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  • #16
    Back-to school!

    Decided to get all the back-to-school shopping done in one fell swoop today so we loaded the kids into the 'Rango and headed off to Warehouse One where we found some clothes for the bigger boys. Then to Payless for shoes. Walmart was next on our path of destruction then we needed a break to refuel so we headed off to Ricky's All Day Grill. I love their burgers so I had a bacon cheddar burger with no bun with poutine on the side. They brought the relish and mayo out in little containers, too cute. There is flour in the gravy of the poutine but it's my 5% so I'm not doing too bad. Actually it might not even count as 1% but I'll leave it at 5 to prevent any more slippage

    My oldest decided to try the same burger with a bun and with goat cheese instead of cheddar. I might try the goat cheese next time. He enjoyed it but couldn't eat all the bun and my youngest ordered one of their larger breakfast platters and just told me that he now believes me that wheat is bad for our bellies. He had toast with his meal and couldn't finish the hashbrowns. I told him next time eat the taters and leave the bread, he says he will! Progress, slow but surely there is progress.

    I also ordered a coke today because it has been a really long time since I last had one and I couldn't finish it! My middle son handled that job for me. Next time I will stick to water or iced tea.

    After lunch we hit what passes for a mall and our first stop was to get my oldest a cell phone. We owed him an iPod after we dropped his in the dish water on one of our camping trips and right now the initial purchase price of an iPhone 4S is much lower than an iPod. We went with a pretty decent plan because I know he will use a lot more than 100 Mb of data so he has up to a gig of data now. After that we hit Staples for the school supplies. What is up with teachers being so specific about colour and brands? The grade 9's need one type of Thesaurus while the grade 6 needs a different one. I'd rather get one that can be used for the next 4 years or until it falls apart! Well we did the best we could and the special dictionary of synonyms, antonyms and homonyms is now on order from Coles. I'm just glad the kids are done.

    I still have a few things to pick up for me. Not too much, my pants are still getting looser though I can still wear the same size I already own. I did pick up some cami's and a nightie for now. This semester I only need to buy 2 new text books because I borrowed one and bought the other last summer when I tried to take a night class. That did not work out so well so I hope this time around goes much better. I am going to try and get my books as e-books if possible. I have the laptop or the iPad that I can take to school. I have tried taking notes on the laptop but I am a bit of a peck-and-hunt typist. I am not very fast, though I have been improving. I really should practice my Mavis Beacon typing lessons.

    Well that's enough blathering for today. Time to go find some chocolate. And maybe a hot-buttered rum, they were very tasty last night! Gotta get my fat in somehow!
    I'm a 39 y/o mother of 3 sons ages 12, 14, and 15
    HT: 5'7"
    SW: 223 June 2012
    CW: 191.4 April 21 2013
    TWL2D: 32 lbs

    Primal Goals: to feel healthier, fitter, and sexier than ever before

    Favourite primal resources: The Food Lovers Make it Paleo cookbook, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, The Food Lovers Kitchen, Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary and of course Mark's Daily Apple!

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    • #17
      Had a great day hanging out with my hubby. He made gluten-free crepes this morning, I'm not a fan, they were very dry and starchy. Sausage and coffee rounded off my breakfast. I am finally off the flavoured coffee creamer, my go to in the morning is now heavy cream with a teaspoon of unpasteurized honey.

      He hit the farmer's market to pick up some pickles and fruit for the week. After I got my hair coloured (school starts soon, gotta look my best) we hit the U-pick for beets, green & yellow beans, squash and onions! I got my squats in picking fresh veggies for the family so double +! He seemed to enjoy it so I think I finally have him convinced about planting a small garden in our yard next year. I will try and get some of the hardscape done over the next few weeks so that I can plant some garlic bulbs for next year.

      After a very quick supper of steak and green beans with slivered almonds we took the kids to see "ParaNorman". It was a cute movie with a strong anti-bullying message. We had popcorn, shared a chocolate bar and I had iced tea to drink. Pop is too much for me and our theatre doesn't have real fruit juice as an option. My tummy is not happy about something I ate tonight, probably the snacks at the show so I think I'll try and soothe it with a nice warm bath. No hot-buttered rum or even the Madeira I was going to have. Maybe tomorrow night.
      I'm a 39 y/o mother of 3 sons ages 12, 14, and 15
      HT: 5'7"
      SW: 223 June 2012
      CW: 191.4 April 21 2013
      TWL2D: 32 lbs

      Primal Goals: to feel healthier, fitter, and sexier than ever before

      Favourite primal resources: The Food Lovers Make it Paleo cookbook, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, The Food Lovers Kitchen, Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary and of course Mark's Daily Apple!

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      • #18
        Too much stress!

        Tuesday I had to have my 16 yo tortoiseshell cat put down. She survived an upper respiratory infection at 8 weeks old when we brought her and two brothers home from my SIL's farm. She survived one extremely bouncy border collie/lab cross that passed on in March, and 2 years of diabetes before she went into remission. Cera was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and less than 2 weeks after she developed new symptoms which signified a brain tumour. Poor girl had the wobbles really badly for the last couple of days and her pupils were two different sizes. She had stopped eating and drinking completely and was prone to falling down or wandering aimlessly around the bathroom/closet where she was confined. Her passing at the vets office was peaceful and she will be remembered as both a fierce tortie with cattitude and a great snuggler.

        Add to that the beginning of the school year. For some reason I am always both excited for school to start but also anticipating the stress of homework deadlines, group work and exams. Luckily 2 of my classes are with a group of friends from first year on so the group work will go smoothly. We all work together really well.

        On the food front I will have to pack a lot more protein to school. I was starving when I got home on Wednesday. I had packed a salad but forgot a fork. I didn't have enough meat rolls to balance out the carrots and I dared not eat the dried papaya due to the amount of sugar it would release into my bloodstream. I need better lunch ideas! The school cafeteria does not have many gluten-free items. I could get a greek salad with chicken souvlaki but the quality of the chicken has been going down since Kudo's opened 2 years ago. There is a grill and I might be able to get a bun-less hamburger with a salad. If I ask really nicely I will see if I can get a taco salad instead of the tex-mex fries. They might do that if it isn't too busy. My classes start at 10:50 and I go straight through until 3:05 with no break unless a class ends early. Thus my plan to indulge my 5% on wonderful wicked Thai soup at Chai's has been foiled. I hadn't decided if I would allow myself the Naan or not. It is bread but it tasted so good covered in melted butter and dipped in the soup. It also means I need to bring finger food and remember my fork or eat before class.

        I had thought I could last all day without eating but learning must burn a lot of calories because I needed to eat during my second class. Carrots are very loud in a quiet classroom and the less said about that the better. Luckily it looks like I am going to enjoy my classes. My strategy class has an online game component that looks interesting and my operations management class has a very witty instructor. We have to do a group project that will involve interviewing a business and presenting our findings to the class. Not crazy about that but it's all good.

        In other news my hubby has now gained back all the weight he lost when he first went Paleo. I blame the kitchen at work and his picky attitude. He is a great cook and doesn't like to eat food that is not up to his standards so he has been filling up on cheeses and potatoes instead of the meat and veggies he needs. He does have a fridge, a microwave and a slow-cooker available to him. I will have to send him back to work loaded for bear. The kitchen is trying to offer healthier options but of course this means they are breading everything in "healthy whole grains" and using vegetable oil to fry it. He's been trying to eat more chicken and fish but I think he is lacking enough fat. I wish I could get him to read the book but he doesn't enjoy reading like I do. He does look things up on the net but for some reason he keeps going back to the "Eat for your blood type" information. Thus the white meat instead of the red meat he was eating when he first lost the weight. I'm not sure what to tell him except what has worked for me and what has not worked for me.

        My loss has slowed down some but I think I can contribute that to stress and some indulgences (wine, chocolate and stew my friend fed me while I was working on her books). Once I get the right balance of protein/fat/carb for school figured out I am sure I will continue to see my pants getting looser. The other day I noticed cheekbones! My face is getting smaller, and so is my wattle under my chin. Small victories but victories still the same.
        I'm a 39 y/o mother of 3 sons ages 12, 14, and 15
        HT: 5'7"
        SW: 223 June 2012
        CW: 191.4 April 21 2013
        TWL2D: 32 lbs

        Primal Goals: to feel healthier, fitter, and sexier than ever before

        Favourite primal resources: The Food Lovers Make it Paleo cookbook, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, The Food Lovers Kitchen, Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary and of course Mark's Daily Apple!

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        • #19
          Big news on the weight loss front. I am now down 21lbs and I bought jeans 2 sizes smaller! I also bought a sweater on Thursday, I was pretty excited that it was a large and not an XL but imagine my level of excitement when I wore the sweater on the following Monday and it was too big! I took it back and exchanged it for a MEDIUM! YAY!

          I also had blood work done on Thursday and today I got the results back. The doc is concerned about a +1 protein in my urine so I have to do another urine test. The rest of my blood work was good except my cholesterol and triglycerides were higher than they should be. She wants me to go back in for another test in 6 months. I told her I was following a paleo diet, I'm not sure if she knows what that is but she didn't advise against it. She said maybe my cholesterol was higher before and that it is coming down now. Her dietary advice was to increase my leafy greens and fish oils which I am committed to doing. I will be meeting with a nurse next week to go over my diet in more detail. This should prove to be interesting. Following conventional wisdom is what got me in the shape I am in and paleo has helped me more in the last few months than years of fad diets. I will be adamant that "healthy whole grains" are not a part of my lifestyle, hopefully there will not be an issue.

          I have not been very dedicated to exercise as I am focused on eating properly and coping with the various demands of raising a family, attending college full time and working with two non-profit organizations in my "spare time". However that doesn't mean I haven't found a way to fit a little blueprint fitness into my days. On school days I walk across campus from where the shuttle lets me off to the tower my classes are in. As my classes are on the 4th floor I take the opportunity to take the stairs, the first set at one end of the building and the next two in the tower. I am definitely getting stronger, my body is responding quicker to the exercise and recovery is improving. Soon I will be able to do all three flights at the same time. As the days are still nice I am planning on walking from the tower to where I park, I figure it is about 2 km away. I am also deadlifting a backpack full of text books multiple times a day so I try to switch hands and strengthen both arms equally.

          I was at a meeting today and I caught sight of Wheat Belly on the kitchen counter. When I mentioned I had read it the person I was talking to gestured at my belly (bloated with lady issues and recently fed blackened snapper and French fries with gravy, I know) and said I wasn't following it. Sigh, I pointed out my recent loss but I do wish it was more obvious to other people. I guess at some point it will be impossible to miss I just wish that point was now. Oh well, I am moving in the right direction and I will not let the thoughtlessness of others bring me down.
          I'm a 39 y/o mother of 3 sons ages 12, 14, and 15
          HT: 5'7"
          SW: 223 June 2012
          CW: 191.4 April 21 2013
          TWL2D: 32 lbs

          Primal Goals: to feel healthier, fitter, and sexier than ever before

          Favourite primal resources: The Food Lovers Make it Paleo cookbook, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, The Food Lovers Kitchen, Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary and of course Mark's Daily Apple!

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          • #20
            Hey, I second the chicharrones! Tasty pork rinds. :]
            And cool that they're helping to loosen pants. We're similar with the sciatica annoyance. It took my whole right leg out for almost a month. It's been awhile for me. Exercise was invaluable and it does get stronger and all the muscle fibers will eventually begin to fire on cue once again.
            “Never let the perfect be the enemy of the good”. - Popular translation of Voltaire

            If you are honest with your lacks, BE honest with your abundance, as well.


            "....the route finding part, and dead reckoning - figure out where I need to be and how to get there, then stay on target as I move over the land and through the forest."
            - Originally Posted by Meant2Move

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            • #21
              Paleo the root of high cholesterol?

              So today I visited with the nurse that teaches people how to lower their cholesterol.

              Her recommendations: follow the Canada Food guide, eat more veggies and fruit (7-10 servings a day), limit intake of coconut, eat healthy whole grains(6-8 servings a day), lets not go into what to limit from that list cause I told her straight out I will not be increasing my non-existent intake of grains. Milk and alternatives (2-3 servings a day), limit anything with more than 2% milk fat in it, reduce red meat consumption, also not recommended bacon, sausage, duck, goose and organ meats, fish canned in oil, chicken wings, shell fish and skin on poultry, oh the horror! Lastly 30-45 ml of unsaturated fats a day from vegetable oil (canola, olive and soybean), soft margarine, salad dressings and mayonnaise, limit butter, hard margarine, lard and shortening. Anyone else see a problem here?

              Why is it when I told her I was following a paleo diet all she heard about what I eat (lean meats, veggies, fruits, nuts and eggs) did she then decide that I am eating bacon and eggs everyday and loading up on all kinds of red meat and organ meats? She went from claiming to have not heard about paleo to all of a sudden she knows this is my problem? We had what I thought was an open discussion about my risk factors and the things I am doing that are good. I'm not a smoker, I don't drink on a daily basis, I don't eat a lot of sugar. But all of a sudden because my diet is high fat/moderate protein/low carb or high protein/moderate fat/low carb from day to day that is a major issue. I don't consume red meat everyday, in fact I don't consume a lot of meat in any single meal but she says it is my consumption of meat that is causing my cholesterol to be high. Without any prior bloodwork we do not know what is going on, it could be going up, it could be coming down. She just jumped to the conclusion that a change I made this summer is the culprit when in fact I think it is years of eating a SAD diet with lots of convenience foods (and let's face it, lots of McDonald's).

              She ran off to ask the doctor if I could do a blood test in 3 months instead of the 6 originally ordered and the doctor came back and ordered a celiac test as well. I didn't ask for that, I don't think I am celiac just intolerant. I know this test is going to come back negative and she's going to use that to try and get me to eat grains again. Not going to happen. It's more than the weight loss and the feeling of no pain in my stomach. It's the lack of insulin spikes and sugar shakes throughout the day. I am so glad to be off the blood sugar roller coaster that I don't want to have anything to do with that ever again!

              I'm tired of everybody thinking they know what's best for me without having lived my life. They are not even willing to look into what I am doing to see for themselves if it is healthy or not. They are very quick to disregard it as a fad diet. Sure, a fad diet I have been able to stick with since June! I didn't last nearly as long on Atkins or South Beach because I did feel deprived then, I don't feel deprived now. My doctor also thinks I need to eat grains or else I will be missing out on some essential nutrients, oh yeah and I will get bored eating the same foods every day. She has not seen my arsenal of cookbooks, or the online resources. There is no way this family is getting bored with the same dishes day after day because the only way that would happen is to go back to the SAD again. I repeat myself Not Going To Happen!

              I shall be scouring the boards to see how paleo has caused everyone else's cholesterol to sky rocket and how they fixed it following the Canada Food guide or the American Food Pyramid. *snort, snicker, can't even say that with a straight face.

              And now off to steam some broccoli and Brussels sprouts to accompany the 1/2 bbq duck I picked up in China Town today. Very curious as to how it is going to taste. My guess is yummy.
              I'm a 39 y/o mother of 3 sons ages 12, 14, and 15
              HT: 5'7"
              SW: 223 June 2012
              CW: 191.4 April 21 2013
              TWL2D: 32 lbs

              Primal Goals: to feel healthier, fitter, and sexier than ever before

              Favourite primal resources: The Food Lovers Make it Paleo cookbook, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, The Food Lovers Kitchen, Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary and of course Mark's Daily Apple!

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              • #22
                Primal update

                Midterms have come and gone. I weathered them all right I guess, though this was my worst showing yet. I passed all my exams/papers but just barely. Even the year I wrote exams while sick with H1N1 and not able to study I did better. I guess what they say about 4th year being the toughest year is true.

                I am glad that the stress of exams did not lead to weight gain. I was expecting to put a few pounds on. In fact I weighed just before exams started and I had gained about 1 pound, then I lost 2 somehow by the end of the week. That was satisfying. I have had little trouble sticking to primal during school. Although I am letting myself eat some potatoes and some rice I still feel that I am doing really well. I find it hard to imagine that I ever really enjoyed eating any other way so that says something about how right this WOE is for me.

                I have been invited by friends of mine to have a "paleo talk" at their store. I plan to share my experience with the changes I have made and also to share the wealth of resources I have found. This way I will be giving credit where credit is due so there may be some new "faces" here on MDA or lurking in the other blogs I follow as well. I also intend to share this post from guest blogger Amy Kubal on Robb Wolf's blog Seven Shades of Paleo.

                I found it very interesting and I liked the way she broke down the different flavours of paleo. I find I fit in the Lacto-paleo or primal shade but since I aim for 100% I am aware that I probably hit 90-95% for the most part I have to say I fit in the WTF paleo in that 5-10% of the time. Not quite to the same extent as in the post but I can identify with it. That is how I have approached other diets in the past but not how I approach this WOE. Because of the kids we have some (thankfully very little) gluten-free products, we made GF cupcakes for my son's birthday and as a treat last weekend I made GF French toast. Starbucks is very available at school, there's one right in the common market but I am very happy to report that I am now ordering my latte's half-sweet. That has been a major accomplishment. I used to be a three-packet girl! Pizza has now moved from once-a-month to special occasions only and I think I will be able to just order the salad next time but I might swipe a piece off my kids plate, call it a pizza tax.

                Now as I head into the second half of the semester I am maintaining my fitness goals. I am able to do 5 flights of stairs, and most days I do them two or three times! I love how strong my legs feel even as they are getting slimmer! I bought calf boots, I hadn't been able to buy them before. Along with the boots I was able to buy skinny jeans. Such a happy day! I am moving forward with optimism, hope and the belief that I can and will be successful in reaching my goals.
                I'm a 39 y/o mother of 3 sons ages 12, 14, and 15
                HT: 5'7"
                SW: 223 June 2012
                CW: 191.4 April 21 2013
                TWL2D: 32 lbs

                Primal Goals: to feel healthier, fitter, and sexier than ever before

                Favourite primal resources: The Food Lovers Make it Paleo cookbook, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, The Food Lovers Kitchen, Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary and of course Mark's Daily Apple!

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                • #23
                  Happy New Year

                  So we survived the Mayan Apocalypse, Christmas dinners and New Year's Eve celebrations! Yay us!

                  I must admit I went into the holidays with a plan. To indulge as much as I wanted as long as I was indulging in foods that fit my lifestyle. To that end we had a couple of gluten-free Christmas dinners, along with some red wine and some dark chocolate. All in all that went pretty well and we stuck to our diet as closely as we could. I did make a gluten free stuffing, next year I will leave out the GF bread, it wasn't essential to the dish I made anyway.

                  For me New Years was a flop, I wound up with a nasty stomach bug and an involuntary 24 hour fast. At the end of it I had lost 5 lbs! I hit my first goal of reaching a weight below 200 lbs, and in time for the new year no less, but it wasn't the way I would have chosen to reach it. I am sure most of what I lost was water, I was very dehydrated until I was able to keep water in my system for more than a few minutes.

                  Now it is 2013 and I have not set any resolutions. I find that they really get in my way and I never accomplish them. I do want to get outside for more exercise with my dogs, and I am fascinated by kettlebells so I am looking for more information, possibly a video to get me started. I'm sure I will need to start with a very light weight because of my continuing back issues but I am really keen to get started.

                  So here's to starting the year off right and keeping it on the primal path!
                  I'm a 39 y/o mother of 3 sons ages 12, 14, and 15
                  HT: 5'7"
                  SW: 223 June 2012
                  CW: 191.4 April 21 2013
                  TWL2D: 32 lbs

                  Primal Goals: to feel healthier, fitter, and sexier than ever before

                  Favourite primal resources: The Food Lovers Make it Paleo cookbook, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, The Food Lovers Kitchen, Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary and of course Mark's Daily Apple!

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                  • #24
                    Update

                    I have been very busy with school and with avoiding school work and all other work as much as possible. I think I'm just tired. The end is so close I can taste it and yet if I don't pass just one class I'll be back again in school for at least one more semester. It's inconceivable! I have ordered my gown, I have to reserve my tickets as soon as possible. There's no room for failure.

                    Diet wise I have been doing about the same as before. I haven't weighed in over a month but my pants are still very loose. I'm confused when I try on jeans, I hate the way everything fits. So I just keep wearing my too-large jeans in hopes that I will move down enough sizes to actually like the way jeans fit and want to buy them. I am eagerly looking forward to spring, the farmer's markets will open up again and we are putting in a garden this year. I'm very excited about growing our own food.

                    Last month we bought a water rower. I love it! I have been rowing every couple of days, and working out with my kettle bells and doing some yoga. I feel great, and just a little sore but I finally graduated from visiting the chiropractor every 4 months to calling in when I need an adjustment. It took 2 and a half years to get here and it was the exercise that did it. On top of that I'm still doing the stairs at school. When my legs hurt from a lot of squats or a long rowing session I tackle the stairs with even more enthusiasm as it helps warm up and loosen achy muscles.

                    We have some excitement coming up. My oldest is off to Europe for spring break. The trip is through his school, we have been prepping and paying for this trip for 2 years and now finally here it is. I hope I'm not a basket case while he's gone but I was when our middle son went 2 years ago so I'm sure I will be again. Here's hoping Europe's ready for him!
                    I'm a 39 y/o mother of 3 sons ages 12, 14, and 15
                    HT: 5'7"
                    SW: 223 June 2012
                    CW: 191.4 April 21 2013
                    TWL2D: 32 lbs

                    Primal Goals: to feel healthier, fitter, and sexier than ever before

                    Favourite primal resources: The Food Lovers Make it Paleo cookbook, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, The Food Lovers Kitchen, Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary and of course Mark's Daily Apple!

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                    • #25
                      Graduating!

                      So the day is finally almost here! I write my last ever final exam on Friday then I will be graduating with my Bachelor in Business Administration Accounting emphasis on May 10. It feels like it's been a long haul, 4 1/2 years since I began to be precise but I am finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

                      Since my last class last week I have noticed a reduction in stress, a 3 lb weight loss with no effort and an overall sense of well-being. I attribute all of this to being primal. I have been playing around with my protein intake, still haven't found the exact right amount to eat each day but I tend to consume what my body tells me it needs. I have also been playing with dairy a bit. Drinking almost no milk unless my body absolutely says it will die if I don't have some, and then I make it wait anyway until I decide to have some. I have been having some cheese, very little yogurt but I just can't seem to kick the bit of heavy cream in my coffee every morning. The only way for me to do that is to drink tea instead, I drink it straight, no cream or honey (unless it's chai, then it needs cream and sugar too).

                      Without the dairy I have a hard time determining if I am getting enough fat. I don't measure because it drives me a little crazy obsessive when I start so I have just been playing it by ear. Over the next few months I plan to play with the protein and fat intake to see if I can strike the right balance. As usual I am also struggling to get enough veggies on everyone's plates. My oldest sent me a text yesterday telling me that he lost his energy levels during gym. I told him he needs to eat a bigger breakfast, include some veggies and some fruit on his plate. Obviously for a growing teenage boy 2 eggs and 2 pieces of bacon is not enough. We have lots of fruit and veggies on hand, I just have to make sure it makes it to his and his brother's plates. And mine too of course .

                      Exercise has become a great stress reliever. I am still plagued with pain in my lower back and my hips just don't want to stay in but I really enjoy my brief workouts. I have started working on yoga poses during my rest breaks while I am doing my kettle bell exercises. Then once my kettle bells are done I continue in the yoga vein for a really good stretch out and cool down. Sometimes adding a bell to a position for a little extra oomph. Then I finish it all up with a meditation session. So my workout works my body, my mind and my spirit. Afterwards I feel amazingly fresh and revitalized. Now that the sun is starting to peek out at us (though it is still rather frigid for this time of year brr!) I have been able to get out and get some walking in with the dogs. I have a walking race in September to train for, it's only 5 km but it's for an excellent cause, and I love just walking in the sunshine. We'll probably hit some of the same trails we went snowshoeing on this winter as well as find some new ones. I am looking forward to it.
                      I'm a 39 y/o mother of 3 sons ages 12, 14, and 15
                      HT: 5'7"
                      SW: 223 June 2012
                      CW: 191.4 April 21 2013
                      TWL2D: 32 lbs

                      Primal Goals: to feel healthier, fitter, and sexier than ever before

                      Favourite primal resources: The Food Lovers Make it Paleo cookbook, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, The Food Lovers Kitchen, Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary and of course Mark's Daily Apple!

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                      • #26
                        Congrats! I graduate in September with my Accounting degree... I understand about the stress!

                        Be sure to offer lots of good fat (butter) with those veggies! I've raised 6 teenagers (4 of them boys), and I know that there is a whole lotta food they need.

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                        • #27
                          Thanks! It's hard getting the right fat in their diets. They have their father's aversion to eating animal fats, unless its bacon, can't get enough bacon.
                          I'm a 39 y/o mother of 3 sons ages 12, 14, and 15
                          HT: 5'7"
                          SW: 223 June 2012
                          CW: 191.4 April 21 2013
                          TWL2D: 32 lbs

                          Primal Goals: to feel healthier, fitter, and sexier than ever before

                          Favourite primal resources: The Food Lovers Make it Paleo cookbook, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, The Food Lovers Kitchen, Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary and of course Mark's Daily Apple!

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                          • #28
                            Tonight I made some lovely sirloin steaks served with onions & portobellos and Swiss chard. I added a pat of butter to the steaks and the boys seemed to enjoy it. There was a lot of moaning and chewing. I really liked it and the primal puppies enjoyed the last of the butter that I left on the counter when we headed out to Kung Fu. Oh well, everyone loves butter!
                            I'm a 39 y/o mother of 3 sons ages 12, 14, and 15
                            HT: 5'7"
                            SW: 223 June 2012
                            CW: 191.4 April 21 2013
                            TWL2D: 32 lbs

                            Primal Goals: to feel healthier, fitter, and sexier than ever before

                            Favourite primal resources: The Food Lovers Make it Paleo cookbook, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, The Food Lovers Kitchen, Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary and of course Mark's Daily Apple!

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                            • #29
                              Tonight I made some lovely sirloin steaks served with onions and portobellos and Swiss chard. I added a pat of butter to the steaks as well and the boys seemed to enjoy that. There was a lot of moaning and chewing noises . The primal pups also enjoyed the butter I left in the counter when we headed out to Kung Fu. I guess everyone lives butter.
                              I'm a 39 y/o mother of 3 sons ages 12, 14, and 15
                              HT: 5'7"
                              SW: 223 June 2012
                              CW: 191.4 April 21 2013
                              TWL2D: 32 lbs

                              Primal Goals: to feel healthier, fitter, and sexier than ever before

                              Favourite primal resources: The Food Lovers Make it Paleo cookbook, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, The Food Lovers Kitchen, Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary and of course Mark's Daily Apple!

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                                Darn app, sorry to anyone reading this about the duplicate post. ImageUploadedByMarks Daily Apple Forum1369287713.886710.jpg
                                Here's a picture of my double flowering plum. It really exploded this year and I'm attributing that to the calcium infusion from burying my previous primal pups ashes underneath it last spring. Enjoy!
                                I'm a 39 y/o mother of 3 sons ages 12, 14, and 15
                                HT: 5'7"
                                SW: 223 June 2012
                                CW: 191.4 April 21 2013
                                TWL2D: 32 lbs

                                Primal Goals: to feel healthier, fitter, and sexier than ever before

                                Favourite primal resources: The Food Lovers Make it Paleo cookbook, Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, The Food Lovers Kitchen, Primal Kitchen: A Family Grokumentary and of course Mark's Daily Apple!

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