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Imperfect Paleo in Practice Does Not Make Me a Failure = Novelty!

Monday, April 22, 2013

I've sort of lost track, but I think I just finished my 2nd week doing what I called modified Paleo. In those two weeks, there have been 3 or 4 meals that were off plan, though I ate with as much care as I could while out with friends. I have not made a big thing about my massive food change and I viewed these meals out as part of the whole experiment. How can I make food choices when presented with less than optimal choices? The important thing is that I did not avoid the social occasion (I've done that more times than I can count). I did not give in and eat the same thing as everyone else. (I have done that even more times!). Most of all, I have not berated myself for making (fill in your label here) food choices and I have not allowed my inner voice to speak negatively to me about it.

While this has been happening, I have been dealing with a very cranky knee and the feeling of being off balance, so my exercise, minimal at best, as been nearly absent. But, the other morning, I woke up slowly drowsily dreaming of using my kettlebells.

I dreamed a positive dream or had a positive visualization about exercise!
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Here are the things I did not expect during my Paleo experiment:
I actually love food more than I ever have. I am enjoying, savoring every bite.
Eating less has not triggered feelings of deprivation or food insecurity.
That nagging desire to chew all day long is GONE! I now know, for the first time in my life what it feels like to be satisfied. I lack the words to express how significant that is.

Some of you know that I have struggled with food all my life. Mother's favorite form of many punishments was for me to go without food. Food insecurity and that feeling of deprivation has ruled my life for decades. Now I know how to quiet those inner monsters/triggers.

I'm sleeping better. I have more energy throughout the day. My perspective is becoming even more sunny. Nothing else in my life is going very well, but this change makes me feel less underneath the avalanche of circumstance.

I am impatient for this knee to feel better!

By the way, without exercise, I have lost eight (8) pounds!

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NONIE_C 4/23/2013 9:22PM

    I'm glad to hear that what you're doing is working for you. That's fantastic!

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CARRAND 4/23/2013 8:45PM

    Wow. 8 pounds is great! Your plan is really working. Keep up the good work.

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CATLADY52 4/23/2013 5:18PM

    Good for you. I've heard that Hunter Pence has gone Paleo and is feeling much better, lighter since. I am not sure I would last on it though. emoticon

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ELLENIRENE 4/23/2013 11:03AM

    I've read some on the Paleo diet, but can't seem to get "into it"

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ANNMACP0212 4/23/2013 12:46AM

    You have a great attitude! Paleo diets arent for everyone, but you've made it your own and it's paying off--fantastic!

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LOVESTYPOS 4/22/2013 11:02PM

    Sounds like this is working very well for you. Great job on the weight loss. I'm even more proud that you're not letting negative thoughts and feelings rule you.

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Jeff Ran the Boston Marathon Safely!

Monday, April 15, 2013

My coworker ran the Boston Marathon in 2:58:00 and crossed the finish line before the explosions occurred. I am so thankful, I have chills.

Prayers for the victims, the caregivers, the first responders and the witnesses.

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HAWAIIANMAMMA 4/22/2013 1:14PM

    That is so good to hear. Hugs to you both!

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LIBBYFITZ 4/20/2013 9:21AM

    Glad your friend was safe!

Terrible time! emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/20/2013 9:23:25 AM

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_LINDA 4/16/2013 9:50PM

    Glad he is safe! Was so very sad to hear of this tragedy :(( What kind of black soul wants to murder and miam innocent people who have done nothing to them?
My thoughts are with all those afffected by this attack, especially those left to mourn the little boy's life ended before it had a change to begin :(

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NONIE_C 4/16/2013 9:07PM

    I'm glad he is safe, and I'm praying for all those who were not, and their families and loved ones.

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MOVEITMARY 4/16/2013 12:18PM

    Couldn't have said it better.

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MELMOMOF4 4/16/2013 9:52AM

    happy he is safe. so sorry for the ones that were injured.

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    So happy he's safe. We'll never look at large sporting events the same.

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/15/2013 11:40PM

    Glad he's safe and sending prayers here as well!

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Hungry today!
A little tired, but not as tired as I usually am.
But I am still committed to moving forward!

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NONIE_C 4/15/2013 10:00PM

    Just keep taking good care of yourself and definitely keep moving forward.
Back is not an option!

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_LINDA 4/15/2013 1:25AM

    Please take care of yourself and make sure you are getting adequate nutrition! I hope you are at least taking a multivitamin and extra calcium!
Keep on keeping on! You can do it!

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LOVESTYPOS 4/14/2013 10:03PM

    Being not as tired is a good thing!


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CARRAND 4/14/2013 9:50PM

    You can do it!

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/14/2013 9:33PM

    Always keep moving forward!

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KNEWMETODAY 4/14/2013 9:09PM

    Keep moving forward....Some days are easier than others, but staying focused helps.

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Paleo Week 1: Imperfect Execution and Thrilling Loss

Sunday, April 14, 2013

I ate corn (mixed vegetables) a few times this week. I had a couple of meals that were definitely not Paleo and that served as an interesting contrast. I learned tonight that I am probably eating too much fruit which is problematic. Fruit is usually my snack and is an easy grab for those unexpected times when a meal must be postponed...

I am not exercising.

But what are this week's results?
I lost 4 pounds - the most I have ever lost in less than 7 days. (more than I usually lose in a month!)
I felt full / satisfied most of the time. What a novelty!
I cannot drink coffee sans sweetener.
I felt more energetic throughout the day.
I slept better.
Some days I forgot to take my over-the-counter allergy meds and did not miss them.
After the few (2-3) meals that were not on plan, I felt bloated and sluggish, a confirmation that I am
finally on the right path.
This last fact has given me what I need to stick with it (I hope I did not just jinx myself!)
Because I felt sluggish etc., that made it easier to turn away from the bagels at work, the fried rice and doughnuts BF brought home.
Food has become fun again!

I work my 2nd job on Saturdays and, because I have a long lunch hour and have no way to refrigerate anything, I allow a lunch out. I went to Subway and had a double chicken chopped salad to which I had them add two scoops of avocado (I probably could have stopped at one, but this is part of the education), red wine vinegar and olive oil as the dressing. No cheese! What?! No cheese? In truth, I have not missed it that much and that amazes me.

I do miss beans. I do miss peanuts. But I am learning to value every single one of the 5 almonds I have at a time (not every day).

I even looked in the mirror a couple of days ago and was thrilled to see that I could confirm the weight loss I felt. It shows in my face. You read that right. I looked in the mirror for more than a fleeting moment.

Soon I can donate my PXL slacks. I will never need them again!

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CARRAND 4/14/2013 9:54PM

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_LINDA 4/14/2013 7:01PM

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That is awesome to lose that much! If this diet does one thing for you -turn you away from the junk, then its a roaring success and I am so happy for you that it feels good for you!
I do hate to see exercise missing in action. While I have proven you can maintain and even lose weight while not exercising (because of the year of three surgeries), I sorely missed it. That feeling of high, feel good, the strengthening, not being out of breath when going up stairs, etc., etc. can't be beat. It also does good for your body system wide. Lowers blood pressure, cholesterol, decreases risk of getting diabetes, eart disease. Basically, if you don't use it, you lose it. Our bodies love to be in motion. I never feel better than when I am moving!
Something to ponder!
Keep up the great work!!

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CATLADY52 4/14/2013 6:54PM

    Sounds like you have found your formula! emoticon

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SUSANBEAMON 4/14/2013 2:01AM

  pay attention to what ou eat rather than follow the latest fad diet.

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Belly Flop Off the High Dive

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

In my late high school years, physical education classes were as challenging as math classes, but I tried harder. I got my leg brace off on Valentines Day the year I turned sixteen. I loved my phys ed teacher! I pushed myself harder because I wanted her approval. In the spring of my senior year, we had swimming lessons at the local pool. I am not a strong swimmer and I have a love/hate relationship with water. I love the ease of movement in water but my older brother drowned while saving another boy. I am a bit afraid of deep water and definitely of heights.

Miss Gill offered extra credit for any student who dove from the high board. I had trouble with the lower board and was absolutely terrified of the high board. As the semester wore on, the other girls racked up their extra credit and, by the last class, I was the only student who had not taken that plunge. I watched the clock anxiously, trying to screw up the courage to climb that ladder and walk that plank.

When there was almost no time left, I climbed out of the pool and walked on the edge. I walked past the low board and headed to the ladder. Wow! It still looks just as high up in the rafters as it does from the surface of the pool! I slowly, slowly, slowly climbed to the top. The board looks so long! That is a long walk! I wanted to turn around about halfway, but Miss Gill would not let me. My classmates were busy doing their thing and seemed unaware that I was facing one of my greatest fears. (Sorry for the mix in case)

I was committed since a U-turn was not permitted. A jump off was all I needed, Miss Gill said. I decided about halfway down to try to do a beautiful dive. I hit the water so hard, I was red from head to toe on my front, completely winded, and Miss Gill had to pull me to the edge where I struggled to start breathing again.

A week later was graduation week. Sunday was the Baccalaureate service. Monday through Wednesday was finals week, packing to leave the school (boarding school) for the last time and all kinds of other last time tasks. Friday morning was our Honors Breakfast. I sang in the choir and I played a solo on the piano. The Honors Breakfast was the chance for the teachers to award students for GPA, attendance and the like. Dad was there, the only time he ever heard me play the piano. One of the awards I received stunned the entire room. It turned out, to everyone’s disbelief, that I had received the highest grade in PE! Me! The student who did not do anything successfully! Miss Gill kept me in place after stunning me with that one because she was not finished. She then gave me (remember Dad was there) the one I still treasure to this day - the “I Can” award. Because I never gave up, because I never said I could not do something, she announced that “I can’t” is not in my vocabulary.

I thought about that high dive belly flop today. This week has been an experiment in a mostly Paleo diet. I’ve lost 3 pounds and have an amazing amount of energy. Today, life intervened. A coworker brought her homemade lasagna (ground turkey) and I did not say no. Monday, she said something about a friend who was always trying some weird diet. I said nothing, thinking she would put Paleo in the same category. She’s a great cook and is someone I care about, so I did not want to risk hurting her feelings. I had the lasagna and enjoyed it.

It puts me over on calories and carbs, but…the reminder of that belly flop cropped up. I am not in the “screw it, I’ve sabotaged myself today and I might as well continue.” I feel so good right now doing Paleo that I picked up where I left off at dinner tonight.

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ALASKABRED 4/12/2013 8:35PM

    I love your story because it reminds me what an impact positive reinforcement from a teacher can do for a child. I wish they knew the importance of what they are capable of. I am so glad you were recognized for your valiant effort. That same person is inside you and you will persevere.

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MOVEITMARY 4/12/2013 2:06PM

    Oh, I LOVE that story! emoticon

And good for you, for jumping right back into your eating plan after a diversion. That is the way to build successful habits for LIFE - it's ok to indulge occasionally, as long as we always come back to taking care of ourselves.

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CATLADY52 4/11/2013 3:28PM

    emoticon on keeping with the Paleo diet! And on the weight loss. It really does come down to doing what works best for you. emoticon emoticon

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BYEFATNANNY 4/11/2013 11:35AM

    Good for you, we should always remember to "take the plunge" in life. Thanks for the reminder. emoticon

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_LINDA 4/11/2013 1:55AM

    Loved that story! That teacher had wonderful insight!
You do never give up!
You rock! Keep up the rgeat work!!

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DJ4HEALTH 4/10/2013 10:25PM

    She saw something in you and was a great encourager and congrats on jumping off the high board!

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