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  • #16
    Day one on my paleo Atkins induction. This is hard. I crossed the 20 g threshold because I had a half-drunk can of ginger ale from last night that I finished off this morning. Sodas are my vice, but at least ginger ale dilluted with ice is now my thing, instead of daily coca-cola . . . so I call that improvement . . . but even they are no go during my paleo Atkins challenge. On regular Atkins you are allowed to have diet sodas - but if I'm going to splurge on a soda, I want the real thing - not weird chemicals. Besides, I think it's better to just avoid them altogether until my weight loss is jump started again and only bring them back once a month for movie matinees at work. Or better yet, none at all, if I can stand it.

    I need more fat and meat today since I'm at only 990 calories but don't want to eat any more carbs. I might just have to mainline some coconut oil. (aAnd by that I mean, swallow a spoonful whole) . . . It defeats the purpose, to me, if I'm not eating plenty of fat and protein to keep my body from going into full on fat burning mode, but instead go into starvation mode.
    Healthy Bucket List:
    • Summit all of Colorado's 14-ers
    • Hike the Appalachian Trail
    • Do a real pull-up
    • Run a 5k
    • Be "Hot For Training Camp"



    Check out my journey at Outdoor Amy's Blog.

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    • #17
      Ugh. Two urgent and 3 loose BMs today - with tenesmus. First time really I've had that since my scopes. Disheartening because, apart from the Ginger Ale, I ate really cleanly yesterday. Not sure if I had too much dairy (from yogurt and cheese) or if it's hormonal related. In any case it has not been a fun day. :/ Hope I can figure out what caused my flare up so that I can fix it back to the good BMs I've been having for most of the last few weeks.
      Healthy Bucket List:
      • Summit all of Colorado's 14-ers
      • Hike the Appalachian Trail
      • Do a real pull-up
      • Run a 5k
      • Be "Hot For Training Camp"



      Check out my journey at Outdoor Amy's Blog.

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      • #18
        I'm quickly realizing that focusing too much on the "rules" of paleo makes me neurotic and stressed about food. I immediately think of what a failure I am as soon as I drink a Sprite or touch a slice of bread. That's not healthy - at least not for me. I think it's keeping me stuck. I do need to improve my relationship with food - but I don't think being so strict about the "rules" is the way to do. I am becoming a diet legalist, and I need not be.

        I do need to eat gluten free - because it always causes GI symptoms for me. I do need to eat not so much lactose - a little is okay, but more than a serving or two and it causes symptoms too. I do need to focus more on nutrient density so that I'm not always eating because I'm malnourished. I do need to learn to listen to my hunger signals and not eat unless I'm truly hungry.

        But I've got to stop worrying about enjoying a Sierra Mist now and again. (Don't shoot me - if me saying that makes you angry or want to argue with me - then you may be a food legalist too). I've got to stop worrying about every trace amount of gluten. I don't have celiac - I have a gluten allergy - it's a dose response thing - if a trace amount gets in my food it's not the end of the world . . . . I should just try to the best of my ability to avoid it and not be paranoid. I've got to stop worrying about enjoying a grain-free baked good. I've got to stop worrying about my carbs going over 50g or 100g or whatever standard I'm trying to live up to at the moment.

        If I focus on nutrient density in my foods, eat only when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full I'll probably end up following a fairly low carb and mostly paleo diet anyway - but without the hangups. I'm not going to try another Whole 30 for just this reason - I can't do it - when I focus on following "rules" and what I can and cannot have it immediately make me crave things, begins addictive and shaming behaviors and makes my falls off the wagon harder and longer.

        It's time for me to just eat the best foods I can and leave it at that. And if I have a Taco Bell crunchy taco once in a rare while - it's not the end of the world. I'll be eating homemade baked chicken thighs and a salad the next meal. And I'll still be stewing bone broth and avoiding gluten and industrial oils.
        Healthy Bucket List:
        • Summit all of Colorado's 14-ers
        • Hike the Appalachian Trail
        • Do a real pull-up
        • Run a 5k
        • Be "Hot For Training Camp"



        Check out my journey at Outdoor Amy's Blog.

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        • #19
          Starting another 21 Day Primal Challenge in a week and a half. This time doing it with the help of a prescription appetite suppressant. Hoping that the medicine will help make it easier to make good food choices because I won't be feeling (I hope) the cravings for junk foods that I usually do after a few days of strict paleo.

          As before, I'm not concerned about following the strict rules so much - which is why I'm not trying a Whole 30 - just trying to focus on going through each day making the best food choices I can. If you want to join my friends and I the group is still available to join on Facebook. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/504561269619821/) . . .

          I got the 21 Day Challenge book though and I am going to use that as a guide and journal for my 21 day challenge - as well as daily check ins with the facebook group. Will be done just in time for Thanksgiving so I can enjoy crustless pumpkin pie and gluten free cornbread stuffing as part of my 20% guilt free as part of my primal lifestyle moving forward.
          Healthy Bucket List:
          • Summit all of Colorado's 14-ers
          • Hike the Appalachian Trail
          • Do a real pull-up
          • Run a 5k
          • Be "Hot For Training Camp"



          Check out my journey at Outdoor Amy's Blog.

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          • #20
            That was a fail.

            I hated the side effects of the medicine - mostly the dry mouth and dizziness - so I never filled the second script. Besides that, though it helped some with appetite suppression I still only lost 2 lbs. while on the medicine.

            I started the new year focusing on mindful eating instead. Just making the effort to relax and clean out my cabinets (so I had to drive or walk somewhere if I wanted junk food) has really helped. Then I started focusing on nutrient density, especially getting enough protein, and trying to eat only real, whole foods. I wasn't perfect, but that's okay - it's not about perfection, it's about progress. Then I started working on moving more with our new health benefit system at work I was able to start taking a half hour walk at some point during my day 3 times a week. Now that I've been working on all of those things since Christmas got over, I feel I'm ready to move towards a LCHF primal diet again. I've been stepping down my carb intake over the past week and really started <100g daily in take yesterday (so that the first two days would be over the weekend). Tomorrow should be an easy day at work and then I get to sleep in on Tuesdays, which I think will help as well.

            Then I get paid on Thursday and can go grocery shopping to re-stock on Friday when I have the day off. The weather should be nice so I can even go over the pass to the health food grocer to get some items my local chain store just doesn't carry. I didn't initially plan it this way, but it's worked out pretty perfectly in terms of timing and my schedule.

            I know my biggest hurdles are still having social support and continuing to work on more mindful eating. I know how to eat. I know what to eat. I have the food available to me. I just need to have the internal and external support to keep making these good choices.
            Healthy Bucket List:
            • Summit all of Colorado's 14-ers
            • Hike the Appalachian Trail
            • Do a real pull-up
            • Run a 5k
            • Be "Hot For Training Camp"



            Check out my journey at Outdoor Amy's Blog.

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            • #21
              Finally found my will power and I've been full back at it for just over a week now. I've found that tracking what I'm eating really helps - as does Instagram. I post photos of my food and that helps keep me accountable. Even though I haven't lost any more weight yet, I am already noticing some positive benefits, such as my allergies not bothering me at all, even though the weather report says the pollen level for our area is high.

              I'm still trying to figure out which macros work the best for me to fuel my workouts, lose weight AND feel satisfied, but that tune up will come. Mostly I'm just pleased that my will power has been so good lately, and I feel like I can build on that and keep the train rolling.
              Healthy Bucket List:
              • Summit all of Colorado's 14-ers
              • Hike the Appalachian Trail
              • Do a real pull-up
              • Run a 5k
              • Be "Hot For Training Camp"



              Check out my journey at Outdoor Amy's Blog.

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              • #22
                Once again I fell off, shortly after posting this. Trying to get back on again now, slowly stepping down my carbs and getting rid of non-plan food that's around the house. Trying to get into ketosis on a low-carb plan and then allowing carb-cycling with 1 day per week of unmoderated carb consumption, just logging for calories and staying mostly paleo.
                Healthy Bucket List:
                • Summit all of Colorado's 14-ers
                • Hike the Appalachian Trail
                • Do a real pull-up
                • Run a 5k
                • Be "Hot For Training Camp"



                Check out my journey at Outdoor Amy's Blog.

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