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    Lexie's Log

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    Thought I'd start one of these up. I did make a blogger for pictures and things with general reflections. (Honestly, didn't realize these journals were here when I started it). I do want to log my food, though and I don't want to clutter up my blog with what I've eaten and the specifics of my workout. So, this is going to just be a general log of what I've eaten and the exercise I've done.

    Name: Lexie
    Age: 27

    Starting Weight: 148 lbs. (01/13/12)
    Starting Waist: 29 in. (01/13/12)
    Starting Hips: 40 in. (01/13/12)

    Current Weight: 146.2 lbs. (01/27/12)
    Current Waist: 27 in. (01/27/12)
    Current Hips: 39.5 in. (01/27/12)
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    I'd sort of wandered away from here for a while - not quite sure I like the tone of the posts in some of the forums, honestly. But, I did want to try and actually ease my way into being primal and get back on track since things went off the rails with the semester from hell at school. I'm tracking calories and percentages of fat/carbs/protein over at Sparkpeople, just so I have a better idea of what I'm eating and what I need to work on.

    This morning, I had my lift heavy things workout. I did 20 wall pushups and 20 pushups on the stairs, as I'm slowly walking myself down to knee pushups. I did a dead hang for 10 seconds from my pullup bar, and then followed that with 20 chair-assisted pullups. I did a 90 second plank and two 30 second side planks, followed by 50 squats. I've got squats down, I am the squatting champ! That makes me feel a bit better since my upper body is basically a noodle. I also did 20 calf raises and 20 of these funky looking wall bridge things that work the lower abs, hips, and glutes that I saw in Prevention magazine. Did those for the first time - wanted to do 50. Could barely eke out 20 - kicked my ass literally.

    Was running super late for work this morning and ended up eating four pieces of bacon for breakfast in the car, since chopping up all the stuff for my salad took longer than expected. It's 10 AM and I'm starving. Think I'll grab some nuts - I really don't have any good primal snacks here at the office.

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    Ate about an ounce of raw almonds as a snack to get me through to lunch. I definitely need to get myself some more primal snacks for here at the office as a bit of a just in case measure. Most of the time I don't snack, but when I need to, having healthy stuff really can help.

    Lunch today is pretty damn awesome - I made a big ass salad that I love. About two cups of spring greens, two hardboiled eggs, chicken strips, a little bit of gorgonzola crumbles, a whole avocado, a chopped tomato, some chopped green pepper and onions, a drizzle of good quality olive oil, a dash of herbs, and the juice of half a lemon. Delish! Here's hoping this actually keeps me full for a while.

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    I'm still super full from lunch - and yet I want cake. I'm dying for a piece of gooey chocolately cake right now. Even if it was in front of me, I'm so full I couldn't eat more than a bite.

    But I really want it.

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    Decided I'd let myself get a Mounds bar from the vending machine when I got to school. Law school, y u no stock good candy?

    I'm eating carrot sticks. This was not the chocolate and coconut-y goodness I was wanting. Then again, I had a Wendy's double stack cheeseburger for dinner. Yay, beef?

    I logged my food at Sparkpeople today:
    1595 calories
    111g fat (60.5%)
    70g carbs (16.9%)
    93g protein (22.6%)

    Not too bad, overall. There's definitely improvements to be made of course, but I'm off to a decent start, I think.

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    Today was a mixed bag. I did about 20 minutes of yoga this morning. I know that there are contradicting opinions about yoga in the paleo/primal world, but I don't care. I love the stress relief and how loose it helps my muscles feel. So whether it counts as moving slowly or play (or even strength), I don't really care. I'm doing it anyway.

    Didn't get breakfast since I took too long chopping veggies for my salad for lunch and then ended up running out the door. I had planned on having a mug of herbal tea and some almonds as a breakfast when I got to work, since I was hungry, but work intervened. It was a crazy day! Usually, I do some walking but mostly sitting. Today, I was walking to the courthouse and back repeatedly, climbing stairs, carrying bankers boxes full of crap up and down stairs, doing more walking, and more stairs. I about fainted around 10 am from being so hungry, so I took a quick moment and got a small thing of sliced pepperoni and cheese cubes from the courthouse cafe. I was so happy to see that there. I had visions of doughnuts and cheese fries dancing in my head. I was sure I wasn't going to get anything primal.

    That said, despite being good with my snack, I ended up getting a coke during a quick recess, just to get me through the trial. I felt so tired and sluggish (mainly because of lack of food, rather than carb flu symptoms, I think) that I knew it was bad, but I didn't care. And oh, it tasted so good. Soda, what crack do they put in you?

    I got myself back on track for dinner, finally getting to eat after court adjourned today. I had a giant salad of mixed greens, chopped onion, tomatoes, pepper, avocado, hardboiled egg, a drizzle of lemon juice and olive oil, and a bit of canned tuna packed in its own oil mixed with Greek yogurt and a dash of yellow mustard for a close approximation of tuna salad. Had it late enough in the day that it's basically my dinner - this thing will keep me full for hours. People who say salads aren't filling are doing it wrong!

    According to Sparkpeople, I had:
    1789 calories
    110g fat (54%)
    102g carbs (22.3%)
    109g protein (23.7%)

    Not too bad. The coke wasn't great, obviously. The pepperoni was probably full of nitrates, dye, and funky fillers. The cheese was probably full of crap, too. But my salad was healthy and I managed not to eat the doughnuts or cakes staring at me at the cafe. I got some exercise in and my percentages/grams aren't too bad. Baby steps are still small improvements, after all!

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    After the day from hell (class only added to the fun), I caved when I got home and had two beers, so that upped my calorie counts/carbs for yesterday.

    But, I woke up two pounds lighter, so I'm not going to sweat it! It was also the last of the beer in my house, so as long as I don't buy any more, I'll be able to stick to wine pretty easily.

    I had planned to get up and work out this morning, but the beers knocked me out, so I'm taking a rest day. These things happen. I've decided I'm not going to stress about going primal. I'm just going to make slow changes and eventually adapt myself to where I'm eating this way naturally out of habit. No need to go cold turkey or punish myself. I'm already doing loads better than I was and self-hatred and stress usually has the opposite than intended effect anyway.

    Didn't have breakfast this morning. I wasn't hungry and I hadn't exercised, so I skipped it, but now it's twenty to ten and I'm jonesing for breakfast/lunch. I hate when this happens. I made myself a mug of tea with a little bit of honey in it and hopefully that will tide me over until I can make myself an early lunch.

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    Managed to keep on track for lunch with a big ass salad with mixed greens, chicken, hardboiled egg, green pepper, tomato, and avocado with a drizzle of quality olive oil. Super filling - it really blows my mind. It keeps me full, too, when the Taco Bell I'd sometimes get for lunch wouldn't, even though the calories were three times as high.

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    Grabbed a Wendy's doublestack cheeseburger for dinner to go with my carrot sticks. When I decided to hop on this, I hadn't the time to figure out dinner and I'm not really the IF'ing type yet. So, at least it wasn't a crispy chicken sandwich?

    Tracked for the day:
    1221 calories
    75g fat (53.2%)
    76g carbs (24%)
    72g protein (22.8%)

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    Hi Lexie. You're right about not beating up on yourself. This isn't an exam where you have to score points. You could do some of your salad prep the night before so as to leave yourself time for breakfast. Mark has a video on his salads here somewhere, and he has all the ingredients pre-sliced, diced, or chopped in separate containers.

    I won't dish out any other advice because I'm new at this myself. I do know that it's easier for me to "deprive" myself of things when I fully understand the reasons why I keep reading the info on this website to drill it into my head and reprogram my thinking.

    Good luck!
    5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
    Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
    Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

    More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
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