I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I have blogged! This past month has been pretty crazy with more going on at work and prepping for my trip to India! Yes…that’s right! In one week, I will be on a plane heading to India with my family. I’m VERY excited about this trip. I have been to India four times in the past, but I’m really excited about this trip because I will be meeting a lot of my husband’s family and my brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and three beautiful nephews are coming as well! I’ve never traveled to India with them before (I haven’t gone with my husband yet either), so it should be a lot of fun 🙂
How does this all play into my health plan? Well…the past month’s activities have, unfortunately, cut into my personal journey towards better health. I haven’t really lost any weight. I probably gained a little bit, but that’s not even what I care that much about. I kind of just lost sight of things because…well…life is hard to balance. The changes I’ve had at work were great for my work life. However, this came at a cost of not being able to go to The Dailey Method as much because I was now working during the classes I usually attended. Since I have focused so much on those classes, I didn’t put much of an effort towards doing anything at home. In terms of food, well…I have definitely tried to keep it up, but let’s just say that I had a lot of dessert at a wedding reception last night! My will and Paleo decision-making has someone gone down the drain. One reason I haven’t been beating myself up too much about it is because it will be impossible to live up to my Paleo lifestyle in India. None of my relatives eat meat, and eating it going to be very central to the trip. Let’s just say that family in India LOVE to feed you. I’m going to enjoy this, however, I’m also going to make sure I feel satisfied rather than full. I also didn’t want to do Paleo for the past few weeks and then totally shock my system when I’m in India when I will inevitably be eating a lot of grains and carbs.
Anywho…one thing this past month has taught me is that balance, while very important, is very hard! That doesn’t mean I’m giving up though! I have always said this is a journey. My weight loss is not going to be perfect, life isn’t perfect. The great thing about this is all the great lessons I learn about myself in the process. I am trying to keep a positive outlook, because a positive MIND is what is going to help me with my healthy lifestyle.
In the next week before I head to India, I’m going to eat a “regular” diet with grains, carbs, etc. I am still going to avoid processed food. One question I’m going to ask myself is “Am I really hungry?” I read a lot about this concept from the book Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works by registered dietitians Evelyn Tribole and Elyse Resch. This is a great book about our hunger signals. I have noticed that my hunger signals can mean a few things: I’m thirsty; I’m bored; I’m stressed; or I really am hungry. I’m going to evaluate myself before making these decisions. I am usually pretty satisfied throughout the day when I start my day by drinking 10 to 20 oz of water and continuing to drink water all day. So, I think this will be the best way for me to eat this week and while I’m in India as well.
So, there ya have it! I plan to post that Pre-Made Paleo review I promised a few months ago before I leave! Sorry for slacking on that.
What can I say? I’ve been slacking on the blogging. I’ve been slacking on working out 5 times a week. I haven’t updated my Pounds and Inches page in 2 months! I am a slacker!
Hopefully this post will put an end to this 🙂 The good news is that I’ve been losing more pounds and inches. I realized that working out 5 times a week is really difficult. I can do it, but I tend to be really tired by the end of the week when I do. If I’m not in bed by 10:30pm, then it’s really hard for me to wake up early and workout. While I definitely think I need to not make excuses, there is actually a lot of research that talks about how sleep is more important than working out due to hormonal activity that is tied to appetite. In fact, losing sleep in order to workout could lead to weight gain because there is a hormonal imbalance which causes us to crave sugary, high-carb foods. Here’s one article that explains this concept. I know the difference between, “I went to sleep at 11pm and waking up at 5:30am stinks”, and “I have gotten 4 hours a sleep and my eyes are burning”. I don’t workout if the latter is true. So this means that lately, I have been working out around 3-4 times a week, and I no longer feel bad about it! I feel really good, and I’m still losing pounds and inches…which brings me to…
My Pounds and Inches page? Well, I have to be honest. After I finished my first Whole30, I went back to my old ways a little bit. With that, I gained some of my weight back, and I just “got lazy” and didn’t post it. Yes, I was embarrassed. I was also a little annoyed because, eventually, I started to get back on track and my scale was starting to be really inconsistent, as in, I would weigh myself, and I gained 10 lbs in one day. Hmmm, not only did I not like the number, but it was clearly ridiculous. Then I realized that I’m working with a pretty ancient scale, so I decided to order a fancy new one. This picture is a great example of what I was dealing with before…and after. My old scale was at my parents house, and they gave it to me…as you can see, I really needed an upgrade!
The day I stepped on my new scale by EatSmart (isn’t she a beauty?), I made an interesting discovery. I was 3 lbs lighter compared to my old scale! This was great, in a way. However, I no longer really know how accurate my pounds are on my page since I was using my older scale. Thankfully, I am also tracking inches lost, and my tape measure is accurate (I think, hehe). I was trying to think of a way to resolve this since it probably has been somewhat inaccurate the whole time. I decided to keep this simple and just continue to log my weight and not change my previous weight. However, I am going to make a notation around 10/4/12, which is around when I bought the new scale. So, as you can see now, Pounds and Inches is updated 🙂 I have been continue to lose pounds and inches slowly but surely!
So yes, I have been slacking. I guess, like anything, this blog is going to have its peaks and valleys. But now it’s time to get back on track! Even when I’m not writing here, I am always thinking about how this blog makes me accountable to myself and to you!
What’s coming up? I’m going to blog more about my Pre-Made Paleo experience. Also, I have a dear friend that is going to write a guest blog, so I’m really excited about that! Stay tuned 🙂
Well, I promised some reviews about Pre-Made Paleo, so here is my first one! Just to give a little background, Pre-Made Paleo is based out of Atlanta, and the head chef is Chef Richard Bradford. Their meals are Whole30 Approved and they are designed to be prepared in 10 minutes! The meals are gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free, legume-free, and made without refined sugar. The meats are grass-fed, grass finished, antibiotic and hormone free, free range and pastured. The veggies are hand-picked, locally sourced, and organic when available. Overall, it’s quality stuff!
I contacted Chef Richard to see if I could try some of the meals and review them. He responded quickly and was excited to have me try them! For this review, I’m going to talk about the delivery of the meals, ease of preparation, portion size, and, last but NOT least, taste 🙂
I asked for the meals to be delivered to my office because I’ve had a few things “disappear” when delivered to my place in the city. It was delivered at 10:41am and left in front of my office. Chef I told me that the food would be on dry ice, so it should last the day. I put it in my car after I left work, and I didn’t return home until 9:30pm. I was pretty afraid the meals would be thawed out. I opened the box, and the dry ice was like magic! The food was perfectly frozen, and I threw them in the freezer right away.
For my first meal, I decided to have the Herb Roasted Turkey Breast, Sauteed Kale, and Sweet Potato Salad. The “standard” is to have one protein and two veggies, unless otherwise indicated on the protein packaging. The food can be prepared on the stovetop or in the microwave! This was very exciting to me, especially for lunch meals in the office. Welp, my first meal was at home, so I did it on the stove top. Here’s a video from Pre-Made Paleo’s site to demonstrate preparation on the stovetop:
Here’s are some pics to show my preparation. As Chef Richard indicates in the video, right out the freezer, it takes 10 minutes to cook the meats, and the veggies take 4 minutes.. If the food is thawed, it takes half the time (5 minutes for meats, 2 minutes for veggies).
Then I cut open the bags and drained the excess water from the packaging and served my lunch to myself 🙂
As for ease of preparation, Pre-Made Paleo gets two thumbs up! It was super easy, unless you think boiling water is hard.
Well, here was my lunch. Does it look like enough to you? Well, it does to me. I was satisfied with the portions before, and after my meal.
So, no for the good stuff 🙂 Before I talk about taste, I can tell you that the turkey smelled AMAZING. I couldn’t wait to eat it! I took a bite of the turkey, and it was seasoned well and very tasty. I will say it was on the dry side, and I realized I made a mistake by draining the water. I kind of did that intuitively. However, I added a few drops of water, heated it in the microwave for a little bit, and it was MUCH better. I would say that the dryness was definitely attributed to user error 🙂 I really love sweet potatoes, and I was pretty excited to try them. I would have to say that they were definitely a winner as well. The kale was yummy as far as nutrient-dense greens go 🙂 It was very moist, not too salty, not too flavorless.
I would have to say that my first experience with Pre-Made Paleo was VERY positive. It was delivered as expected, easy to prepare, and it was quite tasty! I can’t wait to report on their other items (hint hint: they were equally, if not more delicious). Remember, these are frozen, shipped, and prepared meals. I can’t say I had any expectations set, but I can say that I was very happy with meal #1.
In the spirit of full disclosure, Chef Richard did comp these meals for me. However, my opinions are strictly my own. I was in no way influenced to review one way or another.
If you’re interested in getting some Pre-Made Paleo meals, follow this link. If you are outside Atlanta and in the continental US, they have 5 meal options, including a 3 meals sample option to try it out. If you purchase their 3 month option, each meal comes to $9.50. For 10 meals, each one comes to $12.50. This includes shipping AND the meals, which is pretty economical when you’re on the go! In my next post, I’m going to share about eating my first Pre-Made Paleo Meal at the office.
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My birthday is soon approaching, and it’s making me think about where I really want to be in my life right now in terms of my physical health. I feel that in the past 6 months, I have made great improvements to my life including being aware and ACCEPTING my eating behaviors (sugar obsession and overeating), working out at The Dailey Method pretty regularly, and transitioning to a Paleo/Whole30 eating lifestyle.
However, in the aftermath of my first Whole30, I have gained a couple pounds back, and I have also started to reduce my workout frequency from 4 days a week minimum to 3 days a week. Soooo back to where I want to be in my life….I really want to lose some more inches. Working out 3 days a week, is definitely maintenance mode in my head. Therefore, I am planning to increase the frequency of my workouts to 5 days a week. Given my schedule, I think this is a fair and feasible schedule change. While I don’t plan on being super strict for Whole30, I do plan on following the guidelines for the most part with the occasional indulgence.
I once read that in terms of health, food > sleep > exercise (I think it was on the Whole9 Facebook page). I feel that sometimes I wasn’t exercising because I wasn’t sleeping as much. So, I am going to put a change to that! I plan to be in bed every night by 10:30pm, so I can get up and workout feeling rested. I really think I’ll notice a difference with this subtle change. I did a quick Google search about workout frequency (I’m so scientific!), and I came upon this site. The picture I first saw (below) scared the crap out of me, but I liked the idea of the article. (No, I don’t want to look like him…not that there’s anything wrong with that!)
Basically, it talks about the frequency of strength training you need to make different types of changes in your body. It also emphasizes the importance of muscle recovery. I love that The Dailey Method has a combination of isometric strength training and low-intensity cardio! I really feel like I’m getting it all in one class 🙂
Speaking of The Dailey Method, I’m excited to announce that I will be attending a Dailey Method workshop next weekend about taking my practice to the next level! This should be really great, and I’m looking forward to blogging about it. Also, I have been struggling with preparing Whole30 meals ahead of time with my work and personal schedules…so I started looking into Pre-Made Paleo meals that I can heat up and eat. I’m excited to announce that I am going to be receiving some of their meals to review on this blog! I’m super excited about these upcoming posts, and I hope you are too 🙂
Here are a few questions for you all:
1. Have any of you noticed any changes to your body by increasing the frequency of your workouts?
2. How/when do you manage to make meals ahead of time for yourself and/or your family?
3. Do you believe in or practice “food > sleep > exercise” in terms of order of importance? Why or why not?