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  • Glad you are doing better Judg. Hope you can get the last bit of that URTI out the door soon. Glad you didn't have a major reaction to the wheat - and also glad you are not planning on indulging more That bath sounds interesting, but our tub is too small to do much more than stand in it unless you are 7 years old
    Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
    Primal low: 186 lbs
    Current weight: 221.4 lbs
    Goal weight: 140 lbs

    "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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    • Today the lower part of my gut was unhappy. That wheat seems to have left a trail of inflammation behind it. It was not a send-me-to-bed kind of sick, but still enough that I am telling family members about it. Not that they put undue pressure on me, but it will be a handy excuse when I am offered something I shouldn't have. True excuses are the best. And also, once I have said it in public to a few people, I won't dare cheat because they will all be on my case. "But I thought you said you couldn't have that, I thought you said it was hard on your system..." You get the idea. So then I would be embarrassed and my pride would take a beating. This is how I get my vices to work on the same side as my virtues... LOL!

      The grandsons were at Sunday dinner this week. I barely had enough time to eat, let alone cheat. I was very good. The youngest can now sit up on his own, and is starting to make his presence felt more. Such a smiley little boy. I was so wiped when I got home I just crashed. Walked to church this morning, which I consider only about a half dose of exercise, but I guess the boys made up for that. I might be crazy enough to pick up the resistance bands in a few, you never know.
      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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      • A little food porn

        Yesterday's supper.

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        I was boning chicken breasts to throw in the slow cooker to make pulled chicken with and saved the little bits for a stir-fry. Fried up the Brussels sprouts (who knew they could be tasty?) in butter, then the red pepper (each ingredient separately), then the chicken. Drizzled the whole thing with olive oil I had heated gently with fresh garlic and dried oregano. Just wonderful. The biggest problem was not eating too much of the red pepper before cooking it. Just like candy, that stuff. The meal was inspired by DIL's method of cooking Brussels sprouts, but I just expanded it with the pepper and chicken.

        The pulled chicken was ready when I got up this morning, so I had a bit of it over cauliflower for breakfast. Lots for future meals.
        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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        • Mmm, that sounds really yummy, and looks it too. And I love the sound of pulled chicken over cauliflower for breakfast What is pulled chicken? Excuse my ignorance - just wondering how you do that? How do you do the cauliflower? I am always looking for new ideas on the veggies. Grandson sounds adorable ... makes me wish I could have another.
          Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
          Primal low: 186 lbs
          Current weight: 221.4 lbs
          Goal weight: 140 lbs

          "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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          • Originally posted by Sabine View Post
            Eggs for tic-tacs! Whoa! Winencandy is tough.
            The same rules don't apply to me! If they did, I would be COVERED in eggs!

            Originally posted by Judg View Post
            I feel like I'm walking around in somebody else's body and am a little weirded out by it.


            Originally posted by Judg View Post
            As requested, here is a shot of the fuchsia sweater, artfully arranged and posed to hide the bulge that is still there. I am actually wearing it with a long scarf, which is serving the triple purpose of keeping my heating bills down, distracting attention away from various bulges, and adding a shot of white to the outfit.
            You look GREAT! I love the scarf (I wear them too. And yes, if I'm not wearing one, it's nearby)

            Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
            I'm 33 and still write a Christmas List...
            So do I, but mine includes photos

            Originally posted by Judg View Post
            Conclusion? Wheat is not a severe allergen for me, but it is definitely a stressor. I don't need to voluntarily add another stressor to my life, I have enough of those already. Very small amounts very occasionally will not be the end of the world, but I will continue to avoid it as much as possible.
            Good to know.

            Originally posted by Judg View Post
            True excuses are the best. And also, once I have said it in public to a few people, I won't dare cheat because they will all be on my case. "But I thought you said you couldn't have that, I thought you said it was hard on your system..." You get the idea. So then I would be embarrassed and my pride would take a beating. This is how I get my vices to work on the same side as my virtues... LOL!
            Love it!
            "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


            Winencandy

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            • Mmmm, the food looks great and so do you!
              Height: 5' 10"
              Starting Weight: 292
              Starting Primal Weight: 275
              Current weight: 224
              Goal weight: 172
              Body Fat 30.5

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              • How are you doing Judg? Recovered from your little dance with the wheat I hope?
                Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                Primal low: 186 lbs
                Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                Goal weight: 140 lbs

                "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                • Nice pictures Judg! The sweater really looks good on you and your camouflage trick is working really well . Love the scarf too. I love scarfes on other people, for one reason or another I don't like myself with scarfes . When I see myself in the mirror the scarf has to go.
                  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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                  • Originally posted by Coll View Post
                    Mmm, that sounds really yummy, and looks it too. And I love the sound of pulled chicken over cauliflower for breakfast What is pulled chicken? Excuse my ignorance - just wondering how you do that? How do you do the cauliflower? I am always looking for new ideas on the veggies. Grandson sounds adorable ... makes me wish I could have another.
                    I just rub the chicken with a spicy dry rub (in this case it was chili powder plus ground coriander plus salt and pepper), put them in a slow cooker and cover with passata, which is strained tomatoes. Much better than tomato sauce, because the only ingredient is tomatoes and because it comes in glass bottles, so no issues with plastic linings leaching chemicals into the tomato sauce. And I can reuse the bottles, so another win.

                    The cauliflower in this case was just boiled cauliflower cut up rather fine to imitate cauliflower rice. I had some left over.

                    Originally posted by Candy in Wonderland View Post
                    Nice pictures Judg! The sweater really looks good on you and your camouflage trick is working really well . Love the scarf too. I love scarfes on other people, for one reason or another I don't like myself with scarfes . When I see myself in the mirror the scarf has to go.
                    We each have our own style. There are all kinds of things I love on other people, but which I would never wear.

                    Originally posted by DCarr10760 View Post
                    Mmmm, the food looks great and so do you!
                    Why thank you sir.

                    Sorry I haven't been around much. I'm trying to spend a little more time in real life, as in, away from the computer and getting productive things done. Especially with Christmas coming, I have more to do. I'm also just trying to get things better balanced. I will get all this figured out bit by bit.

                    I am reeling a bit from the possibility that I might be suffering from a long-term oral Candida infection. I noticed several years ago that when I ate more sugar than normal (and the amount kept going down) that I would get a burning tongue and sometimes even sores on my tongue. I found it convenient, to tell the truth. It was a great motivation to cut back on sugar. Well, I just found out that the burning tongue and sores are symptoms of Candida (which I always thought of as being a "down-under" problem), which we call thrush in babies. Man, this has been going on for a very long time. I'm mulling over what to do about it. I'll start by stocking up on camomile tea, because it's an anti-fungal agent (you can water seedlings with it to prevent damping-off, or soak your feet in it for athlete's foot, which is apparently also Candida). Maybe get some deodorized garlic capsules. I would be quite happy to use fresh garlic, but that could be hard on everyone around me... And cut back even further on sugars and possibly eliminate all fruit for a while. *sigh* There's a complicated dance going on between CFS, Candida, food and environmental allergies, and it's almost impossible to tell what is causing what. I'm not sure if I should see my doctor about this or not. Antibiotics do as much harm as good, although in this case it might be worth it.

                    Had my Greek yogurt this morning with no berries or sweeteners of any kind. Seeing as the stuff reminds me of sour cream anyway, I decided to make it savoury, as opposed to sweet, and added a wee bit of salt, garlic powder, and a not so wee amount of oregano. Very nice, with the normal assortment of seeds and nuts. There must be more people demanding full-fat dairy these days, because both the full-fat Greek yogurt and cottage cheese have suddenly appeared in the fridges of chain groceries that never had them before. I am pleased.

                    Slowly wrestling my weight back down to the low. I've been under 142 the last couple of days, and hope to get under 141 as a stable, not exceptional, weight before Christmas. I've also been trying to gradually ramp up my physical activity. Did my slo-mo resistance band routine the other evening (note to self: doing it just before bed does not promote sleepiness) and did some cautious mini-sprints yesterday. They were very simple. I had put on my dance music, and once a song I would run on the spot as fast and as hard as I could until I started to flag. Which was a question of seconds, but a girl has to start somewhere. Both sessions made me feel good. This means I now have to fight off the temptation to do them too often. Just walking today. I have to go out to mail Christmas presents.

                    Hope I'm not boring you too much with all this, but I just want to show that it's possible to make small improvements even with health challenges. I can't go full-bore into primal fitness, but I can take the principles and apply them at a level that I can handle. Hopefully, over time, I will be able to gradually increase it to get into genuinely good shape and health. Even if I never get back to normal, at least I can get better.
                    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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                    • I think you're doing great with the issues you have to deal with. Adjusting things to meet your individual needs is the right thing to do.

                      I do wish I had your patience. Persistance and stamina I think I have mastered (at least in the fitness and weight loss department) but I'm still very impatient and want this whole process to move much more swiftly!!!! I wanted to be under 180 by tomorrow......... seeing 185 on the scale today means I won't make that goal. Thats what I get for taking 4 days and wasting them with treats.............

                      When will the Professor be home for the Christmas break?
                      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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                      • Glad to see you're doing well, Judg. Just got caught up on you and there is a LOT of stuff to comment on. I'll stick with seconding Tomi's comments that you're doing great with the hands you've been dealt and I too wish I had your patience.
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • Tomi, DH should hopefully be home by early next week. The sooner the better. He's getting run ragged.

                          As far as patience is concerned, I haven't got a lot of choice. It's either that or fail. I reached a tipping point a few years ago and I tipped. There is no way I want to go back. And honestly, at this point I almost feel like crying when I look in the mirror. I feel like I'm looking at a miracle. A quarter of a century is a long time to be obese.

                          As far as fitness goes, it's much the same thing. I have the choice between slow progress and no progress. There are no other options.

                          I spent a couple of years almost flat on my back from exhaustion. I decided to consider myself on a prolonged retreat, and used that time to dig deep with God. I wrestled through a lot of issues (not that they're all dealt with) and some of that has been applied to my health problems. We want to be able to flip a switch, pop a pill, click send, and deal with our problems instantaneously. But only very small things can be settled like that. Most everything else in life requires one brick after another, till the wall is built.

                          Having said that, I am not doing well with the no fruit policy, probably because it came on me too fast and I haven't had the time to persuade myself it is really necessary. I came back from running errands very tired (hope I don't pay for that) and downed two bowls of frozen blueberries and cream for dessert. Feeling a little rebellious, I think. My decisions don't tend to stick very well if they haven't been well ripened.
                          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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                          • Judg, sorry you're dealing with candida! I have a friend who had a similar deal going on and she cut out all sugar and fruit for a while and saw a huge improvement in her overall health as well as the candida issue. It is astounding how many people have their bodies riddled with candida - although maybe not seeing how most people eat. But I am sure that once you are ready to really attack it you will do just fine. Give your decision time to ripen ... and know that there will be an end to it all. There are a number of products available that can support your attempt to kick the candida. There are some good products at health food stores if you ask a sales person which they recommend and why. I have found some really good stuff that way.

                            I agree that we have such a strong desire to find the quick fix for everything and there are so few things that work out that way. But as a western society certainly, there is a tendency to try something (a lot of times very half heartedly) and then say it doesn't work. So much of our health is dependent on our choices and taking responsibility for ourselves and not expecting the health care professionals to provide the miracle cure. Anyway, my little soap box there.... I hope you are able to figure out some good strategies for kicking the candida out. Let us know how it goes!
                            Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
                            Primal low: 186 lbs
                            Current weight: 221.4 lbs
                            Goal weight: 140 lbs

                            "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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                            • Coll, yes, I will be mulling this over. I'm going to watch for symptoms. Maybe the lifestyle I am already living will enable me to beat it without doing something drastic. So of course, I had a berry smoothie for breakfast. It was next up in the rotation and I decided to go for it.

                              I did my resistance band workout again today, even if I am feeling quite tired and uninspired. Seeing as it seems to get me going when I should be sleeping, maybe morning will be a good thing. We will see. If I feel drained the rest of the day, especially in my muscles, I will have to rethink this. Had a bit of stiffness in my legs this morning, which rather surprised me. Walking doesn't normally do that to me. It didn't last long though.

                              College Son is coming home today, and the Professor will follow in a day or two, depending on how much last-minute stuff they've piled on him. He is so worn out, I'm getting concerned. I don't want him to follow me.
                              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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                              • Everything has a time and a season......... purhaps your time of utter exhaustion was for the explicit purpose of you digging in deep and drawing closer to God? Or, purhaps it was just a result of living in a fallen world, with feable and frail bodies, and you were simply in the right place spiritually to draw close, to seek His wisdom in the issues that held your heart captive, and to rest in His comfort and peace? God always meets us right where we are...........

                                Whatever the reason and whatever the path for your patience and tenacity............ you are an encouragement to us all.

                                I pray the Professor will get some much needed rest and recovery while home with his family. And maybe the New Year will bring new opportunities - maybe even bring him back home for good!
                                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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