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Well, let's try to find some good points here.  1)  you were aware of what you were doing... how many times have I looked down and seen an empty pizza box and said, "wtf just happened?"  2) scout out places that sell them by the ounce...get an ounce or two and be done....consider it a reward.  that's what I do with chocolate chips. or, lately, the big godiva bars from walgreens.  over time, i have been able to discipline myself to a certain amount...i think its like 12 chips or 1 square of chocolate. 3) maybe you are not eating enough carbs?  My daughter had weight loss surgery 18 months ago and recognizes her body's signals very well now.  when she has a sweet tooth, its usually because she little to no carbs that day.  salt craving? she needs sodium.  sore calves?  not enough potassium, etc etc.  Sometimes, a craving isn't a craving but a signal.  you will get there.  oh and huge achievement.... 4) recognizing you were done and throwing the bag away :)  good job!  

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I survived!

 

I really lucked out last night.  I went to bed with a bit of a headache, but that's all.  And I was fine during this morning's run.  I even lost a pound!  Though I doubt it'll stay lost...

 

I submitted hours for last week's work, so in a week or so I'll be reaping the financial rewards of forcing myself to do some REALLY boring data entry.  And I'm trying a new recipe as I type this.  I've never cooked a chicken drumstick in my life, but lately I've been craving buffalo wings... I know a drumstick isn't a wing, but there wasn't that much selection in the organic section at 2 a.m.  I'm stoked to try them.  Hopefully they'll turn out alright.

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Holy.  Shit.

 

The wings were AMAZING.  I'm linking everyone the recipe I used.  http://preppypaleo.blogspot.com/2012/09/crispy-paleo-oven-chicken-wings.html

 

Seriously, that was the least Paleo-tasting meal I've had in my life.  Those wings were better than the wings I had in Buffalo last year.  

 

Make them.  You won't be disappointed.

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they look super delicious!!  i'm looking forward to trying them!!!

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Why did I look at the MyFitnessPal message boards?  Why?!

 

Seriously, I've never even considered them before.  But I was bored, so I clicked on a thread.  Which lead to another thread.  Which lead to another.  And with each thread, I think my jaw got a little closer to the floor.

 

What is WRONG with people?!  I know message boards get trolled, but shouldn't message boards on sites devoted to personal health and wellness be largely supportive?  I got involved in an argument about water.  WATER.  And I shouldn't have gotten involved at all, but these people were bragging about the fact that they ONLY drink soda they're perfectly hydrated.  And all I could think about was that some newbie was going to read that and take it for gospel.  People were logging their soda intake as water, because there's water IN soda.  Is someone running on a treadmill while swilling Mountain Dew?  When you go on a hike, do you fill your hydration pack with Cherry Pepsi?  I don't understand!

 

And don't even get me started on "starvation mode."  MFP hates me because I don't eat enough.  And, to be honest, my lack of calories is probably holding me back in CrossFit.  It's not something I TRY to do, if I'm hungry, I eat, and my fat and protein intake is always WELL over what I'm allotted by the website, but every time I finalize an entry for the day, I receive a warning that I'm going to go into "starvation mode."  So this teenage girl posts that she's scared she's going to starve to death because of MFP's phrasing.  And I gently correct her and mention that I rarely get the recommended amount, but I'm losing fat and gaining muscle mass.  And 900 people jump on me about it!  Wait.  Let me rephrase.  900 MEN.  Whose profile pics are nothing but shots of their abs through the mirror.  Apparently, it's impossible for me to be gaining muscle.  It's not happening.  I'm wrong.  Or I'm lying.  They can't decide.

 

I just don't understand the attitude.  I don't understand telling someone looking for Paleo tips that she should try something that isn't a "fad diet."  If my friend told me she was going on Weight Watchers tomorrow, I would internally shake my head, but I'd outwardly be nothing but encouraging.  And, honestly, I'm offended that I was called a liar.  I know I have to eat more to gain more muscle.  Right now, I'm trying to lose weight, so I'm not too concerned with that.  Eventually, when I get to where I want to be, I'll worry about eating more efficiently for lifting.  I'm just... UGH!

 

So, Nerd Fitness, I'm sorry I cheated on you with another message board.  I've learned my lesson.

 

If you're on MFP, I'd be happy to add you as a friend.  I'd be happy to offer any support I can.  But I'm never opening a thread again.

 

*shudder*

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I've tried the MFP boards too.  Every 6 months or so I think "it couldnt have been that bad".  There are a lot of people on there who are nice and trying to be helpfull to people asking honest questions.  But I can't read through the threads without my blood pressure rising because of all the negative comments and judgemental attitudes from "know-it-all" types.  I'm so glad I found this site a few months ago.  I have yet to read anything that isn't encouraging or trying to help someone else.  It's so awesome.

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Today, my friends... today, I landed my first double-under.  Singular.  I was only able to do it once, after a full 15 minutes of trying during this morning's WOD.  But I did it.  

 

Jumping rope is a skill that has eluded me since childhood.  In gym class, I was always the girl who volunteered to turn the rope for everyone else.  And today, I landed my first double-under.  Today was a good day.

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C o n g r a t s !!!!   :onthego: 

 

Super de dooper proud of you, girl!!

 

And stay away from MFP....they don't know wtf they are talking about.  My daughter uses it solely for tracking her food/water...she refuses to go on the boards anymore for the same reason.  I mean, its kinda true...I used to drink water *maybe* once a week, but easily consume 100 ozs of coffee in a day and I never got "dehydrated", but neither was I "perfectly" hydrated, either.  You know what they can do....and do it to the horse they rode in on, too.  

 

I'm a constant under-eater, too,even though I'm really big.  MFP hated me, too.  LOL  I just eat a lot of protein and good fats and vegs.  In fact, I lost 3.5 lbs last week, and the only thing I changed was adding coconut oil and unsalted butter to my morning coffee.  

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I tried MFP for a little while, but I found that the minutia of having to enter every.single.thing I put into a recipe/meal to be totally obnoxious....I know you can add in recipes that you make, but I make things differently every time (I'm more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants cook), so it's not very helpful for me. Instead, I just write everything I ate in my planner for my own reference.

And the damn internet trolls....every time I get on a message board like that, I feel like shouting "TROLL......TROLL IN THE DUNGEON. I just thought you should know." And then fainting, of course.

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So, this Wednesday will be my first trip out of town in the coming months.  I was initially planning on dragging food along with me, but it occurs to me that a quick grocery shop after checking into the hotel would probably be easier.  According to their website, rooms are not equipped with refrigerator... but I know some hotels keep a small reserve in case they're needed, so I'm going to call and see if it's possible to get a fridge in my room.  It would certainly make life easier.  Otherwise, I'll have to buy a cooler.

 

I'm thinking grass-fed roast beef would be easy for lunches and/or dinners.  Maybe I could throw some guacamole in.  I'll have to see what they have on offer for their "complimentary breakfast," but bacon and eggs are fairly standard, even if they aren't the kind I would ordinarily buy.  This trip gives me the most freedom as far as scheduling is concerned, so I'm not too terribly worried.  Just trying to cover my bases.

 

If anyone has ideas about kitchen-free dinners, I'd love to hear them.  Maybe apple slices with Sunbutter would be good for lunches... but as I don't eat fruit after lunch, I can't rely on that in the evening.  I'll be gone four nights.

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One day left in the week and I'm crushing it.  Sort of.

 

I've already exceeded my work goal for the week.  And I'm going to put in more time tomorrow.  So, you know... Snoopy dance.

 

I feel like my walking goal is going to be a problem.  I attempted a hike today, but didn't plan too well... regardless of the slightly warmer weather, my Vibram barefoot shoes were no match for the four inches of melty snow that covered the trail.  I made it about a mile before I started envisioning frost bite in my future.  I bailed shortly thereafter.

 

Diet and exercise on point.  I'm running tomorrow instead of today, but no big deal.  I forgot to charge my iPod, and the gym closes in an hour... and no iPod means no run.  It's charging now.  I'll run tomorrow.

 

I bought a cooler and blue ice for my trip.  I'm going to stock up in spinach, pre-cooked bacon, and roast beef.  I'll bring my oil and vinegar for salads and some almonds and fruit leather to snack on.  I intermittent fast twice a week anyway, so I really only have to feed myself for two days.

 

The only thing I'm dreading is cleaning my apartment.  The building concierge (don't even ask how much money I blow on rent) is feeding my cat while I'm gone, and I'd prefer not to look like a hoarder when that happens.

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So, I've recently discovered that I'm no longer receiving invites to social events.  Because I don't drink anymore.  And I don't attack the snack table.

 

Seriously... I don't get it.  I'm more offended than hurt, I think, because it's not as though I'm terribly close with ANY of my friends right now... I don't know.

 

I do tend to go to bed early.  Because I wake up early.  To work out.  And I go home for lunch instead of sticking around in the break room.  Because my lunches need to be COOKED in a KITCHEN.  And I don't go to happy hour or the like... because I don't drink anymore.  And sitting around watching other people drink is boring.  

 

I guess I've isolated myself from my social group.  Well, not "I guess."  I've isolated myself from my social group.  Period.  

 

What's strange is that I don't really miss it.  I mean, I wish I was close to someone in my program, but the things that I care about now aren't terribly easy to relate to when you're up till 4 a.m. drinking Pabst and watching obscure movies.  Maybe I need to find some like-minded people to hang out with.  People who know what a WOD is.  People who understand why I need to special order everything in restaurants.

 

What's funny is that this is probably the happiest and most comfortable I've been in years.  Physically, emotionally, psychologically, I'm in a great place.  Now, I suppose I need to venture into the world and find people to share the happy with.

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Week 2 Progress Report


 


Weight: 180.8 (down 2 lbs)


 


Goal 1: Walk minimum of 25 miles/week.  


Week Total: 27.8 miles


 


Goal 2: Maintain Paleo lifestyle and fitness routine.


Number of cheats/missed workouts: 1 (the Jelly Belly incident... which I had actually forgotten about until now...)


 


Goal 3: Try at least 3 new foods/recipes per week.


Foods tried: buffalo chicken wings (AMAZING), sweet potato fries (recipe needs some tweaking), passion fruit (I was horrified when I cut the thing open, but it tasted REALLY good)


 


Goal 4: Clock at least 10 hours of data entry per week.


Hours worked: 14


 


So, GOOD WEEK!  I was a little bummed this morning... hoping to get below 180 lbs.  But my logical brain realizes it's a ridiculous thing to get bent out of shape over.  I'm also starting to suspect that I am, in fact, defaulting to eating too little.  So I'm going to work on that this week and see if there's a difference.


 


I've got a TON to do today after my morning lecture, so I'm not going to prattle on here.  Though I did kick this morning's TABATA WOD's ass.


 


Hope everyone did well, and have a great week!

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I've had tendinitis (not really called this, but it's a really long word... and it's not carpal tunnel) in both of my wrists since 2005.  It has never gotten better, and the physical therapists and doctors I've seen about it have all shrugged their shoulders and said "you seem to be dealing with it just fine."

 

Because of the tendinitis, I can't carry grocery bags (gripping them is an issue, I have to use reusable shoulder bags), I can't write more than a paragraph or so by hand (I'm left-handed, and it was explained to me that since my hand curls in towards my wrist when I write, I'm actually damaging myself further), and I can't play Wii tennis.  Well, I just can't play Wii.

 

In bootcamps and WODs, I've been doing pushups against a bar.  And skipping burpees in favor of jump squats.

 

But in yoga, I've been planking and downward dogging.

 

So, in this morning's hero WOD, I did a handstand for the first time.  And I did burpees... a lot of them... for the first time.  And my wrists are a little sore right now... but screw it.  Coddling the injury for 8 years hasn't helped.  I'm gonna try pushing myself and see what happens.

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Week 2 Progress Report

 

Weight: 180.8 (down 2 lbs)

 

Goal 1: Walk minimum of 25 miles/week.  

Week Total: 27.8 miles

 

Goal 2: Maintain Paleo lifestyle and fitness routine.

Number of cheats/missed workouts: 1 (the Jelly Belly incident... which I had actually forgotten about until now...)

 

Goal 3: Try at least 3 new foods/recipes per week.

Foods tried: buffalo chicken wings (AMAZING), sweet potato fries (recipe needs some tweaking), passion fruit (I was horrified when I cut the thing open, but it tasted REALLY good)

 

Goal 4: Clock at least 10 hours of data entry per week.

Hours worked: 14

 

So, GOOD WEEK!  I was a little bummed this morning... hoping to get below 180 lbs.  But my logical brain realizes it's a ridiculous thing to get bent out of shape over.  I'm also starting to suspect that I am, in fact, defaulting to eating too little.  So I'm going to work on that this week and see if there's a difference.

 

I've got a TON to do today after my morning lecture, so I'm not going to prattle on here.  Though I did kick this morning's TABATA WOD's ass.

 

Hope everyone did well, and have a great week!

 

2 lbs is still 2 lbs, and that's really good! Congratulations on a good week and best of luck for the next.

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I've had tendinitis (not really called this, but it's a really long word... and it's not carpal tunnel) in both of my wrists since 2005.  It has never gotten better, and the physical therapists and doctors I've seen about it have all shrugged their shoulders and said "you seem to be dealing with it just fine."

 

Because of the tendinitis, I can't carry grocery bags (gripping them is an issue, I have to use reusable shoulder bags), I can't write more than a paragraph or so by hand (I'm left-handed, and it was explained to me that since my hand curls in towards my wrist when I write, I'm actually damaging myself further), and I can't play Wii tennis.  Well, I just can't play Wii.

 

In bootcamps and WODs, I've been doing pushups against a bar.  And skipping burpees in favor of jump squats.

 

But in yoga, I've been planking and downward dogging.

 

So, in this morning's hero WOD, I did a handstand for the first time.  And I did burpees... a lot of them... for the first time.  And my wrists are a little sore right now... but screw it.  Coddling the injury for 8 years hasn't helped.  I'm gonna try pushing myself and see what happens.

You're doing great! Congrats on the 2 lbs. I wanna try those buffalo wings....yum! Handstands and Burpees...wow! Keep up the good work....

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Tonight's my last night in the hotel before I go home.  And it's the only night I've cheated.  We went to an amazing German restaurant where I willfully ate hand-cut chips AND fried apples... but that was the extent of it.  I'm fasting tomorrow anyway, so hopefully I haven't done too much damage to my body.  I'm fairly carb and sugar-drunk right now, but that's to be expected.

 

All in all, I have to say I've exceeded my expectations on this trip.  I didn't miss a workout, I didn't grab for the "travel" excuse and eat crap all week... I did well.  And I went out with the group often.  Which is unusual for me.  I'm typically more of a loner.

 

I haven't had access to my scale all week, so I won't really know how my body's handled all the chaos until weigh-in on Monday.  I'll be curious to see the results.

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Week 3 Progress Report


 


Weight: 178.4 (down 2.4 lbs)


 


Goal 1: Walk minimum of 25 miles/week.  


Week Total: 29.5 miles (a PR so far... I took the stairs a lot at the hotel)


 


Goal 2: Maintain Paleo lifestyle and fitness routine.


Number of cheats/missed workouts: 2 (I missed a run and went on a minor tear at a German restaurant Saturday night.  No regrets.)


 


Goal 3: Try at least 3 new foods/recipes per week.


Foods tried: pluots (also called plumcots... some sort of apricot/plum hybrid)... and I'm afraid that's it.  


 


Goal 4: Clock at least 10 hours of data entry per week.


Hours worked: 0


 


It was the best of weeks, it was the worst of weeks.  Not really.


 


Work didn't happen and neither did trying new foods... but that's not a shock since I was traveling.  I learned that running on consecutive days kills my knees... which is why I missed a run.  I didn't agonize over this one as I have in the past, though.  And I upped my walking to try to keep myself moving.  And did squats in my hotel room... mostly out of boredom.


 


I'm starting to consider introducing a regular cheat to my routine.  I know many people do the 80/20 thing, but I don't want to take it that far.  A single cheat per week doesn't sound that bad, though.  It gives me an opportunity to be a bit more social as well... as I would be able to adapt in restaurants more easily.  Still on the fence about it, so if anyone has any thoughts, please share.

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You have to know what you can handle. If you feel that the German restaurant didn't mess you up for the week, then I think a cheat here and there can be good. I personally have to make sure that I'm in the right mood when I cheat. For instance, if I'm depressed when I decide to eat a bowl of pasta or something, that cheat is going to end up lasting all week instead of one day.

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I think you'll do fine with a "planned ahead" cheat.  It's the spur of the moment ones that mess me up.  Also, like pb says above, if it's due to mood, that messes me up too.  However, if it's a night out with friends/family I can allow for it and not let it stress me out.  Plus, I find that even if I'm allowing one or two cheats per week and I don't have a reason to cheat, I don't.  It takes the stress out of being over at my in-laws or out with friends and I can enjoy my time.  Sorry, I am really rambling!  All in all, I think it's a good idea to allow a few cheats and not have to stress about being 100% all the time.  I'm still eating healthy and making progress, and that's what matters in the long run.

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