5 Random Thoughts

1- I bought a dress today… Size 6!!!! And a skirt… Size 7!!!!! And I’ve never fit in those sizes at that store, not even when I weighed 5 pounds less (perhaps I have more muscle).

2- I need to try to eat more fish, Mark says so. Mussels was on his list of fish to eat, so I got a pound the other day… Loved it.

3- I’ve started reintroducing Greek yogurt into my diet with one cup of the Greek, higher protein, higher fat, no sugar added variety. Just milk, cream, and bacterial cultures… Not only did it not hurt my tummy (Alexis, avert your eyes from the remainder of this paragraph), but it also helped regulate my system. Things were feeling a little hard that day, if you know what I mean. Not 30 minutes after eating the yogurt, it softened everything right up, like
Magic. Seriously, I went like 3 times after that, in the same day. I think I’ll be eating that once or twice a week. I find this strange because my Primal ice cream was giving me some discomfort. Maybe cream has more lactose or something.

4- Eating peanut butter hurts now. I’ve had natural crunchy peanut butter twice since December 1st, and both times, I was left with stomach cramps. Not sure what that is about.

5- Eating refined sugar gives me migraines now. I had 2 pieces of fudge after work, and got a Migraine about 10 minutes after. I noticed that this also happened when mixing my christmas spiced rum with pop.This is why people only cheat 20% of the time, if causes pain!!!! That pumpkin spice fudge is still pretty damn good though.

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Still primal!

My 30 day challenge has been over for a few days now, but I’m sticking things out, 80% of the time. The only grain I’ve eaten was flour found in a small piece of biscotti. I’ve had refined sugar (I’m assuming it was refined) in one piece of pumpkin spice fudge, and in pop I’ve mixed with spiced rum and coke… Nothing says Christmas like a spiced rum and coke ( or Pepsi, even better). I don’t want to make that a habit, just at Christmas parties ­čÖé

Even after a few drinks, I’ve been able to stick if out. I had a couple wings instead of pizza last night, and went home to leftover chicken and sweet potatoes after the bar, instead of my traditional double cheeseburger (or 2). This morning I had a primal hangover breakfast consisting of bacon, eggs, cherries and half a banana.

I followed up breakfast with a 16k hike through Gatineau park. I think Mark would be proud. I have to say, after burning 800 calories over 3 hours, I would typically be STARVING. But today, not so much. A primal pumpkin pie smoothie (thanks neighbor!) and a couple macadamia nuts was all I needed to feel satisfied… Until dinner, anyway ­čÖé

Here are some pics of the hike, and the delicious smoothie! The recipe is in a previous post, Char left it as a comment.

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Weigh-in and Measurements (part1)

Good morning!

I call this (part 1) because I am only 3 days away from Aunt Flow paying a visit, and will likely see different results after she leaves town. hopefully moving from 100% primal, to 80% primal, will not mucky with things too much.

Weight

Before: 158-159 pounds (scale I used for first weigh in seems to be off by 2-3 pounds) 

After: 152.3 pounds… So, I’ve lost at least 6 pounds, I think that is really going to be more like 8-10.

So, not crazy results… But…

Measurements

Waist: from 29 to- 27.5
Chest: 34 and 36 to- 32 under the girls, 36 over
Hips: from 37- 36.5
Butt: from 41 to 39!
Thighs: from 25 big ones each to- 24 smaller-big ones each!

That’s a total loss of 8 inches! Yep, I’m pretty happy with those numbers. Anything that actually makes my butt and thighs smaller is okay in my books. I think this was, and will continue to be, totally worth the sacrifice.

I had the biscotti waiting for me on my desk, when I got to work this morning… and I think that will be my only non-primal indulgence┬átoday. Not feeling any crazy gluten affects at the moment, but it was a pretty small piece. And also, pretty freaking delicious.

Day 1000…I mean, 28

Holiday treats are out full force. I can’t deny the benefits of eating the way I have been… My eyes are brighter, my complexion is better than ever, my nails are stronger, and my pants are looser. But man- what I wouldn’t have given for some Christmas treats, today.

What really sucks is that I still need to be careful after the 30 days, because I stupidly timed this whole thing to end a couple days before I get you know what, ladies. I can’t really weigh and measure myself and test the results fairly, until Aunt flow leaves town, and takes the bloating with her.

Luckily, Mark sent out a great primal insider newsletter today, that eased my mind. He talked about the 80/20 principle, and how people have to stop freaking out if they cave and have a slice of bread, or have a slice of cake at work when offered by their boss- occasional cheats will not undue weeks of hard work, as long as you stick to plan 80 % of the time. This made me feel better, because I’m looking forward to enjoying upcoming Christmas parties , and the spiced rum that may come along with them ­čśë I may even want to break out a piece of pumpkin pie fudge I’ve been dying to try (Char, thank you for hiding that in your fridge. I think you’ve earned a few pieces yourself!)

After all, this is not supposed to be a crash diet. It’s a lifestyle change. Treats need to be okay every once in a while.

Food

Breakfast (930am)

Scrambled eggs and bacon, 1/4 cup cherries, small apple (need those nutrients to get rid of this chest cold)

Lunch (130pm)

Leftover sauerkraut and hot turkey sausages, 1 yellow pepper

Dinner (630pm)

Primal chicken soup (kicked the ass of my last one. Made it spicier with a while hot bonnet pepper, added lots of crushed garlic for antioxidants, more onion, more carrot, more summer savory… More of everything!

I also has a few squares of 90% dark chocolate, hoping to soak up antioxidants from that too.

Exercise

Bikram yoga (730-9pm)

So addictive, and so amazing. It’s hard not to feel like a million bucks after an hour of stretching in a sauna. Was too sick to kickbox.

Energy

Still run down from being sick, but Getting back on track.

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