paleo; primal; weight loss; chocolate recipe

Wellness Wednesday–A Tale of 40 pounds (and 4 dress sizes)

Today was my weigh in, after being back at it for two weeks (I took six weeks off over the holiday for foot surgery).  We cranked out two miles this morning in 35 minutes, so I’m pretty happy with how the foot is holding up.  Hopped on the scale this morning (I weigh on Wednesdays) and I’m officially down 40 pounds (and 4 dress/pants sizes).  Which was pretty damned exciting.  I haven’t been this trim in over a decade (closer to 15 years), and I just feel stronger.

So here’s a look at what I eat in a typical day (about 1100-1200 calories):  2 cups coffee w/whipping cream, 3 oz meat and veg (either a salad or leftover roasted veggies) for lunch, 3-4 oz meat (usually roasted or pan fried), large helping of veg (salad or roasted root veggies), 3 pieces homemade dark chocolate, 2 glasses of wine (sometimes).

I could have never imagined living on 1100-1200 calories before we started doing this, but it’s purely amazing how many calories are in bread and pasta and such.  Cutting them out automatically lowers your calorie count significantly (as well as carbs, sugars, etc).

Want something sweet?  Here’s my recipe for dark chocolate.  You can either put it in silicone molds or spread out on parchment and pop in the freezer, then break up.

  • 1 cup organic cocoa (or any cocoa without soy or any other additives, I just choose organic)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, liquified
  • 3-4 tbsp honey (add more honey if you want this to be sweeter and “lighter” chocolate)
  • 1 tsp vanilla (or to taste)

And that’s it!  Mix it up in a bowl and partition out how you choose.  Because this doesn’t have the binding agents and filler that the chocolate you buy on the shelf does, it’ll need to be frozen for about 15 minutes, and then you can put it in the fridge.  Not sure how long it lasts, because ours is always gone in a week 🙂