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    So, I'd say I've found two new foods that I like. Dates and homemade fried plantains! I didn't even eat the burgers I cooked tonight because I sort of filled up on plantains and guacamole (Gabi actually mixed the guac and she ate 2 1/2 burgers that were 1/4lb burgers).

    So, my thing went well today. I'm happy about that because I'm trying to straighten up. I feel like God's giving me a chance with this stuff. Now I just need to not ruin it by getting in the way.

    Gabi and I went to check out the local Civil Air Patrol Composite squadron. We've got two more meetings to go to before she decides that she wants to join. I really hope so because I think it would be a good experience for her and could get her out to meet more people and train her in things that could help her out when she's older. We'll see, I'm not going to get my hopes up too much right now.

    Today
    B: Breakfast Paleo Pizza! That stuff is awesome!
    S: one date with coconut on it.
    L: Jason's Deli California club sans the bread. Some fruit
    S: Another date with coconut, but two regular bedjool dates
    D: Well, my dinner turned out to be the fried (in coconut oil) plantains and guacamole. I think I might have eaten too many plantain chips!
    Drinks: Water

    Exercise 1.25 mile walk with sprints incorporated. About 7 total, I think. I stopped at seven because my left quad was feeling a bit tight.

    Today, not because I was trying, but because I forgot, I only took one of my thyroid caps. I made it through the day without need to crash in the middle of the day. So, I'm thinking since it's a bit warmer and we're outdoors at work more, I may only need to take one a day now.
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    GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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    Oh dangit, went on a sugar binge today. Sigh, some days this is just hard to fight. My Tues night group decided to surprise one of our people with a birthday cake. Normally I would just say no, but I thought I could handle it. I ended up eating two pieces and had a little ice cream. Then I had one of mom's brownies. Did I mention I had some dates today? Yeap, those too. Gonna have to take it easy tomorrow until dinner time with mom. She's cooking up ribs for dinner. Protein and fat will be key, as it always should be right now. Okay, maybe if I can make it just 4 days in a row without back tracking, I might stand a chance at getting past this.

    Yesterday
    B: 6 pcs bacon
    L: One large avocado
    S: I think probably 5-6 dates at home. The rest of the home fried plantain chips. One Coconut Secret Bar
    D: Grill lime garlic dill salmon (used the wood plank) and some grilled yellow squash
    Drinks: Water
    Exercise:
    PEM Push ups Squats Plank Calf Raises Superman Pull ups Chin ups
    25 assist 50 2:00 30 20 1 2
    25 assist 50 1:51 30 20 .5 2

    Today
    B: Leftover breakfast pizza
    L: Leftover fajita seasoned burger (1 &1/2), salad with homemade dressing and one small avocado
    S: Pork rinds (ugh, never doing the salt and vinegar ones again!) probably like 15 dates (talk about carb overload!)
    D: Jason's Deli Test Kitchen sandwich, the Johnny Cashew. Consists of smoked ham, I think pickled onions, some pepper jelly stuff (I had a small taste), and goat cheese. It's supposed to come with cashew butter, but I think they forgot that. The lady said it wouldn't be the same without the bread, but I shrugged it off. They could have given me the butter regardless. Oh well. It was okay, but not the best thing. I had a small side salad.
    Desserts: Two slices of chocolate chip chocolate cake with less sugar (or however that goes) frosting and some ice cream. One of mom's gluten free cherry brownies. She tried the cherries in it to help sweeten the brownies.
    Drinks: Water and Iced tea
    Exercise: 10 x 50 feet sprints

    Tomorrow, if I get up on time, I'm starting back up 10 minute trainer. I'm thinking about joining Crossfit here, but I've got to weigh the money option for it first and look at the times.
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    GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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    Is it that you're having a hard time with sugar because you're craving sugar or is it because it's there and it's food? Maybe the issue is that sugar is the only thing around in these instances; you feel like food is around and you have to eat and sugar is the only option. Is that a possibility in these situations?
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    It could very well be. I'm trying to load up my kitchen with protein, fats, and veggies. Just got back from grocery shopping.
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    If you're ever looking for a good snack I've recently taken a liking to kale chips... may be a good crunch to add to snack list.
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    I'm not fond of the kale chips only because they fall apart too easily.

    Oh yesterday, I slipped again. Ok, I figured why I was craving the chocolate. It's that time of month thing that drives me to a point where trying to hold back doesn't work in my favor. So, if I can stick to dark dark chocolate during those times, I should be okay. I'm just going to post yesterday's stuff for now.

    Yesterday
    B: 6 pcs bacon
    S: Hard boiled egg
    L: Pulled pork with parm garlic sauce. Salad with vinegrette and some fries. I could have done without the fries, but I ate them anyway. I'm pretty certain I know why I did that.
    S: Fried pork rinds (I probably could have done without these)
    D: Mom's roasted ribs! Carrots and two of her gluten free brownies
    Drinks: Water and iced tea

    Exercise: 10 minute trainer Cardio and Lower Body
    Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

    GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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    Have you ever contemplated doing a Whole30 like Jenn and Tomi? I haven't... LOL! Seriously, do you think it might help?

    But look at the bright side, it's not like you're blowing up like a balloon or anything. You keep chipping away at this and sooner or later you'll conquer the monster and gain control. And really, that's what it's about - not following rules or protocols, but being in control. That is something that is usually learned gradually, and the process is made up of a series of small victories till one day you look back and realize how far you've come without realizing it. I bet you can already look back and see a lot of progress.
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    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

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    Well, I think I've been dodging filling this out because I feel like a hot mess with the sugar thing. This is just silly as far as I'm concerned. Okay, quiting cold turkey isn't working. Perhaps backing off slowly is a better idea. Just that, backing off instead of giving up completely on what I consider naturally sweet foods. Honestly, it's causing more stress than it needs to, which is turning this unhealthy for me. In the process, I'm binging on sweets, natural or not. This isn't good either and it won't work. I just don't need this stress.

    Gabi's been having fun with the Everyday Paleo cookbook and trying out some of the recipes. There's a recipe in there for date "candies" that she tried out today. After making a bit of a mess and tweaking it a little, she succeeded. They're good and I ate about 5 of them. I made up my mind to make sure I ate enough dinner to not eat the cake that I knew would be at my small group tonight because I ate the date things.

    Yesterday:
    B: last of the paleo breakfast pizza
    S: pork rinds, corned beef
    L: two of the ribs and salad
    S: More pork rinds
    D: Roast beef, some veggies, one piece of smoked gouda, and olives
    Dessert: 4 of mom's chocolates that she makes
    Drinks: Water
    Exercise: 10 min trainer cardio and total body

    Today
    B: 4 pcs bacon, 3 egg heavy cream omelete with mushrooms and leeks
    S: pork rinds
    L: leftover chicken kiev, salad with dressing, and corned beef
    S: about 5 or 6 of the date candies, some pepperoni
    D: Egg Salad without bread and a side salad with red wine vinegar and olive oil
    Drinks: Water and unsweetened iced tea

    Exercise: 10 min trainer Yoga Plex

    Sometime this week, I'm going to go check out the Crossfit 806 place. I'm interested in it for me, but they have a teen program too. Gabi said she'll give it a go if it seems like a good idea.
    Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

    GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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    It's sometimes easier to control something like that if we give ourselves permission to have a little, and then put it off as long as possible. If going cold turkey is actually making things worse for you, then it's obviously not a good fit for you. It's not like eating sugar is a Sin That Must Be Avoided At All Costs. It's just something you want to consume minimal amounts of, and preferable buffered by decent foods. Perhaps allowing yourself a small treat at crucial times, regularly, would be a good way to go. Like, one or two primal-type cookies or dates or something after a meal.

    When I'm in social settings or at buffets, I do my best to be the last one to start eating, because once I start it's harder to control.
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    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

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    Phew, crazy past couple of days. And I have to be at work by 5 tomorrow. I don't mind the early days when they happen once in a while. Just means I have to go to bed earlier. Been messing with my truck this week to get rid of this rough idle and loping. Still not fixed, but I'm getting there. Between the Chilton and Haynes manuals (which I have realized are pretty much the same thing), I've just about got it narrowed down. Thank goodness for online forums to find where stuff is located when those manuals fail me. Man, finding things on a 4.2liter F-150 can be a pain sometimes!

    So, Gabi and I finished off the date candies, but we've agreed she can't make anymore until I get a new food processor. She caused my little 4 cup one to smoke, lol. She has fallen in love with salmon grilled on a plank (score!) and grilled veggies. She likes those a little crispy. Since I only have certain flours in the fridge, she's learning how to cook with those. She made chocolate gluten-free pancakes today (used Pamela's mix and Natural Grocers cocoa powder). She did use sugar in the raw to sweeten with. That would have been nice to know before I sort of ate like 3 of them...... Oh well, it happens. Next time I'll ask.

    Work is getting better day by day. Still sort of stressful, but this happens with change. Oh yeah, I'm down to only taking one thyroid cap per day, instead of two. I am convinced it's because it's sunnier outside and we have more time with the sunlight.

    Guess what?! Tomorrow we start looking for a dog! A friend of mine has to give her two up, but we can only take one if we like her. Gabi and I have been looking up information on this female boxer to find out about her temperment and such. She's not a big boxer, but she's of age where she won't grow anymore. She's house trained, but we plan on training her again to make sure she knows we're her new family and such. We're going to check her out tomorrow night and I'm kind of excited. Yes, we've checked out all the other stuff with boxers, such as possible health issues. If we get her, I'll post pictures as soon as I can.

    Food wise, I've been up and down with that lately. I know it's stress and I'm sure I need to get that under better control. Some of it's good stress, some of it's bad.

    Yesterday
    B: 6 pcs bacon
    S: Fried pork rinds
    L: Leftover pork chop and salad
    S: Last three date candies
    D: Burger with two slices bacon (I could swear it was turkey bacon, but I don't know) and some sweet tater fries
    Drinks: Water
    Exercise: Ten Min Trainer Yoga Flex

    Today
    B: 4 pcs bacon, two fried eggs
    L: BWW's Honey BBQ chicken salad and chocolate milk (ugh, I'm regretting that right now)
    S: Taste testing different fried pork skins from a Carniceria on the BLVD. 3 gluten-free chocolate pancakes
    D: Pan fried in coconut oil, battered fish (tillapia). Breading mix was 1 cup coconut flour, 1 cup almond meal, some chestnut flour, and some coconut flakes. Added some garlic powder, chili powder, and salt. It was okay, but the seasonings didn't really taste all that strongly, so it was sort of bland. I'm going to zest some limes this weekend and let that dry. Then grind it with some garlic powder and sea salt. Maybe toss in some chili powder.
    Exercise: 10 minute trainer Total Body

    Well, need to take the truck for another run to see if it's chilled a little bit. Then it's off to bed early!
    Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

    GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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