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  • yes, I know its a lofty goal........ but I know I can do it if I stay on course. Avoiding alcohol and sugar seem to be really big on my successes list. When I do both of those - and watch the overall calories, and move everyday - the weight comes off at a fairly steady pace. Its when I give in to the dessert or alcohol cravings that I find myself in a stall. I have 38 weeks to go -- thats a touch less than 1.5 pounds per week. I know its possible to do it -- might be tough at times, but its totally possible. I don't have quite 50 pounds to go - and likely I won't get under 140 as history tells me that seems to be my set adult weight --- this morning I was 183.6 so thats really 48.6 to my dream goal.......... 43.6 to my realistic goal. So, if you look at that way, 44 pounds in 38 weeks is pretty doable. I'm determined! And I feel confident that I will be able to keep the weight off now that I've been eating this way for so long. By my birthday it will be 20 months since I changed my diet to primal/paleo. I think its pretty much a part of me now. If I don't actually make it then I know I will be close - but I have to have a goal weight date set or I tend to do the mind game thing of "oh, this once won't hurt.......... " Those "onces" come far to often unless I can see a date on the calendar that I want to acheive my goal.
    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 you can do it Tomi!
      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 Pedidoc View Post
        I know you can do it Tomi!
        Thanks! I'm gonna give it my best effort!

        Its o'dark thirty......... I woke up with aching legs and couldn't go back to sleep with hubby rattling the rafters with his snoring! I rubbed peppermint lotion on my legs and they are feeling better now, but my tummy is empty. I'm snacking on Almond Butter - but the cheesecake is sorely tempting me. I.WILL.NOT.GIVE.IN! cheesecake will NOT help me reach my goals! It will taste good for a few minutes, and then will cause hours of guilty and remorse for succumbing to it! And will postpone my joy of seeing the scales drop --- so, the cheesecake will stay in the freezer. AHHH.............. its feels good to win over the cravings.

        We talked a bit about our Feb. 5th wheel trip. Hubby wants to go down to the Redwood Forrest while we're down in Gold Beach. Its only an hours drive from where we are going to be "camping". I'm hoping there are some good trails to explore while we're down there too. I'm looking forward to doing more hiking this coming year.

        About Thanksgiving...... I sent out an email asking for a tentative head count --- saying we are trying to figure out seating for the group. So far a couple families have responded - but not the one in question. So, still don't know whats coming........

        I should try to go back to bed. Sometimes hubby stops snoring around 1 am............ I love that time of night! If I could just get him to lose about 25 pounds......... he doesn't snore very loudly when he is a lighter weight. But he seems resistant this time - like a defiant child. If I try to get him to take off a few pounds he rebels and eats all the junk food he can get his hands on! Big BABY!

        night 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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        • Great job winning the cheesecake battle!
          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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          • Samu66el........... seriously? I wish there was some way to get back at these people. Like find out what their email address is and send them 3000 messages every single day! GGGGRRRRRR!!!! Its so annoying!

            Okay.......... I a little happier this morning - 182.4 Back down to my lowest recorded primal weight. Thats was 3 weeks ago - so it took me 3 weeks to get off the weight gain caused by a weekend of rum and snacks. See, this is why I track. I can go back and look at my food logs when the scale went back up and I can see exactly what went in my mouth - cuz I write it all down. Tracking is important -- yes, annoying and time consuming -- but important so we can see where we are going wrong - and where we are going right. WRONG = rum, diet coke, sugar. RIGHT = staying with the program, eating "clean". I've had many days of RIGHT lately and it feels wonderful! And the scales are a direct reflection of what I'm doing. It doesn't seem matter if I walk or not - if I eat WRONG the scales go up. But if I walk and eat right - the scales go down. Simple concept - yet sometimes so hard to do!

            I'm on a mission to see 179!!!! maybe next week, huh? It could happen. Its a long shot - but it could happen.

            I have a small window of no rain, according to Accuweather - so I'm going for it. Hope everyone has a wonderful day.

            Any of you on the East Coast have any ill effects from the storm?
            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
              Samu66el........... seriously? I wish there was some way to get back at these people.

              I'm on a mission to see 179!!!! maybe next week, huh? It could happen. Its a long shot - but it could happen.
              I find great satisfaction giving them then black triangle of death!

              You will hit 179 next week. I know you can and will.
              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 hit the little death triangle also!

                I walked 40 minutes this morning. Thats all the energy I could muster! Isn't it amazing how a poor nights sleep will just suck the energy right out of you! Course, I could also be a bit weary from the 3 miles I walked yesterday. According to Mapquest I walked 2.25 miles today. That is probably as far as I should go cuz any farther and I pay for it in leg pain that night. So, I'm giving y'all permission to scold me if I push it passed 2.5 miles tops. My longest route is 2.57 miles. Thats the most common route I take. I've just recently changed my path in a more straight shot - home to Cummings Elementary school - round trip is 2.25 miles. I like this route cuz it seems to have the least traffic. A nice quiet walk down a beautiful street! The birds were extremely noisy this morning! More like a spring morning than a fall morning. Wonder what all the commotion was about?

                Just had 4 slices of perfectly fried bacon! I often cook it too crispy -- and then I start to think I eating little cancer causing wafers or something! Today - golden brown with just a little soft fat - PERFECT. Since I had a midnight snack of almond butter I need to skip that little treat this afternoon - otherwise my calories will go too high. Dinner tonight is 5 oz of pork and mashed cauliflower.

                I am surprised that I am loving this tea with no sweetener in it! Green Tea w/Pomegranate! Thanks Pedi for the tip! Green Tea is supposed to a good source of antioxidants Plus, its a boost to my metabolism, as the the caffeine gives me a REV! vroom vroom! But have to admit - right now I just want to take a nap.

                Today is mail/deposit and patient charts at work -- hopefully there is lots to do, cuz yesterday I only worked ONE STINKING hour! I mean.......... yes, I love not having much responsibility - and I love having the freedom to work pt - well 2 pt jobs, plus the mom responsibilites, and house stuff - but still. I have it pretty good and I love my husband for allowing me to have this freedom. He likes me not working full time cuz I can get things done that wouldn't otherwise be so simple to do.

                I should be heading for the shower........ have a good day everyone - and for those of you on the east side of the country - blessings and safety as you dig out from the storm!
                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 also hit the triangle for you!

                  Tomi- I just finished reading all 106 pages of your journal. I do not have fibro- but have similiar start stats as you did... so it speaks to me. Thanks for the details and every day 'life' stuff you post. Its been a great read!

                  Thanks again! Cris
                  Cris

                  Start: 221
                  CW: 215
                  Goal: 150
                  5'3 , 31 years old.

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                  • You keep up that determination and you will have fantastic results.

                    Be sure you don't overdo it with the walking though. I know you have fibro and not chronic fatigue, but they are awfully similar. Pushing too much makes things worse. When you can do 2.5 miles and still be raring to go, that's when you should expand your limits. I haven't tried to walk any further, but it doesn't take me as long to feel better afterwards, so I'm making progress.

                    Welcome aboard, Cris!
                    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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                    • Originally posted by CrisN99 View Post
                      I also hit the triangle for you!

                      Tomi- I just finished reading all 106 pages of your journal. I do not have fibro- but have similiar start stats as you did... so it speaks to me. Thanks for the details and every day 'life' stuff you post. Its been a great read!

                      Thanks again! Cris
                      wow - thats a lot of reading! Sorry for the boring parts............. You're welcome to hang around and join in on the fun!
                      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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                      • Good Morning! Its a blustery day in the mid Willamette Valley. Broken trees abound. I'm currently watching a crew fix a partially broken tree in the park parking lot next door. It took out a cable that I believe used to be our tv cable - but we now have satelite so I don't think they really need to fix it - but I'm not going to bother telling them. They are going next door to the neighbors so they probably think the wire serves their house. Whatever......... OH --- I guess it also took out the powerline to the neighbors house - cuz the work is being done by the power company, not the parks department.

                        Yesterday was a good day on my logs! Calories = 1288 with carbs at 10%, fat at 68% and protein at 22% --- That works perfectly! I've had 3 FULL days of no sugar, grains or alcohol. I'm doing ok with no sweetener in my tea - but I do prefer it with honey. When I get my weight off - I'm adding honey!

                        Had my flu shot on Tuesday and I think I've been having a small reaction to it -- the leg pain and last night was feeling a bit "flu-ish" ........... so the walks may not have been the cause of the leg pain after all. But just the same, I think I will keep my walks to no more than 2.5 miles.

                        Gotta go to work earlier today cuz its my "share the space" day with the dietician. She comes in at 12:45 - so I have to be out by then. Gotta go put on my face. When I get home this afternoon I'll get in my walk --- or maybe do Tae Bo or Yoga?? I think I'll opt for one of those today. Its icky outside!
                        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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                        • Hi Tomi. Catching up. The Holiday Party has been keeping me busy enough that I haven't been perusing much recently. Glad to see you're doing well. I hope the pain from the flu shot goes away soon. I got one too and didn't have any ill effects. Still conflicted about whether or not I want to get them for my kids... with all the concerns about the vaccines and all.
                          Primal since March 5, 2012
                          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                          • I don't think flu shots are really necessary for the little people - but you have to make that call. Sounds like you've been really busy! But fun busy - not stress busy!

                            So, I'm starting to feel better in my skin......... my size 14 levi's are starting to feel loose and I'm needing to hike them up now and again. I don't wear belts cuz I think they are very uncomfortable! I'm finding the weight to size ratio is REALLY different this time as opposed to when I had lost weight using a soy based meal replacement program. At this weight I was still in a size 16, and now I am nearly in a size 12. How odd. Course, I wasn't doing any type of exercise while on that program. I'm sure I lost lots of muscle and not fat. I can tell this time is way different - and so much better! I'm feeling more toned in my legs. Last night hubby was rubbing peppermint lotion on my legs and I could tell there was much more tone and much less flab than when I was this weight last time. I'm really happy about that!!! AND my tummy is starting to look less flabby --- my "squinty eye" belly button is starting to open up and becoming round again! But alas -- in the past couple weeks the girls have gotten noticably smaller. My C cup is starting to wrinkle instead of hug my girls smoothly. Thats a bummer!!!!

                            I'd like to know you're opinion on having breast implants once the weight is all gone. I was hoping to keep my womanly frontage - but I can see that it isn't doing to happen. I don't want to be a size A or nearly B again. I've come to enjoy having some cleavage - and of course hubby LOVES it! Is it totally vain for a 52 year old woman to have a boob job? I mean, I wouldn't get crazy and have D cups or anything - but a full B or slight C wouldn't be too bad. If history predicts the future then my future at 135 is going to be an A cup. Misquito bumps. Hubby says he has no problem paying for that kind of thing (duh). So, its something that I need to be thinking about. I've always thought having a boob job outside of reconstructive surgery due to a mastectomy was just totally vain and unnatural.......... but I'm sorta changing my opinion on that one. And I wouldn't want them to look all perky and stuff at my age...... they would need to be sorta naturally sagging. Can they do that?

                            Hubby is noticing that I'm getting smaller, but no one else has notice yet. I'm down 24 pounds since going primal a year ago - and down 34 pounds from my heaviest. I guess since the 24 pounds have come off over a years time no one really see's the difference. Whatever - the thing is - I'm not doing this for anyone but me (and hubby) so it really doesn't matter much if anyone ever says anything. But, compliments are always nice for the ego! I'm sure someone will notice at some point and then I will have stroking that I would like.

                            I'm not walking today - but in a few minutes I'm going to do a little yoga. Its a bit of a lazy day. I only worked for about an hour and 15 minutes. UGH Hardly makes it worth the gas to drive in to the office. Sure would be nice if I could figure out a way to work from home. That isn't really possible when I have to do the mail and deposit to the bank. Maybe I need to talk to my boss about going back to 2 days a week if he isn't going to give me more work to do. I need to think about getting another p/t job I think. Sometime that is non-stressful and has some flexibility in terms of hours. We'll see........ just starting to think in that direction.

                            I'm having a few sugar cravings - and there is candy corn and a popcorn ball sitting in the kitchen counter that hubby got last night at the neighbors ............. candy corn is one of my favorite candies. But - hey, there's the whole RAT HAIR thing to consider - no thanks. And the popcorn ball has peanuts and peanut butter in it - not going there. So, I'll have a bit more tea and hope the cravings pass. For some reason the cheesecake isn't calling to me........ doesn't even sound good - and I LOVE cheesecake!!! Very strange.

                            I did some cleaning in the kitchen today and realized that I really have no need to keep the toaster sitting on the counter because no one uses it anymore. We don't have anything to "toast" - since I don't buy bread and hubby only buys it on very rare occasions. So - the toaster has been cleaned and is now tucked away in the cupboard. More counter space that is clutter free! I also noticed the bread machine on the top of the fridge........ I might hang on to that for future "primal bread" adventures - but that won't happen until the scales are sitting confortably close to 135.

                            okay - yoga time. Maybe a little activity will help cure my need for something sweet.

                            Dinner is steak and sweet potato (sans brown sugar bummer) I only have 700 calories left for the day and I don't want to blow them on empty calories - and I need to keep the count going on my sugar/grains/alcohol free log! I'm 1/2 way through day 4
                            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 find sweet potatoes with some butter are delicious enough on their own! Maybe some cinnamon? That usually fools me into thinking it's sweeter.

                              Boob jobs: I think NourishedEm had a tummy tuck and boob job, not sure how old she is. If it makes you feel good about yourself and you can afford, why not? Bodies sag, it's a fact of life, but you actually have the option to NOT just live with it, if you want. I don't know much about risks and longevity for that kind of thing though.
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                              • Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                                I find sweet potatoes with some butter are delicious enough on their own! Maybe some cinnamon? That usually fools me into thinking it's sweeter.

                                Boob jobs: I think NourishedEm had a tummy tuck and boob job, not sure how old she is. If it makes you feel good about yourself and you can afford, why not? Bodies sag, it's a fact of life, but you actually have the option to NOT just live with it, if you want. I don't know much about risks and longevity for that kind of thing though.
                                yes - thats how I like sweet potatoes too - butter and cinnamon is great - but sometimes I like a bit more sweet and put just a little brown sugar. I'm not going to do that anymore though....... at least not while I'm on the NO sugar wagon!

                                I've been reading a bit about breast implants. I didn't know you could still get silicone implants? I thought they banded those due to the nasty effects should one leak. But - even bigger on the mouth dropping realization.......... the COST! After all is said and done - surgeon fees + surgery facility + anesthesia fees + pre-care and after-care + special after garments ---- can be as much as $10,000.00 ---- probably closer to $7,000.00 on my side of the country - but seriously! I don't think having larger boobies is worth that much money. I might start playing the lottery though...... Have to give this some deep deep thought and consideration. If someone handed me 7K and said go get bigger boobs......... I'd do it in a NY minute! But, thats a painful lot of money to spend on something that is solely driven by vanity - and a hubands wishes!
                                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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