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  • That was very tiring to read...but awesome as well. Your story reinforces what I have learned. Each of us will have to figure out exactly what is wrong with our bodies and how to fix it. It will not be fast or easy for most of us, but if we persevere we will find the answers.

    Right now I feel as if I am on the verge of finding my answers. I can say that even though I had my recent setback. Maybe my body is fighting to get better. Who knows?
    Primal since 9/24/2010
    "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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    • I am impressed that you persevered through long maintenance. Although I did WW and maintained a 40 pound loss for 4 years (bad news is I was still trying to lose and that is a pricey way to maintain if you have not hit lifetime).

      It is definitely a story of finding what works and sticking to it! Thanks
      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 "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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      • 156.2. Up .8. Not unexpected. Yesterday was stressful. We had Rudy's, which meant too much salt, too much fat, and not enough veggies. Today is a day where the scale did not bother me. It's just a number.

        We met with the personal trainer yesterday. Based on caliper measurements, I have 39% body fat. Yikes. Only 95 pounds of lean body mass. He thought that I carried the weight amazing well. When I dress right, I tend to agree The good news? There's a lot of room for improvement. It also confirms what I kept thinking - although I'm getting close to a reasonable scale number, I felt like I still had a lot of fat. I'm going to start working on building a little more lean muscle. I'm not sure one can actually lose weight and build muscle at the same time, but I'm going to give it a whirl.

        Funny story. The trainer is talking to us about goals. He says "85 percent of what you will achieve [relative to your goals] will be determined in the kitchen". I say, "I think I eat pretty darned clean". He smiles and says, "tell me what you eat in a day, Ruth". I smile. "For breakfast: 8 oz, raw weight, extra lean grass-fed ground beef, 3 cups (raw) spinach, 2 cups (raw) coleslaw mix, 2-4 oz kelp noodles. Shall I go on?" Trainer, "yes, please do". "For lunch, another 6-8 oz of lean beef, often grassfed, plus another serving or two of veggies, dinner, another lean source of protein, plus veggies, though usually smaller portion because I'm not as hungry by them. Some days a piece of fruit. Occasionally, I get into the nuts or pork rinds, but that's about 1x/week or so." His jaw dropped. "Yes, you really do eat very clean. M [that's my husband], do you eat as well as Ruth?" He couldn't believe it. Of course, when I eat this way, the scale moves in the right direction. I just need to hang with it, and I'll get to where I need to be.
        -- Ruth

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        • It will be fun to see how much your body changes due to the change in workout. I love that you took the personal trainer to school.
          Primal since 9/24/2010
          "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

          Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Weight Loss Tools
          MFP username: MDAPebbles67

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          • My challenge is going to be to take the scale in stride. I can bounce as much as 3 pounds after a tough workout and mentally that can sometimes be taxing. I'm about to take half-naked pictures and I took measurements. Body comp is more important to me than the scale (though I would like the scale to be lower than 150 so I'm not called "overweight" anymore).
            -- Ruth

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            • How fun! I had a woman the other day ask me about my weight loss, and when I told her I don't eat sugar or flour (my usual starting line when asked) then proceed to tell me the whole "gluten thing" is just a fad. I said I eat 9 fruits and vegetables a day. It shut her up.

              I think when I can get back into my wedding dress (I weighed 170 when I wore it) I will be happy. Body composition is way more important than the scale, we will remind you.
              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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              • 155.8 (-.4, but still up .4). How odd...after yesterday's workout, I expected to be up more. It'll probably show tomorrow. For now, I'm certainly not complaining

                I'm pleasantly sore from yesterday's workout, though not crazy sore like last week. I feel happy, although I'm having one of those "I don't want to work outside of the home" days. This too shall pass, I'm sure

                DH took my half-naked pictures last night. I'm wearing a pair of shorts that are too small and a tank top that is too tight. That's okay, because it's my "goal outfit". I look forward to being able to wear the outfit out of the house I asked DH if he'd like pictures. He said, "why? I just care what I'm going to look like". Such a healthy attitude my DH has...he doesn't obsess the way I do and doesn't need pictures to help see progress.
                -- Ruth

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                • It is so hard not to see the scale number and not be defined by it. Yeah for goal pics though!! How often do you plan on trying on the outfit? Progression pics might keep you motivated too.
                  Karin


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                  • Do you remember the commercial (no idea what it was for, so not a very successful one) where they had guys in bars say the things to the camera that women usually say...the only quote I remember is the last one the where the guy says "do these pants make my butt look fat?" it is hilarious. But it also slapped me in the head with the difference in perspective.

                    My hubby just saw a photo of himself now, and said "do I really look that skinny" and I said yes, and he surprised-he expected me to say no. So even guys have some trouble knowing what they really look like.
                    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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                    • Pics and measurements are really the best indicator and more inspiring too. I am up on the scale today, but still feeling good about myself because of yesterday. Go figure.
                      Primal since 9/24/2010
                      "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

                      Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Weight Loss Tools
                      MFP username: MDAPebbles67

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                      • well Paula, that is because you looked great yesterday!
                        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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                        • 156.6. Yeah, knew the up would come. If nothing else, I had too much salt from lunch yesterday (darned work, always getting in the way of my life). It was fairly health (a huge bowl of sauteed kale and grilled flank steak), but it was salty -- even for a person who likes salt.

                          More Santa Fe today. Hopefully I can avoid lunch out, but it depends on how long our hearing goes.

                          Tonight should be weight lifting. Send positive vibes that I'm not too tired to go. Sleep is again disturbed and I work up at 3:40 am. Sure wish that I could figure this out!!!!
                          -- Ruth

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                          • oh my.. looks like we all have sleep issues.. maybe its more than periods that are shared by women in a group. LOL Hope you have a great day, full of energy!
                            Karin


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                            • 156.8. I'm reminding myself that I knew this would happen when I started lifting heavy. Yesterday was a heavy lifting day and over on the carbs. I'm also about to start ovulation (sorry, probably TMI), which also usually causes a temporary spike. I feel better though and know that I've had some inch loss (my pen died, so I didn't write down my measurements, sigh). I know that I'd rather wear a smaller dress size than I would lose 5 pounds that didn't really change my body shape. I think the challenge is that body recomp is a very incremental process and on a day to day basis, it's hard to measure and know that one is making progress.

                              I also have many upcoming days of travel and eating out, which usually throws me off balance. Denver, Houston, and then my mini-vacation with my BFF to Sacramento. I'll have to muddle through as best as I can. It also means my workouts will suffer a bit, just when I'm getting back into them.
                              -- Ruth

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                              • most hotels have work out rooms now.
                                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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