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  • I did that too previous to PB. Boredom snacking. i call it grazing. I have to beat my bad side back and tell it I don't need it I want it. It's hard for me too. damn about your fridge. Our fridge is on the verge of clunking we just ordered a new one should be here on Wednesday. right now the temp in the fridge is about 58-60 So we have kept milk out of it and I'm trying not to keep food in it.

    I am in the market probably before I DS senior portraits to get a monopod. I have done fairly well with just handheld b/c of lens speed, but sometimes it helps to have that extra stabilization this is one from my Wedding day outside on the docks during our stay at Smithfield Station VA
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    Last edited by cmlloyd; 06-22-2012, 06:32 AM.

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    • My tripod is my sharpest lens. Seriously, if you want better photos, get a tripod. I practically never shoot handheld anymore and it's made an enormous difference in the quality of my work. Not only in the end result, but also in the process of framing, composing and being able to REALLY choose what settings to use for each image, not just having to cope with what's manageable.

      Grazing is such a tough habit to overcome since it's bound up with emotions. Whenever I find myself thinking about it, I find something to do with my hands - wash dishes, play solitaire, water the plants...anything. It usually passes. I haven't been doing this for a whole month though and I haven't been through my whole cycle though, so I wonder if I'll be as vigilant when my hormones really shift. I don't have a period anymore (woo hoo!), but I still ovulate and have all the rest of the hormonal responses. Basically I'm not counting days and tracking anymore because it doesn't matter if I don't have tampons with me and so I don't know if I'll see much of a change over time with my eating cycles.
      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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      • OMG I have the same issue.... I have the controls but NO oven. but i still get what's called mini periods, b/c it was just a partial Hysto - they left my ovaries and cervix. (maybe TMI?) I had adenomyosis. Extremely painful and put me out of commission as far as doing really anything for about 6months (it was actually 2 years with all the crap going on) before treament which is a hysto. no other cure. I'm not complaing though
        But it does make it hard to judge what your body is doing exactly when the hormones shift and are out of wack! lol

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        • nah, not TMI. Before, during and after my hyst I was on a website where the women there bared all their health issues regularly so I'm pretty inured to it. My cervix was my problem (cancer) and so it's gone as is the uterus. After some bladder issues and the long internal healing process (OMG I had no idea one of my incisions would still bother me over a year later!) I'm back to normal. Everything works and having no period is frigging awesome. I am out of practice tracking though so sometimes when I feel this weird ache back by my kidneys it mystifies me for a while until I remember, duh, you're ovulating. Why it should hurt so much to pass one little cell though continues to mystify me. Men have it so easy. Well, except for having to walk around with those 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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          • I love the photography! Keep it coming!

            It's one of those days... i read all the posts but apparently absorbed nothing b/c I can't remember what was said... lol So, keep up the good work, take those pretty shots and enjoy your day!
            Primal since March 5, 2012
            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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            • thanks jenn. I'm staying put today and probably won't have time for the camera over the weekend, but early next week I'm sure to get the itch.

              B | 2 hen egg scramble w/mushroom, pepper, green onion & cheddar | 1 bratwurst | 4oz V8 | 5 strawberries

              While enjoying me food, I thought about the insulin response and how eating fat doesn't make you fat. As I'm going to be with family Sunday I'm sure my bro or my SIL will see that I'm avoiding certain things and will probably lead to a discussion. My bro and SIL are both smart people, but I think explaining why I've changed my way of eating in factual, biology-based terms is going to have resonance. Thus learning the mechanics/chemistry is key and so here's my take;

              Insulin is the hormone that controls/provides the mechanism for fat storage. Fat storage occurs when there is too much sugar/glucose in the blood. More than about a teaspoon is too much; glucose is poison in higher concentrations (hyperglycemia). In an effort to get that shit outta there, insulin is released and the only thing it can do with the excess glu is convert it to fat and store it in fat cells because the liver can only house so much. Constantly feeding yourself carbohydrate-dense foods (starchy foods like bread, pasta and potatoes) means a constant release of insulin and thus a constant storage of fat outside the liver. Your body becomes less and less able to manage the insulin and eventually you can become resistant to it as well, increasing your glucose level. This can lead to diabetes as well as tremendous weight gain. Shifting to foods with lower carbohydrate loads will keep your glucose level down and decrease the need to produce insulin which in turn decreases the amount of glucose you turn to fat. With a low level of glucose your body can use what it needs without excess and if you run out, the liver can make more. The liver uses fat to metabolize protein, cholesterol, glucose and other fuel. First it uses the fat it has stored in itself, after that it uses fat stores in adipose tissue. Decreasing the dietary dependence on nutrients and increasing dependence on manufacturing these from stores is where fat burning comes into play as well as maintaining an even energy delivery system. No more sugar highs and crashes from eating bagels, chips, ice cream, soda etc.

              So...I think that's how it works in a nutshell. Oy. It took a little bit for the concepts to percolate, but I think I have it down now.
              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 think you're pretty close. The only problem I see is that the liver cannot convert fat to glucose, but instead converts it to ketones and acetone. Acetone is removed through the urine and the ketones are used to fuel the muscles and brain. The brain actually works better on ketones than glucose, according to what I've read by Mark. that's why people suffer from carb flu the first few weeks after giving up grains and starchy carbs. They have to adjust to using ketones instead of glucose and that can take some time and make people feel really poorly for a few weeks - tired, lethargic, etc.

                But for the most part, I think you nailed it pretty well.
                Primal since March 5, 2012
                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                • eeek, yeah, I didn't mean to imply that the liver converts fat to glucose, but that the liver uses fat as fuel to do everything it does.

                  the ketone v. glucose thing is another animal though and one I definitely need to let percolate a bit more in my head. Eventually I'll get it to the point where I can explain it.
                  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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                  • Today and yesterday I spent some time cleaning out the cupboards and pantry. So far we have four reusable shopping bags full of non-primal food. Crackers (including my beloved Cheez-Its), pasta, canned beans (for soup and chili), canned soup, cereal, granola bars - it all goes. My parents can either have it or donate it to a food pantry. I feel a bit conflicted about this, but there it is.

                    Hubby is home and manning the grill. My eating day has gone and will go like this -

                    L | chicken thigh w/skin | 1/2 endive | 1 HBE | 1 small piece dark choc
                    S/PDD | cheese | Kettle One ... uh it was supposed to be a martini, but hubby forgot the vermouth. Ha!
                    D | bone-in pork chop | grilled summer squash & zucchini (from a local farm) | 08 Winderlea Pinot Noir | strawberries (from same farm which is an old town farm, something like the 4th gen guy running it, graduated HS w/my hubby so we like buying his stuff)

                    bon apetit!
                    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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                    • OMG, what a day.

                      After the weekly grocery shop, hubby and I walked 5.5 miles in 1 hr 24 mins. Not bad considering it's 90 degrees in the sun and humid as hell. Then when we got back he coached me with the kettlebell (16kg/34lb) and I did a few sets of swings. Damn!!! That is something else. I'm not sure my hamstrings will ever be the same. LOL. Seriously, that is one HELL of a workout. I think I like it. I was worried about my lower back (spina bifida occulta), but with the right technique and form, it's not a risk and my back feels fine. I'll know if my form is off if I feel it.

                      So here's the funny bit. We did most of this on very little food.

                      B | 1-2 Tbsp greek yog | 2/3 or so c berries (mix) | 1 HBE | coffee x 2 (one before errands, one after) | another small handful of blueberries
                      5.5 miles
                      kettlebell
                      S | 1 c (ish) ground beef ragu | more berries (mix) | cheese

                      Seems like a lot of fruit, but basically that's my only carb intake all day. I don't know what we're eating tonight, but damn I think I'll probably devour it!

                      Oh and in case anyone cares, I wrote a review of Mark's book on my book review blog. Not that you can't form your own opinions or anything. LOL.

                      Life is too short to read bad books.: The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson, 2012
                      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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                      • Good I didn't want to freak you out, some people get touchy when we talk about woman things. lol. I really wish I could do the cleaning of the cupboard thing, but not lastnight hubby sat right in front of me and ate a whole pint of Chocolate peanut butter ice cream. It didn't bother me I don't like peanut butter, but I love ice cream and got my own version in the freezer. SF/FF made with coconut milk Pudding pops. I know the sweeteners are not primal, but I have done all but quit drinking beer - drink my coffee black - there are some nights you just want the freezy pop dammit. I do have Dark Chocolate, and I have yogurt made pops that I can revert to in these cases, and my resistance to the bad white stuff has been pretty easy after the first week or so. So good for you in your accomplishment. It's hard throwing out the stuff that once made you "think" you felt good. Bitter-sweet so to speak.

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                        • My weakness isn't sweets, it's salt. Specifically salty/crispy. There's a dearth of salty/crispy on the PB. I'm not jonesing real bad yet, but I'm sure I'll get there. And I'm not ready to give up sweetener in my coffee. I've already eliminated a lot that I enjoyed eating and drinking and I'll be damned if I'm doing that to my coffee, too. Am wicked lucky in the fact that my husband and I are doing this together. I don't know how you do it with him not joining you, but I admire your resolve and your results!

                          Another PB side effect seems to be that we make more dirty dishes than ever and actually ran out of reusable plastic storage containers so we had to buy some. I guess real food will make you do that. I hate running out of forks though.

                          PDD | 2 oz Blantons bourbon on the rocks
                          D | sauteed beet greens | NY strip | grilled asparagus | all with herbed butter | 08 Linne Calodo Slacker

                          Had another night of interrupted sleep. Seems that the ache in my hips has returned and it kept me up for some time. Between that and the stupid cats (which got the boot at some point) I couldn't get comfortable. Grr. I even had 2 naproxen in me.

                          Anyway, this morning (when husband wakes) we'll probably have something wonderful for breakfast and then get to cooking up some things for the week. He's having a go at making sausage (sans casing) and OO mayo for a chicken salad recipe I found in one of the PB cook books. Then see his dad at the rehab center and then on to my parents to hang, eat and drink. If my mom made my birthday strawberry rhubarb pie, I am eating it, crust be damned. It's the world's most perfect food after all. It should be a great day if the thunderstorms hold off.

                          Oh and yesterday while we had the bacon in the oven we also roasted the spaghetti squash seeds and even though it's a PITA to separate them out from the pulp, they were worth it. DELICIOUS!! It was all I could do to not eat all of them then and there!

                          ETA -
                          B | almond flour 'pancakes' (a first) | 1/2 c or so ground pork 'sausage' | 5 strawberries
                          S | cheese | handful pistachios
                          Last edited by June68; 06-24-2012, 10:49 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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                          • Love that you womanned up and are working with a 16kg bell! I've used them for over 7 years and hate when women feel they can only use a 5-10 pounder! I've trained a 76 year old woman that used nothing lighter than an 18kg. Good that your husband is able to help with technique and you are right that you will know if your form is bad. I did swings as part of a workout with the hubby yesterday too. We set the timer for 20 minutes, then did 3 exercises. We alternated with one of us always doing 30 swings, I used a 32kg bell, then did ab wheel roll outs or 20 pound medicine ball slams until the other finished the 30 swings. It was short, sweet, and sweaty. do you think the hip achiness was related to the workout? he long walk and the swings? Hope to hear more good things on your training!

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                            • hey thanks, Kim. I'm pretty strong naturally (mesomorph) and have trained extensively with regular weights in the past, so I wasn't afraid of a heavy bell. Now I've started working with it, I'm even more sure that it's a good start. If I need more, my hubby has 2 that are heavier. I don't know what the hip ache is. i've always had a shitty back - I'm in pain all the time...well when I bend anyway. The hip thing is new in the last 1-2 years. And annoying.

                              PDD (w/family sharing a bottle) 09 Terry Hoage Bam Bam (grenache rose)
                              D | grilled chicken, asparagus, zucchini & summer squash | 09 Hahn Malbec
                              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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                              • OMG!!! How could I have forgotten????

                                I ATE STRAWBERRY RHUBARB PIE!!! WITH CRUST!!! AND I DID NOT DIE!



                                It was just one piece, but it was heaven. And so far, I feel fine. No reaction. Granted it's not a ton of pastry crust, but it is a wheat-based product.

                                Anyway, I just finished my coffee and am listening to an interview with Dr. Davis, the author of Wheat Belly. I've read in the blogosphere that this book is pretty controversial, but I was interested in hearing him a bit. He sounds like Casey Kasem's little brother.
                                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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