Going Coco-nuts!

Day 12 Journal
Success score: 6

Primal Recipe, Part 2 (Frittata a la Refrigerator Gourmet):
Changes made: I realized that it was so filling that I didn’t need a grapefruit half on the side
Comments: Tasted just as good warmed up today as it did yesterday.

Go Coco-nuts:
Products purchased:
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Hardest Part: Finding products that were not packaged in plastic! Both Garden Cove and Earth Fare carry an extensive variety of unsweetened coconut products, but neither carries products in the bulk bins. The Native Forest coconut milk is in a BPA-free can.
Best Part: looking forward to making delicious recipes
Comments: I’ve already started using coconut in my cooking. Please see previous blog posts for examples. My husband loves coconut in all its forms, so this is a welcome addition to our diet.

PEM Workout:
My back is doing a lot better today, but I still thought strength training would be pushing it, so I did this gentle yoga video instead: Vinyasa Yoga Flow 3

I also went to see my chiropractor, Curt Summers at Jones Valley Chiropractic. I highly recommend seeing him if you have back pain. He sees a lot of the local runners, so he is familiar with sports injuries as well as the usual back problems. He doesn’t try to get you to come in 3x a week for the rest of your life, and he’s really good about working me in when I realize I can get away at the last minute.

Nurture Your Intimate and Social Circles
Intimate circle connections: Mom and Dad had our family over for dinner, and I kept my phone and iPad in my purse except to take a picture of our scrumptious dinner:
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That’s a tenderloin steak with sauteed baby bok choy, Chinese mushrooms and bell peppers. The steak tasted like I remember steak tasting as a kid.  I also brought over the Cocoa nut pie for dessert, which was a hit with Mom and Dad as well.  After dinner we played Mah Jongg and then Dad and I hung out and discussed our blogs (well, of course I had to get my iPad out for that…).
Social Circle connections: I texted one of my girlfriends that I haven’t done anything with in awhile to see if she could do anything today, but she was unavailable, so we are planning to get together another day soon. This afternoon I texted (we would have talked, but there were barriers to that) another girlfriend for about an hour while I rested my back. I also hope to go for a walk with a girlfriend this weekend if my back continues to improve.
Hardest part: I really need to make sure I read these challenges in advance so I can plan better. I am terrible about neglecting my social life with friends. My family and my job are both so busy that I’ve gotten out of touch with most of my friends. I used to see many of my friends at races, runs, bike rides, etc., but since I’ve been injured I’m not attending those events anymore.
Best part: It really does help my mood to have contact with friends and family.
Elements to integrate into lifestyle long-term: prioritize real communication with friends and family over social networking and forums.
Comments: I noticed today, since it was another social media fast day, how much time I usually spent in this manner when I’m not at work.

Summary Comments
Daily energy levels: 4
Hunger level between meals: 1
Satisfaction with meals: 10
Struggles with Primal efforts: pushing through my depression & emotional exhaustion to reach out to people
Benefits noticed from primal efforts: very little hunger today, feel that I am prioritizing my time better
Daily highlights: winning 2 games of Mah Jongg
Daily needs-to-improve: still could spend less time on electronic media

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