Well I am not weighing in until Stage 2 is over – I will also update my measurements then as well, so Face It Friday will be more of “How did this week go?” type post with a recap of workouts, foods I tried, things that I think worked, and things that I know didn’t.
- Friday April 19 – 3.2 Mile Run & NROLFW (Stg 1 Workout A – AMRAP)
- Saturday April 20 – 4 Mile Run
- Sunday April 21 – 1.5 Mile Run & NROLFW (Stg 2 Workout B – AMRAP)
- Monday April 22 – 3.6 Mile Run
- Tuesday April 23 – 3.0 Mile Run & NROLFW (Stage 2 – Workout A)
- Wednesday April 24 – 3.0 Mile Run
- Thursday April 25 – Rest Day
Total Mileage – 17.9 Miles
Things That Worked
I can usually make healthy choices throughout the day with no problem, it’s night time that for some reason all I want is sugar, bread, grease, more sugar, alcohol, etc. So being at home most nights after dinner, it’s a real struggle. It helps that I don’t keep that crap in my house to begin with, and that my husband doesn’t bend to my every whim of saying “I want Pinkberry” otherwise I would still be 221 pounds, and fighting for my pants to not rip. One of the key ways of keeping my in check most nights is having a reallllly filling dinner.
My Go To Filling Dinners:
- Chicken Stir Fry with Peppers, onions, Broccoli, and Asian Slaw over a 1/4 cup of Quinoa
- Grass Fed Beef Meatloaf with a side of roasted brussel sprouts
- Grass Fed Steak with Roasted bacon wrapped asparagus and 1/4 avocado
- Spaghetti Squash with Ground Turkey and homemade tomato based pasta sauce
- Garbage Salad – take all veggies in the house and chop them up with spinach, mix in nuts, meat, or another form of protein (4-5 oz per person) and add healthy fat in the form of EVOO or avocado – MIX AND ENJOY
If I have something that at the end of the meal I am stuffed, I know the only thing I will be getting up for is refilling my water bottle. Which is the way it should be. I am still learning what works with Paleo and what doesn’t. I know I have to bulk up my veggies at every meal, and sometimes it’s hard to do that, but no one said this would be easy.
I refuse to believe that you HAVE to slash calories incredibly and workout like a maniac to lose weight. I know that you can do this, but it’s not the only way. After my incredibly “woe is me” post yesterday I took it to the people who have lived it.
The New Rules of Lifting: Lift Like a Man Look Like a Goddess facebook group opened themselves to me with much enthusiasm. They worked through my issues (and by they I mean like 20 women on one thread that reached over 150 posts in one day) and we came to the conclusion that A.) If I was following Paleo I shouldn’t be counting calories, and B.) since I was counting calories it was evident I wasn’t eating enough. Me? Not eating enough?
After much research and other blog posts, I found that I was essentially fueling my body to maintain. I was eating enough to get me through the day and if I exercised I was eating just enough to not feel hungry. So I was burning everything I ate which should equate to weight loss right? Apparently not – EM2WL explains:
If you have been a low calorie dieter for an extended period of time, you may want to consider doing a full metabolism reset. This will allow the body to reset back to its normal metabolic set point, so a small deficit will once again start the weight loss process once the reset is complete.
So while I am not doing the full metabolism reset, I am simply upping my calories, continuing to eat cleanly, and lifting/running. I am actually so tired of being a slave to the scale that I am not going to weigh myself. I am putting the scale away until the end of stage 2, when I will also chart my measurements.
I am more than that number.
Things That Didn’t Work
Cashews. My mouth swells and I get all itchy. Luckily I am not deathly allergic, because that would have been horrible to find out, you know at work, where I would have to rely on my officemate to figure out what was happening, but still annoying nonetheless.
Coconut water. This stuff is vile to me. I bought two containers (small one serving) that were mixed with other fruit juices, and I swear it tasted like vomit.
Two Workouts In One Day. Yeah I felt bad ass, but I obviously was not prepared for the extreme exhaustion I felt about two hours after the second workout. If I am going to do this again, it will have to be after I’ve figured out my eating style and how to go about not falling asleep at work.
So, How Did This Week Go?
This week was about learning again for me. I need to trust the process, remain in the present, not focus on months down the road, stop nit picking whatever flaws I see, THROW MY SCALE OUT THE WINDOW, and look at the strength gains I’ve made. 40 Pound Shoulder Press? I can lift 40 pounds over my head? Seriously?
This is the girl who had trouble with 5 pound weights, walking up stairs, and fitting into her wedding dress on her big day…
This is the girl who just did a 40# Shoulder Press, has 3 half marathons under her belt, is keeping herself in the present, and isn’t going to stop this time.