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  • #91
    Originally posted by Diogenes View Post
    I admire your determination. E-hugs for you.
    Thanks, I needed that. And, it has spurred me on to devote myself to ALL of my goals even more so.
    Never argue for your limitations.

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    • #92
      Bacon. It's my comfort food.

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      • #93
        Originally posted by RaeVynn View Post
        Bacon. It's my comfort food.
        Ahhhhh, RaeVynn, true that! My Daddy used to say bacon was a religious experience which makes sense to me. After I pick up my CSA box tomorrow morning, I shall go get some organic cherry-wood smoked bacon and savour its lovely comforting awesomeness.

        Ahhhhh, ahhhh, and ahhhhhhhhh.
        Never argue for your limitations.

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        • #94
          Originally posted by RaeVynn View Post
          Bacon. It's my comfort food.
          Or meatballs. Lotsa garlic.

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          • #95
            MmmmMMMmmm.... Bacon.

            Oh, sorry. Got caught up in the moment there.

            Carry on.
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            • #96
              Go confidently...

              Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.

              Henry David Thoreau

              We should all take a page from ol' Hank. And use not-so-great life experiences as the catalyst that propels us onward to change instead of using those bad moments as excuses to wallow or mire ourselves. I won't even get into what happens with wallowing or miring. Suffice it to say that none of it's good.

              Do you ever ask yourself about how you could have the dreams or passions of your life? I get it that it's not a question that we ask ourselves on a daily basis. But, maybe we should. Not in a fantasy way but to see if there's anything we can do to even have a part of it symbolically or move more directly toward that life.

              I guess that's why I want to get back into voice overs, it's part of my passion for performing. I grew up in the tv industry. Both parents were writers. In my 20's I did some acting. Nothing big (although big to me, certainly). Some plays, commercials, a movie of the week or two. Loved making people laugh on stage or on set but at 28 was tired of all of the focus on looks vs talent. I love performing but am too old now (ha!!! by industry standards) to act in front of a camera and, unfortunately, most plays in Los Angeles are musicals. I sing like a water buffalo but at least move quite gracefully. Ideally, I would act and will in some regard once I can make enough money at voice overs (or whatever) to somewhat support myself. Anyway, I'm going to try all of this. Be my own guinea pig. Let me clue you in on a little secret. I am no big fan of selling wine. So, time to change and maybe all of the left turns in my career in wine are an indication of that.

              Off to get my CSA box and read the ingredient list on the cherry-wood smoked bacon at Whole Foods. As groovy as that sounds, if there's sugar on the list, I'm out. Then off to the gym for squats, bench, assisted pull ups, unassisted dips, rear delt rope pulls and planks. Then off to see "Lincoln" and then who knows what!

              Happy weekend, all! Play time!!!!!
              Never argue for your limitations.

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              • #97
                If there is no wind, row!

                Been reading some cool info on Paleo/Primal, grains, the horrors of sugar and ideal food plans. I think I can only say what's ideal for me and this no dairy thing seems to work. Sugar is a sneaky bugger but I think I'm done there too.

                Planked at the gym and did sprints. Raining out, kinda glum day. Just ate bacon crumbled into scrambled eggs cooked in bacon grease with a little jalapeño and avocado. Crampy from my cycle and freed from weighing myself until it's over.

                Cleaning up and organizing sample wines, working on Twitter for Dad's book, being a little bit of a girl and going to Sephora later. Sounds like an ideal Sunday (close, as I won't see Mr. Man today or likely til first of the year). Wondering if I should send him a holiday card.

                I wish I could weigh today. So curious. I know I'm not "supposed to weigh" on the Whole 30, but that isn't going to fly (and hasn't!).

                Ok off to enjoy the day. Jeez, this entry is disjointed! Am jacked up from sprints, I guess.
                Never argue for your limitations.

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                • #98
                  Tomorrow is fresh

                  with no mistakes in it...

                  Now I'm hungry. Wasn't even the least bit peckish until a few minutes ago right after I ate my steak (!!!!). Bacon and eggs for breakfast, a small bowl of leftover chili and sautéed pea tendrils for lunch (pea tendrils are delish, by the way), grass fed steak (a little gristly this one) and the rest of the tendrils. Now I'm hungry. Maybe this isn't enough food. Not going to eat though. Tired of everything in the house. Ha!

                  I just don't know what to eat. I am actually a good cook but none of what I make fits in with a Whole 30 and it looks like I'll have to rethink everything since getting more serious about this. I do make amazing primal chili and love it. I've made it both with stew-like cuts and with ground beef but this will grow dull soon. I just read an article today that chicken should be eaten in moderation because of its Omega 6 profile and it isn't making me sad because I only like chicken on the grill. Turns out, I love grassfed beef. Always have loved wild salmon. Eh, I will get this down!

                  "Pork and chicken are permissible in moderation, but are far less healthy due to excessive omega-6 fat content."
                  “Eat Like A Predator, Not Like Prey”: The Paleo Diet In Six Easy Steps, A Motivational Guide - GNOLLS.ORG

                  The big news is (drum roll, please)...I fit into my skinniest jeans! They're a teeny bit tight but will fit perfectly in a week, or so. Even when I started eating primally in August of this year and dropped a little weight, I could only get those jeans up to my crotch. Couldn't get them over my hips, they sat at the crotch, zipper agape! I zipped them today without even trying! I haven't fit into them in 4 years! And, I'm a bloated mess from my cycle, so I freakin rule!!!! By the time it's over, I shall be yet more svelte. And, feel even better. The adios to sugar and dairy has done me good!!!

                  Big week ahead. My focus is to be one step closer to as many of my goals as possible. And, to have a good attitude and lastly, to have fun!!!

                  This entry seems disjointed too. Not as bad as my post earlier, but I am still having a hard time focusing...
                  Last edited by Grokalicious; 12-02-2012, 10:51 PM.
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                  • #99
                    Mama don't take my pork and chicken away...

                    I will have to look into the Omega 6 business. I'll compensate with fish oil and hope for the best. Congrats on the tiny jeans success, PM me a pic post haste, thanks.

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                    • Congrats on fitting into the jeans! I know how wonderful that can make you feel.

                      Enjoy your day!
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                      • Oh Brave New World...

                        Not sure if I'm quoting Huxley or Shakespeare at the moment. Matters not. I finally took my before pics. Brave new girl. Ha. Anyway. I didn't die from it, so all is good. Kinda cock-eyed pics but it's cool. They show where I'm at. Side view isn't too bad. Back view shows me twisting to shoot the photo and all of them have a flash where my face is which is perfect. And ever-so-friggin motivating. Now to find balance between knowing this is a process (blah, blah, blah) and wanting to give it more than my all 24/7. <Insert eye roll here>

                        Why Grokalicious, you little extremist! Absolutely. This girl does not know anything other than black and white when it comes to her goals. No gray areas for me! (Excuse me for going from third to first person grammatically, too tired to change one or the other). I'm either winning or losing. No such thing as placing or showing. Neigh, my friends, neigh...

                        Eggs for breakfast AND lunch because lazy bones could only get it together to hard boil some eggs for lunch. I had 2 strips of bacon with breakfast and a small apple with lunch. Dinner was Delicata squash diced into my primal chili.

                        Day off from the ol' gym today but I shall be there with the sun rise in the morning, first thing. Exactly 4 weeks til NY Eve. Even if I don't lose the 7 lbs I've pledged to lose, I will be that much ahead of the game for not gaining weight over the holidays! Bravo!
                        Never argue for your limitations.

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                        • Inch by inch, pound by pound, step by step...

                          Just a quickie here. I am on Day 10 of my Whole 30 (37) and the results so far have been great!

                          Sleeping deeply
                          No bloat or fatigue
                          More even-keeled energy
                          Dark undereye circles lessening (some of which is genetic, thanks Mom)

                          And, I've lost 5.25 lbs, almost an inch off of my waist, .5 off of my hips. To say I am thrilled with all of this would be the understatement of the year. I feel amazing!

                          I entered my foods in fitday for yesterday and was at 1300-ish. More than I thought for the day and perfectly fine on a non workout day. Am off to the gym now and will up my calories a little for the day.

                          A great day ahead!!!!!!!
                          Never argue for your limitations.

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                          • What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof...?

                            Just staying on it, I guess.
                            Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Tennessee Williams)

                            I was that cat today. But, guess what? I did stay on the roof, and then some. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to succeed at something other than sales. You are always a cat on a hot tin roof in sales. Although, mind you, I am proud of my integrity and sincerity. Even a little proud of my sales style. Oh, I will absolutely make you laugh and you will never feel as though I've got the better of you because that just is not how I do it. But, regardless, it leaves me feeling empty and disappointed. I used to love a good sale. I'd get that little frisson of excitement and once the deal was closed, ooooooh. Lovely. Not any more. I simply don't feel that any more!! Mebbe this is good. I say so. I say that this will allow me to move forward with other goals.

                            Sore tushy from squats. I actually went lighter this morning but was insane with form. Did better with assisted pull ups and bench was cool too. Planks? Still can't do more than 45-60 seconds. Food was good. Eggs for breakfast (with bacon, of course) and eggs for lunch...oh she of little domestic creativity. Also had a mushy apple that I threw out and polished off the primal chili for dinner with a couple of avocado slices. My last account asked me if I was hungry and wanted to feed me something or other with cheese. Er, no.

                            Ok, a little more work and off to sleep, perchance to dream of Mr. Man...
                            Never argue for your limitations.

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                            • Yay - before pictures! Love that you have measurements, as well. So many people use only the scale and that just does not show results quite like those pictures and measurements do!!


                              Originally posted by Grokalicious View Post
                              Just a quickie here. I am on Day 10 of my Whole 30 (37) and the results so far have been great!

                              Sleeping deeply
                              No bloat or fatigue
                              More even-keeled energy
                              Dark undereye circles lessening (some of which is genetic, thanks Mom)

                              And, I've lost 5.25 lbs, almost an inch off of my waist, .5 off of my hips. To say I am thrilled with all of this would be the understatement of the year. I feel amazing!

                              I entered my foods in fitday for yesterday and was at 1300-ish. More than I thought for the day and perfectly fine on a non workout day. Am off to the gym now and will up my calories a little for the day.

                              A great day ahead!!!!!!!
                              More cheers for your progress! Kick'n a$$ and takin' names - that's the way to do it!

                              GROK ON!
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                              • Energy and persistence conquer all things. Ben Franklin

                                Wonder if he wrote that before, during, or after the kite flying incident...

                                Anyway, he's right. Just stick to "it" regardless of what your "it" is and you're golden. Trip, take a misstep, fall down. Doesn't matter as long as you keep on keeping on. No giving up! It isn't an option.

                                No hunger today. My body just wasn't having it. Food, I mean. I had a salad with arugula and avocado with olive oil and an itsy bit of balsamic vinegar. Some eggs, an apple (a good one this time) and some beef jerky that a friend made. S'ok. Tomorrow is another day and I'm sure I will be hungry after the killer workout that I have planned.

                                So, that's it. That's all I've got today. Nothing terrifically earth shattering or amusing. Feel as though I am standing in a doorway awaiting a sign for my next step...

                                It better be good!
                                Never argue for your limitations.

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