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  • good to hear you are getting some good nights sleep in!!!

    I had a wee chuckle about son keeping the cash from the non taxi fare!

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    • Enjoy the rest of your weekend off
      A freshly painted kitchen sounds lovely.

      Sleepins are wonderful and yes, the water probably helped
      It's good to feel normal the next day. We "lost" Saturday because of Friday night...

      Our strawberries are finished now
      Your meals always sound so wonderful!
      "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
        Your meals always sound so wonderful!
        Both the salad and the scallop recipes from Saturday night are in the new PB 30 min cookbook. Highly recommended.

        Today was another lovely day off. Started out with a sleep in, probably later than I could have done, up just before 11, I was up last night till probably around 1. I also ate some potato chips last night (miss vickies sea salt & malt vinegar...quite a few and felt a bit bloaty afterwards, but they tasted good!) and a rum & diet coke plus a few vodka soda with lots of fresh lime.

        Did about an hour and a bit of weeding in the yard, turned a little pink on the shoulders, but it feels fine. A dip in the pool, and later a hot yoga class, which again, was thoroughly enjoyable. Watered the garden, we were under severe thunderstorm threat all afternoon so I had held off in hopes of rain, but this part of the city had only a few drops. Late dinner of BAS with a dressing of evoo/acv/white and red wine vinegar/dijon/garlic/shallot/fresh thyme and italian parlsley, topped with a grilled grass fed sirloin with chimichurri sauce. Extremely tasty, and a great dinner for a hot day. Settling in now with a shared bottle of BC Okanagan rose and food porn in HD. Me likey.

        Tomorrow? Last day off. Supposed to be nice again. Planning on a yoga class, and maybe a pedicure.

        I'm really feeling the last few yoga classes in my legs and shoulders/upper back. Definitely a workout in its own way. My trial month ends on Friday, have to decide how much money I'm willing to commit to continuing, whether a 20 class pass or monthly unlimited. Kind of pricy, but I really like it and I think it's doing me a lot of good. I feel calm and more grounded after each class, which goodness knows, I can use right now.

        No recent kid drama, well, maybe some minor stuff, but nothing too significant. I suppose there will always be some. Son #2 has his orientation session at the gym tomorrow, which is a good thing.
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        • Last day off yesterday was pretty decent. Lovely weather. I went to hot yoga at noon, very intense class, continuing to really feel it in the legs and upper back. Didn't get in the pedicure, as after yoga, I had some running around and then taxiing the boys on and off. Ate eggs, leftover steak, yogurt & berries with pecans & coconut after yoga, and was kind of hungry all afternoon after that. Strange. Dinner was a BAS with a salmon fillet. I pan fried the salmon in butter, with some lemon & dill, then added white wine to deglaze, a bit of cream and more lemon and dill, which reduced to an extremely tasty sauce for the fish. Will have to remember to do that again. The dinner really wasn't enough for me obviously, as I ended up finishing up that bag of potato chips from the other day plus some ice cream. Note to self: eat more real food, not crap.

          Back to my usual work routine of not enough sleep already...up till midnight sorting out the kids plus some random odds and ends that really didn't need doing at that hour. I did throw some grass fed beef and veggies with fresh thyme & rosemary into the slow cooker before heading to work, and made up 3 slices of bacon (was planning on 2, but 3 were left in the open package) plus 3 jumbo scrambled eggs to eat at my desk, along with black coffee. Planning to get out and walk over lunch, will be sunny and mid 20s for temperatures.

          I still haven't really focused my eating efforts of late. Reading through other journals and threads, a lot of people who had stalled out on fat loss are now nicely progressing, either by calorie reduction or the whole leptin reset thing. And here I am, doing the same things over and over, or trying a variation for a week or two, which keep me maintaining, losing a few, seeing them return via some higher calorie or beverage days, and so on. Wasn't I supposed to be kicking my own ass into action some time ago and moving on?? I really have only maybe 10 or 15 lbs of fat that I'd like to lose (not absolute numbers here, just my 'guesstimate') to be where I think would be fantastic, and definitely the hot in swimsuit shape.

          Maybe it's just time to go back to basics and keep it simple.

          Eat when hungry. Stop when not hungry. Get lots of protein. Good fats but not overloading on fat. Take advantage of the abundance of fresh seasonal greens and veggies available. Eat seasonal fruits sometimes. Cut back on the wine. Don't eat crap.

          Sleep. Relax. Walk. Sprint once in a while. Lift heavy things.

          Enjoy the summer and don't stress over things I can't control.
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          • Enjoy the summer and don't stress over things I can't control.
            I totally think this is key to a happy life!!! Someone was talking to me yesterday, telling me they were worried about the spate of earthquakes (we had a small,, nay tiny, earthquake in auckland and then there was a fairly significant but deep one that was felt in the lower north island last week) and I said, why worry about it, what can you possibly do to change it. Get your survivor kit ready if it makes you feel any better, but worrying about earthquakes is just a waste of time and energy.

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            • Yeah, Suse, some of the biggest stresses of course at the moment are kid related. I'm doing what I can, but can't control everything.

              My legs are still feeling heavy today. Of course, I did get out for that walk at noon, 85 min the sunshine for some serious Vit D therapy and stress relief. Probably will do yoga tomorrow. Lifting heavy stuff needs to find a place back in my week too, it's been a while once again.

              Eats:
              630: black coffee
              815: eggs & bacon
              230: about 8 cacao nibs found in my purse...stuffed them in there last weekend and totally forgot. Stopped at 8 tiny nibs. Not hungry, just bored.
              5pm: some pecans
              630pm: dinner...tried some liver, with a side of baby bok choi. Not great, not bad. A few bites of beef & carrot from the stew.
              730: the last of the ice cream, damnit.

              I have to look back in this journal, but I think my sporadic sweet/carb cravings are not that sporadic...I'm thinking they seem to come regularly mid cycle, sort of just after where ovulation is likely happening and over the next week. Hmmm.

              I'm reading through the leptin stuff. Lots to learn. Not sure it all applies to me, but maybe? I've added in an earlier protein heavy breakfast of late, but am not convinced it feels right. I still felt very full when I went walking at noon, and I've been used to fasted walks/workouts mostly for a long time now. Trial and error, I suppose.
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              • Yesterday had some ups and downs.

                Eats were 3 HB eggs with the last of the chimichurri and a pile of the stew beef plus a piece of cheddar, 2 spoonsful of macadamia butter before yoga, and a late dinner of taco seasoned ground beef & pork on a bed of greens with tomato, cheddar, avocado & a bit of sour cream. Did a 40 min walk in the sun right after work and then hot yoga before dinner. I was still so full at noon from the breakfast that I didn't feel like walking at that time.

                Trial month of hot yoga ended today, I decided to get a 20 class pass rather than go for a monthly unlimited thing (requires at least 6 month committment). There was a discount to renew before the trial ended, so if I go twice weekly, it works out to roughly the same price as 2 months. I might find I want to go more in fall/winter than summer, this week I actually went 5 days in order to 'get my money's worth', but probably once or twice weekly makes more sense if I want to keep up with walking and throwing back in sprints and lifting.

                **Rant alert***

                Hubby got home from his most recent travels while I was at yoga. He was ranting and pissy about a bunch of crap, I was not impressed, wanted to tell him to f*** off and stop being such a child, I don't need another one of those. Of course, in my usual manner, I snapped back a bit, then ignored him and went about watering the garden and prepping dinner, at which point he had stopped ranting. I hate it when he does that. Sometimes I get so pissed off right back at him, then when he's finished with whatever he's on about, I'm supposed to make nice and act like nothing happened...WTF??

                Then of course, I was pissed myself at the kids, older one for not getting the stuff done he has been told to do all week, the younger for a few other things (no crises recently, but still some ongoing crap). So once again, I'm up later than I want at night because I'm waiting for them to get home/check in, etc, and wired because I'm mad. I suppose I might have to resign myself to waiting until they leave home after high school (if they do??) to get a proper sleep during the week with the possibility of 8 hours...Gads. Am I making things too difficult for myself?? Some days things just plain suck.

                *Rant over*

                Sigh. today's another day. And Friday. And sunny & hot. Should go walking over lunch to get my Vit D therapy.

                Breakfast of a huge 4 jumbo egg omelet with mushrooms, scallion and feta. No plan for dinner yet, but will likely involve some meat stuff with salad, to keep working on my overload of greens. Not sure if it will be hubby or me having to pick up son #1 from work at 2am...only 2 months hopefully until he can get his driver's licence, which will be helpful, though it opens a whole new set of worries....somebody remind me why I had kids??
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                • Geez, what I wrote yesterday morning sounds pretty harsh...guess I was just in a mood at the time. It doesn't seem that bad now.

                  I didn't get out to walk at lunch, the boss needed something to him as soon as I could get it done, so that got handed over in the lunch hour. So I left a bit early to walk at home after work. I hadn't planned on having lunch, but the no walk left me feeling quite hungry, kind of odd, so rummaging in my desk I came up with a pouch of tuna and a tin of smoked oysters. Tasted pretty good together. Hour and a bit walk, a good spoon of macadamia nut butter before I went, or was it hazelnut butter? Might have been some of both. Dinner ended up very late, like close to 10pm. A rum & diet coke, shared a bottle of red and a bottle of bubbles. Green salad with a small grass fed strip loin with red wine reduction, a few scallops and shrimp. A bit of dark sea salt chocolate later. And up very late...but we gave son #1 cab fare again instead of having to pick him up. Hubby and I wanted a nice evening together, he was away last week, then again next week, home for 2 nights then away again for a couple of days.

                  Up at a decent hour to go to the farmer's market, got eggs, gluten free german smokies, dill, tomatoes, cucumbers and strawberries. Heading out early to friends for dinner, she is recently diagnosed celiac and also lactose intolerant, and the other couple going is our primal friends. I'm to bring a gluten and dairy free dessert, so I found a raspberry torte with raspberry coulis recipe on the Food Lovers Primal Palate blog, and will top it with whipped coconut cream rather than heavy real cream. I decided to use fresh local strawberries instead of the raspberries, the torte is just out of the oven, so I'll have to update how it goes later on. I can vouch that the batter tasted nice and it looks good so far. Unfortunately, we had purged our old springform pans a while ago, which I should have used, so I lined the bottom and sides of a cake pan with parchment, hopefully that turns out okay when I go to slice it later.

                  Had wanted to go in the pool and get a pedicure, but don't think I'll have time before we're picked up, as the dinner is early today. I think the star of the menu is steaks, so it should be good. Today so far I've just nibbled on a couple shrimp, some berries, a sample slice of genoa salami in the grocery, and swooned over a tsp of maple syrup when I was making the torte...instant sugar high. Tasted damn fine.
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                  • The dessert turned out fantastic. Here's the recipe: The Food Lovers' Primal Palate: Raspberry Torte with Raspberry Coulis

                    The whipped coconut milk I used for the topping had added a touch of maple syrup, vanilla and cocoa powder. Everyone was impressed.

                    Dinner was a butternut squash soup (amazing), arugula salad with pears & candied walnuts, grilled beef tenderloin steaks stuffed with mushrooms, green beans with almond slivers and a sweet potato 'souffle'. Several glasses of lovely wine. It was a good evening. Home not too late.
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                    • Hi, I'm playing "catch up" again...

                      Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                      I also ate some potato chips last night (miss vickies sea salt & malt vinegar...quite a few and felt a bit bloaty afterwards, but they tasted good!)
                      Miss Vickies are my fav!

                      Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                      I feel calm and more grounded after each class, which goodness knows, I can use right now.
                      Good, you deserve it!

                      Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                      Note to self: eat more real food, not crap.


                      Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                      Maybe it's just time to go back to basics and keep it simple.

                      Eat when hungry. Stop when not hungry. Get lots of protein. Good fats but not overloading on fat. Take advantage of the abundance of fresh seasonal greens and veggies available. Eat seasonal fruits sometimes. Cut back on the wine. Don't eat crap.

                      Sleep. Relax. Walk. Sprint once in a while. Lift heavy things.

                      Enjoy the summer and don't stress over things I can't control.
                      This is very good, mind if I copy you?

                      Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                      and swooned over a tsp of maple syrup when I was making the torte...instant sugar high. Tasted damn fine.
                      Yes it does! I love Amber Maple Syrup - it has an even stronger maple taste...

                      Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                      The dessert turned out fantastic. Here's the recipe: The Food Lovers' Primal Palate: Raspberry Torte with Raspberry Coulis

                      ... a sweet potato 'souffle'.
                      Thanks for the recipe link.

                      the sweet potato 'souffle' sounds wonderful
                      "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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                      • yes I like the sound of the sweet potato souffle as well. how'd you do that??

                        I checked out the link for that torte, but when I saw coconut flour I immediately closed it down. ugh, I just cant stand that stuff.

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                        • Originally posted by winencandy View Post
                          This is very good, mind if I copy you?
                          Please do. And remind me about it if I seem to be forgetting...

                          Originally posted by Suse View Post
                          yes I like the sound of the sweet potato souffle as well. how'd you do that??
                          That I'm not quite sure, but it was tasty. I did get the recipe for the butternut squash soup, which was good enough to lick the bowl.


                          Originally posted by Suse View Post
                          I checked out the link for that torte, but when I saw coconut flour I immediately closed it down. ugh, I just cant stand that stuff.
                          Really?? That's too bad, it was really good, and the coconut taste is not overwhelming at all. Then again, I like all the stuff I've baked with coconut flour. Was never very keen on coconut in the past, but this last year I've learned to love it. I've started keeping some coconut water around too, though it's hard to find brands with no added sugar, and I have it after hot yoga to for rehydration and electrolyte replacement. Some brands taste better than others. Another acquired taste.
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                          • Today was another hot and sunny one. A bit slow going in the morning, probably more due to the martinis once getting home rather than the wine at dinner. My bad.

                            Out to the natural food store to restock the probiotics & NaturalCalm, found a new brand of coconut water, and a bottle of kombucha. I have a couple more in the fridge too, aiming this week to have those instead of wine in the evening...so is the intent, anyway.

                            Lounged in the sun in the bikini, and floated around the pool for a while for Vit D therapy, and puttered in the garden for a bit. I'm going to have a crapload of baby tomatoes in a few weeks, can't wait.

                            Eats:
                            B: black coffee, strawberries with greek yogurt, walnut crumbs & shredded coconut, few slices of genoa salami & deli roast turkey. A few cherries at some point.
                            D: BBQ'd a whole wild sockeye salmon. Stuffed with onion, dill, thyme & lemon, dotted with butter. Very fine indeed, along with a BAS.
                            A vodka soda with lime. Probably more berries later before they turn bad. Soon the local berries will be done, so best to take advantage of the taste of summer.

                            Definitely bloaty and crampy, as expected just before the flow lets loose. Yet despite this week having a family sized bag of potato chips and a 500 ml tub of haagen daz ice cream, weight is pretty much stable. Over the past week I got in 4 hot yoga classes and walked 3 times for over 3 hours total, so not too bad after all.

                            Aim for the upcoming week: be calm, don't stress. Yoga one or two classes. Walk at least 3 days. Less wine, none would be better. Get outside in the sun and enjoy my garden and pool.
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                            • its funny, just months ago you were reading my journal and feeling envious about the sun and now its my turn with reading yours. Ahhh sunshine, doesnt it just make everything just feel better!

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                              • Yes, sunshine is good. Not much of it during the day today, but it did come out later in the evening, though much cooler today. I put jeans on after work for the first time in weeks, I think. Left work early to take my car in to the garage to maintain the warranty on the rustproofing, Can't believe it's been 2 years this week since I got my new car. Still seems new to me.

                                Didn't take a walk at lunch since I had to leave early, and am feeling tired today, was up till midnight again yesterday. Actually snoozed for about 45 min late afternoon.

                                Foods:
                                B: 3 egg omelet with salmon, dill, cream cheese & scallions.
                                Took a BAS with salmon for lunch, but wasn't hungry at the time. Mid afternoon I had a larabar & a handful of strawberries & cherries. Yes, rather carby, but it was good, but maybe it contributed to the later fatigue.
                                D: hot wings in the oven with Frank's red hot sauce, raw celery, green pepper & cucumber with a bit of guacamole.
                                Just had another bowl of berries - strawberries, blueberries & cherries.

                                I'm also still bloated & crampy, as I expect to be for another day or three. Think an early bed is in order. Yes, I know, you'll believe me when I actually follow through on that thought.
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