VALKYRIA-'s SparkPeople Blog VALKYRIA-'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Week 3 Weigh In Last week: 372.8 <BR> This week: 371.8 <BR> <BR> Loss: 1 lb <BR> <BR> I've been having a rough week, but I'm not giving up. I want to blog more later, but for now I wanted to celebrate the 1 lb :) Almost back into the 360's, and that will feel amazing. Going to make it my goal for next week's weigh-in. <BR> <BR> Sat, 12 Apr 2014 15:20:34 EST Week 1 Weigh In! Last week: 379.4 <BR> This week: 372.8 <BR> <BR> Loss of 6.6 lb! <BR> <BR> YAYYYYYYYYY <BR> <BR> Most of this is water weight/inflammation, and I think I still have some more to come off, so I'm hoping to be in the 360's again by next week. I'm going to work my darndest! <BR> <BR> I'm sticking to the same goals outlined in my last blog ~ Just going to try to get some more cleaning done this weekend so that my apartment is presentable and I can begin looking for a new roommate (anyone in... Fri, 28 Mar 2014 13:30:49 EST A Fresh Start Well here I am! It's been quite a bumpy ride. I've been going through one of the toughest periods of my life. I broke up with my fiance of 4 years, dealt with emotional abuse from him for 2 months while I waited for him to move out and find a new place, and suffered a severe lack of sleep because of it, which in turn spun me off into this crazy/manic state for a few months in which I was not taking care of myself at all and not making very good decisions in any area of my life (least of all d... Sat, 22 Mar 2014 11:29:58 EST nightshade-free, gluten-free recipes <BR> I've been sort of busy lately and not blogging a lot, but I'm still on track and cooking every day. Nightshade-free experiment is still going on, and I've been eating more fish, grass-fed meat, pastured eggs, lean poultry, and NO pork or fatty poultry (in an attempt to get more omega-3s and less PUFAs/Omega-6s). I also sort of just don't really like pork for various reasons, so we've been getting grass-fed lamb bacon and homemade turkey sausage to fill the breakfast meat void. <BR> <B... Sat, 2 Nov 2013 15:10:01 EST Nightshade Vegetables <BR> Nightshades: <BR> After eating a bowl of chili over a baked potato the other day I realized that I didn't feel well at all. I had heard that people with fibromyalgia and/or arthritis are often afflicted by nightshade intolerance, and that avoiding those vegetables (tomatoes, potatoes, chili spices, peppers, eggplants, etc) can relieve symptoms (and I have been suffering from chronic pain and fatigue for years)... so starting Sunday, I stopped eating them to see what might happen.... it'... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 07:15:42 EST Food Prep :) Today I made.. <BR> <BR> Paleo Gingersnaps: <link><BR>leo-gingersnaps </link> <BR> <BR> Steamed Salmon w/ Broccolini (used a spice rub and some maple syrup on the salmon, steamed both in my bamboo steamer, then served with a squirt of lemon juice) <BR> <BR> Black bean burgers <link><BR>e-detail.asp?recipe=325249 </link> <BR> <BR> Pumpkin Turkey Chili <link><BR>e-detail.asp?re... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 11:34:24 EST Why I definitely can't eat dairy anymore (not just lactose) I am writing this blog so I can come back here and remember next time I'm tempted to eat dairy. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Last night, after a day of particularly healthy eating, I had the SMALLEST amount of grated parmesan cheese on my dinner... literally, just like .1 oz., but that was enough to set off my intolerance symptoms. And they were awful. Today, I am still feeling awful. I'm so mad at myself, because it was completely... Mon, 14 Oct 2013 14:31:32 EST Food Prep!!! It's been a while since I did a full-on food prep. I'm still cooking sporadically, but I have been eating out a bit too much these past 2 weeks, so I'm re-focusing by cooking up a storm today. Lots of veggies, lots of flavor, lots of options, no excuses. <BR> <BR> Today I made... <BR> <BR> *BBQ Chicken and Beans in Slow Cooker* <link><BR>e-detail.asp?recipe=2595512 </link> Going to serve this on spaghetti squash or baked potatoes w/ avocado slices. <... Sun, 13 Oct 2013 15:53:19 EST Food Combinations for Better Digestion... I have been having some digestive issues and bloating lately, despite not eating gluten or dairy, and watching my sodium... I've noticed that it happens after large meals, specifically after ones with a lot of ingredients. I can eat cruciferous vegetables and beans with no ill-effects on their own, so I don't think I need to avoid high-fiber foods or anything.... I've come to the conclusion that it may be the way in which I am combining my foods that is causing me problems. <BR> <BR> Appare... Fri, 27 Sep 2013 15:33:58 EST The importance of Gratitude Want to be happier? This is copied verbatim from George Takei's facebook page; I don't usually forward messages (in fact, I never do), but this one is totally worth it. Please take a look..... <BR> <BR> "Try this today: Close your eyes, and think of someone who has been a strong influence and is important to you, and who made a positive impact on your life--maybe a family member, a love, a teacher, a friend. <BR> <BR> Are your eyes closed? They aren't if you're reading this. <BR> Work with ... Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:04:29 EST Weekend Food Prep! This is my weekly gluten-and-dairy-free meal plan! <BR> Today I made.... <BR> <BR> -*Slow Cooker Beer Chili* <link><BR>beer-chili-easy-crockpot-recipe-409240 </link> (doubled recipe to freeze some for later, Used 10 oz of gluten-free beer. Used olive oil instead of canola, added celery and bell pepper, and 1 tsp arrowroot powder to thicken. When it was done I added some leftover butternut squash soup for extra sweetness and vitamins). <BR> -Baked spaghet... Sat, 21 Sep 2013 23:44:31 EST Thyroid? I've been having really terrible muscle pain and fatigue lately, not related to my food sensitivities. I just can't figure out what's going on. <BR> <BR> I've decided to see a doctor on campus Friday to have some bloodwork done... I wonder if I might be hypothyroid, because I seem to have many of the symptoms. *sigh* <BR> <BR> In the mean time, I've started taking Siberian Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng). Some people seem to think it helps with low functioning thyroid and to combat muscle pain... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 10:21:54 EST Weekly Meal Plan! (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Paleo) Today I made.... <BR> <BR> *Paleo Pumpkin Muffins w/ Pecans* <BR> <link><BR>food/2011/10/pumpkin-paleo-muffins/ </link> <BR> <BR> *Thai Green Curry w/ Chicken* <BR> (sautee 1 tbsp coconut oil and 1 tbsp green curry paste for 1 min, add a tbsp of coconut milk and sautee for another minute with a bit of chopped garlic and ginger. Add 8 oz of coconut milk and 1 lb of cubed raw chicken. Cover and let simmer until chicken is cooked. Add zest of 1 lime, a few... Sat, 14 Sep 2013 23:48:31 EST Thu/Fri Stepped on the scale today and it said 349!!! W00t! Did it! It's only 1 lb loss, but it's past that plateau I've been sitting at for so long, so I am stoked. I'm going to work SO HARD to make sure I don't bounce back up. <BR> GOAL for next week: maintain or lose, just don't go back up! <BR> <BR> I've been eating well, though not all home-cooked. Yesterday we went out for sushi at my favorite restaurant (but no tempura, mayo, or cream cheese -- just fish, veggies, seaweed, and seasoned rice.... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 17:09:36 EST Tue/Wed I did OK with eating yesterday -- I was sore from Monday's workout so I rested. Ate more of my pre-cooked meals and fruits and carrot sticks with peanut butter, had a starbucks drink that I shouldn't have, but got it made with unsweetened soy milk with no whip, so it wasn't tooo many calories. <BR> <BR> Today I am going swimming for my workout~ then back to studying. I'm making some tuna cakes for dinner, and leftover veggie soup. <BR> <BR> Japanese is going well.. I am studying consisten... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 13:33:42 EST Monday So far so good! Monday is my easy day (no afternoon classes), so I came home, changed, and went immediately do the gym: 5 min warmup on the elliptical, full body ST, then sprinting intervals on the treadmill.. total workout time: 1 hour. <BR> <BR> Stayed in calorie range and ate well. <BR> Breakfast: Leftover Mexican chicken and beans on rice w/ 1/2 avocado. <BR> Snack: 1 Apple and a bit of granola. Green tea. <BR> Lunch: Spinach zucchini soup & low-sodium sausage. <BR> Snack2: Protein sha... Mon, 9 Sep 2013 11:48:48 EST Food Prep (gluten-and-dairy-free recipes) Last week I didn't have a gain, but didn't have a loss either. <BR> <BR> I am beginning to get used to my crazy schedule, but it's still a bit rough. I did not really have the energy to do my workouts as planned, but I am hoping that this week it will be easier -- my body is better adjusted to the early rising, and I've caught up on Japanese quite a bit, so I shouldn't have to spend such crazy hours studying (some days were 12+ hours). I'm also still getting used to walking so much every day... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 11:46:23 EST Weekend Food Prep! And Fitness goals Meal Plan & Food Prep (Gluten & Dairy Free) <BR> ----------------- <BR> Monday: <BR> -Slow Cooked Whole Chicken, Chicken Stock <BR> -Fruit Salad <BR> -Creamy Pesto Sauce (coconut cream and some of my frozen basil pesto cubes, along with sauteed mushrooms). <BR> -Chopped onion, sweet pepper, and mushrooms, for omelets. <BR> <BR> Tue: Chicken with Creamy Pesto Sauce over Rice Pasta w/ sliced fresh Tomato. <BR> <BR> Wed: Chuck Roast w/ Root Veggies <link> Sun, 1 Sep 2013 19:18:30 EST Food Intolerances ... and August Weigh-in August Weigh-in: 350.8 (down 2.2 lb from Aug 10th). <BR> <BR> August NSV: I was surprised how well I adjusted to the increased physical activity related to school. I feel like my self-image is improving... I'm liking the way I look in the mirror; I think my proportions look better and healthier than they were. One of my teachers (who I haven't seen since last fall) said I looked amazing, healthy, and happy, and that's pretty much the best compliment I've ever received :) Mentally, I have a b... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:33:32 EST Quick Food Blog, Yummy Recipes! I cooked so much this week, especially today, despite being busy with school. I had all of these veggies that were going to spoil if I didn't do something, so I did it! It took me less than 2 hours to make (not counting the slow cooking time): <BR> <BR> *Baby Bok Choy and Veggies in Chinese White Wine Sauce* -- I sauteed a chopped onion, 2 cloves garlic, and 1/2 inch chopped ginger in 1 tbsp butter and 1 tbsp olive oil, added 1 1/2 cup homemade chicken stock, 1/4 cup Vermouth, carrots, wate... Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:50:06 EST Detox beet juice recipe I ate some really sh!tty food yesterday -- food that I am sensitive to. So, today I'm feeling achey, sore, and just bleh.... and I'm trying to get back to feeling healthy! <BR> <BR> So I slapped together some of the most detoxifying/antioxidant rich fruits and veggies I knew and juiced them -- it turned out to be quite delicious, so I thought I'd share the recipe! (it's also really, really high in potassium, which is what I needed after eating too much sodium). <BR> <BR> Detox Beet Juice (... Sat, 24 Aug 2013 14:57:23 EST Ahhhhh, First Day! I had a terrible night's sleep, and didn't wake up on time and had to skip breakfast, but I made it to class and got through it! Then I got my new student ID so I could ride the bus and stuff. <BR> <BR> So I went, even though I was tempted to skip the first day... I didn't listen to that little negative voice, and just pushed through it, trusting myself. To be honest, this is the first time I didn't skip my first day of classes in... years. It makes no sense, but my anxiety makes it difficu... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:14:29 EST Foods and Stuff I'm devoting today to reviewing/studying. School begins tomorrow. I'm nervous, but I'm trying not to worry about it! The more I study, the better prepared I'll be. <BR> <BR> Yesterday I made a delicious <BR> *Indian White Fish & Shrimp Curry* in only 20 min, and it was totally amazing. I used one of those little curry sauce packets (Kitchens of India Fish Curry Sauce Pouch), sauteed some vegetables (3 carrots, 2 red potatoes, 1 small head chopped cauliflower, 1 large chopped onion), mixed ... Tue, 20 Aug 2013 14:05:52 EST The Energy Continues, and Conquering Social Anxiety Yeah, I am feeling better, like, officially. Three days in a row. I'm happy about that. I made some questionable food choices over the past few days with my brother here, but nothing terrible, and I also made some really healthy choices, and will continue to make healthier choices for the rest of the week to balance it out. <BR> <BR> Today I'm making chuck roast with carrots, potatoes, mushrooms in the slow cooker, and salmon filets with cabbage, carrot, cucumber, peanut slaw and lime ginger... Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:28:10 EST Quick Blog My brother is visiting from out of town so I'm not around but still here. <BR> I made some good choices that I'm proud of today: soup and salad w/ chicken breast at lunch at my favorite restaurant, and a child-sized scoop of sorbet instead of ice cream (I'm lactose intolerant and didn't want to be bloated and uncomfortable, nevermind the calories). Tonight I'm making zucchini noodles with leftover bolognese sauce. And later, blueberry banana protein smoothies. Tonight we're going swimming, y... Thu, 15 Aug 2013 16:05:00 EST FULL of energy! I stopped taking my Lexapro the other day. I expected to feel nasty withdrawal, or maybe some anxiety or mood swings or something, but so far I just feel GOOD. Thank GOODNESS! <BR> <BR> I was so fed up of feeling fatigued, headachy, unable to sleep, and in so much muscle pain that I could barely move and wanted to die, SO the other day I googled it and found out it can be a side effect of the lexapro. I think that it might have been, judging by how killer awesome I am feeling today. I went t... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 13:52:24 EST New Week - Day 1 I'm feeling good today. I got a LOT of sleep, I guess the not-sleeping-well caught up to me, but I've made up that deficit finally. <BR> <BR> I've started taking Relora at night with my other bedtime supplements and it knocks me right out, seems to help me get a much better night's sleep (I didn't wake up to use the restroom ONCE, let alone the 4-5 that I usually do, and my muscles hurt way less today, like they are actually finally recovering from the strength training, yay!). <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 11 Aug 2013 11:14:54 EST Day 7 Body fat at 48.9% today.. Still the same as a few days ago despite the day of bad eating, and down from last week (yay! Progress!). Weight was 350.8. <BR> <BR> I've decided to redo my calorie goals on spark because I'm tired of my weight yoyoing.. I think my body just doesn't want to go below 350 for some reason and stay there (like every time i dip below, i feel like my body rebels and makes me super hungry and i eat way too much.. <BR> so im wondeing if my body is in "starvation mode" or ... Sat, 10 Aug 2013 10:10:12 EST Day 6 Back on track, doing well, eating healthy, exercising. <BR> I am not going to weigh in tomorrow, but I am going to use the body fat measurer (I've decided it's a much more accurate tool to measure my progress on a weekly basis; I'm reserving the scale for a weigh-in on the 1st of every month, to keep my focus on health and not just weight). <BR> <BR> I have to change my weekly goals, though. I think I will need to strength train only 1-2 times a week for now, since it seems to take quite a ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 16:26:18 EST Anxious eating I was nervous around my bf's parents. Very nervous. And I ate, and ate, and ate. Then I ate some more. I was not present... my hand just kept feeding my mouth and my mind was somewhere else. <BR> <BR> I know I'm not the only one who struggles with this sort of thing, it has happened in the past, and it will happen again. The question is: how do I deal with things now? My initial reaction was guilt, shame, feeling like a failure... but that is not constructive, nor does it take ... Thu, 8 Aug 2013 10:25:11 EST Day 4 Just a quick blog tonight... but I had to mention this: We had some extra grocery money, and the bf offered to order delivery... I thought about it, and I just didn't want it. I knew there were some semi-healthy options, but none of them sounded like something I wanted at the moment.. and, surprisingly, the unhealthy ones sounded even worse. We decided to go to whole foods to spend our money and bought a wild-caught salmon filet to cook up at home with veggies. We also picked up some fresh be... Tue, 6 Aug 2013 21:27:58 EST Day 3 I feel like I burned a billion calories today! Again, I got up early (around 7 am which is good, because this is the time I need to get used to for the fall schedule) and I went for a walk. I did some errands and chores, did a bit of laundry, and cooked. Then in the evening I went for a swim at the gym for active recovery. AND I cleaned the toilet. Boom! <BR> <BR> I used my body fat monitor again today and I saw more progress!! <BR> June 26: 49.6% <BR> July 25: 49.1% <BR> Aug 05: 48.9% <BR> ... Mon, 5 Aug 2013 20:59:16 EST Day 2 Goals from Yesterday: <BR> -Do some laundry (Did some... more still to be done) <BR> -Walk in the park (Check!) <BR> -Make a meal plan for the rest of the week (Check..sort of) <BR> -All home-cooked meals and snacks (Check!) <BR> <BR> I got my walk in, despite being groggy in the morning. It's good for me to get into the habit of early exercise in the sunshine, so I'm going to try to keep it up. <BR> <BR> I've decided to only make a meal plan for the next few days, since we will have compa... Sun, 4 Aug 2013 21:22:07 EST New week! I got off track with the blogging thing last week.... I'm going to do better this week. I still did my exercise, but my eating wasn't the best. I accidentally ate gluten and it made me feel really sick. <BR> <BR> Today is day 1. Not even going to weigh in because I know I'm retaining fluid.... but I've been making healthy choices today and I'm on track for a fabulous week! <BR> <BR> Breakfast: protein shake, strawberries and blackberries, 2 eggs cooked in pasture butter, 2 slices of bacon. ... Sat, 3 Aug 2013 20:10:21 EST Day 2 Breakfast: an apple. I woke up late and wasn't very hungry <BR> <BR> Lunch: Chicken breast cooked in bacon fat, vegetable soup <BR> <BR> Snack: Pineapple and cherries, beef jerky. <BR> <BR> Snack: Baked avocado with bacon and greek yogurt <BR> <BR> Dinner: Coq Au Vin <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (Pic Taken Before Cooking) <BR> <img src=""> <BR> (MMMMM, after cooking) <BR> <BR> Recipe... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 13:09:50 EST Too many PUFAs! I had a mini cheat meal yesterday and I got french fries at a restaurant. Such a big mistake. I got so inflamed and still feel like crap from it. I try to minimize Poly-Unsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs) in my diet, especially those from corn, soybean, & seed oils (which can be up to 75% PUFAs and are usually rancid... they are a major source of oxidative stress in the body). This is why I make my own mayo and salad dressings (the ones in the stores are full of soybean oil!), and why I avoid res... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:20:15 EST Day 7 - First Weigh In / Adrenal Fatigue and Supplement Rant 7/21/13 - 353 <BR> 7/22/13 - 352.8 <BR> 7/23/13 - 352 <BR> 7/24/13 - 351.2 <BR> 7/25/13 - 351.4 <BR> 7/26/13 - 350.8 <BR> 7/27/13 - 349.2!!! yay!!! Back in the 340's :) So happy about this. <BR> <BR> Cardio for the week: 5/5 <BR> Yoga/Strength Training: 3/3 <BR> lbs lost this week: ............. 3.8 lb <BR> lbs lost total: .................. 69.8 lb <BR> <BR> My goal was to lose 1.5 lb per week, so I've more than doubled that this week. <BR> <BR> I've been battling adrenal fati... Sat, 27 Jul 2013 14:54:53 EST Day 6 I'm going swimming tonight! I count this as cardio and strength training because my muscles are always sore after and I work pretty hard. So, this rounds out my cardio and ST goals for the week. I DID IT :) <BR> <BR> Today I'm making German-style coleslaw with tarragon vinegar and red cabbage, serving it with the smoked pork chops that we got yesterday and baked sweet potatoes. <BR> <BR> 7/21/13 - 353 <BR> 7/22/13 - 352.8 <BR> 7/23/13 - 352 <BR> 7/24/13 - 351.2 <BR> 7/25/13 - 351.4 <... Fri, 26 Jul 2013 11:44:16 EST Day 5 It's such a nice day!!! Usually, in Ohio, it's either 90 degrees or snowing. We barely get any 60s-70s type weather.... and it's almost always disgustingly humid in the summer. NOT TODAY! It's very dry and in the 70s, might top off at 80 degrees this afternoon. <BR> <BR> I can't get over how nice it is!!! I am going for a long walk to celebrate~ <BR> <BR> Food: Today I'm getting my GreenBean Delivery bin, with lots of produce including a local cucumber, salad greens, the last local strawbe... Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:26:13 EST Day 4 Weight: 351.2 <BR> I've reached my goal of 1.5 lb for the week, and it's only day 4! yay!! <BR> <BR> The pizza last night wasn't the best idea. I mean, it wasn't THAT bad; it was gluten-free, and I did stay in my calories, but the simple carbs just made me hungrier... all night i wanted to eat more carbs, I even wanted to get some candy, but thank goodness I didn't give in. I probably won't get pizza again any time soon. Why do that to myself? I will eat a low-carb, high-protein dinner tonig... Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:50:02 EST Day 3 Yay!! I'm down 1 lb! At first I wasn't very excited, since I gained weight earlier in the month, and I was anxious to be back down to my lower weight... but, after meditating on it, I think I will choose to be proud of myself and excited for my progress instead of feeling anxious. It's one pound closer to my goal of 319 by Dec 31st; also, I said I wanted to lose 1.5 lb per week, and I'm 2/3 of my way to my goal this week, which is great considering it's only day 3! It's crazy how negative my... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:12:25 EST Day 2 A good day! I came up with some awesome low-cost recipes using ingredients I had on hand. <BR> <BR> The first is a makeover of a Chef Meg recipe, Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken: <link><BR>e-detail.asp?recipe=2537413 </link> <BR> <BR> I use goat cheese instead of cream cheese, and a different brand of italian seasoning (lower sodium), but it's still really easy to make. I also added 6 cups of raw baby kale to the pot for the last hour of cooking, and... Mon, 22 Jul 2013 15:02:04 EST Day 1 I feel genuinely good today (for the first time in weeks). I've been getting enough sleep at the same time each night, and I think that might have something to do with it. I feel like my emotions are mine again, and not some mercurial force that has overrun my mind. I feel in control. I feel happy. Thank goodness... <BR> <BR> Self-validation/gratefulness: I am feeling good because of the things I did (sleep, diet, meditation, etc). I am proud of myself. I feel grateful that the emotional sto... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 10:49:01 EST Goals I've been in a state of emotional dysregulation for the past few weeks.. I've been way too stressed out, with repressed emotions suddenly bubbling up, and my hormones have been out of whack. I've had panic attacks and suicidal ideation and self-harm. I think it's getting better, though. I'm doing everything I can to feel calmer. I shared a video with my bf about BPD and his response has been incredibly supportive and understanding. I plan to get counseling and hopefully behavioral therapy to... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 09:33:13 EST Feeling Better I went to bed early last night with a sleeping pill.. it was the best idea. I feel so much better today... I need to remember: <BR> <BR> Sleep <img src=""> Nutrition <img src=""> Exercise <BR> <BR> When my hormones are messed up, exercise is counterproductive. Excess cortisol will lead to muscle catabolism and prevent muscle suppresses testosterone and HGH needed to burn... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 12:33:32 EST Stressy stress... and BPD Well.. I'm 99% certain I have borderline personality disorder. I've been trying to self-diagnose since I don't have health insurance at the moment (but am getting it in a few months)... and before someone leaves a comment saying how it's difficult/dangerous to self-diagnose: I know. But I had to do -something- and I can't afford to see a professional until the insurance kicks in. I've been suffering from anxiety/depression/mood swings/suicidal ideations, and was feeling incredibly bad this pa... Tue, 16 Jul 2013 13:45:22 EST Tips for eating Paleo/Primal and Anti-Inflammatory on a Budget While I admit that I do spend a larger portion of my budget on groceries than the average American(because it is an investment in my health), I still try to be as thrifty as possible... and I'm happy to report that I'm spending much less than I used to before going primal. <BR> <BR> It's amazing how quickly those restaurant/delivery meals add up. If you're willing to give up eating out most days, you really can eat much healthier at home for a fraction of the price. <BR> <BR> Tips that I've... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 14:15:58 EST Meal Planning Lots of chicken this week!!! I got two whole roasting chickens from the local farm, and several dozen fresh pasture eggs, as well as one lb of cured, sliced ham. I am getting some local heirloom tomatoes in my Green Bean Delivery next Thursday.. can't wait for those. <BR> <BR> PREP (today): <BR> Breakfast Sausage <link><BR>e-detail.asp?recipe=2445954 </link> <BR> <BR> Chicken Stock (freezing half, using half to make chicken, carrot, and kale soup) <BR> ... Fri, 12 Jul 2013 09:55:39 EST July Inches Lost! And Protein Ramblings I forgot to post this because I was out of town, but!: <BR> <BR> 6/1/2013 <BR> ----------------- <BR> neck: 16 <BR> bust: 51 <BR> waist: 45 <BR> abdomen: 52 <BR> hips: 56 <BR> right arm(bicep): 19.5 <BR> right forearm: 13 <BR> right wrist: 6.75 <BR> right thigh: 35 <BR> right calf: 20 <BR> right ankle: 10.25 <BR> ----------------- <BR> Total Inches: 324.5 <BR> W:H Ratio: 0.8 <BR> Weight: 353 <BR> <BR> <BR> 7/1/2013 <BR> ----------------- <BR> neck: 15.5 <BR> bust: 50 <BR> waist: 42 <B... Sun, 7 Jul 2013 12:04:41 EST June 30th Today was a day of cooking and cleaning. Yesterday I ended up doing some extra cardio walking with the bf, so I'm taking it easy for the rest of the weekend. I need to sleep forever tonight. <BR> <BR> Breakfast: I woke up ravenously hungry... but I didn't feel like eggs this morning. So I made a stir fry! For the sauce, I used toasted sesame oil and olive oil, mirin, tamari, sugar, and scallions. Then I cooked up some chicken breasts and zucchini noodles, shredded carrots, red onion, and sli... Sun, 30 Jun 2013 14:23:40 EST