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    Better? That's relative, I suppose. Lots of meds today but less of the back spasms. Tried a few gentle stretches as recommended, a bit more sore. Will try back to work tomorrow, and seeing physio after lunch.

    Today's eats:
    B: coffee with cream, tried a new smoothie: strawberries, spinach, coconut milk, small avocado, protien powder + cocoa powder. Quite tasty and creamy.
    L: pancetta bits with brussel sprouts sauteed in the fat (plus butter)
    S: 4 almonds, couple of radishes, espresso with heavy cream
    D: leftover steak, roma tomato drizzled with evoo and a bit of creamy feta.

    Activity: whole lotta nothing, including a nap. Good grief. Pain sucks. Walked to the mailbox...haha, only about 200 m, but felt every step.

    Aiming to keep lower on the carbs and up the fat while I'm less mobile, hopefully this doesn't last too long, I should be at least able to be out walking this week. Stayed away (mostly) from the nuts today, probably because I ate all the cashews yesterday! Probably won't be doing any real IF either for a week or so, as the anti-inflammatory meds are too harsh on the tummy without food. Feeling the desire for something sweet...may just whip up some heavy cream with cocoa instead of going for berries.

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    I think what you need is a good swig of champagne... french of course! Will be having a few swigs myself tonight to help a friend celebrate her birthday!

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    Suse, great idea, haha. Did have a glass of cab sauv tonight. The French champagne we found in Paris was quite divine...at home we more often settle for Spanish Cava (less pricey). Maybe come the weekend??

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    Physio today iced my back (not so nice) and gave me some more stretches to do. Pretty sore after being back at work all day, had to get up from the desk and move around after every 15 min or so. Also, not medicating as much, good for the long run but not pleasant in the short term.

    Eats:
    B: coffee with cream (I've pretty much ditched the milk for cream pretty well lately), leftover steak slices with 2 eggs scrambled in butter and heavy cream. Great surprise...one of my eggs from the farmers market (organic free range) was a double yolk!! What a find! Kept me full all day.
    S: lemon yerba mate tea
    L: small tin of tuna in olive oil. Meant to have at 2pm to have some food to take anti-inflammatory pill with, but got tied up in a meeting after physio and didn't have it until nearly 4...so that didn't help the back pain. Not really hungry, but needed food with the meds.
    D: bit of garlic pulled pork with organic saurkraut. Now hubby really thinks I'm nuts.
    S: just had the cracklings/roasted crispy skin from the pork shoulder...fatty heaven! Brings warm memories of childhood.

    Quite minimal on the carbs today. Might have a couple of berries, there are some nice strawberries in my weekly organic produce delivery, and if I don't grab a couple, the kids will have them all gone tonight for sure. Have a bit of whipped cream from last night with a bit of cocoa mixed in or some mascarpone cheese that would go nicely with them...

    Activity: just the physio. Should do the stretches again later before bed. I know the physiotherapist from after my knee surgery last year (and run into him regularly in the gym at work), he says that since I'm in good shape I should recover pretty quickly from this muscle strain. Hope he's right.

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    Yesterday was not a great day.
    B: smoothie (protein powder, frozen strawberries & blueberries, spinach, coconut milk), coffee with cream
    L: HB egg, green pepper, small avocado, leftover chicken leg that I'm thinking might have been a bit off...by end of work had bad gi upset, requiring numerous abrupt trips to the bathroom...gassy and crampy. Had to skip son's soccer game as I was still off through the evening.
    D: was wanting something to settle the tummy. Had my first cup of bengal spice tea with cream...very tasty. Visions of toast and noodles were tempting me, but in the end decided to make a batch of coconut pancakes, so had 4 with butter, and about a tsp of organic low sugar raspberry fruit spread that came as a freebee in my organic produce box this week. More berry than sugary, and only 4 g sugar per tbsp according to the label. Quite yummy and settled the belly as well. Older son (the one trying to be primal) finished off the batch between a late snack and breakfast today. Son #2 does NOT like them at all. His loss, more for us.

    Today feeling okay in the belly. Back is still pretty uncomfortable, need to get up and move frequently, but it's never a bad thing to get up from the computer anyway. Had to ice it tonight...something seems terribly wrong about putting ice on one's back...not quite like icing an ankle or a knee. Not too comfortable, but feeling better afterwards.

    Eats:
    B: coffee with cream, small smoothie (frozen strawberry & blueberry, spinach, celery, coconut milk, coconut oil, protein powder)
    L: small tin of tuna in olive oil, 2 last coconut pancakes with butter
    D: homemade caesar salad with 4 slices crispy bacon crumbled on top. Haven't made this dressing in ages, due to all the olive oil needed. Seems pretty primal to me now. Really good.

    Interesting bits: nearly half of the eggs I've opened from those bought at the farmers market (free range, organic, omega 3) have double yolks! That's so awesome! And those that are singles are huge. Going back to the market tomorrow and buying more. Need to pick up 2 flats instead of just one this week. Going to pick up some nice sausage too. Lots of good fresh stuff there without fillers and other nasty stuff in them.

    Enjoying a glass of beaujolais nouveau I picked up a few months ago and never got around to. Nice and fruity. Then off to bed.

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    i wonder if the raspberry spread helped. I read somewhere that raspberry cordial (as long as it has a high percentage of raspberry) is very good for stomach upsets, particularly e coli.

    Those fresh eggs sound good. I really must start going to some farmers markets.

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    Great trip to the Farmers Market today. Brought home more eggs, lettuces, kale, radishes, dill, basil, roma tomatoes, rhubarb, pastured bacon, smokies, sausages, morel mushrooms. Have some good plans for meals this week.

    Today's eats:
    B: coffee with cream and coconut oil (don't really LIKE it, but it is tolerable with the oil...will probably do it from time to time), a spoonful of cream cheese to take meds with
    L: few bits of the last of the pulled pork, 2 eggs scrambled in butter with a bit of feta
    D: meatza topped with tomato, green pepper, mushrooms and mozzarella. Dessert was paleo strawberry rhubarb crumble topped with heavy cream. Most delicious. Had enough fruit to make a second small one with (yes, I know) some sugar and oats for the kids. They weren't ready for the tartness of the paleo recipie. One rum & diet coke, one beer and a bit of wine.

    Back is feeling much better today, moving much easier and little need to medicate. Seems to be finally on the mend, hooray. Need to get off my butt and do some more moving tomorrow, if all stays this well. Been pretty rainy here lately, hoping for some sun tomorrow to get in a nice walk at least.

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    Sunny and warm today. Had a lovely sleep in after staying up late watching food porn a la Food Network.

    B: coffee with cream, 2 spoons cream cheese and a few bites of turkey breast coldcuts
    L: 1 piece leftover meatza, small bowl of rhubarb strawberry crumble with heavy cream
    S: (not really) had 2 beer reading with hubby on the deck in the sun after taking the boys shopping for clothes.
    D: bacon wrapped grilled pork tenderloin with morel cream sauce, grilled asparagus, caprese salad. Glass of shiraz.

    Didn't need any extra medication for the back today, yay. Much improved. Need to start thinking of a new workout plan for lifting. Has been a while. I'm always good once I have a plan to go at it regular for a few months, and then always let life get in the way and slack off again. Muscle tone is feeling a bit "soft" lately since it's been a while since regular workouts. Weight has been holding fairly steady lately, more activity is probably what I need to kick start some higher level fat loss. That, and being a bit more diligent with eating and drinking. Won't get quite where I think I can be without a little more focus. Damn the responsibilities of being a grown up for interfering with doing what I want! Ah well. Get to see younger son's "graduation" from juniour high next week. Took him out today to get dress pants, shirt, tie and jacket (looks fab), which he will wear with brightly coloured skater shoes. Hubby couldn't quite convince him that dress shoes would be appropriate...haha.

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    Another day gone. Physio today gave me some more exercises to work on back and core. Low back muscles are still very tight, but increased mobility from last week. Another few days of potent anti-inflammatory meds until I can go back to some IF, which I feel I could really use right now.

    Eats:
    B: 2 eggs scrambled in bacon fat with green pepper, tomato and a bit of mozzarella, coffee with cream
    L: small avocado, baby carrots, small tin tuna in olive oil
    S: 6 almonds, one turkey pepperoni stick
    D: leftover bacon wrapped pork loin warmed in bacon fat with morel cream sauce, few asparagus spears

    After work spent the next 4 hours as mom's taxi service, ferrying the boys around - 2 back to back practices for one, home from the gym and then to a practice for the other. Managed to squeeze in my dinner during the short break when both were practicing. Hubby away again this week for 4 days. Normally I would also have my 12 hour hospital shifts this week too, but cancelled them to not risk stressing my back for now. Should be able to be back at it again soon.

    Was planning to have some more of the lovely strawberry rhubarb crumble tonight, but I'm feeling full and rather bloated. Hmm, was it the amount of meat/fat at supper? Or the diet coke after getting home? Why the coke when I know better? Dunno. Meh. Suffice to say, no dessert for Greensprout tonight. Settling for a glass of chardonnay instead...yes, yes, need to get back on track there too. Be better to just get a good night's sleep, but it's still so damn light at 10pm. Plus if I go to bed early and leave the boys up gaming, they'll still be there at midnight and I'll have a hell of a time getting them out of bed so I can leave for work in the morning knowing they're awake and moving. Obviously in a bit of a blah mood this evening, no real reason why. Going to try to get up a few minutes early tomorrow to do my back exercises before work, we'll see how that goes...granted I could just close my office door and lie down on the floor at work and do it then...really, I could get away with it, but probably not ideal.

    Okay, enough rambling for one day. More running around tomorrow, practice for son #2 and overlapping game for son#1...will be able to see most of the game anyway, after taxi service concludes for #2. Need to remember the bug spray though...got eaten alive tonight just standing at the park for 10 min picking up one of the kids. They do frequently note that the mosquito should be our official provincial "bird".

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    sometimes it's good to ramble! I love rambling on my journal cause no one listens in real life ... hehe, well they pretend to but I bet they dont.

    Yes why the diet coke. evil. Even real coke is better IMO. you should have had a glass of wine instead. But I would say that wouldnt I.

    I think it sounds like your back is getting better but you definitely need to take care.

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