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  • I suppose it's finally time to check in.

    Finished the damn course, managing to break the tip of my left ring finger on day 4 of the final field exercise (got the tip crushed in a door...damn that hurt!!), but it's healing nicely. There was a lot of nonsense going on by the staff in the last few days, so it was good to get the heck out of there for the 3 day drive home. Arrived on May 3, had the week to get re-oriented to home and the new position at work, then had to catch a flight on Mother's Day for a 2 day conference in Ontario. Hubby was away last week, and now gone again for this week, so not much of a family long weekend. Son #1 turned 17 yesterday, so I took the boys out for dinner, which was nice.

    As I think was previously mentioned, I've found myself on the sugar bandwagon. It started during the course, trying to fill some "need" lacking in the poor food quality and intensity of the course. And carried on to home. My 2 weeks home have been somewhat disjointed, and I'm still not back into a rhythm. Still consuming chocolate, what's up with that?

    This week the plan is to get back to basics, quality foods (aiming for meat, veg & eggs), and cut out (or at least way back on) the crap. Not surprisingly, I am finding my pants a bit snugger, and several unnecessary pounds are being sported by my lower half. Time for a reboot.

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    • I haven't done any workouts since getting home nearly 3 weeks ago. And I'm doing a 5K on Sunday. Ack!! The 5K is not really a choice, it's the "Air Force Run", we've been told we're either participating in the race or volunteering, so hubby & I chose the 5K, rather than 10K or half marathon. Better get out walking/running this week.

      Eats are far from stellar. Grain free is a no brainer, sugar is far too high, and though I've never really been on the VLC track, the carb load has been far higher in the last 6 weeks than I've been used to for over a year. Sigh.

      Today (far from ideal):

      black coffee
      3 soft boiled eggs with a thick slice of pork tenderloin and buttered, salted white rice
      another slice of pork tenderloin
      tall iced coffee with stevia & heavy cream. Very good, attempting to curb craving for chocolate.
      2 mandarin oranges
      few spoonsfull of taco seasoned ground beef
      2 handfulls of corn tortilla chips
      couple of hard ciders.

      I've (unfortunately) developed a taste for hard cider, though to my credit, I much prefer the dry to the more sweet. Carb heavy, regardless.

      At least there had been no chocolate today, unlike most days of the past many weeks. Much to my chagrin, Reese PB has been present far too often. WTF????

      And sleep is still an issue. I sleep well, just not enough. I innocently thought the course, being away form home would be good for sleep, but the amount of work required, plus some weird stresses on the way did not result in the desired outcome. This needs to be a priority. Will I ever learn??

      To top it all off, I seem to be having hormonal issues. My usual 28 day cycle has been rather off the past 2 months. A cycle of 20 days was followed by one of 19 days, and I'm not impressed. Is this perimenopause? Not out of the question at 44. Is this what the next months will bring?? I surely hope not.
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      • Somewhat better today. Sleep about 7 hours. Could have used more.

        Eats:

        black coffee
        11 am: pork tenderloin, buttered sweet potato, arugula
        2 cups green tea
        230pm: 8 almonds, bit of shredded coconut (all I could scrounge in my desk in a fog of mid afternoon sugar craving)
        7om: 3 fried eggs, 6 slices bacon, guacamole. Mmmmm. I'm still full.
        2 glasses red wine.

        No movement today. The gym next door to my building is renovating the womens' changeroom for the next month, so that makes walking at noon a bit of a challenge. And by the time work was done, a storm was brewing. Due for lots of rain & thunder tonight. So much for working in the garden as well.

        Our unit at work is hosting a conference for the rest of the week, so no chance to get out during the day, and may be late at day's end. Ah well. Tomorrow has a luncheon with sandwiches, fruit and sweets, think I'll pack some boiled eggs, guacamole and bacon. The boys didn't object that I cooked extra, but I don't think they know where I stashed the leftovers .

        We had the pool opened on Friday, but it will take probably the week to get the chemical levels sorted out and son #2 to do the cleaning to be ready for use. Weather is predicting a lot of rain all week, so no big deal.

        Maybe a walk tomorrow? I have to get back to the yoga too, now that the thumb sprain is finally mostly healed, and the recovering fractured finger shouldn't have much of an impact. I sure could use some loosening up of the tight hips/hamstrings. I took my foam roller while I was away, but didn't actually use it very much.
        Last edited by Greensprout; 05-22-2012, 09:10 PM.
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        • Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
          I suppose it's finally time to check in.
          Yes. It is
          You've been busy!
          Ouch on your finger, same hand as your wrist or are you maimed in both hands?

          Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
          As I think was previously mentioned, I've found myself on the sugar bandwagon. It started during the course, trying to fill some "need" lacking in the poor food quality and intensity of the course. And carried on to home. My 2 weeks home have been somewhat disjointed, and I'm still not back into a rhythm. Still consuming chocolate, what's up with that?
          Um, it's chocolate?

          Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
          This week the plan is to get back to basics, quality foods (aiming for meat, veg & eggs), and cut out (or at least way back on) the crap. Not surprisingly, I am finding my pants a bit snugger, and several unnecessary pounds are being sported by my lower half. Time for a reboot.
          Me too...

          Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
          I'm doing a 5K on Sunday. Ack!!
          You'll do great, even with no prep you will fly past my 39:01!


          Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
          And sleep is still an issue. I sleep well, just not enough.
          This needs to be a priority. Will I ever learn??
          maybe

          Glad you're back! Be careful at yoga with your "gimp" hands
          Last edited by winencandy; 05-24-2012, 04:09 PM. Reason: fixed quote
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          • Originally posted by winencandy View Post
            Ouch on your finger, same hand as your wrist or are you maimed in both hands?
            Ha, I had to do the obvious and be a bilateral maimed person The thumb is pretty much better now, and the finger mostly okay, but numb at the tip and uncomfortable with full extension. I'll live. Needless to say, grace has never been one of my better qualities.

            Originally posted by winencandy View Post
            Um, it's chocolate?
            Yeah, but more like mini reese peanut butter balls, and milk chocolate raisins and that sort of nonsense candy crap

            Originally posted by winencandy View Post
            You'll do great, even with no prep you will fly past my 39:01!
            Thanks for the encouragement! About 8 years I ran a 26 something 5K...I'm looking at this as a "fun run" with hubby.

            Originally posted by winencandy View Post
            Glad you're back! Be careful at yoga with your "gimp" hands
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            • Some very interesting speakers at our conference today. It's all on aerospace medicine, aimed at flight surgeons, with the theme of human factors, which of course, includes fatigue (related to avoidance of fatigue related incidents and errors, and so on). Some very cool stuff related to circadian rhythms, fatigue, performance, and things to mitigate the effects. Lots of discussion about melatonin and light therapy. Reminds me I need more sleep (yeah, as I sit here past 10pm).

              Eats:
              black coffee
              4 hb eggs with guacamole & 3 slices bacon
              iced coffee with hwc & stevia
              slow cooked bison blade roast, sweet potato, sauteed shredded brussel sprouts
              tsp of raw local honey
              glass of wine

              I made more coffee in the pot this morning than I needed, so had the brilliant idea to bring the rest on ice with cream & stevia. It made the most lovely mid afternoon pick me up. Must do this again. Maybe tomorrow

              Spent a long time this evening fiddling around with the pool pump/filter/heater and cleaning the crud out of the bottom of the pool, so hopefully it will be ready for a dip in the next week. Takes a good bit to get ready in spring, but so worth it when it gets hot. And being a salt water pool, it really isn't bad at all for maintenance once it's good to go. Of course, hubby (who usually does much of this stuff) is away, so a good amount of emailing back and forth for troubleshooting a few things, think I got it all sorted in the end. A few more cleanings and hopefully a dip will be happening soon. Unfortunately, more rain is in store over the weekend and next week too. Boo.
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              • Yesterday's eats:

                black coffee
                3 hb eggs with guacamole & 4 slices bacon (the boys never did find the leftovers )
                iced coffee with stevia & hwc
                the top layers (sugar and crappy milk chocolate) of 2 nanaimo bars
                2 lettuce wrapped bison/grass fed beef burgers topped with cheddar, gucamole, salsa, pickled jalapenos)
                2 small mandarin oranges, 2 squares dark chocolate
                2 glasses red

                Very bad idea about the nasty sugar stuff on those nanaimo bars - within an hour or so, my belly started rumbling and gurgling something fierce. No belly ache, cramps or discomfort, just huge amounts of movement and noise going on. By the time I got home from work, I had about 6 trips to the toilet for liquid BMs. Still not totally settled today, loose but not liquid, and rumbly. So much for what I thought would simply be a sugar hit. Sugar+likely nasty oils+cheap chocolate+custard powder (which is apparently cornstarch)=not a good idea at all.
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                • As predicted, the weather was lousy for the race this morning. It was pouring cats and dogs when we got up, but by the time we got to the base and walked to the start area it had mostly stopped. +10C, windy, very grey, expecting lots more rain today. I haven't run since middle of last month, and not even really gone walking since I got home over 3 weeks ago. Hubby & I took up a slow-moderate pace, I was in my VFFs (he didn't wear his, since he hasn't been using them for months, though he's been running regularly for a few months). We ran the whole way, and even picked up the pace a good bit in the last km or so. Don't have the official time (won't be posted till tomorrow), but it was somewhere around 30 min. Not too bad! Though I'm feeling pretty darn stiff now, and tomorrow no doubt I'll get out of bed hobbling, unable to touch my heels to the floor without pain, and think "I'm an idiot". Ah well. Perhaps I can use this as my jumpstart back into getting moving again. Hell, if I can roll out a 30 min 5K with no prep, I can go walking and throw in a few sprints here and there. And I verified Fri evening that I can still do a chinup, albeit only one, and it's a struggle!
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                  • Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                    We ran the whole way, and even picked up the pace a good bit in the last km or so.
                    Excellent!!

                    Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                    Hell, if I can roll out a 30 min 5K with no prep, I can go walking and throw in a few sprints here and there.
                    If you can do that, IMAGINE what else you can do!!!
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                    "Moderation sucks." Suse
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                    • WTF? Finally start getting back to posting and get hit with 2 spammers in a row??

                      Official race time <drumroll> was 31:02. Not bad for doing it cold at all.

                      Not as stiff today as expected (perhaps just waiting for DOMS tomorrow?), certainly had to get up and move from my office chair hourly so as to not stiffen more. Have a funny pain in the lateral part of my left food since this afternoon, I have had this once in a while before after doing a lot in the VFFs after a hiatus. I didn't let that stop me from getting out for a short walk after work, only 35 min, but at least it's something. And I even started out in a light drizzle, which stopped after a few minutes. A brief pause before rain all evening.

                      Neglected to mention that when hubby got home on Fri night, having been in New Orleans, he just had to bring home pralines. Yes, those buttery, sugary morsels of decadence, my nemesis since discovering the real thing last year in the south. I had 2 that night, 3 on Sat, 2 yesterday. Good grief. There are 2 left (one chocolate, one regular), which I AM NOT HAVING. I refuse to finish the last ones, like I did last time.

                      Yesterday's eats:
                      black coffee
                      bbq ribs from Applebees (free) after the race, quite ho hum, just a small portion
                      leftover steak & mushrooms, couple of strawberries, cup of cherries
                      <pralines>
                      D: BBQ seasoned parsnip fries, assorted leftover meats (steak, chicken, bison roast)
                      some wine.

                      I just finished cooking a slowcooker batch of chicken broth, I added a package of chicken feet to the free range bones I had been saving frozen. I managed to keep the feet "hidden" and have secretly discarded the remnants, as hubby would no doubt be completely disturbed. Silly man. He has already warned me that I am under no circumstances to "trick" him into eating the bison heart I bought a while ago and have stashed in the freezer. Hmmm. Will have to think about that one.

                      Today's eats:
                      B: black coffee, 5 eggs scrambled in ghee with scallions, bit of ham & goat cheese (I was hungry today, so decided on breakfast for a change)
                      D: large grilled pork shoulder chop, sweet potato cubes roasted in coconut oil/ghee with cinnamon & cayenne, cauli roasted with coconut oil/ghee with paprika & turmeric, steamed broccoli.
                      one glass of wine

                      I spent the evening going through emails from my ER casual job. I've forgotten to check that for MANY months, just remembered as I had to sign up for a mandatory education day for next week. Not how I'd been planning on spending several hours this evening, ah well. That and kids laundry.

                      I feel like I have a million things that I should be doing, yet am feeling unmotivated to get them done. Or what I plan do do on a particular day I get sidetracked from. Stuff like more decluttering, sorting stacks of paperwork at home, weeding the flower/veggie beds and prepping them for planting (hampered a lot by rain this past week), a few other random projects around the house, and so on. I know having more sleep would help with feeling more productive. I was planning on turning in earlier yesterday, but while unwinding and web surfing, I came across "Fried Green Tomatoes" on the tv, I do love that movie, so, well, you know how that turned out. Up till after 11, then hubby wanted to play, so, that makes it up till closer to 12. We've spent so much time away from each other these past couple of months that saying "sorry honey, I would rather sleep" seems a little wrong. Although it wasn't sleep, it was time well spent .
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                      • 6.5 hours of sleep last night. Could have been worse. Should be better.

                        Not particularly productive today, but finally got the winter tires changed over. I had to replace one as last fall just as we were ready to change over to winters son #1 (a newly licensed driver) hit a curb and destroyed one summer tire. I left the winters on for my road trip, and finally got in to get the new tire and them all changed.

                        Eats:
                        B: black coffee
                        assorted green teas, plus a lovely loose leaf coconut oolong
                        D: 2 bison/lamb burgers, lettuce wrapped. One topped with avocado, goat cheese & red onion, the other with cheddar, avocado, red onion & salsa. Spinach salad with strawberries & red onion, strawberry vinaigrette.
                        one of curlygirl's chocolate muffin things (1/2 a banana, egg, cocoa). Worth a repeat for sure.
                        a vodka soda with lime.

                        The legs are still a bit stiff, but manageable. Better plan to do something involving movement tomorrow. And it finally stopped raining.

                        I watched the youtube videos of Lustig's "The Skinny on Obesity". Worth the time. Hubby even stopped by to watch one of the segments with me. Reminds me that there are still 1 1/2 pralines in the box...I reminded son #1 about them, he had forgotten they were there. He still hasn't had them. Neither have I.

                        Foods today are less than I've been having of late, and the 17 hour IF certainly contributed. I entered the numbers for a spot check, came in around 1400 cal, surprisingly. 1100 for dinner?? Of course, I didn't actually measure anything, just guessing at actual amounts. Regardless, it was far less that most recent days, and I'm feeling full. <note to self: remember mindfulness in eating>.
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                        • Another 6.5 hours of sleep, well, maybe closer to 7, but not quite.

                          I reduced my chicken bone broth. After sitting in the fridge it was nice and gelatinous, even before the reduction. I expect this was courtesy of the $4 package of secret chicken feet added . I think I'll be drinking some of this over the next couple of days, and I have 2 ice cube trays of broth freezing, plus several jars in the fridge. Next up: bison bones, with the package of beef tendon I found in the Asian market a while back and hid in the back of the freezer. I found in the freezer I still also have some cubes of duck bone broth from winter, must remember to use that up soon. How long does frozen bone broth stay good, anyway?

                          I also decided to try out (finally, been meaning to do for ages) some gelatin tea. I brewed some strong Tazo Passion tea, and made "jello" with that plus added lemon juice. We'll see tomorrow how that turns out. Inspiration from Paleobird's rooibos lime gelatin from last summer.

                          I thought I'd fast till dinner again, but decided at noon I was hungry enough to eat. I keep tuna stashed at work for such times. I had one small tin, then opened a second foil pouch of the same. Took one mouthful, and it tasted sort of "off", not nasty, but just off. I spit out the mouthful and spent the next half hour wondering if I'd get sick, but all seems to be well. Needless to say, I tossed the remainder of the pouch. And down the hall, not in the trash in my cubicle. Anyway, it seems that I needed only the one tin to sate the growling belly.

                          Eats:
                          black coffee
                          1200: tsp of coconut oil, small tin of tuna in olive oil
                          assorted green teas hot through the workday, plus one Tazo Wild Sweet Orange
                          430pm: couple of oz of leftover steak needing to be eaten in the back of the fridge.
                          D: curlygirl's sesame dragon chicken over steamed cauliflower. Highly recommended. Even son #2 who dislikes onion and red pepper devoured the lot and requests a remake another day. I substituted almond butter for tahini but added a splash of toasted sesame oil. Most excellent.

                          I'm having a glass of wine.

                          Tomorrow needs to be about weeding. Hubby did some tonight, and growled at me for not doing the same. I was busy puttering in the kitchen and had to make a quick trip to restock a few grocery items, so back off!
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                          • Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                            Not particularly productive today, but finally got the winter tires changed over. I had to replace one as last fall just as we were ready to change over to winters son #1 (a newly licensed driver) hit a curb and destroyed one summer tire.
                            I remember that

                            Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                            one of curlygirl's chocolate muffin things (1/2 a banana, egg, cocoa). Worth a repeat for sure.
                            Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                            curlygirl's sesame dragon chicken over steamed cauliflower. Highly recommended.
                            Who is this curlygirl???

                            Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                            I watched the youtube videos of Lustig's "The Skinny on Obesity". Worth the time.
                            I'll have to watch that.

                            Originally posted by Greensprout View Post
                            I also decided to try out (finally, been meaning to do for ages) some gelatin tea. I brewed some strong Tazo Passion tea, and made "jello" with that plus added lemon juice. We'll see tomorrow how that turns out. Inspiration from Paleobird's rooibos lime gelatin from last summer.
                            I'd forgotten, I've made that before...hmmm, I'll have to make that again tomorrow...
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                            "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
                              Who is this curlygirl???
                              Heheh, not you! She posts a lot of recipes with the link to her blog Paleo Musings. Lots of good stuff. Plus if that photo on the homepage is her kitchen, I'm insanely jealous!
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                              • So I'm not too sure about the jello thing. Of course, it's all in the ratios. I used a lot of gelatin with the intent to have the protein content up, to make it "worthwhile". I ended up with extremely "thick" gelatin, overwhelmingly thick. I had portioned the lot into 3 2 cup containers, over 3/4 full, so by my calculations each about 40 cal and 16 g protein. I made my way through it, but not particularly enjoying it after the first few "bites". The tea could have been stronger, more flavor might have helped. I have 2 more containers in the fridge. Hmm.

                                Tomorrow at work for a group PT thing we're going out walking to the park (where I go on my walks at lunch, or at least used to go, not yet this spring since I returned home). About 20 min brisk walk to park, as long or as short as you like in the park, then return. Of course, the group motion is also the Sundae shop right at the park entrance. The plan is to stop there on the return leg. I'm undecided if I'll get any. I've actually been thinking about decent ice cream over the past week or two, considering a trip to Marble Slab Creamery in fact. I think I'll decide when I get there if anything looks particularly worthwhile or not. Likely, I'll be fasted, so the sugar hit might make the afternoon go awry, but perhaps not. I suppose I'll bring cash, in case it makes sense at the time.

                                Sunny and warm today. I got outside and weeded for nearly an hour and a half after work, the weeds in the front flower beds were getting rather embarrassing. Gone now. Whew. Now I have to think about annuals and if I want any new perennials. And plant them. Have to work up the soil first and add some new stuff to add some nutrients. Next up, backyard.

                                Today's eats:
                                black coffee
                                midday: chicken bone broth, very nice. Great, in fact, once I added Himalayan sea salt. Large serving of gelatin tea. Details above.
                                415: 2 slices decent deli ham
                                7pm: baked sweet potato, buttered, salmon in a coconut curry sauce (not bad), salad of arugula, spinach, strawberries, red onion with strawberry vinaigrette.
                                Rum & zevia.

                                I'm mostly still full. Since dinner, my belly has been gurgling fiercely, I'm thinking it's more related to the gelatin overload today (broth plus jello) rather than dinner. It was only about 1/4 a can of coconut milk for 2 servings in the sauce, fish sauteed in coconut oil, so not crazy on the fat portion. <note to self: go easy on gelatin totals in one day!>

                                edit: forgot to add about 6 hours sleep last night. I was ready to go but ended up in a lengthy conversation with son #1 about university (he has one year of high school left), financing, his future, and so on. It was a really good talk, but kept me up far later than planned. Sometimes you just have to go with it. I appreciated the discussion.
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