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  • #91
    That's awesome Bamboozel! 15 pounds is a great accomplishment! Thanks for the encouraging words, I am starting more strictly again today as I know that being primal makes me feel so much better and I'm still wanting to lose another 10-15 pounds.

    B: Chicken burger patty topped with 1 slice turkey bacon and two fried eggs
    L: Haven't been hungry yet, so it will be a late lunch and consist of chicken soup leftovers
    D: The boyfriend is making us veal chops and I'm steaming up some jumbo artichokes and making aioli from scratch for dipping

    This will be my first weekend in a long time without alcohol and I'm very excited. My bf actually suggested it this morning and I am absolutely on board. It is so much easier when both people in a relationship give something up. There's just less temptation and more support when you get weak. Work has been crazy this week and will continue to be next week, so maybe the no drinking will carry over through next week.

    The California weather is gorgeous so I am going for a walk after work and then doing some bike riding or hiking this weekend.
    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.
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    • #92
      Ended up having a bowl of the chicken soup for lunch on the patio enjoying the 72F sun shine (lots of Vitamin D!). My boyfriend and I went for a 20-minute bike ride to a nearby lake and rented a double kayak for an hour, then biked home again. That was lots of fun and I worked my legs and the upper body.

      For dinner we had the veal chops, artichokes with aioli and I also made some tomato & mozzarella salad. One piece of 85% dark chocolate for dessert and I'm feeling good tonight!

      Calories: 1408
      Protein: 100g
      Fat: 93g
      Carbs: 42g
      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.
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      • #93
        what a great day you had yesterday Anna!! We had some warm days but didn't last...got cold again yesterday & was chillier today. Supposed to warm up again over the next few days! I'm so ready for spring so I can start sitting out in the sun!!
        Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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        • #94
          Saturday:
          I made us a chicken patty topped with turkey bacon and two fried eggs for breakfast. We then went to play bocce ball outside for 1.5 hours in a town nearby. They offer all their appetizers at 50% from 2-5pm, so we took a 30-minute stroll in the sun in this beautiful park next to the bocce ball place until the happy hour started. Half the apps were marked as gluten free and there were quite a few without any grains. We ordered 4 appetizers and split them - 4 jumbo prawns wrapped in pancetta served on marinara sauce; 4 lamb riblets with a side of sauteed spinach; mussels and clams in a tomato white wine broth; creamy garlic spinach dip (I didn't eat any of the bread it was served with). All in all a delicious primal lunch.

          For dinner we were invited to a friend's house for Bhutanese New Year. They made lots of traditional bhutanese dishes and I tried to stick with the grain free ones, but did try a spoonful of both the spicy beef with rice noodles and the creamy cabbage with rice noodles. Besides that I had plenty of meat and veggies. For dessert I had a tiny sliver of the dark chocolate cake and some strawberries, blueberries, and watermelon. As a tradition we had to drink a small cup of egg rice sake, but besides that we had no alcohol yesterday evening.

          Today:
          I made myself a 3-egg omelet with turkey bacon, onion, and red bell pepper for breakfast. I then walked/hiked the Stanford dish and parked my car further away so I extended the walk by 30 minutes to 1.5 hours total. There is a farmer's market close by on Sundays so I strolled across it for 30 minutes and picked up some organic veggies and fruit.

          For lunch I just made us a peppery arugula salad with diced blood orange and spicy sauteed shrimp. I used olive oil and the blood orange juice that accumulated when I cut the fruit for the dressing. Super delicious - I will definitely put this in my recipe book! The sweetness of the ripe blood oranges paired extremely well with the spicy shrimp.
          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.
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          • #95
            Sounds like a great weekend Anna! Im with you - when both partners are on board with no drinking, its SOOOO much easier. My boyf loves a beer but after a few drinks this Friday night that just went and a whole day on Saturday that he couldn't get out of bed! I think he might reconsider what and how much he likes to drink - he didn't like wasting a whole day in bed feeling sorry for himself haha. I suggested that we switch from drinking the high carby beers to drinking wine or vodka with soda water instead.
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            • #96
              Hey Bamboozel, good to hear from you. I miss your journal!
              Ugh I did the drinking too much a couple of weekends ago and was useless all Sunday long. I've been sticking to red wine since I savor it more and drink it slower than beer. Vodka soda with a squeezed lime is also a go-to for me if there's no decent red wine to be had. I have discovered that a small pour of port wine totally satisfies sugar cravings for me, so I've been indulging in that here and there.

              Today I just had an apple and some wild raspberry tea for breakfast, I was still full from the meat/cheese/fruit/veggie platter we made last night for dinner. We also split a bottle of red wine, once again our will power just wasn't there. Plus a meat & cheese platter without wine is just not right haha.
              For lunch I got a big salad from the salad bar at work - mixed baby greens with cooked cauliflower florets, marinated mushrooms, carrots, chopped boiled egg, shredded cabbage, artichoke hearts, some grilled chicken breast and sprinkled some sunflower seeds on top. I had about 3 tbsp of gluten free ranch with that - probably still not very primal but I was wearing a really light top and I've been splattering waaaaaaay to much balsamic vinegar on my work shirts lately at lunch. I should maybe consider wearing a bib...

              For dinner we went to a nearby restaurant. I had the cream of celery and leak soup, a small red beets with goat cheese salad, and three dates filled with some manchego cheese and wrapped in bacon. When I tracked my food a little bit ago on paleotrack.com I was a little shocked about the calories and carbs in dates... I will try to avoid those while I'm trying to lose weight. I had a glass of red wine with my delicious food. Later at home I had two pieces of 80% dark chocolate.

              Since I was too busy today to move slowly, I just now did 3 sets of 10 regular pushups with about 5-10 minutes rest in between sets. I had been doing 3 sets of 20 knee pushups up until today and I wanted to see how many regular ones I could do. The first set was the toughest and the last one the easiest - it's so funny how quickly our muscles adapt to movements and repetition of them. Overall I am very pleased with the reps and will just stick to regular pushups from now on and get the reps up. Now I am going to do some planks and squats before relaxing with a book and then turning in for some snooze (I love sleeping lately). The pull-ups will have to wait until I go to the park again since I don't have a bar at home.
              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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              • #97
                No squats last night, but did three sets of elbow planks - 50 seconds, 60s, 50s.

                Once again I wasn't very hungry this morning so I just had a hard boiled egg and a small fuji apple. For lunch I went to the work cafeteria and got 2 small thai spiced chicken legs with skin (marinated/rubbed with coconut milk, ginger, spices) with a side of steamed veggies (zucchini, green beans, red bell pepper, broccoli).

                It's been raining on and off, so I'm hoping I'll catch a dry hour after work so I can go for a walk. Even a little drizzle would be ok, since I am no longer made of sugar
                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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                • #98
                  I ended up going for a fast-paced 1.5 hour walk after work which was great. For dinner we went to a nearby burger place. I had a 1/3lb. turkey burger in a lettuce bowl (instead of the bun) topped with herbed goat cheese, sauteed onions and red bell pepper, a chopped hard boiled egg and two slices of bacon. I ordered the balsamic vinaigrette for the lettuce but didn't even need it since the burger was so juicy that it released a nice "dressing" onto the salad. Afterwards we went for a glass of red wine at a lounge and I also had a scoop of cream cheese ice cream - so good and not sugary at all. I'm so happy that I'm pretty dairy tolerant!
                  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.
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                  • #99
                    wow Anna your food sounded so good! And what a great place you must work to be able to have some great choices to eat for lunch!!!

                    Sounds like you're doing great!!!
                    Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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                    • mm! ive been making salads like that turkey burger one at home for lunch - beef or pork pattie that I made with zucchini, onion, cabbage and spices on top of a big whatever-is-in-the-fridge salad. SO GOOD!
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                      • I'm a huge fan of "burger salads" I've even been ordering regular burgers at places and just remove the bun. As long as there's some grilled onions, avocado, and some egg on it I'm in heaven! I also don't feel as stuffed and lethargic as I used to in my bun-eating days.

                        This morning I was actually hungry so I made a chicken patty topped with a slice of turkey bacon and two fried eggs. It is now almost 12.30m and I'm not hungry for lunch yet. The cafeteria closes at 2pm so I'll have to grab something before then - could even take it to go and consume it at my desk later.

                        It's pretty miserable outside but I'm once again crossing my fingers that it's not pouring down at 4pm so I can take a walk after work. I'm definitely sore from my pushups and planks on Monday. Will try to do more reps tonight and also get those squats in.

                        Have a good day everyone!
                        Last edited by anna-banana; 02-29-2012, 01:26 PM.
                        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!
                          Yeah, those planks definitely get the soreness happening! I did my first ones on Tuesday and have been feeling it since.
                          Whoo hoo! I get to do some today too!
                          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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                          • Hello fellow primals,

                            Yesterday I had tilapia fillet and steamed green beans and colored cauliflower for lunch (my work cafeteria keeps getting more and more primal - well, at least they have substitutes for the rice, pasta, and potato sides). I went grocery shopping at about 3 different places, so walked around slowly for about 1.5 hours while filling the carts with fruit, veggies, meat, and cheese. Before dinner I snacked on some cheese and strawberries, then for dinner we made pork tenderloin and artichokes with aioli. I had some champagne with the cheese and strawberries and then 1/2 bottle of red with dinner. I got pretty tipsy from the alcohol, I'm definitely noticing a lower tolerance since going primal (probably stems from less overall consumption and no carbs in my system to absorb the booze).

                            So far today:
                            B: wasn't hungry so I just had some herbal tea
                            L: brought food from home: arugula salad with radishes, mushrooms, red bell pepper, feta, and some turkey breast; 4 basil chicken meat balls

                            It's raining cats and dogs today so I'm not sure yet if I can go for a walk. More PEMs this evening though since I didn't do them last night. All the soreness from Monday's sets are gone so I should be able to get some good reps in!
                            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: 2 kiwis & 4 strawberries; decaf green tea
                              L: grilled salmon topped with mandarin salsa; mashed yams and sauteed veggie medley
                              D: one honey roasted quail with sauteed spinach; 2 small pockets filled with minced beef and spices (at least the dough was made with rice flour so it was gluten free)
                              S: some cheese and grapes

                              Today:
                              B: 2 slices thick-cut applewood smoked bacon; 3-egg slooooow scramble with butter topped with parsley and cracked pepper
                              L: Wok stir-fry - brussels sprouts, asparagus, red bell pepper, brown mushrooms, leeks, one cut-up chicken sausage (all stir-fryed in macadamia oil with a dash of sriracha hot sauce) YUMMY - take a look at the photo below

                              It's 70+ degrees here in Cali today so I'm off for a gorgeous walk in the sun! Hope you're enjoying your weekend!
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                              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.
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                              • Wow, lots of work recently (worked all weekend long) and then took a day off on Monday and drove to Napa wine country with my boyfriend for some much needed relaxation. We were out in the sun lots, played bocce ball and had a decent amount of wine.
                                As for food, my weekend wasn't so good. I had some pizza on Sunday and also a couple of BBQ pulled pork sliders (including the buns).
                                In wine country on Monday we had ribs and cole slaw for lunch, so that wasn't too bad except the BBQ sauce probably wasn't super primal. For a snack we did some wine & chocolate tasting. Most of the chocolate was dark so that was a nice treat. For late dinner we went to iron chef Morimoto's restaurant. We had lots of delicious sashimi, a little bit of rice, an amazing seafood toban yaki (seafood stew; kind of like Italian cioppino), and some pork belly and clams with buck wheat spaetzle in a cream sauce.
                                Yesterday was OK. I had two poached eggs with ham over some crispy hash browns for breakfast. That left me so full that I didn't eat again until we were home at night. We just had a simple cheese & meat plate.
                                Overall I only packed on 0.5lb over the last 4/5 non-primal days and I didn't feel bad or anything except for being extremely full after pretty much every meal. Now it's back to being good!

                                Today I had 2 soft boiled eggs and two slices of turkey bacon for breakfast. I'm planning on walking later today and the sun is out, so I'll be getting some Vitamin D.
                                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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