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  • #16
    go cassanina, go! i did baking soda and vinegar in my hair for a while, it worked just as well as shampoo for me, Minus getting oily after two days, and Minus the weird dry poofiness the day i showered. now my hair is in dreads, and i mostly do not wash it, just massage vigorously and rinse it really thoroughly. sometimes i'll use dr. bronner's soap in it, though i haven't tried baking soda and vinegar with dreads yet. they seem to be fine.

    if you had your choice of intramural sport, what would you go for? i think i'd pick rugby
    -joan's primal journal and blog-

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    • #17
      Originally posted by joan View Post
      your boobs are bigger than mine, but boy do i know what it feels like to know i'll never be tiny. i actually freak out when i get skinnier, i have a strong need to feel Sturdy. looking forward to being more burly, too are you planning to specifically try to build muscle once you've leaned up, or do you just want to lean and tone?
      I am pretty muscular, underneath this 20 pounds I want to lose! I am going to continue Crossfit (for the strength) and Yoga (for my sanity! Oh, yeah, and flexibility...) throughout. I want to be a toned size 6-8 (whatever weight that gives me) but not SUPER toned. I enjoy my curves, but just want them to be smaller. I don't ever want to be weak! One of my 2012 goals is to finally be able to do a pullup! Hell, a weighted pull-up!
      的t's a lifestyle--train like there's no finish line".

      Army Officer by day.
      Practicing Crossfitter, Yogi, Chef and Hiker by night.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by PeacefulWarrior View Post
        Just read your journal Cass...
        You are going to do awesome.
        Remember the 'shoot for 100, and be happy with 80 rule.'
        .
        Thanks Peaceful! I too am a perfectionist and your words right very true. I hadn't really stopped to think about it yet. I have an all or nothing mentality that I am definitely working on, but which contributes to my binging. Messed up at breakfast? Ruined the whole day, might as well keep messing up! *FAIL*. I actually ate some things yesterday I didn't plan on it, and felt (even for a minute) that I failed....but then I remembered that it's just part of the process and eating an extra 4oz of cheese and a cup of nuts doesn't derail me! So I may not have lost weight yesterday, but it surely was Primal and I can't beat myself up!

        Thanks for posting! Always happy to see another Seahawk fan. My parents have season tickets, so I always try to catch a game when I visit for Christmas.
        的t's a lifestyle--train like there's no finish line".

        Army Officer by day.
        Practicing Crossfitter, Yogi, Chef and Hiker by night.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by joan View Post
          if you had your choice of intramural sport, what would you go for? i think i'd pick rugby
          I played volleyball in high school, so probably that. But I would also love some flag football! Played powderpuff football in high school and college (the ONE game a year, but still!) and LOVED it! I think Rugby would be INTENSE, but I could dig it for sure!
          的t's a lifestyle--train like there's no finish line".

          Army Officer by day.
          Practicing Crossfitter, Yogi, Chef and Hiker by night.

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          • #20
            Day Five
            5 days Binge Free

            Well I was going to post that yesterday was kind of unsuccessful. But after thinking some more, and reading PeacefulWarrior's post, I realize that I really didn't mess up at all. I'm just super hard on myself. Nothing I ate was off Primal, but it wasn't on *MY* eating plan, so I beat myself up. No more doing that!

            I felt a slight binge desire yesterday, and gave in slightly, in a healthy way. I stopped and recognized that I wanted to eat, and then allowed myself like a huge (4oz+?) block of cheese, about a cup of macadamia nuts, and then made some sweet potato fries for dinner. Everything was Primal, but I planned one eating none of those things yesterday. I could have easily eaten a dozen cookies or cake or anything else, so I consider this a success and will not adjust my binge-free counter!

            Food
            Good breakfast. Good lunch. Then lots of cheese, nuts, and a sweet potato. Still within the rules, but I will consider it within my 20%.

            Exercise
            No workout. No sprinting. No moving slow. Super lazy day curled up with the family watching shows and movies! Loved it though.

            Sunlight, Play, Use Brain
            Raining. No playing. Doubt I used my brain much!

            Avoid Poison & Stupid Mistakes
            Check!

            Sleep
            9 hours. Slept well, even after my sweet potato. Forget how much better I sleep when I'm grain-free!

            Off to get some highlights, and I know she'll use regular shampoo. Hope it doesn't mess up my No 'Poo journey too much! Oh well if it does. Just like with life, you fall down and get back up. If I have to start back over with the adjustment period, I start back over! This is for life, so no use giving up!
            的t's a lifestyle--train like there's no finish line".

            Army Officer by day.
            Practicing Crossfitter, Yogi, Chef and Hiker by night.

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            • #21
              Day Six
              6 days Binge Free

              Happy New Year! Feels good to have started my journey (and my journal) prior to the New Year. I kind of hate resolutions, as they make it seem like something is wrong and needs to be resolved in your life. I did make some 2012 goals though.

              2012 Plan of Action:
              Do an unassisted pullup (possible a weighted one eventually!)
              Run 3 races
              Continue with Crossfit & Paleo/Primal
              Do a Whole30 challenge (started today!)
              Try to buy only grass-fed, pasteurized and/or wild-caught meat (budget more towards this)
              Make one new recipe a week
              Grow something (start some sort of garden)

              No weight loss goals exactly, but being able to do a pullup will incorporate losing weight and getting stronger. Kind of proud of myself for not dying to set a weight loss goal. Probably the first year in a long time! I have a friend who set a 100 pounds in 2012 goal. Just scares me to put something in concrete like that. I want to get healthier, I think that's a pretty good goal and will have lots of unintended side-effects as a result.

              Food
              Fasted until dinner (24hrs), then a steak with my family. No wine, no appetizers, no nothing else! Hooray!

              Exercise
              Did push-up workout for the 100-pushup challenge. No sprinting, no slow movement.

              Sunlight, Play, Use Brain
              No sunlight here! Did play games for a few hours with the family, so I used my brian as well!

              Avoid Poison & Stupid Mistakes
              Check!

              Sleep
              7 hours. Went to bed a little after midnight. Was actually surprised I lasted all the way until midnight since I got up at 6am, but it's the last night with my sisters so I made an effort!

              Oh, and the highlights went great! She did wash my hair with conventional shampoo, but when I woke up today it wasn't greasy at all. That's kind of a miracle so maybe my hair is adjusting to the No 'Poo! I can only hope it doesn't have to start all over.

              Happy New Year! Here's to the best year yet, where I take back my health and become the healthy, strong, fit woman I was meant to be!
              的t's a lifestyle--train like there's no finish line".

              Army Officer by day.
              Practicing Crossfitter, Yogi, Chef and Hiker by night.

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              • #22
                it sounds like five days binge free has started to change your eating process as well as your mental processes. that's great. it would suck to still be stuck in all the mental patterns of binge eating while living primal. changing the patterns in your head is one of the hardest things to do, and it sounds like you're really up to the challenge.
                -joan's primal journal and blog-

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                • #23
                  Day Seven
                  7 days Binge Free
                  Whole30 challenge: Day One

                  Pretty chill day yesterday. Drove over to Seattle with my mom (about 5 hours) and read her "Why We Get Fat" by Gary Taubes for a few hours. Then we even read more when we got back to her apartment. Going to finish it up today. We went to the grocery store too and I got some stuff to make her primal chili and chicken curry. She just had lap band surgery 5 weeks ago and hasn't really changed her diet. But she expressed yesterday that she's interested in doing something Atkins-ish again. HOORAY! Maybe I've finally gotten to her. I think she might do the Whole30 challenge with me and start it tomorrow. I AM SO PROUD!

                  Food
                  Big breakfast. Then wasn't really hungry the rest of the day. Had about a half serving of the primal chili that I made my mom, and then portioned out the remaining 14 servings (I wanted to fill up her freezer obviously!) so she can take them and go. She is supposed to eat 1/2 cup of food about 5-6 times a day with the lap band, so these will be perfect! Making her chicken curry today and portioning that out again.

                  Exercise
                  Nope. Drove for 4 hours. No sprinting, no slow movement.

                  Sunlight, Play, Use Brain
                  Again, no sunlight really here right now. No playing, but I read outloud for 4 hours which definitely used my brain I would argue.

                  Avoid Poison & Stupid Mistakes
                  Check!

                  Sleep
                  About 9 hours, but it was on an air mattress so the last few hours weren't awesome as it felt like I was on a waterbed and didn't want to blow it back up and wake up my mom.

                  Two more days of vacation and then headed back to my real life.
                  的t's a lifestyle--train like there's no finish line".

                  Army Officer by day.
                  Practicing Crossfitter, Yogi, Chef and Hiker by night.

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                  • #24
                    Day Eight
                    8 days Binge Free
                    Whole30 challenge: Day Two

                    Can't believe it's been 8 days already. Seems so natural now! No desires for binging, so I am very proud!

                    Finished reading Why We Get Fat with my Mom yesterday. I think she's really getting into this low-carb thing! We went the gym yesterday and she asked me to be her personal trainer and make sure she's doing the moves correctly and recommend a plan for her. She was using gym machines, and way too many of them. I made her a 5 workout plan: chest press (push), shoulder press (push), lat pulldown (pull), leg press (squat) and planks. She can do it 3 rounds in probably 20-30 minutes and get a fullbody workout. Seemed similar in nature to the Primal movements. Talked to her about functional movements, and how she really can get a fullbody workout if she just focuses on pushing, pulling and squating. Her carb count yesterday was about 48grams. I am beyong proud of her! Also, I really liked training her at the gym. Makes me wonder if maybe I should go into something nutrtion/fitness related after I get out of the Army...

                    Food
                    Big brunch. Wasn't too hungry the rest of the day. Made some chicken curry and yummy roasted cauliflower for dinner and ate a little.

                    Exercise
                    Not really. Showed a few exercises at the gym to my mom, but nothing hard or long. Slow movement consisted of about 30-40 minutes of shopping at a few places, so I think that counts! No sprinting.

                    Sunlight, Play, Use Brain
                    Raining in Seattle, again! No play, but read outloud again for about 2 hours so used my brain.

                    Avoid Poison & Stupid Mistakes
                    Check!

                    Sleep
                    8 hours on the air mattress. Woke up at 0530 but that's 0730 in Texas, which is where I'll be tomorrow so I am just getting back on schedule it seems!

                    Heading back to Texas tomorrow, and back to work on Thursday. And I am WAY excited for the Whole9 Nutrition conference in Austin this Saturday!

                    Whole30 challenge is going well. Only thing I've really done is cut out dairy and no artificial sweeteners. I've never made it more than week through a Whole30, so I am super motivated to do these 30 days and really see how my body feels.
                    的t's a lifestyle--train like there's no finish line".

                    Army Officer by day.
                    Practicing Crossfitter, Yogi, Chef and Hiker by night.

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                    • #25
                      wow, nice going. it sounds like you're really an inspiration to your mom - kudos to her for taking down barriers enough to show her curiosity, listen, and give it a solid go. i bet it was fun to be in the gym with her good luck on your whole30 challenge! i hope you have a good trip home tomorrow.
                      -joan's primal journal and blog-

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                      • #26
                        Day Nine
                        9 days Binge Free
                        Whole30 challenge: Day Three

                        Made another awesome recipe for my mom last night. Egg Muffins. Basically an omelette in a muffin tin. She said they were AWESOME. Was going to have one but realized that I put cheese in them and Whole30 doesn't allow dairy! So I had a small bite that didn't have visible cheese on it and called it good. Will make it at home without cheese because they were tasty and super portable!

                        Food
                        Big breakfast. Small dinner. Seems to be working best for me right now.

                        Exercise
                        Nope.

                        Sunlight, Play, Use Brain
                        Overcast in Seattle. For play, I danced around like a crazy person for an entire song on the radio in honor of my "play" requirement. Felt awesome and kind of silly but I think it'll count for playing for now! Not sure if I used my brain, but I did navigate myself to a friend's house in Seattle and back to my mom's, so I had to think a lot!

                        Avoid Poison & Stupid Mistakes
                        Check!

                        Sleep
                        About 7-7 1/2 hours. Stayed up late watching The Biggest Loser with my mom. It premiered last night and I super LOVE that show. It's my guilty pleasure. She had never seen it before, but liked it, and set up a series recorder on her DVR about it. YAY MOM! I have been so proud of her this last week.

                        Headed to the airport now. Got a 4 hour flight to Chicago, 3 hour layover, then a 2 hour flight to Texas. Plenty of time for napping (if my body will let me) and reading all the new nutrition books I got on my Kindle. And may even start Hunger Games.

                        Whole30 has been a cake-walk so far. Hope it continues!
                        的t's a lifestyle--train like there's no finish line".

                        Army Officer by day.
                        Practicing Crossfitter, Yogi, Chef and Hiker by night.

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                        • #27
                          Awesome work Cassie!
                          "Your actions speak to me so loud, I can not hear a single word you are saying."

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                          • #28
                            Day Ten
                            10 days Binge Free
                            Whole30 challenge: Day Four

                            Made it back to Texas in one piece. Was a pretty uneventful trip! I definitely was examining a lot of places for food and what people were eating and just kept being amazed at how almost every single restaurant and small store was FULL of wheat, etc. I didn't really see people eating anything else. I had brought some food with me for the trip (cost effective and I know it's good!) so I ate that and just got some iced tea on my layover. No snacks for me!

                            Food
                            Big breakfast. Had a small snack when I got home around 9pm cause I was a little hungry. Nothing off plan or bad for me at all!

                            Exercise
                            Walked around the airport for 20mins before my first flight, then had a 3 hour layover in Chicago where I walked around for an entire hour. Lots of slow movement for sure! No LHT, no sprinting.

                            Sunlight, Play, Use Brain
                            In an airplane or airport all day, so no. No playing either, and I only used my brain to navigate the airports. Did do some good reading on "Good Calories, Bad Calories" though!

                            Avoid Poison & Stupid Mistakes
                            Check!

                            Sleep
                            Probably 7 1/2 hours, maybe 8. Went to bed a little before 11 and got up at 7, but had a harder time falling asleep cause my body was still on West Coast time.

                            So I put on my uniform for the first time in two weeks and it's a little bit looser, but not as much as I thought it would be after how well I've done the last 10 days. Was a little discouraged, but I tried on a pair of jeans that didn't get over my butt a few weeks ago and got them up and they're about 2 inches away from fitting. So I guess it's working, but had hoped it would be quicker! Got 59 days until I'm in a bikini, time to get HOT!

                            Back to Crossfit tonight. I am excited! And back to work today too. But it's almost the weekend already and it's almost time for the Whole9 nutritional conference on Saturday!
                            的t's a lifestyle--train like there's no finish line".

                            Army Officer by day.
                            Practicing Crossfitter, Yogi, Chef and Hiker by night.

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                            • #29
                              good goin' staying healthy on the trip. it definitely takes effort to pack good stuff, but is Way worth it once you see the effects of airport food on your stomach and wallet. also, i'm with you on the 'results feeling slow' part. but you know what? it's been ten days. you're doing awesome. We're doing awesome. hang in there, cause your body is hard at work readjusting and setting things right, getting into the new swing of things. i hope you've been taking progress pictures! you're gonna need stuff to compare the afters to, lady. cheers to gettin Hot!
                              -joan's primal journal and blog-

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                              • #30
                                Thanks Joan! It's nice to have someone going through this at about the same time!

                                Took a pic back in November in a bikini (not flattering!) and will take one probably next week or so, and then one before my Caribbean trip. I have the bikini hanging on my wall as inspiration!
                                的t's a lifestyle--train like there's no finish line".

                                Army Officer by day.
                                Practicing Crossfitter, Yogi, Chef and Hiker by night.

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