Saturday, April 6, 2013

Fortunes, salmon cakes and Paleo?

My fortune from yesterday.  I actually really loved getting this one!

Can you tell I had nothing for a title?  You wanna know what gets my knickers in a knot?  When people either say to my face, or through someone else, that there is no way that during the time that I have changed my lifestyle, that I have not "fallen off the wagon" and had a full out cheat. Apparently, it's just too hard for some people to fathom that someone could be so committed to their health.  I have actually been called a liar in a round about way a few times.  I mean, I don't care what others think, but I have been very committed to my weight-loss efforts over the past year and a half, and have paid attention to my eating 100%. That being said, I have struggles just like everyone else.  I have had my biggest issue with eating too much of a good thing.  While I was on maintenance, I had to be very careful with nuts and could only eat them in controlled portions.  I can't purchase bulk nuts ever!

I have always planned ahead and because of this, I have been able to stay on plan in every situation I have been in.  I'm not saying it has been a total walk in the park.  Planning ahead takes a lot of effort and it sucks big time in some situations (ie: celebrations).  But I'd rather go hungry than eat off plan.  I don't get food like McDonald's or other greasy stuff if there's nothing else available.  But I also don't recall ever being in that situation.  And quite frankly, if I were to eat McDonald's at this time, I'd be on the toilet stat!  I know my stomach would not even be able to process that crap.  Or processed sugar or carbs for that matter.  I've been without it for too long.

I have one week left of Phase 1 to do.  I'm moving onto my version of Phase 2 on the 13th of April. It is my comfortable eating place, and that is where I'll stay.  It works for me.  I won't ever really go onto Phase 3 of the diet because that's maintenance and includes things like bread and pasta and rice.  I'll likely never have those things again, and I'm okay with that.  Those were my binge/trigger foods and they will not be making an appearance back into my life.  I'd just rather not go there. And even though I thought at one time that I could never live without them, I have for a year and a half and I'm fine.  The world did not come to an end!  I maintain well at my version of Phase 2, so that will be my permanent happy eating place.  I've toyed with going Paleo, but I'll maintain for a while before making that sort of commitment   It's not that different than how I eat on Phase 2, and I truly think I will be staying away from dairy permanently, so it shouldn't be too difficult a transition if I decide to go that way. The hardest thing would be giving up my red wine...

Regardless of what the scale says on Tuesday for my weigh-in, I know for sure I have gotten smaller.  The one person (besides my husband) who would know for certain would be my massage therapist.  He hadn't seen me for two weeks and when I saw him the other day, he told me that he could see that I've lost a bunch of weight.  He told me I have more pronounced muscle definition and I was definitely leaner.  He would know.  No one sees or touches my body the way that he does (in a professional manner of course).

Beautiful running weather.

This morning I woke to a -6C temperature for my 8K.  I bitched and moaned about the cold, but the sun was out and by the time I got out to the rail trail, it warmed up a few degrees and I had a fabulous run.  It was one of those runs where I wanted to just keep on going.  I was watching my shadow as I ran and although my outer thighs are still pretty wobbly, I liked watching them because it was a huge motivator to keep on going.  Something else I noticed was that my inner thighs have a very pronounced space between them.  That is also a huge motivator for me because I never want to see them rub together again.  The main reason I'd get rid of pants when I was morbidly obese was because I wore my inner thighs out.  NEVER AGAIN!

After my run this morning I made salmon cakes with left over salmon from a couple of nights ago. They were pretty delish.  I had about a cup and a half of salmon, two eggs, 2 tbsp Dijon mustard, 1/4 cup of the Flax Rye Bread Mix from the Ontario Nutrition Store (I use it as filler for all meatballs, burgers, meatloaf), green onion (sliced thin) and half salt and pepper to taste.  I mixed the whole thing up, formed into patties and fried them in a bit of canola oil.  I served mine on sauteed cabbage, hubby made his into a wrap.  Yummo!  I will definitely be making those again.

Salmon cakes.

My filler.

I was quick thinking enough to make sugar-free jello this afternoon.  I'm so looking forward to eating it tonight as my snack.  I'm not gonna lie, I miss fruit terribly.  The jello kills my craving for fruit.  Tomorrow is my long run.  14K!  I'm gonna have to go a bit Phase 2 (I'll have my hard boiled eggs and 2 tbsp of natural peanut butter) to fuel up for my run and may need to have an energy gummie or two during my run.  It's very hard to stick to strict Phase 1 during 1/2 marathon training long runs.  Thank goodness there's only a week left before I move onto my happy eating place aka Phase 2.  And I'm really looking forward to a glass of red wine!


  1. Well I've been eating my plan now for over 18 months and never once binged or pigged out or falled off the wagon!! I don't think people realise how your cravings change when you stop eating crap.

    About paleo, don't give it a label, just go with what feels right. Paleo basically means better quality food and no grains - not sure why you think red wine isn't consumed :) Most paleo eaters I know have some wine, just not in the first whole 30 phase or whatever. I'm a great believer is doing what you feel you can do long term and if red wine is part of that then go for it!

    I'm kind of glad that you are not going in to phase 3 (not that I know what that involves) but certainly for me wheat is a trigger food that I will always stay away from. You have done an amazing job by the way!!

    1. I saw that beer was a Paleo no no, so just assumed all alcohol was out. I'm gonna read up on it more and likely follow a Paleoish lifestyle. It's easy and structured...and I like that! Since red wine is in, then so am I:) Thanks for your comment!

    2. And a BIG congrats to you on your commitment to your lifestyle!

  2. Those salmon cakes look delicious and you can be proud of yourself sticking to plan. Determination you have in bucket loads:)

  3. I'm glad you are not going to phase 3. I stopped in my Medifast to Paleo/Primal transition at the dairy week and the whole grain week. It's probably one of the keys to my early success- just knowing those two things kept me unwell for so many years.

    Paleo, Primal, Clean eating... they are all "food templates"Most of us do eat off those templates a certain amount of time. The cool thing is that you get to customize it for you. I can still trigger myself with some nuts, dried fruits, etc.

    The bonus of eating real foods on any plan is the ability to
    1. See and feel how the food effects you
    2. Weight Control
    3. Overall good health

    Totally under used in weight maintenance. You've set yourself up well for it. :) Good job. Glad that you are going carefully into weight maintenance. You'll learn a lot this year.

    1. Thanks Karen. I always enjoy your posts and comments. Very insightful! I was having some dairy prior to going back on phase 1, and since I've been off it for the past five weeks, I feel better overall. Don't think it's worth it to go back there! And the processed sugar, carbs and grains are a definite no no for me. I'm good to keep them gone from my life. I don't want to even experiment to see how they'll make me feel. It's just not worth it IMO:)

  4. Those salmon cakes look fantastic!! Must see if I can find me some Flax Rye Bread Mix. I've tried using coconut flour or LSA mixed with eggs as fillers in muffins/fritters and neither worked that well. Thanks for the tip ;) And I agree with the others, Paleo is basically what you are already doing on phase 2 (by what I can work out) so it's basically just a label. But I get what you mean about needing structure, I'm like that too

  5. those salmon cakes look awesome!

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