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  1. 12/30/2011

    Bkfst: Iced brewed coffee, cherry yogurt parfait

    Lunch: greek yogurt parfait, med apple

    Dinner: bacon cheddar burger patty, boiled egg, stir fry veggies

    Supplement: fish oil

    Total Calories (FatSecret phone app): 1209

    32% fat

    58% carbs

    18% protein

    (total of 108%... wondering about this phone app)

    I'm thinking that consuming a gram of protein per pound of bodyweight is going to be a challenge.

    42g protein on Monday

    47g protein on Tuesday

    47g protein on Wednesday

    96g protein on Thursday

    57g protein on Friday

    Nowhere near 190g.

    Workout: walk/run for 2 miles

  2. Ha! Yes, Starbucks is evil when it comes to diet. I knew my calories would go up from the previous day (<1000), but I overshot it a bit.

    According to my Fat Secret calorie calculator app:

    Grande Mocha is 220 Cal

    Coffee cake is 440 Cal

    Skinny Latte is 130 Cal

    Scone is 490 Cal

    The scone and coffee cake are 930 Cal together. Still using Starbuck gift card today, trying yogurt or something instead of cake-y stuff. Will post Calories results.

    Using this phone app to track my food consumption has been an eye-opening experience.

  3. 12/29/2011

    *Still working on clearing out (i.e. eating) non-paleo foods in kitchen. Also using up Starbucks xmas gift card before paleo challenge.*

    Bkfst: 1 cups coffee with creamer

    Snack: Starbucks mocha, Coffee cake slice

    Lunch: Starbucks Skinny Latte, scone

    Dinner: Ramen

    Snack: 2 boiled eggs, tomato slices, cheese slices

    Total Cal (phone app): 2197

    39% fat

    45% carbs

    15% protein

    Daily calories getting better, up to a more reasonable number. Still working on getting protein % up and carb % down.

  4. 12/28/2011

    Bkfst: 2 cups coffee with creamer, 2 pieces of toast with butter

    Lunch: ramen soup

    Dinner: grilled talapia

    Total Cal (phone app): 945

    38% fat

    42% carbs

    20% protein

    Not the best food choices, but came home by dinner time and had some fish. Working on getting protein % up and carb % down.

    Weight (parents bathroom scale): 188 lbs

    Exercise: Did a walk/run around my parents' neighborhood with the dog. Didn't log time or distance, just went outside and enjoyed the fabulous weather. Back at home today, so workouts should increase exponentially.

  5. I'm definitely incorporating this challenge into my January 6-week challenge. Great idea, guys!

    Reason(s) why I'm choosing to go Paleo and participate

    1. I suck at sticking to a food plan without support. I have very little will power. I have a teenage son who likes to have very non-Paleo foods in the house (including Blue Bell ice cream!!!), which is torture. He has done Paleo before (with his dad) and is now doing Crossfit (both with his dad in San Antonio and here). I told him about this challenge, and he said he would help. I hope he realizes he's coming home next week to only Paleo foods in the house...

    2. Going "Paleo" is the closest labeled food plan to what I consider to be an ideal way of eating. I'm not one for labels or fads, but Paleo is pretty close to what I already want to be doing. The challenge (and accountability contained therein) will force me to stick to a healthy eating. At least for a month, anyway. I hope the results will win me over and I will stick with it after the challenge commences.

    Personal goals I'll be working towards (other than sticking to the Paleo diet)

    1. Fit into my size 10 jeans, which I haven't been able to do in almost three years. Still got 'em in the closet.

    2. Get a full-time job. Being unemployed (or underemployed) is horribly depressing. It makes me want to eat. A lot.

    3. Meet the fitness requirements for Navy Reserve and/or Navy Active Duty. I am in a position to go back in, this time as an officer, but my age might limit my options. I want to AT LEAST be able to pass the PRT with flying colors.

    4. Find (and purchase meat from) a grass-fed farm and decide if it's worth the extra legwork and expense.

    Starting stats


    36 years old

    5' 11"

    Weight: 188 lbs

    Body Fat:

    33.4% (using this website)

    33.9% (using this website)

    *Note: I consider these methods to measure bf% very unreliable. Calipers and Omrons aren't much better. Water immersion is the only method I would trust with a reasonable amount of error. BUT at least I have a rough estimate what my bf% is.

    Waist-to-Height Ratio: 0.46 (read more here)

    Waist-to-Hips Ratio: 0.74 (keeping that hourglass shape...)

    "Before" pic (taken last week)


    LET'S GO!!!

  6. Two days off in a row is tough! Better bring it today!

    Oh, I so needed that push! Thank you!

    Starbuck would only take 2 days off if she was on a bender.

    So true! Although, even on a bender, I bet she burns lots-o-calories while punching people in the face! ... Or fooling around with hot-yet-unavailable guys. Since I am doing neither of those -- sigh -- I'm headed outside.

  7. 12/27/2011

    Bkfst: 2 cups coffee with creamer, 2 pieces of toast with butter

    Lunch: 2 pieces of toast with butter

    Dinner: 6" subway flatbread turkey, bacon, avocado sandwich

    Total Cal (phone app): 1377

    40% fat

    47% carbs

    13% protein

    Weight (parents bathroom scale): 188 lbs

    No exercise again today. Damn holiday laziness and cold weather. Forecast 72 degrees tomorrow! Got my VFFs ready!!

  8. Just want to mention that the notion of being "big-boned" is a misnomer for a lot of people. I've been overweight for many years of my adulthood, and so many people outwardly excused my excess weight (and I believed it) due to being big-boned. It was my excuse for being big.

    It was bullshit.

    A few years ago, I looked into how to determine if I have a small, med, or large frame. I found two methods, both measuring the wrist: one with measuring tape and one using overlapping of fingers of opposite hand. Using both methods, I fall under the "small frame" category. I wasn't big-boned. I was fat.

    No more excuses. I've lost 40 lbs and I'm not done.

  9. babycakes: I hear ya with the plateaus. I'm in a big one right now, although I've been slacking on the exercise, so I'm just grateful none of the weight came back. I've been focusing more on food choices lately. Getting back on NF forum has helped me get re-energized. I lost 40 lbs, been steady for 6 months, and hope to lose another 40 lbs.

    And congrats on getting down to sub-200 weight! I know how that feels to have that first number be a "1" again!

  10. I guess Texas is one of those places where it's heaven to be a paleo-esque meat lover... Denver, Omaha, KC also come to mind.

    You know, it's been a challenge finding local grass-fed beef, though. I thought SURELY there are cattle ranches all over the place to buy meat from... It was tricky. Can't get it in the local grocery stores (even though my city has 300K+ people living here), except the "natural foods" grocery store, where the grass-fed meat comes from Uruguay, of all places. Totally weird.

    Finally found a few grass-fed farms close enough where I can make a day trip to get some. Or I can order online and have some frozen meat shipped with dry ice.

    And fresh fruits and veggies are shipped in from Cali or Mexico. So much for buying and supporting local food.

    What are your options in DC? I would think a large population would increase demand for better options, no?

  11. 12/26/2011

    No exercise today. :(


    Bkfst - 2 fried eggs, 2 cups coffee w/coffeemate

    Lunch - Whataburger (gasp!)

    Dinner - Chicken fajita meat with fresh tomatoes... and chips and salsa

    EDIT: My CalorieCounter (phone app) says:

    1198 Cal

    44 g fat

    78 g carbs

    42 g protein

    Although, this doesn't add up... (44*9)+(120*4)=920, not 1198. Need to figure this out.

    It was nice eating an entire plate of meat and veggies for dinner and not feeling grotesquely full. Except for the chips & salsa, it was a smart food choice for being in a mexican restaurant.

    Weather is looking up, planning for a walk/run tomorrow.

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