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    I am a creature of habit. Give me a reliable routine, and I can muster all kinds of discipline. I mean, I have been working out seven years per week for the past 4 years. Rarely eat grains. Have adapted quite well to regular IFs, now that it's sort of part of my lifestyle (need to get a bit more flexible/confident with them so I can skip meals other than breakfast or go ahead with a planned fast even if a meeting or unexpected outing crops up). But, on weekends, when my husband and I are out and about, surrounded by friends and good food and temptation, willpower goes out the window!

    Yesterday was pretty good despite a (semi-planned) big indulgence: a bittersweet chocolate hazelnut tarte. Grain and dairy free, and very lightly sweetened, but still laden with calories. That was basically my lunch, after a totally primal breakfast and long workout. And my dinner was a light and lovely steak salad. So I feel like I came out all right.

    Food: Good. Not a menu I should make a habit of, but macros were probably not terrible
    IF: Small one, 11am-5pm
    Exercise: Abs, legs and powerwalking (does that count as chronic cardio? I needed some calorie burn!)
    Fun: Massage, sauna, night out with friends
    Sleep: Not so great last night. One too many glasses of wine: trouble regulating my body temperature. Woke up at 5:30, which may explain why I already binged on chocolate this morning by 7am (yeeep!)

    Back on the horse for the rest of the day. Planning to skip lunch or eat just a couple bits of lean protein, and then a sensible and delicious dinner. Maybe some nice broiled fish with morels sauteed in pastured butter. Totally splurged on mushrooms at the farmer's market yesterday and I'm dying to enjoy them!
    My primal journey involves a lot of (chocolate) slip-ups. But, I'm all about getting back on the horse!

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    Yeah, weekends are a little rough for me food-wise, but I tend to make up for it with lots of time outdoors, low intensity activity, and fun, so I think it's a wash in terms of primalness. And, they are super restorative so I can start Monday feeling good and not deprived. Am starting this one with a sort of enforced IF. Had to get blood drawn to have my thyroid levels checked (pretty sure theyre off, so getting that addressed could help a whole lot with the weight thing), and that means no meds and no eating. Just took my meds, but am going to wait for lunch before breaking the fast. Which is hard because I have so many goodies in the fridge right now. Healthy stuff, like grilled market veggies, farm fresh eggs, lovely baked salmon, a gorgeous rack of grassfed lamb that I am going to roast for dinner, and a ton of fresh herbs. Ooh, and morels and shitake mushrooms. Which I'll be sauteeing tonight with some thyme and pastured butter. OMG, dinner is going to be slammin!!

    Yesterday:
    Food: Great, except for a slight truffle binge and a few bites of my husband's ice cream. Mostly seafood and veggies.
    IF: No
    Exercise: An hour of brisk walking, 10 minutes of sprints, and a nice walk after dinner
    Sleep: Woke up ravenous at 5:30, but napped in the afternoon, which was disorienting but delicious
    Fun/Relaxation: Laying around on the couch listening to the rain and reading
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    mmm, morels...I can see why you would splurge on those! I have been finishing up the last of my chantrelles from the freezer. The smell is so intoxicating. I wish we had morels on the coast, it would be good to have an excuse to be slogging through the muddy woods this time of year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flaura View Post
    mmm, morels...I can see why you would splurge on those! I have been finishing up the last of my chantrelles from the freezer. The smell is so intoxicating. I wish we had morels on the coast, it would be good to have an excuse to be slogging through the muddy woods this time of year.
    Did you harvest the chantrelles yourself? Those are my other favorites! I have always wanted to go mushroom hunting (several of my friends would go out in Marin when I lived in San Francisco), but haven't made it yet. How satisfying is it go collect your own food?!
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    Yesterday was good. I fasted through lunch and felt good and light and not very hungry. I did have a TB of coconut oil and splash of coffee in the morning (am trying to nourish my thyroid, and I think CO is soothing for my stomach as well, which has been a bit sour lately). Then uber healthy and tasty lunch and dinner. Dinner was, like, food porn good. Mustard crusted roasted rack of grassfed lamb, which I served with a sort of mint, parsley rosemary pesto. Then morels, shiitakes, and portabellas cooked in pastured butter with herbs de provence and garlic, and some roasted asparagus. I felt like a primal Martha Stewart, and it all came together super quickly as well. Was v. glad that my husband did the dishes, however. I'm a bit of a messy cook!

    This morning, I went a little nutty with the coconut oil thing. I ended up mixing in some cinnamon, vanilla, stevia, salt and honey along with a touch of almond flour, and basically making a delicious spicy sweet mush. Probably ate 400 calories worth, but that was my breakfast, and I enjoyed it, and I'll just go easy on the fat for lunch and dinner. Leftover lamb chops and a nice salad, I think, for lunch, and then a turkey pastrami reuben with grilled onions and kraut wrapped in a collared green for dinner with artichokes on the side.

    Breakdown from yesterday:

    Food: Slammin.
    IF: Yes, until noon.
    Exercise: 60 minutes walking steep hills on the treadmill
    Sleep: Great. Woke up after 8am today.
    Fun/Relaxation: Not much. I wanted to go for a post-prandial turn about the neighorhood (was sunny, and I was very full from dinner), but my husband didn't want to join me, and my injured shoulder was aching, and I zoned in front of the TV instead. Bad choice.
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    strom, I wish I had a solution. Seems like lots of folks on this forum are doing it successfully. I'm on day 3 of no chocolate or sweets of any kind, and no cravings so far that were more than a temporary urge. Maybe I'm finally ready. Lord knows I'm sick and tired of working my ass off in the gym, eating crazy healthy, and hanging on to 10 pounds of excess weight that makes me cringe whenever I see photos of myself. I just want my old body back, and if kicking the chocolate habit is the ticket, I'm willing to try.

    I peeked at your journal, and it sounds like you've made a ton of lifestyle changes in a short time as well. I guess we just have to be patient with ourselves and recognize everyone has their own challenges, right?

    Yesterday:
    Food: Totally primal (hooray!)
    IF: Yes, until noon, aside from some CO
    Exercise: Hour of walking hills
    Fun/Relaxation: No, worked at night
    Sleep: Rough, due to shoulder pain. But slept in til 8am

    Just bought a new (used) bike that will enable me to ride again without hurting my shoulders and hips, so I'm pumped to take it out for a spin tonight. I have happy hour plans. Will ride the 5ish miles there, enjoy a single glass of wine, and then ride home. Vitamin D, friends and exercise=perfect evening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sashi View Post
    Did you harvest the chantrelles yourself? Those are my other favorites! I have always wanted to go mushroom hunting (several of my friends would go out in Marin when I lived in San Francisco), but haven't made it yet. How satisfying is it go collect your own food?!
    I did harvest them myself. Now that you are in Oregon, you should definitely plan a mushroom hunting excursion for yourself in the fall. The coast range is extremely prolific from Septemberish through November. The mushrooms start right after the very first rainfall.

    If you are serious about it, you should first purchase the field guide: All The Rain Promises and More by David Aurora. That will make it easy to tell the difference between the edibles and the not-so-edibles.

    And yes, finding your own food is so exciting that I would compare it to winning the lottery, although I've obviously never won the lottery
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flaura View Post
    If you are serious about it, you should first purchase the field guide: All The Rain Promises and More by David Aurora. That will make it easy to tell the difference between the edibles and the not-so-edibles.
    Thanks for the tip, Flaura, I totally will. As fabulous as it is to enjoy mushrooms someone else collected, I'd imagine it is far more satisfying to eat treasures you found yourself. I know veggies I've grown in the garden are always the tastiest because I planted and harvested them myself!

    Am trying very hard to be happy with the ease of following the primal lifestyle and not get hung up on the non-movement of the scale. I have gained back all the weight I had lost, leaving me near my all-time high weight of 163. And when I went to get dressed for happy hour last night, I just felt puffy all over, even my arms and legs, which I usually am proud of. Not sure if I could be overdoing it on meat and fat and therefore exceeding the calories I used to consume on my predominantly vegetable based diet from a few months ago, or what's the cause. I should have my thyroid labs back soon, and hopefully a dosage increase will help, and I'm also on some super low dose (supposedly sub-antimicrobial) doxycycline that I have a couple weeks left of, which I swear caused me to puff up a bit a few years ago when I tried it. I have always had to work hard to maintain my weight around 150, but working out every day and eating fairly light meals, with reasonable snacks and frequent treats, has been sufficient. Now, it feels like I'd weigh 200 pounds if I even made a habit of eating three meals a day. Ugh. Must stop feeling sorry for myself and just stick with it. I trust this is the right lifestyle for me, because I made it to almost 9pm last night, confronted with a ton of lovely non-primal HH foods, without indulging. I feel more in control, and proud of myself, and like this is a sustainable way of life. Even the mostly chocolateless existence. But I just want to feel good in my clothes!

    My frustration is reflected a bit in some snacking slip-ups yesterday, but still pretty solid:
    Food: Good, except some raisins and a bit of my husband's protein powder
    IF: Until noon
    Exercise: 60 minute bike ride out in the sunshine
    Fun: Happy hour with friends, and the lovely bike ride
    Sleep: Hard time, due to shoulder pain, but slept in til 8 tp make up for it.

    I go back to physical therapy today, so I will hopefully get my alignment back, and be able to hit it a bit harder in the gym for the next few days. Still will be out of my normal classes and focused on weights and walking with some sprints mixed in, but less pain equals more burn, right?
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    Good news/bad news: My labs confirm the thyroid levels are off, but I can't get in to see the doc about a dosage increase for 2 weeks. Damn. I actually have some old pills that I could dump out and split up to augment my existing dosage, but that seems a bit risky (although I have a friend that sees a pretty well-known thyroid doc that encourages her to self-adjust...).

    I also just got into a fight with my poor husband about my weight. He wants me to just be happy I look as good as I do, and stop agonizing over losing these 10 lbs. I want to feel good in my skin (although I appreciate his support immeasurably), and don't want to accept this is the new me. Must not allow frustration with the dumb scale to affect perfectly lovely marriage . Probably a self-perpetuating cycle to b*tch about my weight anyhow. Better to focus on the positive, baby steps, and just trust I'll get there if I keep up the good work.
    My primal journey involves a lot of (chocolate) slip-ups. But, I'm all about getting back on the horse!

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