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  • Happy birthday!!! I hope the day went well!

    why is canadian bacon not real food?

    Posted the results of my CT scan on my journal. Check it out if you're interested.

    I'm also stuck at 190. 190 sucks.

    I hope Judg is ok. For some reason I think I recall her saying at some point that she was going to be away for a few days - vacation maybe?
    Primal since March 5, 2012
    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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    • I put a post on the nutrition board to see if canadian bacon was "pure" enough to be okay on whole30. Search canandian bacon and you'll find it - its short and sweet.

      Today 191 - down a pound.

      I didn't quite make it through my birthday without cheating. Everything was going great until we got home from dinner. I had tuna and grapes for breakfast and then 4 slices of canandian bacon for a mid-afternoon snack. Dinner was filet mignon and a sweet potato (they put butter and brown sugar on it - but only about a tsp of brown sugar so I'm not gonna freak out about it. We got home and hubby wanted a rum and diet coke......... I was feeling sad because it was my birthday and I didn't have anything dessert-ish to celebrate............... so, I had a drink, then another............ and that led to peanut butter cookies.

      So - I blew it. Day 2 and I blew it. At least I'm not 10 days and blew it - cuz now I can just start over and everything is good. But I think I'm going to wait and start it August 1st and join the group....... maybe I'll have better results if I don't try to go it alone. 5 out of 7 days I'm pretty much 95% primal anyway and the other 2 days I'd guess I'm pretty close to 80%. My cheats are alcohol on the weekends, and the occasional fall into a tub of ice cream. Cookies are a rarity - maybe once every couple months on average. I'm just going to try to make good choices and then dive in for the whole30 on the 1st of August. I hope I don't sound like I'm copping out.

      I'm paying for the cookie scarfing though.......... legs are hurting something fierce today! Refined sugar is definitely my nemisis! I can always feel it when I've eaten something sweet.

      Jenn I hope your right and Judg is just away on a vacation. I just wish she would have said "hey - I'll be gone for X days" But then, its not we're buddies or anything....... cyber friends don't require explanations right?

      My thought are so scattered today............. gee can you tell?

      So we're going to Washington for a family reunion this weekend. I don't want to go. Its my husbands mothers side and I don't know anyone. I sorta know one of his cousins, who also lives here in the Salem area - and his mom and one of his brothers is going up with us. So I will basically be hanging out with 70 or so total strangers. Oh what fun! I made hubby promise he will not run off visiting and abandon me. I'm sure I will just sit by MIL the entire day. Its okay cuz I love her dearly - but I am anticipating a very long boring day on Saturday. We're leaving at 7 AM - UGH! and its about a 3 hour drive. We got hotel rooms for Saturday night and then will drive back down on Sunday. I was hoping hubby would say "you don't have to go if you don't want to" - but I think he really wants me to be there with him. We're sorta attached at the hip like that! We do pretty much everything together. Which I absolutely LOVE! He's my best friend - and theres no one in the world I would rather spend every waking moment with - and every sleeping moment as well! We're soulmates - I've known that since I was 18. He's pretty awesome - and I'm a better person because of him --- and so I will sit through a day of trying to talk to complete strangers for him! He wants me to make my bean/bacon/beef casserole. Its to die for!!! But, not primal at all so I won't be having any. I'd rather just make a potato salad. It would transport easier and I wouldn't have to worry about finding someplace to plug in the crock pot. I think thats what I'll do - hubby loves my potato salad too. Not sure what I will be eating. Its potluck and the hosts are providing the meat I believe. I hope......... I think I will put some meat in the cooler just in case. I already know that breakfast provided at the hotel will be nothing but breads - so I will need to find some eggs or take something. Maybe I will make some egg muffins and have those while everyone else is putting those nasty pastries in their faces!!

      Gee........ what else can I blabber on about and bore you to tears????

      I haven't been walking or biking or doing my Tae Bo workout............ still struggling with the fatigue. I'm hoping the increase in the Armour will start to kick in soon. I would like to start walking again when I start whole30 --- that would be good for me! I'm going to put it on the calendar and DO IT!

      TMI warning! the diarrhea is still at bay - and I've had 2 weeks of normal bowel function! Gotta love that! Yesterday was questionable......... but things calmed down and after a couple bathroom visits everything was fine. I attribute it to the massive amount of grapes I had been eating. Today so far so good!

      Better go get ready for work ---

      breakfast - baked tuna (again) what can I say --- I love fish!
      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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      • Happy belated birhday, Tomi!
        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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        • thanks, Candy! I'm ancient!

          I have a beautiful pot of chicken curry simmering on the stove - and the house smells heavenly! Hope it turned out good. I usually have my husband coaching me while I'm cooking it - but he's working a bit late tonight. Better get the papadams made before he gets here..........
          Last edited by tomi; 07-26-2012, 07:45 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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          • Curry was really good - but not as "hot" as hubby makes it. He was an angel though and told me it was perfect. Funny thing is - after we ate it I realized I had forgot to put curry leaves in it! I will add them tomorrow when I put it on the stove to warm for dinner. I think I might throw in a little more garam masala and chili powder as well. My man likes to sweat when he's eating his curry! I had my chicken curry over a nice pile of baked tuna.......... I know, weird!!! but it tasted good. its hard to figure out what to put the curry on when you don't eat rice. I was out of fresh veggies so tuna seemed to be a good alternative. LOTS of protein for this girl today!

            I'm up at 2:17 writing in my journal........... whats wrong with this picture? I went to sleep fine, and then I woke up at about 12:30 hearing a noise that bothered me - I always fear someone is breaking into the house..... so of course I couldn't go back to sleep. Then I realized my legs were hurting really bad! so I got up to take some more tylenol and here I sit...........I keep having hot flashes! I don't want to go back to bed until I know I'm going to sleep.

            In the morning I need to go shopping for the bean/bacon/beef caserole that I will be taking to the family reunion - the one that I don't want to go to. We're leaving at 7 am on Saturday. That means we'll be getting there at about 10 am. Its going to be a very very long day................ God help ME!

            I keep forgetting what day I'm supposed to take one Armour, and what day I'm supposed to take 2 Armour! Its every other day - should be easy........... but, she said keep it by the bed and take it as soon as I wake up. So, I take it when hubby is telling me goodbye in the morning.......... I'm not really awake or coherent - and then I fall asleep again. I take it that early because I'm not supposed to take anything with calcuim or iron for 4 hours after I take the Armour. Anyway -- I'm thinking if I take one pill on the ODD numbered days and 2 pills on the even numbered days I should be able to keep track. That - or I should just lay the pills out the night before.............. that might be the safest thing. I wish she would just up my dose to 2 pills a day! That would be better! Next blood test is Sept. ---- not sure if I'm supposed to make a doc appt. or just have blood drawn............. need to email the doc and find out.

            today I had.........

            breakfast: baked tuna
            lunch: baked sweet potato with butter and a drizzle of maple syrup
            dinner: chicken curry over baked tuna

            late night............ rum with iced tea........... gotta kill this leg pain somehow!!! Rum is probably the thing I will "cheat" with the most while trying to do this primal thing. I don't see giving it up completely. I've always relied on rum to dull the fibro pain. Now it has become just a way to relax with hubby. I don't drink a lot --- once or twice a week at most - and sometimes I'll go weeks without any at all. hubby likes to have it on the weekends --- its his way of kicking back and just forgetting about the stresses of the week. Its hard running a business............ lots of stress and pressure! We have ourselves, plus 2 employees to make sure we can support! I think thats going to be reduced to 1 employee in the next few months............ Single guy employee is getting layed off while family man employee will keep his job. Single employee still lives with parents........ dad is a farmer and he can just work for dad! The unemployment claim will ding us a little on our premiums......... but it will be the right thing to do for the business. Anyway............ Rum seems to mellow things when we are needing to put it all away on the weekends. I do the business books on Friday - then I have to share with hubby where things stand. This year is not going as well as last year.............. stress over the lack of a great big cushion for this time of year is never easy to deal with. Normally July is our biggest money maker........... not so this year. For the first time in 10 years we are eeeking our way through payroll............ NOT GOOD. I told hubby single employee needs to go............ He wants to wait until after the winterizing is done. I don't agree.................. stress.

            Sometimes I wish he would just close it and go to work for someone else............ but mechanics don't get paid a lot. His strength is in his personality........... he's always wanted to teach --- and I think he needs to look into teaching as an adjunct facilty at the community college. Thats where he got his automotive certification. He'd be a GREAT teacher! But thats not likely to happen. The business is very stable --- but for some reason we are not getting the big jobs this year - and its causing cash flow issues.

            whatever............ it always works out.

            I should not be thinking about stressful things at 2:40 AM. I should be thinking about going to bed!!!

            night.........
            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 are wise to stay up and let all the worries out to your journal, instead of lying in bed, mulling them over. Hope you fell straight to sleep when you went back.

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              • don't sweat falling off the wagon already. Birthdays are special. Hubby has a birthday coming up. I know he's asked his mom to bake a cake. I'll pass on any of it.

                I have found that while Primal is good and all, I like W30 better b/c it's stricter. It's got special rules and I do well with structured rules. Having that 20% allowance causes me to go overboard. Kind of like, give me an inch and I'll take a mile kind of thing.

                Hope your stresses are relieved and you feel better today.
                Primal since March 5, 2012
                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                • I slept very soundly - and until 10:30! So a good 7 1/2 hours. I'm feeling more rested today than I have in a while.

                  GREAT friday success story today! I plan on being a success story someday - probably will not submit my story - but I will be one nonetheless!

                  Weight - back down to 189.4 YEAH! I've stopped eating bacon and eggs.......... I think it was just TOO much fat for my system. I know this WOE is all about eating lots of healthy fats --- but even mark says if you're trying to lose weight cutting out bacon is a good idea. I've been eating healthy fish or chicken for breakfast. This morning I fried salmon in butter -- YUMMO! My system has always hoarded every fat gram I've given it so I think I need to lessen the fat and increase the lean protein. My carbs are always under 100 - and normally under 50. So, more lean protein, and easy on the fat. I'll still cook with butter and olive oil --- but the bacon is going to have to wait until I get this weight off. I've successfully cut out the dark chocolate and the almonds as a daily indulgence. I have some of both on the boat - but we only go to the boat about twice a month - so I think having those treats there is safe --- they are healthy snacks - but high in calories and especially FAT. Lean meats, veggies, a little fruit............ thats my strategy. If I decide to do the wholeX thing --- I will probably not do the entire 30 days.

                  Okay......... let me analyze this a bit deeper. What do I eat that is NOT primal? the occasional cookie --- maybe once a month? The occasional ice cream --- again, maybe once a month. Rum and diet coke -- thats definitely not primal -- and I could do with LESS of it! The salad dressing isn't primal. or the ketchup. I have those maybe once or twice a week. I would have to say thats everything. So what do you think?? In the big picture that would probably put my ratio at about 95/5. I'd say I'm doing pretty good if thats truly the case. So maybe I should stop stressing over being MORE compliant. I'm doing really good and have greatly improved my diet over the past 9 months. We used to eat pasta or rice at nearly every dinner! breakfast was toast or oatmeal, lunch was a sandwich. I could go through a jar of peanut butter in a week! I'd say I've made some pretty good changes. No, I'm not perfect and will never be 100%. Life is too short to shy away from ketchup because it has sugar in it - or honey mustard dressing because its made with questionable oils.


                  Jenn - I have to agree with you on needing the structure and strictness of whole30. I think I fall somewhere in between the 80/20 and the whole30 mentality. The first is too lax and the second is too harsh! I really want to do the whole30 because I know it would help me lose - and get me used to staying away from some things are just not healthy for me ---- BUT, I don't know if I can actually stay committed to it 100%. A couple weeks ago I had said that I'm going to just do a paleo approach --- a bit stricter than primal, but not as hard core as whole30. I think thats probably going to be my safest approach to this. I'll stay with what I'm doing and see how things go with a bit less fat.

                  I also think the Armour is starting to do its job. I was back up to 194 a couple weeks back - and I'm under 190 today so its got to be that little pill -- cuz I'm not eating less calories or moving more.

                  Speaking of moving............ I'd better get to my day. I need to do a business deposit and go shopping for that darn casserole. And I won't be having any........... sad 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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                  • idk, I like the strictness, and actually I haven't found any difference between W30 and straight up Paleo - what difference do you see? Maybe I'm missing something...

                    I'm not sure if I mentioned this or not, but I'm going to allow some freedoms this weekend (cream cheese pancakes, whipped cream, etc) this weekend and then go back to the Whole30 guidelines on Monday. I need to rigidity or I get out of hand with the sugar.
                    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
                      idk, I like the strictness, and actually I haven't found any difference between W30 and straight up Paleo - what difference do you see? Maybe I'm missing something...

                      I'm not sure if I mentioned this or not, but I'm going to allow some freedoms this weekend (cream cheese pancakes, whipped cream, etc) this weekend and then go back to the Whole30 guidelines on Monday. I need to rigidity or I get out of hand with the sugar.
                      Paleo and whole30 are pretty much the same --- primal is more forgiving. Maybe the only differnce in paleo and whole30 is the dairy thing. doesn't paleo allow for dairy in its most natural state? and I think real butter is allowed. That would be the only difference I can see. Thats partly why whole30 is just too dang strict for me --- ghee or clarified butter is absolutely the best way to go - but, come on........... is there really enough bad stuff in the butter to hurt anything? And is a couple TBs of bottled dressing or ketchup once or twice a week going to be a deal breaker? I'm thinking not........ thats what I'm talking about.
                      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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                      • Sunday midafternoon - home from the family reunion in Roy, Washington. What a great family on MIL's side! MIL wanted to go to see all her siblings and their children. The thing is - she is about 70% deaf, even with her hearing aids on, and she has both glaucoma and macular degenation - so, she sorta just sat all afternoon and tried to see and hear what was happening around her. People would come to visit with her, but she was just so confused it was hard to have a conversation with her. I sat near her most of the day to make sure she was okay. She's a wonderful woman and I cherish her! I fear this will be her last family reunion, so I'm so glad we were able to take her. We stayed the night at the LaQuinta Inn and she had a king sized bed -- she felt guilty for having such a big bed all to herself! it was adorable. I imagine she will be spending the rest of the day sleeping in her chair, and will likely go to bed very early this evening.

                        Foodwise, things were a big difficult at the reunion. The only meat was bbq'd pork skewers that were loaded with bbq sauce. They were good, but too fatty, and slightly undercooked. So I almost gagged with every bite! There was a cold green bean salad and some potato salad that I felt were acceptable. And I ate a bit of the beef/bacon/bean casserole that I made. Because of the lack of primal friendly foods I just gave up and ate apple pie and a couple cookies. Then, at the hotel in the evening we just ate left overs instead of going for dinner so I ate more of the bean casserole. I guess if I have to defend myself I would have to say that there is far more beef and bacon than beans in the casserole............ so, it wasn't ideal --- but I could have done much worse!!! Breakfast was free at the hotel and I ate a huge scoop of (probably powdered) scrambled eggs and a glass of orange juice.

                        Sometimes you just have to do the best you can. I could have gone for the belgian waffle or all the muffins or bagels that were stacked high! So I feel I made good choices considering my options. Not counting the dessert choices that is....... I definitely could have kept those out of my mouth! But -- I did go for the APPLE pie instead of the tirimisu (sp??) A little flour, sugar and lard in there............. but, apples have to give some good points.

                        So -- will be anxious to see what the scales say in the 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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                        • Originally posted by tomi View Post
                          Paleo and whole30 are pretty much the same --- primal is more forgiving. Maybe the only differnce in paleo and whole30 is the dairy thing. doesn't paleo allow for dairy in its most natural state? and I think real butter is allowed. That would be the only difference I can see. Thats partly why whole30 is just too dang strict for me --- ghee or clarified butter is absolutely the best way to go - but, come on........... is there really enough bad stuff in the butter to hurt anything? And is a couple TBs of bottled dressing or ketchup once or twice a week going to be a deal breaker? I'm thinking not........ thats what I'm talking about.
                          I think you have to look at the Whole30 as a cleanse or a detox. You take out all the 'bad' things to cleanse your body and afterwards you can re-introduce some of the things (if you don't react to them).
                          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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                          • Originally posted by tomi View Post
                            Paleo and whole30 are pretty much the same --- primal is more forgiving. Maybe the only differnce in paleo and whole30 is the dairy thing. doesn't paleo allow for dairy in its most natural state? and I think real butter is allowed. That would be the only difference I can see. Thats partly why whole30 is just too dang strict for me --- ghee or clarified butter is absolutely the best way to go - but, come on........... is there really enough bad stuff in the butter to hurt anything? And is a couple TBs of bottled dressing or ketchup once or twice a week going to be a deal breaker? I'm thinking not........ thats what I'm talking about.
                            The point behind no butter is the proteins in milk. They say no milk b/c of the proteins and no butter because it contains the same proteins that can be offensive to some people. And it's only for 30 days... then you can reintroduce and determine whether or not you experience issues with milk proteins or not.

                            Originally posted by Candy in Wonderland View Post
                            I think you have to look at the Whole30 as a cleanse or a detox. You take out all the 'bad' things to cleanse your body and afterwards you can re-introduce some of the things (if you don't react to them).
                            Exactly! I am using it over and over and over again to eliminate my sugar cravings (hasn't occurred yet b/c I keep eating sugar of some form) and for the rapid weight loss. I've lost 10 lbs each time!
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • I keep wanting to dive in and do a whole30 -- but then I change my mind and decide to be just strict paleo instead. I think thats where I'll stay. Strict paleo, but I'm not going to say I'm going to do it for X number of days - cuz that just sets me up for a fail. I am going to make a commitment of some sort though. August 18 we're having a family gathering at our house - since I will be pretty much in control of the menu it shouldn't be difficult to stay on track.

                              Yesterday I had eggs for breakfast, and orange juice (sugar).
                              Lunch was the bean casserole since we'd just drove 3 hours to get home from the reunion, after a pretty poor nights sleep, the last thing I wanted to be concerned with was not eating beans. there is brown sugar and mollasis in the beans.
                              Dinner was a giant sweet potato with butter and little brown sugar. So, I had a little sugar with every meal yesterday.

                              Then....... rum and diet coke. and dark chocolate.

                              not such a good weekend.

                              But its monday......... and my weeks tend to be pretty good foodwise.

                              breakfast 3 eggs........... I probably won't eat any lunch. Dinner will be salmon and veggies.

                              Tummy issues today..... the first in over 2 weeks. Too much d. chocolate last night? maybe the beans? I'm thinking I may not make it to work today if things don't calm down.

                              Last night we watched extremely loud and incredibly close. It was an excellent movie -- but boy did it get the flood gates gushing! The little boy was a very good actor - and played his part really well! A tortured little soul trying to make sense out of his dad dying in the Twin Towers. He was also boarderline Aspergers, which really complicated things for him and his mom. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend! the problem is.......... I never knew my own dad. Mom was 3 month pregnant with me when my dad died in a car accident --- and I've spent my entire life trying to make sense of that....... and trying to come to terms with it......... and trying to make peace with it. She never married again so the only father figure I had was my Granddad - and he did a good job loving me, but it just wasn't the same as having a father. I've never really felt "whole". I could relate to the torture that little boy in the movie was living with - and I cried like a baby! My poor husband......... he was probably thinking "oh no, here we go again". So, warning......... if you see it, and you have father issues, be prepared!!

                              I need to do some prunning on the rhodies and azaleas soon........ before the leaves start to fall! Maybe when I get home from work today. Its a good day for yard work. Last night hubby and I planted 6 tall phlox and a hydrangea. The backyard is going to be full of color next spring! I love flowers! My color scheme is heavy on the purples.......... I think I need to add some pinks and whites into the mix. I have 5 orange poppies I need to move --- not sure where to put them. I planted poppies because they were my granddads favorite flower........ but I don't like orange at all! I should have opted for a different color. Maybe I'll just give them to my sister? We decided to put up two of the left over logs on the back side of the garage and string wire between them for a nice trellis for clematis. The garage wall is just a big empty space that needs some dressing up - and it would be a good way to tie things in with the pergola. I'll post pictures when we have it done. Hubby keeps telling me - NO more projects! But then he suggests something else....... I think he loves what we've done with the yard, but hates the hard work to get it done!

                              Better go .................. things to do.
                              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
                                I keep wanting to dive in and do a whole30 -- but then I change my mind and decide to be just strict paleo instead. I think thats where I'll stay. Strict paleo, but I'm not going to say I'm going to do it for X number of days - cuz that just sets me up for a fail. I am going to make a commitment of some sort though.
                                Explain the difference to me because I didn't think there was one.
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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