The First Two Weeks: A Health Update

I'm immensely proud of these first two weeks of 2016. Matt and I have truly gotten serious about our eating habits together, and we're already seeing some benefits.

As I said at the beginning of the year, we've decided to follow a "Paleo-inspired" diet. The Paleo diet is ridiculously excessive in meat consumption, and, in my opinion, a bit too restrictive regarding nutritious whole foods like rice and beans, basic staples that have sustained human life for centuries. But, as the primary goal here is to control my blood sugar and prevent my prediabetes from becoming full-blown Type 2 Diabetes, I'm mostly concerned with limiting carbs, and the Paleo diet does just that.

However, we'd been accumulating a decent supply of white potatoes, pasta, and dried rice and beans, and with our tight budget, we aren't going to just toss food out. Matt did donate the pasta to his work project's field house for the technicians to eat, but the other things we are slowly phasing out and cooking as healthfully as we can.

But to set us up for success, I went shopping on December 31 and came home with all o' this:

Isn't it lovely? So much color! 

We've been meticulously planning all of our meals and snacks ahead of time, using awesome resources like to find meal ideas, and in doing so, we've found some really delicious recipes. Like this one for Spaghetti Squash Shrimp Scampi. That was a seriously impressive dinner to a true pasta lover like myself. 

For the past few years, Matt and I both have defaulted to oatmeal or whole grain cereal with almond milk for a healthy breakfast, but since those aren't exactly low-carb/Paleo options, we've had to get creative. We've been busting out all kinds of variations on the Paleo Grubs Broccoli Egg Bake. It makes six servings at one time, so it makes for the easiest, quickest breakfasts ever. And it's really warm and filling, which is a must for these wintry days.

Honestly, the biggest struggle so far has been making it work financially. Our current budget sets aside $400 a month on groceries, which typically gives us $100 per week. We'd just been getting the hang of it and were beginning to come in under budget regularly. But now we're buying meat. And we're in agreement that if we're buying meat, we're getting only grass-fed, antibiotic-free, good stuff. And unfortunately, the good stuff is crazy expensive. Like, $9.99/lb for chicken breasts expensive.

So. It's negatively affecting our budget, but we'll get it. This is a priority, so we will make adjustments to our budget to make sure we're putting out health first.

And like I mentioned, we're already seeing some results. Matt has lost around five pounds. And me?

Yeah, I'm pretty pumped about this.

I've been weighing daily and entering my weights into the Happy Scale app- a really cool (and free!) app that plots your weights on a nice little chart like this:

Isn't it awesome?!? Look at that trend line! Happy Scale also uses your data to make predictions on when you will reach your milestones and ultimate goal based on your current rate of progress. According to the app, if I keep up this momentum, I'll reach my first goal of 170 (4 pounds under my wedding weight) by March 18, 2016. That's pretty hopeful. And doable, I think.

So. Health and fitness goals for the rest of the month:

1. Continue eliminating sugar, breads, and pasta. Cut back a bit more on rice and beans. 

It's been working wonders so far. I already feel better, and it's showing up on the scale. 

2. Begin adding exercise into the plan.

I haven't done a single workout since January 1 ('s actually been waaaaay longer than that, but it's a new year; we're talking about 2016 now.). I'm blaming it on the cold weather, but I know I've gotta move past that excuse. From doing yoga to having a solo dance party to breaking out the ol' P90X videos, there are tons of indoor activities I can do, even without a gym membership. I just have to do it.

My workout goal for the year is to "just move" for at least thirty minutes three times each week, whether it's biking, running, dancing, whatever. That's such a low-bar, beginner-level goal; so far below where I used to be. But this is me starting over. I'm not doing any type of formal exercise now, so I have to start somewhere. 

My goal for next week is to get in at least one 30+ workout. That's as basic as it gets. I'll secretly aim to do more, but one workout is all I'm requiring for now. That's more than I've been doing. 

How are your 2016 goals going so far? 


Regine Karpel said...


Anonymous said...

I love seeing your progress. Keep going! Happy scale isn't available on Android, but I found a similar one that does the trend line and downloaded it. I really like the way that works! It's similar to what I used to do in Excel, only it does all the hard work for you. :)

I hope you had a happy birthday!


Jessica said...

Never heard of but definitely gonna check it out now! I'm immensely proud of you guys for sticking to this. It's still on my 101 list. :/

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