Hi and Welcome!
Some random thoughts...
Sleep. It's really important to weight loss and health and happiness. I know it's hard to fit everything into a busy life but see if you can keep to a regular schedule, even if the amount of sleep isn't ideal, getting it at regular times is beneficial and your body will adapt to the schedule, given a chance. I had the same problem, up late, work or school in the morning, some nights not sleeping at all. But when I got serious I threw away my television set and now I go to bed at 9:30 and wake up at 5:30. It's been a good thing, since 1997.
The other thing that stands out is that in beginning eating Primally, lots of people try to replicate foods that they like with Primal substitutes, muffins, pizza, etc. using nut flours and other concoctions. I can't help feeling that this isn't the best approach. Not because they are poor substitutes as far as taste goes. But because people cling to types of foods that are not good for them instead of seeking out healthful foods.
I loved pizza. I ate it several times a week all of my life. I suppose I could make some sort of approximation that might fill the space where pizza lives in my list of yummy foods, but what I've tried has been pretty awful. It's better for me just not to eat it at all. Somewhere in the back of my mind when I see or smell pizza, I think "poison." It's the same with bread, muffins, cereal and pastry. It's taken time, but it's happening. If I were to try to make primal substitutes for these foods, I think it would be harder to let them go, and it would be easier to backslide into eating the non-Primal versions.
There's plenty of other things to eat, I do a lot of stir fry and it's easy to incorporate different favors that satisfy the desire for Italian or Mexican foods simply by adding spices to healthier base dishes.
Good luck on your plan. It's great that you're bringing your Mom along. I wish this had been a thing back when my Mom was alive.
Last edited by DCarr10760; 10-13-2012 at 05:54 AM.
Height: 5' 10"
Starting Weight: 292
Starting Primal Weight: 275
Current weight: 224
Goal weight: 172
Body Fat 30.5