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  • @ Judg ---- VERY good advice on the thinking about what TO eat instead of what NOT TO eat. Honestly though, I don't think about food that much - when I journal I tend to dig deep, and thats when my analytical brain kicks in. I work things out through my writing. The best thing for me is just not having the "bad" foods in the house. If they aren't here I don't have to argue with myself about eating them or not. Call it my avoidance strategy! I've learned from past experience that once I get in the habit of not eating those kinds of foods, then even when they are available, I tend not to eat them. My reasoning is: why mess it up when I have a good thing going? As for veggies - I already eat lots! I know for sure I get in at least 6 servings most days. When I eat BAS its more like 12 servings. I LOVE squash!!!! but right now, its $1.50/pound around here! Plus I'm trying to LOW on the carbs, so I'm eating too many. Sweet potatos are my go-to starch right now. I have some seeds ready to going in the ground and I'm going to grow my own squash this year. Zucchini ribbons are one of my favorits - sauteed in chicken broth, with some nice shrimp added - or salmon! oh......... I need to make that again, its been awhile! Acorn squash baked in butter, with cinammon sprinkled over the top! (or brown sugar if I'm feeling I need more sweet) Hey, I could do just plain maple syrup instead of brown sugar huh???? I'm going to splurg next time I'm shopping. Thanks for stirring the creative juices........ I have grown to LOVE stir fries as well. I use brocolli, cauliflower, zucchini, 3 kinds of bell peppers, carrots and butter and olive oil. At the end I sometimes drizzle a bit of whorechestershire sause, or soy sauce for added flavor. What do you put in your stirfry???? I have wanted to try bok choy? have you tried it? what does it taste like?

    I've logged 8.25 miles of walking this week - and I've eating healthy and very primal! Not one single deviation this week. I count that as a big success! I'm a role, so I can more easily keep it going.

    This weekend we will be boat camping - I need a strategy for walking and eating right. I wonder if I can get my husband out of the boat to go for a good long morning walk with me? Ok....... need to find a hiking trail around the lake. Hubby wants to buy a couple Kayaks --- that could be great exercise too! I also need to work on finding a good fishing spot near the lake. I know what your thinking....... "how 'bout fishing IN the lake?" BUT, the lake only has Trout and a very few Kokani. I'm not a big fan of Trout - especially the lake Trout cuz most of them are planters. BUT, the river is FULL of Salmon! And I hear the Springers are running! I want to catch some of those! My goal for the summer is to get our freezer stocked full of Salmon! We've always relied on our customers to gift us with fish --- but I want to do it myself! Could it be my hunter/gatherer instincts are kicking in? What fun!!!!

    UGH --- for now - back to the real world - its time to go get ready for work. I don't think there will be a lot to do today - mail and daily deposit, most likely no new patient packets to abstract - so maybe I'll get out of there early again. Not good for the paycheck - but I love coming home and getting to work in my yard. Maybe I'll get the little Honda tiller out and put those seeds in the ground today! I've been trying to decide where they should go for the best light, and to not look too weird in my garden amungst all the rodies and azaleas! OH my ---- its a downpour of rain right now!

    Have a great day ladies!
    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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    • ""Holy Cow! My puttering turned into some transplanting - some digging up - some pruning - and mowing the entire yard! I'm POOPED! But the yard looks nice! I love a freshly mowed lawn!""

      A Primal workout! Grok would be proud. I need to get out in my yard too. But since were moving in a month I am not motivated. But it is a good workout. So maybe that will motivate me.
      Theresa

      SW 155 CW 148 GW 135-140

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      • Originally posted by tomi View Post
        @ Judg ---- VERY good advice on the thinking about what TO eat instead of what NOT TO eat. Honestly though, I don't think about food that much - when I journal I tend to dig deep, and thats when my analytical brain kicks in. I work things out through my writing. The best thing for me is just not having the "bad" foods in the house. If they aren't here I don't have to argue with myself about eating them or not. Call it my avoidance strategy! I've learned from past experience that once I get in the habit of not eating those kinds of foods, then even when they are available, I tend not to eat them. My reasoning is: why mess it up when I have a good thing going? As for veggies - I already eat lots! I know for sure I get in at least 6 servings most days. When I eat BAS its more like 12 servings. I LOVE squash!!!! but right now, its $1.50/pound around here! Plus I'm trying to LOW on the carbs, so I'm eating too many. Sweet potatos are my go-to starch right now. I have some seeds ready to going in the ground and I'm going to grow my own squash this year. Zucchini ribbons are one of my favorits - sauteed in chicken broth, with some nice shrimp added - or salmon! oh......... I need to make that again, its been awhile! Acorn squash baked in butter, with cinammon sprinkled over the top! (or brown sugar if I'm feeling I need more sweet) Hey, I could do just plain maple syrup instead of brown sugar huh???? I'm going to splurg next time I'm shopping. Thanks for stirring the creative juices........ I have grown to LOVE stir fries as well. I use brocolli, cauliflower, zucchini, 3 kinds of bell peppers, carrots and butter and olive oil. At the end I sometimes drizzle a bit of whorechestershire sause, or soy sauce for added flavor. What do you put in your stirfry???? I have wanted to try bok choy? have you tried it? what does it taste like?
        I've used the same avoidance techique. Almost all desserts have been verboten for a very long time now. Of course, I always knew how to throw together a few ingredients for a cheat when I wanted it, but that involved effort. So spontaneous cheating was much harder. And you're right, once we're out of the habit, we don't compulsively stuff ourselves with them when they are around.

        My stir-fries tend to depend on what's around. Bok choy is good, quite mild, so unlikely to offend. Sometimes I do one with a gazillion veggies, sometimes with just two or three. Snow peas are a nice addition too. I like zucchini with onions and sesame seeds, although looking for a substitute for the soy sauce I used to put on. You know, maybe I'll just continue with the soy sauce. A tablespoon or two every couple of weeks is not going to mangle my innards, I don't think. Anyway, I'm still in re-adjusting mode, I'll get all this figured out sooner or later.
        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 grief - I just read through my last post - I think I left out a word here and there. I was in a hurry to write it cuz the clock was ticking and I needed to get to work. And then I got "sick" with my tummy issues and ended up getting there later than normal anyway! Good thing I don't have a set time that I need to be at work! I love flexibility! Okay - I require flexibility! I didn't take both doses of calcium yesterday - and today I had troubles........ I'm beginning to see a pattern. I need to remember to take it twice a day. I've been noticing that the patients at the clinic who take higher doses of calcium - like 2000 mg or more, also take a stool softener. So, I have to wonder if there is something to this idea that calcium is constipating. I can't remember the last time I was actually constipated....... I'm sure its not within the last year. Maybe 2 or 3 years ago?

          Work went well - I have a few charts to abstract, and the mail and deposit to do. But, its rainy and cold out so I won't be spending any time in the garden today. Rats. I wanted to get those squash seeds planted. Maybe tomorrow?

          I'm doing great today! Good walk this morning - then salmon for breakfast and now I'm making chicken breast fried in bacon grease with steamed veggies. No dips or dressings tonight so that will greatly reduce my daily intake of fat.

          Hubby is going up to the lake to do some work to the boat tonight - with BIL, also working on his boat! He is a hard working guy! I am SOOOO blessed to have him! What a difference he has made in my life.......... In case you're interested, here is a bit of history about us: We met in grade school - 3rd grade to be exact, when his family moved home from India (he's a missionary kid). We were friends through school, but got to be very good friends in high school, then we both went to the same University and spent pretty much our entire life together there - we'd start the day with breakfast, and end with saying goodnight before going to our own dorms. We planned our class schedules together so for the most part we were sorta joined at the hip. By about Christmas I realized I was falling in love with him. By May we were officially an "item". We had an on/off relationship for a couple years - I knew I wanted to marry him, but he wasn't ready for that. He wanted to date others, so I let him go, thinking he would come to his senses and find his way "home". But he didn't. He started dating another girl - but, he still would come to my apartment - I was the "mistress" I guess. I knew about the girlfriend, but the girlfriend didn't know about me. When I found out he was going to marry her....... I cut the ties with him. I ended up marrying on the rebound - a man I had know my whole like, and who was 14 years my senior. (mind you, I was only 21 to his 35) Everyone who had ever known me was telling me not to do it - even on my wedding day I was hoping my true love would come and save me from my own stupidity. But he didn't come. So --- fast forward 20 years with only 2 times seeing the love of my life ............ my marriage is breaking apart - counseling isn't helping - and we decide to end it all. The phone rings one day and its my love........ calling to tell me that his wife had left him for a younger man (can we all say "cougar" ???) After getting together a couple times we realized we were still very much in love - and being together was like being in the safest place on earth. And that was the beginning of what is now a very happy and fullfilling love affair. Oh I forgot to mention - I was living 500 miles away from him, so for 18 months we did the long distance relationship thing. In June of 2001 I moved backed "home", and in October we were married. Thats my love story......
          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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          • What a beautiful love story! Sometimes things are just meant to be. I met my husband in April, worked together, first date was in July (I had to ask him out), engaged in September and married in October that same year. It was my second (married and divorced young), but I was the first person he dated. I'm sure people thought it wouldn't work, but it's been 13 years. Sometimes you just know.

            @Judg- I just got coconut aminos as a soy sauce substitute and it's really good. Made with coconut and salt. Works great for stir fry. Just thought I'd pass the info along.

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            • Thanks, KimT - I sorta like our love story! He's my best friend, and the love of my life.

              Speaking of......... its 10:50 and he's still not home. But I talked to him and he isn't far away. Bozo forgot his brief case at the office and has to go back and get it. Sounds like things didn't go well with the boat.......... something about the props. Good grief. Things never go smoothly where mechanics are concerned.

              My numbers today were REALLY good! Its good that I'm tracking again cuz it really helps me stay on course. 4 days of great numbers and walking! yeah! Haven't stepped on those darn scales............ not going to. I bought a new bra today - same cup size, but a size smaller around! Goodbye 40D! Hello 38D!

              Trying to plan the food to take this weekend. I know hubby is going to want junk food. Chips and dip, cookies........... junk food. what to do? I can take chips that I don't like or can't eat cuz they will mess up my tummy........ but, the only cookies I don't like are ones with raisins or dates - or other boogery things. He likes chocolate chip oatmeal peanut butter cookies! tasty - but BAD!!! Maybe I'll just by his Chip Ahoy favorites and call it good. I don't like the store bought cookies cuz they taste like chemicals. I have tomorrow to plan and shop for the long weekend. Will take chicken, fish and hamburger. Eggs and bacon. Veggies and fruit. And the junk food for hubby.

              list making time............ I'm a list maker.
              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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              • well - looks like our boating trip to the lake might NOT happen this weekend. He put on a new (used) prop and the screw sheared off in the hole - so now he needs to get it removed...... we've decided with the crazy week we've had we might just stay home and putter all weekend. I'm pretty excited about that - cuz when we go to the lake on holiday weekends I rarely get any time with him. We have 3 or 4 boats tied up together and everyone is visiting - hubby and I are usually at opposite ends. He's been gone every evening this week, except for Wednesday - so we're needing some good old down time together.

                Its a BEAUTIFUL day in the pacific nw!!! I got up early and was full of energy and ready to start the day! I grabbed the basket of clean laundry before I even put on my clothes and put everything away - then I came downstairs and got all caught up in whats going on here........ ooops. Time to go walking! will write more later. I FEEL GREAT TODAY!!

                I did my entire walk of 2.75 miles. Its a nice walk - and the flowers are so pretty! Some people really go all out with the landscaping. I need more color in my yard! When I got home from walking I put on my junky clothes and got right outside to do some yardwork - then a neighbor stopped by to borrow our big tables for a yard sale, and we talked for an hour, maybe longer! He's a good guy - going through a yucky mess with his wife - she blew 1/4 of a million dollars gambling! He kicked her out (this was the second time she did it!) and now he's dealing with the mess. Trying to sell the house and stuff. Its very sad. Their daughter and our oldest were friends since kindergarten - its so hard to watch friends break up.

                But - I'm still having a wonderful day, even though that makes me sad. I'm taking a break from the yardwork and eating a chicken breast. I overcooked it a bit and really want to grab the ketchup bottle! Maybe just a little............

                better get back at it....... I have a lot of edging to do and some squash to plant!
                Last edited by tomi; 05-25-2012, 02:33 PM.
                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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                • Oh, another lovely avatar! Yay! Makes me feel like I know you better.

                  Well, that's quite the story. Life takes some interesting detours sometimes.

                  I had a very close friend through university. I think we both got stuck on each other at some point (well, I did anyway) but never at the same time. And then after we'd graduated, he did start acting interested and I just wasn't any more. In that case, I think it was probably for the better. We are still in occasional contact. I actually finally met his wife a few months ago. It looks like she really took to me, which was nice. Both he and I married real go-getters, and I think that's why we never really got together. We needed go-getters. Both of us are more reactive than proactive.

                  And now I am rambling on your journal, LOL!
                  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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                  • I like your picture, Tomi.

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                    • Originally posted by Sabine View Post
                      I like your picture, Tomi.
                      thank you! I'm feeding my great niece!
                      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 Judg View Post
                        And now I am rambling on your journal, LOL!
                        Ramble away! Yes, life does take some interesting turns. We've had our difficulties through the years, and at one point I wasn't sure if we were going to make it --- not a problem between him and I so much - but a problem with the way he handled his daughters. It was causing some REAL issues in our home. He isn't much of a disciplinarian so his daughters easily took control of things when their mom left. The girls ruled the house! Youngest daughter grew out of it at about 18 - Oldest daughter never grew out of the need to control - and it just about broke us up. When he finally put his foot down with her (when she was 21!!!) she moved out and hasn't been back except to get things from her bedroom on occasion. She's pretty pissed at her dad - but she'll never admit it. He knows it, but is letting her deal with it on her own. It took me telling him to fix it or I was leaving and a year of counseling to get him to the point of being able to confront her. She would have a cow if we did anything to the house - any changes, like painting or moving the furniture! She believed that "common" areas of the house should be open to discussion by ALL family members to make decisions about. When he finally told her we pay the mortgage and we will make the decisions - she moved out. I was very happy to see her go!!! Life in our home has been so peaceful since she left! Hubby and I haven't had one single arguement. Its been almost a year! I think oldest daughter is in need of some serious counseling! There is some major jealousy going on - at 21 she was demanding that daddy sit by her (not me) while watching TV. And if she answered the phone when he called home to talk to me - she said he didn't need to talk to me, she could give me a message for him. At 21 years old! The final straw was when she came home and I was painting the upstairs hallway -- she threatened to pack up and move out! Thats when he finally took control and told her she needed to focus on her own life and stop worrying about what color paint we put on the walls and that she didn't pay the mortgage, we do! Even now - after her being out of the house for almost a year, she was here for a short visit (to say goodbye to old doggie being put down) and we showed her the pergola we were building in the yard - she stood there, starring at it, but didn't say one single word - she just turned around and went back in the house. We ignored her little "display" of disapproval. She's extremely immature! The sad thing is - she is graduating from college next month with her degree in elementary ed........ I think her issues are going to negatively effect her teaching ability. IF she even gets hired.....

                        Oh dear............. RAMBLING!!!!!! sorry............ how boring for anyone to have to read all that. Sometimes I just can't believe we went through all that. It was all so rediculous!

                        Okay --- confession time. I thought I was eating good yesterday - hubby brought home dinner from Applebee's and I had a grilled chicken Oriental salad. Today I went to the applebees website and they have nutritional info for all their menu items! that salad with the dressing is almost 1300 calories! So, I won't be ordering that salad again!

                        Its 11 am and I haven't eaten anything yet --- I need to go out and do some yardwork and then I think we might be going fishing! Boat is back at the boatshop - needing to have the prop shaft worked on. So, if the fishing boat is available (we own it with some friends) we gonna to get some tackle and go see if we can catch some salmon!
                        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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                        • Gosh - I haven't written since Saturday - its Tuesday morning. The weekend went great - but as usually, not as planned. Saturday we loaded up the bikes in the truck and drove to Dallas (Oregon) - we parked the truck at the bottom of the hill and road all the way up to the reservoir - it was a 7 mile ride - with a slow but steady incline. All total a climb of 400 feet over the 7 miles. Then, we rested a bit by the water, and rode back down! Even the downhill wasn't all the easy - gravel all the way, pot holes to navigate, and the occasional flat or slight inclines where the peddling had to kick in again. So 14 miles of bike riding - I felt very good about that! And I was tired - but not totally wiped out. Sunday we did yardwork - I mowed and got out the leaf blower to clean up the flower beds and hubby spread fertilizer and over seeded and sprayed weeds. Then we went to the boat. Sunday evening and monday were very relaxing and lots of fun, sister and her hubby were there too in their own boat. We anchored out in a finger of the lake and just floated. Monday morning I got up and got out my fishing pole - I had 4 trout within about 20 minutes - so hubby and sister put their poles in the water too! We limited out in about 90 minutes, the guys cleaned the fish and we all had a breakfast of fresh trout and cantoloupe. It was a great way to start the day!

                          But - I ate a few things that I shouldn't have. After a week of eating really good - I pretty much blew it over the weekend. And the scales showed it. I think it started out with the Oriental grilled chicken salad from Applebee's. At 1200 calories - that put my body into shock! I had some cookies over the 3 days - and a couple Clif bars - and a few glasses of rum and diet coke. All in all it was a really fun weekend - but disastrous eating-wise. Oh well -- today is another day - and I will get back to it. Its not the end of the world.
                          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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                          • Yes, fortunately the wagon will always stop and wait for us when we fall off.
                            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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                            • Thanks, Judg -- thats very true. I fasted today until 5:30 pm. So I had a good 21 hour fast. Felt good!! I broke the fast with 2 squares of dark chocolate while cooking bacon and eggs with cheese. Yummy! I will be a happy girl when I see the scales back down to pre-weekend weight. Is it really possible to gain 5 pounds in 3 days? I think NOT!!! Cuz I know for sure I didn't eat an extra 17,500 calories. An extra 2000 probably. But I also biked 14 miles, mowed the entire yard, carried the backpack leaf blower for a couple hours (it has to weigh 15 pounds at least!) I also got out the little Honda tiller and tilled up 13 holes - 3 for the squash seeds, and 10 for new azaleas. I worked so much I don't know how I could possibly be 5 pounds heavier!!! Maybe its inflamation from doing so much???? I don't know. But I was mad when I stepped on the scales this morning.
                              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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                              • its 2:30 am............ I'm up having a few bites of chicken cuz the tummy was keeping me awake. Yesterday all I ate was the bacon and eggs with cheese at 5:30 - plus a couple squares of dark chocolate and a handfull of almonds. Maybe not enough? haha!

                                My weight dropped a couple pounds over the course of the day - so must be water. I'll be happy to see 188 again. Still working on smaller portions and moderate but not high fat. Was feeling a bit achy in the night also - not sure whats that all about. Will take some tylenol on the way back to bed.

                                Kitty is scratching at the door to be let in........... she can sleep in the laundry room with doggie - they have a doggie door to come and go and plenty of food and a warm bed.

                                better get back to bed now............
                                Last edited by tomi; 05-30-2012, 07:10 PM.
                                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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