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  • #16
    Happy Dance Day!

    The scale said 205, down from 207.5 a few days ago. I've been struggling with how often to weigh myself. I was down this low about two weeks ago and then jetted back up to 210 (ugh) so I am working to stay the course right now. I know weight variation happens, this ain't my first rodeo, but it is really disheartening when the scale takes that great leap back up. So, I'm happy I weighed myself today.

    Today I walked 35 minutes before making dinner and added a little extra (maybe 5 mins) to my walk back to work from lunch.

    Since the boyfriend had an early call to work this morning, I played my Prince station on Pandora and turned off the news. The man is an MSNBC junkie and I was happy to take a break and dance around a little bit.

    Food!

    Breakfast
    Coffee with cream-- this is every day
    Took the leap to 3 eggs with kale and home made sausage and didn't come home for lunch until almost 12:40. Success.

    Lunch
    leftover salmon with roasted veggies, sauteed spinach to go with it
    Water

    Dinner
    Banh Mi salad
    Excellent! I added a few drops of chili oil to spice it up. Could have put more cilantro in it.

    Overall, feel great, feel optimistic!
    SW: 213 (3/13)
    CW: 203 (6/11/13)

    Goal: 185

    Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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    • #17
      Friday! (plus a bit of Saturday)

      All in all a good day, although I did lock myself out of the apartment while it was hot and humid-- spring has finally arrived in Baltimore.

      21 Day Total Body Transformation-- Day 5. Exercise plan stated to do a short version of the Primal Movements. I did one rep each of the exercises (no pull ups though) then went for a 25 minute walk. Feel good, although I was definitely tired when done with the walk.

      Thursday night I used google maps to figure out the distance of my walk to work-- .5 miles. So walking to/from work is 1 mile, if I come home for lunch, it's 2 miles a day. My plan is to add another walk to equal at least a mile at least 3 days a week. I used to live in NYC and walked so much then. That I loved, the six floor walk-up, while good for me, I don't miss so much.

      Food
      Breakfast
      coffee with cream
      3 eggs, last of the sausage, kale

      coffee with milk at the office

      Lunch
      I took a half day today and made it home at around 1 to eat some leftover banh mi salad before going to work. Ate the pork chop cold--delicious.

      Snack
      After shopping at Trader Joes, ate some dried coconut and seltzer water on the way home.

      Unloaded groceries, returned zipcar, discovered that I left my house keys in the apt. Hot, humid, unhappy. Luckily had big bottle of seltzer with me and my sister was home. Walked about 1 mile to her house. Luckily Big T (the boyfriend) would not be working late, so I didn't have to deal with the new apt management company to get back in. He met us for drinks and dinner.

      Drinks and Dinner
      Invoked the 80% rule and was not completely primal at dinner.
      Cocktails then beef cheeks sous vide with a side of market greens. Pretty primal, came with some kind of fancy potato thing ( I try to avoid potatoes, but ate these!) Also a few bites of pie. delicious and I'm not all worked up about it.

      So tired-- from not sleeping so well, crashed before 9pm. Got up at 3am as favor to my sister to drive her and her husband for their vacation. Then restless sleep until 8:30-- got up to go to the farmer's market.

      Food:
      Breakfast
      ate a handful of almonds
      Coffee with cream at the farmers market

      Lunch:
      Around 1pm made fish curry with cauliflower, red pepper, onions, jalapenos and coconut milk. Delicious.

      The rest of the day.. we're planning on going to a birthday party for a friend. I'm tired-- maybe nap? Big T has been working a lot and he is also exhausted, so I think our plans will be low key.
      SW: 213 (3/13)
      CW: 203 (6/11/13)

      Goal: 185

      Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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      • #18
        I'm so glad you like the video! It's so motivating! Wipes out any excuses that pop into your head, ya know?? Congratulations on the loss! That definitely deserves a happy dance! (I'm picturing snoopy in my head lol) I'm curious, which brand of agave is GMO free? I'm so leary of everything right now, it feels like everything in the store is a gamble!
        SW: 257.something
        CW: 248.4

        “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
        ― Winston Churchill

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        • #19
          Hi Grokerella--

          The agave syrup is Madhava and I think I found it at Target. Do you have a Trader Joe's? I just learned that all of their name brand products are GMO free. I was pretty impressed. They are also HCFS free, trans fat free...some other things that I don't remember, but it's on their website.

          I hear you about being leery. I have become more and more conscious of how food is produced, what's in it, which grocery stores are union, etc and sometimes I get borderline obsessed. I am a bit of a dictator about what comes into the house. It physically pains me to buy tomatoes off season at the grocery store. I've tried to let go of this a little bit because I realize it makes me a not-fun-person-to-live with.
          SW: 213 (3/13)
          CW: 203 (6/11/13)

          Goal: 185

          Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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          • #20
            I wish we had a Trader Joe's but alas... The only health food in town is a vitamin cottage, whole foods and sprouts (previously sunflower market) are about 45 miles away. I need to start planning monthly trips up there because there is a kickass Asian market there too, lots of yummy fresh fish and different veggies and such.

            I understand about having to be so strict with comes into the house, there's a lot of scary stuff out there!

            I'll have to see if I can find the agave syrup. I felt like I was adding a ton of stevia to the coconut dessert lol I already add more than I should with my coffee! Eventually I will wean myself down to a reasonable quantity
            SW: 257.something
            CW: 248.4

            “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
            ― Winston Churchill

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            • #21
              Grocery planning is pretty hard if you are planning 45 min trip each way! There is an Asian market here too that I've heard good things about but haven't ventured to.

              I've played around with stevia in the past although I don't think I have any right now.

              Our big news is that we are planning to move next month (and friends visiting next weekend). To borrow a phrase I read recently, I have a high tolerance for mess. And my place is a mess. So first cleaning so guests can come and hopefully purging accumulated crap as I go. Big T is on a big gig right now so I barely see him-- in fact yesterday he came home after I went to bed, and he left before I got up.
              SW: 213 (3/13)
              CW: 203 (6/11/13)

              Goal: 185

              Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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              • #22
                The week has flown by and I haven't posted what I've eaten, although I swear I thought I did some of this earlier this week. This week I have eaten entirely at home with the exception of one lunch. I love to cook, but I am really tired of the dishes. Due to Big T's crazy schedule this week, he is not around to share the duties. Bummer.

                Sat night
                Two barbecues-- managed to eat primal at both!
                Drank sangria, one beer and then wine.
                Also fit in one walk

                Sunday
                Breakfast: scrambled eggs, side of greens, bacon
                Long walk-- about an hour!
                Snack: celery and goat cheese, israeli salad
                Went to the movies-- saw Iron Man 3. Loved it, super excited about Star Trek. Ate a few handfuls of popcorn.
                Dinner: Really great 5 herb chicken (marinade the chicken in the herbs, reserve half and add to mayo-- so yum) plus collard greens and asparagus
                bourbon and seltzer

                Monday
                Did not do sprint work out. allergies terrible. woke up late, groggy, super cranky, forgot to turn the coffee maker on haze
                breakfast: eggs and collard greens
                lunch: tuna mixed with the herb mayo over salad
                dinner: flank steak, roasted beets
                red wine
                dark chocolate

                Tuesday:
                breakfast: bacon, eggs, greens
                lunch: panfried salmon over cabbage slaw (made with vinegar)
                Dinner: Bacon wrapped chicken drumsticks, coconut baked kale (this was delicious-- will post recipe later) tomato salad with basil
                dark chocolate
                Added extra walk to my walk home from work, maybe about an additional 25 mins

                Wednesday
                Breakfast: greens and eggs
                Lunch: Out-- went to Chipotle and had salad with pork, tomato salsa, guacamole
                Dinner: Fish curry
                Before Dinner: Day 10 WOW workout Workout included sprints, but I adapted to walking the stairs in my apt building. Squats--> Stairs was definitely WOW in the thighs.
                After Dinner: 25 minute walk

                Thursday: Today!
                breakfast: out of eggs; Had plain yogurt with berries, ground flax and some coconut. Good.
                Lunch: left over fish curry over some sauteed cabbage
                Dinner: Homemade walnut-basil pesto chicken, kale and tomato saute, roasted carrot sticks

                Given all the cooking I've done this week, I decided to make the whole pack of chicken breasts with the pesto even though I originally planned on making other things. I could use the break and I have to start cleaning the apartment at some point, instead of cleaning.

                I am doing laundry at the moment though which is a minor miracle. I also have to remember to get up early tomorrow and go to dr's appt......
                SW: 213 (3/13)
                CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                Goal: 185

                Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                • #23
                  Weighed myself two days in a row-- 207 both times so I guess I will officially change my signature. Sadface.

                  Had a regular GYN visit this morning and was 208 with shoes on. I go to Planned Parenthood because I am a huge believer in the organization and like the non judgmental atmosphere. The clinicians have been excellent. However, they have started this healthy baby program-- the goal (not stated but seems obvious to me) is to increase the health of women of child bearing age. They give you a little slip with healthy behaviors (take a vitamin, drink water, etc) and it includes your weight, your BMI, and they give you stuff (water bottle, once it included a pedometer, this time it included a portion control plate).

                  A couple of observations.
                  I have to actively resist calling the bag of stuff "the Fat Girl Bag"
                  I am not using a portion control plate
                  I do use the actual bag and water bottle

                  Also, the slip with my weight from last year said 210. When I went to my new regular doctor in March, the scale there said 215. So 207 is stable, things could be worse, but I am really looking forward to things being better.

                  I do feel a lot of progress. I have more energy, especially at night. With the exception of my seasonal allergies, I wake up and feel great in the morning before my alarm. It's easy to fit in some extra walking. My mood is stable, I don't want to stab someone if I feel hungry. I still love eating fat and I love the primal recipes. If the needle on the scale would continue to move, I'd be beaming.

                  Trying to focus on the good stuff for now.
                  SW: 213 (3/13)
                  CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                  Goal: 185

                  Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                  • #24
                    Just finished today's primal work out and PROGRESS!

                    Wall Push Up
                    Goal: 40 each set
                    Actual: 40 each set! YAY!
                    will continue to wall push ups for a few more work outs

                    Pull Up
                    Still 0

                    Wall Squat
                    Goal: 50 each set
                    Actual: 40 each set. Not bad.

                    Hand Knee Plank
                    Goal 90 seconds
                    Actual: 20 first set, 15 second set.
                    This is real progress- the first time I tried I only did 10

                    Side Knee Plank:
                    Goal 45 seconds
                    Actual: 12 both sets

                    Very pleased.
                    SW: 213 (3/13)
                    CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                    Goal: 185

                    Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                    • #25
                      After my PEM workout, I realized I was really tired and not feeling so great. I think this is because I've had some nights of not sleeping great and a combination of allergies and dust in the apartment.

                      I decided to read in bed and fall asleep early. I ate some almonds while reading and was probably asleep by 9pm. I was a little concerned that I would wake up at 2am but figured, what the hell. I slept until 6AM and I feel so much better right now than I did last night.

                      I've put another load of laundry in, organized some clothes from the "Am I ever going to wear this or not" pile, and got my grocery bags ready for the farmers market. A friend and I go together and I am always ending up with his bags-- this week I will actually give him his back.

                      Friday food
                      Breakfast:
                      yogurt, berries, flax seed, coconut
                      Lunch:
                      chipotle salad-- pork over lettuce with tomato salsa and guac
                      Dinner:
                      Ate a piece of the leftover pesto chicken when I got home then almonds while reading. Not a typical dinner or evening for me. However, the only other items in the fridge were some cabbage, carrots, and kim chee, none of which I was super excited about.

                      Today--
                      My plan is to go to the Farmers Market and Trader Joes then make an attack cleaning plan for the apartment. I'm really excited my friends are coming next weekend. Really not excited about cleaning.
                      SW: 213 (3/13)
                      CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                      Goal: 185

                      Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                      • #26
                        It's overcast now and in the low 70's making it the perfect time to start cleaning. So first a little procrastinating on MDA...because even though its not 100 degrees and horribly humid, I am still not psyched about cleaning.

                        Made it to the market and Trader Joe's (although I now realize I forgot to get half and half, this will soon become a problem in my life) and then went into The Loft as they were having a sale, tried on a million things and bought a few tops. Tried on a pair of size 14 pants (I used to buy their Julie cut often) and happily I could get everything buttoned and zipped (I am currently wearing size 16 Old Navy Jeans) although they would be horribly indecent in public. So a pass on the pants, but happy at the prospect of buying 14's on the next go-round assuming the best possible outcome for all of my efforts. This makes me think I might have pants in my closet that fit...hmmmm.

                        Its always good news when I feel up to trying things on. I've had more than one trip to the dressing room that has ended in me feeling horrible about myself. I don't have any full length mirrors at home and sometimes those three way mirrors are shockers. Hello back fat! Didn't notice you creeping up on me.

                        Today was not one of those days though and I will take it.

                        Also, bonus, did not lock myself out of the apartment like the last time I went shopping.

                        Breakfast:
                        yogurt, berries, flax seed, shredded coconut
                        coffee half and half

                        Post shopping snack
                        Macadamia nuts
                        seltzer water

                        Lunch:
                        Mixed greens (Asian mix) from the market
                        salmon
                        mango-- super ripe

                        The Mango. I bought 2 mangoes last week on sale at Safeway thinking maybe salsa. Never got around to that. The one I ate today was so delicious and so sweet. I have been mostly staying away from fruit, until this week when I added berries to my yogurt. The mango tasted almost like honey. Incredible. I wanted to review The Mango the way people talk about wines "started with peach undertones and aftertaste of honey."

                        And now To Clean! Wish me luck.
                        SW: 213 (3/13)
                        CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                        Goal: 185

                        Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                        • #27
                          Here's the Coconut Kale recipe

                          The recipe includes farro as optional-- I did not make farro.

                          I only had small flaked coconut-- this was fine-- just watch as it toasts in the oven.

                          Perfect the next day for a snack.
                          SW: 213 (3/13)
                          CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                          Goal: 185

                          Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                          • #28
                            I've been making great progress cleaning and sorting for upcoming guests + moving.

                            Sat dinner
                            2 eggs, sausage, sauteed greens

                            Sunday
                            breakfast: eggs, sausage, greens

                            lunch: 1 can tuna packed in oil over greens
                            snack: macadamia nuts
                            late afternoon: roasted chicken breast, roasted veggies (including beets, cauliflower, carrots, radishes)

                            dinner: more roasted chicken breast, veggies, green salad

                            fell asleep, woke up to watch Mad Men, lots of almonds. not optimal, but it happened.

                            Monday:
                            According to the 21 Day Total Body Transformation schedule, this morning was my first attempt at IF. Terrified of being hungry, I packed for breakfast:
                            1 cup yogurt, mixed with 13 cherries, coconut, ground flax seed
                            I ate it around 10:30 which is about 2 hours after I normally would eat breakfast.

                            Lunch:
                            roasted chicken over greens with tomato and green onion
                            still hungry, ate a bowl of broccoli with butter
                            ate around 2pm

                            Dinner
                            Giant Taco bowl with kale chips
                            I love kale chips.

                            Other:
                            My hamstrings are really tight. I stretched this morning and they still feel tight. Forgoing the WOW workout/extra walking even though yesterday was a rest day on the schedule. See how I feel tomorrow.

                            Right now, I am tiiiired. Planning on chilling out for the rest of the night.

                            Scale said 205.5 this morning. Will see what it says tomorrow.

                            I've decided to boost my veggie intake and continue moderating my alcohol intake to see if this helps with the weight loss. I drank red wine last Monday, but nothing since.
                            SW: 213 (3/13)
                            CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                            Goal: 185

                            Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                            • #29
                              205 this morning!

                              I have been weighing myself everyday, an activity that I am conflicted about. I'll be happy to let go of this activity but right now I'm focused on getting to 203, as that will be the 10 lb lost marker, and then 199 to be under 200.

                              I'm really happy to not be obsessively weighing my food or counting calories/points. I feel satisfied with what I am eating and adjusting to the idea that I don't have to be afraid of being hungry all the time.
                              SW: 213 (3/13)
                              CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                              Goal: 185

                              Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                              • #30
                                Breakfast:
                                Coffee with half and half
                                sage sausage, greens, 2 eggs, side of kimchee

                                I'm working to include something fermented in my diet each day. Yesterday I ate yogurt for breakfast, today it's kimchee.

                                I have sauerkraut in the fridge. Maybe serve it with something made out of the ground pork in the freezer later this week??
                                SW: 213 (3/13)
                                CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                                Goal: 185

                                Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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