Monday, December 9, 2013

Week 5

I've had a pretty great week, all in all. I cooked and cooked and cooked. Some recipes were awesome, and some were the most vile thing I've ever tasted. The worst one was a paleo shepards pie. It was terrible, mostly because instead of using mashed potatoes, I tried my hand at mashing cauliflower and using that as a substitute.

It was awful. Smelled terrible, tasted gross, and basically ruined the entire dish. I had 1/4 of it and tossed the rest of it out. I considered throwing everything but the cauliflower into a soup, but that didn't work either. I really feel terrible for wasting food, but unfortunately I had to. And I learned an important lesson: Cauliflower is evil. It's the devil's food. I'm never using it for anything again. Ever. Which is too bad because cauliflower is a base in a lot of paleo meals. Oh well, I gave it a shot.

In other news, I've got to start preparing for when I go home for Christmas. It's easy for me to get offtrack during the holidays (Thanksgiving threw me off for a few days), and I can't afford to loose a week, not after all the progress I've made.

Besides that I'll have to cook a few specialty meals for myself when I'm home, I'll have to figure out how to exercise. I don't have any winter workout gear that fits right now, and I'm a real wuss when it comes to running outside during the winter.  Pilates maybe? Walking on the treadmill? Not sure yet.

Onto the goal for this week:

Eat breakfast at home.

I'm super bad at this. I usually skip breakfast entirely or get something reasonably unhealthy when I get to work. So I'll try making a quish or something every morning. Maybe some tea.

Weight: 218 (I've lost over 10 pounds in a month. And finally hit under the 220 mark. Finally!)

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Week 4 (sort of)

So behind on very behind.

Week 4:

I joined my gym. Luckily I still live in the same city as my alma mater, and I get an alumni discount. Also, I can join at different times, and not have any of those pesky year long contracts or whatever. I pay for however many months I want up front, and I can renew or not. Usually, I only use the gym during the winter months, since I love running outside. Plus, my college's gym is delightful. Huge windows, plenty of group classes, and an indoor running track, among many other things. I simply love going to that gym.

Along with signing up for the membership, I've been cooking almost daily. I haven't been out to eat in about a week, and though I've had a few complete messes (beef, never again. Ever), there's been more than a fair share of successes (who knew you could make 'mashed potatoes' out of cauliflower? And that using lettuce cups instead of tortillas somehow makes tacos more delicious? And that after you make a bunch of pesto sauce out of kale, you can FREEZE it in ice cube trays to use for later?? Amazing things you learn when cooking.)

I've been using a lot of paleo recipes, and although I'm not sticking to it 100%, I've had less heartburn and (as long as I stay away from the wine...gosh I love wine) I'm sleeping better and practically deflating in size. 

It almost makes giving up wine worth it.