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    My intro post is here.

    I hit what my brother calls the "mendoza line" a couple weeks ago, which is breaking below 200 pounds. I have been bobbing up and down and weigh 200 today. I notice that things slow down, Ive gotten to 199 before and just STOPPED losing so I am always going to be nervous until I get to 150.

    Every day I walk 4 miles. I would say in a month of 30 days, 28-30 of those I do the full 4 miles. I go the gym 3 or 4 days a week and do 2 days of strength training, one day of cardio (but I'm upping that to 2 cardio days this week once I heal from a minor surgery) and I am currently in a yoga teacher training program so I do yoga workout every other day.

    I use Loseit.com iPhone app to track every calorie and I keep it under 1300 a day, net (after excersize is subtracted. Most days I eat under 1300 even without excersize subtracted. I inadvertently use intermittent fasting! Today I just had dinner. I have been very busy. I have two kids and homeschool them and I take care of a small suburban farm (I grow vegetables and raise chickens for eggs which I think I have become sensitive to).

    My next mini goal is the next 20 pounds - to get to 180. I am trying to lose 2# a week and usually just barely make it.

    I started back in Feb but was definitely doing 80/20 which for someone my size and resistance, probably won't work. I started with 100/0 plus walking (I wasn't getting much excersize at all before) on May 16, the day after my daughter's birthday where I filled up on pizza and cake for the last time. I wear a pedometer and track my steps, as I said before 4 miles / 10,000 steps a day before I go to sleep. I feel pretty good, I do have more stamina and my migraines are ggreatly reduced. I have hashimoto's thyroiditis (low thyroid) and have eliminated all foods which aggravate the thyroid on this diet (see Mark's posts and The Healthy Skeptic blog). I also suffer from fibromyalgia which is improving.

    I am currently having Rolfing done to help with my posture and pain during excerisze. This is the year I am getting it ALL done. I take for supplements:

    krill oil
    DHA (Jarrow brand)
    Vitamin Code "perfect weight" vitamin
    a B supplement from rainbow light
    FucoThin
    7 Keto
    a probiotic
    sugarless Emergen-c drinks
    vitamin D 2000 iu

    I eat just organic meats and green vegetables. I eat nothing fake, packaged or in a bag. I eat salads most days with chicken breast and other high protein, high chlorophyll meals! I feel really good. THis is the best thing I have ever done. I have also discovered the JOY of COCONUTS!
    I grew up hating coconut because of the gross dry shredded coconut on cheap baked goods but also from the "pina colada" flavoring on dental treatments. Now I eat straight up coconut oil as a supplement and I LOVE IT.
    Last edited by ruby; 08-04-2010, 08:06 PM.
    Michelle
    totally primal since 5/16/2010, 41 years old my journal
    240+/128/121 (I'm 5'3")

  • #2
    Sounds like you have a plan AND the determination to this!

    I had my thyroid removed several years ago and also have fibromyalgia, so I sympathize. keep doing what you are doing and try to do a little more each time (without hurting yourself, of course). This way of eating has helped me tremendously and I think it will for you as well! Good Luck!
    Starting Weight/BMI: 184/29.7
    Current Weight/BMI: 130 /21.0
    Ultimate Goal: 125/18

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    • #3
      dude, when you say you are gonna do something you do it! So awesome! You are an inspiration! I love that you decided and you fucking did it... I think the f word is appropriate here. hahahaha

      Keep going! (not that you need my hoorah!)

      I have to say that divorcing was a very hard decision for me, but the best one... so glad I did it. I have 3 kids too. But i knew why i had to, and I wasn't happy.

      I almost started taking antidepressants... but a still small voice said "don't take pills, you know what you need to do"

      He has thanked me... we were very wrong for each other.

      Anyway... I'm sure you know what you need to do to... even if that is stay... trust your gut!

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      • #4
        100 pounds is also my personal goal. 264 to 160. Been at it since June 19th. OK watch out Ill be watching! Ha...I keep everything I put into my mouth on my journal here at PB....and post progress at my journal once per month. Keep on keeping on and good luck to you. I know you can make it. My ability to keep going is a lot like yours....I have to do it 100% as well. Some days it seems like air has calories.

        Luck, Chuck
        They used to call me No Neck, but now I have one.

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        • #5
          I can totally relate to the coconut thing. I HATED coconut growing up, it made me gag! Now I love all things coconut and have replaced heavy cream with coconut milk in my coffee and LOVE it!

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          • #6
            Thanks everyone!

            I do feel things have slown down, I've inadvertently been intermittently fasting due to the stress and busyness of being left with 4 orphaned kittens and mourning the loss of their mother. I also had a cyst removed from my back and had to take some days off at the gym. I wish there was a way to jump start things.

            I wonder if I need to quit coffee?

            198 this morning

            I just HATE the way my weight bobs up and down. I know the pattern, it does go down but still.
            Michelle
            totally primal since 5/16/2010, 41 years old my journal
            240+/128/121 (I'm 5'3")

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            • #7
              oh the scale bobbing never ends! it is nervewracking, but realizing how many things effect your weight on a daily basis helps. food intake, water intake, exercise, lack of exercise, sodium consumed... yadda yadda yadda.

              my weight consistently bobbed while i lost over 100 pounds, and it still does now. good luck on your journey!

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              • #8
                As long as the lower dips keep getting lower I can live with it , LOL! A certain time of every month I gain 5# and it sticks for 4 or 5 days before I start losing again. I have to say I am jealous of men on this eating plan, they seem to lose so much quicker and more consistently. Oh well, Im still going to stick with it whether I ever lose another pound or not because I FEEL better and like not being hungry all the time. And my skin.... my skin looks so much better than it did 4 months ago.
                Michelle
                totally primal since 5/16/2010, 41 years old my journal
                240+/128/121 (I'm 5'3")

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                • #9
                  I missed the childcare sign up for today so i'm going to miss the weight workout class that kicked my butt last week - I was looking forward to it. The group atmosphere makes me work harder and I greatly prefer working with dumbells over the nautilus machines.

                  195.8 today
                  Michelle
                  totally primal since 5/16/2010, 41 years old my journal
                  240+/128/121 (I'm 5'3")

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                  • #10
                    I wonder if I am ever going to get to the gym again; I went for my walk a few nights ago without eating dinner first and when i got to the mall i got tempted into some "bourbon chicken" and woke up all bloated the next day. I forgot to check ketones but I suspect it had sugar and salt galore.

                    194.8 today
                    Michelle
                    totally primal since 5/16/2010, 41 years old my journal
                    240+/128/121 (I'm 5'3")

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                    • #11
                      ok two gym visits this week, both difficult classes. Hopefully I can get up early for tomorrow's Zumba class, I really need two of those a week to reach my goal of losing another 40# by christmas. I want to be 150 by the new year! I'm doing two total body weight workouts a week, I think that's enough. I find I really need two days between those, not one. I hurt my hip this week, I think the bursae is inflames and it hurts to walk but I notice with ibuprofin I did ok last night and put in 5 miles. I started running a little on Sunday and plan to walk/run on weekends.

                      191.4 today
                      Michelle
                      totally primal since 5/16/2010, 41 years old my journal
                      240+/128/121 (I'm 5'3")

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                      • #12
                        Oh dear, I think I have over done it. My hip has been hurting me since Tuesday, I've been getting by with ibuprofin and walking anyway. It feels like something in the stabilization of the hip, maybe even the bursae. Wednesday I did Zumba and saturday too, and I felt my hip and knees being torqued with help from my inappropriate footwear. Sunday I had a teacher training class, and we did an entire day on uttanasana (forward bend) so I did about 40 forward bends as each student practiced "teaching" it. Subsequently I have majorly overstretched hamstrings! So Sunday night I decided, no I'm not going to walk I'm too tired and overstretched... then my husband brought home a pizza for the kids and I found myself wolfing down a piece. I felt awful within 10 minutes (my first wheat and tomato in almost 4 months!) so I ended up doing 10,100 steps that night anyway.

                        Yesterday (Monday) was the weight training class and again, I overworked my over-stretched legs : / boy i am hurting! I have decided that the nightly walks take precedence over other forms of excersize so if anything has to go, it is stuff that might interfere with walking. I think weight training is important, and the cardio (Zumba) is important, but those without walking probably won't result in any weight loss whereas walking without cardio or weights will on its own.

                        I think I'll call my bro who is a personal trainer and ask what he thinks I should do - today I am going to do IF and rest, maybe break through this stall (I've bobbed up over 192 and stayed there for the past few days). Amazing what a little grain can do! I've been feeling SO munchy lately, I ordered some more 7 Keto and it should arrive today and I think that will help; Ive been out for almost 2 weeks.

                        192.4 today (what? gaining?)
                        Last edited by ruby; 08-24-2010, 08:26 AM.
                        Michelle
                        totally primal since 5/16/2010, 41 years old my journal
                        240+/128/121 (I'm 5'3")

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                        • #13
                          Phew, 189.2 :^) I really wanted to move as far away from 200 as possible, and being in the 190s was still too close for my comfort. I always stop losing, and regain a few pounds during pms week and thats over now and things should go on as before.

                          I have had to temporarily stop upper body workouts as I seem to have opened up a small surgery site on my back. I am still going to do my yoga teacher training so hopefully that won't bother it too much.

                          I have moved it up to walking at least 12,000 steps a day instead of 10,000.
                          Michelle
                          totally primal since 5/16/2010, 41 years old my journal
                          240+/128/121 (I'm 5'3")

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                          • #14
                            I got down to 185.8 but I hate how I fluctuate throughout the day, in the evening I'm always close to 5# up, then by 8am I get down lower than the day before, at least by .2 .
                            Michelle
                            totally primal since 5/16/2010, 41 years old my journal
                            240+/128/121 (I'm 5'3")

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                            • #15
                              182.8 today, but 183 on Wednesday.
                              Michelle
                              totally primal since 5/16/2010, 41 years old my journal
                              240+/128/121 (I'm 5'3")

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