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  • #16
    @ his_chick - yeah thank god primal foods are most of my favourite foods!
    Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

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    • #17
      Day 6

      So the day started off right. Sunny, cute bathing suit, flat stomach, sunbathing, not hungry, IFing, good vibes... and then the door bell rang. It was my neighbour (Polish as well) bearing gifts of.... APPLE FRITTERS!!! AAHHHH %&*#$*@@%# OMFG!!!!!

      Warm and freshly fried, wholly eff! Hahaha not even being in my bathing suit could stop me from eating not one, but TWO of these babies!! I held back, lol, but only cuz we had to save some for my Dad. But wow. Okay, so seriously, no regrets. They were truly heavenly. Not too sugary either which was nice. The best of the best of Polish crack. I also seemed to get away without any ill after-effects - so bonus. Anyways, so much for IFing til 2 as usual, lol. But afterwards I did my work-out, so I guess it's all good. The rest of the day was primal.

      Fitness: Strength training today. Upon Eck's suggestion I tried a timed 100 squats. I did it in about 3:55 mins. I hadn't had enough so I kept going. Did my ab wheel exercises (still loving this thing!! so fun!), push-ups, weighted lunges, side planks, dips, and then I did a wall sit and did 15 bicep curls with the 10lb weights in each hand. Okay, I'd BETTER be sore tomorrow, as I literally collapsed after that last one. I did a few sets of the above.

      Lunch: Left overs from last night; a rib and some veggies. Shared it with my grandma, who was impressed. Had a few strawberries from yesterday.

      Supplements: B12 and omega 3x3.

      Dinner: Cabbage soup (sooo yummy, a Polish classic); made my own side salad since I didn't want to eat the shitty soybean oil filled caesar dressing my mom was using. My salad was: romaine, carrots (julienned with the peeler Ecks gave me! He's so sweet! And I had too much fun making my carrots!), green onions and parsley from the garden, sour cream, mustard and s+p. Some more primal BBQ drumsticks (2) and a small potato with butter.

      Later snack: piece of dark chocolate and half a banana.

      I also went for a walk and wandered around the grocery store by my house after dinner. I finally found some pork rinds!!! Can't wait to try those bad boys out! I also bought a macaroon treat in the health section - it looks good and pretty primal! I'm making salmon for dinner tomorrow - so I'm looking forward to that! I also bought some coconut flour, and cannot wait to make myself a little goody tomorrow with those strawberries But I'll discuss that more tomorrow...
      Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

      Current Primal Journal
      My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
      Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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      • #18
        Day 7

        Sunbathing. Check. Feel like I got a bit too much sun today. No burn... but yeah. Gonna cover up over the weekend, take a break. (I'll miss you bathing suit!!!)

        Lunch: Coconut flour pancake made with 3 eggs. Strawberries and whipped cream on top. Oh yeah!

        Snack: A few pieces of salami, and piece of cheese.

        Dinner: Made my salmon florentine (recipe here). Everyone loved it! This also came with a side of rice, made with broth, garlic powder, fresh green onions and parsley - I had a bit. Also made my summer citrus salad: spinach, carrots (julienned! haha I'll never get sick of using that peeler!), red pepper, green onions, lemon juice, lemon rind, balsamic and evoo.

        Dessert: Tea with lemon and honey.

        Snack: Pepperette thingy from the euro store.

        No exercise today - rest day.
        Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

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        My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
        Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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        • #19
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          • #20
            Weekly Recap 1

            Week 1 complete! Yay! I feel like my 20% wasn't too shabby: 4 perogies, 2 bites of bread, cappuccino, 1/2 piece poppy seed cake, crappy dinner on Day 4 (that was out of my hands), super sweet tea when eating out, and 2 apple fritters. I'm pretty happy with this considering all the bad stuff I did manage to avoid and that I could have easily eaten all the above just in one day, but that's one week.

            I've managed to avoid quite a bit of bread. There's temptations some mornings when my mom's toasting some bread - I used to love toasted bread - especially the rye bread my mom gets from the euro store. Luckily I'm not hungry when I first get up and have IFed through this, and then made my own primal brunches. There was also a fresh loaf of white french style crusty bread bought the other day. THANK GOD I went out that day and avoided that. Also dodged ice cream.

            I've also sort of made the rule to not touch processed, store bought desserts. Stuff like coffee cake or doughnuts, that are usually super sweet and not that satisfying. Same with all the little biscuits and chocolates that are store-bought. Dodged some of that this week as well. I figure if I skip this stuff, I can enjoy home-made stuff more freely. (Like more apple fritters, LOL!)

            I also tend to snack on deli meats, which are not the best. But they're pretty fresh from the euro store, so I'm hoping they're a bit better than what you get from the grocery store. But oh well, can't really help that. I figure my omega 3's should help even that out.

            All in all I'm pleased. I've learned that I can resist temptations right in front of me, planning really helps, as do boundaries, i.e., allowing home-baked goods but not processed. It also helps that my mom plans dinner usually the day before and asks for my input. She doesn't always really listen to me, but at least I have a chance to think of ways to dodge stuff.

            I'm also super happy about my fitness. I've finally gotten back into walking a lot this week, which was a conscious effort. On my own, walking is usually just part of my lifestyle, so I don't have to think about it. Lately I've been pretty lazy, since I don't really have any responsibilities or places to go. So glad I've done better on that. Also really enjoying my strength training!! This is the most I've ever enjoyed working out. Surprisingly, this last while I've also had some of the best energy levels I've had since going primal. That's something I've always struggled with. Probably being on vacation and not worrying about anything lately has something to do with it...

            Tomorrow's my Dad's birthday and we're heading to the falls. On the way out we're surprising him by stopping by this lake side restaurant he's always wanted to try. I think for the weekend I'm gonna let my guard down a bit and let stuff go. I'll try not to go crazy, but if there's a bread basket and it's tasty bread, I'm going for it, no regrets. And if the bday cake is something good (like a specialty cake from a real bakery, not grocery store bought), might do that as well. After the weekend, back to primal dodgeball lol.

            If any one's got any comments on if this looks like an acceptable 20% let me know what you think. Also any comments and suggestions in general are more than welcome!
            Last edited by Primal-JoJo; 06-15-2012, 10:16 PM.
            Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

            Current Primal Journal
            My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
            Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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            • #21
              Totally looks like an acceptable 20% to me! I know it's working for you b/c you are satisfied and happy with what you are doing. That's what really matters, right? Who give a f*#• what anyone else thinks if your happy with the results!? Good for you

              Btw: I want some of that polish food! I think I may venture into some polish cooking....

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              • #22
                I think you've done extremely well! I've learnt the past 2 months and probably mostly the last 2 weeks that stressing over little things isn't going to make me feel any better so it's much simpler (and a lot less stressful) to just roll with the things you can't control and learn to accept the things you can. As time passes you, (and I) will both become better at resisting the temptations and enjoying eating the primal goodies that are in abundance. I'm loving it!
                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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                • #23
                  Totally second His_chick. Stressing over things makes life way worse and, at least with me, leaves to mood swings and binges even more because I obsess. You seem like you are doing great, and I would ABSOLUTELY HELL FREAKING YEAH eat apple fritters and homemade perogies so I am most jealous.

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                  • #24
                    Thanks guys! Yeah, I totally agree - and I normally don't stress about what I eat at all - just a bit right now, so I don't go off the deep end. I'm looking forward to getting back to life as usual, but in a sick way I'm enjoying the challenge, and all the successes so far. Didn't know I had it in me. Primal really has changed me.

                    Thanks for all your support and encouragement!!
                    Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

                    Current Primal Journal
                    My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
                    Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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                    • #25
                      Sometimes I do much better in the challenges than in the day to day "no one's watching me" eating. When I know there's going to be a tricky situation to avoid, I get a kick of figuring out how I can fake people into not noticing that I'm not eating their pasta/bread/crap. It's kind of fun and makes me feel clever

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                      • #26
                        Haha your fake out games are pretty hilarious, Abby! That's sounds like a fun way to do it. I don't think I'm clever enough to pull that off though. Usually I just go with offending people lol. Well, or I just eat it. I guess it depends on who it is and what the food is. But I think having a conscious "challenge" has definitely helped me step up my game!
                        Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

                        Current Primal Journal
                        My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
                        Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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                        • #27
                          The Weekend

                          Day 8

                          So yesterday was a fun day at the Falls! Definitely not very primal, but all in all not as bad as thought it could be.

                          Breakfast: My mom brought home fresh baked rolls, and I just couldn't resist to have a bit with some butter. I had half a piece of bread with some butter, fresh ham, and cucumbers. It was quite good. But even as I ate it, I felt like I wasn't eating real food. Considering the day was gonna be made up of a lot of walking I really should have eaten some eggs. But I decided not to eat any more than that half sandwich, since the plan was to surprise my dad and take him out for lunch. So I knew I would be eating again in a few hours. Fail: forgot my supplements today.

                          Lunch: Lunch was fabulous! The restaurant was really good, with lots of primal and almost primal options. And we got patio seats overlooking the lake! It was sweet! I had tiny piece quarter piece of bread from the bread basket to try it. It was warm and I had some butter on it. Good cuz it was warm and fresh, but really easy to resist because it was ciabatta bread. I prefer really warm and gooey breads, not the crunchy dry kind. I ordered an awesome warm salad with chicken breast and lots of stirfried veggies: mushrooms, onions, zucchini, peppers, spinach, some other greens, etc. and goat cheese. SO super yummy! Gonna copy this sometime. I did end up having a half piece of panini from the grandma's order with it. The panini was really good and had some melty provolone or something on it. We all tried each others food. So I had a bite of my dad's steak (soo good); my mom had shrimp and curried couscous that was super yum. and I stole some sweet potato fries from my grandma. Anywho, although my meal was pretty primal. The portion was *bitchy, skinny girl* sized - so - too small. I definitely could have eaten twice as much. (There's a reason so many skinny girls are bitchy - they're hungry!!)

                          We then did a ton of walking. All day. Headed to the falls and basically wandered. I had a snack in my purse. The organic macaroon I bought the other day. It was good. But too much honey. I will make my own sometime - good snack idea.

                          Then we went to this super cool bar/lounge in the falls, that no one seems to know about - but I'm cool so I know about it We had some drinks to further celebrate my dad's bday. I had melontini. That shit hit me quick lol. Good stuff though!

                          We didn't really eat a proper dinner. I pretty much felt like I was IFing all day. Although the hunger wasn't as crazy as it was once back in the day, where I would have died to eat anything. When we got back to the car my dad was hungry and we had a cooler bag with some sausage/pepperette type thing, and some left overs from lunch. No one seemed to like the left over panini from my grandmas lunch. If my dad had eaten it I would have been safe lol. But I definitely liked it so I ate it. Delicious. But no satisfaction whatsoever. I really felt like I hadn't eaten anything.

                          Lesson learned: bread/sandwiches are no longer processed as real food by my body. I still find them delicious - but useless as fuel for my body.

                          Anywho, I think I was starting to crash by the time I got home though. I was sooo tired, and kind of hungry, but not really. I dunno, one of those hungers like, I'm so hungry but it's so late so there's no point in eating. I caved and had a few pieces of chocolate my dad got for his birthday (milk chocolate hazelnut!) -then I had a camomile tea with cream and cinnamon, no honey... then I passed out!
                          Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

                          Current Primal Journal
                          My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
                          Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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                          • #28
                            The Weekend Cont'd

                            Day 9
                            Wow woke up sooo tired. Is it the bread from yesterday? I dunno. I felt fine yesterday. But today just sleepy all day. Maybe the bread combined with all that walking. We probably did around 4 hours worth.

                            Breakfast: Awesome! Egg scramble with onions, bacon, spinach and cheese. I had about 3 eggs. This is a REAL breakfast.

                            Supplements: B12 and omega 3x3.

                            Then I just felt really antsy. I dunno I just wanted some sugar so bad!!! And my dad's chocolate was just laying there!! But I really didn't want to do it. Almost made a squash dessert instead. But was too lazy (also was thinking my mom would buy cake for father's day - so wanted to just wait it out). I just kind of paced around like a crazy person lol. Then I was like, I should work out instead. But the other part of me was like "but I am le tired...". And the third part was like, just have some chocolate bitch! So I was like work-out - nap - or chocolate?? I can't believe I actually chose.... WORKOUT. This is a first for me. Normally nap would actually win in this scenario. I figured some sprints would wake me up.

                            Fitness: So I did some sprints on the exercise bike. I felt good afterwards!! My heart was pumping blood and my body was like "Eeeeee endorphins!" Didn't want sugar anymore. Watched a movie instead.

                            Snack: Small cup of coffee with cream and half a teaspoon of honey.

                            Dinner: Pork schnitzel - breaded... but fried in lard Some cucumbers with sourcream, a bit of potatoes with creamy mushroom sauce. A shot of vodka. Then things went downhill. Just been super sleepy and kind of headachey ever since. I dunno if it was the vodka, combined with the previous day, or combined with the coffee (in the past coffee's always made me sick and tired...although lately I've been fine with small doses). I dunno, I'm just super exhausted.

                            Dessert: My mom didn't buy good dessert - only coffee cake - so I didn't eat that. Had a camomile tea with cream, cinnamon, and teaspoon of honey. Had a few teaspoons of cashew butter.

                            I'm pretty much ready to crash now. But it seems too early for me to go the bed. Anywho, I would like to reflect on the weekend though. I told myself I was just gonna do whatever on the weekend. But it turns out, I didn't find any satisfaction in this. And I didn't even want to "cheat". I found eating bread was sort of a waste... it just didn't... add anything to my life. Now I'm not gonna be all like some ppl around here that are like "bread tastes gross; it's like cardboard, etc" - this was not the case. Good quality bread tastes damn good, and anyone who says otherwise is either a liar, or has only ever tasted "wonderbread". But yeah, I just felt like it didn't provide anything for my body. It's weird, but I sort of saw it as empty fuel. I don't know how to explain it - this weekend I felt and saw that this was not "food" - just something to put in my mouth.

                            So I think what I am trying to say... is that I am truly, deeply, in love with... FAT. We have a deep connection, me and fat. Mind, body, soul. We complete each other! Turns out bread and sugar, are just lustful flings jerking me around. Fat is the real thing. I think we're gonna be together for life - true love at last. These weekend flings have confirmed it. I have been such a fool.

                            Joanna + fat = <3
                            Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

                            Current Primal Journal
                            My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
                            Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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                            • #29
                              I love it. Everything about it. Your enthusiasm is infectious and is making me even more excited about my steak n veges sauteeded in butter.
                              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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                              • #30
                                Mmmm- veggies + butter = <3 also!
                                Primal: Because I like to have my steak, and eat it too

                                Current Primal Journal
                                My Old Primal Journal - Surviving my summer away from home
                                Food blog: Sex or Chocolate: I choose STEAK!

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