No progress = good progress?

Well here I am at the end of April…4 months into this journey.  Just to recap – the first 2 months were pretty strict 4 Hour Body way of eating.  By March, I hit my lifetime legume quotient and basically ate a more paleo diet.  April came and I was ready to buckle down for another month.  But it didn’t really happen.  I ate well probably 75% of the time.  The other 25% was filled with mostly sweets…donuts (who am I eating donuts all the time?), gummy bears, starburst jelly beans (thank you Easter Bunny!), brownies, and whatever else was around.  I also had my fair share of fruit throughout the month.  As much as I thought I would have some pasta or bread or other grain, I really didn’t.  (progress?)  I actually had 2 different nights where I had brown rice pasta and it was just ok.  I piled my plate high and barely touched the pasta.  I would’ve been better off with a bowl of meat sauce.

The good news is that I didn’t gain a single pound in the month of April.  I have remained at the same weight as my last weigh-in.  I consider this lack of weight gain/weight loss as progress.  Now I know what I can do to remain at the same weight!

However I don’t feel like I’ve hit my goal just yet.  My 35th birthday is in exactly 2 months.  And I want to start my 35th year in the best shape of my life!  I want to be healthy, I want visible abs, I want to do the splits!  And I’m almost there.  Seriously, I’m healthier than ever, I have a hint of abs, and I can *almost* do the splits!

I want to focus on cardio this month.  I want to commit to walking 30-45 minutes per day during the week – which sure seems like a lot to me right now considering I do about 0 minutes of walking for exercise per day.  But May 1 is a new day and a new month and I’m going to start new habits.  I’ve been going to Bar Method about 2-3 times per week and would like to commit to 3-4 times per week.  I like the 12pm class which has been on MWF only and starting in May they will offer it MTWTF – so I might even be able to make it 5 times some weeks.  And so I continue on in May with renewed efforts!

Curried Shrimp & Spinach

Just a quick recipe for you that I found at Paleo Diet Lifestyle last week.  I adjusted it a little to have more soupy curry yumminess – which in the old days would’ve been quite tasty with some rice.  But I barely missed it.  Just add more spinach and enjoy!

Curried shrimps and spinach recipe

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • ½ – ¾ lbs shrimps, peeled and deveined (I used already cooked shrimp)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/4 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • ¼ cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Heat a large skillet over a medium-low heat and cook the onion in the coconut oil for about 3 minutes.
  2. Season to taste with salt and pepper, stir in the curry powder and continue cooking for a minute.
  3. Place mixture in a blender, add the tomato paste, chicken stock, and coconut milk. Blend until smooth.
  4. Pour the mixture back in the skillet and bring to a simmer.
  5. Add the shrimp and spinach and cook, covered, for about 5 minutes.
  6. Pour in a big bowl and eat up!

Gap Size 6!!!

You want to know what is great for one’s self-esteem?  Cleaning out your closets!  I have moved 8 times in the last 11 years.  I love moving and clearing things out.  I try to do this every time I’ve moved.

In 2006 I quit my corporate job as an event planner and started my own company.  While working the corporate job and for a little time afterwards I wore a suit at least on Day 1 of every event I did.  Depending on the event, I would wear a suit for the entire time.  I hate suits.  I hate button down shirts.  H-A-T-E.

I did a pretty big cleanout the last time I moved but I held on to ALL of my old business clothes, including my last 2 suits.  Now, granted, I haven’t worn a suit in a few years…but I held on…just in case.  Cuz you never know, right?

Today I tried on those last 2 suits – size 12 by the way.   I figure if I can fit both of my arms down my pants while it’s zipped…it might be time to let them go.  And so with a huge smile on my face, I put them in the giveaway pile.  🙂

You know what else was in my closet?  A lot of clothes from the early 2000’s.  They were pretty stylish back then.  Not so much now.  I had quite a few formal evening gowns for events I attended, including a bridesmaids dress (when do you EVER wear those again??), and even some casual dresses that looked great back then.  Again, not so much now.  I also went thru a phase of buying things just for an occasion, not because they fit well.  Why?  Why would I do that?  I wore it once or twice and then it sit in my closet.  And moved with my closet!

I also had a plethora of jeans.  Big jeans, little jeans, long jeans, short jeans, jeans that fit perfectly (at one point in my life), and some that I’ve held on to simply because I liked the number on the tag (didn’t mean they fit that great).  I gave them all away.

Right now in my closet I have a baggy size 8 gap jeans that are my every day go to, another size 8 (not sure of the brand) dark wash jeans that are for flats, and a pair of size 6 gap jeans in a dark wash for heels.  That’s right – a size SIX!  Bought right off the rack at the Gap – not the outlet store, the real store.  And you know what?  They fit like a glove!  I don’t ever want to wear another pair of pants that just fit ok.  I want to wear clothes I look good in, that I feel good in.

Schmoozin & Boozin

That whole giving up fruit and alcohol didn’t really work out this week either.

I had an unexpected trip to Colorado Springs that led to the demise of my lofty goals.  On Tuesday morning right after 10am I had 3 soft boiled eggs (I started off ok, right?)…and we decided to go to Colorado Springs – which is a 2 hour drive from Boulder – to go to a conference that my boyfriend was scheduled to be at.  Knowing we would be in the car for 2 hours and arrive at our destination after lunch and would have to jump right into the thick of things we chose to pack a big ol bag of berries (strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries) and a container of almonds to munch on while we drove.  Fruit Fail.  So yummy, and thank GOD we had it because we didn’t end up eating dinner until 8pm that night.  (does that count as Intermittent Fasting??)  But before dinner, we met clients for drinks.  I chose pinot noir.  One glass would’ve been fine.  Two glasses would’ve been ok.  But once we started, the wine kept flowing and before I knew it…Wine Fail.  By this point I was so starved, I just kept drinking what was poured.  Never a good idea.

Dinner that night was at another bar.  Not a lot of choices.  Buffalo wings, nachos, and jalapeno poppers were ordered for the table.  Did I mention I was starved?  I couldn’t even reach the nachos so the wings and poppers were what made it into my mouth.  Then my boyfriend and I shared a chicken sandwich which had cheese and was served with sweet potato fries and waffle fries.  Technically the wings were pure protein, the poppers were a vegetable, sweet potatoes aren’t that bad – well maybe they are when prepared as french fries.  Cheese wasn’t on the strictly paleo list, neither were the waffle fries, or the cream cheese filling in the poppers or that 1/2 a bun I had.  But you know what…I did the best I could.  Perhaps I could’ve done better.  But I can’t kick myself over it.  All I can do is try better the next day.  And I did.  The next day I had a protein shake for breakfast, some fruit for a snack, a cobb salad for lunch, and chinese for dinner.  I still had a couple drinks, but not as much as the day before.

And now that we’re home, it’s so much easier to prepare food for ourselves and I appreciate it all the more.

Friday Night Vodka Tonics

I have not kept up with my no alcohol rule during the week.  Wine with dinner almost every night.  Red, white, whatever is being served.  And I topped off the week with too many vodka tonics…those are paleo, right???  Hm…I’m not sure.  So my renewed goal is to only drink at weekend social events – happy hour with friends, a family dinner, something like that.  Right now, I don’t feel like having any vodka any time soon.  I let the fruit slide too.  Those strawberries are so damn good!  But they are not helping with fat loss.  So I’m going to restrict the fruit too to once a week – kinda like a free day.

My boyfriend’s business partner is in town this weekend – hence the vodka tonics…and me trying to keep up with the big boys.  Anyway, they have a new venture they are working on and we went out for dinner last night to celebrate.  We went to Jax – which is probably my favorite restaurant in Boulder.  I did a pretty good job keeping on plan…with a few exceptions.  We had kushi oysters and clam strips to start.  Oysters were fresh (totally paleo), clam strips were fried (eh…not so paleo).  Then we had lobster mac & cheese.  Totally NOT paleo, but OH. MY. GOD.  DIVINE!!!  The 3 of us shared the appetizer portion.  But let’s be real.  I could’ve eaten the whole thing on my own.  But I don’t think my buddha would’ve appreciated it if I did.  It was so rich.  But my tiny 1/3 portion was perfect.  For dinner I had the blue marlin special which was served medium rare like tuna and set on a sweet potato hash (totally paleo!) and topped with grilled asparagus.  DELISH!  Since we were celebrating and since I haven’t been to Jax in months and months…I decided to top it all off with the molten chocolate cake all to myself.  MMMMMM!!!  It was a small portion and served with vanilla ice cream.  Again, totally NOT paleo….but I savored every bite!

 

These are the Devil

These brownies ARE the devil!  I’ve always had a soft spot for them.  They are literally two bites as the name implies.  They are soft and chewy.  Super chocolately.  Poppable.  Those two bites just pop right into my mouth!

I don’t get huge cravings anymore but when I do, it’s almost better to cave in than try to resist.  The more I resist, the more I want it, the more I want it, the more I think about it.  And I’ve been craving chocolate this week.  These made it into my shopping cart over the weekend as part of a cheat.  They haven’t quite made it into the garbage yet.  So much for being gluten free for the month.  Tomorrow is another day though.  I can try again.  As soon as these devil brownies make it to the garbage can.  Which they haven’t yet.  They will.  After one more tiny bite…

On the Paleo Bandwagon

This week my boyfriend (J) has been on the paleo bandwagon big time.  He’s my partner in crime in everything else in life and it’s nice to have him along on this ride too.  He’s been so supportive of me since I started in January.  Sometimes he would eat what I ate and sometimes he didn’t.  Well this week he really buckled down and ate paleo every day with me and I think he truly liked it.  We tried some AMAZING recipes (courtesy of Paleo Perfectly).

Something as simple as salad dressing which reminded me of a dressing my grandma used to make for family dinners.  It was probably just some wishbone mix, but I LOVED it.  And really hadn’t tasted anything like it until this recipe.  My boyfriend’s mom used to make something similar so it took him back too.

We tried pork for the first time this week.  I know that probably sounds funny.  But I never eat it and I didn’t think J liked it, so it just never figured into my grocery list and menu-making.  But this week when we were standing in line at the butcher’s, the guy in front of us bought some pork and out of nowhere J asks him how he prepares it, is it good, can we grill it…so in addition to our steaks, we also tried one teeny tiny piece of pork.  We grilled it up before our steaks as a little protein appetizer and damn if it wasn’t delicious!  Kinda fun to add a whole new item to our repetoire!

We also tried steak lettuce wraps with asian slaw – which was so yummy and a great way to have leftover steak.

And right now I have some banana muffins cooling – this is the first time I’ve used coconut oil, almond flour, or coconut flour.  I added some cinnamon to the recipe.  Super moist and tasty –  success!  And I have some water with lemon and mint chilling in the fridge.  Perfect for this almost summer-like day in Colorado!  Gotta get it in before it supposedly snows tomorrow!

PS – No weigh-ins this week.  I’ve decided not to bother until the end of April.