Saturday, November 01, 2014
I honestly never thought I'd ever be able to give up bread, or pasta, or dairy. But after being dairy free (for the most part) for nearly two weeks, I think I'm ok without it actually!!
So why did I decide to go the paleo/whole30 route? -- I'm really not sure why. Well, one of the reasons is because starting Monday I will be starting a whole new workout routine and the place I signed up at (for only 4 months, for now) strongly recommends a paleo/whole30 lifestyle. Well, they really encourage it. I looked it up and did my own research too.
First of all, I wasn't eating pasta or rice anymore anyway. Hardly! Ever since I first started losing weight I've been weaning myself off of it mainly because whenever I DO eat it I feel very unsatisfied with myself and with the food. It doesn't taste like much at all, unless you have a glob of cheese mixed into it, or butter, or olive oil or pasta sauce. I can live with the pasta sauce. :) But there's usually no protein whatsoever in pasta meals. Maybe chicken or meatballs. Which reminds me...
We went out with friends on a nature drive one day and when we all got hungry they recommended we go to this italian place. Well, when I sat down and looked through the menu I honestly could not order a single healthy thing! There was absolutely nothing healthy on the menu!!! Everything was pasta and pizza and NO salads! OMG I was so disappointed. So I ended up ordering the pasta with "jumbo sized" meatballs...I even asked the waiter how big they were and he said pretty big. So I was looking forward to eating just those at least. Well, when I got my plate they were the smallest meatballs I've seen. lol Definitely NOT jumbo sized. lol SO, I ended up giving in and giving up and had only half of my spaghetti, all the meatballs, and some bread. Yep. I gave in. Oh well! At the end of my meal though I felt like something was missing. I felt full but I wasn't satisfied one bit! I guess I was missing my veggies. I love veggies in any way shape or form! lol Except for deep fried. NO thanks!
So now, I really have no problem giving up breads and rice and pasta. I don't like pasta at all anymore. It has no nutrition in it. I'd rather have zucchini noodles and spaghetti squash any day! This is just a personal choice of mine though. Not everyone is the same.
Same goes for rice too though. I've always loved rice. Especially Mexican style rice. But I've also been slowly cutting out rice too. Why? Same reasons as pasta. I just don't find it completely satisfying anymore. Which is why the paleo lifestyle really sounded like something I could end up liking. But dairy...now THAT has been hard cutting out. But again, it's a mental change really. I mean, I LOVE cheese. Really I do! And I won't completely deprive myself of BUT I've been dairy free for a whole two weeks now and I'm completely OK with it! Sure, I miss stuff like quesadillas and maybe even a bit of cream cheese. But I'm OK with this lifestyle.
I'm eating more protein and good fats. I also realize that this lifestyle sounds so much like the atkins one where they cut out all bread and even vegetables too! But I have not cut out ANY veggies whatsoever. I'm eating ANY and ALL veggies and I'm also eating ANY and ALL kinds of fruit! For breakfast I may have a banana cut in pieces in a bowl with chia seeds and almond milk. Let the chia seeds sit for a few minutes in the almond milk before adding the banana. Mmm! Or I'll have eggs and sausage or bacon with whatever side of veggies I have left over from the night before. OR I maybe simply have a protein shake and a banana. :)
I've also made my own homemade mayo!! And ranch dressing to go along with it. I must admit, I was a bit skeptical at first because it sounded like it would be so hard to make! But I found the most easiest recipe! And I'm sold! I'll be making my own mayo from now on! And ranch dressing for dipping my vegetables in.
I need to start blogging my food experiences. I've been doing great so far and have lost a couple pounds in the last two weeks. Its taking a while but I know my body needs to reset itself and figure things out. The last time I started losing weight again I kind of freaked out I think and was afraid I was losing muscle so I started eating and eating again and gained the weight back. THIS time I am NOT going to focus on whatever little thought comes into my head that's negative. I'll try my hardest to think positive and keep going this time!! I'm looking forward to being in the 140's again!! :) Currently at 153!
Here's some pictures for your viewing pleasure!
Zucchini noodles!!! VERY yummy and satisfying! :)
Cauliflower Fried Rice. Super delicious!!
And my homemade mayo! Mmm!!! I LOVE homemade mayo!!!
So, so far so good. I'm still learning a lot and there are times where I'm tempted to just eat a piece of bread. But doing this the slow way has been working great so far! I'm looking forward to seeing what the future holds. :-)
Sunday, October 26, 2014
I've been struggling for the past couple of weeks when it comes to fitness. I am lost, period. I'm going through my own struggles and it just seems like everything is out to get me. I'm trying my hardest not to let all the negative get to me though. Really HARD!
My day started out fabulous. I had such a nice breakfast date with my son. And then we hit the farmers market and then a couple other stores. I went to the bathroom at the first store we went to and realized somehow my mascara had messed itself up. Ugh! So there I was with smeared mascara and I didn't even know it!! Serves me right for not looking into the mirror more often. How could I? ...
I shrugged that off after feeling so embarrassed. I laughed at myself really. But then asked my son why he didn't tell me LOL! I guess mommy is perfect no matter what! hahaha!!!
Anyway, We went to the farmers market and I got some really nice zucchini! They are beautiful and remind me so much of the ones from my own garden! I also bought some tomatoes and chili peppers to make this week. Yum!
After I got home I got busy cleaning out the car. Then my husband starts cleaning out the garage and after cleaning out the car I helped him out a little. Then the brother starts helping us. Well, I noticed both men stacking up boxes, even empty ones, anywhere on the shelves we have in there. I put a stop to it and we got to cleaning out the shelves and organizing everything instead. Then my brother starts complaining about it and I tell him to leave and he basically makes me angry for his complaining. I mean, really. We were cleaning out the garage and organizing just so his car could fit for the winter. At least the garage looks awesome now!!
Then I come back inside and realized how much my lower back is hurting me. It's more like my right hip. Thank God I go to the chiropractor tomorrow! This pain is just UGH!
I'm going to get through the rest of today as best as I can and continue with a positive attitude. I'm sure my own husband is going to test me later today and try to ruin the rest of my Sunday but I won't let that happen. Heck, anything can happen and my day get ruined. I just have to try NOT to let it get to me!! :) Trying is really hard though!!!
Now to just get off my butt and start doing something for myself. I need to figure out what to do and I need motivation and most importantly, determination, to do it. I want to lose this weight but I keep falling into these ruts. I'm so sick of it! If it's not one thing it's another thing trying to "get to me" and so far I have been letting these negative things affect me so much it ruins the rest of my day and week and I end up stuck in a rut like I am now. I hate this.
I need to fix this. I need to fix myself. Let's see if I will be able to this week. :-/ Wish me luck!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
I don't know what's wrong with me lately but I've been making every excuse in the book to NOT run.
My kids had fall break last week so I couldn't really get anywhere. I ran maybe once but other than that nothing. It was a good run but still.
My gym membership is up. I am just not motivated to go to the gym anymore. It expired yesterday but I hadn't really been using it much in the last month or so. I've just found it so boring doing cardio by myself inside the gym so that's why I started running outdoors. Classes just started boring me for some reason. I think a bit of it had to do with me comparing myself to everyone around me. I mean, why would anyone care about my progress at all? Even if I hit a PR no one around me would give a crap because well, they wouldn't know about it! I could blog about it and maybe if I get the chance tell ONE person about it but it just wasn't working out for me anymore.
I think I've just gotten burnt out from being IN a gym period! I wish I could be one of those that does it by herself, all the time, every day. But lately, not having much of a social life, has really gotten to me. Yeah, that's what group classes are for but as soon as I walk in, no one cares and I'm invisible. I'd have to stay consistent but even then its just HARD.
I don't know what's wrong with me lately.
I actually just signed up to a new place. It's WAY more expensive but what I love about it so far is that they focus on YOU a heck of a lot more than a gym membership. I think this is the "jump start" that I need to get back on track with my fitness. The jump start I need to get things going again! I'm just stuck in a rut and I know I need to get out of it. I do see myself getting a gym membership again someday but not anytime soon. I might do this for the winter and then next spring see how I feel about moving on. Right now, I just need to get past this hurdle. This bump in the road.
My diet has been pretty good actually.
I am no longer counting calories but just eye balling my portions. I find calorie counting to be so tedious and I just hate having that extra thing to do every time I sit down for meals.
But I've also been slowly transitioning myself to a more paleo type lifestyle. I've been slowly cutting out bread and dairy. I LOVE cheese and don't plan on ever really quitting cheese but most of my diet will be dairy free with an occasional "cheat". BUT when I start up my new membership at this new place, day 1 of my new routine will also include day 1 of my new lifestyle. WHOLE30!
I've come to realize that while breads and cheeses are really tasty, I just can't handle them anymore. I mean, I do love them but I know I could live without them most of the time. I need to eat more veggies and fruits and lean proteins. It's a challenge and some might say it's just a "fad" diet. And it could be a fad diet if I end up quitting. But so far my transition has been a good one. My body HAS been craving bread at certain meals but it's ok. I'm ok and I know I'll be ok. I'll continue serving bread and cheese to my family though but also include more of my type of meals. I want to slowly transition my kids to my style of eating as well. BUT I won't take away cheese or bread for them or any dairy really. But simply include more veggies in their diets. Enough with the junk! I know they love their mac n cheese but for after awhile it will only be considered a treat.
Transitioning to a new lifestyle requires a lot of work and thinking and planning ahead! i think I have mentally exhausted myself! Maybe that's also why I'm in this rut. I actually went to bed with a bit of a headache last night. Sleeping AWESOME is a thing of the past. WAY past! Like, before I had kids! Maybe that's why coffee exists. haha! :) I'm only allowing myself 2 cups per day. So far so good.
ENough blabbing. I'm going to go for a walk/run. It will probably turn more into a walk than anything else. I'm mentally exhausted and could really use a nap. Man, I really can't wait to reset my body!
I've been taking taekwondo class with my kids several times a week and our testing is on Saturday so thats the only true fitness I am getting these days. I've tried home workouts but I just CAN'T for some reason!
Off to try to run a bit. I'm driving over to the first trail I tried out when I first started. I need to get pumped up for this! I know once I'm out there I'll be just fine. It's just the getting up and going part that is sooooo hard!!! And it's been sooo warm here lately. But I shouldn't complain about that since the cold is right around the corner! :) :) :)
Friday, October 10, 2014
There was one last time where I ran over 3 miles without stopping. I couldn't believe I did it that first time and couldn't wait to do it again.
Well it's been a good 3 weeks since that happened. I haven't been able to run a whole 2 miles without stopping. Sometimes it's all about what's in your head. If you have too much going on up there, negative thoughts, stress, etc. Sometimes you won't be able to do what you want to do.
I ran on Monday and that was pretty hard for me to do after having a whole week fighting negative thoughts.
I had a GREAT run today though!!! Listening to my awesome positive music.
I listen to Christian music while running. For King and Country, TobyMac, Newsboys, DCTalk, Skillet, KevinMax....and more! I'm still looking for more too! :-) I didn't get through my entire playlist today which is a GOOD thing! Means I have more to listen to next time I go outside!
Anyway...I feel AMAZING now after my run. It's what I need to keep feeling every single day! My off days from running are a bit harder for me right now. I'm still not sure what to do on my off days. Ill figure it out though!! :)
For now, I'm loving my running days and I'm proud of myself today for running 3.64 without stopping!!! I kept a pace of about 11:20-11:30 per mile which isn't so bad if you ask me!!! I am slowly getting better and better and faster and faster!! It's such an awesome feeling seeing my progress!
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