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  • Good Heavens! When it rains it POURS! I hope you get through this next week without having a mental breakdown! JK of course you'll do fine! YOU'RE JENN! You push through anything to accomplish your goal!

    Hope Brad is feeling better............ is it a cold, flu? either way - YUCK. I have to say since I've been eating primally (even when not following closely), I haven't been getting viruses. I can't remember the last time I had a cold or the flu. Oh yes, the swine flu got me the year that was running through. 104.5 fever and miserable!!! That was pre-primal
    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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    • Thanks for the vote of confidence, Tomi. Brady and Makenna and I got 74 cookies cut out and baked last night. We will frost them tomorrow night. I had my Christmas party today. It went well. I did a bit of Christmas shopping tonight after the party (it ended early). Got 3 more people done. Now we just have my mom, SIL and kids left. Oh, and me. I'm probably just going to go with running gear. Not sure what else I want, really. Some injinji socks would be nice.

      Re: Brad: It's a cold. He stayed home sick today and feels better tonight. But that means he HAS to work Saturday to make up the hours b/c he's out of vacation.

      Canio - once you pop a blister, and cover it - all is well in the world again. They're just little blisters - smaller than an eraser head. I pop them, bandage them, and move on. They'll callous over and be fine in a week. With that, I have 4 miles to do tomorrow, so I better get them popped... Off to burn up a needle now. Have a nice night, y'all.
      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
        Canio - once you pop a blister, and cover it - all is well in the world again. They're just little blisters - smaller than an eraser head. I pop them, bandage them, and move on. They'll callous over and be fine in a week. With that, I have 4 miles to do tomorrow, so I better get them popped... Off to burn up a needle now. Have a nice night, y'all.
        Ah, that makes sense. I was thinking of the huge ones I used to get doing ruck marches (I never could get a pair of boots that fit well enough to ruck without blisters from hell).

        Good luck on the 4 miles!

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        • I'm getting sick. It's just a cold but it has my nose stuffed up to the point of not being able to breathe properly. It might possibly affect my run today. We'll see. It's all in my nose, so maybe I'll be ok. As long as I don't develop a headache, I suspect I'll be ok.

          And now that I mention headache, I'm starting to feel the pressure. *sigh*

          My ezcema is flaring. Looks lovely, let me tell ya. I get it on my face - wonderful spot. I develop red splotches and dry patches. I try to keep coconut oil on it to keep the dryness at bay, but the red spots are impossible to hide. I had a few people ask about it at the Christmas Party yesterday.

          I also have a deep inflammed spot on my chin. I think Nameless called it a cyst once before. Every time I stray from the primal principles, it makes an appearance. It's not what you typically think of when you think of acne - at least I don't think of it. It's large, it's painful and it's not going away. Not even with tea tree oil. My skin is broken out in other areas as well - hairline, chin, back. It's quite attractive, let me tell ya... It doesn't help that I'm eating like crap and I'm finishing my cycle, so hormones are ramped as well.

          And I'm bloated to beat hell! OMG I can't believe how puffy I feel! Pants don't fit at all! I went from almost needing a size 10 to looking like a sausage in my size 12. I want so badly to start the whole30 now, but I know there is NO WAY I'll be able to navigate Christmas following Whole30. I'll just be miserable and hungry everywhere we go. I'm just going to reserve myself to attempting to eat lightly. I need the holidays to be over now, please.

          I thought about starting my Whole30 on the 26th, but Brad and I plan to enjoy some adultish beverages for New Year's Eve, so I will probably wait. I could start eating Whole30 and just not say I'm doing Whole30 until after the new year's bash where we do some drinking at home after our kids go to bed and play Wii Mario Kart all night long. Pretty wild New Year's celebration, let me tell ya! lol

          I don't know what I'll do when, but I do know one thing is for certain... SAD is not for me. It wasn't right for me before, but now I know for sure it's not right for me. The way I feel, the way I've ballooned up 20 lbs so quickly, and the way my skin looks are all indications that SAD is not the proper human diet for my body.

          I'm just really frustrated right now and what's more aggravating is that now is not the right time. Whole30 is hard enough on it's own... trying to navigate Christmas with Whole30 rules will be impossible unless I cook all my own food and not eat a single thing provided by anyone else. I'm not sure I'd be willing to do that...

          So for now, primal/paleo at home as much as possible, until January 1.
          Last edited by jenn26point2; 12-18-2013, 10:22 AM.
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • That is the best you can do Jenn. I am doing the same. Keeping it as Primal as possible.
            Primal since 9/24/2010
            "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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            • Get some KE tea!

              Yeah, cystic acne is acne that doesn't push through to form a whitehead. It just stays under the surface and is super painful . Don't touch!

              I hope the holiday navigation goes well.
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              • I have some KE tea available to me... just need to work up the ambition to walk to the water cooler, get the water, and then wait for it to heat up in the tea kettle... it's a long, annoying task to make tea at work.
                Primal since March 5, 2012
                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                • do not google images of cystic acne... ick.
                  Primal since March 5, 2012
                  SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                  • Poor Jenn! So sorry you're feeling bad...sucks especially right before Christmas. If you have some echinacea start taking some...or Sambucol. Either one will boost your immune system & help you keep the worst of it at bay. Sambucol (or Sambucous) (either one is Elderberry extract) is really good if you feel like you're coming down with the flu. And of course Vit C. I hope you feel better soon!

                    I'm with ya on trying to stay half way primal thru the holidays. While I have been eating things I shouldn't I haven't gained but about 3 pounds...where I can really tell the difference is in my joints! My knees & lower back especially are killing me. That, I believe is due to excess sugar.

                    only a couple of more weeks. Come on Jan 1!
                    Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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                    • Haha I should have warned you not to google! >< I this morning too, just to make sure I was calling it the right thing. The worst cases show up in the image search.
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                      • Yes... yes they do. lol
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • My body is making it perfectly evident that it is NOT happy with my frequent poor food choices. I'm up 20 lbs, my skin is breaking out all over, my elbow hurts (tennis elbow?? - but I did nothing to cause an issue, so I think it's just dietary inflammation), my peroneal nerve and sciatic nerve have both been talking quite loudly whilst running, causing my form to falter and making other things hurt. I'm bloated to beat hell. I'm fighting a cold/weird winter allergies. I'm not sleeping very well, so I'm tired frequently. ALLLLLLLLL of this crap started in October when I ended my last Whole30. I cannot WAIT to start the next round.

                          Can the freaking holidays just be done already?

                          That's it... no more whining and crying. I know what I need to do. I know how to fix this. So, if I feel like whining and bitching about how things suck right now, I'll just refrain from posting in my journal and will instead stick with reading everyone else's and providing whatever support I can. Absence from my journal will be your cue that things are not right yet.
                          Primal since March 5, 2012
                          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                          • Jenn - If you're really feeling that crappy, is eating bad (albeit, tempting and yummy) foods really worth it? I think you can navigate through the holidays on a slightly relaxed primal diet.......... allow yourself ONE cookie or SMALL slice of pie when you have family gatherings. If you're like me -- when I fall of the primal wagon I will eat 10 cookies or have 2 slices a pie in a day! I think you can improve how you're feeling without also feeling deprived. You have to find the balance of being on point and allowing SMALL deviations --- rather than being totally out of whack and eating anything and everything.

                            One thing I have come to realize......... THIS WOE is a lifetime choice for me - not an "only when convenient" choice. There will be holidays and birthdays and weddings and funerals and every other kind of food related event happening constantly for the rest of my life - learning how to navigate those times and still remain healthy and stay true to my goals is the entire point of learning to change to this WOE. Eating SAD foods is unhealthy for my body - and makes me a very sickly person. I have come to the realization that just because a piece of pie or cake or a cookie or a creamy luscious looking casserole is placed before me - does not mean I have to put it in my mouth. I can eat what I choose to eat and not care what anyone else thinks about it. And if I chose to partake in something "treatish" then I will do it in great moderation and only for very special times. That 2 minutes of pleasurable eating isn't worth the 3 days of bloat that will follow - or the running and stumbling to find my way back onto the primal wagon. By George............. I think I've finally got it!!!!!! You know what makes me give in to those SAD treats and foods??? That spoiled little girl inside me that stomps her foot and folds her arms across her chest and says, "BUT I WANT IT!!!" -- time to put spoiled little Tomi into time out and be an adult.

                            For me............ I need to stay as close to 100% as I can stand because there is a very gray area between 95% and 50%. So, learning your own personal safe spot is really important. Maybe you can do 80/20 like Mark suggests -- I can't. My 20 quickly and easily grows to 30 or 40%. I need to keep a tight hold on things. If my ONLY indulgence is some dark chocolate on a daily basis then I know I'm on point. I'm in a really good place right now........... and I'm trying to stay focused so I stay there through the holidays and beyond. A cookie is not my friend........... it is the death of my goals. That's my strategy to get through the next 3 weeks.

                            Can I challenge you to REALLY think about this: Is eating all the holiday SAD foods more important to you than feeling strong and healthy? If it is........... if the pleasure you get from eating those foods a big enough motivator - then go with it - give yourself the freedom to say "for the next 3 weeks I'm going to indulge in whatever I want and I'm not going to feel bad about it" and don't give it another thought. But keep in mind - you'll stay bloated, you'll gain weight and might have to get a larger size pants, your acne and eczema will likely get worse, and your running will suffer because of all the damage from the SAD foods.

                            Think it through with your logical brain parts ....... not your pleasure brain parts. Either way - you're still awesome - and come Jan. 2 - you will be rockin' another WHOLE30!
                            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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                            • Originally posted by tomi View Post
                              If you're like me -- when I fall of the primal wagon I will eat 10 cookies or have 2 slices a pie in a day!
                              Originally posted by tomi View Post
                              You know what makes me give in to those SAD treats and foods??? That spoiled little girl inside me that stomps her foot and folds her arms across her chest and says, "BUT I WANT IT!!!"
                              Originally posted by tomi View Post
                              I need to stay as close to 100% as I can stand because there is a very gray area between 95% and 50%.
                              Originally posted by tomi View Post
                              Maybe you can do 80/20 like Mark suggests -- I can't. My 20 quickly and easily grows to 30 or 40%. I need to keep a tight hold on things.
                              AAAAAALLLL of that... I don't just eat one cookie. I have a spoiled rotten little brat inside me that wants those foods and will use holidays as an excuse to have them. I MUST remain 100% compliant or I deviate WAY far off point. Hence the reason Whole30 works so incredibly well for me.


                              Originally posted by tomi View Post
                              Can I challenge you to REALLY think about this: Is eating all the holiday SAD foods more important to you than feeling strong and healthy?
                              I will think this, but it won't do any good. I'll be mindful of people watching me choose those foods knowing they're thinking "wait, she's supposed to be following paleo... what is she doing?" but it won't make any difference. And there are a few select foods that aren't available to our family except around the holidays - i.e. Grandma's chicken and noodle made with homemade noodles that she rolls and hand cuts herself. It's freaking delicious - glutenous our not. I will not likely pass that up.


                              Originally posted by tomi View Post
                              Think it through with your logical brain parts ....... not your pleasure brain parts. Either way - you're still awesome - and come Jan. 2 - you will be rockin' another WHOLE30!
                              All logic goes out the window when I'm faced with a smorgasboard of amazing food, paleo or not.
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • Then --- indulge and enjoy.......... NO regrets - NO condemnation - NO looking back. Get through the holidays and then leap back onto the primal wagon and ride it for all your worth!
                                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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