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  • The Wife is RIGHT - Otter's Log

    Name: Otter
    Age: 42 (gah!)
    Weight: 130
    Height: 4' 11" (ok, it's 10.75", but I round up)

    I've been doing sports/exercising regularly since late high school and got interested in nutrition about 20 years ago. Several years ago I broke myself (overtraining + vitamin D deficiency). I got better, but the weight is still hanging around.

    Anyway -El Hubbo is an endurance athlete who lives on crap ("it says 'healthy' on the box!"). He doesn't do any strength training, doesn't think diet is important and says things like "Exercise FOUR HOURS a day and I guarantee you'll lose weight". He's very tall and lanky with a pronounced tummy; it went away when he was training 4 hours a day for the Ironman, but it came back less than 2 months afterward. I secretly think to myself "15lb in 12 months is not super-impressive", but I don't want to belittle his accomplishment. Besides, he IS an Ironman and I haven't done anything longer than a half marathon.

    I'm physically (and mentally) the polar opposite. I fenced in highschool and college, did the bodybuilding thing, after I recovered from my mystery condition I took up martial arts and roller derby. So, I'm all explosive speed and fast-twitch muscle. Two miles into the marathon/2 I was so bored I thought my head would explode.

    Anyway - my goal is to get below 120lb using PB. Technically I'd still be "overweight", but last I checked my LBM was 97lb (prob a little less now), so BMI can SUCK IT. I've been half-assed Primal since about February so I'd like to buckle down and show El Hubbo that I am RIGHT and nutrition and strength training are important

    Also - I'm hoping PB will help with fertility. We've been diagnosed with "unexplained infertility" and had have 2 IUI's fail. I was all no-alcohol, no-caffeine, no-sweeteners until the first one failed and then I was like "eff this, I'm having a diet coke!" which brings us to

    THE CHALLENGES: 1) Diet Pepsi Max addiction, you can tell me it's unhealthy, doesn't work.... 2) I quit all my sports 2 months ago and am feeling a little lost

    Anyway - I'll try to be entertaining if you'll come back and kick my ass if I slack off. What if I post bikini pictures? ... no, not NOW, when I'm hot again.... how about cat pictures? ha ha, ok I'll shut up now.
    Cooking Primal with Otter - Journal
    Otter's (Defunct) Primal Log
    "Not baked goods, Professor, baked bads!" ~ The Tick

  • #2
    Do it for yourself, not to prove your husband wrong. yes, i understand what your real intent is, but to do this long term, it has to be for yourself no one else.
    I will happily kick your ass about it. Also, you're exactly a foot shorter than me :P
    I'm a paleo foodie, come check out my recipes: http://strangekitty.ca/

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    • #3
      Do it! I'm doing some crazy strict paleo leptin reset program for 8 weeks. We can whine together when the going gets tough and we want our hubby's pizza, etc.

      And who the hell has 4 hours to work out?!?!?!?
      My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread70684.html

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      • #4
        I like cat pictures! And if you have kitten pics you get bonus points
        Newcomers: If you haven't read the book, at least read this thread ... and all the links!
        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread17722.html

        F/49/5'4"
        Jan. 1, 2011: 186.6 lbs PBSW Mar. 1, 2011: 175.8 lbs
        CW: 146.8 lbs
        GW 140 lbs
        A proud member of PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

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        • #5
          Hey, don't tell anyone... One little sneaky motivation of mine is to have a six pack before the boyfriend does. So I understand you in a way ;-)

          See, he's this very tall, lanky, army guy. He eats low-fat "healthy" food and exercises quite a bit. He's gorgeous. Except no matter what he does, his nice muscles are covered in fat. Skinny-fat, I guess, he always has to be taped when he has a army physical.

          Now me... I'm wide and big-boned, got lovely big hips and butt. And I'm fat right now, but that's coming off with Primal diet. I don't exercise much, but I'm not sedentary. Still, I'm going to try to exercise a bit more because I want to stun him... with a six pack(*)! I'm really looking forward to the look on his face... Hopefully that will be enough to change his mind about Primal!


          (*) And then I'll go back to being squishy, because I don't really give a flying squirrel about a six pack.

          I like your attitude towards BMI, keep it up!
          Pepsi Max was difficult for me to give up because the boyfriend is always drinking them around the house. You hear a can pop.. you want some too..
          From now on, what I'll do, is keep coconut milk in the house, and blend it with strawberries+kiwi, mango/peach, or pineapple. It's not soda, but it's a really tasty drink. I'll also make my own black iced-tea, keep it in the fridge, then add heavy cream and some honey when I make myself a glass.
          Could you do something like that?
          Last edited by abstractpersona; 06-16-2011, 06:29 AM.
          My smartphone makes me about $100 per month
          Updating my journal again after a 2 year break.

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          • #6
            Go for it!

            One difference I've noticed between men and women is that most men can lose weight eating like crap as long as they exercise. It's easy for him to give you advice when his body is completely different. I'm like you... fast-twitch muscle compared to my SO. Muscle makes chicks hot. Go you!!

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            • #7
              @nion - yes, ultimately it's all about me, but sometimes when temptations loom and motivation wanes, if I remember to think "Ha, I'll show him!" it usually helps. Ha ha, let's go pants shopping together and watch the store people tear their hair out!

              @kymma - kewl blog! kudos to you for sticking with the program, I don't think I could eat 50g of protein in one sitting... but if you want to whine, stop on by! I'm sure I'll be doing a lot of that

              @AP - when I was 10-14% bodyfat I still didn't have a six-pack, but now that I'm, uh, more than that I have BOOBS. I think most guys will take hooties over a six-pack... and I guess I would too. I'm drinking unsweetened iced tea right now, I actually like it better than sweetened for some reason; also, lemon/lime seltzer water is good for getting the bubbles fix. I swear they put something in Diet Pepsi Max that's not in other diet drinks, like crack.

              @lobster - did you ever see "You Are What You Eat" with the British harpie who comes over and looks at poop and tells people how fat they are? On that show the women are always really good about the diet and exercise and their husbands always cheat and drag their feet, but they always lose 2x times more than their wives! stupid testosterone. And who am *I* to give him advice when our bodytypes are so different?

              @Belinda - my bebeh, he's all big now
              Last edited by ottercat; 06-16-2011, 12:17 PM.
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              Otter's (Defunct) Primal Log
              "Not baked goods, Professor, baked bads!" ~ The Tick

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              • #8
                Dear Otter,
                Have I not served you well for 42 years? Did we not do literally thousands of lunges together? Did I not catch you when burly women sent you flying off the track? After all this you ask people to kick me for your own shortcomings! Enough is enough, I'm leaving.
                Sincerely,
                Your Hiney


                OK, after I posted yesterday I had a "Last Supper" kind of attack which included Pepsi Max and a small piece of carrot cake. I found a bag of chips in the pantry, but it was like 1/2c of chip-dust so I ate a few of the big pieces and threw the bag away. Then there was a box of Triscuits (my favorite!), but if you added all the fragments together, there were about 4.

                Bfast: 2 eggs, bacon (need some alkalinizing veggies in there!)
                Lunch: not hungry, skip
                Snack: attempted carbo binge [bad!]
                Dinner: cauliflower + salmon "sushi" rolls
                Beverages: sugar free mocha [bad!], Diet Pepsi Max [bad!], water, raspberry leaf tea, Emergen-C

                WO; kettlebells, lower body; 30m stroll; random bursts of kettlebell swings

                When I've fallen off dietary wagons before, the wagon stops, backs over me and leaves me for dead in the ditch. On PB, I can fall off, hang on with one hand, hold a cookie in the other, throw half away, and get right back on.

                But anyway, that's loser-thinking! This journal is for accountability!
                Cooking Primal with Otter - Journal
                Otter's (Defunct) Primal Log
                "Not baked goods, Professor, baked bads!" ~ The Tick

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                • #9
                  Oh yeah, agreed that guys are likely more interested in boobage than a 6pack. I just want to show him that if "this lazy girl" can do it, then he must be doing something wrong. An evil way to get the point across to him. (point being: if his diet and exercise is so good for him, then how come his muscles are covered in fat?)

                  Meowzers!, BTW, any chance to see a grown-up kitty photo...? I've got a ginger feline at home too!
                  My smartphone makes me about $100 per month
                  Updating my journal again after a 2 year break.

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                  • #10
                    THURSDAY
                    Not too bad a day considering that I actually ate
                    Bfast: bison burger, cauliflower
                    Lunch: taco meat, kale
                    Dinner: grilled chicken wings, sweet onion, bell pepper, celery
                    Snack: small scoop vanilla ice cream

                    I admit I had a 12oz Diet Coke in the afternoon because I was losing consciousness. For some reason I woke up at 1:56 and couldn't get back to sleep.

                    Exercise: this was a rest day (though I did walk 45min to and from the post office); I did kettlebells on Mondays and Wednesday and went for a run on Tuesday and my posterior chain is pretty sore. My excuse is that I had a massage and a chiropractic adjustment so I didn't want to topple over doing one-legged deadlifts or something.

                    El Hubbo is out of town so I spent all evening doing numerous Paleo Projects:
                    - made ghee
                    - carved up and ground and froze 1/2 a beef heart, started rendering tallow
                    - experimented with purifying some rendered mixed fat that's been in the fridge
                    - finished up Epic Bone Broth of Every Animal.

                    I had dumped about 1/3c of apple cider vinegar into the 5qt crockpot and it really softened up the bones. I though Mark was nuts when he wrote about eating the smaller chicken bones, but I found they were so crumbly you could even eat the leg bones! They're like Grok M&M's with a crispy outer shell and marrow insides. So I ate some bones, crushed the rest (even the pork rib bones were crumbly) and boiled them some more in about a quart of water, strained and added to EBBoEA.
                    Cooking Primal with Otter - Journal
                    Otter's (Defunct) Primal Log
                    "Not baked goods, Professor, baked bads!" ~ The Tick

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by abstractpersona View Post
                      Oh yeah, agreed that guys are likely more interested in boobage than a 6pack. I just want to show him that if "this lazy girl" can do it, then he must be doing something wrong. An evil way to get the point across to him. (point being: if his diet and exercise is so good for him, then how come his muscles are covered in fat?)

                      Meowzers!, BTW, any chance to see a grown-up kitty photo...? I've got a ginger feline at home too!
                      LOL, whatever motivates us, right?

                      I have TWO Gingers!
                      Here is the Bebeh, all growed up


                      and Cattus the Elder (but not so old)
                      Cooking Primal with Otter - Journal
                      Otter's (Defunct) Primal Log
                      "Not baked goods, Professor, baked bads!" ~ The Tick

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                      • #12
                        Sorry about my love of acronyms, ottercat!

                        I think it's hilarious you round your height up, too. I tell everyone I'm 5'2", but I'm really 5'1.75". We're both taking credit for an extra quarter inch.

                        BTW, your cats are adorable!
                        Motherhood: When changing from pj pants to yoga pants qualifies as 'getting dressed'.

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                        • #13
                          FRIDAY
                          Once again, woke up at 2AM and had trouble getting back to sleep. Usually a bad night's sleep makes me hungry the next day (never try fasting on such a day), but it didn't this time.

                          Evil Otter tried to get me to drink Diet Pepsi Max so I spent some time reading about leptin and insulin.

                          I've decided to tell myself that the stress of excess toxins on the liver raises triglycerides and inhibits leptin signalling, i.e. Diet Soda makes me keeps me from losing weight. Plus, I've decided that my liver needs time to recover from all the abuse so I'd better keep it clean. That's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

                          Bfast: leftover wings and cauliflower
                          Lunch: a few almonds, Tanka bar
                          "Dinner": 2 slices swiss cheese, blueberries

                          Exercise: none. Went to pick El Hubbo up at the airport in the afternoon. He was saying he would like to go work out, so I figured I would do some HIIT. However, the pool didn't open for another hour so we ended up going to see "Super 8" in IMAX. I did not get popcorn.
                          Cooking Primal with Otter - Journal
                          Otter's (Defunct) Primal Log
                          "Not baked goods, Professor, baked bads!" ~ The Tick

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                          • #14
                            SATURDAY

                            think I need to log food as I eat it....

                            AM: blueberries, coconut milk (a la Abstractpersona), leftover wings, a little grilled pepper and sweet onion; raspberry tea

                            Exercise: stationary bike - 2 rounds of Tabatas (20s hard:10s rest x 8), 4 rounds of 30:30, walk 1.5 miles

                            Lunch: 2 pieces swiss cheese, ~4oz stevia-sweetened ice coffee w/ cream, ~4oz chilled roasted red pepper soup, mini heart-burger and small green salad.
                            I think I need to have more easy to prepare foods on hand so I don't go grazing before I figure out what I want to eat!

                            Dinner: decided to go to a baseball game so I had a nasty, pink nitrate-filled hot dog with yellow mustard, no bun and a bottle of water. Not great, but could've been worse!

                            Snack: ~2T cashews and about 12 chocolate chips, small glass red wine. Tummy rumbling and unhappy about something, probably the sugar in the chocolate chips. Also - opened a can of Diet Pepsi Max (after much conniving and whispering from Evil Otter). Drank a few sips (less than half a can) and poured the rest down the sink. That has NEVER happened. Didn't want any after that.

                            I always found people really annoying when they had been eating clean for awhile then ate something like pizza and beer, got dramatically ill and declared they could no longer eat unhealthy food. I was always able to eat clean and then eat all kinds of crap with no ill effects. Now when I eat flour my ear gets inflamed and I can't hear out of it for a couple of days and sugar upsets my stomach. Next thing you know I'll be living in a cave clubbing bunnies for food.
                            Last edited by ottercat; 06-19-2011, 10:32 PM.
                            Cooking Primal with Otter - Journal
                            Otter's (Defunct) Primal Log
                            "Not baked goods, Professor, baked bads!" ~ The Tick

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                            • #15
                              SUNDAY:

                              Bfast: almond flour biscuits (will share recipe soon!), runny egg and 2 slices bacon (from local, pastured, chem free, etc.etc. pigs). Iced coffee with coconut milk.

                              Exercise: play day - kayaked for about 1.5 hours while El Hubbo swam. Got some sun and some low intensity activity

                              Pre-dinner (~1 hour before, lolz): 1/2 almond biscuit w/ ghee, 4oz iced coffee with coconut milk

                              Dinner: teriyaki chicken drumsticks, sauteed veggies, salad w/ homemade dressing. Small glass of merlot.

                              Dessert: grapes

                              Today was a good day! I would just like to point out that Otter and Mr. Otter went to a little street festival after kayaking and I didn't eat anything. I enjoyed smelling all the yummy foods and looking at the menus, but I didn't feel any need to ingest any of it.

                              Mr. Otter had the most horrifying thing I have ever heard of: the Cake Shake. Cake, frosting, milk, ice, probably flavoring all blended up and topped off with sweetened whipped cream. All your hydrogenated fats, white cake flour, white sugar, and artificial flavoring in a convenient no-chew form.

                              Then we went to see my parents for dinner. Mama Otter always cooks up something yummy with two types of vegetables. I did not have any rice. You have to understand that as a Japanese person this is really deviant behavior! Maybe when I lean out a little I can have some on the pretense of carb-refeeds.

                              Then there was some apricot tart/cake for dessert and I didn't really want it even as I turned it down. Instead I had grapes, which are about my most favorite food in the world, but which I don't eat that often bc they're too sugary. What have I become???

                              Anyway - all in all a fairly successful week. I hit my workouts, managed to sneak in minimum 45 minute walks, even on no-exercise days and was pretty clean diet-wise. Usually I either do well workout-wise or diet-wise, but not at the same time. I didn't crave Diet Pepsi all day, which is some kind of miracle.

                              I can attribute much of it to thinking, "Well, shit, if I eat/drink that I'll have to 'fess up in my journal", so it's all thanks to you! Yes, YOU......right there, I'm pointing at YOU, yeah. So keep reading, it will only encourage me. Kitty/puppy pictures are good too! Maybe I'll get some recipes posted here as well (paleo halibut tom kha gai, anyone?)
                              Cooking Primal with Otter - Journal
                              Otter's (Defunct) Primal Log
                              "Not baked goods, Professor, baked bads!" ~ The Tick

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