Wednesday, May 01, 2013
So I haven't been on here for a couple of weeks. I started my Paleo journey 3 weeks ago, following the lifestyle about 90% of the time. I really thought it would be much harder than it has been; thought I was going to miss my breads and high carb snacks. While there was an adjustment period for about a week and a half where I was insanely tired and hungry, it was alleviated by increasing my protein and (healthy) fat intake after consulting with various sources. Once I was actually eating enough, I felt much better :).
The biggest difference in how I feel is something I only discovered when I had been following Paleo for 3 weeks, consuming no grains of any kind and then had a piece of 100% whole wheat toast with my breakfast last weekend. I felt a definite pronounced bloating I would never have noticed had I not gone off of gluten for that 3 week time span. It also made me constipated. So I guess I DO have some degree of gluten intolerance, this has been very enlightening for me! I no longer drink cow's milk or eat cheese, but I have not given up my Greek yogurt as I feel I need it for the protein content and I love eating the plain with my own selection of berries or mandarin orange or banana, walnuts, and a chia/flax blend. I may or may not play around with eliminating it for a while, to see if that produces any evidence of intolerance to dairy.
Now for the results. I have been doing my body weight exercises, 3 days a week, with light cardio, about 25 -30 minutes 3 -4 days per week. I have not lost any more weight, still weighing in at 140. But my body is changing for sure!
April 1 May 1
Bra 38.5 37.5
Band 32 31
Waist 30 29.5
Hips 36.5 36.5
Thigh 20 19.5
Arm 12 12
Calf 14.25 14.25
Total inches lost: 3
Waist to Hip Ratio went from .86 to .83
While these aren't huge numbers, I will take it!!! I would like my waist to hip ratio to be 80 or less, to be in the healthy range, but I am just not pear shaped, never have been. I am more of an hourglass.
What really impresses me and makes me want to continue with this program is I am no longer a slave to calorie counting. So for my 1st week I tracked my food but remember, I was so weak and hungry. I decided to just go by my hunger levels and forget about counting calories, eating more if I was still hungry and not obsessing about each calorie and fat gram. Wow, has this been liberating!!!! Now I am not tied to the computer logging all this information in. While tracking WAS useful to me while following the Standard American Diet (SAD) and I dropped 7 lbs doing it, I am happy to not have to do it anymore, as it did take quite a bit of my time.
I resisted the urge to hop on the scale each week, deciding instead to just weigh in once a month. But while I was a little surprised the scale hasn't moved this month, I have gone down an entire pants size, now wearing a size 6. I have NEVER been a size 6. At 5' 71/2" my smallest size before having 4 children was a Juniors size 9 which I think is comparable to a Misses size 8.
So all in all, I am Loving my new lifestyle! If I WANT something that isn't "paleo" such as Chocolate Cookies and Cream Ice Cream, or a piece of birthday cake, or an occasional pizza or tacos I can have it once and a while and not sweat it! Cutting out processed foods, high glycemic carbs, most sugar and dairy allows me to eat more calorie dense, nutritious protein, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds and "good" fats without worrying about the volume of these foods I am eating, and gives me the freedom to splurge once in a while without feeling bad about it. WIN WIN!!!
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Wow, what a difference a year makes! Last year I was sitting in Idaho, 2500 miles away from my children, mother brothers and future husband. I had just ended a bad co-dependent relationship of 8 years that took me away from my family. Through the beauty of facebook, I reconnected with my 1st love I have known since I was 8 years old. We had a child together 33 years ago, but because I was so young my parents kept us apart and raised him as their own.
My 1st love flew me and my dog to Virginia, we were married 3 days later, I reconnected with my daughter I hadn't seen in 15 years. All that is amazing as it is. But it gets better! I have managed to lose 7 lbs and 5 inches since joining spark a month ago. The icing on the cake? I just accepted a job with the very well respected Fortune 21 company my daughter works for, so now we will be seeing each other every day during the week, even though we live in different states!
I have my precious Lord to thank for all these beautiful blessings. I called out to Him as I was spiraling out of control 8 years ago. He lifted me up out of the pit when He saw I was serious about it. He has never left me but been there to guide me back into the productive meaningful life I had thrown away after my daughter was kidnapped 16 years ago by her father. He has been patient and never pushy, letting me progress at my own pace, but carefully placing wonderful people in my path to strengthen me for the journey. His ultimate touch was reuniting me with my son's father, the man I was supposed to marry way back in 1979.
Words can't describe how happy I am. I am finally at peace and can honestly say I am looking forward to my Golden Years! Thank You Jesus, You are my Hero!
Monday, April 01, 2013
Today is D-day...I went to Walmart and bought a brand new cloth tape measure for the occasion.
The results are in:
1.5" off bust
2.0" off waist
0.5" off hips
1.0" off upper arm
Total of 5" lost for month 1. Waist to Hip Ratio went from 86 (high) to 83 (moderate) I went from being an apple to an avocado.
I actually gained a half inch on my thigh.
I think that is some good progress. I haven't lost any more weight even though I am eating less than my BMR and exercising. Don't really understand that other than maybe I am gaining muscle weight. All I know is my pants come right down without unbuttoning now!
Hopefully I get this new job I am waiting to hear from so I can buy some dumbbells, a mat, resistance bands and some new pants!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Last week I was called in to a Fortune 500 company I had applied to for an onsite assessment for a coveted position. I passed the 2 hour test, and was offered a telephone interview. I completed the 1 hour long interview, but the next day received an email saying other more qualified candidates had been identified.
Rather than accept defeat, I scoured the website for another position I could apply for with the hopes of getting my foot in the door. My goal is to get hired and gain experience, then in one year apply for that desired position as an internal promotion. What kind of bugs me is I have the qualifications for the job, they are just from over 10 years ago and will not be considered.
The hiring process has become so impersonal for these big corporations. For example, the position(s) I applied for are in Maryland. The rep that did my phone interview is in Texas. Their website is indicating they will be conducting video interviews in the near future.
I plan on attending their Job Fair this Saturday, maybe then I can bend a recruiter's ear in person and get past their objections with my charm and grace haha.
The reason I am targeting this company is my dear daughter whom I just reunited with after living 2500 miles away for 15 years works there and she suggested I apply. There a many other reasons having to do with the company itself and the type of work, but she is the main reason!
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Tonight I am stuffed, but I only consumed 1230 calories for the day, INCLUDING a nice glass of Merlot. What made the difference? A 4 oz ground beef pattie, no bun, and an entire cupful of baby lima beans for dinner! I normally would eat frozen french fries with my CHEESEburger on a toasted bun. I would be satisfied, but not stuffed.
After staying up til 4:00 this morning surfing the web for info on Paleo, I figured while I am researching it I would start weaning myself off carbs. I know, beans are NOT Paleo, but I am not claiming to be on it right now. Nor am I sure it is for me, the jury is still out on Paleo for me although I am intrigued.
For one, I just went grocery shopping before hearing all the Paleo buzz and stocked up on high fiber/high pro cereal, beans, brown rice and lentils. And two, I don't believe I have any sensitivity to gluten/grains, dairy or legumes. These are all off limits on Paleo, and a big reason people do well on it is they HAVE known or unknown sensitivities to these food groups, so eliminating them makes them feel better.
I have managed to get within 3 lbs of my goal weight way ahead of schedule simply by keeping my calories between 1200-1500 and light exercise 5 times per week. My reason for thinking of trying the Paleo lifestyle is there is still a 3" layer of fat on me. Maybe cutting carbs is the way to get rid of it, I don't know. The only way to know is to try.
But since I don't think I have any food sensitivities, after doing Paleo for a while, until I am happy with my fat loss I will most likely add my 100% whole grain products and legumes back in on a limited basis for maintenance. I just don't think depriving myself of things I enjoy is practical over the long run, nor is it necessary for me. Now if I had say Celiac or Lactose Intolerance I would be singing a different tune to be sure.
Then again, I may try Paleo and find that I indeed DO feel remarkably better. It could be that I have sensitivities and just don't know it because that is all I have ever known. Whatever the case, I know I am on the road to success and I am stoked!!
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