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Interviews / Re: Exercise Halts Weight Loss
« on: April 06, 2012, 08:19:25 AM »
Thank you for all of the replies. I was really doing about 5 minutes of cardio just to warm up, then about 40 minutes of lifting. After reading Robb Wolf's book, he suggests to cut it down to about 30 minutes each day total. I started cutting down on the length of the exercise (at least for now) and mixing up the types of exercise to see if that helps as well. I was thinking about starting 3 day cycles of weight lifting, walking, and yoga.

I have been measuring. I lost .5 inches around my waist and have stayed the same since the end of week one. I didn't lose anything anywhere else. I weigh at the same time everyday to, as you say, eliminate those factors that would cause fluctuations.

Would you consider strictly weight lifting intense or moderate?  If it is moderate, what would you suggest as an intense workout?

Interviews / Exercise Halts Weight Loss
« on: April 05, 2012, 05:52:43 PM »
Ever since I can remember, I can either diet OR exercise. My body doesn't seem to be able to do both. I started on Paleo 2 1/2 weeks ago and dropped 7 pounds in the first 5 days. After I started exercising, I not only didn't lose, but gained back 2 pounds then held steady. By steady, I mean not even a +/- 0.1 pound fluctuation. This week, beginning of week three. I decided to see how long after exercise would I start to lose weight again. I exercised on Sunday. Circuit training with body weight exercises. I didn't lose weight again until Wednesday. Today I am down 2 pounds to put me back where I was when I first started exercising. Now, I am not meaning to sound like I am frustrated with the diet. That is not is at all. I am LOVING the diet and don't plan on going back to eating terrible regardless of weight loss. I am about 90% Paleo and I only don't count 100% because I don't have total control of what restaurants put in their food but I do my absolute best to order strictly Paleo friendly. I have cut out sweeteners such as honey and agave nectar, 1-2 servings of fruit a day, plenty of vegetables, tons of meat/eggs, and staying hydrated.

My question is if anyone else has or had this problem in the past and what they changed to fix it? I really want to be able to do both at the same time but my body just isn't receptive to that. I had lost 30 pounds in the past but had to alternate a few weeks of diet only with a few weeks of diet/exercise because I would not lose weight during the time I would exercise. I do have a tendency to "bulk up" quickly but I imagine that it is impossible build muscle fast enough to balance out weight loss. I use the term bulk up cautiously because I know that women don't bulk up the way men do but I don't have a lean or toned frame. All of the women in my family are the same way, especially my mom. Any suggestions would be really helpful. Thank you in advance and I look forward to hearing what others have to say. :)

Food Journals / Re: Cakies' Paleo Adventures
« on: March 29, 2012, 09:01:21 AM »
What's Morning Glory Muffins?

You're on the right track :) But if your trying to lose weight, cut all the honey and other sweeteners.. Also bananas are high in sugar, if you eat fruit try and swap to berries only as they are low in sugar.

Good luck :) It was so hard for me, but im right into now and loving it, not craving sweet things anymore :)

I found Morning Glory Muffins while searching for recipes on YouTube. They are packed with carrots, apples, raisins, and shredded coconut and serve as a perfect breakfast or snack. I can't keep my hands off of them so I probably won't make them too often.

I am going to take your suggestion about cutting out all sweeteners. I will just have to use it as a "once in a while" treat. I am about half way through Robb Wolf's book and it has kind of scared the crap out of me so cutting those out shouldn't be a problem. Thank you for the response. :)

Food Journals / Re: Cakies's Paleo Adventures
« on: March 27, 2012, 10:05:31 PM »
Breakfast: Smoothie- 1/2 c coconut milk, 1/4 c coconut water, 1 medium banana, 1 raw egg, 1/2 tsp vanilla, raw agave nectar.

Lunch: Pork ribs and raw baby carrots.

Snack: Morning Glory Muffin with Whipped Honey (Delicious by the way. This is a MUST try recipe.), handful of raisins.

Dinner: Baked chicken leg and thigh, zucchini and shredded carrots sauteed in organic EVOO, yam sweetened with raw honey.

Dessert: Morning Glory Muffin with whipped honey (I couldn't resist.)

I met my goal of getting more veggies in but I also didn't decrease the amount of fruits I ate. I am not sure how raisins measure up to bananas as far as sugar content though. I didn't feel as hungry today as I did yesterday but I still didn't get enough sleep. Mentally, I am still focused on this lifestyle change. I haven't really felt tempted by anything yet. At least not tempted enough to go off course. My weight has stayed the same for the past couple of days but I am not stressing about it. I am in the process of fine tuning my diet to find where my body works most efficiently. When my body is ready to drop that weight, it will. I feel great not eating all of the grains, dairy, and concentrated sweets. This is the longest I have gone without a concentrated sweet so this is a significant milestone for me. What to work on starting tonight: more sleep, less fruit, less sweeteners, portion control, more water. That's quite a list so maybe those are goals for the next couple of days.  :)

Food Journals / Cakies' Paleo Adventures
« on: March 26, 2012, 08:59:47 PM »
I am on day 9 of my 30 day challenge. Almost 30% there! It went by so fast. is what I ate today. I am hoping that by tracking what I have been eating, I will be able to pin point areas of improvement.

Breakfast: Smoothie-1/2 c coconut milk, banana, coconut water, raw honey. I normally add in one raw egg but I decided to leave it out today to see if this is what was upsetting my stomach. Turns out that just decreasing the amount of coconut milk was the key. I will resume the egg tomorrow.

Lunch: LARGE salad with romaine lettuce and spinach, carrots, pepperchinis, olives, grilled chicken breast, with oil and vinegar dressing.

Snack: Handful of Pistachios

Evening: Not really dinner, just kind of grazed throughout the evening. Pork ribs, skinless chicken leg and thigh. Trimmed fat on both, no sauces, no salt.

Dessert: Banana, coconut milk, cocoa powder, splash of raw agave nectar, pure vanilla extract blended.

Just looking at what I ate today, I definitely need to increase the amount of veggies and decrease the amount of fruits. Although, the bananas have a purpose in my diet. I believe that I have a history of low potassium that causes heart palpitations. I guess one a day would be fine instead of two. My weight was up today but I can't expect to lose everyday. I was also tired. I got about 7 hours of sleep last night. It was not enough. I could tell because I felt hungry all day. The only thing that stopped me from grabbing chocolate eggs off of the desk at work or diving into the spaghetti that I made my husband and the roomie is that I know that the hungry feeling was purely emotional. As for tonight, a good night sleep. For tomorrow, being prepared with veggies.

Introductions / Re: Good evening everyone!
« on: March 20, 2012, 09:08:50 PM »
Sounds like a pretty good plan. If you don't bring home any bad stuff, it won't be around.
However, carrots and bananas are high in sugar, and that will slow your progress. Broccoli would probably be better for munching, if you can handle it raw...  I love me some banana and almond butter. I also spread it on the chocolate pieces.

I just bought some celery to go with the almond butter. That should be better than bananas or carrots right? I can handle broccoli raw, just not by itself. I am accustomed to ranch or cheese. Do you have any ideas for dip for broccoli or cauliflower?

Introductions / Re: Good evening everyone!
« on: March 20, 2012, 11:06:48 AM »
Do you do all the food prep in the marriage? Healthy paleo doesn't come from restaurants. Is hubby (over weight too?) on board? It's pretty much a lifestyle change. Good luck! The rewards are worth the effort! Thank you for being a nurse. You help save lives!

I do 100% of the food prep and yes, the hubby is overweight too. He is talking about getting the gastric sleeve but I am trying to convince him to just try this out for 30 days as suggested by professionals. After I told him that I lost 2.6 pounds just yesterday alone (waterweight for sure), he is getting closer to agreeing to try it. I have made it as easy as I can for myself to not be tempted by the food that I cook for him. I generally have a bag of carrots ready for grazing while I cook so that I am not tempted by the carbs or sugar. I also make hard boiled eggs by the dozen, nuts within reach, and chug a ton of water. If there is no room in my stomach for junk, then I can't eat junk. I have also found that for the sweet tooth, bananas and almond butter is a miracle. Just enough sweetness to help overcome it. I can't say that after 2 whole days that I feel different enough to be able to tell all the time, but I can tell a difference immediately after eating. I don't have that groggy, "I want to sleep" feeling. I wouldn't say that I really get to a starving point either. I start to get the munchies more than anything so I kind of eat all day long, which makes it even easier when it comes to cooking meals for the others in the house. Since most of the day I am eating, I don't have the overwhelming urge to chow down on a huge meal. I am really motivated right now and as long as I don't over think it, I hope to make this a permanent lifestyle change.

Introductions / Good evening everyone!
« on: March 19, 2012, 07:59:12 PM »
I am at the end of day 2 of my journey and so far i have been enjoying grazing all day. When I look at grains, I can't help but think "toxic". I can't say that I really feel any least not yet. I know that this is going to take time. Here is a little background on me. I am a 24 y/o female, married, no children, registered nurse, living in Henderson, NV. I lost 30 pounds on weight watchers about 3 years ago and have managed to gain all of that back and then some. I am currently at 220 pounds, 5'5'', and miserable. My mom came across Paleo and I decided to look into it. It is so cut and dry, no grey areas. It is either good for you, or it isn't. This is exactly what I need. I can't do anything in moderation. There's no such thing as a half a brownie, it is one or two brownies. I hope to be more successful at quitting cold turkey than cutting back. Anyways, it's all or nothing right? I want nothing more than to just feel better, mentally and physically. I look forward to seeing where this new lifestyle gets me.

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