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    Today was sort of an IF, but chose to have milk/cream with coffee, so not a true fast.

    B: coffee with whole milk and some heavy cream
    L: Americano with cream (half & half, the highest fat the coffee shop had)
    S: handful of macadamia nuts between rushing home from work and heading to son #2's soccer game
    D: 5 slices bacon, 3 eggs fried in the fat. Was late, around 830pm, after soccer. Made the same for son, when he saw it after his shower (yes, his had 2 slices of buttered rye bread under the eggs), he promptly exclaimed "I love you, Mom"...too funny. 13 year olds don't say that often, so even if it is over food, I'll take it!

    Dinner didn't really fill me up. Will have to look for something else before bed. Think I might be at long last in ketosis...this evening having an odd taste in the back of my throat.

    Another point of interest for today...wore for the first time a pair of pants that I bought 2 weeks ago for my upcoming trip...they were most certainly looser today than in the store. Weren't tight in the first place, though more snug than today. And they are size 6...seems to be progress. Granted it is a bit disturbing that they don't quite fit as well as I thought they did when I bought them, but I'm pretty pleased. Hmm, that also might mean that the sundress I bought that was snug should fit superb...will have to pull out and check tomorrow. Scale was still 135 today, so yesterday's number wasn't just an anomaly. Yes, I do recall saying that I was planning to weigh only once per week, but that hasn't quite happened yet.

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    I've discovered a new love.

    Creamed coconut.

    Found it a few weeks ago in the ethnic section of the grocery, very inexpensive. Forgot I had it until I saw another post mentioning it, and remembered an earlier one where someone mentioned being able to just squeeze it out of the package directly into awaiting mouth. Anyway, was searching for a snack, and found some. First taste was just the coconut oil that had separated from the coconut meat solids in the plastic package. Squished up the coconut meat stuff...heaven. Had to put it away after scoffing nearly 1/4 of the package...felt just too decadent and like an absolute cheat. Lovely coconut taste, and the texture and richness reminded me of shortbread cookie dough (a shortcoming from pre primal days). Filled me up completely too. Had 3 organic strawberries too.

    I hesitatingly decided to share my new fabulous discovery with hubby (for fear of having to share)...he had a taste, made a bit of a face, and said "it's ooookay...". Didn't quite get what I was on about. Well, that means more for me! A new way to fill up and up the fat content when I'm in need of something more.

    Great end to the day. (let's not mention consuming the last tiny bit of remaining rum with a diet coke and then one dry martini).
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    Made my first meatza! A hit with the whole family. Led to an interesting discussion with the almost 15 year old son about "eating so much meat", as well as fats and grains. He's certainly not onboard to turn primal, but not generally complaining about the meals I've been fixing lately.

    Lots of errands and running around town today, not really hungry this morning.

    B: coffee with heavy cream
    L: didn't bother as wasn't hungry
    S: last handful of macadamia nuts (hubby found the stash), few almonds/cashews
    D: meatza topped with mushrooms, tomato, green peppers, mozzarella, few slices of chorizo, one beer

    Feeling very thirsty since dinner. Maybe due to the regular CW pizza sauce I used that was in the pantry? Just checked the label (belatedly), has modified corn starch and a fair bit of sodium It's either that or the beer, I suppose.

    Didn't buy more nuts at the grocery today. Do have almonds on hand if I feel the need, but have been snacking on nuts entirely too much lately.
    Expect to share a bottle of red wine in a bit.

    Have been researching local sources of grass fed meat. Are actually quite a few around. Will get to check some out when the farmers market opens next month, and hope to eventually convince hubby that we should order a freezer full direct from the farmer. Will start working on that after our holiday.
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    Had a very unexpected (and excellent) surprise this morning. Down another 2 lb! When did that happen? And how, considering all the nuts, drinks, and so on this week? And with not much activity. Waist is down another bit too, less than 28". So that's 3 lbs gone this week, I'm pleased, but bamboozled. Another point, nearly all of my 'skinny' pants are starting to be baggy.

    Last night had a bowl of strawberries and a few frozen blueberries with whipped cream, mmmmm. And some lovely merlot. Son #2 came home and ate leftover meatza (he had been out over dinner), exclaiming "wow, it's pizza on a hamburger!!", and was worthy of another 'I love you, Mom', lol, along with a request to make it regularly. Think I can comply.

    Hubby and I discussed the local grass fed meat suppliers I found. Think he's onboard to place an order for a 'variety pack' of 55 lbs of grass fed/pastured beef, pork and lamb. We can go out to the farm to pickup, about 2 hours away, they give tours of their farm and you can see how the animals are kept. Will do so after our trip, early in June. Yay!

    Slept in today, was up too late watching FoodTV (good old food porn).

    B/L: coffee with whole milk, 3 egg omlette with leftover meatza toppings (green pepper, mushroom, spinach, chorizo, bit of mozzarella) cooked in bacon fat.
    D: will be leftover meatza and a BAS.
    Am told the boys are making dinner (haha, on a leftover night...???) for Mothers Day. The thing is, I was also going to make sausage patties with the rest of the ground pork (have about 2 more lbs) for this week's breakfasts...hubby says I should supervise them doing this...we'll see. I'm skeptical.

    Okay, have some work to do. I'm presenting at a conference next weekend on a panel, and have to submit my presentation tomorrow, and I've procrastinated all week on getting it done. That, and laundry.

    Happy Mothers Day to the rest of the moms out there.

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    Well, I did have the boys make pork sausages (from FlyNavyWife's spicy breakfast sausage recipie), which turned out really good. We substituted coriander for sage, as I don't have the latter, and don't care for the flavour. Had some along with the leftover meatza and BAS for supper yesterday. Son put cheese and processed bacon bits in my salad, but I chose not to complain about that!

    I felt the same sort of thirsty and a bit off after dinner again, I think it must have been the pizza sauce used, as I didn't have any beer today. Will make my own next time, or at least use one without additives.

    Had a couple glasses cabernet-merlot while finishing my presentation, all done, yay.

    Today:

    B: 3 eggs scrambled in butter with 1 large breakfast sausage patty
    L: IF
    D: probably pork loin with sauteed veg (perhaps baby bok choi/snow peas).

    Totally stuffed from the big breakfast, so decided that was a good opportunity to not pack a lunch for work. I'm quite sure that it will hold me right through till dinnertime. Green and herbal teas will do me for the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greensprout View Post
    Had a very unexpected (and excellent) surprise this morning. Down another 2 lb! When did that happen? And how, considering all the nuts, drinks, and so on this week? And with not much activity. Waist is down another bit too, less than 28". So that's 3 lbs gone this week, I'm pleased, but bamboozled. Another point, nearly all of my 'skinny' pants are starting to be baggy.
    I think of all the things I like most about what I am doing with regard to my eating and exercising, it is "feeling" the results in what I wear. Like you my pants are baggy. Unfortunately I dont seem to be getting any change in the actual waistline but I guess that will come over time. However, I just love that I dont feel uncomfortable in my clothes, jeans arent cutting into me. Today in fact I am wearing a pair of trousers to work that I havent worn for several years. Go you!

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    Suse, I didn't see any big changes for weeks, just felt them in how clothing was fitting, though no real change the scale and little on measurements. Kept on going, and finally some objective numbers to keep encouraging me. Keep at it, good job on the trousers today!

    Kept up the IF until having a few almonds while prepping dinner. Slices of pork sirloin fried in bacon fat, (hubby found it odd, that I'd cook pork in pork fat, haha), with a cream sauce. Mashed garlic cauliflower with butter, and asparagus/baby bok choi sauteed in butter & bacon fat. Quite nice.

    Activity: Did a 6 km walk (or rather, march), couldn't put on the rucksack yet due to the wound healing, but went with a bit of weight in a vest. Felt good to be back moving.

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    Completed last night with some creamed coconut and 2 glasses of chardonnay.

    Today had planned to IF but woke up hungry, and thought, well, if my body really wants food, I'd better feed it.

    B: 3 eggs scrambled in butter with 1 fair sized pork sausage patty, coffee with half and half
    L: not really hungry, had one coffee with half and half
    D: few nuts while prepping. One very large BAS BLT style (lettuce, spinach, scallion, broccoli slaw mix, radish, 1/2 avocado, 4 slices thick bacon crispy, dressed with an excellent mix of warm bacon fat/balsamic/dijon mustard.

    Cooked 1 kg of thick sliced bacon...had to keep the kids from devouring the entire amount as I wanted to save some (made them omelettes). Lots of bacon fat saved, as usual, kids were making fun of me for saving all the fat..."look Dad, that's going on your next meal" (which might be true!). Of course he comments back "oh, my cholesterol, my hardening arteries"...yeah, he's eating primal too, and I'm trying to educate my young carb loading athlete sons on my newly found primal ways...may have a bit of a long road there.

    After dinner, immediately off to son's soccer game, out for 3 hours total. Peckish getting back, so had a couple small pieces leftover pork sirloin-dipped in bacon fat- and a glass of chardonnay.

    Activity: made it to PT at end of the workday. Was a circuit style workout, alternate cardio with upper body/core strength circuits, 6 min each, for a total of 3 circuits of each. Cardio was running between stations of burpees, side jumps, stepping, jump rope. Strength was 45 sec each of assisted pullups, stability ball rollouts, pushups on bosu, bench tricep dips, shoulder side raises with weights, and another core with passing the stability ball from feet to hands in a v-sit thing. Excellent workout, I felt strong and was obviously doing a lot better than most of the younger people there. Not sure if this is more a commentary on my abilities or their lack of abilities...haha. Felt really good, though might feel it tomorrow.

    Good day overall, though I might need a bit more to eat before bed. Undecided if I'll get to the 2 days of fasting this week that I was intending, I think I'll keep it in mind, but listen to my body and decide what feels best at the time. I usually aim for 24 hours or so when fasting, but that depends on whether I eat/snack later in the evening or not. Works best if I either don't eat after 630 pm or so, or else have a busy evening running around with kid sports that skipping dinner is pretty easy to do. Only thing there is that I still have to make some dinner for the rest of the family...

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    Last night also had a small bowl of strawberries with coconut milk and a piece of bacon.

    Today:

    B: coffee with half and half, 3 eggs fried in bacon fat and 4 slices bacon
    L: IF
    D: few almonds making dinner (maybe 16 or so). Spaghetti squash with butter, topped with ground beef in pasta sauce and parmesan, asparagus roasted with evoo.

    Once again, after dinner I'm feeling thirsty, and my head is a bit foggy. Used CW bottled pasta sauce. I do think I'm getting sensitive to such things, so will have to start getting organic and additive free ingredients and making my own from now on. Bit of a belly ache too, which I felt the day after the CW pizza sauce on the meatza the other day too.

    Activity: 6 km walk (march) at work with weighted vest, along with shoveling gravel.

    Off to soccer game for son #2 tonight.

    Had a good chat with son #1 late last night, he has recently started weight training, and was asking more about how we are eating and how it can work for muscle building/fat burning. Says he's going to start doing the same thing (Yay, progress!) and has even been discussing it with his buddies. I expect that as a teenager, he will continue to want to indulge at times, especially with friends, but if he wants to eat primally when he can, I'm totally thrilled. He asked for suggestions for breakfasts, and the lunches he packs for school. I think he's seeing the results in me and hubby, and is currently pretty motivated to do what he can to start building the physique he is aiming for. Go kid!

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