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  • #16
    I've heard that dark circles/spots under the eyes are a symptom of wheat allergy.........sounds like you are cleaning up!

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    • #17
      Lady, lady, lady! I haven't read anyone's responses, I just went straight to your FB page and checked out the pic that also shows July 13, and there is NO WAY your waist measurement is the same as before. I just don't believe it. You are kicking ass and have so much to show for it. I'm giving you big woot woots!!
      Last edited by say_rahhh; 07-26-2010, 03:35 PM.
      Because if you didn't know, of that is life made: only of moments; Don't lose the now.
      ~Borges

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      • #18
        Wow, Little Lion those are AMAZING changes and you're right. I have noticed some amazing changes not on the scale - my eczema patches are gone, my dry itchy scalp gone, I sleep like a damn rock, and I'm overall a more relaxed happier person. Thanks for reminding me to focus on that again.

        Say_rahh - I SWEAR, it hasn't changed, even though it looks like it. Maybe it just firmed up and rearranged?. For those that don't know me, here is the before/after pic she is talking about: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Primal...34910623197028

        But, my lower abdomen, right under my belly button is the worst. Just won't move.

        I know the scale holds so much over us when it shouldn't and I even wrote a whole post about throwing it away and empowering others to do the same and yet, I still feel defined by that number even though I only see it weekly at my allergy appointments.

        Here's a quick look at a typical few days of eating. I even track it most days just to make sure it stays under 50 g carbs and within a decent calorie range:

        Breakfast - 2 eggs with veggies, sometimes 1-2 pieces of bacon or sausage, maybe a slice or two of cheese. Coffee with heavy cream. Or I often skip breakfast and eat around 2 pm.
        Snack - apple with 2 tbsp almond butter (I also use this to break an IF as it eases me into eating again)
        Lunch - Sauteed spinach with onions and feta, small chicken breast. OR 4 oz cottage cheese with berries OR tuna salad made with homemade mayo in a tomato baked, or leftover dinner.
        Dinner - Tonight I had a chicken cabbage stir fry, but I often have 2-3 different roasted veggies and a piece of protein, either chicken or bison. I'm not a big steak eater. Or we often have GIANT salads with tons of fresh greens, grilled chicken, strawberries, feta, sunflower seeds. SO yummy. Sometimes we'll get uncured sausages and grill them or some nights we just make easy peasy bacon burgers.

        I also don't snack much but if I do, I reach for nuts or seeds or a piece of fruit. I do try and have an apple a day though - there's something about that adage I think holds some merit!!

        I truly don't get it. Is there something I should try? Maybe cutting out dairy? But I tell you, I may DIE without my coffee. DIE I tell you. LOL Even though it's 1/2 caff, its the taste and the comfort I love.
        I create Whole/Real Food recipes without grain, gluten, or refined sugars! I'm a working mom with two gluten-intolerant kids proving a real food lifestyle isn't hard! Life As A Plate.

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        • #19
          Oh I should mention that 90% of our food is organic and local and all dairy is organic and full-fat. I'm not afraid of fat at all, I just tend not to like fattier cuts of meat and I've never really been so I try and add extra oil to my salads or eggs to sautees to make sure I'm getting enough fat
          I create Whole/Real Food recipes without grain, gluten, or refined sugars! I'm a working mom with two gluten-intolerant kids proving a real food lifestyle isn't hard! Life As A Plate.

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          • #20
            Originally posted by AndreAnna View Post
            I'm just starting to feel like a failure - like something is WRONG with me that it's not working right. I'm even on medication for my insulin resistance from PCOS which is supposed to HELP lose weight not hold onto it.
            How can you be a failure if you are losing in your arms/legs/etc? I could almost understand if you weren't losing at all (you still wouldn't be a failure at all but I could atleast understand the rationale) If you are losing anywhere the it hasn't failed AT ALL. Belly fat is extremely difficult to lose especially with IR and PCOS *stabs IR in the face* just keep going..it will all come together.
            The pain of discipline or the pain of regret? You choose.

            Oh look - I made a Journal.

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            • #21
              Ok...I just looked at your before/after...are you kidding? the difference is so incredibly obvious. How do your clothes feel around your stomach compared to a month ago?
              The pain of discipline or the pain of regret? You choose.

              Oh look - I made a Journal.

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              • #22
                From everything I have read and know .. belly fat is all about stress, and intake. If will help, I think you may be doing too much by 4 days of cross fit. Just a thought.... you may want to use a HR monitor and see where you are .. You may be an editor sitting on your butt a lot, but I am a dental technician, I sit for long periods too, however, I am still moving and have a stressful job. As an editor, you're having to think for others, just like I have to think for the dentists, that's what we get paid for, but still it is stressful.. tummy fat is cortisol induced.. stress is very big part of that. Spend more time playing with your kids and do cross fit 2-3x a week, maybe just once and do 2-3 strength training instead. shorter, more intense and then relax more.

                Cheers

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                • #23
                  SheGlowsPale - I swear it. It has been 44-45 inches this whole time. And the scale holds still at 214. My shirts and stuff fit better but my pants and stuff still fit the same. I keep waiting for them to get looser and they just dont.

                  Sailsaway - my stress level is MUCH lower than it has been. I used to live in NJ and commute hours a day. Now, I work from home in our new home in IA and I think I've been pretty good about my stress and incoprporating more play into my life. I get out with my husband and kids after dinner and we play football or chase each other. But I agree, there's always SOME stress and I'm trying hard to let go of what I can,
                  I create Whole/Real Food recipes without grain, gluten, or refined sugars! I'm a working mom with two gluten-intolerant kids proving a real food lifestyle isn't hard! Life As A Plate.

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                  • #24
                    It is REALLY obvious to me that your belly has changed from june to july. Maybe not the photos from the 6 to the 10th but from the original, without a doubt. Your 'hourglass' is just smaller.

                    Typically the belly is the last to go, weight loss often happens from the extremities on inward. Stop being so hard on yourself and just enjoy all the mini-victories along the way. Your skin is better, you have more energy, you are healthier inside and your showing it on the outside too. The reality is you are 214 lbs and it has to be stored somewhere! Give yourself more time and enjoy the journey and the health of it.

                    I am on the same path: trying to lean out my belly (well, as well as being overall just healthier but that goes without saying). I took a before picture a month ago and just took one the other day. I think I am seeing a slight change, but I am not sure. Plus, it has only been a month for me between photos, 8 weeks on primal and only about 3 weeks since I really started to cut back on my fruit intake. My friend, on the other hand, has lost 60 lbs since we both started this journey together (Crossfit in mid-march and Primal for 8 weeks). He has/had a lot more to lose than me and yes, there are times I am wondering if I am doing it right, but I don't have any 'cheats' except for some dark chocolate (no less than 70%) sometimes. I just think it is going to be a slower process for me and I am cool with that.

                    Take it easy on yourself, stop snapping pictures every week and just keep on keepin' on. Let's see where you are six months from now. I bet you will be happy about where you are at. Stop stressing!
                    Last edited by zorba; 07-26-2010, 05:25 PM.

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                    • #25
                      Thanks Zorba. You're right. I have faith that no matter what, this is the bets lifestyle for me. And I did stop taking the weekly pics - I had only done it for my mom. Ha!
                      I create Whole/Real Food recipes without grain, gluten, or refined sugars! I'm a working mom with two gluten-intolerant kids proving a real food lifestyle isn't hard! Life As A Plate.

                      I also have Facebook Fan Page! Come join us!

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                      • #26
                        Your body is making major changes! MAJOR! You're gonna have to give up on the scale as suggested... it's not telling you the whole truth... Unless you're using trick photography... it's ALL GOOD!

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                        • #27
                          Okay, Andrea, here's a little hint I just found out about:

                          If you take pantethine (which is a better version of pantothenic acid, a B vitamin), it's supposed to mobilize belly fat and move it out.

                          I'd make a few minor changes. I agree that you've made fantastic progress. I think you just need to find a place to settle into where you can enjoy the process.

                          Don't snack on that apple. For that matter, I'd have breakfast, and eliminate snacking altogether. If you must snack, make it a little bit of meat, cheese, or a couple of nuts. The trouble with the apple (one assumes you NEVER drink fruit juice, I trust?) is that the fructose in it stimulates insulin. You don't want insulin stimulated until your next meal. The pancreas doesn't like being called out during its rest period and asked to produce more insulin. It overshoots. So if you have the apple, have it with a meal.

                          If you can enjoy the exercise and feel relaxed after it, it's doing the right thing. For Mark's moving around at a relaxed pace, you want to feel good over twenty or thirty minutes. If you feel stressed out, you're moving too fast. Then the "lift heavy things" and the "run really fast" shouldn't last all that long.

                          Just my opinion, after many years of trying and failing, and overtraining and undereating.

                          If the damned scale won't move, heave it through the window. Then it'll move!

                          Allergy shots? Hay fever? I fixed mine by reading "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall. Semi-primal, though not entirely. Fixed my leaky gut and ended fifty years of spring misery from hay fever -- completely ended. Amazing change. Two years with hardly a sneeze now. I don't like shots. Immune challenges, makes a lot of demands on your body.

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                          • #28
                            I'm 100% with lmyers04. 4 times a week of Crossfit is probably overtraining, considering you're chasing around two little ones.

                            You need to do some serious strength training. Basically include leg presses (largest muscles), shoulder presses, pull downs and rows. You should do you strength training at least once as week.

                            You are probably doing plenty of exercise but you're letting your body repair and adapt itself to your Crossfit training because you keep breaking down muscles with so much exercise. I would check these guys out: http://www.bodybyscience.net

                            You're in your 30s, so for women, that means you have grow more muscles to compensate for what you're naturally losing as you age.

                            That's part 1.

                            Part 2 is stop looking at the scale and start measuring your BMI. You can get one of those scales that measure roughly electronically through your feet. That's a better indicator of your exercise regiment.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by eglue View Post
                              I'm 100% with lmyers04. 4 times a week of Crossfit is probably overtraining, considering you're chasing around two little ones.
                              You need to do some serious strength training. Basically include leg presses (largest muscles), shoulder presses, pull downs and rows. You should do you strength training at least once as week.

                              You are probably doing plenty of exercise but you're letting your body repair and adapt itself to your Crossfit training because you keep breaking down muscles with so much exercise. I would check these guys out: http://www.bodybyscience.net
                              CrossFit addresses all the needs you describe. She is getting a constantly varied, high intense workout during the WOD's. Also typically everyday at CrossFit they will work a 'skill' whether it is deadlifts, shoulder press, squats (back, front, overhead). Pull ups, push ups, and rowing are all prevelant in a week of Crossfit programming.

                              Is 4 days a week too much? It shouldn't be. It allows for a day of work and a day of rest. One of the great things about CrossFit and why it is so effective is because it IS constantly changing and your body doesn't get a chance to adapt.

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                              • #30
                                Yeah, not by my book. Crossfit is a lot of wear and tear and giving you body a couple of days of rest between session is not really sufficient. The body needs more like 4 to 9 days of rest, depending on just how heavy of weight regiment you do.

                                I mean if she enjoys doing Crossfit, then fine. But building muscle should be her prime directive and for that I'm saying there is a better regiment.

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