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  • Life is about creating yourself (Pt. II!)

    Hey you guys, I'm back!
    In the spirit of cluttering the internet, I've decided to start a new journal, and let my old one just wither away and die at the bottom of all the others. I want this to be a fresh start, and have this post on the first page so I can have my new goals on it. I'll fill those out later when I have time, but for now I just wanted to say hi

    Edit: I'm still not quite sure what exactly my "goals" are, but I do have some ehm, confirmations I would like to have on my first page. So here goes:

    1. Planning is everything. I can not stress this enough.
    2. Eating well vastly improves my mood and energy levels. I know this to be true.
    3. Ice cream does not make you happy. Those billboards are a lie.
    4. Stepping away from the computer really helps you sleep at night.
    5. So does stepping away from the sugar.
    6. Not all rewards need to be food and/or cigarettes. There are rewards that keep you feeling good afterwards, instead of totally gross.
    7. Go outside and take a walk.
    8. Even though, yes, new clothes make me uncomfortable and like I'm "trying too hard" (don't ask me where that comes from), once I'm used to them, they DO make me feel nice. Don't think you can't buy clothes because you're 'too fat'. If you can wear worn out clothes, you can wear new clothes.


    also:

    Last edited by Tricia; 08-19-2012, 10:30 AM.
    Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
    When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

  • #2
    Just a quick food log, will update more later (I promise!)

    Breakfast: plain yoghurt with a cut up banana in it
    Afternoon snack: kiwi fruit, piece of goat Gouda, loads of pistachios
    Dinner: Salmon with some cress, grilled bell pepper, green beans and kohlrabi/carrot purée
    Evening snack: 4 squares of 86% dark chocolate
    Coffee: 8 pads! (3 regular, rest decaf, but still - that's a LOT of coffee in a day...)

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    I'm especially proud of the purée, because I hadn't foreseen that there was nothing but withered veggies left in the fridge (we're cleaning it out in anticipation for our new one arriving this Wednesday). But I'm glad I remembered this great recipe from NomNomPaleo, and was adventurous enough to apply what I learned there. Turns out you don't even need cauliflower as a main ingredient: kohlrabi will do. I also added some beef stock and lots of garlic, which I think is the important bit that made it boyfriend approved, yay!
    Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
    When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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    • #3
      Hi Tricia! Welcome back
      Where in Belgium are you?
      My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
      My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
      Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
      Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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      • #4
        ^^ hmz, let's say "in the top half", lest I start to worry about my precious anonymity ;-)
        Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
        When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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        • #5
          Day 2 food log:

          Breakfast: skipped it, had a kiwi fruit and a piece of goat Gouda after my walk
          Lunch: this - best lunch ever! I didn't have any feta so I sprinkled the goat Gouda on top (heaven) and added some cut up mushrooms to the mix.
          Afternoon snack: bunch of pistachios
          Dinner:
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          roasted chicken (not roasted the MDA way; I didn't have time and was craving chicken so I bought a roasted one at the butcher - and man did I regret it...) with lots of salad greens and a yoghurt/mayo dressing. I went all crazy with the dressing and then remembered I was still supposed to take a picture of my plate so I took one of the boyfriend's plate for reference (I did not have any potatoes).
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          In my defence: I added a LOT more salad later to even out the dressing...

          After dinner: 2 squares of 86% dark chocolate, some frozen banana+coconut milk 'ice cream'
          Coffee: 6 pads (hey, better than yesterday)

          Exercise/sun: walked around for about an hour getting groceries
          Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
          When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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          • #6
            Hi Tricia. Just had to come in and wave to another person who's decided to start fresh! Love the photos - I always plan to take them, but then I'm hungry and I sort of forget . . . until my plate is empty .
            Started Feb 18 2011

            Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

            Journalling here

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            • #7
              Nice to find a fellow Belgian on the forum anyway
              I'm from the top half as well, north of Antwerp .
              My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
              My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
              Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
              Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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              • #8
                Well hi again, Candy, and hi Jac
                I like taking pictures of my plate, and I figured it would be yet another (fun) way to hold myself accountable. Like you can already see me making excuses for all that dressing in the above picture... a picture doesn't lie!
                Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
                When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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                • #9
                  Day 3 (food) log:

                  -Breakfast: 1 banana, cut up in a bowl of plain yoghurt
                  - After breakfast our new fridge arrived, and turned out even more HUGE than I thought it would be (I have a bit of a problem imagining sizes of things bought over the internet, hence also the huge TV lol), which was great (I bought it because I wanted a bigger fridge+freezer after all and I can't wait to stuff it with organic meat!) but it looked completely out of place in the place of the old one, blocking the door to the kitchen etc. So I spent the rest of mid morning moving around furniture, and taking apart cupboards that wouldn't fit through doors - lifting heavy things for sure! By lunchtime I was hungry like a wolf, hence the...
                  DSC03137.jpg
                  -Lunch: yup, that's last night's leftovers and yes, those are baked potatoes. I felt I could excuse the carbs and they are 'safe starches' after all... But then I went and made it worse:
                  -Afternoon snack: 2 pieces of rhubarb pie at friend's house (I know, I know! "But she baked for us" is no excuse, but... she baked it for us! And she just had a baby... I am not about to disappoint a new mom who makes the time to bake pies for her guests... excuses, excuses )
                  -Dinner: 2 of the leftover stuffed zucchini boats. I think they are my new favourite primal recipe! I have just 1 left in the fridge now that I can have for lunch. The boyfriend was strangely uninterested and went out to get fast food. He doesn't know what he's missing!
                  - Dessert: 2 squares of 86% dark chocolate, about 2 big grabs of pistachios. Was craving salt for some weird reason. Oh well. Will do better today

                  Oh and I forgot the coffee: still had my 2 big mugs in the morning (=4), then a small cup after lunch and one at my friend's house, which makes 6. Half of those pads where decaf, which I think is reasonable. I went to bed early and slept like a log, even though I have a head cold. Planning on doing the same tonight!
                  Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
                  When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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                  • #10
                    Nice work with good ideas and concepts, lots of great information which we all need, helpful iformation. I would like to thank you for the efforts you shown remarkble writing skill in this nice thread.

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                    • #11
                      Lol, you have a polite spammer

                      I always include the safe starches - it's a matter of energy and mental health for me, so I'm on board with roasted potatoes for sure! That much coffee would have me spinning, though. They breed 'em tough in Belgium!
                      Started Feb 18 2011

                      Tried basic primal and almost everything else in pursuit of IBS control, mood stability, and weight loss.

                      Journalling here

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                      • #12
                        Hehe that was freaky indeed! As long as they are not trying to magically elongate my penis (which I don't have, being a woman and all) I guess I don't mind them too much.
                        About the coffee: I used to drink it all through the day, but after I quit smoking I switched to mostly decaf. Apart from those first ones in the early morning. So it's really a detoxification process!
                        Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
                        When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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                        • #13
                          Day 4 (food) log:

                          Breakfast: skipped it
                          Lunch: my last stuffed zucchini boat... thinking of making new ones already hehe. They really are the perfect lunch when I'm at home. Not sure they would be practical to pack though...
                          Afternoon snack: small organic apple - omg sweetness!
                          Dinner:
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                          Pork bits that I froze in portion baggies with the lemon & fennel rub from 'Quick & Easy Meals'. They're a favourite of the boy and we are only just now discovering that they go with everything! Wok-veggies from a frozen bag (nothing special about that), salad and home made 'not ketchup' - I made this following a recipe that had a zillion ingredients and was supposed to turn into ketchup, only the one thing it kind of approaches is sweet chilli sauce... which is great too, since it doesn't have any sugar and has been keeping forever in our fridge. (I didn't sieve the sauce on account of not having a sieve, so it has all the veggie bits still in it. This is not a bad thing in my opinion!)
                          Dessert: frozen banana + coconut milk 'not ice cream'

                          Exercise: none whatsoever, but I've been feeling so under the weather (mad head cold) that I am extremely proud of myself for cooking dinner and not sending the boy out for take-away. Our new freezer is already proving to be a great asset
                          Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
                          When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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                          • #14
                            Your dinner plates look good . I've started to drink less coffee (but appreciate it more) since we have a DeLonghi espresso machine (using coffee beans instead of pads) instead of our percolator. I now try to limit it to a cup at breakfast and one at lunch. With the percolator coffee I used to drink multiple cups, but this coffee is stronger so 1 cup is just enough. I sometimes have a few more cups (one half-morning and one half-afternoon) but I'm trying to avoid that now. I ordered some really nice teas (Revolution Tea), so I try to drink more tea now.

                            Where do you buy organic meat? I was in the supermarket on Wednesday (Delhaize) and was so disappointed because they are having less and less organic meat , I almost broke down in tears . I came home and told DH it sure was easier to do grocery shopping when I didn't know about "really healthy food" as I do now! My kids wanted to have "curryworsten" for dinner, but I just couldn't buy it, kept looking at the label saying "48% chicken separator meat, mechanically removed"...it just means it's 'meat' scraped off the bones after the real meat had already been removed *sigh*. I got them bacon burgers instead .

                            Hope you'll feel better soon! It's this stupid weather of ours, sure hope we'll have some nicer weather this summer!
                            My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
                            My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
                            Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
                            Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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                            • #15
                              I agree they are not always overly stocked on organic meat, but it varies hugely from day to day. There are days when I go there when all they have is beef, beef and beef, and other times they will have all kinds of specially prepared things like pita meat or lamb meatballs. So I tend to just stock up on whatever they have. Makes going to the grocery store that much more exciting, when I can be all "OMG they have X!" => *grabs all packages of X*
                              Come to think of it, it's very possible the days they seem to have nothing organic might simple be because I was beaten to it by someone like me
                              Talk about voting with your money huh? I'm sure given time they'll just start to offer more and more organic meat, because they really do tend to their clientèle (ever notice how different their range is between neighbourhoods?). But I'm lucky I live in a neighbourhood that's full of hippies on carrier bikes, so they might just be catering to that, I don't know.
                              Then there's certified organic butchers of course. I'm sure there will be at least one in Antwerp if you look for it. They can be expensive though, and the closest one to my house is still pretty far away so I have been putting off the trip. At least at Delhaize you can use eco-cheques to buy organic food. (my boyfriend gets a ton of those from work each year)
                              Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. ---George Bernard Shaw
                              When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

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