Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Whoops, got a little behind. :)
Last week continued well and I think I found my groove in terms of not being hungry. Yeah! My solutions so far include either a large salad or soup for lunch, and a smoothie as an afternoon snack. So far so good.
Thursday night I had happy hour with a friend but I got a virgin mojito (for reasons including and beyond Paleo) and a baked chicken/vegetable dish. NOT the norm for me when enjoying a nice dinner out with a friend but it was pretty good. Needless to say I was still hungry because I'd accidentally skipped lunch. Oops.
We went to a second spot and had some plaintain chips (free) so that helped.
Weekend was good. Friday...what did we do Friday? I really can't remember. Oh well. It was paleo!
Saturday I got up early to meet a friend for a race an hour and a half away. We left home at 5:30am since we weren't sure how long it would take to get there. Arrived with plenty of time for the 8:30 start time (had to get there by 7:30 for packet pickup).
It was a 10K in hilly terrain, mid morning with lots of sun. I managed to plough through the miles despite not having run hills in a couple years (I do love hills though) and maintained about a 10 min pace which resulted in a 1:01:41 finish time. Not a PR but I'll take it.
The race was sponsored by Blue Bell ice cream, a local company, and the proceeds went to the Brenham highschool athletic department. Oh, and free ice cream at the finish. I used this as another planned "cheat" because I deserved it dammit! :)
I got home mid afternoon and made a large salad. We went out to eat because neither of us was in the mood to cook dinner. It ws a Cuban place and I found a decently suitable meal (a shredded beef dish and fried plantains. Yum.)
We made an uncharacteristic stop for dessert on the way home - ice cream! The stuff I'd had at the race was not that great and I felt cheated on my cheat, so we split a small ice cream from Marble Slab. It was TOTALLY worth it. Oh, my other splurge was a tiny piece of bread at dinner. It's the little things!
Sunday I made paleo pancakes for both of us with sausage and eggs. Bryan made homemade pork ribs, grilled corn on the cob, and baked potatoes for "lupper."
All in all a success.
Monday was great.
Today marked either the last day of week 2 or the first day of week 3...either way, it was weigh in day. I was down at least a pound from last week so I consider that a success. I'm not obsessing over the exact numbers so I don't know precisely what the change is, but I do know it is at least a pound. So, yay!
Goals for this week are to find some more variety for meals - getting a little tired of the same things lately. Also, try not to eat two smoothies in one day - unless one is fruit based and one is veggie based. Me thinks my tum tum is not pleased with the other arrangement. ;)
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Breakfast Day 9...
1/2 local sausage and 2 local hardboiled eggs.
Lunch was a last minute before work throw together that turned out amazing:
Boston lettuce torn up loosely in a glass container
1/2 an avocado cubed and tossed in
A sprinkling of spicy macademia oil
A sprinkling of sesame oil
A small drizzle of local honey
A small handful of Greek olives
A few dashes of one of my favorite ghost pepper hot sauces
And two chicken tenderloins warmed up and hand pulled into bite sized pieces
SO GOOD! I forgot to add tomato but that would have been a great addition, as would grated carrots. Next time. :)
Had three mandarin oranges and an apple with a tablespoon of almond butter for snacks.
And LOTS OF WATER ALL DAY!
Dinner was another hubs night:
Steamed broccoli with salt, pepper, and real butter
Mashed sweet potato for me; rice for him
Shrimp sauteed in olive oil, coconut milk, serrano peppers, and red onions.
I also got two new flavors of the "Go Raw" raw food cookies: chocolate and pizza flavors. Wow, yum! Am thinking of looking on Amazon for bulk boxes to save money. They are $3.99 to $4.99 for a 3 oz bag, which isn't the cheapest. A bag has 3 servings, so if you look at it that way it's not as bad, and I'm sure you aren't supposed to eat them everyday anyway, right? Then again, they are supposedly pretty healthy. Hmm...ignorance is bliss?
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
An overall successful and not too hungry day.
Ran 2.5 miles in the morning with Rambler (my dog) and a friend and her dog.
Breakfast was local sausage from the market, 2 eggs, and mandarin oranges.
Lunch ended up being more of a late morning snack because I was hungry and I needed to take my calcium supplement with food. So, I had the last slice (maybe two slices?) of my paleo pizza from Friday. Decent, and filling.
Drank lots of water, had some walnuts. Also some frozen cherries as a snack.
After work Rambler and I tried to go for a 4 mile run but it was very warm and humid, and he's still adjusting to the heat again. I was concerned for his safety so we ran 2 fairly fast and walked the other 2. I'm glad I took it easy on him 'cause he took a while to recover after we got home.
Dinner was a smashing hit. I often use my runs or walks as a chance to brainstorm what to make for dinner, especially on nights when Bryan closes at work and I am on my own. I love to experiment!
I made honey sesame chicken with a serrano balsamic reduction sauce, served in Boston lettuce leaves (from the farmer's market!) with sliced tomatoes and chopped avocado. OMG so good and satisfying. Sweet, spicy, crunchy, creamy, fresh, juicy - it hit all the right palate pleasing spots! I was also so hungry post-workout that I finished off the little bag of raw carrot cookies I'd bought over the weekend while I waited on dinner to be ready.
I really need to get more of those! :)
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Whew! Made it through Week 1. Still alive, still energized, and still learning. :)
Successes of the week:
* Never felt that unpleasant and painful fullness often experienced after a traditional dinner (with pasta or rice as a side for example)
* Ate a lot more fruit than usual (3+ pieces per day instead of my average of 2)
* Learned some new recipes and made homemade mayo for the first time
* Discovered I can, in fact, eat pizza without cheese (OMG!)
* Lost 2 pounds!
* Worked out and had no ill effects from change of food
* Drank more water
Challenges of the week:
* Learning how to eat the proper ratio of fat to protein to carbs; how much is too much esp. since there is no counting calories? I think there is a learning curve and I am still on it.
* Struggling with "starving moments" when I used to grab a wheat-based snack and now have to search for something else. Need to plan ahead better.
* Eating more meat than I am used to, aka at every main meal instead of once or twice a day.
Goals for Week 2:
* Better snack preparation
* More cooking meat in bulk to make lunch prep faster/simpler (roasting extra chicken for instance).
* Continue to drink a lot of water
* Work out consistently
In general, still skeptical about the lifestyle change but trying to stay openminded. Same goes for the traditional lifestyle (the five food groups). Lots of questions. Regardless, it's been fun and interesting and has me thinking - which is (usually) a good thing! :)
Monday, April 08, 2013
Didn't feel like blogging over the weekend, so here is my weekend recap:
Friday night Bryan (husband) asked for homemade pizza for dinner. So I Googled Paleo pizza and lo and behold, tons of results flooded my search page. I should have known; it seems there is a Paleo version of practically everything so far.
The Paleo pizza was not all that different from making my regular wheat stuff except the flours were coconut and almond, and there was no cheese on top.
I made a half recipe of regular dough for Bryan since I wasn't sure how the Paleo version would turn out and I didn't want him to suffer. :)
Overall, I consider it a success. The crust was more like a cracker/bread texture and it was pretty dry - I had to make sure I didn't eat a bite that was only crust, or I'd be frantically searching for water to wash it down. The flavor was good though, and I really didn't miss the cheese. It was torture, however, prepping Bryan's pizza with fresh mozzarella and shredded cheddar and not being able to enjoy a single taste. :(
I also bought some raw cookies to try out - basically they consist of all organic/raw shredded coconut, sprouted sesame seeds, shredded carrot, honey, and maybe one other thing. The first bite had me questioning if I wasted $4 on the bag but with each nibble they grew on me. Now, I think I am addicted. They come in a variety of flavors and I'm excited to test them out. Even my non-Paleo hubs liked them.
Saturday was great until I went to a new coffee shop and, completely forgetting I was on Paleo, ordered a skim vanilla latte. I realized after the first sip: OOOPS! Oh well, noone is perfect. I enjoyed it and let it slide.
Dinner that night was late and we went out to a Mexican place we love. The hardest part was ignoring the basket of chips; I was so hungry and couldn't eat a crumb. I ordered a chicken dish and asked for vegetables on the side in lieu of the rice and beans. Win. And it filled me up deliciously.
Sunday was my planned cheat day: goat farm tour!!!
I took advantage of the cheese samples and really dug in; I knew it would be three weeks until my next taste so I was fortifying myself. Also, I still want goats. One day, one day. :)
BBQ for lunch/dinner yesterday. As I ate and looked at my pile of brisket and pork sausage I couldn't help but think: doesn't get much more Paleo than this. Ha.
Today is back to normal.
Eggs and my last sausage patty for breakfast. Kinda tired of that stuff anyway, so good timing. I bought some locally raised pork sausage at the farmer's market on Saturday so will probably switch to that and see how it goes.
Lunch today will be a challenge: didn't prep at home so I will have to buy downstairs in the building again. Wish me luck!
First Paleo weigh-in tomorrow morning. I weighed in last week as my "pre-Paleo" record so it will be interesting to see if anything has changed. I feel a little like I can notice some body changes, but it is probably too early to realistically expect results. If my body is still adjusting then there may be no difference, especially since I am still figuring out the portion sizes.
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