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  • I currently enjoy what I get to eat too much to consider purposefully IFing. I do it on occasion when I am busy. The one thing I have learned in this past year is that it is not painful to get hungry. I think about what I used to do to plan for the possibility that I would get hungry while I was away from my kitchen and, God forbid, have to go hungry or stop somewhere and get something. I will say, in defense of myself, when I was eating a higher carb, SAD, diet that when I was hungry (my blood sugar was low) I felt like crap. It wasn't just a growling stomach, I would get nauseous and light headed and cranky (dah, you feel like garbage who wouldn't get cranky?).

    Trying Corned Beef today, gonna saute cabbage, and bake potatoes for the boys. Definitely not Irish, just a nod to the Holiday.
    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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    • Body Confidence

      Back in my twenties, when I was doing Weight Watchers for the second time, this happened.

      I had just made a new low. Coming home from a meeting, wearing new jeans and a white t-shirt, feeling good about my body and my accomplishment. Stopped at Burger King to get dinner (it was all points, eat whatever you want, as long as you have the points-oh, the wasted years!).

      I walked in, and a man who was walking out checked me out as I was approaching (kind of cool) and then as we passed, said something incredibly foul about what he'd like to do to me(not cool at ALL!).

      Feeling confident, I flipped him off. What a jerk.

      Got my meal, sat down, here's comes the jerk, who sat at the table next to me and proceeded to hassle me for the ten minutes it took for me to get brave enough to get up, and go ask the manager to walk me out to my car.

      I did not go back to Weight Watchers the next week, and looking back it is obvious to me that my brain learned the lesson: losing weight makes you look good, which is DANGEROUS.

      How much of my weight gain has been poor eating, and how much has been 'safety weight'? I do not get much attention from men, and I have been timid/frightened enough to be fine with that. As I get older, and more confident, I find myself wanting to look good, and to see that others notice it. The confidence I could have enjoyed in my teens and twenties, finally getting here in my forties.

      I'd say I'm about a 6 in looks, but I could probably get up to a 7 with some effort and at a lower weight. Wearing clothes that fit is a definite plus. (Ecks, have you bought that 2X yet?)

      Now a nicer, and funnier, story from this year. I ran out to the store to buy chicken necks for our dogs, as we were out. I had just been doing some yard work, and was wearing an old grey tank top (and pants. It is not THAT kind of story!). In a hurry, so I decided not to change. Well, this tank top apparently has magical powers, because TWO men FLIRTED with me. Mind boggling.

      And as neither of them said anything disgusting, fun.

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      • I had a stalker when I was in my early 20's, even moved to a new city and he appeared there. Very scary stuff. So I can relate to the safety of wearing extra weight.

        Jon Gabriel talks a lot about that in his "Gabriel Method" he lost a ton of weight and has a book and dvd's etc. For some reason he also hones in on this safety issue. I listen to his meditation to go to sleep at night, and one of the affirmations is about being safe.
        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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        • Guess it's time to look hot again! Just remember that doing it this way will make you stronger physically so that you can kick people's ass if they harass you! (And no! I have not bought the 2x grok on Tee yet... Kinda feeling large today so I'll have to wait until the time is right...)
          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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          • I CANNOT stop reading 'winencandy'. It is getting ridiculous. And I still have a year to go.

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            • well I guess I'll start that one next!! I spent I don't know how many days reading Pebbles journal a while back! I couldn't stop! And then had to go check out the "sexy" thread they kept referring to! (very funny & who doesn't love to kayak!! LOL You'll have to read it to understand!!) Plus following all the links shared!!! I got quite a few chuckles out of her journal & I am just so impressed with her progress in spite of the challenges she's faced!!

              There are just so many to read!! One thing about it...we'll never be bored!!!
              Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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              • A Year from now

                Yesterday I spent HOURS reading Winencandy's journal. In the entries for last March, she was mentioning the tsunami in Japan, and I was thinking about the news coverage of that event these past few days, as we approached and hit the one-year anniversary. I started wondering how Winencandy had done in the past year. When I left our heroine, she had been following PB for five months, with some inches lost, but only 2 pounds gone. Very frustrating for her. A gal after my own heart, she had not been telling her friends or relatives what she was doing, only her immediate, in-the-house family, and only in a vague way. She didn't want to defend her diet until she had some results. And though she was feeling good, the amazing, fat-falling-off-you results were not there.

                But I was good, and did not skip to the end of the journal. I have my funny little standards.

                Then I started wondering, where will I be in one year?

                At my hoped for one pound a week pace, I would be at my goal. Which would be lovely. Much rejoicing and buying of new clothes, I presume. But what if I only lost 2 pounds in five months? What if March 2013 rolls around, and I weigh 187?

                I will be disappointed. I feel so much better-healthy- now, yet I will be vexed if the weight does not come off. Winencandy is amazing, she just keeps chugging along. Do I have that kind of fortitude lurking inside me?

                I do not want to go back to my old ways in frustration. So a challenge for this coming year: learn to be happy with my health, just in case. Learn to love it, to prize it, so that it ALONE is important enough for me to keep on being primal.

                And a hope: that I am lucky enough to have my outer appearance reflect all the good things that are going on inside of me.

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                • Time is a man made invention, for convenience. The body does not always follow along with this man made convention. It is definitely a good idea to have non-scale goals. I also prefer to focus on goals that are things I can control, that will hopefully result in a downward trend on the scale. Small changes that I can incorporate one at a time until they are a part of what I do now, then add another. At some point in time I will not even remember what it is that I did to get up to this weight, and I will have changed enough of the not-so-helpful behaviors that I will not only reach my goal but will easily maintain it. The time will pass whether or not I use it wisely.

                  good luck
                  Chris
                  "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
                  Unknown

                  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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                  • A lazy Saturday

                    Happy St. Patrick's Day that was. My middlest was astounded when I mentioned that I still remember the first time I had corned beef, as I was an adult. 'Then, what did you eat for St. Patrick's Day?' 'Nothing special, we didn't celebrate it.' Much goggling. Ever since I discovered corned beef, we have had it every March 17th, and many times a year in between. Oh, the lovely salty tang, the rim of bubbly fat. The cabbage, so tender. The potatoes, a huge pile, mashed with your fork and dripping with butter and pepper. The green dessert!

                    You may be able to guess what will appear on my food list today.

                    Yesterday:
                    Up at 6:00
                    Vitamins

                    8:00 2 eggs fried inside
                    2 red pepper rings
                    olive oil
                    1 Batty's Blueberry Butter Ball(butter, blues, coconut, egg yolk, vanilla)

                    1:00 6 oz garlic sausage (pork and beef)
                    1/4C marinara
                    3/4C cauli-rice
                    3 dark-chocolate covered
                    macadamias

                    6:15 4 slices corned beef
                    2 small potatoes
                    2T butter
                    1/8 head of cabbage
                    3/4C blackberries

                    Bed at 9:00

                    Journal readers, two points if you spot the dietary influences of Winencandy and PrimalCajun.

                    Strangely, I felt like I was stuffing myself at dinner, but written down, it does not seem extreme to me. Also, the potatoes tasted sweet to me, though my family didn't notice anything. Am I getting that sensitive?

                    No activity yesterday, instead I spent hours at the computer. You know whom I am blaming.

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                    • Ooh, DeMuralist. I love the posts that make me think. And I can count on that from you.

                      Last night we were watching 'Steamboy' and one character asks what is the purpose of science. Out in the audience of our livingroom, my husband answered it has no purpose, only what mankind chooses to assign it, purpose is a man-made construct. Now here you are, with the same kind of thoughts on time. I think the universe may be whacking me on the head.

                      When I make goals, I try to follow the rule of having them be something I can control, but I confess falling into that numbers trap. So seductive.

                      Although, I was looking at my waist yesterday in the mirror, and I feel like it looks a little smaller. Given how hard it is for our self-image to change (at least mine), this seems a great stride forward. And, given how silly we mortals may be, I immediately went for the measuring tape to see if there was numerical PROOF. Why can't I be satisfied with the evidence oh my eyes? Oh, well, a long way to go makes it more exciting. Someday, I'll be super-evolved.

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                      • I had a few days a couple of weeks ago where I would catch my reflection and be surprised (in a good way). Unfortunately it was short lived. Then yesterday I had to pull out a pair of shorts to do some work out doors. It wasn't yard work at home, so I actually had to look decent. I don't wear shorts. But I have a couple of pairs from a couple of years ago that I keep incase. Well they were too big. Last time I tried I couldn't wear them as they were too tight. So that was a nice surprise, and when I caught my reflection I did look thinner. I think it must be because I was used to what I used to look like in those shorts.

                        My "make me think" posts are my way of trying to figure out this thing called "weight loss". I know for me it is not so simple as less in/more out and I will be thinner. I have done week long fasts and not lost a pound. So I am constantly looking for the missing link.
                        Chris
                        "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
                        Unknown

                        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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                        • Yeah, as you can see in my journal, I've resolved to stop even expecting weight loss until my stress levels can come back from a 10 to at least a 5. There's a lot of research out there that says even if you're doing all you can with diet and exercise, if you're stressed out, it's going to be very difficult to lose weight. You're a writer too, right? I have been super deadline-ridden for years and now am pumping out cover letters for jobs everywhere. Bahhh. So, that doesn't mean not exercising and not keeping the diet clean because it's a lot harder to de-stress if you're not giving yourself at least that much. It just means that I'm not going to nitpick on things like the difference between 1200 and 1500 calories right now. It's probably not worth it to worry about it.
                          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
                          My Primal Journey


                          Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Nutrition Facts For Foods

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                          • stress and sleep. those 2 things will dis-rail a weight loss plan no matter what else you are doing, somehow they negatively effect hormones and will not let fat leave the body. So you are probably doing yourself a huge favor by focusing on health and letting go of the scale number for now.
                            Chris
                            "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
                            Unknown

                            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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                            • I am getting more sleep on average than I have in years past. When I even do 6 hours of sleep one night, I can tell a big difference the next day. I'm a lot more crabby, want to crutch on food more for energy - and if I resist that I'm more crabby. At least I've realized food never really solves the problem for more than 5-10 minutes. If I'm sleepy, the only real solution is more sleep. Now if I could know what it is like not to be extremely stressed out ...
                              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
                              My Primal Journey


                              Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Nutrition Facts For Foods

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                              • Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                                I CANNOT stop reading 'winencandy'. It is getting ridiculous. And I still have a year to go.
                                I am flattered. Really. I'm glad you are enjoying it.

                                Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                                Yesterday I spent HOURS reading Winencandy's journal. In the entries for last March, she was mentioning the tsunami in Japan, and I was thinking about the news coverage of that event these past few days, as we approached and hit the one-year anniversary. I started wondering how Winencandy had done in the past year. When I left our heroine,
                                I do believe this is the first time I've ever been called that

                                Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                                she had been following PB for five months, with some inches lost, but only 2 pounds gone. Very frustrating for her. A gal after my own heart, she had not been telling her friends or relatives what she was doing, only her immediate, in-the-house family, and only in a vague way. She didn't want to defend her diet until she had some results. And though she was feeling good, the amazing, fat-falling-off-you results were not there. But I was good, and did not skip to the end of the journal. I have my funny little standards.
                                Then I will not provide any "spoilers"

                                Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                                Then I started wondering, where will I be in one year?

                                At my hoped for one pound a week pace, I would be at my goal. Which would be lovely. Much rejoicing and buying of new clothes, I presume. But what if I only lost 2 pounds in five months? What if March 2013 rolls around, and I weigh 187?
                                You will keep going.

                                Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                                I will be disappointed. I feel so much better-healthy- now, yet I will be vexed if the weight does not come off. Winencandy is amazing, she just keeps chugging along. Do I have that kind of fortitude lurking inside me?
                                You make me blush

                                Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                                I do not want to go back to my old ways in frustration. So a challenge for this coming year: learn to be happy with my health, just in case. Learn to love it, to prize it, so that it ALONE is important enough for me to keep on being primal.
                                Yes.

                                Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                                Journal readers, two points if you spot the dietary influences of Winencandy and PrimalCajun.
                                I see one

                                Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                                No activity yesterday, instead I spent hours at the computer. You know whom I am blaming.
                                Who????
                                "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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