Finally Getting Fit

Have you ever seen an actual tintype? My BFF has a tintype of her grandmother in law. It’s fabulous.

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My birthday lunch from Longhorn’s. I should have stayed home. In fact, I almost didn’t make it back home before this meal hit my gut full force. I was miserable the rest if the day.

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Outside my kitchen window.

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Lunches. Can you guess my favorite carb?

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Making peach butter and naan. The peach butter was a huge success but the naan was a complete flop.

I didn’t stay whole30 until my birthday. I did all right though.

I learned that grains really are not my friend.
I learned that sugar makes me manic. No more ice cream, thank you very much.
I realized I still don’t eat enough veggies.
I didn’t get below 160 like I wanted but I did get into a size 10 so screw the scale!

This morning I went out for coffee. Real dairy!!! We’ll see what happens.

My girl made me some Paleo brownies. Made with sweet potato and honey and other things.

They are a good substitute for refined sugar laden brownies.

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I took the day off work and have enjoyed it doing a little sewing and tv watching and will be teaching dance later.

49 might not be too bad.

Saturday was a day begging for ice cream. It wasn’t overly hot but me and the girl had been on the go since early morning and I was ready for a break and a treat. I bought a pint of Kroger Private Selection English Toffee Caramel. All my favorite flavors in one. I ate maybe 3/4 cup. Sat on the couch to watch Alabama football and promptly fell asleep. But sleep was not the problem…

Sunday is when the real issues began. I woke in a foul mood. I haven’t slept well but usually that makes me tired not bitchy. Imagine a very gantry woman with PMS mood swings. That’s how I felt. It took me the better part of the day, some door slamming, some foot stomping, and some good fat consumption to figure out just what the issue was.

Sugar. That seemingly innocuous white stuff that gets put in everything to make it taste “good” but does absolutely nothing good for us.

Read here for more: psychcentral

How does sugar affect you?

Several Paleo sites are previewing a recipe from Sarah Ballantynes’s new book.
I got it from here.
Here is what her pic looks like:

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Found on Google images.

Here’s mine:

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They are good. Very very very sweet. Even though the look like sausage.
Go get the recipe and eat them with coconut whipped cream.

Tips: make them tiny. Like silver dollar pancake tiny. I used a non-stick skillet and didn’t need a whole lot if oil. They did better without it actually. I can’t advise on cooking in a cast-iron pan. I would imagine you need to make sure it is very well seasoned before you try these.

They are sticky. The sugar from the fruits “melts.” If stack them hit the are going to stick together. Make sure you have a biggish platter lay them out on.

Now. Ready. Set. Go cook!

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Final brew of kombucha. Piña colada flavor.

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My fat snuggle cat

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My sweet snuggle puppy

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Crockpot Ribs with veggie hash. Cauliflower rice, spinach, carrots

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Kombucha and strawberry gelatin pumpkins

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Taco stir fry. Taco seasoned hamburger meat, cauliflower rice, kale, carrots, tomatoes.

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Breakfast: spinach and zoodles sautéed in lard with scrambled egg

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Lunch: spaghetti squash topped with taco meat and zucchini cheese

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Dinner: more spaghetti squash topped with more taco meat with a side of okra coated in pork rinds fried in lard.

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Progress.

I love a good busy day and today did not disappoint.

I started the day with grocery shopping. Lots if veggies produce again. Zukes, macadamia nuts, tomatoes, turnip roots, strawberries.

After putting away all the food stuff it was time to start cooking. Coach was whipping up 3 patches of sloppy joes. Regular version for him, sugar free for me, and some unflavored “loose meat” for the girl. I chopped at a spaghetti squash, coated it in oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder and put it in the oven. Next time I have to cut one I’m using an ax. Seriously.

Then I started making something called zucchini cheese. I found the recipe on Instagram. Search the tag #zucchinicheese. You’ll find it. I promise. 1 cup shredded zuke, and a sprinkle of shredded carrot. Steam it in a pot for about 8 minutes. Drain the liquid and dump the shreds in the blender. Add a couple tablespoons if coconut oil, some sea salt, a couple tablespoons of gelatin. There may have been other stuff. I don’t remember. Blend it good. Pour it in a wax paper or parchment paper lined pan and chill. It looks like velveeta but taste like cheese. I added some of the sauce from the blender to my sloppy joe meat. It was delicious.

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Later my BFF came over for a costume fitting and brought me a SCOBY and some starter tea for kombucha. I’ve never made it before so hope it turns out good. The only big glass jug I could find was at our local grocer. It’s very appropriate as I’m sure the rest if the family thinks most if what I eat is yucky.

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