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  • #16
    Didn't go camping due to snow and very cold temps. We just couldn't justify it... and I was so looking forward to getting away. We're going to wait until things start to thaw out. Gives me time to experiment with some of the backpacking food suggested here.

    Been sick for a couple of days. Wondering if anyone else feels this crappy after a carb binge. I was not feeling well to begin with, so this hit me pretty hard. Wish I knew what was going on with me.

    Saturday, I went to a birthday party and got "into the spirit" by having cake and ice cream. I ate a primal meal before, but afterward, I was feeling so sleepy, dizzy and achy that I didn't have much of an appetite. I ended up eating a few tablespoons of guacamole then went to sleep. Overall, I only had 125g of carbs that day, but I'm thinking that it was having all of the carbs at once that caused the problem. Or maybe it is the wheat in the cake?

    Sunday, I was dizzy and tired. Started the day with a good snack (homemade deviled eggs), later had a BAS with cheese, some almonds for a snack. Went for a walk and thought I was better. For dinner, though, my boyfriend wanted to eat the last of the lobster pot pies that he got for his birthday. Thinking I could handle it, I had one too. Yummy but more wheat was probably not a good idea. About 4 hours later, I was in the bathroom. Will leave it at that. Not a good night.

    Feeling a little better today - just had a hard boiled egg for breakfast with some leftover veggies in butter. Guess I will stay the course and hope this goes away soon.

    Looking forward to another snowstorm.
    Last edited by Jen AlcesAlces; 01-10-2011, 09:29 AM.
    Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


    • #17
      oh please let these cravings go away. I am going through a crave/binge phase - probably due to my carb-fest this past weekend. Well, there is a lesson to learn here. Cake is not worth it.

      Today so far:
      B: Small Earl Grey Latte (unsweetened)
      L: Spinach Omelette with Sausage
      S: Dry roasted cashews
      D: probably leftover "Cheesesteak salad". Ribeye, green peppers, onions, mushrooms with a little cheese.. grilled up and served on a salad.

      Had cashews, but it seems like I'm still full from lunch (?). Stupid emotional eating. Another poster said that IFing helped that. Will see how I feel tomorrow, maybe that will get me back into PB shape.

      Lacking on my exercise lately, as I have been busy at work and my random walks are fewer and shorter. Perhaps some sprinting or Zumba will fix that tonight.
      Last edited by Jen AlcesAlces; 01-12-2011, 04:37 PM.
      Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


      • #18
        Yep, I've been sticking to PB, and the cravings have gone away... except one incident involving chocolate-covered almonds. (covered under the 20% rule, WOO!)

        Yesterday's food:
        B: Leftover salad with roast beef slices
        L: Greek yogurt -full fat- with strawberries and a scrambled egg
        S: Small handful of almonds
        D: Leftover beef bourguignonne (sp?) with carrots and mashed cauliflower (kinda chunky, so maybe more like cauliflower rice)

        Yesterday's exercise - LHT from PBF.
        *Pushups (incline) are getting better, more controlled.
        *Pullups seem impossible, although I am doing 1-leg assisted like a champ! Negatives very tough... but that is the next step, so I'll keep trying.
        *Planks (hands/feet) ok, but I still shake a lot toward the end.
        *Full Squats - have creaky knees, but overall feel fantastic!
        *Jack-knife Presses - these are fun!
        *Added deadlifts, thanks to the Al Kavadlo motivating video.
        *Went to Zumba class. Was a really tough workout, but instead of hitting a wall, I was able to get through it without stopping. My body feels different; maybe this is what it feels like to burn fat?
        Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


        • #19
          Doing great lately... experimenting with primal recipes. The bacon cheddar scones really satisifed an urge for a bready food the other day. I'll try it with berries & some vanilla soon, to see if it will be good for an occasional treat with tea. Mashed cauliflower was fantastic. Going to try nut butter bars next.

          Feeling full most of the time lately and have gained 2 pounds (although I believe the weight gain was due to my sugary indulgences a little while back). I've cut out most snacking, as I don't really need it. Instead, I sip tea.

          Have done IFs a few times this week, mostly skipping breakfast and not eating lunch until mid-afternoon. I'm still amazed at how different it feels to not have sugar crashes. When I get hungry now, I don't really feel it in my stomach; instead I get a headache. It feels slightly similar to the migraines I got while riding the sugar rollercoaster, but it goes away quickly and doesn't have nausea or the other symptoms. Weird.

          Crazy thyroid update: went for my blood tests today, to see if the synthroid needs to be adjusted. Last few days, I've been really warm and anxious - similar to when I was hyperthyroid. Anyway, maybe this means I can lower the synthroid dose... keeping my fingers crossed! (Background: a little over a year ago, I had subacute thyroiditis which causes temporary hyperthyroidism followed by hypothyroidism... supposed to also be temporary, but mine is sticking around.)
          Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


          • #20
            The nice lady who works in the cafeteria brought me some pan dulce (sweet mexican bread). It was nice of her, but not sure what to do with it. I'm not really tempted to eat it, but feel wasteful throwing it out.
            Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


            • #21
              Feeling discouraged. I've lost a few pounds, then gained it all back. I thought I'd been doing better the past few days, but guess not. Troubleshooting what I'm doing wrong. Not sure if these are the reasons, but gotta try something.

              - eating nuts & dairy on occasion
              - not doing my usual cardio?
              - eating too much conventionally-raised meat
              - dark chocolate every other day or so
              - not sleeping well, less than 6 hours per night
              - somewhat stressful home life

              Ok that's all I can think of for now. Will work on the solutions tomorrow.
              Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


              • #22
                Better attitude today... I was freaking out last night about my weight. I took a step back & reread my journal... only to see that I am forcing myself to eat. If I'm not hungry, why am I eating so damn much? Habit. I need to either cut back on my portions, wait longer between meals, or skip some meals altogether.

                Today I am listing the good things that have come along with PB, even if the weight hasn't flown off.

                * No sugar crashes, which means no migraines
                * No horrible food cravings
                * "Normal" bathroom visits, no more wheat-induced emergency trips
                * Better temperament in general, as being hungry all the time made me a real b*tch
                * Eating the veggies I buy instead of letting them rot while I eat pizza

                That's it for now. Happy day!
                Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


                • #23
                  Feeling good!

                  Made a delicious ham this weekend, no nitrates or hormones, etc with a dijon mustard & maple syrupy glaze (not too much). Those are kinda hard to find at the regular grocery store. Also made a broccoli & carrot dish. Have leftovers for a few more days!

                  Watched the Bears game with my family (darn Packers!), but was very happy that I was able to control the tempting carb-fest. I had some icing off of a mini-cupcake, and 2 potato chips. Two. Mrs. Fishers potato chips are my comfort food... once upon a time I could go through half a 16oz bag in one sitting. With a tub of french onion dip. They also had pizza - which I skipped - and Lino's special salad which is a BAS with sausage & hard-boiled eggs & tomatoes. So, I was happy and full without feeling like garbage.

                  Skipped breakfast again this morning... and had veggies & shrimp for lunch. Did Zumba yesterday, and felt a bit tired and too warm. Not sure if it is thyroid or PB stuff. Anyway, back to work.
                  Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


                  • #24
                    Reading a lot of threads about endurance training with PB. Starting to get worried about my pre-hiking training. If I'm tired after Zumba or a run, it will be very difficult to keep up while backpacking. I'll wait a couple more weeks before I start to freak out, and maybe order Paleo Diet for Athletes, in case it is helpful.
                    Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


                    • #25
                      My latest thyroid tests are "normal" according to the nurse, so I should stay on the current dose of Synthroid. Bah. Need to do more research. And get the real #s from my test.

                      Not losing much weight, but not gaining. Feeling like I'm over the carb flu (finally!) and just starting my real exercise again. I've been LHT and moving slowly, but now it is time to start my Zumba & running more regularly. I ran 3 miles on Saturday, and other than a small slip on an ice patch, it felt pretty good. Have to get used to being on my feet more during the day & build myself up for the long road ahead.
                      Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


                      • #26
                        Happy Groundhog Day! Early spring was predicted... would be nice after getting 2+ feet of snow in the last 48 hours.

                        Felt like stepping on the scale today... After eating a filling lunch and fully clothed, I weighed a bit less than the last time. (yay) My boyfriend also made a comment that I'm "looking fit" lately. I love positive feedback!

                        Took a bite of a brownie this morning, but only because my neighbor made them for me for shoveling her driveway. It was thoughtful and sweet, so I took a bite (was delicious!) then left the rest for my boyfriend. Maybe I'll take one more bite tomorrow... it's nice that I have no desire to devour the whole plate as I used to do. As for the rest of my food choices... they've been pretty darn good: veggie salad with ham & homemade vinaigrette, buttery butternut squash, hard-boiled eggs, organic chicken sausages with spinach. Tonight maybe a steak to celebrate Groundhog Day.
                        Last edited by Jen AlcesAlces; 02-02-2011, 04:53 PM. Reason: horrible grammar
                        Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


                        • #27
                          Went for a run today; it was 11 degrees.


                          I miss bacon. Will wake up early tomorrow for a nice big breakfast!
                          Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


                          • #28
                            The road conditions this morning kept my from my bacon. Instead, I had a hardboiled egg and some tea. Then lunch, but still hungry. This calls for a BACON INTERVENTION. Tonight, dinner will be bacon. Maybe eggs or a salad, but definitely some crispy bacon. Can't wait!
                            Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


                            • #29
                              Tried to access the renegade health debate from last night - but it seems to be only flash (not for iphone)... I posted a comment on their site asking if they would post it to youtube or some iphone-friendly way, but my comment was deleted! LOL.

                              Oh well, I'm sure someone will recap the debates on here. At least, I hope so!

                              Feeling well, doing well, although skimped on my activity this weekend. Going to the gym tonight for Zumba and heavy lifting... yay!
                              Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.


                              • #30
                                Ate a lovely omelette for lunch today, with spinach, mushrooms and bacon. Yum. Dinner will likely be leftovers, not too exciting, but my new favorite thing to eat is sauteed zucchini with carrots, mushrooms, and garlic. So maybe I'll make that to eat with the leftovers. I could eat that 3x a day. Zucchini was cheap at Woodman's so I have 3 more... maybe I'll try zuc "pasta" tomorrow. Looking for other ideas too. Wooo
                                Jen, former Midwesterner, living in the middle of nowhere.