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Day 19: Wheat ...

Friday, February 19, 2010

I appear to reacting more strongly to wheat/gluten contamination again. I noticed that poisoned feeling earlier this week and realized that I'd been eating a few small scoops a day of the honey-peanut butter that I know has wheat in the ingredients. So I quit that and felt better. Today, I grabbed a few leftover Brach's caramel corn, and now I'm feeling that annoying sensation again, and I looked and those are processed on equipment that can be contaminated. It's funny. Sometimes, things don't bother me, and sometimes even these little bits do. I think this is my reminder to be a good girl about avoiding gluten.

Speaking of avoiding gluten, tonight I made a lovely chicken pot pie filling thickened with cornstarch and topped with a mix of wild rice and parmesan cheese, yummy! I also fasted for most of the day, which worked out not half bad. I made it all the way, but I was having trouble focusing on my work. I don't necessarily think that was due to fasting, I think I was just a little bit off.

So, tomorrow is my NYC early birthday trip! I'm making myself breakfast and working out before going, and then no snacks, just lunch and dinner and walking around the city. I am planning on wine with dinner. I probably won't get in an evening workout, but who know, I could do lunges on the train ride back maybe!

Okay, I am off tonight to do the usual stuff, workout, snack, watch Caprica, woohoo!

Onward and upward!

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PRUPLEBEAR 2/20/2010 10:33AM

    Have fun!

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JENISNAPE 2/20/2010 4:02AM

    Have fun! NYC is going to be awesome :)

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Day 18: Where Did My Week Go?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Dude, it is almost Friday already! I've been kind of insane this week because I had an academic job interview yesterday, meaning 11 hours of interviewing flanked by an hour and a half drive each way. However, there was a lot of nice fruit at both breakfast and my seminar talk and I may have fallen for a serious piece of flourless chocolate cake at the restaurant for dinner. I did manage to turn down the free alcohol, and really good flourless chocolate cake doesn't come around often for us gluten-free types.

I am still exercising, even before and after my interview insanity, at least twice a day, so that's great. I'm trying to not overdo the food, even if my lab manager brought gluten-free cookies to the seminar today that I brought hummus and veggie to. I had some cookies, and everyone complimented my hummus. I'm kind of glad for my weekly fast tomorrow just to get back on track. Of course, then I'm going to NYC on Sat, but that should mean a lot of walking and not too much eating. I can be good in NYC, I can, I can!

Okay. I should sleep now. I still have a ton of work to catch up on tomorrow.

Onward and upward!

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CINCYDORA 2/19/2010 1:41PM

    Sounds as though you won more battles than you lost this week. Best of luck being good in New York!

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PRUPLEBEAR 2/19/2010 12:27PM

    Sounds like you did go! Have a great weekend!

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ME2448 2/19/2010 7:52AM

    Seminar and conventions are diet disasters.
Sounds like you did great.

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Day 15: 38 Degrees

Monday, February 15, 2010

No, it's not the de-aged version of the boy band, it's the temperature that it was out at 4:00pm this afternoon, woohoo! It meant that I decided to go for a 2 mile walk instead of stair climbing today. I've been slightly less motivated to do my midday workout lately, so I figured some great outdoors would be motivating. It was a nice walk. It's still below freezing overnight and in the morning, so no running yet.

I ate above maintenance this weekend, but I don't think I went insane. I ate quite a bit of onion dip and hummus, but did so with mostly cucumbers and carrots and not potato chips. I did have a few tortilla chips, more than a few, but still not too bad. I also baked some really great sugar free brownies (they can be found here: recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip
). They had a perfect brownie texture and everyone who had them complimented them. Even my fussy sugar-loving husband had quite a few.

We weren't going to do anything yesterday (me and hubby don't celebrate Valentine's Day) but he decided that he wanted Chinese, so we ended up going out anyway. It was way too crowded and busy and I'm not getting talked into that again. However, I didn't eat too much rice and ordered a dish that was chicken, snow peas, and water chestnuts, and we both ate leftovers for lunch today.

I've been feeling kind of blah lately, and I think I've hit my motivation wall since I've been rolling pretty hardcore since New Year's. At least I am aware of that now, so I can just keep pushing myself anyway until I get past the wall and back into awesome. It helps to have the 28-Day Spark Challenge happening still and my weekly Motivational Monday and WooHoo Wednesday posts. Best way to force yourself to get motivated: motivate others!

Okay all. I have stuff to do, including my third workout today and a piano lesson for a friend I've been teaching to play

Onward and upward!

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MJSCHUMAN 2/15/2010 10:12PM

    I have been really suffering from lack of motivation since finishing the meltdown challenge. I still have not gotten off the elimination diet because I think I may have a problem with gluton. I finally added dairy tonight. I really think part of the problem is the toxins released from my fat cells. A detox may be in order. I think every time I lose 10 lbs I need to detox, but that's me. I guess I should join a challenge also.

Good for you for pushing through this time.!

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CINCYDORA 2/15/2010 8:58PM

    Mmmm. That brownie recipe does look good. I like that it seems to have lots of fruit to give some good anti-oxidents.

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PRUPLEBEAR 2/15/2010 7:57PM

    I am going to go look at those browines now!

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Day 12: Sun!

Friday, February 12, 2010

The sun is starting to return. I noticed while waiting for my bus around 6pm that there was still light along the edges of the sky. That's pretty awesome! Up here in Western Mass we have had almost no snow, and the last two days have been above freezing, so everything has melted. I may actually run outside tomorrow. Haven't done that since December! I'm pretty excited.

Today was my fast day, and it went pretty great. I actually felt that burst of productive energy I have heard about from fasting and finished the presentation for my job talk plus quite a bit of work on a possible Microbial Ecology syllabus. I stopped right about 20 hours and had my yogurt, which worked out well. Now, I'm just post-dinner, which was homemade General Tso's chicken and fried rice, yum! I'm meant to exercise tonight and have a typical type of snack. Should be good.

Okay, places to go, things to do!

Onward and upward.

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JENISNAPE 2/14/2010 7:21AM

    Sounds like a delish dinner! :) Hope you've had a good week :)

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PRUPLEBEAR 2/13/2010 5:58AM

    Sound like you had a good day

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Day 11: Still Hungry.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

I think this weekend I need to refeed. I finally realized that I've essentially been in a deficit with a few at maintenance days since the new year. It's time for me to give in this weekend and eat when I'm hungry. No counting or worrying. Just, if I'm hungry eat. However, I'm giving myself the drink 8oz and wait ten minutes rule, but if I'm still hungry, then food. However, first I am doing my Friday fast. I still really want to do that, I think I will actually gauge my hunger better this weekend after a 21-22hr fast. However, I think I will call a no sugar weekend if I'm going to refeed. Refeed + sugar cannot be good. Real, whole foods only. Mmmm, Jocolat bar ...

Okay, well, that's my plan. Everything else has been going great. I'm ready to be productive and not thinking about food tomorrow.

Onward and upward.

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PRUPLEBEAR 2/12/2010 7:21AM

    I have been so hungrey all week!!!! My dr said for my not to fast cus of my DM so I don't.....But I have been uping my veg and fruits (you know my FREE foods) and not really worried if I don't log them! That has helpped a lot!

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