And so it begins. . .

Day One of my Exercise and Paleo Diet!  It’s been really fascinating to read up on this diet.  Although I wouldn’t call it so much a diet as a lifestyle.  It’s not Atkins, it’s not South Beach.

Richard Kreps is the CEO and Owner of The Zero Scale:

A scale can be a great tool to make sure you are hitting your health and fitness goals through weight tracking.  The problem with traditional scales is that they can be discouraging by allowing you to see the amount you still have to go and not focusing on the small steps required to reach the bigger goal.  The Zero Scale eliminates the fear of seeing total weight and just focusing on the immediate results of your progress.  The Zero Scale records two different time frames for you as well:  The difference from the first weigh-in and the difference from the last weigh-in.  This is done for two reasons.  We want you to be able to track your progress from day one and from the very last check-in.  This will help you fine tune how your workouts and nutrition are affecting you in the short term as well as from the begining.  If you have a slip up, as we all do, you will see very quickly how that affects you and make quick adjustments to remedy the situation.  If you have really dialed in your program and are seeing dramatic results, you will be rewaded with that feedback and  noticeable, constant improvements to your fitness level.

So I weighed myself on Saturday.  Yesterday I stepped on the scale and this is what it told me:

So hopefully by the end of the week I’ll see a bigger loss. 😀

I took my first Paleo test eating out yesterday.  My Mom and I went to Chevy’s, which is a Mexican restaurant.  Of course the first thing they did was to bring chips and salsa to the table.  I had one chip to see how spicy the salsa was for my Mom, other than that, not a chip or tortilla touched my lips! 😀

They had a mix and match fajita meal – so I chose the seasonal vegetables and the steak.  Um, what’s the number one ingredient of fajitas??  ONIONS!  I forgot to say no onions – but since my Mom loves them, they quickly jumped off my plate onto hers.

It was interesting because the salsa they brought to the table looks just like my baja fresh salsa, although I have to say I think mine has more flavor. 😀

I signed up for their mailing list and got a coupon for a free appetizer.  Avocado is recommended on this plan because its a good kind of fat.  They make the guacamole right at your table, so I was able to say “NO ONIONS” to ours, and we went light on the chopped jalapeno – my Mom can’t handle the heat like I can.

 I only took two units of insulin in this meal because it was so low carb – if I would have eaten the chips and tortillas, I would have taken at least 14 units!  I am interested to see how this diet effects my blood sugar numbers.

So I ate just the steak, all the veggies, no rice, sour cream or tortillas.  I was completely satisfied and I didn’t have a feeling of being stuffed which normally happens when I leave a Mexican restaurant!

Then my Mom and I went to Whole Foods – I’ll be showing off some new products this week:  almond flour, coconut flour, and coconut milk, nitrate free bacon – just to name a few!

Come back tomorrow for my Paleo Spinach and Sausage Lasagna.  I can’t have cheese on this diet (I know!) so I made a puree of califlower and carrots to sub in for the ricotta cheese.

While on this challenge, I’ll be posting both my calorie intake for the day as well as points just to see where I am at.  Since I take insulin every time I eat, I rarely snack – its bad enough I have to have 4 shots in a day, so I won’t have to worry too much about Paleo snacks, although I did buy a small jar of mixed nuts for my desk drawer. 😀

Guess where I am off to?  The gym!  I have 30 minutes of cardio and today’s strength training is Chest Press and Leg Press/Squats.

So do you think I can go without my beloved wine for two weeks? 😀

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57 thoughts on “And so it begins. . .

  1. Good luck Biz. I know that you can do anything you set your mind too. Can’t wait to read and see what’s on the menu. Take care and have a blessed day!!

  2. Sounds like you had a great first day on your new plan, Biz! I’m interested to see how it affects your blood sugar, too! I’ve seen other reports that this way of eating does keep blood sugar stabilized, so that would be a real plus!

    Love the idea of the Zero Scale, too.

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  3. You really made that plan look appealing at the Mexican restaurant! Wishing you all kinds of good luck with it…and of course you can go without your wine – it’s only two weeks, after all! 🙂

  4. Goooooo Biz! You can do it! That is a pretty cool scale, love it! I have got to get back on the paleo track again, I feel tired all the time and I know it is all the goodies I have been eating. Sigh.

  5. *sob* No wine?! You are one dedicated lady! Wishing you luck!

  6. I really like the idea of the scale. Sounds like a great way to keep track of your progress without obsessing about numbers too much.

    Good luck with the eating plan! Your Chevy’s meal sounds great. I’ve gone to Chevy’s before and made a conscious decision not to eat any chips, and I actually really enjoyed the meal. When I go and do eat chips, I end up eating way too many and don’t feel good.. Oh, and those onions look delicious! Your mom is lucky!!! 🙂

    Good luck with the new plan, and have a great week!

  7. OM gosh- I am craving Mexican food! This looks so good. I always go for the fajitas sans tortillas. And guacamole is just the best. I can’t wait to hear about your experiences with the diet. Hey a good Monday Biz!

  8. I’m so excited to hear how this goes! Rooting for you all the way! That scale sounds very nice too. Getting weighed can be so stressful.

  9. Two weeks? You can do it, but only for two weeks. I’ll be interested to see how the Paleo goes for you.

  10. Good luck with this challenge Biz!

  11. I’m more of a follower of the primal lifestyle, paleo is a bit more strict…. I was diagnosed insulin resistance and it didn’t take long for my numbers to come down once I went grain free.

    Wishing you lots of success with your challeng and the wine!

  12. Good luck! I found that paleo helped me be less hungry, and I’ve read that it’s great for controlling blood sugar. I also just bought almond and coconut flour, but have been too sick to try out new recipes with them.

    You had me at Chevy’s. Love their salsa!

  13. You can do it, Biz! I’m so excited to see how all of this goes for you. Two weeks will go by quickly, you know how they say “You can do anything for a little while”!

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    • We are Primal/Paleo with some raw dairy. Our 16 month old has had raw milk since just before she turend one (and I started working). We introduced it along with nursing, and she gradually weaned over about three months, and has been fully weaned for about four weeks now. It all happened very naturally, as she was used to drinking expressed milk from a cup so there was no issue with her feeling deprived of the boob! She drinks milk with meals and before bed, and water throughout the day.Along with everything we eat, she eats a ton of sweet potatoes, peeled and roasted in bacon fat in chunks. She’s also a big fan of liver.We live in London, UK and are very fortunate to have an excellent source of raw milk; we buy it in the farmers’ market but they also delivery all over the country.

  14. I’ve been cooking with coconut oil, butter, milk and flour for about two months now. The flour is good but I prefer gluten free all purpose for a lot of recipes. Also, when using coconut oil to cook with, it’s really good when you mix 1/4 cup with 1/2 tsp of lecithin for health benefits but also NOTHING will stick to the pan! Love it! Plus, when you heat coconut oil it doesn’t produce toxins like other oils do.

    Anyway, good luck on the plan! I know you’ll totally rock it! And I can’t wait to see your recipes!

    Here’s my check in post: http://www.emptynest1.com/2011/11/challenge-day.html

  15. If you don’t bring it in the house, then the temptation won’t be there, so no wine for you! 🙂 I know you can do this Bizzy. It’s only two weeks and you do stick to what you say you will [like that about you!]

    I MISS our Chevy’s. Sniff, sniff – they opened a stupid Cheesecake Factory [hate] and it put them out of business. Their food was always so fresh and delicious – not to mention good for you. And I loved their salsa – they made it fresh everyday and you never knew quite what it was going to taste like – depended on who made it I suppose. And the service at our local Chevy’s was out of this world! Simply unheard of around here. [Okay…I am done reminiscing now. giggle]

    Have a great week. You CAN do this Bizzy!

  16. I am so interested to watch you on this new plan. The Paleo diet is so appealing to me for some reason. Really excited to see how it goes for you. And I really love that scale. Since I weigh myself every frickin’ day. Good job eating out, that is always a challenge.

  17. You can do it! I love that the scale doesn’t show your pounds, just how much you’ve lost or gained.

  18. Of course you can – you do *ANYTHING*! 🙂

  19. You are off to a great start! I’m excited to read about your Paleo experience.

  20. Zero scale = Awesome!

    I so miss Chevy’s! My favorites were the salsa and the fajitas. I practically lived on that when I was on South Beach! Extra onions, of course! 😉

    I’ve been making some protein muffins in the evenings with coconut flour and love it! It’s got a texture that’s like real cake!

    Go, Biz, go! 😀

  21. You are on your way……… resist the wine box!! Looking forward to your posts, I will be living vicariously!! 🙂

  22. I can’t wait to see how this turns out. I know you are going to do great!

  23. Good luck! Another really great sub for ricotta is tofu. I know you are probably shuddering right now, but there are tons of dairy-free stuffed shell recipes on the internetz and I’ve made the filling for a few of them and love them. Basically – firm tofu, garlic, nutritional yeast and seasonings. Might want to check it out – you really can’t tell it’s tofu if you season right!

    • Hi,I just discovered your blog and am fiidnng it very helpful! My husband and I have been doing paleo for about 3 months, but never really knew it until recently. We discovered that the way we had been eating had a name, paleo! Anyhow, so far we are doing an okay job. My husband is like 85-90% paleo and I would say I\’m about 75%. I have a 2 month old daughter and am hesitant to change my lifestyle completely bc I\’m breast feeding. Breast feeding has been going really well thankfully and I just don\’t want anything to change that. Any suggestions? Or knowledge on this?

    • I was struck by the honesty of your posting

  24. I don’t really like to weigh myself much so I really like the idea behind your scale in that it only shows loss to keep you on track, very cool.

    You can throw all your onions to me as I love them. My mom eats them raw all the time, and sometimes with peanut butter, strange but true.

  25. Looking forward to the recipes – maybe I’ll get ideas for my low-carb eating husband!

  26. Great job at the Mexican restaurant! Usually those are gut busters for me too. I like the sound of this diet!

  27. GO GIRL! i am totally rooting for you. it’s so exciting starting something like this, because you know you are doing something so good for yourself. i love the philosophy of your program, clean eating, weight lifting, you’re going to do awesome! good good luck and keep us updated!

  28. You’ll do fine and I think you might be surprised at how easy it is and how good you feel!

  29. Yes you can go without your wine for two weeks- I just know you can do it!
    I am so looking forward to your new recipes since I am trying to go lower carb for a couple of weeks to hopefully give my body a kick start into dropping a few pounds!

  30. I’m excited to see what you think of Paleo, one of my college roommates is doing Paleo with her husband and their crossfit team for the month of November too!

  31. Oo no wine for two weeks? I salute you purely on that fact alone!
    Great job though, I wouldn’t be able to say no to chips and sour cream. Yum!

  32. Biz I made the Paleo Bread Loaf recipe using almond flour (I’m gluten-free) and it was very good. Even my hubs liked it..and thats saying alot 😉 Can’t wait to see your meals!

  33. I’m doing the challenge too! We can do it! =)
    Jes @ becominglessofjes.blogspot.com

  34. I’ve gotten used to not being able to eat chips out (hard to know if they are gluten-free most of the time so I just play it safe) and it’s amazing how good I feel after. I used to get belly aches everytime I ate Mexican food!

    You will do great with this!

  35. You can def do this! And I so want one of those scales!!!

  36. Good luck and Have fun! It should be very interesting at least! I’m looking forward to seeing what you end up eating.

    🙂 Marion

  37. I would have to say that your salsa is better!!! 🙂
    Great first day! I am sure it can be a challenge but I know you’ll do great!

  38. i have heard nothing but great things about this diet, i have attempted but it was all about not able to figure out what to cook, now im so excited you are doing this, because i can get some great recipes and try to follow you. I already have almond flour,coconut and all the things to start, just dont know what to do with them…by the way i know your love for pizza, you so have to try the cauliflower pizza, my husband and son who hate cauliflower beg me to make the pizza for them..i know you cant have cheese but you can make the crust with ricotta and if you add veggie toppings, probly wont even need the cheese on top…im so excited your doing this for selfish reasons, your recipes…thanks always for your blog…the biggy is going to be breakfast meals….

  39. I really like the idea behind that scale! I think that would be useful for those of us that get easily discouraged.
    If you can go without wine for two weeks, you deserve a medal in my book 😉

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  40. Good luck with abstaining from wine! I’ll have difficulty without bread again. I’m so used to just throwing things onto bread, bread rolls, pitta bread, fajitas…

    But it’ll be good for us! I can’t wait to see what my loss is when I step on my Zero Scale next Monday. >:D

  41. This sounds like a great new lifestyle change. I am dairy free and have been looking for a substitute for Ricotta in lasagna. I can’t wait to stop by to see how it comes out!

  42. Now that I’m more into wine these days, I’m starting to get the “no wine” gloom thing…But if there’s anyone who can make a seemingly restrictive diet fun and yummy, it’s you Biz!

  43. Good luck lady! I’m sure you’re going to do great and hopefully feel a lot better after you’re all done!

  44. You can do it! I’m very interested to see the effects on your blood sugar. I really dig the concept of that scale.

  45. I would be interested in knowing whether you meet the DRI for carbs (130 grams a day). You may want to grab some ketone strips just in case! I’m excitd to see what happens too! And next year, you have to come to FoodBuzz. So fun!

  46. I haven’t quite understood the whole trend towards eating like cavemen. Those people only lived to 35 or so. Maybe a donut once in a while isn’t so bad after all.

  47. maricela solorio

    You can do this! Yes you can! I have two girls and had not been able to lose weight for the past two years. I bought the zero scale. I really do love that scale. Seeing only progress and my actual weight really just makes my goal so much closer to achieve than if I saw the entire picture. Rich Kreps is my personal trainer and let me tell you. Ever since I started with him a couple of months ago I have dropped 26-pounds. His workouts are 30mins but they are tought. I along with my family committed to eating Paleo and it is the best thing we have ever done. In the begining it was very hard. But now we love it. WE feel so healthy and I feel great that I am teaching my girls at a young age how to eat healthy foods. The other day I had a burrito cause it had been months. It tasted really good but I felt awful…so heavy…no energy… and my stomach hurt for two days. You will get used to it and you will feel good. I too love wine and that is still hard for me to deal with but that’s ok. I think of how I lost 3.4 inches off my waist in just 3-weeks and I think….It’s not worth it. If you want to see results I totally recommend the workouts and definetely the Paleo way of life. You will not regret it but you will… and I am telling you…you will lose wight. Good luck!

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  49. I’m impressed you should think of something like that

  50. Dr.Shanahan,I have two questions, I am rainedg Deep Nutrition slowly as i have four children and not a lot of free time. I am confused about carbs. Do sprouted flour items count as carbs, does oatmeal count as carbs. Also, caffeine. I know you stated that you drink coffee, is caffeine detrimental to health at all? Thanks.

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