Currently, I have been switching to a more Paleo food focus. I started 3 weeks ago, but week 1 was rudely interrupted by a hurricane and although I still managed to lose a pound that week, it was just too much to stick to it in the midst of evacuation, power loss, clean up, etc. etc. etc. Hey, if you ever need a rationalization parter, look no further. So, the past two weeks , I’ve been doing very well: on track, planning ahead and really focusing on will power. The Hubs and I even managed to get to the gym 2x this week for strength work, so I am plugging along.
Let’s get real now, though. If you’ve ever read “Made to Crave” by Lysa Teurkerst it’s a great book really delving into WHY we overeat (emotionally) and her own story of overcoming and learning to better manage life with a food crutch. In the book, there is a part where she talks about how she cried over not being able to eat bread (or pizza or sweets–I can’t remember exactly). As I read it, I’m thinking, oh for the love….are you kidding me? Then I started this little baby journey of 2 weeks and several times I have foregone sweets or super carby foods and although I didn’t cry, I ABSOLUTELY now understood what she was saying. It’s flippin’ HARD! You do not have to think one iota about eating crappy, but if you want to eat better and avoid processed foods, you have to think. you have to plan. you have to abstain. HARD. It pretty much sucks right now. I know it will get easier, but now…right now…. it blows.
My fitness pal app is really helping me to stay on track though, as well as giving myself permission to eat something once in awhile that is not so Paleo-ISH. For instance, this week it was a birthday and there was a truly delicious and not run-of-the-mill cake to celebrate and so I had a piece. One piece. It was good. And that was it. I ate, I enjoyed and then my stomach kind of hurt, so I guess my body was not digging it as much as my mouth was. Another day, I had a lemon bar. I don’t make those. But I find them enjoyable and so I enjoyed it. And that was it. So, I am learning, but man…..it’s hard. Because really, I could easily push through the pain for two pieces of cake or several lemon bars; I’m an overcomer. Those choices, however, will not get me healthier or more energetic. Sooooooooo, I’ll keep fighting the fight.
Like so many other battles, just taking it one day at a time and go from there.
Wish me luck!