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  • I will confess to missing nachos. But I try not to think about it.

    Tex-Mex, with its emphasis on beans and corn, takes a lot of tweaking to become primal. Rats. Just when I had developed a taste for it too.
    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 had the opposite experience with Tex-Mex, as my favorite dish was fajitas, but I often thought I 'should' eat more beans and rice. Now I order up a sizzling plate of meat, extra onions and peppers, hold the tortillas. Pile on the sour cream and guacamole, and dig in with a fork. Heaven!

      But saying 'no' to the flan is still hard.

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      • Not too many straight up Tex-Mex restaurants around here, I'm afraid, or I'm sure there would be more options. Basically taco places, as far as I know. And steak grills, which is not quite the same thing. But yes, meat, veggies, and guac sounds absolutely wonderful.
        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 love Mexican-type grilled meats, unfortunately finding them in Maine is not easy. Non-existent in these parts, actually. Have to make my own, which is not a hardship. Actually what I miss is the margaritas...and the chips...and the fun and fellowship that always seemed to happen at Mexican restaurants. But I know that corn never agreed with me - even as I denied it, I knew corn was not my friend. But those happy memories of youth and young adulthood with a group of friends and table-ful of Mex food - well, I am glad I have the memories.
          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

          "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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          • Well it's been a weird week... Not bad, just weird.

            I broke two smart phones this week...dang. Just because one has a smart phone doesn't make him any less of a dumbass! I went to the beach and waded in up to my knees with my Droid somethingorother safely tucked into my breast pocket. SWMBO And. I both felt something nibbling at our toes and suddenly she shrieked and said, it's on my foot get it!! So I reached down and felt around, but didn't find anything. Standing up I realized I had submerged my pocket and phone in the salty brine. I took the battery out right away and put the phone and battery into a jar of dehydrating crystals, but it was dead, Jim! Sigh...

            So I went to the Verizon Store and I'm due for an upgrade, I was waiting for the new iPhone to come out but decided I'd upgrade then to the current iPhone. I had nearly 24 trouble free hours with that one. I was helping my cousin move out of her house, doing dump runs and was standing on the truck bed throwing trash into this huge dumpster at the town dump. The dumpster sits in this huge concrete well and the truck is parked on a tall ramp above it. I do not remember why I felt it was necessary to put the phone in my breast pocket, but there it was. Until I grabbed some awkward piece of trash and heaved it into the dumpster. On its way past my body, some bit of it smacked my shirt and poked the phone out of my pocket sending it flying. I nearly caught it, but missed and the phone fell and smashed on the concrete ramp, skittered across it, then fell between the dumpster and the side of this huge concrete well a total of about 20 feet to the ground.

            The dump manager was kind enough to get a huge front end loader and move the dumpster so I could retrieve the phone, but in moving it crushed it further.

            Sigh...

            Oh and after the moving party we all went to my cousins new house and had Pizza. I ate a lot of it, and washed it down with beer.

            So this morning, hungover and with a very tentative, noisy wheat belly, we hosted a belated birthday party for Boy with 25 screaming kids, each one louder than the rest. It was two of the longest hours of my life...

            I do not know what I did to deserve all this, but I am deeply sorry for it.

            DC
            Height: 5' 10"
            Starting Weight: 292
            Starting Primal Weight: 275
            Current weight: 224
            Goal weight: 172
            Body Fat 30.5

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            • The sermon today in church was all about how wonderful children are. I remain unconvinced.

              Kidding! Kids are great. Years from now you will look back on that party and be deeply happy. And you will be thin and trim and full of energy and your kid will be all grown up and you will wish he was a kid again. But! You will have grandchildren. (Or maybe you already do.) It's all good.
              My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

              "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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              • No, no Grandchildren yet... But the two boys from the first litter are now in their twenties, so I guess anything is possible.

                Fasting until dinner today, this weekend was a dark time for Primal eating, pizza was had, sandwiches were had, ice-cream cake was had... and beer.

                So this week will be better!
                Height: 5' 10"
                Starting Weight: 292
                Starting Primal Weight: 275
                Current weight: 224
                Goal weight: 172
                Body Fat 30.5

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                • Funny how I read that middle sentence and my stomach clenches into a knot...pizza...beer...ice cream. For better or worse, those things would make me sick as a dog. I've come to the conclusion that dairy is a problem for me when it is combined with certain other foods - that's all I'm going to say, TMI already! However, I think a certain amount of indulgence can be indulged in and progress still be made.

                  This week will be great!
                  My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                  "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                  • Children ARE wonderful. Especially in a light cream sauce.

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                    • Siobahn- Well in terms of indulgences, I didn't really enjoy any of it all that much... begging the question why did I did I eat so much of it? A question that I don't have a good answer for except that it was what was put in front of me and I was hungry. I will say that my stomach did complain audibly though the digestion process and I was all bubbly and gassey.

                      There wasn't any real discomfort, but I wouldn't want to repeat it.

                      Sabine- Lol, well cream sauce is not strictly Primal, so maybe Hollandaise made with Coconut oil?
                      Height: 5' 10"
                      Starting Weight: 292
                      Starting Primal Weight: 275
                      Current weight: 224
                      Goal weight: 172
                      Body Fat 30.5

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                      • So sorry about the phones. That sounds so much like something I would do.

                        We all have our little lapses. And we don't even enjoy them, it makes it that much easier not to do it again. Keep soldiering on.
                        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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                        • Thanks Judg! It was mostly just humiliating (and expensive-even with insurance). I mean I know better, except that apparently I don't.

                          I've now received the replacement iPhone, which I have now owned for more than a full day, hours longer than the first one lasted...

                          We go on!

                          Food has been pretty good since the weekend. I went to a business association function last night and managed to avoid the non-primal foods, with the exception of some breaded chicken breasts that I didn't get all of the breading off of. My bad. The rest was pretty good.

                          Today has been great! So far!
                          Height: 5' 10"
                          Starting Weight: 292
                          Starting Primal Weight: 275
                          Current weight: 224
                          Goal weight: 172
                          Body Fat 30.5

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                          • I always find that if I slip up and eat just a little bit of carbs/sugar/grains, it's a slope, and I immediately want more! It's a hard cycle to break. Come to think of it, before primal I was always in that cycle of wanting/needing more sugar and depleting carbs and I didn't realize there was an alternative. I think it's not a bad thing to change the way you eat drastically every once in a while, it makes you more adaptable.
                            If you have a few minutes- please take a look at my story, in my journal
                            http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread87400.html
                            I do warn you, I am a copious writer.

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                            • Hi Campanella! Yeah, I was caught up in that last week, and it resulted in several days of less than ideal food choices. I don't really seem to crave things in any identifiable way, but when stuff is around, I am more apt to eat it (I suppose it amounts to the same thing really).
                              Height: 5' 10"
                              Starting Weight: 292
                              Starting Primal Weight: 275
                              Current weight: 224
                              Goal weight: 172
                              Body Fat 30.5

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                              • It's very difficult to resist food when it's stuck right in front of you, ready to eat, especially in a social situation. I sometimes blow this rather badly, but I have a couple of tricks that help me the rest of the time.

                                If it's a buffet type of meal, I try to be last in line. The later I can start eating, the better. I also predetermine that I am not going to try everything. Let's face it, I'm in my mid-50s. There isn't much out there I haven't already tried, no need to try it again. I focus on the best choices, and if there are a lot of those (rare), I decide what I'm in the mood for and ignore the other options. Desserts I hold off on preferably until just before leaving. I tell myself, "Sure you can have some. Later." And I have a small helping at the last minute. Or preferably "forget" to have it, although I don't oblige myself to skip it. If I do that, the "later" trick won't work the next time.

                                The other major trick is just plain pride. I know, it's a vice, but seeing as I can't entirely eliminate it, I might as well use it to my advantage. Although I try not to get preachy about it, the entire extended family is aware that I've taken a rather radical step. They don't hassle me about it in any way, which is nice, although they generally do expect me to bring my own specialty foods. But the point is, I don't want to be seen caving in front of them (and most of my social eating is with family). My FIL will tease me good-naturedly if he sees me eating something a bit indulgent, but it's a friendly game and we both know it. "Careful, you're going to get fat if you eat that" to someone who has lost 70 pounds and is keeping it off is not a serious criticism. But I make darn sure that we can laugh about it because I haven't started moving in the other direction. Peer pressure can work to our good when it presses in the right direction. And with my husband watching in particular, there is no way I am going to cave! He compromises so much already for himself, I've got to show him that these battles can be won. A wee bit of oneupmanship combined with a sincere concern for his health: potent stuff.
                                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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