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  • The good news is that my hiking buddy DOES NOT have a reoccurence of his cancer. He is, however, having a form of epileptic seizures that originate intestinally. There is a plan in place and while he can't do the kind of hikes we have done together in the past, there is great hope that by next year he'll be back adventuring!

    On another topic, extra virgin organic coconut oil does something really strange to my throat. Paying close attention and hoping to avoid anaphylaxis.
    Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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    • I am so glad they figured out what it is, and that something can be done about it.

      evoco Yes, definitely avoid it! How strange. I assume by all the qualifiers, that regular coconut oil doesn't have this effect? But why? Our bodies really are strange sometimes.

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      • The coconut oil that has no flavor does not bother me at all. Maybe it is the process by which it is expelled that makes the difference. I know I am not allergic to coconut so I don't understand why the EVOCO should cause a reaction. Of course it is because I have a Costco sized jar of it in the cupboard. At least it has other uses so I won't be wasting it.
        Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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        • Heehee. So true. As soon as you break down and buy a big jar of ANYTHING, problems rise up. (*cough*EasyMac*cough*)

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          • I am so discouraged. Weight is up again. Pants are no longer loose. Now what? Maybe I'm getting ready to hibernate.

            Grey dog has had an infected toe for a month so the RPR's aren't happening and making gifts for Christmas is not an activity that creates much exercise. Why can't this be as easy as it was for me as a teenager??

            Thanksgiving was interesting. We went to visit/celebrate with friends on the Oregon Coast and instead of making the drive down and back on the same day we took the trailer and stayed at an RV park near them. Grey dog got very ill on the drive down, was still not right on Thanksgiving and is just now somewhat better. Our visit and meal were delicious but sleep was horrible for a couple of nights from worrying about the dog, winds, rain and very loud surf in the middle of the night. I am glad to be home.
            Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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            • It's the lack of sleep, the traveling, and the stress of worrying about your beloved pooch. It will melt off in a few days, really.

              Eat more bacon.

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              • LIFT HEAVY THINGS.
                Um...how about two sixty pound bags of sand and five eighty pound bags of gravel. Does that qualify? I will not kid you and say it was easy, but I DID IT. Sitting in my recliner right now I can feel my back muscles trembling and know exactly what muscles I used in my arms. Thank goodness for a coconut milk/banana smoothie halfway through the day. Without it I couldn't have gotten this far on that project from lack of energy.
                Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                • Today is a very wet, very windy day, the kind of day that is best spent by the fire with a mug of hot beverage. What am I going to do? Take the Jeep up into the lower slopes of the mountains and go exploring! Sounds a lot better to me than sitting on my ass all day.
                  Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                  • Oh, that was marvelous fun! DH wanted me to do all the driving so I could get comfortable with varying terrains and conditions. We climbed, and climbed, and climbed. I think we ended up at about 4000' elevation. No snow, darn it, and the clouds kept us from seeing any of the views. There is something about negotiating a narrow, rockstrewn, potholed, treacherous road and coming out on the other side.......the scariest part was at the top where there was a very recent washout with a steep drop on the downhill side. I'm not talking a 20' drop. I'm talking a few hundred foot drop. "Will it be wide enough for me to pass? Will it slide as I get there? What if it lets go as I am crossing??" (pray. a lot.)
                    Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                    • This holiday season has skipped right over my house. It does not even feel like the Christmas season and I am putting up minimal decorations, if any. I know that it will be far easier to avoid the temptations of sweets and baked goods that are so prevalant this time of year because it just doesn't feel like Christmas. Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas. I used to listen to Christmas music throughout the year as I made the gifts I was going to give. It all changed when DH 's mother died. He has become Scrooge. It has been 21 years of diminishing Christmas excitement. There is no point when I am the only one who cares. It is just easier to do nothing. Sad. I passed my love of Christmas on to my niece and I recently told her that when she is ready for aa permanent relationship, make sure he loves the holidays!
                      Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                      • OH..OH..MY......

                        It took no time at all to feel the effects of eating pizza and cheesecake. UGH. Not just me. DH is pretty miserable as well right now.So much for splurging on a getaway. Feeling this way is so not worth it. No 80/20 for me. My body won't take it!

                        Last night's dinner was pretty tasty. Fortunately the menu had a trout with sauteed spaghetti squash and green beans. Tomorrow I'll be back home, back with my pups and will get to sleep in my own bed!!
                        Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                        • Hopefully it will pass (in all ways) quickly.

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                          • Yesterday was the holiday party at work... and, there was fruitcake. FRUITCAKE.

                            I caved. And I brought some home and shared it.

                            Yeah... my knees hurt, my husband's knees hurt, and I'm bloated. I'm perfectly aware that the "fruit" in fruitcake is not fruit, it is an absolute abomination consisting of a chemical shit-storm held together with HFCS & PUFAs. We'll avoid it, most of the time, in the future.

                            On a bright note, breakfast was bacon.

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                            • BACON!!!

                              The really nice thing about eating this way is that when you do stray, once you get back on program it doesn't take long to start feeling normal again.

                              Tonight's dinner is drumsticks tossed in seasoned almond flour and baked with coconut oil. Add some steamed Swiss Chard and a yam and all is right with the world.

                              We're heading out of town next week to spend Christmas with friends in California. Family dynamics don't make for a happy holiday celebration so we are taking our travel trailer and getting gone for a week. DH thinks I should take at least 20 hamburger patties. Sorry, Bub, but you are not eating hamburger for EVERY meal!!
                              Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                              • Just put a different sauce on it each time!

                                I am always amazed (and pleased) with how quickly I feel better again when I start taking care of myself the right way. (And how disappointed I am in myself for letting such a good feeling slip away just for crap food. What's up with that?)

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