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  • No, they didn't say the surgery killed the people... they felt the surgery gave the cancer "air" so that it could grow b/c after the surgery the cancer always came back and the person died from the cancer. I'm sorry, maybe I didn't word that properly...
    Primal since March 5, 2012
    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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    • No, I think I understood. Maybe I am thinking that is too silly for someone to believe, and maybe that makes me a mean person but I am okay with that hah
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      • Well, their argument was that those who survived it didn't have the surgery, so it must have been the air. I don't know... without looking up research that agrees or disagrees with this logic, I'm not concerning myself.
        Primal since March 5, 2012
        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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        • Really, it's just coincidence. A few people in a particular circle of friends is not a statistically significant sample. Definitely not something to base decisions on. For what it's worth, I had a tumour removed surgically, and I'm doing just fine. Granted, it was a wussy cancer, but still... It hasn't come back, not even as a wuss.

          So sorry you're having issues with hubby. But you know, most marriages go through a rocky period, and with all that you guys have on your plates, it is not at all surprising. My husband and I got through our rocky periods because we were both committed to finding solutions. I also had to put down my foot with my husband at one point, but I can tell you that I let him know at the same time that there were many things I admired about him, and I thought our marriage was worth fighting for. And, to be quite honest, I had things that had to change too. It's rarely a one-way thing. He did appreciate my acknowledgment that this was not a good guy/bad guy thing. (I'm kind of kaleidoscoping things, it was quite a bit more complex than that.) Anyway, a marriage is worth fighting for and if you can agree you'll fight together for it, you can make it. It does sound like removing some of the external sources of stress could be helpful.

          If he is reluctant to go to counselling, maybe you could check into Mark Gungor's DVD marriage seminar. He might find that less threatening, and the laughter does help ease the stress. I haven't seen the whole thing, but the chunks I have seen were excellent. It could be a good starting point anyway.

          I will be praying for you guys. And do remember what it is you admire about him too. It's at times like this that we most need that list...
          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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          • When am I going to experience the energy surge everyone talks about? I am so wiped out today that I could barely drive! I don't think a RedBull could wake me up today.

            Update: things are better between DH and I. He's changed his attitude and is talking to me with more patience in his voice even when I can tell he's irritated to the max.

            In regard to Primal eating, my weekend was a success. It was at the least 80% primal. I did enjoy entirely too many grain free cookies (bought a grain free mix from the farmer's market on Saturday) and yesterday I had a Scotcheroo (rice crispie treat with peanut butter). But, no blatant disregard for my desire to avoid wheat. We had a cook-out deal at my mom's yesterday b/c an aunt who lives in California came home for a visit. My grandma was a bit upset that three of us are on specialized nutrition plans and wouldn't eat a lot of the food that was prepared. There was potato salad, pasta salad, deviled eggs, angel food cake, sugared strawberries, yellow cake, baked beans, and seven layer salad. I brought some pan fried potatoes in coconut oil, watermelon and sauerkraut. My stepdad grilled burgers (made from feed-lot beef), hot dogs, and brats.

            I chose the lesser of the evils: burger, pan fried potatoes (at least I know those were 100% primal), a deviled egg, watermelon, and seven layer salad. It's made with mayo and sugar for a dressing, and Grandma's deviled eggs have mayo in them, but there are three things in life you cannot avoid: taxes, death, and Grandma's deviled eggs. I'm more worried about Christmas when I have to avoid her homemade noodles. That's been a highlight of family get-togethers for as long as I can possibly remember. She's always made extra so I can take some home with me. It's going to be hard to pass those up come Thanksgiving and Christmas. Grandma even commented that hopefully next time we meet for a meal, we're all off our diets so the food gets eaten. I told her my "diet" is a forever thing and that I have no plans of ever going back to the way I ate before, and she said "never say never". I think she was offended that so many of us (three total) were not eating certain things that were prepared and provided for us.

            Question: my sister is following some goofy eating plan and I'm trying to figure out if it's something she read about or something she's made up on her own. She called it "high protein, no fat, no carb" but of course, high protein is impossible with no fat... anyhow, she can eat a junky burger from the race track (with mustard and pickles) but can't eat bacon, and her cheese has to be organic. No dairy otherwise. From what I can tell, and from what I have seen, she's eating ZERO carbs from the normal sources (like no fruits and veggies). I think any carbs she's getting are incidentals like would be found in eggs. I don't know what she can possibly be eating on this plan. I'd like to know what plan it is so I can check it out. She won't tell me b/c she knows I'll find flaws in it and will bring them to her attention.

            On a less "diet" related front, my son suffered a concussion this weekend. We were at the races on Saturday and he was his typical wound-like-an-8-day-clock self. At one point near the end of the night he was playing in my daughter's stroller (after I have told him time and time again to stay out of it). It's a tandem stroller with the front and back seats. Since DD had fallen asleep once, I had the seats both reclined so she could lay down. She had not stayed down long so the stroller was vacant. DS decided it would make a good playground and climbed in the stroller. At some point during his moving around, the stroller flipped over backwards and he landed on his head and neck. He got a goose-egg the size of a golf ball and complained that his head and back hurt (between his shoulder blades). We monitored him for a while and before too long he fell asleep. I would wake him periodically to make sure he'd come back to consciousness and he always did. About an hour after falling asleep, he woke up puking. We took him to the emergency room where he underwent a CT scan and a back xray. They determined he had suffered a concussion and strained spinal muscles and sent us home. The next day, aside from the remaining goose egg, you'd swear nothing had happened to him. He was rambunctious as ever. We had to slow him down before he ended up hurt again.

            So, in a nut shell, that was my weekend.

            Today I'm exhausted and just want to sleep. I have a pack of lunch meat (Hormel Natural - no nitrate/nitrites, artificial ingredients, MSG, hormones, or gluten), a pack of pepperjack cheese (the real stuff), some sour cream and some sauerkraut for breakfast and lunch. Not sure what dinner will be tonight. I have some frozen free-range pork chops, some grass-fed ground beef, and a free-range chicken (which I have already cooked in the crockpot). I also have some ham steak. Maybe we'll do tacos tonight with deer meat and ground pork. That means I'll have to shred a block of cheese... *sigh* work work work... lol

            OH! one more thing before I forget... I no longer have to attend the lectures for my online class. I spoke with my instructor yesterday and expressed my concerns. He said that attendance is not mandatory and I could just listen to the lectures when I can. That's good. One less stressor.

            I hope all are having a good day and enjoyed their long weekend.
            Primal since March 5, 2012
            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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            • Those kids can be faster than lightning! Luckily he's feeling better already. As for you...I think it will need another 5 years or so when you get all the sleep you need, the kids are less demanding and you get some time for yourself. Been there, done that, could have written the book and have outworn the T-shirt!
              My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
              My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
              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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              • Phew! You sound busy Glad DS is okay, that must have been scary! Boyfriend's ex got a concussion once, took her several weeks to fully recover (trouble concentrating for a while).

                I don't think I could ever turn down a deviled egg, SAD mayo or not.
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                • Luckily, DS is done with school so he doesn't have much need for concentration right now. He's been very sleepy though, which the ER doc said is normal - that he'd want to sleep more or be more tired. Other than that, he's back to being himself. We have to keep reminding him that he can't take a flying leap and land on something for fear that his strained back muscles won't protect his spine like they should.

                  Update: I'm not feeling sleepy anymore. Just bored senseless now.

                  I've been talking keeping in touch with a primal friend via myfitnesspal (we send each other emails updating each other on how we're doing) and she mentioned she's going VLC this week to correct some eating deficiencies. I'm doing the same. My goals for this week include minimal carbs (starchy carbs 1x this week when I use up the ham in the fridge to make ham and potatoes), LHT, and no fruit/sugar. I haven't been experiencing any insulin issues that I know of, but I have stalled in the weight loss department and I know it's b/c I've been allowing freedoms. Could explain my fatigue too.

                  So, primal rules this week... no straying from the basics. I think maybe I need to go back and read the 1st seven blogs Mark sent me as a reminder of how easy this is.
                  Primal since March 5, 2012
                  SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                  • Tonight we're going to SIL's for dinner. She and I went to the farmer's market together on Saturday and she picked up some Primal goodies. She realized she purchased too many radishes and is going to cook some up tonight and pair them with her free-range pork chops. She said we should come over for dinner, so we are. I'll take my pack of free range pork chops too and we'll have a feast on her deck of pork chops, radishes and green beans.
                    Primal since March 5, 2012
                    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                    • Ah, glad you could eliminate a stressor! The fewer plates you have to spin, the better.

                      Cooked radishes? ??? How does one cook radishes?
                      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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                      • I second Judg! Never heard of cooking radishes!

                        Glad things seem to be turning around for the better and that DH Has lightened up a bit! Hope your VLC week goes swimmingly

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                        • So glad someone already asked - when I read cooked radishes I was instantly puzzled - never heard of it either.

                          Jenn - SO sorry to hear about the mishap with DS - but they are so resilient aren't they? Also happy to hear the online class remains just that........ online. One less concern, and more available time for you.

                          Let us know how the weeks plan is going. I'm at that point of wondering if I need more carbs for a bit just to shake things up. Right now I could very easily go VLC because all I want to eat is meat - I have no appetite for fruit or veggies. Sugar is something I almost always have a taste for - unfortunately! But try my best to stay away from it. This last weekend I didn't do so good.
                          1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                          2. Eat to heal
                          3. Move to live
                          4. Embrace today
                          5. Live with intention
                          6. Respect my body
                          7. Cultivate joy
                          8. Find my passion
                          9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                          • Tomi, I'm having the greatest difficulty with sugar right now. I'm not limiting it the way I should. So, out with it. However, last night I forgot my goal of no sugar/no fruit and had about 2 cups of watermelon... oops. That opened the doors to a binge where all I wanted was more sugar and ate everything I could with protein and fat to avoid sugar - mostly cheese. Finally gave up and ate a Chobani yogurt. Then DH brought me a tea. I don't know if the Chobani hushed the urges or if it was the tea... but at that point, I was satisfied.

                            SIL found a recipe online that called for sauteeing the radishes with fat and garlic. Not sure what she used for the fat, but I'm assuming butter or olive oil. The cooking of the radishes took their bite away. I'm not sure I was good with the flavor, but it was definitely a different take on radishes.

                            SIL also grilled the free-range pork chops we'd gotten at the farmer's market. They were good. Juicy, tender, good flavor. I can't wait to make my own! We also had frozen string beans with garlic powder, onion powder and butter. Tasty!
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • Well, I will have to try sauteeing radishes some time, just to see.
                              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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                              • 3 day weekends really mess up my internal calendar... I am all screwed up regarding what day it is!

                                Today I am going to walk. I brought gear so I could go to the gym and LHT, but my Work Friend (AKA Primal Partner II) didn't bring anything with her. So we'll LHT tomorrow. I feel like I've surely had to have lost some strength and that worries me. I'm not interested in sprinting just yet.

                                Food Plan:
                                4 sausage links
                                2 boiled eggs
                                1/2 c sauerkraut
                                vitamins
                                Zyrtec (for my cough)

                                Tacos
                                deer and pork with McCormick taco seasoning - just spices nothing else
                                lettuce
                                shredded cheese (shredded by moi)
                                salsa
                                sour cream
                                tomatoes
                                *might even wrap them in swiss chard*

                                I find myself getting *tummy growling hungry* about an hour after I wake up, but it always goes away. This morning at about 7:15, my tummy started really growling until about 7:45. It stopped. And here I sit waiting at 9:30 for it to start growling again so I can justify eating. I guess the later I go without food the less likely I'll be to get hungry before dinner.

                                At some point I need to do something with the chicken I cooked on Sunday. I thought about shredding it and using it for salads, but I'm not eating much for salads so maybe I'll make a chicken stew or something. I have a recipe for a chicken stew in my SparkPeople cookbook that I could primalize using tapioca starch instead of the flour. I think it calls for flour anyway... might be cornstarch. I don't know right off hand. And since the temp is going to be dropping this week, it might be a good idea for later this week. Like, maybe tomorrow or something. But stew without biscuits??? hmmm... maybe I should just use some of the bone broth I made and make a chicken gravy over mashed potatoes instead. Serve some green veggie with it. That sounds like a better idea.

                                Anyhow... tummy is starting to get a little grumbly now, so I think I'll eat my breakfast.
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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