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  • #46
    I haven't read all of your posts but I was attracted to following your story because my wife was diagnosed with fibro last year. She is not involved with MDA, but I think that is because I've been talking about it for so long and constantly failed at revealing the benefits. I'm sticking to it this time and I think my wife's illness, although it's relatively under control now, will be motivation to follow through and cut a trail for her to follow me on.
    I plan to get back and read the rest of your journey, hopefully later this evening. We are both really busy with our five children! Good luck and I hope to read more from you down the road.

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    • #47
      Originally posted by IrishYeti View Post
      I haven't read all of your posts but I was attracted to following your story because my wife was diagnosed with fibro last year. She is not involved with MDA, but I think that is because I've been talking about it for so long and constantly failed at revealing the benefits. I'm sticking to it this time and I think my wife's illness, although it's relatively under control now, will be motivation to follow through and cut a trail for her to follow me on.
      I plan to get back and read the rest of your journey, hopefully later this evening. We are both really busy with our five children! Good luck and I hope to read more from you down the road.
      IrishYeti - I started this journal with the hope that others with fibromyalgia would run across it and perhaps be encouraged to try this lifestyle for themself. I would be more than happy to explain to your wife what changing my diet has done for me. It's given me hope for a better future than I was expecting before. Its absolutely the answer for fibromyalgia, and I believe many other autoimmune disorders. As you will (or have) read, I'm struggling to figure out the weight loss part, but I've got the eating part down right as far as eliminating my fibro symptoms.

      I would LOVE to help your wife........... tomi
      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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      • #48
        Originally posted by IrishYeti View Post
        I haven't read all of your posts but I was attracted to following your story because my wife was diagnosed with fibro last year. She is not involved with MDA, but I think that is because I've been talking about it for so long and constantly failed at revealing the benefits. I'm sticking to it this time and I think my wife's illness, although it's relatively under control now, will be motivation to follow through and cut a trail for her to follow me on.
        I plan to get back and read the rest of your journey, hopefully later this evening. We are both really busy with our five children! Good luck and I hope to read more from you down the road.
        My fibromyalgia pretty much resolved itself when my thyroid function was optimized in regards to free T4 and free T3. Other things that needed to be addressed include: vitamin D, iron including ferritin, and female sex hormones.

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        • #49
          Hi Tomi! This is my first visit to your journal. Although I don't have fibromyalgia, I can relate to a lot of what you've shared. I'm one of those who's always willing to try different things to optimize my results. My main goals are to get fit, lose some weight and avoid all of those terrible diseases that run in my family. My dad just passed away in October last year and he suffered with so many problems related to diabetes. That's what really woke me up to get started on saving my own butt, so I've been pretty much following the Primal Blueprint since then.

          Good that you've quit the statins, too! I was diagnosed with high cholesterol a few years ago and my doc wanted to put me on them. I told her that I'd try to fix it with a healthy food plan, losing weight and exercising. She didnít sound very enthused by the idea, but I donít want to be on any medications if I donít absolutely have to. A few months later I was re-tested and all my numbers were in the healthy range. I do a lot of research and found that 45 minutes of moderate intensity cardio was supposed to really help reduce cholesterol, so thatís what I did 4-5x per week. At the time I was doing a high protein/high carb/low fat diet.

          Earlier this week my doc took blood again to check on a few things, one of which will be cholesterol levels again. Iím really curious to see how my numbers differ this time around since Iíve been eating primal since October. I donít do cardio 5x a week anymore, but I do exercise almost every day - either LHT/Primal Blueprint Essential Movements, high intensity elliptical or calisthenic workouts, interval training/sprints, resistance bands, hiking (I live in the mountains) or walks with some jogging, playing DDR, biking or what I call hard-ass yoga.

          As long as there's no other medical reason for your cholesterol being high, I think that if you add in some regular cardio, you might have some luck with dropping those numbers. Especially since you're already eating so healthily!

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          • #50
            Hi Tomi! Just wanted to stop by to say hope you're having a great day!

            I've been back on track almost the whole week, dropped 5 pounds, and avoided the pizza craving last night that my husband and I almost gave into by heating up the homemade chicken soup instead. So much happier today for that decision.

            Have a great pain-free day!

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            • #51
              Hi Tomi! Just checking in. I hope you had a nice weekend.
              Primal since March 5, 2012
              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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              • #52
                Hey everyone! It's great to hear the successes and triumphs over the weekend! I had a FABULOUS weekend! the weather was unbelievably beautiful and my husband and I worked on the pergola and put in some new raised beds. And all pain free! We even got in a nice 4 mile bike ride last night.

                Yesterday I splurged and had a carmel/mocha frappachino! It was SOOOOO yummy!

                So - I'm seeing the doctor in a couple weeks to see if I have issues with my thyroid and adrenals. I hope there is something she can do cuz I've been eating healthy for months - and keeping my calories below 1200 - and the weight just isn't budging. Last week I even did 3 days of IFing - eating only dinner for those 3 days. Still no weight loss. I should be melting away, but I'm still stuck at 189. GRRRR! I did some questionnaire for adrenal fatigue symptoms and it says I have mild adrenal fatigue.

                so ----- I'm feeling yucky today ---- IBS is killing me today. Since starting the primal eating my IBS is WAY better but I still have issues a few times a month. Had to call in sick to work. I think I'll just lay low - maybe theres a good old movie on tv or something.
                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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                • #53
                  Ugh, I hope you feel better soon. I don't know what IBS is like, but I can imagine it's no fun. Glad you're fibro pain free! Especially after all that activity this weekend! I'm envious of your yard work adventures! I'd love to do a pergola and raised beds. with two young kids (2 and 5) it's hard to keep up with anything, much less start new projects! I bet it's beautiful and would LOVE to see pics!
                  Primal since March 5, 2012
                  SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                  • #54
                    Hi Tomi, glad you had a great weekend full of lots of fun, exercise, and pain free! I used to have a lot of IBS type issues. There were many times we would eat out and it was all I could do to make it home, sweating and in pain, running for the bathroom, then I would be wiped out for the rest of the night. I have been on a good quality probiotic for a while, as well as taking digestive enzymes, and I haven't really had any issues since. Not sure if you're taking stuff, but it might be worth looking into. If the gut isn't healthy, the rest of the body will be sick, and can manifest in different ways. The doc I worked with did hormonal testing and has me on adrenal support supplements along with the digestives and some other stuff. Good luck wi getting it all sorted out! keep me posted.

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                    • #55
                      Hi Tomi, I'm glad you had such a good weekend too.

                      My IBS (which the doctor told me was just a function of getting older) has improved immensely as my iron levels have come up. Seeing as excess iron causes constipation, it kind of makes sense that a deficiency would do the opposite. Mind you, it wasn't really severe in my case.
                      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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                      • #56
                        I've had problems with my stomach since I was a teen. I used to take acidophilus - I really should start taking that again. I wish I didn't have to wait 2 weeks to see the doc about the adrenal and thyroid stuff. But what can you do? It will be a slow fix if it the adrenals - so I guess 2 weeks doesn't really matter in the big picture.

                        Now that the weather is better in the Willamette Valley I will start getting out there and MOVING everyday again! I miss my daily walks or bike rides! In fact, I'm going to work in a few minutes, and when I get home at 5 I'm going for a walk!

                        I don't know how to post pics on here......... but if I can get it figured out I will post a pic of our backyard when the pergola is done. I'm pretty excited about it! The guy was supposed to come this morning to see about building the center brace for us - but either he didn't show - or he didn't bother to knock on the door and talk to me. GRRR!

                        Have a great day, girls!
                        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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                        • #57
                          Is it wrong to be happy because we're going to put down our little dachshund? She's got some kind of skin cancer - in fact, both her ear flaps are sorta "rotting" away. One is missing a chunk of the tip, and both have icky spots in the centers. She has black spots all over and now she's starting to behave weird. So - its time, for her sake. But I'm feeling aweful because I'm looking forward to not having her. She's about 12 years old, so we've had her a long time. But she's one of those dogs who are sorta just in the way - no personality. I've never been able to "connect" with her. Unlike all the other dogs I've had in my life - this one is just sorta here. She has some gross habits, and annoying tendencies that have probably hindered my desire to like her. Dachshunds aren't known for being for smart - and training her has been difficult! She will still do her business in the house if the doggy door isn't open, and she much prefers doing her business in the garage rather than go outside. About 5 years ago she developed some kind of allergy or something, the doc couldn't figure it out - and she snorts and sneezes all the time. We've had to ban her from the furniture because she will just lay next to your leg and pee. Even the girls stopped letting her sleep with them because she would pee in their beds. I've been looking forward to the day when we can say goodbye to this one. I've known there was something wrong with her for about 6 months, but couldn't convince my husband so, I've been watching and waiting........... sounds so morbid!

                          The thing is....... I adore animals of all kinds! (ok, not reptiles, although we have a giant frog in our fish pond that I rather enjoy seeing) So, not liking an animal seems so unnatural and wrong. I feel like I should tell her I'm sorry I didn't love her........... I've always treated her well, so maybe she doesn't know I don't like her. She gets lots of attention and she seems to like to hang around me. But deep down, I just don't like her.

                          UGH............ This is a feeling I've never had to deal with before. I never met a dog I didn't LOVE. But now as I'm having to say goodbye to her, I feel guilty for not loving her........ actually I feel guilty for DISliking her. Makes me feel like a bad person.
                          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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                          • #58
                            breakfast today - so my vitamins absorb better. I made 2 eggs, and sliced up a left over sweet potato and fried it in butter. YUMMY. Why do they have to make calcium and multiple vitamin pills so dang big! I can swallow 5 or 6 capsules at a time -but I have to take those big ones one at a time. Haven't counted my total pills lately but I'm guessing its about 25. I have to put them in a bowl so they don't roll off the table before I can swallow them. I wish they all came in gel caps cuz those slide down pretty nicely.

                            So, I haven't tracked my food or exercise in over a week. It feels good to relax about it. My weight is still the same. You'd think with having chronic IBS I would be bone thin! No such luck. Speaking of bones I should probably have another DEXA scan. I'll wait until my doc suggests it.

                            I figured out how to add my signature and put a picture on my profile. woo hoo.
                            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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                            • #59
                              Originally posted by tomi View Post
                              UGH............ This is a feeling I've never had to deal with before. I never met a dog I didn't LOVE. But now as I'm having to say goodbye to her, I feel guilty for not loving her........ actually I feel guilty for DISliking her. Makes me feel like a bad person.
                              No, of course that doesn't make you a bad person. There are people out there that I don't click with. That doesn't mean there's something wrong with them, or that there's something wrong with me. It's just that we're puzzle pieces that don't belong side by side. And I figure it works much the same with animals.

                              Originally posted by tomi View Post
                              I figured out how to add my signature and put a picture on my profile. woo hoo.
                              Just one small step to figuring out how to add your avatar... (Hint: same as profile, just smaller dimensions.) I like it when people post a photo of who they really are. I find it hard to keep the anonymous avatars straight. In other words, I can identify with people online better when I can actually picture them. And remember who they are too. Hard to keep all the Groks straight just by name.
                              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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                              • #60
                                Hooray for learning how things work!!

                                Sorry about the dog troubles. I have a hard time liking my dogs too. But I have big dogs... like 80 lb labrador retrievers. One is dumb as a post, but still sharp as a tack. The other is calm but mischeivious. I don't much like the dumb but smart one. They spend most of the year outside in a kennel because they drive me bonkers. They're always in the way, they take up a ton of room, they walk on my kitchen floor and their claws click click click and it drives me nuts. Not to mention the mess their fur makes all over everything. So, for the warm months, they are kennel dogs. In the winter they get to come inside to stay warm. Or in the summer when it gets blazing hot.

                                My husband loves the dumb dog. I like the other dog. I always offer the dumb dog up for sale or ask people if they want him (as a joke). The dumb dog just drives me nuts. He agitates my anxiety because he is an anxious dog. If you stand up from sitting on the couch, he leaps to his feet. He sneaks out to the kitchen when the kiddos are eating to wait for food to drop. He wanders through the house at night clicking his claws on my floors. He sleeps on my couch when no one is looking. He seriously drives me nuts.

                                I don't miss him when he's outside, so I don't think you should feel badly about not loving your dog b/c just like we don't like all people personalities, there's nothing saying we have to like all animal personalities.
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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