Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day ??? - I'm Baaaaa-ccckkkk!

Hey there Paleo friends,  I haven't blogged in quite awhile.  Obviously, I fell "off the wagon" and have had a struggle getting back on.  Several of you have emailed me asking what happened...why I am not blogging...and unfortunately, I chose to just stick my head in the sand there for awhile...but I finally am shaking the sand off, lifting my head high, and coming back out in the sun of Paleo land and getting back to getting healthy again.

The bad news?  Until this morning, I haven't been on a scale since the middle of July.  Eek!  Once I stepped on, I discovered that I certainly haven't lost any more weight since July.

The good news?  I haven't gained any weight back.  That's pretty darn awesome.

I am, not sure why I started "cheating" and then gave up there for awhile.  A lot of stress in my life during that time, for sure.  That's no excuse...but it's the only one I have.  I take my comfort from food...specifically cheap carbohydrates.  Once I tasted melted cheese on a flour tortilla again, it was hard to give it up.

After visiting with my diabetes doctor this last visit, I am going to go back to what he calls a "modified" Paleo diet.  I will still try to eat fresh, eat lots of vegetables, and stay completely away from all grains, legumes, and sugars.  However, this time, I am going to add back a little bit of dairy here and there.  Not only will this help my calcium levels, but it should also provide me with some emotional satisfaction with the things I eat each day.

For instance, tonight I made a Paleo lasagna.  Lean ground beef cooked with onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and garlic.  Sauce is a couple cans of organic crushed tomatoes.  Filling is no-fat ricotta cheese with a couple of eggs mixed in.  Instead of pasta, I parboiled kale leaves, removed the tough veins, and layered those in my pan.  It's baking as I type and I have to is filling the house with a delicious smell.  Yum.

I am hoping the public accountability will help me get back on track and stay there.  DH has planned an expensive ski vacation for the entire family over Christmas.  I have two experiences with skiing.  The first few times, I was at a somewhat "normal" weight (for me) and was in shape physically...I LOVED skiing.  The last few times, I was about 50 pounds overweight and did NOT enjoy it near as much.  In fact, our last ski trip ended up with me taking a nasty fall and having to be taken down the mountain by the ski patrol in one of those papoose thingies.  I do NOT want that to happen this time.

I have 3 1/2 months until our trip.  I plan to lose 40 pounds.  I plan to be in shape both in my level of strength and my level of endurance.  I plan to be healthy.

Come back and visit and see if I keep my word to start blogging and if I make it to my goal.

Instead of numbering days now...I think I will make it more of a countdown until we leave on our trip.

Sooooo....95 days until the trip...40 pounds to go.