Sunday, January 23, 2011

A few bad days

It's sunday morning, and I'm up 2.5 pounds from my low on Thursday and Friday morning.  I think it is temporary setback, but I have been doing bad stuff.

All of my actual meals continue to be low carb and healthy...either beef summer sausage (not great quality beef, but at least no carbs) or cage-free eggs for breakfast.  I went to a pizza place friday for lunch, and ate a kale salad, and just had one small piece of my colleague's pizza.  Dinner I even did well, having steak both nights.  On Saturday, had chimichurri sauce on the steak...yum.

But both nights I had several glasses of wine.  Friday I went out with a friend after dinner, and had almost a bottle of champagne, which is bad in itself.  But it led me to order a pizza near the end of the night. I ate half the pizza there, and then carried out the rest at midnight.  I had one piece in the morning, then through the rest in the compost bin. 

Saturday night, I went to some friends's house and we had red wine, and then quesadillas for appetizers.  Dairy and grain in the tortilla.  I ate a bunch of that, and then the steak and chimichurri.  Steak and chimichurri is actually very paleo, but I ate a ton of it. 

My big lesson -- stay away from the wine, because it is bad and makes me do things I wouldn't otherwise do...lots of people learn that lesson in college, I am relearning it now.

I did go to crossfit yesterday morning, and did kettlebell clean and jerks, and will go this morning for the crossfit class, followed by yoga.  So that may slightly temper my badness. 

Monday, January 17, 2011

It's been over a week I think

My weight history on "the google 15" somehow disappeared, but I think I'm down about 2 lbs over the last week, which is about the same pace I've been on for the last 10-12 weeks, with the exception of when I went to europe for a week.  That slowed things down a bit.

Today, I had two "Al Fresco" brand chicken sausages for dinner.  Lunch was spinach salad with onions, back to balsamic vinaigrette, with a scoop of guac and a piece of tandoori chicken.  Also a few oz of pulled chicken from the whole foods lunch bar.  Breakfast was a strawberry-nana smoothie, with no cal powdered milk and whey protein.  I think I've earned a free smoothie at the smoothie shop.

I'm going to the xfit tomorrow morning, then for personal training wednesday morning with dave at the xfit.  Today, I had to take off.  Too many sore parts.  I've been using a lacrosse ball at home to "roll out" some of the soreness in my glutes and in my shoulders.  It actually helps a lot, although it is painful.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Friday night

Breakfast - 1 banana
Lunch - spinach salad with guac and tandoori chicken, and an egg

Dinner - phase 1 -- 10 deviled eggs, and 2x 8oz of wine at the bar.  Gonna try to minimize dinner, phase 2, now that I'm home.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Bad Night

Yesterday, I started off the day well with two eggs, sunny side up, cooked in ex-virgin olive oil.
Lunch was the usual at whole foods.

Dinner, I went out with a friend for dinner and drinks.  Was good during dinner, ate just a steak salad at palace kitchen.  was very good.  Then we had a couple more glasses of wine and another guy showed up.  I ate some of his fries, then ordered some more fries.  Bad Dave!  Also ordered some sort of tuna appetizer, which was less bad.  Up one pound this morning.
Gonna try to xfit tonight as penance.  But may just go to bed early.

Missed Xfit, went to see my boy pass his karate test (yay!), and then had chicken wings and ceasar salad at the pizza place.  I think that these are ok, but they are probably not the highest quality meat!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Day 3

Today started with two eggs, sunny side up on the skillet, with extra virgin olive oil. 

Lunch at the whole foods -- spinach salad, onions, green onions, chicken to provide protein rather than my usual feta cheese.  Balsamic vinegar and olive oil to replace my usual balsamic vinaigrette.  Topped it off with some whole foods fresh green salsa and some guac.  Put it in a box, shake it up and voila!

Dinner, my wife made chicken sausage from Fred Meyer's deli/butcher least it was wrapped up in butcher paper, rather than plastic mass produced packaging.  That is a good sign?  Who knows.  And lots of peas!

I again had a couple old wisconsin beef sticks after dinner.  I was down to 183.8 this morning, from 185+ this weekend, so I am making some quick progress, although there is some noise in both of those numbers.  No exercise today, aside from two sets of front and each side plank poses, x1 min each. 

Tomorrow morning, Xfit, and tomorrow evening, red wine with a buddy.  Hope to keep it at 1-2 drinks.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Day 2 of the Paleo diet

Started the morning with a smoothie at the Custom Smoothie shop down the street from work.  I have started getting good at ordering Paleo/Elimination/Low Carb.  I get a Strawberry Nana smoothie, with Hemp milk (they don't have coconut milk), no sugar, whey protein and I think they throw in some strawberry fruit juice sometimes.  I make them leave out the sugar, real milk, and anything else sweet.  I have to check with Jess on whether Whey protein is ok.  The lady at the smoothie shop says it's animal protein, so I need to verify.

Lunch -- had lunch down at my old building at the Market Fresh salad bar.  Definitely not as good as the Whole Foods salad bar.  But not so bad.  Had spinach salad with onions and peppers, threw in some cooked salmon and hard boiled eggs.  Sriracha hot sauce and Balsamic vinaigrette. I need to check also whether Balsamic vinaigrette is ok.  I'm not sure if I spelled it right, but Firefox corrected me to this, so blame it on them if I didn't.

Dinner -- Jen buys this marinated steak from the Fred Meyer.  It's pretty good, but a little sweet kind of like teriyaki.  So maybe a little sugar in the marinade and I don't know the quality of the beef.  Also, I finished off the peas in the bowl, and on the kids's plates.  I've never had the need to finish peas before.

Also, I went to evening crossfit this evening (I usually go in the morning).  I clean and jerked 60kg, military pressed 54kg x3, and one of the instructors said that I looked like I'm losing weight.

And I lost my ID at work, and I have the choice to get a new picture or keep the old.  I was 28, weighed 190 and had hair when it was taken.  I'm now 40, shaved head and 185 (although probably with more muscle).  I want to wait a month and see how much more I lean out and then take the picture!

Oh, one more thing to admit...I had a couple Old Wisconsin Beef Sticks before Xfit, and another couple after dinner.  They are low carb (less than 1g carb), but probably don't meet the "food quality" test.  I'm guessing the beef sticks aren't made from grass-fed beef!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Learning about Paleo Diet

I've been going to the local Crossfit for several months now.  It has been great, lots of interesting exercises during the class. I've lost about 20 lbs between the workouts there and doing the atkins diet for 3-4 months.  I went to a seminar that Dave and Jess gave on the Paleo diet this weekend, and I'm going to try to adjust my Atkins diet to be more Paleo.  The main differences are that the Paleo diet is no dairy, no peanuts, and soy doesn't count as protein.  Also, fruit seems to be more supported on the Paleo diet.

One of the things that they recommend is to do a "food log."  So I'm gonna try to make this food log blog.

Interestingly, I went to my boss's house last night for a post-holiday party.  There was lots of stuff there.  I think I was pretty good -- from the appetizers, I had tuna steak skewers with ginger, and a wasabi cream sauce (not sure exactly what was in this).  And for dinner, I skipped the pastry thing, and had the veggies in butter, with some salt.  I stayed strong and skipped cheesecake for desert.

Today, I went to Crossfit in the morning, and then had some left over corned beef for breakfast.  I think that my wife used grass-fed beef (which is recommended by the Paleo people.)  Food quality is important!  I had beef bacon (from grass fed, no antibiotics cows) and eggs for lunch.  And for dinner we had Isernio's Chicken Sausage and a lettuce and apple salad, with Paul Newman's Ceasar dressing on it.  Both the Isernio's and the Paul Newman said "all natural" which Dave says doesn't mean anything.  So maybe need to raise the bar on the salad dressing, and ask them about what type of (non-pork) sausage is the best.

Tomorrow, I'll be back at work which actually helps the diet.  I usually have a strawberry-banana smoothie for breakfast and a spinach salad for lunch at work.  Will need to leave out the feta from the lunch time salad, and replace with chicken or turkey.  That will be disappointing.