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  • You sound like one really skilled number cruncher. Good luck with the reading et al.
    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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    • credit cards can really get you in trouble if you don't keep them in check! Good job on the planning and good luck on the paying! When hubby and I got married 11 years ago I made it my mission to get us debt free! It took some doing - but I did it in just a couple years. Now the only thing we owe on is our house. And we're going to refi that so it will pay off in 15 years. Feels REALLY good! Now the credit card gets paid off every month!
      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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      • DH and I will get there if we exhibit disciplined focus on it. It's going to change in the next year as we prepare to get me another car, but for now, it's a good plan. Brad doesn't like to look at it b/c he finds it to be daunting, but it's really quite simple. Each worksheet contains one month's worth of bills and one month's worth of paychecks, divided out by the respective weeks that they are received in. It doesn't change from month to month (well, unless it's a 5 paycheck month - those are nice b/c then I can usually drop an extra $800 on a bill!). It's built out to the end of 2015. It includes normal expenditures - daycare, gas, groceries, bills due that week, etc. As far as spreadsheets go, it's not complicated at all, but it's pretty. I like it. I stole it from the interwebz. My debt paydown spreadsheet I stole from the interwebz too and includes interest paid, new balance, etc, like an amortization for revolving credit. Love them. And I love whomever the genius was who created them!

        Ok, off to write my paper.
        Primal since March 5, 2012
        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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        • Just saying Hi.

          I understand all about the frustration of plateaus. I had lost some weight, then found Primal/Paleo, and have not lost another pound. In fact, I've gained weight, though I'm still a smaller size (jeans still fit). I do, however, feel tons better, and my digestion is greatly improved. My athletic performance (excuse me while I laugh my ass off just from saying that phrase) has improved a lot.

          Keep up the great work.

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          • Jenn, I think its great that you're working so hard to get the finances under control. Its a big job - but oh so worth the effort!

            You haven't mentioned the scales lately.......... ??? I dropped a few pounds last week after tweaking my macros a bit. I read The Eating Academy | Peter Attia, M.D. The Eating Academy | Peter Attia, M.D. and it made a lot of sense. Plus, I've been reading Paleobirds journal and she follows him too. 10% carbs, 20% protein, and 70% fat. And I keep my calories between 1200 and 1500. Preferably the lower end. You might to give it a try if you're still stuck.
            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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            • I also think it's great that you are working so hard to get your finances in order! When I was divorced in 2000, my ex-got custody of the kids and I got custody of the debt we had accrued (I agreed to this, willingly). Some $20,000. I paid it all off doing exactly what you're doing. It seemed, at the beginning, like it would take forever, but it didn't. It took three or four years.

              Fast forward another decade, I'm debt-free with a healthy 401K and savings enough to help my now college-age children through school.

              I still live like I am trying to pay off the debt, but I pay myself first into retirement accounts and savings. It's amazing how much stress money issues cause (one of the factors in the divorce, sadly) and how much nicer life is without that burden.

              Good Luck to you!
              Height: 5' 10"
              Starting Weight: 292
              Starting Primal Weight: 275
              Current weight: 224
              Goal weight: 172
              Body Fat 30.5

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              • I am still stuck, Tomi. 189.2 this morning. I was considering going ketogenic for 2 weeks and seeing if that made a difference, but 10% carbs would be ketogenic. I'll drop onto MyFitnessPal and see what those macro levels look like. Glad to see you're experiencing some success! It's long overdue!
                Primal since March 5, 2012
                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                • Originally posted by DCarr10760 View Post
                  I also think it's great that you are working so hard to get your finances in order! When I was divorced in 2000, my ex-got custody of the kids and I got custody of the debt we had accrued (I agreed to this, willingly). Some $20,000. I paid it all off doing exactly what you're doing. It seemed, at the beginning, like it would take forever, but it didn't. It took three or four years.

                  Fast forward another decade, I'm debt-free with a healthy 401K and savings enough to help my now college-age children through school.

                  I still live like I am trying to pay off the debt, but I pay myself first into retirement accounts and savings. It's amazing how much stress money issues cause (one of the factors in the divorce, sadly) and how much nicer life is without that burden.

                  Good Luck to you!
                  Thank you. I appreciate your encouragement. I get very burdened by finances. I've never been very good with money. Went to college with $50 in my checking account after blowing the $500 I'd gotten as gifts for graduating high school. My husband and I make very good money but we live paycheck to paycheck. That's just not right. There's no reason for us to live paycheck to paycheck with this kind of income.

                  Currently, I'm only putting like 1% into my 401k b/c that's the mandatory amount. I look forward to the day that I can put more than $14 a pay period into it. And I would be THRILLED if I could pay for my kids' college without borrowing.
                  Primal since March 5, 2012
                  SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                  • Jenn, I think you're moving in the right direction to get there. Like eating, things only improve if we start thinking about what we're doing.
                    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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                    • Brad and I had a conversation again. Of course, he's feeling neglected, and not just in the bedroom, according to him. He says that I'm so busy with my own stuff that I'm taking him for granted and ignoring his needs... Really? When do I have time for your needs after tending to the kids' needs, making dinner, doing dishes, making sure everyone's got clothes for tomorrow, preparing lunch and breakfast, taking care of school requirements for Brady, doing baths, trying to keep up with the mess in the house and correct our finances after being gone from home for work for 11 hours? I have to run over lunch b/c there's no other time... I read for 20 minutes before I fall asleep at night b/c it's my only ME time... Really? I told him that if this is the case, then I feel I have failed as a wife and mother and that is incredibly bothersome. I think it finally sunk in that I am swamped, stressed, and overwhelmed by my multitude of duties.

                      He agreed that school stays since I'm so close to getting done. And my getting a degree, and eventually a better job benefits not only me, but him and the kids as well b/c it'll allow for us to pay debt down and save better for both college and retirement.

                      He agreed to help out more around the house (heard that before, hopefully this time it sticks). We have an initial agreement that he'll unload the dishwasher every day so I can spend 10 fewer minutes doing that task. He doesn't think it'll make that big of a difference, but oh how much it will!! It's one less thing for me to concern myself with! I can just open the dishwasher up and stuff it full of dirty dishes!! Oh, how wonderful that'll be! He already does a really good job of washing laundry and drying it, but he has yet to fold anything... Or put folded clothes away.

                      Anyhow, it's a start. We've also pretty much come to the conclusion that we're going to "disconnect" from the social world at night. We're going to try to sell his laptop so we can buy a desktop computer. We'll pitch mine eventually b/c it's seriously not worth much anymore. I don't even think I could sell it for $50 and sleep at night from the guilt. That's how life was before I got my laptop for school. We had a desktop that we hardly used and we didn't have facebook. We browsed message boards from work.

                      And we're going to clear the dining room table of all the clothes that need folded and start eating dinner as a family with the TV OFF!! We've tried this before and it lasted a whole week... he would decide he wanted to watch the game or some tv show so he'd eat in the living room while the rest of us ate at the table, and then this would happen again and again and dinner at the table would come to an end. I think it's important b/c our kids are starting to emulate our behavior of eating in front of the tv and don't understand why they are supposed to eat at the table while we don't have to.

                      Oh, and we plan to use the holiday weekend to tackle the monster that has become our messy house and get it back into shape. Find homes for things that need homes, purge things that we can't find homes for, etc. It's going to suck but the end result will be nice.

                      Eventually I'd like to remodel our kitchen, which will be labor intensive but shouldn't be too expensive b/c all I want to do is move things around, which should allow for the reuse of materials we already have. And then I want to knock out the wall between the kitchen and dining room, move the table closer to the kitchen and then utilize the rest of the dining room for the kids' toys... Essentially, I want to make the kitchen smaller b/c it's got SOOO much unused space, and make our dining room larger. I'll post floorplan pics in a bit of what I'd LIKE to do... But that dream is a year or two out easily...


                      So big changes are coming for the Tyler household... I hope they stick.
                      Last edited by jenn26point2; 08-29-2012, 12:22 PM.
                      Primal since March 5, 2012
                      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                      • I'm going to experiment with my diet again. I've been stuck in this plateau for a month and I'm done with it. I've had enough of a break. So, I'm going to copy Tomi's idea and increase fats, decrease protein and drop the carbs. I don't know that I'll use the exact same macro ratios she's got, but I'll be close. And definitely ketogenic. I think ketosis will help a lot here.

                        B/c sure, the measurements are changing for the better, but the scale's not moving... Ketosis will kill the fat making me skinnier and at some point losing all that fat has GOT to cause the scale to move, right???
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • It sounds very good that you have agreed on a plan. I'm rooting for you!
                          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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                          • Good luck, Jenn!
                            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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                            • Having Boyfriend finish the dishes before I wake up in the morning means so much! It's time I don't have to waste before I make breakfast and run off in the morning. Putting away clean dishes takes much less time, I can do that while my eggs are cooking. I hope you and your hubby can work something out so he can help you find more time for you to be together. Boyfriend and I will have to do that once his working schedule gets more finalized, because I'm tired of being the only one cooking dinners and cleaning the apartment. Your plan for clearing the table and setting an example for the kids sounds like a good one. Eating together is a nice way to catch up with everyone, especially since eventually your kids will be off at their friends' houses for dinner, or away at school!
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                              • My family in Italy all have a tv in the kitchen, so they always watch TV while eating. I hated it, still do! I swore I would NEVER put a TV in our kitchen. Luckily both my ex as my husband agreed on that. NO TV while eating. I'm acutally sitting in front of the TV right now with the whole family, watching Independance Day (it's almost 10pm over here) .
                                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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