Midterms have come and gone. I weathered them all right I guess, though this was my worst showing yet. I passed all my exams/papers but just barely. Even the year I wrote exams while sick with H1N1 and not able to study I did better. I guess what they say about 4th year being the toughest year is true.
I am glad that the stress of exams did not lead to weight gain. I was expecting to put a few pounds on. In fact I weighed just before exams started and I had gained about 1 pound, then I lost 2 somehow by the end of the week. That was satisfying. I have had little trouble sticking to primal during school. Although I am letting myself eat some potatoes and some rice I still feel that I am doing really well. I find it hard to imagine that I ever really enjoyed eating any other way so that says something about how right this WOE is for me.
I have been invited by friends of mine to have a "paleo talk" at their store. I plan to share my experience with the changes I have made and also to share the wealth of resources I have found. This way I will be giving credit where credit is due so there may be some new "faces" here on MDA or lurking in the other blogs I follow as well. I also intend to share this post from guest blogger Amy Kubal on Robb Wolf's blog Seven Shades of Paleo.
I found it very interesting and I liked the way she broke down the different flavours of paleo. I find I fit in the Lacto-paleo or primal shade but since I aim for 100% I am aware that I probably hit 90-95% for the most part I have to say I fit in the WTF paleo in that 5-10% of the time. Not quite to the same extent as in the post but I can identify with it. That is how I have approached other diets in the past but not how I approach this WOE. Because of the kids we have some (thankfully very little) gluten-free products, we made GF cupcakes for my son's birthday and as a treat last weekend I made GF French toast. Starbucks is very available at school, there's one right in the common market but I am very happy to report that I am now ordering my latte's half-sweet. That has been a major accomplishment. I used to be a three-packet girl! Pizza has now moved from once-a-month to special occasions only and I think I will be able to just order the salad next time but I might swipe a piece off my kids plate, call it a pizza tax.
Now as I head into the second half of the semester I am maintaining my fitness goals. I am able to do 5 flights of stairs, and most days I do them two or three times! I love how strong my legs feel even as they are getting slimmer! I bought calf boots, I hadn't been able to buy them before. Along with the boots I was able to buy skinny jeans. Such a happy day! I am moving forward with optimism, hope and the belief that I can and will be successful in reaching my goals.