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  • #31
    OMG girl! You do look like a different person! You lost at least ten years too. I am so excited for you. BTW I am now stalking
    (err following) your journal.
    Primal since 9/24/2010
    "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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    • #32
      Hi! Just read your whole journal, really enjoyed reading

      Huge congratulations to you!!! And you look great, so happy for you. And this is going way back in your posts, but I too love commuting. I love listening to the radio and to music, I find it really relaxing.

      Anyway, congrats again and good luck!

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      • #33
        Wow, what an inspiration you are! GO GIRL!
        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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        • #34
          Just started reading your journal. You are officially my hero. Our stories are similar and I love your honesty and joy in a renewed life. Keep it up. I am looking for more
          You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

          Age 48
          height 5'3
          SW 215 lbs
          CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
          LW 172 lbs
          GW 125ish lbs

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          • #35
            Checking in as another journal-follower. You are doing very well! I get discouraged sometimes, but then I try to remind myself that this is for the long haul, and that my health is getting better. It's nice to see you focus on the health side, too.

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            • #36
              Hi! A lot of people checked in while I wasn't looking - It's good to see people popping up.

              @RaeVynn - Thanks! I get discouraged, too, sometimes, especially when I'm not making the best choices. The holidays have been rough - I've stuck to my "no gluten" rule but sometimes that's the only one I've kept. The cool thing though, for me, is knowing that I know what to do to fix it. I think the worst part of all the years before I found paleo/primal was not understanding what was happening to me - why was I eating all the crap I was eating, why couldn't I *stop* doing it, when I could see clearly that it was destroying my body and my mood? Why was I eating this stuff even when I was sick of the taste of it or when it made me feel bad? Now, I don't have to wonder. It's perfectly clear to me that I'm a sugar/starch addict. When I fall off the wagon, there's one clear way to fix it - cold-turkey for a few days, just meat and vegetables and maybe a little dairy, nothing else. Once the sugar is out of my system, I can get back into my primal groove. Sometimes those are a white-knuckled few days, but it works, and just knowing there's something that works makes me feel tons better about myself and my life.

              @Val - That's so sweet! Now I have something to live up to. =D "Joy in a renewed life" is exactly what I have - I sort of feel like I'm coming back to life after years and years of being basically in a coma. It's a great feeling - though I worry sometimes if you can really start your life over at 40. So many of the choices I made in my 20's and 30's were a result of being overweight and feeling hopeless; it's weird to try and pick up the threads of my life again and try to move forward. But I figure, I probably have as many years ahead of me as I have behind me - and I'm way smarter now than I was when I started! =D Surely that has to count, right?!

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              • #37
                I am 46. At 40 I graduated w/ my AA after 20 years of hear and there classes. AT 41 I quit my full time job and went back to school full time to be a speech language pathologists. At 45 I got a job working in the public schools as an SLP with my bachelors while I finished up my last semester of my Masters, moved away from my parents, sister and son for the first itme in my entire life, and graduated w/ my Masters. This was last December. I have been overweight my entire life as well. At 40 I also had a hysterectomy (and my son graduated high school, it was an eventful year!). I came out of that w/ mono and fibromyalgia and my weight went up from around 190 to 230ish at one point. Last January I quit eating processed foods, in April quit eating grains and went primal via wheat belly. Lost 40 lbs in 2012. So the short answer is yes you can start your life again at 40 and it will be better than anything you have ever had. You are already doing it!

                Originally posted by merryish View Post
                Hi! A lot of people checked in while I wasn't looking - It's good to see people popping up.

                @RaeVynn - Thanks! I get discouraged, too, sometimes, especially when I'm not making the best choices. The holidays have been rough - I've stuck to my "no gluten" rule but sometimes that's the only one I've kept. The cool thing though, for me, is knowing that I know what to do to fix it. I think the worst part of all the years before I found paleo/primal was not understanding what was happening to me - why was I eating all the crap I was eating, why couldn't I *stop* doing it, when I could see clearly that it was destroying my body and my mood? Why was I eating this stuff even when I was sick of the taste of it or when it made me feel bad? Now, I don't have to wonder. It's perfectly clear to me that I'm a sugar/starch addict. When I fall off the wagon, there's one clear way to fix it - cold-turkey for a few days, just meat and vegetables and maybe a little dairy, nothing else. Once the sugar is out of my system, I can get back into my primal groove. Sometimes those are a white-knuckled few days, but it works, and just knowing there's something that works makes me feel tons better about myself and my life.

                @Val - That's so sweet! Now I have something to live up to. =D "Joy in a renewed life" is exactly what I have - I sort of feel like I'm coming back to life after years and years of being basically in a coma. It's a great feeling - though I worry sometimes if you can really start your life over at 40. So many of the choices I made in my 20's and 30's were a result of being overweight and feeling hopeless; it's weird to try and pick up the threads of my life again and try to move forward. But I figure, I probably have as many years ahead of me as I have behind me - and I'm way smarter now than I was when I started! =D Surely that has to count, right?!
                You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

                Age 48
                height 5'3
                SW 215 lbs
                CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
                LW 172 lbs
                GW 125ish lbs

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                • #38
                  I'm back on track in the new year. Ok, I had a bit of wobbling last night on 1/1, and then again last night - both involving chocolate. But neither was enough to throw me off completely, and today is a new day.

                  I biked in to the train station - so far I'm 2 for 2 for work days in January! Pretty impressive (to me, anyway!) considering it was -5F with wind chill this morning, and almost as cold yesterday. It's not a long bike trip, just a mile and a half, but it's a mile and a half I'm not sitting on the bus in a puffy coat with a billion other people in puffy coats. Plus, everybody at work sees my bike helmet hanging off my backpack and thinks I'm completely badass.

                  I tried to have an avocado for breakfast this morning and failed - the avocado had gone off. So I'm intermittently fasting instead! Until lunch, when I have leftover mushroom soup made with this amazing recipe. I had some leftover mushrooms from a pot roast I made last week, and after making two mushroom and spinach omelettes already this week I thought the rest would just go bad in the fridge. But I came across this recipe on reddit yesterday, and I thought: Hey, I have mushrooms. And my roomie has an onion. And there's allllllways beef broth and coconut milk. I'm set! I thought it would be good - I didn't realize it would be fabulous. I think I could live off this stuff for a month and not get tired of it. The coconut milk lends this soup a very very tiny, faint hint of Thai-ness, not exactly sweet but the possibility of sweetness, which is set off perfectly by the earthy mushrooms and a little salt. This is winter food I can no longer live without.

                  Val - thanks for sharing your story! That is completely inspirational, and has me checking out schools nearby. I'm so impressed by you!
                  I've got a new coat coming today - an LL Bean Winter-Warmer coat in royal purple that I can't wait to try out. I've had to resign myself to the idea that it's a one-year coat; I initially got a size smaller, and it was JUST the tiniest bit too snug to keep. So next winter, it'll be waaaaaay too big (she said, thinking positively!) Still, it's kind of adorable; I can live with it.

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                  • #39
                    Just a quick check-in to stay honest!

                    My personal January Biking Challenge is going pretty well. I've biked through gorgeous clear days, rainy days, one snowy day, and one day with a -5 Fahrenheit wind chill (yesterday!) Today has been high 20's/low 30's, and it feels like a spring vacation. I've biked to work every day that I've gone to work this month.

                    In ongoing efforts to get myself back on the Primal straight-and-narrow, today has been a fasting day. I had a handful of cashews last night at midnight; today, nothing but coffee and tea (though I did add cream). It won't be a full 24 hour fast because I intend to eat dinner, but I'm counting it as close enough for government work.

                    Heading home now to my big Squash Experiment. See you guys on the flip side...

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                    • #40
                      You biked in -5F weather? Honey you are beyond badass. This southern girl would not leave the house in that kinda weather. The soup looks amazing. Can't wait to try it!
                      You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

                      Age 48
                      height 5'3
                      SW 215 lbs
                      CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
                      LW 172 lbs
                      GW 125ish lbs

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                      • #41
                        Val, I hear you - I'm a southern transplant, and I would never have imagined I could bike in weather that cold. But you do adjust after a while! And I'm trying to expose myself to the cold more so I can maybe stay warmer at lower temps in the house (it saves on the oil bill!) This morning, for instance, it was 34F and I biked in wearing just a short-sleeved t-shirt over a long-sleeved t-shirt, jeans, and regular shoes. It felt a little chilly, but nothing unmanageable or uncomfortable. =D

                        The soup really was amazing, I hope it works out for you, too. I've already bought the ingredients for a second batch. This weekend was a big cooking weekend for me - I made chicken soup, my first time, and it turned out kind of awesome. Then I made bone broth with the carcass. Then I made bacon for breakfast for the whole week ahead. I don't know what got into me!

                        I'm starting to feel like I'm solidly back on track. I've ramped up my biking, and I think that's put a little extra muscle in my thighs, so I haven't lost more weight yet. But I feel like some of the holiday flab has fallen back off, so that's really nice. My energy is back up, too. I'm not sure if I'm back in ketosis yet, but it's been three days of fairly low-carbing and fully primal eating, so if I'm not there already, I'm on my way.

                        In my ongoing attempt to keep things fun and interesting, I'm contemplating a warrior-diet style change in my eating patterns. Mainly I'm considering a "feeding window" of 7pm - 10pm on weekdays. Skipping breakfast is never a hardship for me, and skipping lunch only gives me a little twinge these days. But when I get home in the evenings, I like to EAT. So I think it would be a fairly easy change. For NEXT week. Because this week, as I mentioned, I've made bacon! On weekends, I'd take a break and eat breakfast and lunch if I felt like it. I like the limit on snacking this would impose and also the convenience factor - making breakfast and lunch takes extra time, money, and effort - all things I don't like spending.

                        Here's another thing I want to try - I found this online searching for egg muffin cup recipes. It looks amazing! At first I thought the "cup" was bacon, but it looks like it's actually roast beef. Others have mentioned that they did it with ham instead, which sounds far more breakfasty to me. Eggs in Muffin Cups Recipe | Taste of Home Recipes

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                        • #42
                          Hey!! I enjoy reading your journal (you are a very good writer) and am missing seeing how you are doing!

                          Is it strange that a stranger pops up like this to tell you to post? I've been primal for a couple of years but lose weight very very slow. I just started doing an intermittent fast on Thursdays. No food until a normal size dinner. That seems to make me lose a pound or two. I read this forum pretty much daily to keep inspired. So there...we are no longer strangers!

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                          • #43
                            HOw is your warrior style diet going? I can't seem to keep myself in line.
                            You know all those things you wanted to do: You should go do them.

                            Age 48
                            height 5'3
                            SW 215 lbs
                            CW 180 lbs (whole foods/primal eating)
                            LW 172 lbs
                            GW 125ish lbs

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                            • #44
                              I am rooting for your success in your bike challenge. Biking against the wind is the worse but with it being that cold it must feel like biking uphill in the mud. May your wheels keep on turning.

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                              • #45
                                Okay, I can admit it - I've been off the wagon. A LOT. Basically, I've been rolling in sugar for a couple of weeks now. This is probably why I haven't been around much - a healthy dose of not wanting to show my face.

                                I had a bit of a health scare - an abnormal CT scan in the girly region. It turned out to be nothing - cysts, basically - but I didn't know that for a couple of days. I got the message about the abnormality after 5pm on a Friday - no news at all till Monday. It was kind of horrible.

                                You know what I don't react well to in my life? STRESS.

                                I try to avoid it, but lately it's been piling on. A little work stress - things are not as shiny around the office as they usually are, due to a new guy in charge who has put everything, including my once-imminent promotion, on hold until he gets his bearings. Everyone is tense. Family stress - my father is aging and ill, and far away, and I'm adrift on a sea of denial and confusion over what I can do about that. Debt stress - I've recently begun an orchestrated and intensive campaign to pay off my student loan debt, and the first step was selling my new(ish) car and switching to biking plus Zipcar. And then the medical stress piled on top of that, plus stressing out over what I was eating once I stopped eating the way I knew I should.

                                I am, my room mate and BFF recently pointed out, trying to do everything at once. Fix ALL the problems, pay ALL the debt, save ALL the money, eat ALL the way right. I may have taken on too much, but when I look at any one thing, it feels impossible to just let it go. So what gave was the eating - and I've gained about 5 lbs, and feel incredibly icky.

                                Every day for the past week I've made myself the promise of getting it right TODAY, and every day I've finished up with chocolate or some other form of junk food (I'm not talking about the nice "couple squares of dark chocolate" thing; I'm talking about bathing in the stuff.)

                                But today I think I've got my head on straight. My planned-for breakfast avocado was too unripe, so I fasted till lunch, and then ate three big lettuce wraps with chicken, asiago cheese, tomato and dijon mustard for lunch. I feel pretty full right now, but I have some concerns about 3pm, because there wasn't a lot of fat in that meal. For dinner tonight, asparagus roasted in butter and salt, and grass-fed hamburger with more of the asiago cheese. THAT should up the fat quotient. For tomorrow's lettuce wraps, I'll pre-cook some bacon.

                                Basically, this is a re-dedication update. I'm starting over from scratch, and trying to get into nutritional ketosis and stay there for a while until the sugar and carb cravings fade out again.

                                AmyP - we're totally not strangers now. And hey, look, I'm posting, as requested!

                                Val - the warrior diet thing got derailed by my sugar misadventure, but once I get back into ketosis I'm going to give it another shot.

                                Phigment - thanks for the encouragement! I'm still biking in to the train station every day for work, and it's been great and also challenging. Weirdly, today I had to fight for space on the bike rack - in Boston - in February! I think I started a trend.

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