleep.
My room is a dark color, and cool. I have blackout curtains. I do not eat before bed. It is either I can't fall asleep, or when I do - I can't stay asleep. I wake constantly, and I toss and turn a lot. I often have very vivid dreams that tend to wake me up.
Either way, I'm moving along.
At the end of this week, I'm going to reward myself. With Wonder Woman shoes.

Monday, March 4, 2013

90 to Life

I signed up for a 90 to Life challenge with my local Crossfit box.

I have to come up with goals for each week, weigh in weekly, and work in a group to help motivate and stay motivated.

My goals are:

  • To get some type of exercise every day of the workweek, and giving myself the weekend to rest.
  • Remember to take my medications.
  • Write down everything I eat.
  • Eat only what I cook, or comes in a 'natural package'.
Didn't want to set the bar too high and set myself up to fail.

I weighed in this morning, at 210.1. Yeah, 4 lbs over what I was last week. All of my progress, gone in a weekend.


I took it easy this weekend. I've been so busy - always coming and going and working for everyone else, so I took time for myself.

This translated into a weekend of watching TV and hanging out with my husband.

Saturday our 'cheat meal' ended up being Jet's Pizza. I had two slices Saturday night, and two for breakfast on Sunday. I suppose our cheat meal ended up being two meals, then, heh.

But still - 4 lbs in 2 days? Really? I have to assume that with the Paleo diet, I'm not eating breads or cheeses, and pizza is also fairly salty, so perhaps I'm retaining a bit more than normal due to that.

I hate my body sometimes. Why can't I be a normal person?

Monday, February 25, 2013

A look back...

These are the results from the past 7 days. It is nice to see an average deficit of 851 calories, and it looks like I get plenty of exercise. But averages don't tell the whole story, and I ended up gaining 1.5 lbs since last week.

This is my caloric consumption report. Despite eating a Paleo diet, I still still to be consuming way too many carbs and fat compared to my protein - I am shooting for a 40% protein diet.

You'll note that Saturday went way above my goal - and that was my "cheat day". I worked an open house all day Saturday, and I meant to have only a cheat meal for dinner.

I started the day off by waking up late, and not eating breakfast. The only things available at open house were cake and a hot dog, so I ate some. Then I got home, and I knew we were going to a friend's house for game night - the originally planned cheat meal.

We ended up eating pizza and washing it down with some red wine. I didn't realize how much I had indulged until I started logging my food.

Sunday seems lower in calories only because for some reason, I just wasn't hungry.

Basically, I learned that when I literally have 20 minutes to eat, I struggle to come up with easy, fast, Paleo-friendly foods. I want to resort to pasta, a sandwich, a hamburger, or even a drive-in when I am rushed.

I get burnt out on constant planning, I like spontaneity in life. However my body doesn't seem to agree with me, so I guess it is back to planning out every last second of my day.

How long can I live like this until I crack from the stress of it all?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Progress, I has some!

I am almost finished with week two of a solid Paleo-based diet. (I say based, because I did have a cheat meal once a week, and sometimes I made a mistake in determining if something was considered paleo or not)

Here is my progress according to my armband. Can you tell I love this thing? My favorite part is looking at all the charts!

This is my overall performance summary. I am actually still pretty normal in my daily calories consumed vs burned - keeping very, very close to the target deficit of 1000 calories. Physical activity is still a good, above average. I've brought my kettlebell to work now that I have a slightly bigger office, so I can get in a little more strength training even if I haven't been going to Crossfit lately.

Steps are still on the low side, but I do work an 8-5 desk job. Sleep seems to be improving. I think this has to do with my headache medications, as the side effects include "drowsiness". I take them before bed and I have been sleeping rather well.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Paleo Progress

At the end of my first week back into a complete Paleo lifestyle... (including one cheat meal of pizza...), I am VERY excited to report that I lost 3.5 lbs in 7 days.

I ate more calories than I had been previously - from an average of 1300, to an average of 1700. I am eating more often, and feeling less hungry.

I am also on levothyroxine again to help with my thyroid issues, and that started on Saturday morning - as well as amatryptaline for my headaches.

My grocery bill went up, but my eating out bill came down - so in the end, I suppose it is about the same for food costs.

Cooking time and prep has gone up considerably, but as I am entering week two I am finding ways to circumvent that. For example, I know that on Tuesday's I am busy until almost 9:30 PM - so I simply make a crock pot meal that day to eliminate the cooking.

On Sunday's I made Paleo Waffles (the recipe can be found on my craft blog, The Divine Domestics), and made enough to carry me and my husband through the week. This makes breakfast convenient, delicious, and healthy. I also made apple muffins - and with a tiny bit of butter, they are to die for.

I am still experimenting with food but it seems my body is responding very positively to the changes. For the time being, my husband and I will continue to allow on cheat meal per week on Saturdays to help us with our cravings - but I suspect that will soon drop off.

Although I am no longer restricting caloric intake, I am still recording what I eat so I have an idea of how many calories I consume, and where they come from. It is also helpful to see how much protein, carbs, and fat I consume.

Exercises again, has fallen by the wayside - but that is something I hope to remedy soon. I just seem to only be able to focus on one thing at a time.