I realize that I am on a new health kick every other day but I truly believe in Paleo. I plan to stick with the Paleo lifestyle. I’ve done it in the past and I felt great, my constant burping stopped, and I lost weight. But before Paleo there was my vegetarianism phase. I actually liked that too. I cooked up some delicious dishes but the whole family wasn’t behind me. And I eventually gave into the fried pork chops and pizza that always seemed to be in the house.
However, the reasons I became a vegetarian still remain. Currently on my Kindle is this book: It has brought back that reasoning to the forefront of my mind. I’m only a few chapters in but it is intriguing and enlightening. It got me thinking can I be a Paleo vegetarian? I did a bit of internet research and came to the conclusion that yes it possible but quite hard. Not sure I’m up for the task. We’ll see. I plan to finish the book and see where my opinions lie then.
Have you ever tried vegetarianism? Were you successful?
I got up early and made breakfast. We had sausage and eggs.
I made some tuna on lettuce wraps.
For dinner I had taco salad made with ground turkey (After I eat it I remembered I’m not a fan of the taste of ground turkey. Overall it was satisfying though.)
I had two slices of this Edmonds Turtle pie over the course of the day. No pic. One I eat right after the t ball game (Marlins won, yay!) The other I ate after my nap. Obviously I shouldn’t have but not gonna beat myself up about it. There is one slice left, which I plan to give to the boys. Then all the sweets will be gone. Hopefully, a craving won’t hit me so hard I head to the store to buy dessert. Sugar addiction is SO hard to break!
I decided to take some “before” pictures. I’m finally back to the weight I was when I started this blog over Christmas break . So here are my first pics taken today at 252 pounds.
How do you satisfy your sweet tooth when losing weight?
Tuna fish and apple sauce.
Chicken with sauce, green beans, and an orange.
And I’ve been having plenty of this:
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. There is so much food around. It is really a test of my will power not to indulge. But I am trying and not just giving in and saying, oh well I’ll start next week. Yesterday it was Quiznos, today there were Krispy Kreme donuts, and Friday it will be Chick-Fil-A. All things I would normally eat if I weren’t trying to change my lifestyle.
What have you been eating lately?
The first mini goal is to lose twenty pounds by my birthday July 8. This is how I plan to do it.
Food: Primal/Paleo, smaller portions
Exercise: 20 min On Demand exercise video in the morning before work.
Walking during the boys t-ball practices.
What else can I do to insure success?
I’ve been trying to figure out why the last time I went primal I had such quick success. I thought it was maybe age. That perhaps I’m getting older, my metabolism is slowing down and that’s why its harder to lose.
But no. It’s portion size. I have plain eating too much. Even eating primal, I’ve been having seconds or too large portions. I’ve been looking at other peoples weight loss blogs and noticing something. That their portions are much smaller than mine. I’ve been eating too much. And way too many sweets. It is so hard to stop my sweet tooth in the evenings.
When I went primal last year, I lost 11 pounds the first week. And a steady two pounds a week until I was down 20 pounds and then I stopped. Because I fit into my clothes again and I was happy with that.
I really believe in the Primal lifestyle. I had more energy and I stopped burping. I’m always burping. But cutting out dairy and grains really alleviated that for me.
Now I have to cut back. I want to be satisfied but not over do it.
How do you keep your portions under control?
I’ve never liked to cook. Though I do enjoy eating! Which is why my family eats out a LOT! I know to lose weight I will HAVE to change this. I’m thinking of creating a meal plan. I want to stick to crockpot meals so we can eat straight away and the temptation to stop and eat out will be less. I made porkchops in the crockpot last week. I must say I wasn’t really thrilled with the seasonings I used. So plan to do chicken this time. Something I can shreed and make lettuce wraps with.
So I began last Saturday I’ve lost 2.5 pounds. Now if I just manage to really stick to the plan many be I will see higher numbers. Plus, its time to introduce exercise.
Every week we take out students on community based instruction field trips. This week we headed to Golden Corral to work on money skills.
I knew going to a buffet could be trouble. So last night I thought about it and went in with a plan. I knew it wouldn’t be logical to think that I would go there and not eat anything. I ordered water and eat only rotisserie chicken and greens beans. I had a bowl of various fruit. I did pretty well with the overall meal. I did want dessert, so I had some. I eat a piece of carrot cake. (Probably not the best choice but at least I didn’t go crazy!)
When we left I felt good that I was able to maintain control and mostly stick to primal eating. In the Cordain books he advocates the 85/15 rule. So, a non paleo treat is okay here and there.
How strict are you with your primal/paleo eating?