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  • I had a slight relapse last Saturday and consumed a breakfast pastry in the morning AND a sandwich at lunch... I've been really good since then though. I hit the gym on Sunday for 2 hours, and yesterday I went in the morning for 30 minutes of cardio and then again in the evening for another 20 minutes of cardio and 40 minutes of strength/weight training. I'm sore everywhere and loving it. It's great to feel all my muscles. I was also down 2 lbs this morning since Saturday, so that is a nice plus!

    Food yesterday
    B: 2 slices thick-cut bacon, 2 hard boiled eggs
    L: Mixed greens salad with grilled chicken breast, avocado, and pears
    D: 7 oz. sirloin steak wrapped in bacon, grilled zucchini and bell pepper
    Treat: 2 Lindt dark chocolate truffles

    Today
    B: 2 soft boiled eggs
    L: 8 chicken meatballs, sliced cucumber and tomatoes topped with olive oil and feta cheese, cup of fresh cherries
    D: not sure yet
    25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
    "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
    Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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    • Went out for a business dinner last night. I ordered a nice New York Strip Steak that was served with creamed spinach and sautéed asparagus & snow peas. 2 glasses of red wine with that and I was a happy camper!

      The scale was happy again with me today and showed another pound down. No exercise yesterday, but that's OK, it was my rest day since I was pretty sore from all my recent exercising. Tonight I will hit the gym again though.

      B: 2 soft boiled eggs
      L: same as yesterday - 8 chicken meatballs, cucumber tomato feta salad, fresh cherries
      D: I think I will make a chicken curry tonight served over mashed cauliflower.
      25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
      "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
      Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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      • Yesterday's Food
        B: handful of macadamia nuts
        L: small bowl of leftover homemade stir fry (italian sausage, broccoli, fresh garlic, bell peppers, leeks)
        D: grilled flank steak topped with some guacamole, cucumber tomato feta salad
        Treat: pomegranate seeds covered in dark chocolate (from Trader Joe's), one glass red wine

        I went to the gym with a friend after work yesterday and did 20 minutes of cardio and 45 minutes of weight training. It's been great having a gym buddy - it gets me to commit and not skip out last minute. We will go again together on Sunday.

        Today's Food
        B: 2 soft boiled eggs, 2 slices bacon
        L: leftover flank steak and fresh sliced cucumber
        D: we will be grilling the lamb sirloin steaks tonight and I will steam some artichokes.
        25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
        "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
        Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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        • Wow, I can't believe it's been 3 weeks since I last posted. I've been busy with work and adjusting to working full-time in an office rather than from home and my boyfriend got a full-time job again so the evenings together are now very precious to us
          I was doing great with eliminating all grains for a while and also doing some portion control (cutting out snacking when not even hungry). Then I was PMSing about 2 weeks ago and went on a sugar/carb binge. I ordered pastries to go with my cappuccinos and ate bread out at restaurants, etc. And of course my face broke out in pimples trying to push out all the garbage starch I was feeding my body. There's nothing like a pizza face to get you to stop eating the grains

          This past week was good, though, except the occasional glass of red wine (which I don't feel too guilty about though). One bottle of red wine lasted me 5 evenings (thanks to an amazing bottle stopper).
          I've been hitting the gym with my girlfriend 2-3 times a week. We mostly do 1-hour strength/weight training sessions, but I sometimes get some cardio in on the treadmill or Arc trainer. The other day I actually jogged a little bit on the treadmill for the first time in forever. My knee seems to have fully healed from my snowboarding accident last year. It didn't hurt, but I also didn't want to overdo it. I know do 2 intervals of 2 minutes jogging with fast paced walking before, in-between, and after. I want to work my way up slowly to being able to do sprints again. I envy people that have no knee problems, but I know that I'm on my way there! I ordered another pair of VFFs, these ones are low cut on the top, so more a sandal style - they should be great for the summer time walks outside!

          Today
          B: one boiled egg; fresh strawberries
          L: grilled chicken breast over mixed greens with pear, gorgonzola, avocado, and tomatoes
          D: 1 hangar steak taco in butter lettuce cup instead of taco shell; charred salmon steak over sauteed spinach and seaweed salad
          Alcohol: 1 glass red wine with dinner
          Exercise: lots of walking around the office and running errands after work and tidying the house

          I organized a volunteering event for my company and we are building a playhouse tomorrow that will get donated to a 5-year old girl and her family. I am excited to give back to the community and that should be a good 4-hour work-out, too. After that I am also meeting my friend in the gym.
          25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
          "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
          Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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          • Hey, Anna-banana! Good to see you again. Glad it has just been busy-ness keeping you away.

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            • Whew!
              You've been busy Anna-Girl!
              I am also glad you are still around!
              Cheers!
              48, 5'11" - SW 301 (01/08/12) - CW 217.5 (5/14/13) - GW 185 +2.6% this week. -27.7% total. -83.5 lbs. (so far!)

              "Today when you mention "barbeque" people will think about throwing a hotdog or a couple burgers on the grill. But if you invite me to a "barbeque" and there's not some sort of slow-smoked meat involved, I'll hope you step on a Lego." - Instructables.com member Javin007

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              • Thanks Sabine & Charlie, I'm glad to still be around! I don't think there's any possibility of me becoming a regular grain eater again, there may just be a few cheats here and there

                Yesterday
                B: one boiled egg; fresh strawberries
                L: chicken apple sausage wrapped in one piece bacon; cucumber & goat cheese salad
                D: rib eye steak; grilled crimini mushrooms topped with cheese; 1/2 bottle red wine

                I worked out with my friend on Saturday afternoon and Monday night. I am constantly sore and LOVE it! I'm definitely noticing more muscle definition and my clothes fit better. I am trying not to weigh myself for one month so that I don't obsess about weight loss, especially while I am packing on some muscles! This morning I worked out by myself in a fasted state - I did 30 minutes cardio on the Arc Trainer and then did 30 minutes strength training. For my meal after my work out I made a 2-egg scramble with 1 slice bacon and 1 chicken apple sausage.

                My boyfriend is working today so I am actually using the holiday to clean the house a bit, do laundry, and relax. This afternoon I may meet up with a friend for a beer or glass of wine and enjoy some sun outside.

                Happy 4th to everyone!
                25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
                "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
                Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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                • Alright, I'm glad it's weekend! Going to the gym here in a few minutes, then laying out by the pool this afternoon to catch some Vitamin D!
                  For breakfast today I made a 3-egg omelet with two slices bacon (diced) and fresh green onion. That should be good fuel for my workout!
                  Tomorrow I am planning on going for a hike or long walk outside. I have been spending a lot of time in the gym, so it's time to move outside a little more!
                  25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
                  "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
                  Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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                  • I found the best video today!!!! If you know people that think you are a "diet freak" (yes, I'm sure you know plenty) and they don't understand what you're doing, just show them this video:
                    Paleo in a Nutshell Part 1: Food - YouTube

                    Enjoy :-)
                    25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
                    "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
                    Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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                    • Well this last week has been great. I didn't touch any grains or any processed foods and barely any sugar (which only came in the form of chocolate & natural sugar from fruit). I've been keeping an eye on my portion sizes as I have noticed that it does matter in my case. Restricting the calories until I've lost another 5 or so pounds is now key.
                      My eating routine has been pretty much the same for a week and looks like this:

                      B - big handful of fresh blueberries, approx. 8 medium fresh strawberries; green tea
                      L - homemade salad: mixed greens, mushrooms, radishes, red bell pepper, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, deli turkey meat, olive oil & balsamic vinegar
                      D - protein and veggies or side salad (last night we grilled up shrimp in garlic and olive oil and grilled some stuffed brown mushrooms)

                      I've signed up for a new gym which offers tons of classes. Next week I am starting a Mon/Wed 4-week course (8 sessions total) that is called "Women on Weights" - it targets multiple muscle groups at once as to build lean muscle and supposedly really fires up your metabolism. I am excited to learn some new weight routines in this class as I am getting a little bored with mine
                      The new gym has a steam room & sauna, so I reward myself after each workout with steam room followed by a cold shower - this surely has been good for my immune system!

                      I've been spending a lot of time at the pool on weekends, soaking in sunshine and also doing some laps and exercises in the pool. Overall I have been feeling great and the scale is showing results - and so are my clothes that fit so much better!
                      25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
                      "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
                      Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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                      • Hi Anna!
                        It's coming on Autumn, and like me, you haven't been here much. I hope you are enjoying the primal life and getting closer to your goals.
                        Cheers!
                        Cave Woman
                        “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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                        • Anna-Girl!
                          We're missing you!
                          -C
                          Cheers!
                          48, 5'11" - SW 301 (01/08/12) - CW 217.5 (5/14/13) - GW 185 +2.6% this week. -27.7% total. -83.5 lbs. (so far!)

                          "Today when you mention "barbeque" people will think about throwing a hotdog or a couple burgers on the grill. But if you invite me to a "barbeque" and there's not some sort of slow-smoked meat involved, I'll hope you step on a Lego." - Instructables.com member Javin007

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                          • Hi all! Thanks for checking in.

                            The last two months have been crazy busy with work. However, I'm still doing paleo/primal and have dropped 2 more pounds in the last two months. This may not sound like much, but I've been putting on a ton of muscle at the gym with weight and strength workouts and the 2 pounds were just pure fat loss. I went down a size in jeans and feel amazing again in a bikini, so that's all that matters to me.

                            My skin has been very clear lately and I feel great. I've been playing around a lot with new recipes, which has been fun and delicious! On weekends I oftentimes throw some meat in the slow cooker for a great, easy dinner that night. My favorite recently was the Jamaican jerk chicken drumsticks that I made. The meat was to tender that it was falling of the bone, so I just made it into "pulled chicken" and served it in butter lettuce leaves topped with diced tomato and avocado - amazing!

                            I've gotten great feedback on the way I look lately, which is motivation to stay away from those office "treats" that colleagues bring to work all the time. I started invisalign for my teeth a few weeks ago, so instead of wasting my precious time explaining to them that I don't eat that stuff, I just tell them it's not worth taking the trays out and having to brush my teeth afterwards.

                            Last week at the gym this guy came up to me after my workout (I did TRX, deadlifts, squats, kettelball exercises, etc.) and said this: "Are you a personal trainer? Because your ass is inspiring" It was so nice to hear that from a stranger and it got me thinking. I am loving my workouts and maybe at some point I will want to ditch the Finance world and become sort of a life coach that offers personal training, nutrition guidance, as well as emotional support and advice when needed. I've started looking into the certification for personal training, so studying should keep me busy on weekends!

                            Hope you're all as well and loving life as much as I am!
                            25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
                            "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
                            Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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                            • So it's been a little over a year since I started on my primal journey. There were many ups and many downs. Lots of relapses into CW eating (pizza, bread before dinner, etc.) followed by poor sleep, "pizza face" pimples, and bloating. Each time I told myself that it would be the last time I'd do that to myself...until the next time I was weak. Rather than being hard on myself about these moments, I instead congratulated myself for the days and weeks that I fully shunned grains and processed foods.

                              Over the course of the last year, I have dropped 10 lbs. I feel stronger and have more energy all the time. It is now time to treat my body with even more respect in 2013 than I did in 2012. 2012 was a great start for me to realize what my body wants and what is doesn't want. 2013 is about consistently giving my body what it wants and keeping what it doesn't want far away.

                              This year I need to move more. I have been bound to my office chair for the last two months with year-end financials and only made it into the gym a couple of times. My workouts have been great, though. 10 minute warm-up (rowing, stationary bike, treadmill at an incline, jumping jacks, etc.) followed by 20-30 minutes of an intense bodyweight session (push-ups, lunges, dumbbell rows, planks, squats, etc.) or a 30-minute TRX session. I plan on having two of these workout sessions weekly this year and have at least one 2-hour hike or bike ride on the weekends.

                              I just ordered Mark's new book for my Kindle today and cannot wait to get home and start reading!!!! I think it will give me the extra boost to start this year off right!
                              25, 5'7" - SW 158 (12/10/11) - CW 153 (01/25/12) - GW 135
                              "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
                              Follow my Journey: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45509.html



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                              • Originally posted by anna-banana View Post
                                So it's been a little over a year since I started on my primal journey. There were many ups and many downs. Lots of relapses into CW eating (pizza, bread before dinner, etc.) followed by poor sleep, "pizza face" pimples, and bloating. Each time I told myself that it would be the last time I'd do that to myself...until the next time I was weak. Rather than being hard on myself about these moments, I instead congratulated myself for the days and weeks that I fully shunned grains and processed foods.

                                Over the course of the last year, I have dropped 10 lbs. I feel stronger and have more energy all the time. It is now time to treat my body with even more respect in 2013 than I did in 2012. 2012 was a great start for me to realize what my body wants and what is doesn't want. 2013 is about consistently giving my body what it wants and keeping what it doesn't want far away.

                                This year I need to move more. I have been bound to my office chair for the last two months with year-end financials and only made it into the gym a couple of times. My workouts have been great, though. 10 minute warm-up (rowing, stationary bike, treadmill at an incline, jumping jacks, etc.) followed by 20-30 minutes of an intense bodyweight session (push-ups, lunges, dumbbell rows, planks, squats, etc.) or a 30-minute TRX session. I plan on having two of these workout sessions weekly this year and have at least one 2-hour hike or bike ride on the weekends.

                                I just ordered Mark's new book for my Kindle today and cannot wait to get home and start reading!!!! I think it will give me the extra boost to start this year off right!
                                Good deal Anna!
                                We can ALL get there!
                                Cheers!
                                48, 5'11" - SW 301 (01/08/12) - CW 217.5 (5/14/13) - GW 185 +2.6% this week. -27.7% total. -83.5 lbs. (so far!)

                                "Today when you mention "barbeque" people will think about throwing a hotdog or a couple burgers on the grill. But if you invite me to a "barbeque" and there's not some sort of slow-smoked meat involved, I'll hope you step on a Lego." - Instructables.com member Javin007

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