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    I spent January and September of last year being really faithful to being Primal. I spent most of the rest of the time not (though I was gluten free all year).
    Well, starting today, I'm back on "strict" Primalism. No more baking gluten free cakes or cookies. No more sugar-drenched foods. The grains were not a problem, I've been off of those almost entirely since early last year. But sugar is a seductive substance, and I do love it.
    So, for the month of March (plus today, because I figured why wait to start tomorrow?), I'm 100%. No compromises. Yes, I have 2 family birthdays to work through. So what?
    I'm also experimenting with going dairy free. That's going to be freakishly hard. I love cream on my fruit, butter on my eggs and cheese on e v e r y t h i n g. I've put on 10 pounds since I moved back to Texas in October, and that's just no good. I'm still 10 pounds less than when I started last year, but I have beautiful new clothes I can't wear, and I won't stand for it!

    So... wish me luck and smile with me as I rejoin the ranks.

  • #2
    Good luck!!! Last year I had a family Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner (Homemade Pierogi, Cabbage Rolls, Tons of baked goods) to deal with and I thankfully held strong, but it definitely was tough, especially when my family was encouraging me to partake. You'll thank yourself for holding strong.

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    • #3
      Thank you for the luck-wishing bchordjam.
      Yesterday went well. I was much more like the person I was before I left Colorado to move back to Texas. I've gotten despondent lately, because of the move (I hate it here, no offense Texans, it's just not me.) and allowed myself to get overwhelmed, which always results in me being lazy: no cooking at night, laundry and dishes piling up, little active movement, and fewer grocery trips (because I eat out much more as a way to seek the happier me).
      But that's not me!
      So, yesterday I did laundry and got groceries and cooked up some carrot/parnsip stuff.
      I ate eggs with pesto and salmon for lunch (skipped breakfast), and had almond butter and primal fuel (chocolate) for dinner. I didn't sleep well: abdominal pains, though without any diarrhea.
      Tonight is my first challenge: a social quiz night at a bar (a friend's going-away party). I will be strong!

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      • #4
        Well, my first challenge went ... okay. No alcohol, and most of my food was good, but I also had some queso and some fries with honey mustard. Not my goal.
        But that will be my only blip.
        I'm debating whether I should get rid of my scale this month. I don't want to... but it could be healthier for me. Sitting the fence.

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        • #5
          I cooked a few days' worth of food last night. Fajitas, spaggetti squash, spaggetti sauce and bacon.
          That'll make everything a little easier. I used up 3 onions, the last of my pre-chopped garlic, 2 bell peppers, a pound of chicken sausage and some other stuff. I'm gonna need more coconut oil, soon.
          Yesterday, I was perfect (except that I wasn't actually hungry when I had dinner). Today, I will be, too. I'm planning what to take on my weekend out of town. If I try a 24 hour fast on Saturday, I will almost certainly cave and eat wedding cake. So, I'm going to take everything I'll need for 36 hours away from my kitchen. Here's my plan:
          Eat the last of my salad for lunch on Friday. Leave for Dallas with the fajitas ready for dinner on Friday night, while driving.
          Saturday: I'll have some nuts available for sudden hunger, as well as a primal fuel or two. For lunch, I'll have a serving of my spagetti squash and sauce ready in a tupperware in my cooler. Once I'm back on the road for the drive back down, I'll have almond butter with some veggies and I plan to have a crazy shake mixed up, too: coconut milk blended with cocoa powder and strawberries and blueberries. I know myself and that I won't be able to finish such a shake (a can of coconut milk is waaaaay too much for me to eat in one sitting), but crunching on the veggies with almond butter will make me want something to mix it up.
          That's my plan, and I'm sticking to it. NO FOOD at the wedding.

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          • #6
            Prepared to go on my trip. (My shake, which I mixed last night, is fabulous. I totally wanted to drink it last night after dinner!)
            I had a tasty salad at Chili's last night, and asked for no cheese. I got a little chunk of blue cheese in there anyway, oh well.

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            • #7
              I rocked out my trip.
              I ate my own food on Friday night, Saturday lunch and Sunday morning, and ate eggs and bacon at a diner on Saturday morning and picked at wedding food on Saturday night. No cake, no alcohol, despite peer pressure.
              I'm feelin' pretty good about myself, actually.
              Back at home, I ate a bacon burger last night (no bun, of course) with a couple ketchup packets.

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              • #8
                Yesterday was good. I finished my fabulous fajitas and had some more bacon burger. Next up? Spaghetti squash and tomato sauce with chicken sausage.
                I'm thinking of using my new crock pot for the first time tomorrow to make a tasty curry. The spaghetti won't last but a few days, and it's best if I have something lined up already.
                I miss cheese. I'm a week without it, now. This next week will be a challenge, as we're celebrating my sister's birthday, going to the rodeo and celebrating my nephew's birthday all in one week. The cake will be the easy part to pass up. It's the "come on, it's just once per year" blandishments on other goodies that will be tempting.

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                • #9
                  welcome back!
                  i'm in the same boat.
                  PB 100 is what I've named mine.
                  Even if you fall flat on your face, at least you're moving forward!

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                  • #10
                    PB 100 - I like it.
                    I ate my spaghetti squash and sauce and they are yummy, but need more meat.
                    Today will be good: smoothie for breakfast (if I want b-fast), "spaghetti" for lunch, eggs and chicken for dinner. I need to buy more greens, and more bacon. And more almond butter. I've been snacking on it, and now it's all gone.

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                    • #11
                      Yesterday at work was totally grueling. :P All I really wanted come the end of day was a snickers bar.
                      But, instead, I had 4 eggs with pesto for dinner. Then, went to teach music to kids.
                      I still kinda want the Snickers, though.

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                      • #12
                        I did an 18 hour fast through yesterday morning, had a filling lunch, and then decided to take a nap instead of dinner before my evening activity: 18 hour fast, lunch, 18 hour fast. I ate a half a can of coconut milk this morning (with some frozen strawberries) and now feel totally nauseated. Ug. I'm not usually one who eats as soon as she wakes up, and I feel gross. :P
                        Another weekend coming up, another suite of challenges. It seems like everything is full of challenges when you're trying to be 100%. Planning is required. I'm going to no fewer than 4 events this weekend where "food" will be provided: burgers and beer, lasagna, munchies and beer, munchies. I know my limits of strength, and will have to show up at most of these already full.

                        I'm proud of myself for making it almost 2 weeks 100% primal. I'm missing cheese more and more with each passing day.

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                        • #13
                          A lot of my goal here is to lose weight. I want to gain muscle, but right now I'm just focused on losing fat. I've lost 2 pounds in the last week and 8ish from when I started two weeks ago. So, this is going well.
                          I doged the lasagna on Friday, the pizza and beer on Saturday and had a picnic in the park with my family yesterday. My sister provided the food. I assumed she would just get me a sandwich like everyone else, but she got me a salad instead. No arguments - it was thoughtful. It was also laced with cheese. So I had an ounce or two on Saturday. No big. Even if I have a mild response to casein or lactose or whatever when all this is done (with respect to giving up dairy), I'm not quitting cheese. I love it. I can metabolize the lactose, so I don't see any serious problems with keeping it in my diet.
                          A beautiful, flaming desert was served our table on Saturday evening, and I had none. I was pretty proud.

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                          • #14
                            Yesterday was fun! I went with a couple of my sisters and my nieces and nephews (aged 10, 7, 3, 2 and 1) to a carnival. I'm sore today. It was amazing to look around at all the foods loaded with sugar and grains and milk. There was even one place that proclaimed their fried oreos "were cooked in 100% trans-fat oils, so indulge and enjoy". Pretty hilarious.
                            I ate a hotdog without a bun.
                            I've been 100% (except small things like a chunkk of cheese in my salad which I hadn't ordered or a little pesto) in eating Primally, and doing Whole30. I'm bringing back milk on April 1st, at least in the form of Primal Fuel. Cheese and chocolate will have to wait until after PrimalCon.

                            I'm a little disappointed in the speed of weight loss, but I think I didn't go down today because I am sore from yesterday, which means my body is healing and growing stronger (lifting kids), and therefore retaining a little water. We'll see.

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                            • #15
                              Eggs and pesto. Lunch meats and mayo and mustard and tomatoes.
                              I cooked a beautiful curry for today's lunch, though.

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