Pictures and me

So here are the most recent self taken photos.  I have an issue with how I see myself.  It took an in depth look at the larger versions of the pictures for me to even see a real difference between these and the last set I posted a year ago with a 35 pound weight loss….  I’m not sure why its so hard to see for me.  Even now, I’m down 10 pounds in 10 days and my clothes fit different, but I don’t really see a change.  So annoying.


Awwwyeah… Bathroom pics!


I should clean off the bathroom counter next time….

Hopefully, I will remember to take pics again next month.

I really need to post more….

So I stuck pretty well to Paleo and avoided my allergens for like… a week and a half.  Then life got cranky for a bit, I fell off the bandwagon BUT I maintained the 10 pound weight loss I managed.  About a week ago, I started watching Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition on Hulu and started reevaluating where I am.  The people on that show set forth to lose at least 50% of their body, if not more, most of them are at least 100 pounds heavier than I am and they are working out every day.  Yes, they’re doing it excessivly, with lots of supervision etc and I don’t intend to go crazy with 4 hours of cardio and a bunch of lifting every day, but… seriously, if a dude that weighs in near 500 pounds can get his ass on a treadmill every day… my ass can get outside and take my dog for a long walk.

I decided what I was going to cook for the week, made a list and went and got it, picked up a huge pork loin to make a recipe out of the Paleo Solution book, about 20 bags of frozen vegetables.  I let myself have a few treats that night, chocolate and ice cream, but haven’t looked back since.  I’m not flawless on my allergy avoidance.  I like to use salsa and tomato sauce to cook a lot so I let myself splurge now and then and I’ve been craving Mexican food like you wouldn’t believe so I picked up a few allergen free tamales from Trader Joe’s, not perfectly paleo but just what I needed with a touch of salsa to keep me on track the rest of the time.  I think I may keep some of those around for I NEED MEXICAN FOOD emergencies.  When  have cravings for things I shouldn’t eat, I just talk myself out of it and try to get away from whatever is triggering the desire and so far it’s worked alright.

I’m happy to say that with the above efforts, I’ve lost another 7 pounds in the last 7 days.  So I’m back under 250 and only about a pound heavier than my boyfriend.   That means by the end of the week, I should be lighter than him and I’m easily on track for my month end goal of 235.  WIN!  I also plan to do update pictures at the end of the month.  I still don’t like how I look naked and I don’t see much difference with the 17 pounds gone, but I feel better and I have to believe the rest will come.

3 days, 8 lbs

Really?  That’s a lot, even for what is likely water weight.  Three doctor said it would fall off… I guess she wasn’t kidding.  I am exceptionally grumpy and overly tired which i was also warned about however, i feel less bloated which is a nice change.  Stupid yeast.  Stupid allergies!

The thing I’m struggling with the most right now is finding enough to eat.  I can have all the vegetables in the world, but even cooking them in butter doesn’t really add enough fat and calories. All my go-to quick foods are off the table, no almonds or pecans.  I need to find pea Over all, protein since whey its also off the table so i can make my no-more-than-3-servings-of-fruit-a-day smoothie for a little bump.  I am at least averaging 1300 calories a day, less than I should, but plenty to keep me upright.  The challenge will be this weekend.  I plan to go hiking and need to maintain energy.

Over all, i have to say its going pretty good.  I made it through my sugar headache last night with some cherries and a lot of water.  I can do this!


There’s a lot I’m allergic too, even if the list really only boils down to a few things.  The problem is, it’s ‘a few thing’ that show up in everything.  I’m going a little nuts, the decontamination starts tomorrow morning and every time I think about it, I want to cry.  I can’t cook with my usual seasonings, I can’t even use the dry seasonings I’m used to that I’m not allergic to because of the additives and creation process makes it so there are things I am allergic to in them.  It’s frustrating, I know I will be fine in a few days, it’s just a lot to think about and I keep finding myself weepy and a little scared.   Anyway, I’m going to use this little post here to make a list… all in one place of the stuff I need to watch out for.  Ugh… here goes nothing.

  • Bananas
  • Latex (this goes with bananas for some reason)
  • Whey (soft cheeses)
  • Milk (exception: un-pasteurized, non-fortified milk on occasion)
  • No mold or bacteria ripened cheese or ‘cheese food’
  • Mushrooms
  • Truffles
  • Bakers and Brewers Yeast
  • Vinegar
  • Root Vegetables
  • Grains
  • High Sugar Fruits
  • Fruits
  • Leftovers over 24 hours old that are not frozen
  • Grapes
  • Melons
  • Processed foods (hot dogs, processed meats, sausages)
  • Canned or Frozen citrus juice
  • Fermented foods
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Breads
  • Fortified foods
  • Salad Dressings
  • Smoked foods
  • Bacon (CRY!!!!)
  • Condiments
  • Vitamins
  • Citric Acid (which is in EVERYTHING!)
  • Colas and rootbeers
  • ‘Seasonings’
  • Imitation Crab Meat
  • Cranberry
  • Peanuts
  • Soybeans
  • guar gum (also in everything!)
  • gum arabic
  • bulking agent
  • emulsifier
  • hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • miso
  • MSG
  • pasta
  • lac resins
  • sesame seeds (tahini)
  • Almonds
  • Pecans
  • Egg (white and yolk, chicken, duck and quail)
  • Yogurt
  • Wine

Things I CAN have to season stuff, fresh or frozen NOT dried:

  • Parsley
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Celery Seed
  • Lemon Grass
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Sage
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Mint

So there it is… my reference list.  Wish me luck.

Eleven months later…

So shortly after my last post the following things happened:

-I got laid off (that morning no less)
-My boyfriend and I broke up
-My diet and exercise took a nosedive
-I had to move back in with my parents
-I started having digestive issues again
-I moved back out
-My boyfriend and I got back together
-I got a new job as a bus driver
-My digestive issues continued sucking
-I gave in and got food allergy testing

So yesterday I had my doctors appointment to go over the food allergy test results.  The first thing I found interesting was that i had no IgE (instant) reactions but quite a few IgG (delayed) reactions. 

The scale is 0 (no reaction) to 6 (major reaction), I had no 6 reactions thankfully but I had a good number of others.  So here is my list ranked from most to least severe:

Peanuts (5)
Baker’s Yeast (4)
Cranberry (4)
Chicken eggs, yolk & white (4)
Sesame Seed (3)
Pecan (3)
Spelt (3)
Banana (3)
Almond (2)
Soybeans (2)
Wheat Gluten (2)
Wheat Gliadin (2)
Whole Wheat (2)
Whey (2)
Milk (2)
Yogurt (2)

There are many that just barely fall into the range of a 1, but as the doctor explained, they can be considered a non-reaction for my purposes. 

The only try truly brutal one on that list it’s the baker’s yeast.  She gave me a list of things that contain yeast and i kind of wanted to cry.  There is yeast in EVERYTHING!  Operation Decontamination starts Sunday.  My goal it’s to remove all class 2 and higher reaction foods from my diet for 3 full months, no cheating.

I think I have my work cut out for me…

Night Shift!

I usually work the ‘swing shift’ which is 7pm to 5:30am.  I would really call that graveyard, but I don’t make up the names and we call it whatever everyone else here calls it and all is well.  The ‘graveyard’ shift here is 9pm to 7:30am and I was asked to work this shift for the day, so here I am, trying to adjust.  It doesn’t seem like a big deal, really… it’s only 2 hours, right?  Well not really.  I’ve gotten so used to my habits that one day with 2 extra hours f sleep before work doesn’t seem to be quite enough to push my eating habits over 2 hours.

Usually, I have breakfast at home unless I’m lazy or got up to late, at which point I eat my eggs at work and with them my snack.  My first snack is about an hour after I get here, once I’ve saidf my hellos, gone through emails and updated the first few tickets.  Lunch usually hits around 12:30am and I have whatever it is I brought from home.  ‘Dinner’ is usually around 3-4am and is frequently a salad unless I’m just plain not that hungry and I just have a snack and call it dinner.  Then at 5:30pm I head home and for the most part, am in bed by 7am.

Today I had some almond meal with coconut milk for breakfast and a little after I got to work my usual dried coconut flakes and little bit of dried fruit, I figured if I kept my pattern then I wouldn’t want lunch til 2.  Not so much it seems.  Here it is 12:30pm and my body’s all ‘HEY, IT’S LUNCH TIME!  FORK IT OVER!’ which is kind of annoying.  Oh well.  I’ll just have a few coconut flakes, more fruit and a bunch of water.  I DO know that if I stay up must past 7, I get hungry again but I don’t much like eating right before bed. 

Get with the program, body!  It’s only one day, I promise!


On another note…  268 today, woowoo!  Slowly but surely!

Too Tired

I’ve had a pretty horribly emotional fueled week and change due to other peopels leaky drama getting all over the place.  Not cool, people, NOT COOL.  Anyway, I noticed that as my sleep lessens, the more tempted I am by the sugar (the sugar more than the grains at least) for the quick jolts of energy I’m guessing.  I spent the weekend off running around, not sleeping and being upset.  I was really unnerved about getting on the scale this morning but much to my surprise, I hadn’t gained OR lost.  That’s encouraging.  I may have not made the BEST choices all weekend (see: sugary coctails, french fries and the occasional mocha), making those choices on occasion aren’t a kill shot to my diet and weight loss.  A good reminder I’ll say. 

I did at least get a fair bit of walking in and some extra roller skating.  The boyfriend and I did some timed lap skating.  In roller derby, one of the minimum requirments is doing 25 laps in 5 minutes.  He is in far better shape than I am, being both a runner and cyclist and he managed 25 laps in 4min 51 seconds.  I did 15 laps in 3min 30 seconds before my poor still healing leg was very very done.  Not bad for being way out of shape.  I’m hoping the rink will be somewhat empy again next time we go so I can try again and see how I do.