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  • These goodies have been made with rice flour, not almond flour, so the calories are reduced in that sense. MIL found this awesome gluten free flour called Pamela's Baking and Pancake Flour (or something like that) and makes gluten free cookies for Brady. They're addicting!

    I plan to hit it hard starting Sunday. Saturday we have nephew's birthday party (he'll be 3 - acts like it too! The tantrums that kid throws! Yowza!).

    Anyhow, once that's done, it's game on.
    Primal since March 5, 2012
    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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    • Okay, Jenn ---- Sunday it is! Full speed ahead without stopping for anymore speed bumps! You with me????

      Yesterday I walked a mile and then did my yoga DVD. I was still doing it when hubby came home - so he got dinner going Then he told me to go ahead and shower and he'd finish up - what a great guy! He made the same hash we had the night before - well, thats what he calls it. He sauteed onions in butter and olive oil. Then added red potatos and a bunch of other veggies and some steak meat cut into cubes. It was wonderful! Oh I forgot the Thai Yellow Curry Sauce - YUMMY!

      The scales are back down to 184.2 ........... but thats still not back down to my alltime primal low of 181.6! When I steadily resting UNDER that number I will be feeling good - until I have that yearning to get to another low. I'm tracking my calories in/calories out to see if I'm losing according to the numbers.......... I'm only on day 3 of this so it will a while before I know for sure if I'm doing it all correctly. I know it seems a bit like OVERKILL........ and it is......... but it helps me in the process - keeps me on track and in line with my goals. So, it can't be all bad.

      TMI.......... still not able to empty the pipes - so today after work I'm going to take a couple magnesium pills. I'm SURE that will work to get things all flushed! Seems I'm either running to the bathroom - or wishing I could! No middle ground where my bowels are concerned. I guess I've been this way my whole life. As a child I was almost always uncomfortably constipated - surely from lack of any real fiber in my diet! Maybe all my weight is being held in my bowels right now! Lets see --- had a complete clean out on Saturday - then nothing sunday and monday - very little Tuesday - nothing Wednesday - and just a bit this morning.......... I'd say there must be a couple of pounds of ______ stored up in there! So --- here's to hoping for a ROYAL FLUSH later today!

      Breakfast: 4 slices of bacon - yummo! Took all my pills......... (such a good girl!)

      I slept REALLY good last night. Woke up several times (normal) but hubby's snoring only bothered me once. I slept from 10:30 pm until 9:30 am! Good heavens! Thats a good nights sleep! I am so thankful that I don't have a morning job! Cuz I do need to make sure I get enough sleep or the fibro fatigue comes back.

      With the colder weather I have found of love of tea! I've been drinking just regular Lipton - but I'm going to stop at the store after work and pick up some herbal teas. Need to do some research on the health bennies of the different types of tea.

      I'm shopping for a new front door. Ours in okay - but the jam is all messed up and you can see daylight through it - not good for keeping out the cold! Plus, I have always hated this door. Ugly steel door with the typical fan shaped window at the top --- blah! So we're getting a door that is fiber/steel construction and stainable. It will have the large oval stained glass center - not the full length, but the top 2/3's. I'm excited. We have hanging on to last years end of year bonus money for this very purpose. The door itself will cost about $675 - and then we'll have to pay a guy to install it, plus by the new lock and knob system. I'm guessing it will cost around $1000 total. Then......... I'm going to start saving for new carpet. Once we don't have Zeus anymore (yes, he still has a few years in him - I hope) I want to get new carpet. This carpet was installed when the remodel was done in 1998, and it was VERY expensive carpet........... but, 14 years, 3 dogs, 3 cats, 3 kids and 2 adults later --- and its not looking so great. The dogs claws have pulled out a few treads here and there - I've had to continually trim off the "sprained" loops. And it is in GREAT need of a good deep cleaning. Before I replace it I will TRY to save it by having it professionally cleaned by a good carpet cleaning company. I will probably call ServePro - they do a lot of fire and water damage clean up so they really know how to get things clean! If it turns out I don't have to replace the carpet - then the money will likely be invested in the kitchen remodel. We've talked about selling our livingroom furniture to my son when he buys a house - but we don't have several thousand dollars to replace it right now. AND - I don't want to get new stuff until we no longer have animals who sneak onto the furniture when no one is looking! The cat is fine - but Zeus leaves too much hair and Basset Hound smell behind! (which reminds me........... he really needs a bath!)

      TMI -- the hot tea seems to be causing some movement........... ouchiness!

      On another subject --- it is really time to get outside and finish up the fall yard clean up! I haven't been able to mow the grass for weeks because its been too wet --- and it is going to be a bugger to mow now! WAY to high to mulch - and I'm sure it will completely fill the yard waste bin. The banana's are all starting to turn yellow and we absolutely must get them cut down before they start to fall or we will have a slimmy mess on our hands. Mind you - we have about 300 banana tree's in our backyard. NO, they don't grow naners...... but they look AWESOME! It takes me about an hour to cut them all down using the cordless cut-off saw....... then it takes a few hours to load them all onto the trailer to take them to the yard recycle center. Last year we had 2500 pounds! All water for the most part. The leaves haven't really started dropping yet. But when they do it takes me hours with the leaf blower to get them off the grass and into the flower beds where they stay all winter to decompose and feed the ground. Fall makes me sad............ everything is going to sleep for the long cold winter.

      Oh dear - I am a chatty kathy this morning! I hope whoever is reading this is not shaking their head and thinking --- MAN - YOU NEED A LIFE!

      okay I will end this............. have a good day all!
      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've fallen in love with iced green tea with pomegranate.
        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 read it all and didn't shake my head.

          You should point me in the direction of a picture of your banana tree. I'm not sure I can visualize what you're talking about.

          I know what you mean about carpet. We built our house in 2007. The carpet was installed then. Today, the carpet looks like $hit. Mind you, we got the "standard" carpet b/c we were pushing our budget with this house. In hindsight, we should have waited another year before going forward with our plans, which was the original plan (to build in 2008), but I got tapped for deployment to occur in 2008, so we decided to build a year earlier instead of waiting til the year I returned (2009). Then I didn't deploy... lol Our carpet is in SERIOUS need of replacement. It has no life left and it's stained to beat hell. Oh well. Two young kids, 2 dogs and a cat... not putting a ton of money into it until they stop trashing it.

          Our door is a steel door with a 2/3 window as well... but our window is rectangle with the country style sashes in it (so it's divided into 9 little windows). It shouldn't be a front door, but it is. *shrug* We can replace it someday.

          I'd also like to remodel my kitchen... but that's a long way down the road yet... and truth be told, I'd like to gut the whole house, change the whole layout and essentially start over, without yanking down the exterior walls. I think the footprint is fine, but I'd like to change the way things are placed inside. even thought about converting the garage to a living room (28x28... could you imagine???) and building a new garage off the back of the house. Pipe dreams... lol I'd have to hit the lottery first, in which case Brad says we'd sell and buy an acreage in the country.
          Primal since March 5, 2012
          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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          • Originally posted by Pedidoc View Post
            I've fallen in love with iced green tea with pomegranate.
            that sounds good! might try to find some........
            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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            • Jenn - if you really want to change that much in your house - you might be better off selling and starting over. Remodels are EXPENSIVE and unless you plan to live there until you're dying day you may never recover all the expense. I'm banking on a good fire to fix my house woe's. We still have some of the original wiring from the 40's so it could happen. Honestly, the only thing I would be concerned with is losing all the business papers that we keep in the house for the current year - and the computer since it holds all the business financials. Everything else is just "stuff". I LOVE our location - pretty much hate the house. Its a hodge-podge of remodeling and add-ons and the old parts are drafty and do not flow properly. The new parts were done prior to my becoming a part of the household (ie. EX wife touches) so I tend to not "appreciate" her planning or decorating touches. Everything in house has been repainted since I moved in 11 years ago - but there's not much you can do about the basic lay-out once its built (as you know!)

              Lets see if I can find a picture of the banana plants..........

              hum - photo uploader not responding.......... will try in a new post.
              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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              • nope isn't letting me post a picture.......... I'll put one on fb.
                1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                2. Eat to heal
                3. Move to live
                4. Embrace today
                5. Live with intention
                6. Respect my body
                7. Cultivate joy
                8. Find my passion
                9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                • well - I can't find a good picture of the banana's in full form! I posted a picture of the pergola, but that was early in the season and the banana's in the background are pretty small. Right now, the biggest is about 20 feet tall, with a base of about 10 inches! Next summer I will post a picture for 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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                  • No work at the firehouse........ the skies are clear so I'm going out to mow or should I say "bale" the grass! then to the shop to pick up the briefcase and mail so I can do the bookwork for the business - since my friday will be packed with both mom's appts. and shopping trips. UGH.

                    have a good 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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                    • Got all the bookwork for the boatshop done this afternoon cuz I didn't have any work to do at the doc office. I also walked a little more than a mile in 20 minutes and got in 20 minutes of yoga! Dinner was salmon with acorn squash - lots of butter and some brown sugar! I know - but its so good on the squash!

                      the 2 cups of hot tea got the pipes cleaned out nicely! I'm anxious to see what the number is in the morning!

                      I walked too fast I think - strained a muscle in my lower back on the right side. It's gonna be fine - just need to rest. Tomorrow is mom's day so I won't have time to do anything until later in the afternoon. MIL eye appointment in the morning - that will take 2 hours - then my mom's shopping and banking. We ordered 3 new pairs of pants from Blair - so she may want me to hem them tomorrow - I might need to put that one off until next time - cuz I will be kind burned out by the time I'm done with the shopping.

                      we'll see how it all goes.............
                      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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                      • Tomi, the thing is that *I* designed my house! lol Brad and I built in 2007 and I planned the layout... well, kind of. I took another layout and made changes to it to suit our needs. But having lived there for 5 years, it's easy to find things that would be better done in another layout.

                        We decided we want to finish the basement at some point, but the stairs to the basement are at one end of the house, which would require us (any any guests) to walk past a bathroom, the kids' bedrooms, and through my laundry room to access it. Just poor planning on my part, really. I should have left the stairs to the basement in the dining room like in the original drawing... that's the biggest thing... that and the door to the garage is by the kids' bedrooms and our bedroom is on the other end of the house, so when they're teens if they want to sneak out, it'll be easy for them. Didn't plan well on that one either. lol I should have just left the original plans alone and gone with that drawing, but we wanted our bedroom on the south side of the house so we could look out the window to the timber, which in the end doesn't matter b/c we don't do that anyhow...

                        Our location is perfect. 1 block from a park, 1/2 a block to the in-laws, straight down 8 blocks from Brady's school. So, selling and starting over isn't really something we're interested in doing, really. Maybe someday.
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • been there, Jenn --- the first house my ex and I built was a good layout - but totally not my "style" and I was never comfortable there. I like soft lines and things with angles - that house was a square block with square everything in it! Also my design - from the ground up. I found a picture of an exterior that I liked and then filled in the rooms. We stayed there for 4 years then sold and built again. The second house was again my design, but I started with a "footprint" from the builder and made my own house out of it. I LOVED that house - and still miss it. It had a meditaranean flare - arched doorways and a big open 15 foot vaulted greatroom. The masterbath was 12x12 with an 8x10 walk-in closet. I had a shower, a huge garden tub, and a vanity table. And the "throne" was in a water closet. It was all on one level. 3 bedroom, 2 bath. It was "me". When the ex and divorced I said goodbye to house and ignored him!

                          So --- I'm telling you this so you know it happens........ our first attempt at building is rarely the right choice and then we learn and do it all over again! Since you're location is perfect - probably remodeling is your best bet. Is it possible to put in another set of stairs to the basement, in the dining room where its more convenient? As for the kids sneaking out........... wow - maybe an alarm on the front door so if they open it they'll be found out? Just have to keep the code between you and Brad. You know, like a home security system. Do you have one of those now?

                          Funny how we don't think of all those things until its too late! frustrating more than funny I guess.
                          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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                          • mom day........ out the door I go. Have to drive 1/2 hour to pick up MIL then take her to the eye doctor. Then 1/2 hour back to her home. then take my shopping........... then back home. 2 hours of driving today. UGH! going to be long day. Hopefully the weather will be nice long enough for me to get in a walk this afternoon, but a rain storm is supposed to be on its way. It might be a yoga day. I think I'm going to invest in a treadmill for this winter.

                            I'm really hungry - but not going to eat cuz that will sometimes trigger the tummy troubles. don't need that today!

                            I didn't weigh this morning - thought maybe I'd give it a couple days rest. I'll see whats happening come Monday morning. I just have to be really careful this weekend. I think I've got my hubby to forego to rum at home. YEAH. That seems to be my biggest roadblock to dropping the pounds........

                            time to.

                            have a good day all!
                            1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                            2. Eat to heal
                            3. Move to live
                            4. Embrace today
                            5. Live with intention
                            6. Respect my body
                            7. Cultivate joy
                            8. Find my passion
                            9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                            • What I kind of plan on doing is remodel my kitchen first to make it smaller. Yes, I said smaller. It's too large now with so much wasted space that it fills up with clutter. Take out the wall between the dining room and kitchen (it's not a load bearing wall). Then I plan to remove the stairwell from the hallway, put my laundry room where my stairwell is, move the bathroom down to where the laundry is, and place the stairwell where the bathroom was. Basically, I'm taking out the stairs, moving everything down about 4 foot, and putting the stairs in the dining room - where they were on the original plan... *facepalm*

                              That won't eliminate the problem of teens being able to sneak out. An alarm might work, but that could get complicated when they start dating and all that and might require two codes, etc. Not sure how we're going to handle that.

                              There are other layouts I'd like to try, but of course, constantly changing the house would get expensive. Moving the stairway and finishing our basement would afford us the room to entertain, which we can't do now b/c the common areas of our house are too small for a large group of people. Someday... someday. Might just have House Crashers come in and change it all... I WISH!! lol

                              Live and learn.
                              Primal since March 5, 2012
                              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                              • sounds like you have a good plan - hope you can do it so you're comfortable with the layout. It makes it hard to be "at home" when there are things about the house that you don't like. At least - thats how it is for me.

                                got the mom's all taken care of. MIL is rapidly losing her eye sight - and she isn't very happy about it. But she is a gracious and gentle women - she doesn't complain or get angry she just says she wishes it wasn't happening. It makes her sad. Today she just kept saying, "well, I'm 89 years old........ thats getting up there!" She is such a dear --- I love her so very much! Took my mom grocery shopping and banking. then I fixed her shoes, she needed new insoles, changed the batteries in her tv remote, fixed up her new flashlight so she could see better to read recipes (cookies.... ugh), paid her bills, read her mail, and visited a bit. I was pretty tired out by the time I got home today! I hadn't eaten in 19 hours........ and was so hungry I grabbed the first thing I could find in the fridge --- the spicy hash from 2 nights ago. NOT a good choice. Acid stomach - and diarrhea!!! I'm in so much pain I could cry. I took an antiacid but it doesn't seem to be doing too much to help. I'm going to go lay on my bed - close to the bathroom and hope it passes...........

                                I stepped on the scale just a minute ago - after a long visit in the bathroom, in the sitting position...... 182.2 So - I guess there is something good to come from my misery! thats only .8 pounds from my all time primal low of 181.6 from a few weeks ago. I mist be doing something right.

                                I've made beef curry for dinner - but I'm not touching it! Hubby and son can feast on all of it. Just need to make some rice. Not sure what I'll eat for the rest of the day - but I can promise you it will be something very mild and easy on the digestive system.

                                send healing thoughts and prayers my way please.
                                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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