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  • A pound a week is great! Maybe it's different with primal eating, but normally, the faster you take it off, the faster it comes back on. Slow and steady wins the race. Well, slow anyway. I actually think it's better to lose it in fits and starts. Another advantage of losing it slowly is that it gives the skin a better chance to shrink. The older you are, the more important that is. Even so, I am probably going to need a tummy tuck to get rid of the extra skin.
    5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
    Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
    Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

    More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
    - Lewis Mumford

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    • Yay for barefoot running!
      Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

      GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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      • @Judg I find a pound a week to be slow and steady for a guy my size. I like it- Considering I have another 100lbs to lose I think 100 weeks is a fair amount of time

        Food journal time!

        Breakfast- 2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon, 2 squares of camino 55%

        Lunch- Piece of flank steak, 2 cups mixed baby carrots and cherry tomatos

        Dinner- Half rack ribs. Massive salad, 2 chunks of summer sausage, 3000mg of salmon oil (finally restocked!), 2 squares lint 90%
        SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
        Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
        Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
        Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
        Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
        Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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        • Interesting about the jogging. I think I'm going to add that into the mix as well, but make sure I'm not overdoing it. I don't want it to be high intensity. I want it to be a gradual building up of my cardio tolerance, so I'd be doing it in intervals as well. I did that today and felt fine. The lady in this success story I posted about jogs too and that piqued my interest. Maybe more fit people burn fat by jogging quicker and longer because their bodies can more easily handle it. At my level, it probably doesn't take much to burn.
          Starting weight: 225
          Current weight: 195
          Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
          Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
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          • Ecks, you will probably find that you will hit periods when it comes off faster, and those where it comes off slower. That's normal. Mine has been much slower over the last year, but I had other things going on in my life, so I was just very happy that it was coming off at all. In the bad old days I would have been packing it on.

            You are doing very well, and you are quite right, in your circumstances, a pound of week is probably a pretty easy pace. And I am rather giddy that I've lost two pounds in two weeks. LOL!
            5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
            Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
            Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

            More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
            - Lewis Mumford

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            • Hey all! sorry I've been bad getting back here in the last couple days! Things have been uuber busy (and slightly stressful at times.)

              Not going to do a full on food journal of the last 2 days but know that I stuck to only the best of the best...


              Anyways- was supposed to get bloodwork done yesterday. Fasted for the whole day (from the night before)... had one of the most stressful days I've had in a while. Seemed every video conference came with a struggle as far as clients go. Each one of them was difficult as ever. Anyways get to the blood lab at 4:30 (completely empty stomach) and even though they are closed at 5 they weren't taking anyone else. So I zipped accross town (on an empty stomach, empty tank, and exhausted mind from the last day) to the only other blood lab I know in town and oddly enough their hours are 9-5 monday to friday except for yesterday which they were 9-3... of course...

              Ended up going home- putting together a huge primal meal and went to town. Small steak, 1.5 racks of ribs, BAS and a stuff clam (clam that's been removed from the shell, minced, mixed with minced salmon and shrimp; some butter; garlic; and just a pinch of coconut flour then put back in the shell and baked)...

              Stomach was happy and so was I. Fasting again today. Going to go at lunch though then maybe just grab a grocery store chicken on the way back.
              SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
              Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
              Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
              Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
              Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
              Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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              • Well, in this crazy world of things that can't be counted on, we can count on you sticking to primal and losing weight. I think that's pretty darn exciting.

                Have a super day. You know, I ought to read your journal over and over. You always make meat sound good:-) The issue I'm finding with the vegan diet is that the fermented foods don't work well for me (I had forgotten when planning it -- but it means no pickled, no sauces, no vinegar, etc.) so it cut out the yummy lemon pepper, smoked, etc. tempeh and tofu -- which, although, soy, seemed better than dairy. So, I'm back to the drawing board today and not real pleased about it. The white rice was bearable but a zero food as far as I'm concerned, and I have to fill up on something. As good as vegetables are, they just don't fill one up!

                You and oldfatguy do so well on meats. I think the rest of us just overthink the whole thing and get in a mess.

                Interesting quandry!

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                • ecks always makes everything sound so good!!! lol sorry about the stress ecks...but it sounds like you handled it extremely well!!

                  Pam...you'll get it, eventually. We have all the time in the world to figure it out!!
                  Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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                  • Baked stuffed clams.... Brings back memories from Christmas Eve as a teen! I wonder how Mom's going to pull that off this year?
                    Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

                    GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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                    • That thing with the blood tests is what always happens to me with banks. If I go in late afternoon, it's always the day that branch closes at 3. And I almost never think to check ahead of time.

                      And I wanted to grab a grocery store chicken - which I never do - last week so DS could have something hot and quick before heading off for the afternoon shift, and that's when I discovered that they don't make them in the morning. Perfectly understandable, but I'd never given it two seconds' thought before.

                      You are very brave to be fasting on a busy schedule.
                      5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                      Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                      Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                      More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                      - Lewis Mumford

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                      • Allo All!! Love to see that you've all come over. I don't know if I could do every day without support from you guys!

                        @Pam I love that you're still around. Though I'm sad to see that you're getting frustrated going vegan. I'm sure you can do something though to turn that around. I've done the whole vegan thing before- but as religious fast. Don't know if you're doing beans but when fasting for lent last year I discovered the best taco bake. Essentially it was layers of tortialla, refried beans, vegan cheese, and veggies in a pan. Delicious!

                        @PC I try to handle my stress... my one client I had on speaker phone to troubleshoot his external video conference connection and I swear I had the same conversation with him like 6 times. My team coordinator asked me if I could take him off of speaker phone because my conversation with him was stressing her out- she wasn't even dealing with him! either way coming home and throwing together a primal feast always helps!!

                        @Alesse - Why not cook for mum this year on christmas eve? If you're ever looking for new food ideas I always like sending people to thefoodee.com. mmm... fooodeeee. It's all primal/paleo and even includes whole 30 recipes for those looking to clean up.

                        @Judg It never ceases to amaze me that "convenience" services like drop in clinics and ready to go meals are never that convenient... I ended up skippin the chicken and going for something way better...


                        Anyhue- went to the clinic today during my lunch period to get my blood done. Once I was sat down to get the work I asked the nurse to go straight for the veins in my hands. Apparently this is a last resort... I warned her she would have a difficult time finding veins in my elbows but sure enough she went poking. So here she is going back and fourth on my arms feeling for veins... not having much luck at all... I told her that all nurses poke into my elbows... poke around... and find nothing. She snickerd back saying "we don't poke around here... we always find it right away". Well sure enough... she sticks me with the needle... and she's poking around inside my right arm... tried that for about 5 minutes then switched to my left. Not without me protesting first to just take the blood from the amazing veins on the top of my hands. No such luck convincing. So she's now poking around the left going "If I can't find a vein I might have to call another nurse". -_-' useless. After about 4 mins poking around she finally hit a vein though.

                        Texted my sister about it after- she is also a nurse- absolutely livid that the nurse at the clinic ignored my wishes to get blood taken from my hands.

                        Anyhue since I did successfully get my blood taken in the middle of the day it was time to figure out what I wanted to eat. I have a hard time finding "fast" food options when doing paleo but that didn't stop me. There is this burger joint I used to always go to before going paleo- not your typical burger joint though. They do all of their burgers fresh and you can get them as a burger, wrap or salad. All of the ingredients are also fresh and the sauces are made in house not to mention that it's set up like a pita place where they have all of the ingredients out and you choose exactly what you want. Ended up with a massive salad that had lettuce, tomato, mushroom, black olives, feta, bacon, lamb, and greek dressing (again made in house). Best freakin "faster" food option I could have made. So happy with that meal!

                        Finishing off the food journal:

                        Dinner- 1.5 pork chops, big ass salad, 3000mg of salmon oil, 6000ui of D3, 2 squares of lint chocolate, small piece of summer sausage.


                        It's so hot in the house. Went from snowing last week to uuber muggy this week. Weather around here will never make up it's mind. May have to go buy a second fan for my room.
                        SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
                        Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
                        Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
                        Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
                        Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
                        Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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                        • Oh, Ecks, you can have as much bacon as you want over here! Come this way, young man.
                          (And just to top it off in the creepiest fashion: I drive a white van! Heehee.)

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                          • We were supposed to get muggy, but it never got this far. I have mixed feelings. I don't normally like muggy, but I was looking forward to a bit of heat. The capris will have to wait.
                            5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
                            Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
                            Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

                            More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
                            - Lewis Mumford

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                            • That's annoying about the blood. Doctors and nurses are always doing stuff like that. Like, we've had our bodies for x amount of years and still don't know anything about them according to them.

                              Love your recipes. Maybe just vegetables, but huge mountains of them might work -- somehow, I'm doubting it. Beans and I don't get along. It's really bad for the ozone layer:-)

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                              • I have the opposite problem, whenever I had to get an I.V. they always want to put it in the veins on your hand, but the veins on my hand although very visible are also very "jumpy", so after minutes of trying (on BOTH hands) the nurses always end up putting it on my wrist. EVERYtime I tell them: don't even try in my hands, NO nurse has EVER succeeded there and EVERY F****ING time the nurse didn't want to believe me. I needed an IV with extra hormones every delivery (so 3 times) because my contractions didn't get strong enough. I got out of hospital each time one day later with a baby-boy and 2 blue hands (and one blue wrist).
                                My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
                                My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
                                Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
                                Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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