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Sunday, February 05, 2012

Yes, I did it. I managed to LOSE weight over a weekend instead of gain - which has never been done before by me (unless maybe from flu). Last weekend I didn't eat terribly, and I worked out, but I still managed to gain about 4 pounds which was very upsetting. I spent all week trying to lose it and didn't even lose it all so in the end from friday to friday I gained about a pound and a half (what was left from my weekend gain). It is SOOOO frustrating to have to relose it! Anyway, I started this morning at 292.8 which was my weight last week friday so it took me a little over a week to get there, but I did it.

And another record - my own personal best - 20 minutes jogging without stopping even once. Monday I did 15 minutes without stopping so jump up by 5 minutes was a big push, but I just tried to stay loose and breathe easy and it was only the first couple minutes (still stiff even after warm up and stretching) and the last few minutes that were really hard. The rest wasn't too bad. Now, we are still talking a pretty slow pace (4.0 or 4.2, occassionally I change it up for a bit to 4.5) but the point is that I am not walking. Shin splints hit around 7 minutes but they were mild and fairly easy to work through. Knees - no pain while running and still no pain today! Yay!!! Still icing my knees and sometimes my shins, as well as taking fish oil capsules (good for many things including joints) and calcium/magnesium which is good for bone strength so hopefully all of it is working together to make my legs strong. AND my calves are one inch smaller around :)

I am doing the Primal Blueprint, which is similar to Paleo or caveman diet. I basically just pulled out almost all carbs leaving only fruits and nuts (which are actually more fat and protein than carb) and some dairy which is carbs from the milk sugars. But bread, pasta, rice (and kind of grains), potatoes and basically all desserts are cut out. The idea is to strive for 100% on following the plan but knowing that it's not easy to do that, especially in social situations where your options are limited, 80% is okay sometimes. So today, for example, I had soup at a restaurant. It was chicken and wild rice (which is allowed because wild rice is actually a grass and not a grain!) and then I had half of a piece of bread and gave the rest to my husband. When I make sandwiches, burgers, stir fry, etc, I eat it without bread, bun, rice, noodles, etc. And the funny thing is, I told my husband that I am beginning to PREFER sandwiches without the bread simply because they often mask the taste of the meat and other ingredients and are just bulk in my stomach. I also have stopped making french fries and make "ugly green beans" in place of them because they can sub for a finger food like fries. They are called ugly because they get kind of brown and shriveled but that's what makes them delicious! Adding recipe now!!!


*1 pound of fresh or frozen green beans (I prefer haricot verts frozen because they are long and thin and cook well - I get them organic at Whole Foods but have seen them other places)
*olive oil or butter (olive oil works much better if using frozen beans)
*seasonings to your liking - my fave is just garlic powder, sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Put beans and oil in gallon bag. Shake until covered. Dump out on sheet pan and season. Bake them on 350 for 20 minutes and stir. Check every 10 minutes (and stir) afterward until becoming slightly brown and a bit caramelized. (Will take anywhere from 30-50 minutes depending on how you prefer them.) Enjoy!

I also have a recipe for Kale Chips which are crispy and salty and I use them in place of regular chips if anyone is interested. Okay. Gotta get to the gym and get in my treadmill time. Working toward the Wall of Fame this month so I've got to get some gym time in EVERY day. Here I go!
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    Ugly green beans sounds yummy and you are doing so wonderful! Amazing 20 minutes running! keep up the good work girl!
    2173 days ago
  • -AIMIE-
    Thanks for the recipe! Great replacement for the fries :) Sounds like you are doing pretty great! I am excited about your progress. I too get so frustrated over the up and down on the scale...which is why I was supposed to wait a month before weighing ( I only lasted 5 days)
    Guess I learned my lesson because on Sunday I showed 296.4 which seemed great...then today back up to 298.8... NOT GREAT. Ugggghhhh when will I learn to stay off of the thing LOL!
    2176 days ago
    Sarah, you are a rock star. You have the courage to continue working even though you have set backs. You are doing this!

    ps my new blog post is up.
    2177 days ago
    It's great to hear you're building up your endurance on the treadmill. How are things going at the gym otherwise?
    I know what you mean about choices when you're out. I'm a vegan and it can be frustrating. The weekend can be hard too. I try to keep myself as busy as possible so I don't eat or drink out of boredom.
    I want your recipe for kale chips! I made a batch a week ago with mixed results : )
    2177 days ago
    Great job Sarah!
    2177 days ago
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