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  • DD is having a bad day and that is no joke to be around. Sigh ... adolescence is looming large and we are definitely headed into the up's and down's of hormonal issues!

    I am not good at keeping at them so their rooms stay clean and tidy. I grew up with a maid doing all that stuff for us and now I am trying to learn how to teach the kids when I am not good at it myself!! We'll sort everything out and then within days it is a complete zoo and is a huge job again! Should I just put their toys away in the storage unit that we have perforce rented and then gradually reintroduce them as they keep a small amount tidy? I think I'll see what DH thinks of that idea ...

    Stew for breakfast. Going shopping later as DS doesn't have shoes that work for winter. Crocs and huaraches just don't work in sub freezing temps needless to say. I am in much the same boat except that finding shoes that are not painful to wear is just about impossible for me I really should finish making those mocassins that I started last year!!!!!! It is rather sad that I still have not completed a pair. I just never seem to have time (uninterrupted time) to work on something that needs a bunch of figuring out. I don't do well with stopping and starting on something challenging. I want to sit and do it without having to switch gears every few minutes.

    DH is in a funk lately and I am trying very hard not to join him ... Waiting to hear what the doc says tomorrow. Hoping for hope ...
    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, the doc said I should frame my thyroid results as they were perfect! So that is not the issue - whew! I am feeling so happy about this - I can go back to lower carb Happy dance. And I am no longer on thyroid meds ... no thyroid antibodies either, more happy dances.

      We are thinking my progesterone may be out of whack ... lots of history that points that way now that he pointed it out. Miscarriages and then fertility issues in the last few years (about 8 actually) Apparently low progesterone can cause a lot of the same symptoms as hypo thyroidism. I'll get the cream next week and then we'll see how/if the situation changes or not. For some reason I am so happy and relieved to hear that I don't have thyroid issues. I don't really know what is going on but the sound of low progesterone just sounds so much less intimidating and less serious. I mean, I know that it is serious in a way, but I can eat the way I want again without having to scramble to find ways to add carbs I really don't want or miss ... It just feels as though the pressure is off in a way...
      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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      • Both the kids are fighting off a cold. But they have been really getting over it fast - very grateful! The first day is pretty intense with sore throats and then within 24 hours they perked right up and seem to be over the worst of it. Phew! I think the increased Vit D3 levels helped - plus I put Vicks Vapo rub on their necks and then wrapped their neck with a cotton scarf for the night. That really seemed to help ... next time someone is coming down with a sore throat I am not going to wait for the evening to do that. Going to just go ahead and put it on right away. DH's Irish cousins have put out a new CD that has been nominated for some music award - pretty fun to think we are related. (only by marriage for me of course )

        I did not sleep well last night due to aforementioned colds. I am really tired and Aunt Flo has arrived in all her splendor. Today has not been a good day with my eating. I seemed to eat all day. Just grazing all day which is never satisfying and is always guilt producing because I know I ate way, way too much. I started out finishing off a little bit of icecream that was left over, then the caveman crunches that should have lasted for days, an artichoke in garlic butter, a left over bratwurst, chicken soup, an apple and cheese, two cups of tea with cream and honey, a handful of roasted salt and vinegar almonds and I think that is 'all'. I feel nasty this evening - I just need to go to bed. Hopefully the kids get off to sleep nice and quickly tonight so that I can have an early night.

        My first day with no thyroid meds - I didn't notice any difference. DH is working late second day in a row - I find those days hard. We are so grateful for this work but it has some definite down sides. Like the always being on call, never having a day off without the phone interrupting or having to go and set radon tests. Always last minute things that have to be done that interfere with our family time. I know a lot of people are fine with doing that kind of life, but we have always eaten dinner together and time together is really important to us. So many times now bed time with the kids is my job, as he is catching up with the office work once he gets home. We always used to do that together and it was fun and special. I miss those days so much. I hope that one day we can be done with this season and back to the simpler life we used to have. Minus the debt and financial troubles of course I guess I just want to have my cake and eat it. The thing is, we just like to be together. Many folk are happy for their time apart and seem to enjoy it - not us. Not that we won't do things on our own - we just prefer to spend the majority of our time together with occasional times apart. That is why our dream is to have our own little homestead where we can grow our own food and do our various crafts and other creative projects as extra income earners. Hey we all get to dream ...

        I am wanting to start prepping a whole bunch of different veggies ahead of time and storing them in the fridge. Then it is so much easier to put dishes together instead of doing it for every meal. I am hoping this will help with making better food choices when I am feeling so tired and just don't seem to have the energy to cut veggies for meals. I am hoping I will start to see more energy soon ... so very tired of being tired. So very tired of being obese. DS told me yesterday, "Mom, when you get slimmer I think you'll be a totally different person" I liked the 'when' - but felt sad at the same time. My kids have a mom that is always too tired to play and who is dragging herself through the day every day. I feel bad for them - I feel bad for me too. We're all missing out while I am like this. Sometimes I think I should just 'buck up' - but I don't seem to be able to sustain that for more than a day or two. I ate perfectly primal for ages and lost almost 50 lbs and then gained it all back while eating the same way I ate while I lost all that weight. I guess I have been in a long drawn out funk ...
        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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        • That is certainly good news on the thyroid and hopefully the progesterone will sort things!

          I had to laugh as your Vicks VapoRub story brought back memories. When I was a kid and coming down with a cold, it was on with the Vicks and into bed right away! I still like the smell, it reminds me of Gramma.

          I'm with you on the veg - even though I am only feeding myself I have to chop up and wash the veggies as soon as I bring them home or they will sit and sit. It's too easy to say, "Oh, I'll have those tomorrow" and next thing you know they are slimy. Which reminds me that I have some brussels sprouts to par-boil...
          Last edited by Siobhan; 12-14-2013, 07:03 PM.
          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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          • I had a better day today. Not much sleep lately with the kids having colds and also from being cooped up inside with nothing to do exercise wise. Praying that both the kids will sleep through the night tonight! I am tired and getting rather grumpy with the lack of sleep today! I felt better overall this evening. I also picked up the progesterone cream this evening and am excited to get started on that and see if it helps. So happy to announce that I have lost 4 pounds of water weight and am feeling much better now that the bloating has diminished.

            Yesterday we took a drive up into the foothills and cut down a Christmas tree. It was fun though the wind was cold enough to get the ears aching. There were some pretty deep snow drifts that we all kept falling into which the kids loved and we all got a pretty good workout. Of course once the tree got home it seemed so much bigger and it seems that there is very little living room left The kids are thrilled and were so excited to do some decorating today. The wind kicked up last night and blew like crazy overnight and this morning. The temp went up from 43F during the day to 54F overnight. Weird after it being so cold. As a result we had a beautiful day today. Hopefully this is the recipe needed for a good nights sleep

            I started taking a 1/4 tsp of coconut oil today - no adverse effects. I will take this much for a few days and then gradually increase it. I also started to try out the oil pulling today. It felt like a really long time, but at the end of it my mouth did feel good. I am hoping to see my teeth whiten a bit and maybe see an improvement in the sensitivity in my teeth. I made toothpaste for DS and DH today so they are set for the next while again. I have had to go back to using a toothpaste for sensitive teeth as the clay toothpaste was not doing the trick. Hopefully I can go back to the homemade toothpaste again if I do the oil pulling regularly. A fun fact - DH was told years ago that he was going to have a couple teeth pulled because of gum disease. (2008) The dentist tried hard to push him into it but we had changed our diet (only real food and low sugar as well as fermented foods etc) and decided to wait and see if it helped before having them pulled. Well here we are 6 1/2 years later and he has had no trouble from those teeth at all Pretty awesome. We have not been able to go to the dentist for many years now except for emergencies and yet we seem to be cavity free. I know that part of it is the raw milk and also the healthy diet. While we used to eat grains until almost 2 years ago, our food was otherwise very healthy and it seems to have paid off. Of course I have a mouthful of mercury fillings and a number of them are going to need replacing in the not too distant future - I know I have a lot of dental work ahead of me all as a result of my early dietary habits. I used to eat SO much junk food when I was younger - amazing that I was not sicker at the time! I had no idea that it was messing with my teeth though - no one ever told me that those foods were damaging my teeth. I like to think I would have made some changes to my diet had I known, but one never really knows. Hindsight and all ...

            I have had a few days of no thyroid meds and no negative effects which is encouraging. In fact this evening I am feeling more clear headed than I have for a long time, I don't know if it is related or something totally different. I do know, however, that I am grateful to be feeling that way. Siobhan, I still have not attacked my veggies - tomorrow is the day. Today I spent cleaning the kitchen (amongst other things) so that tomorrow I have a decent work space for doing the food processor run. Hopefully I will soon be able to report how much veg is making it down my throat due to advance planning
            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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            • It has been so busy lately - but I feel as though things are settling down now. Just need to pick up the lamb for Christmas dinner and a few veggies and we will be all set. Presents are all bought and a number are wrapped and under the tree. I have been on the progesterone cream for 5 days now and when I woke up this morning I felt pretty hot under the duvet so decided to take my temperature. It was 98F! First time I have had that high of a temp without being sick or pregnant. It is always about 96F or sometimes up to 97.5F I am going to chart my waking temp for the next few days and see if this is a once off or if things are truly changing. Yesterday was a very busy day getting ready for a party for the kids, but to my surprise I was not completely exhausted by the evening. I slept well though it was a pretty late night. My weight is not changing but I have been having a lot more veggies, less protein, and about the same fat. I think I may have been overdoing the protein after some reading I've been doing. I have a lot of chopped up veggies in the fridge which I am enjoying, so that has been helpful.

              The kids are really fractious at the moment. Just getting on each others nerves all the time - my guess is they have a bit of cabin fever. I think we are all needing some outside time at the moment.

              Yesterday I made strawberry cupcakes for the party. Man, they are delicious!! I really like the recipes I find on Elanaspantry.com So yummy! Even the non primal folks were chowing down We all had too many carbs yesterday though. We had primal pizza, wine, cupcakes, icecream and canned peaches ( yikes!) and I think that may be why everyone is a bit touchy today. We'll have to balance things out more next year ... My tummy is a bit grumpy today, and I assume it was the overload on carbs.
              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 had to change back to regular toothpaste also, although I still use my homemade stuff sometimes. I had to do it because my sink was clogging every other day. Literally. I couldn't deal with it. I tried different things - flushing with cold water, flushing with hot water, putting degreaser stuff down it (expensive and yucky). Just clog clog clog. I suppose I should try oil pulling, though.
                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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                • I think it probably is wise to just spit the oil (whether it is the toothpaste or from oil pulling) into the trash can, so that the drains don't clog. I think I am going to do that from now on, as I don't want to have to deal with nasty drains!!!

                  I am feeling different. Much better the last couple of days. Hopefully this lasts! My temp today was 97.6F - again way higher than usual. This looks promising. I am not feeling so deadly tired at the moment, so nice to have a break from that. It is so hard to function when you are feeling as though you are dragging ten tons with you every step you take! I slept 8 hours and woke up after dreaming that a doc was insisting that they needed to do a colonoscopy on me, and I was working up the courage to walk out as there were no indications for it Nice dream huh!? Enough to wake anyone up...
                  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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                  • Merry Christmas my dear MDA friends. I trust that you will all be safe and have a wonderful celebration with your families and loved ones. I have a few final gifts to wrap and then I am done. House is reasonably tidy, DH has the day off tomorrow so we can all just hang together with no time constraints - lovely! I am feeling better and better every day. Not sure if it is just that time of the month when one feels all motivated and energetic - don't think so as I have not felt like this for a looooonnnnnggg time. I think the progesterone cream is helping - THANK GOD! I am feeling less depressed, more energetic, more focused, less cloudy and scatty and bloated, and a whole bunch more chirpy thanks very much. I am actually feeling hungry sometimes even though I am not eating any different. I can hardly believe how big of a difference I am feeling at the moment. Hopefully it keeps going ... the power of hormones!!!!! I have changed nothing except the hormones .... hold thumbs with me that this works out please. I may not be on much for a few days.
                    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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                    • Merry Christmas, Coll. Have a wonderful holiday.

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                      • Merry Christmas and many wishes for a wonderful healthy New Year!
                        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 had a lovely Christmas day. THe weather was really nice so we headed out and the kids got to put up their little half shelters (military surplus) and talk on their new walkie talkies They spent most of the day outside which was a very nice treat as they have been really irritable lately after being cooped up so long.

                          We are off for the day down to Denver to the zoo. The kids don't know we are going - it is the last visit on our family pass which expires in a few days. I am looking forward to it. The weather is supposed to be really warm - 59F, so I can wear my flip flops and my feet will be happy. I was worried about walking around all day in closed shoes as that is extremely painful and get almost unbearable by the end of the day with something rubbing the back of my heel.

                          I have been charting my basal body temp every day since starting the progesterone cream and the temps are staying about a degree higher than it ever used to be. I am feeling bloated yesterday and today - I am guessing all the chocolate and baked goods have been a bit too much even though they are primal! Starting tomorrow I am going to start introducing some IF again, not every day yet but randomly. I am also going to really focus on adding loads of veggies and then I hope to start seeing some changes in this stubborn body 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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                          • I attacked my closet today! Put all the summer clothes and too small winter clothes into tubs and those are going to the storage unit for now. It is unfortunate with having lost and then regained so much weight I have about three sizes of clothing and since I am hoping to lose the weight again I am not going to get rid of perfectly good clothing. Makes for no room though! I also found a bunch of stuff that needs to be either thrown away (old underwear ) or given away. I have a beautiful pair of cowboy boots made from European Elk that have only been worn a few times. My feet grew through my pregnancies and there is no way I will ever be able to wear them again I guess I'll put them on craigslist ... anyone reading this want a pair of lovely soft cowboy boots for the price of shipping? I believe they are about a 7 1/2 US size.

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                            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 am realizing that I expect waaaayyy too little from my kids with regards to helping around the house. I know some of the reasons why - what I am not sure about, is how to change it. One little step at a time I know .... Because we shared a very small house with my folks for 5 years when the kids were small it was always a rush to get done in the kitchen, laundry, etc to get out of the way of my folks. My mom never included me in the kitchen or laundry and so I am not sure how to do it. I know it seems really simple to those who have families who automatically do this, but I am having a hard time picturing how this would work. I am ashamed to say that DD is 11 and doesn't know how to wash dishes, or do more than cook fried eggs, scrambled eggs, hotdogs, boiled eggs. We visited with friends this summer and I was amazed to see their 11 year old daughter baking and helping in a myriad of ways. In fact all the kids have routine chores and pitch in with stuff around the house. I am at the point of realizing I really need to change some things around the house but quail at the thought of implementing the changes. This is one of my New Year's resolutions - it should be a wild ride! Especially with DD who is not used to helping at all and is quite happy to occupy herself and then present herself for meals and ask for clean laundry without a thought as to how the various things got done. I do think she would enjoy helping more even if it will take a bit of effort to overcome the inherent disinterest in working. I wonder if this is why the kids are so grumpy lately. They have nothing purposeful to do around the house and I am always busy trying to keep up with everything so have no time to relax with them. I can see some changes are in the offing

                              We are headed down to DH's hometown to see his mom for a couple of days. Always a bit of a trial as she has early Alzheimers and is not easy to be around. Packing our lightest summer clothes as her house is super hot and we are used to a pretty chilly house (thermostat set on 60F during the day and 50F at night - her house is usually over 80F downstairs and we sleep upstairs where all the heat is trapped!!!) I am busy precooking some lamb soup and a hearty stew to take with us to eat as the family doesn't understand our diet at all and I really don't need us all coping with diarrhea and so on as a result, especially with a long trip back! Thankfully our weather is supposed to be pretty warm so the chickens should cope without us for a couple of days.

                              DD just tried her summer pjs on lets just say she has had a major growth spurt!!! I have loaned her a night shirt that is too small for me at the moment. It is huge,but at least it is not squeezing her within and inch of her life LOL! I can't wait to undecorated this year. It seems that our living room and the rest of the house are just crammed full what with the tree in our miniscule living room and all the other odds and ends that seem to have accumulated lately. I am itching to attack the house and get it more livable at the moment. Going to have to wait until we get back home though. I am putting together a bunch of veggies and fruit and so on for the road trip tomorrow. I'll be off here for a few days and then I will be back with a vengeance and ready to get down to business with my health and so on. Have a wonderful New Year everyone and be safe!
                              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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                              • Happy New Year and have a great trip. Hopefully you won't roast to death. I know how it is, my mom is the same way, I feel like I am being cooked.
                                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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