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    Hi, I am back again after a little blip, how do you make your meatloaf if you don't mind me asking. It is not something you get in my part of the world unless it is a nut roast type which I would NOT enjoy. Love reading your experiences, happy that you have lost some pounds. Debra

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    I'm glad you're back! How are things?

    To be honest, it was my mother who made the meatloaf, and if I recall, her recipe isn't entirely primal, but I'm sure it could be adapted. Basically:
    2lbs of ground meat of your choice
    1 egg
    sm. diced onion (celery too if you like)
    salt, pepper, garlic to taste
    (traditional meatloaf uses breadcrumbs... my mom always uses oats, but you CAN make it without any of that, it just tends to be denser)
    Mix it all together and press into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper. Top with mustard, salsa and crumbled cooked bacon, and bake for about 45 mins-1 hr at 375
    Let it rest for 15 mins before serving, or it will fall apart (well, it probably will anyways without the grains in it, but that's ok!) As a kid, I always ate this with ketchup, or as a sandwich... but it's ideal with mushroom gravy/sauce!

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    Also, I just realized the 21 day challenge is technically over today! Altogether, I would have to declare it a success: I lost a bit of weight, but much more importantly, I've really committed to doing this for the long haul. It may have taken a little bit to get going, but that just makes me all the more excited to have yet another good week. I'm still going to take things a week at a time - little by little things will come together.

    Clearly I've also become addicted to this whole online journalling thing.. and I just want to say how much I appreciate the support I've received! It makes all the difference.

    So, to EmeraldRose, SocoolNanny, Golangrok, and all the lurkers out there... Here's to a better life for us all!

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    Will definitely try this, thanks. Just found in an old scrapebook a list of goals I had been tinkering with and thought that they still apply so will add them to my list.
    *Treat myself and others with more respect, be kinder to myself when not feeling 100%
    *Work towards a body fit for it's purpose
    *Eat when hyngry, quality not quantity
    *Do fun activities with family and friends
    *Mindfulness - living in the moment and relishing it
    How will I do this - rejoice in small achievements, let fo of disappointments; eat well, exercise well, socialise, help when I can and let others give help when I need it.
    There, sermon of the day over, going to get a cup of tea now and do some knitting, get my mind off the rhubarb crumble in the fridge:} Debra.

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    Thank you, I have just returned your toast with tea. i appreciate the support you give me also and it has motivated me to do a ten challenge leading up to christmas. Fingers crossed I will have a minimum of slip ups ( I am only human after all). Debra

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    Ok, so we've finished the official challenge, now let's keep going with our own! How many weeks shall we do? Stick with 3 weeks?

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    I like it! If we do 3 week increments, it gives us a chance to reevaluate occasionally.
    I think I'd like to take this opportunity to check in on my original goals:

    1) Night-time snacking: I have definitely reduced this, but still need a little work, so I will keep it as a goal.
    2) Wine and cheese: honestly have done the best with this. A glass or two a couple nights a week is reasonable, and I've been eating waaay less cheese, which I thought would be the hardest part. I think this one is under control.
    3) Lifting heavy things: began doing this a little bit, am going to ramp it up.
    4) Primal recipes: have added lots to my repertoire, I'm sure many more will come. This isn't really a challenge though, as I enjoy cooking.
    5) Mindful eating: still need to work on this.

    So, new, unofficial 21-day challenge goals!
    1) Totally control nighttime snacking
    2) Ramp up the weight lifting
    3) Eat mindfully
    4) Be under 160lbs by Oct 21


    Aaaaand go!

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    I can never really figure out if I'm not being strict enough, or if I'm beating myself up too much: Yesterday was mostly meat (salmon, chicken, pepperoni, bacon) and veg (salad, asparagus), but I felt like I'd done poorly because I had about 3oz cheese, about 1/2 cup of the rice filling from cabbage rolls, and a half-dozen 5cent candies. (Obviously the candies aren't good by any definition, but they are my sweet weakness for sure - can take or leave baked goods, but waft a gummy candy in front of my nose, and I rise off the ground with my tail wagging) but good portion control, I think.

    But I'd lost another 1/2 pound by this morning. Which makes me think it's ok to eat these kinds of things... which looks like a slippery slope. Ugh. IDK.

    Today is not too bad. Had chicken soup for lunch, and will be having the cabbage rolls and sausage for supper - carb heavy, but this is like a 2x a year indulgence. Back on track, rather than poorly-paved-path-beside-track, tomorrow.

    I'm going to make hamburger cordon swiss with mushroom sauce. And I promised my bro I would make bacon-potato soup... little does he know it will be cauliflower soup, with a few token bits of potato! Muahahahaha!

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    Oh excellent! I may have to try something like that...my kids will eat soup. I wonder if I can convince them it's potato?

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    If you don't have a problem with dairy, I find melty cheddar covers up any suspicions!

    Totally gorged on cabbage rolls last night, and suffered pretty bad gas for it... but I have NO regrets. So delicious! They tasted almost like my grandpas...

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