VALKYRIA-'s SparkPeople Blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.asp?id=VALKYRIA%2D VALKYRIA-'s Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community SparkPeople.com http://assets2.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/logo_spark.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/ End of Year Report, Serious Goal Setting http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5838092 Happy Solstice/Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festiv<BR>us/Whatever, everyone! <BR> <BR> As we enter the darkest time of the year, I find my reflection and introspection reaching a peak. I'm starting to think about my goals, and allowing myself to set really ambitious ones, unapologetically. <BR> <BR> Well this has been a crazy year, but I've made quite a bit of progress in my life. Unfortunately, not too much weight progress BUT, I did gain and lose the same 20 lb about a billion times -- thi... Wed, 24 Dec 2014 19:44:43 EST 2 more lbs down :D http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5828134 Annnnnd I'm back in the 360's. Getting closer to my goal of 359 by Jan 1. <BR> <BR> I am really doing this. <BR> <BR> :) Fri, 5 Dec 2014 13:05:50 EST Day 1 = lose 2 lb http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5826292 Awwww yeah! The Thanksgiving gain is officially gone :) <BR> <BR> This is my second day of waking up at 8 A.M.... it's honestly not so bad! I was sore when I woke up, but some warm lemon water and Tai Chi fixed all of that and got me ready for the day. I don't think I am a morning person, but I feel a lot healthier and more productive when I wake up early. Maybe I'll get used to it?! Today I'm doing a bunch of laundry and trying to make a dent in my room... Did my second couch to 5k run yes... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 09:25:04 EST I'm Back! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5825936 So I finally have internet access on a device other than my phone for the first time in months; <BR> <BR> I'm also super motivated this December! My Sparkfriend Liz and I signed up for a 5k next year, and I am restarting the couch to 5k running program to kick off my training. <BR> <BR> I managed to only gain 2 lb over Thanksgiving.. for me, that is pretty fantastic -- my first goal is to lose it this week. <BR> <BR> my schedule looks like this: <BR> <BR> Run - M, Th, Sat <BR> ST - T... Mon, 1 Dec 2014 17:34:01 EST The happy hormone :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5786438 This blog is hilarious, informative, scientific, and insightful. <BR> <BR> Sage words on relieving stress and feeling connected with others. <BR> <BR> Had to share :) so relevant to my life. I'm pretty sure interracting on Sparkpeople raises my oxytocin :D love you guys. <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.jamesaltucher.com/2012/08<BR>/10-unusual-ways-to-release-oxytocin-i<BR>nto-your-life/ </link> <BR> <BR> Also I lost 2.5 lb this week?! Yay! Semi-ambitious goal for next week to get back into... Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:40:42 EST Blc 26 Goals http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5784679 Sept 17 - Dec 10 <BR> <BR> -To make every decision from a place of mindfulness and with the intention of feeling good/increasing health and fitness <BR> -To lose 25 lb <BR> -To stay consistent with exercise and nutrition goals (staying in calorie and carb range, avoiding sugar, eating 5 servings of freggies and a probiotic daily... Exercise goals TBA*) <BR> -To be asleep by 11 pm each night and to develop a set schedule for mealtimes <BR> -To do something every day to manage stress and to la... Mon, 22 Sep 2014 10:41:30 EST Initial Weigh In / self pep talk http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781641 I was so sure I'd gained weight over the past month (since last time I weighed in)... I was bracing for a nasty gain and then.... Lost 1.2 lb :) yay! Obviously I plan to lose at a faster pace over the next 12 weeks but any loss is a success, especially considering how stressed and disorganized I was (and the crap I was eating fairly regularly). <BR> <BR> Oh!!!!! The best part: I did my inch measurements and I lost about 1.5 inches everywhere :D yay swimming and st!!! <BR> <BR> It's funny, ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:43:57 EST Where I've been, Where I'm going http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5781329 First of all I am in a MUCH better place than I was earlier this year (thank you again to those who supported me back then). My new job starts soon, I'm in classes and have a projected end date to my degree as July 31, 2015. I'm going to do it. I'm going to finish it :) I'm also looking for a new therapist closer to my apartment, will update about that when I find one -- I'm sure the investment into my emotional/mental health will be worth it. The work I've done on my own (reading psychology ... Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:29:05 EST Weekly Tracking http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5748476 Sun <BR> ----- <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/5/l1514357661.jpg"> <BR> Did a short walk at the gym, had a particularly good stretch and tried to get my sleep on schedule according to my goals (woke up in the middle of the night and slept in a few extra hours, but I'm getting closer!). <BR> <BR> Mon <BR> ----- <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/6/0/l605562952.jpg"> <BR> Walked to the grocery store! Probably should have paused the tracker while I was sh... Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:13:45 EST Plans/Goals! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5747823 I do better when I'm organized so here we go <BR> :) <BR> <BR> CW: 379 <BR> ST Goal: 360 (my 5%) <BR> LT Goal: 225 by my 30th birthday (Nov 7 2016) <BR> <BR> Game plan(at least for the next few months): <BR> <BR> -Lose about 2 lb per week <BR> <BR> -Sleep by 10 pm, 8+ hours each night <BR> -Cultivating mindfulness and self-love <BR> -Reconnecting with nature/getting some sun each day <BR> -Decompressing emotions and staying focused through art, music, and daily blogs <BR> -Seeking out mo... Sun, 27 Jul 2014 22:44:29 EST Positive affirmations http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5742980 I just want to remind myself (in case I need to look back at this blog any time this week) of the following: <BR> <BR> 1. I AM STRONG. <BR> No matter how many times in my life I thought I couldn't get through something, I have always made it through. Even through facing death and suicidal depression and mania and hopelessness, It has all given me deeper insight into life and my mind and humanity and what's important, it has led to my creative reawakening, it has all made me stronger. Even ... Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:17:20 EST Mindfulness! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5737335 "Our Appointment with Life" with Thich Nhat Hanh: <BR> <link>http://tnhaudio.org/2014/07/10/our-a<BR>ppointment-with-life/ </link> <BR> <BR> I am so grateful for this man and his teachings! <BR> <BR> “Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.” <BR> <BR> “Your breathing should flow gracefully, <BR> like a river, like a watersnake c... Sat, 12 Jul 2014 13:27:56 EST Law of Attraction http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736992 Well you know what? I'm done focusing on fears and negative thoughts. I'm going to act as though it is impossible to fail, to focus on positivity and to replace all negative thoughts with a clear vision of my goals. I'm going to make my life and my reality what I want it to be... <BR> <BR> ..and this includes my weight and health goals :) <BR> <BR> This sounds pretty strange, yeah, but I feel that mastering my mind will help me master everything else in my life. I mean, it's what I have be... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:24:25 EST Week 1 weigh in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5736823 Loss: 6 lb <BR> <BR> yayyyyy! <BR> <BR> Aiming for another 2-3lb by next weekend. :) I haven't had fast food or anything not-home-cooked all week and my body thanks me for it. I've been avoiding junk and snacking on anti-inflammatory fruits and teas instead. I know one fast food meal every now and then isn't going to kill me, but all the same I think I am sensitive to the crappy ingredients and it makes me feel bad, so I am going to keep trying to avoid it whenever possible BUT ... Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:22:20 EST Day 6 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5734747 Just a quick blog. Had a good time visiting family! I'm cooking a bunch of delicious food tonight :) Weigh in tomorrow, so nothing too salty. <BR> <BR> I cleaned the HECK out of my apartment today and it looks and feels amazing! So glad I am having all of this energy all of a sudden ^_^ I know I will sleep well tonight, and hopefully I'll feel just as good tomorrow. Annnnnd hopefully I will have a few lbs to show for my first week back in the swing of things. Wish me luck! <BR> <BR> <img... Tue, 8 Jul 2014 17:54:12 EST Day 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5731589 Good day~ I did some grocery shopping and cooking. Made curried tuna salad, pesto cavatappi, and grass-fed beef/bean enchiladas. So much yum! The roommate approves; we've made an arrangement whereby he will pay for half the grocery budget in exchange for yummy food throughout the week :D <BR> <BR> OH! I got my hair cut today. I was nervous about it (I mean I'm always a bit socially anxious but especially when it comes to someone I don't know touching my hair!) My regular stylist moved away,... Thu, 3 Jul 2014 23:00:29 EST Day 1 all over again :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5730645 I am ready. <BR> <BR> I've been going through a very tough time in my life, but I'm through the worst of it and I've learned valuable lessons from it. I'm ready to focus my energy on my health and fitness goals. <BR> <BR> So I did a weigh-in, again, did measurements, set my goals, and am preparing to track every bite and every bit of fitness. Going back to basics and back to the lifestyle that makes me feel GOOD, inside and out, and the habits that made me feel good about myself. I will b... Wed, 2 Jul 2014 14:13:28 EST Roommate situation solved! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5706234 YAY! I got a roommate !!! And we share a ton of interests and he is really nice and our personalities match well. And we are gonna be friends as well as roommates :) <BR> <BR> YAY!!!!!!! <BR> <BR> I've been focusing on raising my positive energy and focusing on pouring love into my life and accepting my circumstances and looking at the bright side and facing my fears.. and all of my soul searching is paying off. Everything seems to be just falling into place. <BR> <BR> This is a huge weig... Thu, 29 May 2014 18:31:15 EST Going with the flow http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5700079 I'm really bad at telling time recently. Erratic sleep schedule, but trying to sleep enough. I am aiming to get it all sorted out by the end of this weekend so that my sleep/wake cycle is consistent each day (11 pm - 7 or 8 am). This goal really needs to be my focus. It's crazy how difficult it is to get it back on track once it's off. <BR> <BR> Other than that! I am still pushing forward and doing well with diet. <BR> <BR> I have a lead on a roommate! He's into healthy living and yoga and ... Wed, 21 May 2014 14:29:08 EST Positive choices despite the stress!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5698015 I've been eating more wholesome / raw fruits and veggies and tempeh, soba noodles, more water. All around better choices! <BR> <BR> Last night I almost got fast food, but then I took a few deep breaths, and made a deal with myself. I told myself if, after I drank a 32 oz bottle of water and ate an apple, I still wanted it, I could have it. Well... I didn't. The apple and water gave me the energy boost I needed to cook a more nutritious meal at home, and it was delicious, too. <BR> <BR> Toda... Mon, 19 May 2014 00:09:39 EST Home cooking and positive momentum http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5695914 I got a gluten free pizza the other day and it made me feel awful. I'm not sure if it was contaminated by gluten, if it's the refined carbs, the omega-6 oils, the chemicals/toxins, the cheese, the FODMAPs, whatever, the heck, I don't know what it is that made me feel so ill, but.. <BR> <BR> Ya know what I DO know? I NEVER feel sick or regret a meal that I cook at home. Never ever ever. Because I use good ingredients, and I cook everything with love and positive intention for nourishing my bo... Thu, 15 May 2014 19:27:36 EST Loving your body unconditionally http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693816 I really needed to read this today :) <BR> <BR> <link>http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-13446<BR>/how-to-love-accept-your-body-uncondit<BR>ionally.html </link> <BR> <BR> And I am choosing to be happy now, not 5 lbs from now. Tue, 13 May 2014 00:21:59 EST Woah! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5693804 I woke up today and everyone needed me. Every one of my friends was having a terrible day. <BR> <BR> I think I helped a lot of them. I hope so. It made me feel really good, actually, to be able to be there for them. <BR> <BR> I'm exercising again today! Woo! Positive choices! <BR> <BR> <img src="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1231876778.jpg"> Tue, 13 May 2014 00:00:04 EST Weekend Update http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692753 I've been consistently sleeping. Eating well for the most part (had some french fries and a bunless burger today which made me feel blehhh, not the best idea I've ever had, but I'm forgiving myself for it). <BR> <BR> Today I went for a longer walk! 30 min :) Proud of myself~ I'm definitely feeling less stressed out since I've been exercising again. <BR> <BR> This leads to me to something I've been meaning to do for a while now: GOAL SETTING!! <BR> <BR> Weekly Goals (May 12-May 18) <BR> -... Sun, 11 May 2014 17:52:56 EST Steel cut oats = bloats? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5692693 I eat a relatively high fiber diet (tons of veggies and sometimes brown/wild rice and quinoa), so the fiber shouldn't really be the issue.. and yet I get extremely bloated and uncomfortable every time I eat oats (no matter how long I soak or cook them). <BR> <BR> I wonder if I am just intolerant to them or something (I get the gluten-free kind, and I'm drinking plenty of water, so it's not that). It's got me wondering whether I should go back to my primal diet and try to avoid grains. <BR> ... Sun, 11 May 2014 15:23:20 EST Sleep comes to the sleepless http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5691580 I slept like 14 hours last night. I know i needed it, as I had only been sleeping 4-6 hours per night for the past... really long time. I'm glad I did it. What helped me was an app called "sleep well"... when you put it on and use headphones, it plays frequencies that are supposed to lull your brain into a deep sleep -- and it did! I used it again when I woke up in the middle of the night ... both times I was in a deep sleep within minutes. I've also been taking adaptogenic herbs and herbal t... Fri, 9 May 2014 21:43:36 EST Thu part 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690886 I took a nap, and it felt good. Then I went for a walk! <BR> <BR> GO ME! <BR> <BR> The walk really helped. I feel much better already. <BR> <BR> I'm just gonna keep on doing it, focusing only on ME for once. <BR> I'm proud of myself for putting forth this effort. I expect nothing but good things. <BR> <BR> YAY positive energy. <BR> I don't know why blogging like this helps, but it seems to. I'm just gonna keep doing it. That's what it's here for right? I shouldn't feel bad about bloggin... Thu, 8 May 2014 21:55:45 EST Stressy whiney trying to be positive blog http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690567 Warning: this is a pity party, but I appreciate anyone's support who can lend the time to read it. I really do. I don't have very much support in my life right now and I find great comfort knowing that I'm not the only one who deals with these sorts of things. <BR> <BR> I'm feeling overwhelmed today. Right now I am trying to just take it easy, making some lavender/chamomile tea. <BR> <BR> It's sort of like everything is hitting me at once.. lack of sleep catching up, thoughts about my ex an... Thu, 8 May 2014 12:47:22 EST A good day! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5690161 I've not been getting enough sleep lately but I am going to try to fix that, starting tonight! <BR> <BR> Today I did a bunch of cooking and it made me feel really good to have some homemade food ~ I used homemade bone broth from the freezer to make a chicken rice soup with kale and carrots, made bacon/dijon braised brussels sprouts, and some marinated chicken breasts, and some wild/brown rice and steel cut oats for use throughout the rest of the week. <BR> <BR> I've noticed I had not been ... Wed, 7 May 2014 23:37:18 EST Return to the awesomeness of Sparkpeople http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5688540 Thanks for the support on my last blog. My life is quite hectic, but I am making the decision to blog here once more. It really helps, it really does. I don't know what I will say, but I am going to blog a little something every day, just to get it off my chest and to attempt to stay focused. I humbly ask all of you to keep me in your thoughts, as I come out of this transition period in my mind <BR> <BR> Sending all of my love to all of you. Your support means so much to me! <BR> <BR> It's ... Tue, 6 May 2014 00:02:43 EST Help! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5687743 If anyone believes in prayer or sending positive energy, I would really, really appreciate it. <BR> <BR> I am on the edge and trying to get my life on track, trying to help someone dear to me who is ill, and having a very rough time mentally and emotionally. <BR> <BR> Thanks sparkfriends!! It means more than you'll ever know Mon, 5 May 2014 07:06:32 EST Week 3 Weigh In http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5670571 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5658676 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5653872 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5530152 <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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5521016 <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 :) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5517697 Today I made.. <BR> <BR> Paleo Gingersnaps: <link>http://www.health-bent.com/treats/pa<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>http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip<BR>e-detail.asp?recipe=325249 </link> <BR> <BR> Pumpkin Turkey Chili <link>http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip<BR>e-detail.asp?re... Sat, 19 Oct 2013 11:34:24 EST Why I definitely can't eat dairy anymore (not just lactose) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5513319 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="http://photos-ak.sparkpeople.com/nw/1/2/l1209114923.jpg"> <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!!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5512421 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>http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recip<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... http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5497899 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5496943 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! http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5492368 This is my weekly gluten-and-dairy-free meal plan! <BR> Today I made.... <BR> <BR> -*Slow Cooker Beer Chili* <link>http://www.food.com/recipe/beef-and-<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? http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5487095 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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5485813 Today I made.... <BR> <BR> *Paleo Pumpkin Muffins w/ Pecans* <BR> <link>http://www.multiplydelicious.com/the<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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5484795 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5482765 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5480523 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) http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5479446 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 http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5472860 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>http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/rec... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 19:18:30 EST Food Intolerances ... and August Weigh-in http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5470725 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