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    DAY SIX

    GRUB
    1st meal: eggs scrambled with chorizo and a ton of kale, chard, and spinach. Two mugs of coffee with coconut milk.

    2nd meal: this was really more of a snack. One honeycrisp apple from the family orchard, a couple tablespoons of sunflower seed butter, and a few homemade kale chips (baked with bacon fat and sea salt) made from the kale in our garden

    3rd meal: homemade PALEO CHICKEN POT PIE. This was really good, and the crust was better than I anticipated. I didn't have any carrots on hand so I subbed those with squash from the farmer's market.

    Indulgence: one glass of red wine.

    WOD
    40 minutes of yoga, and if you count it, running around shopping for the week's groceries for a couple hours in the morning while intermittent fasting.

    NOTES
    A relaxing weekend was definitely what we needed after being on the go for the majority of days off in recent months. Energy levels have been good, and I haven't given in when my husband, that jerk, was eating Kettle Chips or eating candy leftover from a party. Cravings have been easily tolerable.

    Also, if it's not apparent by now, I'm not 100% giving up on alcohol at this time. I've done it numerous times in the past during Whole30s, but right now I'm restricting it to limited intake on the weekends only. This upcoming weekend is a local hops festival, at which I'm "working," so that will be a planned indulgence-- but done so smartly!
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    DAY SEVEN

    Ohhhhh lord, the temptations dealt upon me this day! Let's get down to the grub. DID I GIVE IN???*

    GRUB
    One mug of black coffee

    1st meal: this was so big I didn't need a third today. Two locally made bratwursts, sauerkraut, and warm German potato salad (butter/olive oil instead of mayo).

    2nd meal: a giant serving of Greek salad and leftover roasted cauliflower soup, this time with chicken and spinach.

    WOD
    I close the day WODless, the only considerable activity being some fast-paced jaunts through town.

    NOTES
    Our pub's staff held an end-of-summer, thanks-for-all-your-help party tonight at a local winery. LET ME TELL YOU WHAT THE SPREAD WAS. Because this shiz is ridiculous. Gourmet pizza upon gourmet pizza, plates heaping with fresh, soft, and warm homemade cookies, bowls of candy, and free, motherfreaking FREE craft beer and wine. How did this primal girl handle it?

    I ATE TWO GIANT HELPINGS OF GREEK SALAD.
    And I entered the corn hole tournament, something I usually avoid based upon its unfortunate name alone. Good pizza and homemade cookies are my ultimate foils. I played corn hole (CORNHOLE!) to avoid their sugary, glutentastic charms. And it worked! I left early-ish and came home to my leftover roasted cauli soup and that was just. fine. Sure, the cookies will haunt my dreams, but I avoided those edible landmines successfully. SUCCESS!


    *NO! THIS IS SPARTAAAAAAA.
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    DAY EIGHT

    GRUB
    One mug of black coffee

    1st meal: leftover Paleo Chicken Pot Pie. Here's a tip regarding that recipe: amazing when it's fresh, but that crust dissolves into mush as leftovers. A little disappointing but it still tasted good.

    2nd meal: leftover scrambled eggs with chorizo, kale, chard, and spinach

    Snack: two squares of 88% dark chocolate, a chunk of Kerrygold cheese, and a handful of homemade kale chips. Hey, it's Shark Week around these parts (gestures toward lap), and this was deemed necessary.

    Dinner: green chile pork chili, a recipe gleaned and primalized from the outstanding American Craft Beer Cookbook. The author recently visited our brewery and held a book signing, and I snagged a copy for myself. It features recipes from brew pubs across the US, and while MANY of them aren't close to primal, a lot can be adapted. I topped this awesome, if brothy, chili with a big dollop of freshly made guacamole and pico de gallo (almost all the ingredients for the latter were from the garden!).

    Instagram food pic, ahoy!
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    WOD/NOTES

    Shark Week/TOM left me feeling like crap. Way more than usual, so my planned workout didn't happen. Instead I spent the evening making the chili, guac, and pico, and went to bed early.
    Last edited by madamvonsassypants; 09-25-2013 at 11:17 AM. Reason: added photo!
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    DAY NINE

    GRUB
    One mug of black coffee

    1st meal: two soft-boiled, farm fresh eggs, three strips of bacon, chopped up, fresh pico de gallo, and roasted kale

    2nd meal: leftover Green Chile Pork Chili, with pico and guacamole on top

    Snack 1: protein shake made of chocolate Myofusion, chocolate Green Superfood, and water
    Snack 2: homemade baked sweet potato strips with sea salt, turmeric, cinnamon, and black pepper

    3rd meal: an "Italian mish-mash" I made up. Roasted spaghetti squash tossed with pancetta, chopped kalamata olives, all natural Italian sausage rounds, homemade sundried tomatoes, spinach and fresh basil from the garden. Oh, and a slight drizzle of really great olive oil. It was AWESOME. Tons of leftovers since, thanks to my snacks, I didn't eat a ton. Also I had a few slices of the roasted "rainbow" carrots that I made, but those were mostly for leftovers.

    WOD
    I was still feeling rough today (constant headache, body fatigue) so my gym workout was postponed AGAIN, and instead I went home, did a mobility warmup, and then did a 1.25mi walk carrying a 25# kettlebell. I varied between suitcase carries and then racked-style carries, alternating between arms. A surprisingly great challenge that works your lats, core, arms, and grip strength while you get your daily quota of slow movement.

    NOTES
    This Shark Week/TOM has been a fucking BITCH. I never have as rough of a time as I've had this month. I'm not sure what the source of my headaches are, as I usually only get them when I'm dehydrated. The last two days I've developed them in the afternoon and they last through the evening. I've been drinking enough water, so could it be eye strain? When I got home I couldn't even look at a screen.

    In the afternoon I thought maybe my body wasn't digging the low level of carbs I had consumed by that time of the day (20g, and it felt like the carb flu I had felt last week), so I drank the protein shake I had saved for post-workout. Felt slightly better afterward, but the headache was on full force at home and I finally resorted to two ibuprofen and once again went to bed early, where I slept like a friggin' rock.
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    I love that you put pic of your dishes. I had the intention, but by the time I remember to reach for my phone, food is all gone.

    Thank for the encouraging words.
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    Quote Originally Posted by celestylez View Post
    I love that you put pic of your dishes. I had the intention, but by the time I remember to reach for my phone, food is all gone.

    Thank for the encouraging words.
    I think it's the bane/blessing of this technological and "share everything" age. I have so many food photos on my phone. In fact I'll be posting one today!

    Also I visited NYC for the first time this summer and HOLY CRAP the amazing selection of food you have at your hands at all times!
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    DAY TEN

    GRUB

    One mug of black coffee

    1st meal: leftover "Italian mish mash" from the night before, with a small bunch of red grapes

    2nd meal: raw red pepper, jicama, and cucumber, with green olives, dipped in guacamole and pico de gallo

    Snack: small chunk of Kerrygold cheese and one square of 88% dark chocolate

    3rd meal: homemade ALMOND FLAX & ROSEMARY CRACKERS with sea salt (holy bejeebus these were incredible!), two all natural chorizo sasuages with a scrambled egg rolled up with the last of the home pico de gallo in lettuce, with roasted rainbow carrots on the side.

    Cracker porn, ahoy!
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    WOD
    Hurray, I finally felt decent enough to lift weights again! I did deadlifts, overhead presses, weighted bridges, Turkish get-ups (first time with 20#!), weighted single leg squats, and d-ball slams after the basic mobility warm up. Felt awesome minus the nerve twinge in my right shoulder that I get sometimes during deadlifts. I need to figure out why that happens.
    Also I went for a 1.5mi walk in the sun along the river during lunch.

    NOTES
    The Red Plague's reign of terror is beginning its decline and I decidedly didn't feel like shit today! I've had that cracker recipe waiting in the wings for a while now and finally decided to bust it out last night. I am a cracker LUH-VER and cannot be trusted to keep my cool when I know good crackers are somewhere nearby. Since going paleo my only cracker indulgence has been the rare, but delicious, bag of Oregon Cracker Company's Sharp Cheddar Cheese Crackers, since they're made locally with local cheese AND gluten-free. But it's still processed and at about $7/bag, shiz ain't cheap. These, with fresh rosemary from our giant rosemary hedge in the backyard, where so freaking great that they threatened to be an entire meal. Baron von Sassypants and I refrained though and put the majority of them in a ziplock for later snacking. I will be making these, and variants upon this recipe, again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kingofbaconandeggs View Post
    Can you please explain what is the cornhole game? Because my only reference is so not a group, public game (at least for me).

    Since you love crackers and eat cheese, have you tried Health Bent's cheese crackers recipe?
    Hahaha, I think Wikipedia can explain cornhole better than I can. ("You throw beanbags into a hole.")

    I haven't tried those! Now I definitely have to, though. The homemade ones ended up a little soft on the second and third day, so refining that recipe (and rolling them out thinner) will definitely be needed. Thanks for the tip!
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    DAY ELEVEN, TWELVE, THIRTEEN AND A HALF

    Well well well, life decided to throw some curveballs and while my challenge is still intact (alas, my gut not so much), I'm coming out of the last 3-4 days a much more stressed individual.

    I own a home out in the country. It's an adorably quaint 95-year old house that I lived in on my own for almost 6 years before I moved in with my then-boyfriend, now-husband, in the city. Since the market has been shit, I haven't been able to sell it and have therefore become what I dub as the RELUCTANT LANDLORD. While the tenants I've had over the past several years haven't trashed the place, I've had horrible luck with them not breaking their leases. Some of it has been due to external forces (getting a job in another state, etc.), some of it has been people who aren't quite prepared to live in an older home with the occasional odd quirk. The house isn't in disrepair by any means, it's just... quirky.

    My latest tenants have been there for just a handful of months and already want to leave, as I found out on Friday. We had an unprecedented number of repairs (8 complaints/concerns, 6 repairs required, most of which were small and a one-time thing). That left them feeling like the rest of the year, especially the winter, would be difficult. Also, the ladies that live there are a couple, and they've expressed their impression that this country town hasn't been the most hospitable to them. That just breaks my heart and crushes any sense of optimism I might have. Not only that, finding decent tenants in this town is an awful endeavor, and one I had hoped I wouldn't need to experience until next summer. Once the tenants contacted me about this, my stress level skyrocketed.

    Luckily, a great friend is also struggling with real estate woes, and coincidentally she proposed coming over with wine, meat, and cheese and we'd vent and lament together. So my dinner on Friday was just that, plus the homemade crackers I mentioned earlier.

    Since then I've been 98% primal. The hops fest was the expected indulgence in beer (probably 3-4 beers over the course of 6 hours?), and I was great about it all day until at the very end, when I mindlessly ate a piece of pizza handed to me. Suffice to say, I quickly paid for it in the water closet. :/

    Between working that fest, negotiating with my tenants, emailing inquiries to real estate agents ("Please tell me the market is better so I can unload this unnecessary stressor in my life!"), doing freelance design and writing work, and now flying across the country for my regular job, it's been a hectic few days. So I'll forgo my standard roundup and say DAMMIT I'M EATING MOSTLY GOOD FOOD!

    Cross country air travel grub thus far:

    One grande-sized cup of americano with heavy cream

    1st meal: two farm fresh eggs, sunnyside up, with three strips of pepper bacon.

    Snack: raw jicama and bell peppers, green olives, and a couple chunks of Kerrygold cheese.

    I'm hoping to workout at the hotel once I arrive there tonight. I have yoga on my laptop and hopefully their gym facilities are something other than ellipticals and a balance ball.
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    I'm glad you explained the cornhole thing, I was too embarrassed to ask what it was!

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