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  • Glad to have you back Judg It is so nice to be home where you can make what you want - when you want, or not! We went to look at a place that has been really intriguing the last few days. It was unoccupied and we decided to pull in and have a look around ... then decided to get out and peek around back ... and then took a walk around the orchard ... DH was just taking a turn in the trees when a vehicle pulled up behind us and parked us in and three guys got out! I really thought we were in for some trouble - but turned out to be one of those moments that I believe are co-ordinated in heaven! It was the owner and his partner, they pulled the keys out and showed us around quite happily. We were the first to look at the place and they said that they would be happy for us to have first dibs. We were pretty pleased as it all seemed to be great - until the tour of the future property line, the oil well next door and the mineral rights are reserved by the owner, and they are only selling a small portion of the land we wanted (with the possibility of fracking messing with the well!!!) and also possibly have another oil well even closer. We would have probably jumped in with both feet if the talk hadn't turned to that stuff - and if we had come at another time, or with a different realtor, we would probably never have learned about the oil wells until they were being put in :0 Felt like a narrow escape and I am so grateful to God for watching our backs for us!

    Today, did not sleep well at all last night... not sure if it is the low carb getting to me but it was a very disjointed night and I never felt as though I really got deeper than the beginning stages of sleep. Weird. I took a melatonin, then at 1:30 am I took another. Sort of slept after that... kids are having a sleep over tonight so that should mean no wakeup calls for me in the night. (DS sleeps on a camping mattress in DD's room) He really struggles with being afraid of the dark and of being on his own. He is always scared that someone is going to kidnap him - poor kid.

    Food today - more than I should have had now that I have added it all up on fitday.com. Oh well, it is what it is. My carbs were a bit over 50 today - 65ish I think. THat apple I ate pushed it way over - but it was scrumptious with a piece of parrano cheese! A worthwhile splurge once in a while. Breakfast was some left over kebab, and sausage. Tea with cream - 3 cups today! I had more sausage at lunch with an apple and cheese. On our way home it was late and I was getting rather hungry and there were pistachios leftover from everyone else's snack earlier - I scoffed them down - ony about 16 of them, but enough to push my macros ever further off today. Dinner was chicken thighs done in the crockpot until they were falling apart and sauteed cabbage with onion and garlic. Then a bowl of berries and cream (more cream!) My fat macros for today were very 'healthy' - 108 grams!! Protein 75 gms! Definitely more of a feast day than I had anticipated, but I don't feel stuffed or bad. Just tighten the belt tomorrow again. Got to head for bed now. Hopefully this is a better night!
    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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    • Autumn is my favorite season, too. You'd think that spring would be the energizing time, but, nope, autumn all the way. And everything is so lovely to look at. Even here in Texas, we get trees turning gold. And there's nothing lovelier than walking down the streets with leaves drifting through the air, and swirling up from under your feet.

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      • Nah, we get all sluggish from the summer heat and the cool weather revives us. It always feels like new beginnings to me too.

        Picked myself a wildflower bouquet on my walk today: purple clover, three colours of asters, a sprig of goldenrod, and three different coloured leaves. Free happiness.

        Hope you slept better last night, Coll.
        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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        • Sounds lovely Judg. Yes I slept reasonably well last night. Nothing fantastic but MUCH better than the previous night.

          Today was not what I would call a good day though... I had way too much to eat. I really think I need to go back to IFasting breakfast. It just works well for me - I am not usually very hungry in the morning and a cup of tea with cream does me just fine to lunch time. Eating 3 times a day I am ending up eating too much. My macros today were up over 2000 calories and I did nothing as far as exercise either! Don't feel so great this evening! No veggies today either - just fat and protein (and of course there were plenty of nuts which meant my carbs got to go up a bit - still below 50 g for the day though) I think tomorrow needs to be a light eating day. No breakfast and then a decent lunch and then maybe a big shot of veggies for dinner. We'll see. Got school done, though it was like pulling teeth with DS again. I am just not feeling creative at the moment and it is all I can do just to do the basics, never mind try to make it fun! School was not fun when I went, so I am pretty clueless as to how to pep things up a bit. They did get to watch a bunch of a movie called 'Life' from the BBC and another on light optics. They don't even realise that it is school because they love watching all the fascinating stuff about incredible little creatures and animals. And I think they know more about light optics at the moment than I do. Guess I better watch the movie with them before I have to take it back

          We may go to the aquarium tomorrow with DH. Another day of school and I don't have to think for it! I have increased the amount of CO that I am taking - took 1/2 teaspoon without obvious side effects today. That was positive - but I wonder if part of my tiredness is related. I was reading up a bunch of stuff about CO and the herxheimer's reaction. A lot of pieces of puzzle kind of fell into place the last few days. I was reading somewhere how auto-immune diseases can make your whole system vulnerable to other bacteria and viruses etc taking over. You may not even know that there is stuff going on until you start taking something that kills a bunch of them off and then your body suddenly has to cope with a large amount of 'debris' from the organisms. I really think that is why I had the reaction I did. That may be why I am not feeling quite myself at the moment - but am going to persist and keep gradually increasing the 'dosage' of CO until I can take a bunch without a problem. I really think that may be the turning point for a lot of my skin issues. I don't know if I will be able to get rid of the DSAP - but there is a lot of other skin stuff that would be lovely to be done with! So here's hoping that this is all part of me getting healthier (and slimmer 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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          • As in, it has to get worse before it can get better?
            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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            • Exactly Judg We are headed off to a Wildlife sanctuary for the day! Sounds pretty interesting and I get to do school without having to push when no-one wants to do writing practice etc. Yee ha! We all love wildlife and the stories of how all these different animals came to be at this place are fascinating. They have a 720 acre farm that is set up for rehabilitating rescued animals. Will be sure to have pictures to share If you could imagine me sharing pictures that is
              Last edited by Coll; 10-30-2012, 07:09 PM.
              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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              • Well, long day done. It was very sad seeing so very many animals coming from so many horrific situations and now just living out their last days on this farm. The girl who registered us and we had contact with during the day was rather obnoxious so that flavored our time there somewhat... Loads and loads of tigers, African lions, wolves and wolf hybrids, cougars, leopards and panthers, etc etc. It was only about 70F today but we got really hot. It is out on the plain with barely a tree in sight and there was a walkway about 20 - 30 feet up in the air that you could walk around and view the various camps and enclosures. It is always so depressing seeing the results of human nastiness ... sigh. It was very educational and DD especially, was deeply touched by the plight of the animals. She was reading all the stories about the rescues and her dear soul was totally incredulous to hear of the atrocities. Our kids are very sheltered from that side of things still, so it was a real wake up call for her. She was ready to come home and send all her money to help the animals - especially the lions.

                Lots of walking, which woke my heel up a bit. It started to whine by the end of the day, but that is a sight better than limping around all day long. And even though it was hurting I was still able to walk normally. That is a huge improvement. I was so happy that it was warmer today as I don't have any shoes that are suitable for colder weather and that don't hurt my heel.

                I was just thinking today ... what kind of calorie intake should one aim for? I have generally been aiming to get about 1200 a day, but despite eating a lot yesterday the scale didn't move this morning. My carbs were low but the overall calories were pretty high. Today I had about 1700 calories, a little too many carbs 68g which I consider not bad for eating on the road. Protein 98 g, fat 112g. As you may have noticed I really don't have any problem with getting enough fat!!!! I don't want to overdo it though. I am 5'7" and of medium build, pretty muscular under the fat. What is a good range for me? Where do I find this? Some days I do fine on 1200 or less even but that usually gets followed up in a few days with a higher calorie day. Of course this is probably why I have not made much progress on my weight loss too! Just don't want my body to think it needs to hang on to the fat or give it too much either. I haven't quite found that sweet spot for me.
                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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                • Here's Mark's take on this - it is what I use.

                  How to Eat According to the Primal Blueprint | Mark's Daily Apple

                  I'm with your daughter on the lions - quite a few of my charity dollars go to the big cat programs.
                  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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                  • Thanks Siobhan, that page is helpful. I don't feel like I am too far out of whack then. As long as I keep my carbs down and make sure I don't go too heavy on the fat I think I am good.

                    DD was thrilled as a number of the male lions were of a distinct type that is close genetically to the extinct Cape Lion. I was intrigued as to why so many of them had that particular type of mane and hair. Wonder if someone has been breeding for that and if it brings more money to the sellers!!
                    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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                    • You might like today's post on MDA. You might actually be suffering from too few calories and pushing yourself into famine mode. I would suggest never going beyond three weeks of calorie deprivation at a time.
                      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'll have to go and read that post Judg. That is exactly what I was wanting to try and avoid, just was wondering if I was walking too close to the line there. Going to keep experimenting with my macros and see what happens.

                        I had a rounded half a teaspoon of CO this morning that had a hard time going down! I need to try your trick of mixing it up Judg. I definitely had a bit of reaction, headache, nauseated until about 2:30pm and I definitely had a buzz of energy in the midst of that - weird feeling! Felt hot and flushed and just not right. Still have a headache this evening and get really thirsty too. Drinking lots - I know that also goes along with the ketosis, feels like a double dose today. So tomorrow I will go for the same amount until I don't have a noticeable reaction or very minimal one anyway. THen I'll up it again.

                        Right now my overall intake is more than it was, but my carbs are staying under 50g and I am feeling pretty good (aside from the CO ) We'll see in the next few days whether it is right for me. If I start gaining again I'll know to cut back somewhat, and if I lose again I guess I know that I am pretty close. Kind of interesting, I have never taken the time to experiment on myself. Always been afraid that I am not losing fat fast enough and that I might gain a whole bunch overnight - so silly when I say it, but that is the feeling that lurks at the back of my mind. So this is my first real experiment as far as the fat loss goes. I am not doing much exercise at all right now - just walking really and my daily chores (plenty of slow movement there) It was mentioned that if you are reacting to the CO (or anything else) to take it easy on the exercise until it settles down, rest lots and drink lots. So that is what I am trying to do.

                        Had breakfast, 2 fried eggs and a tin of sardines, 1/2 avo. Tea with cream x 3 today. Lunch skipped except for a small piece of gouda. Dinner - about a 1/4 of a steak, about 3 oz of pork chop, raw veg and 1/4 avocado. Feel pretty good right now. Had our last chiro appointment for now!! Been going for the last 18 months and we have a ginormous bill to get rid of now. However, DS who was in a really bad way when we started there is now a normal healthy little boy who runs and jumps and plays with gusto! What a blessing to watch him now. He used to be like a little old man and was in constant pain, always crying and unable to run except in an old man hobble. It was so pathetic - just broke my heart to see him. He could never sit at the table to eat, he'd take a bite and then lie down on the floor. Of course dinner time was the worst because he was really tired by then. I do feel that part of what helped was our diet change too. The kids have both had a big growth spurt since we changed to the primal WOE. Just seems that it all came together to help. The chiro was commenting on how much better my skin was so that was very encouraging. Always nice to hear an outside perspective on that. Funny, I was telling him about the CO that I am using and the effects and he confessed that he knows he had an issue with yeast and fungus in his gut and he knows that he should clean up his diet and do a cleanse - but he is putting it off because he knows he is going to feel worse before he feels better! I was teasing him and telling him to be a big boy and bite the bullet - funny. He is always ready to lecture me, but he isn't doing it himself! Guess we all do that huh?!

                        I got a bunch of chores done today that I haven't had the energy for in ages. Good sign, if I can do it again tomorrow I am going to be happy indeed!

                        Sleep well all, I am looking forward to that bed of mine!
                        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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                        • OK, so this morning my weight is still at 190lbs so I think I need to ease back on my fat consumption (less cups of tea with cream in I think!) and see where that gets me. I need my body to start using up my fat so want to hold back slightly there - since I started tracking my macros again it seems that my fat consumption is, ahem, VERY healthy, shall we say So going to have one cup of tea with cream today and do herbal tea after that if I want something hot to drink. Supposed to be beautiful weather again today, 72 F, and I am really wanting to do some kind of workout. I think I might do the LHT workout today. DH is home with no jobs at the moment so maybe he'll be able to set up a pull up bar somewhere for me! We have a broken porch swing (the wind did a number on it) but it still has a good bar that could possibly be adapted for pullups. I am off to make breakfast and eat some coconut oil! Deep breath and brace myself...
                          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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                          • Well, today was pretty much a wash! Going to leave it behind me and move on. Stress all day - nothing bad happening just feeling stressed about our living situation and a myriad of other things. Never feel caught up on all the things I am supposed to be doing! Oh well, we had a fun evening sitting around a fire outside and had a lovely primal dinner which felt good. BUT I also had a few CW chocolates and felt totally crappy!! Sigh, just pathetic. Try again tomorrow!
                            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'm trying to avoid cream and milk products (not entirely successful) because of the milk sugar content. Kefir is a different matter, of course... What I'm particularly avoiding is fruit and starches, although I did succumb and eat some lovely beets the other night. Practically candy. I'll blame it on the organic farm that keeps sending them to me. LOL!

                              If the coconut oil is bothering you, why don't you just back off altogether for a while? And then try it in very small amounts. These things do have to be tailored to our own individual needs, after all.

                              Nice your chiro noticed your skin. And I'm so happy your little boy is doing better. Were you guys in an accident or something?
                              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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                              • Thanks Judg, sometimes it just helps to let it all out here. I am going pretty slow with the coconut oil, but I think that while I don't feel great after eating it, it is helping me to get rid of something undesirable inside my body. The chiro was agreeing with me about my skin issues (not the DSAP) like the cracking, peeling feet, skin tags, warts and dry skin are all symptoms typical of either yeast or fungus. So I am taking very small amounts of the CO and when I feel better on that amount I increase it slightly and stick there until that amount is ok too. Supposedly if I stick with it I will ultimately see an improvement in a lot of areas. I want to try it for a little while before deciding to skip it for a while. I am up to about 1/2 teaspoon of CO now and the reaction seems milder than it was. Nothing particularly bad - just headachy and feeling kind of oversensitive and have some odd sensations for a while after having it. But it seems to be less extreme than it was - of course it is much smaller amounts.

                                We don't really know why our son's back got so bad. I remember when he started walking I was happy because he walked so straight - but somewhere along the line something happened and he was walking with his one foot pointing quite obviously out to the side and couldn't really run. Just a lot of pain in his lower back etc. I imagine he may have had a fall that we didn't know was a problem and that just set things off on a downward spiral... whatever it was I am very grateful to have a healthy active little boy again. Before he spent a lot of the day lying down trying to relieve spasms in his back - buckets of tears were shed and it was heart breaking seeing him like that.

                                My hormones seem to be out of whack - this last cycle very short and was suprised today with the arrival of Aunt Flo! No wonder I have been craving the carbs and my weight was not moving! Oh well, good to know the reason for some of this stuff. I think I am not far from the wonderful stage of menopause! Crazy to think - I still feel way too young to be wandering into this territory!

                                The kids and I had great fun this morning - we took a nature walk near the river and lake. Found bird nests that we want to watch next spring (assuming we are still living close enough to do so) and found a section of the river bank that has been washed clean of all the ash from the fire. I had a blast collecting lovely smooth river rocks and pebbles for painting on. I could have sat there all day picking through the rocks I did lots of squats and bending and walking.

                                I skipped breakfast - just really not hungry. Two cups of tea with cream today. About an ounce of cheese and a small apple for lunch. A bar of chocolate!!! The good kind, but still ... :0
                                Having meatloaf for dinner and sauteed cabbage.

                                On a different note, I was given an old stamp collection today (good old craigslist!) by an older lady who wanted to find a home for it with a collector! Some stuff there from 1918!! I am thrilled to bits! I have collected stamps since I was a kid - but having grown up in South Africa I have very few USA stamps. So this is a wonderful blessing - very unexpected, and free!
                                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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