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  • #76
    When you wish upon a star

    I still believe that when I wish upon a star that my wishes will absolutely come true. I've thought this since I was a little girl and will never stop believing.

    Great day of Whole 30 (37). Awesome early morning workout with Foo Fighters singing in my ears. Squats, bench, dips, pull ups and planks. All with perfect form. Came home and had bacon and eggs with avocado. Not hungry at lunch so didn't eat. Tomorrow morning, bright and early, I shall take an hour long walk along the paseo.

    Spent the afternoon at Mr. Man of my Dreams' house just hanging out. Laughed and teased and I don't know when I've had more fun doing nothing. So much sexual tension between the two of us, well, at least on my part. I'm always sure he can hear my heart beating out of my chest, that he knows I have feelings for him. Eh. Who knows. Time will tell. It always does. And don't think I didn't make a wish on the first evening star as I drove home. Of course I did!

    And, will shoot my before shot shortly, although I am not putting it up until I have a fabulous after shot to use for comparison. Hopefully by then I will be able to figure out how to post them side by side. So excited about this!! I am counting on great results. Whatever you can put your mind to, you can achieve!
    Last edited by Grokalicious; 01-16-2013, 06:56 AM.
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    • #77
      One step at a time

      Overslept as the alarm was set wrong so no morning walk. But, I can go to the gym after work this late afternoon/early evening and that will work just fine.

      3 lbs down already. Yes, it's likely water weight but, shoot, I will take it. My tummy is flatter already, albeit queasy. Just not feeling so great this morning and I think it's from putting coconut milk in my coffee. It's just too rich for me. Anyhoo.

      So much to do. Find a place to live, get in better shape (ongoing), work on my VoiceOver demo, get going on my Dad's novel, try to make the most of my job. This too galvanizes me as opposed to overwhelming me, for some reason.

      A little sad because I will likely not see Mr. Man of my Dreams until the new year and beyond. Just can't get over my feelings from yesterday. Just so attracted to this man on so many levels. Sigh...

      Okay, off to the shower and my day!
      Never argue for your limitations.

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      • #78
        Food, glorious food. What is there more handsome?

        Three meals every day, each worth a King's ransom. (From the musical, Oliver)

        Indeed. I don't understand why it is when I limit my intake of food (type) that I end up with no appetite. I have to figure a way to up my intake because I am eating nothing close to enough food. I feel at a loss because until this Whole 30 I was enjoying cheese as a snack with a piece of fruit. Or, I would eat a packet of jerky on a busy work day just grabbed from Whole Foods. Now, I can't. Today's food was:

        Breakfast: chicken and a tossed salad of arugula, olive oil and avocado
        Lunch: 2 hard boiled eggs and an apple
        Snack: (ha) espresso
        Dinner: 4 oz of cold roast beef and another salad

        Honestly, I hope this was enough food. Not tired and not whining, just wondering! On the other hand, the idea of a Whole 30 is to not count calories but to simply cut out some items. I would welcome any and all suggestions about food to take with me on work days. Remember, I am in my car or accounts all days, so think portable stuff! Like the hard boiled eggs I took today, which will get old fast. Ha. And, really, the whole adieu to dairy hasn't been so bad. Didn't even notice sugar and haven't had grains in ages. I just miss cream in my coffee but am definitely into good espresso.

        Went to the gym tonight and did slowwwww cardio on different machines. Not crazy about indoor slow cardio. Taking a walk seems better and my heart rate stays down. I kept having to monkey around on the treadmill with the incline to bring my rate down. Plus, I have a hard time doing anything slowly. Miss Competitive here. So, maybe in the long run, it's good.

        Soooo motivated. I've been visualizing good workouts and easy choices with food. Not to mention picturing the scale saying 130.6 at the end of December. Clueless what I will do once I hit that. It all depends on my muscle vs fat situation. I just want to look good clothed AND naked. And, I will.
        Never argue for your limitations.

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        • #79
          Look what you've done! I'm melting. Melting. (The Wicked Witch)

          Nothing wicked here. And, although I do seem to be melting, my measurements are going down too. I've slowed down a little and expect to fully halt except for a more normal 1-2 lbs (probably 1) loss per week. I lost .8 between yesterday and today for a full loss of 3.8 lbs in 3 days (again, most of which is water, if not all).

          Historically this is where I become complacent and less diligent about food intake and exercise. But, not this time, sunshine! Just a devoted little knucklehead. Determined little minx. My back muscles look pretty darn good and this morning at the gym I was able to do 1 unassisted pull up and 10 unassisted dips. Progress is progress, baby. Yay me!

          No coffee this morn. I need to get an espresso machine because as much as I love espresso, black coffee falls short in terms of flavour. Starting to be glad about not having dairy. My chronic forever-and-a-day dark undereye circles are much faded already. Huh? The Whole 30 is a beauty treatment too? Awesomeness.

          Big long day ahead. I'm expecting something amazingly wonderful to happen. What, I don't know but will report back this evening!

          Yes!!!!!
          Never argue for your limitations.

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          • #80
            Originally posted by Grokalicious View Post
            Three meals every day, each worth a King's ransom. (From the musical, Oliver)

            Soooo motivated. I've been visualizing good workouts and easy choices with food. Not to mention picturing the scale saying 130.6 at the end of December. Clueless what I will do once I hit that. It all depends on my muscle vs fat situation. I just want to look good clothed AND naked. And, I will.
            Can't wait for those before and after pics! Heh heh...

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            • #81
              Okay, now you are motivating me with your unassisted pull-up. I SO want to be able to do that. In fact, I think I might just have to go downstairs and do some (much assisted) pull-ups tonight.

              You're doing great!!
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              • #82
                Originally posted by Diogenes View Post
                Can't wait for those before and after pics! Heh heh...
                Ha! I can't even get it together to shoot the befores (but will). Clothed, 'natch.
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                • #83
                  Originally posted by Zee View Post
                  Okay, now you are motivating me with your unassisted pull-up. I SO want to be able to do that. In fact, I think I might just have to go downstairs and do some (much assisted) pull-ups tonight.

                  You're doing great!!
                  I really wish I could do more though! Am clueless how to improve on that. With dips I just decreased the supporting weight on the assisted dip machine (called a Gravitron, I believe) until I didn't need any assistance. I just read your journal and sounds like you are doing great yourself.
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                  • #84
                    Got a good reason, for taking the easy way out...

                    Actually, not true. But I could have taken the easy way out several times today. I had a long ass day. Took the day off from working out as it occurred to me that I hadn't in a while. A least since Thanksgiving or before. My body is sore from pushing it! So, it felt good. I worked all day and got a lot done. Was too tired to cook tonight and stopped in Whole Foods and thought I would have an organic spinach soufflé. Read the back to check ingredients. Nope. Read the back of many packaged items only to say "no, no, no, and no." Eggs and salad for dinner. Clean and easy.

                    Gawd, I am such the hedonist. In the sense that I like to enjoy what I experience with taste and smell (all of the senses, really). Let us just say that I am learning to love life sans dairy. Sugar and wheat (and other grains) no problem. Dairy? I never dreamed I would both miss it and be glad I am done with it. I have relied on dairy for flavor forever as I am not the most creative cook so am a little clueless now without being able to use it in food. On the other hand, yippy-friggin-skippy because I feel like a million bucks. No phlegm, no bloat, dark circles are fading. And, weight is falling off of me like crazy. Yes!

                    Check out this vid on wheat being poison. My Mom sent the link to me as she has questioned anyone not eating wheat. No more though. She is done!!! Yay!!! A convert!!!!!

                    Modern wheat a "perfect, chronic poison," doctor says - CBS News

                    Off to relax in the tub!
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                    • #85
                      You go, girl, you're on a roll. You already looked great. You're going to have Mr. Man of Your Dreams wrapped around your finger!

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                      • #86
                        Originally posted by Diogenes View Post
                        You go, girl, you're on a roll. You already looked great. You're going to have Mr. Man of Your Dreams wrapped around your finger!
                        Awww, thanks! From your mouth to God's ears.
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                        • #87
                          ...it is a tale. Told by an idiot...

                          Lots of idiot tales today. None of which were mine. I did, however, navigate through others' idiocies all through the day. I think I've heard every b.s. pitch out there about every kind of wine. Anyway, it doesn't upset me, it just makes me smile. I just don't take the "used car salesman" approach. I tell the truth about the wines in the most charming way that I can and am glad to have an easy go with people. If I can get them to laugh, I'm in like Flynn...

                          Off for a work related bite this evening. At a trendy high-end Mexican restaurant! Didn't even want the chips. I had a water and a natural (no hormones or antibiotics) Kobe beef burger. No bun, of course, and I asked them not to use oil to grill it. It didn't look so great cosmetically (kinda torn up) but it tasted good enough. This was at 6 pm and I hadn't eaten since the morning. And, you know what? I wasnt hungry at all today. Fat, my friends, is the answer. Keeps me sated.

                          I don't miss sugar. And, for the first time since I quit dairy, I don't miss it either. I've never not had dairy. My whole entire life I've had some sort of dairy. Even when I'd quit eating cheese, or milk (like in cereal), I'd have yogurt. Or, at the very least I have always had cream in my coffee or a cappuccino. If I had known I would feel so great sans dairy, I would have quit ages ago.

                          Not going to weigh until Sunday or Monday. Definitely feel lighter. Clothes are loooooooooooooooose.
                          Last edited by Grokalicious; 03-25-2013, 11:49 PM.
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                          • #88
                            Great article! Thanks for sharing it.

                            You're what - a week into your Whole 37? And you don't miss sugar OR dairy. NICE! I had a pretty strong craving yesterday afternoon which I thought was sugar but I think was really more carb related. Luckily some tasty spice tea was enough to beat that monster into submission.

                            Keep up the good work!
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                            • #89
                              Rising from the ashes of the day...

                              Our passion are the true phoenixes; when the old one is burnt out, a new one rises from its ashes.
                              Johann von Goethe

                              I needed comfort food today. Let me tell you, there is no such animal on a Whole 30. I've been completely unlike my usual self all day. Pondering too much. Thinking about what needs changing but not letting go. Like a dog incessantly worrying his bone. I was expecting a $ 3,000 extra commission today. Let's just say it's not to be. My hopefully-soon-to-be-ex partner is driving me nuts (yeh, yeh, short drive, I know) and let us just add a little insult to injury...PMS. So, I actually weigh a pound more today. Let us all applaud and shout "bravo." Or, not.

                              Anyway, no comfort food. With no grains, no dairy and no sugar there is nothing comforting out there. In fact, I've eaten little today for that reason. See, I have no true hunger, just a need to be comforted. So, really, in the long run this is exactly perfect. I just have to work through the BS. And, like the proverbial Phoenix, rise myself up out of the ashes. I am moving out even though I don't have that extra 3k and continuing with all of my other goals of voice over work and promoting my Pop's book and giving everything I possibly can to reinventing myself once again.

                              There's no such thing as a failure who keeps trying. Floating to the bottom is the only disgrace.

                              Primal chili is cooking. A little dinner, a hot candle lit bath and off to bed. Workout tomorrow. I don't even remember what day I am on for my Whole 30 (37) but I do know December 31 is the last day. Who knows what I will do in terms of diet after that...
                              Never argue for your limitations.

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                              • #90
                                I admire your determination. E-hugs for you.

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