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  • #61
    Originally posted by Judg View Post
    Sorry... I am trying hard to listen to my own body.
    Sometimes that can be hard. It's often too easy to push that quiet voice aside.

    Originally posted by Judg View Post
    Y Cracked open my reward drawer and chose a scoop-necked black sweater with 3/4 sleeves and buttons down the back. Which I am gleefully wearing right now.
    I really like this idea!
    "Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut
    "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams
    "Moderation sucks." Suse
    "Wine is a vegetable." Meaty
    "Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow and the day after that." Cmdr Chris Hadfield


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    • #62
      Hi Judg! Looks like a good meal plan you had today How are you?
      Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

      GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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      • #63
        Good morning (barely), ladies! And any gentlemen who wander in.

        Originally posted by winencandy View Post
        Sometimes that can be hard. It's often too easy to push that quiet voice aside.

        I really like this idea!
        Yes, it is sometimes hard, and I often get it wrong. But I keep trying.

        As for the reward drawer, it kind of evolved. I am always checking sales and clearance racks, being congenitally cheap. I tend to buy my clothes on the small side now, so they will last longer. See previous statement about cheapness. I'd go to thrift shops more often, but it weirds my husband out. Anyway, so then I end up with clothes that are not currently wearable. So I now store them in a drawer, the smallest ones on the bottom. Every time I lose a pound (for the first time, heh) I am entitled to one item. I have a pair of black dress pants in there I really need, but they're not yet wearable. I want those pants! Anyway, it is great motivation and makes for instantaneous rewards too. The only new clothes I'm allowed to wear right away are ones I actually need right away.

        Originally posted by Alessandra View Post
        Hi Judg! Looks like a good meal plan you had today How are you?
        Thanks, Alessandra. I'm not too bad. Dragging a bit, but still getting things done, which is a good sign. When I'm too tired, I essentially curl up in the fetal position and try to ignore the world, including my responsibilities. I drop a lot of balls. Just getting to the point where I stop dropping balls so often would be great. Today is a decently functional day, and seems to be improving as it goes along. Never did get any exercise in yesterday. I was bone-weary from mid-afternoon on. Fighting something? Reaction to a food? Delayed reaction to Monday's fast? Darned if I know. If I see a similar response next Tuesday I will chalk it up to the fast and drop that until I am stronger.

        I am trying to get myself back into a loosely disciplined routine, just to handle the necessities of life. I am constantly trying to do this, and often feeling like I'm starting at zero again. Fatigue keeps blowing them out of the water, and establishing new habits requires a certain amount, actually quite a lot, of emotional energy. It's a bit of a catch-22. You need lists to stay organized and get things done, but the tireder you are, the longer the list gets, the more it stresses you out, and the tireder you get. I keep trying to find the sweet spot, where my list is long enough to get the necessities done, short enough to be doable and give me a sense of accomplishment, not failure, so as to energize me for the next day's list. But the sweet spot is in a different place every day. I'm not trying to belly-ache here, but these are the hidden challenges of somebody who lives with CFS. And yet, you look normal, so everybody thinks you are just not trying hard enough. Half the time you think they're right. My family has taken ages to start getting it. Not that I can blame them much; I'm just barely ahead of them. And it is so frustrating for everybody when I have yet again forgotten to do something important because I couldn't even summon the courage to make myself a to-do list for the day.

        Anyway, today I am ticking through things and wondering if I will be able to go visit my grandchildren. Maybe not today... DIL is in the last weeks of a pregnancy with two small boys at home and a broken car, so she can't exactly pack them up to come see me. I'm beginning to think it won't happen today. It's going well, but I was kind of behind...
        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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        • #64
          Reporting in:

          B: banana almond pancakes, one fried egg, coffee. The pancakes were okay, but I'm not raving.
          L: Spinach salad again, with ham, cucumber, orange pepper, red onion, drizzled with olive oil and red wine vinegar.
          D: Steak, mashed pumpkin and apple with garlic, sliced tomato and two Brazilian cheese puffs. That last was a bit of a cheat, being rather starchy. Oh well. At least it was grain-free.

          I'm over target on my calories today, probably by a fair bit, but the USDA doesn't have tapioca flour in its database which means Paleo Track doesn't have it either. So I don't know.

          Energy-wise, I had a bit of a slump in mid-afternoon, but not much really. I was able to put in over 15 minutes of high-intensity dancing and then putter around in the garden, forcing myself not to throw myself into a major clean-up. Then I made supper and I'm only a little tired, what I assume is a fairly normal level of fatigue for a normal person after a working day. Admittedly, I had a quiet day, doing what most people just fit into the cracks between work and other obligations, but still... I'm thrilled. This is good.

          Seeing as my main goal here is to increase my energy levels, I figured I would start adding a list of the day's activities, as an objective measure of where my energy is, as opposed to how I feel about how I feel. That could admittedly get boring, so I'll stick it under its own sub-heading to make it easier to skip over.
          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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          • #65
            Tapioca Flour Nutrition | LIVESTRONG.COM

            1/4 cup
            calories 100
            fat 0
            carbs 26

            Hope this helps

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            • #66
              Thanks, LBF. I should come back to say that I did a little google-foo after that last post and found the info. It wasn't that bad after all, even if I had two! I added tapioca flour as one of my custom foods on Paleo Track. Not that I plan on using it often, but maybe it will be available for other people too.

              I was going to cheat and have a decaf cappuccino tonight, but that will wait for another day. Can't do too much cheating in one day if I want to stay on track! And those cheese puffs were cheating... I wonder if they're freezable. Hope so, because otherwise I'll feel obliged to eat them before they go stale. I'll let DS have another crack at them, then throw them in the freezer.
              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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              • #67
                Judg, maybe start off with just a few items? I'm more than sure you've already tried this. I assume it's rather frustrating just by reading your posts. Do you have a recipe for the banana almond pancakes? I wonder if mashing some banana up into the Pamela's gluten free pancake mix that we have might make them even better. Gabi already likes the mix. Perhaps I can start adding some berries in there too. She loves berries in her pancake mix! I do too, but I try not to eat too many of them. They are like a treat for me.
                Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

                GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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                • #68
                  The recipe for the banana almond pancakes is the one in the free cookbook. Probably in the archives at MDA. Let me check.

                  Yup. Here is the recipe.

                  Alessandra, yes, it is supremely frustrating. The problem is that the rest of the world won't stop to accommodate me. I'm still behind on finances. Going to go for a rest and then try to tackle that again. That's a Goliath I would like to slay. But this morning had to go grocery shopping...
                  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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                  • #69
                    Open parentheses.

                    This is nothing to do with health or primality, but my glasses finally came in the mail today. Long story, which I will spare you. The point is, I haven't had a dark-coloured frame since I was 8 years old. Yes, that's a long time. And these are dark. Not black, but a dark tortoise-shell. Every time I caught a glimpse of my reflection today, I felt like I was looking at a stranger. New glasses, relatively new clothes, new shoes (that is an event, my foot is very, very difficult to fit), new body... Even my hair is shorter than I used to keep it. Very, very weird sensation. Who is that person anyway?

                    As for the glasses, it will take me a while to get used to them, as it usually does. Even though they're a more up-to-date style, I feel like they make me look older. When I was eight, I would have thought that was cool. Now, not so much.

                    Close parentheses.
                    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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                    • #70
                      Back to things primal.

                      Hubby has said a couple of times now that he should join me on my "diet". I'm not surprised. The combination of "weight loss" and "better energy levels" punches all his buttons. LOL! I would feel sneaky if it weren't for the fact that I'm telling the truth.

                      So it's going to be interesting when he gets back home. It will be easier than cooking for DS, because hubby will eat almost any vegetable (can't think of any he turns down) and meat/seafood. This should be fun.
                      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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                      • #71
                        Yay! That would be awesome if he made the leap! Then you would have a partner at home to help out I like that idea.
                        Don't let nobody try and take your soul. You're the original . --Switchfoot- The Original

                        GW: 135 SW: 156.8 CW: 156.8

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                        • #72
                          I'm sure your hubby will love paleo. Easiest "Diet" ever... Meat, eggs, veggies, water... Pretty simple. Not to mention everyone's fave "Candy of meat"... Bacon!

                          Tell a man he can have as much bacon as he wants and he'll follow you to the edge of the earth. Mmm... now I want bacon...
                          SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
                          Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
                          Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
                          Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
                          Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
                          Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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                          • #73
                            Alessandra, I like that idea too. Especially since DS is getting a bit discouraged. I think he's got low-carb flu.

                            Ecks, he already follows me. I even bought some nitrite-free bacon today. Kind of pricey, *sigh*. That was one of the big advantages of being semi-vegetarian; it was cheap.

                            Here's yesterday's report. I was too tired last night.

                            Weight: 155.8. Almost back down to Tuesday's low. So fast! It usually takes longer to get back to a downward jab for me.

                            Sleep: Less than 7 hours. Had trouble falling asleep. I was tired and brain-dead all day as a result

                            Food
                            Breakfast: Black coffee, plain Greek yogurt with blueberries, walnuts, flaxseed and hempseed
                            Lunch: Steak, leftover mashed pumpkin/apple, roasted cauliflower, green peas, Brazilian cheese puff
                            Supper: Steak and spinach
                            Snacks: Dates, Brazil nuts
                            Drinks: Black coffee, water, tea

                            Exercise: None

                            Activities: Grocery shopping, emptied dishwasher, washed hand dishes, tackled massive backlog in family bookkeeping

                            I spun my wheels a lot because of the fatigue, but still managed to get some important things done. I look forward to sleeping properly again though.
                            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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                            • #74
                              Judg~you can exchange things in my recipes for things you already use, like instead of himalayan salt use your brand, (I use little salt) for butter use your brand, where I use stevia use whatever sweetener you prefer. The nice thing about a recipe is it gives you a base but can be tweaked to your personal taste! I don't mind people changing it, that's what I always do!! And any nuts you use can take the place of whatever nuts I name!

                              It is a lot more expensive eating this style but I feel so good that I know it is worth it!

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                              • #75
                                REgarding the sleeping, I'd adjust your menu and try a big protein breakfast, a snack/light lunch of the yoghurt/berries/nuts if you're peckish at lunchtime, and a bit more carbs from veges at dinner time. Maybe the dates would be good as a bedtime snack, they should boost tryptophan levels. I personally have a decaff with cream and 8g honey which is 7 carbs - sends me right off.
                                Odille
                                F 58 / 170cms / SW 131.5 kgs / Current 112.4/ GW 65
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