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.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Paleo!

Weighed in at 211 recently, on the 11th. My all-time-high was 213. This is.. not okay.

I became extremely angry and I wanted to just.. break down and cry about it.

Instead I took it out on the kitchen. I removed ALL JUNK FOOD, and then went to Publix. I am 100% Paleo from here on out. I lost 10 lbs in a month of Paleo before - and while I do not expect the same result, I do expect SOME result (especially in conjunction with properly adjusted thyroid medication).

Paleo gives me a set of rules that are easy to follow, and I have two huge cookbooks available. I picked out 5 things I like, and each week I'll test ONE new recipe to add to my selection. This forces me to remove crap like soda, bread, pasta, candy, baked goods etc from my diet, and encourages me to eat more lean meats, vegetables, and fruits. I already miss cheese...
So far, the Paleo transition is going SUPER WELL.

I've been varying snacks/breakfasts to avoid boredom, and scanning Pinterest. LOTS of options.

I've come down almost 4 lbs in four days. I do not care WHAT caused this shift, but I'll take it!

I'm still logging all my food, but I don't care about the calories. I feel I can only fight one battle at a time - and I choose to work on WHAT I eat, THEN how much.

So far this week I have enjoyed a pecan encrusted chicken, chicken enchilada soup, apple and shallot pork chops, and some steak. I made some delicious nutty cookies from scratch and home made waffles.


The trick will of course be to keep up with PLANNING. If I fail to plan, I will fail at this. So at the end of the week, we'll figure out which recipes we liked best, and select a new one to try. Tuesdays will have to be crock pot meals as I have puppy class and such from 6-8, leaving me almost no time to cook. But that is ok, because crock pot stuff is amazeballs.

Also I made SUPER WATER, which is that water you see all over pinterest that has lemons, cucumbers and mint leaves in it? SUPPOSEDLY it has all this 'good for you stuff' in it, but.. it actually tastes quite GOOD, so it is a nice tasty addition to just plain water.

Also i cut my finger really really bad last night on a mandolin slicer. I might need stitches... going to the doctor this morning for test results from last week's blood test, and to show her this cut :/

Maybe the .9 lb from last night is the blood I lost!!

Friday, February 1, 2013

End of week recap

Despite how tired I was, and how I never made it to Crossfit - I did maintain one thing.

Keeping an eye on my calories.


Here's a recap from my week. I came in under on my calories burned, so I just ate a bit less. A 'bit' less turned into a 'lot' less over the average, giving me an average deficit of 1231 calories - 231 more than my goal.

Exercise, on the other hand, suffered. That' is less than half of my normal average - and likely, just my weekly agility class with my dog and general walking around.

Sleep is also struggling - and could be tied to the exhaustion and headaches I've been dealing with.


The sad part? Despite my best efforts - still not a budge in the scale.