Sunday, January 25, 2015

There is no after

What is the first thing someone asks after learning of another’s weight loss…
“Will (or did) they keep it off?????”
As a person who has struggled with my weight my entire life I have seen plenty of “Before” and “After” images.  This illusion leads us into what I will call “Happily Ever After Syndrome” or HEAS for short.
HEAS makes you think that once you hit your goal weight,
The work is over
The struggle is done
The battle has ended
The race is complete

Imagine you get up one morning head to the kitchen sink for a drink only to discover that there is no water.  Big problem.  So you get out your tools, climb under the sink and start checking it over. You check it over from top to bottom to find out what is wrong. Ten times you go over it, to try to find the cause of the big problem - but you cannot find it. There seems to be nothing wrong with the sink, yet still it produces no water.

What do you suppose the problem is?

The problem of course does not lie in the sink.  The problem is very likely farther up the pipe. A clog, street maintenance work, or the main water is shut off.  The solution to your problem is on a far larger scale than where you are focused. The problem is that you just can’t look further than this sink. You are missing the cause of the big problem because you’re missing the big picture.  Believing in an “after” is only looking at your one sink.  It doesn't fix the greater issue. 

What lifestyle led you to a health and/or weight problem?

Have you addressed these big picture issues?

Ask anyone who has lost weight, keeping weight off is far more challenging.  Without addressing the reasons for weight gain (whether medical, emotional, or otherwise) an individual’s extra weight is not actually the problem.  The problem is what got you there.

I will not have an after. Not until I die (sorry for the morbidity).  I only have a now.  Focusing on the current keeps me away from HEAS and empowers me to truly develop a lifestyle.  This goes against our ‘quick fix’ society.  It isn't a quick fix, you don’t achieve your goal then ride off into the sunset. True lifestyle change is a day in day out choice.  You have to keep choosing, striving, and goal setting. 

My goals have to evolve along with me. 

Goal setting recommends using the S. M. A. R. T. method.  Your goals should be; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Related.  Creating a goal that evolves doesn't need to stray from this format.  I propose we start creating S. M. A. R. T. E. R. goals.  

As in:
Evolutionary and

If we focus on evolving our goals and reproducing them, this opens up a world of possibilities to truly create a lasting lifestyle of healthy choices.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sometimes it's good to be full of BS

If you had a time machine and used it to go back in time, in order to tell a younger version of myself that I would salivate over Brussels sprouts, I would not believe you.  Firstly, why would you use a time machine to do that?!? And secondly I would never in my wildest dreams considered Brussels spouts to be food. 

Oh how times change.  Brussels sprouts are one of the, and possibly only, good things that came from my recent completion of the 21 DSD.  Those little buggers are delicious!

I feel it takes time and effort to change one’s palate.  It is hard, and I am already an admittedly ‘picky’ eater.  I've changed my eating habits over time and somewhere along the way my palate followed suit. 

What changes have occurred to your palate? Did you notice it happening over time of did it just dawn on you one day?

Monday, March 10, 2014

My Thoughts on 21 Day Sugar Detox

The 21 Day Sugar Detox (or 21DSD for short) is a program intended to purge your system of sugar in order to allow you to break free from sugar addiction and the subsequent sugar craving and cycles. If you want more information check out this site.

My husband and I embarked upon this 21DSD in an attempt to jump-start our health focus after the birth of our third child.  We had fallen into comfort and convenience eating styles, not a unhealthy as previous times, but nonetheless not a lifestyle we wanted to continue.

The first few days were very challenging and I'm very happy I menu planned as extensively as I did (please see my other blog posts for menu plans; here, here, here). My overall success was very minimal as far as weight loss, and mentally I felt it constantly left me searching for something I could never find.  I was not hungry so much as unsatisfied.  I'm not sure why.  I have theories.  Not enough fat, just barely enough carbs to keep me going but right on the edge of ketosis, so I basically felt horrible without the fat burning benefits of ketosis.  I don't know what the problem was, but I know that I did not get from the 21DSD what I thought I wanted.

After the detox it is extremely hard not to binge.  You feel like you survived some sort of bad trip where you never got your luggage and it rained the whole time and you deserve the indulgence.  The exact opposite of what we wanted from this journey.

For me, I think cleanse type diets (or X day diets) are not a good fit.  I feel to stretched thin with restriction in the duration which causes me to rubber-band the opposite direction upon completion. I'm sure this type of diet is a great fit for some, I am just not one of those people, which is probably the most important thing I learned from the 21DSD.


Sunday, March 2, 2014

Whatcha got cookin'?

Week of: March 3rd-9th

The final week!

Day 15 MONDAY: Stuffed Peppers / Veggie Mix

Day 16 TUESDAY: White Chicken Chili / Salad / Sauteed Peppers

Day 17 WEDNESDAY: Pork Chops / Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Day 18 THURSDAY: Spaghetti with Meatballs / Zoodles / Salad

Day 19 FRIDAY: Cauliflower Alfredo / Baked Chicken / Spaghetti Squash / Green Beans

Day 20 SATURDAY: Almond Beef Stir Fry- substituted raw almond slices for cashews

Day 21 SUNDAY: Burgers / Cauliflower Buns / Jicama Fries / Veggies


Big Ass Pancake / Bacon / Sunbutter


Lettuce Taco Bento Boxes

*Please note this is my personal menu- in no way associated with the 21 Day Sugar Detox program.  Please do your research and purchase the appropriate materials for your journey.

Whatcha got Cookin'?

Week of: February 24th-March 2nd

Day 8 MONDAY: Coconut Curry Chicken / Roasted Broccoli (omit cheese) / Salad

Day 9 TUESDAY: Steak / Jicama Fries / Salad

Day 10 WEDNESDAY: Paleo Ranch Chicken / Bacon Brussels Sprouts

Day 11 THURSDAY: Pork Chops / Skillet Butternut Squash & Greens

Day 12 FRIDAY: Ground Beef Stroganoff / Green Beans / Salad

Day 13 SATURDAY: Carrot Curry Turkey Burgers / Curry Braised Cabbage 

Day 14 SUNDAY: Mustard Balsamic Chicken / Roasted Carrots with cinnamon


Big Ass Pancake / Bacon / Sunbutter


Lettuce Taco Bento Boxes

*Please note this is my personal menu- in no way associated with the 21 Day Sugar Detox program.  Please do your research and purchase the appropriate materials for your journey.

Whatcha got cookin'?

Week of February 17th-23rd

We are on the 21 Day Sugar Detox, and this is week one!  The biggest challenge so far has been planning, so naturally I planned more.

Day 1 MONDAY:  Chicken Tacos

Day 2 TUESDAY:  Perfect Paleo Pork Chops

Day 3 WEDNESDAY: Steak

Day 4 THURSDAY:  Chicken Pot Pie with this crust

Day 5 FRIDAY: Califlower Pizza Tots

Day 6 SATURDAY: Spaghetti with zoodles

Day 7 SUNDAY:  Mini-Mexican Meat Loaves

Egg Muffins / Bacon

Hard-boiled Egg, Veggies, Nuts Bento Boxes

*Please note this is my personal menu- in no way associated with the 21 Day Sugar Detox program.  Please do your research and purchase the appropriate materials for your journey.

Where have I been?

I've been MIA for some time now.  Where did I go? What happened? Did I gain a ton of weight back?

In one word, what happened: Magnus

That's right I got pregnant and had another baby.  The journey through this pregnancy was difficult.  Initially I felt great, I kept up at Crossfit, and could eat without issue.

Then everything became an issue.  Water made me gag, apples made me gag, food I love made me flee from a room.  Not fun.  I struggled for quite some time with what to do.  I had worked so hard to fine tune my diet, I thought that Paleo would get me through morning sickness and the entire pregnancy.  It didn't.  Or rather it became apparent that it was not going to work for me to continue to be Paleo for the duration of this pregnancy.  It was like saying goodbye to a friend.  One you know you will see again, but not for a long time.

I remained gluten free, but incorporated dairy, some sugar, and grains back into my diet.  Mainly to survive.

Once I had the food situation under control, I thought I was good.  Then the hip/pelvic bone pain started.  It is EXCRUCIATING! If a pregnant women ever says her pelvis hurts tell her it's a miracle she is standing there talking with you, because it is.  Pelvic pain is an absolute horror.  I couldn't pick up my legs.  Imagine how many times a day you carelessly pick up your legs, say to walk, go up stairs, get dressed- not possible with this pain.  I managed the best I could with pillows, ice, chiropractic care and stretching, but Crossfit was out.  This was hard too.  Just when I finally felt like I had carved a little place for myself at my box, I'm gone.

After all this, the icing on the non-paleo cake, BED-REST. Yup, 16 weeks of bed-rest.  16 weeks is a lifetime when you can't change laundry, or vacuum or pick-up your other children.  Honestly a little part of me died during that time.  I couldn't have company over, for fear of having an early labor issue.  I slowly pulled away from all the people I knew, places I went, things I did.  I was simply a vessel for this baby.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying I would change anything, it was just a challenging time.

Now, post happy baby boy birth (9 pounds 9 ounces). I did gain some weight, and lost basically all muscle tone, but I'm ready to re-focus on me, my health, eating and exercise.