Friday, March 25, 2011

My Health Update - March 2011

Since January 1st of this year I have:
  • Lost 10 lbs without really trying. (total - 55 lbs lost)
  • Lost a full 3 inches around my waist.  (total - 8.5 inches) (Of course, this means all the pants I bought in December now hang off of me.  Thankfully, a friend has offered to take them in for me.)
  • Brought my blood pressure down to an all-time low - I'm now in the "high normal" range.  It took two medications to get it down to that range in my pre-Paleo year.  WOOHOO!
  • Seriously kicked my addition to coffee.  I now drink hot green tea, which is a lot less caffeine than what I used to drink.
So, as you can see, there has been some great progress - and that's without really trying!

Meal Planning -

I came to a surprising realization a couple weeks ago - my body is most happy when I eat 2 large meals a day.

I discovered this during a string of super-busy-days where I somehow forgot to eat lunch.  (Yeah, I know.... I forgot to eat lunch.  HA!  Now that's busy!)  The funny thing is...I didn't get hungry until almost 4 PM and my energy didn't slump at all.  I actually felt good!

As an experiment, I decided to continue with that schedule, upping my breakfast a little to compensate for missing a meal.  The experiment worked out so well, I've just continued eating that way ever since.  Now, I eat breakfast around 8 AM (4 eggs, 3 sausage links, fruit) and dinner around 5 PM (protein, veggie, carb), with a piece of fruit around 11 PM as a bedtime snack.  I still have good energy all day long and I sure save time not having to mess with lunch prep.

(And before anyone asks, yes, my kids still eat 3 square meals with a snack in between lunch and dinner.  This just affected my eating schedule.)


  1. Congratulations!

    What kind of green tea do you drink? I can't find one I like.

    The health benefits are great, green tea really does good things for me, but the smell, gah, makes me gag sometimes.


  2. Hey Kicking Carbs! Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Blogger decided to suddenly stop forwarding notifications to me!

    To answer your question, I drink regular green tea from bags that I buy from the Asian store down the road from me.

    Personally, I love the taste but I have been drinking green tea for a while now. When I drink it hot, I add a splash of cream and sometimes a little vanilla extract (the real stuff) to make it taste sweeter. When I make iced green tea for the kids, I add a bag of Celestial Seasoning's flavored herbal tea. They seem to love it.


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