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  • #16
    Hmmm, so day 5...

    Possibly not the greatest food-wise...not that I didn't stick to the Whole30, I did...but since breakfast I've been grazing all day, didn't even have a proper lunch. Quite annoyed with myself. On the upside it has been raining all day which is just wonderful, nothing like rain in the desert

    So anyway confession time...

    Breakfast Made kickass chili with turkey mince, was sooo good...had it with a fried egg. Should have filled me up for hours...

    ...which doesn't explain the pistachios, macadamias, passionfruit, banana and roast chicken I've been scoffing on and off since about 11am. I must NOT buy macadamias again, I have absolutely no willpower. After cherries they are my absolute favourite food!

    Which brings me to...

    Dinner Have a nice hunk of silverside which I'm planning on roasting with a few vegies, probably potato (for him), pumpkin, carrots and sugarsnap peas. Have no appetite at the moment but won't eat for another 3 hours or so.

    No exercise today either, too wet outside and can't face the treadmill.

    Bet I'll be back to edit this post when I remember more stuff I've eaten today
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    • #17
      Day 6

      Another cool, damp day...am loving it!

      So, dinner last night was delicious, cooked what I'd planned bar the sugarsnap peas (remembered them too late)...oh and added a few whole unpeeled garlic cloves. My god they were good roasted, love squeezing out all that soft garlicky goodness over my vegies. Yum!

      Breakfast Skipped breakfast, partly because I wasn't hungry and mostly because one of my co-workers and I were hosting a morning tea at 10:30 and I knew I'd have to eat something then. I had organised it so she was providing the sweet stuff and me the savoury, easier that way to make sure there was good Whole-30 compliant food for myself. So I bought cherry tomatoes, green olives, proscuitto and a variety of cheese and crackers. Easy for me to just snack on the tomatoes, olives and cold meat...doubt anyone even noticed that I didn't get stuck into the cake, biscuits etc. My co-worker had made these gorgeous butterfly cupcakes which looked so delicious, initially felt a wee stab of childish "so not fair" pique that I couldn't eat one but really it wasn't such a big issue.

      Lunch Leftover roast beef, pumpkin, roast garlic, sugarsnap peas and asparagus

      Dinner Who knows, forgot to take some meat out of the freezer this morning. Might end just being an omelette or something simple like that.



      ETA: Ended up being inspired enough to throw together a big batch of ratatouille which we had with cold roast beef and some steamed bok choy. Finished off with some strawberries and coconut cream. Annoyed that I had a handful of macadamias and a banana in between getting home from work and dinner-time. Must stop snacking!
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      • #18
        I can't have macadamias, or any nuts, in the house. I am good with the first half of the packets, just having a tablespoons worth a day, then I break out and eat the other half of the packet in one go. Sounds like you're going well otherwise - what does the whole30 involve again?

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        • #19
          Originally posted by lucy1984 View Post
          I can't have macadamias, or any nuts, in the house. I am good with the first half of the packets, just having a tablespoons worth a day, then I break out and eat the other half of the packet in one go. Sounds like you're going well otherwise - what does the whole30 involve again?
          lol sounds just like me!

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          • #20
            Yeah have finally decided to ditch the nuts too. Convinced myself when I was food shopping yesterday that yes I can buy macadamias and yes I can exercise some self-control and not eat them in one go...and now a day later I've eaten them all ...so that's it, no more nuts for this Primal girl!

            Lucy if you're interested in the Whole30 Program check out the link below. The guidelines are fairly straightforward; no grains, sugar, dairy, alcohol...and plenty of vegies, fruit, meat, good oils. There is a downloadable ebook which goes with the Program (think it's around $40?) but I haven't bought it, seems to be enough info on the website to do without it.

            The Whole30 Program | Whole9 | Let us change your life.
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            • #21
              Oh dear, macadamias are my weak spot too and today had quite a few more than I needed.

              My DH and I started IF-ing 10 days ago and it has been great. So easy. We have main meal about 6pm and don't eat anything more after 7pm. In the morning it's just a cup of coffee then lunch about 1pm. This morning we decided to have breakfast first so we could do some major work in the garden without having to think about a meal break in the middle. Well that idea was a flop. Both of us had trouble wanting to eat constantly the rest of the day. It was like turning on a switch that we couldn't turn off again, hence the macadamias amongst other things. Not having breakfast makes it much easier to control the eating switch. Was a bit unsure about doing it at first but now will try to do it indefinitely.

              This is all such a learning process about what works best for all of us. I'm loving the journey. I'm sure you will too.
              Original Goal: To lose weight. Achieved in March 2010
              Long Term Goals: To continue using Primal guidlines to improve fitness and health. To share the Primal message.

              The key to successful aging is to pay as little attention to it as possible - Judith Regan

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              • #22
                Originally posted by kahiba View Post
                It was like turning on a switch that we couldn't turn off again...
                Yes! This is exactly what I experience too. If I don't have breakfast then I'm good til lunchtime, don't even really think about food...but if I have breakfast, then I just seem to be eating or thinking about eating all day. Having said that, even without the snacking during my work day I'm still finding it hard to stop having a little (or not so little lol) something when I get home in the afternoon. Really need to nip this habit in the bud!

                It's so nice to read that your husband is on board with you with the Primal lifestyle. I wish I could get my OH to take this journey with me. He's happy to eat the evening meals I cook but the rest of his diet is absolutely awful. I guess all I can do is lead by example.
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                • #23
                  Day 7

                  Can't believe I'm almost one week into the Whole30! Was so tempted to step on the scales this morning but resisted. My jeans do feel slightly looser so reckon I'm on the right track.

                  So, my day so far...

                  IF this morning...went for a brisk 30 min walk before lunch, wasn't immediately hungry when I got back to my desk but ended up eating lunch around 1 pm

                  Lunch The last of the cold roast beef, big serving of ratatouille and steamed bok choy, was too full to eat my apple

                  Dinner No idea, nothing thawed out (again)

                  Tomorrow's a public holiday so I'll be at home all day, am going to do my best to not graze. Have a stack of work to do (as usual) but would like to get out into the vegie patch too, if we don't get some stuff in soon we're going to miss our chance. They're already forecasting overnight temps of around 6C by the weekend...brrrrrr

                  Oh, and I may have scored myself an outdoor pull-up frame, our local Youth Club has two to give away...one of my workmates snaffled one and he's going to see if he can get the other one for me, awesome!

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Ellement View Post
                    Day 7

                    Can't believe I'm almost one week into the Whole30! Was so tempted to step on the scales this morning but resisted. My jeans do feel slightly looser so reckon I'm on the right track.


                    Awesome!

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by lucy1984 View Post
                      Awesome!
                      Cheers Lucy

                      Day 8

                      Ahh, public holidays...how I love them!

                      Got up early this morning and went for a 5 km walk, was really quite nippy out there...think it got down to ~7C overnight.

                      Decided to do some sprints on the way home...and promptly pulled a muscle in my groin, owwwww!! Absolutely no idea how I managed to do that but I can tell you it bloody well hurt ...so that put paid to any running/sprinting so walked home and did a bit of upper body work. Loving the new weights bench I bought a few weeks ago, just so handy having one here at home.

                      Breakfast Wasn't starving hungry after exercising but did have a small banana and cashew spread at about 9:30am

                      Lunch Was ravenous by 11:30pm so had bacon fried in coconut oil, plus two tomato halves and two eggs fried in olive oil, followed up with a small bowl of strawberries and coconut cream

                      My OH and I went next door to our local nursery at around 2pm and bought a stack of seedlings to put in our vegie patch. Had every intention of planting them when we got back but both of us collapsed on the couches when we got home and fell asleep. I woke up about an hour ago but he's still peacefully snoring away in front of the TV lol

                      Snack Was a bit peckish after getting back from the nursery and had a couple of chicken drumsticks which I'd cooked in the morning, they were drowned in a marinade of olive oil, garlic, mustard and apple cider vinegar and then roasted, and they were so SO good! Also had a handful of prunes.

                      Dinner Have two giant pork chops sitting in the fridge, am thinking they'll go well with a nice big salad, have a hankering for some greens.

                      Ugh, have work to do so better do it...too easy to procrastinate here!

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                      • #26
                        Yeah sprints can be tricky if you're not used to them - did you warm up first? Sounds painful

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by lucy1984 View Post
                          Yeah sprints can be tricky if you're not used to them - did you warm up first? Sounds painful
                          It was, very painful ...am sure I made quite a sight, doubled over and grabbing at my crotch while going "ow ow ow" ...am glad I live so rural! And I'd completed about a 3km walk before I attempted my first sprint so yep think I was warmed up ok. I managed one 10 sec sprint alright, it was the second one when I pulled the muscle. No idea what I did wrong but I'm pretty keen to not do it again! Maybe next time I'll try just a bit of gentle jogging before breaking into the sprint, though think I'll leave it a few days before I make another attempt.
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                          • #28
                            Are you normally a runner? If not that may have been the problem, you may need to start slow, or do a few 10min slow jogs for a few weeks before starting the sprints, to get your body used to the running action. Something like that happened to me when I was out running years ago - pulled a crotch muscle and had to hobble home (and I don't live rurally!). Then later at uni I was struggling to climb the stairs in the lecture theatre!

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                            • #29
                              Hmmm, I wouldn't say I've ever been a "runner" as such. In the past I've been able to comfortably jog for a few kms but at a pretty slow pace. I'm definitely unfit at the moment and I think you're right, think I'm trying to do too much too soon. Might just concentrate on improving my general fitness before I start doing sprints. Thanks for the advice
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                              • #30
                                Sorry to read about the injury, perhaps some sprints on a bike might me an alternative... or some 25 or 50m freestyle sprints in the pool if it warm enough
                                I'll be back

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