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  • Ah, last day of work vacation. At least tomorrow we should be let go early, Jan 1 is off, then I'm taking vacation days for Fri and Mon. Shouldn't be a bad week. Quiet anyway, so either I can get lots done or I'll be highly unproductive and do very little.

    Last night's dinner was a late dish of salad with sauteed scallops. Very yum. Still up late and slept in, but less wine than other days, so it's a start, haha.

    I have a large dish of lamb shanks braising for tonight, first time making. I found a recipe online from Anne Burrell, made slight modifications, spent an hour on the prep, now safely tucked into the oven for 3 hours. It smells heavenly already. Will probably serve with sweet potato mash.

    Now I'd better get on with some organizing I've been intending to do all week, and it is all still there staring at me. As usual.
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    • A decent bit of organization done, finally. I was feeling a bit overwhelmed at what needed doing, until I decided to start one bite at a time. And cleaned a bathroom, which I'm not great at doing as often as it needs. Plus, I've got my stuff including gym bag ready for work tomorrow. Decent.

      Last night I made the chocolate banana mug cake thing (in 4 silicone muffin cups) to share with hubby. Topped with mascarpone and a few fresh raspberries, it was a lovely end to the day.

      Today's eats:
      black coffee
      smoked salmon wrapped around cucumber slices with cream cheese
      cup of turkey bone broth, a few cashews (?8) and macadamias (?12)
      slice of gouda
      italian soda: club soda with heavy cream, tsp of vanilla and 4 drops of stevia.
      D: lovely lamb shanks on mashed sweet potatoes. It was melt in the mouth, meaty goodness. I'll do this again, but next time without tomato paste. Maybe just broth and red wine. Very nomalicious, regardless.
      Some wine, but not too much. The alarm will be ringing early.
      Last edited by Greensprout; 12-30-2012, 09:12 PM. Reason: more foods
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      • hmmm I just had my salivary glands go into overdrive thinking about nice tasty lamb shanks. not the kind of weatheer here for that though.

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        • I was rather tired at work yesterday, no surprise. And not particularly productive, at least we were let go a few hours early. I didn't manage the gym, as they closed at work early too, and then felt not energetic enough to fight the crowds at the other gym. Came home and attempted a nap, which was largely unsuccessful. How annoying. Perhaps something to do with the small piece of maple fudge that I snarfed.

          Dinner was simply yummy leftovers of lamb shank and mashed sweet potatoes. I did son #1 a huge favour, waiting till he came home from work shortly after 10 and subsequently showered, then gave him a ride to a friend's place. Teenagers. But at least he didn't want to take his car, and ended up sometime home in the very wee hours with a ride from the hosting parent. So no festive libations until about 11pm, then up rather late with hubby "celebrating" (heheheh). A decent sleep in, then started the day with a brunch of bacon & eggs for hubby, son #1, his buddy who stayed over, and me (son #2 was at a friend's place). A nice start to the New Year.

          I believe I shall attempt the Brazilian Cheese Bread for tonight's dinner. Along with some shrimp and possibly steak.
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          • Holiday "damage" was negligible, still sitting in the range of 148-152 lbs that I've been bouncing between since my last trip ended in early Dec. Unlike hubby, who claims an extra 6 lbs over the last 2 weeks, but then he's been indulging a lot more, which includes beer, a LOT of cheese, and a LOT of sugar. He's starting back on a W30 style approach today, although not fully strict as he wants to enjoy one bottle of good wine on the weekends. His main concern is the sugar. As for me, I'm not ready for W30 at the moment, I want to enjoy the cheese while it lasts! Tightening things up, regardless.

            Goals for 2013:

            1. lower BF%. I don't know exactly what that means in terms of a number or weight, but I'll know when I get there. For eating, this will be accomplished by reducing food quantities, minimizing sugars, and focusing on real foods.

            2. reduce alcohol consumption.
            This will significantly aid in achieving goal #1, and help with goals #3 and #4.

            3. get more sleep. 8 hours a night is great for me, but rarely happens during the work week. Need lights out earlier.

            4. be consistent with activity. Walking, LHT, sprinting, yoga. A missed couple of days or even a week does not have to become a missed month. I feel so much better when I do this, and it helps significantly with achieving goal #1.

            5. do 10 pullups by the end of the year. Son #1 thinks this is a very difficult goal, but I can do it if I work at it.

            6. less screen time. Too much time wasted online or with TV. Do stuff, not just read/watch about it.

            7. read more. I have a good stack of paleo related books that I've started or skimmed, but not completed. And get back into reading more fiction again, which I used to do voraciously.

            8. play. I don't do this enough. Find ways to play more.

            9. simplify and declutter my home. It's time. And doing so brings mental peace.

            10. improve my garden this spring/summer. I have a small backyard garden, much in containers. The last couple of years it has been very haphazard, not well tended, and not what I am capable of cultivating.

            Yes, I've spelled out many of these goals in the past. After nearly 3 years of following PB, and reaping some of the benefits, it's time to collect the rest. It's only me holding myself back. Laziness? Fear? Some of both, I suppose. As my Mom would say "time to shit or get off the pot". How very appropriate. And also appropriate that this pretty much follows the 10 primal laws.

            I turn 45 in 3 months. It is time.
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            • I am now in love with Brazilian Cheese Bread. And have been told by both sons to make it "all the time". Yeah. Not gonna happen. It's FAR too dangerously good. I'm undecided if I should stash some or just leave them out for the boys. Dangerous indeed. At least a batch is self limiting, with others in the house.
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              • Yeah, Brazilian Cheese Bread is primal crack. I could seriously eat it all day every day. But no.

                You may not want to know this, but it freezes beautifully.
                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                • I woke this morning with my belly doing a LOT of strange, loud gurgles and other odd noises. Wasn't particularly hungry, not uncomfortable, or bloated, but it was loud enough that I was glad hubby was wearing his earplugs! Wouldn't want to go into a meeting like that. I did have a rather watery BM, I was a little liberal on the dose of NaturalCalm at bedtime due to inattention. Maybe that was the issue? Or do I blame the Cheese Bread?! Had black coffee, arrived at work, and eventually it sorted itself out.

                  I was getting hungry by around 930, so pulled out the "breakfast" I'd prepped. Oh my, it was amazing. 2 small Brazilian Cheese Bread rolls stuffed with a total of 3 ghee scrambled eggs and 2 slices of bacon. Oh yeah. My belly and I are very happy. I left the rest of the Cheese Bread out, let the boys have it. I have concerns about the fact that it freezes beautifully.

                  Leaving work early for an optometrist appointment this afternoon, then plan on hitting the gym. LHT on the agenda for today.
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                  • All well with the eye exam, I had some concerns about over the last 6 months I'm having those "getting older" changes about near things looking better a bit farther away. Sometimes close is better without my glasses than with. He said the changes are not enough yet for a change in prescription, or <gasp> bifocal lenses, but to come back when it gets bothersome, potentially in a year or so. Ah well. Hubby had his eyes checked last month, and he has a bifocal lens coming up.

                    Of course, after the exam, my eyeballs felt numb and were stained yellow, due to the drops used when they do the pressure check for glaucoma. Ick. The gym looked horrendously busy when I passed by on the way home, no doubt full of hopeful resolution filled people. Ended up not going. Tomorrow during work for sure.

                    Slow and bored at work. Took some time to sort out some stuff that's been piling up. Fun with laundry tonight.

                    Eats:
                    630: black coffee
                    930: 3 scrambled eggs in ghee, 2 slices bacon stuffed into 2 small Brazilian cheese breads. Heavenly.
                    lots of green tea
                    1pm: turkey bone broth
                    615: sesame dragon chicken on a bed or shredded raw cabbage. Most excellent.
                    couple of drinks.

                    I did manage close to 7 1/2 hours of sleep last night. Not bad for a start. Now another day at work before taking a 4 day weekend, in which I intend to do more of the sorting/decluttering around the house.
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                    • I like your goals but no 2 seems undoable.

                      What is brazilian cheese bread... how far back in the journal do I need to go to find out about this?

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                      • I think #2 is doable, if you set goals. X#/week and no more than X/night. Good luck. Several of us are working on this one!
                        Female 55
                        Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
                        Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

                        With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

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                        • Originally posted by Pedidoc View Post
                          I think #2 is doable, if you set goals. X#/week and no more than X/night. Good luck. Several of us are working on this one!
                          Yeah, I've noticed a theme of reducing the tipples all over the place . Good luck to you too!

                          Woo, did hit the gym today. Did a bunch of heavy lifting, well, heavy for me at this restart stage, anyway. 3 sets assisted pullups, 3 sets of squats up to 65 lbs, 3 sets OHP 30 lb, front and side planks,3 sets bench press with a barbell rather than dumbbells (for the first time) up to 55 lb, then some deadlift type sets with a 40 lb kettlebell. Topped off with a 3 mile treadmill brisk walk. It felt really good, but I can sure feel it now! It's all good.

                          Yea, I now have a 4 day weekend, as I took a couple extra days off, and I'm not on call either. Maybe hot yoga tomorrow?

                          Eats:
                          black coffee
                          gouda and raw emmenthal cheese
                          2 cups turkey bone broth
                          L: small portion (1 cup) leftover sesame dragon chicken, dill pickles
                          spoonful of coconut oil
                          3 cups mint green tea
                          10 macadamia nuts after work
                          D: 2 grass fed burger patties topped with kerrygold cheddar, red onion, homemade mayo, avocado, 6 grape tomatoes.
                          1 cider, 1 glass of wine.

                          Feeling tired tonight, I should get an early sleep. Don't laugh, really! I'm feeling the last 2 early mornings, plus the workout today.

                          Last night son #1 went to a friend's place to play "beer pong". I recall plenty of drinking games from my younger days, but had to look this one up on wikipedia. At least he didn't take his car, and made it home, and hubby said he seemed quite fine when he got up, proudly proclaiming that he is undefeated in the game . Does this mean he drinks less . IDK. Although when I was up early for work, strangely enough, there was an unopened can of beer (not from here) sitting on the kitchen counter... O_o. Manchildren. And things have been on even keel with son #2 of late, which is a good thing.
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                          • Good goals.
                            Wow on the workout today!

                            Beer pong...
                            Kids play it here too. Not just the kids, last summer my sister and my friend played it with a bunch of 20 somethings...
                            "Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut
                            "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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                            • Still feeling stiff legs and bum from the workout 2 days ago . The yoga schedule yesterday didn't work for me, and I got in an hour treadmill walk today for 3.7 miles in the basement. Not sure if that helped the stiffness or added more. Tomorrow could be a good day for lifting again.

                              Went out browsing this afternoon, and found a great microfibre yoga towel to throw on the mat for hot yoga, for an excellent price. I'd been eyeballing these, but there was no way I was going to spend $50!! This one was $17, so I'm happy.

                              I received Mark's new sauces cookbook this week, and today made the cilantro pesto. It is damn fine. Definitely a great way to take a regular meal to the next level, and took me a whole 5 min with the food processor. Used it on pork, but it would be fantastic with chicken or seafood as well. The book itself has a ton of great looking and sounding stuff, I'm looking forward to experimenting.

                              Eats:
                              black coffee
                              bit of coconut oil
                              few raw macadamia nuts
                              D: roasted pork loin (spice rub of garlic powder/onion powder/sea salt/coriander/cumin with the cilantro pesto, steamed broccoli also with the pesto, roasted sweet potato cubes in coconut oil with cinnamon & cayenne. Very delicious.
                              NorCal margarita.
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                              • Feeling rather blah today. No enthusiasm for a workout at all. So instead, I've taken a lazy day to catch up on some reading. A good way through Perfect Health Diet, which I picked up a few months ago (rather dismayed to see that the new edition came out after I'd got mine).
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