Yes. I admit it. I am one of the millions of Americans who made the resolution to lose weight this year (and last year, and the year before, and the last 30 years before!). I’m slick though! I made the resolution under the guise of “I want to get healthy in 2014!” I thought, maybe, just maybe different wording would be the magic trick to actually accomplishing my resolution this year.
A formal plan, I have not; but it always starts with food. I’m talking REAL food, healthy food, gluten-free food. I started doing the Paleo lifestyle last year after going to the doctor about losing weight and scalp psoriasis. My doctor, affectionately known to all as “Dr. Wiggy” suggested going Paleo. I threw myself into it and actually lost 16 pounds—slowly. Then, the Christmas season came, I got lax, gained a few back, and now it’s time to get serious!
An organized person, I am not. I know, to make it work, I’ve GOT to plan out my meals. Oh, and the kiddies and the hubby are eating this way, too! (I will let them have gluten-free tortilla chips and the like). So, on New Year’s Eve, I put pen to paper, coffee to lips, and planned out every meal for the first week of the year. Then, I came up with a list of things to do the night before to make the next day go smoothly. This is healthy eating, so there will be actual cooking going on!
An exercise enthusiast, I feel not. I decided to do a 30-day Plank Challenge after seeing a friend post it on Facebook. The first two days consisted of doing a 20-second plank. I figured, I could do anything for 20 seconds. Then, at the end of the 30 days, I will be able to hold it for 4 minutes!!! I am thinking positive here. Eventually, I want to go back to the Urban Rebounding and Walking Away The Pounds days of old. For now, I will focus more on getting the eating part right—I tend to excel in that area!
A full-time kitchen worker, I dreamed not. Yesterday and today, we ate wonderful, delicious, amazing home-cooked Paleo/Gluten-Free meals; thus, I haven’t sat down much! Between the slicing, dicing, juilienning (is that a word?), and washing, drying, and putting away of everything that was used, I got a workout! I was on my feet, twisting, turning, and bending. I had to reach high for the bottle of sage. I flexed my biceps as I stirred the pot of Broc-Cauli Chowder. By the time I sat down to eat, I ate slowly. I was happy to sit my tired legs down and didn’t want to get back up just to clean and prepare for the next meal.
But you know what? I really, really enjoyed the food! Real food is so delicious. Living in a processed Frankenfood world, we forget how food should actually taste. My family absolutely ranted and raved and begged me to spoil them again with Spaghetti Squash Bolognese in the very near future. In just two short days, I feel so good, so alert, so strong. Who knew my new exercise program would be cooking healthy meals?
Ciao (or Chow!) for now!
Broc-Cauli Chowder and Spaghetti Squash Bolognese both come from the book Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC.