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  • Well how's this for more surprises: hubby proudly showed me on his second cup of coffee this morning that he drank it BLACK for the first time in his life. And he's nearly 40 pages into "It Starts With Food". Wow. Even stranger: he had a craving for prime rib. Now this doesn't sound odd by itself, but it surely is for someone who pretty much never orders it because he finds it "too fatty".

    We've decided to ease into the W30 thing over this next week, as I'm back to work and he's still off. I'm going to start eating breakfast daily, which I rarely do outside of the weekends. I've become more of a lunch & dinner person, though that often ends up with snacking in the evenings. Planning to make a batch of egg & sausage muffins today for work. The no dairy may be interesting, as I don't think I've ever really cut it out entirely, so am not sure if it causes me any issues, though at times I've suspected as much. And yeah, no alcohol (though we do have a bottle of white planned for tonight), nuff said there.

    Still feeling mildly crampy today, along with some belly upset. Of course, I had a few off plan nibbles last night along with drinks (like buttered white rice with saly & parmesan, the last bit of some olive oil potato chips, and a couple of handfuls of son #1's microwave popcorn), so that might be part of it. I'll take some probiotics for the next few days, which may help sort this out.

    Yesterday's eats:
    black coffee
    3 eggs scrambled tucked into the last 3 small coconut pancakes (buttered, of course)
    butter cheese
    a few almonds (12 maybe?)
    grilled spice rubbed pork sirloin chop, big green salad
    cup or so of olive oil potato chips
    cup of buttered rice with fresh parmesan
    couple handfuls of son's buttered popcorn
    hard cider, rum & krisda cola

    Aiming for some productivity today in prep for returning to work. Might walk later, if the belly settles and the light rain stops.

    Of note, yesterday while feeling very bloated once again, I seemed to be peeing sometime every half hour it seemed. Weight before bed was still over 4 lbs up from morning, which was the same 4 lbs down today. I'll do a proper weigh and measure sometime in the next few days.
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    • The rain stopped, the belly seemed somewhat settled after some rather loose BMs, so I headed out for my walk. The sun was even peeping out, and then it started pouring as I was near my halfway point. Good thing the iPhone (for podcast playing) had been smartly tucked into a plastic baggie. It seems to have remained dry. And I was wearing a hat, so didn't have to deal with unusable glasses. Glasses in the rain are very annoying. Anyway, the rain came and went, and I felt better after doing the over 4 miles.

      Reasonable productive day as hoped. Walked, sorted a bunch of stuff in the bedroom, got my work stuff ready to go, did laundry, washed and changed the duvet cover, made the egg muffins (ack, kids got their hands on 3 of them due to my poor timing, having them cooling beside the stove when son #2 and friend came down to grab dinner!), picked up new bus passes for son #2. Checked on the pickles, I think they're done fermenting. Taste rather nice too. Hubby seemed surprised. Dingbat.

      Eats:
      black coffee
      half a pork chop
      HB egg, last small bit of butter cheese, 2 pickles
      half a bottle of kombucha
      D: 2 grass fed beef/lamb burgers topped with goat cheese, tomato & avocado, grilled mixed veg (eggplant, red onion, mushroom, green peppers) in coconut oil/ghee. cup of cherries.

      Am planning on sharing that bottle of wine while viewing a couple of recorded MasterChef episodes. Aiming to not be up too late, aiming for at least 7 hours of sleep tonight. Unfortunately the early mornings return.
      Last edited by Greensprout; 08-12-2012, 06:49 PM. Reason: foods
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      • I keep toying with the no-dairy idea but obviously haven't done it. A big sticking point is a splash of something in my tea. Coconut milk doesn't do it for me. I am interested to hear about how you do as I know that a whole 30 is in my future sometime.
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        • Hubby handled black coffee once again today, but had to go and buy strawberries as he was craving "sweets". Still reading through the book too. Good on him. I suggested fat for sweet cravings, thus far he doesn't seem convinced.

          I did use dairy with supper tonight. Had a cup left of the fresh farm cream, and son #2 had been asking for creamed kale. How many decidedly nonprimal teenaged boys do that? So I decided it was a good use for the cream before it turned.

          First day back to work was a pain. Of course, that 7 hours of sleep planned was actually less than 6 1/2, just didn't get into bed when I should have. Took me a while to even hear the alarm going off too. At least I got out for a 4 mile walk over lunch to the park.

          Eats:
          black coffee
          B: 3 egg & pork "sausage" muffins
          L: 2 cups of chicken bone broth, beef/lamb burger pattie, homemade pickles
          loaded tsp of almond butter after work
          D: baked cod in ghee, creamed kale, cucumbers.
          cup of cherries

          My belly was feeling fine today, then started feeling off after dinner. What's up there? Please tell me it's not my lovely summer fresh local cucumbers. I've been having a lot of them lately, as they're just so amazingly tasty this time of year. I may have to keep an eye on this, as the thought has actually occurred to me in the last couple of weeks on and off. Not quite ready to cut them out, but we'll see.

          I have a half bottle of kombucha left from yesterday that I'll have shortly. I won't rule out one drink tonight, I can live with that during my transition if I decide to have it.

          Tonight I must stick to a proper bedtime, should be easier as I'm feeling tired from the early morning. To be honest, I feel like I could nap right now at 8pm, but I do have a few things to get done.

          Sioban, I never thought I'd willingly forgo dairy in coffee. Coconut milk was okay, though took some getting used to. The longer I had it black, and added cream only on weekends as a treat, the more I realized that I actually prefer it black now. And I'm still amazed at hubby, he has said many times in the past that he could NEVER do black coffee. Now tea is different. Tried coconut milk there and didn't like it. I prefer green and oolong straight up, but admit that a splash of something is nice in black tea. What tea do you drink?
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          • Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
            Checked on the pickles, I think they're done fermenting. Taste rather nice too. Hubby seemed surprised. Dingbat.
            heeheehee

            Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
            Tonight I must stick to a proper bedtime, should be easier as I'm feeling tired from the early morning. To be honest, I feel like I could nap right now at 8pm, but I do have a few things to get done.
            Good luck with the "proper" bedtime!
            "Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut
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            "Moderation sucks." Suse
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            • I did get 7 hours of sleep (just!), but awoke not particularly rested. Not bad once up and showered. A decent day, though in my first half hour at work, a ballast or something blew in the bank of lights above my workspace (cubicle land, but I'm in a walled space with no natural light) blew, so I was in very dim light all day. Okay for computer work, not so good for paperwork. A rush work order is in, so hopefully it will get sorted out in the morning.

              Dentist visit for checkup today, all good. Cleaning first thing tomorrow morning. At least this year I had a different dentist who didn't accuse me of brushing too hard since I had so little plaque buildup, she didn't want to believe that it could be diet related. WTF?

              4.2 mile walk at lunch, did just over a mile of slow running midway. I've been working my way through the "Balanced Bites" podcasts, which I'm enjoying. Sort of like a female version of Robb Wolf's podcasts, but with a more specific paleo style nutrition perspective. The first few were a little slow, but I'm up to podcast #19 and will keep going.

              I did have a bit of an upset belly again while driving to work, but it passed quickly with no ill results, unlike last night's upset which led to an unpleasant bathroom trip following the post dinner upset, though went away after.

              Eats were good, though I felt like I needed more after dinner, so made some decent choices.

              B: black coffee, 3 egg sausage muffins topped with some of the leftover grilled veggies
              green mint spiced tea
              L: cod topped with salsa, 6 homemade dill pickles
              spoon of almond butter after work
              D: curlygirl's sesame dragon chicken. Mmmm.
              cup of cherries topped with coconut milk & shredded coconut, few macadamia nuts
              one small hard cider

              Coming up on bedtime.
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              • Almost 7 hours sleep time. I did manage to be up early to even get in my breakfast at home before making it in for my teeth cleaning. Very little plaque, and all evidence of coffee & red wine staining vanished. Annoying stuff that is. Of course, one could say just ditch the offenders. Seriously? I have a life, you know! . Yet the red wine, along with white, rose, and other assorted libations will be off the table for a month following this weekend, W30 style. We've decided to officially start on either Sunday or Monday. TBD.

                I still have no light in my workspace. Had to use another workstation for the afternoon for collaboration with a colleague on some stuff. Hosting in the dark doesn't work very well, not at work, at least.

                The weekly lunch at the mess today, so no workout. I was actually eyeballing a 730 pm yoga class, but it's all nasty and rainy outside, and I was still full from dinner. So instead, I had coconut chai rooibos tea and browsed MDA. Tonight WILL be an early night.

                No belly upset at all today. Didn't have anything that I'm considering to be an offender, however.

                Eats:
                B: black coffee, the last 3 egg & sausage muffins
                green & rooibos tea
                L: sesame dragon chicken, 6 small dill pickles
                D: pastured pork & lamb in organic tomato basil sauce over spaghetti squash. It was fine with no parmesan. A plum.
                2 cups of coconut chai rooibos tea.

                Think I'll start reading "Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival". Then bed.
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                • "Balanced Bites"? I'll have to check that out.
                  How's the audio quality?
                  I'm still trying to work my way through Rob Wolf's podcasts. The audio problems (varying levels, mic noises, etc are annoying) Do they get better?

                  Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                  Very little plaque, and all evidence of coffee & red wine staining vanished. Annoying stuff that is. Of course, one could say just ditch the offenders. Seriously? I have a life, you know! .


                  Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                  Yet the red wine, along with white, rose, and other assorted libations will be off the table for a month following this weekend, W30 style. We've decided to officially start on either Sunday or Monday. TBD.
                  Good luck! I've decided to cut out the wine and chocolate during the week (yet again) so that's how I'll "join" you on your W30, 'cept on the weekends

                  Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                  Think I'll start reading "Lights Out: Sleep, Sugar and Survival".
                  Let us know what you think of it.
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                  "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams
                  "Moderation sucks." Suse
                  "Wine is a vegetable." Meaty
                  "Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow and the day after that." Cmdr Chris Hadfield


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                  • Believe it or not, I did get about 8 hours of sleep. Still hit the snooze alarm more times than planned however. Aiming to get the same tonight. I have to be in early for the next week at work to attend briefings in the absence of the boss and everyone else senior to me. No big deal. If I'm not having a drink or 2 at night, I'm less likely to be up so late and getting up is easier.

                    Speaking of drinks, none last night nor tonight. I do plan on some on the weekend, then onto W30 until the week before Vegas. Even so far this week, with tightening up a lot on eats (and drinks), the scale seems to be inching down. Measurements coming soon.

                    Another great walk today, getting cooler, only 19C and windy, but sunny. I headed for the park for a 5 mile brisk walk.

                    W&C, the Balanced Bites podcast quality and content is much improved from the first few episodes, but they do have issues thus far with volume changes and some background humming at times. I'd say Robb Wolf's are a bit better in sound, but still variable at times. I think I'm up to perhaps this May on those ones (somewhere around birth of his 'Wolf cub').

                    Forgot to thaw anything for dinner, so made an impromptu hash of sorts. Diced bacon crisped up, added chopped onion, grass fed ground beef, then a bunch of shredded sweet potato, garlic powder, salt & cayenne. It was very tasty, and hubby was duly impressed. He eyeballed it with skepticism, but as usual, he ate every bite. Said he would have loved to eat more, but was full!

                    Tomorrow we may go for sushi. Maybe I should bring my own gluten free tamari. Or maybe just use the soy sauce sparingly.

                    Eats:
                    B: black coffee, 3 eggs scrambled in bacon fat layered with slices of liverwurst. That was NICE.
                    coconut oolong tea
                    L: small portion of spaghetti squash with pork/lamb tomato sauce
                    few macadamia nuts after work
                    D: beef/sweet potato hash on a bed of mixed greens.
                    strawberries with fridge thickened coconut milk. Wasn't really hungry (3 hours after dinner), but I bought them and wanted them!
                    I was planning on kombucha too, but decided to save for another day when I'n not already full.

                    Friday tomorrow . Supposed to be playing badminton at work before lunch. Not my favourite, but it's a group activity kind of thing. Will probably have some fun with it.
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                    • I've enjoyed reading thru your journal, Greenspout. I've been eating paleo for about a year now and although I don't veer off, I've found it's been getting rather stale. Your journal has encouraged me to try some new recipes and get back to listening to Robb Wolffs podcasts. Thanks for that!

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                      • Originally posted by BJDMINN View Post
                        I've enjoyed reading thru your journal, Greenspout. I've been eating paleo for about a year now and although I don't veer off, I've found it's been getting rather stale. Your journal has encouraged me to try some new recipes and get back to listening to Robb Wolffs podcasts. Thanks for that!
                        Good grief, hope you didn't start all the way back from the beginning! It's become rather lengthy after 2+ years.

                        I agree that the meals can get a bit boring if you let them, I've done that here and there, eventually I remember there are so many great recipes that like minded folks have shared, and I get inspired all over again.

                        Well done on sticking to paleo for a year. Sticking with the basics is not hard. My wobbly points are periods of: eating too much; not exercising consistently; and alcohol (which you've obviously seen for yourself if you've been reading). Hence, the upcoming W30 plan. Time to kick it up a notch.

                        Welcome, and glad to be of some encouragement. You might want to check out the Balanced Bites podcasts as well.

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                        • Ended up with 7 hours sleep. Decent, but should have gone to bed sooner, as I knew I had to be at work early.

                          Woke to find that son #1 had eaten all of the leftover hash last night, and hadn't left myself time to make breakfast and lunch, so despite the 3 meal routine of the past week, I decided on a random IF day. It was quite fine, with white tea and water, combined with a busy work day.

                          The hour of badminton was rather fun. Even managed to work up a light sweat, but I'd consider this more play than workout. That was the extent of today's activity.

                          Eats:
                          black coffee
                          white tea
                          tsp of coconut oil
                          some macadamia nuts at 5pm (18 hours fasted)
                          D: sushi with hubby. wakame salad, assorted sashimi, some rolls (which thankfully weren't too heavy on the rice layer, just enough), green tea. I did bring my own gluten free tamari

                          Tonight will be a bottle of wine shared.

                          As for the scale, an interesting week. Started at 151, ended this morning at 148.8. I'd say that's rather decent. The weekend may change things a bit, with tonight's dinner plus some drinks, but I don't anticipate anything significant. The next month should be rather interesting.

                          Hubby has finished ISWF, up to the meal planning part. Says he learned a lot of the WHY, and now understands why certain ingredients have made their way into the kitchen via my shopping trips that he's never seen before. Pretty sure I've told him most of this stuff before, but I guess he just needed to really get there in his own time. I'm still impressed. He's dropped a few pounds this week too, back around 165, which he hasn't seen in 6 or 7 years. He's almost 5'9". I recall about 10 years ago when we were very into TKD that he got to around 155, and was very lean. Friends said he looked "too thin", but he looked pretty damn good, I thought!
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                          • A busy weekend coming to an end.

                            Yesterday was a good sleep in, after being up rather late. Felt those few drinks when I got up, too. Then off for some great urban foraging. Farmers' market finds included: lamb steaks & lamb liver, pastured ground pork and chops, cabbage, heirloom carrots, scallions, multi coloured sweet peppers, spaghetti squash, onions, green beans, rainbow chard.

                            I took my pickles out of the crock, I think next up is a go at sauerkraut in the one gallon crock. The pickles are delish. I've been eating some daily.

                            Yesterday's random eats:
                            3 soft boiled eggs
                            few macadamia nuts
                            liverwurst on long cucumber slices
                            late dinner of grass fed ribeye, mushrooms & peppers. A shared bottle of very lovely Okanagan Meritage, and a couple of other beverages. 4 squares of 70% dark chocolate with raspberry.

                            Funny old scale. Yesterday morning was down again to 148, today back to 151. I think I have to blame the 2 nights of drinks, because the foods were actually pretty decent. Interesting.

                            Today was a flurry of domesticity. I made Primal potroast (first PB cookbook), tried cauliflower mash with roasted cauli rather than steamed. Added a nice flavour, but the texture was dryer. Normally I add butter & cream, and perhaps some cheese, but today was ghee with coconut milk. Pretty okay, but different. I have a slowcooker of bison & beef bones simmering (were on the stove all day then just transferred to the slowcooker), made pesto to freeze from my exploding basil plants, and helped hubby do an egg bake with ground pork, spinach, mushrooms & peppers.

                            Hubby's quite keen on the W30 start. Hence his idea to prep a bunch of foods today to make breakfasts & lunches easy. We did the egg bake, plus he roasted a bunch of chicken breasts and took the meat off the bone so ready to grab and go. I like having someone else do some cooking for a change! Having him on board is going to be very good. Unfortunately, he will be on the road for 10 of the 30 days, so more challenging for him, but that's pretty normal around here.

                            Today's eats;
                            black coffee
                            coconut water
                            liverwurst on cucumber
                            couple of macadamias
                            D: primal pot roast, cauliflower mash, roasted heirloom carrots & beets. Rather stuffed after this.
                            one hard cider, one vodka soda. Alas, goodbye to you for a month.

                            Focus for the week: squeaky clean eats, good amounts of sleep, lots of movement.
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                            • Started the day with something like almost 6 1/2 hours of sleep. Hubby's alarm woke me half an hour before I was getting up . He sets it loud because he wears earplugs as he's a very light sleeper. Normally I don't really hear it, as I sleep heavy, but today was my loss. Once again sluggish at first, but that turned into a decent level of energy for the day.

                              Mid day was a great 5+ miles in the sun, very slow run for 2.3 miles in the middle, brisk walk for the remainder. My hips and calves are feeling a bit tight, perhaps hot tub before bed will solve that issue.

                              Eats:
                              B: black coffee, 1 1/2 slices egg bake (sausage, spinach, peppers, mushrooms).
                              green tea
                              L: chicken breast with skin, 2 small sweet peppers, 2 cucumbers, 1/4 cup of macadamia nuts
                              rooibos tea
                              D: 2 pastured pork chops grilled, swiss chard, a small roasted beet, some cauliflower mash. Pretty full after this.
                              a cup of kombucha (I looked it up, it's okay for W30 - some flavours anyway, including this one).

                              Did a starting point measure this morning. Weight still up from the weekend, and I do feel a bit puffy around the middle, so that should go soon.

                              Height: 5 ft 6 in
                              Weight: 150.6
                              waist: 29.5 in
                              belly (at navel): 33 in
                              hips: 39.25 in
                              right thigh: 23 in.

                              Not bad, but there's work to do. It's been better even over the last 3 years.
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                              • Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                                My wobbly points are periods of: eating too much; not exercising consistently; and alcohol
                                Those are my wobbly points too. Although sugar is my biggest "wobbly" point.

                                It looks like you had a great start to your W30!
                                I shall cheer from the sidelines
                                (and maybe, just maybe, try no sugar during the weekdays)
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                                "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams
                                "Moderation sucks." Suse
                                "Wine is a vegetable." Meaty
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