Wednesday, October 17, 2012

This and That

First of all, I'd like to welcome all my new followers. So happy to have you here! I finally feel almost legit. Just finished level 2 of the 30 Day Shred and I have to say it is actually getting easier. I might actually be ready to move on to level 3 next week. After that, I'm on the hunt for my next torture workout video.
I'm never looking in the right spot

Poor Miss Em is not feeling her best. She has a cold and as soon as she laid down for bed, she started hacking up a lung. She's in bed doing her best old man impression now. Strangest thing, ever since she was born, she has coughed like an emphysemic old man. We have the humidifier running and I put Vick's on her chest. I hope she gets some sleep. Not gonna lie, that is partly selfish because I hate getting up in the middle of the night with the kids. I like my sleep too much.

I am getting excited about our new eating plan. I plan on going grocery shopping tomorrow and hit up Hy-Vee's sales. We have also talked about trying to go to our local farmer's market on Saturday to pick up some fruits and veggies. In case you missed it, Jason and I are going to try out the Paleo Diet. I found this fabulous and well written article about the Paleo way of eating and I discovered a great new website in the process. Win-Win!

Jason was craving something sweet after dinner and we didn't have any fruit, however, we did have a chocolate pound cake mix. Guess we have to get rid of it somehow, so he mixed it up. I refrained from having a piece (go me), but Emmeline got to lick the spatula.

Before I end my ramblings, I just want to take a minute to say that I really do have the best boyfriend ever. He is so supportive of my weight loss journey and he is constantly telling me how proud he is of me. He also loves to tell me that I'm smoking hot. (squee) I don't always feel that way, but it is so nice to hear and to have all the encouragement. Now, he has decided that he wants to get healthy and lose weight. I'd like to think that I motivated him in some small way, but everyone has to make that decision for themselves. Anyway, he is the love of my life and I couldn't ask for a better man to be with.

So, what are you most proud of ? Anyone starting any new projects?

Weigh-in Wednesday... of a sort

So, today marks the first official day of the MLFitCamp weight loss challenge. If you want to know what I'm referring to, read this. There are 100 teams of five women each competing to win some really cool prizes. Check them out! I am really excited for this challenge as I have been stuck in a plateau for about two months now. I was moving along pretty good, but after about 15 lbs lost, my body put the brakes on. Like, "Whoa there, the 160's are a nice comfy spot. Let's just hang out here forever". No, no, no, no, no. Not cool.

I think that part of the problem has been my eating. I haven't been gorging myself or going out to eat every night, but I stopped counting calories and tend to eat more leftovers for lunch instead of packing something different. All that is about to change, however. Jason and I are embarking on a new eating program, the Paleo Diet. Here is the book that we just finished skimming reading. (I skimmed, he read it cover to cover). If you are not familiar with it, it is basically eating as the cavemen and women did. Lots and lots of lean meats and lots of fruits and vegetables. No processed foods, no dairy and no complex carbs. I think this is going to be tough, but I am looking forward to it. The theory behind the program makes a lot of sense and of course I will be sharing my results with you.

As a kickoff to our new eating program, we had one last hurrah and went to Olive Garden for dinner Monday night. I had the Shrimp and Chicken Carbonara and it was amazing. However, I had a bagel for breakfast yesterday morning, leftover carbonara for lunch and then we made pizza for dinner. Carb overload. I had one piece of pizza last night after I did my Jillian 30DS and it sat like a stone in my stomach. Going without carbs may be easier than it sounds. We are going grocery shopping tonight and I can't help thinking about something I heard before. "Stay on the outside lanes of the grocery store. That is where you will find all the fresh produce and meat. All the middle aisles are filled with unhealthy processed foods".

Carb loading does not do a body good. 165 pounds is where I am as of this morning. I think that's right, anyway. My scale is a lying whore and gave me three different numbers within the space of a minute. Also, you will get no picture of that number because I am scale photo challenged and cannot get a good picture for anything. I don't know how other ladies get such great pics of their scales. I think it is because my bathroom is too dark and my shadow is over the display and my toes look like giant thumbs. It's weird.

Good luck to my fellow FitCampers, but my team totally has this in the bag!