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  • #31
    Scale still at 205 this morning-- excellent.

    Sleeping has been fitful. We have the windows open. We have a lot of street traffic, then at 3AM a squawking bird starts. Big T got up at 6 for his gig and I haven't gone back to sleep. So I was in bed for 8 hours but don't have that yummy rested feeling that I like.

    I did some stretches yesterday and my hamstrings feel better. I made an appointment with someone I used to see for Alexander Technique lessons when I was recovering from plantar fasciitis-- a condition I would not wish on anyone. There were times when I would get up in the morning last year and not be able to bear weight on my left foot for the first 10 or so minutes of the day.

    I finally!! saw an orthopedist last winter and was getting steroid shots for a few weeks and got orthotics which I now wear in my tennis shoes. He also said I have arthritis in my foot (even though I am 42). I limit the amount of time I wear shoes without some kind of support, and heels are basically out for me (which for the most part is fine, although I do like to dress up every once in awhile) I also sought out an Alexander Technique teacher to help address the issue more holistically. She helped me with some posture issues and some simple things-- releasing my arms when I walk, etc. I was holding my shoulders up by my ears with stilted arms. All of these things are connected and when you are injured, you can tighten other areas of your body to compensate. I'm going back for a visit now that I am exercising and experiencing the tightness in my hamstrings. It will be good to have her observe me and give me some direction.

    The other thing about starting the Alexander Technique lessons last year-- it was the beginning of a commitment to put me and my health first. At 42, I realize that this is the body I have, this is the body I will grow old in (That is the plan), and the very best thing that I can do for the Future Me is take care of the Current Me. I didn't feel up to starting to exercise given the foot pain but I knew I had to address the problem in order to be able to exercise.

    So now here we are, groundwork laid, beginning the steps to take action.

    Yesterday:
    Lunch:
    Chipotle: pork over lettuce with tomato salsa and guacamole

    Snack:
    Froyo-- probably about 2 oz of chocolate yogurt with berries, almond slices and coconut
    This was a bit of an experiment. We needed a break at work and I definitely was in the mood for something sweet. There's limited nutritional information available at the store, so I chose the yogurt flavor that was not labeled low fat.

    Dinner:
    Leftover taco bowl with cheese, kale chips

    Later:
    a couple pieces of beet, goat cheese with celery
    SW: 213 (3/13)
    CW: 203 (6/11/13)

    Goal: 185

    Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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    • #32
      Holding steady at 205

      Have not exercised this week, although I've done a lot of activity in the apt-- many many loads of laundry (2 flights of stairs each time) sorting things and taking trash out etc.

      I took today off from work and went to my Alexander Technique appointment and it was enlightening as always. I have a tendency to shrink my shoulders in and pull my weight downward, instead of lifting up and feeling the space between my arms and body, ribs and organs, etc. It is shocking how much difference a few adjustments make-- my quads loosen and I don't feel that tightness that I have been struggling with.

      On Wednesday I picked up freshly picked veggies from a farm doing a farm drop at the pub. I got:
      chard
      spinach
      red mustard
      mushrooms (shitake and oyster mix)
      mint
      lovage

      For dinner that night we had flank steak, fresh mushrooms sauteed in butter, and chard also sauteed in butter. It was Primal Dinner Heaven.

      It as a giant flank steak so lunches (as well as dinner yesterday) have been flank steak over spinach with tomatoes and spring onions. I had the last of it today.

      My friends are on the way to visit for the weekend and I have made some guacamole and started prepping some sangria. We'll have carne asada (Trader Joe's) tonight with onions, peppers and the guacamole. I can make rice if needed.

      I also bought some crackers to go with some cheese and I am still on the fence about whether I'll eat them or not. It's usually better when I decide ahead of time. I bought a delicious kale and yogurt dip and baby carrots so I have a good option.

      Trying to balance making things from scratch with convenience and hanging out. I think I have it together this time. I am often freaking out because I put too much on my plate when planning to have people come over. I'm much more focused now on-- What will be the most fun way to spend my time? Turns out the answer to that is sangria and guacamole!

      Love love love a long weekend!
      SW: 213 (3/13)
      CW: 203 (6/11/13)

      Goal: 185

      Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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      • #33
        205.5 this morning after some coffee and a weekend of non-primal revelry. I'll take it.

        My friends arrived Friday night, left Monday morning and a whole lot of fun (plus eating and drinking) in between. Really amazing and fantastic time all around.

        Friday
        Sangria
        Carne Asada
        Onions Peppers
        Assorted snacks including some cured meats and cheeses, nuts, dip and carrots

        I did put out crackers and bought some flatbread. I tasted the rosemary raisin crackers which are delicious. No one ate them though and they are still on top of my fridge.

        Saturday
        Took my friends to the market and had the best Non Primal food-- homemade biscuit sandwiches by these two guys that I think I might be a little bit in love with. Men who bake get my juices flowing. Sat's biscuit sand: Andouille sausage and farm raised egg. At the first bite, my friend said, "Sweet holy moses." Exactly.

        After some quality coffee and hanging out time, we went to the Visionary Arts Museum-- one of my most favorite places. I had a groupon so we only paid full price for one of us at the door.

        Late lunch was a crab feast and beer. Delicious.

        I definitely noticed bloating and general gassiness-- things that I used to feel regularly, but don't since going primal. Damn You, Beer!

        Big T came home and it was a night of bar hopping (via cab) and then Korean barbecue. I switched to Gin and Sodas. Lots of hilarity and silliness.

        Sunday
        I made breakfast: greens (kale with the rest of the red mustard), pork sausage I spiced myself, and scrambled eggs, pulled out the berries that didn't make it into the sangria. The organic blackberries were effin fantastic.

        We went to Sowebo-- an arts and music festival with some of my Balto friends-- and bought some cool stuff from the vendors. Jewelry, t shirts, etc. Hung out.

        Ate some pulled pork and cole slaw (did not eat bread), had some food envy because my friend's brisket was clearly the superior choice, beer. Got so much sun!

        More beer.

        Dinner at home-- I made jerk chicken and tomato/cucumber salad. We watched the Michael Douglas/ Matt Damon Liberace movie on HBO. a little speechless.

        Monday
        Not much in the house now, so they left without breakfast (bad hostess)

        I was hungry and ate my way through the leftover bits from the weekend plus some nuts. Dinner was a piece of the jerk chicken and tomato salad.

        Made some veggie broth out of leftover veggies and some sauerkraut with sauteed onion and apple, then ate some of that.

        On the whole, I am happy with my decisions. Broke primal for a biscuit sandwich, which was delicious and worth it, plus beer. I won't go back to drinking beer every day, but it was fun for the weekend and happily, I don't regret it.
        SW: 213 (3/13)
        CW: 203 (6/11/13)

        Goal: 185

        Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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        • #34
          Scale is now at 203! I've hit my first goal of 10 lbs lost!!

          Last week my low was 204.5 and a high of 206.5 so I know there is fluctuation, but it is really gratifying to see 203. 203 was my prior "top weight" in 1999/2000 when I did weight watchers and dropped to probably 185. Then I gained again, did weight watchers again, started running and was down to 175. I still have the 25 lbs lost magnet on my fridge. Then high pressure job and back up to 190's. Then divorce and back down to 170's-- one of the few times that a stressful situation led me to no appetite.

          Then new boyfriend (who bakes!) and a general philosophy of "It's time to enjoy myself" (which it was) and I topped out at 213. I felt the weight creeping back up but I refused to count calories and live a life of deprivation. I really can't stand being hungry. My motto was-- If you have a boyfriend who makes pizza from scratch, eat it! And I did, and LOTS of it.

          What I love most about being primal is that I can enjoy myself and take care of myself at the same time.

          I recently joined a CSA with a Monday pick up, and a friend has organized a farm drop at our local pub on Wednesdays (and the farmers are amazing delightful people). Luckily, there is not a lot of overlap of products between the two and I am overflowing in vegetables. On some days, I am having salad for breakfast!

          I'm really enjoying eating vegetables that were picked that day and the eggs are incredible.

          We also bought a Soda Stream and have been making home made seltzer water which is SO fun and also delicious.

          I have not been exercising and probably won't until after our move in about 10 days. With the exception of sinus pressure from the hideous humidity and some foot pain, I feel really fantastic. And my jeans don't feel tight!!
          SW: 213 (3/13)
          CW: 203 (6/11/13)

          Goal: 185

          Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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          • #35
            The scale still says 203. Exciting!

            Yesterday:
            bacon, 2 eggs, spinach with a little carrot top sauteed in butter
            coffee, cream

            Lunch:
            salad including bibb lettuce. arugula, tuna, snap peas, olive oil salt and pepper

            Dinner:
            Big Ol' Pork Chop (a little soy, sesame oil, siracha, salt, pepper, garlic marinade)
            Maple glazed turnips
            salad: bibb lettuce, arugula, tomato
            SW: 213 (3/13)
            CW: 203 (6/11/13)

            Goal: 185

            Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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            • #36
              Yesterday
              Breakfast
              bacon, 3 egg pesto omelet, carrot tops in butter
              coffee half and half

              Lunch
              bibb lettuce, tomato, feta cheese, pistachios, arugula, olive oil

              Out with friends
              Gin and Club Sodas

              Dinner
              Flank Steak over romaine, arugula, mint and tomato salad

              Woke up twice-- horrible sinus pressure with barometric changes. We have a huge storm coming.

              Today
              2 eggs, swiss chard and carrot tops in butter
              coffee/half and half

              While the storm clouds mounted, I couldn't find my raincoat. GAH. Finally did, then the rain came pouring down. Timed everything exactly wrong.

              Lunch
              bibb lettuce, arugula, kolhrabi, daikon radish, purple carrot, olive oil and vinegar, flank steak

              Dinner
              Have a meeting out (and all day meetings tomorrow) however, there are really good primal options.
              SW: 213 (3/13)
              CW: 203 (6/11/13)

              Goal: 185

              Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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              • #37
                It's been almost a month since I last posted. During that time, we moved and I LOVE the new place and so happy to be out of the old place with all of its building management drama. I am ready to battle for our security deposit. The company has a history of not giving them back and I plan on getting ours back. Of course I want the money, but its also the principle.

                The good news though is that I really love the new place. The kitchen/dining area/living room are one open space. There's more cabinet and counter space but we still need to buy a cabinet/island thing of some sort so we can take our small appliances off the counter (food processor, kitchen aid, sodastream....etc)

                I've eaten mostly primal although probably falling short of 80% of the time. Most of my food right now is coming from our CSA and the veggies from the Pub Drop and it is an amazing thing to eat food that was picked that day. The eggs are my favorite things and I eat 2 almost every day. I made a Trader Joe's run and have been eating a lot of fish. But I've had days when I have been running errands and hungry (which = sandwich including the bread, although it was really effing delicious) or out with friends and slipped into having a couple of beers on the 4th of July, I've also had more sugar in the past week then probably the last three months (ice cream! gelato! fruit crisp!) I also have not exercised.

                Overall I still feel pretty good though but itchy to create a routine again and see some progress.

                I like that I can come here and be accountable-- report on what I am doing without all of the FEELINGS.

                I have a doctor's appointment in August and I want to be under 200 lbs with improved cholesterol numbers then.
                SW: 213 (3/13)
                CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                Goal: 185

                Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                • #38
                  Things are still much the same as when I posted a month ago.

                  My diet is probably at about 80% Paleo-- although I find there are so many reasons to make exceptions. Last week a close friend visited and we ate out together a few times. I probably have had bread more times in the last week then in the last several months altogether. Also a few beers!

                  The food in the house is almost completely paleo-- now with an exciting new addition! I toured a farm where all the animals are pasture-raised a month or so ago and finally decided to place an order for a mixed box of about 20 lbs of meat including lamb, beef, pork and chicken. Tonight we had leg of lamb and since it was small also made the lamb "riblets" -- delicious. I'm really glad that I made this decision and am also really excited about trying the other meat.

                  Here's the eggplant, zucchini and tomato bake I made to go with the lamb. Used goat cheese instead of feta, because that's what we had and I think it improved the dish. Used almond meal and parmesan instead of panko and olive oil-- also quite good. Between the CSA and the pub drop, we've been overrun with zucchini and tomatoes (although I will never ever complain about too many tomatoes) so I was very happy to find this recipe and to like it sooo much.

                  Here's the leg of lamb recipe. delicious as written-- no changes necessary.

                  My friend that visited exercises a lot and so we took several walks while she was here. Today I kept up the tradition and walked after dinner for about 35 mins. Tomorrow I plan on walking to meet my sister at the farmers market ( 1 mile there, with the mile back almost entirely uphill) and Monday I am going to a zumba class. Before this week, I hardly exercised at all-- pretty much since the move. I could blame it on the humidity, but I know the truth is that I am not carving out the time and sticking to a plan.

                  In the past month, my weight has been as high as 206 and as low as 204, although I don't know what it is today. While I would really like to be under 200 when I go for my physical in about 3 weeks, I do know that may not happen and am going to focus on doing some physical activity daily rather than the scale.
                  SW: 213 (3/13)
                  CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                  Goal: 185

                  Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                  • #39
                    Great exercise day!
                    Walked to the farmer's market (1 mile) then to my sister's (.5 mile?) then we did some shopping and they dropped me off at home.

                    Later I was inspired to do some arm exercises and jumping jacks, so I did.

                    I also took a 50 minute walk (then stretched-- trying to be vigilant about adding stretching to the walk routine-- see also, trying to start a walk routine ) then made delicious spicy fish curry with green beans, eggplant, zuchhini, onion, chile pepper, with fresh ginger, garlic, turmeric and an african curry spice blend with coconut oil and coconut milk. Might have gone a wee bit overboard on the spices, but still so delicious.

                    Breakfast was a sage sausage and pit beef sandwich (minus the bread) at the market, lunch was the rest of the sausage/pit beef with the leftovers from the eggplant bake.

                    snack-- ate some macadamia nuts.

                    Really REALLY looking forward to Breaking Bad tonight!!
                    SW: 213 (3/13)
                    CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                    Goal: 185

                    Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                    • #40
                      Last night I had some chocolate and bourbon with soda water and orange slices while watching Breaking Bad. So good!

                      This morning the scale says 204 which I feel is a win.

                      My plan for the day is to eat 100% Paleo and go to Zumba at 5:30pm.

                      Picking up my CSA today which includes a watermelon which I plan to turn into a Thai Watermelon and Radish salad. Planning on making ground beef lettuce wraps too, I think. This will be the first of the grass fed/pasture raised ground beef.

                      Also, I feel pretty great this morning. I've been feeling really groggy most mornings-- lasting well into the day regardless of how much coffee I drink.
                      SW: 213 (3/13)
                      CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                      Goal: 185

                      Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                      • #41
                        Zumba was great yesterday-- super fun and really happy I went.

                        And speaking of happy. Read this great article on 10 Things that Increase Happiness (backed by science) and exercise is on the list.

                        Its funny to me how hard it is to get motivated to exercise, and how happy I am afterwards. Yesterday I was really happy, today I woke up feeling great. I feel like I should then want to do it more often, or at least it should be much less hard to get motivated to do it again.

                        which brings me to today's post in Mr Money Moustache about the surprising effects of small efforts over time. I've tried to practice this more consciously, and it makes a difference to start with small behaviors and build over time. At some point I feel like I come to some kind of momentum where some things just become easier (to the point of not thinking about them, just doing them)

                        I've worked towards increasing the amount of local produce I buy. First it was making the effort to go to the farmers market on a regular basis. Then last summer it became a challenge-- I challenged myself to spend more at the market then I do at the grocery store. Then once all my debt was paid off (yay!) I began buying some meat at the market (and coffee for the week too). Now I rarely go to the grocery store and my freezer is stocked with meat from a local farm.

                        I'd love to adopt this for exercising, but have not yet reached the point of momentum, where the choice to do activity is just part of my day, and not a big effing deal, every effing time.

                        Tips? Help?
                        SW: 213 (3/13)
                        CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                        Goal: 185

                        Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                        • #42
                          Yesterday I took a walk in the middle of the day based on the Happiness article.

                          Today I have decided to take a half day because it is so gorgeous outside and my projects are on target (more or less). This summer day is to beautiful to waste at my desk. My goal is to find something to do outside for the afternoon.

                          Last night Big T made a delicious brisket, I made a corn tomato salad, and boiled red potatoes and it was sooo good.

                          I did wake up at 3 AM or so and had fitful weird sleep after that.

                          Made a zucchini tomato onion egg scramble for breakfast, brought leftovers for lunch and defrosting salmon for dinner.
                          SW: 213 (3/13)
                          CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                          Goal: 185

                          Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                          • #43
                            Yesterday was amazing!

                            I took a half day and convinced T to go outside with me. We went on a walk/hike (hike that it was on a trail, walk in that it was pretty flat so...hard to really call a hike in my book) which we have NEVER done before together. It was probably about 3 or so miles, perfect weather, really great. Then we went to the pub and met friends, (I drank gin and club soda) picked up our fresh produce (eggs, beets, carrots, parsnips, a little bit of chard), came home, watched Big Brother (please don't judge) and I made salmon in foil packets with eggplant, onions, pepper, tomato. Delicious.

                            This morning (feeling GREAT!!) I made some okra in tomatoes, onions, and peppers with eggs and bacon. Also delicious and really great way to start the day. We have had so much produce that I have been trying to include some in breakfast every morning.

                            If every day could be yesterday!!
                            SW: 213 (3/13)
                            CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                            Goal: 185

                            Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                            • #44
                              The past few days have been great, but not primal.

                              Thursday night I went with a friend to something called Paint Nite -- where you buy tickets to paint a picture. There'a a lead artist (who is a friend of my friend) and she walked us through how to do it. I called it "Drunken Paint by the Numbers" although we did all of the painting and color choices ourselves. It was fun. I did drink a lot of wine and eat a lot of sushi.

                              On Friday, Big T and I went shopping for apartment stuff. The goal was furniture-- we really need some kind of kitchen island to add some storage. We went to a fantastic second hand furniture place, where T bought a desk for the second bedroom, and I found a purple chaise lounge which I would love to put in the main bedroom (but did not buy it). No kitchen island things. However, we bought a bunch of kitchen stuff for super cheap (cast iron frying pan, 4 piece camping cook set for $8!!, etc). SO No Kitchen island, but more kitchen stuff. We spent about $100 total, including the desk.

                              Then to Bed Bath and Beyond, because I really want to put black out curtains in the main bedroom. We are directly behind a parking lot with bright lights-- very bright. Black out curtains, rods, brackets etc for 3 windows (plus a hanging shower caddy) even with a 20% off entire purchase was $180. So expensive. And it turns out I need to exchange one because we got the wrong size

                              We stopped at Five Guys for food-- at this point I was really hungry. So I got a burger and ate the bun plus the fries. AND loved it. The burger was really good, and I prob could have bought without the bun, but you know what, I really enjoyed it. We both drank water instead of soda, which I have given up entirely and not looked back.

                              Given that we had homemade barbecue chicken and veggies for breakfast, then Five Guys, I made a veggie dinner. Spaghetti squash with a veggie sauce made of all the veggies that were in a "use 'em or lose 'em state" with some capers, hot pepper flakes and marjoram. Plenty for me. T ate it as a side with a piece of chicken.

                              We watched Hunger Games on netflix and then crashed-- or at least I did!

                              Today we are helping a friend move and then seeing a friend's band. Hopefully the move will go well and be easy.
                              SW: 213 (3/13)
                              CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                              Goal: 185

                              Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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                              • #45
                                The 6 mo check up with the doctor happened this morning!

                                The results:
                                Based on their records, I have lost 10 lbs. On my last appointment 6 months ago I was 215 and today I am 205. (more on this later)
                                Resting pulse: 78
                                BP: 122/80

                                All good! I am going back tomorrow morning to do fasting blood work (the cream in my coffee disqualified me this morning). I am very interested to see how my cholesterol numbers have changed.

                                SO, my own personal goals were to be under 200 by the time this appointment came around and I am not. Last week I had a carb fest. Last Friday my boyfriend baked bread and I was dealing with a ton of tomatoes which I may or may not have bought when slightly tipsy..... I had an idea of canning the tomatoes, but ended up peeling them, separating the flesh from the juice and guts and then just got tired of the process.

                                This led to an amazing day of bruschetta! Which i enjoyed. immensely. Then went to a baseball game where i drank multiple beers. This is a huge day of carbs for me-- there has been none like it since March, I think. I was definitely bloated the next day. Also, last week I ate a huge porchetta sandwich including amazing italian bread. I have to say that while I do not crave bread, homemade bread is really delicious.

                                I've also learned that while I do enjoy bread, it is hard to stop eating it. That bruschetta was so delicious I ate it ALL DAY. ALL DAY!!!! and then BEER! This is also all happened on a PMS Day. I recently went off the pill in order to lessen the hormones in my body, and have a IUD. As a result I now experience all of the joys of PMS.

                                So that happened, and I have been back mostly paleo since.

                                Also, I have rejoined the gym, and last week did two zumba classes and a kickboxing class where clearly the instructor was trying to kill me. The good news is, though older, and honestly, fatter, than the other people in the class, I finished it and with some amount of dignity still in tact.

                                This is more activity than Mark suggests, but given that I have a weight loss goal, I think its important to see what happens if I increase my exercise in meaningful ways.
                                SW: 213 (3/13)
                                CW: 203 (6/11/13)

                                Goal: 185

                                Fat is delicious. You can quote me.

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