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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?

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Chocolate Cherry Recipe Type Thing

Posted in Recipes/Food with tags , , , , , on July 27, 2013 by Dena

So I’m kind of training myself for giving up dairy today–trying to think outside the box a little and not just grab something dairy-based because I’m in the mood for it or because I want to eat something in a hurry.

Earlier, I was craving chocolate, and I went as far as pulling out a square of 60% dark chocolate, then I read the ingredients on the label. Yes, I know, it’s only a small amount of dairy, but, like I said, I’m trying to challenge myself a bit. So I got to thinking about posts I’d seen on the MDA forums and I remembered someone mixing coconut oil with unsweetened cocoa powder … couldn’t remember what else they did, so I just winged it after that, and this is what I came up with.

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Ingredients

  • 4 spoonfuls of coconut oil (melted)
  • 2 heaping-ish spoonfuls of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 spoonful of Truvia
  • 2 frozen black cherries.

Directions

Combine everything but the cherries in a small bowl (only downside is that the truvia won’t really dissolve–I suppose you could heat it, but I was too lazy).

Chop up the still-frozen cherries into small pieces. By then, they will have warmed to the point where they’ll basically just be very cold, no longer frozen. Stir chopped cherries into the chocolate mixture, which will solidify and coat them.

Eat with a spoon and enjoy. End result is kind of like a crumbled fruity chocolate bar.

OMG, it’s so good. Lots of calories for what it is, unfortunately, but no sugar (other than what’s naturally in the cherries) and low carb.

Here’s the breakdown I got when I entered it into MyFitnessPal, but not sure how accurate it is, since I just measured with a regular spoon, which I’m pretty sure isn’t a full Tablespoon measurement–I basically used Tablespoons for entering the recipe, then halved it.

257 Calories
9 Carbs
1 Protein

Back to Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

Posted in Moving with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 11, 2013 by Dena

Anyway, now that I’ve gotten that bit of fangirlism out of my system …

It’s about 1.6 months until the move–it’s an interesting mix of excitement and apprehension for me.

We’ll be temporarily moving into an Extended Stay hotel room for 2 months, at which point, we’ll hopefully save up enough to move to Sacramento at the end of October.

I’m just glad we’ll have our own space again–not crazy about it being in basically one big room (especially since we have a cat–can’t lock her out of the room when she’s being a brat =P Well, not if I want to keep her anyway), but oh well. At least I can start cooking again. Unfortunately, I think there’s only a microwave and stovetop–no oven–so that’ll limit me a bit. But I should be able to work around it–apparently you can roast veggies on a stovetop if you just have a skillet with a lid.

I wonder how well baking in a microwave works? I keep seeing recipes for basically cake-in-a-cup that you stick in the microwave, so … I wonder if cookies can be microwaved (nothing bad, I’m thinking of Julie’s Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies, I love those things).

Oh well, I’ll figure something out. May just have to bake a few batches of things before the move and freeze them to hold me over for those two months (espcially my Paleo Bread–can’t live without that stuff!)

P.S.: Would you believe that my coffee maker crapped out this morning? Had it waited maybe another month, I would have toughed it out, but now I’m gonna have to buy a new one. Eh … not a total waste, I guess–hotel coffee makers never have that feature where you can program it to brew at a specific time, I may unplug the hotel one and stash it and use my own instead.

So I totally caved on the Berries-with-Whipped-Cream

Posted in Recipes/Food with tags , , , , , on July 4, 2013 by Dena

Incoming crappy picture–sorry, don’t know where the regular digital camera is, and the camera on the camcorder isn’t that great when the lighting isn’t perfect.

It looks kind of festive with the red, white, and blue, and this amount of whipped cream has so little sugar that it comes up as zero on MyFitnessPal, and only about 2 carbs.

Also, I added a little Truvia to the strawberries since they’re a little more tart than I’d like. Blueberries are nice and sweet, tho.

berries cream

Happy 4th, everybody!

Cool Whip vs. Reddi-wip

Posted in Musings, Recipes/Food with tags , , , , , on June 29, 2013 by Dena

Just thought I’d share something interesting I came across.

Something about summer is making me crave fruit (preferably strawberries and blueberries) and whipped cream–in fact, it sounds like a nice thing to have on July 4th. Now of course, ideally, if you want something like whipped cream, you should just make it yourself so that you know what’s in it, and I am trying to cut down on pre-processed stuff because it’s almost always loaded with junk–but, due to my living situation, I don’t always get access to the kitchen when I want it, so I started thinking about what I read about Cool Whip recently, that it’s vegetable oil based–ick.

So I looked it up and, sure enough, the first three ingredients are water, hydrogenated vegetable oil, and high fructose corn syrup (you get down to 5th place before you see a dairy product and it’s skim milk).

So, I immediately thought, “Well, uh … how about Reddi-Wip, the stuff in the spray can? Yeah, that’s probably worse”. But actually the first three ingredients are cream, water, and sugar … no HFCS even.

Yeah, ironically, the stuff in the aerosol can is the lesser of two evils–who knew? I’m not saying it’s a good option (it’s list of ingredients is just as long as Cool Whip’s), but at least it has actual cream in it. As an occasional thing goes, it could be worse.

Hopefully I’ll lose the craving by Monday, but if not, I may just end up getting some.