It seems like everyone is Ďhackingí Primal/Paleo these days. I havenít been since Primal pretty much works for me. However I am experimenting and changing up some things. Mostly because Iíve gotten sloppy. Pistachios are my nemesis and I just canít have them in the house. I cave to mindless eating when they are around. My recent bad digestion might have something to do with eating too many of them, so after this bag is gone, no more. Yesterday was the first day I can remember not eating any. Seriously. There are still a few left, but Iím doing my best to stay away from them. Tough when I work from home and they whisper my name.
Ugh. So thatís one change. Stop the mindless eating. Hunger is not necessarily a bad thing and I should really live with it more, not eat the minute my stomach growls. No more pistachios. Another is dairy. I havenít eliminated it, but I have cut back to see if that also improves my digestive issues. Yeah, eliminating the nuts and the dairy simultaneously is probably dumb, but I plan to add back some dairy over time and see what happens. Mainly itís cheese, which I love. And plain greek yogurt with the highest fat content we can find. Cream in the coffee is still there, but I use less of it these days.
The driver for this change is that I canít seem to get this last 10 pounds off me. Jiggly thighs and a bit too much fat on the stomach. Sure, I can probably survive at 155, but I would like 145 so some experimentation is needed. Mindless snacking because the food is Primal is one thing Iím cutting out. Iíve got to bring back exercise, too. After wrecking my shoulder doing kayak rescue drills, it is still painful every day. Itís been over 2 months and I still donít have anywhere near full range of motion and so I donít dare lift, which leaves me nothing to do but squats and I havenít been going to the gym or doing them because it seem so stupid to go and do one thing. Squatting here would mean using way less weight, but I probably should give it a go anyway.
Walking has fallen by the wayside, too. Mostly because itís been unbearably hot or raining or both pretty much all of July. Iím lucky if I walk 4 miles in a week. And kayaking once a week isnít enough either. Maybe Iíll add some sprints in. I used to jump rope for those and I canít see how that would bother my shoulder so...
Another bit of backsliding is our nearly nightly wine with dinner. Mostly itís been me opening a bottle or having a PDD and that leads to more wine with dinner. But a couple weeks ago I stopped doing that. Itís a silly habit and not necessary. The PDD anyway. Wine with meals is terrific and civilized, but not totally necessary with every meal and thatís what was happening. So I stopped initiating the drinking. Unfortunately, my husband is an instigator and when he opens a bottle I just canít say no. Like the Malbec we had with our steaks last night. Who can say no to Malbec? Anyway. I think this is part of why I canít shed the last 10 and so Iíll have to put a stop to a lot of the wine with dinner. It will hurt, but maybe once the pounds are gone, I can add it back.
So thatís whatís been on my mind. My dedication to living Primally is still intact. I play. I use my head. I have been sleeping better. Exercise and diet need some shoring up though and so I plan to post a bit more about how thatís going. Still no scale at home, but I still do have some shorts from many moons ago that I aspire to wearing again. Luckily I donít seem to have gained any weight and my health continues to be good apart from the wrecked shoulder. Thanks for peeking in and reading. Iím really a bad blogger, aren't I?