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  • OMFG!!! Way to go woman!! That is awesome! You are scooting right along! What is your total weight loss now? Close to 30 isn't it?
    Primal since March 5, 2012
    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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    • Yeah it's like 27 pounds.
      I'm frigging floored.
      And I love it. I cannot wait to go clothes shopping. My waist is smaller than the 28-year-old I was on the road with. Pretty soon I'll be in the 140s and I think that's where I want to be. Depends on whether enough of my remaining flab goes away. I'm so amazed that I actually did it. That this old bod actually responded the way the books say it should. I'm still pretty stunned about it. The secret was giving it time and sticking to the plan. I have had wheat knowingly twice in 7 months and all those processed foods and sugars I kicked then are still kicked. With results like this, I don't feel bad about it at all.

      The new job is going quite well. I've got a much better handle on what I need to do and how our product is sold and how it works. If the school in CT had it, no one needed to die. It's that powerful and I cannot wait for my resellers to talk to all their schools about it. We're going to do good things.
      5' 9" 47 YO F
      PB start June 2, 2012
      Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
      Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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      • That was very inspiring! I especially like your theme about being patient and giving the diet some time, like 6 months. Just stay with it and expect positive results.
        I practice yoga (am a yogini) and am also a follower of Grok ... so my journal is Grokini Mary

        My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread66249.html

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        • I'm glad you enjoyed it MaryIM.

          I did doubt, that's for sure. At one point I thought I'd been scammed again and that the PB was just another weight-loss-scheme that would ultimately fail me, but I stuck with it anyway and lo and behold, it works. Now I know the secret, controlling my weight is within my grasp.
          5' 9" 47 YO F
          PB start June 2, 2012
          Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
          Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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          • I'm glad you gave it time too. You're doing amazingly well and inspire me to keep trucking along full steam (I tend to fall off the track occasionally)

            I have a school that my kids attend that have no real security measures (all doors locked except the one by the office - oooh... tough measures there). You should sell it something.
            Primal since March 5, 2012
            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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            • I am, too.

              Went shopping at an outlet mall nearby. Didn't get some things I wanted (casual pants...none of mine fit anymore), but I did get a nice suit at Jones New York. The pants are a size 8. Blouses and jacket 10. I can't believe it. Size 8. Hopefully they still fit after I lose the rest of the weight I want to lose, but still. Size 8. OMG.
              5' 9" 47 YO F
              PB start June 2, 2012
              Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
              Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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              • Originally posted by June68 View Post
                Size 8. OMG.
                It's exciting, isn't it? I'm bordering on a 12/14. My 14's are so big I have to pull them up all the time, but a 12 is just the tiniest bit too small yet. I can wear them, but they're a touch on the uncomfortable side. Another month and I should be good in a size 12.

                Keep up the great work! You're doing awesome!
                Primal since March 5, 2012
                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                • Keep on going, Jenn. You'll get there. I was a 14 when I started. My 12s were just too tight. Couldn't wear them. I still can't wear them, but for entirely different reasons.

                  I can't even tell you how happy I am. Even my sweaters fit better...no more bulging backfat! It's so incredible. I'm on the road a lot next week, visiting new people and I know I'm going to look good. I still have some jiggly flab to lose, but I don't feel so frustrated or disappointed because it's working.

                  On a completely different note...aside from the weight loss, which is stupendous, I'm still going to eat this way forever because I think I will create a climate within my cells that is NOT conducive to cancer growth. Sometimes I get all caught up in the superficial aspect of the PB, when I should also remember about the inner aspect. These days I just brush off sickness. A few times over the last few months I've felt a touch of a cold or whatever, but it has been just a touch. I don't go down with the symptoms for days anymore. I feel my immune response is improved and while I know I'm not invincible, I feel like I'm handling germs much better than before. That and the anti-cancer (read very low sugar) environment in my cells makes me feel like I've made real changes to how I function. If those changes also make me feel and look better there's even more reason to do it. But health, true health is achievable for me now and that's something I haven't felt in a long time, especially since being diagnosed with cancer. Granted, I didn't suffer from the disease itself, rather the cure was worse, but I was still sick. I still had a body that helped cancer thrive. I still had a body with an overtaxed immune system. Now I don't. Yeah, I'm thrilled to be a smaller size, but I'm equally thrilled to be well.
                  5' 9" 47 YO F
                  PB start June 2, 2012
                  Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
                  Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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                  • Originally posted by June68 View Post
                    On a completely different note...aside from the weight loss, which is stupendous, I'm still going to eat this way forever because I think I will create a climate within my cells that is NOT conducive to cancer growth. Sometimes I get all caught up in the superficial aspect of the PB, when I should also remember about the inner aspect. These days I just brush off sickness. A few times over the last few months I've felt a touch of a cold or whatever, but it has been just a touch. I don't go down with the symptoms for days anymore. I feel my immune response is improved and while I know I'm not invincible, I feel like I'm handling germs much better than before. That and the anti-cancer (read very low sugar) environment in my cells makes me feel like I've made real changes to how I function. If those changes also make me feel and look better there's even more reason to do it. But health, true health is achievable for me now and that's something I haven't felt in a long time, especially since being diagnosed with cancer. Granted, I didn't suffer from the disease itself, rather the cure was worse, but I was still sick. I still had a body that helped cancer thrive. I still had a body with an overtaxed immune system. Now I don't. Yeah, I'm thrilled to be a smaller size, but I'm equally thrilled to be well.
                    +1,000,000

                    I'm glad you are well again.
                    Primal since March 5, 2012
                    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                    • Thanks jenn.

                      I wasn't riddled with chronic health conditions before, but I still had nagging things that I chalked up to aging. Eliminating those and the whole anti-cancer environment thing keeps me focused beyond the weight loss. Not that I'm having trouble sticking to the plan, I mean in the sense that sometimes I get caught up in the surface of things - how I look and how skinny I'm getting. That's wonderful and an indicator of overall improvement, but it's not everything.

                      Anyway...

                      So it's been a month on the job now. I'm starting to get into the swing of things. Various components of the process and the product are coming together to fill in the complete picture. Terminology and methodology are coalescing. I've been in my office for a couple weeks, but next week I'm on the road which will be a nice change. I even made some commission from last month, which was an unexpected bonus and will help me build my savings back up. This month should also yield some commission, especially if I can close a couple things.

                      So far it's been easy to stay Primal since I've mostly been at home. I don't expect it to be impossible on the road, but I will need to plan a bit and make sure I eat well before I go. Hunger and long stretches without food aren't problems for me now, but it's funny, other people insist I eat. Once I pulled into a restaurant parking lot basically because the woman I was with felt we should eat. I told her I wasn't really that hungry and that we were going to eat dinner in a few hours anyway. She insisted, so I had a bunch of lettuce and stuff with some chicken on it to please her. Still had a steak for dinner.

                      Anyway, my desk in my home office is a workbench and so that means I can stand up while working or use the chair. I do both, but I'm definitely on my feet much more than when I was a cube-dweller. It's pretty nice to be able to indulge my natural tendency to pace while on the phone, which is a lot these days. I don't have a pedometer, but I imagine I cover a lot of ground. When my back gets too stiff from standing, I sit. When my shoulders get too stiff from sitting and typing, I stand. When I get a little cold I swing the 'bell. When I get cabin fever I take my phone out for a walk. I like it a lot.

                      It's said that people who work from home often work more than people who don't and I can attest to that. Usually I check email around 7 and then I'm at my desk around 8-8:30. Work starts. Often when my husband gets home at 5:20 I'm on the phone with someone. Occasionally this keeps up until after 6. As long as the work gets done and I'm available during normal business hours, no one really cares how I slice my schedule and so far I like it. As things get more hectic I'm sure I'll be carving out time to get out of the house, do errands or just take a break. No one wants me working myself into burn-out again, least of all me. That ain't Primal.
                      Last edited by June68; 02-09-2013, 05:57 AM.
                      5' 9" 47 YO F
                      PB start June 2, 2012
                      Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
                      Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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                      • Glad to see an update. I'm glad you're really enjoying your job. I'd love to work from home.
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • thanks Jenn.

                          Working from home is a new experience for me. Always drove to a building and sat in an office/cube. Mostly cubes. Ugh. Sometimes the upside was the people I worked with and sometimes it was the downside. The company I work for now is mostly virtual. We have an office suite in Ohio and one in Virginia, but I think they're just some of those open plan/shared reception type deals and not more permanent. Only a few people a day actually use the offices, everyone else works from home or on the road. For example my team is 4 people including myself and we're all in different states. 2 time zones. It's so funny. But it works. All of us take our jobs seriously, are adult, professional types and we get it done. We also laugh a lot, but that's part of getting it done. I love it when I'm on with my inside rep and her dogs start barking at something in the road. Or when my engineer's son comes to see how daddy's doing. It makes the connection more personal.

                          It also has its challenges, too. Sometimes I feel isolated. There's no hallway chat or lunchroom gossip. Like an email went out about someone being let go. In a normal office environment the talk would be rife with speculation. Alas I just got a little tidbit from my engineer as to why the guy was fired. Stuff like that. We have IM and other tools to talk so it's not like I can't, but it's not the same as bumping into someone in the hall.

                          I do like it though.
                          5' 9" 47 YO F
                          PB start June 2, 2012
                          Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
                          Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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                          • Those types of environments both come with their pros and cons. I remember feeling isolated when I worked from home too. But it definitely had it's perks, like swapping laundry at break time.
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • A quick update and confession -

                              With my new job and disrupted routine I find I haven't been exercising very much at all. That combined with eating restaurant food several days a week has made me feel a bit off. Digestion issues. Bloating. Sluggisness. Inability to focus. Not good.

                              So I think that while I'm in my home office I need to be extra careful about what I eat and how much. I also need to just put exercise into my calendar and stick to it. Being lazy about it seems to make me less sharp mentally. I think the inactivity has dialed my metabolism down as it should, but I'm still eating like I was still fueling activity and that's made me gain some weight. At least I think I have. No scale means it's the clothes test and a pair of pants that was a bit tight a couple weeks ago is now unwearable. Not good.

                              Mark is right. You have to do the whole plan and not just some of it. By leaving off exercise I've upset how my body is supposed to work. Just when it got used to burning off most of what I eat, now its back to storing it. I haven't gained a lot, but it's noticeable to me. Not good.

                              Another piece I've been ignoring is play. While my camera has been in the shop I haven't been shooting and thus I haven't been outside much at all. All I do is work and errands and chores. Ok, yeah, I went to a party in Ohio this past weekend, but that's about all the recreation I've had for a month or so. Not good.

                              Getting my shit together is top priority. I got lazy. I thought I could cheat. I can't. Lots of people talk about cheating here on MDA and mostly they mean eating something that isn't Primal, but for me it's about leaving out pieces of the plan. The Primal Blueprint only works if you're doing the whole thing, at least for me that is. So here's what I'm going to do -

                              1. Tighten up clean eating when at home
                              2. Schedule excercise 3X a week
                              3. Get out and play 2X a month

                              That seems doable to me. And I think I'll feel the results pretty quick. Very good.
                              5' 9" 47 YO F
                              PB start June 2, 2012
                              Pre PB SW = 180 (no scale at home, Mom's scale January - 153lbs!)
                              Current deadlift 245 lbs, squat 165 lbs, bench press 135 lbs


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                              • I have to schedule my workouts for my lunch period at work or I don't get to them. Too many demands outside of work with two young kids, a husband, grad school and maintaining a household. Lunch is my only respite.

                                Would it be possible for you to take 15 minutes a day for some kettle swings? Or a quick set of pushups? Maybe a swing around the block a couple times a day? You could set a timer for 2 hours, work hard, and then take 15 minutes to move your body. And then definitely schedule the play time. I don't play enough either.

                                I put on 6 lbs over Valentine's Day... Oy. 6 pounds from one freaking meal!! Ridiculous! It's so incredibly hard to get rid of too. One would think that if you could put it on in one day, you should be able to take it off in one day, right? WRONG!! So very wrong and incredibly unfair!
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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