Paleo Check In: November 2014

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Welcome! Check ins are a monthly series of posts meant to document my progress towards better health, a stronger body, and general awesome paleo rockstar status. Find the first one here.

Food

November started off strong, but with a death in the family and the subsequent travel for the memorial, I was not really focused on food. I did manage a paleo Thanksgiving dinner, but have not been as intentional with my food choices as I want to be.

This month’s recipes:

Grilled Eggplant
Paleo No-Grain Granola
Cranberry Coconut Smoothie
Healthiest Ice Cream Ever, from Real Life Paleo*

Body

Similarly, the exercise piece fell by the wayside in the middle of this month. I’m pretty good about taking my walks while at home, but we spent a lot of time in the car while back in Chicago.

An interesting aside: I hadn’t seen my parents for about six months, when they came to visit for my graduation. Independently, they both remarked that my hub and I look like we’ve lost weight. My goal is not to obsess about weight loss, since I don’t think that is as important as becoming stronger and healthier, but it did make me take a really good look in the mirror for the first time in a while. I was pretty surprised: once I looked, I noticed that my shirts and pants really were fitting better. It was a pleasant surprise.

Mind

This was a hard piece as well, but surprisingly, I did better here than anywhere else. I focused on paying attention to what I was feeling (rather than smooshing it down with food) and on making choices on purpose. Most importantly, even when I didn’t do the absolute healthiest thing, I took ownership of it. This feels really, really good and I want to keep  this up in the future.

Goals

I’m going to up the ante a bit on the goals — aiming for more meditation and adding a small yoga piece.

1. Walking as I can, push ups (8 reps twice a week) and daily sun salutations.
2. Meditation: 10 minutes, three times a week.
3. Make sleep a priority — get to bed before midnight every night this month.

 

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