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3 minutes ago, Skomenk said:

Good luck on your path! Be aware of eating a hight ammount of carbs, since it  can cause you a insuline spike, which lead to tireness and energy crashes, as i have tryed on myself today. I have decided to add 10 biscuits to my oatmeal and honey breakfast. Damn, two hours later i was unable to keep my eyes open. 

 

Since you respect your husband choises and lifestyle he should respect yours. That's not my business, i understand, but i was in relationship with an extreme vegan girl, and it was sooo frustrating hearing that i'm an asshole and that i eat rotten corpses that i "ragequitted" on her after 3 weeks

 

I'm actually doing full Paleo, so cutting carbs entirely, yay! I have a lot of issues with inflammation making me really sick, so gluten, carbs, etc are out the window as of this week! Unless like today I'm weak :( But I'm trying!

 

I'm sure my hubby and I will reach an understanding...hopefully soon! Someone on a different thread suggested buying meat from a local butcher that only provides it from humane, free range farms. Going to bring that up to him today and keep my fingers crossed that will work :D

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Okay guys...trying this Paleo thing without carbs and processed foods and beans. It's going well so far, but tonight, we made tacos and since the hubby is vegan, there's no meat (and he doesn't agree with me eating it quite yet so I just dealt with no meat tonight). Had plenty of veggies, and used lettuce as wraps instead of shells, and he even made this delicious pineapple salsa to go on the side (but now I can't have chips so I just put it in the wraps haha). However, I was left feeling quite unsatisfied, even though I was full. Thoughts as to why?

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7 hours ago, ChirpyBird said:

Out of curiosity, how do we allocate the points if we succeed in the 4 week challenge? Like the str, wis, int, etc, how do I know where to put them, and how many do we get?

 

You allocate them yourself. Depending on each goal you have.

This is why I don't do the 4-week challenges. I can't get my mind to think about my goals in that way.

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20 hours ago, ChirpyBird said:

However, I was left feeling quite unsatisfied, even though I was full. Thoughts as to why?

 

Its the lack of carbs, if you gave them up completely. But you did mention pineapple salsa...

 

It gets complicated, but carbs can cause satiety. The research I've read and trend to agree with says that carbs ingested before a meal cause serotonin uptake in the brain which yields that mental satisfaction. If your stomach is still empty that could be another thing. By cutting then out you've lost that satiety response. It might take some time to reset.

 

On the flip side, things that make you feel good can produce withdrawal and so forth...

 

Also, paleo doesn't have to be like Atkins. Sweet potatoes and most fruit (loaded with carbs) are acceptable.it duress trend to be lower carb because you give yo a lot of bread and sugar etc. 

 

Also, warning... I'd you want to go near zero carbs, you're going to have to deal with keto flu... A few days to a couple weeks of feeling crappy. I've done the keto diet and its not as bad as it sounds, but you may want to plan ahead for that.

 

I personally don't do challenges with points and all. I just post about my goals, and food porn, and friends stop by to encourage me or give me info. That's all. I just use it as a way to be social about my fitness goals.

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14 hours ago, Curl Brogo said:

 

Its the lack of carbs, if you gave them up completely. But you did mention pineapple salsa...

 

It gets complicated, but carbs can cause satiety. The research I've read and trend to agree with says that carbs ingested before a meal cause serotonin uptake in the brain which yields that mental satisfaction. If your stomach is still empty that could be another thing. By cutting then out you've lost that satiety response. It might take some time to reset.

 

On the flip side, things that make you feel good can produce withdrawal and so forth...

 

Also, paleo doesn't have to be like Atkins. Sweet potatoes and most fruit (loaded with carbs) are acceptable.it duress trend to be lower carb because you give yo a lot of bread and sugar etc. 

 

Also, warning... I'd you want to go near zero carbs, you're going to have to deal with keto flu... A few days to a couple weeks of feeling crappy. I've done the keto diet and its not as bad as it sounds, but you may want to plan ahead for that.

 

I personally don't do challenges with points and all. I just post about my goals, and food porn, and friends stop by to encourage me or give me info. That's all. I just use it as a way to be social about my fitness goals.

 

Well, got home last night and the hubby and I had a very good discussion and it seems he accepts my need to try this. He was very sweet about it, and I'm relieved. I had this deliciousness last night with a large spinach shrimp salad on the side:  http://ifoodreal.com/avocado-and-egg-spaghetti-squash-boats-recipe/ It was delicious, and I was soooo satisfied. For lunch I had a salad from Panera. Much better meals than the day before, for sure!

 

I'm going to have look up the keto flu, as I hadn't heard of that before, thanks for the heads up! <3

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Had a DELICIOUS dinner last night of a spinach shrimp salad and an avacado and egg spaghetti squash boat (recommended to me by another member on here). The photos I took don't do it justice, but you can check out better images and the recipe here:  http://ifoodreal.com/avocado-and-egg-spaghetti-squash-boats-recipe/

 

Cut my 15 minute walk short because there was a creepy dude outside that I saw more than once on my walk keeping half a block away and turning the other way each time I noticed him to disappear into shadows. Since it was dark, I was alone with my little dog, I decided to double back and go home rather than assume nothing was up. Safety first!

 

I've been feeling so much better now that I have a steady workout plan AND meal plan. I know it's only been three days, this being my fourth, but I feel really good! Now it's just a matter of continuing the pattern (I have been known to give up after awhile, so I can't let myself do that anymore).

 

As far as the financial stuff goes, I haven't spent any extra so far, which is good. However, my second job's boss still hasn't paid me for Janurary's work...she does this often, making us have to eek by, getting minimal food and gas until I get paid. I've talked to her before about this, and I'm in the market for a new second job, but it's tough finding one like it that will pay the same. However, my mind hasn't changed, and once I get that check, some of it will go to nearly paying off one of those loans. :D

 

Ooh, and I've been loving meditation! Yoga has been a bit difficult for me, as I use some YouTube videos, and it's hard to watch what the instructor is doing when I'm on my hands and knees in a pose, haha. What else....? Oh, I tried walking meditation but that was way harder.

 

Fingers crossed I succeed on all four parts of my challenge!

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HEYO! Found and followed and rooting you on!

 

On 2/14/2017 at 5:10 PM, ChirpyBird said:

I'm actually doing full Paleo, so cutting carbs entirely, yay! I have a lot of issues with inflammation making me really sick, so gluten, carbs, etc are out the window as of this week! Unless like today I'm weak :( But I'm trying!

 

Just to be clear - are you cutting all carbs for something that resembles ketosis? Or just within the limitations in paleo? (Potatoes and squash have lots of carbs, for example)

 

On 2/14/2017 at 5:10 PM, ChirpyBird said:

I'm sure my hubby and I will reach an understanding...hopefully soon! Someone on a different thread suggested buying meat from a local butcher that only provides it from humane, free range farms. Going to bring that up to him today and keep my fingers crossed that will work :D

 

Can you just start doing what you need to do and see how he reacts? I know this stuff gets sticky when relationships are involved... I've had lots of conversations with Mr Red about when/where/how it's appropriate to discuss food philosophy...

 

1 hour ago, ChirpyBird said:

Had a DELICIOUS dinner last night of a spinach shrimp salad and an avacado and egg spaghetti squash boat (recommended to me by another member on here). The photos I took don't do it justice, but you can check out better images and the recipe here:  http://ifoodreal.com/avocado-and-egg-spaghetti-squash-boats-recipe/

 

 

AWWW YEAH. Whoever that good Samaritan was sure has good taste in squash boats ;) Looks like it came out awesome!!! :D 

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6 minutes ago, RedStone said:

HEYO! Found and followed and rooting you on!

 

 

Just to be clear - are you cutting all carbs for something that resembles ketosis? Or just within the limitations in paleo? (Potatoes and squash have lots of carbs, for example)

 

 

Can you just start doing what you need to do and see how he reacts? I know this stuff gets sticky when relationships are involved... I've had lots of conversations with Mr Red about when/where/how it's appropriate to discuss food philosophy...

 

 

AWWW YEAH. Whoever that good Samaritan was sure has good taste in squash boats ;) Looks like it came out awesome!!! :D 

 

Yep, that's basically what happened. I had one meal with shrimp and he knew I had some turkey at lunch. Not that night, but the night after (last night) he and I had a very good discussion about how he accepts my need to do this for my health and he will support me. Guess he just needed some time to think about everything and know that I'm going to get my meat from a local farm that is humane to the animals, which was always my decision anyway, as I'm not okay with how they treat animals at factory farms and such. So it worked out in the end. :D 

 

And yeah, I should have been more clear, I'm just doing Paleo, so only good carbs that are allowed for it! Squash and potatoes, mmmmmm

 

For sure! That recipe is now on both of our list of favorites!!! Can't wait to try the bigger spaghetti squash to substitute for pasta next! :D (If you have any recipes that are delicious that you love using the spaghetti squash for pasta, you know I'm all ears! hehe)

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Glad to hear the hubby's coming around!

 

And I hear you both on the animal treatment. I used to eat meat all day for the protein but lately I've been thinking that i shouldn't sort factory livestock raising. But the humane meat costs extra, so I've been working at getting more vegetarian food so I can save money and once in a while have a steak that came from a happy cow.

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1 hour ago, Curl Brogo said:

Glad to hear the hubby's coming around!

 

And I hear you both on the animal treatment. I used to eat meat all day for the protein but lately I've been thinking that i shouldn't sort factory livestock raising. But the humane meat costs extra, so I've been working at getting more vegetarian food so I can save money and once in a while have a steak that came from a happy cow.

 

I found while researching that if you buy from a local farm, at least here, it isn't much more. Organic cage free eggs in the supermarket here are almost five bucks for a dozen, and the local farm has them for the same cost. Same with the chicken. Didn't get a chance to check the red meat prices, but it's worth it to at least check your local farms and butchers to see if you can save money going directly to them!

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Wasn't too proud of myself last night. Went somewhere where we got free food, but it was just subs. I couldn't eat just the insides, and they didn't have any lettuce to wrap them in, so, as I was there for hours through dinner, I had to eat the sub with bread. Grr. I know it's bound to happen, but I'm disappointed that it happened in my first week of trying to stick to a diet. 

 

Other than that, I'm happy to report things are great on the diet and exercise end! On the financial, well, my second job takes forever to pay me for the previous month's work, but once I do get that, which I hope is early next week at the latest, I will be paying some toward those two loans I want paid off by the end of my four weeks. Fingers crossed their laziness doesn't affect my challenge! 

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1 hour ago, Jittersthe.Clown said:

Bad days wont derail you.  You got this.  Way to go on week one!

 

Very true. I told my hubby that I am not planning on cheat days, and when I have days like that, where the only food I can have for hours through a meal have something I shouldn't, I would count those as cheat days. But all other times, I'm stickin' to it! :D Thanks for the support! <3 

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So my first week has gone really well! Haven't spent any extra money on anything not related to needing exercise or diet stuff (not that I can, my second job always "forgets" to pay me on time ... sigh ... if I could afford to not have it, I would, simply because of this issue!). Because of that, I haven't been able to apply any additional payments to the loans I'm trying to pay off, but I still have 3 more weeks, so I'm not panicky yet.

 

As far as diet goes, I've been doing great on keeping my portions small and sticking to my new diet, with an 80% success rate on what I've been consuming (I say 80% because a couple of days I've only had a certain thing available to eat for hours through a mealtime, and I'm not going to NOT eat. It was mostly bread (sandwich/sub), and I kept the portion as small as possible. I've also been making sure I stop eating once I'm full, and I've had good, healthy snacks at work instead of chips and soda. There have been times I felt unsatisfied and that I want to go eat more, even though I was full, but only twice since starting.

 

Tomorrow, I'm planning on getting some chicken from the local butcher who gets their meat from a local farm. It will be the first time I've bought/consumed chicken in 10 years. My husband is worried, but at least on board now for my health purposes, which is better than us fighting about it and him not supporting me at all, so it's helping. Fingers crossed we can get to a happy point about it all.

 

Lastly I've added yoga and meditation to my life, and I'm loving it! Hope to sign up for some Pilates classes this Friday to see how I like that as well for exercise to help get me to my main big goals!

 

Week two, here I come!

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Yesterday was the first time in my challenge where I was bad. :( I broke my "no extra spending" rule when I went to get a book for one of the NF book club challenges. I needed to finish it by 2/28 and the holds at the library were taking too long, so I had to buy it. Then, of course, while I was there, I bought the new Neil Gaiman book. I will say, though, that our extra spending has been minimal and only for things such as workout needs (clothes, classes) or food, so that's at least a really good start!

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8 hours ago, ChirpyBird said:

Yesterday was the first time in my challenge where I was bad. :( I broke my "no extra spending" rule when I went to get a book for one of the NF book club challenges. I needed to finish it by 2/28 and the holds at the library were taking too long, so I had to buy it. Then, of course, while I was there, I bought the new Neil Gaiman book. I will say, though, that our extra spending has been minimal and only for things such as workout needs (clothes, classes) or food, so that's at least a really good start!

 

Sounds like overall you are rocking it! And of all things to spend on? Books = epic win! :) Don't beat yourself up too much. 

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45 minutes ago, CraftyHeathen said:

 

Sounds like overall you are rocking it! And of all things to spend on? Books = epic win! :) Don't beat yourself up too much. 

 

Very true! Could be a lot worse :D Thanks for the pick-me-up!!!

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I'm doing great this week! Paid off one of the two loans I wanted paid off for this 4 week challenge already! Plus I've been eating smaller portions of extremely healthy meals thanks to the Paleo diet, which I'm LOVING (I hate cooking, and the recipes for this are like, seriously four things sometimes...perfect in more ways than one for me). I even braved an ice storm to still go on my walk last night (yeah, not gonna lie, that wasn't fun). I've even taken part in a couple PvP challenges. I'm really happy I found NF. :) 

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Halfway done with this challenge, and I feel AMAZING! I have:

 

1) Stuck to the Paleo diet 95% of the time

2) Learned a TON of new, healthy recipes that has gotten me cooking for once (hubby cooks in the family, and I never used to until now)

3) Felt lighter and tighter after changing my diet and adding at home yoga sessions 3 times a week (started last week, fully intend to continue)

4) Already paid off one of the two loans mentioned in my 4 week challenge

5) Convinced the hubby to try an at home yoga session with me (last night...he really liked it and wants to do it again!)

 

The only negative things so far are:

 

1) I've noticed I'm more tired lately, but that could be I'm working out and getting a lot more exercise than I normally used to, or it could be something else, not sure yet

2) Sometimes, only about 3-4 times in two weeks, cravings for something I can't have on my diet are nearly unbearable

 

Things I'm looking forward to this week:

 

1) My first Pilates class on Friday

2) Finding more delicious and easy Paleo recipes and experimenting with them

3) Learning more about meditation from a few books I got at the library

4) Extending my at home yoga sessions

5) Paying more toward the second loan I want paid off before the end of this challenge (or paying it off entirely this week!)

 

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