252dlp Journal - Part II (or in other words, starting over)
Around this time last year I found the Primal Blueprint and after much consideration decided to give it a go. I did reasonably well, but never really committed 100% to it, then shifted to some other things before finally just falling "off the wagon". I've gained so much weight and I'm just sick of it, lol.
I'm still not sure I'm 100% committed, and not sure my head is in the right place, but I need a place to write things down and this seems like a good place.
As a starting point, I made it a point to log all my food today in MyFitnessPal. Not surprisingly, I'm overeating, and overeating the wrong foods.
Last year was extremely stressful and as a stress eater, I let that get the better of me. My goal is to find a different way of managing stress. I currently have an injured foot, so using exercise won't work for a few weeks, but there has to be another way that will work for me.
I truly LOVE the idea of eating good healthy foods, but am so drawn to sugary junk. It's not going to be easy, but I want to give it a good attempt.
So, tonight I may pull out my copy of the Primal Blueprint and start rereading. I've found my old shopping lists and will stock up on good foods on Saturday, my normal shopping day.
I think I will make it a point to log all my foods on MFP, even if I fall off the wagon and I'll post them here as well.
So, as sad as it is, here is what today looked like:
Meal 1: Coffee with HWC; Raw Coconut Macaroon; Pamela's Gluten Free Whenever Oatmeal Chocolate Chip bar
Meal 2: Chicken breast strips dipped in mayo/mustard and a little Thousand Island Dressing; 2 cups Nestles Hot Ccocoa w/2 of those little tubs of half and half and some coffee in each one
Meal 3: Ground beef, zucchini, butter, parmesan cheese and that didn't keep me full long so had the rice noodles out of one of those small Thai Kitchen soup packets
Meal 4: Canyon Bakehouse White Bread (2 slices), 1 slice cheddar cheese, 2 eggs, butter
Chamomile tea before bed and probably a melatonin tablet (10 mg)
Okay, adding some stats. I entered my current weight into MFP (something I've been avoiding doing) and have reset my goals there.
I am over 50 years old, female and fairly sedentary at the moment. I think a goal of 1600 calories is an okay starting point for the first couple of weeks...my BMR (figured on a online calculator) is around 1501. I'd also like to start a little on the lower carb/higher fat side to get cravings under control.
Hum, that's about where I left off last year.
Last edited by 252dlp; 02-03-2014 at 08:28 AM.
Started rereading the PB, or at least the sections I highlighted last time through. Reread the primal blueprint laws so they would be fresh in my mind.
I'll take my measurements tomorrow when I have more time in the morning.
I still don't have all the proper foods, but I didn't want to wait to "start" my changes.
Meal 1: Coffee w/ 2T organic HWC
Meal 2: Goat cheese w/cranberries -- didn't weigh, but it's about 1/8th the package.
I'm thinking I will cut out coffee as a regular thing and just have it once in a while. I always have trouble sleeping, so it could only help in that regard, but the last couple of days I've felt "sick" after having it. Since Saturdays are my days out with the "girls", I'll save my coffee treat for then.
Added unplanned Snack: 2 small tangerines
Meal 3: 4.5 oz (cooked weight) Pasture Ground Beef, 2 small zucchinis as Zoodles, 1T Kerrygold garlic herb butter, 2T shredded parmesan cheese
Added unplanned Snack: 1 Ghiradelli Dark 72% Cacao square (thought I was grabbing the 86% dang it!)
Was VERY hungry so ate meal 3 earlier than I would normally....Now it's mid-afternoon and I'm starting to get hungry again, lol. I have dinner out, but that's 3.5 hours away.
Okay, just caved and added another unplanned snack: 1 square ghiradelli 86% cacao--next week I'll be bringing a heftier meal 2 option which should help all the way around.
Meal 4: outback 7oz sirloin steak, sweet potato, steamed veggies...also had 1oz goat cheese w/ cranberries
Last edited by 252dlp; 01-31-2014 at 08:41 PM.
Took my measurements today. Wow, what a shocker. There is no denying I have let myself get fat, but the measurements are a reality check. I'm down slightly in weight, even after a dinner out, which usually produces some water-weight gain. I eat a ton of salt on a regular basis, but even for me, I had a bit too much of it last night, lol.
Today is grocery shopping day, so will be able to get more appropriate foods. Can I just say how awful Paleo bread is, lol. I bought a loaf last week (even before I even thought about going Primal) just because I wanted to see what it was like. Yuk....no taste to speak of and the texture is weird. I also bought some coconut wraps...those are much better in flavor, but have a strange texture...still, they will do when I am really wanting something "bready". I just need to do something different with them...maybe heating them up?
1: Dream by the Fire Tea (cinnamon/vanilla herb tea); 2 large eggs; 1 slice Wellshire Farms Breakfast Ham; 1 slice cheddar cheese; 1T bacon grease
2: Starbuck's decaf Americano w/ a splash of HWC and some sugar free vanilla syrup
3: 5.75 oz (cooked) duck breast w/skin; 1/2 avocado; 3 bites of Shakti Coconut Mousse
4: Was just feeling hungry so had 3 more oz of duck breast; 3 macadamia nuts
5: 4 slices of uncured bacon; 1 slice of Wellshire Farms Breakfast Slices; 2 cups of fresh Brussels Sprouts sauteed with the bacon and ham slice.
Last edited by 252dlp; 02-01-2014 at 06:27 PM.
Still nursing a bum foot, so I've been debating whether or not to take my usual Sunday morning walk to the Farmer's Market. The upside of that would be buying sugar free bacon from a vendor there. The downside would be slower healing for my foot. Ugg. I guess I'll be good until I get my air boot.
Breakfast: 2 large eggs fried in bacon grease; 5 slices of Wellshire Farms uncured bacon (cooked mostly in the microwave, then finished in the pan with the eggs); 1 slice cheddar cheese; 1 large travel mug of hot water (giving up that coffee, lol)
Snack: 3 macadamia nuts
Lunch: 5.3/8 oz duck breast; 1 small tomato w/Balsamic drizzle; 7 asparagus spears w/a little mayo; 1 oz goat cheese w/cranberries
Dinner: 6.8 oz duck breast; 1/4 cup organic blueberries w/1 T Organic HWC
Last edited by 252dlp; 02-02-2014 at 05:54 PM.
I'm glad I decided not to walk today...I wrapped up my foot (should have been doing this since Thursday on doctor's suggestion) and spent the day on the couch with a few 1 minute "bursts" on the rebounder. The wrap really did what it was supposed to but don't think it would have had I walked. The good news is that I got some good naps in. The bad news is that I didn't burn many calories. I should get my air boot tomorrow and then I should be able to walk more. I'm also supposed to be taking Advil or ibuprofen but haven't. I might start that tomorrow too.
Ended up having to get up at midnight to take some Advil...my neck, shoulder and wrist were achy. Oddly my foot wasn't bothering me. Didn't get much sleep overnight, but I guess that's not surprising with all the naps I had yesterday and the achy shoulder/wrist. I've got my foot wrapped and should get my air boot today sometime.
Even with all that, I have lost 3 pounds since Friday. Yay!
And my food for the day:
1: [4:30 am] Raw Coconut macaroon; Dream by the Fire Tea; 2 Advil
2: [6:31 am] 3 hard boiled eggs, 1.5 T mayo; 1 baby dill (made as egg salad); at little later 1 square Ghiradelli Intense Dark 86% cacao
3: [10:45 am] 4.5 oz pasture ground beef, 1 large zucchini, 1 T Kerrygold garlic herb butter; 2 T shredded parmesan cheese; 1 very small tangerine
4: [5:00 pm] 1 container Fage Full Fat Greek Yogurt; 1 C organic blueberries, and maybe some slivered almonds; 2 Advil
Last edited by 252dlp; 02-05-2014 at 03:52 PM.
Yay, just got my air boot and am giving it a whirl around the office. Not bad. I think it might help to get a little more walking in.
Edited to add: oops, it's too big. Ordered another one which should come Wednesday. In the meantime, foot is wrapped.
Last edited by 252dlp; 02-03-2014 at 03:37 PM.
1: Coffee w/HWC; Raw Coconut Macaroon; 2 bites of coconut mousse; 2 Advil
2: 2 large eggs; 1/2 T butter; 1 paleo coconut wrap, 1 slice cheddar cheese
3: 4.5 oz pasture ground beef, 1 large zucchini, 1 T Kerrygold garlic herb butter; 2 T shredded parmesan cheese; 2 squares Ghiradelli 86% Cacao
4: fresh organic Brussels sprouts sautéed with bacon and breakfast ham slice; 2 Advil, Melatonin
Last edited by 252dlp; 02-05-2014 at 03:52 PM.
I'm up in weight today...almost all of what I started with, lol. I'm not changing anything just yet though...I tend to retain water weight from certain things, and Advil (or any type of antiinflamatory) is one of them. I've been taking Advil for the last couple of days, just 2 in the morning and 2 before bed, but that might be enough to cause it. My calories are lower than they were (and I'm logging everything), so I shouldn't be gaining, so that's almost certainly water weight.
Though, it's interesting....I had coffee yesterday and again today--just one large cup in the morning. I'm up in weight, and this morning I didn't feel well afterwards. May be an interesting n=1 experiment to see if it's caffeinated coffee or just coffee in general, or maybe even the cream IN the coffee.
1: Large commuter cup of coffee (Starbuck's Via Christmas Blend), 1.5 T HWC; 1 coconut macaroon; 1 bite coconut cacao mousse; 2 Advil
2: Egg Salad: 2 large eggs, 1 T mayo, 1 baby dill; 5 macadamia nuts; Chamomile tea w/honey
3: 4.5 oz Pasture ground beef; 1/5 can tomato sauce; 1 large zucchini (as zoodles); 2T parmesan cheese; ghiradelli 86% cacao squares (2); 1 dove dark chocolate w/hazelnut
4: 1 container Fage Full Fat Greek Yogurt; 1/2 C fresh organic blueberries (frozen by me); 2T slivered almonds; a little bit of raw honey
Last edited by 252dlp; 02-06-2014 at 06:18 AM.