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    I kinda messed up this first day of August. Usually on the first of the month I weigh and measure but I didn't really realise that it was the first already until I'd been up for a while. I'll do it tomorrow.

    In the beginning (early March) I lost weight. In the ensuing months, I shrunk. In July, I started measuring body fat percentage. Now what? The ultimate question that has prohibited dieters from becoming maintainers for years! Now what?

    I seem to have hit that middle spot. I'm small. My blood sugars are good. I fit into almost any clothing I want. My energy levels are good. I sleep OK. And it was pretty easy. I know I could maintain this because I have for a couple of months. There is no reason why I couldn't eat like this and walk some ... for the rest of my life.

    But ... I'm hovering between good and better. And once in a while I dream of optimal.

    I've started tracking in fitday but to what end? If I veer off into optimal land (which will be a little harder work) will I be able to maintain -or- will optimal functioning catch up and help me maintain?

    I guess the only way to find out is to try. What's another yo in my life of yo yo'ing weight? And seriously, if that's the worst that can happen ... a couple of pounds?

  • #2
    Ya ... no ... I'm too heavy and not going to measure this month.

    Even if potato chips are not as bad (in my mind) as sugar and/or grain, they're just too much. Can't do it.

    OTOH ... DH made shish kababs on the bbq lat night. Fabulous! I encouraged him to keep trying to perfect them

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    • #3
      Monday
      1400 cals
      67% fat
      26% protein
      7% carbs

      Weed pulling but no formal exercise. I guess that's primal, yes?

      I'm on my stint of evenings, so I'll be short sleep for a few days.
      I'm working with this gal ... golly, how to describe her. She rattles on and on about "serious" flaws in nursing practice ... while staring at me (or whoever she's talking to I guess) I do not have the self esteem for this stuff. In all honesty, I don't like some of my new responsibilities ... not at all ... and I have not mastered them yet. I feel fragile and picked on ... and that she's at least partly right.
      I, personally, would accompany a greener nurse and help her learn. Call me a fool .... all these years I could have been browbeating students instead of mentoring them. Yup, that's how awful I am, they give me students all the time.

      My stress levels are pretty high. Sucks. Part time or casual is lookin' pretty good right now ... if it weren't for that pension plan.

      I should check my blood pressure when I get to work. Apparently I haven't been primal long enough to repel stress like water off a ducks back.

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      • #4
        Tuesday
        1530 cals
        62% fats
        6% carbs
        32% protein

        25 minute walk and a weird little attempt at Tabata style elliptical.

        I forgot all about taking my blood pressure yesterday.

        I'm dissappointed in my scale this morning but I've never really considered the effect stress has on weight loss. I mean, I know about stress eating and sleeping poorly but as far as actually keeping weight?
        My belly scratch test is much better this morning than it was yesterday but that's still a pretty soft fluffy belly for a gal my size.

        I'm not going to be able to IF this morning. I'm hungry. There's coconut oil in my coffee and bacon a'cookin'. Maybe tomorrow ...

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        • #5
          Wednesday ... was that only Wednesday?

          1660 cals
          70% fats
          9% carbs
          21% protein

          I got into the creamed coconut I walked for some errands but it only added up to about 15 minutes.

          I can small snack at supper! If I don't go to the cafeteria (I prefer to go outside and read) I don't sit at a table with others who are eating and I just don't feel like it. I had a peice of cheese and a pepperette and felt fine until I got home and had an apple with creamed coconut.

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          • #6
            Thursday
            1700 cals
            51% fats
            30% protein
            12% carbs
            7% alcohol

            Friday
            1200 cals
            69% fats
            20% protein
            10% carbs

            I'm not sure how long I walked yesterday. DS, grandbaby and I walked to meet DH for lunch and then we went shopping. Some of my walking involved bouncing down the street carrying a wiggling 2 year old

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            • #7
              There is absolutely no good reason why I have been awake since shortly after 2 a.m.

              Although I have time to write this morning ... I can't think of much to say.

              I think I'm falling into complacency. CW dictates that when we reach a decent weight, we can relax a little. Is it any wonder that so many regain?
              I think I thought that I understood optimal functioning and lifelong slender fitness. But in one post I spew about it and in the next post I talk about stress and eating potato chips with beer.
              I'm stressed and depressed so I eat crap and forget my supplements?
              Because my health is suffering I forget to do healthy things?
              I'm only slim, not healthy yet.
              Do I really know that I can be stronger, healthier, more resilient? Really know it ... or think it ought to be true should I ever decide to go for it. And if that is the case, what am I waiting for? Some time when I feel better ... duh!

              I went to have a shower and a thought kept popping into my head "Sh*t or get off the pot". Do I really want to screw up and feel awful for a few days then spend the next few days clawing my way back only to keep doing it over and over again?

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              • #8
                Slept much better! Almost 8 hours.

                I will admit that I struggled with weariness a bit yesterday. But I knew what it was and didn't try to treat it with food. I was weary because I slept poorly not because I was hungry. When I got home from work I had a spoonful of creamed coconut and a nap. DH didn't get home until almost 7, by the time we ate it was almost time for bed.

                1533 cals
                47% fat
                30% protein
                22% carbs

                20 minutes on the elliptical

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                • #9
                  I woke up this morning because I was hungry! Growling stomach hungry!
                  I did stop for eggs yesterday and have my bacon cooking. It's much more comfortable to skip lunch if that's what I have for breakfast.

                  Tuesday
                  2100 cals
                  64% fats
                  28% carbs
                  8% carbs

                  No extra exercise.

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                  • #10
                    Darned near 2000 cals again yesterday.
                    66% fats
                    24% protein
                    10% carbs

                    Some mornings I come about this close to not bothering to make my bacon and eggs. It's not that I don't love eating them ... but cooking at 5 a.m. <sigh> A couple of days earlier this week, I tried a shake for breakfast but it's not the same.
                    I don't want to go to the cafeteria for lunch. I'd much rather sit quietly and read. In order to get my calm in the middle of the day, I have to cook breakfast. It's a trade-off I'm willing to make.

                    I almost left a snarky remark on a thread the other day. I don't usually do that. I'm not sure a slap in the side of yer foggin' head helps much ever. But seriously "I don't have time in the morning ..."? Prepare a bit before you go to bed and get up ten minutes earlier!
                    I work with a gal who drives about 12 minutes to work. There is major construction on her most direct route. Has been since April. She calls at least twice a week to say she's caught in traffic. Caught in construction! Who knew! How did that happen!?! I can't believe they haven't magically completed that road since yesterday when you were stuck in it!

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                    • #11
                      Something went horribly horribly wrong yesterday. By supper time, I felt awful and thought it was because I'd waited for John (it was well after 6) so I had greek salad with mozzarella and ham. By 7:30 I felt like I had a bowel obstruction. My abdomen was bloated and I could not pass any flatus. I was burping ... horrible rotten ... my mouth felt like a sewer. John got me a green tea ginger ale which was soothing but I still ended up taking gravol.
                      By 11 pm I felt well enough to go lay in the grass and watch a few shooting stars ... that was awe-inspiring!
                      I slept well and finally have passed flatus but this morning am a bit food phobic.

                      Thursday .... bacon, eggs, coffee shake, a diet coke, pork rinds, a diet ginger ale,greek salad, mozzarella, ham, real ginger ale.
                      1200 cals
                      51% fats
                      16% carbs
                      33% protein

                      I've never noted a problem with artificial sweeteners but that's about the only thing unusual in there.

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                      • #12
                        I keep forgetting to mention my husband! And he's a primal success!
                        Years ago when he worked in the store, he weighed around 225 (5'10"). When he went to work construction he quickly lost 25 or 30 lbs. Over the years, he's hovered right around 200 or so.
                        It took a few months for him to decide he liked how I eat
                        The reason I remembered to type something today is because he's now hovering under 185. 183 this morning! Nice bit of definition happening. Looks much more trim. Looking good!

                        I should have mentioned that he's been back working in the store for about a month now and has still lost!
                        Last edited by tooround; 08-14-2010, 07:02 AM.

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                        • #13
                          Got into the bedtime carbs last night
                          over 2000 cals
                          65% fats
                          21% carbs 118 gms
                          14% protein

                          I woke up angry this morning. It's funny now ... Everybody who's pissed me off lately should have wakened with burning ears.

                          Earlier this summer, I painted my toenails a lovely rose coral colour. Rather than take the polish off as it grew out, I just filled in the bare root. I finally took it all off the other day and trimmed them all up nice. My feet don't look too bad. They're nice and pink. My heels are calloused but not like they used to be (yellow and cracked). My nails are smooth with white edges but no white spots. Nothing growing between my toes.
                          I wear Avias or Asics to work and to walk. I think nothing of wearing heels or cute flats. But I've spent a lot more time barefoot or just wearing ankle socks since going primal.
                          I'm not sure that my foot improvement is an exterior thing though. My elbows and hands look good too.

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                          • #14
                            Saturday
                            1200 cals
                            63% fats
                            8% carbs 24 gms
                            21% protein
                            8% alcohol

                            Somewhere in the vicinity of 35 minutes walking and the elliptical.

                            I loaned my Paleo book to a coworker who thinks she might be wheat sensitive. I think she skimmed it before she gave it back. She's in her mid-50's very tiny but soft and getting softer. We were talking about boots and she decided to measure our calves. I flexed mine She was impressed. So I started talking about being quite heavy but small and firm.
                            She's a smart and to-the-point person and wanted a synopsis of why what I do ought to work. I drew a blank and sat there gaping.
                            Hopefully, she'll ask again today after I've had a chance to think about it. I've got an answer for her now.

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                            • #15
                              ahh there you are, you started a new journal!
                              I've reached the stage now when anyone says you're looking good, or you've lost weight or whatever, I just dont want to mention anything I'm doing. Sometimes I just feel I dont have the right information in my brain to tell them... also I dont think anyone really listens anyway, so now I just say thanks.

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