Monday, December 17, 2012
76 days til Competition in Tacoma
Yesterday, I felt achy all day. Knee hurt, back hurt, all the arthritic spots hurt. Had a low-level headache all day. Wondered what was going on....was I reacting to the incoming weather change/storms?
Then I realized, I ate wheat. That was what my body was reacting to. Yep, I ate it willingly, no one tied me down and force fed me, LOL. And my body had it's say about it. In the aches and pains....and other less pleasantly described ways we won't go into.
So, no wheat...back to scratch on that streak. It's okay. I knew this week would be difficult and I knew it might happen. And...I'm going right back to no wheat today.
I see the sleep doctor today. He is very kind, I don't expect a "spanking", lol. Hopefully he will see the continued effort...and the fact I didn't blow off the appointment. I am serious about continuing to work on my CPAP compliance.
I'm not sure what the scale will say today, but I had a 3 pound loss last week - that actually stayed 3 days in a row, so.... yeah. Cool beans. We'll see if it's still there today after eating some lovely wheat products over the weekend!
I have three pounds till my first goal - 245. I set the goal to lose 7 pounds and get to 245 for December 31 a few weeks ago. The last 2 weeks was the first time the scale had moved in about 3 weeks of trying very hard to follow paleo. We'll see what happens this next week.....
Tried my first almond butter this weekend, the "old fashioned" grind your own at the store kind. it was okay. Nothing fabulous. A change from peanut butter perhaps. If anyone has any great suggestions for a fabulous almond butter I'm missing out on...that'd be awesome. :)
Here's to Monday!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
81 days till competition in Tacoma. No work on costuming or choreo - holiday stuff, work and other committments eating my time.
But in better news, I think I finally turned that corner...
I've found when I have to re-start my eating plan, the first week or so can be rough. I don't feel good, headaches, tired, etc. Well this time, it took darn near three weeks to finally wake up and feel good, to have energy, and to lose 2 pounds at my weigh in last night.
19 days of feeling like crap, wondering is it worth it to leave the wheat and grains behind?
Yes. It is. I finally feel better. Yesterday I woke up and felt GOOD. Really good. I had energy all day, even in my dreaded zombie zone of 2-4 pm - a time when I always wanna take a nap and historically have eaten to stay awake and functioning at work.
Wanting more info on the eating plan the doc had given me, I've been reading and researching a lot and finally came to the conclusion, it's Paleo. She didn't call it that, but that's what it is - well it's paleo with 1 or 2 lowfat dairy choices a day. But all in all - Paleo. So I've read a LOT, and I've really committed to it.
It's definitely a different way of eating, and I'm by no means perfect at it. I'm still having a cup of coffee every morning with my french vanilla creamer. I cut the sugar with that exception. Nineteen days ago, I would have told you "H*LL no I'm not giving up my morning coffee, ever!" but I can actually see eventually getting there. I've gone from 3 cups a day to 1 now...and while that's not the biggest issue I have to overcome, it will be a difficult one.
No wheat (95% anyway) for 19 days. I wasn't grain free for most of that either till this last week or so. I recognize fully I'm in the holiday crunch and there will be treats. I'm not deluded that I won't eat anything, but I am pretty motivated to make sure it's not going to restart me into eating crap again. I actually feel really fortunate that the plates of goodies that used to be almost daily from Thanksgiving to Christmas at work have been completely absent. Feel like I've dodged a bullet there!
Extremely broke means I'm eating pretty much the same thing and that is getting old, but I hope to start mixing up my vegetable and meat choices more with payday this week. I'm really ready to eat something besides chicken!
For me, there are layers to paleo. Yes, grain fed, wild caught, pasture raised, free range....those are important words. Right now, they are very expensive words too. I'd like to be able to work up to including some of those things on a regular basis. I know I can't today, but like one of the authors I read said "just because you can't buy grain fed doesn't mean you should eat a bagel!"...and truly, that would have been my mindset earlier.
See? Change is possible.
CPAP streak: 2 nights.
Wheat free: 19 days.
Pounds lost: 2
Monday, December 10, 2012
83 days till I compete again...
This weekend, I tried a "restorative yoga" class. I was told I'd likely be the youngest person in the room (I wasn't), that it was very gentle (mmmmm. maybe), and relaxing.
It wasn't the hard yoga I did before at the college...it was slower and gentler in that respect. We used a lot of equipment - bolster, blanket, yoga strap, blocks and sand bag. I had a difficult time getting into some of the poses - not because I didn't understand them, but because my body didn't want to go there! The massage therapist told me I was really tight, and I knew she was right, but wow....yep, apparently my muscles are tight. So, i got through the 1.5 hour class, only felt totally awkward 1 or 2 times and thought well, all's good.
Then in the evening I was getting sort of stiff and achy. Took a couple ibuprofen.
While later, I was getting really achy. Took a hot bath with epsom salts.
Tried to go to bed...but some muscles were just throbbing, couldn't get comfortable.
Finally, around midnight, I got up and slathered IcyHot on all those aching muscles and was finally able to go to sleep.
Yesterday, I was still stiff and sore. Rested and stretched.
This a.m.? Still have 2 or 3 spots that are saying "ouch!"
I contacted the instructor, she suggested deep breathing and stretching.
I'm going back....with slight trepidation, LOL! I know it's what I need but.....wow. I honestly NEVER once felt during the class I was over doing it, or over stretching.
My body obviously thought otherwise!
Here's to a new week of healthy choices, one by one giving me better health.
Saturday, December 08, 2012
working on focusing on the good things I'm doing for my health:
I burned 2000+ calories this week
I drank more water than usual, every day
I've increased my fruit/veggie intake
I've tracked my food every day
I've taken my supplements
I'm wearing my CPAP more (CPAP Streak: 2 days)
I've cut wheat almost entirely
I've weighed oh, every other day or so out of curiousity and I've watched the same pound it goes, it comes back, it goes, it comes back.
I'm not worried about it, more curious than anything. I FEEL better and that has more "weight" than the scale, LOL. Would I like the scale to go down?
Uh, YEAH!! but I'm not obsessive over it, at least not yet. Wednesday night I have a weigh-in/measure with my daughter who is also trying to lose weight and we'll see the progress of the whole week.
If there is no progress....I will simply adjust something more. It's a long term project, not a week long sprint!
Thursday, December 06, 2012
CPAP Streak - Back to zero, out of ambien, tossed and turned all night and ripped mask off.
Wheat Free: Back to start
When I tracked my food from yesterday everything was waaaay over. Funny how a few different choices raise numbers, and an impulse eating of two very small pieces of pepperoni pizza REALLY made everything soar. When I tallied it up this morning I had that moment of 'sticker shock' - HOW many calories????
But (Pollyanna says) today is a new day.
On the positive side (LOL!!), my fiber intake is increasing every day and that's a must with the diverticular disease.
I'm going to try a "restorative yoga" class on Saturday - with an eye toward loosening, limbering and relaxing. My muscles are so chronically tight in some areas that it's causing some issues - so, I'll give it a whirl. The last yoga class I tried (not knowing anything) was a much more active form of yoga with pretty quick changes from pose to pose and I couldn't remotely keep up. This class is apparently full of much older folks - the friend who took it said "believe me you'll be the youngest person there!" - and is supposedly a much more gentle class.
So, today is 87 days till my competition. Going to start a streak-ish list there too:
Costume construction: So far....approximately 26 hours of work. Much, much more than that left....get cracking!
Dance Streak: Starting today. Let's see if I can get a streak of dancing at least one song a day (easy on two-hour troupe nights, LOL, not so easy on non-troupe days).
I also measured for the first time in AGES this week, and we'll see what this 87 days brings in measurement change.....
Another day to try and get it right...
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