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  • #61
    Stupid Allergies.

    BTW you were asleep, but that dog SNORES! LOUD.
    ~It's All Relative!~
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    • #62
      Hahaha! Maybe going primal will fix that for him. :P
      You don't have to be sick to get better.
      Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
      Primal start: 1/2/2012
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      • #63
        Thanks Kakes, I'm happy to be your internet friend, I don't know a single person (personally) that lives like this and your family just seems to really have a handle on it all....helps me stay motivated....so thank you...(and a bow right back at ya!)

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        • #64
          "When I get sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead. True story." Most of you have probably seen the NPH quote. I'm in the midst of trying to get to the awesome part. I've been sad the past couple of days- depressed even. Our financial situation sucks. It has sucked for a long time- despite the fact that we aren't money-wasting people. We spend fairly carefully, but car problems, schooling, a basement flood, a dragged out and ultimately failed house sale, a surprise kid and a bunch of other things have put us heavily in debt in the past 6 years. Could we have made smarter decisions at some point? Yes. But it is what it is now. WLB makes a decent salary. I bring in little bits on the side, but it would cost us more in family time and childcare than it would be worth for me to work outside of the house. If we could magically pay off our debt, our income would be plenty for us to live on. Stupid debt gives me anxiety attacks. Anyway, I'm depressed but I'll get over it. We'll figure something out.
          Brainstorming ways to make more money. Sometimes the simple solutions are the smartest ones.
          You don't have to be sick to get better.
          Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
          Primal start: 1/2/2012
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          • #65
            Man, I feel you....hang in there Kakes! I didn't make a lot of money doing this but I stayed home for 2 1/2 years after my son was born and I did some freelance writing. I am suggesting this because, from your posts, I can tell you are a talented writer. I wrote non-fiction (ages 9-14)for the educational market, which means you can find my books in school libraries mostly (you can't go buy one a Barnes and Noble) and I did magazine work. I sent writing samples (a non-fiction article for example) to several educational publishing houses and one contacted me and asked if I would do a book for them. They provide the topic and the pictures, you provide (in my example) 5,000 words of text broke up into 4 or 5 chapters. I had 5 books published and got paid $1500.00 per book, that is a flat fee, no royalties. For the magazines, you can get the submission information on the magazines websites. Most don't pay much but my highest was an article I sold to Highlights about President Calvin Coolidges pets (he had quite a zoo) and I was paid $350.00 for that. In one year I only made about $8500.00, but it was a little extra income, and had I kept with it (instead I went back to work) Im sure I could have made more.

            Anyway, I immediatley thought of that when I read your post because I do think that you have some writin skillz

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            • #66
              That definitely gives me something to think about Kelmar. Writing is on my list of possibilities to explore. I have a cookbook that got published last year, and some poems put in collections in years past, but those are different animals than actually writing novels or non-fiction even. I have been ruminating on it. Your vote of confidence gives me a little boost. Thank you!
              You don't have to be sick to get better.
              Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
              Primal start: 1/2/2012
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              • #67
                We had an awesome thunder storm today, and the basement flooded. It did this back in 2006. It's one of the things that we are still paying off. *sigh*
                We've been moving furniture, ripping out soaked carpet padding, working the wet vacs, and we have fans running. The nature of the flood is the same case that insurance wouldn't pay for last time. We have amazing neighbors and friends who came over with all the fans and vacs they could find as soon as they saw my facebook post. In that way, we are blessed. The boys (who sleep in the basement bedroom) are happily spread out on mattresses in the front room.
                Oh and my grandma had another stroke. My mom and dad have been caring for her 24/7. Mama sounds so tired.
                I'm past stressed almost to the point of apathy. Maybe things will look better in the morning.
                You don't have to be sick to get better.
                Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                Primal start: 1/2/2012
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                • #68
                  I feel like I'm finally and slowly pulling myself out of my latest funk. Exercise seems to be key- deliberate, strenuous exercise. We had a running night last night. Ran 4ish (maybe more) miles with the girls at a slightly faster pace. Then played around doing yoga poses and taking pictures with the hubs.

                  Eka Pana Koudiyanasana II

                  WLB and me in Astavakrasana

                  We feasted on salad, pulled pork and rice (I had about 2 bites of rice- it just doesn't appeal anymore except in sushi). With a berry, maple whipped cream and honeyed almond parfait for dessert. I thought I'd be tempted by the snickerdoodles the other families had with their fruit and cream, but oddly, I really wasn't remotely tempted! I'd done some good hard handstand and pose practice earlier in the day and by bedtime I was sore, exhausted and feeling amazing. I'm also down another half inch in both my waist and hips in the past week. My weight... I have no clue. It used to be my new scale said one thing and my old scale said 5-6 pounds less. Now my new scale says I'm down 2 pounds, and my old one says I'm up 2 lbs. I weigh somewhere between 154 and 162. *shrug* Whatever. My measurements are still shrinking, so I feel good that I'm still progressing. A small part of me still wants to know I'm below 160, but it looks like my scale is forcing separation- proving to me how useless it really is. Ha!
                  You don't have to be sick to get better.
                  Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                  Primal start: 1/2/2012
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                  • #69
                    Measurements:

                    ............... 2/6 ... 2/15 ... 2/21 ... 2/28 ... 3/13....3/27....4/9 ....4/20
                    Bust ...... 37.5 ... 37.5 ... 37.5 ... 37.5 .... 37.5 .... 37 ... 36.5 .. 36.5
                    Waist ...... 29 .... 28.5 .... 27.5 .... 27 ..... 26.5 .... 26 ... 25.5 ... 25
                    Hipline ..... 40 .... 38.5 .... 37 ..... 36 ...... 35.5 .... 35 ... 34.5 ... 34
                    Hips/Butt 42.5 ... 41.5 ... 40.5 ... 40 ....... 39 ...... 38.5 . 38 ..... 38
                    Mid Thigh . 23 .... 22 ...... 21 .... 20.5 ..... 20 ...... 19 .... 18 ..... 18
                    Upper thigh X .... 24.5 ... 23.5 .. 23 ..... 22.5 ...... 22 .... 21.5 ...21.5
                    Weight on the old scale is 157, on the new scale is 160.4.
                    Body fat % is approximately 21-22%

                    Stress is getting me. I'm trying to pull myself out of it and concentrate on other things. My kids are growing so that's good!
                    I'll post progress for them soon.
                    You don't have to be sick to get better.
                    Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                    Primal start: 1/2/2012
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                    • #70
                      Friday was a gorgeous day and hubs and I decided to hit the trails for a run. Now please understand, if you give me 5 miles of road, I take it... piece of cake. Alas, I am not a trail runner.... yet. In gearing up for the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay, I am very aware that my first leg is a trail run high in the mountains. I'm in pretty darn decent shape and I thought I'd take to the trails pretty well. I'm gonna have to say I hiked/walked at least half (probably more) of the 3 mile course. Lets just say that when we got back to the bil's house to pick up the kids, I bowed to his ultra marathoning trail running person and expressed my admiration. That is HARD! My legs definitely felt it- in all the places they needed it. I did a ton of handstand practice that day as well. Thankfully I was just the right amount of sore the next morning and was up for a long day of yard work. Our house was beginning to look rather sad and abandoned. You know you have waited too long when you push your lawnmower out only to find your neighbor starting in on the yard for you. We have awesome neighbors, and he swears he wasn't doing it as a criticism of our lazy behinds. He even did most of the front yard, then trimmed our overgrown tree and used his blower to clean off our driveway and walks. WLB started out teaching Boy #1 how to mow. The mower outweighs him by at least double, maybe even triple. It was quite comical watching him strain and scramble to turn it. I finished the mowing after WLB's allergies punched him in the face. Then I spent another 3 hours in the sun, weeding, edging, trimming, etc. until our house looked loved again. I got a little bit pink on my shoulders, but not painfully so. It was nice to get some sun! I am definitely feeling the combined muscle usage of the two days. Today we had a big family open house to welcome my parents home (officially) from their 2 years in the DR Congo and Burundi. It's getting so much easier to stick to good foods at those type of things. The kids don't really even need prompting or supervision anymore. Smallest little did snag an egg roll and chowed down, only to come to me immediately and spit it into my palm. The perks of mommyhood. WLB and I crashed into nap time when we got home. Sleep is my friend. We have another run scheduled for tomorrow (WLB's 33rd b-day!). I'm hoping to convince the girls to make it a trail run, but we'll see! The more I do it, the less I'll suck at it!
                      You don't have to be sick to get better.
                      Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                      Primal start: 1/2/2012
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                      • #71
                        Yesterday was WLB's birthday! He took the day off work and just hung out. One of his gifts was a 35 lb kettlebell, so we played around with some practice swings for a bit. I dabbled in cleaning, dishes and laundry and got Primal German Chocolate Cake and dinner ready for our family run night. I got a couple of calls that our numbers would be expanding for the night, so it was more to prepare for, but so worth it. We had 3 of WLB's sibs with spouses and siblets in tow. Our ladies run is always first. That included 2 sisters in law and 2 nieces (age 11 and 7), and of course me. We all knew trail training would do us more good than anything, so we drove up to the trail head (about 0.8 mile from home) and headed up the mountain in our Altras and Minimus (the girls were in water socks). It was in the mid-80s, so we got our sweat on pretty quickly. By the time we hit the major switchbacks, I thought I'd just end up hiking the whole thing, but once I was really warmed up, it was on! There was intermittent walking, but every time we hit the "top" and stopped to wait for the rest, we found another bit of trail to run and dug up the juice to run it! We ended up on some pretty steep and rocky trails and finally decided to turn around. Once we got down the steepest and rockiest section, I set it on cruise and just flew. It was AWESOME! By the time we coasted in to the parking lot, the littlest niece had oompa loompa face, so we got some water into her pretty quick. I couldn't believe those girls! They rocked that run! The sil's climbed in the car and I couldn't shake the feeling that I wasn't done. I jokingly asked the littles if they wanted to run home and to my surprise their faces lit up! We shed our shoes and sent them home in the car and took off down the road. I kept expecting to turn and see them walking, but they kept up with me every step! The soft pitter of little feet on the road behind me was the sweetest sound! (Someday I'll get my kids to actually run and not have to drag them whining behind me.) I'm pretty sure by that point I was on a major runners high that I haven't come down from since. I had put whole chickens in to roast while we were gone and we made salad and sides while the boys hit the trails and the kids played on the tires out back. When the boys got back, we feasted on roasted chicken, colorful salad, spaghetti squash with alfredo sauce, and braised butter cabbage. It was all capped off with a birthday song and primal German Chocolate Cake topped with maple whipped cream and 80% dark ganache with strawberries and bananas on the side. As we wound things down in the yard with the kiddos, my girl child #1 (who is 4) came to me with arms outstretched. As I lifted her into a hug and she wrapped her little legs around my waist I said, "Someday when you are a little bigger, you can come on the girls run with me!" The reaction was priceless. Her eyes got huge and she gasped, then she broke into a jubilant smile, threw her arms wide to the sky and said, "YESSSSSSSSSS!"
                        You don't have to be sick to get better.
                        Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                        Primal start: 1/2/2012
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                        • #72
                          Body fat at 20%. BAM. I never thought I'd care for it to go lower than that, but 18 is looking pretty inviting. I'm very happy with my body currently, though there are still a few lumps I'd like to smooth out. I'm having fun, loving being strong and active, and LOVING the food and just eating WHEN. I'll just ride it out and see where the Primal magic takes me! To hotness and beyond!
                          You don't have to be sick to get better.
                          Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                          Primal start: 1/2/2012
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                          • #73
                            I took my boys to the dentist yesterday. 6 months ago Boy #2 had a bunch of cavities that had to be filled and Boy #1 had some "spots to watch". Not this time baby! Their cleanings and checkups took about 15 minutes. Boy 2 got sealants put on his permanent molars, but NO CAVITIES for anyone! Thank you healthy diet!! My appointment is next week and WLB and Girl #1 have appointments coming up as well. They have genetically not-awesome teeth, so I'm a little nervous. Hopefully ours will be as easy and positive!
                            You don't have to be sick to get better.
                            Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                            Primal start: 1/2/2012
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                            Living, loving and learning.

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                            • #74
                              Dental cleanings are a big fat cake walk since we started eating this way. I remember previous cleanings being an ordeal of scraping etc. No longer!!!
                              Positive thoughts for your appointments!
                              Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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                              • #75
                                My body has gotten pretty used to 14 hour fasts. They are practically a no-brainer now and I do them at least 2-3 days a week. I try to pay attention to stressors and implement fasts on days when they are lower. If I've gone for crazy hard runs or had a super-busy stressful day, I try to be gentle with my body the day after. It's all about how I'm feeling. Yesterday I had a good long fast. I took in plenty of water, but didn't snack or eat. Our neighborhood was holding a special fast day on behalf of a sweet 14 year old girl in our church group that was just diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, so I decided it was a good day to go all out in behalf of another. I usually don't even feel hungry until at least 14 hours, but my body wanted me to feel it this time I guess! I was hungry from the moment I woke up. Hungry, but not dying. I ended up making it (slightly lightheaded and quite famished, but no energy drop) until dinner and prayer meeting. 21+ hours. It was empowering and connective. Dinner was delicious. Prayer meeting was spiritual and humbling. We live in an awesome community. There is hope for successful treatment for her. It's hard to have helpful information and to know that it isn't your place or the right time to share it. Her mom is a devout long time weight watchers follower. I don't know details about the girls diet, but I'm positive it's pretty carb heavy and low fat. It makes me sad to see their family suffer. I pray for their peace, strength and guidance.

                                On another note, I seem to have done something strange to my hip and ankle. The morning after our awesome flying trail run, I woke up with a swollen ankle. Not painful at all, just fat. My hip was a little sore, but mostly just tingly all the way down the back and outside of my right leg. Something is irritating my sciatic nerve. It's not painful, just weird! It's slowly getting better. I had WLB mobilize my ankle joint and that helped some. I just wish it would quit it! I'm hoping to go for a run today or tomorrow. I need it. I'm getting a lot better and handstands and I'm having fun learning to use WLBs kettlebell effectively. Hopefully this weekend we can get more work done on the back yard pull up station.
                                Oh- I found free range local eggs just 10 minutes away for $1.50 a dozen! Woot! I need to call and see if they have enough to meet our 6-7 dozen/week needs, but I'm excited.
                                You don't have to be sick to get better.
                                Female, 31 years old, 5'8"
                                Primal start: 1/2/2012
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                                Living, loving and learning.

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