I tried so hard to be lazy today. I didn’t want to do anything. But I had told myself that I was going to make a commitment to be more consistent with my CrossFit workouts, so I did one today. Actually I did part of one. Most of one. I think that my body is still trying to recover from last weekend’s workout. Hopefully I won’t be as sore this time as I was last time. I am glad that I did it, and I know that as I get stronger it will be easier for me to be motivated about it.
Last night we went to Texas Roadhouse. I love Texas Roadhouse because it is one of the only places that I feel that I can eat at and know that my food has nothing on it that it isn’t supposed to. And the steak is awesome! I had a huge steak, a sweet potato, and a salad with oil and vinegar. It was very tasty. I get so frustrated about how I feel after I eat out at most places, but that is one place that I can still go and be fine.
Right now I have a pot of the BEST chili EVER cooking. It is a modified version, though, because all of the tomatoes that were in the original version messed my stomach all up! Since it is on the stove right now simmering (it will be done in about twenty minutes – yay!) I haven’t had a chance to see if it is any good yet, so I will post the modified recipe after I figure that out.
I know that there are followers out there who have tried some of the recipes posted on this blog. If you have tried one, changed it in any way, or simply love it the way that it is, please comment on the posts! I love to hear from readers, and any modifications that you do could help everyone else out as well!
I have determined that the best thing that I have done on this diet is cooking all of my meals ahead of time, from scratch. I have been going to the grocery store across the street from where I work and getting a few pieces of their baked chicken every day: “Three baked thighs, please.” The hot bar at the grocery store broke the week before last, so they pre-packaged all of the baked chicken. This is how I found out that the baked chicken had sugar added. Sugar really seems to be my mortal enemy, because I have noticed that I haven’t been sleeping as well (although that is the only thing that I have noticed). I really didn’t think that I was having that issue. My weight loss had stopped, which was aggravating, but it wasn’t creeping upward, so I didn’t think about sugar.
This week I have eaten nothing but food that I prepared over my long weekend, and I can tell a huge difference in how I feel. I have lost two more pounds, and I am sleeping fantastically. My motivation to work out has returned. I went to the gym last night, and I am still thinking about trying Crossfit.
All of these things make cooking ahead the best thing that I have done. It will require more work during the weekend, but I am willing to bet that I am saving money as well as getting my weight loss and motivation back on track.
One thing that I did make this week was mashed cauliflower. My fiancé and I used to get the bags of steam-in-the-bag garlic cauliflower for mashed cauliflower, but once I was eating Paleo we couldn’t because it has sugar in it. So I took a head of cauliflower and cut it into florets and stem pieces. I threw it in my steamer with some minced garlic and steamed it all for about 10-15 minutes. Then I threw it all in the food processor with a little bit of butter and some salt. That was some of the best mashed cauliflower that I have ever had; it tasted a lot like what I used to make, but it was creamier.
Well, I have done pretty well. I think that my eating has gotten off track somewhere because I have started craving stuff again. I think it started with the chicken spaghetti fiasco. I’m not sure if I had too many tomatoes going on, or what, but the cravings have been bad. So much so that last night I had breakfast for dinner: bacon, sausage, and eggs. I even had coffee…with heavy cream.
Big mistake. I couldn’t sleep last night because of the caffeine, and when I woke up this morning, my stomach was a mess because of the cream. Not only that, but the bacon tasted so salty to me that I couldn’t even enjoy it. It was a mess of a dinner.
I’m trying to figure out what I did, where I went wrong. I haven’t actually cheated all that much. The cream yesterday is all of the dairy I’ve had, and I’ve fought the cravings I’ve had for the bread. But the smells of the stuff at work (I work at a daycare, and sometimes the smells of their snacks can get to me) have really been bothering me! Yesterday it was sugar cookies, and today it was animal crackers. Not good enough food to make me want to give in, but I hope no one comes in front of me with a muffin!
So I’m trying to do some research tonight to figure out what is going on with me, and I’m trying to drink a lot of water, too, because I think I’m not getting enough. Hopefully I’ll have some answers by the next time I post.