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Are You Insane?

12 Nov

I have heard on definition of insanity as:

Doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result.

I would also describe this phenomenon as false hope, wishful thinking, pipe dreams etc.

Sometimes we get stuck in a way of thinking that keeps us where we are when we want to moving somewhere else the whole time.

This dawned on me the other day at the grocery store. I have been struggling with a wrist injury that doesn’t seem to want to heal all the way. It has been 10 months and although I have gone to the doctor and modified my movements I am stuck at about 60% better. I am grateful for the 60%, don’t get me wrong, but I have stalled out and keep wishing and hoping for something to change.

The thing is… deep down I know what I need to do. I need to completely rest, not just modify so it doesn’t hurt, and eliminate foods from my diet that might be adding to inflammation (dairy).

I have known this for a while, so why do I keep fighting it and thinking something will change anyway?

Fear maybe? Fear that my injury won’t get better? Fear that I can’t stick with the diet and workout changes I need to make?

Yeah I think that’s it.

Then I started thinking about how this applies to everything!!

Our money situation won’t change if we don’t. Our career situation won’t change if we don’t. Our health won’t change if we don’t. Our relationships won’t change if we don’t.

When it comes down to it, we must change if we want our lives to change. There is no way around it. No amount of blaming our situation on someone else that will change it.

I MUST CHANGE.

And deep down I know what I need to change. I didn’t need someone else to tell me, although sometimes it isn’t a bad thing if someone does. I know in my heart what my life needs to be better.

Do you need to change? Have you been acting insane?

Do you need to stop spending money you don’t have?

Do you need to be nicer to your spouse and change your behavior rather then trying to change them?

Do you need to stop talking about your career goals and actually do them?

Do you need to make a commitment to your health and stick with it?

If you are like me and need to change something, stop acting insane. In the words of Nike:

Just Do It

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CrossFit: My One Complaint

4 Oct

So if you can’t tell, I love CrossFit!

I am level one certified, recently started assistant coaching at my gym Kitsap CrossFit, and have been doing this workout programming for over two years.

After all this time I only have one complaint.

It stems from an experience I had a few weeks ago…

I was in the grocery store and saw one of my fellow gym members and said hi.  They said hello back and then jokingly (but seriously) said, “Don’t look in my cart!”

Her comment bothered me because it meant that people at the gym felt judged about the way that they eat and live their lives and that is the opposite of how I want people to feel.  It reminds me of people’s complaints about church!

Although CrossFit gyms advocate Paleo and Zone eating, and having any grains in your cart is a supposed no no, life needs balance. Nutrition is a process of growth and learning.  And most importantly, no one is perfect and I don’t think there is a need to be.  Balance makes people happy and sane, so if you want pizza every once in a while go for it.  I do!

My point is that grace and acceptance of yourself and others is way more important than being perfect nutritionally.

Please don’t think that because I eat well 80% of the time, I am bothered by you indulging 20% of the time.

And if I see you in the grocery store, you don’t have to cover your cart, I am not judging!

Where to now?

21 Aug

So I have finished 4 weeks of a Paleo/Zone diet with dairy added.

It has gone great! Here are my ending stats:

Total pounds lost in 4 weeks: 6.5

Total inches lost from waist and hips: 2

Total body fat percentage lost: 3

I am very happy with that and proud that I was able to do it and keep the promise to myself.

But the question lingers in my mind: “Where to now?” 

I am still a ways from my goal and feel motivated to keep going, but would like to make a few tweaks.

The past week or so I have been doing some reading on Ketosis and LCHF(low carb, high fat) diets.  It is somewhat similar to Paleo/Zone in terms of real food and no refined carbs, but the difference is MUCH MORE FAT.

The concept is that carbs (even ones from vegetables and fruits) still raise our blood sugar while dietary fat keeps insulin low and therefore blood sugar low.  After a few weeks of a high fat low carb diet, instead of burning glucose for energy, the body will transition into burning fat for its energy needs.  Its more of an even keel physiologically and provides a sustainable energy source.  I am interested because my one complaint this past month was that my body was craving more fat, even with a high protein intake.

I believe in low carb, because the past thirty or so years since people started recommending high carb low fat diets obesity rates have skyrocketed.  Obviously it isn’t working!  But it is still hard to wrap my head around the concept that fat (even saturated fat) is good for me.  I am in the baby stages of learning about this all, but it resonates with me.

So… I am going to continue to weigh and measure my food and eat Paleo plus dairy, the change is that I am upping my fat intake considerably.  Doing the Zone I was actually only eating 1300 calories a day and was shocked how low it was!  I will be keeping my protein and carb intake roughly the same, but increasing my fat intake so that I am eating 1600 calories a day.  I am excited to see the results and will let you know how it goes.

If you are at all interested, here is a video link to a lecture from Gary Taubes, the author of “Good Calories, Bad Calories” and “Why We Get Fat”, that he gave at CrossFit Training. 

Also, here is a lecture by Dr. Peter Attia.  He is a great lecturer and has experimented and tested the outcome of this diet on himself.

Lastly, a video of a Swedish doctor Andreas Eenfeldt describing the positive changes happening in Sweden as the LCHF diet is gaining popularity.

Discipline

10 Aug

So about a month ago I posted my years goals and how they were going.

One of the things I wanted to work on was my nutrition and weight loss goal.

I am now into my third week of doing a combination diet of Paleo and Zone.  It is going really well so far.  I feel good and am trimming up.

The biggest change however has been in my realization that accomplishing goals like this take 1 big thing to be sustainable:  Time.

Most people can be disciplined and focused, but usually only for a short time.  I included myself in this category for weight loss.  I would eat well for several days, even a week and then “not see results” and then have a “cheat” meal that would lead to falling off the healthy kick.  The thing is, no one sees real results after a week!  Sure you may lose a few pounds of water weight, but real change happens over time.  A month, two or three of real discipline and focus will create change in behavior which should be sustainable for lasting results.

Whether it is weight loss, starting a business or blog, improving you relationship, getting out of debt, or whatever you may want to do, don’t forget that it takes time!

Here is a great formula I got from Dave Ramsey:

Success=Focus+Discipline/Time

Success is focus plus discipline OVER time.  Stay focused and disciplined long enough and things will happen.  Pretty encouraging!

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Food for the Decision Fatigued

11 Nov

Usually, my husband and I eat pretty well. Organic ingredients, humanely raised meat, and farmer’s markets are just part of our life.

Wednesday night however…pizza.

Why? Well sometimes after a day full of decisions and choices we get tired of making the “right” decision. So we do the easy thing and eat less than healthy.

Has that happened to you?

After work, I went to the gym and swam laps, then went to a great voice lesson, all the while planning to go home and make a healthy dinner. As I am leaving my lesson and am on the way to the store, I crossed a mental line and was just done.
No motivating me to cook after that point!

I guess this must happen to lots of people because already prepared foods have become so popular. They are everywhere!

This reminded me of a GREAT post I read over at Art of Manliness, “Bookend Your Day: The Power of Morning and Evening Routines”.

The section that I directly experienced is decision fatigue. Here is a portion of that post:

The New York Times recently highlighted psychologist Roy Baumeister’s work on decision fatigue. According to Baumeister, we all have a finite amount of willpower that we can expend during the day, mental energy that is depleted by every decision–big or small–we have to make. In our crazy, hectic, modern life, we’re inundated with choices. Should I check email or work on this memo? Do I surf Art of Manliness or The Economist? Should I lift weights or run today? Should I have Sonic or Arby’s for lunch? If I go to Sonic, should I get a coney or a burger? You get the idea.

By the end of the day, our willpower reserve is running on empty which results in us being irritable boors, making poor decisions, and taking the path of least resistance. When given a choice between going to the gym or playing video games, we’ll choose video games. Write 500 words for our important work memo or surf the web? Mindless surfing here we come!

While it’s possible to increase the amount of willpower we have at our disposal, Baumeister suggests an additional tactic in the fight against decision fatigue is to manage our mental energy more efficiently throughout the day. One way we can do this is by making positive behaviors or important tasks routine parts of our day. When something becomes routine, we no longer have to think about it–it’s set on autopilot. Instead of having to use willpower to decide whether or not you’ll work out that day, you simply work out because that’s part of your morning routine. The less you have to think about doing something, the more likely you’ll actually do it. That’s the power of routines.

I have added morning and evening routines to my life, but sometimes I get lax and when I do so does my decision willpower.

The solution: make more of my life routine so that I can eat healthier or _______ (fill in whatever you have been slacking on here).

We have the power to change our lives and live out our goals! Take some time and develop a routine this weekend.

Meatloaf and What It Taught Me

19 Oct

I have recently discovered a valuable way to improve my marriage and love my husband.

I have learned to support my spouse’s diet needs and goals.

The story goes like this:

My husband was doing a food challenge for the Paleo diet and I was supposed to make a Paleo meatloaf.  Now, it is not that hard to make a Paleo meatloaf, but I thought it would taste better with bread crumbs, which are no no on Paleo, rather than almond flour.

So I make the meatloaf and he is super excited for it, but I start feeling weird about the breadcrumbs. I tell him about the bread crumbs just as it’s coming out of the oven and ask if it is a big deal.  Well it was since it was a food challenge and he was trying to be strict with it.  Thankfully, he only joked about it as I made him sausages for dinner, but I could tell I had disappointed him.  He really wanted that meatloaf!

Meatloaf, yum.

I learned a valuable lesson that night!  If your spouse is trying a new diet or just trying to eat healthier, it is really important to support them.

It is hard to be strict with something, especially if you are doing it without support.  So, while I am not strictly following Paleo, I make dinners and other meals we eat together in line with that diet.

Part of my job as a wife is to make life a bit easier, and I can do that by making meals in line with my spouse’s diet goals.

Want to read more food related posts from KickAssWife?  Read Here:

A Good Meal

Want to read more about the Paleo diet?

thepaleodiet.com

robbwolf.com

everdaypaleo.com

paleoplan.com

A Good Meal

20 Sep

Homemade ribs and beans. Yum!

Why do we cook?

Because we need to eat obviously!  Think though, have you cooked five or more meals at home this week?  Four?  Three?  Any?  And I don’t mean a box of something dehydrated, or a frozen tray.  I am talking about fresh meat and vegetables and fruit people!

Cooking has become a lost art to many in America (myself included).  Our schedules are busy and many things seem more important, but I humbly beg to differ.  Many things in life we can do over, but the way we treat our bodies we sort of have one shot on.  We can’t get a new one!  So when I am feeling unmotivated about cooking I try to think about why I cook.

For me it is a way to love people, and I think even on my worst day it will be fresher and tastier than most restaurants (high end excluded).  Also, my husband and I really try to support our local farmers and like knowing exactly what is going into our mouths.  Some people cook at home to save money or lose weight too.  Whatever the reason, it is important to think on that the next time you want to get a pizza with money you don’t have.

Now let me be clear, I eat pizza, and I know that one or two nights a week I won’t feel like cooking, so I PLAN!  Often the reason that we miss the mark is for lack of a goal.  There are so many resources out there to help the busy person plan what they will eat, shopping lists included.  Two that we used were Paleo Plan and E-Mealz.  They come with shopping lists, a weekly plan, and recipes so it is easy peasy!

We are worth it to eat well.  Our families are worth it to eat well and for some our children.  So next time that you get paid, take ten minutes and make a plan and think about why you cook!

Let me know your whys for cooking…

Fresh from the garden!

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