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  • Oh Sabine! So sorry about the poison ivy. I researched it when we were living in the Carolina's as we had a lot of poison ivy on our place and I was worried about the kids (who were really small then) getting into it. I found some stuff online that is now available at Walmart etc. that people swear by. It is called Zanfel and it is a totally natural product that actually bonds with the urushiol oil that causes the allergic reaction. If you do a google search for it you can also read reviews by many many people who tried all the popular remedies to no avail. Apparently it provides pretty rapid relief and it does not cost much at all either. I always had some in our medicine cabinet for in case. See what you think - but I have only heard good stuff about it, if you can get quicker relief all the better huh?!

    Hope you are back to feeling good soon - including the tummy!
    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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    • On the run, but no walking

      Busy day yesterday, with getting ready for Eldest to arrive, then the fun of having him here, then heading out for an evening with my friends. I rode my bike as planned to my friend's, B.U.T. by the time we were done it was so late, I felt lazy, and gladly accepted her offer of a ride home. So I fell short on the exercise. Nice news, I was so busy that I really had no 'down' time to be thinking of food, and only ate when I was REALLY hungry. Was hungry again, by the time I went to bed, but so tired that I did not think about eating, and just fell into bed.

      Here's how it went down:

      Up at 6:00
      Vitamins

      11:45 pot roast, about 2C
      2T spaghetti sauce
      2T sour cream
      mixed with beef broth

      7:00 2 rotisserie chicken legs
      1 1/2C kale with
      bacon and onion
      6 squares dark chocolate (22gC and 4.5g protein- who knew! Never thought about protein in chocolate!)

      35 minutes bike riding

      Water: 12 glasses

      Bed at 11:30

      A bonus was sitting outside for dinner, until the sun went down, and then by candlelight when the storm knocked out the power. Very little artificial light. But, I did stay up way later then usual. Popped up bright and early this morning, though. Which is just as well, as I am taking Middlest for her SATs.

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      • My co-worker's son is also taking the SATs today. She called to make sure he was up and getting ready and called him a peckerhead!
        My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

        "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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        • LOL, my son took the SAT as well and almost ran out of the house without his ADD meds. Then he forgot about the -1/4pt for wrong answers and made sure he answered every question. He still thinks he did well. God, I hope so.

          Sabine, I get poison Ivy rashes several times every summer. I'm super allergic so I feel you sister. It sucks.
          Primal since 9/24/2010
          "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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          • Busy, busy- no computer time

            I was driving children hither and yon yesterday, and enjoying having Eldest home, so I didn't get to do much journal reading. Looks like it will be more of the same today, so I am anticipating lots of good posts to read tomorrow.

            Here's yesterday:
            Up at 5:30
            Vitamins
            Got some sleep from 8:00-9:00, since my honey lured me back to bed.

            9:00 1C taco meat
            2T sour cream
            1C cauilifower-cheese
            1 brazil nut

            1:45 4oz pastrami
            2oz swiss cheese
            2 slices tomato
            1T mayo, 1t each ketchup and mustard
            1 apple
            2T almond butter

            50 minutes walking

            5:30 1 pork chop
            2C mixed veges- green beans, carrots, mushroom, cauliflower, asparagus, yellow squash, sauteed in
            coconut oil
            2t A-1 sauce
            1/4C cream mixed with
            2T sugar-free chocolate syrup

            Water: 9 glasses

            Bed at 9:30

            My walking was done at the mall. I was taking Middlest and her friend there, and it was piping hot and muggy outside, so it was a good deal all around. Shot into Lane Bryant to look at a gauzy, lacy top they had displayed. The saleslady showed me where they were, but then looked me up and down and said, "I don't think we have anything to fit you here, though."
            !!
            Total flattery, but it made me feel good.

            In the evening my honey, Eldest, and I played a card-based game called Dominion. Lots of fun. I won one round.

            I have already done some walking this morning. You'll be impressed when you read about it tomorrow.

            Off for more frivolity! Hope y'all have a great day.

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            • Originally posted by Sabine View Post
              The saleslady showed me where they were, but then looked me up and down and said, "I don't think we have anything to fit you here, though."
              !!
              Total flattery, but it made me feel good.
              As you are taking it as a compliment I suppose it's a shop with large sizes only?
              Looking forward to read your walking story !

              Oh, and what are SAT's? Is it a (big) test?
              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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              • How fun to be too small for those clothes - I hope my day will come! I am just enjoying getting into clothes that haven't seen the light of day for at least a couple years Waiting for the walking story - don't make us wait too long now
                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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                • These Birkenstocks are made for walking.

                  My honey asked me if I wanted to join him at Arbor Hills, a local nature preserve/park. He rode his bike on the dirt trails, and Eldest and I walked the dogs on the concrete path that winds through the natural area. So we had lots of trees and fields around us, plenty of hills and dips, the sights and sounds of animals. And, it was an 80 minute walk! Double 'and' : it was too much for our dachshunds, so I did part of it carrying a 15-pound weight. Triple 'and': there were even a couple of sprints when the dogs saw rabbits, squirrels, or toddlers.

                  Yay! My walking challenge met and exceeded for the day!

                  No peckerheads or medication problems at my house for the SAT, though we did have a frantic search for #2 pencils. There WAS one vocabulary question she is sure she got right, because she remembered hearing it on a SAT-prep CD of songs my son used to play, four years ago!

                  Candy- the SAT (along with the ACT) is the BIG test for college admissions. Lots of schools use it as part of their admissions procedure. It can also set you up for National Merit Scholarships. That's how Eldest went to school, and we are hoping for similar results for Middlest. She did well on her first round, but she is hoping to improve her math scores.

                  Coll- I am definitely not too big for those clothes (still buy all my bras there) but it is nice to think I am maybe back to the point of 'carrying it well'.

                  Yesterday's food and etceteras:
                  Up at 7:45(Yes, you read that right. Over 10 hours of sleep! Lovely.)
                  Vitamins

                  80 minutes of walking

                  11:30 1C taco meat
                  2C cauliflower-cheese
                  1 brazil nut

                  4:15 2oz swiss cheese with mustard

                  6:00 lots of beef and pork at the charrascurria
                  1 1/2 bananas
                  roasted pineapple
                  salad of romaine and beets with
                  ranch dressing
                  a few bites each of cheesecake and chocolate mousse cake

                  water: 10 glasses

                  Bed at 9:00

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                  • Like your menu!

                    You do know that whole "drink 8 cups of water" is a crock, right? There is not a single study supporting it. The initial assertion was made in a medical textbook in the 40s (no justification given) and was followed up by the statement that of course, much of this could come from the moisture in solid foods. And it has acquired the weight of urban myth ever since, embellished from the original statement to tell us we need 8 cups of water ON TOP of all other liquids and foods. *sigh*

                    Bottom line, water is good, and we should drink enough of it to satisfy our thirst. How much that is depends on our size and weight and activity and what else we've been eating and drinking and what the temperature and humidity are... In other words, it's a moving target, but your very well-designed body will let you know when it's time for more. No need for tracking or obsessing or meeting quotas. There. One less thing to worry about in your day.
                    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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                    • I have found that I feel MUCH better when I drink lots of water.
                      And sadly, thirst is not always the best indicator for my body. I think it may be for the same reasons that I was always 'hungry' when I ate SAD: my body was messed up, and didn't know what was what any more.
                      I like to track so I know I am getting what I have found I need- it's not a worry for me.
                      I have finally gotten to the point when I know if I have had too many carbs (for me) at a meal: I feel off. Maybe someday I will get to that point with water, too.

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                      • Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                        The saleslady looked me up and down and said, "I don't think we have anything to fit you here, though."
                        !!
                        Total flattery, but it made me feel good.
                        They told me the same thing once when I went bra shopping there a couple of years back. They had a buy one get one free bra sale, so my sister-in-law and I went. Sure enough, I fit into some of their bras, but the selection was minimal. I guess a 36 D (at that time) doesn't qualify as "plus sized".
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • You go, girl! If you have found that generous water-drinking works well for you, go with it! As long as you are not seeing signs of mineral depletion, you are not overdoing it. I was just trying to relieve you of a possible source of stress, but if that's not what it is, great!
                          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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                          • You are my inspiration to drink more water! I'm just not a drinker, but I feel better when I do, and it certainly aids the digestion. Unless I am really, really thirsty, I just don't drink. The upside of this is that I didn't have a soda/diet soda habit to break when I went primal.

                            Hey, I just walked for two hours!
                            My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                            "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                            • We end up drinking lots of water here because it gets very dry and hot during the summer. Add being on the flight line and working outdoors, we kind of need it. Even just standing out there for a few minutes can cause you to sweat quite a bit. However, the winter time doesn't seem to be that bad. It's still just as dry, but you don't sweat as much.
                              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-No mineral depletion that I can tell. I do alternate plain water with water that has lemon juice and salt added to it, for electrolytes. It took some getting used to, but now I LOVE it!
                                Siobhan-Two hours of walking! Wow! I'll have to go over to your journal and see what you were doing. Beautiful Maine sights?
                                Alessandra-Sometimes in Texas it seems like you can sweat it out quicker than you can take it in. I find with the humidity in our area, it can be very deceptive, because you can FEEL cool, but BE parched.

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