My New Life Plan

In the past, I would often sit down and start a list of new things I was going to start doing and behaviors I was going to change. The list would look something like this:

  1. Eat healthier
  2. Exercise more
  3. Take vitamins
  4. Quit smoking…

Today, I sat down with the pen and notebook to begin yet another list, having failed to comply with all of the previous plans. Suddenly, it occurred to me that I have been going about this in the wrong way and focusing on the wrong things. My old lists were really all about what I didn’t like about my life and what I wanted to change. Although written in a “positive” format of doing “positive” things, my lists and plans were really all focused on the “negative.”

Therefore, I have created a new list. Maybe my LAST list. I am going to focus on the “positive” this time and, in time, I’m sure that all of the things I wished to accomplish through my previous “life changes” will come about very naturally as a result. I am embracing my life and loving myself instead of trying to change my life and myself. I hope you too will find it thought-provoking and inspirational.

New Life Plan

  1. Worry about money less.
  2. Listen to more music.
  3. Read more books.
  4. Complain less.
  5. Smile more.
  6. Dance!
  7. Laugh!
  8. Stop criticizing (myself included).
  9. Stop second-guessing myself.
  10. Feel and show GRATITUDE.
  11. Worry less about EVERYTHING.
  12. Enjoy and appreciate the wonderful Gift of Life.
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Weigh-In Month 3

Here is the report on my weight loss “program”:  Today marks the end of month #3 since I’ve started my Paleo Diet plan. I weighed in this morning on my Wii Fit board and have lost another 2.4 pounds since my last weigh-in one month ago. That is a total weight loss of 20.8 pounds in 3 months!

While it’s still good that I’m continuing to lose weight, the amount of weight loss per month has dropped off significantly. I’m not really sure why this is, but am pretty sure that I really need to start adding exercise into my program :(  Being a pretty lazy person, this represents bad news for me since I wasn’t planning on adding in any real exercising for a couple of months yet. Oh well! I guess I’m going to have to get away from this desk and start walking, dancing, and/or weight training if I want the better weight loss numbers I was getting in the beginning of my “program.”

That aside, I’m still very pleased that my weight-loss is continuing and that I’m still finding it fairly easy to stay on my Paleo Diet plan.

Weigh-In Time!

I weighed-in today after exactly 2 months on the Paleo diet. I have now lost a total of 18.4 pounds since September 15, 2011. Yeah me! Yeah Paleo!

Pretty soon, if the weight loss starts to taper off, I’m going to begin adding some exercise to my program. Probably some walking and/or dancing.

Thanks to everyone for your encouragement!

P.S. – I’m still feeling great too!

-Mary

Daily Meal Log 9/29/11

Today’s Meals

Details

Breakfast

None

Snack

 

Lunch

2 veggie burgers, cottage cheese, olives

Snack

Pepperoni slices.

Dinner

3 pieces of “bargain” beef, big bowl of onions & peppers, a black plum

Snack

Pepperoni slices

Beverages

Lots of water & one cup of coffee

I am going to stop eating the veggie burgers (after I finish what’s in the freezer) and maybe the cottage cheese (once I finish up what I have). Something gave me a little bit of heartburn after lunch yesterday and I think one or the other of those was the culprit. I have suffered from terrible, chronic heartburn for years but have not had ANY at all since starting my Paleo diet – until today. Also, I will never again buy or eat frozen onions & peppers – they were terrible – there is nothing like the fresh raw version!

I’ve been doing this for about 2 weeks now. Not very long, I know, but I have never felt better in my entire life. I have tons of energy, my brain fog and depression are gone, my allergies better, and (as I said above) I have not suffered any heartburn or digestive complaints. The Paleo Plan is fantastic! I have also gone down a size and lost 5 pounds. Thank you Mark Sisson, Robb Wolf, and especially, David from http://davidisfat.wordpress.com !

Starting My Version of The Paleo Diet

I started on my own version of the Paleo Diet yesterday. I call it “my” version, because I’m not 100% sure about what the “official” diet is yet, as I haven’t finished reading The Primal Blueprint 21-Day Total Body Transformation: A step-by-step, gene reprogramming action plan by Mark Sisson, yet. What I’ve read and researched so far sounds really good, though. This sounds like the diet plan for me – one that I could follow for life and not just for a few months. It also sounds pretty healthy and goes with the idea of The Lost Diet that I talked about in a previous post.

So, basically, what I’m doing is this: I’m cutting out all the pastas, potatoes, starchy beans, cereals, chips, crackers, sweets and most dairy. I will be eating (mostly) lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, fruits, veggies, cottage cheese, yogurt & protein shakes. Honestly, after only two days of following this plan, I already feel better. I feel more energetic and less “heavy” feeling.

What I ate yesterday: No breakfast. I had broccoli-slaw, chicken breast, and a plum for lunch. For a late afternoon snack I had some pepperoni and a square of dark chocolate. Dinner consisted of some beef jerky and a pear.

What I ate today: No breakfast. I had a handful of walnuts & pecans as a mid-morning snack. For lunch, I had some more broccoli-slaw, dried beef, cottage cheese and an avocado. Once again, I had some pepperoni and a square of dark chocolate as a late afternoon snack. Dinner consisted of some more dried beef, avocado & cottage cheese with the addition of two plums and a few raspberries.

I drank lots of water and one cup of coffee on both of these days (which is typical for me, anyway.)

What makes these two days of healthy eating really special for me, is that my diet for the past several years has consisted mostly of the worst junk food you could imagine: McDonald’s burgers & fries, cheese steaks, pizza, fried chicken, potato chips, cupcakes, cookies, ice cream, candy bars. Seriously. No wonder I feel so much better today.

Think Small

Days, hours, minutes – they are the building blocks of your entire life. Don’t let them slip by out of your consciousness. We tend to think BIG – years & stages, for example. When I retire I will… I will lose 50 lbs. during the next year…

In doing so, we lose the days, hours & minutes that REALLY make up our lives. In addition, thinking small really helps you to accomplish your long-term goals. I will not eat any junk food today… I will not smoke a cigarette this hour… I will save $1 today towards my retirement. Small chunks are a lot easier to deal with than large ones. I can feel good and confident about not eating any ice cream TODAY, but if I think about not eating any ice cream ALL YEAR, I groan under the pressure and quickly give up. This is the whole idea behind the AA One Day at a Time mantra.

Try it. Practice paying attention to the little things and the big things will automatically be taken care of.