January 30, 2012
Have you ever seen the Biggest Loser? Where week one, they lose 15, 20 and 30+ pounds. They are amazed and so happy. Then comes week two and the weight loss goes down significantly. Two pounds. One pound. Or even no weight lost at all! And everyone is so shocked. What happened? Why such low numbers?
I feel like I’m on Biggest Loser. Last week I lost a crazy amount of weight. This week not so much was lost. But a loss is a loss. And I’m grateful I didn’t gain anything.
As the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race. So my initial goal was to lose two pounds a week. So I am defiantly still on track.
I started the week out sick and work has gotten super crazy. And it will probably be like this until the school year ends. I feel like my work load has tripled since before Christmas break. I say all this to say I didn’t get much exercise in this week. Actually that would be none at all. I just couldn’t take the time from my planning period to walk, too much to do. Though I know it is an excuse. I am still planning to do the boot camp workout because it is quite effective.
I thought I share some of the meals I prepared this week. I’ve never much enjoyed slaving away over a hot stove. This is why I am so glad I have a slow cooker and it has been in heavy rotation. I need to personally thank whoever invented those Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners.
These are like the best thing. No more caked on crude. Only bad thing is they only come 4 to a box. I wonder if Sam’s carries them in a larger package? Anyone know?
Monday: Chilpolte Mexican Grill
I had a salad bowl, but of course I choose only Paleo friendly ingredients. The boys choose tacos. They really enjoyed their meal. I thought it was tasty, but I was still too sick to enjoy it. Will have to give Chipolte another try at a later date.
Tuesday: Can’t remember?????
Wednesday: Taco Salad and Paleo Pine Apple Cupcakes
The taco salad was just something I threw together. I added a packet of taco seasoning to a pack of ground turkey. Easy! The cupcakes were pretty tasty. They weren’t super sweet, so I put butter on top. Yum! I did find a recipe for whipped cream. I may make that up this weekend.
Thursday: Beef Stew
This was another no brainer. Just dumped a seasoning packet with all the ingredients in the slow cooker.
Friday: Crockpot Balsamic Roast
I wasn’t crazy about how the sauce turned out on this one. But the meat was pretty tasty. I shreeded it up and ate it over a bed of salad greens.
I’m trying to come up with some ideas on how to use the left over pork roast for tomorrow. We have plenty left! Any ideas?
Jan 2 was the start of my Paleo Diet. I have to say this is the best diet I’ve ever tried. I haven’t felt deprived at all. Surprisingly! The basic concept is to eat until you full of organic veggies, lean grass feed and free range meats. I’ve been drinking unsweetened tea and water.
Here is a quick chart of my meals this week:
|Monday||Bacon & eggs||Chicken w/salad||Nuts & raisonsPickle spear||Slow cooker chicken and rice|
|Tuesday||None||Chicken w/broccoli||None||Slow cooker chicken and kale soup|
|Wednesday||Apple & bacon||Salad w/chicken||Sweet potato||Slow cooker Beef stew|
|Thursday||Apple w/ egg and sausage bake||Salad w/ tuna||Bacon||Slow cooker beef stew|
|Friday||Apple w/ egg and sausage bake||Slow cooker beef stew||sweet potato||Slow cooker meatballs and sauce w/ broccoli|
|Saturday||apple w/egg and sausage bake||salad bar w/balsamic dressing||almonds||buffalo snack wings w/broccoli|
|Sunday||apple w/egg and sausage bake||sweet potato||sweet potato||buffalo snack wings w/broccoli|
I was sick with cold on Monday and Tuesday i stayed home to sleep and get better. I’ve been trying to cut out all added sugars but who knew that cough drops and cold medicines had so much sugar in them?!
I also ended the week sick, the cold came back with a vengence. I spent half the day Saturday and all day Sunday curled up in the bed with chills and cold sweat. Not fun! But I was able to stick with the Paleo plan, even though I wasn’t very hungry and didn’t eat very much. through all of this I was able to lose 11 pounds. Down to 236.5 on my weigh in Jan 9!
The next step is to add exercise into my routine. The last time I worked out to a video on exercise tv, the site is now defunct but luckily I found the video on youtube.
One of my coworkers asked me to walk with her in the mornings. Friday was our first day. I took a half hour from my planning time and we walked around the gym too many time to count. I did break a light sweat.
I plan to begin the boot camp video on Monday. Why don’t you join me? What are some of your favorite exercise videos? Let me know in the comments!
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I made a goal to cook more. I have so many reasons why I don’t cook. Being too tried being the main one. I made a point to try some new paleo slow cooker recipes. I figured if I spent 10 minutes prepping dinner the night before, I could come home to an already prepared meal. (Just remember to take the Crockpot out of the refrigerator and turn it on in the morning! Something I totally did this week.)
I’ve tried four new recipes this week. Two of which weren’t very successful in the fact that I really didn’t like the taste of the veggies in them. Ended up just picking the meat out of the pot and adding it to salads and steamed veggies instead. But I am still proud of myself for trying something new.
However there were two recipes that I loved. A beef stew that I made up with things I had on hand and I forgot to take pics of and this:
I did make some changes; I halved the recipe and used seasonings I had on hand. AndI used a jar of organic marinara sauce from Martins’.
So this all began because I came across the book by Gary Taubes, Why We Get Fat and What to Do About It.
The point of the book was to give the research into the best diet for humans, turns out it is a lower carbohydrate diet. He mentioned in it the Paleo Diet which lead me The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, Ph.D.
I read this book from the cover to the end. I was hooked. I decided that because of my family history of diabetes, this was the perfect lifestyle for me. Over the holiday break I read everything I possibly could to get ready for the change. I found many great blogs and articles. Before heading home I stocked up at Trader Joe’s and Martin’s. Then I did something I’ve never done before, which was completely clean out my fridge and cabinets of all non paleo foods.
Take a peek inside my stocked fridge:
Eating all organic costs more but I already feel a difference. I’m not craving sweets as badly or wanting to snack late at night. But it still is the first week. Old habits die hard. So far I can only say good things about eating the paleo way! Anyone wanna join me?