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  • Tomi, If you like the fluidity DVDs/workouts you might want to look into Barre3 and/or Physique57 DVDs. I bought my daughter both. She used to take classes at a Barre3 Studio in Portland but it was very spendy, so I bought her the DVD. When she needed something "more" I bought her the Physique57 series for Christmas.

    I now have her Barre3 DVD and use my kitchen counter as the bar. I also have her arms/abs Physique57 DVD because she takes aerial dance classes that work her, already stellar, abs.

    As to your weight loss, I hope you don't take this wrong but I think you are focusing on the wrong thing-- looking for the quick fix to bring the number on the scale down and down quickly. And, when that doesn't happen you sabotage yourself.

    As for the liquid diet, that again seems like "a quick fix" to a broader issue than scale weight. Did you maintain the 35 lb loss?

    I suggest:
    1. Getting your head firmly in the game-- Decide what you know you will do and what you know you wont.Write it down.Think about it. Commit
    2. Decide on a eating protocol--ie 3 meals, one snack all primal foods, planned treats. Then decide to stick with it for a predetermined time frame without tweaking. 4-6 wks is IMO a good time frame.
    3. Decide on an exercise plan. For example--Walking 3 times a week + a DVD. Do this for a predetermined time (the same 4-6 wks as diet) adding walking minutes or days when you feel like it but always doing the initial decided upon number of days.
    4. Decide how the things you enjoy--rum/coke, cheesecake, ice cream, etc will fit into your life. I believe thinking things we love must be banished sets us up for failure. Knowing you can have them under predetermined circumstances lets you have them under control.
    5. Find success in the doing of #1-4. Not by the number on the scale
    6. Do not weigh for the predetermined eating plan/exercise time frame. Take measurements at the start of the time frame and end. Weigh at the end IF you can see it as a measuring tool, NOT as an indication of success/failure.

    I hope this helps. If you'd like to preview the DVDs I have before buying you are more than welcome to come over. If you'd like, we could do dinner on one of your husband's study nights.

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    • Originally posted by marcadav View Post

      i suggest:
      1. Getting your head firmly in the game-- decide what you know you will do and what you know you wont.write it down.think about it. Commit
      2. Decide on a eating protocol--ie 3 meals, one snack all primal foods, planned treats. Then decide to stick with it for a predetermined time frame without tweaking. 4-6 wks is imo a good time frame.
      3. Decide on an exercise plan. For example--walking 3 times a week + a dvd. Do this for a predetermined time (the same 4-6 wks as diet) adding walking minutes or days when you feel like it but always doing the initial decided upon number of days.
      4. Decide how the things you enjoy--rum/coke, cheesecake, ice cream, etc will fit into your life. I believe thinking things we love must be banished sets us up for failure. Knowing you can have them under predetermined circumstances lets you have them under control.
      5. Find success in the doing of #1-4. Not by the number on the scale
      6. Do not weigh for the predetermined eating plan/exercise time frame. Take measurements at the start of the time frame and end. Weigh at the end if you can see it as a measuring tool, not as an indication of success/failure.

      I hope this helps. If you'd like to preview the dvds i have before buying you are more than welcome to come over. If you'd like, we could do dinner on one of your husband's study nights.
      excellent advice!
      Primal since March 5, 2012
      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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      • Thanks - and yes - excellent advice So good that I'm going to copy, paste and print!

        I know my biggest hurdle is that I'm an emotional eater - stress, boredom, tiredness, sadness, frustration ............. it all makes me want to eat. I WAS really committed to this but I lost my drive. I lost my resolve. I lost my focus. I need to get all those things back again.

        As for the liquid diet thing.......... it was a fleeting thought brought on by cheesecake binging! And NOPE I didn't maintain the 35 pound loss. I didn't maintain the 50 pound loss when I did Medifast either. I know that fake food is NOT the answer - I was just feeling desperate.

        I know that paleo/primal eating is the ONLY answer for me. Its controlled my fibro almost 100% - I still have some fatigue, but very nearly NO pain. I just need to get things under control again. I'm going to follow your advice, Marcadav - and I'm going to set some goals. I'm going to go now and do some planning and committing!

        Thanks for the help
        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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        • Hey did you know Barre3 has online workouts for only $15/month subscription I might do this for a month and see how I like it.
          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 did it! I signed up for the 28 to Great one month challenge, for $28. They will send me the workout ball. At the end of the first month it reverts to the monthly $15 membership.

            Thank you, Marcadav for introducing me to this! I've been wanting to take classes, but didn't want to join a gym ........ I didn't know I could do it online! I will be starting tomorrow morning. The 28 day challenge is to do 6 workouts a week and follow the "eating plan" - which I won't if it tells me to eat non-primal foods. I can connect my computer to our 56" tv and will feel like I'm "IN CLASS" This is just what I needed to get motivated again

            Yeah!
            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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            • You're welcome. I'm glad I didn't offend you.

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              • I don't offend easily. I understand people generally have their hearts in the right place - and I'm pretty sure I know that about you!

                I have my goals written out - and a plan in place.

                I will start Barre3 in the morning.

                Here are my goals:

                1. Improve my health by bringing down my CRP to normal level and to bring down overall cholesterol to normal level.

                2. Improve my physical stamina by walking daily, riding my bike often and doing the Barre3 videos daily.

                3. Improve my eating habits by eating only what will help me reach my goals

                4. Lose weight - overall goal is 140, but I won't push it and I won't hate myself if I don't reach it.

                5. Allow myself GRACE if I slip -- but stay focused on the goal daily.
                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
                  Hey did you know Barre3 has online workouts for only $15/month subscription I might do this for a month and see how I like it.
                  No I didn't know. They must have added them since I bought the DVD.I'll have to check it out.

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                  • Nice plan. I would change #3 to: I will make healthy, primal food choices daily.
                    I don't like "eating only" as it can be too restrictive/rigid, black/white, good/bad and lead to all or nothing meltdowns meltdowns.

                    I would also plan a reward goal..Something like --if I walk 3 days a week and do 3 barre3 workouts a week for the 28 days of the program then I give myself permission to have rum/coke one night at the end of the 28day program.

                    Just a head's up-- The first few times I did the Barre3 DVD (40 min), it kicked my butt--literally and figuratively . It got easier over time, though because of my CP I always have to modify.. I haven't done it in a while. Maybe I'll do it this weekend instead of the Physique57 arms/abs.

                    So, don't beat yourself up if it takes a while to get up to speed. The success is in the doing.

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                    • Sounds like a good plan Tomi. Good Luck.
                      Primal since 9/24/2010
                      "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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                      • Agree. Nice plan laid out. Stick to it and you'll see some results.
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • thanks, Ladies! Always nice to have support and back up. I feel like my head is back in the game an I'm ready to really dig in. I did my first Barre3 video this morning - I picked the easiest one - 10 minute warm up and legs workout I made it 8 minutes and decided to stop. I don't want to push and be really sore tomorrow. I want this to be something that I can work into slowly and build up my strength and stamina. I look at several of the videos - they seem to be very doable - but I will go at it slowly so I don't get discouraged and give up.

                          I haven't walked for a couple weeks so basically I've been a slug for the past 2 weeks! It feels good to have a plan that is easy and doable and I don't have to go anywhere! I have enjoyed the walking - but I need something new and fresh.

                          Marcadav - I agree with the food plan being very restrictive - I feel like I need to start off in that mindset - just for a couple weeks - then maybe I will move to a more gentle approach. As for the reward.......... I'd rather have it be something non-food and non-alcohol since those truly are stumbling blocks for me. I very much want to move back into the non-drinker status. I think I will make my reward something like a new item --- or maybe a facial? A once a month reward if I have followed my plan.

                          Boy - it was hard getting my journal this morning - they must be doing some maintenance on the site. It was getting frustrating and I was about to give up - but I'm so addicted to coming here every day I just really needed to get my thoughts out. I noticed that I just passed my one year anniversary of starting this journal. Its been a year of big learning!

                          Now I'll try to catch on the other journals and then get going with my 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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                          • food for the day:

                            3 bacon strips (thick sliced)
                            iceberg/spinach salad w/carrots and radishes.
                            7 large shrimp sautéed in butter
                            4 oz salmon
                            1000 island dressing (call it my less than 100% portion)
                            3 oz mixed nuts

                            Calories: 1266 carbs 13%, fat 66%, prot 27%

                            Not bad for my first day back in control.

                            there are 3 small pieces of cheesecake in the fridge. I'm going to ignore them. Maybe I will talk hubby into finishing them off tonight and then I won't have to play mind games to not eat them. He's out of ice cream and I'm thinking after a salad and seafood he's going to want MORE!

                            He's getting better about not having/wanting grains - but he's not so good about the sugar. So if he wants cookies, of course he's gonna get grains along with the sugary stuff. He just won't climb on board with me -- and I KNOW this of life would be 1000 times easier if he were doing it with me. That's how I function best - as a group. I'm a team player. But, I'm pretty much doing this alone (well, alone in my real world - but I have all of you in this cyber world). I like to do things that are joint ventures. And if hubby would join me I think I would have reached my goal by now. Maybe all my fitness goals, but certainly my weight goal. I guess there is always hope that he will decide to be healthy with me.

                            Tomorrow night we are going to Corvallis (think Oregon State University) to meet youngest step daughters boyfriend and take them to dinner. Hubby met him already, but didn't have a lot of time to visit. I'm looking forward to meeting him. I think this may be "the one". Makes me a little nervous - cuz we haven't put any money aside for a wedding. But she has a pretty good head on the her shoulders, and I don't think a big wedding is her style. I also don't think they would be planning a wedding until they are both or at least HE is graduated. He is older than she is and is one year away from getting his masters in pharmacy. He wants to work with the big boys in the pharmaceutical industry - so likely they will live on the east side of the country. She is getting her degree in chemical engineering - so - also an EAST US industry. That will be weird.

                            Oldest step daughter will be graduating with her master in Ed, focus in Electronic Media, in December. Then? Not sure what she will do - teaching jobs are pretty dang scarce these days. And she isn't really confident enough to pack up and move far away and be on her own. She is still living with her mom. I worry about her.

                            My son is doing great! Has all 3 rooms rented out and is working LONG hours. He's made me very proud.

                            Now --- to get myself in shape, and to be proud of my own accomplishments. That's my focus.
                            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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                            • Hey, Tomi. Have fun meeting the boyfriend. I hope you guys like him! Pharmeceuticals... that'll be a tough one. I can picture the family dinners - him talking about how successful the pharmeceutical industry is and you fighting off the urge to tell him pharmeceuticals are for the weak! Ok, maybe that's what would happen if it was MY son-in-law.

                              I got this in my email today and thought it might interest you. Stop the Monsanto Protection Act in Oregon
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • Monsanto is the demon of the agricultural world. There have been some aweful things happening in Oregon. They just passed approval for farmers to grow Canola in the Willamette Valley - the most fertile part of Oregon. Canola is an EXTREMELY invasive species and will eventually spread its seed far and wide. I don't know if Monsanto has anything to do with that or not - but it passed despite the pleas from all the farmers organizations in the valley. Its hard to fight a monster like Monsanto with just a few 100,000 nay sayers. It takes big dollars and really good lawyers.
                                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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