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  • #31
    Week 2 - Week in Review

    Nutrition: Feel good about the week, even the bad carbs on Day's 12 & 14, because they were intentional decisions, that happened in a social context, not me burning out or responding to a craving and just not giving a sh*t. Want to develop a healthy attitude now where I can occasionally choose to not be fully primal for a meal, without freaking out and feeling guilty. Plus my body will let me know when I'm straying too far, which it did.

    Fitness: Walking, walking and more walking. Looking forward to beach volleyball this weekend, for the first time in 3 years.

    Other: Started and stopped cold shower challenge. Sleep still sucks.

    Best part of the week: Lots of beach time with friends on Day 12 and discovering Beurre Blanc sauce for fish.

    Worst part of the week: Hives from too many Strawberries and abandoning the cold shower challenge due to sunburn.

    Main goal for next week: SLEEP - In bed by 11pm. // Waking up naturally isn't a goal, so much as a result of a consistent sleep schedule. So I'm simplifying and carrying over this goal from last week, which didn't happen at all. // Side-goal. TAKE MY DAMN VITAMINS - It's two pills; a multi-vitamin and a probiotic. Seriously, how hard is that?
    My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

    I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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    • #32
      Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
      Wow, DashFire, you are going all out! Diet, barefoot walking, cold water thingy - good for you, but just don't burn yourself out doing it all in the first 14 days, okay? If your bod tells you to slow it down, do so. If not, then hell...
      Thanks Crabbcakes. I'm already slowing down a bit on some things to focus on essentials (food, then sleep, then exercise). Though I want to try it all at some point and see what sticks.

      Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
      Hi there,
      I've been appreciating your posts particularly the one on the contentious fat acceptance thread.
      THANKS! The thread blew up so fast, I thought my response was just lost to the ether. Glad someone appreciated it. Was a challenging thing to respond to.

      Originally posted by Paleobird
      Nits I can pick about your diet : Peas are not Primal.... Go easy on the dried fruit....

      Yes, it does indeed sound like you are going through the carb flu. Adding carb heavy stuff like quinoa however, can just prolong the process.
      Agreed. All the above were efforts to lesson some of the carb flu these first couple weeks. Hopefully at this point, I'm past it. Have a bit of dried fruit to finish off, but we'll see what happens. If it comes back intensely after that, then I'll know I just prolonged.

      Originally posted by Paleobird
      I wish you well. It sounds like you are headed the right direction.
      Thanks. I think so too. It's been great having the forum during this process and connecting with other, uhm... Primals (?).
      My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

      I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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      • #33
        So I broke my own first month rule and tracked calories for Day 15. Was getting concerned about overall calories and carbs from fruit. The macronutrient ratio and calories are probably not ideal, but I really haven't spent much time worrying about what it should be, just focusing on transitioning to primal foods. For only two weeks Primal, I'm okay just knowing I'm consuming less than 2500 calories and under 150g carbs. Will track again in a couple weeks.

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        SLEEP
        7 hrs, alarm

        FOOD
        B - Bacon & 2 eggs | Blueberries, blackberries & almonds w/ coconut milk
        L - [photo ↓] Scallops w/ Bacon | peppers, broccoli & mushrooms | Blueberries, blackberries & almonds w/ coconut milk
        D - Can of tuna w/ balsamic vinegar & olive oil | Chicken broth w/ 2 egg drop
        Snacks - none

        EXERCISE
        30 min walking (0 barefoot)

        OTHER
        Vitamins - N | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - N

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        My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

        I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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        • #34
          It sounds like you are doing very well overall. Your attitude toward cheating is a very healthy one, it seems to me.
          5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
          Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
          Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

          More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
          - Lewis Mumford

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          • #35
            Day 16 - 16.Jun.12

            Despite the heat and blowing sand, had a great time playing beach volleyball. It's the first recreational sports activity I've done in a long time. Ate lunch afterwards, but was so exhausted, forgot to have dinner. Did Yogurt and berries right before bed. More of a late night snack really, but closest thing to "dinner" I had.

            SLEEP
            6.5 hrs, no alarm

            FOOD
            B - Scramble (Bacon, 2 eggs, can of tuna, peppers, mushrooms) | Half Avocado | Banana
            L - [photo ↓] Salmon w/ Beurre Blanc | Blueberries, blackberries & almonds w/ coconut milk
            D - Greek Yogurt w/ raspberries, blueberries & almonds
            Snacks - almonds | banana

            EXERCISE
            1.5 hrs Beach Volleyball | 1.5 hrs walking (30 min barefoot)

            OTHER
            Vitamins - Y | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - N

            ^^^ Look I took my vitamins! woo hoo

            diptic_1339970136937.jpg
            My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

            I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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            • #36
              Hey Dash, I do recommend you try to up the veggie intake. Just call me the veggie Nazi...
              5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
              Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
              Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

              More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
              - Lewis Mumford

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              • #37
                Day 17 - 17.Jun.12

                SLEEP
                7.5 hrs, alarm

                FOOD
                B - Scramble (Bacon, 2 eggs, mushrooms)
                L - Beef & veggies (broccoli, peppers, mushroom) in chicken broth [top photo ↓]
                D - Salmon [btm photo ↓]
                Snacks - almonds | banana | prunes

                EXERCISE
                1 hr walking (0 barefoot)

                OTHER
                Vitamins - N | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - N

                diptic_1339985079253.jpg
                My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

                I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Judg View Post
                  Hey Dash, I do recommend you try to up the veggie intake. Just call me the veggie Nazi...
                  Definitely agree. Veggies are a struggle at the moment. Keep frozen broccoli & peppers at the ready. Aside from that I tend to be a bit perplexed about incorporating veggies when doing unplanned cooking. Maybe I'll make fresh veggie packs. If there were ready to snack on without cooking or additional prep, that would help.
                  My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

                  I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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                  • #39
                    Day 18 - 18.June.12

                    SLEEP
                    6.5 hrs, no alarm

                    FOOD
                    B - Scramble (Salmon, 2 eggs, peppers, onion, broccoli) [top photo ↓]
                    L - Beef & veggies (broccoli, peppers, mushroom) in chicken broth
                    D - BAS (salmon, mixed greens, tomato, green onion, carrot, cucumber, mushrooms) w/ Balsamic Vinegar, dijon, olive oil dressing [btm photo ↓] | Cantaloupe
                    Snacks - banana | aged cheddar

                    EXERCISE
                    1 hr walking (0 barefoot)

                    OTHER
                    Vitamins - N | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - N

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                    Last edited by DashFire; 06-21-2012, 02:41 PM.
                    My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

                    I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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                    • #40
                      Day 19 - 19.Jun.12

                      SLEEP
                      7 hr, alarm

                      FOOD
                      B - 2 eggs, aged cheddar, banana
                      L - Whole Foods Salad (mixed greens, turkey, boiled egg, blue cheese, cranberries, mushrooms, broccoli, green onion, basil, pineapple) w/ Balsamic vinegarette
                      D - Bacon, eggs, mushrooms, onion, aged cheddar
                      S - apple | roast beef | veggies (tomato, carot, cucumber) | aged cheddar | Smoothie (banana, raspberry, strawberry, carrot)

                      EXERCISE
                      1 hr walking (0 barefoot)

                      OTHER
                      Vitamins - N | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - N

                      Instead of a food photo, here's a pic of what I'm told is the 2nd largest Whole Foods in the US (75,000 sq. ft). The largest is their Austin flagship store.

                      IMAG3627.jpg
                      My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

                      I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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                      • #41
                        Day 20 - 20.Jun.12

                        It's been a rather busy week, which is why breakfast has been smoothies, lunch has been Whole Foods salads and I haven't been posting timely or commenting on other threads. Though I am doing (I think) better at incorporating vegetables into to meals / snacks.

                        SLEEP
                        7 hr, alarm

                        FOOD
                        B - Smoothie (1 egg, strawberries, raspberries, banana, coconut milk) | Bacon
                        L - [top photo ↓] Whole Foods Salad (mixed greens, bacon, carrots, boiled egg, blue cheese, cranberries, mushrooms, broccoli, green onion, walnuts) w/ Balsamic vinegarette
                        D - [btm photo ↓] Salmon w/ bacon & Beurre Blanc | Broccoli, mushrooms, peppers & onion
                        Snacks - Apple | Banana | Aged Cheddar | Smoothie (2 eggs, 2 carrots, banana, strawberries, raspberries) | Prunes

                        EXERCISE
                        1 hr walking (0 barefoot)

                        OTHER
                        Vitamins - N | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - N

                        diptic_1340317485313.jpg
                        My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

                        I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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                        • #42
                          Hi DashFire!

                          Still loving your food photography! I have nothing else, just wanted to post something on your journal so you wouldn't feel lonely here.

                          I am taking your advice, and will try subscribing to threads - thanks.
                          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                          • #43
                            Day 21 - 21.Jun.12

                            SLEEP
                            8.5 hr, no alarm

                            FOOD
                            B - Smoothie (2 eggs, banana, strawberries, raspberries) | Bacon
                            L - [top photo ↓] BAS (Mixed greens, salmon, bacon, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, blueberries, pecans, aged cheddar) w/ Balsamic Vinegarette
                            D - Filet Mignon [btm photo ↓], carrots, cucumbers, aged cheddar
                            Snacks - Pork Rinds

                            EXERCISE
                            1 hr walking (0 barefoot)

                            OTHER
                            Vitamins - N | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - N

                            diptic_1340374795789.jpg
                            My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

                            I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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                            • #44
                              I'm telling you, you and Ecks should have a cooking contest. I volunteer to be the "judg".

                              So how are you feeling overall? Noticing any differences in your body, your mood, your clothes?
                              5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                              Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                              Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                              More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                              - Lewis Mumford

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                              • #45
                                Day 22 - 22.Jun.12

                                SLEEP
                                7 hr, alarm

                                FOOD
                                B - Smoothie (2 eggs, banana, blueberries, carrots, strawberries, raspberries) | Bacon
                                L - [top photo ↓] BAS (Mixed greens, filet mignon, bacon, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, blueberries) w/ Balsamic Vinegarette
                                D - [btm photo ↓] Filet Mignon, aged cheddar, carrots, cucumbers
                                Snacks - Pork Rinds | Smoothie (1 egg, coconut milk, banana, raspberries, strawberries, cinnamon)

                                EXERCISE
                                [rest]

                                OTHER
                                Vitamins - N | Sunlight - Y | Cold Shower - N

                                diptic_1340473988255.jpg
                                My Primal Journal - Food, pics, the occasional rant, so...the usual.

                                I love cooking. It's sexy science that you stuff in your face. - carlh

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