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?