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  1. ^^^^ Was going to recommend that. Is there a spot at your work where you could stash the stank, other than inside your cubicle? Or
  2. I love this topic! I really got into urban homesteading a couple years ago, and was able to grow quite a bit of food, right here in Tucson. I harvested water, grew an enormous amount of fruits and veggies, had rotating compost piles, and chickens. What you will be able to do will be determined by a number of factors such as your location, amount of land available, zoning laws, and time you have available to commit to the cause. You will need a bit of yard space, but it's amazing how much you can grow using crop rotations, paired plantings and extending the growing season on both ends. Canning and freezing are your friends. :-) I learned quite a bit from the following books: Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency in 1/4 acre by Brett Markham The Urban Homestead by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen The Resilient Gardener by Carol Deppe The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond by Brad Lancaster Have fun!
  3. I love the way steel cut oats taste, so that's what I eat. And really... one type of oat preparation being "more pure" than another? Can we give the pure food thing a break...at least a little? (pretty please?)
  4. Good advice above, but I wanted to address this. ^^^ If you are consistently losing body fat and inches, does it really matter if your weight isn't budging? I know it can feel frustrating, since so much emphasis is put on "that number", but what if you were losing tons of weight, and didn't look or feel any different? It may be helpful to focus more on body composition rather than the number on the scale. :-) There is also a phenomenon known as the whoosh. Basically, you slog along with your diet and exercise, seeing few results, and then one day.. whoosh! All your hard work seems to manifest itself at once with a big drop in weight. Something to do with glycogen/water retention, I think. (Others can explain better why this happens.)
  5. This is what I've been trying to put into words for quite some time! My diet has changed quite a bit over the years. I started with really low carb paleo, and dropped about 30 lbs in 6 months. But when I started lifting heavy and really focusing on performance, my diet shifted back to fairly high carb/ high sugar. But I'm still losing weight and inches. It's hard to explain. Especially when people ask how I've managed to lose so much weight, and I tell them I had a pint of ice cream with dinner last night. But...that pint of ice cream fit into my daily macros, and was consumed immediately following a brutal deadlift workout. It's been a long journey, learning how my body works, what it needs, and how to optimize how I feel and function.
  6. What kinds of foods are you eating when you are binging? I used to have a serious problem with binge eating comfort foods - mac & cheese, ice cream, cake, pasteries, etc. Basically, high carb, high fat foods. I received a mental/emotional reward when I ate these foods to excess. So, in my case, going paleo in the beginning of my weightloss journey helped me break that cycle. When I felt the urge to binge on something, and my options were chicken thighs or veggies, I quickly discovered I wasn't as hungry as I initially thought I was. i stayed paleo for about a year until it started impacting my lifting progress, and I began reincorporating more non-paleo foods and even a fair number of sweets. However, I only felt 'safe' doing this because I had learned so much about what real hunger and real fullness felt like, and what my triggers were for binging. I also burn a lot of calories lefting heavy. These days, my diet looks fairly similar to what it looked like before I went paleo, but without the binging. My relationship with food is also much healthier.
  7. For me it was eating more. Once I got over the fear that eating at a slight surplus would make me gain back every pound of fat I had lost, and then some, my stalls magically disappeared.
  8. I used to be torn between deadlifts and overhead squats. Then I learned to snatch. It's like an unholy union of badassery.
  9. 1. The cut is over! Back to maintenance calories. I celebrated with a package of sour gummy worms. 2. The new beau is meeting the family on Saturday. Very excited about this new development. 3. Looking forward to my workouts kicking substantially more ass now that I'm eating more. I also adjusted my accessory work so that I'm hitting the same muscle groups as my main lifts. For some reason when I originally put it together, I was pairing leg accessory work with bench and OHP days, and visa versa. That was...not successful. This seems to be flowing a lot better. On a side note - the Tucson heat is making me a grumpy old woman. Bah!
  10. This is something I've been doing for years, and it's been HUGE for productivity. Rather than coming home from work and just flopping down somewhere, I put on some music or an audiobook, and just get to it. If I do feel like taking a break for a bit, I'll sit at the kitchen counter with my phone or tablet and do some browsing or email stuff - but the key is to sit somewhere that isn's so comfy it will suck you in. I typically end up puttering around like that until pretty late, so by the time I'm done, I move straight into my pre-bed ritual. Not only do I stay on top of all my house stuff, I sleep great almost every night. Win/Win!
  11. Got sidetracked last week by the sad necessity of putting down my sweet, 14-year-old dog. Spent about 4 days not really eating or moving. Sad times... If anyone has gone through that experience, you know how terrible it is. But, as pet owners, it's our responsability to give a voice to our animals, and make the hard decisions. RIP big guy. But, back to the challenge this week. 1. Last week of the cut, and I'm noticing quite dramatic results on the tape measure. Which is kind of a relief, since I'm loathe to go below 1600 calories a day. (But I do realize that if I continue to get leaner, it will become an inevitability.) 2. Ain't love grand? Yes. Yes it is. 3. I only have this to say for 5/3/1 accessory work: I'm a total chump when it comes to volume. You'd think 20 reps with half my working weight would be a breeze, but lordy am I sore! I'm beginning to realize how attached I was to 5 reps max after being on SL for so long. This is really throwing my body for a loop.
  12. Erhmahgerd! Just made these yesterday and they were amazing. I mashed up the banana with a fork, blended in the egg, added a little bit of salt and pepper, and bam! So incredibly delicious. Bananas and eggs are now going to be staples on my shopping list. Damn.
  13. Overhead squats are my new favorite thing ever!
  14. The thing that concerns me most about weight loss surgery is the possability of never addressing the underlying causes of obesity in the first place. To date, I've known three people who have had the surgery, lost massive amounts of weight, and then gained it all back, plus more, within 5-7 years. It's heartbreaking - they went through a painful surgery (often paying quite a bit of money out of pocket) with lengthy recovery times, and they ended up right back where they started.
  15. What type of strength training program are you following? Personally, I spent a few months kind of faffing around in the gym doing a little bit of this and that. But once I picked up SL 5x5, I really started to fall in love with lifting and see massive strength gains. Good luck!
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