Wednesday, February 13, 2013
I sometimes think that this whole weight loss thing is useless. Most people who lose weight gain it back eventually, plus some. Like 90% or something. So what's the point? I'm trying to convince myself that it is worth it though. I want to be healthy and happy with how I look, so here I am after several tries, having lost some weight and gained it back several times.
Here's the thing. I'm getting married in about a month and a half. When we set the date a few months ago, I decided that I should lose some weight, and I did... then I lost my job. Losing my job was a bit of a blow to me, and I got pretty depressed and didn't really want to do much of anything. That paired with being home a lot and surrounded by any food I want at any time was not great for keeping off the weight I had lost. Add that to the holidays coming on and there being parties all the time and it was no good. I gained most of it back.
So here I am, almost back at square one. Oh yeah, and I got my job back! So I'm much less depressed. And I have finally decided that I need to do something, ASAP. My plan now is to do my best to lose at least some weight before the wedding. I tried for a few days to go back to my old way of dieting, but it ended up with me being hungry all the time and without energy to exercise...
About a week ago I started thinking about going paleo. I've never been a fan of fad type diets, but there were a lot of good things that people have said about this diet. Paleo diets basically cut out dairy, legumes and grains. Carbs are allowed, but they are from fruits and veggies for the most part. What I've been eating is lots of veggies and meat, as well as nuts, avocado and other types of healthy fats.
Here's the fantastic thing, when I'm eating this type of food, I'm NOT hungry all the time like I used to be. I don't crave cheese or grains etc. I haven't been perfect, but in general I'm eating fewer calories but feel more full.
My evidence of this has to do with what I ate today. There was a staff meeting at work this morning, and they offered their normal "incentive" which was bagels and cream cheese. I gave in and totally failed at eating paleo for breakfast. I had a bagel and a cup of orange juice. It may have tasted good at the time, but I regretted it later. I was tired and hungry all day. REALLY hungry. This does not happen if I have bacon and eggs for breakfast. Even the non-paleo option of greek yogurt that I had the day before (yeah, I haven't been perfect) worked better than the bagel. I ate the same exact lunch both days but I was super hungry today.
So... basically I'm still skeptical about this paleo diet thing, but I'm convinced it's great way to get myself to eat lots of veggies and not feel hungry AND not crave junk food. Oh yeah, and I've lost a pound and a half in less than a week without exercising and without feeling hungry.
I decided yesterday to start exercising again, so I've gone on my treadmill the past couple of days, and it feels good! My only issue is trying to find the right time to workout. I don't like waking up early... and if I get home and am hungry and make and eat dinner it's already almost 8. And I have to do homework after that. This leaves little time for exercise. I'm trying to fit it in anyway.
That's where I'm at anyway. I've been making up some awesome recipes too. It's pretty easy to make some awesome food made of veggies, nuts, fruits and meat. I was wanting chocolate milk, and I made a really great alternative. Almond milk with banana and cocoa powder in the blender, it was SO good! I've also been making food in larger quantities and then I don't have to spend much time preparing meals.
Anyway, that's where I'm at! I'm hoping to continue getting healthy after the wedding too! I hope I look good during it as well. :)