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  • Paleobird : The Phoenix Takes Fight Again

    Hi there my cyber-buddies old and new,

    Yep, this is my third journal. I left the first one behind because I felt the need to make a break with the whole mentality of being a "cancer survivor" which was in the title. Not that it isn't really cool to be alive, I just don't want that defining my identity.

    Those of you who followed my second journal know that I have had some major upheavals in my world in the past couple of years. My elderly father got ill and I was his sole caregiver. After a long illness including strokes and dementia, he passed away. I then went through selling a house and moving while I was still grieving. Recently (last week) I have had what I thought might be the love of my life crash and burn in a dramatic and rather scary way. (If you want all the gory details you will have to go back to the other journal.)


    Anyway, this isn't about dwelling on what went wrong. But we can analyze what went wrong and what really worked in the past and try to form a coherent strategy for moving forward.

    Things that have been problematic:

    Booze. Full stop. I'm not a lush but I feel like I am very sensitive to the metabolic effects of booze. It can undo a week of progress in one night of moderate consumption.

    too much restaurant food (bad oils I suspect)

    dairy is too easy to overeat

    getting talked into desserts on the, "You're being orthorexic", argument.

    getting talked into too much fruit and fruit juice (see above argument)

    Social eating when not really hungry (happened both with Dad and SO)

    Letting good exercise habits languish. (This was understandable while taking care of my Dad but now I have no excuse.)

    Sleep habits were bad for a while there (but this is improving).


    Things where I've got it nailed:

    zero grains and no cravings to go there

    zero sweet tooth

    I love ketosis, it's fun for me

    I have time to get plenty of sun, play and sleep

    I have complete control over my food choices

    I have already eliminated most poisonous substances from my life (e.g.personal care products)

    My new world is relatively stress free


    Plan of action:

    PBF exercises ON A REGULAR BASIS (not this hit or miss stuff)

    Foods down to Whole9 level of strict (no dairy, no booze, no SWYPO baking)

    Calorie counting (?) I'll see if this becomes necessary or not.

    Get to sleep at a reasonable hour

    Get outside every day for some sun. (we have plenty of it here in SoCal.)

    I think I'll stay with my mainly carnivorous diet. It seems to agree with me.

    I am going to make myself accountable by writing down food and exercise right here. (Sorry if it gets boring)


    I weighed in this morning at 165. (Whew. That took some doing just to come out with that in writing.) When I took the post Kilimangaro monokini pics I was at 145 and *in shape*. I want that back. And I will have it.

    This is for everyone who has seen some gains and then "life happened", a divorce, loss of a job, death of a loved one, relocating, etc. All those stressful things that are part of being alive in the modern world. It's hard to quantify how stress effects us since it has a hand in so many aspects of our lives.

    You are under stress so you don't sleep well. You are then tired so some coffee to wake up and some wine to go to sleep start sounding perfectly reasonable. Then some questionable food choices sound reasonable. And you don't make time for the things that might relieve your stress like play, exercise, and sunlight because you are too busy thinking about your stressors. The blood sugar gets all out of whack and the cortisol levels are through the roof. Muscles atrophy and Vit D levels go down the tubes. All of which lead to even less sleep and more stress. And around we go. Downward spiral.

    I am determined to turn the spiral around and head up again. The Paleobird Phoenix rising up from the ashes and taking on the second half of my first century.


    My thanks to all who have been by my (virtual) side through all the many ups and downs. From here, things are heading UP!
    Last edited by Paleobird; 07-15-2013, 02:01 PM.

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    Cheering you on from the sidelines! I appreciate your honesty and commitment to yourself.
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    • #3
      Hey Paleobird -

      Just a huge friendly wave and hello at your new virtual place! The big Five-O happens to me in four years; it is so very refreshing to read folks here who have no intention of getting weak and old, either physically or psychologically. You are a fighter, PB, and I have no doubt you will reach your goals.
      I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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      • #4
        Well, I'll reply here so I can keep track more easily.


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        • #5
          Originally posted by Dragonfly View Post
          Cheering you on from the sidelines! I appreciate your honesty and commitment to yourself.
          Thanks, Dragonfly.
          I know there are some people around here that would just love to see me fail. They could then point and say that calorie restriction and/or low carb "doesn't work", but that's not true.

          The plan works, I just haven't been working the plan. That changes now.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Crabbcakes View Post
            Hey Paleobird -

            Just a huge friendly wave and hello at your new virtual place! The big Five-O happens to me in four years; it is so very refreshing to read folks here who have no intention of getting weak and old, either physically or psychologically. You are a fighter, PB, and I have no doubt you will reach your goals.
            Hi CC. What is in your sig line is what I was talking about re all of the parts of the plan being interlocking and self re-inforcing.

            Originally posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
            Well, I'll reply here so I can keep track more easily.
            Hello, Sweetums.

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            • #7
              Awesome! More Paleobird to enjoy.
              Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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              • #8
                And the adventure continues... Thanks for allowing us to watch and cheer you on from the side lines!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by honeybuns View Post
                  Awesome! More Paleobird to enjoy.
                  Originally posted by Mud Flinger View Post
                  And the adventure continues... Thanks for allowing us to watch and cheer you on from the side lines!
                  Thanks guys.

                  First thing accomplished today was pouring out the last of my booze cabinet. There was an inch or two in several different bottles, mostly leftovers from people bringing stuff to a party. That felt good.

                  I'm not tossing the remaining dairy in the fridge but I'm going to use it up and not buy more.

                  I did a bit of reading today over at the Whole9 site and their "dairy manifesto" piece is pretty convincing about the hormonal effects of milk. I really like my coconut cream so I don't feel like I am going to be missing out. I feel like dairy leaves me getting hungry sooner than an iso-caloric amount of meat. I figure the internal conversation goes like this.
                  Am I hungry?
                  Yes let's eat some cheese.
                  Am I hungry enough to eat some meat?
                  Um no, not really. I just wanted the cheese. It tastes good.

                  I got out for a 45 minute walk with the Wolf Cub today in the July sunshine and that felt good too.

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                  • #10
                    I stopped drinking alcohol too.

                    Read that, don't see how that's a convincing case against dairy. They claim it increases estrogens, and they use "may" a lot, and a lot of speculation involving metabolic disorders, but offer no real proof anywhere. Besides, the numbers are small, but the pregnancy of the cow increases progesterone by a much larger margin -- due to being the pregnancy hormone, than estrogen, which would decrease milk supply. Either way, it won't have any real affect on our hormone level regardless, or at least I haven't seen actual proof of it.
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                    • #11
                      Sounds like an awesome new chapter to me!

                      A lot of ladies whom I know who had trouble losing weight did amazing once they cut the booze. That alone will probably go a long way toward your goals. That and the exercise.

                      Way to go!

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                      • #12
                        From the Whole 9 site re booze:
                        THE ALCOHOL MANIFESTO

                        Consumption of alcohol provokes an unhealthy psychological response by reducing inhibitions—thus making it all the easier to make poor food choices when under the influence of even small amounts of alcohol. Furthermore, the effects on the brain carry over until the next day, which means a drink or three on a Friday night may lead to a weekend’s worth of junk food. And remember how sugar is “empty calories”? Alcohol is nearly twice as calorie-dense, with no micronutrition to speak of.

                        From a hormonal perspective, alcohol consumption interferes with glucose regulation (disturbing normal blood sugar levels), in part by disrupting the action of regulatory hormones like insulin and glucagon. That disruption can promote systemic inflammation, a root cause of many lifestyle diseases and conditions. In addition, acute and chronic alcohol consumption are also known to alter some reproductive hormone levels.

                        Alcohol, even moderate amounts, has been shown to alter the balance of gut bacteria, potentially contributing to dysbiosis. Since the delicate balance of gut bacteria have a tremendous impact on our overall health, anything (including alcohol consumption) that disrupts that balance can impact long-term health in a negative way.

                        Finally, alcohol is acutely neurotoxic, even in small amounts, altering the normal activity of your nervous system, causing damage to nerve tissue, and disrupting or even killing neurons, the cells that transmit and process signals in the brain and other parts of the nervous system.
                        Re dairy, in your case, Derpy, having no concerns about putting on weight, I can't see any reason why you shouldn't keep drinking your raw milk. I wonder if the hormonal effects of milk are different in men and women?

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                        • #13
                          I think most of it is excreted anyway. It does raise IGF-1 a lot, of course, but I don't see this as a concern personally. Some others may have problems with it though.

                          I don't drink much milk in the summer, unless with coffee, it's yucky.
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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the link. Put up the curtains in here yet? *cranes her neck to look around*
                            Most people don't realize how much energy it takes for me to pretend to be normal.

                            If I wanted to listen to an asshole, I'd fart.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by zoebird View Post
                              Sounds like an awesome new chapter to me!

                              A lot of ladies whom I know who had trouble losing weight did amazing once they cut the booze. That alone will probably go a long way toward your goals. That and the exercise.

                              Way to go!
                              Thanks, Zoe. Tomorrow starts the new chapter in PBF consistency. I did it before and it wasn't like it was arduous or anything. I think I just got out of the habit of daily exercise when I was caring for Dad.

                              The Whole 9 people had me at "acutely neurotoxic" in re booze. My neurologist will be pleased.

                              Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                              I think most of it is excreted anyway. It does raise IGF-1 a lot, of course, but I don't see this as a concern personally. Some others may have problems with it though.

                              I don't drink much milk in the summer, unless with coffee, it's yucky.
                              I think the jury is still out on the hormonal effects so I don't consider it proven but I think they may be onto something at Whole9. This is kind of going back to old school Paleo. The ability to digest milk and meant survival because you could pack on the pounds and make it through a hard winter. If I were trying to survive a hard winter in Norway, some milk products would be great. But I am here in sunny SoCal trying to lose 20lbs.

                              My dairy of choice has been the high fat cheeses which are really concentrated calorie bombs. Too easy to eat because it tastes good and not really stop when no longer hungry.

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