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My First Sparkiversary

Monday, May 26, 2014

It was nice of the school district to give me this special day off, don't you think!? It is my own special memorial day, and I am remembering all the good things that have happened in the last year. I am so happy to be at 133.8 today, instead of 175 like I was a year ago!! I am so happy to have something like 12 pairs of pants in various styles and lengths, but all in size 6, instead of one ugly pair of really big elastic-waist jeans. I'm thrilled to feel all this muscle. I love feeling so strong and healthy. Anyway, all that to say, A HUGE THANK YOU to SparkPeople, the website, and to all my fellow Sparkers who have been such a help and encouragement along the way. I reached my goal in about 7 months, and have been maintaining now for 5 months. NEVER done that before! I couldn't have done it without all of you!

On another note, I have to say that so far I am loving the 80% Paleo eating plan I came up with (the one I wrote about in my last blog.) I know I haven't been doing it for very long yet, but so far I feel very satisfied, hunger-wise, and my energy levels seem to be staying pretty even throughout the day. Mentally, I am not feeling tempted to binge on anything. I am looking forward to my non-Paleo treats at lunch today, and thinking about what I'd enjoy for dinner tomorrow.

By the way, I'm not going crazy on the non-Paleo meals. I've still tracked and counted calories, although I'm paying more attention now to grams. For example, yesterday my non-Paleo meal was breakfast. I had my favorite breakfast that I normally (up until last Monday) ate every day: 1 cup of blueberries, 1/2 cup of non-fat Greek yogurt, 1/2 cup of Grape Nuts, and 12 almonds. So, the "cheats" were a bit of dairy and grain. But it's not like I had 3 waffles with a bunch of syrup or anything like that. Today is a special day, and my kids are coming over for lunch together. My son is eating Paleo, and my daughter is for the most part, but at least has to have her treats be gluten-free. So today's "cheat" meal is meatballs in marinara sauce, brown rice pasta, savoy cabbage with lemon, and gluten-free brownies with fresh Oregon strawberries (the best berries in the world, BTW!) I won't be tempted to binge on the brownies because I have pre-tracked the amount I can have, and, more importantly, with 6 people here to eat 16 brownies, there won't be enough to binge on. I'm still thinking about what tomorrow's non-Paleo supper will be. I think zucchini lasagna, since I have a lot of cottage cheese on hand that will expire soon. I had been eating a lot of cottage cheese, and am now going to have to stop the daily consumption of it, so may as well use it up! I'll use zucchini instead of pasta, and add kale from my garden to the sauce, and then splurge on some homemade French bread. Mmmm!

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