Counting Down The Pounds

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Almost a Third of the Way!

I'm down exactly 15lbs. . . it's been about 6 weeks with 4 weeks being almost 100% Paleo (grain free).  I'm thinking it's about time to measure again. . . my 14's are officially falling off!  I can pull them off without unbuttoning them.  I don't have any 12's in my closet, so I'm hoping to make a quick transition into my 10's (of which I own several pair!).  I'll just wear a belt and have saggy butt syndrome until then. :-)

My friends are noticing. . . one said this morning, "I swear you've lost another 10lbs since last week. . . you are getting TINY".  Tiny is a overstatement. . . but I'm definitely shrinking again.  Yay!

For lunch today:
Leftover Cauliflower soup (this is a favorite in our household) w/ a small amount of raw sharp cheddar cheese and a bit of diced up uncured ham.  Joining my soup is a side of sauteed zucchini and mushrooms in Kerrygold butter.  This is not a high protein lunch, but I'm counting on the healthy fats to carry me through.  I love this soup and it's a great way to sneak in a couple extra servings of veggies.

Yes, I've made some not so healthy food choices along the way. . . for instance, this past weekend, Hubs and I stayed out of town and ate out the entire weekend.  I had 3 coffee shop mocha's -AND- 2 milkshakes over the course of three days.  Bad choices. . .but I made them consciously.  I didn't consume a bit of grain. . . I did have mashed potatoes with my steak and veggies.  BUT I didn't gain a pound (I didn't lose any either).   Monday and Tuesday I spent in carb detox and it wasn't fun. . . it's funny that as I eat standard American diet foods, I feel crummy.  I didn't realize how desensitized I was to foods until I took them out of my diet.   This amazes me, especially since I already ate much healthier than the average American (no gluten, only whole grains, limited sweets, no fast food, etc. . .).

I'm actually getting excited for family photographs at the beach in late Summer.  Looks like I won't have to hide behind the kiddos this time!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

My Grain Free Life

I'm really liking how I feel sans grains (and refined sugar).  My body is happier (it tells me so).  I'm trying to break my scale addiction, so I won't weigh in again for at least another week. . . maybe longer.  I'm going to restart the 21 Day Sugar Detox on Monday (I've had a bit of cheese and occasionally a second piece of fruit or a nip of dark chocolate here and there).  My pants are getting looser and looser, to the point that I'll have to dig out the 12's again soon. Right now I'm walking around with saggy butt syndrome.

This weekend I'm making the choice to not eat 100% fabulously. . . it is Mother's Day after all and I'm having some hormonal issues (or mental issues. . . whatever you want to call it, I'm not pregnant again. . . 18 cycles later and it's getting a bit difficult to deal with).   So, I'm going to have a bit of healthier treats here and there and start the detox anew on Monday.  I'm happy with this decision and know it's just what I need (emotionally speaking) right now.

For lunch, I had an all natural (no sugar) bratwurst sausage and a few organic apple slices.  It was delicious.  I should have some veggies as well but I don't feel like it.  I've actually been eating a lot of veggies but I've found that if I do have "treats" I tend to not want as many veggies.  Weird but true.  I was planning to fast today but I only made it until 1PM.  We will see how the rest of the day goes.

I was just comparing the 21 Day Sugar Detox to the Atkins Induction Phase and I think they are pretty darn similar.  Eat protein, healthy fats, and veggies.  My brain needs a bit of carb/starch (like a banana) after my workout or I hit a big slump.  I have noticed a significant slump mid afternoon and I need to figure out if that's because I need a bit more carbohydrate or if its not diet related at all.

All in all, I feel really good. . . my skin is great. . . no break outs. . . no need for lotion or lip balms (I'm an addict).  This is due to adequate water intake, adequate healthy fat intake (yay for real pastured butter and coconut oil), and no depleting foods in my diet (soda, sugar, processed stuff).

For a reformed vegetarian it is quite a feat to say. . . I like meat.  I don't even mind cooking it anymore (raw meat used to gross me out).  Maybe that's because I feel healthier than I ever have in my life.  I'm wondering how I'll do morning sickness wise when I do conceive again. . . in my previous pregnancies I've had hyperemesis for 16-20 weeks and lost a significant amount of weight (my first OB actually sent me to a nutritionist like it was my fault!).

My kids are loving the grain free life as well.  Giving up breakfast cereal has been the hardest on them, but since I'm the mean Mama that only allowed it once or twice a week it hasn't been a terrible adjustment.

Here's to optimal health! 

Monday, May 7, 2012

On Not Being Hungry

I've been eating Paleo/Grain Free for just over a month now.  I'm not hungry.  I am eating plenty of protein, healthy fats, and veggies.  I miss cheese, but I'm surviving with just a tiny bit every now and then.

Last night, I made the children some delicious chocolate chip scones from The Gluten Free Almond Flour Coookbook (Elana Amsterdam).  I ate two with real butter on top.  That was definitely a cheat. . . since there was 1/4 cup of maple syrup (recipe called for agave) and 73% dark chocolate in them. . . but they were delicious. (Hard core paleo's would scoff at eating "treats". . . that's okay, I'm not nor will I ever be hardcore.)

For breakfast today, I avoided the scones (it was close) and sauteed up some mushrooms and organic broccoli slaw (Trader Joe's) in real butter and added two scrambled eggs.  Yum.

I didn't drink enough water over the weekend and my hands feel very dry today.  I'll work on correcting that balance today.

Over the weekend, we moved 7 yards of play ground fiber with shovels and wheelbarrows.  I think that was pretty close to natural body movements and boy was I sore the next day. 

I was back at the gym this morning. . . I know it's good for me but sometimes my bed is just so warm and cozy. . . it's hard to crawl out.  That's another place I'll never be hardcore. I don't find washboard abs on females to be attractive (or fertile), so you'll never find me striving to achieve that kind of body.