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  • Originally posted by winencandy View Post
    I've been thinking about getting one of those. What one do you have?

    It's the cusinart smartstick one, which I think was the one suggested by Mark on the primal christmas gifts post a few weeks back. Really nice.

    Good for you!
    I'd planned on doing all kinds of de-cluttering this fall (since I was basically unemployed)
    It didn't happen.
    But It's one of my January goals
    Yeah, decluttering. It's been on my list to do for forever. I have great intentions whenever I have time off, but it never quite comes to fruition as planned. I walk into my closet and get intimidated, then turn and walk away in frustration. Trying to do a little bit at a time.
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    • Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
      Yeah, decluttering. It's been on my list to do for forever. I have great intentions whenever I have time off, but it never quite comes to fruition as planned. I walk into my closet and get intimidated, then turn and walk away in frustration. Trying to do a little bit at a time.
      I totally understand. Even the bathroom drawer intimidates me.
      I don't know where to start. There is stuff everywhere.
      I've lived in the same house for 23 years. I have a storage room off of my bedroom. 4 kids. I like stuff.
      Imagine my clutter...
      "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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      • Originally posted by winencandy View Post
        I totally understand. Even the bathroom drawer intimidates me.
        I don't know where to start. There is stuff everywhere.
        I've lived in the same house for 23 years. I have a storage room off of my bedroom. 4 kids. I like stuff.
        Imagine my clutter...
        Wow. I have enough crap around the house and I've not lived in any house longer than 5 years. We do get rid of a lot of stuff whenever we move, but I'm pretty sure we have some boxes in the basement that haven't been used in at least a move or two. I can't imagine how much I'd have around in 23 years...guess the best strategy there is baby steps, one room at a time, and only one part at a time, in order to not be completely overwhelmed.
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        • I managed to face my intimidation face on and tackle a whole lot of organizing in my bedroom today. It felt really good to gather 2 bags of trash, some stuff for the donation pile, a large bag of recycling (materials from 2 conferences last year) and removing a whole lotta dust. Not done yet, the closet still lurks to taunt me, and the dresser drawers need a sort for stuff to donate. I'm trying to keep in mind the notion that if you haven't worn something in the last 12 months (with a few exceptions for dressy or classic stuff) it needs to be gone. Funny how it can be hard to part with stuff that really doesn't matter much. Why is that??

          Made a trip to the organic market today, grabbed 2 kg of nice grass fed organic beef bones to make stock, a bottle of kombucha for a splurge, and some macadamia oil, which I've not tried before.

          Eats:
          B: coffee with coconut milk, one slice leftover bacon.
          L: not hungry, had a small handful of almonds at some point, and the kombucha.
          D: meatza, base of beef/pork, topped with organic pizza sauce, spinach, green & red peppers, mushrooms, kalmata olives, organic marinated artichokes, and of course, mozzarella. A rum & diet coke. Now have a glass of barolo in progress.

          So, goals & plans. I was supposed to be working on that. I decided not to do the hard core paleo whole 30 thing, as I more need to be on track and if I fall off that, I'll not be happy with myself. I'll aim for the 95% primal solution for the next month and see where that takes me. Here goes:

          1. minimal dairy. I've already subbed cream in coffee for coconut milk and really like it. Stay away from cheese, except for tiny bits where it really matters. Butter is in, but will aim for using other fats more often.
          2. stop using nuts as a "go to" snack.
          3. no alcohol during the week, strictly for Fri and Sat if I want it. That starts when I return to work on Tues.
          4. Get moving. LHT at least 2 times per week, 3 if I can. Walk or low intensity movement 2-3 times per week. Sprint once in a while. (gee, sounds familiar, doesn't it??)
          5. Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep nightly. That's a really tough one for me, have to kick my ass to bed sooner regularly.
          6. Continue decluttering and organizing around home. Make measurable progress weekly.
          7. Put the scale away. Check back in a month.

          Okay, that's lots for now. I can always tighten it up more if it feels right.

          Tomorrow will be a weigh in and taking of measurements. I know I'm up a few pounds again, with the higher carb load over the holiday. That should come off quickly, but it's time to make some movement on the measurements, which have been steady for many months.
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          • Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
            I managed to face my intimidation face on and tackle a whole lot of organizing in my bedroom today. It felt really good to gather 2 bags of trash, some stuff for the donation pile, a large bag of recycling (materials from 2 conferences last year) and removing a whole lotta dust. Not done yet, the closet still lurks to taunt me, and the dresser drawers need a sort for stuff to donate. I'm trying to keep in mind the notion that if you haven't worn something in the last 12 months (with a few exceptions for dressy or classic stuff) it needs to be gone. Funny how it can be hard to part with stuff that really doesn't matter much. Why is that??
            Wow! I'm impressed! Excellent progress today!!

            I don't know why its so hard to part with the stuff.
            Maybe because you paid good money for it and throwing it away is like throwing away money?

            Once I got rid of some things out of a kitchen cupboard, including a fondue set that I'd received as a wedding gift (and never used).
            The very next day my friend asked me if I had a fondue set.
            So there is the 'fear' that if you get rid of something, then it will be needed the next day.

            Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
            Made a trip to the organic market today, grabbed 2 kg of nice grass fed organic beef bones to make stock, a bottle of kombucha for a splurge, and some macadamia oil, which I've not tried before.
            I gotta try kombucha and meetza

            Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
            So, goals & plans. I was supposed to be working on that. I decided not to do the hard core paleo whole 30 thing, as I more need to be on track and if I fall off that, I'll not be happy with myself. I'll aim for the 95% primal solution for the next month and see where that takes me. Here goes:

            1. minimal dairy. I've already subbed cream in coffee for coconut milk and really like it. Stay away from cheese, except for tiny bits where it really matters. Butter is in, but will aim for using other fats more often.
            2. stop using nuts as a "go to" snack.
            3. no alcohol during the week, strictly for Fri and Sat if I want it. That starts when I return to work on Tues.
            4. Get moving. LHT at least 2 times per week, 3 if I can. Walk or low intensity movement 2-3 times per week. Sprint once in a while. (gee, sounds familiar, doesn't it??)
            5. Aim for at least 7 hours of sleep nightly. That's a really tough one for me, have to kick my ass to bed sooner regularly.
            6. Continue decluttering and organizing around home. Make measurable progress weekly.
            7. Put the scale away. Check back in a month.

            Okay, that's lots for now. I can always tighten it up more if it feels right.

            Tomorrow will be a weigh in and taking of measurements. I know I'm up a few pounds again, with the higher carb load over the holiday. That should come off quickly, but it's time to make some movement on the measurements, which have been steady for many months.
            Your January goals look similar to mine

            Good luck with the weigh in and measuring tomorrow
            "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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            • happy new year Greensprout! sounds like you have been having ssome great food over the holidays. Hope you are rested and relaxed. Good goals - that no wine thing will be tricky

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              • Originally posted by Suse View Post
                that no wine thing will be tricky
                Yeah, well, that, nuts and butter will be the toughest, I expect. But I'm stronger than that, damn it.

                Today is my last day off. But I tackled the closet head on. A bag of stuff to donate, and more trash. I feel like I really accomplished a good thing, as this has been weighing on me for a while. A few errands (cat food, groceries).

                No LHT or movement of any significance today, that will come. I did my weigh in (145 lbs, the expected 5 lb carb induced post period water weight) and measurements (not happy there, up a bit from my last documented measuring in late Aug). That will change. I did get rid of several pairs of too big pants that I WILL NOT hold on to "just in case". Done.

                Today's eats:
                B/L: coffee with coconut milk. 3 eggs, mushrooms, peppers, spinach & 2 slices procuitto sauteed in bacon fat. Stuffed.
                S: 3 squares G&B mint choc while decluttering. A necessary thing.
                D: big striploin grilled, grilled asparagus, sauteed mushrooms. 2 glasses of red wine. Tomorrow will be dry for the rest of the week.

                There was some butter in the mushrooms, but otherwise, no dairy, no nuts.

                Planning for bed at a decent hour, as 6am comes early for work. &%$#@!$%
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                • Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                  I did get rid of several pairs of too big pants that I WILL NOT hold on to "just in case". Done.
                  YES!

                  Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                  3 squares G&B mint choc while decluttering. A necessary thing.
                  Absolutely!
                  "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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                  • I did get in pretty close to 7 hours of sleep last night, so I wasn't as tired as I thought I might be on the first day back to work. And I will soon have a new job, that I will like much better. I'd applied for a backfill term position (maternity leave) that actually ends about 10 weeks sooner than the term I am currently on, but I did this job for 4 months a couple of years ago, and loved it. Much more up my alley, and gets me out of the personnel management stresses. More on this later, should be starting in the next few weeks.

                    I had thoughts about doing PBF this evening, but then we had a major issue with son #2, something that has put me totally off. I might give in to a glass of wine. Not good.

                    Today's eats:
                    B: coffee with coconut milk
                    1030: L, because I got hungry. BAS with leftover steak and half an avocado.
                    S: 1400, kale chips. Forgot to mention I made a batch last night. I also forgot how tasty they are, seasoned with garlic, onion & cayenne powder & sea salt.
                    D: ground beef curry with coconut milk, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, mushrooms, onion, garlic. Just threw stuff in the pan and it turned out pretty good.

                    I'm now feeling very weary, mostly due to the kid thing. Damn.
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                    • {{{hugs}}}

                      This too will pass...

                      If you want the wine...I won't tell
                      "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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                      • Originally posted by winencandy View Post
                        {{{hugs}}}

                        This too will pass...

                        If you want the wine...I won't tell
                        Okay, I caved. It was a good sized glass. And an apple with almond butter.

                        As a fellow mom of boys, I'm hoping you're right. I suspect you are.

                        Off to bed.
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                        • so is kid 2 the one you had a problem with a while ago? Yeah, kids would drive me to drink too.

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                          • We've had a few issues with each of them in the past year, but this is not the same one who was "escorted home" in the back of a police car. Today I'm still stressing over this stuff, and managed to stuff a package of sickly sweet, disgusting milk chocolate covered almonds AFTER lunch, now I have a bellyache. Pathetic. Gee, how high is my cortisol level???
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                            • oh dear. Poor you. Teenagers. There is no cure for that.

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                              • Originally posted by Suse View Post
                                Teenagers. There is no cure for that.
                                Actually, I think there is, it just takes about 5 or 6 more years...if we get there.

                                Okay, life is not over, nobody is hurt, nobody is in trouble with the law...still a big deal but we'll get through it. May mean more trips to the salon to cover up the greys. Sigh. Maybe it's time to go more "natural" and use henna.

                                I'm still pissed about the crappy chocolate today. I mean, WTF?? Seriously. I don't even like that crap. Whatever. Done is done.

                                Today's eats:
                                B: coffee with coconut milk
                                L: leftover beef curry on spinach, some kale chips.
                                S: the nasty milk chocolate almonds
                                D: Lamb chops, roasted cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts & mushrooms in bacon fat. Couple of bites of sweet potato with butter & cinnamon, which was amazing. Interestingly, the meat was a bag of flash frozen NZ lamb shoulder chops at a great price in the regular grocery, at a great price, 10 chops for around $20. Will be buying it again.

                                And I chose to have one martini tonight. Topping off the chocolate.

                                Of note, I have put my scale away. I'll be checking back in a month. I miss it in the mornings.
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