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  • #61
    Thanks!

    Today is Yom Kippur, so I'm fasting. It's supposed to be no food or water, but I prefer not to risk messing myself up with dehydration, so I'll be drinking water. Fast will end at sundown.
    The Age of Strife- My continuing journey to a happier, healthier, more natural lifestyle.

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    • #62
      Totally failed at fasting. x_x Ended up binging on Chinese food and apple cider donuts... Have been a bit better since then. Sushi last night, only light eating today (still figuring out what to cook for dinner).

      My main concern at the moment is that my work station hurts my back. Normally I'd just go and get a better chair, but I think I want to convert my desk to a standing work station. Just gotta figure out which items to use to prop my writing table up higher.
      The Age of Strife- My continuing journey to a happier, healthier, more natural lifestyle.

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      • #63
        Last night I modified my desk into a standing work station (through the oh so classy method of putting a milk crate on top of it, and setting my laptop on that). Today is my first day at a standing work station. I was at it a lil bit last night, and my legs started to hurt a bit, so I kinda walk and dance in place, and move around more often than I would in a chair. It helps that I work to some very dance worthy music.

        On the eating side of things, things are okay. Could be better, could always be better, but not bad. Using the abundance mindset has helped out a lot. Changed my whole internal narrative from "Okay, what can't I eat" to "Okay, what awesome healthy thing do I get to cook and enjoy?" I'm also starting to plan things a bit better. Going to be making a stew on Tuesday that'll be my lunch for the rest of the week.
        The Age of Strife- My continuing journey to a happier, healthier, more natural lifestyle.

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        • #64
          Last night I modified my desk into a standing work station (through the oh so classy method of putting a milk crate on top of it, and setting my laptop on that).
          You've just embraced the mend and make do tradition. That milk crate is an homage to the sacrifices of the home front during the great wars of history.

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          • #65
            Hehe, yeah. And I do enjoy a sort of Spartan style, so it works.

            Speaking of working, I love my standing work station. No more back pain from the shitty chair. I feel like I was more focused yesterday (finished my workload an hour early) and less prone to wandering the web for hours at a time. Legs are still tired, though. So I've skipped my usual hour long walk first thing in the morning today, to see if that'll help with my legs acclimating to the new "oh, we're being used" from the old "Yeah, we're in a chair".
            The Age of Strife- My continuing journey to a happier, healthier, more natural lifestyle.

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            • #66
              Life continues to move forward, and I continue to make pretty mediocre progress (could be better if I didn't always give in to temptation). I'm trying to set myself up to eat a larger amount of mixed foods (meats and veggies, instead of my general focus on meat), like stew and shepard's or pot pie. The main issue is that I've got an inertia set up against getting up to do lots of cooking. Once I'm up and doing it, it's fine, but it's taking that first step.

              Physically things are okay. Lots of walking and standing. I'm sleeping better (no more melatonin pills, and still able to fall asleep in a reasonable time). Still rebuilding my strength and endurance, but it's going nicely. Turns out that riding on a shopping cart like it's a scooter is a good workout.
              The Age of Strife- My continuing journey to a happier, healthier, more natural lifestyle.

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              • #67
                I started, on the 10th, a "month of no processed crap" thing. It's going pretty well so far. There's a few things that slipped in because I didn't think of them as processed crap, but once I caught myself I added them to the no-go list. I think that next month I'll step it up to "make as much as possible at home". So, back to making my own yogurt, rather than buying the lil yogurt cups that I enjoy.

                The hardest thing at the moment is ditching the alcoholic beverages. The ones I like are, inevitably, sugary and poor choices. So once this round of stuff runs out, I won't be purchasing any more.
                The Age of Strife- My continuing journey to a happier, healthier, more natural lifestyle.

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                • #68
                  Been craving pizza for a while now. Made a "pizza bowl". Diced tomatoes, sliced pepperoni, and melted moz cheese in a bowl. It eats like pizza, but no disgusting crust.
                  The Age of Strife- My continuing journey to a happier, healthier, more natural lifestyle.

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                  • #69
                    Fell off the wagon a lil bit over the weekend. On the down side... Two biscuits and a cheese danish. On the up side, I got a real taste of just how awful I feel when eating grains. And on another slight upside, I was pretty damned active all weekend (~20 miles walked, mixed with heavy lifting and some sprints). Based on the observation of just how horrible it feels to eat grains again, I'm extending my "No processed crap" indefinitely.
                    The Age of Strife- My continuing journey to a happier, healthier, more natural lifestyle.

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                    • #70
                      Things are still running okay. Some financial issues have kicked in, that are raising stress levels. And my insomnia's back.

                      On the plus side, my diet's a lot better. Beef stew almost every day, since it's the healthiest I can think of that stays within my budget. Consists of: Beef broth, stew meat (cooked in olive oil or butter), a sweet onion, three or four carrots, three or four red potatoes, a package of mushrooms, a daikon radish, and some spices and herbs. It's pretty tasty, and rather nutritious, I think.
                      The Age of Strife- My continuing journey to a happier, healthier, more natural lifestyle.

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                      • #71
                        Got some inspiration to drop the crap food (again). Been off most of it (especially gluten) for the last few days due to a stomach issue. Thought I was getting better, and had some cheap Chinese food and ice cream. Big. Fucking. Mistake. So much bloating and discomfort. Fuck that. It doesn't taste good enough to justify that much discomfort. It's not even a temptation anymore.
                        The Age of Strife- My continuing journey to a happier, healthier, more natural lifestyle.

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                        • #72
                          I'm getting over a flare up of gout (my first brush with it). It was pretty painful, and kinda scary, being in that much pain and not knowing why. To be fully honest with myself, I've been eating poorly for the last two years. Giving in to temptation frequently, and making excuses at every turn. And it shows. I went from a low of 170 lbs, to a high of 210 right now. I've been paying some lip service to primal eating, but it's been hard. This brush up with gout has made me seriously reconsider how I've been eating and behaving.

                          I'll be adding more vegetables back into my meal plan, especially those that are nutrient dense. Being a bit more selective in my meats. And above all, finding alternative foods to satisfy the temptations I periodically get.

                          Primary obstacles are that I live with my family once again, and they're in no way primal. So the house is full of non-primal food, all within easy reach when a craving hits. So I think having alternatives on hand will be more important than it was before, as pure avoidance is no longer an option.
                          The Age of Strife- My continuing journey to a happier, healthier, more natural lifestyle.

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