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  • happy dance - MACA came in the mail today Course, after the past 2 nights you wouldn't know I needed it. (weird) Will start taking it in the morning.
    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, found this recipe today and I immediately thought of you! Paleo Cornbread Muffins (Cornless Cornbread!) - Empowered Sustenance

      What is this MACA you're talking about?
      My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
      My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
      Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
      Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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      • Thanks, Candy! I will definitely check that out! MACA is something that was talked about in one of Marks posts last week. Its from a root plant grown in Africa (I think). Its supposed to be great for helping with the symptoms of menopause (like hot flashes and night sweats and LOW libido). I'm hoping it will help in all 3 but mostly the latter. For me - when the periods ended so did my desire in the bedroom! I'm flat line on hormones - and flat line on wanting or needing anything sexual. In all honesty - things are better than they were a year ago - but not like I'm used to. Hubby had a tough time adjusting to the change - I'm hoping to change it back!
        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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        • Candy ---- THANK YOU for showing me a new website for great recipes! I'm going to try that No-corn cornbread and some other stuff I saw on there too. I have a spighetti squash just ready to be turned into "hashed browns"

          So......... my son just texted me. The home inspection didn't go so good - the roof is shot and there is dry rot in the siding. He's gonna walk on this one. So bummed!! I was hoping it would work out for him - it seemed so ideal with the guest house for renting and such - but, it just isn't meant to be I guess. I will have to hold back my screams of "empty nesting" for a bit longer! UGH!

          I stepped on the scale - holding steady. Still at 185. Going to focus more on eating only when hungry - and eating just a bit less. Also - cutting out ALL sugar! those dang m&m's are still hanging out in the cupboard. But I'm not feeling so much bloat so I'm doing something right I guess. And I'm not gaining even though I haven't been tracking anything for 6 days.

          Its nearly 11:30 am and I haven't had any food yet. I'm sipping ginger-peach tea, sweetened with stevia. I don't have an appetite so I think I'll skip all food until I get home from work. then maybe a couple eggs or some ham.

          Dinner tonight is seared tuna medalions and acorn squash or sweet potato.

          I haven't walked in 3 days due to bad weather. There was a break in the rain about an hour ago - I should have taken advantage of that. Too late now. Maybe after work? I have to stop and get a few things for Friday's dinner. I'm sure I won't have to work long so I will have time. Yesterday I was out in the pouring rain trying to cut a path for the water to drain our of our driveway - it was flooding! And I had to recover the patio furniture cuz hubby didn't do a very good job and there were deep pools of water forming on the tarps. So I got drenched! I guess I could just walk in the rain. I used to love to do that when I was kid.

          Right now - shower time. 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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          • got home from work and shopping and promptly set out for a nice mile and a half walk. It was dark - and raining! My water resistant jacket eventually began to rain on the inside! I got home a little wet. Coat and jeans went into the dryer right away. I got into my jammies and settled in for the evening.

            Food today was really good. A small bit of ham at lunch - a little almond butter snack before starting dinner. Dinner turned out really yummy, but to much cajun spice on the tuna sent my tummy into spasms. I cut the tuna loin into 1 1/2 inch medalions, rolled them in cajun spice and quickly seared them in olive oil. they came out perfect. We dipped them in a little wasabi horseradish stuff - yummy. I had a beautiful sweet potato with butter and 3 medalions. Just perfect.......... until hubby brought out the last of the peanut m&m's ......... yes I ate some. I think they are gone now so there is no more crap the house to tempt me.

            Tomorrow I will take my mom shopping - an hour of driving and shopping and bill paying for her. Then to work for a bit, theres an office lunch - then another stop at the store for more potatoes, celery and carrots - then home to start getting ready for the family gathering on Friday. I've taken stew meat out - will try to throw together a stew and keep it primal. I can thicken it with almond flour. Add potatos and carrots, celery and maybe califlower - onions and tomato. Hope I can pull it off, I've never really made a good stew. Thursday we are bringing MIL over to have a simple, abbreviated Thanksgiving meal. I'm sure she will get tired and want to go home pretty early in the day. Normally she's ready to go around 3 pm. She's 89 years old so bedtime comes around 7:30 these days. And her eyesight is so poor she can't really see the TV anymore. My mom - pretty much the same. She's pretty reclusive and doesn't care about celebrating holidays with family - one of us always invites her - but she always say no thanks.

            I'm not as ON TRACK as I would like to be. I need to be a 100%er to feel I'm doing it "right". Its hard to be a 100%er a 100% of the time. I can do it sometimes - but not alltimes. for the past couple of weeks I've been about a 60%er. Some rum, some candy. Sheesh -- why is it so darn hard?

            I'm still yearning to see that 179 on the scale - and see it consistantly - not for just a fleeting day or two and then up into the 180's again. UGH. I need to find my drive again. I need to get centered and focused. I've been really liking the last few days of no calorie counting - its like being on vacation! I still track my miles walked and my daily goals of walking, no sugar, no grains, no alcohol, and bedtime by 11 pm. I haven't been doing so great at that over the past week - but I'm still being accountable for the choices I'm making.

            Tomorrow is a new day. Tomorrow I will make good choices!
            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 - work on 80-90%, not 100 and be presently surprised when you hit 100 versus disappointed when you are <100. Enjoy the holidays (even with the massive influx of relatives) and keep in mind that you are blessed that they want to come to your house. Happy Thanksgiving.
              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
                Tomi - work on 80-90%, not 100 and be presently surprised when you hit 100 versus disappointed when you are <100. Enjoy the holidays (even with the massive influx of relatives) and keep in mind that you are blessed that they want to come to your house. Happy Thanksgiving.
                Very good advice and perspective Thanks for facing me in the right direction.
                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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                • crazy day!!!! Took mom shopping - she only needed a few things and I bet it could have waited until next time! GRRR! I got all her bills paid and checkbook balanced. Pouring rain and I got soaked - now I have to fix my hair before going to work!

                  Got the veggies I needed from the store - got home and threw together the stew. Beef, braised first - potato, carrots, celery, onion, crushed tomato, beef broth. Water, garlic, salt and pepper. Its in the crock and I'm praying it turns out good. I've found a recipe for paleo biscuits that I'm going to try. Hope it all turns out. Hubby is looking forward to a nice warm stew after a day out in the rain at the boat shop.

                  Breakfast, diced ham and 2 eggs with garam masala for seasoning.

                  There's an employee lunch as I type - I decided to beg off since my morning is already so crammed full. I need a little time to decompress before running off the work.

                  Pedidoc is right.......... I shouldn't shoot for 100% - because seriously - can any of us attain that? I don't think so. I just have to shoot for as close as possible and not beat myself up over the discrepencies.

                  As for m&m's, I need to remember that they are still technically a "candy" just not in BAR form. So the FDA approval of 9 rat hairs per bar still applies to the m&m's. They still contain gross nasty icky stuff that I don't want to be putting in my mouth! Plus, the chocolate makes me nauseous! M&M's are EVIL!

                  So, dinner thursday = turkey breast, mashed potato and brocolli. No dessert. Easy peasy.........

                  Dinner Friday = India curries and various desserts. I'll make cauliflower to put my curry on top of so I don't eat rice. A couple of the desserts will be primal friendly. My apple pie, and one pumpkin pie with no crust. I'm sure everything else will be filled with wheats and sugars. If I can get through this meal without putting anything un-primal in my mouth I will be feeling especially proud!!!

                  Saturday --- Civil War game (OSU vs UofO) friends are coming over - we are thinking simple - left overs or something. I have some stew meat left that I could make into a soup or something - but I'm also quite sure there will be a lot of stew left over from tonights dinner. I made a full crock pot - and there are only 3 of us eating it.

                  didn't weigh this morning. hopefully I will be able to walk after work tonight - I can get out the big umbrella if its raining too heavily!

                  better get moving. I need to change clothes, fix my hair and get to work. Mail and deposits today plus patient records. UGH. I was looking forward to the coming days off -- but now 3 of the 4 days off will be filled with intertaining guests. Double UGH!
                  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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                  • Hope your weekend goes really well, Tomi. Yes, do relax. Aim for being really good to your body, not for following rules.

                    And look at the bright side: when you're doing badly, you stall. You don't blow up like a balloon. Lots of people would love to do that well.

                    I don't have much drive to work hard at weight loss anymore, and haven't had for about a year and a half. Most days, I eat more than I should to lose weight, but it works really well for staying the same. And when I feel a little more oomph, I eat less, and a couple of more ounces fall off. I would really like to go back to pushing hard for three straight weeks (a whole 21...) but I just can't seem to do it anymore. So I do a Whole2 or 3. Two or three of those a month, and another couple of pounds are gone. In my mind, that's a success. I aim to get at least two pounds off every month, but if I don't, it's not the end of the world. Things are so much better than they used to be.

                    And you are so much better off than you used to be. Another big thing to be thankful for. And next year at this time, you'll have even more to be thankful for.
                    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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                    • Let us know how the paleo biscuits turn out. Is it okay for me to admit that I do miss bread-y stuff occasionally?
                      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                      "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                      • Thanks, Judg! Yes, I am thankful that when I "blow it" I don't "blow up" - I usually do add a couple pounds though. I think you have earned the pleasure of just taking it easy from here. If you decided 140 is your comfortable place - then so be it! Look at the wonderful progress you've made and how much better off you are for it! I too have played with the idea of adjusting my IDEAL weight goals - to my REALISTIC weight goals. I'm going to do just what you have - I'll get to 140 and decide if I want to push hard to get the other 5 pounds off - or just learn to maintain at that. I've seen a few pictures of myself at 135 - and I really liked how I looked - but I had a really hard time staying at that weight - course that was also on a very heavy carb SAD. So it could very well be different this time.

                        Siobhan - the biscuits are baking as I type. And yes - its okay - cuz deep down we ALL miss the bready stuff! The batter was very runny.......... my egg whites didn't whip up as firmly as they should have. I added a bit more almond meal/flour and poured the batter into a square glass baking dish to cook cornbread style. DING! okay........ it turned out looking like cornbread and smelling like cornbread. Here's picture of my stew and "biscuit".

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                        It has an odd coconut taste - I think next time I'll skip the coconut flour and just use almond meal/flour. But hey - for a substitute biscuit to go with my stew - it isn't bad
                        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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                        • The biscuit and stew are VERY filling and I'm having trouble finishing all the stew - although it tastes REALLY GOOD! the best stew I've ever made. I wish I would have done it the other way around and left 1/2 the biscuit - oh well. Too late now.

                          Food for the day: 2 eggs and a small bit of diced ham. A bit of almond butter for a snack. and the biscuit pictured with about 2/3 of the stew. I'm stuffed.

                          Movement and stuff: slept pretty good although didn't go to bed until 12:30. Forgot to take my bedtime stuff that helps me fall asleep, took it at 10:30 - then got into a conversation with oldest sister on fb. Finally at 12:20 we both decided it was time to go to bed! I slept till 8:15, with the normal wake ups to potty or get comfortable. Took mom shopping, so a little walking around the small grocery store. Then shopped a bit myself, then on my feet for an hour getting the stew in the crock pot. I worked for a few hours then walked my long route of 2.75 miles. It felt good so I did the whole thing. Except about 1/2 way through I was really needing a potty! Nothing like making you pick up the pace than a full bladder! and yes, I made it without peeing my pants!

                          Wondering if hubby is going to be bringing rum home tonight............... I certainly hope not! The house is currently alcohol and candy free and I'd like to keep it that way! Because I still don't have the resolve to say no to either one. If he hasn't stopped at the liquor store, then there won't be any until Friday for sure - since the store won't be open tomorrow. So, between now and Friday I will need to have a talk with him AGAIN.

                          To make my weight loss goal I need to lose an average of 1.5 pounds PER WEEK - consistantly for 35 weeks. Thats a lot of pressure to stay near 100% for a long time! I can do 2-3 weeks and then I fall off the wagon for a week or 2. If I can just say NO to the rum and candy I think I can do it - cuz those 2 things are my biggest pitfalls. I can say no easily if I'm not in my own home....... like today at work - there was a yummy looking carrot cake sitting there......... and no one around to see me cheat! But I didn't. I did taste the cream cheese frosting - just one little taste, maybe 1/2 tsp. But if that were in my home I don't think I would have said no to it. We rarely eat out anymore - and when we do I don't always have a drink - maybe 1/3 of the time. But if there is rum at home - I want to drink it. I enjoy how it mellows me out - and helps me fall asleep like a baby. AND I like the taste.

                          hubby is home............ lets see if he has any extra baggage with him.......................... YEAH! No extra baggage! He had to help someone load a hot tub into a trailer after work, so I'm sure he wasn't even thinking about it. So, maybe I will be able to convince him that we don't need that crap! and that I need him to NOT have candy at home until I say its okay to have it again. No one in the family really drinks very much so there is never alcohol at our family gatherings. One nephew drinks WAY to much - but only when he's out with the buddies. MIL likes about an 1/8 of a cup of red wine sometimes to "help with digestion". She says it sooths her stomach. she's adorable! I love my MIL!
                          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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                          • Our family gathering went pretty much as expected. Had a good time with everyone - and wanted to duct tape the little ones to the ceiling for the entire night! But the good thing is........ as I mentioned to my SIL (who trades off hosting thanksgiving year to year) that I have been dreading this gathering........ she said "I'm already dreading NEXT year"!!! We were so happy to learn we were both on the same page and withing 30 seconds had made the executive decision to NEVER have this gathering in our homes again! Next year and following our family gatherings will be in a rented or borrowed space (church fellowship hall for example).

                            So -- big relief for both of us!

                            I've eaten very healthfully all weekend! I ate a few bites of cool whip........... thats all the "bad" food I've had! I had about 1/2 cup of rice with curry. I'm pretty proud of myself - but also having some MAJOR cravings for something sweet! I'm trying to fight it off. I might have a little cheesecake later......... Depends on if hubby gets some for us. Today all I have eaten is a small bit of turkey and a sweet potato with butter.
                            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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                            • Yay, Tomi! Sounds like you have done really well. You'll have to give us your biscuit recipe.

                              Going flat out long-term is a very difficult thing to do. Do your two or three weeks of cutting back hard, and then take time to consolidate your position. It's a more natural and sustainable way of doing things and you don't push your body into famine mode, which not only makes it hard to take off more weight, but also makes it very hard to keep it off afterwards.

                              Avoiding booze and candy, on the other hand, is a good long-term lifestyle.
                              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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                              • Hi Tomi. Glad to see the house is still standing after that large gathering! And glad to see you maintained your goals over the holiday. I cut loose and ate whatever I wanted... bad deal. Paying for it by way of carb flu now. Oh well... it's over with now. No sense in dwelling on it. Have a nice day.
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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