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  • Home............. awe! LOVE being home.

    Las Vegas was fun - hubby and I had a great time - but the trip was not without its handicaps. First we checking in at PDX all was well and we were told were checked all the way through to Vegas - had boarding passes through LAX as well. We get to LAX, find our connecting flight and see that our 2:20 flight is now leaving at 3:45.......... UGH! So we find a place to get some food - grilled chicken wraps and fries (sorta primal). So far so good. We get back to the gate and find a place to sit - a very long way away from the service desk. After about 15 minutes I see something on the screen behind the desk that catches my eye ---- something about a gate change for the flight to Vegas - so hubby walks up to read it --- YUP - we are supposed to be at another gate. So - off we go to the correct gate - which is only 200 feet away. As we are sitting on the floor (no seats available) I look at the screen behind the desk........ now our flight has been delayed again and its now 4:10. 15 minutes later, they change it again to 4:20 --- we are now 2 hours behind schedule. They start boarding the plane and say "groups 1 and 2 can board" .............. hum --- our boarding passes don't have a group number on them. So we get at the end of the line......... she scans our passes and says "invalid - go talk to the desk attendant". UGH........ so we go stand behind a man who is trying to change his tickets --- the girl at the desk finally tells him the flight is boarding right now and she doesn't have time to help him change his tickets without delaying the flight --- in the meantime 3 other people have walked up to the desk and pushed us out of the way! The lady taking the boarding passes now comes over to help with the crowd at the desk............ she picks up 2 passes off the desk and says "FAST?" ............. thats us........... we get on the plane with looks of "oh - YOU'RE the cause of MORE delay!" Okay......... off to Vegas!!!

    So now we've missed our scheduled shuttle to the casino - so we are now on "first come" basis. Luckily it was not crowded and we were seated easily. We get to the casino (South Point, in case you're interested) - we get checked in and before going to our rooms we go to the event center to register for the buyers show. Then we go to the room and freshen up a bit.......... back to the show, buy a few things - have a few free drinks - eat a few snacky things. Go to bed!

    Friday - everything goes smoothly. We spend several hours at the buyers show - have breakfast - eggs and bacon - buy lots of stuff - skip lunch cuz we're still full from breakfast! But I did give in to the canolli and big peanut butter cookies - and oh dang....... now the open bar is set up again! one more drink. Shows over............. we spend about $20 on the slots and decide to go to our room early.

    Saturday we slept late and get to breakfast around noon - and my stomach decides it a good day to have diarrhea! We're scheduled for the 2 pm shuttle to the strip and have tickets to the 7 pm Beatles - LOVE show at the Mirage. 2 o'clock rolls round and I'm not about to get on that shuttle --- back to the bathroom! I have spend most of the last 2 hours in the bathroom while hubby watches football. I finally take 2 pills to stop the flow. While were waiting I get out our flight confirmation to check the time and we notice that our returning flight is at 9:45 PM!!! on Sunday. Thats not what we picked while making the reservations on Expedia - we picked the 10:45 AM flight - but, our reservations were for the 9:45 PM -- that would put us back in Oregon at Midnight - and thats not going to work! Hubby starts making phone calls. After getting the run around from Expedia and told it will cost $75 per ticket to make the change and then maybe another charge from the airlines - we decide to call the airlines. We're told ALL flights are booked full. We decide there isn't anything we can do except go the airport early and try to go stand-by on the 10:45 am flight ............ its now 3 pm, and the next shuttle to the strip is here - I'm ready to get on the shuttle! The shuttle takes us to Treasure Island --- PERFECT! Its right next to the Mirage where we need to pick up our tickets at will call by 5 pm. So we go straight there --- only to be told our tickets were for the night before! CRAP - how did that happen? I'm about in tears at this point. We paid $250 to see this show! The girl at the counter asks for our ID and for our ticket confirmation page -- she disappears for about 5 minutes and comes back with 2 tickets............ PHEW! We decide we have plenty of time to go across the street and see the Venetian (I've been there, but hubby hasn't) .......... then we go back to the Mirage and find a place to eat. We ordered 2 starters - honey BBQ wings and Mahi Taco things. Both yummy - and except for the corn taco shell, which was about a 4 inch round - it was completely primal (score)

    The show was MAGNIFICENT! Total and complete sensory overload! It was amazing! Very expensive --- but worth it! We wander out of the Mirage into a SEA of people on the strip! We watch the volcano explode at the Mirage - and wander back to Treasure Island just in the time to catch the shuttle back to South Point. We tired! and hungry.......... but its too late for dinner, and there is no place to get anything light, and healthy. We buy a peice of cheesecake (sorta primal, right?) and a canolli and we split them in our room......... Set the alarm and go to bed. I wake up at 5:45 - the alarm is set for 6:00. ............ 6 comes and go and the alarm doesn't buzz.......... hubby checks - oh, its set for pm, not am. Can anything else go wrong? Get up - shower, pack up, check out............ and go to the airport shuttle that we had made reservations on the day before.......... NOPE, we're not on the list!!!! Luckily there is plenty of room. We're on our way to the airport to beg for a seat.

    We go to the ticket counter to be told all flights are full and they don't do "stand by" - but if a seat is available at the 45 minute cut off to boarding then we can change our flights for a $25 fee each. Whatever....... either we pay or we sit in the airport for 14 hours! So we waited............ finally they called us up the counter and gave us our boarding passes for a $50 charge to our credit card! We weren't sitting together - but we were on the same plane and heading for home on the flight that we were supposed to be on before Expedia screwed up!

    And all is well............. did we have fun? absolutely! Will we go back to Vegas for any other reason except the buyers show? NO WAY! Did I stay primal? no........... but the good thing is we walked MILES every single day - and I stepped on the scales after we got home and I think I didn't gain any weight at all. I'll know for sure in the morning. Its hard to know when I was fully dressed and had just eaten eggs, bacon and hashed browns at Elmers on the way home from the airport. I'll check in the morning - in the buff and then I'll know for sure. I tried to make good choices except for the couple of drinks at the show - and the couple of desserts. It wasn't bad -- I'm not going to worry about it all. In the morning I will be back on track again - and back on my way to goal weight

    hope this wasn't too boring! Its always an adventure - thats what we say when things go sideways!

    PS - between the 2 of us we gambled $90 on the slots - on our last couple "gambing" dollars hubby hit a good one on the penny slots - won back $78.15 so - we lost just under $12 in Vegas! I don't think we need to worry about being gambling junkies!
    Last edited by tomi; 10-21-2012, 04:48 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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    • Sounds like you had fun despite the Gremlins!
      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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      • That sounds like what my trip would be like... I always seem to find the bad luck... oh well. At least you had fun.
        Primal since March 5, 2012
        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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        • I didn't want my discription to sound like the whole trip was a mess - hope it didn't come across that way - we just had some hiccups that made it a bit less "smooth" than I had preferred. Overall we really enjoyed the trip - but after talking about it we decided that Vegas is not a vacation destination that we choose freely. We went this time because it was 80% paid for by the company putting on the buyers show. Vegas is pretty much total sensory overload and way too many people for us. We experienced it though - and had fun doing it - just wouldn't purposefully go there again. If the show invites us again next year we'll probably go and just stay at the show venue, and not stay an extra day.

          So -- Monday morning - and its time to get back to the task at hand. Eating properly, exercising and losing weight while feeling great! That is my goal. I was right on the weight -- didn't gain a single ounce. Still the same weight today that I was the day we left. I'm very pleased by this and now ready to take the bull by the horns and get back to it!

          Yesterday I ate eggs, bacon, hashed browns and 2 peices of sour dough toast with butter and strawberry jelly on the way home from the airport. It was 1:00 pm and my first food in 15 hours. Shame on me for the bread and jelly - but it was very good!!! I had some almond butter and a sweet potato with butter and brown sugar in the evening. (obviously still in vacation mode)

          Today the sugar and grains go back on the "NO" list. I don't think I'll have any trouble getting right back on track - if I do I will confess and beg for your encouragement! No food yet today - but the tummy is growling. I'd really like to fast until this afternoon, while drinking plenty of water to flush out my system. Will see how it goes - but thats the plan. Hubby has bible study tonight so won't be home until 9 pm. That means I can cook whatever I want! Its pretty much looking like steamed veggies and broiled salmon tonight. Course I will need to have something for hubby to eat when he gets home. I think I'll throw some beef into the crockpot and just let it slowcook all day. He loves dead cow! I need to use up what was left from last years order - I have only steaks left. 2 packages of t-bones and a package of rib steak. I'm going to put them all in the crockpot and see how it comes out. I will drop in some red potatoes and carrots a couple hours before he gets home. I'll be putting them in the crockpot still partially frozen so I'm hoping they don't get over cooked. Steaks are just thin sliced roast right? so why wouldn't it be ok to slow cook them? Last years meat was a little tough anyway - so this should help the meat come out more tender. I'm added a bunch of spices and putting in a healthy dollup of bacon fat too. That should add some nice flavor.

          okay........... I think I will walk this afternoon. Its cold and gloomy outside and it just doesn't look very inviting. If my work was closer I would walk to work - but its like 6 miles away. I've thought about biking it - but its also up a long steady hill - probably a mile of incline - don't think I want to tackle that one.

          So - happy Monday everyone! Lets do this!
          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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          • Let us know how the steaks come out! I have no idea what slow-cooked steaks would be like. On the one hand, many steaks do really well in a marinade so I would imagine slow cooking would be fine. On the other hand, some need fast and high heat to stay tender. I think some steaks are sliced roast, but they might come from different parts of the animal.
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            • well I hope they turn out good........... too late to change my mind! They are very marbled and bone-in so I think they should come out good. I'm in need of broth for the dog also - he's a picky picky eater and adding broth to his dry food always gets him to eat!
              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'm sure they will be great! congratulations on staying the same weight. Keep up the good work going back to no grains/sugar.
                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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                • I'm entirely jealous of you going on a mini-vacation and staying the same weight... I stayed at home this weekend and gained a pound... I am not doing well with staying primal at all. I'm not venturing too far into the grains world, but I'm slipping a lot. It scares me. But you did well. I'm proud of you!

                  I hope the steaks turn out well. We're having whole bone-in/skin-on chicken breasts in the slow cooker tonight. I popped about 8 broth ice cubes in there to keep things moist and for making a gravy. Will make some mashed taters and gravy. And some peas for the kids. Kids love peas - oh well... they're green and they eat them. DH and I will probably have sugar snap peas for the healthy pod - kids just pick the peas out of the pod so why bother with the pods for them?? lol I'm excited for dinner tonight.
                  Primal since March 5, 2012
                  SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                  • I was shocked that I didn't gain any weight - cuz I didn't stay primal. I had several desserts - and a few glasses of hard liquor - as in Long Island Iced Tea! my favorite! But our meals were pretty primal and pretty small. Plus we walked A LOT! those casinos are enormous! It took a good 15 minutes to go from the conference to the room. and made we several trips a day - plus walking around the casino - and one day we took a short walk outside just to see how big the place was. Its HUGE! Add walking in and out and around all the airports too. We definitely didn't sit down much.
                    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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                    • How fun to be able to see the shows. I'm glad the one worked out for you. That's what I'd like to do, if I ever go to Las Vegas. They have them all around the clock, right? So you can go during the day?

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                      • the vega shows are pretty much the normal matinea and then maybe 2 evening shows. We hit the 7:00 pm show - then watched the volcano erupt in front of the Mirage. We were going to go to this "bar" at the Wynn to see some amazing things there but were completely overloaded by the Beatles - LOVE show. So we caught the shuttle back to the hotel.

                        Not sure whats going on with my body......... I think I must have gotten sorta dehydrated out there in the desert cuz I've been sucking down water like I'm dying or something. Yesterday I must have drank 6 16 ounces glasses of water! and I put too much salt on my dinner so now I'm so bloated I feel like I'm a water balloon! The scales were up too! what the heck!!! that wonderful low of 181.6 was nice for a whole 2 days and then disappeared. I've been hovering around 185 for a week. I really thing its water weight - but I'll have to wait and see. If it is it should go away in a couple days as long as I don't touch the salt shaker.

                        Yesterday it was so cold and rainy I decided to do Yoga instead of go outside for a walk. It was good. I have a DVD and just followed along. But today my shoulders hurt cuz they cramped up during the yoga yesterday. I was also having issues with my feet cramping during the yoga. I take extra potassium but it doesn't seem to help with the cramping issues. Not sure what to do for that. Anyway - I'm going to do the yoga again today. Its real windy and blustery out there ...... yuck.

                        This friday is double whammy on taking care of the moms. MIL has an eye doctor appointment at 9:20 - so I have to drive to get her - 30 minutes away - bring her back to Salem for the appt. another 30 minutes........ then take her home......... 30 minutes - go get my mom and do all her shopping - then drive me back home - 30 minutes. 2 hours of driving for one appointment. UGH. I don't know why she doesn't see an eye doctor in Dallas. (oregon - yes, we have one ) But she's gone to this doctor for years and hasn't even considered changing. Anyway - I want to get my hair cut too so need to call BIL to see if he has an opening on Friday - probably not but will check. If not I'll schedule for 2 weeks out. ............... Just called - nothing Friday afternoon so I made an appointment for the 9th. That works. I get my hair cut about every 6 months! This time will just get the ends cleaned up cuz I want to let it grow out.

                        better get to my yoga........... Have a good day all. and lets all hope for smaller numbers for tomorrow!
                        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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                        • Keeping fingers crossed for your lower number!
                          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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                          • Thanks, Pedidoc! How's the foot doing?
                            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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                            • Try taking some magnesium. Sodium, potassium and magnesium are a trio and if one gets off, the others will too. Whenever I had calf cramps a few years ago, magnesium was the only thing that made them go away.
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • Originally posted by tomi View Post
                                Thanks, Pedidoc! How's the foot doing?
                                Feels better. I think I've got a mild planter fasciitis. It started hurting Friday at the clinic, so probably a combination of being on my feet more days than usual and the shoes I wore that day. . Thanks for asking.
                                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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