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  • #16
    Food for today:

    B/L- Usual 2 egg omelette with veg and ham, 2 slices so bacon (so yum <3) and a side salad with cucumber and tomatoes.

    D- Sunday Roast Dinner, with lamb leg, roast potatoes (upping my carbs a little at the moment) leeks, broccoli and cauliflower.

    So proud of myself today that I resisted from eating between my two meals. I usually have a small meal, or a protein shake so this was a breakthrough for me today, and I was really hungry this morning. So ate brunch at about 11, and dinner at 7, very happy! I have also resisted the haagen dazs for another day, i'll be so happy when it goes. Ice cream really is my weakness, but I just keep thinking how it'll make me feel inside and that puts me off from eating any.

    Went to the farm shop today and picked up 30 more eggs and some parsnips and sweet potatoes, as we have no starchy veg in the house at the moment (apart from potatoes) and I don't want to rely on those too much. I'm hoping i'll sleep better tonight from eating more carbs.

    Food for today
    Around 1100 cals
    68g protein
    71g fat
    54g carbs

    Thoughts for tomorrow
    Omelette in morning
    roasted peppers/seeds/bacon for snack. Need to look into beef jerky, not sure if it's so popular over here. I'm really trying to resist the protein shakes atm as i don't think they completely agree with me.
    Prawns and stir fry veg for dinner

    Overall a fairly relaxed day and feeling quite bright and happy. I want to go into the local charity shop some time this week to see if they need any volunteers. I have a lot of time on my hands at the moment and not a lot to do. I hope that it'll give me some more structure in my day, if i have to get up and be somewhere on time.

    I also have to make brownies for my sister's school tomorrow. I know I won't eat any, but it'll be interesting to see how tempted I become. I do make really good brownies!


    No one dies of a bread deficiency.

    Samuel Beckett's, as well: 'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53914-4.html

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    • #17
      Sleep: at least 8 hours. Woke up at 9:30 (a lot earlier than usual) and felt goood. No headaches and felt fully awake. My goal is to be able to wake up with the sun, but i'm having troubles getting off to sleep at the moment and waking up at 6/7am wouldn't allow me to get enough sleep.

      Food:
      B/L- Usual omelette with veg and side salad
      Afternoon- Some olives, 2 slices bacon, 2 choc buttons, Vanilla Haagen Dazs, a teaspoon of coconut oil and cocoa
      Dinner: Amazing sirloin steak, green beans, potatoes, salad, cucumber, tomatoes.

      I felt more hungry than usual today and had a bit of a treat day. I didn't have any bacon for breakfast as I didn't feel hungry enough for it, but I wish I had now, as it would have maybe prevented my from having the ice cream. I tried to fill the gap with some olives but they just weren't cutting it today. However I thought consciously about it, felt that I deserved a treat considered that I'd managed to resist the ice cream and other treats in the house for a while now. And I thoroughly enjoyed every spoonful. I am proud of myself that I didn't get carried away and stuck to eating 1 portion, not half the tub. I think the fact that it was sunny today made me want ice cream as well. Anyway, I enjoyed it and won't eat any more until my sister's hoovered the lot!

      I had a few too many potatoes with dinner. I'm allowing myself carby vegetables at the moment, as i'm trying to up the carbs to around 50g but they tasted so good, and I was listening to my brain and not my stomach. I'll learn next time. I've got a bit of a stomach ache at the moment. My mum put onions in the salad which I tried to avoid but I may have eaten some by accident. But it's most likely the potato overdose as i'm feeling very full with it as well. I won't have any more white potatoes until sunday, where i'll have a few with the sunday roast. I've bought a sweet potato and some parsnips from the farm shop that i'll have during the week.

      I've just been reading some other journals and one person listed all the improvements that they've noticed so far, so I thought i'd do the same, to keep a record:

      * The first thing I noticed was my skin feeling a lot softer and smoother, particularly on my stomach and thighs. I'm guessing this is from the high fat content.
      * The spots and scarring on my skin has improved a little. Still getting a few breakouts of small whiteheads, but I think this may be due to the past candida as well. I've read that during the candida die off stage, you can break out from where all the crap is trying to get out your body.
      *When a spot accidently breaks, the scar left behind is healing a hell of a lot quicker than it usually would.
      *The bloating in my stomach has drastically reduced. When I eat something that doesn't agree with me, my body tells me straight away, it is so sensitive at the moment. Whenever I eat something that doesn't agree with me, I bloat up straight away and feel horrible.
      * I can't eat as much of the bad things as I usually could. Take today for example. Usually I could stomach a lot more ice cream, but I felt that I had eaten too much from 1 portion. Usually I wouldn't think about eating that many potatoes but I feel really full to the uncomfortable stage.
      * Foods with vegetable oil or the like smell horrible to me now. Wheat products no longer appeal to me.
      * My taste buds enjoy all the foods i'm eating. I'm tasting things a lot better.
      * My energy levels are improving, still not quite there.
      * I've lost a little weight. 0.1% according to my body fat machine, but I definitely feels more than that.
      * Hair is softer and shinier
      * I no longer have white flecks on my nails
      * The broken skin around my nails has healed and is almost completely gone.
      * I don't think about food as much during the day. I'm not looking at the clock the whole time telling me when I can eat, but am listening to my body instead to tell me when to eat. I generally have a 8 hour eating window, which I never could have done before.
      * My stools no longer smell at all, no longer have any wind.
      * Head is clearer.
      * I'm not frantically counting calories and i'm more relaxed about food. I'm not worried about portion sizes as I just cook enough to make me no longer hungry.
      * My eyes are brighter and more shiny )))
      * My waist and rib cage feels slimmer


      Still to go:
      * Heal skin completely
      * Improve sleeping so that I'm getting to sleep straight away like I used to
      * Continue losing more weight
      * Heal my leaky gut so that i'm not sensitive to so many foods.
      * Play more
      * Make sure i'm not eating out of boredom. Find things to do with my day. Which leads to next point
      * Start voluntary work.

      Thoughts for tomorrow:
      B/L: Usual
      Afternoon: (choice) Can of tuna/broccoli and tahini/seeds/boiled egg/bacon/kale chips
      D: Prawns, beansprouts, courgette, sacla sauce, bamboo shoots, peppers

      If it's sunny again tomorrow I want to go for a walk, if not I may try and do some weights.
      Last edited by lolo66; 05-01-2012, 03:22 PM.


      No one dies of a bread deficiency.

      Samuel Beckett's, as well: 'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'

      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53914-4.html

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      • #18
        Sounds like a plan. Yeah, structure to your day probably helps a lot and I haven't had that in a while either. I'm betting I'll drop some weight when I start my new job next month just because of that. It's so hard sometimes to strike a balance between thinking enough/not thinking enough about food. To eat healthy, you have to plan ahead to make sure you don't give into other temptations. But then having enough time on your hands to think about what you should be doing about food next isn't good either because just thinking about it could fool you into thinking you're hungry.

        By the way, I love the sound of "farm shop." What is a farm shop? Is it just what you call a grocery store or is it like a permanent farmer's market? Around here we only get to buy things directly from farmers maybe once a week during nice weather. The food you're getting sounds goood.

        Also, you mentioned acne somewhere on your journal. I think the two things that helped my face out most were a) more sleep and b) no dairy. Both have a huge effect on insulin/blood sugar levels and the rest of your hormones because of it. I'm not perfect about sleep yet, but I am getting a lot more sleep than I used to. During school or my last internship, I'd often do overnighters or run on 4 hours sleep. I'm at least regularly getting 6-8 hours now. No dairy is really important too, but it might take a month or so for you to notice. I swear, I'm turning 27 this week and the last three months are the first time my face has been clear since I was 14. I still have some small breakouts around my chin every now and then - probably because I haven't been perfect on sleep and no dairy - but the cystic acne that made me feel helpless for so long is just freaking gone.

        Also, once my skin started clearing up and I wanted more clear skin momentum, I started using a wonderful mask that will just liquify any oil plugs left on your skin without drying it out at all: Hungarian Herbal Mud Treatment Masque - 247 - - by Eminence Organics of Hungary - A Clarifying Hot

        I put it on at the end of a shower when my pores are more open. It burns a little, but nothing scary and then it cools down. I'll put some pure aloe vera after I wash off the mask and my skin is super smooth and clean and happy the next day.
        Last edited by Lex26; 04-30-2012, 12:55 PM.
        Starting weight: 225
        Current weight: 195
        Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
        Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
        My Primal Journey


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        • #19
          @ Lex
          I feel like my lack of energy is starting to go now, and i'm starting to feel motivated to go out and do things. When I first came home from uni getting out of bed in the morning was effort and I had no reason or wanting to. Now that i'm going out, seeing people and planning things, shows i'm on the mend. I'm going to visit my nan and grandad who I adore in a week or so and i'm really looking forward to the change of scenery and company. Plus i'm hopefully going to get my hair cut and coloured while i'm down there- haven't had it done since Christmas- yikes!

          Yes a farm shop is a permanent shop where all the local farmers can sell their produce. It's fantastic but not cheap (but oh so worth it!) Some just sell vegetables and eggs and locally baked goods like bread and pies (which I obviously always sidestep) but there's one local shop that has a meat counter and the meat is always amazing. I'll see if I can take some photos on my phone next time I go. I've also been taking photos of my meals, when I remember to. I can't quite remember but I think you said that you were doing that too? I always do breakfast but forget the others meals, and breakfast is the meal that's always the same!

          Thanks for your advice on the acne issue. It is definitely getting better and I know that it'll take a while to heal so i'm being as patient as I can with it. I've had skin issues most of my teenage life, so i've gotten used to it now and I try not let it bother me too much. THe fustrating thing is that before uni and up to christmas, my skin problems had pretty much gone. Had the odd few but nothing that cover up couldn't fix. I'll have a look at the product you recommended. I'm using dermalogica at the moment, which is brilliant. I'm not sure if it's available in America- it's a massive brand so i'm sure it is, but it's the best thing i've ever used. I use Jason Vitamin E moisturiser from a brilliant health shop which i'm practically living in at the moment.

          I do find that i'm thinking about food so much at the moment. I think that's just because i'm bored at home and have nothing else to think about/plan! But as I said, i'm starting to gain more strenth, physically and mentally, and I will be changing my routine up. And I think it's natural to think about food a lot in the beginning. I'm quite new to this, and am still researching and learning a lot. I've read the PB book and have scoured this website, and am now branching out and looking at different web pages. I'd quite like to read Gary Taubes' book if I can get my hands on it. Food, movement and sleep, as well as all the other important factors that make us healthy, is such an important part of our life, that i don't think we should ever feel guilty about planning and recording things too much. If we don't have our health, we don't really have anything. I've learnt this first hand over the past few months. It came as a bit of a shock to be ill, as i've never been ill before, nothing more than the common cold luckily, and I suppose I took my health for granted, as something that I always had. My illness wasn't bought on from unhealthy eating, but from overstressing myself and not allowing my body the rest and recuperation it needed. My CW diet probably wasn't helping things though, but luckily being on the candida diet at the time, I couldn't consume a lot of grains and no fruit or sugar at all. It made the process to eating primal really enjoyable as i'm eating more now than I was before. As I mentioned briefly before, I completely burnt myself out, and started having depressive mood swings, which is so unlike me. I'm normally a very happy, bubbly chatty person, so it was a real shock to feel like this, and I didn't know how to deal with it as i'd never experienced anything like it before. Luckily I came home in time, and I'm on the mend now.


          No one dies of a bread deficiency.

          Samuel Beckett's, as well: 'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'

          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53914-4.html

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          • #20
            Hi Lois...I just read through your journal and it seems you are doing quite well, congratulations with your consistency. I went strict Paleo on March 4th of this year, starting at 213lbs. I currently weigh in at 185, so that is a 28 lb weight loss over the last 7 weeks. I have included HIT training and low heart rate jogging and walks and started to include IF in the last couple of weeks. Just a word of caution on the body fat machines they tend to be inconsistent. Make sure you use them the same time of the day, first thing in the morning is best, before you eat. Looking forward to tracking your progress - good luck!
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            • #21
              @canuck - good work! I think I'm going to incorporate some low heart rate jogging as well. It's been hard knowing what kind of cardio to do for burning fat optimally. I think sprinting was too intense for my adrenals because I really tried it for two months and I don't think it was good for me - definitely didn't notice any weight loss, so what's the point? I want to stay in the parasympathetic zone and concentrate on fat-burning alone.

              @ lois - Glad you're feeling better! I have to say I overall feel 100x more energetic than before I started eating this way. I think I was having a lot of hypoglycemic slumps because there were times when my eyes just wanted to roll back while at work or school. That doesn't happen anymore. On the acne thing, stress definitely exacerbates and it sounds like that's probably what happened to you. And then of course stress usually messes up diet and sleep which makes it worse.

              You're right about the thinking about food thing. It's worth it to invest some time in carefully thinking about it as you transition into a new eating lifestyle. It's like we've still got the training wheels on our bikes. Can't wait for the training wheels to come off! In the meantime, I'd love to see some photos of the market!
              Starting weight: 225
              Current weight: 195
              Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
              Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
              My Primal Journey


              Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Nutrition Facts For Foods

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              • #22
                Good day today The sun was shining for once so I took the opportunity and took my friend's dog out for a walk. We walked for about 12km overall, about 7.5 miles I think. I felt really good afterwards and hungry for dinner. I remembered to take photos of all three meals today so i'll try and figure out how to upload them tomorrow.

                Food for today:
                B/L: Omelette with ham and veg, side salad
                Afternoon: Tin of tuna with sacla sauce, extra virgin olive oil, half a grapefruit, a couple of strawberries
                D: 2 bowls of prawns, sacla sauce, bean sprouts, courgettes and tomatoes stir fried in coconut oil.
                Evening: 2 squares hazelnut choc, some more strawberries.

                Managed to up my carb count today with some more fruit rather than starchy veg. I got a stomach ache after eating dinner, which must have been the bean sprouts so won't be eating those anymore. I just had a bit of a lightbulb moment- i'm presuming that bean sprouts follow the same rule as beans? As in they're legumes, and therefore not allowed? Or are they ok because they're sprouted?

                If it's sunny again tomorrow I may go for another walk.

                Thoughts for tomorrow:
                B/L: Usual
                Afternoon: broccoli or green beans with tahini/seeds/strawberries/grapefruit/boiled eggs
                Dinner: Chicken breast in nutritional yeast, mashed parsnips with butter, green beans/broccoli


                No one dies of a bread deficiency.

                Samuel Beckett's, as well: 'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'

                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53914-4.html

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                • #23
                  Food photos for yesterday:

                  Brunch:
                  01-05-12 B.jpg

                  Afternoon:
                  01-05-12 L.jpg
                  I appreciate the tuna looks more like catfood :P but it's hard to make tuna look appealing. Tasted good though!

                  Dinner:01-05-12 D.jpg


                  No one dies of a bread deficiency.

                  Samuel Beckett's, as well: 'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'

                  http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53914-4.html

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                  • #24
                    Food for today:

                    Brunch:

                    02-05-12 B.jpg
                    Usual omelette and salad with bacon

                    Afternoon:

                    02-05-12 L.jpg

                    Steamed broccoli with tahini. Was really tasty but not sure if the tahini agreed with me. Gave me a bit of a bubbly stomach, but I thought tahini was good for people with bad digestion because it's meant to go straight through and not need a lot of digestion.

                    Also had a small bowl of strawberries- about 5. Strawberries this time of year are so juicy and sweet.

                    Dinner:

                    02-05-12 D.jpg

                    Chicken breast coated in egg and then nutritional yeast, parsnips mashed with butter, roasted pepper and raw spinach drizzed with a little e.v. olive oil. I've had this meal before but it was better this time. The parsnips were from the farm shop and so much tastier than the supermarket variety. Will definitely buy those again!


                    No one dies of a bread deficiency.

                    Samuel Beckett's, as well: 'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'

                    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53914-4.html

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                    • #25
                      I also thought i'd post a few photos from the walk yesterday. It was a beautiful day for once, and the countryside just looks stunning.

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                      I hope the sun comes out again soon, it's been horrible today! Typical English weather!


                      No one dies of a bread deficiency.

                      Samuel Beckett's, as well: 'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'

                      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53914-4.html

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                      • #26
                        Oh and have to post this one, it's my favourite

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                        I've got a plan to explore all the fields in that area between now and the summer. Every time I've walked the dog i've gone a different route (much to his confusion- his owners always take him the same way!) and I love finding new viewpoints along the way.


                        No one dies of a bread deficiency.

                        Samuel Beckett's, as well: 'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'

                        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53914-4.html

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                        • #27
                          Beautiful photos! I need to start posting more of the same thing. I'm slowly but surely becoming more consistent with the food photos - I'm still forgetting every now and then. Your omelettes look yummy! Walk photos should definitely start happening too. I'm moving from the desert to the Pacific Northwest rainforest in the next week, so I've got a lot to document!
                          Starting weight: 225
                          Current weight: 195
                          Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
                          Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
                          My Primal Journey


                          Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Nutrition Facts For Foods

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                          • #28
                            @Lex
                            Yes it was a really lovely day. I thoroughly enjoyed my long walk with the dog! The next day that the weather looks sunny is sunday, but I think i'm helping my mum at a boot fair then. At least i'll be on my feet and active that day. I'm getting bored being inside the house so much. I love gardening so i'll definitely do that when the sun next decides to make an appearance. Yes please do upload some photos! Reading food logs is all good, but seeing photos of portion sizes, etc puts it in better perspective and we all love a bit of food porn! I'd love to see where you walk, it sounds so exotic :P

                            Food for today:

                            Brunch- Usual omelette with half a grapefruit and a side salad drizzed in e.v. olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

                            03-05-12 B.jpg

                            The grapefruit was amazing, so sweet. Then again, anything fairly sweet tastes super sweet to me now, I can eat 100% dark chocolate quite happily. My sweet taste buds have been muted, I rarely crave sweet things any more. The only thing I do crave is ice cream, which isn't the worst thing to eat but the dairy does make me break out. I won't be eating the grapefruit too often though, I think there's something like 13g of carbs in half a fruit.
                            I think I was a little too vinegar happy this morning. Will definitely put less on tomorrow.

                            Afternoon- I had a small cup of homemade root vegetable soup. My mum made it but I think it just had carrot, parsnip, turnip and curry powder in it. It was really warming and the perfect thing to eat when it's cold and rainy outside. She's doing this too, so wouldnt have put anything nasty in it.

                            S- I try to avoid snacking, but we didn't have dinner until 9ish, which is rare for us, and i was getting really hungry. I had a slice of ham and a handful of sundried tomatoes.

                            D- 2 pieces of cod baked with butter and e.v. olive oil, tomatoes, lemon, mashed parsnip with butter, green beans

                            03-05-12 D.jpg

                            It doesn't look that great but I took it in a dark room. It tasted amazing. The cod went really well with the buttery parsnip. Will definitely do this one again!

                            I slept for ages this afternoon (not intended ) so I think I may struggle even more with getting to sleep tonight. It's already half 10 and i'm not tired at all. It took me a while to get to sleep last night. Probably didn't drift off until 1:30ish but I woke up quite late- around 10:30 so I got a good night's sleep. Did wake up feeling tired though.


                            No one dies of a bread deficiency.

                            Samuel Beckett's, as well: 'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'

                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53914-4.html

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                            • #29
                              I've had a really bad day today. My gut seems to be getting worse, so that now pretty much everything I eat is giving me stomach cramp of some kind. I'm taking good digestive enzymes and HCL acid as well as L glutamine to heal the lining of my intestines and it doesn't seem to be helping. I also have adrenal fatigue, possibly still candida, acne, fatigue, a weak liver as well as wanting to lose a bit of weight and I just don't know what to tackle first. Obviously the weight loss isn't a priority at the moment, as much as I want it to be as my weight is in the healthy category so I don't have to worry about that too much. The acne and chronic fatigue are symtoms of the adrenal, liver and leaky gut problems. The problem is that i'm a student and have a limited budget as it is without having to constantly shell out for all these supplements. My health is the most important thing to me so I don't mind doing it, but when i'm going online to research and everyone's saying to take different things, I just can't afford to buy it all. The other problem is that curing the problems are contradicting each other, eg, i've read that with adrenal fatigue you should eat every 2-3 hours, but with leaky gut you should avoid eating between meals to let the food properly digest. At the moment im just listening to my body as much as I can and eating when i'm hungry. People are saying l-glutamine helps to patch up a leaky gut, and i've been taking that, but lots of people get constipated from that, and I have been feeling more constipated lately and constipation can irritate the intestines even more.

                              One good piece of news is that I weighed myself this morning just out of curiosity and I was 148.4lbs, so i've lots about 2-3lbs in the last 3 weeks and i'm happy with 1lb a week loss, considering i'm not doing a lot of exercise at the moment. The bad news: my eating has been bad today:

                              Brunch: Usual omelette with ham, pumpkin seeds, tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, courgette, huge side salad.

                              Afternoon: bowl of blueberries, tin of tuna with sacla.

                              Then the sugar cravings started kicking in and because I was having a crap day I wasn't strong enough mentally to block them out.

                              Snack: Chocolate protein shake with a bit of coconut oil, square of dark chocolate with hazelnuts, too much haagen dazs ice cream, digestive biscuits (5 I think :O)

                              Planned dinner: salmon fillet with veg- although unsuprisingly i'm not hungry at all.

                              The amazing thing is that my stomach doesn't actually feel that bad. I thought it would be awful after eating the wheat in the biscuits. I'm over it now and ready to eat clean again, I won't be binging any more.


                              No one dies of a bread deficiency.

                              Samuel Beckett's, as well: 'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'

                              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53914-4.html

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                              • #30
                                I don't think i'll eat anything else tonight. I know my family will probably try and make me eat though.

                                Just did a weightlifting session as I could feel the sugar working in my body and it was giving me loads of energy.

                                I did the Call Me Maybe Squat Challenge
                                Squats 12reps x 3 with 36lbs
                                planks for 2 mins (personal best!)
                                shoulder shrugs with 36lbs
                                tricep work with weights
                                Bicycle abs work
                                Last edited by lolo66; 05-04-2012, 11:23 AM.


                                No one dies of a bread deficiency.

                                Samuel Beckett's, as well: 'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.'

                                http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53914-4.html

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