Saturday, January 29, 2011
Everyone says how good they feel on paleo. I never got there. I started out feeling like crap. I was tired and had no energy, then I moved on to massive head ache (this because of the ketosis). I then settled into feeling normal. I have been off for 3 days and have eaten a lot of "bad food". Hey, do not judge, I am in Daytona. Daytona is home of the chain restaurant. I have had fried oysters, chicken biscuits, corn dogs, and ice cream. I feel like absolute crap. They sell only fair food at the race way so that is what I ate. Ick. So what does someone do when they feel like crap. find something better to put in your body. Oh thank god for roast beef sandwiches with roasted red peppers. I just tossed the bread. It will not be hard to convince me to go back on paleo.
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
For the rest of you wondering "what did she do this time?" I fell off of the pull-up bar onto one of our metal boxes and got a nasty puncture wound.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
As you all know, I have been doing the Paleo Challenge for the past 22 days. My challenge has been more Mark's Daily Apple than Whole 30. That is to say, I eat dairy. In the past 22 days I have lost exactly 2 lbs. This would be disappointing if it were not for the fact that my partner in crime and I took measurements at the beginning of this whole thing. I would have a tough time with the idea that I am gaining muscle to replace my fat if I did not have 2 boys to observe doing the same thing. Boys are annoying. They loose weight and gain muscle easily in comparison to women. It is very easy to tell that muscle gain is happening when the person you are married to starts to look like he is wearing baby doll tees (he is not wearing tiny tees, he is just getting too muscley for his old shirts).
This is what happened with my measurements:
waist drop of .75 inches
thigh drop of .25 inches
hip drop of 1.75 inches (and I still have a big butt)
arm drop of .25 inches
I should, in the interest of full disclosure, tell you that I am also counting calories.
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Monday, January 24, 2011
In other news, carbapolooza continues at the UNC Cancer Hospital. Today's carb comes to you in the form of high fructose corn syrup on a stick.
The woman next to me chose apple. I wonder if the makers of this sort of candy have actually ever tasted the fruit that it is suppose to be modeled after. Or seen it for that matter. Nothing says apple to me quiet like neon green.
Normal: Less than 150 mg/dL
Borderline to High: 150 to 199 mg/dL
High: 200 to 499 mg/dL
Very high: 500 mg/dL or higher
Drum roll please. They are now at 59. That is a drop of 110 points.
No, I do not take fish oil. I know I should. I actually bought some through Amazon this morning with my Living Social Coupon. I also bought some red rice yeast. I will start taking both of these and start a new diet when I get back from Florida. I am going to try the Mediterranean Rx. I read an article a while back where this guy tried all sorts of different diets, 30 days at a time. I know that my experiment is not going to be that scientific. I am changing way too many factors at once. But it is my health we are talking about, so I am going to throw everything at it.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Thursday, January 20, 2011
I have very different taste in music depending on what I am doing.
Photo editing = Singer Songwriter.
Driving = Anything
Hanging out by the pool = Island music (Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, etc)
Going to sleep or waking up = Classical
Working Out = Boody Music (Lil Wayne, Beyonce, 50 Cent, etc)
There are two other trainers that have play lists I really like. Occasionally they have a song that does not work for me but over all I really like when they put their iPods on. It might be a fun experiment to try Pandora out one day, maybe tonight at say, 7 pm.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Friends (including Rich, he would be the number one friend)
Gurtie (She is Pure happiness and love)
I also like napping, so does Gurtie.
Working in a hospital is weird. The majority of people eat all sorts of bad things and do not exercise. They also smoke. It seems odd that people see the bad stuff happening to other people because of that behavior and then still do it. Occasionally you run into a CrossFitter that smokes or drinks diet Pepsi but they are few and far between and then they usually try to hide it from the rest of us.
I really think life is about small goals to get where you want to be. Little incremental changes sometimes make the biggest difference. If someone starts exercising they might notice it is hard to breath and then that leads to quitting smoking.
I was talking to a guy at work today about his new exercise program. He has an Xbox Kinect. He asked what my goals were. I said to get ripped. I then asked what his goal was. He said to walk up stairs with out getting winded. That is a very good goal. Much more functional than my goal. If playing Xbox gets you there, that is awesome. Moving is important and most of the time technology makes it so we do not have to move. Good for you Xbox creators for making your technology help the body as well as entertain the mind.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
I am down 9 lbs since November, although Dave thinks it is just my Lululemon pants. The last 3lbs have been since I started paleo. I am having a tough time with what will happen on the 27th. On the one hand, I would love to know what a heavenly tater tot tastes like. On the other hand I want to see my abs. I think I am just going to lighten up for my trip down to Florida and then go right back on it when I come home. That is the problem with this kind of extreme diet; you plan out your day after with the idea of eating everything in sight. I would like a Berliner from Gugelhupf for breakfast. I would like Sushi and a Bojangles biscuit for lunch and a Sicilian Stromboli for dinner. Oh and a Taco from that weird check cashing place. That is like 4k calories in one day. Not good!
Moderation is so hard after deprivation.
Friday, January 14, 2011
Symptoms Of Ketosis
- Tiredness or fatigue Yes
- Headache Yes
- Feeling thirsty all the time Yes
- Bad breath No
- Metallic taste in the mouth No
- Weakness Yes
- Dizziness Yes
- Nausea or stomach ache No
- Sleep problems Yes
Today's temptation is brought to me by Panera:
I think that I will need to continue on this diet after the 30 days because of this office. Peolple are always offering me carby delicious food. If I ate everything I was offered in this office I would weigh 20 billion pounds.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Today I had to ride up the elevator with a pizza delivery guy. I made the mistake of telling him "Wow, that smells amazing." I must look cute today or something because he then said "Me, or the pizza?"
Now, I have hung around boys my entire life. I know how to respond when they make a perverted comment. I just shoot one back at them. I actually had one of those today too and did not blink an eye. I can not remember that one exactly but it had something to do with a box of toys, you get the idea. I even worked with cops for 4 years and let me tell you; those boys are all about the sexual harassment. As odd as this might sound, I am comfortable with that kind of comment. It does not faze me in the slightest. I can come up with a witty retort and move on with my day. A comment like the pizza dude made, I have no clue what to do with. It makes me thankful iPhones exist so I can just pretend I did not hear it because I am listening to TI too loudly.
Then I went to get my amazing salad for lunch and they had the nerve to throw in two slices of a baguette for free.
Do you like the photo? I tried to make the bread look ominous.
I have run out of time I need to go teach my bootcamp. Sorry but I have no nice tidy way to end this. All I can say is I am an awkward girl that does not know how to flirt. I blame Rich because I have been with him for 17 years. Here is proof:
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
For some reason I can not get this to be any bigger or clearer for that matter.
Blogspot has this new section of the blog that lets you look up how people are searching you. These are my top ten searches for the past week.
1. Paleo London Broil Recipe -This makes sense
2. Overhead Squat - So does this one
3. Squat Test
4. Paleo London Broil - Apparently I need to post a good recipe for London Broil
5. 90 degree Overhead Squat Test - You guys are really concerned with your squats
6. Taylor Lautner CrossFit - Seriously, I posted one picture of the man as a joke in 2009
7. Are there any CrossFitters not Following Paleo - :) yes, but this month a lot of people are doing a 30 day challenge.
8. Bull City CrossFitters
9. Do CrossFitters Shave - This one made me laugh... hard. The answer is: yes, a good number of us do.
10. Fitness Challenge
Can you tell that there is nothing for me to do at work today?
Examine your skin tone. Do you have very pale skin color? Even if you have a dark complexion, your lips may be pale and your skin may appear "washed out." - I am always pale. I have no clue if I am even more so.
Consider whether you are fatigued or irritable all of the time. These are common symptoms of anemia. - Yes, definitely
Ask yourself whether you have frequent headaches or loss of appetite. These are usually early signs of anemia. - I have been getting headaches, but that could also be sugar withdrawal.
Consider whether it is difficult for you to concentrate. This can affect your work and/or school performance. - No, I do not think so.
Ask yourself whether you're craving unusual foods. This is called pica, and you may find yourself craving very bizarre non-foods, such as soil and paper. - Not dirt and paper (if I craved that I would think something was seriously wrong) but I wanted a Boston Cream doughnut the other day and could really go for some pudding right now.
Take note of your moods. Anemia can bring on feelings of depression. -I do not think I am depressed just tired and easily annoyed.
Consider whether you've been short of breath. Red blood cells are a vital part of the respiratory process, and this symptom may occur when anemia is moderate to severe. -This one is hard to tell because I do CrossFit, so not being able to breathe is par for the course.
Take note of whether you feel a sense of coldness in your extremities. This may be caused by poor circulation as a result of anemia. -Again, tough to tell it is 3o degrees out and the world has a coating of ice. So yes, I am cold but it is actually cold out and I grew up in Florida
Ask yourself if you've been feeling weak and/or dizzy. In severe cases, you may feel too weak to get out of bed, and dizzy when you do get up. - I do feel weak, not dizzy at all though.
Anyway.... That is probably why I have been so grumpy lately. I am sorry. I should learn to keep myself in check. That might also be a contributing factor to me being so run down. Maybe Paleo and this week in the month do not play nicely with each other. Maybe I should be taking an iron supplement. I just hate the way they make your stomach feel.
I did however, have a good day at CF yesterday. My new bootcampers are awesome. I also have 2 return bootcampers that are 2 of my most favorite ones ever. (The grammar in that last sentence was atrocious. ) Then Melinda came up to me out of no where and told me I was hot.... I think she was lying and just being supportive but it was nice to hear. Then to top it all off, I PRed on my row. I could not breathe for the rest of the night. But who needs to breathe? My self appointed big brother tried to rain on my parade by pointing out the time and ignoring the additional meters. Stupid boy. I broke the 2 min mark, barely but 1:59. I will more than likely never be able to do that again but I did need that boost this week. Maybe I can get my hands on some HGH and grow a few more inches so I can be faster. That would be awesome.
Monday, January 10, 2011
I always hated Florida growing up. I thought that there was no way I was going to live in Florida when I grew up. Now I miss it. The cold weather is probably a major contributing factor but I get home sick when watching Dexter now. I miss palm trees and Spanish Moss. I REALLY miss humidity and sunshine. Why does it have to get dark so early here? (That was rhetorical. I know why it gets dark early; I just do not like it.) In 16 days I am heading home for a few days. It will be wonderful. I will buy a tun of oranges from a road side stand and I will hope for it to be unseasonably warm.... and humid.
I just ate this clementine for a specific reason though. I have been having a hard time with my paleo challenge. Don't get me wrong, I have not cheated at all. I have just been feeling run down and generally weak. I actually slept till 10 a.m. both mornings this weekend. That is super late for me. I had a talk with 3 others that are doing the same challenge and all of them are feeling great. They came to the conclusion that I need to eat more carbs. Good carbs that is. So, today I planned out my meals with more good carbs and the result...... I am still tired. I will keep going because I only have 16 days left. Maybe, I will start to feel wonderful in a few days. In the mean time I found this interesting article from Harvard that says they really do not know what is the best source of calcium. What they do know is that you should do weight bearing exercise. So keep picking up heavy things.
Friday, January 7, 2011
On a separate note: I have become completely addicted to angry birds. Angry birds and a very grumpy mood is why you did not get a post yesterday.
That is all I have for right now.... I have to get back to Angry Birds.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
What started me on my downward spiral this time? An annoying person that argued with me about food. This was just the tipping point there were other issues too. But this was the thing that really pushed me over the edge.
For the better part of my life, 28 years, I was a pesco-pollo-tarian. I ate chicken and fish but no other meat. I also spent a couple of years being a full on vegetarian. I never attempted to be a vegan. I love cheese and honey. I do not know why but people get angry when you say you do not eat something. They get mad when you say you do eat something for that matter. Why does it matter what I put in MY mouth? You start to develop stories that give you the least resistance when people comment on your food intake.
Right now I eat just about everything. Everything but grains and processed sugar..... I still get yelled at. Why? Why do you, the person sitting next to me at work care that I eat my tuna salad on a lettuce leaf vs a slice of bread.?
The only reason I can come up with is this:
You really want me to eat the sugar coated pretzel things you left in the break room for everyone to enjoy.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
For those of you not aware of what Paleo is, here is a list of no nos:
- Processed meats ( hot dogs, bacon, sausage, and lunch meats)
- Dairy (milk, butter, cream, yogurt, ice cream, cheese, etc.)
- Legumes (Beans, Peas, and Peanuts)
- Nightshades (chili pepper, eggplant, huckleberry, Goji berry, ground cherry, sweet pepper, tamarillo, tomatillo, tomato)
- Starchy tubers (potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, cassava, manioc, and beets)
- Grain (including corn)
- Refined Sugars
Grains- I have found through trial and error, that my body does not like various types of grain. Barley is the worst offender. My body hates barley. If I ever try to drink more than 2 beers in front of you, Stop Me! Seriously, stop me. I will develop flu like symptoms that will plague me for days. I am not being dramatic. I get very ill. It is not a hangover; hangovers are downright refreshing in comparison. I will never drink whiskey. Whiskey and I are not friends. Whiskey tried to kill me once and we are no longer on speaking terms. (Wow, that was a tangent.)
I stopped eating grains successfully for 10 days before my birthday. I could see a noticeable difference in my mid section. I did not feel bloated or sick. I am very aware that I should not eat grains. However, I do love pizza and good bread, so this is a tough sell to my cravings. I highlight the "I" because I know everyone is different and this is an issue I have with my body.
Starchy Tubers- When I do not have grains I rely heavily on starchy tubers. It becomes okay with me to eat french fries at every meal. French fries are a sometimes food that I have very little will power to keep in that category (yes, I did quote Cookie Monster just then) . When I was in boarding school, I ate very little else other than mashed potatoes and soft rolls. Oh, it was joyous time. A time when I went from weighing 98 lbs to weighing 110 lbs. That should have clued me in at 16 that carbs make you fat but I blindly followed what was the strongly held misbelief at the time.
Refined Sugars- Do I really need to explain this one? Everyone has always known that sugar is not something you should eat when it is not in its original packaging (i.e. fruit).
I had a very interesting discussion with a friend yesterday about all of this. She said a few things that really struck me. She made a comment on the slow creep of pounds. Lets be honest, we did not wake up one day and suddenly we were fat. She said "I am getting fat 5 lbs at a time" She was quoting someone else, but it still rang true. She also said she believes that it is not just a high carbohydrate diet that does it to you. It is a high carbohydrate, high fat, and high calorie diet that does it to you. I think she is right. I am going to try to stop continuing this trajectory towards obesity that I am on.