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  • My mom had a tv in the kitchen for a short while. It was a small black and white. We didn't watch it during dinner, but we did watch it while cooking or doing other kitchenly work.

    The way our house is set up we don't need a tv in the kitchen b/c we can see the one in the living room. We can't see it when we're in the dining room b/c of where it sits in the living room, but we can still hear it.
    Primal since March 5, 2012
    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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    • Kitchen.png
      This is the current layout of my kitchen. Take note of the closet that is presently behind my stove... it opens in the dining room. From left to right you see the wall I want removed, which houses my stove. To the right of the stove is the sink, and immediately next to the sink is my dishwasher. Then NOTHING AT ALL EXCEPT VACANT COUNTER SPACE until you reach the pantry (in the corner) and my fridge. There is an island in my kitchen, but we have removed it b/c it was a gynormous pain in the ass. Always in the way, on rollers, and just collected shit on top of it (however, it did house my pans).

      kitchen2.png
      This is what I want to do with it. I want to move the stove to the opposite wall on the same angle (so instead of being on the left side of the kitchen, it'll be on the right, closer to the fridge and pantry) or even right next to the pantry which houses bakeware and a few dry primal foods right now or better yet, in the middle of that long spanse of countertop so I have both sides of the stove to do my work. Then we can knock out that wall between the rooms, which will result in fewer cabinets (and consequently the one that houses my pans - but I could put them in my pantry), but those cabinets can be put to use in the racing trailer. The closet that I would lose (which houses my vacuum and broom,etc) will be to the left of the counters. Easy stuff... Pull the cabinets and counters, put the stove where I want it, fit the cabinets, replace the counter top, and build a closet. Bam... done. Of course, I know there's more to it than that... I would probably take us a long weekend to complete it. And hell, maybe with that configuration without that wall between the rooms, my island will work in there again and can make the move back in from the garage?? Maybe.

      Anyhow, it's all dreams right now...
      Last edited by jenn26point2; 08-29-2012, 01:39 PM.
      Primal since March 5, 2012
      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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      • Jen~

        New to this forum but SO impressed with your success. It's motivation for me

        Cheers~

        Barbara
        SBF% 20.5
        CBF% 20.0
        Goal....14%

        Muscle weighs more than fat and scales are evil.

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        • Here's a better pic of what I want to do.



          That big oval is my dining room table.
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • Jenn ---- great talk with hubby! Sure hope he follows through with his agreements. You might have to do a little bit of reminding until he gets into the habit and fully owns the jobs he's agreed to - and the changes he's agreed to. I have to remind myself to be kind when I'm "reminding" instead of letting my frustrations come through in my voice.

            I think you will like the changes to your diet as well. I'm having a hard time getting my macros just right. Protein is still too high - so I'm cutting down to 2 eggs in the morning instead of 3 and will more carefully monitor my meat portions.

            I wanted to add --- STRESS will cause your weight to stall even when are doing everything else right. Cortisol is a diet killer! Remember this "lifestyle" is all about healing the body - that means body and mind! You've got the plan in place for the finances now you just have to stay the course and let it play out. The rest of life is going to happen - kids and hubby's are a handful for sure! But you need to find that magic place where it doesn't overwhelm you or tie you up in knots. Breathe!!! Everything will work out as long as all parties involved are willing to do their parts - and it sounds like hubby is on board to do his part (at least he's willing to start).

            Remember............ we're in this together! Have you read The Eating Academy website??? The Eating Academy | Peter Attia, M.D. The Eating Academy | Peter Attia, M.D. Its a great source.

            Going for a walk now.......... than off to work.

            hope you have a great day!
            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 is right. My weight loss slowed to just one pound a month when I was under a lot of stress. I decided to be happy with that. There's only so much you can do, and I considered it a major victory that I wasn't packing it back on. So do keep plugging away at it, but don't make it another source of stress by thinking that you have to achieve a certain number or you're a failure. Sometimes just holding the line while gradually improving habits is a wonderful accomplishment.
              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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              • Wow... monster post... brace yourself. Settle in with a nice cup of coffee and relax a bit... lots of rambling going on here...

                Originally posted by Judg View Post
                Sometimes just holding the line while gradually improving habits is a wonderful accomplishment.
                You're absolutely right, Judg. I hadn't heard it put that way before, but it makes perfect sense. I'll work to remember that when the scale is being a bastard! lol

                So, little snafu with the checking account... but it's all good. I was able to make some adjustments to our budget for this week to correct the problem. Sadly, I won't be setting $200 aside for Christmas this week, but Christmas is still a fair amount of time away and I should be able to make up for it, especially with Brad working as much overtime as he can to help us get ahead a bit.

                Great news! He loved my kitchen floor plan! He agrees that it will be more ideal than what we have now, even though we'll be losing cupboard space and will have to decide what to do with a lot of stuff. He's apprehensive about the work though b/c he's never done home improvement before, so he has no idea where to start. Luckily, his wife is a DIY Network JUNKIE and has a pretty good idea of how to get started. He's also excited that he'll get the extra cupboards to put in his racing trailer... only problem is that we likely won't be able to do anything for 3 years, and by the time 3 years rolls around, I'll probably change my mind, and at the very least, the kids won't need a toy room anymore (well, Makenna might as she'll only be 5, but Brady will be 8 and probably moving away from toys and more toward video games or some stupid shit like that). we'll see what the next 3 years bring.

                I found out today from my insurance agent that our policy now contains an Equipment Failure clause that covers our stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, washer, dryer, furnace, AC unit, and water heater. Should they break down, the insurance will cover the cost of repairs/replacement less $500 should they break. That is freaking sweet!! That means when my dryer finally conks out (it's 8 years old - same as the washer), I'll be able to splurge a bit to get a new one. Of course, we have to call a repair person to attempt to fix it first, and it has to be deemed unfixable before insurance will allow us to claim it on our policy, but I thought that was a super cool idea! It's a $34 a year policy... can't beat it. Shoot! I meant to ask her about flood insurance and forgot... We're not in a flood zone, but our house sits immediately on top of the water table, so in times of heavy rain, our sump pump does a LOT of work. We've burned up 2 of them in the 5 years we've lived here and had our basement flooded as a result (only gets about an inch deep), but in 1993 when the big 100 year flood came through, I guess there was water sitting in our yard, so the potential is there, I guess, for the possibility of greater damage - especially if we ever finish our basement, which we do plan to do in the future. Surprisingly the 500 year flood in 2008 didn't affect us despite turning the tri-county area into an island for 2 weeks. To illustrate, the Cedar River, which is usually crossable by foot (water only gets to knee deep most years) was 28 foot deep during the flood of 08. The said that if it had risen just one more inch, it would have lifted a bridge off it's piers and floated it down stream. Said bridge was closed for 2 months after the waters receeded to assess any possible damage. I was on National Guard flood duty for 12 days and couldn't see my family the entire time b/c EVERY bridge between us was closed 50 miles up and down river from us. It was insane!! Looking at the marks people put on trees to indicate how high the water got amazes me b/c I can't fathom that much water - especially because it not only goes up, but out in all directions. That's a lot of damn water. lol Anyhow, HUNDREDS of homes were destroyed and while we're relatively safe, there is still the risk of pipes breaking, washer flooding, etc, that we might need to worry about. And I'm a worrier, so that's what I do.

                Ok, talked to the agent... long story short, since we have a sump pump we don't need "flood insurance", but she advised we get "Sewer/Sump Pump" insurance that will cover any damages should the city sewer back up into our basement (floor drain) or if our sump pump should die again. It's $30 a year and covers $2,500 in damages. It'll cover any carpeting or whatever we put down there in the future or our chest freezer should the water get high enough. Asking Brad's input, but will likely add that to our policy. It's a $2 a month increase on our house payment... lol Oh, and broken pipes are covered under homeowners insurance. Flood insurance covers water that comes in from the OUTSIDE of the house, I thought it covered ANY water damage and that's why it was so important for everyone to have it, flood plane or not.

                Ok... insurance talk over... Insurance: it's what's on my mind today. I'm a very random person and concentrate on random things at times. And I blame my sister. She's shopping for a lower insurance premium for her car/house.

                Anyhow, onto actual PRIMAL talkings... 10% carbs isn't going to work for me. 10% carbs is only 43 carbs a day... I killed that and then some yesterday. If I'm perfectly perfect, 50 is about my minimum b/c I do like my veggies and I love my fruit. I also wonder how to increase my fat to 70% without exceeding 20% protein... So, I may have to go with a 15% carb, 30% protein, 55% fat ratio or something... tweaking, it's what we do at this point right?

                Oh, one last point. Saw Dr. Lake today about my sciatic/piriformis/ankle pain. She fixed me right up, and suggested I do some gluteal strength exercises. She gave me a couple to do. I'm supposed to reduce running to 10 minutes total 2x per week and spend the rest of the time working my glutes. She said it could take up to a year for my glutes to catch up to the same strength capabilities as the rest of my body, but she said it's possible (she's a Paleo chiropractor who does crossfit - how could she be wrong??? Lol). So, gluteal strength with occassional running. Lots of squats... and box climbs... ugh. But, it'll be good b/c it'll help me run! YAY!

                She suggested I do burpees for cardio, and I said "But I don't want to do cardio... I want to run." She laughed at me and I think she was about to explain to me that running IS cardio, but I beat her to it and said "I don't run for cardio. I run b/c I like it". She understood then and said her suggestions should work for me. Excited to get started and make running EASIER!!
                Primal since March 5, 2012
                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                • PHEW! that was a lot to digest! Didn't we just have a discussion about STRESS (ie: worrying about the house flooding!)??? Have you ever tried meditation? I'm not a big fan of that stuff - but I hear some people LOVE it! It helps them find their "center" or some such thing........... ????

                  My husbands favorite saying is "Just relax!" ........... well, until I started turning it around on him. Funny - he doesn't say it so much anymore...... hummm........ wonder why?

                  Stress = cortisol = fat ................. thats bad.

                  Find your happy place, Jenn
                  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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                  • funny thing... insurance would eliminate my stress over that matter... and I wasn't actually stressed about it, just thinking about it. It was on my mind, I guess.
                    Primal since March 5, 2012
                    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                    • I'm rather frustrated that my ankle hurts so much today. I did the exercises my chiropractor suggested. All gluteal strenghtening exercises. Then I borrowed a foam roller from the gym and rolled my hip flexors (and a bunch of other muscles just for fun) and now my ankle is throbbing. It's VERY unhappy with me for some reason or another. I left a message on Facebook for the chiro to see what she thinks. At 230 I leave work to head to the dr for my annual physical. I might ask her what she suggests (she's a paleo-ish marathoner and triathlete).

                      Reading up on the Eating Academy per Tomi's suggestion. I read Dr. Attia's story. Very interesting and logical. I'm adjusting my macros and definitely aiming for ketosis. I'll probably hit it hard and with serious commitment after the weekend. It's easier to eat meat and avoid veggies/fruit when they're not staring me in the face like they do at home.

                      The biggest thing I need to do is rein in the freaking sugar! It's getting ridiculous.
                      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
                        funny thing... insurance would eliminate my stress over that matter... and I wasn't actually stressed about it, just thinking about it. It was on my mind, I guess.
                        Well in that case I'm relieved that you were able to take care of it! My financial concerns at the moment are with refi'ing to a lessor interest rate and a 15 year mortgage. It will increase our mortgage by about $250 a month --- but save us $40K over the life of the loan. I think we can swing it. At our age --- its definitely time to be planning for retirement! If we refi now to a 15 year mortgage we will pay off at the age of 67. Just in time for SS to kick in!!! HA! if its still available!
                        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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                        • We have 28 years of mortgage left. we just refi'd a couple years ago. It lowered our interest rate by 2% and our payment by $500 b/c we consolidated our original mortgage and a home equity loan. We'll pay ours off when I turn 60, unless we Dave Ramsey the hell out of it after Dave Ramsey-ing the hell out of our other debts. We might take a break from the snowball after the 3 years is up to take a vacation, remodel the kitchen, or whatever else. Then Dave Ramsey the student loans while piling up our 6 month emergency fund and starting a retirement plan. If there's anything left after setting all that up, we'll Dave Ramsey our mortgage to pay it off earlier.

                          I was considering joining the Whole30 for september thread until I visited the August thread and got my ass chewed for slipping the last two weeks and "being insensitive" to those who were following the rules by posting that I wasn't following the rules. High Five to Tash for sticking up for me though. Thanks girl! I explained to this gal that if she knew ANYTHING about me, she'd know I'd already completed 2 1/2 whole 30's and slipped during this one because of burn out and I was confessing my sins, not being insensitive to those who were following the rules. People like that can just f*ck off. they think they know, but they don't... Anyhow, I am considering going W30 again b/c I'm still struggling with sugar and I'm tired of struggling with sugar and this is the only way I know how to combat it. But I think to fully combat sugar I'm going to have to nix fruit and that was depressing.

                          BUT, if I concentrate on ketosis for 15 days like planned, then it'll be a whole30 type deal without fruit b/c I'll have to seriously limit how much fruit I eat daily to meet that goal.

                          Speaking of meeting goals... i walk by the vending machine today and momentarily eyed the bottle of mountain dew glowing inside. Tomi's signature popped into my head and I kept on walking. Thanks Tomi!
                          Primal since March 5, 2012
                          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                          • You're welcome! Keep on walking! And keep the fingers out of the candy jar! I'm keeping my paws off the rum! No lactaid pills means NO ice cream. And I haven't bought any dark chocolate in about a month. Good things are happening for sure! Next thing to go is my sweet potatos............ just until I reach my goal. My steamed mixed veggies will be my carbs for now.

                            If you lower your carb macros you will be forced to avoid the sugars........... just sayin' I know you love a challenge --- so make that one your challenge!
                            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 think I'll be able to avoid refined sugar without any real problems... the fruit thing is what will be hard for me. I love my fruit... but I'll make it easy by not buying any when I get my groceries this weekend. I'll finish up my watermelon with Baby Girl tonight and see if I can make this ketosis thing happen.
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • Anytime, lady. Sugar is a demon, truly. I struggle enough with it on my own, so I think that person's response struck a cord with me. I don't know how active I'll be in the Sept. Whole30 thread, since my goals are pretty different. I just need to keep being strict primal, basically, but without starches for a while. I'm having a hard time keeping off the sugar. I could do a 21 Day Sugar Detox at the drop of a hat, but at the end, I still want to turn back to sweet stuff just as much as before. I'm starting to feel that I'm just incredibly sensitive to sugar, and that this will be a life-long battle.
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