Aye Arty you sound like you know all about how it works!! I definitely put a lot of weight on as soon as I quit smoking. But I think we can use that to help us become more healthy as well -- lots of people can't even quit smoking (DH included :()What food could you never give up even though you know its bad for you? I can't decide between chocolate or toffee popcorn (I have both very very rarely but to never have them again? I don't know!! and Cadbury's has just released ... chocolate covered toffee popcorn... WHAT!)
What a mad few days, shame on me for slacking here though! But I have been adhering to the Primal lifestyle and doing well on my diet despite not tracking it here. My parents are coming over to England from the USA for a few weeks and I'm getting everything ready for their visit. I'm also writing my last-second wish list of things I'd like brought from 'home' though with all the comfort crap food left off it the list is turning out to be rather short!
Things that are hard to get in England that I used to miss: Jet-Puffed marshmallows, macaroni and cheese, velveeta, rice-a-roni, JIF peanut butter, hershey's kisses, peanut butter cups, butterscotch chips, corn syrup for caramels, marshmallow creme for fudge, beef jerky (only somewhat healthy/primal thing in this list!), alfredo sauce, white gravy (for sausage and gravy over biscuits!) and a few other things, but one thing that I noticed about ALL of these is how completely un-primal they are! I don't even miss them (okay the sweet stuff a little :P)
Trackers for the previous days:
Also I don't know why but I've gone off salmon recently. There was a great price on some at a local market so I bought a slab but I was really struggling through it and then I tried to save some as leftovers for the salad the next day and it ruined the entire salad. I wonder if something was off with it? It was supposed to be wild-caught. I've had a low-level flu the last couple days... unrelated? lol
Energy levels are picking up again, and started doing my weights again though I'm going to focus on repetition rather than stacking more weights for a while. I am worried about the weight outgrowing my form so I'll stick to slightly lower weights and just do one extra set (4 sets of 5 reps) and try the other exercises as well (kettlebells, legs, some yoga or something?) to work on my overall body health.
Also even though I am scared to say its weight lost for sure, the weight has stayed at 235 for two days (I really should burn this scale lol but it motivates me to try harder... though does that also work in reverse and make me think its OK to cheat cos I've lost?) but this might be permanent enough to say I've lost some weight hehe.
Of course 5 pounds is only 1/12th of my first weight goal but by golly another 5 pounds would be 1/6th and and and ...!
Also my waist measurement is down from 114 to 104, 10cm off that's nearly 2 inches (before getting too excited my waist is definitely the biggest part of squidgy fat, and while I'm thrilled its come down, cant it come off my arms before the end of summer!!??
P.S. Still RUBBISH at a pull-up! Must keep trying!
Well, I took your advice, and a very deep breath, and ordered scrubs in a smaller size than I have worn in quite some time. Have never spent so much money on scrubs! These should be better quality than any I have. I didn't get the linen - just regular cotton. If I like them, I will indulge later on in the expensive linen fabric. The pants are a dark sand color with little dinosaurs and fossils, like cave paintings, and the top has snaps in the front and is a medium sand color. So fairly subdued but pretty different. Now that is probably more detail than you would like about my scrubs!
Hi Tachi ! Huzzarrrrr !!! And Weeeeeowwwww ! From the cats for your inch and weight loss ..fantastique that must [B][U][I]purr[/I][/U][/B] you on (argh the cats again ...terrible )
What food could I never give up I'm not really into sweets ie candy or many snacks dunno why just never was......chocolate for sure ! Also wine ...cheese, .....these are my top 3 other runners are : crusty proper French baguette...Irish soda bread with butter and homemade blackberry jam ...Chocolate cake (this is really proper food porn as if I do,indulge it really does make me feel sick afterwards so probably poisonous to me ...weeping ).......chips but from the chip van eaten outside preferably by the sea, with salt and vinegar...hummus...mmmmmm!
Maybe once I have reached my goal weight these could be occasional indulgences , at the moment I am just so happy not to have el bloatella inhabiting my middle it's not too much of a struggle but I know that sooner or later I will be challenged !
Anyhoo Great progress you are making and will keep [U][I][B]purring[/B][/I][/U] me on two ...lol :)
Hi Sio!! Glad you did, you will feel properly spoilt when you wear them for the next 3 months :) And well deserved too! They do sound very cute, and I'm sure you wouldn't buy garish ones (you have taste!) so I am sure your patients will appreciate the cheerfulness of them rather than the sterile plain ones :) Aaaand with equal surety, I am positive your cats will lay on them and fur them up properly at the first opportunity.
Arty -- sometimes I stand in Morrison's at the bread department and just smell the air, it is properly amazing sometimes! So I totally understand your love of baguettes. I think if I could keep a bread it would be croissants! But I do enjoy not feeling bloated and sleepy all the time (mostly bloated) which if I indulge happens almost immediately now. Sometimes its worth it, sometimes not!
The weight went to 234.4 yesterday, but today is 236.6, my goal at the moment is 215. Though really, I am more wanting to just reduce tum and bum sizes, though I am going to only measure myself monthly as the daily scale fluctuations are just to make sure nothing is going completely out of whack. But I'm loving the idea of finally making and sticking with a lifestyle that is both rewarding and healthy.
P.S. Cake confession time, yesterday we had a team birthday so I had a very small piece of cake. I balanced it against my food for the day and didn't feel guilty about it until this morning, and even then not too guilty, as I like to enjoy myself. I do want to report I feel like crap today, and it may well be the cake's fault, or not! who knows. But either way I have indulged and now I am more determined than ever to crack down and reach my goal of 215 before my birthday (one month away! is it possible?? if its not I'm not going to be discouraged, but I sure do want to try!)
P.P.S. the cake wasn't even that nice :(
Wheee, been slacking on posting here, shame on me! But I've just been busy getting ready for my parents' visit to the UK. They've landed in London today so will be there for a few days before I join them next week. Despite urging my dad to give the Cinnabon at the airport a miss, I don't think he did, lol. Oh well, slowly slowly :)
Today I'm doing a very low-calorie fast until 12pm tomorrow. I've decided to do this both because I had chinese food last night and also because I'm curious if I can do it or not. I've kinda cheated by having some sugar free gum and a diet coke but tea and water mostly.
Doing okay so far! Lets keep it going!
You know, that's the thing about baked goods and cakes and things - they always seem to look better than they actually taste. That's been my experience anyway. And to be honest, I have never eaten a piece of cake that I didn't regret afterwards, either because it was disappointing or it made me feel bad - tired, headache-y.
Whew! What a fantastic two weeks. I haven't been blogging because I've been on holiday! It was lovely. I got to introduce the idea of going primal to my parents, who tried it for a week (mostly, my mum's still addicted to her morning oatmeal... "keeps me regular don't you know!") and I think my dad, who's borderline type 2 diabetic, got a lot of benefit out of it and lost 6 lbs in a week. But I think they know the basics and now its up to them if they decide to follow it or not.
Either way, its back on it for me! I have been kind of keeping up with my weight lifting, did it twice last week and did lots of stairs/walking/sprints the week prior when I wasn't around my weights, and my fitness has been generally quite good. I ate a bit too much food, so I've put some pounds on, but not more than expected even though what I ate was 90% primal. So today I'm going to have a fast day, and eat very little, and then tomorrow go back to my routine of IF 16/8 with calorie tracking and the works.
Like you said Sio, sugar/cakey baked goods definitely affect my 'bottom line' (no pun intended lol) and when I don't eat primally I feel quite poorly. There's a definite correlation for me between sugar and headaches so I am going to try to lower my sugar intake significantly (and by this I mean my sugar intake through fruits, zero added sugar anywhere and certainly not refined!).
I'm excited to get back to primal (how crazy is that!) because I have become addicted to the feeling of being healthy! It was great being able to run around, pick up heavy things, sprint, stretch and just go up stairs like a normal human being.
I'm going to try and add in another element to my primal routine -- the next two months I'm going to try and eat as cheaply as possible! Simple, wholesome foods like frozen broccoli, baked chicken thighs, stuff I can get for super cheap :)
Then a BAS for lunch most days, or leftovers from the night before if any. Here goes!
I am also embracing the BAS for lunch, something I have not done regularly. Makes weight loss pretty easy, in my n=1 world.
Glad you're back AND had a wonderful holiday AND got your parents primal!
waaaaaaah I haven't fallen off the bus or anything, just been supremely lazy with my journalling due to upcoming exams that I'm panicking over. But the good thing is I haven't stopped eating primally this whole time, so no effort lost! We've recently also been lucky to have my brother-in-law bring around some new home gym equipment so I can start to do pull-ups now (yay!)
I tried a pull up, and I'm sad to report I cannot even budge off the ground, not even a little! So I am starting with lat pulls to hopefully increase the strength of the right muscles, while keeping up with my normal squats and benches etc.
I have also developed an obsession with chorizo, which I never knew existed until I went to a tapas restaurant. I love this stuff, but its quite hard to find without additives like dextrose especially. On another note, I've invested in a meat slicer and a dehydrator, so I am now making my own beef jerky. I'd made a batch before via the oven, and it turned out okay, but the speed with which it was devoured makes me think the more of it I can produce for easy go-to snacks the better, especially since my macronutrients always seem to be lacking protein.
keepin' on, keepin' on...
hooray, exams over (for another couple of months) so time to start tracking again. Today's lunch: salad leaves with tuna, a small slice of gouda, and some bacon omnom, and a couple of pickles on the side. For dinner: lots of eggs and a bit of bacon with some swiss chard and peppers. no exercise today, but starting again on my tues/thurs/sat routine. still IF'ing on 8/16 so no breakfast (this is really easy to stick to for me!)