Wow. It has been a while. I am feeling really fantastic about the new year. I graduate this year, move to Chicago, and I have some pretty realistic fitness and health goals that I am excited to jump into.
One of my friends has really inspired me to try going the entire year unprocessed. She did it for 2013 and it has completely changed her life. I am still eating primally but I have decided to commit 100%. No more cheating. This will be the year of substitutes. I am slowly finding things that I love to eat and I hope to share with you. I just used some of my Christmas money to purchase a bunch of raw/unprocessed goodies that hopefully don’t taste like dirt!
I have lost a total of 50 pounds since last year and I am hoping to lose another 20 this year—I have learned to be patient and take it slow.
I hope that your year has started off as well as mine :)
Be positive. You got this.
Highlight of my day:
I went to a place in town called The Jones East side Eatery, and it is fantastic. All of their food is locally and organically grown, and today I had a Greek Quinoa salad. Quinoa, garlic, olvies, kale, goat cheese, peppers, etc. Mmmm.
Now that I have a little bit of income, I am also going to start making my own Kombucha.
I have been super MIA for a while, but I want to start blogging again, and for the past couple of weeks I’ve really been working on myself. I’m still having a difficult time readjusting to America—especially health wise. The garden I worked on in Denmark had every herb you could ever dream of, and there was tons and tons of free fruit trees all over the island. I was in paradise.
I am still eating super well and I have gotten to a point where I RARELY cheat—and if I cheat it’s not like I’m eating Taco Bell, it’s more like I go and buy a gluten free cookie and that’s that.
I’m really proud of myself. Yesterday I weighed in at 185.2—I finally lost 50 pounds and it’s still insane to be under 200. I tripple check my scale each time. I have been walking 30 minutes a day and now that I have a job, I end up biking about 7 miles a day. It isn’t the easiest being in Florida—but fall is on it’s way, and the ride gets a bit simpler every day.
I wanted to take a second and list everything I used to eat—all of the things I can no longer imagine eating.
Here it goes: Wheat Thins, Triscuts, Pop-Tarts, White pasta, whole grain pasta, whole grain bread, white rice, jasmine rice, potato chips, tortillas, canned salsa, every Wednesday I would go to an all you can eat pasta place and have at least two plates, Taco bell MAYBE once every 3 months, sour cream and onion dip…
That’s only some of what I can remember. It is so insane for me to look back. I have 100% changed. I am currently grain free—and meat free. (Well I am eating fish) But I haven’t had chicken or beef in about 6 weeks. Not for any odd reasoning, but the farm I was on had a vegetarian lifestyle so I had to eat that way for two weeks, and I actually really love it.
Here is what I currently buy:
Coconut oil, olive oil, almond and coconut flour, coconut milk, butter, eggs, salmon, shrimp, avacados, bananas, acorn and butternut squash, seweed sheets as a cracker and chip substitute, sweet potatoes, garlic, ginger, cumin, curry, red peppers, cucumbers, kale, spinach, danish feta cheese in brine, tomatoes on the wine, Fuji apples, QUINOA (I LOVE IT. I use it instead of oatmeal and rice) oranges, balsalmic, garbanzo beans, all natural organic humus when I’m too lazy to make it, full fat greek yogurt, lemons, limes, black tea, coffee, pumpkin, wild honey…
I am so happy with the changes I have made. I don’t try to push my eating habits onto anyone, but when I am asked about it—I really do have a lot to say and I am slowly inspiring my roommates which is fantastic! I love being grain free! I am almost 100% paleo—but I still have a slight cheese problem. I haven’t been eating it as much, which is good, but I’m not sure if I could ever give it up completely.
As far as exercise, it’s so simple. I no longer stress my body out at the gym. I actually go to the gym maybe once a week—more if I’m taking classes I enjoy. Walking and biking really does it for me. My hope is to lose another ten pounds, and then start toning my muscles. I am getting closer :D It has been so rewarding. I am still working on staying positive, and not thinking badly of myself—but it’s one giant journey.
For the last week I didn’t live with a host family so I cooked for myself. I’ve fallen in love with an awesome eggplant dish while in Italy and had it almost everyday. I had vegetable overload last week which I guess paid off because I weighed in at 86kg this morning and three weeks ago I was around 89kg. Yay! I love eating well:) I haven’t really cheated on the primal diet, and I think its really becoming a way of life for me. :)
Week six in Italia.
Italy is amazing! I’ve worked two camps so far, and I start my third camp tomorrow! I’ve been eating amazing foods, and have done pretty well sticking to the no grains. I struggled last week, because it took my family a few days to understand my diet. I am now in Pompeii, and there’s a volcano in my backyard!!! What!!! Things are going well, I’m exhausted, but I must keep swimming
I had a scone tonight, and I enjoyed the hell out of it.
It’s been a while since I posted anything.I was super sick and had strep throat for a while. NOT FUN. Other than that, I have really enjoyed summer so far. The stress from school is gone, I’m sleeping more, waking up with the sun, eating well, and spending tons of time outside. Yesterday I layed in the sun, went swimming, and walked four miles with a friend. I haven’t been this happy in a while!
I’m still weighing around 190, but I do notice that my body is changing. All the swimming and walking I starting to show in my legs and for the first time I’m wearing shorts. I’m still a bit selfconcious but I’ll get used to them. Target had some super cute ones that weren’t booty shorts! Go Target! My friend Ryan has been helping me shop lately and he told me I should set a goal for myself to find something sleeveless I’d wear. That is a huge step. I have always hated my arms and I hae extra skin I’m not fond of, but maybe eventually I’ll get over it.
I leave for Europe in two weeks and I know I will come back looking awesome because of all of the walking and fresh food. I will admit, it will be uber hard not to eat pasta or pizza in Italy, and I might as a treat, but every day that passes it just makes mose sense why grains are terrible for our bodies. I never crave them anymore. I do cheat from time to time but not often. I really love being primal and I am trying to go 100%. I think I might even start a small garden when I return! When I get back into town, I also want to start rock climbing and swimming more. I really had forgotten how happy the pool makes me!
I’m proud of my changes so far, and I’m so happy to finally be under 200! Ahhh! It’ll be nice to start seeing more of the 180s, but I’m in no rush.
I’ll also be Wwoofing this summer in Denmark! That’s where you volunteer time on a farm in exchange for food, housing, and expierence. I can’t wait! Eee!