Hi everyone. I’ve been doing really well with my water challenge – 9 cups a day and still going strong. Remember how I said I hadn’t noticed any overt benefits? Well after about a week of the challenge, my skin started clearing up a lot. My breakouts are more mild, and the tiny bumps I’ve had all over my forehead and cheeks (which i’d previously just chalked up to clogged pores) have gone away! And we’re talking about skin issues that I’ve been at my wits end trying to solve with different brands of cleansers for months.
That being said, I think it’s time for me to add more to my plate. I’ve really been on the fence – not sure whether my challenge should be “go back to Paleo because that was working great” or something smaller and more manageable like the last challenge. In the theme of small sustainable changes, however, I will spend the next week making/packing 100% Paleo breakfasts. No more quick runs through McDonalds because a cheeseless sausage McMuffin is $1 and 310 calories. I decided on this because I’ve been doing it for the last two days, and while it takes a little more in the way of time management on my end, it’s ultimately more filling and allows for a broader range of foods than what I would get at the work cafeteria or from a drive-through.
I’ll update later on as the challenge progresses!
I took upon a challenge this week – no beer, no alcohol, at all, until Friday. Monday through Thursday. I’m so attached to my nightly beer, even if it’s just a 55 calorie ultra light beer that can’t possibly get me drunk, and while it obviously doesn’t fit into paleo, it also is extra calories I simply don’t need. Liquid bread!
Well, I’m 2 days in and I already broke the plateau I was at – I weighed in this morning at 144.6, the lowest weight I’ve seen on a scale in a long time. Pretty exciting!
I’m still here (how many times have i begun a post with that?!) and trucking along. I’ve been really enjoying paleo – I’m not 100% on it, but I’ve been using it as a guideline when making dietary choices and I feel pretty damn good. Fresh, energetic, and lots more veggies in me! I find that I have pretty significant blood sugar spikes (and subsequent crashes) when I fudge on the diet and have bread products during the day, so it’s a pretty good incentive to not throw some extra wheat products in there.
A NSV I decided to share – I have to dress up for work this week, and only had the pants I wore at my last job. They are literally falling off of me! I spent yesterday walking around, holding them up with one hand, and today on my lunch went and bought a new pair of pants. The old pants were 12s; the new ones are 10s. 🙂
Until next time!
Well, I’m sad to say that I cheated a bit last night. Not terrible – there were definitely less paleo choices I could have made! – but I’m kind of kicking myself today for so mindlessly munching on microwaved chicken nuggets (of all things!). Anyway, the breakdown of the day prior to that (obviously i didn’t photograph my shame – next time i should!):
Breakfast. I grabbed these frozen sausages without realizing they were two per serving instead of one. They’re tiny, they have soy protein (the quick ‘n’ eat ones i normally have do not have soy), and they’re not as good. No thanks, Johnsonville, not again!
I threw some chicken thighs in enchilada sauce in the oven when I left for work, and came home for lunch to some beautifully cooked meat. I added a whole avocado on top for fiber, fat, and deliciousness.
Dinner was the leftover chicken thigh, avocado, cheese, tomato, and salsa verde on a bed of romaine. Pretty tasty and felt super light. Yay vitamin A!
I did have half a Coors Light and half an IPA after dinner. I had had a bad headache all day that multitudes of drugs didn’t cure, so I thought perhaps it was a lack-of-carbs-induced headache. No such luck and the beers definitely weren’t worth the calories or the deviation from paleo. I have it again today so I’m thinking I may just be getting sick. I did spent 57 minutes on the elliptical for a whopping 500 calories so that at least offset my bad choices a bit.
I’m finding eating paleo to be SO much easier than keto, you don’t even know. I am excited to fill my meals with vegetables in addition to the meats and fats that I eat, in a way that I was decidingly not excited to fill my keto meals with simply fat. I tend to have hard carb cravings at night (damn do i miss that bedtime piece of toast!) but have remained strong, so far. Yesterday was pretty simple.
Half an avocado, half a tomato, half an ounce of cheese, and leftover chicken.
I was at a loss at lunch, so I just made some garlic chicken thighs and cauliflower “rice” with some cheese on top. It was meh.
Eating dinner on the go – a Chipotle chicken salad with no beans, no rice, guacamole, cheese, and salsa. Tasty but so damn expensive.
Day one of paleo went great! I honestly haven’t been struggling with the low carb thing at all – the emphasis on fats kind of throws me off, but I’m working my way there. Without a gallbladder, eating fatty foods is kind of a hit or miss, but so far I’ve been able to tolerate most of what I’ve made.
Without further adieu, yesterday!
I got a little hungry before lunch and was pretty pleased that paleo allowed me some super low calorie, super tasty berries as a snack.
I ventured into the cafeteria for lunch and was able to scrounge up some salt and pepper and olive oil’d asparagus, giant meatballs, and toppings. I gotta say, those meatballs were PLENTY. I was stuffed by the end.
My kitchen is a mess so I threw in the towel and took us out to eat for dinner. I got the low carb chicken club from Carl’s Jr. with no mayo for only 270 calories. It was … okay. Something I’d eat because it fits into my diet, not because I particularly enjoy it.
I did one of the exercise videos On Demand, a kickboxing-ish one by some trainer I’ve never heard of. It was only 24 minutes long but it was quite the workout for someone who hasn’t been working out lately! Lots of jumping squats – my butt and hamstrings are pretty sore today. But! I was down from 150.6 to 148.8 (i suspect that i was gaining so quickly on keto because of water weight) so at least the scale is validating my decision.