Sunday, January 15, 2012
50 pounds ago I started this journey - with my size 22 clothes getting tight and a few 24s in the closet. Today I set aside the 18w jeans my sister bought me for Christmas and put on the 16w jeans I had purchased at the same time (since they were on sale and I knew I'd need them eventually) - who knew that would be only a month later...
To celebrate, today I went to that mall store known for engraving Things, found a sterling necklace on sale, and had the front engraved with "Citius, Altius, Fortius" (Latin Olympic motto Faster, Higher, Stronger), and the back engraved with "#50 Cave Girl" to celebrate the 50 lb loss and remember how I got here.
To finish the celebration, I took friends out to a Paleo dinner at one of my favorite restaurants (Mexican - chicken vegetable soup, shrimp/avo ceviche, and a side salad). Then we went bowling... not my favorite sport - but no one was taking it too serious and it was a great chance to move after dinner given that it's quite cold at nights now. (I know - it's relative, but this is cold for us too!)
There've been no short cuts, no diet supplements, no "magic" pill, spray, or Pixie Dust to get me here. Just changing the foods I eat (to what My body can handle) and Moving.
Looking forward to continuing this journey...
Take Care of You... No one else can do that for you!
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Since you asked: I feel fabulous, it almost feels too easy (great point Celest - easy relative to other diets because I am following the diet, and it is working! - and that has not always been the case!) - guess that's why I was really thinking about a change. My success so far, 1/3 to goal, comes down to not putting food in my mouth that my body apparently can't handle - which is sugars, starches, and processed foods. And there is certainly no diet or workout boredom! And this is NOT low-carb, because I get tons of carbs from natural sources - non-starchy veggies and fresh fruits.
I am constantly challenged - shopping for and ordering only what My Body can handle as fuel (and I eat only when hungry and only til full, so some meals are much bigger than others).
Dinner at a smaller mid-range steakhouse last night included, house salad w red wine vinegar (no cheese, no croutons), half of my 7 oz steak, all the steamed broccoli, plus two extra sides - grilled mixed veggies, and sauteed mushrooms (w a little box to take home what will be incredible salad toppings for lunch today)! What did I WANT - bread and butter, creamy salad dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, and dessert.
Either I really was a sugar addict OR my body chemistry is just not "normal" in how it reacts to these foods based on my genetic predisposition to diabetes - both parents, all grandparents, and all aunts/uncles except One...
So in addition to the walking, I am doing the Spark Official January JumpStart Challenge - my first challenge - so that's adding a little variety. And the steps are keeping me in the sun (with sunscreen, sunglasses, hat and protective long sleeves).
Thanks for your opinions and guidance - I'll look to change things up either when weight loss slows or when I cross over from the "obese" into the "overweight" category!
Oh well, on to the next 50#s!
Friday, January 13, 2012
I'm down 47lbs - still averaging loosing 10lbs a month.
Eating plan: Paleo/Primal/Nautural Balanced Diet
To clarify - no sugar, grain, starchy veggies,
processed foods, and essentially no dairy.
No kidding - no whoopsies.
Exercise: 10,000 steps/day
Physical History: never been an athlete! I have previously had problems w my right knee (all good now), and my left ankle (weak, re-spraining is not uncommon....).
Other info: I am still 50+ lbs away from the shift from Obese to Overweight; and, about 100 lbs from final goal weight "range". To date I have not added in more "exercise" to avoid injuring (or re-injuring) myself... which I have done in the past when working with a personal trainer...
So my question is:
- Should I change up my workouts to include stationary bike work for CV/endurance purposes, or an eccentric resistance workout to help with burning fat? I'm kinda afraid to change up anything in the routine since I'm still loosing 10 lbs a month. My original plan was to add these in once "just overweight".
So based on your knowledge and experience:
Don't fix what isn't broken (no change to routine yet!)...
Just go for it... Add in the additional exercises to start building fitness as well as loosing weight?
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
for a work dinner with 14 people. The team leader starts by ordering wine and apps for the table... None of the apps are Paleo appropriate... So grab the waiter and add meatballs - best option I could find...
Of course, bread baskets were plentiful - but I was not to be swayed!
Salads were next (by my request - we ordered 5 for the table and split)...
Then came entrees - did you want pasta, pasta, or pasta? The fish of the day was Salmon (not a fan), lots of breaded and fried veal, etc., all w pasta or other starch on the side.
So, obviously..., I ordered the NY strip w lump crab meat on top and asked to substitute all sides for spinach (menu listed it w evoo, garlic, pine nuts, and raisins). Came out as per menu and waiter went back to get me the side of spinach. Girl to my right ate the menu sides, and half my steak and spinach! Plenty to share!
Let me reinforce - my choices were NO sacrifice at all - the food was all incredibly fresh, perfectly cooked and spiced and tasted amazing! It was just "different" than what I would have ordered 6 months ago....
When it was time for the dessert (club soda w lime please), everyone ordered amazingly decadent (and generous) options. And only one person had enough left over to pack and take back to the hotel! And, while there was quite a bit of plate swapping, I never tried any of it.
With other diets I've tried in the past, this would have turned into a major binge from the start - bread. I can only imagine that the lack of desire/cravings is from having removed all processed foods from my diet and that is keeping me motivated... That, And the weight loss... And that my brain is engaged before things go in my mouth... And that I'm on SparkPeople this time and feel accountable to "all Y'all" (that is the proper southern plural of y'all)....
By the time we left, everyone else was holding their stomachs complaining about how much they ate. I was smiling because I knew while we have just completed a 4 hour business dinner - I had amazing food, stuck to my eating plan, stayed well within calorie range for the day, and felt fabulous and ready for a good night of rest....
Healthier options are available no matter where you are or are heading. For me, I simply have to engag my brain - not just go with old habits and what I think I "like"... And do things differently than I've done before - that is what is getting me results that are different than I've ever had before....
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