Thursday, March 17, 2011

Slow carbs and dead chickehs

What is this space for?

I'm not here very much, I read all your blogs and I comment here there and everywhere but I'm not sure what I'm doing here. Anyway...

1.  Our chickehs were all eaten by foxes while we were in Italy. It was awful for our housesitter and awful for us when we got home because I did not see the letter she'd written us so I went searching for the chickens in the dark with a torch through our large backyard :(

The coop wasn't strong enough. Foxy Loxy got in and killed my chickeh-darlings. So sad.

We have new chickehs, they lay an egg a day each and I love them. Which sounds weird after just telling you all about our poor first set of chickens.  But we waited a while, and we got these from someone who didn't want them anymore and I really do love chickens.  These 3 are very funny, in that they chase me around the backyard for treats. They also climb the back stairs and cluck around on our patio in hope of finding/getting dry cat food (their favourite treat). I will endeavour to record them one day soon and post the vid of them here.

2.  The Big Guy and I have been on the 4 hour body diet and we've both lost tummy fat and are finding the diet relatively easy. (Kinda.)

Rule #1: Avoid “white” carbohydrates. Don’t eat bread, pasta, rice (brown or white), any grains (including corn), potatoes, breaded fried food or dairy (except some lactose-free cheeses) on your slow-carb days (except cauliflower).

Rule #2: Eat the same few meals over and over again. Meals should include protein, legumes, and non-starchy vegetables; eat as much as you like, 3-4x/day.

Rule #3: Don’t drink calories. Avoid milk (including soy), sweetened soda (no more than 16oz of diet), and fruit juice. One or two glasses of red wine are permitted.

Rule #4: Don’t eat fruit. Tomatoes and avocados are okay (the latter in moderation).

Rule #5: Take one day off per week. Go nuts and eat lots of calories to keep your metabolic rate (thyroid function, conversion of T4 to T3, leptin) up. Do at least five days of rules 1-4 before following rule 5.

Saturday is Crazy Day for us and we're both finding it hard to eat all the stuff we can't eat all week; not because there's not enough time, but because we just don't feel like it that much and it's hard to schedule eating crap into the day. I had pancakes with syrup and fruit last Saturday and was ill for a few hours after.  I think my body likes the veges/legumes/protein diet.

3.  I've been going to counselling class which has (so far) taught me that I'm probably not meant to be in drama school because I fucking hate role plays. I've also been attending cognitive/personality assessment classes which have taught me that IQ is a crock and that the courts love the shitty old MMPI. But I knew that dudes, teach me something new already.

4. I like making friends in my course and my Openness domain NEO-PI score puts me square in the psychopathology section.

5. My light period and my menopause fears have combined to make me overly hopeful that I'll skip a period for the next however many months and pop a baby out  because I'll have been pregnant and that was why my period was so light and I got O pains so early.  Ha! I'll show you psychopathology.


  1. I'm sorry about your chickens. No beueno. The diet sounds interesting. I could do 1, 3 & 5. Definitely #5. :) I don't want to give you false hope or anything but the year before I got pregnant, I had some very short cycles and was sure I was going into perimenopause. I still think I was, I just got lucky with a good egg. I'm fairly confident I'll go from birthing to nursing to menopause in the next year and a half. My mom pretty much did, she was done at 35. Please take care.

  2. I reckon I could do the Saturday bit of your diet ...

    Have the doctors talked about freezing some eggs now?

  3. So sorry to hear about your chickehs' terrible, fox fate:( I'm glad you jumped right back in the saddle, though, and got some more. Please do post a video. Nature is...mean.

    I love the idea of a diet where you get to go nuts one day out of the week - that sounds smart (though, I can see your point about not really feeling like it when that day rolls around).

    And role play is freakish. I've never enjoyed it. Not in school settings, not in work settings. Nowhere. It's silly and I always feel like a complete idiot when I'm asked to do it (but then refusal makes me feel like a bad winning).

    (I think the space can be whatever you want/need it to be and I, for one, want you to use it. I enjoy hearing your updates and would be sad if you desisted. My only request for next time: a video of Chickens Gone Wild:).

  4. so glad you posted, I was wondering what was going on with you.
    I am sorry to hear about the fate of the chickens. I hope that the fox stays far away this time.
    Good luck with your diet, I am not so sure I could manage that.
    thanks so much for all of your support. It means so much to me.
    keep posting about whatever it is that is on your mind, we are here either way

  5. Poor chickens. The thought of the new chics begging for cat food made me chuckle. Good for you for sticking to the diet. It sounds complicated but then again you are a survivor of infertility, what's a few food rules. Glad to hear from you.

  6. I truly hope that it is #5.

    Am so sad for the chickehs :(

    On the other hand, glad for new chickehs. Chickehs are beautiful.

    Please don't give up the blog. It is still your space and you would be missed.

  7. Oh no the poor chooks, glad the new ones are interesting. I had been eying a chicken coup gosh I would love some chooks but I got Boo goldfish instead.

    Good luck with the diet!

  8. It's good to hear from you! That's too bad about the chickens. I hope your classes get into newer territory for you.

    I couldn't imagine doing role plays.


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