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  • #46
    As it turns out either do I...was too busy to walk at lunchtime and too knackered when I got home from work, big FAIL

    Maybe I'll try again starting tomorrow. I know I should walk at lunchtime because it clears my head and give me lots of energy for the afternoon. Just wish work wasn't so frantic at the moment.

    Day 15

    Half way...I made it!!

    Has been a pretty easy journey so far. Do miss dairy a little and could go a smidge of dark chocolate every now and then but really, I'm eating so well and feeling so good that these are small things...and it's not like I'm never ever going to have chocolate again

    Lunch IF-ed til 12:30 and then had my BAS which contained lots of leafy greens, tomato, red capsicum, avocado, asparagus, hard-boiled egg and roast pork, with a dressing made from olive oil, apple cider vinegar and mustard. Followed up with a pear.

    Snack Had the usual banana and dates with cashew butter when I got home from work. Also had three brazilnuts.

    Dinner Two turkey mince meatballs, cauliflower rice drizzled with olive oil, and the last of the ratatouille. Don't usually have dessert but was still hungry so had stewed apple and blueberries with a dollop of coconut cream.

    Already after 10 pm so time for this Primal girl to hit the hay.

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    • #47
      Being time poor is the worst! If only I had time to walk hours every day, I'm sure I'd lose weight super fast.

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      • #48
        Well I managed to have another whole day go by without any exercise...have to stop being so lazy! Though part of the problem is my wretched shoulder injury, which has flared up again, it's causing a LOT of referred pain in my neck and around my shoulder blades and making me feel really flat and blah. Painkillers worked the first day but are having almost no effect now. My darling OH gave me a fantastic back massage tonight and it's eased up a little, just have to hang in there til I see my physio next Wednesday. Raises the question again of when I'm going to work up the courage to have surgery, scares the crap out of me to be honest but am also scared of leaving things so long that I do permanent damage to the shoulder. Would be easier if I could have the surgery in my local hospital but am not game so will have to fly halfway across the country to have it done, then there's recovery and not being able to drive...and I'm just making excuses really. I'm just plain old chicken

        Okay, enough self-pity. Have a confession, I ate chocolate today...bad bad bad...only two squares of 85% Lindt but that's besides the point. I know technically that means I should start the Whole30 over again but not prepared to do that. Just going to dust myself off and get right back on track.

        Breakfast Woke up hungry and out of sorts this morning (damn shoulder) and decided to have some breakfast. Made myself a smoothie with a banana, coconut milk, cocoa powder and water. Was delicious and thoroughly enjoyed it.

        Lunch Turkey meatballs, cauliflower rice (drizzled with olive oil) and ratatouille, and a yellow plum for dessert.

        Snack Last hunk of roast pork from a couple of nights ago...and a handful of prunes.

        And dinner...which was going to be poached salmon but I couldn't be bothered cooking so it didn't happen. Was a bit peckish though so just had some stewed apple with coconut cream. Suspect I'm eating too much fruit but I just enjoy it so much!

        Even though I have a terrible phobia of needles (ughh) I think I'm going to have some blood work done and see how I'm travelling. I keep reading about all the supplements people are taking but I'd rather not take anything until I know for sure I have a deficiency. Just have to make sure I can lie down while they take blood...if I'm going to faint I'd rather be flat on my back already lol

        And one last thing, discovered very late yesterday afternoon that the blasted rabbits have been getting into the vegie patch, they've destroyed almost half the seedlings! Could have cried ...anyway we went into damage control and put up corrugated iron around the perimeter of the garden and nothing new looked chewed this morning, thank goodness! Little buggers they are, there's green grass everywhere at the moment but I guess my lettuces were just too tempting.

        Goodness, what a long post...almost time for bed methinks.

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        • #49
          Am really enjoying reading your journal, I subscribed to it but for some reason didn't receive the updates so looks like I will have to keep checking in
          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45312.html[SIGPIC]

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          • #50
            It's so easy for the day to fly by without exercise huh! And it's hard to know how much is enough...
            What are you hoping to get from the tests? Deficiencies and what not?
            All my blood tests have always shown nothing - apart from my thyroid which is apparently properly medicated. No deficiencies to blame my lack of weight loss on!

            Also two squares of chocolate is nothing - I don't think you need to restart.

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            • #51
              Originally posted by sarahz View Post
              Am really enjoying reading your journal, I subscribed to it but for some reason didn't receive the updates so looks like I will have to keep checking in
              Hi Sarah, thanks for dropping by...glad you're enjoying reading my ramblings!


              Originally posted by lucy1984 View Post
              What are you hoping to get from the tests? Deficiencies and what not?
              All my blood tests have always shown nothing - apart from my thyroid which is apparently properly medicated. No deficiencies to blame my lack of weight loss on!

              Also two squares of chocolate is nothing - I don't think you need to restart.
              Not exactly sure what I want tested, I guess things like cholesterol, Vit D, magnesium, iodine...I have a great doctor so will probably just talk to her first and see what she has to say. I've never had a bloodtest for just general health indicators before so am just going on the things that seem to be of most concern to people on primal/paleo diets. I think my diet is healthy but maybe I'm missing some key nutrient. I'm also wondering if I shouldn't get tested for hemochromatosis as my mum is a carrier. It has been suggested in the past that both my sister and I get tested but neither of us have ever done it.

              Day 16

              Breakfast Another hungry morning so had a smoothie made with a banana, raspberries, blueberries, coconut cream and water. Used to eat a lot of berries but they've sort of dropped out of my diet, good to be eating them again.

              Lunch BAS with a variety of leafy greens, red cabbage, half an avocado, a hardboiled egg and smoked trout, dressed with my regular olive oil, apple cider vinegar and mustard dressing. A pear for dessert.

              Snack Too many macadamias and a few dates...have to stop buying nuts, have absolutely no self-control!

              Dinner Just finished dinner and it was so good! Poached some salmon fillets in a fresh made vegetable stock, had it with a great pile of cauliflower rice drizzled with olive oil, and steamed carrot and zucchini.

              My copy of Nourishing Traditions arrived today. Great book! Fantastic recipes but it's all the nutritional background and information which is so fascinating, have been poring over the book all evening

              Time for a cup of Sleepytime tea I think, then bed and a good book.

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              • #52
                Hey! I'm back, like Sarah I think I missed out on seeing you had updated. Your food sounds amazing!! Looking forward to reading how u go with ur blood work, I'm thinking of doing the same and finding out if I have any defieciencies holding my weight loss back. Could also be the 20% things I keep giving into too though. :P

                And ur vege garden sounds amazing too! Did the rabbits stay away? Hope so!
                Went Primal on 1st April 2012

                Since beginning Primal:
                - The stomach cramps I'd been having have vanished.
                - People comment that my skin is glowing.
                - I enjoy getting out of bed (most of the time)
                - I'm so excited by food.

                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread52255.html

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                • #53
                  Hi! Thanks for dropping by

                  And not sure about the bunnies, seems at the moment that they've been thwarted but I wouldn't be surprised if they're still hanging around. We put in some new seedlings today so it will be pretty obvious tomorrow if something's been helping itself to free vegies! I really hope that won't be the case, it's not cheap to have to keep buying seedlings, might as well just go to the greengrocers and buy everything ready grown lol

                  Day 17

                  Been a very funny day food-wise, just gone 8pm here and I still haven't had an actual meal today. Was all set to have a nice big cooked breakfast but ended up just having two dates and a smear of cashew butter...because, well I don't know why. Just wasn't hungry when it came down to it. Was then out for most of the morning shopping and doing general running around. Got home about 1pm, tore a leg and thigh off the BBQ chook we bought at Woolies, and haven't really eaten since...oh had a few cashews but that was it.

                  Have a nice piece of scotch fillet sitting in the fridge, just not sure I really want it. Hmmm, might have another cup of tea and think about it.

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                  • #54
                    Sounds like you are learning to listen to your bodies hunger signals! Good sign

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by lucy1984 View Post
                      Sounds like you are learning to listen to your bodies hunger signals! Good sign
                      Yep, except today my hunger signals told me to eat peanut M&Ms...dammit ...so cross with myself! This is a major violation of the Whole30, chocolate AND peanuts, have no idea what got into me...and I'm still eating them because the bowl of them is still sitting on the kitchen bench! Ughhh, must stop NOW.

                      Day 18

                      Breakfast Started the day with two fried eggs, nitrate-free free-range Barossa bacon and a tomato fried in olive oil, actually only half a tomato because I dropped one half on the floor ...was still hungry afterwards so had a small banana with cashew butter.

                      Lunch Made a smoothie with frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries), coconut milk, cocoa powder and water.

                      Snack Too many peanut M&Ms...shhh don't tell anyone!

                      Dinner Having a BBQ tonight, planning scotch fillet and salad, though will have some of the fried onions, capsicum and mushrooms my OH is going to cook, as long as I can convince him to use olive oil and not bloody canola!

                      My beef stock turned out beautifully yesterday. Now that it's chilled it's so gelatinous, tastes wonderful! We were minding our neighbours' Australian terrier last night while they were off camping, and he got a lot of the meat off the rib bones, needless to say he was in heaven lol

                      Happy to report that the rabbits didn't get into the vegie patch last night so we're breathing a sigh of relief. Think we've finally bested them! Spent some time out in the garden today spreading some mulch around, such a gorgeous day would have been a shame to miss it.

                      Hope everyone's having a great weekend
                      Last edited by Ellement; 05-05-2012, 11:35 PM.
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                      • #56
                        Yay for the veggie patch! I'd love one but we have a tiny yard that gets no sun.

                        OMG peanut m&ms, my hunger signal is ALWAYS on for them. Chocolate in any form. Actually don't get me started on the junk foods I love, I'd be here all night!

                        Will you restart the whole30, or just roll with the punches?

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                        • #57
                          Lucy, I really don't know...I so don't want to throw in the towel at this late stage. I think I'll just roll with the punches this time. I finish the program on the 18th May, the day my parents arrive in town for an 8 day stay. Really not feasible to be starting the program again then. Might look at having a second go after they leave. The problem I've found this time round is I've been eating way too much fruit, my sneaky way to get a sugar fix...and sugar is one of the main things the program is supposed to wean you off. I clearly have not curbed my sweet tooth ...anyway next time I think I'll limit myself to one piece of fruit a day. Nuts have been another big issue for me. Been eating too many of them too.

                          Sigh, wish I could turn the clocks back and make a better decision with the M&Ms but what's done is done, have to move on!

                          And yes the vegie patch is definitely a cool thing to have. We let it lapse for a couple of years but since starting the PB I've become all fired up again to grow our own vegies.
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                          • #58
                            I'd say just roll with the punches. I think most of these things demand 100%, because if you aim for that you'll hit 80%. Once you start consciously thinking you have 20% room to cheat, you start cheating more often and it becomes 60%. It's about long term averages.
                            I don't eat fruit much....I love it, but I am going low carb to try and get some weight loss happening. If I could I'd eat dates all day long though!

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                            • #59
                              Unhappy to report that my attempt at the Whole30 has gone from bad to worse...don't think I can even roll with the punches this time! After the M&Ms incident on Sunday I seem to have developed this uncontrollable desire for chocolate, which I indulged yesterday and again today. Damn ...so that's it I guess for me and the Whole30 this time round. What I am going to do though is still stick to the principles til the 18th May as planned, no point allowing this to become a complete washout.

                              Have to keep this post short and sweet, as I'm at work and thanks to Telstra we have no internet at home at the moment. In fact most of central Australia has been in some kind of wireless internet blackhole for the past 24 hours, hopefully it doesn't last much longer!

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                              • #60
                                Hmm...well at least you had a few good weeks in, you can only do you best. Maybe make a goal to not ach chocolate for a week?

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