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6 Week challenge

I alluded in one of my last posts that I had joined a fitness community called, nerdfitness. Said community has these awesome things called “6-week challenges.” Basically, you set goals for yourself and 6 weeks to complete them. Let the madness ensue.

The rules are that you have to have 3 fitness goals and one personal goal. Here’s my thread if you want to keep track. ¬†My goals are largely personal, in an attempt to make use of the ABUNDANT spare time I have. Some of the physical things I want to do (go rock climbing, travel via bicycle) are put on hold, at least temporarily, because of financial things. For example, riding a bike in Atlanta when you don’t have health insurance is a REALLY bad idea, and money is required for rock climbing. So they will wait till I get a job. Hopefully that will be soon.

But yes. I’m focusing a good bit of my time on five projects: Thoughts on Liberty (blog), sewing, this blog, graphic design, and web design. I’m trying to build up my skills and make some really cool stuff.

Fitness and food wise, I’m largely tightening up bolts. There are a couple of things in TKD warm ups that I am noticeably failing at: sit ups/curl ups and push ups. So I have goals to amp those up in 6 weeks.

Probably most importantly, I have goals to finally incorporate job hunting into my schedule. I’ve enjoyed my time off, but now its time to get to business. I needs meh a job, and it doesn’t matter if I have to move to get there (even if I don’t really want to).

So, yes, in sum: expect more content on the blog, at least for the next six weeks or so. Unless I get a job. Then it’s kind of whatev.

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I’m still here.

This is me, doing pushups this morning:

BAM!

So, yeah. I’m still here. I’m still paleo. Here’s the sitch:

My period hit me pretty hard this weekend, so I didn’t get a chance to write up a bunch of posts like I usually do. In addition to that, I am busy preparing for visits from friends and packing up and getting ready to leave. The consequence of which is that this blog will take a hiatus for a few weeks. I will probably still post, but it will be more casually than anything.

I’m going to use that time to do some re-evaluating. What do I want? What am I working towards? And how best do I get there? I am unsure of all of these things at the moment, and need to take some time to figure them out.

I will probably post meta-explorations as I attempt to figure this out, but if you would like to keep up with me in more detail, I joined the community at nerdfitness. Here’s my intro post to give you an idea of what I am trying to accomplish.

Just doing some thinking. No big. ūüôā

Deuces,

Gina

Food Tally (Day 2) — with a recipe!

I am currently chowing down on my new recipe. I’m excited to share it, so let’s get the tally over with.

Breakfast

Granny Apple, sliced, with almond butter

Lunch

Finished off Gina’s kind-of goulash
Strawberry lemonade

Dinner

Gina’s Fridge Leftover Surprise! (see below)

I am quickly running out of food in my kitchen. I try to make my grocery store runs last two weeks, so I “can’t” go to the store till Wednesday. So it was up to me to use the art of throwing sh*t together¬†to make myself a dish that would last me a couple of days.

I was actually halfway through making chicken, tomato, garlic and onion (a typical feature for me) when I decided I was going to be inventive.

How did I do that? Bacon fat! Without further ado, here is the recipe:

Gina’s Fridge Leftover Surprise!

Ingredients:

1 large yellow onion, diced/chopped
1 head garlic (yes, a whole head),  chopped
1lb chicken
leftover bacon lard (depends on how much you need to grease the pan)

The basic theory of this recipe is to use the bacon grease in the stead of something like olive oil or coconut oil to provide lubrication for the pan.  That way, the much-stronger flavor of the bacon grease soaks into your food. With that said:

Directions:

.5. Season raw chicken to taste — I used garlic powder, salt, and seasoned pepper
1. Melt bacon grease in a frying pan
2. Add BOTH garlic and onion. Sautee until the onion is a light golden brown
3.  Add chicken and brown*

What’s the surprise? This concoction really¬†highlights the taste of the onion. I was not expecting it at all. If you like onions, I would recommend this dish.

*As a note, the chicken will cook MUCH faster in the veggie concoction than it would if you cooked it in butter or some other form of oil. I think this is because bacon gets MUCH hotter than other greases. If you’ve ever been splattered with bacon grease, you can attest to this first-hand.

Here are some pics of the process:

Chopped up roots

Gangstas use a whole head

the finished product

Enjoy with a nice sunset

That’s my food tally for today! Peace y’all!

Gina

How to moderate successfully

In the discussion on different types of paleo eaters, I mentioned that certain types of paleo eaters eat certain things, like dairy or fruit, in moderation. Likewise, when many people aspire to lose weight, they say that they are going to cut back certain things and only eat them “in moderation.”

For many people, “in moderation” turns into an excuse to nibble on something every once in a while. When this happens, “in moderation” turns into “in excess.” Most people have no idea how to moderate, and saying that they will do something in moderation ends up being just a way they can avoid cutting out bad foods entirely.

However, I still hold that moderation is possible. But there are certain ways you have to do it.

Define it in numbers

Moderation is a vague term. But, for kicks, let’s consult the dictionary before we continue.

‚Äďnoun
1. the quality of being moderate;  restraint; avoidance of extremes or excesses; temperance.
‚ÄĒIdiom
4. in moderation, without excess; moderately; temperately: to drink in moderation.

If you can tell me what the hell that means for the specific person, I’ll give you $100. Moderation depends on what you consider extremes to be, and that all depends on what your diet is. Clearly you don’t think your current consumption of potato chips is extreme, else you wouldn’t be doing it. This is why using a vague definition of moderation almost always leads back to old habits.

Instead, be hard and fast with your definition. If you believe that drinking juices is okay in moderation, then define EXACTLY what that means. Can you drink juice once a month? One week out of a month? Once a week? Once a day?

Be sure to do this when the thing that is tempting you is not in front of you.

And then keep track

My paleo records TOTALLY look like this...

My paleo records TOTALLY look like this...

Did I have a glass of orange juice last night or last week? Oh, I can’t remember, might as well have one now…

Does that sound familiar? It happens quite frequently when people want to limit something that they want to “moderate.” They get fuzzy memories on the last time they consumed it. Don’t be that guy! If you are truly dedicated to moderation, then keep a log of what it is you are moderately eating. Keep it online so that you always have access to it. When you feel yourself wanting your moderated good, consult the list. If you’ve already used up your consumption for that time period, then find something else to eat.

Keep your moderate food out of your home

Even though you are not cutting out the food entirely, it’s still a good idea to keep it out of the house. Even those with the best records and best definition of what they mean by moderate will have a hard time facing the temptation of having their food in the house.

Get rid of it. This will¬†¬†raise the cost of getting the food. You’ll have to get up, go to the store and purchase it. It will likely cost you more that way, also. This ensures that when you go for that food, it is because you truly want it, and not just because you’re craving something sweet/salty/whatever and have it on hand. This will help you cut down on how much you consume just by nature of the location of the food to you.

Know your limitations

Don’t pick a food to moderate that you can’t control yourself with. There is no way I could “moderate” potato chips or french fries. The temptation is too big. When I do get them, I binge.

If you’re trying to moderate that kind of food, you are going to fail. It is better to cut it out entirely.

Moderation can be a good tool for foods that you consider “bad” by your way of eating, but it should not be used for foods that have control over you. Moderation is a power. Use it wisely.

Gina

The Pizza Dilemma

Oh my gods, I love pizza.

Please do not masturbate to the food porn.

Or, I guess I should say, I know I used to.

I haven’t had pizza in gods know how long, and whenever I think about “breaking” paleo, pizza is the first thing I jump to. When I think about staying on the paleo diet, thinking about never ever having pizza again is usually the first thing that pops into my mind.

Here’s the dilemma. If I’m ¬†not hungry, looking at that picture of pizza makes my stomach turn.

So I both desire and am repulsed by pizza. Even still, the idea of pizza is somehow attractive to me. This has been an ever-present dilemma the past few weeks as this craving for pizza has just popped up over and over again.

I was thinking it would be worthwhile to try and have a slice, much like the Dairy Queen experiment, just to see what happens.  But I am very cautious because pizza is something that I actively want, and it is also something that I have used as a stress food/fun food in the past. When I think about eating pizza, I think about ordering a pizza, sitting down with Anthony and Darcy and watching a movie. I think about good times with my dad.

So you see the dilemma. I am repulsed by the idea of pizza (in the carnation that I used to eat it — Pizza Hut) because it’s greasy and gross and has lots of stuff on it that’s really bad for me. But I want it, I think, because I miss hanging out with Darcy, Dad, and in some ways, Anthony (I have been really busy with work lately).

Hm. I had no idea that last sentence was going to come out until it was typed. This post has now become something that I didn’t intend.

Clearly, pizza is not the solution to these problems. Given the circumstances of all three situations, I am not sure if could be remedied. But perhaps now that I am aware of the manifestation of pizza as a sign that something needs to be fixed, I can take a better approach.

I had planned this post to outline a system of testing non-paleo foods, to see how my body reacts to them and to give some more “data” to my consideration of making paleo into a lifestyle. But perhaps I have some other thinking to do. I am sure such a post, if it’s even still necessary, will come later.

Gina