Saturday, January 14, 2012
This has little to do with food or exercise, but I know that a lot of you have an interest in Paleo living so I wanted to share this.
I was watching one of those trashy Ancient Aliens shows on the History channel and they mentioned this pre-agricultural temple thing. I looked it up, and the Smithsonian magazine website actually corroborates the claim!
So for those of you who might be interested in the idea that hunter-gatherers could have created civilization and built massive stone structures BEFORE developing agriculture...
Saturday, January 14, 2012
In case you've missed it, SparkPeople has upgraded the "like" function on all of our blog entries to a "share bar." So you can click on "I was Sparked", which I believe to be like the old "like" button...but now you can also share a blog on your Facebook page. I think you've been able to do this for a long time now, but it has suddenly become VERY prominent.
I know anyone can share anything on Facebook by copying a web address but I really, really, really, really, really to the millionth power hate that SP is integrating with Facebook like this. I don't want my blog entries ending up on someone's Facebook page for any random person to peruse just because someone decided to hit a "like" button.
Let me be clear - if anyone reads something I've written and wants to share it with their real life friends, I have no problem with them linking to my blog. It's publicly available, it shows up in search engines, and in all honesty I'd be quite flattered! It's the mindlessness of the "like" button that bothers me. That, and my loathing of Facebook (i.e. Big Brother Marketing). The SP community is uniquely supportive which encourages sharing the sort of personal details that would never appear in the wilds of a general social networking site. And Facebook is not exactly known for providing a private, nurturing environment to share your personal struggles with something like weight or fitness! So if my blogs do end up shared on Facebook it darn well better be intentional.
Anyway, there is an actual point to my anti-Facebook-integration rant. Here it is. If you want to remove the share bar:
1. Go to your Spark page
2. Click on "Edit My SparkPage" on the top right corner
3. Uncheck last item under "More Options" ("Show share bar on my blog posts")
4. Scroll all the way down and "Save Your Changes"
Please know that if you do like linking Facebook and SparkPeople, I respectfully disagree with your viewpoint but I won't hold it against you. :) And now that that's out of the way...happy Sparking, everyone!
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
I woke up in a bit of a lingering funk, which I dissipated with this:
Spinach, chicken, eggs, red peppers, olives, feta...nom nom nom.
Then, I packed this absurdly delicious salad for lunch:
There are pineapple chunks, parmesan cheese, and bits of red bell pepper in with the lettuce, and the white stuff on the fish is largely coconut oil. I broke the salmon apart into the salad and added pecans, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar after taking the picture. Wild caught salmon is just the prettiest color, innit?
I was super psyched for my lunch, and then I got to work and it turned out we had a lunch meeting with free pizza. So the salad became dinner (still nom-nom-nommy good!) and I had a few slices of meat-and-veggie filled modern-day deliciousness. So much for gluten free, but at least I'm fortunate enough to live and work in a city where pizzas come with organic ingredients and no preservatives.
So that was all normal-fine, but then the day took a turn for the awesome! I finally cornered my boss and asked to have a meeting to discuss projects, which happened this afternoon. It was a really quick meeting but I feel SO much better now that we've touched base and I actually have work to do! I was in such a good mood driving home today, singing along with the radio and just generally feeling wonderful. And I had that delicious salmon and pineapple salad to look forward to, which was icing on a fine cake of a day.
And then things got EVEN MORE AWESOME! Because I got an e-mail from the chair of the graduate admissions committee at one of my top choice schools saying that it's going to be a few weeks before they finalize their admissions list and send out anything official, but I am one of their top candidates! Quote: "I want to personally let you know how enthusiastic we are about your application!"
is not a big enough smile to encapsulate my happiness right now!
All of my stress has melted away in a single evening of happy news. Work is suddenly good again, I've got this fantastic grad school news in my inbox, there is good food in my fridge, and I'm flippin' walking on sunshine over here!
Oh yes. It's been one HECK of a great day!
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Guys, my Primal Blueprint streak has been going along as well as could be. I've been eating wholesome foods, avoiding gluten, giving it my all strength training a couple of times a week, doing flat out sprint intervals on the weekends, taking my vitamin D, getting a reasonable amount of sleep, the whole shebang. But work has been SUPER stressful (my "new boss" STILL has yet to acknowledge my existence, a friggin' full month later!) and I've had too much free time to worry about my grad school apps, which has ratcheted up the stress level even higher. So even though I'm eating/exercising well, the scale isn't budging and my pants are not getting any looser. Yay, even more stress.
Today I finally cracked. I was craving salmon tonight so I hit the grocery store on the way home and found myself walking out the door with a pint of Ben and Jerry's.
Phish Phood...my arch nemesis. We meet again.
So I ate my salmon (freaking yummy, by the way! With a drizzle of coconut oil and a squeeze of lime juice, with coconut milk mashed cauliflower on the side. Dinner was definitely a bright point of the day), and then I ate my whole stupid pint of ice cream. And then I paid for it with one hell of a leg cramp. And I was sad. :(
I considered skipping the food tracking today, but I know what a slippery slope that can be so I went ahead and plugged in my numbers...and my carbs were only at 200g for the day, even with the ice cream! This is certainly higher than the 50-150 I'm aiming for but it's still faaaaaaar below even the FDA's recommended daily intake of 300g. Not so bad, all things considered.
So I'm taking that as my silver lining for the day. I'm going to try to talk to my "boss" - again - tomorrow, see if he actually has a project for me to work on yet. I'm going to keep reminding myself that I only have to suffer through this job for another six or seven months, and then I'll be off to work on something I actually care about and meet new people and take charge of my own work goals. I'm going to eat blueberries instead of ice cream. I'm going to continue dancing to silly music as a cardio workout. And I am absolutely going to remember that tomorrow is yet another opportunity to make good choices and move towards better health and wellness!
Sunday, January 08, 2012
The primal streak continues to go well, and I've had a GREAT weekend for workouts (one day of awesome cardio, one day of awesome strength training).
But I really just want to leave you with this awesomely-awesome Gary Taubes quote. Food for thought as the weekend ends and a new work week begins...
"You donít find fat lions, you donít find fat tigers. Itís not because these animals are particularly active, because we know that male lions, for instance, do virtually nothing. They donít even bother to hunt Ė they just come along afterwards and eat as much as they want. But they still donít get fat. "
Have a great week, everyone. And remember to eat like a predator - not like prey.
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