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  • #46
    Well, I did have the boys make pork sausages (from FlyNavyWife's spicy breakfast sausage recipie), which turned out really good. We substituted coriander for sage, as I don't have the latter, and don't care for the flavour. Had some along with the leftover meatza and BAS for supper yesterday. Son put cheese and processed bacon bits in my salad, but I chose not to complain about that!

    I felt the same sort of thirsty and a bit off after dinner again, I think it must have been the pizza sauce used, as I didn't have any beer today. Will make my own next time, or at least use one without additives.

    Had a couple glasses cabernet-merlot while finishing my presentation, all done, yay.

    Today:

    B: 3 eggs scrambled in butter with 1 large breakfast sausage patty
    L: IF
    D: probably pork loin with sauteed veg (perhaps baby bok choi/snow peas).

    Totally stuffed from the big breakfast, so decided that was a good opportunity to not pack a lunch for work. I'm quite sure that it will hold me right through till dinnertime. Green and herbal teas will do me for the day.
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    • #47
      Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
      Had a very unexpected (and excellent) surprise this morning. Down another 2 lb! When did that happen? And how, considering all the nuts, drinks, and so on this week? And with not much activity. Waist is down another bit too, less than 28". So that's 3 lbs gone this week, I'm pleased, but bamboozled. Another point, nearly all of my 'skinny' pants are starting to be baggy.
      I think of all the things I like most about what I am doing with regard to my eating and exercising, it is "feeling" the results in what I wear. Like you my pants are baggy. Unfortunately I dont seem to be getting any change in the actual waistline but I guess that will come over time. However, I just love that I dont feel uncomfortable in my clothes, jeans arent cutting into me. Today in fact I am wearing a pair of trousers to work that I havent worn for several years. Go you!

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      • #48
        Suse, I didn't see any big changes for weeks, just felt them in how clothing was fitting, though no real change the scale and little on measurements. Kept on going, and finally some objective numbers to keep encouraging me. Keep at it, good job on the trousers today!

        Kept up the IF until having a few almonds while prepping dinner. Slices of pork sirloin fried in bacon fat, (hubby found it odd, that I'd cook pork in pork fat, haha), with a cream sauce. Mashed garlic cauliflower with butter, and asparagus/baby bok choi sauteed in butter & bacon fat. Quite nice.

        Activity: Did a 6 km walk (or rather, march), couldn't put on the rucksack yet due to the wound healing, but went with a bit of weight in a vest. Felt good to be back moving.
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        • #49
          Completed last night with some creamed coconut and 2 glasses of chardonnay.

          Today had planned to IF but woke up hungry, and thought, well, if my body really wants food, I'd better feed it.

          B: 3 eggs scrambled in butter with 1 fair sized pork sausage patty, coffee with half and half
          L: not really hungry, had one coffee with half and half
          D: few nuts while prepping. One very large BAS BLT style (lettuce, spinach, scallion, broccoli slaw mix, radish, 1/2 avocado, 4 slices thick bacon crispy, dressed with an excellent mix of warm bacon fat/balsamic/dijon mustard.

          Cooked 1 kg of thick sliced bacon...had to keep the kids from devouring the entire amount as I wanted to save some (made them omelettes). Lots of bacon fat saved, as usual, kids were making fun of me for saving all the fat..."look Dad, that's going on your next meal" (which might be true!). Of course he comments back "oh, my cholesterol, my hardening arteries"...yeah, he's eating primal too, and I'm trying to educate my young carb loading athlete sons on my newly found primal ways...may have a bit of a long road there.

          After dinner, immediately off to son's soccer game, out for 3 hours total. Peckish getting back, so had a couple small pieces leftover pork sirloin-dipped in bacon fat- and a glass of chardonnay.

          Activity: made it to PT at end of the workday. Was a circuit style workout, alternate cardio with upper body/core strength circuits, 6 min each, for a total of 3 circuits of each. Cardio was running between stations of burpees, side jumps, stepping, jump rope. Strength was 45 sec each of assisted pullups, stability ball rollouts, pushups on bosu, bench tricep dips, shoulder side raises with weights, and another core with passing the stability ball from feet to hands in a v-sit thing. Excellent workout, I felt strong and was obviously doing a lot better than most of the younger people there. Not sure if this is more a commentary on my abilities or their lack of abilities...haha. Felt really good, though might feel it tomorrow.

          Good day overall, though I might need a bit more to eat before bed. Undecided if I'll get to the 2 days of fasting this week that I was intending, I think I'll keep it in mind, but listen to my body and decide what feels best at the time. I usually aim for 24 hours or so when fasting, but that depends on whether I eat/snack later in the evening or not. Works best if I either don't eat after 630 pm or so, or else have a busy evening running around with kid sports that skipping dinner is pretty easy to do. Only thing there is that I still have to make some dinner for the rest of the family...
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          • #50
            Last night also had a small bowl of strawberries with coconut milk and a piece of bacon.

            Today:

            B: coffee with half and half, 3 eggs fried in bacon fat and 4 slices bacon
            L: IF
            D: few almonds making dinner (maybe 16 or so). Spaghetti squash with butter, topped with ground beef in pasta sauce and parmesan, asparagus roasted with evoo.

            Once again, after dinner I'm feeling thirsty, and my head is a bit foggy. Used CW bottled pasta sauce. I do think I'm getting sensitive to such things, so will have to start getting organic and additive free ingredients and making my own from now on. Bit of a belly ache too, which I felt the day after the CW pizza sauce on the meatza the other day too.

            Activity: 6 km walk (march) at work with weighted vest, along with shoveling gravel.

            Off to soccer game for son #2 tonight.

            Had a good chat with son #1 late last night, he has recently started weight training, and was asking more about how we are eating and how it can work for muscle building/fat burning. Says he's going to start doing the same thing (Yay, progress!) and has even been discussing it with his buddies. I expect that as a teenager, he will continue to want to indulge at times, especially with friends, but if he wants to eat primally when he can, I'm totally thrilled. He asked for suggestions for breakfasts, and the lunches he packs for school. I think he's seeing the results in me and hubby, and is currently pretty motivated to do what he can to start building the physique he is aiming for. Go kid!
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            • #51
              Thats great when you can get your teenagers on board.

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              • #52
                Had something else to eat last night after the soccer game but can't remember what!

                B: coffee with whole milk (not quite IF...didn't feel up to black coffee)
                L: out- greek salad and 'jalapeno shrimp with thai basil in coconut milk"-tasted great, didn't agree much with me. Posted separately on this.
                D: not hungry, belly issues. Later had a bunch of slices of crispy fried pork belly. My fave comfort food. Also some shiraz.

                Activity: PT class at work, core and lower body. A circuit, 10 different exercises, through twice with jump rope in between, then finished with rounds of skipping, jumping jacks and burpees. Good class. Jumped on the pullup bar at the end to see what I had left...managed 3 chinups, though the last was a bit rough.

                I think an IF is in order for tomorrow. Have day off from regular job with an education day at second job. One bonus to IF is that I don't have to make time in the morning to prep breakfast or lunch, so can sleep another few minutes, hooray! Haven't been getting enough sleep this week, that seems to be a recurring theme for me. Must focus on priorities and goals.
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                • #53
                  B: IF
                  L: IF
                  D: onion, garlic, green pepper and snow peas sauteed in bacon fat with hot chili flakes, 2 purchased marinated eggplant rolled around provolone & sundried tomato, roasted chicken leg, thigh, 2 wings and extra crispy skin.

                  Hubby had a breast/wing piece, but wouldn't eat the skin or wing...I'm trying, but he still has issues and gets squeamish about eating chicken skin and visible fat. Also parts like wings, legs and thighs...seeing veins and stuff puts him off. And he thinks I'm odd for eating pork belly!!

                  My IF was going great, didn't look twice at the 'goodie' plate at the education session I was at today. Then when stopping at the grocery on the way home, I was browsing the deli, and there were cheese samples. Popped one in my mouth and took the first bite...then remembered I was only at hour 16 hours, rather than the 20+ I had planned...wasn't hungry, just forgot I wasn't eating yet. A bit disappointing, but no biggie. So I then saw a table of more samples, so choose to try a bit of german mushroom brie and a garlic havarti. Very nice, both of them. Then didn't eat until dinner was ready 3 1/2 hrs later.

                  I'm now questioning the type of oil used in the eggplant marinade...bit of a rumbly belly now post dinner. Similar to yesterday, but much milder. No issue the last time I ate this about 6 weeks ago...guess I'm used to REAL food, not crap anymore. Must be more careful.

                  Will probably have some wine later, and have some fresh blackberries. Now the big decision...to have with heavy cream or coconut milk...hmmmmm

                  Presenting at a conference tomorrow on a panel. Going for the lunch too, which is right before our session. Will be interesting to see what they choose to serve. Don't plan on going particularly hungry, can always just sip coffee/water.

                  No workout today. Should be onto some yardwork tomorrow late afternoon.
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                  • #54
                    see, thats how easy it is just to forget your good intentions! I think a 16 hour IF is pretty good going if you ask me.

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                    • #55
                      Yes, good intentions...

                      Friday night I was too full for the berries, but for some unknown reason indulged in too many nuts (pecan, walnut, almond, cashew organic mix). Wasn't even hungry, actually very full, but gave in to the need to nibble on something.

                      Saturday:
                      B: coffee with cream, smoothie with strawberries, blueberries, protein powder, cocoa, spinach, coconut milk & coconut oil
                      L: ate a tiny lunch at the conference I was speaking at. Bit of salad with raspberry vinagrette, 3 slices pickle, the filling out of a small egg salad pita, and about 1/2 cup of a delicious creamy lemon chicken soup. No tummy issues post meal. (and the presentation went very well)
                      S: chicken thigh, 2 turkey pepperoni sticks. Couple of nuts.
                      D: One beer while preparing meal. 1 grilled anaheim pepper stuffed with goat cheese, grilled asparagus marinaded in evoo & red wine vinegar, grilled sirloin and mushrooms sauteed in bacon fat. Cabernet merlot (several...glasses, not bottles, haha)

                      Sunday:

                      B/L: bacon, egg, avocado & tomato salad from Saturday's MDA blog post. Very tasty, most certainly a keeper recipie. Coffee with whole milk
                      D: One German beer while cooking. Leftover chicken breast warmed in butter, fiddleheads sauteed in garlic & bacon fat with butter, morel mushroom cream sauce over the chicken (posted the recipie separately)...truly heavenly. All that fat left me stuffed to the brim.

                      Got some garden soil today, need to get some herbs and tomatoes into the ground. Here "up north", we normally don't put gardens in until somewhere around late May, can still even have overnight frost into June sometimes. Want to get this done before leaving for holiday next weekend. Very busy week ahead, and hubby just gone out of town again today until Thurs. Should be spending more time on tasks rather than hanging out on the laptop...but not tonight, methinks.
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                      • #56
                        Busy workday, a bit rushed in the morning trying to get out the door. Decided to try something a little different for daytime food.

                        B: coffee with whole milk and a bit of cream, few spoonsful of coconut milk with added coconut oil
                        L: another bit of coconut milk with added coconut oil, one coffee with half and half
                        S: handful of almonds while taxiing the kids to practices. Leftover steak with the morel cream sauce, fiddleheads sauteed in bacon fat with balsamic. Nomnom. Glass of wine.

                        Picked up fresh soil and some herbs, so enlisted son #1's assistance to prep planter boxes and put in oregano, basil, thai basil, thyme, rosemary, and some tomatoes. The herbs did great last year, the tomatoes not so much. Hoping for better. Oh, and one jalapeno pepper plant for an experiment. Prepped some ground beef for the kids to have for dinner tomorrow as I'll be late.

                        Busy busy for tomorrow, out of the house before 7, work till past 730pm, go direct to son's soccer game, then hopefully home by 930pm. Repeat the next day with same shift and game for second son. So much to do before leaving on our trip on Sat...SO looking forward to a week in Paris alone with hubby.
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                        • #57
                          ooooh Paris. The city of luuuurrrvvve! I feel some envy coming on! Will expect a full trip report on your return!

                          You are doing so well, you hardly ever cheat. You make me look bad :P

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                          • #58
                            Hardly ever cheat...hmmm...I'd say the regular wine or other libation counts for enough over my 20% often enough! Thing is as far as non primal foods, I really don't crave them, and though I often see things I'd sort of like to have (and used to regularly), I really don't want them enough to bother trying. Now that I've experienced some bad effects from food I've not made myself, I'm even more wary of indulging in that stuff. We'll see how it works out in Paris, as I do expect to have a croissant (hopefully not every day!) and probably will indulge a bit in other stuff too.

                            Today:
                            B: coffee with whole milk at 630, 2 boiled eggs with the rest of the morel cream sauce at 930
                            L: cappuccino, remains of a small bag of organic nuts
                            D: around 430, BAS (lettuce, spinach, broccoli slaw, tomato, celery, scallion) with sirloin slices, dressed with evoo/balsamic/grainy dijon.

                            Long day (but a good one), 12 hour shift then directly to the soccer pitch to see son #1 have a disappointing loss. Left the house before 7am, home at 940pm. Get to do it again tomorrow. Sleep anyone??
                            Last edited by Greensprout; 05-18-2010, 08:58 PM.
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                            • #59
                              sigh.... french croissants, I'm sorry but I just would not be able to pass them up - especially layered up with a ton of butter and raspberry jam - a true weakness there!. But if we want to feel not so guilty about it, at least they are full of good fat! We just wont think about the bad stuff

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                              • #60
                                I also have primal type French foods to look forward to: lots of butter, fois gras, cream sauces, and I'll hunt for more! We have a hotel booked for the first 2 nights and then a small apartment for the next 5 (don't really plan on cooking, but will have stove/oven available) and will be able to keep snacks and breakfast stuff handy (and wine...)

                                Today:
                                Not too hungry early in am, but black coffee didn't sound so appealing
                                B: coffee with whole milk/cream
                                L: espresso with cream
                                D: around 4pm, "taco salad" (lettuce, ground beef seasoned into taco meat with tomato paste, slight adaptation of a post by Griff on another thread, 1/2 avocado, bit of cheddar, sour cream).
                                S: now having a glass of shiraz. Had 2 strawberries, feel like some meat or fat...have to hunt in the pantry.

                                So not a "IF" day due to the dairy in the coffees, but felt quite fine. Another long day with work/soccer/pick up kids, etc. Should get my butt into bed. Hubby home tomorrow, and my mom arrives as we're flying her in to stay with the boys while we're away. I've discussed PB with her, will leave a copy of the book out for her to read while she's here. She did sound interested, and will probably take a good look at it.

                                Interesting tidbit:
                                At the hospital today, a young med student was at my patient's bedside. I commented that her mocha coffee smelled good, then ended up stating that I had stopped eating sugar. She promptly replied "oh, I'm so sorry for you...why?" I mentioned insulin response, fat storage, etc, and her reply was "yeah, I've read about that, but figure I'm young, and don't really have to worry about that now..." I really wanted to laugh out loud, but kept it in, as I though that might be a tad rude. It'll catch up to her one day, haha.
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