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  • I concur, Tomi! I hate it when they get stuck, which is why I try to take them before I eat so that other food forces them down. Oh, I felt terrible earlier today! That was the worst I'd felt in a long time. Definitely won't be taking those without food again. It went on for hours!
    Primal since March 5, 2012
    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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    • Oh my, I am tired this morning! I feel I could do well with a nap... but sadly, I'm at work... and for whatever reason, naps are fround upon at work...

      Yesterday I (*kind of) IF'd and plan to do an IF again today. Aside from feeling sick from my vitamins and needing something to calm my stomach and using dark chocolate to do so, I managed to avoid food for lunch.

      MAN! I can't stay awake today! WTH??

      9:15
      Vitamins

      B: 9:45
      3 boiled eggs
      4 sausage links
      too many almonds

      S: Time ??
      Dove Silky Smooth Dark Chocolate bar

      D: 7:00
      Ribeye
      baked potato
      California blend veggies

      S: coconut with wc, coconut with wc, and coconut with strawberries and wc.

      I think I'm gonna take a walk and then come back. I need to wake up before I get busted...
      Primal since March 5, 2012
      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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      • Well, I think a special cozy room at workplaces with comfy cots would do wonders for employees health! And the morning people could cover for afternoon people, etc. I guess it doesn't work that way though. Darm

        Looking at your food list and I'm probably being really obtuse, but what is wc. Came up with a bunch of stuff including white chocolate, but I'm missing it:-)

        Hope your energy level perks up! That is not fun. And they just don't set jobs up for our personal rhythms. Kids don't do that either:-):-):-)

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        • Ok, I'm back... Today has been really tough and I don't understand why. I went to bed at a decent hour, didn't get up any earlier than usual, except when DH left for work, he deposited our daughter in our bed with me and she chattered until almost 6. Everytime the alarm went off she said "what's that?" I'd tell her it was the clock and she'd say "clock?" I'd say, "yes, clock". She'd say "go get it mommy". She's so funny sometimes. So maybe that little sleep that's typically broken up by the alarm clock was further disrupted by her enough to send me into this state...

          My plan for today was to eat breakfast and then IF until about 5 pm tonight when I would eat dinner before going to class until 10. I've been kind of snacking on almonds in an futile attempt to stay awake at my desk. It's been so difficult and I'm fearful one of these times when I doze off, I'm gonna get in trouble. I took my vitamins, so I don't get it. DH says I'm a "second shifter" in that my mind and body don't fire up until midday and rages on until about 10. I am inclined to agree with him. I'm often very lethargic in the AM and can't seem to get out of bed when the alarm goes off. I wish there was a way to reset the body to normal business hours...

          Over lunch today I'm going to take a walk. I'll walk for about an hour - should be able to span about 3 miles. Hopefully that will help to refresh me. I haven't done any exercise in over a week to relax my adrenals. Yesterday I thought it had worked, but today I'm not so sure. It's only 57 degrees right now, but it's not windy so maybe it'll feel warmer out there. If it's not, I'll go to the gym and walk on the treadie instead.

          I'm becoming interested in this Schwarbein book everyone's talking about. I've discussed hormones with DH (not the bedroom gymnastics hormones, but hormones in general) and how they can affect whether or not you have depression, anxiety, autoimmune disorders, etc. But I don't know enough about it to teach anything, so I think it might be a good idea to find an expert in the field and read up. I'm especially interested in how to replace my SSRI's with naturally made hormones produced in my own body by the foods I consume. Hopefully I don't have to eat something that I find to be gross (like bovine brain - are they still infected with mad cow disease and illegal to consume??) to produce the necessary hormones to eliminate the drugs completely. Additionally, if I can find foods I like that produce bedroom gymnastics hormones, DH will be eternally pleased.

          I'm also keeping tabs on those who are going shampoo-less to see how their experiments play out. I know nameless was going shampoo-less but I fell off of her journal for whatever reason and haven't gotten caught back up. That might be a good job for tomorrow while I sit here with nothing to do at work again. Today I have to write a paper for class tonight. It'll be an easy one - only 3 pages long compared to the 6 that are typically due each week. *sigh* And then I saw some people are going toothpaste-less and soap-less. It's logical b/c I don't think Mrs Grok had a closet full of BedHead shampoo or Oil of Olay body wash or Crest with Scope. One thing I would HATE to see people give up, though, is their Secret antiperspirant... but if they do, it'll be interesting to read about. I'll be interested to see how the toothpaste-less trials go... morning breath worries me.

          I suppose. 10 minutes until I'm supposed to call in to a teleconference for the guys at work, then I'll take my walk. Haven't decided if I want to attempt to walk and read or if I just want to listen to some tunes. Decisions decisions...
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • jenn...Schwarzbien's would be a good book to start with but there are a number of good ones out there. Last week I read Jillian Micheal's book about Mastering Your Metabolism. Excellent explanations & might be a good one to "get your feet wet with" so to speak. There is also one I read from the library that I'm going to order my own copy of because I think it will be one I'll refer to often..."The Women's Guide to Thyroid Health" by Kathryn R. Simpson. I give it 10 stars! There is also a section on the adrenals as she says the two are so closely entwined. I also have another one I checked out from the library called Hormone Harmony (I think) but haven't read it yet. Will after I get done with Schwarzbien's book.

            I love the reference to "bedroom gymnastics hormone's"!! If one hormone is out of balance then they all are! So improving one or two or however many that need improving will improve them all!!! I could use a little help in that area as well.

            Hope you perk up soon!!! Being bored makes me sleepy!!
            Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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            • I'll have to check into that Simpson book later, PC.

              Jenn, I don't really believe anyone is naturally a night owl or 2nd shifter no matter what. I think there is just something in the body that is off. It could be off because certain habits are contributing to it or, as I think happened in my case, I don't think I got a good head start at birth. Some body clock things/hormone problems can be passed on from the mother and just keep on going, obviously, until some pretty hard breaks are pressed on. I'm gonna have to figure out what those breaks are this year ... or early next year. Whenever my evening shift ends.
              Starting weight: 225
              Current weight: 195
              Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
              Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
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              • It probably has to do with our society not using natural light as a cue to sleep and wake. Who wants to go to bed at 4:30 pm in December?? But at the same time, I'd love to sleep til 8 am every day!!

                I think TV, synthetic light, computers and other electronic devices are at fault. If night life was boring, we'd probably go to bed... but, we have tv shows to watch, computer games to play, facebook to check up on, email to read and write and text messages to answer... can't go to sleep yet... I've got this, this, and this to do...
                Primal since March 5, 2012
                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                • Seriously. To go into even more detail than my last journal post on sleep did, my mom said specifically one of the first things I did in life was become mesmerized by a TV screen playing Miami Vice. She said I couldn't take my eyes off! And then I'm sure there was more late-night television to be watched later.
                  Starting weight: 225
                  Current weight: 195
                  Goal: One pull-up by December 31, 2012
                  Method: Schwarzbein Principle II, program for insulin sensitive/burned-out adrenals
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                  • I remember reading an article, but don't remember where/what exactly, but it was about morning and evening people. Apparently also this is quite primal: this way there was always someone awake to guard the tribe. So you girls are just the night guardians of our primal tribe! Trying to remember where I read this....
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                    Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
                    Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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                    • well...even at an early age you showed taste! Who couldn't take their eyes off of a young Don Johnson!!???? That was a great show btw!

                      With the sleep thing...again we only need to go back as far as our grandparents or great grandparents for an example (& not even all the way back to the Grok family's time.) They went to bed shortly after dark...& got up at dawn usually! Life on a farm started early...cows to milk, animals to feed, or turn out of the barn. Cooking started early too...bread to be made, gardens to be weeded before it got to hot. They would probably be horrified to see our way of life now! Never ending electricity... lights...computers...cell phones...video games...etc...life was hard back then...but simpler I think.
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                      • Originally posted by theprimalcajun View Post
                        life was hard back then...but simpler I think.
                        I agree!!! I would give up my car, my house, my phone, my tv, all of that stuff to live in the days of Laura Ingalls Wilder.
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • Well, me too, except for heat (lack of wood), showers, and almost starving several times.

                          Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
                          I agree!!! I would give up my car, my house, my phone, my tv, all of that stuff to live in the days of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

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                          • Something's missing and I don't know what it is... I don't know if it's a vitamin or a mineral or something less microscopic like sleep or what but I am dead again today. I started out ok, but since having breakfast I am falling asleep at my desk. Or maybe there's something being added that shouldn't be added. The last two mornings I indulged in some 100% apple juice. Hello insulin spike! maybe that's it... I'll go without juice tomorrow and see if that helps. The juice just helps the vitamins go down so much more easily and there's no vitamin taste.

                            This morning I got a "good driver" award. The county sheriff stopped me for speeding. DH is going to be PISSED! $119 is the cost of the fine... Oops. But it'll all work out b/c DH paid off a loan yesterday, our baby emergency fund is funded, and we're well on our way to snowballing on another loan and getting it paid off in the next couple of months. We're on our way to living a life that cannot be described as paycheck to paycheck. I'm so tired of paycheck to paycheck!! That lead foot won't put us back too far.

                            Anyhow... I'm feeling a bit better now... not so sleepy... but I also just ate 3 squares of Dove Silky Dark chocolate... *sigh*

                            Sugar, you have GOT to go... GOT to.

                            The 10 day outlook is still ticking me off. They took the rain out of the forecast, but they're still calling for coldish temperatures on Sunday. I don't want it to be cold!! Why is it going to be 78 degrees today and only 58 degrees on Sunday??? makes absolutely NO sense to me. Stupid. Hopefully whatever needs to change to improve the forecast happens so that my daughter can enjoy a warm birthday party at the park. Oh, and they're calling for rain on Saturday, which is 3 weekends in a row for rain... sure would be nice if the rain would come during the week so the race track can be dry for racing...

                            Food plan for today:

                            8:30
                            vitamins
                            2 egg omelet with ham, green pepper, onion, and cheese
                            3 sausage links
                            Apple juice
                            3 squares dark chocolate

                            IF thru lunch

                            7:30
                            dinner, but I don't know what yet...

                            Exercise: I'll go to the gym and LHT today. And maybe spend a little bit on the bike and read my Kindle. If it's not raining tonight (supposed to storm today), my sister and I will take a walk each pulling a 100 lb wagon. Our boys are grounded from the bikes this week b/c they got too close to the highway without an adult with them and wouldn't come away from the road when we told them to. So no bikes for them. We should make them walk... but then we'd have to listen to them whine that they're tired. Our walks would be MUCH more enjoyable if we just went without our kids, but she's a single mom and DH will be working on the race car or graphics (finishing up the last of the jobs so we can move the equipment to the new owner this weekend) and won't be able to/won't want to watch the 4 of them... it makes our walks stressful, which defeats the purpose, really. The girls aren't so bad. They like to go and don't complain or whine. But the boys either don't follow the rules or get whiney and annoying. Hopefully today will be different.

                            Sugar... I need to battle the sugar. First step - eliminate the juice and no dark chocolate during the day. I can have dark chocolate after dinner, but not during the day. I'm abusing dark chocolate and it's counterproductive to my goals. As is the juice. The juice (which has only happened the last two days) is triggering the dark chocolate sugar drive, so no more.

                            On that note, it's time to take a walk to deliver some administrative packets and hit the potty. Have a nice day everyone.
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • Wondering if it might be the apple juice. It's not only a huge sugar intake but has other issues as well once it's bottled.

                              WHFoods: How does fruit juice compare to whole fruit?

                              Dark chocolate is an odd food. Raw with no sugar and it can be great for some people. I take it that's what you're using. Add the sugar and it's poison. Cooked into bars it's super caffeine with the later downside -- tiredness -- sugar doing that too. If you're not eating raw chocolate nibs or cacao, it's kind of interesting. My son Luke mixes raw nibs with plain yogurt and a date chopped up for a little treat. Might not work if it's the chocolate with sugar you're craving. Just some thoughts.

                              I so hope you're feeling better soon. Ticket didn't help, I'm sure. Baby fund. Does that mean you're expecting a new one? Wow! Maybe that's why you're tired!

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                              • No no no... baby emergency fund... meaning small emergency fund - only $1,000 USD. It's a Dave Ramsey term. You have the baby emergency fund of $1,000 to cover you so you don't have to use credit cards for something unexpected (like if you fan goes out of your furnace or something, auto repairs, etc)... the fully funded emergency fund is 3-6 months income... Sorry... didn't mean to confuse. Nope.... no babies.

                                The chocolate I'm eating has sugar... and I have no idea what the percent of dark chocolate is b/c it doesn't say. For now on, I'll just stay away from it b/c like you said, Lopisheep, it's poison...

                                The apple juice... I spoke with a gal I work with who is a huge naturopathic eater/liver, much like us primal folks, but a little bit more "hippy" and she thinks it's the juice too. And of course, the juice just sets me up for sugar cravings for the rest of the day. The juice has 51g of carbs and 48g of sugar (no added sugar - all from the fruit). It's a bad combo, I think.

                                On a more positive side, I walked into the office of another gal to say hi and her jaw dropped and her eyes got big. She said "you have lost some weight!", I played it off and said "Nah, I'm wearing one of those Rider's Instantly-Slims-You shirts" (I am by the way) and she said, "well, whatever else you're doing, it works!" So I explained to her how I gave up grains and the result is a more stabilized insulin level, thus reduced glucose production, thus less fat production and increased fat burn. She was surprised to learn that I don't eat pasta or anything like that. She's pre-diabetic and hadn't heard that giving up grains can create weight loss. I'm going to forward her the titles The Primal Blueprint and Wheat Belly for her to do her own research.

                                I'm going to take it upon myself to research more into adrenal fatigue. i know there were a couple of supplements I could take to improve my adrenal health that I'm not taking and I can't remember what they're called. I want to see if they're available at my local pharmacy. If they're not, I'll probably order the Adrenal health blended vitamin thing the site I went to had for sale. Did I tell you my doctor seems skeptical of my approach with my adrenals? My osteopath seems less than convinced that I needed to worry about my adrenals, and I told her about the vitamins, reduced workouts, etc, and all she said was "good luck, I hope it works for you". I got the impression that she was skeptical.

                                I have not heard back from the chiropractor on whether or not they offer adrenal saliva testing.

                                I am also VERY intrigued by the shampoo-less approach. All I have thought about all morning long is making my own baking soda and water mixture to wash my hair with. Instead of using apple cider vinegar as "conditioner" I'll probably use lemon juice. Simple Mom – Live intentionally. says that some use lemon juice and some use honey. I'll start with lemon juice b/c to me, lemon juice smells good. How is everyone coming along with finding a substitute for toothpaste? Morning breath is bothersome to me and I don't wanna subject anyone to it. lol
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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