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  • I'm really ready for this cough to go away... afraid it might be bronchitis...
    Primal since March 5, 2012
    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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    • Long as it's not whooping cough. That's going around, apparently. Grandson might have it.
      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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      • A good home remedy for persistent cough is to rub Vick's Vapo-rub on the soles of your feet at bedtime, then pull on socks. This has worked for me without fail, ever since I learned it a few years ago. Only takes me one or two nights, also. Easy and low-cost to try, too, which is always a plus for me.

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        • Sugar Binge Annihilation Day 1 was a success. I was 100% primal yesterday. I overate, but I was primal. And I lost 1 lb... one real lb, not one I'd gained back. If you consider ones I gained back, I actually lost 3 lbs overnight... whatever. I'm happy to be at 206 now. that means only 6 more lbs and I'll be looking at the 100's again! ROCK. ON.

          That's so intimidating, actually. The 100's... I've been over 200 lbs for so long that 100's is intimidating. That means some serious weight loss has been occuring. It's awesome, but intimidating and I'm not sure what to think. am I ready? Under 200 is the realm of the successful and I haven't been successful for so long that I don't know if I belong with the likes of them. They say weight loss is a mental game, but I never would have expected to experience anxiety over reaching a weight below 200 lbs... Good thing I didn't reach it today.

          206. That's a good number, I think. It means I've lost 15 lbs this year (11 since going primal). But that's only an average of 3 lbs per month. Maybe I should just stop analyzing this and say "I lost 15 lbs so far this year". That's all that really matters anyway.

          Today, food looks like this:

          B:
          3 sausage links
          3 boiled eggs (yesterday I only ate two so might do the same today)
          vitamins

          L:
          left over taco meat
          big bowl of shredded iceberg lettuce
          1/2 roma tomato
          1/4 cup shredded cheddar
          salsa and sour cream

          D:
          Scalloped potatoes and ham, me thinks.

          I wanna make bison burgers or bison steak, but DH is working second so they're gonna have to wait a bit longer.

          I made the coconut macaroons last night. They were pretty good. A little less sweet than I anticipated b/c I'm used to store bought ones, but good nonetheless. The coconut I found (only option for unsweetened) was chipped coconut. I tried to chop it down to a finer consistency using the food processor but it didn't work. So the consistency of the macaroons is a bit off, but the taste is there.

          After I made them, I went to the store and picked up some sweetened coconut. I think that's going to have to be my vice now. Unsweetened coconut doesn't do it for me. It's like it's missing out on that rich coconut flavor... But then again, maybe I just need to give the coconut chips a little soaking in water or something b/c they're dried instead of moist like sweetened coconut... might be worth a shot.

          I think I might take a short walk today in my fast flats and see how it goes. This is my 3rd day of wearing them all day. I think it might be time to venture outward a bit. I miss walking.


          Ok, I think I've run out of things to ramble about. I hope everyone's having a nice day.
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • Originally posted by Sabine View Post
            A good home remedy for persistent cough is to rub Vick's Vapo-rub on the soles of your feet at bedtime, then pull on socks. This has worked for me without fail, ever since I learned it a few years ago. Only takes me one or two nights, also. Easy and low-cost to try, too, which is always a plus for me.
            That has never worked for me. It's worked for my kids to some degree, but NEVER for me. DH works for the company that makes Vick's so I have two jars of it at home - even cheaper b/c they gave them to us. But seriously, I've never had luck with that approach. I think it's likely bronchitis and is going to require a doctor's intervention. waiting it out a bit longer.
            Primal since March 5, 2012
            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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            • Originally posted by Judg View Post
              Long as it's not whooping cough. That's going around, apparently. Grandson might have it.
              I've been vaccinated against it. As have my kids.
              Primal since March 5, 2012
              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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              • Regarding your wonderful 206: I think you may definitely have something there. I think ecks is the most successful one of the people I check in on, and I notice he also has a lot of protein and not so many vegetables. Wondering if tons of vegies might make stomachs big and then really hungry after all those vegies digest. Have no idea, but it's working for ecks and sure is working for you. Congratulations. WTG.

                I've actually cut down on the amounts of vegetables too. I just can't see grok stuffing in a whole huge head of kale a day plus a ton of other vegies. It seems more like she would have picked here and there!
                Last edited by lopisheep; 05-16-2012, 07:16 AM.

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                • Jenn, ONLY three pounds a month? That's 36 pounds a year, and trust me, you will field an insane number of compliments if you keep that up?

                  Yes, success can be intimidating. It's new territory. It's like the guys who get out of prison and then commit a crime in the hopes of being caught. They've got prison figured out; freedom is terrifying. I am still wrapping my head around the new me, to tell you the truth, even if I haven't reached my goal and there is still a lot of plumpness to eliminate. And losing it gradually has meant I've had several head readjustments to do. But they're fun. Yes, saying good-bye to 200 was a major milestone (that's when I discovered I had bones in my shoulder...) And last spring I finally realized I no longer felt horribly visible, like a person with a deformity. That was an insane feeling; that people were not looking at me with pity. I liked it, but it was so strange. I hadn't even realized that I felt so visible. And now, I am starting to feel visible in a good way. Or at least I was, till I saw the pictures from this weekend. LOL. Yup, still have to lose some more... My problem is now that I see myself as thin, so evidence to the contrary is disconcerting. Oh well, I'll get there, even if it's only at the rate of one pound per month, as long as I get there.
                  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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                  • Um...you may have just joined the ranks of the recidivists. What is that coconut sweetened with? Didn't you just say you wanted to cut out the sugar for a while?
                    Just saying.

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                    • Yes yes yes... I know. It's sweetened with sugar.
                      Primal since March 5, 2012
                      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                      • ha ha ha (evil laugh)

                        Coaxed another convert!!! She's purging her cabinets tonight!!
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
                          ha ha ha (evil laugh)

                          Coaxed another convert!!! She's purging her cabinets tonight!!
                          You're good.
                          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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                          • Originally posted by Judg View Post
                            Jenn, ONLY three pounds a month? That's 36 pounds a year, and trust me, you will field an insane number of compliments if you keep that up?
                            Huh. That is pretty good. I think at one time I was like, 36 in a year. No! I have at least 60 and that's how much I want to lose this year. But now that I know how difficult it can be to get my weight to budge at all, that seems like a huge number. Three pounds a month sounds so doable ... someone slap me and tell me to go to sleep. I wanna keep up with everyone on here, but am running low on time in other parts of the day.
                            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
                            My Primal Journey


                            Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Nutrition Facts For Foods

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                            • *SLAP* Go to sleep, Lex!!!

                              Yeah, 3 lbs per month is just shy of 1 lb per week... and I got to thinking about it a little deeper last night and to be truthful, between January and February, I only lost 4 lbs... the rest of it has been since March 5th. Following the conventional wisdom of diets, I was losing 1/2 a pound a week... Since switching to Primal, I've lost 1 lb per week - twice as much weight as I was losing before. So while it's still "slow" by my calculations, I'm losing it twice as quickly as I was before.

                              Sometimes it DOES pay to over analyze things.

                              So my girlfriend at work was googling some weight loss information b/c recently she's put on 10 lbs (medication related binges). I saw what she was doing, so I grabbed her mouse from her, and sent her to MDA. She said she spent all yesterday and last night reading some of Mark's blogs about this and that and she's 100% sold. She says the wheat thing will be difficult because her DF is a conventional farmer, but she's stoked. He said he'll eat whatever she puts on the table but he doesn't care to know what's in it. She's hoping this will help her shed 8-10 lbs and some excess body fat as well as help her 6 year old daughter with her constipation issues. She said she was going to wait until next week to start, but she said she paid attention to how her body felt after eating spaghetti last night and decided to start today. She said the best part is that she doesn't have to kill herself on the treadmill! She mentioned wanting to get the cookbook, so I lent her mine so she can review it first. I love the converts!!

                              Today I'm up 3 freaking pounds and I don't know why... I haven't done anything to provoke it. I experimented the last two days with whether or not the iodine causes water gain by not using my celtic flush, so maybe it's what it was? I don't know. Could just be a one day thing too. Again, I overconsumed food last night, which I guess could cause the problem, but it doesn't explain water gain, really. Obviously I didn't overeat enough to gain 3 real lbs overnight so I know it's water. Just trying to pin point what could have caused it. I'm just gonna go with it today and see how tomorrow goes. I used the salt flush just in case though...

                              Today, over lunch, I'm going for a walk with my newly converted friend. I'm excited that she's doing this. My sister-in-law, as far as I know, is also still doing it. I sent her a text to see if she's learning anything of particular interest in the book. I loved the book.

                              Cough is still kicking my ass. I really am starting to believe it's bronchitis. Using an inhaler now when the big fits come along. I got this inhaler the last time I had brochitis (a couple of years ago) and it seems to be helping a little bit. I'm finding the cough before the inhaler is dry and after the inhaler is more productive, so that's a good sign that the inhaler works... My family doctor is off work tomorrow so if I were to go tomorrow I'd have to see her PA. I'd rather see my doctor. Next Thursday both the kids have an appointment for their yearly well checks and shots (eek!) so if the cough isn't better by then (or doesn't escalate and require an urgent care visit) I'll wait it out and ask her to prescribe something then. I'd really like to give my body a chance to fight it off on its own, but it's starting to make my throat sore and it's disrupting my sleep a little. We'll play it by ear and see how it goes.

                              Food for today:

                              Breakfast - the usual
                              3 sausage links
                              3 eggs
                              vitamins
                              salt flush

                              L:
                              leftover scalloped potatoes and ham (made with primal ingredients, except the cheese... discovered the damn cheese has corn starch in it!! - I imagine that's to keep the shreds from sticking together... may have to start shredding my own cheese)

                              D:
                              Maybe I'll slap together some deer burger/ground pork burgers or something for me and the kiddos. They'll at least eat burgers!
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • I think one of the biggest problems we have concerning weight loss is "faster is better". I think that's a bunch of bull, personally. It's more spectacular, for sure, and gives a great morale boost when it happens, but in the long run, it tends to be much less successful. I am more interested in the long run. I would rather lose one pound in a month and keep it off, than 10 and regain them. Granted, when I had 80 to lose I would not have been satisfied with one pound a month, but then my body was almost as eager to shed them as I was, and it was easier to drop. Even then, my rate was 8 pounds in 3 months, which is a little less than three pounds a month. And I am very, very happy with what I have been able to accomplish. Hubby was just reviewing photos from our trip to Italy 2 years ago, and our son's wedding four years ago (already??!!) and he says he can hardly believe the difference. Slow is good. The patience pays off. And I will confess to feeling a wee bit smug, when the spectacular weight losers who were being thrown in my face as role models are now fat again, and I am getting more and more questions about my "secret".

                                So chin up. Losing a lot of weight is more like a long hike than a sprint. Enjoy the scenery along the way. You get a lot of time to savour the little victories, and the many, many compliments, LOL!
                                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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