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  • Ecks, she actually brought that up last night! She asked for an extension. Now the only reason that I said yes is that she was sick for a little bit and didn't go to the gym. I don't agree with her reasoning, but I do understand it. This weekend wasn't a good weekend food wise. I'm sort of going backwards with my weekends right now. It seems like I'm eating worse on the weekend than when I do during the week. Case in point: Orange Leaf yesterday. I was craving that so bad yesterday and we almost made it through the day without. Then I just let it happen because I knew they'd have a gluten free option or dairy free. Of course they had both. Does that make it right? No, but I don't really care too much about yesterday at this point because the actual day itself was pretty darn awesome!

    We went to church and I even managed to get us there early enough for volunteering at the youth group cafe. I'm always late to my Sunday class because of this. I don't sweat it because I can usually catch up and we are getting into the parables which happen to be my favorite part of the Bible! Yes, you guessed it, I enjoyed Aesops fables as a kid too We had lunch which was a burger and a salad for me. I have a side gripe here: What is up with the lack of originality when it comes to salad at restaurants?! I mean I don't need a "bed" of lettuce with scant amounts of other vegetables! I need more options. Max & Ermas Restaurant seemed to be the one place back home that I could count on to pile on the veggies with salads. This is the reason why I like Jason's Deli if we eat outside of the house. They have a pretty darn good salad bar. Ok, off the side gripe...

    Ok, back to my day: I asked Gabi what she wanted to do after lunch because I wasn't up for the usual walking around TJMaxx (that place is like crack for me). She suggested just laying out in the sun and getting some rays. PERFECT! It was perfect because I didn't have to do much and I could read some more of the Agatha Christie book that I bought. I'm not sure how much I like her writing compared to Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes. I don't think I like Poirot very much, but Maples isn't doing poorly at the moment.

    Then we went to a local coffee shop to chill for a little bit. The place is as much eclectic as it is eccentric. I love it because it reminds me of home. We played some Battleship and some form of Dominoes that I don't think actually constitutes a game. Then we met my mom at Texas Roadhouse for dinner, which she paid for! I couldn't believe it becuase normally I pay. I was more than fine with her paying for dinner, but she also bought me a new music stand! She said that she saw it in Hobby Lobby and wanted to get it for me. She had to go back and get it the next day. Did I mention that Gabi made me this really awesome poster sized Mother's Day card? Yep, it's hanging on the wall in my room I'll post pictures later

    The day ended with my messing around on the violin to give the new stand a try. Then we had to take care of Roxy's ears because one of them has an ear infection. Once again, Gabi and I make a great team getting this done.
    Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

    GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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    • I don't know how I managed the energy level that I had yesterday, but it happened! This came even after a day at work that had me mostly standing and not doing much of anything physically. I managed to work with what I had in my refridgerator yesterday morning considering that I didn't have much time or food to cook with. I have found that I don't like turnips in the morning....

      Roxy seems to be doing much better with her ear. She's not whinning as much. Now if I could just get rid of Gabi's cough! She's had it for almost two weeks now. Somedays she is fine, somedays not so much. I don't want to take her to the doctor because I know they will just give her antibiotics or whatever else. I'd really rather have her heal on her own, but it's getting old.

      Monday May 13th
      Meal 1: Two home mixed sausage patties with sauteed mushrooms and turnips
      Meal 2: The last of the duck! Salad with some avocado and some salt
      Snack: My own blend of chocolate almond butter with 85%
      Meal 3: Cod loin seasoned with Greek seasoning mix and more mushrooms with leeks this time
      Exercise: Morning and afternoon walk with Roxy, one walk around the building at work, and Upper Body workout at the gym.
      Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

      GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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      • Could any inflammatory foods be aggravating her cough? Milk, wheat/gluten, sugars... etc? The soy often found in "chicken noodle" soup can be a bitch as well

        Laying in the sun as you guys were before would probably help as well!
        SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
        Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
        Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
        Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
        Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
        Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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        • Trying to remove conventional wisdom out of her head is about akin to asking me to let a dentist remove my wisdom teeth. She doesn't buy it. All of her friends do whatever they want as far as food is concerned and they all look normal (this is her reasoning) I have to pick and choose my battles with her to keep my sanity in tact. I know what the problem is. It's getting her to understand it. I don't do a very good job of explaining to her why she should get rid of the stuff. She's too concerned with fitting in.
          Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

          GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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          • Well is she unhealthy at all? From photos that you've posted she seems a healthy young gal. While I could say "teach her from an early age" I'm almost recommend you just let her fit in. I know it's hard especially after what you've just learned but building her self confidence in her self the way she is while fitting in would probably be more beneficial. Mental health to a certain degree is almost more important than physical- especially when she's not particularly visibly unhealthy.
            SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
            Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
            Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
            Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
            Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
            Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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            • I'm not sure how to say what I want to say without it coming off being conceited? I have noticed a change in her that concerns me though. She has too. I try not to say anything to her because I feel that if I do it will depress her. I do get on her about the sugary stuff that she wants all the time along with the junk food. I think I would be more ok with her choices if they were somewhat healthier. She's under the impression that I can't possibly know what I'm talking about (the usual teenage attitude). I should mention that those pictures are over a year old at this point. She did go for a walk run with Roxy last night while I was at the gym. That's a start. She's just not as active as she used to be.
              Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

              GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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              • Fair enough. Sorry if I'm sticking my nose where I shouldn't. I've been the overweight/unhealthy teen before. I dieted throughout my teen years and it's not fun. The difference was that I was extremely unhealthy (as in I was at my current weight at grade 10...). The mentality of trying to fit in and be healthy can be a daily challenge- especially when the only thing people really have in common now are sitting down around a table to eat.

                If it helps at all maybe a sports team with a schedule would keep her active. At that point it's not a "I don't feel like exercising" so much as a "my team is depending on me being there". It has an heir of responsibility and accountability and would help her feel like she's a part of a group of young girls.
                SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
                Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
                Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
                Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
                Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
                Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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                • She wants to get into sports, actually. The thing is, you have to have taken a certain elective during your 7th grade year to play next year. I would love to have her in track because she enjoys running. She keeps talking about joining an outside team apart from the school. I would like for her to do that too. She keeps forgetting to get me the information! The only thing is is that she needs to stick more with a sport that I don't know as much about or else I might try to "help" her and that never ends well for either one of us, lol.

                  You aren't sticking your nose where it doesn't belong, trust me. If I didn't think I needed help, I wouldn't type about it. She and I are so different about this kind of stuff. Yes, I might slightly care about fitting in, but not to the point where it's going to keep me from eating and doing what is best for me. I was pretty much like that as a teen too. It's just hard for me to wrap my head around that idea at times. She's so much more like my sister with this sort of stuff.

                  I've been sort of stressed over the past week because of work and personal stuff. I decided that after I came home from the gym last night that I needed to throw some heavy stuff around. We have a small open field across the street from our apartment complex that I use from time to time. So I took my kettle bell and my river rock (aka road rock that the city is never going to fix) and went to town. I had originally settled on just 50 meters down and back for each throwing each one, but by the end I sort of went nuts. I used the kettle bell for single arm throws and the rock for overhead stuff. I don't know what happened to me the last two rounds, but I must have had some pent up stress and anger to let go of.

                  I tried playing on the keyboard last night but I had too much stuff going on in my head to stay focused I couldn't make it through Moonlight Sonata without getting distracted or even my etudes. I stopped and prayed, trying to let go of some stuff, but it kept coming back. I finally just stopped and went to bed.

                  Tuesday May 14th
                  Meal 1: Home mixed sausage with some mushrooms
                  Meal 2: Leftover fish, homemade salad, dressing, and one avocado
                  Snack: The almond butter chocolate honey mix with some added shredded coconut
                  Meal 3: Steak and sauteed zucchini and mushrooms
                  Drinks: Water and Kefir
                  Exercise: Morning dog walk, one walk around the building, leg day at the gym, and throwing heavy stuff around in the field.
                  Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

                  GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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                  • Why not schedule a time when the two of you can register for an external team? Or look for local amature teams on kijiji? I'm just thinking if you two schedule a time then there is an "Urgency" about it.

                    Sounds like the destressor was necessary. Feels like alone time like that would be a good time to talk to god as well. I don't need details but I will be praying for you! Love you!
                    SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
                    Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
                    Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
                    Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
                    Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
                    Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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                    • Love you too ecks! It was a good time to talk to God, but more so just get through some stuff in my head. I've had too much going on lately between work and home. My body wants a break right now. I'm also thinking that the almond butter thing might be causing my belly to be slightly upset with me. That means no more for a while. I feel like I need Whole30 again. I remember saying that I was going to try to stay with it for longer than 30 days, but that didn't happen. No, I think I need to cut out stuff.

                      Tonight was good because I got to spend time with a friend that I haven't had the chance to talk to in a while. I'm trying to remember exactly what I ate yesterday, but it's not happening right now. I do know that I'm getting much better with making sure that I'm getting more veggies back into my diet at each meal. I think I'll try another new food tomorrow when we go to the store.

                      Gabi finally got her first orientation ride in a Cessna 172! They got to fly over Palo Duro Canyon for a little bit and then come back. I'm not sure how much she liked it, but I'm glad that she went.
                      Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

                      GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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                      • Just as a thought for veggie intake my best friend has been juicing vegetables. Sure you cut the fiber but it's been an easy way to down higher amounts of veggies in a day.

                        Do you ever talk to friends about what's going on in life? Like face to face over coffee or something? It's one thing to talk about your day here and it's one day to get it out over an angry workout but personal human interaction (as much as you are prone to avoiding it) can be great for cortisol levels.
                        SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
                        Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
                        Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
                        Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
                        Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
                        Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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                        • This past weekend was AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I got to see Star Trek with Gabi and a friend of ours. I can just say this: Benedict Cumberbatch has become exponentially more attractive to me after seeing him in this movie. I love him as Sherlock Holmes, but the butt side of him was, well, it just was. I'll leave it alone at that.

                          I spent yesterday doing nothing much of any importance after church. I just wanted to relax. Gabi had suggested volleyball, but I didn't want to do anything that required too much work because I just wanted a break. I got a little extra vitamin D!

                          My eating wasn't the best but it wasn't the worst either. I'm starting back on Whole30 today. I have no vacation plans within the next few months. My digestive system is screaming at me to go back to Whole30. It liked it better when it was calm and no belly aches. Goodbye certain foods hello happy belly!
                          Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

                          GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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                          • Sounds like someones got Cumberpatch fever . I thought he was outstanding in this role and the movie all around was extremely well done It'll be on my shelf as soon as it comes out

                            My eating was garbage too this weekend. Time to clean up what I put in me and get back on track!
                            SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
                            Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
                            Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
                            Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
                            Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
                            Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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                            • Yes, I have caught that fever. I'm sure plenty of women will after watching this movie! I really do enjoy him as Sherlock Holmes.

                              I think I might have to start Whole30 Day 1 today becaues yesterday was a little off for me. I had somewhat of a nasty headache and had to take something because Gabi had her last concert last night. I also had some almonds and walnuts mixed with some berries last night at Orange Leaf. I didn't partake in the fro yo, just the berry toppings and some shredded coconut bits too. I topped it off with cinnamon. Man that was so yummy!

                              I did cook my favorit dish: Lamb burgers! I love the way those taste! I also now have some rosemary in one of the containers on my porch (which is thankfully getting some rain so that I don't have to water it). Oh, I have some oregano and some sage planted too! I can't wait for them to grow bigger!

                              Monday almost Whole30 Day 1, lol:
                              Meal 1: Grass fed beef stew meat cooked in duck fat with zucchini and mushrooms.
                              Meal 2: Mom's leftover chicken with some asparagus (roasted) and some regular cucumber and white carrot
                              Snack because I needed some food when taking the migraine stuff: Slice of ham
                              Meal 3: 2 Lamb burgers seasoned with kosher salt, garlic powder, pepper, half of a lemon's worth of lemon juice, and some olive oil. Cauli-rice
                              Dessert: Mixed berries, some almonds, walnuts, and some shredded coconut, and some cinnamon
                              Exercise: Morning walk with Roxy, one walk at work. Nothing else becuase we didn't have time.

                              Ecks, I'm starting a new journal for the "Not a Fan" bible study that my small group is using. I really hope this pushes me in my relationship with Christ. I'll let you know how it goes!
                              Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

                              GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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                              • Only thing on your Whole30 Day 1 list that isn't "Whole30" is meds. And even then they are anti inflammatory so I wouldn't be worried about it. I'd call that a solid whole30 day.

                                Keep me in the loop as to how things go with your bible study! Getting close to people (which I admit I hate doing myself) is a great way to reduce stresses in life.
                                SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
                                Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
                                Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
                                Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
                                Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
                                Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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