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  • #16
    Originally posted by eraserheadgirl View Post
    Everyone is going to tell you this and it's true- forget the scale! If you are interested in getting firmer or smaller, then it's only your measurements you need to focus on.
    Thank you very much for saying this. This clue-by-four has finally hit me. Focusing on a specific goal weight or number of pounds lost is going to be totally counterproductive for me at times (if not most of the time) on this journey; and if I obsess over what the scales say, I'm going to set myself up for frustration and—knowing my history—self-destructive choices.

    I'm glad I have my pre-primal measurements up there as a baseline. (I also have a couple of photos but I'm too chickenshit to post them.) I'll re-take my measurements every four weeks; that seems like a reasonable interval for tracking progress. Again, thanks very much, eraserheadgirl.

    In other news, I got in a nice walk this afternoon, did a set of 15 knuckle pushups (on my knees, so I can go really deeply and work my triceps), and two hangs. My muscles are still complaining, but not as much, so I think I'm being reasonable in my work so far. No corn again today, and more veggies with dinner: broiled salmon steak, roasted cauliflower, and a yam with coconut milk, cinnamon, and allspice for dessert. So yummy!
    “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

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    • #17
      Another day of eating popcorn. I went for a walk with a friend, did a good amount of pullup work ... and lost my head when it came time to eat. This will be fairly easily solved once the popcorn is gone: I simply won't buy any more. But until then, this is going to take more self-discipline than I think I can regularly muster. I wish I weren't so bored of salads already ... I should check for a primal caesar salad dressing recipe, and see if I can find dry-cured anchovies somewhere.

      I did avoid the scale today (without hiding the damn thing, too—it was all willpower, baby!); and I feel my pullup work having an effect on my arms and upper body. So, all in all, I'm satisfied with the day. I didn't develop my fat stores and crappy eating habits in one day, or even one month; it would be unrealistic to expect to be able to make all the changes I think will be healthful to me in a similar time frame. Moreover, I know that beating myself up over every failure or lapse will not get me to my goal at all.

      Speaking of goals, my next day of reckoning with the tape measure (and scale, if I want to) is this coming Thursday. Keeping that in mind should help my self-control!
      “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

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      • #18
        I have a serious weakness for Fritos but I think I have found the perfect primal substitute. Pork rinds. All the crunchy greasy fried goodness without the carbs. And they can be used for dips. I buy mine at a Mexican market. Some brands have lots of MSG and other gunk but these ones are just pork and salt.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
          I have a serious weakness for Fritos but I think I have found the perfect primal substitute. Pork rinds. All the crunchy greasy fried goodness without the carbs. And they can be used for dips. I buy mine at a Mexican market. Some brands have lots of MSG and other gunk but these ones are just pork and salt.
          Oh gosh, Fritos. I don't even go down the chips aisle, primarily because of Fritos!

          Pork rinds, eh? I may check in to that. I grew up eating cracklins from an uncle's farm, and loved them, so I bet I'd like pork rinds. Do you have a brand name I should keep an eye out for?
          Last edited by inquisitiveone; 02-20-2011, 09:18 PM. Reason: improved clarity
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          • #20
            No, there are lots of brands. Here next to the border we get a lot of Mexican imports you might not have up there. Just read the ingredients. I've never tried cracklins. Are they the same thing but from a cow?

            Oh, BTW. The next time you find yourself getting caught up in the scale watching take a read through this thread : http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...llow-grokettes...

            I make myself go back and read it every week or so.

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            • #21
              Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
              No, there are lots of brands. Here next to the border we get a lot of Mexican imports you might not have up there. Just read the ingredients. I've never tried cracklins. Are they the same thing but from a cow?
              Here's an explanation; they're quite similar to pork rinds, and are a pork product.

              Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
              Oh, BTW. The next time you find yourself getting caught up in the scale watching take a read through this thread : http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...llow-grokettes...

              I make myself go back and read it every week or so.
              Ha! I found that thread the other day, and agree with you—it is well worth revisiting. Thanks for the reminder.
              “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

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              • #22
                I just completed a monthlong food diary challenge ... ugh. It was quite helpful in terms of me seeing precisely what I eat, and in what quantities; but it also got me even more focused on food at the beginning, so I overate some then. One clear theme emerged: I don't eat as many vegetables as I'd thought. I'll see what I can do to remedy that, but it's hard right now as I'm bored with salad greens and don't have much of a budget for other fresh vegetables.

                Today is a long training day at the dojo, so I plan on doing just a few negatives for my pullup work. I'll get pushups, planks, and lots of other core work during training, and I don't want to overdo it.
                Last edited by inquisitiveone; 02-21-2011, 02:02 PM. Reason: improved clarity
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                • #23
                  Originally posted by inquisitiveone View Post
                  Here's an explanation; they're quite similar to pork rinds, and are a pork product.
                  What you are calling cracklins are what the Mexicans call chincharones which is what I eat. Now I'm not sure what "pork rinds" are. Maybe just another name for the same thing. In any case they are yummy and satisfy that salty, greasy, crunchy snack urge.

                  Good job on keeping up with a diary for a whole month. I find I'm developing a fondness for cauliflower when I get tired of salad.

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                  • #24
                    Oh yeah—I remember seeing those when I've been there, but never tried them. I wonder how different the mass-produced ones are compared to what my uncle made. Some pieces were very fatty and soft; others (my favorites) had a bit of meat to them; and others were crisp skin.

                    I got sucked in to doing the diary—that sort of thing isn't something I'd normally do. It was helpful, but I hope I don't have to do it too often!

                    I think my issue with salads is that I'm craving a vine-ripened, fat, juicy summer tomato. Without that, the greens have no appeal ... maybe I can persuade myself to enjoy them by having a steak salad tonight.
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by inquisitiveone View Post
                      I got sucked in to doing the diary—that sort of thing isn't something I'd normally do. It was helpful, but I hope I don't have to do it too often!

                      I think my issue with salads is that I'm craving a vine-ripened, fat, juicy summer tomato. Without that, the greens have no appeal ... maybe I can persuade myself to enjoy them by having a steak salad tonight.
                      Yeah, I'm not really lactose intolerant per se but it gives me stuffed up sinuses. I never really noticed it until it went away.

                      Bacon salads are another good way to make greenery appealing.

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                      • #26
                        Many things seem to be coming together for me at last. I have accepted my body as it is now; and also, knowing that it is always changing, I'm trying to ensure that those changes are in healthful directions. This has given me a measure of patience that I don't recall ever having before. Maybe I'm finally developing some wisdom as I approach 50 ... whatever it is, I happily accept it and invite it to stay around. Taking things in small steps, focusing on the choices I can make now rather than the big goal that's of necessity several months away, and being okay with making a not-so-great choice every once in a while is doing what I want: molding a new life for myself. It's also tremendously helpful that I've found some supportive people whom I respect.

                        While changing at the dojo yesterday, I noticed a bit more definition in my upper abs. I hope it wasn't just the lighting, or my imagination—I'll find out in two days when I have my four-week measurement session. I was rather wheezy yesterday—not sure why—but got through class okay. Still feeling my pullup work in my lats and arms, which is good ... although I'm probably being too easy on myself in my work, since I don't want to be too sore for karate.

                        I made steaks for dinner last night, but totally forgot to get out the greens and make a steak salad. Got to work on increasing the veggies! The good news is no grains yesterday, and no overeating.
                        “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

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                        • #27
                          Okay, I just had my steak salad. And I've done some pullup work—a couple of killer negatives (trying to slow my descent!) and some leg-assisted work. Onward we go!
                          “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

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                          • #28
                            Good day eating-wise yesterday: I had a steak salad for lunch; and dinner was spaghetti, but I used thinly sliced green cabbage instead of pasta. It was a little crisp, but otherwise worked very nicely as a substitute. I'm going to use the rest of that head of cabbage to make some spicy sesame cabbage today. Only one piece of fruit, too—an apple, since those have been shown to help asthma. No grains, and another day of no overeating. The cabbage really helped fill my stomach, and even though I was craving something for dessert, I recognized that as a habit rather than hunger, and successfully resisted it.

                            Something has been triggering my asthma lately, though. I started to wheeze during warmups at the dojo yesterday, and was never able to fully catch my breath throughout the class. That sure made it a challenging workout, but I made it through okay. I slept very well too, until wheezing awakened me. I think it might be time for another very thorough room cleaning. Urk.

                            Today is going to be a rest day for me, with the exception of doing some pullup work. I'm seeing slow progress, and want it to continue!
                            “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

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                            • #29
                              Good day, overall. No corn, but one slice of parmesan focaccia along with our steak and roasted asparagus dinner. No fruit, three squares of 50% cocoa chocolate.

                              I'm feeling much more resilient emotionally than I have in a long time ... and I have several things I could be seriously stressed about. We're getting a lot of snow, too, so I may have one of my favorite wintertime exercises to do tomorrow—shoveling the driveway! Just hoping my breathing doesn't go all wonky again tonight ... tomorrow morning it's check-in time with measurements!
                              “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

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                              • #30
                                One-Month Check-In

                                My stats for today, four weeks in:
                                Weight: 154 lb.
                                Bust: 37.25"
                                Waist: 32" ⇒ loss of 1.5 inches!
                                Hips: 39" ⇒ loss of 1 inch!

                                I am very pleased with my results so far—especially since I've cheated a fair bit on the diet over these four weeks. I've also had issues with overeating, which have decreased over the past week. My progress despite those challenges gives me a lot of motivation to be more diligent about what I eat, and especially how much. The overeating is entirely psychological; I can conquer that as long as I'm mindful about why I'm seeking food.

                                To celebrate my accomplishment, I'm going to shovel some snow (we didn't get as much as was forecast, but there's enough to give me some exercise).
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