Back To 21 Days

Well I’ve been off of being Primal for just over a week and boy oh boy am I regretting it.  I have gained weight and now my weight is 204.6 pounds.  So in the week that I was off I gained 6 pounds…yeah I know, 6 pounds.

Oh and just i case I forgot to post it, I was finally able to fit into regular jeans and not stretch jeans which is wonderful.  The only not so wonderful thing is the fact is that although I could put on a regular pair of jeans and button them up, if I bent over it made breathing difficult.  So I’ve got some serious losing to do in order to make up for what I’ve eaten over the past week.

I’ve had pizza at least 3 times and other stuff that I regretted after I ate them but I didn’t really care at the time.  What a fool I was to think that.

However, there was one constant while I was off of my diet and eating willy nilly; I was constantly having indigestion and my complexion turned bad.  It was embarrassing having pimples at my age, so I’m back to eating right.

 

Breakfast:

Skipped

 

Lunch:

Cranberry/Cheese/Hamburger              1 patty                   13 carbs

 

Dinner:

Cranberry/Cheese/Hamburger            1 patty                    13 carbs

Broccoli                                                         1 cup                          6 carbs

Cocoa Roast Almonds                             1 pkg                          8 carbs

 

Total for day:       40 grams of carbohydrates

 

Well I’m keeping a count of what I eat just to make sure that I’m eating correctly because that is the best way to make myself stay on the diet.  Every time I would forget to count the carbs I would find in the past that I was defeating myself and not eating right.  One thing I’m going to try and keep with is no grain products.  So here we go again only this time I’m hoping to include some exercises since I’m almost completely well.

 

Oh yeah about being sick…. well my allergies are still raising their ugly head but I’m trying my best to keep them under control.  So here’s to being healthier both weight wise and allergy wise.  See ya soon!!

Primal For 21 Days – Day 18 – I Survived Temptation

Yea for me, I definitely survived a lot of temptation and was very, very happy about managing to do it.

So thankfully I woke up late and guess I really needed the sleep and best of all it was not a allergy meds induced sleep.  I was feeling fine and I can only hope that this keeps up.  Tonight I went to visit with my uncle who is receiving chemo due to cancer in his lungs and he has COPD but that was after we went to the local city Oktoberfest.  But let me tell you why I’m a touch apprehensive and that is because while visiting my uncle I discovered that they have a cat and to make matters worse, the litter box for the stupid cat is in his bedroom.

So something told me to be careful as I sat down in his room which I did and then I saw his wife doing something but I really couldn’t tell what she was doing, until a minute later and I thought that I smelled poop.  I was right because there she was cleaning out the cat litter box that was in my uncle’s bedroom/sitting room and then I saw a cat that started walking towards us.  My mother also noticed it as did brother #2 only he doesn’t know how highly allergic to cats I am, but thankfully she was.  She kept an eye on me to make sure I did my best not to move around and she watched what I touched.  So I sat on a sofa where the cat will usually climb upon which set me on high alert.

Because of the cat it meant that I had to be very careful and not move around very much and she even pointed out when I started scratching my face especially around my eyes.  One look from her reminded me that I was scratching around my eyes which made me stop scratching but I was also very anxious the whole time we were there.  Once I got home I immediately shed my clothes and showered and then swallowed some children’s liquid Benadryl to make sure I don’t start scratching.  So far so good but I guess we will know for sure come the morning.

Oh yeah, so we went to Oktoberfest to hear brother #3 sing and it was okay but it was held in a small facility where the German group regularly meets.  We walked by a booth that was selling potato pancakes.  Brother #2 bought two, one for him and one for my mother.  I managed to escape without any damage to my carb count.  So then I decided to go get a bratwurst and after paying for it I put mustard on it, which still kept me well within my stats.

Once brother #3 and his wife, who was dressed very beautifully in her German clothes, came by the table and offered to buy me a beer.  I passed but once he brought back one for him and one for his wife, I asked to smell it.  He kept on trying to convince me to just take a sip and said that it wouldn’t hurt my diet.  But I resisted and then I asked to smell his wife’s beer which smelled more to my liking and she too offered to let me drink it but I stayed true and passed on sampling any of the beers and all other drinks except diet soda.  It was okay but it was in a very small venue so you didn’t really have to even wander around to see the whole place.  It was small and getting crowded as we were leaving to go visit my uncle.  My brother’s group sang well and as we were leaving a couple asked to join and so I told them to ask my sister-in-law and they said okay and now they have two new friends.  Yippy for them.

Enough chit chat, let’s see what a good job I did to stay within my limits because I’m so damn proud of being able to say the temptation was there but I just passed on what was bad for me.  It should be noted that the bratwurst that I had only had mustard on it, I cut it up in the bun so it wouldn’t slip and slide around in the dish they served it in.  But in the end the bun that had some mustard on it remained whole, I wasn’t even tempted to nibble on it.  So yeah for me especially when you see what I’ve eaten for the day.  Let’s take a look and see how I did.

 

Breakfast:

Skipped

 

Lunch:

Chili Cheese Burger-minus bun 1 3
Coffee w/Sweetener/Cream/FV creamer SF/WC SF on ice 2 mug 4

 

Dinner:

Bratwurst 1 link 1.3

 

Late Snack:

Chili Cheese Burger – minus bun 1 link 3
Green Beans-French Cut w/mushrooms 1 cup 6

 

Totals for Day 18, a day of temptations:   17.3 GRAMS OF CARBOHYDRATES

 

Wow, I’ve been below 50 most of these days and thankfully I have not been feeling as hungry as I imagined I would.  One thing I’ve kept in mind is that including today I only have 3 more days left before I give myself a break and allow myself to eat in a moderate amount and then I will go back to eating primal.  Hopefully I will be able to keep this up and maybe I will be 200 or less pounds come Thursday which will be after my 21 days of being primal and despite having cake last week I keep on thinking about how much easier things were this time around.

So the trick will be for me to allow for some splurges on that day but not to go overboard.  I want to look as if I’ve obviously lost weight by Christmas time when my nieces come in from Africa where she is working, her sister is working in Washington D.C. and my niece who is coming in to see us from her University where she is a senior.  Wow and last but not least I want to show my other niece who is even larger than me that this diet is doable and with a little bit of determination she can survive for 21 days and she too may see a difference.

Only 2 days left.  Thanks for joining me on the ride and we’ve got 2 more days of fun left.

Primal For 21 Days – Day 10

Well as they say the best laid plans of Mice and Men often go awry, well that was exactly what happened with me.  You would think that I had been out drinking all night the way I felt when I woke up.  I actually had to start thinking about what I had done and if my body had snuck off and left my brain behind and started drinking, well the answer was no but that is what I felt like.  Oh wait a minute, I wasn’t drunk my allergies were kicking my butt.  Oh never mind.

It didn’t help that I was still feeling guilty about having the chocolate cake yesterday but that is the past and now I will be better, maybe just not today.  Oh I was a good girl when it came to eating but I wasn’t better today.  My throat was sore yesterday even after gargling and the glands in my throat were still swollen and tender to the touch.  I forgot my prescription yesterday and so today I took it to the store and was told it would take an hour to fill it so I ran a few errands such as looking to see if the stadium closest to me was open so I could walk stairs in the future and it was and there was one person running the track so maybe I will have to chose another stadium.

My head was throbbing and I knew better than to try and exercise when it was my allergies that were once again kicking my butt.  Then I realized that I hadn’t taken my allergy medication and that I hadn’t eaten breakfast.  So that is what was wrong with me…no wonder I was off my game.

So I went to one of the higher end grocery stores to find a particular type of egg that one of my friends suggested because these eggs were from actual free range chickens who were fed only natural things and who are free to roam around on a large farm and they are from a relatively local farm which was great.  So I figured why not try these almost $5/dozen eggs and that way I could say I tried them and then I could go back to my normal eggs.  Yeah I’m cheap and can’t afford to normally eat the more expensive free range chicken eggs but I figured why not because this guy was really raving about them.  He said that the yoke was very tasty and I figured why not give them a try.

First I had to go pick up my antibiotics and few other things at the store which I quickly took home and got ready for an extremely late lunch.  So I decided to try these expensive eggs and to get the best taste out of them I decided that I would have them over medium, sorry but over easy is too runny for me and besides that I haven’t liked them over easy because there has been little taste in egg yokes.  I cooked 2 eggs over medium and heated up some bacon and cut into the egg yokes to make sure they were over medium and they were, what a mistake that was.  It was a mistake for me to cook them over medium, they should have been over easy and the main reason was the yoke.  They were brown eggs, and the color doesn’t really matter to me and when I cracked them the first thing I noticed was that the shells were a little bit thicker than my usual eggs.  Right away when I put the eggs into the frying pan I could see a difference in the color of the yoke as well as the size of the yokes.  The yokes were larger and looked a deep yellow but not pale yellow but a very rich deep yellow and they were also larger than usual.  So I cooked them up and was happily surprised to taste them and learned just how good eggs were, just like I remember when I was a kid.  In a way I wish I could eat bread so I could sop up the yokes with bread but I’m doing okay with just the bacon strips.  They were the tastiest eggs I’ve had in a very long time and so glad I spent the money on them.  They were put out by Vital Farms and since I live in Texas they were txchickenranch.com and when I go back to the store, which is out of my way by about 6 miles I will gladly pay the extra money and will make sure I have them so that I can enjoy the yokes.  I love my new egg find.

Alright now that I’ve ranted and raved about my late lunch of eggs, I took my antibiotics and had such a pounding headache from my allergies that I fell asleep for about 3 hours and woke up feeling better, even my throat.  My sore irritated throat has been a part of why I’ve not been anxious to eat in the morning because it is so darn raw and sore but this evening is the first time that my throat is not sore from what feels like claws being dragged up and down the inside of my throat.  So hopefully things will go better tonight and I will wake up feeling better.

Enough of this, let’s see what I’ve had to eat today after a bad day like yesterday.

 

Breakfast:

Skipped

 

Lunch:

Egg, Large 2 0.74
Applewood Bacon – Thick 3 slices 0

 

Dinner:

Hamburger-Chuck/Cranberries/Mushrooms 1 15
Salad:Lettucex2/Tomato/Mushroom/Dressing 1 1/2 cup 7.5

 

Snack:

Coffee w/Sweetener/Cream/FV creamer SF/WC SF 1 mug 2

 

Day 10 Carbohydrates:       25.24 GRAMS OF CARBOHYDRATES

 

Despite my being so high yesterday I was really down today but don’t feel bad about it.  It keeps my system guessing and not falling into a rut.  So I’m really hoping that my allergies will be in better control so that I can go walking tomorrow.  Okay, well half way through the day I will have hit the mid point.  Or as they say in the commercials….  HUMP DAY …. YEAH..WOO HOO!!!

My goal is still to be able to wear regular jeans at least by Christmas and not be in fat lady jeans.  So in order to do that I’ve got to get busy and start working out.  Now if I could just get rid of this cold and control my allergies then life would be better.  So here’s to an even better tomorrow!!

Primal For 21 Days – Day 9

Well first off I woke up feeling better than I have in about 22 days which is about how long I’ve been fussing with my allergies and bronchitis.  Forgot to get my Rx filled so will see how I feel tomorrow and if my glands are still swollen and sore then I will fill it, if not then things may be okay.

I slept in which really helped me feel better which is what I needed especially because at night things get worse allergy wise.  Well let me go ahead and post and let’s see where I stand.

 

Breakfast:

2 Eggs scrambled with 1/8 cup raw spinach 1 0.14
Applewood Bacon – Thick 2 slices 0
Coffee with Stevia/Creamer 1 cup 2

 

Lunch:

Skipped was out doing things

 

Dinner:

Hamburger Patty – Juicy w/provolone cheese 1 0
Potato – Baked w/butter/cheese/bacon/dressing 1 medium 40
Salad:Lettuce/Tomato/Bacon/Dressing 1 1/2 cup 6

 

Snack:

Chocolate Cake w/Frosting                                                                    1 slice                                      40

 

Snack:

Hydrating Liquid Powerade Zero                                                      32 oz                                          2.5

 

Carbohydrates for day 9:             90.64  GRAMS TOTAL CARBOHYDRATES

 

Well I was doing okay until dinner and then I went and had a slice of birthday cake.  My friend wanted me to go out and celebrate her birthday with her but that meant she was going drinking and I really do not think that I would have been able to pass on the liquor so instead I bought her a cake and had a slice.  It tasted wonderful and I was so tempted to have another piece but that was done and once I had eaten it I was feeling guilty about having eaten but I know that I will definitely need to drink some more water, a lot more water and need to go walking tomorrow.

Now you should know that I was already planning on going walking and plan on taking things easy, I don’t really want to push myself too hard as I’m just beginning to feel better.  I was shocked to see that I was still below the 100 grams which is my goal so in a way I was sticking to my goal although it was more than I’ve had in quite a while.  So if I feel better then it is time to start kicking my allergies out of my nose and get control of my nose and allergies so I can continue to feel better and slowly build up my exercise routine.

So I survived a rough day and still managed to stay on track.  Wow, that was hard and glad that I have that out of my system.  I stopped at only that one piece of cake thinking that I want to be able to wear jeans that aren’t stretch jeans and that I can look decent in them.  That is my first goal to be able to fit back into regular jeans and not stretch jeans.  So time to start exercising and doing things such as walking and that will also hopefully lower my blood pressure so I won’t have to take any medications.

I know it sounds silly but I feel like I’ve renewed my determination to make it for at least twelve more days, I may not be able to fit into regular jeans by then but at least I hope to feel better about myself and will use that to keep on being primal.

 

Primal For 21 Days – Day 8 – Weigh-In Day

Okay then the day that I have been dreading arrived.  I will admit this, I was still feeling a bit sick last night so I took a Benadryl and it allowed me to sleep which was good but I’ll tell you this much, at the end of the day I felt worse than I did in the morning.

I was scared, really scared that I wouldn’t lose any weight because let’s face it although I’ve been low on the carbohydrate count exercising is a part of the magic formula, so that along with the fact that I’ve been sick this whole time really has my nerves on edge and so I made sure the scale was on level ground and stepped up on the scale.

 

9/18/2013 – Day 1 :    209.7

9/25/2013 – Day 8 :    203.1

I LOST 6.6 POUNDS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!   I LOST  6.6 POUNDS !!!!!

 

Sorry but I was just so darn excited that I had even lost a pound but to have lost 6.6 pounds really put me over the top of happy and made me realize that although I didn’t exercise I still had lost some weight and if I had exercised, even simple waking I might have had a bigger loss.

Not that I’m not excited about the weight loss, I really am but wish I could have done more.

 

So I went to work and my throat started hurting, well let me take that back it was painful so I had some coffee to try and open it up but that didn’t work out well because I had to heat it up twice and the open throat wore off very quickly.  So then I later went and gargled with warm salt water which felt good but less than an hour later my throat felt even worse.  Then I had my dinner and I will say this much, I was hungry, darn hungry which I guess is a good sign that I’m getting better but you couldn’t tell by the way my throat was aching.  So tonight I went out and bought a very low carb hydrating drink which was less than 1 for every 12 ounces.  But every time earlier when I tried to drink water I swear it felt as if I was send sand down my throat.  I know I shouldn’t but I could not help it, I drank the whole 32 oz of that drink and so I will give it 1 carb count for the count so since there were 2.5 servings then I will add it to my list.  Now I’m sitting here drinking some hot peppermint tea and that is also doing wonders for opening up my throat and letting me breathe easier.

Looks like I will have to go fill that backup Rx for antibiotics because my glads in my throat are swollen and tender to the touch, glad the doctor was thinking ahead.

Enough of this stuff, let me go ahead and do a listing of what I had to eat.  It should not be done but once again I slept through breakfast and didn’t get up until almost lunch time.  Then I sat around for a few minutes trying to get my courage up for my weigh-in but that was mentioned up above this, so let’s get this show on the road.

 

Breakfast:

Skipped

 

Lunch:

Hamburger Patty – Juicy w/Provolone Cheese&Bacon 1 0
Salad:Lettuce/Tomato/Carrots/Dressing 1 1/2  cup 7.5

 

Snack:

Chicken Spread 1/4 cup 0
Coffee – w/Sweetener/Whip Cream/FV SF cream/WC SF syrup 1 mug 2

 

Dinner:

Chicken Breast – Precooked Savory Seasoned 5 oz 5
Broccoli – Frozen 1 cup 6

 

Late Night Snack:

Applewood Bacon – Thick 1 slices 0
Hydrating Drink – Powerade Zero 32 oz 2.5
Tea – Peppermint 1 mug 0

 

So let me tally up everything here:   TOTAL:   23 GRAMS OF CARBOHYDRATES

 

I lost weight.  I can’t get over how happy that is making me feel despite it being morning news.  I need something to make me feel better as I sip my cup of tea.  Gotta love the soothing feeling of tea.

I’m hoping to feel better once I start taking the antibiotics and maybe then I can at least start walking.  So until tomorrow I’m outta here for now a whole 6.6 pounds less.   Yahoooooooooo!!!!!!!

Primal For 21 Days – Day 7

Well here I am on day 7 and things are really, really looking tempting right now.  But so far so good and I’m staying true.  So I was feeling pretty good yesterday and thought okay well I’ll take a little bit more of Benadryl and see if that helps.  Well it helped me to sleep good and when I woke up I was just a bit clogged up but thankfully it cleared up when I got showered I was okay, just okay not back to normal.

So I fixed lunch and wasn’t really paying attention to what I was doing and under cooked the hamburger patty and put way too much Fontina cheese inside the burger and less cranberries.  I heated it up again later to finish cooking it but the cheese in the burger had me sniffling and talking more through my nose as well as blowing my nose.  Too much too soon.  Lesson learned.  So now let me do my food listing

 

Lunch:

Hamburger w/1oz Fontina Cheese/1/6 cup Cranberries 1 12
Salad:Lettuce/Tomato/Carrots/Dressing 1 1/2  cup 7.5

 

Dinner:

Pork-Natural Seasoned Pulled Pork 2/3 cup 4
Broccoli – Frozen 1 cup 6

 

Snack:

Coffee w/Sweetener/Cream/FV creamer SF/WC SF 1 mug 2

 

TOTAL FOR DAY 7:     31.5 CARBOHYDRATES

Okay so for all of you who forgot on my coffee, it is Hawaiian coffee blend, Stevia, Heavy Whipping Cream, International House Sugar Free French Vanilla, White Chocolate Sugar Free coffee syrup which is carb free.

 

Well like I said, I’ve been getting tempted but so far so good on resisting but my determination at least held out for the day.  Tomorrow is weigh-in and maybe if I’m lucky I will feel better and maybe if I’m really, really lucky I will have lost a pound.  I would love to be surprised with a higher amount but doing a reality check here.  I didn’t exercise this week because of my being so sick.  I think that I’m more scared about getting on the scale tomorrow then I have been in a long time because to be honest with you I really don’t think that I’ve lost any weight at all and I really hate the idea that I’ve been so good without any results but only time will tell.

 

Oh in case you were wondering about breakfast, I slept through breakfast which was okay since I was feeling okay but things got a bit worse after having lunch but that is life.  So I’m busy working on trying to dry out my sinuses which is easier said than done.

This late night entry is because I completely forgot about typing anything but I need to learn to do more at an earlier time in the day.

So I’ll see you all on weigh in day.  Wish me luck.

Primal For 21 Days – Day 6

Yea….I survived the night.

Believe me that is a good cause for celebration.  The Benadryl worked last night and I was able to sleep through most of the night.  I slept from about 0130-1050 hours which mean that I slept well about 9 1/2 hours, okay 9:20 hours…picky, picky, picky.  Either way what does that say, I was tired and drugs work good!

So at first I was feeling great and thought yippy I beat this thing but I knew my body was just waking up.  Sure enough my the time I started moving around my nose started running but not as badly as it was running last night.  I took my Emergen-C to help speed some Vitamin C and in a little bit I will be taking some Vitamin C via pills so that I can get it going through my system and not worry about the carbs on those.  I needed some relief to my throat and some B-12 which this packet has so I’m awake and feeling a bit better.  Okay then let’s see how we do today.

Breakfast:

Vitamin C – Emergen-C 1 packet 6

Lunch:

Bacon Provolone Burger Patty 1 0
Salad:Lettuce/Tomato/Carrots/Bacon/Cheese/Dressing 1 1/2  cup 7.5
Sprarkling Water – Mandrin Orange 1/2 liter 0

Dinner:

Pork-Natural Seasoned Pulled Pork 2/3 cup 4
Broccoli – Frozen 1 cup 6
Coffee – w/creamer/sweetner/white chocolate S/F syrup 1 mug 2

Snack:

Hydrating Liquid 16 oz 10

 

TOTAL FOR DAY 6:    35.5 CARBOHYDRATES

 

Well why I was busy sneezing and coughing while shopping I started looking around for other things to eat, okay I broke down and bought some Angus grass fed hamburger meat and got some more cheese which means I will be making my special burgers again only this time I will not ignore the burgers while cooking, I will focus on them.  But I also found a all natural pork prepared pulled pork and on the package it states that the pigs were given an all vegetarian diet which makes me feel even better.  Can’t wait to eat it but not sure when I will eat it.  At least I’m looking forward to trying something new and it will keep me from being so bored with what I’m eating which is usually why I end up falling by the way side but not this time, I’m determined to stay the way and shortly I will be able to step up on the scale and hopefully it will give me good news, but that is two mornings away.

Although I woke up and started my day on shaky legs…I mean with a slightly running nose and a bit of coughing, this evening has turned out to be a wonderful night.  Oh sure i have an occasional cough and I’ve blown my nose a few times but I haven’t gone through half a box of tissues at work and although my throat is a bit sore I know that it will hold out until I can get home and gargle with warm salt water like I did last night and it gave some temporary relief.  Last night I would have gladly given my left arm for some Benadryl but not today.  Today thanks to modern OTC drugs I’m actually thinking that I may be on the mend.

As I looked back on what I’ve eaten in the last few days, I noticed that on Friday I had some Greek yogurt, normally this doesn’t bother me at all but on Saturday I started feeling a little stuffy in the nose and didn’t heed the warning signs my body was telling me so I had some again the next day.  Big mistake.  I can normally handle the Greek yogurt when I’m well but in my current condition apparently that will now join the do not eat list at least for now.  So by keeping track of what I ate I was able to determine what caused me to have the set back on my recovery.

If you could see me, you would see a fat lady doing a very bad happy dance because I figured out what caused me to have the relapse and although I normally can handle the Greek yogurt, not for a while.  Someone at work remarked about the obvious change in me and so I guess it does pay to talk about what you eat.

So a hint to all as if you didn’t know it already, keep track of what you eat so that way you can see where things might affect your weight.  It is very important in the beginning of dieting because as we all know this is where you set up good habits.  I wish I could say that I was already feeling thinner but I would be lying so I won’t say it, I’ll only wish it.  But if I’m not loosing any then the reasoning will be because I’ve been so sick and although diet is 80% of loosing weight, the every day casual exercise such as walking can make a difference.  Just over one more day before I can step on the scale and hopefully Wednesday morning I can do the happy dance.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed until then and will keep on watching what I eat.

Hope you have a good day because my day has been getting better and better every hour which is a 180 from yesterday at this time.  Oh and take some Vitamin C, it is good for you!!!!