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A Hopeful Loser

maaaan. i live in austin too and i can not imagine stepping outside without melting! i can't wait to lose enough weight to consider yesterday having a nice breeze, lol. keep up the good work, girly!

Anonymous

A fellow Austinite! 😎

We rode our bikes pretty early yesterday in order to avoid death by heat stroke. Most of the day was spent in doors except when we tried going for a walk around the track in our ‘hood in the afternoon, We only did one lap because the heat was too intense. We can usually do 3 or 4 laps but it was unbearable even for me.

I’ve recently become somethin’ of a sweat advocate. I embrace my sweatiness. I’m actually proud of what I call my “Sweat Bib” which is a nice big puddle of sweat that accumulates on my shirt around my neck. It was embarrassing at first but now I’m proud to wear it ‘cause it means I’m doing it right.

Anyway, don’t delay! Get out there and get tan and sweaty. It feels good, trust me!

My friend sent me a link to your blog for two reasons. First, because you are an incredible inspiration. Second, because you had a mouth-watering turkey burger recipe. I've been reading your blog on and off for a couple of months - but I can no longer find the burger recipe anywhere! Would you kindly re-post. Is there any way to search your recipes? Your friend in real food and real living.

Anonymous

That’s super nice of you to say! Thank you!

I wish tumblr made it easier to search through blogs but I usually just hit the archive button to get a broader view of my older posts and hit “control F” to find key words.

I believe you were referring to this recipe

I’m going to work on making a Recipe page or something…

I made a link to most of the recipes here.

Thanks again!

qwertbug : I used this recipe for the pizza crust and I topped it with spinach, goat cheese, onions, grape tomatoes and parmesan cheese. :D

myrinmin : I had to google “touch wood” but yes, totally! I am madly in love and I am eternally grateful to be married to such a wonderful man. 

Unfortunately I wouldn’t consider oatmeal to be paleo. My rule of thumb is if it it’s processed heavily then it’s likely not paleo. Natural whole foods do not need to go through a process to become food. It’s also a grain which is not “paleo”. I did a quick google search (you’ve got me googlin’ a lot today!) on the subject and I found this thread on “Paleo Hacks” which addresses your question.  

Either way, if you like oatmeal you should eat oatmeal as long as you’re able to achieve your goals in a happy and healthy manner!

Yesterday was my idea of the perfect day. 
We slept in… woke up naturally at about 8am. I made bulletproof coffee while he made bacon and eggs (just the way I like them, over easy) then we rode our bikes for a round trip of about 8 miles up hill. Rested for a few minutes under shady trees accompanied by a nice gusty breeze. Came home and finished watching season 1 of Dexter on netflix. Walked around the track for a bit and then came home to spend the rest of the day in the kitchen making 2 small but complicated pizzas that can be eaten without guilt.
Cauliflower crust pizzas are delicious, nutritious and require a lot of time and effort to make. I’m lucky to have an excellent cooking partner cause I couldn’t have pulled it off on my own. 
I like cauliflower… especially in pizza form.

Yesterday was my idea of the perfect day. 

We slept in… woke up naturally at about 8am. I made bulletproof coffee while he made bacon and eggs (just the way I like them, over easy) then we rode our bikes for a round trip of about 8 miles up hill. Rested for a few minutes under shady trees accompanied by a nice gusty breeze. Came home and finished watching season 1 of Dexter on netflix. Walked around the track for a bit and then came home to spend the rest of the day in the kitchen making 2 small but complicated pizzas that can be eaten without guilt.

Cauliflower crust pizzas are delicious, nutritious and require a lot of time and effort to make. I’m lucky to have an excellent cooking partner cause I couldn’t have pulled it off on my own. 

I like cauliflower… especially in pizza form.

Hi, first off let me say how amazing you look. What a fantastic transformation. Thank you so much for sharing your journey. I spent 2 hours yesterday reading your honest and very inspirational blog. I have a question regarding Paleo I am hoping you can help me with. I have been doing Paleo for a week now, and seem to be getting some conflicting information regarding Paleo and weight loss. Could you tell me where you got your information from? A specific book or website? Some do's and don'ts? Thx

Anonymous

Thank you for the very nice compliment! 

I first heard about paleo from the “rebooted body” podcast. It’s informative and interesting. I haven’t heard any of the recent podcasts, but the first ones (from August 2013 when Kevin Geary first started the podcast) are the one’s I credit with getting me going on paleo. After that I began listening to “Balanced Bites”, “The Paleo Solution”, “Bulletproof Radio” and “Livin’ la Vida Low Carb”. I recommend them all! These podcasts are packed with incredible, life-changing information and they’re absolutely free. 

I also love www.marksdailyapple.com

Do:

-Plan your meals daily.

-Find simple recipes that you can pull off on a daily basis without getting sick of cooking every day.

-Find a quick go-to snack in case of emergency hunger. (Mine are nuts… cashews, almonds and pistachos)

Don’t:

-Try to be perfectly paleo. There’s no such thing. 

-Be swayed by other people’s opinion of your food choices. Eat what makes you happy and healthy.

- (Don’t) Give up. Accept bad days (or weeks) and keep moving forward. Consistency is key!

On my walk… Listening to blink 182 and answering asks….

On my walk… Listening to blink 182 and answering asks….

are you sure that you didn't get weight loss surgery? it is a little hard to believe that one could lose so much weight so quickly without it. if not, major kudos to you, because that's some crazy stuff right there

Anonymous

Oh my gosh, I know! I struggle to believe it too, I swear.

Before I changed my lifestyle I did some research on gastric bypass surgery, liposuction, lap-band and stuff like that because I thought it was the only way I could possibly lose the amount of weight I needed to lose… And I probably would have done any of those things back then, before I knew better, if I had the freakin’ money!

But no, this poor gal can’t afford that junk, thank goodness. I’m not against that type of stuff, I’m just really glad I didn’t have to go down that route. Just daily walking and whole-food eating.

June 2013 -vs- July 2014

June 2013 -vs- July 2014

Congratulations on another loss!

Anonymous

Thank you! 

Plus, my swollen eyelid has almost completely deflated! 

Hooray!

I weighed in at (blink) 182.7 lbs this mornin’! I’m going to celebrate by listening to “Enema of the State” on loop today.

I’m also wearing one of my husband’s t-shirts which happens to be a size S… It’s kinda snug, but whateves.

I’ve made a new comparison photo in an effort to make myself feel better while my face is disfigured by my hideous swollen eyelid…

1st photo is from March 28th 2014 (which is just 4 months ago) when I weighed 193lbs and was finally able to squeeze into my husband’s cowboys t-shirt. I remember being very proud of myself for that accomplishment even though the shirt hugged me a little tight and showed my belly rolls a bit. 

2nd photo is from this morning. I weighed in at 183lbs which is a 10lb difference from the other photo. The cowboys shirt is a lot looser in the arm and belly area. My face looks less chubby too.

I’ve made a new comparison photo in an effort to make myself feel better while my face is disfigured by my hideous swollen eyelid…

1st photo is from March 28th 2014 (which is just 4 months ago) when I weighed 193lbs and was finally able to squeeze into my husband’s cowboys t-shirt. I remember being very proud of myself for that accomplishment even though the shirt hugged me a little tight and showed my belly rolls a bit.

2nd photo is from this morning. I weighed in at 183lbs which is a 10lb difference from the other photo. The cowboys shirt is a lot looser in the arm and belly area. My face looks less chubby too.

Your puffy eye might be caused by a blocked gland/stye/chalazion. Obviously you should see a doc if possible but in the meantime, a hot compress on the eyelid several times a day is what they usually recommend. When I get styes it helps! The heat softens the blockage and helps it be reabsorbed by the body.

Anonymous

Yeah, after some in depth googling last night I concluded that I am stricken with a charming “chalazion” which I’ve chosen to pronounce “Charizard” (everyone’s favorite Pokemon)

The hubby supplied me with a warm moist towel to place on the affected area last night but it hasn’t seemed to be super helpful yet. I’m guessing I’m going to have to deal with this thing for a few weeks!

Thank you, I appreciate your help!

Welp, my eyelid is rebelling against me. 

The swelling has somehow worsened on day 3 of this fiasco. 

I tried fashioning a gauze pad onto my face (in leu of a pirate-like eye patch) but I’ve ultimately decided to just rock some shades indoors today. It’s currently still dark outside but I’m lookin’ too cool for school in here.😎

Googling my symptoms is driving me crazy so I’ve decided to just live with this thing until it’s done with me. Hopefully it’ll all be over soon…………

Welp, my eyelid is rebelling against me.

The swelling has somehow worsened on day 3 of this fiasco.

I tried fashioning a gauze pad onto my face (in leu of a pirate-like eye patch) but I’ve ultimately decided to just rock some shades indoors today. It’s currently still dark outside but I’m lookin’ too cool for school in here.😎

Googling my symptoms is driving me crazy so I’ve decided to just live with this thing until it’s done with me. Hopefully it’ll all be over soon…………

Day 2 of swollen eyelid. 

My eyelid seems to be getting worse but I hope this means it will be getting better soon. 

In other news, I’ve discovered that refrigerated avocados make great ice packs.

Day 2 of swollen eyelid.

My eyelid seems to be getting worse but I hope this means it will be getting better soon.

In other news, I’ve discovered that refrigerated avocados make great ice packs.

Today will consist of trying to feel confident w/ one normal sized eyelid and one painfully puffy eyelid. Also, lots of explaining to everyone I see. “I don’t know! I woke up like this..!” Ugh.

At least I have my coffee.