Last week I went to the doctor for a routine checkup, and while I am (very gratefully) good and healthy, I did have to face an ugly truth — the scale.  It had been over a year since I stepped on one, for one of two reasons. First, I liked the idea of measuring my “weight” by how good I felt about myself versus the number on the scale, a way of thinking the old me would’ve never agreed to. Secondly, I knew that between all of the traveling (how could I resist anything on my plate in a culinary mecca such as Peru?), other work-related functions, and happy hours (tapas included!) I was bound to have put on an extra pound or two. Or ten.

Pause for reaction.

That’s right. The Fit Cook has gradually, over the course of two years, put on 10 pounds. (It’s been 8 years total since my “transformation”). I thought long and hard about whether or not I wanted to admit this. What kind of a role model would I be if my followers found out that the girl who discovered a healthy approach to life (by cooking and exercise) had a bit of a blunder? Well, that’s just what it is — a blunder. Pre, during, or post weight loss, it’s bound to happen. You’re bound to go up and down a few pounds. And while I mostly struggled within a five pound range (we all do, right?), 10 was a bit of a wake up call.

luisiana-blog6bSo what am I going to do? Get back on track, or better said, stay on track more often. I eat very healthy for the most part, preparing all of my meals and working out at least three or four times a week – running, yoga, pilates, and, the latest one I’ve crossed off my bucket list, boxing. It even makes me wonder, “How did this happen, anyway?” Life. Like I said, it has (fortunately) taken me to a lot of cool places and social gatherings in the last year. Y todo valio la pena!  

What’s even better is I decided not to beat myself up for it. Eso no vale la pena!  Instead, I think it’ll be a better investment of my time and energy to focus on getting myself back to my happy weight, whatever that might be.

I am a strong believer in a little “kick start” and this time, I’m trying to do the “paleo” thing. If anything, I figure it’s another way of eating clean. But it means no bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, sugar or alcohol —  I’m not fooling anyone here; happy hour will be my “cheat meal” — and plenty of meats, veggies, fruit, healthy oils and nuts. I can do this. And lucky for me, I love to cook, which is a huge advantage to people who want to take control of their health. (I’ll let Wikipedia fill you in on the details of the Paleo diet.)

So this Sunday, I got to doing what I do best on Sundays (and you’ll be learning more about this in a future blog post) — I set myself up for a healthy week ahead, cavewoman style!

I made myself a creamy, delicious Carrot Tomato Soup,  Veggie Frittata for One  and a new one, Stuffed Bell Peppers. blog6 In a nutshell, I sautéed a pound of lean ground beef with one onion, garlic and broccoli florets in olive oil, seasoning it with salt, pepper, and a dash of oregano. I stuffed bell pepper halves and baked it for 30 mins at 425 degrees. Use ground chicken or turkey and any chopped veggies you love to make it your own.

As for me,  I’ll be sure to keep you updated on my progress with this. For now, has anyone else given paleo a try? Would love to hear about your experience on my Facebook page.

The links above take you to my recipes, while the pictures below show you the action from this week.

Buen provecho!  And remember, now matter how big or small the set back, you’re totally capable of getting back on the ball!