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  • Lol Siobhan! Funny post!

    Sabine, I'll have to look up the primal granola as another option for the kids and DH.... sounds interesting. Hope the stress levels start to ease off soon! I find that when a couple of us feel stressed, everyone else in the family seems to pick up on it and start getting more stressed too. Do you have things to do that help your stress levels? Like a bubble bath, a walk in the woods, lying in a hammock, lying on a beach tanning, swimming - something that works for you obviously.... just wondering if there is something positive you could do to take the worst of the stress levels down a little... Hugs to you! Hope today is a bit better!
    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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    • I have ways (even non-food ways ) of de-stressing, but at this point when I do them I feel even more stressed, because I feel I should be DOING something to generate money. My own job search is not going well. You know who wants to hire a housewife with general skills nowadays? No one. But what can you do except keep plugging away?

      I had a double-yolk egg for breakfast on Sunday! That hasn't happened in a while. It made me happy when I looked down into the pan and it was smiling up at me. Bonus!

      Crockpot chili for dinner tonight, as I will be off driving Middlest to a college program. There will be another one at the end of the week, which is being held at Maggiano's (a very nice Italian-style restaurant) where appetizers and desserts will be provided! Already looking forward to it. I'm hoping for antipasto and cheesecake!

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      • Sabine, do be thankful that at least you can apply... I feel so bad sometimes, watching my husband work his butt off in stressful conditions, and I can't even try to alleviate it. I've made a little progress, but nowhere to the point where I could hold down even a part-time job.

        Love Maggiano's. I was there last just before going primal, and I "practiced".
        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 AM glad that I can do something, even if nothing is coming of it yet. There is something about taking an action that soothes the spirit.

          One of the aggravations of this is that we are close to the point, where I was going to go back to work anyway. Just not close enough. In four years, Littlest will be off to college, and I will have the emotional space to begin a career, not just a 'job'. Right now though, I still need the flexibility to do my primary task of taking care of the family. That translates to low-paying part-time work. When I find it.

          On the positive side, Honey had some good interviews yesterday, and he's feeling better. As if he WILL get a job offer soon. And when he's positive, I feel better.

          Still going out to apply for another job today.

          "Action is the antidote to despair."

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          • Hey Sabine. Love the idea of your daughter making her own 80's style dress for the dance. That is so cool. Would have LOVED to see it. I can picture it though and it reminds me of a Debbie Gibson video!

            Jobs - hmmm... I'm currently employed and make a decent salary, but I'm still looking for something else b/c quite honestly, I'm overeducated for this position and I'm bored... but, despite my education, I am having a hell of a time finding anything that I'm qualified for. Would working at Walmart or trying to get a job at the new TJ's be an option? Seems Walmart is always hiring, and if it's only temporary, it might be a tolerable place to collect a paycheck from for the short term... Or are you looking for something in an office like setting?
            Primal since March 5, 2012
            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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            • Trader Joe's has a reputation for being a great place to work. Notice how the employees always seems pretty happy - I even thought about working there a few years ago, maybe trying for their management program. At the time my plantar fascitis was so bad that I knew I would never make it through a day. Now I could do it, no problem! But I have a good job and no TJ around here. Also, the competition for those jobs was intense, with MBAs standing in line for them here in job-scarce Maine.
              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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              • Sabine, it sounds like you have a very good grip on how to handle this. And hurray for encouraging interviews. And on to the next ones...
                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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                • Fantabulous!

                  Just heated up some of my original batch of sauerkraut, which had gotten shoved to the back of the fridge. I put it up on July 14th, so it is two months old. Wow, what great tanginess! I need to make some more at once, so that I will have this available at Thanksgiving. (Not that Thanksgiving has ever been a big sauerkraut season for me, but this is fine stuff.)

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                  • Oh really

                    Two more days for my Honey's job, and today they decide they want a meeting to go over ways to make the duties possible for the replacement. As if they can magically pull something out that will reduce the load to what he can do. Not going to happen. And how pathetic to do it two days beforehand.

                    I so wish I could see what will be happening there after my Honey leaves. The worse part of my nature is hoping for a major meltdown. There was an issue over the weekend (can't remember if I mentioned it) and it took them two days to get over the effects of that. Hard luck on the workers, but I can't help but feel that it serves the company right!

                    The eating is getting out of control again. Every night I am going to bed saying I will do better, and every morning I get up to the same old drill. It does not help that I feel unable to shop freely. We are eating out of the freezer and pantry, and it is just not riveting. I did get an avocado today, to have with my eggs tomorrow. Avocados are lovely.

                    My Santa hat is almost done. I am really pleased that I will have it ready BEFORE Christmas.

                    Skipping the gym tonight. Honey could see I wasn't wanting to go, so he gave me a pass. My normal routine is to lift weights, then walk, then weights, then walk... Well, there's nothing but thinking time during the walking, and I am trying to avoid that. Thinking brings me down. So when I am done griping to y'all I am putting 'Lord of the Rings' into the DVD player, and zoning out. (This is why my hat is almost done! Lots of knitting can happen while you are actively not thinking!)

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                    • "Lord of the Rings" is an excellent choice for escaping reality! Love those movies!
                      1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                      2. Eat to heal
                      3. Move to live
                      4. Embrace today
                      5. Live with intention
                      6. Respect my body
                      7. Cultivate joy
                      8. Find my passion
                      9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                      • Lord of the Rings and knitting sounds like a combo I could go for! Maybe every time you want another something to eat think, " Just two more rows and then I'll see if I need something..." I know though, that when I get going it can be hard to stop. You need something to draw a line in the sand over and get a fresh start. Make some kind of excuse for refocusing - course this is from the mouth of one who has a hard time doing this sometimes (often!)
                        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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                        • I watched the movie with one of the commentaries on, choosing the design team. Very interesting to learn how different choices about costumes and the set are made, and quirky little details. It amazes me that movies don't cost even more than they do, when you hear what goes into them.

                          Then I staggered over to pick Littlest up from her church thing, after dozing on the sofa. I have NOT been getting enough sleep lately, due to staying up until I am exhausted so that I will fall right asleep with NO THINKING. I think I need to find a new strategy. Maybe I should listen to a meditation tape at night, instead. Okay, I'm going to try that tonight.

                          I prayed (as I usually do, that came out a little funny, as if it were a special occasion ) last night for a good day eating-wise today. For my part of it, I made a pitcher of electrolyte water when I got up, and am slugging it own, trying to get off to a good start. I will have a breakfast of eggs with avocado and salsa, a bratwurst, and a generous side of greens.

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                          • Hi Sabine. Checking in. I am kind of the same way. When I feel burned, I look forward to Karma kicking some tail in return. It would be very interesting to be a fly on the wall at the old place when they start up after DH's departure. May Karma pay them back.
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • Sugar withdrawal headache starting.

                              Knowing it serves me right does not help.

                              Not even one little bit.

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                              • Hang in there, Sabine. And kudos to you for working on the things that are within your power. Do remember that stress makes weight loss very difficult, so don't judge your success on pounds. Eating clean, holding the line or losing very slowly: those are major victories at a time like this, and you should rejoice in them as such.

                                I'm afraid I can't watch the LotR DVDs anymore. Well, maybe the first one. I'm one of those annoying dedicated fans of the books, and the reworking of some major characters irritates me to the point I can't watch it. I loved those guys the way they were... But when I was pregnant I would knit or crochet to keep myself sitting, and afterwards I would read through all three books for the same purpose (you can read while nursing). I haven't read them again in years now. I think the last time was just before the movies came out. I have such a huge stack of reading waiting for me that it will probably take another few years.
                                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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