My first actual real challenge
Side note: after seeing the titles of some other journals, I wonder if mine is considered sacreligious....(and I'm pretty sure I spelled that wrong....where IS the dictionary?)
Okay, back to topic at hand: a challenge
This is kind of in reaction to how I feel today (at the moment, over-caffeinated and under-hydrated): you know the kind of sleepy you get when you've been crying a lot? That's me. Also lacking much desire to drink water, so I'm, well, five bottles down (I aim for 6 - 16 oz bottles; weight, heat/humidity, and I just feel better if I can get a solid 96 oz in me). I've had, on the other hand, four diet cokes (and yes, when this 12-pack I bought for a potluck and didn't need is gone, I'm weaning myself off diet soda all together). Yesterday was such an emotionally turmoiled day, and then this morning after I posted LOML called and we did need to talk about our relationship, but I spent about half our conversation in tears (poor guy, he doesn't do tears very well, and he got them in buckets from me), again, draining....but except for a few short crying jags today, I'm pretty calm.
So today I'm significantly down in hydration. I'll have to get in some more before bed and that's fine. But I'm down so far I don't think getting back to normal is a good idea--way too much liquid to take in before bedtime.
Specifically, between now and the end of the month (so just over two weeks to build the habit!), I'll drink six bottles of water (96 ounces) each day. I know I have some toxins to flush and I've been retaining water, so ... I do reserve the right to add lemon :)
Dailies, including challenge update
Where'd yesterday go? Oh, right, my computer....(sigh) It's tough being primal in a modern world when the toys don't play nicely. I suppose I should be glad we're not reimagining it all in a Flintstones setting--being modern in a paleo world! Can you imaging a computer going wonky then? (shudders)
So yeah, yesterday. Happily, I'm on vacation still (until Monday), although I'm trying NOT to imagine what next week will look like. I think it's already completely booked. And, sadly, I'm half-hoping for someone else to have a major fail in order to make my life easier, which is just wrong....
I'm off to forage, although I think I can cut my grocery list short by a few items today. Yesterday, by the way, was perfectly primal (ish). Breakfast was an attempt at meat crust quiche--it was not as successful as I wanted, so I'm going to have to reimagine that. Maybe by putting a cookie tray under the pie pan and crimping the sausage over the sides. The problem was the shrinkage was more than I expected, with a full pan, so I'm thinking thinner crust and overhanging sides. It was also kind of heavy, so I may simply go back to crustless and add meat to the filling. However, it made for breakfast yesterday and today, as well as lunch yesterday.
Last night for dinner I went with several friends to a hot-pot restaurant. I added someone's leftovers to my broth at the end of the night (ordering for one apparently still gives you the same broth as ordering for two...I had nearly two quarts left!), so I did get about a half cup (cooked) of rice vermicelli in the leftovers. But....meat broth, slightly spicy (the chilis left in, so it got spicier!), and I ordered beef slices, pork slices, chicken chunks, and napa cabbage. YUMMMMM. I'll skip the chicken next time, though--chicken breast slices are the other option and I'm not crazy about that. Tons of other options, but sorry, I don't see myself as a stomach or tripe kind of girl...
Because there was so much broth, I ordered an extra order of beef strips and brought home nearly 2 quarts of leftovers.
I managed 72 ounces of water. Above the minimum 64, below my ideal 96, but it only got to 67 degrees here yesterday--to my surprise. I had one diet Coke. Does that count as 12 more ounces? Probably not.
Today the foraging actually includes foraging. Sort of. I need ancho chili powder, and can't find it. So I'm hitting up a couple of larger Spanish grocery stores in hopes that they'll have more chilis than the usual (including the one I tried last night). Everything else is at my normal store or at the farmer's market I'll hit tomorrow.
Ugh. Time to do something different
You know, what I can't figure out is how I managed to lose 50 pounds several years ago by staying off grains and sugar, without even knowing about MDA or paleo/primal in general, and today? Ha.
Have gained back 10 of the 20 lost. HAVEN'T been eating completely primal--still at about 80% and it's that last 20% that makes a difference, I guess. My kitchen, by the way, is about 99% primal, so it's the eating out that is doing it. Today I'm going to hundred-percent my kitchen. I also got a magic bullet to make it easier to do green smoothies when I don't have time to actually cook a meal--that should help. Next week when I have a little money I'm going to buy some Primal Fuel--between that and the extra greens, that will help.
And November 1 (mark it on the calendar) I'm going to post a picture of me in all my horrible glory and do so every month until I break the back of this eating habit.