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  • #16
    One day of success without stepping on the scale. Yeah! It is the little victories and I wil hold my head high today as that silly scale kept taunting me yesterday. I kept telling myself to just walk away.

    Spent the greater part of the day playing chauffeur for my DS (soccer practice, home, work, oath, home), but still managed to get in my 30 squat/lunge/lower boy work out AND a nice walk with the pup. Dinner was easy-peasy, grilled chicken quarters, roasted brussel sprouts and a small side salad. Couldn't help myself again last night, so for dessert, one banana chocolate chip muffin.

    Today is my first contracted (real) day back to work. I am looking forward to seeing everyone again, just not the long meetings that I will be attending. I have a hard time sitting still and being attentive for that long (I will be squirming in my seat by 9:30!).
    “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

    SW (January 2011): 208.5
    LPW (March 23, 2013): 156.0
    CW (July, 4, 2013): 172

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    • #17
      Just left "junior member" status, another milestone to celebrate. Wahooo
      “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
      ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

      SW (January 2011): 208.5
      LPW (March 23, 2013): 156.0
      CW (July, 4, 2013): 172

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      • #18
        I didn't want to be rude...so I ate some cake

        I guess that is what happens when your good friend shows up at your house just before dinner with a homemade German sweet chocolate cake with birthday candles. While it was delish, I could only handle a small portion before my done meter began chiming. That's how it has been all day long for me, I couldn't even finish my lunch today. Very unusual....
        “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
        ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

        SW (January 2011): 208.5
        LPW (March 23, 2013): 156.0
        CW (July, 4, 2013): 172

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        • #19
          Just not hungry.....

          ... and that, for some reason, scares me a bit. Growing up it was three meals a day and clean your plate before you leave the table. Lately, I have journaled that I have been down to 2 meals a day (lunch and dinner) simply because I started listening to what my body, specifically stomach, was telling me. These past few days there has been a communication issue somewhere as I have not been all that hungry and merely start eating the one meal because I think I should, not because I am all that hungry to begin with.

          When I do eat, it seems like I can't finish what is on my plate and with the exception of lunch with the girls the other day and my portions are not huge. Yesterday was a pretty low activity day for me, meetings, funeral and then class at night with one meal before my evening class that I was not totally starving to eat, but thought I needed to eat something. There were male opportunities to eat primal today as well and I didn't even have to do any of the cooking! Before our morning meeting we had breakfast options, there was yogurt, mini cinnamon rolls, fresh fruit and 12 different egg casseroles that my Principal's wife made up. There were even two of them that did not contain any bread/gluten in them. Nothing there tempted me. As for lunch, again, plenty of primal options available (attended a dear friend's mother's funeral and stayed for the luncheon afterwards). Not hungry. Made it home by 4:30, and thought I had better just eat before heading out to my evening class. Two small pieces of leftover PB meatloaf and some grape tomatoes and I was done. Got home from class at 11 pm, had a cup of natural calm, went to bed and woke up this morning, still not hungry!

          I feel like I should be starving by now, but I just don't feel the need to eat.
          “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
          ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

          SW (January 2011): 208.5
          LPW (March 23, 2013): 156.0
          CW (July, 4, 2013): 172

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          • #20
            Where did the week go!?!

            What a crazy week-ish!! The back to school shift is always interesting. Long gone are my days of leisure . That was a bit of a joke, but my schedule is much more complicated now as I am sure most families especially with school age kiddos in the mix. Between my son's practice schedule, soccer games, school, my work, DH's newish job (transfer), my grad class and all of those little curve balls of life, I am grateful for Saturday morning, even if it is just laundry and house cleaning.

            So, for the update....DH asked me if I would NOT make his his usual sandwich for lunches. After a long stare at him and a quick shake of my head to be sure I heard him correctly, I asked him what he was thinking about eating. He mentioned some tuna and wasn't sure about the rest. I came up with a few primal suggestions to which he thought would be alright. This past week his lunches were some combination of tuna salad, carrot/celery sticks, rice crackers, fruit (apples, grapes, bananas), chicken chipotle soup (I made up last Sunday), hard boiled eggs, yogurt and a couple ounces of nuts. He told me yesterday that the lunches were great and he had plenty to eat. He is very much entrenched in the SAD/CW, so this was a transition for him. I knew it would get him thinking, so I also made him an index card of all of the food items that would appear in his lunch with all of the macros. He laughed at me, but I know once he got to work he took a closer look! We shall see how this goes. Our dinners have been for almost 2 years now mostly primal. I have been transition the boys away from the processed crap and make "safe" starches as side dishes for them for the most part.

            While I have not been posting much, I have been lurking around the boards. From this I ended up ordering some Crio Bru and have made it a couple of times at work to replace my afternoon tea. Yumm-O-Lishish!!! I even shared some with one of my coworkers and we are both in love with it.....highly recommend. I was also peeking in on the fasting threads and before I knew it I had gone 24 hours, so I thought I would try it for as long as I could. I managed 48 hours. I probably could have gone longer, but at the 48 hour mark I was making steak on the grill and just could not resist. I love steak and figured this would be on end on this impromptu fast. I felt pretty good the whole time so I am thinking of incorporating longer fasts maybe once a month. I will have to plan for these so I don't derail myself, but I think it is totally doable.

            Off to plan the food feat for the week. With the weather getting a bit cooler, finally, I am thinking some chili for Sunday football.
            “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
            ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

            SW (January 2011): 208.5
            LPW (March 23, 2013): 156.0
            CW (July, 4, 2013): 172

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            • #21
              It was a conquer and divide Saturday. I checked off nearly everything on my to-do list yesterday and still and time and energy to burn. Today it is back to school to prep for the week while the boys hit the dirt bike track...fun for all . Here's to hoping that today's productivity matches or exceeds yesterday's.
              “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
              ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

              SW (January 2011): 208.5
              LPW (March 23, 2013): 156.0
              CW (July, 4, 2013): 172

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              • #22
                Bread and Muffins

                Yup, energy And productivity picking up where it left off yesterday...well at least in the kitchen. Decided to try some primal bread this morning. I looked at the Fat Bread people have been posting about. I had all of the ingredients except the raw macadamias ...bummer. I wasn't sure if raw cashews would work as a substitution. Perhaps I will search for that answer. I did, however, have all of the necessary ingredients for this (» Grain-free Sandwich Bread (Paleo and SCD) Against All Grain) grain free bread from the Against All Grains blog. It smells yummy, can't wait for it to cool!

                That bread recipe calls for 1/4 cup of almond milk and I just happened to have 1/2 cup frozen. (I only use the almond milk for baking, so I froze the remaining and once unfroze, pop it into the blender and it works marvelously.) With the remaining almond milk, I made DS his favorite banana chocolate chip muffins minus the streusel topping, » Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chip Streusel Topping Against All Grain , from the same blog.

                Hubby walked through the kitchen smiling grabbing his second cup of coffee and asked me if cavewomen had kitchenaid mixers. Without missing a beat, I let him know that they did not have coffee makers either. HA!
                “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
                ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

                SW (January 2011): 208.5
                LPW (March 23, 2013): 156.0
                CW (July, 4, 2013): 172

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                • #23
                  Going to figure out me

                  Started thinking that I am going to need to track my macros for a bit. Just want to see where I am, for analysis sake. I think I have been spending too much time reading the forum posts and loving it! Just gotta remember that everyone is different and everyone's body responds differently.
                  “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
                  ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

                  SW (January 2011): 208.5
                  LPW (March 23, 2013): 156.0
                  CW (July, 4, 2013): 172

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                  • #24
                    Weekend Update

                    The week flew by once again...sometimes I think I meet myself coming and going! Crazy, but lovin' it. Couple late nights @ work this week with parents' night, individual meetings, school and of course, the endless grading of papers. That's just work, then add in 2 soccer games this week and law class on Thursdays...TGIF. Enough of the "woe is me, I am too busy" dribble...we all are.

                    So this past week I have been keeping an eye on my macros, my carbs are usually pretty low, so it has been the fat and the protein that I have been watching. I have been trying to increase the fat and reduce the protein a bit to see what happens..tweaking...not going crazy or anything here. The increase of fat has kept my hunger at bay longer. I don't feel as if I have to eat right after school @ 3:30 or I will die! That is definitely a good thing, I can wait until dinner time @ 6:30 without snacking. So there is a positive for the week.

                    I have also been trying to get in a fast once a week, again just to see what happens. I had been stalled for such a long time and then put back on some poundage over the summer just because I was not paying that close attention to what I was eating, when I was eating and how often it happened. I am not near my goal weight, so vigilance is going to be a necessity. This is my 3 week of trying to incorporate a longer fast. The first 2 weeks they ended up being 48 hours. I was pretty pleased and did not feel like crap after I finished, nor did I overeat after them. That was a problem for me in the past when I tried to fast and then I only managed 24 hours. This past week I fasted for 64 hours. I go in with the mindset that if I need to break the fast because I am not feeling right that will be OK. I also have something ready just in case...my back up plan. Now I do drink some coffee with heaving whipping cream in the mornings and most days have a cup of beef broth. I know some of the purists on the forums would say that this is not fasting, that water only is a fast, but this works for me and I am the one that has to live with myself and my choices of food/ drink.

                    So for this next week, I think I will keep an eye on those fat/protein macros, try another fast if it works into the schedule (just not sure how long) and see where this all takes me. I do know that I have to change my signature line as I am down 5.5 pounds already this month, but I think I will wait until October 1st.
                    “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
                    ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

                    SW (January 2011): 208.5
                    LPW (March 23, 2013): 156.0
                    CW (July, 4, 2013): 172

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                    • #25
                      Whole 30 for October?

                      I was just reading the new "who's in for a whole 30 in October" thread. With the exception of the bit of dairy that I eat and the occasional "paleo-fying" that happens, I think I get pretty close to the whole 30 principles. What intrigued me most about this come aboard post was the link with exercise and that is something I have got to do on a more consistent basis. My exercise comes and goes like the wind sometimes. I will put it on a back burner because "life" gets in the way and I think I don't have time. I know I have the time, it is just how I prioritize my time....and exercise has got to become a priority for me.

                      So, I think I am in. I will add in the exercise, avoid paleo-fying for the month, cut back on the dairy. Not sure I can totally eliminate for the month, but in reality the only dairy I consume is heavy cream in my coffee, butter and some cheese. I could clarify the butter, avoid the cheese, but I am not sure the heavy cream will disappear. I went totally dairy free for several months a while back and have not had any real problems introducing those three things back. But I try and cut back on the cream for the 30....I know it won't kill me.
                      “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
                      ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

                      SW (January 2011): 208.5
                      LPW (March 23, 2013): 156.0
                      CW (July, 4, 2013): 172

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                      • #26
                        Almost one month later....

                        Holy buckets, where did this month go!?!? It was not my intention to stay away from the boards this long, but I guess life just happened as demands for my time increased. My outside commitments seemed to have taken over....priorities, priorities, priorities.....

                        I did manage to increase my activity/exercise time since the beginning of the month which was part of doing the whole 30. I also didn't think it would happen, but I just stopped buying the HWC for my coffee as I don't really need it or want it anymore. So now it is back to black with a tad bit of coconut oil in my first cup.

                        I think it is always good to look closely at what you are doing and tweak from there based on goals. That is what this month has been about for me.
                        “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
                        ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

                        SW (January 2011): 208.5
                        LPW (March 23, 2013): 156.0
                        CW (July, 4, 2013): 172

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                        • #27
                          Thinking Thanksgiving...

                          Turkey day is just around the corner and I need to start planning. Willpower will be key for me and having lots of primal options as my husbands family always comes to dinner and expect the traditional meal with all of the fixings...it is tradition, after all.

                          So here are my thought:
                          *turkey and ham...no problem
                          *green bean casserole...I was going to make my own cream of mushroom soup (Against All Grains recipe) but then there are those silly dried onions, not sure I want those. I think I will make a batchof this for them and roast some brusselsprouts with bacon for me
                          *mashed potatoes...for them, I will also do mashed cauliflower for me. Gotta stay away from the dairy. I buy the gravy for the in-laws as my husband and son won't touch the stuff.
                          *squash...we all love
                          *corn... I froze a bunch this summer for the boys and I stay away normally, so no challenge there
                          *stuffing, which I absolutely love and the one thing that will call upon all of my available willpower, will not have a substitute, I will just have more brussel sprouts (she says now).
                          *cranberries...have always made my own sauce, so now I will search high and low to find a way to incorporate cranberries without the sugar. Not a big deal for the rest of the family as my MIL and I are the only ones who eat this and she is always ready for something new
                          “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
                          ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

                          SW (January 2011): 208.5
                          LPW (March 23, 2013): 156.0
                          CW (July, 4, 2013): 172

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                          • #28
                            Thinking Thanksgiving 2

                            Yesterday I posted about the food and as I look over the list I realized that some how I missed the real importance of this day. It is not about all the food, but the family time and everything we should be thankful in our lives. Food will be food and I will make choices each and every day...both good and bad....

                            I am thankful for my family and friends....especially my wonderful and supportive husband and our ever challenging teenage son.

                            I am thankful for the little things that make my day...that smile, those kind words, that pat on the back and that great laugh.

                            I am thankful that I have a wonderful job and do love it each and everyday...challenges included.

                            And I am thankful for finding this WOE and community as I am no longer above my 9 month pregnancy weight...especially since my baby will be 15 this week!
                            “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
                            ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

                            SW (January 2011): 208.5
                            LPW (March 23, 2013): 156.0
                            CW (July, 4, 2013): 172

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                            • #29
                              Just finished my shopping for the week. As I was in the check out this guy looks at my veggies and say, "dang those brussel sprouts look good." My thoughts exactly!
                              “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
                              ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

                              SW (January 2011): 208.5
                              LPW (March 23, 2013): 156.0
                              CW (July, 4, 2013): 172

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                              • #30
                                Happy Monday!

                                Yup, I am not afraid to say it, but I like Mondays. It is a fresh start to the week...both on the work front and at home. Any stumbling blocks that came up last week at work or at home over the weekend can be tweaked today. I guess my glass is half full, but I think attitude is everything. I can tackle anything today and the icing on the cake is that it is leftovers for dinner tonight!! I made spaghetti last night using spaghetti squash for noodles. I had never done this before and I must admit that I should have done it sooner...loved it!

                                Have a great day!
                                “Life is a journey, not a destination.”
                                ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

                                SW (January 2011): 208.5
                                LPW (March 23, 2013): 156.0
                                CW (July, 4, 2013): 172

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