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  • Thanks for the thoughts icz. I like thinking of such things as organic and changeable.
    I don't put much store by what most doctors say as far as nutrition and development are concerned and I've pretty much given up taking my kids in for checkups due to bad advice from doctors and nutritionists and their constant nagging that I get my children to put on weight (mass quantities of fortified cereal, juice, and peanut butter and butter sandwiches anyone?). That is one of the reasons we gave up on state food assistance (CHIP) even back when we still qualified and why we haven't seen a doc (even the one that we like) in over 2 years. The fact that they worried is why I rolled my eyes and then started worrying in the first place. It's hard to shake. Even when my kids rarely ever get sick (and get over it super fast when they do), and when they are well balanced and super intelligent, I worry a little... because I'm their mom. Denying myself the right to worry a little sometimes would be ridiculous. That said, it must come across here that I stress about it a lot more than I actually do. *shrug*


    On to current events.
    Digestion is happy today. Feeling much more normal since I eased up on the pig the past few days. My body has never loved piggy meat.
    Strange factoid: Growing up with my health-nutty family, I was 14 before I ever tasted steak (and my first taste of it was fondue style) and I honestly can't remember when bacon and pork came into my life, but it wasn't early. We ate poultry and fish regularly, and ground beef very rarely when I was young. (I HATED my mother's meatloaf and tin foil dinners. Later found out she just wasn't a great cook and I don't like ketchup on everything.) We had either oatmeal, cracked wheat cereal or scrambled eggs every morning except Saturdays. Saturday was whole wheat waffle day. I digress. Every rare time I would consume a pork product as a teenager I would get constipated and have awful migraines (I called them toxic headaches) for a day or two afterward. It doesn't effect me that way now unless I eat it too frequently for a condensed period of time (Bacon with breakfast, ham for lunch, maybe shredded pork with dinner). This is what happened last week. Maybe it's because my body hates what most pork is processed with, and maybe my body just hates pork. Either way, variety is a good thing. I just wish good meat was cheaper. I'm feeding 6 people for goodness sake.
    Speaking of bacon, we had a lovely and very easy dinner born of necessity and boredom last night. I took 3 large chicken breasts, cut them into inch wide strips and wrapped each one in a piece of bacon. Then I combined about 1/4 c tamari and 1/2 cup pure maple syrup with a dash of garlic powder, stirred it up and poured/brushed it over the top of the bacon wrapped chicken. Bake at 375 for 35-45 minutes. We had it with a big colorful salad. It was delish! We even had leftovers- from only 3 chicken breasts for 6 people. I am a fan of that. I had to run off to my 3rd baby shower in a week, so the ease of throwing it together while in the midst of sewing a gift was lovely. Yes- I sewed the gift. Our budget doesn't allow for 3 baby gifts in a week, so I got creative. I rummaged through my pile of fabric scraps and whipped out this little number:

    Cute eh?

    The kids and I had a lovely afternoon swimming and picnicking with my parents yesterday. Usually when we "swim" I end up holding a little one while everyone else plays. This time my mom took tending duties and I played, flipped, taught and swam some laps with the munchkins and my dad. My lower abs are SORE. Not sure if it's from swimming or playing with the ab wheel the other day. Either way, it's the muscles that need it much right now, so I shall be doing both activities more frequently.
    I've been getting back to my intermittent and frequent random exercise habits. Pullups, push ups, planks, handstands, handstand push ups, pose practice. Maybe a minute of KBs thrown in there. It's a habit my body approves of.
    Tonight is running night. Tuesday's running night fell apart without me (Ha! It actually fell apart because Matt got sick and Misha wanted to be lazy). But tonight should go forward- without Misha. She is hosting a baby shower (!). It will be good to hit the trails again.
    I've been in a bit of a stalling pattern as far as BF% and weight goes. I'm not concerned about this as I don't really need to lose weight or body fat much. At this point I can see that some of my body composition could stand to change, but I think I'm going to have to work for it. Tighten up my snack habit, IF a little more often again and lift more. Oh and that little sleep issue. Still working on that. I'm inconsistent.
    You don't have to be sick to get better.
    Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
    Primal start: 1/2/2012
    My Primal Journal
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    • Go to the resource page, find the PaleoPhysiciansNetwork link. When I did this for you I found several in the Salt Lake area.
      Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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      • Thanks for the tip! If I ever need a doc, I'll definitely look there.

        TRIUMPH! New recorded low weight: 151 on the new scale, 148 on the old scale.
        It's been a while since I measured. But since my loss has slowed a lot and I've been mostly working on strength and endurance... and playing... I don't feel bad even a little.

        ............... 2/6 ... 2/15 ... 2/21 ... 2/28 ... 3/13....3/27....4/9 ....4/20 ... 5/9....5/29 ... 7/21
        Bust ...... 37.5 ... 37.5 ... 37.5 ... 37.5 .... 37.5 .... 37 ... 36.5 .. 36.5 ... 36.5.. 36.5 ... 36
        Waist ...... 29 .... 28.5 .... 27.5 .... 27 ..... 26.5 .... 26 ... 25.5 ... 25 ..... 24 .... 23 ..... 22
        Hipline ..... 40 .... 38.5 .... 37 ..... 36 ...... 35.5 .... 35 ... 34.5 ... 34 ..... 33 ... 32.5 ... 32
        Hips/Butt 42.5 ... 41.5 ... 40.5 ... 40 ....... 39 ...... 38.5 . 38 ..... 38 ...... 37 ... 36.5 ... 36
        Mid Thigh . 23 .... 22 ...... 21 .... 20.5 ..... 20 ...... 19 .... 18 ..... 18 ...... 18 .. 17.5 .... 17
        Upper thigh X .... 24.5 ... 23.5 .. 23 ..... 22.5 ...... 22 .... 21.5 ...21.5 ...20.5 .. 20 ..... 19.5
        Body fat is approximately 15%.
        I honestly have no specific loss goals anymore. My goals run in the area of physical capabilities and how I look in the mirror. I'm getting better at mayurasana- maybe good enough to have WLB take a picture. My handstands are getting much more independent and slowly extending in duration. I really need to lift more. I play and work a ton physically and I think that's great, but I'd like to do some more purposeful lifting. Thursday's run was simple and felt great. 3.5 miles on paved trail with Alicia and WLB's aunt Sheri. Sheri is a walker/jogger just starting out with the running thing, so we laddered a lot, but had tons of fun with her too. She'll be great pace company for Misha next week. Today I spent 2 hours mowing lawns with a large mower that has a busted drive setting- so basically manual push and very heavy. It was 90 degrees out and I was sweating hard. Yes, my husband could be doing that, but he tends to have allergic reactions to grass, weeds and dust that shut his body down and put him in near-coma state. He also has a big workout planned with his Tough Mudder team buddies (Tough Muddies?) and I want him to be able to sweat himself silly on his own terms. My 10 year old could try to do the lawns, but since it's a major struggle for him when the drive setting isn't busted and the mower weighs more than he does, it falls to me. I like yard work though. It's a mentally peaceful, physically challenging time when children aren't needing me every second (as long as WLB is around). I ended up mowing my next door neighbors lawns too since her mower was broken, she just had hip surgery a couple of months ago, and her back yard was a small jungle. I am showered and happily exhausted now. Maybe after some dark chocolate and a bit of rest I'll go clean my kitchen.... maybe.
        Oh- we saw The Dark Knight Rises last night! I liked it much more than I expected to. We splurged and ate the free popcorn and soda offered my WLBs company (they rented out the theater so the whole night was free). Nothing accompanies epic hero-vs-bad-guy mayhem like epic heartburn. Awesome. I'm not feeling the effects too badly today thankfully. Definitely not going to be a habit.
        You don't have to be sick to get better.
        Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
        Primal start: 1/2/2012
        My Primal Journal
        Living, loving and learning.

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        • Begone spammers!

          My right shoulder, back and side are SUUUUPER sore from restarting finicky mower one kajillion times yesterday. My first reaction- wishing the other side was equally sore.

          We've slacked off on making the effort to get free range/grass fed things lately. We've just shopped Walmart and Costco because of fund-lackage and lazy-buttageness. I decided I'd hop back on the fresh-eggs wagon and call my egg lady back. She regretted to inform me that in my hiatus from local egg buying, her chickens had been eaten- one and all, by a fox. BOO!! She has a new flock, but they won't be laying for another 2-4 weeks. So I went online and found another egg lady. She charges $2.00 a dozen instead of $1.50 and she has a smaller flock, but I think it will work out at least in the short run. I'll be picking some up tomorrow. Now I just have to find a new honey guy since my last one sold his hives to a dude 25+ miles away. I didn't know how good I had it at $25/gallon. Raw honey can get expensive!! Also, this mama wants raw milk and cream and doesn't want to pay $8.00 a gallon. It's unlikely that I'll find any better, but it's worth a shot. Oh, to live in a place where grass-fed is the norm and organic is a given (and to be able to afford it)!

          I've also decided to re-vamp my efforts at adding bone broth to whatever I can. I have loads of it in my freezer, all frozen in muffin-sized pucks and bagged. I add offal into it (since our feeble attempts at trying chicken liver led to much gagging and face pulling). I don't know how much by way of nutrition actually gets into the broth from the soft bits, but I imagine it's better than no soft bits at all. I also have like 8 more chicken carcasses and a couple of ham stock bones in the freezer awaiting the crockpot hot tub. I should get on that.
          You don't have to be sick to get better.
          Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
          Primal start: 1/2/2012
          My Primal Journal
          Living, loving and learning.

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          • Huzzah for free range organic local eggs again!

            I am just a few days off from that time of the month. I feel it. Depression, impatience and anxiety are heavy hitters all of the sudden. That and my regular morning/evening weight fluctuations have gone up a pound or 2. Joy.

            I'm going to have to workout harder to get the bod I want. I know I've already talked bout it. I tend to repeat myself on here, but it takes me a while to rev up to where I need to be mentally to actually jump in and do what I need to.

            I have a new goal: Be Grateful.
            I consider myself a pretty positive and grateful person, but apparently not enough. I need to be more grateful, more happy, more positive- nothing bad can come of it, and I know my life will be better because of it. I need to not be annoyed that my new size 7/8 skinny jeans are sliding off my bum (the legs fit great though), and just revel in the fact that I wear a size 7/8!
            I need to enjoy my kids more and spend less time in front of the computer.

            I need to love what is.
            You don't have to be sick to get better.
            Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
            Primal start: 1/2/2012
            My Primal Journal
            Living, loving and learning.

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            • Ahh, being grateful. Now that's something everyone needs a lot more of these days.
              If I just said LOL, I lied. Do or do not. There is no try.

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              • Indeed. I have spent the last 2 hours out in the back yard with my potty training two year old; teaching her to somersault and headstand, lying on the grass and looking at clouds and trees, and of course running in the house to take her to the toilet and throwing mini parties when she succeeded. It was made all the more adorable by the fact that she was "nudie"- clad only in a tiny pair of Ariel undies. While she naps I will fold laundry and be grateful we have clothing. Then I will pry the older children away from electronics and take them out to play.
                You don't have to be sick to get better.
                Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                Primal start: 1/2/2012
                My Primal Journal
                Living, loving and learning.

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                • Okay before I forget...
                  It is a sweet tooth day today and I made up some recipes that are quite scrumptious.

                  First up are the Banana Coconut Cookies
                  These would have been brilliant with raisins, but my small pack of food hoovers have dispatched all of the raisins.

                  1 ripe banana, mashed
                  2 eggs
                  1/4 cup softened salted butter
                  1/8 c milk (optional)
                  1/4 c raw honey
                  1 tsp vanilla
                  1/4 tsp sea salt
                  2 tbsp cinnamon
                  1 tsp nutmeg
                  1/2 tsp clove
                  2 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

                  Mix together well. Spoon onto a cookie sheet line with parchment paper, flatten a bit and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15-18 minutes. Let cool before eating.
                  I added chocolate chips to half the batch- they were unnecessary. The cookies without them were better!
                  Makes 2 dozen small cookie or a dozen bigger ones.

                  Then I talked to WLBs sis and we decided to do a crossfit type WOD in our back yard tonight and we had dinner, but not dessert planned, so to supplement the cookie plate, I made these little Coconut Chocolate Almond Squares.

                  Approximately:
                  1/2 cup coconut oil
                  1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
                  1/2 cup almond butter
                  1/4 cup raw honey
                  2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut

                  Mix it up in a bowl, spread it into an 8x8 pan (I lined mine with parchment), and put it in the fridge for at least an hour. Cut into squares or bars. Simple and SCRUMPTIOUS. This one tastes like an Almond Joy bar.

                  No "flours", no sugar. Minimal amount of honey. Bam.
                  You don't have to be sick to get better.
                  Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                  Primal start: 1/2/2012
                  My Primal Journal
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                  • BAM! Can't wait to have some.
                    ~It's All Relative!~
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                    • Are you making fun of me? Cuz I might have to beat you up if you are.

                      Note for self (and others who might benefit): This is a really cool website- The WOD Shop - Online CrossFit Workout of the Day (WOD) Generator
                      You don't have to be sick to get better.
                      Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                      Primal start: 1/2/2012
                      My Primal Journal
                      Living, loving and learning.

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                      • Fallen far behind on journaling. Okay, so like a week and a half. It's all with good reason- I've been LIVING!!
                        Our HIIT workout in the back yard was awesome and left us all sore for a long time. (I'm lazy so I'm going to linky to WLB's fitness blog for pics.) We've had some sweet trail runs, some great handstand and pose practice, hiking, some sprints, a family reunion, swimming, heavy lifting (we got a free piano!), and a LOT of play. I feel like I've made a necessary small course correction in diet. I was getting a little too often with my sweets and treats and my snacking was getting careless. I hopped back onto regular IFs once or twice a week, nixed snacking and got more active again. New weight lows: 151.0 on the new scale, 147 on the old scale. I weigh often, but don't put much store by it- still I'd rather be staying the same or slowly going down than up.
                        As WLB and I were playing around with yoga challenge poses the other night after watching Olympic gymnastics, I found myself in Eka Pada Chakrasana thinking, "Hm, I think I could do a walkover from here." I couldn't quite get the feel for it and I hadn't warmed up enough, so I probably should have just let it be. Instead I asked WLB to just give my leg a little nudge over. The first time it was bad timing and I fell out laughing. The second time, I made it over with much help, and pulled something in my inner elbow. Nothing major or damaging, just enough to hurt. I think it would have been fine if my shoulder had been in adjustment, but it had been slightly out for weeks. I had a chiropractic adjustment from my dad just before swimming yesterday and the shoulder is better, but the strain on the elbow will take a while to get back to normal. I had a great swim though- for a lifelong doggie paddler. Some good laps in breast stroke, freestyle and backstroke. Not to mention the various side stroke, breaststroke, "froggy hops" and "dolphin glides" that were executed with one or more squealing, giggling children clinging to my back and/or front. The Olympics have inspired me. My arms, shoulders, sides, back and chest are burning today! Then Alicia let WLB and I run Patsy's mine (see link above) and... my LUNGS!!!! Good gravy my lungs were burning trying to run/hike some serious mountain trail after the swims! Probably great for my VO2max or whatever. After dinner (seared garlic thyme chicken thighs and salad) everyone just chilled and watched Olympics at our house until late. We all got to bed quite late. Littlest little is potty trained now (YAY!!!!!!!!!), which is awesome, except for 3 am wake ups for toilet runs and nightmare calming. I woke up this morning feeling like I'd been hit by a truck.
                        I think I'll sit around and fold laundry today.
                        Cahoots is a week from tomorrow! Woohoo!
                        You don't have to be sick to get better.
                        Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                        Primal start: 1/2/2012
                        My Primal Journal
                        Living, loving and learning.

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                        • And this photo- it's on WLB's blog, but it's awesome, so I'll post it here.

                          This was taken while I was completely failing to climb a rock that was REALLY hard to climb with almost no hand holds. Of course WLB had just squirreled on up it like it was nothing, so I felt like a total wuss. Isn't it nice that the resulting picture actually makes me feel really great about my body! Look at my leg! *squee*
                          You don't have to be sick to get better.
                          Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                          Primal start: 1/2/2012
                          My Primal Journal
                          Living, loving and learning.

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                          • If only you could see yourself the way I see you!

                            HOTTIE
                            Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                            • I heart you.
                              You don't have to be sick to get better.
                              Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                              Primal start: 1/2/2012
                              My Primal Journal
                              Living, loving and learning.

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                              • You know I hadn't actually linked to my blaaargh on here yet... Thanks for ratting it out!

                                Also - You are AMAZING and really really really good looking!
                                ~It's All Relative!~
                                34 - 5'11" CW - 159 GW - 175 10% BF or less!

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