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  • I'm back from my hike. I hiked 15 miles, 28 miles, 22 miles and 14 miles. The 28 miles was an accident. I was asking myself why on earth is it taking me all day just to hike 18 miles. You idiot! You can't add! It's not 18, it's 28. It was cold and windy and rained one of the days. My tent was frozen on Friday night. It was nice and warm on the last day. Lots of poodle dog bush to avoid. It's similar to poison oak or ivy except it looks nothing like it. It's actually really beautiful.

    My Pemmican bars worked great. No hunger all morning. Lunch was 3 dates with a big hunk of cheese and a handful of macadamias. Also very satisfying. Dinner was coconut curry with either a) dried whole anchovies (not bad), b) tuna (yum), c) pork fu (pretty good) and always mushrooms. I found a huge puffball mushroom and ate that for two nights. I had dried mushrooms for the last night. Tapioca pearls were pretty good in my curry, too.

    I'm pretty sore. I hiked too much. I couldn't really spread it out to more days because I didn't bring enough food. I probably could have made it to add an extra day, but my food would have been pretty meager.

    It'll probably be a month before my feet are ever clean again.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    • Cool! Neat to hear how little food you were able to take in and still have the energy to hike that much. I was thinking of trying the Pemmican from US Wellness--do you really like it? Can you describe the taste and texture at all?

      Funny about your feet.......

      Susan

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      • The verdict is in. I gained 2lbs on my hike. I do not believe that exercise is good for weight loss.

        The US Wellness Pemmican I have is the cherry and honey free stuff. That's their way of saying plain. Just a little salt added. The flavor is mildly of cooked meat. The consistency is sort of waxy. Not hard like wax but it leaves a coating a little when you eat it. It is soft at room temperature and I try to eat it still a little hard. This is easy to do in cool weather if I eat it for breakfast. The cold night air hardens it up again.

        Some people say it tastes like a beef candle. It's much softer than a candle, but I can sort of see why they say that. It's a strange food. The first bite you are like, hmmm, I'm not sure about this. The second bite you're like well okay, maybe this isn't so bad. The third bite you're like, hey this is pretty good. Then you get to the second to the last bite and you're thinking maybe I've had enough. The last bite you're glad it's the last one. Then you think that was pretty good. I'm looking forward to having another bar tomorrow.

        In other words, it's not that it is delicious so much as it seems to fulfill a desire within you. Your body knows it is food, accepts it and makes you happy. I would like to try to make it myself because I hear that if you make it yourself and do not allow the fat or meat to reach more than 140 degrees, that it has a much better, fresher flavor and gives you even more energy.
        Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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        • Congratulations on the completion of your hike! I'm bad at math too and would probably mess that up, but you must have been feeling pretty good to make 28 miles instead of 18!

          I'm sure the 2lbs is inflammation. I'm amazed at what you ate and were able to complete such distances each day. Way to go!

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          • I am a little shocked that you would have gained 2lbs from all that hiking!! But, as Kim T said, I wonder if it is inflammation?? Interesting.

            I am finding that by doing more of the Dr. Rosedale/Steve Phinney/Jeff Volek paradigm of low carb (like less than 50g), moderate protein and much higher fat, that I've finally dropped about 6lbs. Not to repeat myself, but what they're saying about not taking in too much protein really seems to make sense. They all advocate a diet about 65-85% fat and much higher than what I always thought. Did you try the Bulletproof Executive's intermittant fasting with bulletproof coffee? I haven't done it yet--I tried bulletproof coffee, but I was drinking it along with my breakfast of 3 eggs and some meat, so no wonder I was gaining weight!

            I'm trying to become keto-adapted and Rosedale says to really restrict carbs to below 50g and less for about 3 weeks. I have been doing that except for some beer and wine, so I don't know if I am keto-adapted or not. I know you've been struggling with those last few pounds too and just wonder if there's any other tweaking you can do? I'll be interested to see if the intermittant fasting with bulletproof coffee works at all. I also do wonder if those of us who are within 10lbs of what we think we should be will ever get there and if we do, can we stay there because of our body setpoints? I don't know. Sometimes I get really tired of thinking about it and it seems that a lot of the women are having this same issue and it makes me wonder if many of us are trying to get to some standard that is just not natural.

            I think I will try the Pemmican though, just to see. Thanks for describing it--I'm pretty sure I know what you mean with it.

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            • I am soooo tired today. I took a nap for about 2 hours. I keep eating. I'm so hungry. I finally gave in at 4pm and ate my dinner which was an enormous (more than 1lb when raw) piece of lean pork sirloin and 3 carrots with 4T of Kerrygold. I'm still hungry. I really really want some ice cream. I almost never want ice cream. I'm in a lot of pain, too. I really overdid it. The 28 miles was not that fun. I was in a lot of pain. My backpack didn't fit right (was trying out a prototype) and it was not made to carry a heavy load (heavy by ultralight backpacking standards). So with more than 3 liters of water and a couple of luxury items (full-sized book, small guitar, extra shoes), it was giving me pain in my sciatic nerve which made it excruciating to hike down hill. The hills were soooo steep and went on forever. My sciatic nerve was so inflamed I almost couldn't stand up after using my "cathole" one morning! My hips are sore, my thighs and calves are killing me, my feet are still swollen, I feel thirsty and waterlogged at the same time (I should drink some salt water probably) and hungry like a bottomless pit. Hopefully I'll feel better tomorrow.
              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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              • Sounds like it took its toll on you. I hope you are feeling better tomorrow too! Lots of rest and water and recovery. Sciatic pain is awful! It stinks the pack didn't work right for you.

                My husband did a 34 mile one day organized hike. A friend had to walk a lot of it backwards, there were a lot of steep hills, due to a ton of shin pain and drop foot. Of course he couldn't stop because, well you know guys, and the others kept pushing him. Anyway, he ended up going to the doctor several days later when his legs turned black. He separated the muscles from the bone in both legs. We still joke with him about it. Crazy things happen to him all the time though.

                Thought maybe that would help in some way. Feel better!

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                • I feel better today. My foot and my hip still hurt and my calves are sore, but otherwise I think I'll live.
                  Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                  • Yippee for living!

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                    • My mom decided to quit the paleo diet. She didn't lose any weight and didn't like all the meat. She never stopped eating toast and did the whole almond flour pancake thing so of course it didn't work. It wasn't the paleo diet.
                      Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                      • Bummer. But she might come back to it. Sometimes knowledge takes a while to settle into our brains.

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                        • Once again I'm really hungry today. I would like to eat everything in the world. I think it's lingering after-effects of my hike. I bet if I weighed myself today I would be at 133lbs. I feel like my body is fighting fighting fighting to make me eat and gain it back (that same blasted 2lbs I keep losing over and over again.) I'm fighting back, however. For breakfast I had leftover salmon from last night, an enormous piece, along with 2 eggs. For lunch I had a can of salmon over a greek salad (with a homeopathic dose of feta cheese, honestly, you needed a microscope to see it). I put mustard and lemon juice on my salad. I did eat some dark chocolate, but I usually eat some every day anyway. I'm not going to let my fat win if I can help it. Oh but it is so hard. I could eat 10 more salads with ease.
                          Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                          • My hunger has finally calmed down. I'm betting I undid the weight loss I got from my hike. We'll see what happens in the next few days. I have enjoyed being skinny the past couple of days. It's amazing what a couple of pounds can do at my current size. Just 2lbs makes a huge difference. I wish there was a way to reduce my set-point.
                            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                            • I sprinted yesterday and then I was starving afterwards and had the jimmy legs. After dinner I was still hungry. I had a hard time sleeping because of the jimmy legs and because I felt sort of wired. Today I'm sore.
                              Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                              • Originally posted by sbhikes View Post
                                For lunch I had a can of salmon over a greek salad (with a homeopathic dose of feta cheese, honestly, you needed a microscope to see it)
                                This made me laugh!
                                "Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut
                                "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams
                                "Moderation sucks." Suse
                                "Wine is a vegetable." Meaty
                                "Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow and the day after that." Cmdr Chris Hadfield


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