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  • I'm not going anywhere - I'd miss you ladies too much I've been trying to spend less time on the computer...but I keep track of you all!

    I hope the new plan works. I've been working very hard on the mindful eating. It's one thing I've never learned.
    -- Ruth

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    • GOOD!

      Once I get the mindful eating down, my next goal will be to walk away when I am done. Which will likely be a more important habit, but I don't think I can get there until I am mindful of the food I am eating and how it is effecting my body.

      I am slightly reticent (though extremely hopeful) of the new plan being "the answer" because for the time I did the Bullet Proof Coffee, that didn't change things much. I am pretty sure that I am going to have to get the sleep quality issue taken care of, and I suspect once that happens the mix of macros will be way less important.
      Chris
      "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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      My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

      My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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      • So I had to wake up today at 4:50 to get the kid up so he would be able to get to the church bus in time to leave for his mission trip. I cannot tell you how many mornings I am up at that hour, but, of course, not this morning. When the music started to play on the alarm I could not figure out where I was. Very disoriented.

        So I woke him up, took him to the bus, started to piddle around the house. The cupcakes started to call my name from the fridge. I realized they would until I either gave in (which we all know would not actually stop the call but rather intensify it), gave them away (working on it-but everyone seems to be out of town this week), or got enough sleep to resist.

        I went back to bed around 8:30, got some great sleep. But now I feel like I have been run over by a bus. sort of groggy. I have been up for over an hour. Had a little something to eat, drank some green tea. (I had 2 mugs of coffee the first go round) not sure how I am going to snap myself out of it.
        Chris
        "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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        My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

        My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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        • I'm having sleep issues, too. I'm in bed with 8-9 hours available, keep my room dark, and keep it cool. I just can't sleep all the way through. I feel like I'm only getting 5-6 hours of sleep.

          I'm trying to be mindful of eating and stopping at "80%" full. It's hard...especially when I like what I'm eating.
          -- Ruth

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          • My fit bit tells me I am averaging about 5 hours of actual sleep, in bed for an average of close to 8. I don't know what happened, but the beginning of May I was at like 90% efficiency and now it runs around 60%. It changed, literally, in one day-May 15th.

            I have a strange situation with being full. I often don't feel full until 8pm. And then it feels like my tummy is distended. It could be that I finished eating up to 2 hours before. It is very strange. It might be because I have finally sat down to relax and I actually finally feel it. It is very rare that I feel anything even vaguely resembling "had enough". When I do, it is most likely from drinking fluids...my smoothie, or a big glass of iced tea, or my ACV water.

            Today is going pretty well, except for a minor indiscretion. I made the breakfast bars for my DH and DD, and did a bit of taste testing. I had to do some ingredient substitutions and I don't know anyway around giving a taste to make sure it will be ok. But, unlike in the past, it was literally a taste-where I kept it n my mouth to taste as opposed to scarfing in a few tablespoons.

            I did manage to push past the grogginess and get my garage reorganized enough to get the car back in! Was going to power wash the deck, but it started to rain. Tomorrow.
            Last edited by demuralist; 06-17-2012, 03:10 PM. Reason: grammer
            Chris
            "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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            My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

            My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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            • I'm proud of you for figuring out you needed sleep and acting on that. After I made breakfast for my husband and sons, my husband and I took a two hour nap. It was awesome.
              Primal since 9/24/2010
              "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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              • Thanks! I love naps, just rarely do it. I feel better about them since I read Mark's article about splitting sleep. (tmi alert) I really like to nap naked, make the house really cold, and pull up the big comforter. I don't feel comfortable sleeping naked at night. Years ago, my roommate came home unexpectedly and I started to crawl out the 2nd story window thinking someone had broken in, wrapped in my sheet. Luckily she caught me before I jumped, but I learned a lesson about sleeping nude. Not sure why it is ok during the day, but it just makes it all feel that much more luxurious. My husband naps every day, in front of the tv.
                Chris
                "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                • So.. my plan for the second half of June (since my plan for the first half worked so well;~))...

                  VLC (net), moderate protein, high fat...did well and it felt good.
                  No added sugars or flour....no flour, but had a bit of sugar with the taste testing of the breakfast bars
                  No restrictions, goals or limits on veggies...pretty low as anticipated
                  Eat only when physically hungry (tummy growling)...except for the breakfast bar tasting
                  Eat mindfully...for the most part, the food was thoughtfully chosen and mindfully eaten.

                  By the numbers...

                  Calories....1548
                  Carbs.....34 Fiber...10 Net....24
                  Fat...122
                  Protein...59
                  Sugar...8

                  Result 261.0 down .2 I will keep this up for the second half of the month, and then do measurements and re-evaluate the eating plan.

                  Today will be spent just putzing around the house. Dh goes out of town for the night, so I am going to crank the AC and not wear my mouth piece and see if that effects my sleep.
                  Chris
                  "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                  My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                  My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                  • ok, seriously, there is obviously some thing in my brain that does not want me to lose weight. I need to just get the hell out of the house between 2 and 4. I start out with something reasonable, but then all hell breaks loose. Shit. Tomorrow is another day, thank God.
                    Chris
                    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                    My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                    My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                    • Yeah. My brain is mad at my body. I am forever sabotaging myself. How to fix the mind?

                      How's your yard doing? I thought of you today - we hired some folks to landscape ours!
                      -- Ruth

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                      • My sweet toothed daughter made homemade caramels today. During my witching hour. That would be my second favorite candy, next to heath bars. Ate it till I was almost sick, it is idiotic.

                        I am bringing big rocks over from my neighbors house for my rock garden. I pile them into the back of the highlander then dump them on my pile. Soon I will have to do some sort of arrangement and start planting around them.

                        The lawn is dead, again, I will now, finally be looking into grass alternatives. Currently thinking of using a mix of Creeping Thymes.
                        Dh is worried I will decrease the value of the home if I don't have any grass. I think having an environmentally friendly as well as an extremely low maintenance 'yard' will increase the value. He just likes to argue this stuff out, cause he knows that since I do the work I will make the final decision.

                        Landscape, like many things, I do not feel comfortable paying for when I am capable of doing it myself. Not that I will get to it all. When we built our home in Florida we hired a Landscape Architect to do it, but I had not had a Master Gardener Class yet. I do the same thing with art. So as a consequence, we have a few bare walls at our house.

                        I put a sealant on the steps and railings to my deck today. Hoping to power wash the deck part tomorrow then stain a compass rose into the center of it, then seal the last bit. Would love to finish it by this weekend.


                        I am almost finished with the giant doily rug I crocheted. I just need to put the final border on it. It will be almost 5 feet across. I plan to donate this to a fund raising auction. Then make one for my master bedroom, then hopefully start selling them. I found the idea on ETSY and she sells them for $600.Doily Rug Crafting Meaningful Home - Homes Result - Architecture News and Home Design Collection It takes about $70 dollars worth of material and 10 hours of crocheting, that doesn't include picking up the materials and delivering it of course. I can do them at night while DH has control of the remote. It is pretty mindless so I can keep company while I do them. Would love to be able to sell at least a few. The other nice thing is that one spool of the cotton makes 1 rug, no leftovers, I like not having to deal with what to do with the small bits left over from a project.

                        I hope your landscape project goes well. And I guess we are just going to have to muddle through this mind game we play with ourselves.
                        Chris
                        "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                        My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                        My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                        • The result of yesterday's feeding frenzy....260.2 down one pound.

                          and here we have what I would consider the main reason for not being able to stick to a plan. I am not rewarded with a loss when I am on plan, but still manage to lose when I go off plan. So is there a problem with the plan? Must be, but how to fix it is the question that comes up time and again.

                          It is my firm belief that our bodies will lead us to what we need. If we can learn to listen. If we can keep our brains from overriding. So the next question is what did my body decide it needed yesterday? And is my body trying to maintain the status quo (obesity) or is it working its way to a thinner more agile person and I am fighting it?

                          I am going to assume the latter. The body wants to survive, and the best chance of survival has got to be in a thinner more agile structure. So what was it looking for yesterday?

                          Possibilities...extra calories, more carbohydrates, salt, or simply quantity (to prime the pump so to speak).

                          I am at a loss, I am going to think I was just taking advantage of a situation of plenty and go back to the plan I have for the end of the month, lets see how it goes...

                          So, take 2.. my plan for the second half of June (since my plan for the first half worked so well;~))...

                          VLC (net), moderate protein, high fat...I have looked back over a year's worth of food tracking and I never actually tried this tweak, so giving it a try for the rest of the month.
                          No added sugars or flour....going to try to accomplish this one at least through the end of the month as well.
                          No restrictions, goals or limits on veggies... except as my net carbs require.
                          we will see where the carbs fall as I increase the healthy fats
                          Eat only when physically hungry (tummy growling)...this is still and hopefully always a big part of the plan
                          Eat mindfully...again, part of the whole point is to learn this.
                          Chris
                          "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                          My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                          My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                          • So this is why it is always a good idea to track your food intake. I went back and mentally recreated everything I ate yesterday afternoon and as faithfully as I could I put it into myfitnesspal. Here is what I got...

                            Calories...1714 (!)
                            Carbs....124
                            Fat...114
                            Protein....66
                            Fiber...15
                            Sugar....90

                            So yes it was totally non primal, but at least homemade. My calories were within my normal range! As was my fat, protein, and fiber. Oh yes my carbs and sugar were WAY high-for me. But probably still well under the "normal" diet for most Americans.

                            So this now tells me that, maybe just maybe, I do stop when my body is done (there is still tons of caramel left).
                            Chris
                            "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                            My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                            My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                            • I think one of the problems is that sometimes what shows up on the scale today can be a reflection of a day or two earlier...though not always. If things were only consistent, it would sure be easier.

                              I don't know if I could have the caramels in the house. Unless they had dairy, I'd be ALL over them!
                              -- Ruth

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                              • So, take 2.. my plan for the second half of June (since my plan for the first half worked so well;~))...

                                Lets just say today is a do-over!

                                VLC (net), moderate protein, high fat...not likely
                                No added sugars or flour....gotta stay out of DD's goodies
                                No restrictions, goals or limits on veggies... I don't think I had 3.
                                Eat only when physically hungry (tummy growling)...this is still a big part of the plan, wish I could get there.
                                Eat mindfully...again, part of the whole point is to learn this. really wish I could get here.

                                result 261.2 up again and started TOM

                                Last night right as I was falling asleep, my brain kept repeating the insanity definition "doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result=insanity". And I know that when I finally was able to quit smoking, I totally changed nearly everything I did on a daily basis. So one thing I am toying with is the idea of tightening my time in bed at night and then napping during the day, as per an article of Mark's from a week or so ago. Basically be in bed from 11 to 6 and then nap for 90 minutes in the middle of the day. I know that is 7 hours in bed, but my sleep efficiency means is it really only about 5 hours sleep. My daytime efficiency is much better. Thinking I am having hot flashes at night which are disrupting my sleep. I wake up in the morning and my hair and top are damp, and the night DH was out of town I cranked the AC but it made no difference.

                                the caveat for this is that, if I am going to do it I need to not sit in front of the tv after dinner. In order to give up 90 minutes of possibly productive time in the middle of the day I need to be productive at the end of the day. So that is the catch!

                                I also want to put my home computer on a pedestal. So if I am on it I have to stand. I have tried to cut back, but it seems that the computer is my go to for rest. Not a bad thing except that it eats up a ton of time once on it. I am pretty sure that standing there will cut back on the time spent surfing. Plus it is more work for the body to stand than to sit.
                                Chris
                                "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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                                My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                                My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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