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  • Originally posted by Wrenwood View Post
    On a different topic, has anyone ever gotten advice from a decorator on what to do with your home? I am bartering with someone who does this professionally but I don't know how to approach it -- I kind of know what I want but I'm better at saying what I don't want (both modern and cutesy are equally yuk) than what I do. I'd love any advice or comments if you have 'em.
    We had a consultant help us to pick internal paint for our house when we built. We had already chosen most of the colours but we wanted an expert opinion on our choices to make sure we weren't making any hideous mistakes. She also advised me on furniture choices for the future and helped out with the paint choices for the window frames, skirting boards, doors to match the walls etc. Because we had already done much of the leg work and she was just helping us to put it all together the cost was quite minimal, and I'll say it was worth every cent for the peace of mind. She charged us per hour, and I think all up it was 2 hours plus a little for travel.

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    • Originally posted by noodletoy View Post

      last year, my period started going kaplooey. some days so bad i was afraid to leave the house. grapefruit-sized clots sploshing on the floor. i became badly anemic. back and forth with a few doctors and had a mirena iud put in. friends have it and love it. at 47, i am peri-menopasual so was hoping i could just ride everything out for the 5-year lifespan of the device.
      I was not expecting your story to turn out the way it did--the Mirena worked for me. I hope you can find what will work for you!
      __________________________
      age 56, type 2 diabetes, swimmer
      low carb since 2006 thanks to Jenny, primal since Jan. 2012

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      • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
        I think Nubbin is going to become this kid's official nickname long after he/she gets a real name.
        We were calling it blueberry for a while. Then I bought a quart of blueberries and it just got...weird.
        Steph
        My Primal Meanderings

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        • Originally posted by onalark View Post
          We were calling it blueberry for a while. Then I bought a quart of blueberries and it just got...weird.
          When I was preg with son I called him 'Noodle' ... and I didn't even know he was a boy!
          From my current perspective that is a bit insulting though.

          I have a friend who recently hatched... she called hers Kumquat. He ended up weighing 9 1/2 lbs!
          Biggest kumquat ever! He was born looking like a 3-4 month old! HUGE! Scary...
          “You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.”
          ~Friedrich Nietzsche
          And that's why I'm here eating HFLC Primal/Paleo.

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          • Originally posted by Pinup
            VAGiNA.
            LOL! I don't think the spamscraper thingies go very far into a thread though, seems like they keep repeating from the very first few pages.

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            • Still, it's too funny when a spambot with a male name repeats a post that was clearly written by a woman.
              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 recently read a number of books and articles that tell me that I can't have a body I want, because, you know, I am a middle-aged woman, so it is healthy to be fat... that I needed something different. I just feel like it is so unfair. So, I checked out Jillian Michael's Unlimited book out. Yeah, cheesy, I know, but I am getting depressed by the inevitable posts whenever any gal says she wants to be leaner and it is hard... 'oh, are you sure you need to lose more?' Well, hell, yes, I am sure I need to lose more. And, no, I am not anorexic. I just want slimmer thighs. Big crime. So, yeah, I am going to read a cheesy book how with knowledge and attitude one can achieve anything and just... I hope it will help something. I am feeling so depressed at this tone of: "nope, you can't, cause you are a woman."

                Yeah, VAGINA.
                My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                • VAGINA

                  There's a book out by Mike and Mary Dan Eades about the middle-aged middle. I guess it's pretty common to reach middle age and even if you are the same weight you were in college, to have a bigger waist. That's my issue. They have a diet that supposedly combats that, but it's probably a low-carb diet, which is what they are known for. I guess you rotate 2 weeks on a protein shake diet, 2 weeks on an induction-level low carb and 2 weeks on something else, (I probably have all this wrong). The guy at the cooling inflammation site thought the reason it was effective was that it wasn't a huge shock to your gut flora because of the gradual change to the diet. He seems to think obesity is partly a gut flora problem.

                  Argh, what a wild ride it has been the past few days. I was so sore all week from exercise and stretches that killed my legs, abs and arms. The June fog has left me feeling run down, sleepy, crabby, listless. Then the sun came out and boy did I feel so much happier! I went out to dinner and ate enormous quantities of sushi and sashimi (a whole bowl of sashimi!) and I even ate ice cream for dessert (first time in almost a year.) Then Saturday I felt fat and I thought I looked fat. Then Saturday night I went hiking and my stomach blew up swollen like a balloon. I swear my waist was at least 35 inches. Ugh, I felt so fat and ugly. Then Sunday I'm feeling fat and ugly all day. I decided to swear off wine and chocolate and dairy products for like ever. I look in the mirror and see nothing but horrible ugly fat. So I go sprinting, which makes me feel so energetic and amazing. Eat a nice steak and salad dinner so I feel fresh and healthy. I measure my waist and it's 31.5". I look in the mirror and see a fat ugly body. This morning I measure it again for laughs. It's 29.5". What? That's what it is when I'm feeling skinny and confident, but all I see is a fat ugly body. Argh. That old body image dismorphic thing is back.
                  Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                  • Hi all! I have read through this whole thread and thought I would jump in and introduce myself!

                    I am Keri. Just turned 45 and have about 100 pounds to lose. I just finished up my first week back on PB. I have been on and off low carb diets for years and this is my 2 nd time around trying PB. The difference this time is that I am committed to a complete and permanent lifestyle change and trying to keep the focus on my overall health as opposed to just "dieting". Of course with so much to lose, I will be watching for that weight loss!

                    Today starts week 2 - I am down 7 pounds (bye bye sugar bloat!) have just naturally cut my coffee consumption in half and my Fresca consumption by over 75 percent. This week I am focusing on adjusting my supplements and getting off of the Fresca all together!

                    Health issues I hope to improve with this healthier lifestyle: high blood pressure (medicated), depression (may not be able to get off meds but who knows), thyroid function (I am hypo and taking synthetic T3 and T4), symptoms of arthritis (have cervical spinal stenosis and moderately severe arthritis in multiple locations on both knees - both weight loss and less inflammation will help these conditions). I also have frequent heart palpitations which I suspect are hormonal or nutritional in nature as all cardiac tests look good and I get terrible migraines on occasion. Basically I am a mess and ready to heal myself and change my quality of life!

                    No exercise for now though I am packing up for a big move - finally getting back to Oregon after 9 years in the KC area. I will be moving with my 15 yo daughter in about 5 weeks. After we get settled I hope to be down about 20 pounds and will start walking daily and doing the basic moves. For now I just need to focus on the eating and stayed as de-stressed as I can during the moving process.

                    Hope that wasn't too long and boring....lol. Looking forwards to getting to know all of you!

                    Keri
                    Last edited by bakers3; 06-25-2012, 08:46 AM. Reason: Typos galore!

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                    • I have exactly the same thing going. I would do a kick ass workout, and I feel like I am like an athlete! And then I look in the mirror, and the reality hits hard. I still look, well, fat middle-aged and pathetic.

                      Funny thing is that I remember when I was 18 or so, I was comparing my stats to what they said was appropriate for models (the 60 cm waist and 90 cm thighs), and my waist was 68-70 cm, thighs about 100 cm. Now, if I convert that to inches, it gives me a waist of about 26.5 to 27 inches and about 40 inches on the thigh. Now I have about the same waist and less on the thigh (like 35 inches). So I did not change that much. I was kindda fat back then, I am kindda fat now. It's like that old joke about the guy who was 'just as strong as when he was young'... because he couldn't lift the same boulder in his yard.
                      My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                      When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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                      • Curious if any folks here who are menstruating have any relevant information on PMS. My best PMS/periods were earlier this year, when I was low-carb to battle Candida, but I believe I was also taking Magnesium Chelate at that time. I had very little cramping, a short flow (heavy-ish for the first two days, tapered off, only 5 days long), no binge/sugar craving issues. The past two months have been awful for me. Very heavy flow for the first two days, tapering off for 7 days total, terrible cramping and nausea to the point that I almost stayed home from work even on the 4th day. I had strong sugar cravings, and bloating, though that may be because I gave in to the cravings! This was worse than any period I've had on the SAD, except for the flow (prior to oral birth control when I was 13-18, the flow was like this).

                        Could it be the magnesium, or am I screwed as long as I'm eating moderate-carb (in the form of tubers and fruits)?
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                        • Originally posted by bakers3 View Post
                          Hi all! I have read through this whole thread and thought I would jump in and introduce myself!

                          Keri
                          Welcome, Keri! And from a fellow Oregonian - Welcome home in 5 weeks!
                          1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                          2. Eat to heal
                          3. Move to live
                          4. Embrace today
                          5. Live with intention
                          6. Respect my body
                          7. Cultivate joy
                          8. Find my passion
                          9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                          • @RitaRose- those are really good suggestions. I don't do much dairy or eggs. Although I don't have an "allergy"' they do keep the weight on me. They are better than fast food though, so I may try to have them just one day a week and do meats or olives the rest. Thanks again for the ideas!

                            Leida and sbhikes, I read both posts and feel the frustration. Why as women do we have such issues with body image? Sbhikes, I see your pic and your stats and think, "wow, I would love to be there!" Leida, I'm not sure about yours, but by the measurements you posted, you are much smaller than I am. However, I understand that you both are not feeling as comfortable in your own skin as you want to be, therefore you are still working hard and looking for answers, even if that entails reading Jillian Michaels I suffer with the same feelings and it transfers in the form of insecurity into a big portion of my life. Even when I got to my smallest size and weight in my adult life I was feeling it. Still saw the fat and imperfections. Now I'm 25 pounds heavier than that and you can imagine the mental struggle.

                            I guess all that is to say I feel your frustration. I'm there with you. Holding on to hope as a 41 year old woman that I will figure it out.

                            Welcome Keri! Great start and keep it up!

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                            • OH - the frustrations of body image! I look at my body in the mirror and wonder what ever happened to my pre-pregnancy/pre-40/pre-menopausal/pre-fibromyalgia..... body!!!! UGH! bags and sags that didn't used to be there! will I EVER be able to look in the mirror and LIKE what I see??? No........... I won't. Cuz what I want to see is a perfectly toned body with not one single imperfection! And thats not likely to happen this side of heaven. But - will I be content with what I see? I believe I will. I will get down to the weight that will make me say - Ok, thats fine. I'm very anxious to get to that place. I have a long way to go.
                              1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
                              2. Eat to heal
                              3. Move to live
                              4. Embrace today
                              5. Live with intention
                              6. Respect my body
                              7. Cultivate joy
                              8. Find my passion
                              9. Meditate on peace in my soul

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                              • The numbers say I am small, but the mirror shows the sag and drag and flop. That's the problem. The numbers CW beats into our heads, BMI, normal weight range, inches, sizes... they make you believe that you will look good if you just lose a few (or a lot) of lbs. But that's just not the case. That's why I feel so down when I catch my look in the mirror after I was so pumped up after doing something cool in the gym. It is not skinny or small that I want so badly. It is tight and defined. If I ever find the way to get there prior to kicking the bucket, I swear I am going to write a book: "Pear-Shaped and Middle-Aged: There is Hope."

                                But for now, I need all the mental stamina I can gather to stop questioning. Because I will be Okay looking (just like now) if I am fatter, like 10-15 lbs fatter. So, why all the food exclusions? See, i don't mind training, in fact I love it. It's the necessity to not eat this or that in an endless and desperate attempt to get the fat off that is really hard for me.
                                My Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57916.html
                                When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.

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