Saturday, June 02, 2012
Weight - 125
Body Fat 31.4
Workout(s) - HIIT 20, HIIT 30
And yes I see it. Weight going down a bit too fast and body fat is creeping up but I'm working on it.
Breakfast - Egg and cheese scrambled in coconut oil and butter, sweet potato hash (cubed sweet potato sauteed with onions and bacon) and kale with bacon.
Lunch - Okay, first let me explain. Remember when I said my weight was coming down too fast and I was working on it. Well lunch today was the "working on it". I want to see if my free meal once a week slows things down and keeps my body fat number from going up.
That being said, here's lunch.
Fire Mountain Buffet - a few bites each of -
Fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, fried tacos, baked sweet potato, key lime pie, coconut cream pie, bread pudding, chocolate cake, watered down Coke.
Yes it looks really bad written down but I did come home and do a 30 min HIIT workout so maybe that will help
Dinner - You're kidding right? Okay, a few sips of coffee cream no sugar. Now after I did that I was worried because I remembered that caffeine gives you an insulin response the same way sugar does but we'll see what the damage is.
Friday, June 01, 2012
Okay, it's a new month, my birthday month no less and since my scale is hinting that I am officially back on track (I'm now 126, down from 133 ) I suppose I'll start having something quasi useful to say.
After my descent into carb-ville last month I started thinking that maybe my body regularly needs more carbs than I've been allowing it so after reading some comments from you guys, I,ve decided to develop my own personal Paleo prescription. For me that means instead of looking at charts, I'm testing what level of carb intake I personally need to get lean and stay SANE at the same time.
With a little more information than I provided in my first 30 days of Paleo entries, for the month of June I'm going to document my workouts, meals and stats so I can see what's working.
I've restarted STS mainly because it's the 1st of the month (and we all know how much I love "beginnings") and I wasn't that far in so it doesn't matter. I wanted to see how I respond to the program with this new way of eating.
This morning I ate a scrambled egg swimming in butter and coconut oil for breakfast and my workout was amazing. I've been told that my sweet cravings were partially due to my not getting enough fat so I'm "porking" up everything I eat.
Lunch was Chicken, bacon, avocado, walnuts and cubed sweet potato (which was sauteed in butter and coconut oil) on a bed of spring mix drizzled with Dijion Vinaigrette. Yummy.
Snack - Fudge Brownie Bite from Sweet Potato Power by Ashley Tudor (fantastic book of Paleo info and the virtues of sweet potatoes). Double yummy.
Dinner is Barbecued Chicken with Collards and Roasted Sweet Potato Wedges (which I'm still too full from lunch to partake in ).
Weight - 126
Body Fat % - 31 (yes I had to talk myself into posting that but as they say, you can't manage what you don't measure so there it is.
So there's day one. Later
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I weighed in at 132.6 this morning. Okay, before you freak out like I usually do, let me explain why I'm at peace with it.
For the last few months, I've been fighting a losing battle with crazy, intense, decidedly non-Paleo cravings for sugar and mostly chocolate. At first my Saturday (off Paleo) breaks were enough to satisfy them but they began extending into and throughout the week. True to form for my eating disorder, trying to resist those cravings triggered my old familiar binge habit. Combining free fat Paleo cooking with non-Paleo binges is a recipe for weight gain so here I am.
Now, my peace about all of this is because I've finally figured out what caused this. I'm not sure if I blogged about it but I've been having terrible problems my asthma for over a year now. My doctor has been trying to increase my medication dosage for months but I've been hesitant.
After having a few bad attacks in March, I finally agreed to increase my steroid intake to get it under control (guess when the cravings started?) . I suppose I was so excited to be able to breath that I forgot about crazy appetite and the 15 lbs I gained that last time they increased my dosage.
Now here's where I handled this incorrectly. I am very aware of my binge eating issues and I KNOW what happens when I deprive myself of anything my body/mind asks for. If I had just satisfied the cravings in the beginning, I probably wouldn't have triggered the 2 months of binging but instead I put on my deprivation helmet and held out until it cracked.
What's interesting is that going Paleo and giving up sugar etc. never triggered any of this but since the steroids it's a whole new ball game so to calm everything down, I've given myself permission to ease up a bit (since it is merely the threat of restriction that triggers my binges) and trust my body by giving it what it wants until it figures out how to navigate these steroids. Already my crazy cravings have all but disappeared.
I mustered up the courage to take my measurements and ugly as it was, at least now I know. Reality bites but between the steroids and my middle aged hormones, it just means I've got to work a bit harder. My first day of STS yesterday assured me that I will be doing just that. Aarrrgh!! I'd forgotten about those infernal never ending push-ups. I feel like a total beginner again LOL. I plan to do STS and Gym Style on consecutive weeks so will bring a little flavor.
Thursday, May 03, 2012
Okay, remember when I said I was going to change to full body circuit workouts to concentrate on fat burning? Well big surprise, I'm not enjoying it.
The whole time I'm going through those weight/cardio cycles I'm wishing I was doing pure strength. The weight segments don't seem hard/heavy enough and just when I get my pump, we're switching back to cardio. It could just be me but when I'm lifting I get in kind of a "zen" zone and the intermittent cardio in these circuit workouts just shatter that for me.
I'm surprised because I really like Cathe's Boot Camp, Cardio & Weights and Circuit Blast so I figured I'd enjoy her other harder circuit dvds but now I'm doing High Step Training and High Step Challenge and they're just not doing it for me. Maybe its just those DVDs .
I still enjoy Cathe's Low Impact Series but even when I increase the impact, they're just not hard enough.
STS has been whispering my name since I started these circuit workouts so I'll try one of those tomorrow. If I like it better then I think I'll do another round of that or I'll do Cathe's split routines and do pure cardio every other day .
Oh, I forgot, RECIPE SHARE .
Paleo Crockpot Chicken, Cabbage and Pepper Curry. I was shocked at how good it was. Enjoy. paleopot.com/2011/12/easy-paleo-croc
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