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Log File 08.14.13, Day 17

 

02:36 Woke up feeling rested so got out of bed.

 

02:40 Listened to Dharma talk for 10 min, then meditated another 10 min.

 

03:22 Took supplements w/ sip of almond milk.

 

03:34 Cup of green tea.

 

05:10 Breakfast: Paleo-style French toast w/ 1 cup fresh mixed berries, 3 macadamia nuts and drizzled with coconut milk. Decaf, black.

 

06:12 Cup of unsweetened almond milk.

 

06:38 1/3 cup of flavored black coffee(I found it unappealing so I tossed it.)

 

08:41 teaspoon coconut butter, got hungry while cleaning.

 

09:19 Snack: Tin of sardines with mustard and veggie sticks with tahini. 

 

12:23 cup of white/green tea blend.

 

12:56 Lunch: Leftover cauliflower tabbouleh with curried beef.

 

15:15 Cup of coffee with coconut milk and a handful of pork rinds.

 

17:17 Dinner: Baked chicken with Frank’s and kale sautéed in coconut oil with garlic, shallots and carrot ribbons. Decaf, black. Piece of dark chocolate for dessert.

 

Further notes: I did my full house cleaning this morning and I had the munchies quite a bit today but I resisted for the most part. It was really nice and sunny today so I got myself out of the house even though I had so much I wanted to do. Walking downtown felt really good and I didn’t regret skipping out on a few things to enjoy it. I haven’t been out and about as much as I usually am and tomorrow I’m going to get around to the rest after I go for a paper run. I miss doing that with these early shifts I have right now but I will be seeing more shifts that start later in the day that will allow me to start doing it again. No word on my applications yet but it’s too soon. I’m considering going to see a job counselor soon to look at what other options I have. Too exhausted to do anything else tonight so I'm going to hit the sheets a bit early.

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Wow, that dinner sounds AMAZING!!! Gahhh, I drool every time I read your posts. (......is that weird?)

 

Good job getting the house cleaned! And I'm glad you enjoyed your walk. Sometimes a little vit D from sunshine does us good. :tan:

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Wow, that dinner sounds AMAZING!!! Gahhh, I drool every time I read your posts. (......is that weird?)

 

Good job getting the house cleaned! And I'm glad you enjoyed your walk. Sometimes a little vit D from sunshine does us good. :tan:

 

This far north I need all the vitamin D I can get so I enjoy it when I can. Btw, figured out my uploading problem so there will be food porn. This is what that dinner looked like:

Chicken with Kale sauteed w/ shallots, garlic and carrot ribbons

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It's amazing, isn't it? How just getting outside for a while and walking in the sun kind of puts things in perspective. If you can find some nature to walk in, then it's all the better, too.

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Log File 08.15.13, Day 18
 
03:34 woke up and meditated for 10 minutes.
 
03:54 Took supplements with a mouthful of almond milk and had a cup of green tea.
 
05:18 Breakfast: Chia protein pudding with coconut, raspberries and cacao nibs. Coffee, black. Nibbled on 1 almond and a macadamia nut piece while packing Hex’s snack.
 
06:36 Went for 30 min paper run. (light run about 2km)
 
08:50 Snack: 1 Large golden delicious apple(bought the wrong kind) Go Raw energy bar, 1 Tbsp coconut butter(damn addicting!) and a handful of pork rinds.
 
09:15 Biked to employment office and filled out paperwork, making an appointment with a councilor later today. Had a cup of black coffee @ 10am while there because there was no decaf option. Then biked home (about 6 km total)
 
12:17 Lunch: Fattoush salad, pita omitted, with baked chicken breast. Decaf, black.
 

Paleo Friendly Fattoush with Chicken

 

 
15:26 Coffee with almond milk, tasted chili to check doneness.
 
16:00 munched on veggies and drank overflow of tomorrow’s protein shake while prepping meals.
 
17:16 Dinner: Venison chili w/ ½ avocado and rooibos tea brewed over the dregs of a jar of coconut milk.
 
18:00 Hapkido training.
 
Further notes: Had a great start despite the neighbors being noisy last night making it hard to fall and stay asleep. I was really tempted to go ring their doorbell to complain about it when I got up this morning but after meditating decided to not be a douche like them. The morning run was a little short but it felt great and helped further clear my head. All the more reason to make sure my next job is a 9-5. The meeting with my job councilor took 2 hours and ended up being pretty emotional. A lot came from it though and now I have a clearer path of what I need right now. Her insight was invaluable to me and I plan on following her advice and took the first step. I realize I had way more caffeine today than usual and it’s no excuse but I know it was from the stress of the meeting and I won’t let it become a habit again. AT least I didn’t turn to food for comfort. I was a bit disappointed with our hapkido session because only 4 of us showed up we didn’t do as much of a workout and worked on technique. It’s really going to help me but I’m glad I got enough activity in during the day because it barely got my heart going. We didn’t do any punches either so I’ll need to do a lot tomorrow.
 

Chrissa's Zombie Fighting Chili

Recipe: Chrissa’s Zombie-Fighting Venison Chili-serves 10-12
 
Ingredients:
1 Large Sweet Onion
¼ cup coconut oil
4 Small Turnips
2 Bell Peppers (any color)
1 300g Bag of Frozen Baby Okra
½ lb Sliced Mushrooms
3lbs Venison, chopped
1-2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo
1 can of no salt added Diced Tomatoes
1 can Tomato Sauce
2 heaping Tbsp of Tomato Paste
1 Tbsp of Liquid Smoke
! Tbsp each of Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Cumin and Marjoram
1 tsp each of Cinnamon, Black Pepper and Espresso Powder or Ground Coffee
½ tsp of Ancho Chili Powder and Allspice
 
Turn crock pot on high and add coconut oil. Chop Onions and toss in with oil. Chop up rest of veggies to desired size and keep adding them in this order: turnips, peppers, add venison here, mushrooms and okra. Drain diced tomatoes and pour in. Add all your seasonings here. Chop up chipotle and add next with some of the sauce it’s packed in. Add tomato paste and sauce and turn crock pot to low for the next 6-8 hours. You can stir it either an hour or so before done or when finished depending if you’re home or not. Top with some sliced avocado and serve.
 
You can change up your veggies according to your tastes and what’s in season. Sometimes I like cauliflower, zucchini or eggplant in it. Instead of turnips for starch you can use sweet potatoes, carrots, rutabega whatever takes your fancy. Also works well with moose or grass-fed beef. Play with it and have fun!
 

 

 

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THAT LOOKS BEAUTIFUL. OMNOMNOMNOM

 

Also, sorry to hear you didn't get your punches in for class last night. I hope you end up getting more today!

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Very nice updates Chrissa, the addition of pictures is already a winning move but adding recipes? Just:  :applause:  :triumphant: . You have appropriately called it "food porn". 

 

House cleaning, sunbaths, morning runs and biking as transportation. And we are not even talking about your routines and healthy cooking/eating! Just stay in this zone girl. It is amazing and inspiring! 

 

 

The meeting with my job councilor took 2 hours and ended up being pretty emotional. A lot came from it though and now I have a clearer path of what I need right now. Her insight was invaluable to me and I plan on following her advice and took the first step. I realize I had way more caffeine today than usual and it’s no excuse but I know it was from the stress of the meeting and I won’t let it become a habit again. AT least I didn’t turn to food for comfort.

 

I´m so glad you are making so much progress. Each decision you make, each person you meet, each habit you are building is helping you. There are many hardships, but you are a formidable monk. I hope the councilor´s insight brings you success. And I agree, not turning to comfort food is a victory in itself!

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Oh. My. SJSHDGKUHBSJUHSG BSLGUBSDVB LSEB !!!!

 

I'm SOO trying that chili! Eggplant, Okra...you are saying ALL the right words!! That's be nice if I had moose, by alas, we Texans have only the cattle. Grass fed beef it is: Look out zombies!!

 

 

 

I'm glad you have a clearer idea of what you need to do to transition your career. I hope that encourages you. Sorry it was so emotional. :(

We are here to help!! :)

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Log File 08.16.13, Day 19
 
04:38 Woke up.
 
04:42 Took supplements with almond milk Breakfast: 2 eggs baked with artichoke hearts, green onion and ground beef. Coffee, black and 7 almonds.
 
06:00 Got the munchies and nibbled on 3 strawberries and a few veggies.
 
08:00 Ate a small plum and a taste of grilled steak.
 
09:30 Snack: Protein shake blended with ½ banana and a few strawberries. Cup of Sanka, black.
 
10:40 Had a chai tea and did the first 500 of my punches in the locker room mirror over break.
 
13:06 Lunch: Venison chili and a small side of romaine with fattoush dressing. My cup of chili ended up with very little meat in it so I also snacked on a few pieces of freshly sliced capocollo.
 
14:20 Cup of decaf with almond milk and 1 tbsp coconut butter.
 
16:00ish Herbal tea a few pieces of pecan, dried goji berry and some veggies while prepping meals.
 
17:30 Dinner: Flax roasted eggplant and 2 slices crispy prosciutto with cheesy garlic avocado cream sauce (my own creation tonight) Cup of decaf, black.
 
19:00 Dumbbell Division Workout D, skipped finishing move.
 
 
Further notes: Not the best sleep because it was very humid and when I got up I was lagging. I felt like meditating to clear my head but I didn't have time before work. All morning I caught my mind going in circles like a big feedback loop I couldn't escape. I  made an appointment with a therapist yesterday but it’s not until the second week of September and I'm trying my hardest not to worry about what my next steps are until then but I keep getting all these ideas. My co-worker is actually a RN and she said it sounds like anxiety of some sort. I didn't have very much control over myself today, and I munched incessantly. Luckily, I refuse to touch anything not paleo approved right now and I stand firm on that. I felt a bit better taking it out with myself in the mirror while I counted punches. I’m really glad Kishi gave us this one because after working with one of my instructors last night to figure out why I always struggled with them, I fixed my form and now they are so much better. I'm actually looking forward to going the other 500 in that same mirror tomorrow on break and blowing off some more steam. I ended up with a mild headache in the afternoon and it came and went all evening. When I got home I still had munchies but I had a little better control but not much. Going to chalk it up to just a bad day.  Tonight I really didn't feel like working out but forced myself to do as much as I could anyways. Normally I would have just went to bed early but tomorrow is a rest day so I can use it to slow down and recover properly.  Hopefully tonight I'll get better sleep and be ready to finish off this week stronger. Thanks for your supportive messages today, I needed the reminders that I am making progress and I need to slow down and take baby steps. Love you guys for being here! I'll show my appreciation with another original recipe.
 
 

Cheesy Garlic Avocado Sauce

 

Cheesy Garlic Avocado Cream Sauce-serves 2
 
Ingredients:
1 ripe avocado
½ cup coconut milk
¼ cup nutritional yeast
2 teaspoons garlic powder
½ cup unsweetened almond milk (more or less depending on how runny you want it)
Sea salt and black pepper to taste
 
Put everything except almond milk in blender (I use my NutriBullet) Pulse a few times until everything is combined. Slowly add a little almond milk at a time and blend until it’s the right consistency. Heat before serving and pour it on. This will be awesome on spaghetti squash, scrambled eggs and roast cauliflower too!

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Log File 08.17.13, Day 20
 
03:44 Woke up for the third time and decided to meditate for 10 minutes.
 
04:07 Took supplements with almond milk. Breakfast: Chia protein pudding with pumpkin, a few pecan pieces, 2 strawberries and some blueberries. Coffee, black.
 
15:20 Ate a few pieces of capocollo and had a cup of green tea.
 
06-07:30 Continued to snack on sliced meat while rolling it. It was just that good, but I stopped myself.
 
09:30 Snack: veggie sticks with guacamole and a few slices of ham sausage (gluten-free)
 
11:00 Coffee, black and a Tbsp shredded coconut because I craved something sweet.
 
13:20 Lunch: Spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette and chicken breast with some Frank’s on it after I finished detailing the whole interior of my car.

Lunch Day 20

 

 
17:15 Dinner: Leftover chili with a side of romaine with pickles, mustard and MCT oil. Decaf, black.
 
19:30 Completed last 500 punches and made us a treat of paleo-style ice cream. (frozen banana with some shredded coconut, a few almonds, some almond milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Decaf, black.
 
Further Notes: I did a little better today since I got off work early and had some free time to myself.  I cleaned my car from top to bottom and then washed it after lunch. It was hot and sunny today and felt good to be working on it outside. It took my mind off of everything else for a while.  While I was out, I did do a little shopping though. I didn’t buy stuff I really needed but it was nice to have new seat covers and both our lunch boxes were getting pretty battered and would need to be replaced eventually. I love back-to-school sales. Even without kids it’s awesome because you can get deals on all kinds of household things and the clothes are always so nice. I didn’t buy any clothes though, I just looked. I almost forgot I needed to finish my punches for our challenge because I didn’t take the break at work I would have done them on so I did them this evening after dinner. It was a pretty good cardio workout doing them fast in the mirror in a pattern of 4 crosses and an uppercut. I even remembered to watch my stepping. I wanted to do more today but it was nice to take things easy. Tomorrow I’m only working a half day so I am going to try and fit my dumbbell session in after work because I won’t be able to do it with Hex in the evening. There’s a bonus hapkido class. It’s humid again tonight. I hope I sleep better.
 

 

Wow.  I always leave your thread feeling like I must go eat all the veggies.  Very inspiring!

 

I just really love my veggies. It's funny because I remember a time I hated most of the ones I eat now and all of the ones I don't.

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As always, I'm struck by the raw healthiness of what you're eating. It seems like everything you put in your mouth comes from something good. Very cool.

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I second RP! Love da veggies! And eggplant is one of my FAVES!

 

 

 

Sorry about the stress/anxiety. It is hard to get good rest with that. Maybe try some of that calm tea stuff at night? I've heard it can help sooth your mind before bed. 

 

Good luck on your LAST DAY OF PALEO tomorrow! :D

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Slept better last night, today is going to be an awesome day day.

As always, I'm struck by the raw healthiness of what you're eating. It seems like everything you put in your mouth comes from something good. Very cool.

 

I'm just making up for all the crap I subjected myself to this summer. I feel so much better eating this way, though I still have a bit of refining to do. I still snack too much and that meat I've been snacking on the last 2 days isn't really optimal. It's not pastured and still is a bit processed. Sodium nitrate for sure, but yeah for the most part everything else is healthy. I'm glad people here are inspired by the way I eat if it helps them make better choices too it's win/win!

 

 

I second RP! Love da veggies! And eggplant is one of my FAVES!

 

 

 

Sorry about the stress/anxiety. It is hard to get good rest with that. Maybe try some of that calm tea stuff at night? I've heard it can help sooth your mind before bed. 

 

Good luck on your LAST DAY OF PALEO tomorrow! :D

 

I have been using incense, meditation and listening to holosync before bed at it helps block out the noises of my neighbors or husband since I am in bed before anyone else. I also got some magnesium gel that I apply before bed. The anxiety isn't keeping me up quite as much as the weather the past few nights.

 

It's not the last day of Paleo, it's the last day of dairy restriction. I'll be able to have the occasional greek yogurt, kefir or cheese again! At least if I don't have any bad reactions to it. Paleo for me is not something I plan on stopping. After the challenge, I may have a treat every now and then but I plan on eating this way 90% of the time or more. I don't plan on eating any grains at all again and I am going to try my best to avoid the refined sugars as well since they are my kryptonite. Paleo desserts though, I will be enjoying more once my weight is back down below 140.

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Log File 08.18.13, Day 21
 
03:43 Woke up and meditated 10 minutes.
 
04:05 Took supplements with almond milk. 
 

Eggs Baked with Veggies

 

04:14 Breakfast: 2 eggs baked with 1 slice back bacon, arugula and mushrooms. ½ avocado and salsa verde. Coffee, black.
 
05:36 Taste of sliced chicken breast and 2 olives.
 
06:30 Few pieces of capocollo before declaring it one of work’s “zombie meats†to keep away from it.
 
08:30 Nibbled on some small pieces of melon while cutting it and an egg white. Damn munchies.
 
09:30 Snack: ½ cup blueberries with 10 macadamia nuts, a piece of dark chocolate and a raw food bar.
 
10:00 Nibbled on some deli chicken while making meat trays. Definitely processed.
 
10:43 Coffee, black.
 
12:03 Dumbbell Division Session A with running stairs for finished because I won’t be able to do it with Hex tonight. There’s a hapkido class.
 
13:02 Lunch: Small bowl of leftover chili, plain Perrier, 1 Tbsp coconut butter.
 
14:00 Decaf with almond milk and a small handful of cacao nibs.
 
15:34 Informed that hapkido class is cancelled tonight. 
 
17:20 Dinner: Crispy baked chicken legs with mixed veggies. Herbal tea.
 
Further Notes: I’m not sure what’s with me today but at least my workout was productive. I think it’s the anxiety because I can’t seem to relax at all and I don’t seem to be able to focus on anything for very long today. I think I may need to ease up on myself a bit but I just don’t know how. I hope talking to the therapist next month helps but it seems so far away. So much for hapkido tonight, so I ended up relaxing on the couch until it was time for the True Blood Finale. After the show I helped Hex run through his workout.  Really wiped tonight so no food porn. I’ll post up the results of the week tomorrow and get some mid challenge pics in.

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End of Week 3 Evaluation

Mid-Program Evaluation

 

 

Goal 1: Eat 100% Paleo
 
Subject is having difficulty controlling herself when being subjected to food all day. She tends to snack on Paleo-compliant foods with a few meats that are borderline. Cravings seem to be coming from internal stress factors and with some effort she is regaining control a little faster than she would have initially. Coffee consumption continues to be a concern but it is minor to the snacking problem.
 
Recommendations:
  • Do not take in any calories for at least 3 1/2 to 4 hours after each meal.
  • Choose 1 action to do every time a craving hits instead of eating that will slow down the mind and allow for better decision making. Maybe take 10 deep breaths.
  • Reduce time spent around preparing food at home by cooking larger batches or simpler meals. 
  • Be mindful of portion sizes and measure each serving by hands.
  • Get back to brushing between meals.
 
Goal 2: Do strength training 3 times per week.
 
Subject attended all three training sessions this week with her partner. One session's finishing move was skipped due to fatigue. Both subjects managed gains in reps of push ups and reverse pull ups as well as time on planks.   This week's sprint session was not really intense but all things considered, she met physical activity requirements for the week. Rest day recommendation has yet to be followed and nothing new was attempted yet.
 
Recommendations for improvement:
  • Up dumbbell weight by 5 lbs.
  • Stretch more with partner and use him to practice hapkido techniques on rest days.
  • Use recreational day to try more new things.
 
Goal 3: Keep a log.
 
Subject successfully logged her progress again this week. She also was able to submit a few recipes and pictures to better show her progress. Log seems to help in making her more aware when she is treading into dangerous behavioral patterns.
 
Recommendations:
  • Go back and re-read logs from first week when you were strongest for more inspiration.
  • Find where things got rough and ask yourself why and plan what to do next time it happens.
 
Life Quest: Replace retail therapy with recreation:
 
Subject has recently been browsing eBay and the employment ads online which generally wastes time. Spending was a little better but she did indulge a little more than she should have and didn't go shopping on foot as preferred. She decided not to finish the book she was reading because she isn't ready for it yet. A more relevant book was acquired. She has decided to rediscover her writing skills and try to get used to using electronics instead of pen and paper more.
 
Recommendations:
  • Set timer to allow for only 1 hour of browsing online goods per day.
  • Write something every day.
  • Read 1 chapter a day.
 
Overall evaluation: Week 3

pass stamp

(Just squeaked by)

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Log File 08.19.13, Day 22
 
04:43 Woke up and meditated for 10 minutes.
 
05:04 Took supplements with almond milk and had a cup of coffee, black.
 
06:08 Breakfast: Cup of green tea and chia protein pudding with goji berries and cacao nibs.
 
07:39 cup of decaf, black.
 
09:30 Snack: 1 small granny smith apple and a piece of ham sausage.
 
10:44 Had 2/3 of a tall caffe misto @ Starbucks.
 
13:24 Lunch: BLTC salad with grilled chicken(instead of strips), guacamole and salsa @ Ricki’s All-day Grill. Herbal tea.
 
16:17 Sampled pepper jerky at butcher shop.
 

Beef with Onion, Mushrooms and Zucchini in Pomodoro

 

16:56 Dinner: Stir-fried beef with onions, mushrooms and zucchini in pomodoro sauce. Decaf, black.
 
18:34 3 almonds and another cup of decaf with coconut milk frothed.
 
Further Notes: Today we decided to take a road trip to Lloydminster, about an hour and a half away. The quality time in the car taking in the scenery was great but sitting that long is always uncomfortable. The Starbucks coffee was a treat because there isn’t one in our town and I ordered the misto thinking it was the brewing process and not equal parts coffee and frothed milk. Luckily today is the start of re-introducing dairy. My only qualm was that it wasn’t what I wanted (conventional milk-eww). Lunch was the first time eating out in a month and I think I managed it pretty well. My salad was served with a big hunk of cornbread that I didn’t expect and I left it untouched. One thing I did notice was that the food really wasn’t  as satisfying as my homemade meals. Today really went by fast and I still have so much left undone but we had a good time and it was nice to get out for a while.

 

 

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Hi Chrissa!

 

Wow,  a lot of updates! And as always the food looks and reads fantastic! Thanks for the recipes by the way I´m planning to try out "Chrissa’s Zombie-Fighting Venison Chili" next week XD.

 

Great detail and consistency. Your weekly report pictures show that you had a solid 3rd week and not only that but you have lost weight, congratulations! =D

I really like this recommendation: "Do not take in any calories for at least 3 1/2 to 4 hours after each meal."

This is a very good one.I ´ll try to follow it as well.

 

There is something that worries me a bit: you mention that you feel anxious and can´t relax. Good thing there is a therapy scheduled but until then, have you considered taking a simple relaxing massage to help you a bit? Going out yesterday was a good alternative. I´m not surprised food from restaurants was a bit unsatisfying, most things you cook look amazing!

 

You still have the momentum going. Be proud Chrissa, you are doing very well! :)

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Hmm.

 

You know, I almost get the feeling you're trying to change too much at once. You let yourself get consumed with the little failures, and instead of taking it in stride, you try to fix them all at once.

 

I mean, if you can handle it, then press on. But just be wary. You don't want to get lost in trying to win too many small things when you can win one or two bigger things instead.

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Congrats on getting back under 140!! Woo for milestones! :) :) :)

 

Yes, I agree with Kishi: I often try to change EVERYTHING at once and it's exhausting. Thats why I broke up my focuses each week in my challenge. If you can handle it, that's great: some people thrive that way. But don't let the LITTLE failures get to you. In fact, they aren't failures, merely set backs. It looks like overall you are moving forward!

 

Keep it up! :)

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Log File 08.20.13, Day 22
 
04:16 Woke up and meditated for 10 minutes.
 
04:43 Took supplements with almond milk and coffee.
 

Omelet with Arugula Salad

 

05:30 Breakfast: Omelet with 2 eggs, 1 slice back bacon and arugula over more arugula, carrots and tomato slices with ½ avocado and salsa.
 
07:00 green tea
 
09:38 Snack: ½ grapefruit baked with a tsp maple syrup and cinnamon with 4 pecan halves, a piece of dark chocolate and a protein shake.
 
10:42 decaf, black
 
13:21 Lunch: 9 Shrimps on butter lettuce salad with paleo hummus and a little oil and vinegar. Oolong tea.
 
17:29 Dinner: Baked chicken breast, eggplant spears with paleo ketchup and steamed spinach with carrot and peppers tossed in a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Decaf, black.
 
18:47 Dumbbell Division workout session B with 4 minutes of burpees finisher. I did 40!
 
 
Further Notes: Today I did a little writing on the iPad and it was nice to do it but I think Kishi is right about trying to do too much. This morning I did go for a walk with Hex to get the newspaper but spent most of my day just kind of wandering around waiting for a call about a good job lead I got last night. After dinner I finally got a text asking if we can meet up tomorrow. If all goes well, I may have found what I was looking for.  I’m going to just elax the rest of the evening so I can be fresh and ready for tomorrow.
 

 

I really like this recommendation: "Do not take in any calories for at least 3 1/2 to 4 hours after each meal."

This is a very good one.I ´ll try to follow it as well.

 

There is something that worries me a bit: you mention that you feel anxious and can´t relax. Good thing there is a therapy scheduled but until then, have you considered taking a simple relaxing massage to help you a bit?

 

The reason for the timing is best explained here:

 

I think Kishi hit the nail on the head when it comes to my whole problem. I'm ALWAYS trying to do too much at once. I'm gonna take his advice and slow it down some. Inch by inch. The massage sounds wonderful, I have been burning incense lately and getting in the meditation helps. Honesty I just need to let things go and allow myself to wind down at the end of the night even if it means delaying my posts until morning.

 

 

You don't want to get lost in trying to win too many small things when you can win one or two bigger things instead.

 

These words really struck out at me the most, I really am not focusing on the big wins like I should be with so many smaller ones around. I am hard on myself because I know I can do better and I thrive on "tough love." That's another reason I love hapkido, I'm treated just like one of the guys and the best motivation I feel is when my instructor taunts me into working my ass off. He is the voice in my head when I am pushing myself hardest.

 

 

Congrats on getting back under 140!! 

 

I wish those congrats were in order but I didn't drop so much that fast. I've lost about 7lbs in the past 3 weeks which is good, but most of that was in the first week of getting back in my groove. I seem to be stuck around 150 right now but I am not discouraged because I know some of that is the muscle I am building. I'll keep moving forward, I always do. 

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Well, okay, then. So, let's take a look at your goals. You said you wanted to eat 100% paleo. That goal is not an anti-snacking goal, it's just a template that shows you where your snacks are coming from. So you id'd some snacks that probably aren't good to have. That's great! What snacks could be handy to you then?

 

As far as the strength training goes, that actually looks pretty fine. As long as you're looking to improve through reps, weight, or time, you're gonna be okay. That'll take care of 80-90% of your strength needs, and actually doing hapkido will improve your conditioning specific to the sport. Finishers and other things like that? That's, like, 10-20% of the overall goal. It's a fantastic and fun part, but it's not strictly necessary, and you don't need to beat yourself up over not getting it done.

 

Logs are fine. They'll help you get better.

 

And... yeah. Not to tell you how to approach your challenge, you understand. This is just to give you some ideas about how to get your focus on the bigger things that will get you most of the way to where you want to go.

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Log File 08.21.13, Day 24
 
04:16 Woke up and meditated for 10 minutes.
 
04:43 Took supplements with almond milk and coffee.
 
05:30 Breakfast: Chia protein pudding with pumpkin and shredded coconut. Decaf, black.
 
07:19 Cup of decaf, black.
 
07:39 Munched on a tiny piece of cauliflower while cutting veggies for the week.
 
09:30 Snack: Raw veggies with paleo hummus, a can of tuna and Coffee with frothed coconut milk.
 
13:30 Lunch: Chicken leg with Greek Salad and ½ avocado. Decaf, black.
 

Grass-fed T-Bone with Sauteed Collard Greens

 

17:00 Dinner: Pan-seared grass-fed T-bone steak with garlic and onion sautéed collards, Dijon mustard, horseradish and a cup of decaf, black. 2 Almonds.
 
19:00 Did sun salutations for stretches and a few other stretches for recovery, went over yellow belt techniques by doing each one 10 times speeding up as I go. 200 more kicks.
 
Further Notes: Where did all this energy come from today? I think it has a lot to do with getting what I think is going to be my dream job. I get to help start up an organic food store and the owners were so impressed with me that they actually want to learn what I know about the whole primal lifestyle and specifically about cooking healthy meals. They shared their vision of the kind of business they want to create and I really want to help them realize their dream. I’m so excited to be a part of something like this and I have a feeling there are going to be more new local recruits here in our corner of the rebellion.
 

 

Well, okay, then. So, let's take a look at your goals. You said you wanted to eat 100% paleo. That goal is not an anti-snacking goal, it's just a template that shows you where your snacks are coming from. So you id'd some snacks that probably aren't good to have. That's great! What snacks could be handy to you then?

 

As far as the strength training goes, that actually looks pretty fine. As long as you're looking to improve through reps, weight, or time, you're gonna be okay. That'll take care of 80-90% of your strength needs, and actually doing hapkido will improve your conditioning specific to the sport. Finishers and other things like that? That's, like, 10-20% of the overall goal. It's a fantastic and fun part, but it's not strictly necessary, and you don't need to beat yourself up over not getting it done.

 

Logs are fine. They'll help you get better.

 

And... yeah. Not to tell you how to approach your challenge, you understand. This is just to give you some ideas about how to get your focus on the bigger things that will get you most of the way to where you want to go.

 

I agree that the goal for eating 100% Paleo is what I should be focused on and that's what I was planning on grading myself on all along, the snacking is kind of a side-quest I am working on. The bigger picture is that I want to get back down to where I am comfortable in my own skin again. I don't want my clothes to be snug in all the wrong places. I understand that it won't have anything to do with my weight but my lean body mass. That's why the dedication to my strength sessions and diet. I know snacking won't kill me. I know it's okay to slip up, but I also know it will slow down my progress. It will never stop it, but it will hinder me if I don't nip it in the bud. At least that's what's going through my mind as I write my logs daily. I want this so much that it can sound like I am being very harsh on myself but I always forgive myself and keep trying to move on.

 

The thing about the finishers was that I felt I was being lazy. I don't want to sell myself short when I know what I am capable of. It's a mental game for me. I'm too quick to tell myself I'm done, I want to stop when I know damn well I can still get a few more reps out if I keep going. It's all about the effort. On hapkido, you totally got me. I've been slacking and this morning when I did my kicks I saw just how much. They looked terrible. Tonight they were improved but I really need to start stretching daily again and working on my techniques so I can grade already. Too much looking for other distractions by reading and crafting when I am loosing out on what's important.

 

Thanks for the wake-up. Hapkido notes are going to start going to work with me instead of my Kindle. Pump out 100 kicks on a coffee break? Sure, why not. Let them laugh. I'll be laughing when I get that blue belt.

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Woot, that is a life-level up. Fantastic. And it's a chance to publicize the Primal Diet, which is even better. Great job!

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