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July Inches Lost! And Protein Ramblings


Sunday, July 07, 2013

I forgot to post this because I was out of town, but!:

6/1/2013
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neck: 16
bust: 51
waist: 45
abdomen: 52
hips: 56
right arm(bicep): 19.5
right forearm: 13
right wrist: 6.75
right thigh: 35
right calf: 20
right ankle: 10.25
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Total Inches: 324.5
W:H Ratio: 0.8
Weight: 353


7/1/2013
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neck: 15.5
bust: 50
waist: 42
abdomen: 51
hips: 56
right arm(bicep): 18.5
right forearm: 13
right wrist: 6.25
right thigh: 32
right calf: 19.5
right ankle: 9.5
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Total Inches: 313.25
W:H Ratio: 0.75
Weight: 347.8

Yay!!!! I lost over 11 inches and over 5 lb in June!


Foods:

Dinner last night was Asian Steamed Chicken w/ Kale and Carrots. I marinated the chicken in mirin, toasted sesame oil, tamari, grated ginger, chile garlic, fish sauce, shallots, honey, and lemon juice, and then tossed the kale with sesame oil and sesame seeds... so delicious!
Recipe: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com
/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=
2525939

I've been pretty creative with my cooking lately... I didn't know what to make the other day, but I found a curry packet in the bottom of the pantry and some fish in the freezer... I ended up making the most delicious fish curry I'd ever had. Today I'm making Coq Au Vin and French onion soup with the cheap merlot I got from Whole Foods (3.49 per bottle, but it tastes more than decent!).

Last week I found a local farm that delivers to a farmers' market near me and they sell so many great meats way cheaper than Whole Foods and the Green Bean.... They have pasture-raised eggs and poultry (supplemented with 100% non-gmo-feed), 100% grass-fed-and-finished beef -- ALL cuts, like NY Strip steaks, round roasts, ground sirloin, ground round, and ground chuck -- the stuff I really wanted but couldn't afford/find until now :) very lean and very anti-inflammatory (unlike grain-fed beef). They also have lamb and pork.

So, basically, I'm saving $20 per week on our weekly grocery budget by ordering fresher, healthier, higher-quality meats each week... and I'm supporting a family farm whose practices are both sustainable and humane. Tremendous win for all involved!

Why is protein such a big deal? Well, considering the fact that my body-building boyfriend eats about 250 grams of protein per day and I try to eat about 150g per day myself, saving money is essential -- protein is expensive. We eat a LOT of meat and eggs, canned tuna and chicken breasts. In an attempt to be more frugal, I've begun supplementing our diet with sprouted black beans and rice (in moderation--we don't eat many carbs). This week I'm making black beans and bacon (Recipe: allrecipes.com/re
cipe/black-beans-with-bacon/
). We also make protein shakes with berries, almond milk, and Hemp powder ( www.amazon.com/Nu
tiva-Organic-Protein-Fiber
-Pound/dp/B0012C2GFM/ref=s
r_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=13732128
50&sr=8-2&keywords=hemp+powder
).

Random other note: I've been drinking iced green tea daily lately and it seems to be making me feel awesome. Like, seriously. On days that I feel like crap, all I need is 16 oz of this stuff, and I'm ready for anything.

Exercise: I did well last week...walking, ST, swimming, and running intervals. I just haven't really been tracking all of it. I plan to do some yoga and recumbent bike today, and continue my no-sitting-more-than-60-min rule.


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TINA5318 7/8/2013 6:40PM

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BOOKWORM27S 7/8/2013 12:06PM

    It was a great June for you! Here's to a fantastic summer of major weight loss!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/8/2013 8:05AM

    Awesome!

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MARINEMAMA 7/8/2013 8:05AM

    WTG with inches and weight loss! Woohoo!

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_BABE_ 7/7/2013 6:36PM

    It sounds like you could be thrown on a desert island and whip up a good nutritious meal. emoticon

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FLAMENM 7/7/2013 5:48PM

    Great job!

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MCJULIEO 7/7/2013 2:59PM

    You are full of great news! Way to go!

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KIPPER15 7/7/2013 2:39PM

    emoticon Congrats on the weight and inches lost! Love your menu ideas. I am luck enough to have family that I can get beef from and a Turkey/chicken farm near by that is antibiotic free and wonderfully fresh. Good luck on your goals for this month!

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PINKYYSUEE 7/7/2013 2:23PM

    emoticon emoticon Good job on the loss!

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CAROLJEAN64 7/7/2013 12:57PM

    Sounds as if last week and last month were great steps on your healthy journey. Great job!

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LUVTOBOWL 7/7/2013 12:50PM

    emoticon on the weight loss and inches emoticon .

You seen to have a plan in place and are doing a good job with it - keep up the hard work and dedication my friend.

I hope you have another successful month.

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CELEST 7/7/2013 12:44PM

    Those figures are LOOKING GOOD...keep it up, its so fantastic to see a winner in progress.

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NYMORNINGGLORY 7/7/2013 12:40PM

    You are doing so very well .... thanks for keeping us posted on your progress. Keep those recipes coming - you have given me so many great ideas!

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D_4RECOVERY 7/7/2013 12:08PM

    emoticon on the inches and weight reduction. That's fantastic! Your meal looks delicious. Thank you for sharing the links. Love your determination. :)

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