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  • Originally posted by KimT View Post
    Glad the probiotic is helping out! Wishing you much success in July. Your results will give me something to chase after next month. No pressure or anything
    I need pressure!! What's funny is that proving to everyone who is NOT here that this works is my ultimate goal. To prove to everyone that you can lose killer weight and get fit and strong and healthy without buying into a shakes program or diet program or paying for coaching. I HATE those programs that make you pay for information that is available all over the web for free.

    One of my friends posted that she's starting some BeachBody Extreme Reset or some shit so I posted as my status that today I start the Whole30, a reset, cleanse, detox all in one and all I have to buy is groceries - no shakes, no premade packaged meals, no coaching, etc. No expense except groceries. I'm passive agressive like that... lol

    So, my goal is to lose 13 lbs this month. The 3 I regained, and then 10 more pounds. I lost 10 lbs last time in 23 days with a cheat in there that caused a 3 lb gain, so I think 10 lbs plus the 3 lbs water weight I gained this time in 30 days is totally doable. Agree? Disagree? Thoughts?

    But, if I can lose 13 lbs in 4 1/2 weeks, and prove to them that they don't need all that expense, my goal will be achieved!!
    Primal since March 5, 2012
    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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    • Just wanted to share that the gal with 5 kids and I talked for quite a while on facebook tonight. We made plans to start walking at night and get caught up. She'll bring her 5 kids and I'll bring my 2. lol Hopefully the temp drops a bit so we can safely have our babies out there (her youngest is only a few months old). It'll be great to bring this friendship back. I missed my best friend! (We were besties in high school until a boy got between us... ok, not a boy, a douche, but same difference and didn't start talking again until shortly after DD was born). I'm excited.

      Day 1 of the W30 was pretty good. I followed the rules. Ate only W30 approved food items. Made a fruit salad that felt like a cheat. Bananas, strawberries, raspberries, mandarin oranges, pineapple and cinnamon. Yummo.

      No movement today except working on my kitchen some and doing some laundry. Too hot to do anything. Work Friend had an appointment with her therapist so she wasn't planning to go anyway, so I skipped.

      On that note, I'm going to bed. Talk to y'all tomorrow.
      Primal since March 5, 2012
      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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      • Hi Jenn. I hope the friendship-cultivating works out well. We are so busy with solitary pursuits in our modern world, that it's easy to shut ourselves off. Online friendships can be invaluable, but they aren't enough. I find I have to get pro-active sometimes. Summer is too busy with family, but the rest of the year, I try to make a point of getting together with a girlfriend (not necessarily the same one) once a week. That often means inviting someone over for coffee or supper, because going out often wears me out. The volunteering idea is excellent too. Reaching out to someone else's need is good on so many levels it's crazy.
        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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        • Day 3 of my 2nd Whole30 was an amazing success! Day 3 was a holiday with a family get-together with so many non-primal options. I went from being that person who brings the same damn thing to every family get-together to being that person who brings her own food... Don't worry, I shared... while everyone else was eating breaded and fried catfish, potato salad, cake and ice cream, I was eating baked catfish sauteed in ghee, sweet potatoes and as much watermelon/cantaloupe my body could hold (at lunch) and chicken breast with tomato basil seasoning, grilled green peppers and again, all the watermelon my belly could hold (for dinner). I know how terrible I would feel today if I had eaten that stuff, so I made sure to bring my own food.

          And if anyone had said anything, I had my line in my head ready to go... I'd look at them and say "No offense, but [fill in the blank food] will give me the shits and make my hip hurt." Given they're my in-laws, I know they would find humor in it. I didn't have to use the line though. Thankfully.

          Everyone seemed to enjoy the baked fish. DH said it was greasier than usual, but it was ghee, so totally healthy. Sure it couldn't have been greasier than the piece of fish that had just swam its last swim in 300 degree vegetable oil... SIL and BIL tried the chicken and the grilled peppers. They didn't like the peppers - texture thing they said, but they also don't like them raw. They were being courageous and trying something new. Good for them.

          The day, aside from the time spent eating, was spent sitting in a lawn chair under the tree watching my kids swim. It was entirely too hot to do anything else. Today we may pop the thermometer... forecasted temp is 100 degrees. It's not often that we see temps this high in Iowa... Makes me glad I'm working, but my poor flowers are not doing well. I need to remember to water them when I get home from class tonight.

          That's all I've got for now. I must get this reading done for class so I can knock out my paper. I always wait til the last freaking minute for this stuff...
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • Glad you had such a great successful Primal day on the 4th! I opted for a burrito instead of a plate (would have had beans and rice but no tortilla) when we went out for lunch, but dinner was 100% "compliant". On the days a couple of weeks ago that it was around 100F, my scooter's kickstand melted into the driveway! I don't think it was poured very well.
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            • Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
              On the days a couple of weeks ago that it was around 100F, my scooter's kickstand melted into the driveway! I don't think it was poured very well.
              Is your driveway asphalt? (black or grey?) Asphalt is very maleable when it gets hot (it's poured hot and pressed hot) and it would be easy for things to sink into it on 100 degree day. Ours is concrete, so all we have to worry about is our tires melting into a puddle... lol
              Primal since March 5, 2012
              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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              • It's been making dents in any temp over 80F too, but happened to actually sink in a few inches on a hotter day. I don't know if it's gray or black asphalt. I guess gray, since it's not super black like a freshly laid road. Yeah, concrete seems like it would be a better option, but asphalt is repaired easier and cheaper, so that's probably why the owners did it. I think it's within a few years old.
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                • When I asked grey or black, I should have mentioned that is an easy way to tell the difference between concrete and asphalt. But, since it's denting, it's totally asphalt.

                  I feel rather overwhelmed right now. Everything that I'm overwhelmed with is totally controllable. I think maybe it's sensory overload or something... who knows. And I've gone without my antidepressant for 2 weeks now and I'm still having brain zaps. How freaking long are these things going to stick around??? And my anti-biotics are done. But I'm still coughing - not as bad as I was, but coughing still... and still feeling full in the sinus cavities. And my rib still has an incling of pain if I skip the anti-inflammatory. How long do I have to continue this?? Luckily, the gut flora imbalance seems to be back where it should be - at least the symptoms suggesting otherwise are no more, so it leads me to believe things are back to normal there...

                  I'm reading "It starts with food" and I'm really liking it. I'm starting Chapter 5 tonight after class. Chapters 1 and 2 are your obligatory introduction chapters - how was the Whole30 invented, how were we introduced to the Paleo lifestyle, testimonials from previous followers who were successful, etc, etc, etc. Chapter 3 talks about the types of food, and Chapter 4 discusses psychological effects of food - primarily processed food and how they trick our bodies with their chemicals, lack of nutrients, etc. Reading about what food manufacturers do to get us to eat their food and keep coming back to it was a totally offensive. I am more determined than ever to avoid those types of foods like the plague out of SPITE! They are playing on our biology to get us addicted to crappy foods! It should be criminal!!!

                  Anyhow, I've been toying with the idea of allowing corn - as in corn on the cob... Not sure I want to go there. Not sure if I'd have a reaction to it or not (like I seem to have to wheat now). I guess I could experiment. And corn on the cob is only available a few months out of the year (good corn on the cob, anyway - the grocers seem to import it from wherever and sell it year round now, but it sucks unless you get it from a local grower in the summer months). What is your take on local grown sweet corn? Of course, I would avoid during my Whole30 b/c I really want to do this one right with no cheats or allowances.

                  ok... I really need to get this paper done. I'm sure I'll be back soon.
                  Primal since March 5, 2012
                  SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                  • Hey Jenn! Great job on the whole30! Stay strong! You can totally do it this time.

                    Sorry you're not completely healed of that darn sinus thing - and the rib thing - and the brain zap thing - but it sounds like you're better. If the sinuses down clear up you might want to try the neti pot. I've heard great things about it -- but, it sorta freaks me out so I haven't used mine yet. But, if I get another nasty head cold I'll be using it.

                    Man I don't know how you keep up with your life! It seems you have WAY too much on your plate! You have my sympathy - and my admiration for keeping up with it all! Hope you got the paper done..........
                    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, Tomi. I did get my paper done.

                      I've been reading "It Starts with Food" and I am amazed to say the least. I was up til 11:30 reading that danged book! I "bookmarked" a couple of places in the book last night and decided I will be posting that information giving props to Melissa and Dallas as appropriate. There is just so much wonderful information in the book. I am seriously considering giving it to everyone for Christmas simply because it's full of very useful information.

                      Here's a snippet on insulin:

                      Your hormonal troubles start with "overcarbsumption": the chronic overconsumption of supernormally stimulating, nutrient-poor, carbohydrate-rich foods.

                      To begin with, a constant excess supply of carbohydrates will tilt your metabolic "preference" toward buring what's most plentiful - sugar - when fuel is needed. If there is an overabundance of sugar, the sugar takes precedence over fat as a source of energy in many metabolic processes, and stored fat doesn't get burned for energy.

                      If less fat is being burned for fuel, then it accumulates, and body fat levels tend to increase.

                      In addition, all that excess glucose poses a storage problem in the body. If there's space available in the liver and muscle cells, they'll happily uptake glucose. However, if those cells are already full of glycogen, they will politely decline any additional nutrition (essentially putting up a No Vacancy sign). When there is no room in the liver and muscle cells, the body shifts fuel storage to Plan B.

                      You will not like Plan B.

                      When the liver and muscle glycogen stores are full, the liver (and your fat cells) convert the extra glucose into a type of saturated fat called palmitic acid, which can then bind together in groups of three (with glycerol) to form TRIGLYCERIDES.

                      These two processes combined - the preferencital burning of carbohydrate over fat for fuel and the creation of triglycerides - lead to increased body fat and increased triglycerides and free fatty acids in the blood, neither of which is desireable or healthy. And this pileup of sugar and triglycerides in teh blood pushes another hormone, leptin, out of balance.
                      Extracted from It Starts with Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig.
                      Primal since March 5, 2012
                      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                      • Damn, I want that book. If I buy my hair bleach on Amazon, I have enough leftover on my giftcard to take off about $3. Wonder if it's worth it, or if I should just wait for next month.
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                        • Another book to read! I can barely keep up as it is.

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                          • Tasha, it is TOTALLY worth it! I got the Kindle version but fully intend to buy the bound version of it simply to highlight in and keep laying around. And lend to people who I feel need to read it the most.
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • I heard good things about that one, but since I think I've already pretty much got it, I'll pass. Good to know it's solid though in case anyone else asks. Also, I think it's been well-received by some educated paleo bloggers, too.
                              5' 9" 47 YO F
                              PB start June 2, 2012
                              Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
                              Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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                              • Ok, I just ordered the hardbound copy of the book. It was cheap!!! WHOO HOO!

                                Also ordered a charger for my wee man's little 4 wheeler. That was cheap too!!

                                And then I ordered some ghee, which was $3 cheaper than where I normally buy it, but sadly, it didn't qualify for super saver shipping, so I ended up paying $4 in shipping... lol Silly Jenn. Oh well.
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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