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  • So yeah, it's a full-blown head cold. Wonderful. THIS COULDN'T HAVE HAPPENED A MONTH AGO?? Just emailed the choir lady to ask what I should do (I'm assuming I will need to stay home so I don't make anyone else sick).

    NOT HAPPY.

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    • Boo for sickness. I hope you feel better soon.
      “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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      • Originally posted by Gravyboat View Post
        Well, I'm sick. Woke up congested with an irritated throat
        Blech, Gravy. Hope you feel better, like, in the next hour, but here is what I do for the kids (in the meantime): they gargle with grapefruit seed extract (a few drops in a small amount of water) and then put a Thayer's Slippery Elm tablet in the cheek pocket and let it dissolve on its own. Slippery elm tabs come in regular or wild cherry flavor, and we prefer wild cherry (natural flavoring and gentle). The slippery elm isn't slimy, but it does put a light, soothing coating on the throat tissues. Just in case you didn't know this stuff.

        Otherwise, we do the made-from-fresh-lemons lemonade, too. I friggin' hate sore throats - I had so many of the damn things in my early adult years, all treated by antibiotics, that I worked myself into a several-forms-of-penicillin intolerance and then found out by a better doc that my tonsils were rotten to the core and I needed a tonsillectromy at 23. The story has a good end, tho - throat's been very good ever since.

        Here's sending good vibes your way... (zing, zing, zing!)
        I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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        • I've been drinking a lot of warm water with lemon juice. (I have tons of lemon juice in my fridge since I use it on my hair and now I don't have any hair. So it's good to have a way to use it up.) And trying to eat as varied a diet as possible based on the things in my fridge right now.

          Lately that has meant: shepherd's pie meat (ground sirloin, carrots, celery, onion, garlic, ketchup, worcestershire, vinegar, spices), cashew butter + apple butter, bacon + eggs, cream cheese pancakes, and pizza lumps. Not maybe the most nutritious diet, but the best I can do right now without leaving the house and infecting everyone I see.

          Tomorrow I'm making chicken broth with some chicken ribs I had frozen in my freezer. Looking forward to sipping hot salty broth all day.

          I also started taking my B-complex vitamin pills again that have like 80 trillion % daily value everything, including 500mg Vitamin C per pill (I'm taking 2 pills per day), and now my pee is bright yellow again.. So that's cool. At least that means it's working.

          My head still feels packed up, and I'm coughing occasionally. Very runny nose. Generally achy. Tonsils feel like tennis balls. My voice is crap right now and I'm trying very hard to rest it. I say "trying" because apparently I have a strong tendency to just randomly break into song throughout the day without even really being consciously aware of it. Trying to put the breaks on that for now, but sometimes it takes me a little while to realize I'm doing it again. Fortunately, the hoarse, crackly warbling is also a pretty good reminder.

          Think I'm gonna go take a mucinex and zone out in the shower for a while.
          Last edited by Gravyboat; 08-24-2012, 07:50 PM.

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          • Hope you are feeling better today.
            Primal since 9/24/2010
            "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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            • Back down to 204! Still sick, but I made it to choir thanks to a very nice woman who offered to give me a ride.

              Love that choir! Everyone's so nice.

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              • Glad you made it to choir! Playing my instrument saved my sanity and made me very happy for years. Good stuff.
                I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                • Just wanted to tell you that I was thinking of you this morning. Third and I will be in North Royalton/Broadview, just south of you - she picks up her new glasses and goes to vision therapy this morning. (My Third is getting bifocals - as an 11 year old. Now perhaps people will cut me a little slack when I tell them that she has a totally proper and official low vision diagnosis, 'cause your vision must stink if you are wearing bifocals at that age, right??)

                  Hope you are doing well!
                  I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                  • Attention readers: Hope you are all having a nice day. Just wanted to check in and say FUCK THE AIR SHOW!!!!!!!

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                    • Also, I spent today making a predictive weight loss graph for myself based on what has already transpired. I entered in the data from the body fat percentage readings I have taken so far, and then extrapolated from there. I also made a simple predictive clothing size chart for myself a while back that has been very accurate so far and is based on 12.5lbs per size assuming a continued steady BF% change over time. This graph incorporates that data.

                      So here's that.
                      (Mouse over it -- it's interactive. Clothing sizes are multiplied by 10 for easier viewing.)

                      The last real data point is today (August 30th). The rest is extrapolation. Based on this, I expect to hit 200 around Sept 20th, and should be around 195 by Oct 15th (my birthday). At January 1st, I expect 180lbs, and I should be just about to cross under 20% body fat at that point.

                      I've been aiming at 160lbs as my goal publicly, but in my head I've been looking at 18% BF and size 8-10. I know it seems like a low body fat percentage, but I feel like I will need to get rid of every scrap of fat I can in order to facilitate skin tightening. Especially on my upper arms. Anyway, based on this chart, 160lbs will put me at 17% BF and size 8. So it might be a bit low. But we'll see what happens.

                      I'm glad I did this, because it seems to indicate that my 160-by-January-1st goal is probably unrealistic. 180 seems much more doable, and this ensures that I won't be disappointed as long as I continue just as I have been (which is what I intend to do). Sucks that I may have several more months to go than I thought, but 4 months out of my life is honestly not a big deal. Also, my skin will fare better if go slowly. I also know now not to buy winter goal clothes preemptively, because it will probably be getting warm by the time I am ready to wear them. And, in that vein, I can see that I will probably want to buy a size 12 coat for this winter, as I will most likely be spanning sizes 10-14. That's helpful, because I really had no idea what to plan for previously.

                      Predictive data is so awesome.

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                      • Nice. Wish i could predict my behavior enough to be able to do that. I'm proud of you for staying on track.
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                        "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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                        • That is super nerdy. And I mean that in a totally positive way.
                          “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

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                          • Originally posted by Pebbles67 View Post
                            I'm proud of you for staying on track.
                            Who would have guessed when I joined this forum back in January, amirite? I wasn't even sure this primal thing would work for me.

                            Originally posted by Owly View Post
                            That is super nerdy. And I mean that in a totally positive way.
                            That's how I roll. Also, I was super excited (like only a nerd would be) that the data points formed such a perfect line. I had no idea they would until I graphed them. Made my toes curl a little.

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                            • Oh, wow. Mr. Crabbcakes would just love it if I would do something like that. I call him the Excel King, partly because he can make the thing calculate complicated stuff so fast that you can't follow it (for his job), but mostly because he likes to chart his retirement account blips (and also the mortgage payment minutia of any house he takes a fancy to on the MLS or wherever) just for fun. People with number-brains... sigh.

                              I can see where this would be useful to you (as you explained it and all). How about collecting your data points all winter and comparing in the spring real vs projected??
                              I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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                              • Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
                                How about collecting your data points all winter and comparing in the spring real vs projected??
                                I plan on it.

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