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  • Oh my God it's cold today. Forecast showing extreme windchill warnings in the -40s through Monday afternoon. I ventured out to replenish my Natural Calm supply, and the streets, while plowed, are horribly icy. Sliding when gently using brakes at intersections at 30 km/h. A few light standards down from collisions. Lots of icy ruts on the streets tossing me around too. And a huge load of snow from yesterday. Hubby shoveled the driveway 3 times.

    Knee still feeling about the same. Still doing the odd pullup when going into the basement (the bar is at the bottom of the stairs). Will return to crossfit on Monday, whether it feels any better or not.

    Did a bit of sorting in my bedroom today. I have a lot of shit to sort through. Baby steps, it'll get done eventually.

    Catching up on some of the free till Sunday night Real Food Con podcast replay. Real Food Con Event | Real Food Con . Worth a listen if you have time time. Easy to pop on the iPhone with headphones while doing household chores.

    Eats so far today include 2 slices of bacon, the last tiny bit of squash soup, pistachios. Thawing giant scallops for dinner, to go along with a salad.

    One more day off, then back to work, sigh. Granted, I've been lazy, so perhaps routine is a good thing.
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    • Up late watching more Mad Men, but a decent sleep in this morning. And reasonable productivity today. Pork sirloin chops are in the slow cooker with carnita seasoning. Guacamole still needs making, but that's quick, and I could remind hubby that he volunteered to make it this time if I provide coaching. Bone broth is simmering in the pressure cooker. Laundry in the works, including bed linens and duvet cover. Kombucha has finally been bottled, this batch was super tart, as I left it for nearly 4 weeks. The scoby is massive and impressive. Pureed some frozen thawed cherries and added a bit more sugar to flavour the batch. New booch is on, black tea only this time. Usually I do variable mix of black and green tea. Planning on making some mayo in a bit.

      Listening to more of the Real Food Con podcasts again today. I shared the link with hubby, he enjoyed a few of them while he did some cleaning. Might still catch one or two more this evening.

      My knee still hurts a good bit today. Damn thing. Stairs are an issue, up is fine, but down is quite uncomfortable. Going to crossfit tomorrow, regardless, will scale as needed.

      Oh, and ladytime is finally trying to make an appearance, after 40 days or so. Good grief.
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      • Happy New Year!
        "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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        • Hey W&C, come back a bit more often! We miss you.

          Back to work. Stupidly cold. -33C with windchill of -47 on the drive to work. Nobody should have to deal with this crap.

          Not particularly productive today, which seemed to be the general mood in the office. I did have a few German chocolates which had arrived in a package from one in our unit who is currently deployed there. Very sweet. Milk chocolate, of course.

          Knee was a tad better today. Got to crossfit. Push presses & pullups, I've moved to a lighter band for assists. Progress is good. Then a killer workout of thrusters and burpees. My knee is a bit sore, but not like last time. Spoke to the coach, who recommended of course icing tonight, which I did, plus focus on less weight but strict form for now, if tolerated. I'll aim for that. Probably going again tomorrow, as I have a few classes to make up.

          Eats:

          one black coffee, mate tea
          bone broth with gelatin and an egg yolk, a banana
          L: tinned mackerel on lettuce with acv & cilantro, a mandarin orange, couple of homemade lara bar bits (a touch less than a regular bar worth)
          4 tiny milk chocolates, green tea
          D: pork carnita on lettuce with salsa, guacamole, sour cream & cilantro, 2 small sweet potato wedges
          a rum & zevia. Cutting back here, today was more of a "taper" .

          Feeling tired and well worked. Bed is calling. Ladytime is in full flow, a tad over the top, though no cramps. Surprised it didn't end up in a leakage situation during the workout. Weird.
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          • Blasted cramps hit today, along with mild upset stomach, loose bowels, and more crazy heavy flow. Ugh. I had signed up for crossfit for after work, but no go. It would not have been good. Instead, I'm planning on an early bed.

            On a better note, though my quads are fatigued today, the knee is a touch better feeling. Hopefully all good to go for the gym tomorrow. Hopefully things will be slowed down by then.
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            • Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
              Hey W&C, come back a bit more often! We miss you.

              Back to work. Stupidly cold. -33C with windchill of -47 on the drive to work. Nobody should have to deal with this crap.

              Not particularly productive today, which seemed to be the general mood in the office. I did have a few German chocolates which had arrived in a package from one in our unit who is currently deployed there. Very sweet. Milk chocolate, of course.

              Knee was a tad better today. Got to crossfit. Push presses & pullups, I've moved to a lighter band for assists. Progress is good. Then a killer workout of thrusters and burpees. My knee is a bit sore, but not like last time. Spoke to the coach, who recommended of course icing tonight, which I did, plus focus on less weight but strict form for now, if tolerated. I'll aim for that. Probably going again tomorrow, as I have a few classes to make up.

              Eats:

              one black coffee, mate tea
              bone broth with gelatin and an egg yolk, a banana
              L: tinned mackerel on lettuce with acv & cilantro, a mandarin orange, couple of homemade lara bar bits (a touch less than a regular bar worth)
              4 tiny milk chocolates, green tea
              D: pork carnita on lettuce with salsa, guacamole, sour cream & cilantro, 2 small sweet potato wedges
              a rum & zevia. Cutting back here, today was more of a "taper" .

              Feeling tired and well worked. Bed is calling. Ladytime is in full flow, a tad over the top, though no cramps. Surprised it didn't end up in a leakage situation during the workout. Weird.
              I am sooooo with you on this weather BS. Minus 41 with the windchill here today. Gosh we Canucks are a hardy lot aren't we? lol! Just popping in to say "hi"
              Hope your knee and the "ladytime" issues resolve soon. Stay warm!

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              • Yeah, Clarkie, this winter sucks heartily. Supposed to get a break here after one more day of frigid. Though this afternoon didn't feel quite so bad as windchills were only in the -30s. Truly sad when that feels "not so bad". We're definitely going to retire somewhere a hell of a lot warmer. West coast/Vancouver Island is high in the running. Or south Okanagan.

                Ladytime shit is subsiding. Bedtime soon. And I've already booked crossfit class for after work.

                We've booked a week away for next month. We have lots of points saved up from our time share, so are heading to a resort property in Galveston, Texas. That and using airmiles for the flight, the cost is very reasonable. Just a quiet week getaway for the 2 of us. Should be fun. I see lots of fresh seafood coming up, and of course, must look for some Texas BBQ. The resort has fully equipped kitchen as well, and we'll have a rental car, so can always do some of our own meals as well. Pedidoc says it's kind of cool there this time of year, but 50s-60s F sounds downright fantastic compared to here!

                Eats:

                2 black coffees
                bone broth with an egg yolk & gelatin
                an apple, tea
                L: carnita meat on lettuce with guacamole, a mandarin orange, mini homemade larabar bites
                4 small german milk chocolates (think they're all gone now at work)
                D: roasted butternut squash, small roasted chicken breast, broccoli

                No rum or wine tonight, just having a small cognac as a nightcap, then bed. Had to try out my new crystal stemware. Very nice.

                edit: oh, I also had a chunk of kerrygold gouda well after dinner. Needed a nibble of something. It satisfied nicely.
                Last edited by Greensprout; 01-07-2014, 09:28 PM.
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                • The ladytime nonsense seems to be coming to an abrupt end. Feeling much better.

                  Crossfit today was great. I feel strong and powerful. Most excellent. The knee is holding out, but I'm icing at the moment just for good measure, as it does feel tired out. Not more sore, which is good.

                  I had the TV on as I was prepping beef for the slowcooker for tomorrow. TLC's "my strange addiction". There was a 45 year old lady, mom of 4, who has had over 30 plastic surgeries, and still doesn't feel like she has the "perfect body" yet. Many breast augmentations, several brazilian butt lifts, lip implants, and an implanted corset. She looks freakish. Her current plan is to increase breast size by double, from a LLL to a QQQ. O_o. I was quite disturbed. This is just sad beyond belief. Talk about body image issues. Her young adult son was pleading for her to not go ahead with the next procedure, which at least one plastic surgeon turned down as he felt it was too high risk. She's found someone who will do it. Truly bizarre.
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                  • Just stopping in to catch up and say hi.

                    Cramps and loose bowels in one day? I don't think I'd have even made it in to work let alone crossfit afterwards. LOL
                    "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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                    Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                    • Yay for the Crossfit! How long have you been doing it?
                      I want to give it a whirl in the spring. We have a place in town that offers a beginner's 2 or 3 week session. Not sure if they all do that but I thought it was a cool way to try it out without committing to some year long membership thingie.
                      That poor plastic surgery addict does sound pretty sad. Did you see the woman who eats mattresses? WTF? She must have a cast iron digestive system

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                      • Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                        Cramps and loose bowels in one day? I don't think I'd have even made it in to work let alone crossfit afterwards. LOL
                        Ha, you overestimate me! That was the day I did NOT make it to crossfit. Work, yes, though I considered leaving midday.

                        Staying up later than intended all week, for no good reason. Working on that. As always. Getting about 7 hours, but it's not as much as I need.

                        Tired today, somewhat nonproductive, but did get to crossfit. Another great workout. I love the encouraging atmosphere there. There's no way I'd push myself that much working out on my own, and no, I'm not pushing beyond what's reasonable or into the overdoing it side. It's all good.

                        Eye of round roast (sliced) in the slow cooker turned out well. I reduced the juices (cooked in bone broth & red wine with lots of garlic, onion & carrot), then pureed with the immersion blender. Voila "gravy". Everyone liked that part. Side of sweet potato post workout and all is well.

                        A coworker brought in pistachio brittle today, homemade of course. It was more of a praline consistency, almost. I ate several pieces, damn tasty, but, oh, the sugar high and nosedive afterwards. Note to self: never make that stuff.
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                        • A reasonable weekend here. Friday dinner was leftovers (the beef roast, sweet tato and such). Saturday was a good sleep in, then grocery shopping and a steak dinner with the usual fixin's. It finally warmed up, as opposed to the -40 temps of Wednesday, today is right at 0C. The eaves are actually dripping. How odd.

                          Today another decent sleep in. Hubby & I headed to the home/kitchen/bath reno show at the convention centre. Some interesting things to see, didn't buy anything. Were very impressed by a new mattress, but we really don't need to buy right now. Maybe next year. I was considering one of those pressurized steamer things for cleaning, particularly for bathrooms and kitchen, but hubby was unconvinced. I may have to do a bit of research there. He got in a few digs about how it might just be one of those things that sits and collects dust. And how he does most of the cleaning, and not me. Whatever, dude. I think it would make things much more efficient, plus there's the sanitizing aspect, without chemicals. I'll have to look more into that.

                          Making my second batch of bone broth in the pressure cooker for the day, grass fed oxtails plus a few other miscellaneous bones. A local pastured chicken is roasting in the oven. Simply treated with a butter massage, s&p, fresh rosemary. Will pair with roasted parsnips and leftover sweet potato.
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                          • Would you share the name of the mattress? I'm plan to get a new one this year.

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                            • Marcadav, it was a Restonic "gel infusion" foam mattress, where the foam supposedly dissipates heat so the mattress stays cool. Very comfortable, you sort of melt into it as it forms around your curves, yet stays firm. And great motion control, motion from bed partner was extremely minimally felt. Not cheap, but a good one to consider when we're ready to buy. Current mattress was middle of the road, and is now 10 years or so old. Not ideal anymore.

                              A decent day, though I was tired. Up later than planned last night due to adult playtime .

                              Made it to crossfit after work, killer WOD that has my legs and bum feeling extremely heavy at the moment. Called "Christine", it consisted of 3 rounds of 500m row, 12 deadlifts of bodyweight on the bar (I used 70 kg, but cut back to 65 after the first round), then 21 box jumps (I did stepups instead to keep the knee happy, though I did some regular box jumps while warming up). Did all 3 rounds in 13 min 44 sec. Holy crap. Was only the second workout that I lay down on the floor after finishing. Just for a minute or so. Heh. Job well done, me.

                              Eats:

                              2 black coffee
                              bone broth with gelatin & an egg yolk, small banana
                              L: sirloin steak with a medium baked potato, few mushrooms, few asparagus
                              sencha green tea
                              2 squares lindt 85% dark chocolate
                              D: chicken thigh, sweet potato, couple of parsnip oven fries, few bits of steamed broccoli

                              I can never eat for a while after a workout like that. Class finished at 630, I ate around 8. It was a moderate amount, and when finishing, I thought I needed more, but chose to wait, and now am feeling quite full.

                              I did choose to have a small rum & zevia. Hubby is not doing the same today, but just grabbed a bowl of gluten free corn tortilla chips with salsa. I think I've got the better deal on calories, fwiw.
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                              • I'm always super impressed with your level of fitness.

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