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  • Hi Tomi. I'm finally back now too.

    Have you thought of making up a batch of "primal" cookies to have on hand, so you have something to reach for when everybody else is munching? They're still not something I would recommend scarfing down, but no flour means no pain.
    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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    • Jenn ---- I think my motivation is wanting the health bennies and weight loss more than going way off course. I'm very determined to see this through, for the weight loss in the short term - and for the health benefits, and quality of life in the long term. You have to find your resolve and dig your heals in!!!! The cookies I ate on Thursday caused me much discomfort on Thursday night and part of friday --- and the dark chocolate I ate on Sunday gave me stomach problems on Monday and this morning. Thats motivation enough to avoid both in the future. :P You'll get there --- look how far you've come already! Remember the determination you had while doing the whole30??? Just muster that up again and don't let go of it! Something that helps me is the charting -- and I know you like that too. I have a 21 day challenge chart with all my daily goals across the top and the date down the side. Every day I have to go through that chart and fill in the block for the things I succeeded at that day......... I'm just anal enough to get really upset if my chart isn't PERFECTLY filled in!!!!! I'm still agonizing over the empty blocks where I drank rum and diet coke last week!!! Thats my little tool to keep on the right track. When I've completely the goal for the day I fill in that block with HOT PINK! I want a chart with almost ALL hot pink --- and very little white.

      Judg --- I have thought of that. Its a very good idea - and I will work on finding a recipe. Calorie wise I need to JUST SAY NO! I really didn't have much pain from the cookie snitching but I was extremely bloated!!!! I felt like I had a water balloon in my belly! UGH - I had a hard time sleeping.
      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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      • Today has gone well - once the belly ache and diarrhea finally ended -- just before I had to leave for work at 12:30. Stupid dark chocolate! NO more of that stuff for me.

        Work was slow and quiet - which is good and bad...... makes the time drag, but I leave feeling calm and relaxed rather than stressed and anxious to get out of there! My work space is in the quietest part of the clinic so I'm very fortunate! The office is actually on old converted fire station. I work upstairs in what used to be the bunk area. The only reason for anyone to come up there is to use the break room or the restroom. Or to talk to the manager who is in my old office (when I was a Research Coodinator/Office Administrator full time, years ago!) Anyway - its off the beaten path and very nicely secluded. Me like!

        Food today........... only 4 strips of bacon so far. I have rib steaks thawing for dinner. I've already seasoned them with garlic and a sweet mesquite rub. YUM. Acorn squash for a side, and maybe I'll make some steamed veggies too. Don't want to over do my carbs though. I'll see what hubby wants. Personally I could do with just the steak. I haven't had enough fat today though === I'm out of almond butter - and my son ate all my almonds! GRRRR! Not sure what to do about it. I have some organic peanut butter - but thats not exactly primal. Opinions? I'll put tons of butter on my squash and veggies. I'm gonna struggle with not putting brown sugar on my squash............. I LOVE it that way! But, I'll do cinnamon instead.

        I walked for 45 minutes after work, and shopping so I can say I walked a full hour. Yeah! I was going to mow the grass too - but just didn't have the steam to keep going. Tonight I will finish covering the last 3 chairs for the 5th wheel --- just set and back covers for the dining room set. Its not hard - but I'm on my feet and leaning over a table while stapling the fabric in place.

        I'll need to go back to the fabric store for the rest of the fabric for the valances in the bedroom space. What I bought covered everything in the living space. So I will most likely find something else for the bedroom space. I should only need a couple yards so I could get pretty much whatever I want within reason price-wise. Maybe one of the 60" wide prints that come on the rolls! Last time I was there they were all 50% off....... if they aren't this time then I will find something else to work. I also need to find a wallpaper border --- need to measure for that....... the 5th wheel is 35 feet long so I'm guessing I will need somewhere around 1.5 times that much. Lets see........ 36 feet is 12 yards --- so 18 yards should do it. I wonder how much comes in a standard roll??? I think 5 yards. so 4 rolls. I think I'll go online and do some looking.

        I'm getting anxious to have that project done! Well be in winter camping mode come November! Yeah! Beach - here we come!

        PS......... forgot to add: tomorrow is my weigh and record day.......... so send me SKINNY thoughts PLEASE! thank you!
        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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        • So... what is the official number??? I love the idea of redecorating the camper. I miss having a camper. We bought a 1970's motorhome from Brad's grandparents back in like 2004 to help them out financially. We paid them $2,000 for it. We kept it for a year or two and then sold it for $1,000. I didn't run very well, so we parked it in a permanent parking spot at a private campground along the river. We only pulled our camper out when the yearly campsite rental got to be too much for us. I miss having a camper. Maybe in a few years when the kids are older we can get one and find a campground with reasonable yearly rates. If we can't, there won't be any sense in us getting a camper. But, my grandma has some land that borders the same river, and she's reasonable (read: incredibly cheap) but her campsites are a ways off the river. We used to camp there as kids when Mom had a cabin down there. It was a weekend getaway. I loved it and that's what Brad and I used to do when we had our camper... a little hard to do with young kids. Maybe when Makenna is Brady's age. ??

          Anyhow, sorry for the ramble... just reminiscing.
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • Jenn -- love to hear of happy childhood memories! I don't have many of my own - so I very much enjoy hearing others!

            Okay........... 182.2 HAPPY DANCE! I'm very pleased. Next goal 180 and then I'm finally going to see a number in the 170's for a while! I'm so psyched! It feels so good have finally found the right combination of things to start losing weight for real! Here's my take on whats working:
            1. No alcohol - no sugars - no grains
            2. walking 3-5 hours a week
            3. keeping calories around 1200 with high fat, moderate protein and VLC.
            4. getting my Thyroid function up to slightly over compensated levels.

            Yesterday I went to shopping for tops....... ended up buying two pairs of Levi's 529's in a size 12 - since I'm on my way to being too skinny for my size 14's - plus they were on sale! I think almost 1/2 price. Now I have 3 pairs of size 12 529's, and a pair of Silvers size 10-12 -- they are a tiny bit smaller. The tag says 29 which translates to a US size 12, but they are maybe an inch smaller in the waist that my levi's. I wore them comfortably when I was at 165 a couple years ago. I'm very anxious to be able to wear them again - they are hanging on my closet door so I see them several times a day! A good reminder what my goals will get me!

            I think I found a wallpaper border for the 5th wheel - I have it saved in my favorites so I can think about it for a couple days before I order it. Its you're basic traditional swirly type print, but the colors are right and I think it will look nice. I only did one more chair last night - so still have 2 to go. Hubby has already taken one apart so I can finish it and will probably just take the other apart and finish it after work. I think he likes helping me - but I'm totally capable of taking out a few screws to release the seat and back rest. Course its fun doing it as a team too. One good thing about growing up without a man in the house - you learn how to do things for yourself! My husband is still amazed at the things I will do, that normally a man would take care of. And that I know how to use power tools and big table saws. And that I do all the yardwork. I love impressing him...........

            I've decided with the temps dropping I will start walking in the afternoons, after work. When it gets cold enough to have to wear the underalls it won't matter if I go morning or afternoon. But for now - afternoons are still warm and I don't have to wear a jacket.

            We're supposed to be taking the boat on one more excursion this Saturday - but I'm hearing its going to rain. I'd rather not go in the rain --- cuz we're supposed to be going out for a nice dinner after the boat ride around the Portland riverfront. My hair will turn into a frizz ball in the damp weather. But I'll leave it up to the other 5 people going. Honestly at this point I think I'd rather just drive up to Portland and eat something nice - but it really doesn't matter - it will be fun either way. The other couples going are my sister and her hubby - and our longtime friend (since high school) and his wife. We're all family in one way or another!

            I think I've already transitioned into 5th wheel season so the boating thing doesn't even sound that appealing anymore.

            So........... food yesterday. Bacon, a nice medium-raw rib steak and acorn squash (not the best squash I've ever had - a customer brought us a bucket full of them, but they are very small and the meat was so dry it just sucked up all the butter like a sponge and didn't have very good flavor - I think they didn't water enough while they were growing - might throw the other 2 away.) I was out of almond butter so I nibbled on a little of the Justins' Peanut Butter that I had mistakenly bought a few weeks ago. Didn't especially like it. I'm going to Cosco after work to pick up several jars of Maranatha Almond Butter, and a couple bags of chicken breasts.

            There I guess thats my blurb for this morning............ Happy Day everyone!
            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 know it will vary by location, but what are the price per lb for chicken breasts at your Costco? I'm trying to decide if I want to get a membership there instead of BJ's when our BJ's membership is up next month. Chicken breasts are usually $2.49/lb at BJ's, but I've started going to the regular grocery store most of the time for those because they'll often mark down to $1.99/lb or $.99/lb for chicken thighs. Not good quality, though.
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              • A 10 pound bag of frozen Foster Farms breasts is $24.99 -- so $2.49 a pound. I don't like thigh meat - but we buy it when we make curry cuz it soaks up the flavors of the curry better than breast meat. We don't buy everything at costco cuz some things you can find cheaper at other stores. But we always buy the chicken breasts there. We like to buy in bulk on things like meats, toilet papers and paper towels. Last time I was there I bought a jar of Maranatha Almond Butter - I'm thinking it was around $10 -- a smaller jar at Fred Meyers is $11.49. It lasts a long time when I'm only munching a TB or 2 per day.

                We buy 1/2 grass-fed beef every year........ I just picked it up from the butcher Monday so my freezer is stocked for the year! I would LOVE to find a source for free range chicken and buy about 10 of them!
                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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                • Thursday is MIL's 89th birthday - I've been asked to bring a cake.......... grrr! Boxed mix with store bought frosting - blah! I'd attempt to make it primal, but I don't think it would be readily accepted. I'm the only one in the family eating this way -- well, my son and I. Out of 28 people I think that makes us the minority!
                  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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                  • Awesome, sounds like Costco's prices are comparable. I buy in bulk whenever possible too. I think we've saved a ton of money on paper products (toilet & towels) this year by doing that! Nice to hear they have stuff like almond butter too, BJ's doesn't have that. I'm jealous of your freezer space! I'd love to have a freezer chest in the basement someday so we can got part of a cow/pig/whatever.
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                    • Originally posted by tomi View Post
                      Thursday is MIL's 89th birthday - I've been asked to bring a cake.......... grrr! Boxed mix with store bought frosting - blah! I'd attempt to make it primal, but I don't think it would be readily accepted. I'm the only one in the family eating this way -- well, my son and I. Out of 28 people I think that makes us the minority!
                      Make a few primal cupcakes for you and your son to have while everyone else eats cake.
                      Female 55
                      Starting wt: 198, Goal: 135, Current with PB: 165
                      Started at a size 16 down to loose 10

                      With PB my asthma has improved, low back pain is gone, & I've got more energy

                      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60175.html

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                      • Originally posted by tomi View Post
                        Here's my take on whats working:
                        1. No alcohol - no sugars - no grains
                        2. walking 3-5 hours a week
                        3. keeping calories around 1200 with high fat, moderate protein and VLC.
                        4. getting my Thyroid function up to slightly over compensated levels.
                        I like your goals but worry about #4. Here are my concerns:
                        1. What does slightly overcompensated mean?
                        2. Symptoms can lag behind optimal numbers by a few months.
                        3. Being hyper can have negative ramifications.
                        4. Some people will gain weight when they are "overcompensated"/hyper.
                        5. Some people will mistake hyper symptoms for needing more meds/still being hypo, based on symptoms.

                        I will now put my worrywart self back in check.

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                        • just got back from costco---- they've dropped the price of the chicken to $21.49 for a 10 pound bag! and the almond butter was only $6.79 for a 26 oz jar!!! At Fred Meyers it was $11.49 for a smaller - maybe 16 oz jar, maybe 20. But sheeesh! I got 4 jars of it! Thats an excellent price for almond butter! yummy - can't wait to have some this evening.

                          but right now --- time to go for my walk ............ before it starts to get dark!
                          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 Pedidoc View Post
                            Make a few primal cupcakes for you and your son to have while everyone else eats cake.
                            Nah........... we'll just do without. I don't mind at all not having cake - it isn't something that makes me feel deprived if I don't have it. As for son......... he's 26 and can fend for himself!
                            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 marcadav View Post
                              I like your goals but worry about #4. Here are my concerns:
                              1. What does slightly overcompensated mean?
                              2. Symptoms can lag behind optimal numbers by a few months.
                              3. Being hyper can have negative ramifications.
                              4. Some people will gain weight when they are "overcompensated"/hyper.
                              5. Some people will mistake hyper symptoms for needing more meds/still being hypo, based on symptoms.

                              I will now put my worrywart self back in check.
                              well, doc said my numbers were "slightly" over the norm. You know the number the lab says is within limits. She said as long as feel good then we'll leave it there. Thyroid is one of those things that is a bit ify based on each persons make up. Apparently I need to be at the high or just barely over the "acceptable" range. I'm doing great - losing weight - have lots of energy and my mood is wonderful. I go back in 5 months for another check - we'll see what happens by then. Also, I have an appt at the end of this month for my "well woman exam" so I will tell her if things start to go sideways...

                              Thanks for the concern! Pipe in more often............ I never know if you're hanging around or not!
                              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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                              • so - I only walked 35 minutes tonight. I've switched from my Merrells which are hiking shoes, but extremely comfortable for walking in - to my Saucony which are actually more cross trainers....... but aren't as comfortable. And its making my knees hurt. I was wearing down the soul on my hikers too fast so hubby said to switch shoes. I might switch back and just buy a new pair of Merrells next spring for hiking cuz they are way more comfortable for street walking. I wonder if they make a cross trainer? I need to check into that. They are the most comfortable shoe I've ever worn! They feel like slippers!

                                Anyway - so now my knees are hurting. Bummer. We're headed out to watch a high school football game. The son of good friends of ours. I took some ibuprofen so I hope that takes care of it.

                                Better go get ready........
                                Last edited by tomi; 10-10-2012, 11:06 PM. Reason: spelling errors!
                                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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