Thursday, January 31, 2013

Weight Loss Caveman Style - Week 4

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This week went really well weight-wise. I did break down and make chocolate chip cookies, but they were using all paleo safe ingredients. I "needed" chocolate this week because it is that time of the month. I also learned not to do my official weigh in day on the first day of my cycle. What made me think that this was a good idea is beyond me.

The food has been good this week. The biggest issue we have had is my prep space is nonexistent this week. We are working in a major house project and the kitchen is buried. It should be all better soon though.

Overall I have felt good this week. Today on the treadmill I felt like I could keep going past the c25k program, but I was running out of time to get a shower and pick Drew up from child care at the Y.

The first couple of run times on the program today my knees were bothering me, but I pushed through and by the end they were feeling good. It makes me wonder if some of the pain was a head thing and I needed to just push and get through it. I want to keep pushing! I am pushing through with weight training, too. That is going really well and I am happy to be able to add that into my routine.

My screen shot from the weight training I did today.
I also have my first 5k that I am doing by myself this week. I had almost forgotten about it until tonight. It is a women's only event. I am a little intimidated by this, but I know I can do it. I am going to make me a very upbeat playlist and go for it.

I am almost at the 10 lbs point. I was hoping to reach 10 lbs in the first month and I might, but if I don't I will be really close. The one month point is on Saturday, so it won't be official until next week any ways. I am so close though and I am really happy about that. I am not sure what to do to celebrate that milestone though. What would you do for your first 10 lb milestone?

Weight Loss This Week : -1.1 lbs
Weight Loss Total : -9.1 lbs
C25k : Week 2 Day 3

Monday, January 28, 2013

What Does Paleo Food Look Like?

I got a heads up the other day that I haven't really explained what eating like a caveman looks like.

Well, for me it means no sugar, no processed foods, no fake food, no soy, no chemicals, and grains of any sort. This has been hard, but not for the reason I thought it would be. I haven't craved the sweets, soda, or breads/pasta I thought I would. The hard part has been the food prep and lack of "quick" foods.

For the most part there is almost both acceptable in fast food restaurants, snacks are limited to fruit and nuts, and every meal is from scratch right now. Under normal circumstances this wouldn't be a problem, but I have a toddler who wants to be doing stuff with mom and me cooking all day is not his idea of fun. I think I have spent more time recently saying, "not now, I am cooking" than I have in my entire life. Also, I miss being able to grab a quick meal out and about. It is hard to always remember to pack my lunch because we don't always have leftovers right now.

I have "cheated" a few times, but not in an overly go crazy binge sort of way. Once was for the pizza after the 5k and the other was I got an Arby's roast beef sandwich. It was a necessary evil of what all was going on that night. Yes, I ate the bun but it wasn't that great. It also showed me I didn't miss it as much as I thought.

So, what do our meals look like of we can't eat any of that stuff? Yummy and good. There is a lot more color to our meals than before and a lot of variety, thanks to Emeals.

Breakfast - bacon, eggs, strawberries, and apple slices

Dinner - Southwest Chicken Salad with Avocado

Slow Roasted Turkey Breast with Carrot Apple Salad
Grilled Pork Chops and Orange and Pomegranete Salsa with Broccoli

Honey Mustard Chicken with Pacific Blend Vegetables

Smoked Salmon Casserole  and Broccoli

Walnut Coated Flounder with Sauteed Zucchini and Broccoli Slaw
Quiche Lorraine with Pear Spinach Salad and Tomato Soup

So, as you can see in the pictures we are having a lot of yummy meals. We have had 3.5 weeks of these meals and I am really am loving them. They have gotten me to try things that I wouldn't have tried otherwise. We have also found a couple of recipes that will go into our permanent rotation. I have never had AJ request meals before, but we have had a couple that he has fallen in love with, namely a taco burger with guacamole on lettuce wraps.

If you want to learn more about the benefits and foods of Paleo eating I would really recommend checking out Mark's Daily Apple. His site is what I found initially and got me thinking on our food journey. It has a lot of really good information.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Weight Loss Caveman Style - Week 3

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Eating like a caveman has been going really well. I have only had two meals that broke the basic rules. I wanted pizza last Saturday night. I think I always crave pizza after we do a 5k. So, we got a thin crust pizza from Domino's and enjoyed it. I haven't craved it since. Then yesterday I went out to lunch for a friend's birthday. We were at a Thai restaurant and I can't eat anything there because of allergies. I wanted to have something to eat while everyone else was eating so I got fried bananas and coconut ice cream. Not the worst option, but still not really within the framework of the paleo diet.

I have been walking a lot and even starting to use the weight machines at the Y. I am really enjoying it and I am finally back to doing the c25k program. I had to start it over a couple of times already. I have a 5k the first weekend in February and I am hoping to be to the point that I can jog some of it. It will be my first one by myself because it is a ladies only 5k. I am worried about the jogging part. My knees are not liking this cold weather (for Florida), but I can at least try it.

I wish I could say that I have lost a bunch more weight at this point, but I haven't. My body is totally opposed to weight loss. Last week I lost 0.7lbs and this week I lost another 1.1lbs. I was hoping that with everything going on I could have lost a two pounds a week, but that isn't in the cards. I think I am going to give up the dairy side of things for the month of February and see if that helps anything. I also figured out I need to start taking measurements. I think some weeks that would give me a better since of accomplishment than the number on the scale would.

Weight Loss This Week : -1.8 lbs
Weight Loss Total : -8 lbs
C25k : Week 1 Day 3

Lovely Weather

The weather has been so great lately. We played on the playground yesterday waiting on our friend, Joy.

Friday, January 11, 2013

2013 Goals

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It is time again for my yearly goals list. It is a little late, but I have started actually working towards the goals, and today is the first day Drew has napped at the house. If you are wondering why I set goals and not resolutions, here is a recap:

Merriam-webster defines a resolution as : a formal expression of opinion, will, or intent voted by an official body or assembled group.  A goal is : the end toward which effort is directed

I am not good with resolutions.  I never stick to them because there never seems to be an end, and going by the definition it is just an expression of opinion. I like the idea of goals.  I am stating the end point where I want to be. - Read more here.

I am trying out something new this year and only setting 12 goals. I want to have a goal for each month, because I keep reading it takes 30 days to make a habit and I want habits that are going to stick. The game plan is to add a new habit each month and to continue the ones from previous months. It seems like a good idea, but the problem I am having with this is I have multiple habits I want to start cultivating all at the same time. The list is in sort of order, but not necessarily:

01. Lose Weight, Gain Strength
02. Bible Reading
03. Establish Housekeeping Routines
04. Start Learning German
05. Be a Better Mom to Drew
06. Be a Better Wife to AJ
07. Get Our Budget on Track
08. Get Messy with Life
09. Run The Tower of Terror 10 Miler Race
10. 31 Projects in 31 Days
11. Practice Real Hospitality
12. Read 12 Books This Year

01. Lose Weight, Gain Strength
I really want to lose weight, and I need to do so, too. I have made this commitment and I am already working towards it. I have made the switch to a Paleo lifestyle to help with this.

02. Bible Reading
I need to read more. I have already started a devotional plan through YouVersion. I am enjoying getting it on my phone everyday. I am also hoping this reading time will help me grow in my relationships with God, my family, and my friends.

03. Establish Housekeeping Routines
 I feel like this is something I really struggle with. This new house is different and cleaning with a toddler is very different than cleaning without kids or with a baby. I want to learn to do a little bit every day, and not be overwhelemed with cleaning. I want to have a routine for getting dinner on the table every day, having the dishes washed by bedtime, and the house functionally clean so people can stop by any time. I am making progress towards these already. We are using Emeals for meal planning (they have a Paleo plan!) and loving the meals.

04. Start Learning German
I am throwing in the towel on Spanish. I can't speak it even after studying it for years. I am switching to trying to learn German. AJ turned me on to a great online program called DuoLingo. I want to have at least a basic grasp of the language by the end of the year. I plan on starting this either in February or March.

05. Be a Better Mom to Drew
I want to start being the mom that Drew thinks I am. This means playing with him more and tuning into what he needs and not just what I want. This means I need to cut back my screen time and give him more face time. He wants my attention and I need to give it more. We are in toddlerhood and this has potential to be a really rough time, but I want to minimize that as much as possible. I want to work on potty training and hopefully be really close to done with it near his second birthday. My other goal with Drew is to start some homeschooling things with him. Nothing to formal, but something that builds that into our daily routine.

06. Be a Better Wife to AJ
I want to be a better wife to AJ. I am to quick to get frustrated with him, even when it isn't his fault. I want to love him the way he needs to be loved, speak his love language, and support and encourage him. Again, I need to give up screen time for face time. I need to talk to him and listen to him. More cuddling and less computer time.

07. Get Our Budget on Track
Between buying the house, updating the house, and the Mayan Apocalypse that hit our house our budget has been a little wonky. I want to get our savings back to where we had them. I want to get a handle on our spending. Thankfully, we have the ability to turn these negatives around this year, we just need to change our habits. We are still on the Dave Ramsey plan, using Mint, and You Need A Budget to try and get all this back on track.

08. Get Messy with Life
This is a hard one to explain. I want to really dig into my relationships with people. I don't want to be a surface level friend to the people who are also investing their time into my life. It is a messy process, but one that I want and need in my life. I also want to get messy with my family, I want to dig deeper with the family outside of our house. I also want to physically get messy with AJ and Drew. With them it plays hand in hand with being a better wife and mom.

This is technically part of my lose weight, gain strength item, but it is its' own goal because it is a big one. I have been working on the Couch to 5k program, but by September I want to be able to run the 10 mile race Disney has. This is a huge goal considering my weight, my non-athleticism, and my health issues, but I am going to do it. (I am assuming it isn't sold out in January, but that they just haven't updated the site for this years race)

10. 31 Projects in 31 Days
This was a lot of fun last year. I want to repeat it in October again, hopefully blogging all 30 days this time. Thankfully, I don't have to tackle this goal until October.

11. Practice Real Hospitality
I want to grow my hospitality this year. I want to be able to have people over to our house for dinner on a regular basis. I don't mean just for parties, but just sharing a meal and getting to know the people in our lives. We have some awesome people in our life and I don't feel like we really know them. At the blog conference I went to the opening speaker, Jenny from Southern Savers, talked about how they have a different family from church over every week for dinner. I was inspired. I am not sure we are to that point, but I want to get there.

12. Read 12 Books This Year
I want to read at least this many this year. It is hard to get reading time in right now, but this is just a phase and it will get better. Luckily, I have a Kindle and that really helps me get get more books in. I just needed a goal to encourage me to read more.
These all seem like doable goals this year. I am excited about the possibilities this year holds and excited to see where it leads me and my family. What are some of your goals for this year? Do you have a plan to accomplish them? 

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Weight Loss Caveman Style - Week 1

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I have finished week one eating like a caveman. It has been the best first week on a new eating plan ever. I am actually loving it. I haven't missed anything that I can't eat, and I haven't been hungry.

I like the fact that I am not calorie counting or having to track food. I don't think I can really over eat on this at all. Well, I probably could, but it would take a lot of effort. There is only so many veggies or fruits you can eat in a day. I know down the road in this journey I will have to cut back on food, but I am hoping my hunger will match what I need to eat at that point and it will be a gradual decrease in calories in.

Yesterday I also started back on the c25k program. I decided since I hadn't run in about six weeks it was a good idea to start back at the beginning. I will admit it was tough at the end, but I felt really good afterward.

I have a long way to go on both the weight loss and running goals, but I so want to accomplish these goals. I am hoping the combination of health reasons and personal desires will really help me get there.

Weight lost : -6.2 lbs
C25k : Week 1 Day 1

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Going Primal

Cleaned out pantry.

Last year AJ and I had started making some real changes to our eating habits. The move and being house-less for a while made us look at our food choices in a new light. I don't know why that did it, but I think it had something to do with all of the eating our and junk food we were eating.

In the old house we cooked a lot at home because everything was so far away. Though with Drew being born we were slipping down he eating out path more and more. Through in a move and stress and no kitchen and you get a recipe for very poor food choices.

A few weeks before the move I had bought a year subscription Groupon to Emeals. I didn't activate it because I knew I wanted to save it for the new house. Well, when we got moved in I started cooking more and we started using the Emeals for the clean eating plan.

I will admit it was costing us more in groceries than before, but we were loving the meals enough that we weren't eating out as often. Then came the holidays and we started slipping again. Not the direction I wanted to go, but with my back an absolute mess I didn't want to deal with it. Until, I was talking to a lady in our life group.

They had gone primal and it was doing wonders for her family, one child was already gluten free, but the rest weren't. Going primal had helped her lose weight and helped her husband's inflammation problems. This was starting to sound like something worth trying. I dabbled with it a bit before the holidays, but not going full steam. I didn't know what to do really.

Well, in comes Emeals again. They started offering a paleo plan right before Christmas. AJ and I agreed we would make the switch when all of our Christmas traveling was done. It didn't make sense to start and stop repeatedly.

So, we are on it now. AJ not as strictly as I am, but he is still joining in and supporting this change. It is only day 3 of no sugar or processed foods, but I am enjoying it. The food has been great and very filling. I am really hoping this becomes a life long change for us.

Friday, January 4, 2013

House Project Update : Bedroom Flooring

The flooring in our house has been an issue for us. There is carpet in about half the house, and the lady who lived here before us had two very old little dogs who long ago lost their bladder control this is not a good combination. We had the carpets cleaned when we moved in and I am constantly cleaning and vacuuming them, but they are still a source of frustration.

After the carpet was pulled up. There is no sub-floor, just carpet.

I have had breathing issues since we moved in, then Drew started having more congestion issues, too. We knew at this point that we needed to do something to change out the flooring.

We looked at doing plywood painted floors and really liked the look, but without a subfloor we were going to have to rig it. Then we contacted a carpet company to see if that would be cheaper and easier. Well, that turned out to be a bad choice. The price to do the whole house was about $4,000. That was not in our budget. Next we started looking at laminate. This wasn't the look we really wanted, but then we saw some different options.

The test section in the closet.
We finally decided to go with the Ikea laminate in a very light birch color. It cost about $300 to do the whole master bedroom and closet. It shouldn't have cost that much except we had to seal the concrete, chose to put down an extra layer of vapor barrier, and put a layer of kilz paint on the walls. These extra measures were to kill the dog smell. We realized we needed these extra measures when AJ pulled up the carpet and no one could breathe in the bedroom and the carpet tack strips were black from urine. We know none of the other rooms are as bad as the master, but we are going to do the extra measures in all the other rooms. It has made a huge difference.

Drew helping.
We love the way the bedroom looks now. It has totally changed the feel of the master bedroom and lightened it up so much.  Here is a good picture of what it looked like when we did the walk through or buying the house and then what it looks like now.

Previous owners Master Bed Room

Just the bed back and playing with furniture arrangements.

What Master Bed Room looks like now.

Next project - getting that last interior door painted.

I am so happy with the way this project came out. I am so excited to have this flooring in the whole house. It is really going to change the way things look and feel. I am already sleeping better and that is a huge improvement!