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  • #76
    Originally posted by Sigi View Post
    You are a wonderful daughter.

    And your Dad sounds pretty awesome. I wish mine were still able to do pull-ups! Just walking confidently without assistance is a challenge for him thesedays. We are learning to spend our time together in much quieter pursuits that the sporting glories of our past.
    Thank you Sigi and yes he is awesome. My Dad and I used to go running together back in the day. Now we take the dog for a walk together. Time moves on and things evolve. It's the being together that matters, not what you are doing.

    About walking without assistance, have you gotten your Dad to think about Primal eating? I think a lot of the balance issues that older people tend to have are really lack of nerve sensations in their lower extremities causing them to feel disconnected from the ground and unsteady. My Dad is already walking better since the swelling has gone down.

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    • #77
      Originally posted by NourishedEm View Post
      Hi Robin,

      I'm not really around much anymore, but I noticed you post somewhere else and had to drop by to say hello. I was thinking about you just the other week actually. I was going to write you a proper letter since I have your address and it seemed a shame to lose touch just because the forum has become such a collection of weirdos lately.
      Anyway, you've turned up here again so I guess it's not necessary.

      I'm glad to hear that things are well with you and your Pop is doing so well on his new regime. The fact that he can still do pull ups is pretty damn amazing!

      I'm not really following Primal anymore as written. I still eat real food but I'm much higher carb now and it's working brilliantly for me. My hypothyroid symptoms and skin problems really are a thing of the past now, but I feel a bit weird hanging out here in carb-phobia land now that I'm eating much more 50C/30P/20F than 50F/30P/20C these days.

      I don't know if you kept abreast (ha-ha, pun definitely intended) of my journal, but I had cosmetic surgery in January to get rid of the excess skin from my 100lb weight loss (abdominoplasty) and to fix my boobs too (lift and augment). Things are going really well with my healing and I feel like a new woman too. Clothes sit much better and I feel way more confidant out of my clothes too which is having a wonderful effect on my love life....

      Mmmm I'm starting to think I should have written that letter after all. Long story short, I'm happy you're back and I may come around a little more often to say 'Hi' now too. <3
      EEEEEEMMMMMMMM! It's so good to see you. I know what you mean about the "collection of weirdos". I took about a six month break from MDA and that did me a world of good.

      I'm so glad that you are getting your beautiful new body re-sculpted a bit. 100 pounds! Wow. That is seriously impressive. Much respect.

      And I don't really think MDA is carb phobic. If anything lately there seems to have been a real shift toward embracing the "good" carbs and realizing that what works for one person doesn't work for someone else. Low carb works for some but not for all and for some it even causes problems such as your thyroid issues. I'm glad you are getting that sorted out.

      Are you still working on your pull ups?

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      • #78
        Originally posted by NourishedEm View Post
        Hi Robin,

        I'm not really following Primal anymore as written. I still eat real food but I'm much higher carb now and it's working brilliantly for me. My hypothyroid symptoms and skin problems really are a thing of the past now, but I feel a bit weird hanging out here in carb-phobia land now that I'm eating much more 50C/30P/20F than 50F/30P/20C these days.
        Em, This was exactly my experience. I eat the same carbs as you do now and gasp sometimes I even hit 75g. I don't really think MDA is carb phobic, though the VLC gang may be louder. In fact, lately there have been a flurry of posts about people who upped their carbs and felt better. Everybody sort of does their own thing within the Primal framework. As to the weirdos...well yeah we've got some of those. Eh, just ignore them. Please Hang Out!
        Primal since 9/24/2010
        "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

        Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Weight Loss Tools
        MFP username: MDAPebbles67

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        • #79
          Originally posted by Pebbles67 View Post
          Em, This was exactly my experience. I eat the same carbs as you do now and gasp sometimes I even hit 75g. I don't really think MDA is carb phobic, though the VLC gang may be louder. In fact, lately there have been a flurry of posts about people who upped their carbs and felt better. Everybody sort of does their own thing within the Primal framework. As to the weirdos...well yeah we've got some of those. Eh, just ignore them. Please Hang Out!
          There have been several shouting matches lately with equally vocal and extreme nonsense on both sides. There are a few hard core zero carb fanatics but, on the other hand there are Chaco and the Studs saying that if you aren't scarfing down a whole bag of sweet potatoes a day, you are going to die of malnutrition. OK, just a bit of hyperbole but not that much.

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          • #80
            Yes, I just eat my carbs and keep my mouth shut. I don' t get Choco. He seems to be saying that it does not matter if we are primal or not. Just cut calories and you will lose weight. In his opinion both low fat high carb and high fat low carb are fine. Of course, he has never been fat, middle aged or female.
            Primal since 9/24/2010
            "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

            Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Weight Loss Tools
            MFP username: MDAPebbles67

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            • #81
              Originally posted by Pebbles67 View Post
              Yes, I just eat my carbs and keep my mouth shut. I don' t get Choco. He seems to be saying that it does not matter if we are primal or not. Just cut calories and you will lose weight. In his opinion both low fat high carb and high fat low carb are fine. Of course, he has never been fat, middle aged or female.
              Choco is actually kind of a cute pup at times. He just needs a few more decades to figure out that what works for him doesn't always work for everybody else. Ah, the ego-centrism of youth.

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              • #82
                Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                EEEEEEMMMMMMMM! It's so good to see you. I know what you mean about the "collection of weirdos". I took about a six month break from MDA and that did me a world of good.

                I'm so glad that you are getting your beautiful new body re-sculpted a bit. 100 pounds! Wow. That is seriously impressive. Much respect.

                And I don't really think MDA is carb phobic. If anything lately there seems to have been a real shift toward embracing the "good" carbs and realizing that what works for one person doesn't work for someone else. Low carb works for some but not for all and for some it even causes problems such as your thyroid issues. I'm glad you are getting that sorted out.

                Are you still working on your pull ups?
                Having implants put under my pec muscles put a serious dent in my pull up practice for a while, but I'm back in the gym doing lat pull-downs again. I'll get back to full strength eventually.

                As for the rest of the forum, I don't read or participate anymore. I follow a few journals but only comment occasionally. Graduating last year and starting both my graduate program (40 hrs a week working) and my Masters this year has left me with very little free time - certainly not enough to engage in debates about food on the internet.

                Originally posted by Pebbles67 View Post
                Em, This was exactly my experience. I eat the same carbs as you do now and gasp sometimes I even hit 75g. I don't really think MDA is carb phobic, though the VLC gang may be louder. In fact, lately there have been a flurry of posts about people who upped their carbs and felt better. Everybody sort of does their own thing within the Primal framework. As to the weirdos...well yeah we've got some of those. Eh, just ignore them. Please Hang Out!
                Oh Pebbles, that's 50% carbs hon, not 50g. 50g or even 75g is not even close to moderate carb let alone high. I'm glad you've found your sweet spot though and I'm not saying what I do will work for everyone, but it works for me.
                I do still hang out a little but everytime I start a post on my journal, I get about a third of the way through and think 'oh stuff it.' I think I'll stick with commenting in other people's journals for now.
                My Journal

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                • #83
                  Originally posted by NourishedEm View Post
                  Oh Pebbles, that's 50% carbs hon, not 50g. 50g or even 75g is not even close to moderate carb let alone high. .
                  Ah, I see. Even so, glad to see you around.
                  Primal since 9/24/2010
                  "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

                  Created by MyFitnessPal.com - Free Weight Loss Tools
                  MFP username: MDAPebbles67

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                  • #84
                    Originally posted by NourishedEm View Post
                    Having implants put under my pec muscles put a serious dent in my pull up practice for a while, but I'm back in the gym doing lat pull-downs again. I'll get back to full strength eventually.

                    As for the rest of the forum, I don't read or participate anymore. I follow a few journals but only comment occasionally. Graduating last year and starting both my graduate program (40 hrs a week working) and my Masters this year has left me with very little free time - certainly not enough to engage in debates about food on the internet.

                    Oh Pebbles, that's 50% carbs hon, not 50g. 50g or even 75g is not even close to moderate carb let alone high. I'm glad you've found your sweet spot though and I'm not saying what I do will work for everyone, but it works for me.
                    I do still hang out a little but everytime I start a post on my journal, I get about a third of the way through and think 'oh stuff it.' I think I'll stick with commenting in other people's journals for now.
                    I remember the post mastectomy reconstruction phase and my pectorals feel your pectorals pain. I'm glad you're doing the pull downs. It's really easy after surgery like that for everything to get frozen up in fascia adhesions if you don't keep things moving.

                    Congrats on graduating! I remember being a grad student too. There is no way I would have had time for internet debates either.

                    I agree with Pebbles. It's good to see you when you have the odd moment free but we understand that you are busy.

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                    • #85
                      Well, it was one week ago today that I had to take Dad to the urgent care doctor for the shooting pains in his feet. The pains are now gone and so is the inflammation that has been creeping up on him for a few years. He has normal looking feet again with spaces between the toes and no purple tinge at the ends.

                      It's amazing what just one week of clean eating can do.

                      Now I'm hoping that Primal eating will bring his blood pressure down enough that he can reduce or eliminate some of the meds he takes for that.

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                      • #86
                        As for me, I'm realizing that cooking twice a day for someone does curtail the amount of time available for exercise. I got my LHT's in this week but have only done little walkies not any long hikes.

                        This must be what it's like to have a kid. I'm used to the me-centered universe but I will adjust.

                        And I'm down from 163 to 158.

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                        • #87
                          Great progress, Robin. And it's wonderful to hear how well your Dad is responding.
                          I have the simplest tastes. I am always satisfied with the best.

                          Oscar Wilde

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                          • #88
                            Thanks Sigi. I think a lot of older people and the people who take care of them have the idea that "you can't teach and old dog new tricks" but I think it is never too late for clean eating to make a change.

                            My BFF who is 81 went Primal last year and is doing great. She has gotten off her statin prescription and has lost a bunch of weight. Her last holdout that made her want to cling to non primal eating was her morning bowl of oatmeal. She was convinced that it was the only thing standing between her digestive system and the dreaded curse of *gasp* irregularity. Once she got past that, she has done great. Being a really good cook helps.

                            With my Dad the last holdout was his morning bagel and orange juice. People do get set in routines. I think breakfast routines can be especially hard patterns to break. I wonder why that is.

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                            • #89
                              So this week I got my two LHT's done and today I did my sprints but only dog walkies, not any hikes. Oh, well.

                              I found a new way to do sprints. I usually take the hound to the park or the beach but today I decided that there is a perfectly good street outside that would work fine. I live on a cul de sac with only three houses, mine, my Dad's and one young family across the street. Other than occasional lost people, traffic is just about non-existant here. The street is also on an incline, maybe 35 degrees or so. Sprints uphill are great. I would sprint to the top then walk back down by which time I was no longer sucking wind and ready to rinse and repeat 10 times. Pretty good workout.

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                              • #90
                                This week I have been reminded rather forcefully that several of the people I care most about in this world are elderly. My Dad had had his problems. My 81 year old BFF had a slip and fall accident a couple of days ago that left her with a broken nose and a sprained wrist. And then a few nights ago I got a call from a good friend of mine who lives in Mexico telling me that her husband who had also been a friend for about ten years and was approaching 80 had passed away.

                                Will you people all just stop getting old already?

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