What a week this has been! We had a crisis with a foster child resulting in him leaving, and I took a baby that is eight months old so adjustment to schedule and time is all over the place. I am finding it extremely difficult to exercise during the work week (Tuesday - Friday) as the only possible solution is to get up at 5 am and exercise, but now with two babies in the bedroom... well.. that's a challenge too. I will persevere!
My bigger challenge right now is calories, or lack of them. I don't follow the standard American diet, my body can't handle grains at all or even processed foods. I found out the hard way when we had a busy night this week, I ate one slice of pizza with the kids and was so sick the next day I had to leave work early!
So, my diet basically is pretty simple, eggs cooked in butter or coconut oil in the morning, typically with a handful of veggies (kale, onion, pepper, squash or whatever is on hand). Lunches I typically bring chopped chicken and a huge salad, but this week I have had a salad from the local BBQ joint every day! Dinner is typically a protein, salad and veggie. The challenge is, my calories are often 1,000 or below. I know I need to get them higher, I don't feel bad (fat and protein is very satiating) but my weight loss slows when I am under a certain calorie.
I know multiple ways to add calories in but I find myself missing dinner several times this week, by the time I get home, feed 6 kids, bathe two babies and get them in bed, spend time with the others, well dinner went by the wayside for me.
I think its interesting that once you kick out processed foods.... calories instantly decline. It is hard to go overboard on calories when your eating chicken, salmon, sweet potatoes, salad and kale. Even with an abundance of olive oil, coconut oil, butter (pastured organic and good for you!)
But, on a positive note, I do feel better! My coworker said to me "Oh Gosh, you are just shrinking!"
Several others have made comments and I find myself pulling my pants up all the time now because they are so loose. My aches and pains are almost completely gone and my energy is through the roof! I had not realized how poor my diet was since moving to the south until I rebooted and returned to my former ways of eating. Lesson learned!