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  • #16
    I hear ya. Most people will tell you to "throw out the scale", but I'm doing the opposite and tracking my weight daily. It's been really interesting to see what causes it to waver. I think a salty dinner makes me retain water more than a few carbs and ToM was a doozy.

    i think, especially in your 40's, you need to be able to tell if the current diet and exercise are working and the scale is the most convenient way. But because you're female and your weight is going to cycle, you need to know what the parameters are so you can see if the basic trend is downward (or not).

    Primal is actually really FUN because you can cook with butter and cream and bacon and all those "illegal" foods!

    Muscle soreness is great because muscles are awesome!
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    Otter's (Defunct) Primal Log
    "Not baked goods, Professor, baked bads!" ~ The Tick

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    • #17
      ottercat: Thank you! I do feel better (and lighter) right now. The truth of the matter is, I ate out a lot this weekend, and no matter how healthy your choices are at a takeout place, it's going to probably be filled with sodium and other things I shouldn't be eating (like MSG!).

      I'm on hormone pills that take my period away, so I don't have the fluctuations I used to. Oh boy, weight loss was IMPOSSIBLE when I was not on these pills. I used to gain 4-6 pounds for almost 1/3 of every month -- like a whole week before and then the first four days of my period! It would take forever for my body to release the bloating. It was so awful because I would give up on weight loss attempts all the time because I would think WHAT'S THE POINT MY BODY HATES ME!

      My muscles feel great today! I was a little stiff this morning, but I feel better now.

      What I would like to do with the scale is not attach emotion to it, like keep track every day to see if there is a downward trend, but not panic every time it goes up...

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      • #18
        This morning I saw a loss:

        Starting weight (SW): 144.4
        Yest.: 143.6
        Current weight (CW): 142.2

        Total loss: 2.2

        Again, I wasn't perfect yesterday, but getting closer:
        B: 2 eggs (one hardboiled, one fried), 1/2 a non-cured, no nitrate sausage
        L: tuna with salad, pickled vegetables, homemade salad dressing, berries
        S: (eep here), a handful of animal crackers...oh man oh man, I couldn't stop...handful of sun chips (eep again)
        D: a few cashews, chicken breast roasted, roasted vegetables, glass of wine, square of dark-dark chocolate

        For exercise, I just did a 20-min Pilates dvd. Also I jumped and danced around to music for a bit last night.

        Also, I banished my cat from my room and got some really good sleep last night.

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        • #19
          Yeah, this weighing thing is driving me over the edge! I can't let it go. My body feels like it must be someone else's. There is NO WAY normal me would stay in the 140s for this long when I was making so much effort in various ways. I feel like there's a tire around my upper and lower abdomen, just an extra layer of something. It's so uncomfortable, it feels like an alien presence.

          So yesterday I was 142.2 and today I'm 143.4? How does that even happen? Does my body like to torture me? I can't have really gained 1.2 pounds in one day. I just didn't eat that much. I didn't even have wine last night.

          I did exercise a bit more than usual. I ran 2 miles (with some walking thrown in) and then did 30 Day Shred. I struggled with the strength exercises, and I mean struggled. I had to stop and take a breather several times because my muscles just wouldn't do another rep. I felt stiff and weak right afterwards. So it's very possible that my muscles are retaining water. But I feel this ickiness in my gut, like something has gone dreadfully wrong there.

          Ultimately what it means is that I should throw the scale out for awhile, but I really want to witness my body getting out of those 140s, just to make sure that it still can. I'm so worried that somehow, by some action or actions or non-actions of mine, that I've screwed up my body forever, that I've doomed it to have this extra padding. And no, it does NOT look good or natural. I'm too short for 140 to look like a good weight. Also, being in my 40s? Any amount of flab, especially in the belly area, will make me look older than my years. I am so terrified of looking like I've given up.

          I can't, I can't, I can't.

          And yet, what do I wish I could have this morning? A cranberry scone from my favorite cafe. *sigh* It's like my mentality really hasn't changed at all, and that's dangerous for me, especially if I don't start seeing some good results and soon (By good results, I mean a decent trajectory out of the 140s without this up and down nonsense). And it's not Primal eating fault, it's me not being fully compliant or willing to take away every single pleasure away. I need to be more committed than I am. Even now. You would think that my agony would make me more committed, but I'm not.

          This felt really good to get this out here in venting style. By the way, I am fully aware of how irrational most of this ranting is. It's just me ranting.

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          • #20
            yeah, didn't do so well the last few days. I am going to take a break from this journal and feeling bad about myself because I'm not eating the way I planned to, and this week, I am going to eat extremely clean, no wine, no extras, nothing but wholesome, clean food until next weekend. Also, I seriously think that beef and pork have a negative effect on my stomach. Whenever I eat either of these meats, my upper abdomen gets more distended! I don't know if it's an allergy of some kind or the fat level that I'm not used to?

            I'm also not going to weigh myself until next weekend (yesterday when I weighed myself I was 142.8).

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            • #21
              I totally know where you're coming from!
              This can be really frustrating when you're reading the Friday success stories about the men and 30 year olds who drop weight like it's no problem and wind up looking like fitness models. At this age you have to deal with hormonal disruptions that hang on to weigh as well as the lovely lunar cycles that obliterate any progress you may or may not have made each month.

              Still, deciding to take control is a little bit of control even if it doesn't feel like it's getting you anywhere YET. The fact that you're here means you're doing something, and something is better than nothing because then you'd just be a whiner! Here, we're JOURNALING, big difference

              Keep on keepin' on, we can do this, we gotta!
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              Otter's (Defunct) Primal Log
              "Not baked goods, Professor, baked bads!" ~ The Tick

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              • #22
                Oh, I hear your pain! Your body is adjusting big time right now, especially if you haven't really done fat and meat for a while. I think if you hang in there and keep it really clean so your body can clean up all the stuff that isn't good, then you might be surprised at what happens. It really does work, don't give up! I am just starting here too and it is scarey - there is that part of me that says, 'you know if this doesn't work then I am stuck with this fat, flabby body forever and that is just terrifying!' But, if we hang in there and cheer each other on to persevere through the bad spots we can all celebrate together when it all starts to come together. I have about 80 lbs to lose, I am way beyond flabby and yet I do feel such hope and desire to go the full course this time. It has really helped me to quit the carbs and sugar cold turkey, my cravings are much more manageable now that my body is starting to transition into a better mode of being.
                Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                Primal low: 186 lbs
                Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                Goal weight: 140 lbs

                "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                • #23
                  Thanks, Coli and Ottercat!

                  I came here just to say that I have been eating pretty clean the last two days and I feel much better.

                  No sugar except for dark-dark chocolate. I am still having some wine, but limiting myself to one glass only.

                  I am eating some small forms of legumes, black beans on occasion. I am trying to stick mostly to chicken as far as meat right now. I really want that distended upper belly thing to go away. It was REALLY uncomfortable! Already it feels better. Maybe bacon is not for me right now... Maybe it will be more for me when I lose a little of the flab.

                  And yes, it is SO discouraging to see how easily young people, especially men, just drop weight just by thinking about it. Even my husband, who is 45 and not that fit, can drop 20 pounds within a month or two, just by stopping fast food or something ridiculously easy like that. :-p

                  Thank you for encouraging me, ladies!

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                  • #24
                    Sounds good olehcat! I think your body needs the lighter meats as you adjust. Try to make sure you get enough fat with it... go for the dark meat as much as possible and just gradually increase the others as you can tolerate it. You know when we change our animals diets we do it gradually, pretend you're one of your cats and gradually add more meat and fat so that your body is not reeling from trying to adjust to such a different mode of operation in one or two days I had to smile at the whole men losing weight thing. I was just thinking this morning that I should have waited to tell DH about this primal thing and try to get a little ahead on the weight loss and getting into shape thing, before he comes up from behind and just leaves me in the dust! He has cut out all grains and sugar too just the last few days and I know the weight is just going to fall off him - sigh. I mean, I am glad for him! but I hate being the frumpy fat sack dragging up the rear!!
                    Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                    Primal low: 186 lbs
                    Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                    Goal weight: 140 lbs

                    "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                    • #25
                      I would stay away from the beans, they have lots of nasties and may make that bloating worse.
                      I know it's MDA heresy, but sometimes if I'm uncomfortable I'll take a load of metamucil. I figure as long as I'm not doing it every day then it can't scratch up my insides too bad, and it works
                      Cooking Primal with Otter - Journal
                      Otter's (Defunct) Primal Log
                      "Not baked goods, Professor, baked bads!" ~ The Tick

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                      • #26
                        Thanks, ladies!

                        I have been pretty awesome in my diet for five days now and am feeling pretty good.

                        Yeah, ottercat, beans make me bloat up like NOTHING else. haha. The day I had black beans in my soup? I had some horrific gas that night! And how much is a lot of metamucil? I have a fiber chewable thingie I could take, but I was worried it would make me bloat up more, haha.

                        coll: oh, that made me laugh about you trying to get a head start over your husband. SO unfair and yet so true! I have been eating leaner cuts of chicken, but I do add plenty of fat in other ways, like I eat avocados and olive oil. I will try to increase the fat in the meat again soon, but I'm pretty sure that for whatever reason, I have no idea why, that the fattier meat was causing that weird bloating in my upper abdomen. But you could be right about introducing it gradually instead of all at once!

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                        • #27
                          Sounds like you're doing well, olehcat. I think that sometimes our body takes time to figure out that we have switched fuels on it Just go slow and hopefully your stomach will realise the good stuff that is coming its way and learn how to deal with it. There are various fibre options if you need something like that .... I like the Garden of Life fibre - my DD sometimes needs it and it is very gentle but effective.
                          Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                          Primal low: 186 lbs
                          Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                          Goal weight: 140 lbs

                          "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                          • #28
                            Coll: hi! Thanks! I did lose 2.4 pounds this week. So I'm still in the 140s, but if I keep things up, maybe I can get out of the 140s in a week or two.

                            Thank you! Yes, I am going to gradually add things!

                            This morning I made a once-a-week treat of primal pancakes with almond flour, coconut milk, banana, eggs fried in coconut oil. So good! I couldn't eat something that rich every day of course, but it's a nice treat.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by olehcat View Post
                              This morning I made a once-a-week treat of primal pancakes with almond flour, coconut milk, banana, eggs fried in coconut oil. So good! I couldn't eat something that rich every day of course, but it's a nice treat.
                              Would you mind sharing the measurements/amounts for these ingredients? My girls love pancakes so this sounds great.
                              Female / 5' 8" / 42 / SW: 166 CW: 159
                              Journal: Inspired by success story. Working on my own.

                              My mermish life: ENTER to WIN Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath (until Mar 15)

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                              • #30
                                oh yes, I found this recipe somewhere, I'm embarrassed that I can't remember, so it's not my invention, but I did change coconut flour to almond flour because I couldn't find coconut flour and I did add the banana.

                                1/4 cup almond flour
                                1/2 cup coconut milk
                                2 eggs
                                1 mashed banana
                                splash of vanilla

                                The banana really does make it sweet enough for me!

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