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  • Tee hee hee! Well, I have carted 3 wheelbarrow loads of mud (soft tires too!) and spread it around in the appropriate spots. Then DS and I pulled weeds until my hands couldn't grip hard enough to tug them out of the soil. It felt good to get out and work a bit. I have had a lot of time inside and sitting with school and computer stuff lately. Maybe that is why I am bloated Pam, you are so right! I had to laugh at the 10 000 years of grains parallel! Can't necessarily use that as a claim for 'ok to eat' though the Japanese ( as Judg said too) have used it for decades and have found no side effects. I may just do a test on myself - problem is there are so many variables that could influence this... hard to know if it is the cause or just something that happened to happen at the same time....

    I am still feeling wonderfully bloated this evening - I find when I feel like this I want to eat more! For Pete's sake - what is that all about?! So I have had a surfeit of food this afternoon. Nothing this morning and then from 2:30 pm to now I have eaten a lot of food. I guess my body will be happy to realise that there are times of plenty too and then I will shut it down again and get the show on the road to fat loss.

    A sick bird has ensconced itself in the chicken run and cage - in fact it spent part of the day in the feed bowl! So I have to clean everything super well before the chickens can use it again! Grrr! Very cute - but the bringer of more work than I care to have right now! DH took it this evening to the East pasture and left it under some bushes and hopefully something will eat it tonight or it will get better. I am going to have to put bird netting around my chicken run to keep the little sparrows etc out as they are devouring the chicken feed at a rate of knots! And then there is always the risk of a chicken catching one again and going cannibalistic on me! Already dealt with that once - don't need a repeat.
    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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    • Ah, the life of a farmer. Damn, I miss it. Even the miles and miles and miles of fencing!!

      Luckily, I never had a cannabilistic chicken or pig. I can't imagine either one being fun.

      Oh, all the wheelbarrow loads with soft tires. I'm feeling that!

      Well, I'm for you waking up with absolutely no bloat. If it was the sitting around, the wheelbarrow loads of mud and weeding should do the trick.

      Goats are great at weeding, but they have difficulty figuring out which is weed and which is your prize flower!
      Last edited by lopisheep; 09-29-2012, 06:37 AM.

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      • Lol, Pam, the chickens have the same kind of issue - just with tomatoes and strawberries They don't get to play in my garden until it is all done. I LOVE your avatar - have you been to Tibet? Though most of the yaks I saw were black and dark brown there. They run like a wild animal, not like a cow at all, and can jump amazingly well! I just loved my time in Tibet - journey of a lifetime!

        I have not had a very good couple of days - been eating way too much. Today is back on track for me. Going to the BIL and SIL this afternoon and then for dinner. I am supposed to take dessert.... mmm, what to take. Maybe I should make that icecream and apple crisp I have been talking about for a while. Our family will be ecstatic ... They make a real effort to feed us primally which is very sweet. Such nice people...

        I got to try out my new vacuum sealer yesterday! Very cool gadget! I vacuum packed a bunch of dehydrated fruit leather and veggies and then packed them out of reach of the nasty moths that have a habit of attacking my good stuff. Much less bulky than all the jars I was using too.

        No school today! Yippee! Going to really chow down on the good stuff today and no chocolate for me today- I had a bunch yesterday. Off to go and drink my tea - feeling unbloated today, so will have stevia and see if I notice any effects. I really don't want there to be any reaction to stevia! I love my tea with cream and just enough stevia to make it lightly and delightfully sweet. I loved it with honey before, but that is not going to help my quest for fat removal! Ah well, we'll see how it goes.
        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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        • Only been to Tibet in my dreams and imagination and through the many books I've read about it. I have a children's book too called THE WAY TO LHASA about a boy and yak. It has the most beautiful illustrations. I would like to make friends with a yak someday -- as well as with a musk ox and a sea turtle.

          I have some Tibetan prayer flags in my room. The fan moves them like the wind.

          Well, I'm glad to hear you don't have the kids do school everyday:-) Sounds like today will be fun for you. Your dessert sounds yummy too.

          So glad the bloat is gone. That is marvelous. Maybe it's tea! JUST TEASING YOU:-)

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          • Lol Pam! You are a tease

            I have not had a good weekend as far as my self discipline went! Today was pretty bad too! Just eating and eating! I am going to force myself to just have a bit of left over steak for dinner and NOTHING else except maybe some herbal tea! I don't know what has gotten into me the last few days. It is almost as if I am on a self destruct because I didn't stay at 187.5 lbs and bounced back up to 189.5 lbs. I have been eating too much chocolate, just too much overall and it freaks me out as I REALLY don't want to get back over 190 again! On a good note, I pulled out some old jeans that have been lurking in the closet waiting for me to dump more fat, and they officially fit! No muffin top, I can squat without feeling like I might burst a seam or end up with purple feet! I now have 5 pairs of jeans that are wearable - this is wealth of a wonderful kind! I also went through my closet and got rid of some of my 2XL clothes, big step for me. I am always afraid I am just going to regain all the fat and then I will have nothing to wear. But, I am feeling more confident that the weight is not going to just jump back on me when I am not looking Even though I have not lost much weight over the last month ( 5 lbs) it is something and it is in the right direction. So I 'failed' at the 21 day challenge in that I did not reach my goal weight. However I did lose some for the first time in months so from that perspective it was successful. My heel is better and while I am not in the midst of a decent exercise program, I am still doing much more than I was. So I guess that is also a positive.

            I was just realising this evening that part of why I have had the munchies, is because I am not being grateful for all the multitude of blessings that I have. Instead I have been focusing on what I want and don't have - this seems to lead directly into overeating too. Definite correlation there for me. Ingratitude = overindulgence! Yikes - not too nice seeing that side of myself But, better than being oblivious and continuing the same behaviour.

            I am still not sleeping well - the weather is great and I have occasional good nights but the rest of the time I am restless and having disturbed sleep. And I am still not going to bed at a good time most nights - probably part of the problem there! Anyway, I am a bit of a mess at the moment. Need to try and pick up the pieces and start going again.
            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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            • Oh, man, disturbed sleep is so not fun. It's probably the chocolate. Go ahead. Shoot me:-) I can really be obnoxious, yes?

              You might not have quite made it in 21 days, but you definitely tried, and that's what counts. So October will be your month, I just know it. And tomorrow, you can get up all nice and rested (I'm praying for a good sleep for you) and ready to get back on track after a minor sidetrack.

              Sometimes, I try to figure out why I pig out, and then I just realize "I just love food" -- well, when I'm not being frustrated by it!

              I find getting in bed at a reasonable hour with a good book works well for me, as well as not eating late. The trick with the book is not to read too late:-) I'm getting better at saying "lights out" to myself.

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              • My problem is that when I read in bed DH wants to read in bed too. However, when I close my book and am ready to turn the lights out, he is far from done. And I cannot sleep with lights or movement - even the page turning is too much for me.... DH is Mr Nightowl and is far worse than I am at getting to bed, and so for some reason I tend to stay up way later than I want to. I am just really disorganised too.
                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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                • Oh, and I am sure that the chocolate is playing a part in keeping me awake at night. I can't drink tea after about 3 in the afternoon because of the caffeine so that tells you part of that story....
                  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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                  • Hmmm! That book issue would be hard. What if you guys read in the living room? Then he could read longer without disturbing you? I know, that's not nearly as cozy:-(

                    If I have coffee after 3 or 4, I have the same issue.

                    Sure hoping you got a good night's sleep last night. Is your room really dark? That's an issue for me. I leave a fan on in my room to cut down on the noise which helps a lot in the noise department.

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                    • Originally posted by Coll View Post
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                      I also went through my closet and got rid of some of my 2XL clothes, big step for me. I am always afraid I am just going to regain all the fat and then I will have nothing to wear. But, I am feeling more confident that the weight is not going to just jump back on me when I am not looking Even though I have not lost much weight over the last month ( 5 lbs) it is something and it is in the right direction. So I 'failed' at the 21 day challenge in that I did not reach my goal weight. However I did lose some for the first time in months so from that perspective it was successful. My heel is better and while I am not in the midst of a decent exercise program, I am still doing much more than I was. So I guess that is also a positive.

                      I was just realising this evening that part of why I have had the munchies, is because I am not being grateful for all the multitude of blessings that I have. Instead I have been focusing on what I want and don't have - this seems to lead directly into overeating too. Definite correlation there for me. Ingratitude = overindulgence! Yikes - not too nice seeing that side of myself But, better than being oblivious and continuing the same behaviour.

                      I am still not sleeping well - the weather is great and I have occasional good nights but the rest of the time I am restless and having disturbed sleep. And I am still not going to bed at a good time most nights - probably part of the problem there! Anyway, I am a bit of a mess at the moment. Need to try and pick up the pieces and start going again.
                      Sheesh, five pounds in a month is GREAT! Do you know what a year of that will do? Remember, losing it too fast results in a lot of sagging, because your skin can't shrink fast enough to keep up. The older we get, the truer that is. So rejoice in it; don't resign yourself to it.

                      When I cheat too much, as I have been doing a bit lately, I cut out a meal. Or two. It's so much easier to do now that I am more of a fat burner than a sugar burner, and it helps restore the balance. It's actually kind of nice not to have to think about eating or cooking. Mind you, with a family to feed, it's more difficult, but making big batches of stuff so there are leftovers they can serve themselves is a great strategy. I use it when my menfolk come home.

                      I switch to decaf and herbal teas in mid-afternoon too. Sleep is just too precious, and hard for me often also. You might have to have a discussion with hubby to find a solution that works for everybody. Have you tried a sleep mask? That alone might do it, or you might need to add earplugs. If that's too irritating for you, maybe you could talk him into moving his reading activities elsewhere when you need to sleep. Husbands don't like to be nagged or bossed (I mean, who can blame them? Wives don't like it either.) but they often respond well to an appeal based on a legitimate need. With a little creative brain-storming, a win-win solution can usually be found.

                      One of the great things about picking up the pieces and starting over is that once you've done it a few times, you don't panic anymore about the stumbles. They are not the end of the world, or the end of success, or the end of progress, just a bump in the road. Goals are great to have, but they shouldn't obscure our successes to us either. You had plenty of success over the last three weeks. And you will have plenty more in the future.
                      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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                      • Thank you so much Judg for the encouragement! I feel much better this morning after a good sleep - yes! Pam and Judg I slept like a log and slept late too! It was so lovely and chilly last night. DH and I could hear two great horned owls hooting to each other right outside our window. In fact we could see one sitting on the power pole - about 5 yards from where we were lying in bed!! I do so love owls!! The one had such a deep hoot and the other was a much higher call. Birds are wonderful creatures - I grew up doing lots of birdwatching in South Africa (Lots and lots of birds there) and still really enjoy it! For some reason it is sounds that DH or the kids make that I am super sensitive to. If it is just normal sleeping sounds it is not a problem, but if someone is doing awake things I wake up too. I can't sleep with a fan going - just too loud for me, keeps me awake too. Same with music. DH can sleep through a tornado on the other hand

                        I will chat to DH, he is a very kind person and I know that if I bring the whole reading in bed thing up he will try to understand and accomodate me. The problem is that I am always so tentative about sharing my needs as I feel as though I am being selfish. Good thing I have such a patient hubby Living where we do there is not much noise at night - occasional vehicle going by but otherwise nothing aside from the coyotes, owls and there is a resident skunk who seems to enjoy sharing its delightful perfume with the neighborhood on a regular schedule!

                        I feel so much better again after choosing to only eat meat at dinner last night. Just that little discipline resulted in much improved outlook and focus. 188 lbs this morning, next goal is 183lbs - that is 5 away so it seems more attainable than a whole 10lbs. I have really been enjoying fresh coconut meat as a 'sweet' at the end of my meals. Seems to sit well in my stomach and I figure I am getting all the oil and goodness in the fresh form. Maybe I will keep on eating the fresh for a while and then try some of that yummy sounding Judg Fudge!
                        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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                        • Hey, made with stevia, Judg Fudg is pretty darn virtuous. I added orange extract to the last batch. Yum! Peppermint is nice too. But now I'm out of almond butter so I will have to find my sweets elsewhere, or just skip them altogether. Had a small apple last night. Forgot to put that on my journal too. Oops.
                          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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                          • Slept well last night - though I woke up with a start in the very early morning thinking one of the kids was calling me - must have been my imagination or one of them talking in their sleep. Took me a while and I fell asleep again - then I overslept. We needed work done on our truck and got a quote from a place in town... $750 just for the brake booster!! Nevermind the hole in the exhaust!!! Then we thought of calling the place we used to take our vehicles to when we lived on the other side of town - about 20 minutes further away, but it cost us $475 for the brake booster and the exhaust repair!! Needless to say, they will be getting our business in spite of the extra drive! And the truck was in for less than a day ... awesome.

                            Had a bit of a stressful morning - some character issues with one of the kids. Lots of soul searching on my part trying to see how I am contributing to the issue. And how to help the kid overcome and move on... so when I got home I chomped half a bar of chocolate! Great way to deal with stress - now I feel bad physically on top of the other. It was on an empty stomach which made it worse - bleh! Went ahead and heated up some leftover chili and steak - hopefully that will settle my stomach soon. Got school to do now... see ya later all.
                            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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                            • Protein...fat...protein...fat...carbs will disturb your sleep. This I know. If you're gonna indulge, do it earlier in the day.

                              There is another thing I never see here but I have often used myself - if I wake up hungry and want to eat breakfast, that usually means very little or no dinner. IF can work the other way - skip dinner instead of breakfast. Or at least finish eating quite early, 5 or 6 PM. Okay, I will shut up now!
                              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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                              • Yup, Siobhan, certain things near to bed time definitely get me going and others seem to help with a good sleep. I basically skipped dinner aside from a bowl of strawberries and cream because I had overeaten at lunch and early afternoon. It was hard making dinner for everyone else but I felt much better for not partaking. And this morning I am down to 187 lbs, it really helps to just shut down the factory if I have eaten enough. I still struggle with wanting to eat all day, at least three square meals! And yet, I do tolerate IF much better than ever before now that I am a fat burner versus a sugar burner. It is just the emotional side of eating that I struggle with really - I LIKE food a lot

                                I have to say that I love a crispy apple from time to time, just something so satisfying about the burst of sweet and tart juice. I will avoid other carbs to make room for an apple - like yesterday A small apple and a chunk of cheese. Of course yesterday I was not really avoiding carbs! Almost a whole bar of chocolate down the hatch - fortunately early in the day! And the good kind so that is sort of (not really) ok...

                                Got a pint of cream in the fridge waiting for me to make some primal icecream... it is chilly today, might be a good time to make it We had crazy weather yesterday. Got up to 86F and then the weather changed suddenly, the wind changed and the temp started dropping fast. By evening I got the kids and we went and stripped the tomato and pepper plants of every fruit that could possibly be used and that could still ripen on the counter. Not sure what counter I am going to put it all on!! I had some very healthy happy plants this year. My fingers, ears and nose were so cold! What a shock! I had had the airconditioner running during the day as it was just too hot in the house and then had to turn it off and get a jacket on within the space of a couple of hours!! Lovely. Got down to 38F last night and may have some snow in the next couple of days. Hoping my baby kale and mustard greens, Chinese cabbage etc will cope - not getting lower than 25F by the looks of it. May just toss a tarp or two over the two gardens and see what happens. I am ready to move on to the next season. I have thoroughly enjoy the garden this year - but it has been a lot of work because of the weather. Every morning without fail I had to water or else the hot dry weather would just wilt everything by mid morning. I am loving the cooler weather and less work to keep my veggies alive. Now I can focus on moving my soil pile and getting grass seed in and I am itching to get going with the primal workout. I really want to get some kind of pull up bar going - I think I may just need to splurge and then present it to DH and ask him to put it up for me on the back porch. He is so busy with a myriad of things that I don't think it will happen otherwise.

                                Oh well, I am off to fry up some eggs for the kids.
                                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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