Paleo & Pilates
2014 wasn't a great year for my weight. A back issue I was having became significantly worse over Christmas 2013 - so I started walking a lot and then I developed Plantar fasciitis . I've had physio and both a significantly better but a whole year of not being able to take control and go on walks/ other types of exercise that I normally do have seriously taken their toll on not only my weight but also my mental health.
My weight is now just 1 lb off my heaviest ever. The gain has to stop and the yo yoing has to stop. I need a lifestyle change not a diet.
2015 - time to take control!
I've had two sessions of 1-2-1 pilates now and intend to carry on with this every week or so until I am ready to join a very small group class or two (maybe even a reformer class). I am also practising a couple of the exercises daily at home. Really hoping that this is what I need longterm to sort out my back (physio recommended it) and foot issues so that I can not only do pilates in a more advanced way but also start doing other types of exercise.
I tried eating in a paleo type way a couple of months back and it really seemed like a way of eating that suited me, and the pounds were falling off - the mistake I made was to then try the whole30. I just wasn't ready for that. My biggest struggle was with drinks. I've decided I am still going to have milk in tea/coffee and I will still have the odd glass of squash - go for a 90:10 approach to start with.
I've already ditched the wine (that was becoming a big source of daily calories for me) - I don't drink it Sun - Thu now. May not seem a big deal but I was drinking quite a lot. I don't drink as much at the weekends. I probably won't drink at all or very little now but I don't want to go all out and make big claims.
Anyway, I feel happy that I have hit on two things that I want to embrace as a new lifestyle. I am also pleased that I remembered MiniMins - I think it is going to help a lot.
Last edited by zeke : 17th January, 2015 at 03:18 PM
Had a good look at my paleo cookbook yesterday and stocked up on some ingredients.
Food was healthy yesterday (lots of veg etc) but not paleo - simply due to finishing up things in the fridge (healthy soups that I only made a couple of days ago). Also I had wine last night (planned) - not as much as I would normally though. I probably won't want any by the time next weekend arrives. A STS on the weight front. I did some pilates practice and new gadgets have arrived for today
Breakfast - 2 egg omelette, coconut oil, smoked salmon and an entire leek
Last edited by zeke : 18th January, 2015 at 09:40 AM
Just put a batch of lemon and blueberry muffins in the oven (from the book Practical Paleo). Nice to actually use some of the coconut flour I bought a couple of months back (it too so long to arrive that I wasn't actually in the zone anymore - which was the problem with the whole30 for me).
Obviously, I will need to restrict stuff like this if I am going to lose weight. I mainly made them for DS though - I am hopeful that I can get DS and DH eating a bit more paleo too in the coming months.
The recipe called for either coconut oil or butter. I had both but opted for the butter (cheaper for a start when it needed 1/2 cup!) - it was bog standard butter though. I looked for grass-fed butter in the supermarket yesterday but it wasn't immediately obvious what to choose - so I've done some internet research:
The takeaway: None of the butters are 100% bona fide grass-fed. Kerrygold wins in terms of the amount of time an animal is fed on a grass diet (312 days). Yeo Valley and Rachelís Organic both feed their animals a 60% minimum grass-fed diet. Weíll be sticking to our Kerrygold for now, itís good value and available in most supermarkets. Itís just nice to be aware of whatís in the food youíre eating.
I started off my saying that 2014 wasn't a great year for dieting and it wasn't - however, on close inspection I only gained 8.4 lbs in 2014 (naturally, as it is me - that means starting off the year losing some and then putting it back on plus more) because I started off the year heavy! The bottom line is that NO year has been a great dieting year for me because I have never been able to maintain any losses - I've never actually changed my lifestyle for good.
On a more positive note - I have finally got my 'dream kitchen' (as far as the restrictions of the house will allow anyway) in 2014. It is so much nicer to cook in than before - so no excuses on that front.
Now I need to do some proper menu planning - not just for me but for DH and DS too. Unfortunately, one menu won't fit all - for a while at least. We've been consistently rubbish at this. Spend a fortune in the supermarket (daily shopping/every other day) but somehow never seem to have anything to eat?!
I'm not convinced about the muffins - they were nice but...maybe the whole30 had the right idea with not allowing this kind of stuff...
I also think I need to set myself some kind of weight loss target. I'm going back to WI every day - I will set FG target at another 2 lbs every Saturday and try and achieve this.
I've spent some time doing my exercises this afternoon - including the cold roller for my foot.
I cannot stand how fat and frumpy I look! ARGH! Also the answer is NOT sitting at my desk on the internet. Maybe this diary wasn't a good idea? Ummm...
Seems to be working?
I had a couple of muffins (they were small - honest) around lunchtime but didn't want anything else (yes, I know I should have had a 'proper' lunch but this is what happened! Now I am starting to feel a bit hungry so I'm going to try a chicken thigh recipe out of the paleo book - looks very quick, easy and tasty - just the kind of thing I need to commit to memory. I will have it with the fattoush I have in the fridge (minus the baked pitta bread).
Still feel a bit 'lost' but I am pleased that I dusted off my IPL this afternoon - hopefully I can get back into the weekly routine with that. I know it works! Very boring though so I am being sensible and keeping the areas small.
Anyway, time to start cooking up a storm. I will probably prep the sweet potatoes too for roasting.
Weight went down this morning Always a boost.
Breakfast: Spinach 2 egg omelette - cooked coconut oil
Lunch: Homemade veg soup (from hairy biker 3 book - has a tiny amount of pasta in but otherwise ok)
Dinner: Buffalo chicken cooked in coconut oil with salad
Snacks: half melon + 3 small paleo lemon and blueberry muffins
Drinks: Mainly water, 1 glass sugar free squash, couple coffees with semi skim milk
Am I really trying to be Paleo? No, not 100%
I am aiming to mainly eat veg, protein and good fats though. I will have a splash of milk in my coffee, the odd glass of 'sugar free' squash, the odd yogurt.
I don't think my diary belongs here really.
Be welcome .. It looks ok to me., not everybody can be 100% all the time some people go cold turkey, others make better choices over time . As long as you feel your making progress in the direction you want to go.. which is I'm assuming paleo/ primal eating .. Stay, chat, read.. Enjoy the journey
Thank you Mis-behave
Originally Posted by Mis-behave
I've been thinking about what to do a fair amount - I ate more last night after I posted. Evenings!
I've been thinking about combining paleo with SW red. I'll come back to this properly later to have a look later to see if they are compatible - syns to be used for good fats etc. I definitely need to lose weight at a reasonable rate. ARGH!
I could definitely be accused of over-thinking this but that is my MO.
Today - not good so far:
Breakfast - small bowl of food doctor granola + semi milk (finished the packet off - just had what was left)
Snack - apple
Late lunch - 2 x melba toasts, half avocado, butter, ham finger roll (white), quavers
gtg - will be back later for more ramblings!
Last night I was reading the things that successful dieters do - the one that sticks out is to 'keep it simple' with the food cooking. On that note, in the supermarket today, I picked up a few different types of frozen fish that you can cook from frozen.
I've gone off the whole SW red thing too, for now at least.
Boden order came today - yet another Ravello top (I find them pretty perfect for work and flattering - I've had quite a few over the years!) and a coordinating cardigan. Nice to have some new clothes that fit and are fairly nice for a change!
One thing I am going to have to do is stop the evening munchies - I have no problem at all during the day being 'good' (especially if I am at work and organised) but the evening - not so good.
I didn't practise my Pilates yesterday - I must not let this slip. I shall do it at 4.30 pm - no excuses. I really, really want to get active again. On that note I am currently using my cold roller for the plantar fasciitis...
Weight went down a lot today - probably because I popped round to a friend's house last night to drop something off and ended up staying for nearly three hours chatting (= missed dinner but I did have a couple of clementine and some quavers when I got in).
I thought that the night before - when I was eating too much - it simply wouldn't happen if I was kept occupied! I'll have to build that in to the plan (not skipping dinner but immediately being occupied in some way afterwards).
Had breakfast already - Weetabix with chocolate chips - I know, I know! This week is definitely a 'transition' week. Working from home this morning so I should manage a better lunch!
Just realised that I didn't do my pilates Son wanted me to take him for a hair cut when I picked him up, then I did a bit of work/cooked his tea when I got in...then popped round to my friends... I shall do some this morning as a break from work.
Last edited by zeke : 21st January, 2015 at 06:59 AM
Remarkably my weight STS today, despite not having a particularly good day yesterday (well, definitely not Paleo).
Husband has been away on business and work has been really busy so I'm afraid organisation went out of the window!
I also haven't done any Pilates since last Sunday, despite my promises. Pilates instructor advised to do it in the morning - I hate getting up though! Tough I guess! I would like to try a small walk each day (and see how foot holds up) and then come in and do Pilates routine. That would be a good habit to adopt.
On that note I am going to have to give some serious thought into making some new routines and habits...
I had a mild form of heel pain a few years ago and used to rub arnica anti inflammatory cream into my feet 2x a day, which helped control the pain. A podiatrist also suggested I buy some brook control trainers to help control my inward rolling of my feet. I also went and saw a chiropractor who has helped me loads as my hips were out of alinement which was causing some of the issues I had with my Achilles' tendons. The trainers were great, expensive but really worth it.
WEEK 1 REVIEW
I started at 209 lbs and I ended up at 209 lbs. Goal line was at a 2 lb loss, and mid-week it was looking like I would exceed that goal.
Last two nights I have been drinking wine and the last two days I have made no attempt to eat paleo (poor organisation - not because I don't like it or craved anything in particular - just old habits).
The question is what am I going to do about it?
The answer is a need a definitely plan with distinct rules that I follow to the letter. I didn't want this to be the answer but it is slimming world red and the time to start it is now (and count that tassimo latte as just had a syns...). I hope that I will try and use the syns for good fats rather than junk.
I'm still figuring out a plan for myself...
I had a slight dabble with SW red yesterday. I had a spinach omelette cooked with coconut oil (the difference being that I measured the oil - 1/2 tbsp. = 3 syns) for breakfast. Looked up the syns for avocado (14 for an entire average sized one) - I guess having a quarter one as a fat serving would work fine. I had a (tinned) salmon salad with avocado for lunch (no attempt to syn). I started a diary in the SW section. Bad idea - I'll let that one get lost...
On SW you are allowed 5-15 syns a day. A syn is simply 20 kcals of food not on the superfree (veg/fruit) or free (fish/meat/poultry/natural fat free cottage cheese/yogurt/quark/fromage frais & eggs) list. In addition you are allowed (on red) - 1 or 2 choices from healthy extra 'a' (milk/cheese) and two choices from healthy extra 'b' (high fibre or 1 tbsp. of extra virgin olive oil). A healthy extra choice is 6 syns (120 kcals).
I think the bottom line is that I CAN use SW and some Paleo principles - namely meals being protein/veg/good fats. There are enough syns and healthy extra b for me to have plenty of healthy fats - and using them in this way will naturally cut down on the amount of junk I could be spending them on.
I'm just going to have to try it!
I am going to attempt to climb a hill with DH and DS in a bit. This is a BIG deal for me with my plantar fasciitis (and the fact that I am massively unfit due to not doing any real exercise for a year...). I hope that is works out...
Then it will be time for a shopping list and a shopping trip. The added complication being, of course, that it won't just be for me.
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