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  • The boy is back in school, so here's hoping he'll stay on the right path. We'll see, I guess. He is cooperative, at least. Not like he really has much choice...

    Didn't get in a workout once again, after work I had kid running around and then an evening soccer game for son #2. I did fast until dinner. Actually, lately many of my days have had either a planned or by chance IF for 16-18 hours. That should help with calorie reduction as long as I make wise choices and cut back the alcohol calories too.

    Today's eats:
    D: 200g slow cooker roast bison, sauteed oyster mushrooms, bowl of cream of greens soup with a touch of cheddar. 2 squares lindt 70% caramel chocolate.
    S: starbucks coffee with cream at the game, 6 macadamia nut halves after.
    Feeling pretty full still. To be honest, my belly feels a tad not quite right, not particularly rumbly or queasy, maybe it was the volume of meat in one sitting after a fast? Was burping sourly a good bit at the soccer game. Guess that is a good indication no snacking is needed tonight. Took a probiotic for good measure.

    A busy few days ahead, we're hosting a conference at work this week, and I have to present tomorrow, but at least it's the one I already did when we were in Alaska recently.

    Covered my herbs and tomatoes again, it's calling for possibly down to -2C overnight...someday it will be summer, I hope.
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    • My plants survived the night, but I once again have to cover them up tonight as the frost warning continues. Pain in the ass.

      My presentation at the conference my office is hosting went well today. Tomorrow I just have to sit and listen. Chilly and breezy today, so although it was sunny, son #1 is at work until 10 and the other is with friends (he'd better be behaving...), so I actually sort of have an evening to myself, I really didn't feel up to a cool walk or even a LHT/PBF session. Had been fasting again today, and by the time everyone was delivered and I ran some errands, I was really hungry and decided to eat instead. Then laundry, some housecleaning and that sort of stuff that I usually put off.

      IF ended up being about 20 hours. I ate around 7pm:
      half a bottle of kombucha saved from a few days ago, bowl of cream of greens soup with cheddar & scallions, and some crispy pork belly.

      I know the protein is low, but I am feeling full, so I did have a scoop of protein powder in a cup of water. I used to use the stuff all the time in smoothies, but haven't had any in many months. I don't mind it in water, and I think I had plenty of fat already in the soup (has cream) and the pork.

      I"m tired too. I think the past week has caught up to me, and it won't be a particularly early night again today either, as by the time I get both boys home it will probably be around 1030, so it will no doubt be past 11 by the time I head for bed. I should make a point of getting out for at least a walk or something tomorrow, and hubby will be home early evening too. Then I'm off for some meetings so away Sun afternoon until Tues evening. I think hubby's home for the next 2 weeks after that...
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      • Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
        The boy is back in school, so here's hoping he'll stay on the right path. We'll see, I guess. He is cooperative, at least. Not like he really has much choice...
        He is making a choice. A good choice. He is cooperating. Don't underestimate the value of that.

        Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
        I"m tired too. I think the past week has caught up to me, and it won't be a particularly early night again today either, as by the time I get both boys home it will probably be around 1030, so it will no doubt be past 11 by the time I head for bed. I should make a point of getting out for at least a walk or something tomorrow, and hubby will be home early evening too. Then I'm off for some meetings so away Sun afternoon until Tues evening. I think hubby's home for the next 2 weeks after that...
        I'd be tired too!
        Try to get some rest in there somewhere...
        "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
          He is making a choice. A good choice. He is cooperating. Don't underestimate the value of that.
          I'm trying to keep that in perspective.
          Originally posted by winencandy View Post
          Try to get some rest in there somewhere...
          Not in bed till around 12 last night, but that was me poking about as the kids were both in by 1015. Both are in tonight, and hubby's home, and I'm still tired, actually even more so, so aiming for in bed by 1030ish latest.

          Long day with the conference stuff, left the house at 715 and home after 530. Today's fast was about 18 hours.
          Eats:
          am: black coffee
          2 small slices pork belly while making dinner
          D: 2 medium grilled pork loin chops with SOG BBQ sauce, good pile garlic broccoli with a blob of butter.
          the last 3 slices of pork bellly.
          A glass of shiraz.
          I think I need something more to eat. Plugged this into fitday, plenty of protein, but low on calories. A bit peckish right now, will wait a bit.

          Edit: found more foods. A coconut cream larabar (nicely yummy) and a couple tiny squares of 70% dark chocolate with wild blueberry/toasted hazlenut from the end of a bar I found in Anchorage recently. Forgot I had stashed the last bit in my nighttable.
          Last edited by Greensprout; 05-26-2011, 08:02 PM. Reason: more eats
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          • I hope you manage to get some good sleep tonight, you sound like you need it. I would after the week you've had!

            You just reminded me that I have a slab of pork belly in my freezer. Mmmm
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            • I did manage a decent night's sleep (lights out before 11), but am still tired today. Hubby has volunteered to pick up the boys from work/friends so I'm free to get some decent zzz and no early wakeup tomorrow.

              I have a headache...pretty much present for the last few days at varying levels of annoyance. I can't help but wonder if it's related to my reduced eating window this week. I've been fasting through breakfast and lunch, 16-20 hours daily for now the last 4 days. And the headache has been there since Tuesday. Not dehydrated, a bit of wine but not enough to be responsible, sleep less than ideal but I've done worse, stress there but not as bad as last week. Might change things up the next few days and eat earlier in the day. I've also been pretty low on the carbs, more than usual, so perhaps that's related as well.

              Today's eats:
              fasted until after work
              S: 1/3 of a leftover pork chop, a few macadamias
              D: roasted peppers & mushrooms, pan fried bison steak topped with garlic chive butter, 5 scallops. Couple glasses of wine.
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              • Take care of that headache and get to sleep!
                "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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                • Didn't get into bed quite as early as planned...more unexpected drama. Turns out wayward son #2 got into a fistfight with another kid last night, we had a call from parent of a friend letting us know. Of course, from what she said and my background as an ER nurse (drives my husband crazy when I can't help bringing up extremes of stuff I've seen), I was rather concerned about potential head injuries. He's okay, sporting a rather impressive black eye, and other assorted scrapes and bruises, but my assessment checks out okay. No need for xrays or head CT...good grief.

                  Slept late, did groceries and other errands, weeded the front flower beds and put in a few things before it started raining...sunny/cloudy/grey & black clouds/rain/sun all day, and under a tornado watch...not likely to actually come to anything.

                  Today's eats so far:
                  B: coffee with cream
                  3pm: a few cherries and macadamias
                  6pm: half a pork chop
                  Was planning on bacon wrapped pork tenderloin for dinner, but really don't feel like fussing with that now. Probably will be some eggs in some form or another. And maybe bacon.

                  I have to pack for my trip, at least I don't leave home until around noon, then home Tues evening. 2 days of meetings.

                  Hopefully no drama for tonight...
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                  • Dinner was a big omelette filled with roasted asparagus, scallions & goat cheese. Bacon on the side. Add in a NorCal margarita and a few more cherries & blueberries. Packing is pretty much done. Only 2 nights means carryon luggage only, then I can get out of the airport quick since I have a 2 hour drive from there.

                    Forgot to mention that I came across the acclaimed "Fage Total" yogurt while in Anchorage. It is thick and tasty, but really, nothing spectacular over the full fat greek yogurt I can find here (Krema and Greek Gods organic). When I found it, of course I had to try it, since so many people seem to be raving about it so much, but now I don't feel like I'm missing anything. I did find some varieties of lovely dark organic chocolate up there however...too bad the same brands aren't around here.

                    Eats for the next couple of days will be ho hum. Mostly just in the mess hall, at least there's a salad bar which is usually decent. And the rooms have a fridge, which helps. I don't think I'll bother with the gym, but maybe go walking and can always do most of the PBF in my room if I feel motivated.

                    Another tidbit from the conference in Anchorage. One of keynote speakers was Jayne Poynter, one of the 8 researchers who spent 2 years in Biosphere 2, in the early '90s. She was in charge of the gardens and food production. Most interesting. They were totally self contained for an entire 2 years, producing 85% of their food products, generating oxygen, and such. Her lecture was titled "Suffication, Starvation and Madness", which pretty much says it all. Interestingly, she ended up married to one of the other researchers who was there in the same group...
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                    • dont take this the wrong way, but a good thump to son no.2 is probably just what he needs. I know, I know, it wont help but clearly he's just being a little shit at the moment.

                      Interesting about the biosphere woman. I wonder if she would think of her time as being a bit like Survivor (my favourite reality tv show!!!)

                      I hope you have a kind of relaxing few days away from the dramas at home. Time for hubby to take control methinks.

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                      • Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                        Didn't get into bed quite as early as planned...more unexpected drama. Turns out wayward son #2 got into a fistfight with another kid last night, we had a call from parent of a friend letting us know. Of course, from what she said and my background as an ER nurse (drives my husband crazy when I can't help bringing up extremes of stuff I've seen), I was rather concerned about potential head injuries. He's okay, sporting a rather impressive black eye, and other assorted scrapes and bruises, but my assessment checks out okay. No need for xrays or head CT...good grief.
                        {{{{hugs}}}}

                        I'm glad he's OK.

                        It will get better. Really.

                        Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                        I have to pack for my trip, at least I don't leave home until around noon, then home Tues evening. 2 days of meetings.
                        Have a good, safe trip. Try to relax and not worry too much about what's happening (or not) at home.

                        Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                        Hopefully no drama for tonight...
                        Hopefully not! You've had more than you share of drama lately!
                        "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 Suse View Post
                          dont take this the wrong way, but a good thump to son no.2 is probably just what he needs. I know, I know, it wont help but clearly he's just being a little shit at the moment.
                          Ha, believe me, the same thought has occurred to me more than once. I'd do it myself if I thought it would do any good!!
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                          • Sitting in the Toronto airport waiting for my flight home. Had issues with connectivity in my room. Just ordered a bunless bacon cheeseburger with (gasp) fries. And a glass of cabernet. What could be a 2 hour drive from where I was ended up being 3 with nasty city traffic. At least I left early enough to miss the convoy of today's repatriation for the latest Afghanistan casualty travelling along the Highway of Heroes this afternoon. Seeing all those people with Canada flags gathering on every overpass between Trenton and Toronto gave me chills. I honked and waved at them every time as a thanks for their support.

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                            • Good grief, finally home after a 3 1/2 hour delay...left on time, but apparently a nasty windstorm was at home, so we had to fly right past and land in Saskatoon, refuel, and then fly back home. Everyone is in bed, and I need a few minutes to wind down before bed. I've decided to not go into work until a bit later tomorrow morning, I think that's reasonable after getting home past midnight.

                              Didn't get any workouts in while away, but eats were not bad. Had thai coconut soup and sashimi (with a touch of white rice) the first night as I was too late for the dining hall. I noted that there were minimal gluten free protein options for the lunches, so had salad with some deli meat and cheese. Only "on the edge" stuff I had was some dark chocolate, the rice, some wine last night (which I might have had at home anyway), and today's fries.

                              Probably should head off to sleep...
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                              • Stayed in bed until after 9, then slowly made my way into work. Not highly productive today, though I have a crapload of stuff to do. After work grabbed some marginal snacks then headed out to son #2's soccer game, and not home until close to 830.

                                Eats:
                                B: coffee with cream, 3 jumbo eggs scrambled with butter
                                S: macadamia nuts, a few almonds, 2 pepperoni sticks, 2 squares lindt 70% caramel chocolate
                                D: (well after 9pm) shrimp with spinach in garlic/chive butter, a chicken breast.
                                Glass of wine.

                                Time for bed.
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