Uh, Oh

So last night I cooked a Paleo enchilada recipe. It was pretty good. It wasn’t enchilada-like, as I didn’t have anything that resembled a tortilla anywhere in the house. But the flavors were good and I really enjoyed it.

Until the middle of the night.

The sauce for these enchiladas was mostly made up of tomatoes, something that I have been thinking may cause me some issues. The thinking stage is over; I now know that tomatoes cause me issues. I was so looking forward to making up some sleep last night, sleeping in today, and waking up ready to take on my homework.

I woke up at 3 o’clock and could not go back to sleep.

I know that I am good as long as I don’t have too many tomatoes. The other day I had a slice of tomato with a chicken breast and I had no problems. But this recipe called for four tomatoes, and I easily ate half of what I cooked. So it is very likely that I had two tomatoes worth of enchilada filling last night.

I can’t really complain too bad; one of the hallmarks of the Paleo diet is experimenting and finding out what works for your body and what doesn’t. It is an exercise in actively listening to your body, and it works well. I now know things that I wasn’t sure about yesterday, and I can move forward being aware of that knowledge as I find other new recipes to try.

On another note, I have become completely obsessed with the idea of starting Crossfit. I can’t even do homework for watching Crossfit videos and reading Crossfit websites. I am doing this post on my iPad because I know that I am less likely to get sucked into the Crosfit madness on here than on my laptop. Maybe I will actually get some homework done!

Back to Basics

Have I mentioned how much I LOVE the farmer’s market? I go every week now and get fresh vegetables that are in season, fresh pork rinds to eat with my guacamole, and sometimes fresh meat.

My fianc√© and I started getting fresh breakfast sausage at a booth that has fresh free-range eggs and sausage. “Okay,” I thought. “I’ll just try it.” I had noted that there was brown sugar listed in the ingredients, so I knew that the sausage needed to be a treat and not an every day thing. But it was so good – and it has become an every day thing for about three weeks now.

So the last couple of days has seen me become frustrated that the scale has not moved, nor has it felt like I’ve lost any inches. My losses have been fairly constant from the beginning, which to me means that I’m eating something I’m not supposed to be. And the only thing I’ve change, right around the time that the scale stopped moving was the sausage.

So I’m in mourning now for my breakfast sausage, but curious to see what happens since I’m going to cut it out of my diet. I’ll keep you posted.

Starting Over on the Right Foot

I started doing Power 90 again yesterday. I spent a lot of time online researching how many calories I should eat to lose weight, and how many calories I was usually consuming on this diet, among other things. I got a friend request from a different coach on the beach body website, and his profile prompted me to switch coaches. So far it has been a pretty good decision. This coach seems to be more active on the website and even has a thread on the forum. He has built everyone that he coaches into a team, and he has given them a name: Team “Never Fail Again”. It is very exciting and motivating and I have already gotten the advice to work out every day, even if I don’t work out at 100%. Good advice, and I will take it. Which means that I will work out tomorrow!

I have been staying within my recommended calorie range (as far as I know, I haven’t really checked today). I am excited and I really feel like if I weigh too often I will fail, so I think that I am going to take it easy and maybe weigh once every two weeks with Anitra. I REALLY don’t want to fail!

Good Day

My weigh in was today, and I lost…(drun roll)…5 pounds! It was less than I wanted but more than I expected, so I can’t complain too much. It was a loss, anyway. And it means that I’m doing something right. Now if I can keep it up. I’ve made a few goals for myself for this week:

1. Keep track of all of my food! I haven’t been writing anything down, points or anything, and I know that if I had, my loss would have been greater.
2. Drink my 64 oz. of water a day. I KNOW that I haven’t been drinking enough water. So I am going to try to make an effort to drink all of the water that I’m supposed to.

And speaking of water, I have limited myself to one diet soda a day, but I have been sitting here sipping on my diet Dr. Pepper for over an hour and…its making me thirsty! Can you believe that? So I went on a web search, and this is what I found. I’m going to try that trick with the nail. I may put a nail in some diet soda before I go to bed, just to see what it does overnight. But what I’m getting at is, I think I may get off the soda. This thirsty feeling right after I’ve taken a drink is getting really annoying, and I’ve felt better all day with just the water I’ve been drinking. I definitely got my 64 oz. today.

Anyway, the first two weeks are over, and I did well. I’m looking to do just as good, if not better, for the second two weeks!

A New Beginning

Okay, I have tried and tried and TRIED for the last year or more to become serious about diet and exercise. I had a baby three years ago, and not only have I not lost the baby weight, but since I met my current boyfriend a year ago, I have gained back what I had lost before I met him. I am horribly out of shape, extremely overweight, and I am really starting to just feel bad physically. I never thought I would let myself get to the point where I was really feeling bad, but I have, and now it is time to do something about it.

This blog is a contract to myself. Well, its more than that. I guess it is a way to hold myself accountable, as well as being a contract. See, I want to get serious about this. I’m tired of being overweight, and I’m tired of feeling bad. I want to exercise and go on a sensible diet and lose this weight and fit into all of those skinny clothes that I have stashed away in my storage shed, just waiting for the day when I can wear them again. I want to wear them again! I remember the cute stuff I have in there!

So this is my plan. First of all, I will not go a day without doing at least thirty minutes of some sort of exercise that gets my heart rate up. EVERY DAY! Even if it something as seemingly lame as the walking dvd that I have – I have to do SOMETHING EVERY DAY! And at least every other day at this point it needs to be some sort of strength training so that I can build up my muscles and increase my metabolism. Second, I will cut my calories. I have already started doing that, but I slipped a few times this week. I really, really need to make sure that I’m not hungry when I get home from work, because that is when I blow it. But those protein bars I ate on the days when I didn’t slip really helped so I need to make sure I eat one of those every afternoon. And third, I will record in this journal EVERY DAY how I did with my workouts and my eating. I will do the recording in the evening before I go to bed, after I eat dinner. That really shouldn’t be that hard.

That is my plan. I hope to lose 20 pounds by my birthday, which is in February. After my birthday I will set a new weight loss goal and perhaps adopt a more structured eating plan, but right now I am going to focus on starting to exercise and just cut my calories. That alone shouldn’t be too hard, and it will be a better starting point as far as keeping track of things. I need to make this exercise a habit before I start trying to write stuff that I’m eating down all the time. I am going to weigh myself weekly and take my measurements monthly. I guess I will use today’s date as my point of measurement, but I would really like to weigh myself on Thursdays. I don’t know why. When I lost all that weight before my best friend’s wedding, that was my favorite day to weigh on, so I guess I will use it again.

I am looking forward to this, and I hope that this journal will keep me motivated as well. I really want to succeed this time!