Archive for August, 2013

Roasted Spaghetti Squash Seeds

Posted in Recipes/Food with tags , , , , on August 24, 2013 by Dena

I talked about this last time I cut open a spaghetti squash.

Finally got around to doing this after having them in the freezer for something like a month:

roasted seeds

I basically used this recipe, except it called for something like 45 minutes in the oven, and the seeds were very dark brown by around 25 or so. Oh, I also substituted bacon grease for the butter.

They ended up being a little overcooked, but still delicious. Too bad you don’t get very many in one squash. This is a very small bowl to begin with, tho I had probably eaten at least a third of it by the time I took the picture … then totally scarfed the rest right afterwards.

DAMN, they were good!  XD

Updates

Posted in Exercise, Moving, Musings, Recipes/Food, Uncategorized, Weight with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 21, 2013 by Dena

There hasn’t been too much to talk about, since the change in plans regarding the move kind of stalled my life-progress. I’ve mostly been packing, capturing Silent Hill Downpour footage, and being obsessed with Red Dwarf lately. So not a whole lot going on.

But, today, I found myself looking over old posts and I realized there have been some developments (and lack thereof) in my routine that I figure I could talk a bit about.

Primal Egg Coffee – I actually stopped doing it, but not really intentionally at first. Basically I didn’t buy enough eggs one week to be able to do it, so I didn’t for that week … and for some reason I suddenly didn’t find myself famished by the time I got to work, and haven’t been since. So I just stopped. It was a little inconvenient anyway–I was willing to do it as long as it was helpful, but if I don’t have the need, no point it using that extra time in the morning that could be spent kicking back at my monitor. I still think it’s a neat thing to do, and I still recommend it if you find your coffee won’t get you through to breakfast time–but if you don’t need it … eh, no real point.

No Soap or Toothpaste – Still doing this. Still think it works well. My showers are a bit longer because I haven’t really come up with a routine, per se, if that makes any sense, but I’m just as clean as when I was using soap, so I’m good. Still using Shampoo and conditioner, but sparingly. I may try not using at least conditioner one of these weekends just to see what happens.

As for no-toothpaste, I think it might actually be an improvement there–I think MAYBE my teeth feel cleaner longer than when I was using toothpaste … but I could be wrong. At the very least, I’ve found I just don’t need toothpaste. Still use a little bit of peppermint extract, but that’s it–now I put maybe a drop in the cap, fill the rest with water, then dip the brush in that. A little harder getting the coffee taste off my tongue, but it’s worth it.

As for my face … I umm … really don’t wash it anymore, exactly. It gets plenty of hot water on it in the shower, but I don’t really scrub it or anything. Complexion has not really cleared up, but it’s not any worse than it was. In the morning, I mainly just give it a quick wipe with a hot damp washcloth. That’s it. It’s crazy to think I used to scrub the hell out of it with soap at night, and used witch hazel in the morning … and the results weren’t any better. I suppose it COULD be less oily–or else, maybe I just don’t notice now that I’ve come to terms with the fact that oil on your skin isn’t a bad thing.

Giving up Dairy – Kind of put that on hold for a little while … and I think I’m noticing a difference in my sinus problems–they never totally cleared up during the week or two that I was off dairy, but now that I’m back on it for a little while (the reason is dumb–I ended up with more dairy products in the fridge than I thought I had and I decided not to waste it) I think I do notice that it’s gotten worse again. So I do think that lack of dairy is a good thing, and once there’s no more dairy products in the fridge, I’m gonna try to at least mostly stay off of it.

Primal Blueprint Fitness – I’ve been mostly keeping up with it. Not much else to say in that area–I’m on … I think my third week of doing it? One week I slacked off, so it’s hard to say how much it is or isn’t helping. I don’t really enjoy it, but it’s quick and really just involves push-ups, squats, and planks twice per week, and some sprinting once per week, along with my daily 25 minutes of walking. I just power through it and get it over with. The sprinting is especially brutal, but I just do it and get it out of the way, and it’s done until the next week. So not too bad in the long run (so to speak =P).

I think that’s it for updates on earlier posts that I could think of.

Here’s a bonus random fun fact before I end this entry: I’ve been eating a small piece of cake every day because my birthday was Saturday, so how does my body react? Dropping that pound it was holding onto for the last couple weeks. LOLWUT?

Before and “During” pics

Posted in Musings, Weight with tags , , , on August 6, 2013 by Dena

… since I haven’t hit “After” yet =P These are images grabbed from two different vlogs I’ve recorded.

before-after 2

Left was from a vlog filmed in 2010, but I was probably around the same weight up until October/November of 2012.

Right is from another vlog filmed yesterday (8/5/13). Film quality is bad because I didn’t bother trying to get good lighting, but you can get the picture anyway.

Up until now, I haven’t been able to tell the difference in how I look–seeing the video on the right was a bit surreal. I still have a long way to go, obviously, but it’s nice to finally be able to see a difference.

I Have Officially (Mostly) Given Up Dairy (For Now)

Posted in Exercise, Recipes/Food, Weight with tags , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2013 by Dena

Actually, this is kind of an update to a previous post where I talked about hitting a wall (or at least a steep incline) with my weight loss.

I don’t plan to give up dairy forever, but I wanted to try cutting it out of my diet for awhile to see what happens. I figure after that, and especially once I get down to my goal weight, I can have it on occasion.

I ended up starting a week ago, with a couple exceptions–I did still have some fat bombs left that were made with butter, and I was continuing to eat those once a day, if only so they wouldn’t go to waste, and I did put a little butter on my steamed carrots for a couple days, but that’s it. Oh, and I had maybe a 1/2 cup of milk–one of my co-workers turned 50, and we celebrated with milk and cookies. I hadn’t had milk and cookies in ages so I decided to splurge a little. But I haven’t touched cheese in a week–I even got a regular (bun-less) burger from Five Guys, instead of the usual cheeseburger (it’s a weekly thing)–I put sliced avocado on it when I got home instead.

I also just made clarified butter, which I will now use instead of regular butter. Bit of a compromise, but it is supposed to basically take all of the “bad” stuff out that makes some people sensitive to dairy products. Fairly popular in the primal community.

I have also started doing the Primal Blueprint fitness routine (well, the push-ups, squats, and planks anyway–don’t have a pull-up bar). Meant to do it on Tuesday and Friday, but I was so full from the burger last night, I decided to put it off until today–haven’t done it yet, but I WILL. Probably shortly after typing this. But I also did a session of sprinting on Wednesday–all this along with my daily walking routine.

The result is that I lost 2 lbs this week! So yay–hopefully I can stay on track and go back to averaging a pound per week.

No improvement in my sinuses that I’ve noticed, but my husband had a very mild bug of some kind, which I think I had an even milder version of, so that may have cancelled out any good reaction from the lack of dairy.