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    Looking forward to the challenge- great way to kick-start August and a fat-loss routine.


    Alright, to start:


    Today, August 4:


    Weight: 112 lbs.


    Goals:


    -To reduce body fat percentage, weight around hips and stomach.

    -To increase strength in bodyweight movements.

    -To have more control over portion sizes and eating-ie knowing when to stop during meals

    -To be more routine with intermittent fasting

    -To lose a few lbs (not that weight is significant, but hoping to see abs again-theyve gone into temporary hiding!)

    -To get more sleep.


    Actions:

    -Record food eaten

    -Practice mindful eating- properly plate food and sit down to enjoy

    -Maintain a few HIIT sessions per week

    -Fast intermittently 2x per week

    -Practice time management-reduce procrastination to maintain sleep hours

    -Control calorie intake-and reduce carb intake (vegetables and limited fruit-primarily berries)


    Looking forward to next 30 days!


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    Food Intake today


    Breakfast:


    Chicken breast

    lettuce

    4 Almonds

    Blueberries


    Snack:


    Blueberries

    Coconut Cream

    Cherries


    Dinner:

    Pumpkin

    Chicken breast

    Almond butter

    Blueberries (blueberry overload today-never thought Id be able to overdo it)


    Will fast until tomorrow's dinner.


    WOD:

    To come.


    I was bad today- procrastinated with excercise and picking at food- working on 2 essays, a few finals, and a project.


    Will go train now-Hiit for a break from studying.

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      I havent had internet for the past couple of days, so Ill update with yesterday's food intake.


      Aug 6


      Lunch:

      Chicken breast

      Yellow zucchini

      Broccoli

      1/2 can sardines

      1 egg


      Dinner

      Beef

      1 egg

      red peppers

      broccoli


      coconut milk

      blueberries


      Workout:

      Craig Ballantyne' Turbulence training


      TT Reconstruction Workout B


      1A) Deadlift / DB Squat (12)

      1B) DB 1-Arm Chest Press (10)

      1C) Stability Ball 1-Leg Curl (8)

      2A) DB Chest-Supported Row (12)

      2B) Military Press/DB 1-Arm Standing Shoulder Press (8)

      2C) DB Reverse Lunge (10)

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        Made ice cream yesterday too, with coconut milk primal recipe from here:


        http://cavemanfood.blogspot.com/2009/06/coconut-milk-ice-cream.html


        Didnt have much, but Im thinking itll come in useful when that summer ice cream craving hits better safe than sorry.

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          That looks like a great recipe, iceskater! Thanks for putting in the link. Good luck with your challenge--looks like you're doing great. . .I know it's hard to balance school and the rest of your life, so it's wonderful that one of the areas you're focusing on is time management.

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            Thanks Catalina!

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              Having computer problems, keeps shutting down unexpectedly.

              Anyways I will attempt to finish my update for yesterday:


              Aug 7


              Fasted until dinner


              -Salmon burgers (salmon, spices, organic eggs; fried in coconut oil)

              -chicken breast

              -quick homemade 'pudding': coconut milk, almond butter, chia seed, organic cocoa powder; (just sloppily mashed together- I still have end of semester finals)


              Bit of a low-carb day today, but Im expecting to go out for dinner tomorrow night, and I may splurge a teensy bit


              Pre-boiled some eggs for breakfast tomorrow.


              Snuck in a workout between studying:


              TT Reconstruction Workout C


              1) Prisoner Squat (10/20)

              2) Close-Grip Pushups (10/20)

              3) Stability Ball Leg Curl (10/20)

              4) Stability Ball 1-Leg Jackknife (10/20)

              5) Diagonal Lunge (10/20)

              6) Underhand Inverted Row (10/20)

              7) Grasshopper Pushup (10/20)

              8] Side Plank Leg Raise (10/20)

              9) Spiderman Climb (10/20)

              10) Run In Place (10/20)


              (from ttfatloss.com- Craig Ballantyne's workouts are a lifesaver, no public gym needed).


              Hoping I'll be able to get enough sleep tonight to be motivated for an early morning walk tomorrow- try and catch the Vancouver sunshine before it sneaks away.

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                An interesting note too,

                today my Dad went to a health loss clinic because they were offering free consultations. Out of curiosity, I accompanied him-he's not obese, only slightly overweight, but I've been concerned about his visceral fat level. Doctor had him on cholesterol and hypertension meds, but we all know how effective these really are without applying lifestyle changes-funny how sometimes family members will take advice from anyone Except those closest to them.


                Anyways, the dietitian, bless her efforts, recommended a low-fat, grain-laden diet (as I expected), as well as proposing we spend a ridiculous amount on supplements (most of which are effective primarily due to stimulants and 'fat-burners&#39. Today treatment proposed would cost almost $2000. (being on a university student budget, this was enough to send me scrambling out the door).


                Just an interesting experience, it made me feel bad for people who so readily entrust their bodies (and budgets) to healthcare 'professionals', many of which rely on conventional wisdom.


                Makes me appreciate real, primal knowledge.

                Theres my rant on Conventional wisdom.

                till tomorrow

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                  Bf: Coffee

                  1 tbsp cream

                  (I know, but I had 5 hours sleep and was late for a meeting(


                  Lunch:

                  strawberries

                  1 avocado

                  beef

                  almonds

                  1 apple


                  Dinner

                  Pork loin

                  strawberries

                  chai tea, cream


                  Havent gone grocery shopping yet, in need of greens!

                  Will add workout later on tonight.

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                    I hope you can be a good role model for your dad. . .but I know it's hard for "elders" to take advice that goes against CW.

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                      Had lectures all day...

                      At least it was easy to fast until dinner:


                      1 egg

                      1 avocado

                      zucchini

                      Beef

                      lettuce

                      1 1/2 chicken breast


                      almond butter

                      blueberries

                      chia seed


                      Oh yes, and I had coffee earlier because I couldn't keep my eyes open while studying..

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                        Yesterday's activity (done at midnight since I didn't get home until 11 pm)


                        Prisoner Squats

                        db lunges

                        chin ups

                        stability ball leg curl

                        pushups

                        kettlebell squats


                        felt good, but I couldn't get to sleep for another hour


                        saw the contest today, but I pretty preoccupied so I decided to order my own pair of Vibrams.

                        They only had the Classics though...Im wondering if the Kos or Flow are very much better....

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                        • #13
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                          Ugh, just finished 3 hr exam, feel like I've just run 10 miles.


                          'cole slaw'-chicken, vingegar, cabbage

                          1 apple

                          1 peach

                          2 plums


                          2 eggs

                          sirloin strips

                          almonds

                          cashews


                          zuchinni

                          tea +cream


                          Had more fruit than I wanted to today, but I gave in after hours of studying. 2 more exams to go.


                          Some consolation-looking forward to training with my new vibrams tonight (MEC, 50% off!). And I won the PB in last weeks contest (yay!).


                          Family bbq tonight, with rice, cake, the works. Will go if I finish studying, WOD, and work up enough willpower to deal with carbfest.

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                            Overdid the almonds and cashews today. Feel nausaeated from too much fat. or maybe it was the exam.

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                              Did bodyweight circuits last night (vibram ff's are my new love), then went to a bbq, where i consumed most of a cow, I think.


                              Woke up at 4 am feeling unbearably thirsty. (I found out later my aunt likes to sneak msg into her dishes. Lesson learned-will be more weary of family 'secret recipes' in the future. At least I stayed away from the corn-on-the-cob.


                              bf:


                              brocolli

                              blueberries

                              few strawberries

                              1 egg, fried in coconut oil

                              1 young coconut(water & meat)


                              Since I had mostly calorific low-carb days last week, it felt good to have some greens this morning. Oddly though, now fruit tastes unsatisfactorily 'too sweet'. This is saying alot since I used to eat 8-10 fruit servings a day before reducing sugar intake.

                              Didnt know I could feel so good without the bit of sugar. Interesting...


                              Weight Aug 13: 107 lbs.

                              Lost a few pounds, but it could be because of low-carb week.


                              This week's goals:

                              -no coffee (my exam-time vice)

                              -no salted nuts

                              -more greens

                              -IF x 3

                              -keep protein high

                              -only berries as fruit

                              -minimize damage (family in town visiting, numerous dinner plans)


                              Will do TT workout tonight.

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