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Going Primal

If you have been following me on The Ranger Project on YouTube, then you know that I have recently gone primal.  My wife and I have pledged to go primal for the entire month of September, excepting ONE meal at our little guy’s 2nd birthday party later this month.

We’re on day two, and I know I have no rights to say, “It’s going great!”  There are still a lot of tough days (potentially) ahead of us.  However, we are finding it easier knowing that there are a lot of great primal/paleo recipes out there.  (I’m leaning toward primal, Tina is leaning more paleoish at the moment.)

Last night, we had Paleo Chili Rellenos, which were astounding delicious.  Those will definitely be going in the dinner rotation.  I was a little disappointed in how mild the poblano peppers were.  I am by no means a heat fiend.  Jalapenos are about as hot as I’m willing to go, but these were about as mild as green peppers.  (My wife thought hers were hotter; maybe I just got a dud.)

Tonight, we are having bacon cheeseburgers with homemade paleo mayo served on green lettuce leaves.  We wanted butter lettuce, but I couldn’t find it without going to another store, so I just got green leaf lettuce.  It should be a lot better than iceberg, regardless.

Planning our meals out ahead of time is clearly what is going to be our saving grace.  We’re also cooking enough for every dinner that we have leftovers for the next day.

Eventually, we want to get our little guy on the primal/paleo bandwagon, but we’re not being too worrisome about that, yet.  He still enjoys his morning oatmeal, and the kid is so scrawny (80% height, 25% weight, but his pediatrician doesn’t seem worried, so we aren’t either), we’re just pleased when he’ll eat.  Getting him off of junk food once he left daycare was tough enough, but we’ve finally (mostly) won that battle.  (Grandparents still feed some junk food, but that’s just what grandparents do, and neither of us are so stressed by it that we freak out if our not-quite-two year old eats some Cheetos with grandma.)

I’m also not getting on the scale until October.  I weighed in at 399.8 about a week or so ago, and I am pledging to be scale-free until October 1.  I’m hoping to see a weight in the 380s, at least.  I think that’s extremely doable.  The last time I gave up the scale for a month, I obsessed a bit about it.  So far, I’m doing okay.  We’ll see how the rest of the month goes.

Exercise-wise, I am doing a mix of Body Revolution by Jillian Michaels and the pool.  I am not following Body Revolution by their calendar.  With the still-recovering (but much better) knee, I imagine I’ll be on Weeks 1 and 2 of Body Revolution for quite a while.  That is perfectly fine by me.

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Day #001 of the Ranger Project, 2.26.14 – Homemade Pizza, Well Below Average, and Exploding Grass

I weighed in this morning.  It wasn’t good, but I knew it wouldn’t be.  Still, this just means I can look forward to a big loss next week.

February 26, 2014

Weight: 419.8

Change from Highest: –2.2 pounds

Oh well.  It is what it is.

I started my day off with a trip to the gym before work.  Tomorrow, I am going to go to the gym after work, just to see which I prefer.

Let me also say… I am SO out of shape.  I remember when I could do an hour on the elliptical, hard.  I can’t do that anymore.  I did manage to get through 30 minutes of cardio.  I would have done the weight room instead, but whenever I eat junk food, sometimes my joints stiffen up, and my right elbow was not cooperating this morning.  Rather than risk injury, I hit the treadmill on an incline instead.

I also decided that I should establish a baseline, and the ellipticals offered a fitness test.  I took it.

Ugh.  I used to be more fit than this.

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Still, it is what it is, and this gives me a good starting point.  I’ll take it again in a month and see how I rank.

I’ve heard people say that felt paranoid to be the weakest one in the gym, and this morning, I was the weakest person there.  No worries, though.  I won’t lie; at one point, my inner fat kid did see a REALLY fit guy talking to another pretty fit guy, and for half a second, I thought, “They’re talking about how slow I’m going…”  They weren’t.  They were trying to get a pickup game of basketball going.

That’s the thing about gym rats.  They are probably the least judgmental people on the planet.  So whether you weigh almost 420 like me or you are under 100 pounds or anywhere in between, don’t let the gym intimidate you.

Food

Breakfast – 2 slices of bacon, 1 fried egg, sweet potato with butter and honey

Lunch – pork shoulder, potato with sour cream, 1 slice of homemade pizza

Midafternoon – 1 clementine, 1 apple

Late afternoon – 3/4 of a whole wheat sunbutter and jelly (all clean) sandwich [the kid ate the other 1/4]

Dinner – steak, baked potato, asparagus, frozen cherries

After-dinner Snack – 2 clean homemade chocolate chip cookies

I tried to do MyFitnessPal, but it was SO tedious.  I was impressed with the depth of their database, and I may use them yet, but for now, I am just tracking and trying a bit of intuitive eating.

I didn’t take enough food for lunch.  Two thin slices of pork shoulder and what amounted to maybe 3/4 of a potato was not enough food.  Fortunately, my wonderful boss (who is also a wonderful cook) offered me a slice of her homemade pizza.  I probably shouldn’t have – it did have pepperoni on it – but it was good and it helped fill me up.  Tomorrow, I will take more food.

Tina and I have dabbled with paleo and primal, and I suspect that we will eventually try primal again, but for now, we’re just trying to eat mostly clean.  I know my diet could be better, but I’m working on progress, not perfection.  I also know me; if I make too many big changes at once, I’m more prone to messing up.

Today could have been better, but given how a few of the past days have gone… I’m thrilled.  And here’s the truth of it – I enjoyed myself without going overboard or obsessing.  For a brief moment, I had the fleeting thought, “Oh, I shouldn’t have those two cookies, because I’m blogging my food now.”  But then I decided that I wanted them, and I was going to enjoy them guilt-free.  Which I did.  (And incidentally, there have been plenty of times that instead of eating two cookies, I would have had four, or six, or eight…)

First day of the Ranger Project was a success in my book!

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Sharknado, Bad Food Choices, & Sharknado

Food

Breakfast – sweet potato, 1 sausage patty, 1 slice of bacon, 1 egg

Lunch – cheeseburger on whole wheat bun, cucumber, tomato, cherries

Dinner – 8” Chicago Steak Grinder from Mancino’s

Man, it would have been SO tempting to skip mentioning today’s bad food choices.  Breakfast and lunch were great; between errands, work stuff, and other miscellany, we were late getting home, and all it took was a tiny suggestion of “Let’s eat out so we don’t have to clean the kitchen tonight” and we were going to Mancino’s, a grinder/pizza/pasta place here in our hometown.

However, as tempting as it would have been to lie or skip today’s post, that defeats the whole purpose of personal journal/blogging for accountability, and if I lie once, I may as well give it up.

I know I could have made worse food choices; still, given how my body is feeling right now, I feel pretty safe in saying that Mancino’s is not quite a whole-food place after all.  It’s funny; just a few days of clean eating is enough to reset my internal food sensor.  Crap makes me feel like crap.  You’d think I’d’ve figured this out by now, wouldn’t you?

Exercise was done, although it wasn’t a good workout.  I didn’t feel up to it with what felt like a brick in my stomach, but I pushed (feebly) through.  Let’s just say that I expect this is a week of Body Revolution that will be repeated.

Food is cut off for the day.  Exercise is technically done.

The rest of the night will consist of watching Sharknado on the SyFy channel.  It’s about a tornado that sucks up sharks, carries them inland, and then they eat people.  No kidding.

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Sharknado!

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Farmer’s Market Trip, Yoga, & Raw Milk

Today is my first-in-a-long-time weigh-in day!

July 6, 2013

Weight: 380.8

Change from All-Time Highest: –22.0 pounds

I am up.  And let me tell you, I am SOOO tempted to get on the scale tomorrow to see if another day of super-lean/clean eating will lower that number.  And while it probably will, I’m not going to.  I am going to show some restraint and not weigh in until next Saturday and see a bigger loss.

Today’s Food

Breakfast – sweet potato, 1 sausage patty, 1 egg, pluot

Lunch – whole wheat spaghetti with tomato sauce and Italian chicken sausage, shredded mozzarella cheese, blueberries and grapes, 1 egg white (because I cooked the egg yolk for Henry)

Snack – 2 clean no bake cookies, glass of raw milk, 3 small squares dark chocolate

Dinner – steak, loaded baked potato, beet greens and onions

Snack – blueberries, pluot

I went to the farmer’s market this morning.  We purchased a raw milk share a few months back, and it has been, hands down, the best “clean eating” thing I have ever done.  I was never a huge milk drinker.  It was always just for cereal or with cookies.  I would never just get a glass of milk to drink by itself.

We have a year round farmer’s market here in Bowling Green, and back in the winter, we saw a sign at one booth we regularly frequented for sirloin that said “Ask About our Herd Share Program.”  And we did.

In the state of Kentucky, it is illegal to buy or sell raw milk.  However, it is NOT illegal to own your own cow and drink milk from it.  So farmers here have instituted herd share, where you buy part of a cow, pay monthly boarding fees (because they are housing, feeding, and caring for our part of the cow), and every week, we get a gallon of raw milk.

It tastes amazing!  I will actually drink a glass of raw milk by itself.  Slightly sweet, thick…. it almost tastes like a less rich, less sweet version of melted ice cream.  Almost.  Really hard to describe, but it’s incredible.

I’ve had organic; I have grass-fed.  But this, raw, pastured, happy cow milk is amazing.   And again, this is coming from a non-milk drinker.  And best yet – we know this farm.  We are financially invested in this farm (via our herd share) and we have visited this farm.  These cows aren’t pumped full of hormones, antibiotics, steroids, or anything else to get milk.  In fact, we know that a risk at this farm is that if their milk supply drops, then we may lose our herd share.  We’re fine with that – we don’t want our milk coming from stressed out cows.  We’re even thinking of picking up an extra share when Henry turns a year old and will require cow’s milk and pasteurizing it ourselves.

I also got eggs, bacon, and beets at the farmer’s market, too.  Not a big haul, but it was an ugly, rainy day.  More on farmer’s market on another Saturday.

Before I headed home, I swung by Kroger to pick up some essentials.  There was a sale, so I picked up a few things that I wouldn’t have otherwise (one of those “buy ten things in this category and save $5” sales.)

We try to eat as clean as possible, but I do make minor exceptions for both what works for my family AND what works for our budget.  The hot dogs you see in the picture are clean in my book but might not be clean to a true clean eater.  That’s okay; I do the best I can.  Fritos are a clean food for our family, and a nice treat.  They contain corn, corn oil, and salt.  I’m sure other people might look at our pantry and shudder, but again… it works for us.  And they are also a treat food.  Same with the candy in the front.  I’ll also point out we didn’t buy a ton of “treat” food, but there is some on hand for when we want it.  (The Justin’s PB Cups in particular are a trigger food for me, so that’s why there is only one, and I’m going to enter a little mental challenge with myself to see how long they will last in our pantry.)

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The cost for this haul was $45.37.  Since I am going to try personal journal-blogging for a while, I’m going to use this blog to keep track of my food finances, too.

Food Expenses for July – $45.37

We are trying to go only once a week, so as to both save money AND not buy junk.

Another note – I consider myself pretty lucky in that, while I love to cook, my wife hates to.  As a result, I’ve pretty much taken over the kitchen, so cooking and grocery shopping are my domain. 

This photo highlights the EXACT reason that I have to get fit and make better choices.

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Whatever we are eating, Henry wants to eat.  You can see spaghetti on his tray, and that his is mom feeding him a bite of her pluot.  He’s obsessed with our food.  While I may be willing to put crap in my body at times, I only want the best for him!  Ergo, we have to eat better so he gets to eat better.

I feel like I made some pretty good food choices today.  I do wish I had only one cookie and no chocolate (or only the chocolate and no cookies, et cetera).  In other words, too many sweets.  Even if they are clean, they’re still sugar.  Still, progress, not perfection, right?  Tomorrow will be a better day, and regardless, today is still a success in my book.

Exercise today was Flow Yoga.  Tina and I decided to start Body Revolution on Sunday, so we’re done with the actual BR workouts on Thursday (and can do whatever we want workout-wise on Friday and Saturday).  I decided yoga was a good pick because I’m really sore, for some reason.  Truth be told – I hate yoga.  I do it when I’m sore, but I know I should do it much more often.  I’d really rather stretch, but if I want to go back into martial arts again (that’s another post for another day), I know I really need to up my flexibility.  I have a LONG way to go.

The rest of the night consisted of relaxing with a baby who is trying his best to climb atop our hearth (which is made of brick) and watching 30 Rock.  Good times.

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Window Seat: San Diego Babymoon, Day Three, 05.14.12

Several months ago, I did a weekly series on Stellar Path called The Window Seat, where I talked about my family’s various travels. I abandoned it, around the time that work just got too overwhelming, but I am picking it back up. I had talked about TWO days of our Babymoon to San Diego, (Day One, Day Two), and I am picking this feature back up with Day Three.

This post (along with all of the other San Diego posts that will follow) were actually written while in San Diego. I hope you enjoy this recap of our babymoon! Be warned – this is very photo heavy!

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Breakfast was much the same. Good and very filling. This morning, they had raspberries. I can’t help it – apparently, I’m a fresh fruit dork.

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View as we are leaving the hotel…

Since we had a cruise at 7:00, we decided to save Los Angeles for a day when we didn’t have to be back. We’re planning to go on Thursday; today, we decided to go to Last Exit Mall (aka Las Americanas Mall) about one mile from the Mexican border.

It was a pretty standard outlet mall, and I’m just not a shopper. However, I did get a $500 leather jacket from Wilson’s Leather for $149. I also purposely got one smaller than would fit now, to give me some motivation for weight loss for the winter.

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On our way back, we stopped at Tuna Harbor (very close to the hotel) and ate at the Fish Market. We sat outside, right above the water. It was a little chilly, but the food was amazing! Tina got a lobster roll; I got cod, prawn, and scallops “fish and chips.” It was amazingly good. We may very well go back for dinner some time.

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We also did a bit of exploring around the restaurant. There was an exhibit set up for Bob Hope and a gigantic iconic statue of “the kiss” from WWII.

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After leaving the restaurant, we came back to the hotel and laid out by the pool. A few brave souls tried to swim, but we just enjoyed the sun for about an hour. I got a little pink; Tina got burned. Apparently, pregnant women burn easier than non-pregnant women. Who knew?

I napped, and we went to Hornblower Tours for our Sunset Cruise. This was the only stupid part of the day; we went to the address on our cruise tickets, 1066 North Harbor Drive. We parked about a quarter of a mile away. Well, it turns out that we actually had to walk down to 1800 North Harbor drive to board the ship. Rather than move the car, we walked the difference. The lady at the ticket booth said she didn’t understand why they didn’t print the right address on the ticket voucher and didn’t know how to fix it. (I dunno – maybe a sign on the ticket booth at 1066 that that is NOT where you board the ship. *sigh* Regardless, we got on the ship.)

It was a very fun experience. We were fed a three course meal, salad, steak with potatoes and broccolini, and a white chocolate raspberry cheesecake with a cookie crust. We literally just cruised around the harbor, but it was a lot of fun. We also got some amazing photos. It was a three hour tour (snicker), but it felt a little long. By 9 o’clock, we were ready to go. (It went ‘til ten.)

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Still, we had a good time.

We’re both dead tired. Hopefully, we’ll wake up refreshed for a fun day tomorrow at Sea World.

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