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  • #16
    I think I did pretty well yesterday, I ate when I was hungry, stopped before I was full, and I think I stayed primal.

    B: coffee, cream, stevia, 2 eggs, e sausage
    L: spinach, flaxseed meal, salmon, olive oil, cider vinegar, half an avocado, a few mushrooms, jarlsberg cheese
    D: the last of last night pork roast, a bit of ground beef with onions and tomato, mushrooms sauteed with a splash of cream, broccoli

    The shin splints are getting better so I think I will be able to start walking again by Monday! So excited, the chin up bar goes up tomorrow!!!

    I currently work a part time job and I am looking to either add another part time job or change to a full time job, so I am spending some time this week cleaning up my resume. It has a huge variety of stuff on it, just trying to make it easy to see how diverse I am without making me look flighty!
    Chris
    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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    My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

    My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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    • #17
      So the number is getting smaller on the scale, which, even though I don't technically care what I weigh if I can be healthy and fit back into my wedding dress-realistically I have to lose weight to do that. So for now the number is a piece of information I am using to determine if I need to tweek something or if I should or stay the course. Because I feel certain that even when I find something that works now, it will change as I get smaller. So I will continue to weigh daily (for now) and measure monthly. My ultimate goal is to scan a photo of my before (it is a photo of me sitting on poor Santa's lap) and an after photo that will be me in my wedding dress (or this other green dress I wore for a celebration of our engagement). I am also going to continue to keep track of my foods on this journal. I like it here because it is about what I am eating and not about how much or the macro nutrient percentages or the calories or the carbs. I like that it is freeing.

      B: coffee, cream, stevia, 2 eggs
      L: spinach, salmon, 1/2 avocado, oil, vinegar, flaxseed meal, jarlsberg
      S: 10 macadamia nuts (DS had a rifle match that would extend late, pizza available there-not an option for me)
      D: (very late-10pm) broccoli, mushroom-onion-ground beef mix-1T butter, mascarpone with SF syrup

      I feel like I am starting to do a better job of listening to my body cues, eat when hungry, eat what I want, stop when I am no longer hungry. Now if I can just teach my self to slow down so I don't miss the satiety cue I think I would have this down pat.
      Chris
      "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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      My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

      My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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      • #18
        Great Job! Keep it up.
        Primal since 9/24/2010
        "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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        • #19
          Thanks Paula!

          So yesterday dh came home with an printed article from his "Wellness Center" talking about the best healthy cereals-talk about contradictions! But even worse the author talks about the percent of added sugar and how much is ok in a cereal-one of her top 10 had 43% which she explained was ok because it had raisins in it. Years ago when I did a diet in which I seem to remember that it was suggested not to eat anything in which sugar was in the top 5 ingredients (and not to eat anything with more than 5 ingredients). Everyone of the cereals the author listed in her top 10 had sugar as the 2nd or 3rd ingredient. I went ballistic. So I made dh his own blend of cereal. He refuses to give up oats so I used them, but there was a whole lot of great stuff in there, nuts and coconut etc and toasted it. I did add some raw honey, but in a batch that made more than a store bought box of granola only 1/3 of a cup-I added some stevia to water for added sweetening power. Problem is, he thought it was so yummy he is likely to overeat it.

          I am slowly sneaking my boys toward Primal, by the time I get done-and it may take a year-they will be totally primal! At the very least, they will no longer be eating from packages, cans or boxes at my house-I can't control what happens when they eat away from home.

          Yesterday I found a fantastic Whey Protein Powder. It is the Jay Robb brand-pricey but fits in with the Primal (well except that I am using powdered protein at all!) uses dairy whey from non-hormone cows, stevia as sweetener. It still uses lecithin (ie. soy) but basically has very clean ingredients and FANTASTIC taste. DS drinks an iced mocha for breakfast every morning and I use Chocolate Protein Powder mixed with coffee and cream, so this will be perfect for him.

          So, my eating...

          B: coffee, cream, stevia, 1 egg, 1 sausage
          L: coffee, cream, protein powder (had to taste test it!), and 1 ounce of almonds
          D: shrimp and scallops roasted with tomatoes which liquified and made the whole thing like a tomato based soup-YUM! I had added a few squirts of hot sauce, perfect.
          S: a few bites, to adjust the homemade cereal recipe.
          Chris
          "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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          My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

          My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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          • #20
            I have been trying to find treats for my boys (DS & DH) since they are not totally committed to the Primal move. So tonight I made "Maple Bacon Butter Bites" FED - Fitness in an Evolutionary Direction: Caveman Cuisine: Maple Butter Bacon Bites I had one-too rich, NEVER thought I would ever say something was too rich. It is still sitting in my stomach. Thinking I am going to stick to simple for myself.

            B: coffee, cream, eggs, mushrooms, rondele (all done with it now-so yummy probably not primal)
            L: salad, salmon, flaxseed meal, oil, vinegar, avocado, jarlsberg
            D: beef ribs (disappointing flavor with homemade bbq sauce), salad with vinegar, oil, mayo, some grated parm
            S: one of the bacon/chocolate bites-mistake, sitting heavy.
            Chris
            "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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            My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

            My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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            • #21
              A little reminder to myself....The 5 Minute Exercise That Helped Me Figure Out My Life |
              Chris
              "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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              My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

              My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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              • #22
                My Eulogy

                This is supposed to be a 5 minute exercise, so I am going to ramble and see where I get....

                When itís time for your loved ones to make your eulogy..

                How do you want them to describe you?...I would like for people to say, she tried to never be the one to cause hurt or pain and worked to relieve pain caused by other, she used her unique talents to to their full potential and made a difference.

                What kind of person do you want to have become?...I want to be that person that others marvel at how I can have enough energy to get done all that I do, a sort of renaissance woman.

                What exceptional personality traits do you to have embodied through your life?...I am a very emotional person-no getting away from that-so I want people to remember that I laughed enthusiastically, cried shamelessly, and loved unconditionally

                What can you do TODAY to start becoming that person? ...stop researching how to become primal and just do it. Start doing the exercises, continue eating clean food, stop putting so much focus on me and push my focus out into the world. Start painting again, get back to my gardening.

                I am thinking this may get added to as I come up with more ideas of how to become the person I see myself as in my dreams.
                Chris
                "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                • #23
                  I got the chin up bar in yesterday, DS and I plan to do the 5 Essential Movements twice a week-the day after his rifle practices to give his muscles to fully recover before the next practice, so Tuesday and Friday. I will start my 30 minute morning walk tomorrow morning, I have a lot of walking to do today so I won't need to do it today.

                  I did some gardening yesterday, weeding and pruning. Need to put some mulch out this week, fertilize the (sad, crunchy) lawn. Talking to a friend of a friend today who needs work, about helping me do the rock work for my backyard sanctuary. Not a permanent job, but help in the interim.

                  Also going to submit my resume today in the hopes of getting another part time job or full time and give up my current part time job.

                  I tried some pants on yesterday from the back of my closet. I had bought 3 pairs of pants quite a while ago that were on sale, and the same brand, size and style-but different colors- of my favorite pair at home. Didn't bother to try them on. Well apparently the pair I had at home were an anomaly, and all 3 pair were too small. I never bothered to take them back. They fit, just the very slightest too snug but will be perfect very very soon. Good thing because I actually had to throw away my favorite pair of jeans this week-had totally worn them out-tooted out a little taps and tossed em:~( so very sad.
                  Chris
                  "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                  My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                  My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                  • #24
                    I have gained a bit the last 2 days...I also had a primal snack both days. Not bad, but not needed. I had a theory a while back and I think it comes into play here...regardless of calories, or any other nutrient-micro or macro- food that you eat when you are not hungry (ie. is not needed) is put into storage in your body. Crazy idea, but it seems to hold true for me. One of the reasons I think it is so important to get back to where I am following my body's cues...eat when hungry, eat what the body really wants, and stop eating when satisfied. The body has to have a need to be fit, I think I have been overriding the signals for so long the body is confused.

                    Busy yesterday trying to get the back yard ready for this fall. I built a fire pit a couple of years ago as well as a stone patio around it, and a stone patio under the deck (which workmen on another project moved-ie. took apart). Anyway, we like to watch movies out there and I am doing some terracing so that I can slow the hill from washing down onto the stone patio. My house was built into a hill. Have found someone to do the heavy labor I can't do yet. Then I will plant into the terraces so they will stabilize. DH will be so happy.

                    B: coffee, cream, egg, mushroom, cheese
                    L: salad, salmon, oil, vinegar, flaxseed meal-out of avocado
                    D: pork ribs, salad
                    S: 3 primal chocolate chip cookies-homemade

                    no "snacks" today.

                    going to do the assessment from Mark Sisson's ebook on fitness so I can get started on the movements!
                    Chris
                    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                    My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                    My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                    • #25
                      I like the 5 min exercise. I think i'll try it soon. Hurray for old pants that fit like new. Im impressedby your patio/firepit building abilities.
                      Primal since 9/24/2010
                      "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

                      Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Weight Loss Tools
                      MFP username: MDAPebbles67

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                      • #26
                        So, regarding the assessment for the 5 essential movements....well lets just say embarrassing, or I have a lot of potential for growth. I did not even bother to record it, most were "0" (ie. unable to complete even 1 rep). So on Friday I begin at the beginning, the youtube progressionmark sisson progression - YouTube

                        It is humbling and exciting at the same time.

                        The 5 minute exercise was very helpful as it forced me to focus away from my weight, knowing full well nobody would say, she had such a pretty face too bad she never got thin, or conversely she worked so hard to get thin but lost her self along the way....well nobody I care about anyway!

                        B:coffee, cream, stevia, egg, sausage (I found a pork sausage-"Jones Natural" with no sugar, MSG, or anything weird-just pork, salt and spices)
                        L: salad, ground beef, oil, vinegar, jarlsberg
                        D: pot roast, Kale, bacon/unsweetened chocolate bite-I cut off the frosting which had the sweetener

                        Did a lot of running around for the back yard project today, ended up with concrete blocks as the edge for my terraces as they were $1@-so about $51 and the landscape blocks were $500 (plus delivery) to do the same thing. It is going to look great, just hoping DH doesn't ask about how much the labor is costing us! The rest of the stone I will pick up from the free bin at the rock quarry. It is the pieces left over after they have cut the shapes they need from the limestone, etc.
                        Chris
                        "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                        My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                        My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                        • #27
                          Had a pretty good day today, productive, and the yard is coming along well.

                          I got a letter to say that the gentleman (very loosely defined) who cut off my dd and caused a major auto accident is contesting the evidence. He did not have any insurance, and lied to the policeman and said he didn't have the card with him, the policeman didn't ticket him even though it is illegal here not to have the proof with you. DD could not veer to avoid him because there is a ditch on the side of the road, so she had no place to go. She hit him. Air bag did not deploy, so she was going at or below the speed limit. She was perfectly fine, but the van was totaled (Thank God for Toyotas). Luckily we have a witness who says she didn't have a chance of stopping in time, and phone records prove she was not on the cell, there was no food in the car nor did she have her water bottle with her-ie. no distractions. The policeman said the guy was acting weird (I should have asked for him to do a sobriety test). Bottom line it was his fault and he doesn't want to have to pay. So I will have to waste my time to gather the evidence, photos, letters, etc. and show up at the hearing, I am certain he assumes I will not bother to come-his mistake. What a sleaze bag. Makes my head want to explode. Taking deep breaths now, working to calm myself down until I can do something about it tomorrow.

                          Been having trouble getting a good nights sleep-DH is snoring, I am planning to sleep in the spare room tonight, as well as going to bed early.

                          OK, so what I ate today...

                          B: coffee, cream, stevia, sausage
                          L: salad, salmon, oil, vinegar, flax seed, jarlsberg
                          D: 5 macadamia, roasted chicken, broccoli, cauliflower

                          Tomorrow is the 1st, so its a full body measurement kind of day. I am kind of excited.
                          Chris
                          "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                          My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                          My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                          • #28
                            Drum roll please....here are the stats....

                            SW(8/19/11): 267
                            neck: 14.5"
                            r. bicep:17"
                            r. forearm: 12"
                            Chest:48"
                            Waist: 40"
                            Hips: 51"
                            r. Thigh: 30"
                            r. calf: 17"

                            CW: 266 down 1
                            Neck: 14 down .5
                            r.bicep: 15.75 down 1.25
                            r.forearm: 12 no change
                            Chest: 47.5 down .5
                            waist: 39.5 down .5
                            hips: 49 down 2 (!)
                            r. thigh: 29 down 1
                            r. calf: 17 no change

                            11 days of maybe 95% Primal and a loss of 1 pound and 6.75 inches. I'll take it. It was reasonably easy, felt comfortable and natural, not forced most of the time. I like that. We start actually doing the 5 essential movements tomorrow. And on top of my food I will be including my steps off of my pedometer and whatever movements I do that day, including things like gardening, etc. I want to have a record of how my movement increases as my body is given a chance to heal.
                            Chris
                            "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                            My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                            My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                            • #29
                              So, the back yard hardscape is looking pretty good, now I have the planting to do, supposed to be close to 100 all weekend, so I will probably just lay out the pine straw for the front beds and wait till it cools a bit to plant so I don't bake the plants. But I can move the hammock out there and find an old chandelier to turn into a candelier (I won't actually put candles in it, just for looks).

                              Tired today, I have sleep apnea and my mask is leaking badly. I think I will try sleeping in the lounger in my room tonight so I can sleep without the mask. I have not started my morning walks back up and really want to do that tomorrow-I have been too sleepy.

                              B: coffee, cream, stevia, 2 sausage
                              L: salad, kale, salmon, flaxseed, oil, vinegar, jarlsberg
                              D: onion, tomato, mushroom, ground beef, 2 homemade chocolate (1/4C cocoa, 1/2 C coconut oil, 2 T Stirling SF syrup, 6 drops stevia made 12)
                              Chris
                              "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                              My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                              • #30
                                too tired to do any exercise yesterday. It also pushed me into the kitchen too much. nibbled on a few (at least) of the little chocolate bacon and chocolate coconut bites I have stored in the fridge. They are primal and even low carb, but that quantity was unnecessary addition in calories. For the most part I do not believe in the calorie in/calorie out hypothesis...however I do believe that my body will tell me when I need energy and if I take in energy I do not need in the form of calories when indeed the intake of energy I need is a nap that generally results in a slight gain. Easily reversed with a day of rest and movement and proper intake of energy in the form of healthy restorative food. Also had lunch out, although I think I did well you can never tell when someone else prepares your food, and I got lazy last night and did a bottle dressing on my salad-Cardini's which is yummy but not really primal.

                                Luckily I slept well last night. So that part is taken care of.

                                I have 8 bales of pine straw to spread today. That should take care of the movement part.

                                My avocados are ripe which will help with the restorative food energy.

                                B: 2eggs, 2 sausage, coffee, cream, stevia
                                L: 10 oz. burger, mixed salad greens, cheese, bacon (out to lunch with friend)
                                D: chicken/cheese sausage, tomato, caesar salad
                                S: too many chocolate/bacon and chocolate coconut bites
                                Chris
                                "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                                My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                                My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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