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  • I have no idea about my period anymore. I had a hysterectomy in 2005. I had fibroids. I still have ovaries. I never was one to keep track of my period before, so there is no hope now.

    Went hiking today. Dinner was random stuff. 2 avocados with salsa, 3 dates, some liver pate, red wine and dark chocolate.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    • Hey, you gonna be at Kickoff next week?
      Heaviest: 1-22-2012 = 203 lbs, of being skinny fat, beginning PB
      Current: = 182 lbs. 14% body fat.
      Goal: 175 lbs. was made in April 2013.

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      • Probably not. It's a 5.5 hour drive and I don't want to use time off to go there. I'm saving my time off to hike a couple weeks on the CDT this summer. We'll really miss seeing the movies on Saturday night. That's my boyfriend's and my favorite event. But it's too much driving. Are you hiking the PCT?

        I cooked a giant steak for dinner. My boyfriend said it was the best steak he ever had. I followed the instructions here:
        Tiny Urban Kitchen: Oven to Pan Seared Prime Ribeye Steaks

        Since my steak was so huge (over a pound with the bone still attached) I set my oven probe to 105 degrees and seared each side for 4 minutes and still got a rare steak. But man was it delicious and tender and not raw-tasting at all. I'm so happy because that steak cost me $25 so I didn't want to ruin it.
        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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        • Too much steak for dinner. Couldn't eat any breakfast this morning and now I have that "my stomach is stretched" hunger. I want to go for a run but it's freezing ass cold out there with drippy wet fog. I'm dreading that initial 20 minutes of being freezing cold before I finally warm up. I hate Santa Barbara. The fog season comes earlier and earlier. Used to start in June and end in August when I was a kid. Now it starts in April and doesn't let up until November or so. So gloomy and cold.
          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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          • I just ate a Lara bar that had peanut butter in it. I love peanut butter. I know you aren't supposed to eat it, but I didn't have my reading glasses when I was in the store so I couldn't read the ingredients. I just hoped that was plain dates and figs or something, but I was wrong.

            I think my weight is finally on a downward trend again. I am not one to experiment with a single thing all at once. These are my most recent fiddlings over the last week and a half:
            - ran out of chocolate
            - had run out of wine but we have it again
            - being stricter about not eating between meals
            - a little bit of fasting, nothing too crazy. I think the max was 19 hours.
            - got in a good hike this weekend. Got in a good run on Monday (but I hurt my calves again.)
            - started taking Iodoral (which is iodine and iodide) instead of just iodide
            - started taking OTC dessicated thyroid supplements (2 each evening)

            I went to my exercise class at lunch today and I swear afterwards my pants felt like they were falling off. I mean, I noticed a difference before the class vs after. I actually checked to make sure I buttoned them. I hope things really are on the move again.
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • Hola. Word on the street is that you're quite the hiker. I'm interested in doing something epically epic, even if it takes a while to accomplish-enter the Appalachian Trail, when starts/ends not far from where I live. Have you hiked it/plan on it?

              Edit: not all at once, mind you, probably over the course of years and years
              Last edited by justyouraveragecavemen; 04-25-2012, 12:25 PM. Reason: time table
              If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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              • Just kind of interested, but what does your caloric intake turn out to be on a weekly basis, on average? How often do you vary your macros?
                My chocolatey Primal journey

                Unusual food recipes (plus chocolate) blog

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                • Originally posted by justyouraveragecavemen View Post
                  Hola. Word on the street is that you're quite the hiker. I'm interested in doing something epically epic, even if it takes a while to accomplish-enter the Appalachian Trail, when starts/ends not far from where I live. Have you hiked it/plan on it?

                  Edit: not all at once, mind you, probably over the course of years and years
                  Hiking the entire or even half the AT is just as easy, maybe easier, than hiking a week's worth. Doing a hike like that on the AT or the PCT is more like doing a tour of small-town America on foot. There are hundreds of people all around you. It's like a linear party, a special little community. You meet all these interesting characters all with funny names (mine was Piper), there's gossip that flows up and down the trail, there's funny stuff people write in trail registers, there are places people gather each day (the shelters on the AT, the water sources on the PCT). It's really a lot of fun. As far as strenuous goes, the PCT is actually easier than the AT because the trail is very gently graded most of the time. The AT tends to go straight up and straight down, no switchbacks. But the PCT has a lot of places with 20 or 30 miles between water sources. If you get ultralight backpacking gear, it makes it way easier. Nothing's worse than carrying 60lbs of useless heavy crap on your back.

                  I hiked the entire PCT in two large pieces in 2008 and 2009. I picked up one last little 80 mile chunk in 2010 (I'm a big weenie when it comes to fording deadly swollen sierra creeks) and I'm planning to do the last little 20 mile bit through the Station Fire detour in a few weeks. Then I will have completely 100% hiked the entire PCT (although this 20 mile bit through the Station Fire is a detour, not the actual trail. I doubt the actual trail will ever be there again.)

                  Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
                  Just kind of interested, but what does your caloric intake turn out to be on a weekly basis, on average? How often do you vary your macros?
                  I'm not sure what it is on a weekly basis. I did some tracking for a few weeks with myfitnesspal and tried to aim for 1200 a day. Some days it was below that (like 1000), some days above (like 1700) but when I added in my exercise (and I think doing that is a totally bogus cheat because I know that exercise doesn't burn hardly any calories at all, at least for me) I was consistently around 1100.

                  Nowadays I vary my macros based on want. If I am getting hungrier, I might have a high fat meal or two. If high fat meals aren't doing it, I'll have a high protein meal. And if I start looking longingly at the bananas on the counter, then I have more fruit, usually, high sugar fruits like bananas, dates and dried fruit (I'm a recovering sugar fiend.)

                  I'd eat more berries if they weren't so goddam expensive. $5 for a little tiny container? I ate all the berries I could grab on the PCT for free. Someday I'm going to make a special trip stopping in Nor Cal to pick all the blackberries and thimble berries I can, then up to Washington for all the huckleberries and blueberries I can possibly scrounge.


                  Yesterday I managed a 20 hour fast. I was very hungry around dinner time but I didn't have dinner, made it through the night and was surprisingly not hungry at all around breakfast. I had liver and eggs for breakfast yesterday and today. I feel really warm today, radiating from my solar-plexus.
                  Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                  • Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                    Hiking the entire or even half the AT is just as easy, maybe easier, than hiking a week's worth.
                    Yeah, I worked with a lady whose husband was hiking it at some crazy pace of like a week or two a year (he's a teacher, goes during summer break), so he's not finishing anytime soon. I like that idea, I think for a week or 2 I could really push myself and cover some ground. I also like the idea of doing it alone, away from everything and everyone. I think I'm having a pre-mid-life crisis of some sort.
                    If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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                    • Well, I quit a very good job at a well-known software company because of a mid-life crisis. Hiking the trail was a great thing to do. No regrets. Being out there for 3 months at a time was an amazing gift. I hope to do it again someday.
                      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                      • If PUFA is so bad, why is pork roast and chicken with the skin on so darn delicious? Why do I feel so good after I eat it?
                        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                        • Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                          If PUFA is so bad, why is pork roast and chicken with the skin on so darn delicious? Why do I feel so good after I eat it?
                          I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

                          Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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                          • Got lots of sun this weekend. I did wear sunscreen on my shoulders so I wouldn't burn but I was out there way longer than the sunscreen could possibly last. In a tanktop and shorts. So I still got a tiny little bit of a burn. This is how I'm doing Vitamin D right now. Although it looks like our seasonal fog has begun so I might have to break out the Vitamin D capsules again.

                            I noticed my muscles are getting really firm. I'm not getting any smaller but I'm getting more muscular. I think if I did weight lifting I have the kind of body that could win contests if I worked hard enough at it. Maybe some day I'll try that. For now I haven't found access to a weight room at a price I'm willing to pay.

                            My boyfriend is leaving this weekend on a 3 week backpack trip by himself. I will be able to eat all the fatty meat I want. I hope he has a good time. I think he's partly doing it to get back at me for leaving him at home to backpack by myself all the time. If I don't plan my own trips, I won't ever get to go. That was the only way I could hike for 6 months while I was still young enough to do it.

                            Last night I scrubbed my skin with epsom salts. Wow that left my skin feeling really nice. We have really hard water and I have really dry skin and this left my skin feeling soft and moist.

                            I think I will ride my bike to work today.
                            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                            • Are you doing anything besides fatty meat indulgence? I love having time to myself, to get projects done, or just be quiet with myself, lazing around.

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                              • Well, I hike and usually when I do it I try to get a big space between me and the other people so I can be alone. I make shoes as a hobby. I recently made these. I am really happy with them. They are very comfortable.


                                Today as an experiment I made a sweet potato for lunch in the microwave and ate it plain. I'm sorry, but that is not satiating at all. I'm starving.
                                Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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