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  • My TOM is due any day now and I am TIRED and CRANKY. And I have been TIRED AND CRANKY FOR DAYS. I slept TEN HOURS LAST NIGHT! Isn't there someone I can notify about how I'm not going to have any kids, so I don't need to deal with this, thank you? I can't tell if my diet isn't working or if I'm just PMSing.

    Breakfast: 2 scoops Jay Robb Egg Protein, 1 scoop Empower+, 3 caps OmegaBrite (they do feel quite helpful), 1 scoop Green Vibrance, 5 drops iodine.

    Acetyl-L Carnitine
    Chromium
    Ginkgo Biloba
    ALA

    Small cup of Pom Blueberry Acai Kefir WHICH IS MAKING ME BREAK OUT. That, or it's my TOM and I'm hyperventilating over nothing.

    Oh! Oh! My air conditioner was delivered and installed last night! I am creating the perfect cavern of sleep. Who knew that so much effort went into it! I didn't. Also, who knew my sleep was so delicate? I may have to say NO to classes that end after 8 from here on out. Ouch. There are a lot of classes that go til 10. Also, there's this class I want to take, and there's the option of doing it via teleseminar or in person, and I was leaning towards in-person, but if I do the teleseminar I CAN ALREADY BE AT HOME IN MY JAMMIES, and then I won't have an hour to trot back to Brooklyn. This commute is not fun. There are people I work with who live EIGHT MINUTES AWAY from the office. Eight! Minutes! Door to door. (Color me jealous.)

    I found this really neat Louise Hay affirmation yesterday. I want to record it on my iPod and listen to it all day:

    "I now see myself in the perfect job, using my talents and abilities, working with and for people I love and earning a good income."
    My Leptin Reset Journey


    Current BF%: 35
    Goal BF%: 20-23

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    • Progress:

      *Sleep still iffy, sometimes need 10+ hrs
      *bruise on hand is healing
      *still achy
      *only hungry 2x a day
      *no weight loss
      *lost inches, but now holding
      *no sugar cravings
      *no ups/downs
      *some crankiness
      *some ADD/depression symptoms
      *grocery bills dropping
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      Current BF%: 35
      Goal BF%: 20-23

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      • My classes are only offered from 6 pm to 10 pm one night a week. It's a graduate program for people who are employed so they don't get the interest they need to have the classes earlier in the day. If I plan to ever graduate, I have to deal with nighttime classes. I'm glad you have an option!
        Primal since March 5, 2012
        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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        • So, I had a birthday weekend full of cheats, but, surprisingly enough, no big and scary cheats! I am really not all that interested in sugar. Teeny tiny mini cheats. Soy milk and sugar-free vanilla syrup in my coffee. Salsa on my meat and guac burrito bowl. Sliders with shredded cheese and bacon in it.

          That said, I did have 2 mini cannolis. My office ordered cannolis for my birthday last week, but they got them from some random place, so they didn't taste like cannolis. They tasted like shortening and frosting. I went to Baltimore, to Vaccaro's (I know, Veniero's is supposed to blow them away), and got 2 mini cannolis. And they were good. The cream had the proper lemon-tinged taste. The shells were nice and flaky. They were good and then I was done. And then I was done with sugar.
          For the rest of the weekend. I wasn't thinking about sugar, or how to get more sugar. I wasn't thinking about how I could use my birthday weekend as an excuse to binge on sugar. I brought my vitamins and Omega-3s with me (which really are amazing, I do love them) and I was staying with a friend whose best friend eats the way I do, so there was no food pushing. I bought burgers and bacon and eggs and berries, and made my hearty breakfasts, and made extras for snacks. So I felt full and satisfied the whole time.

          Usually when I go to Baltimore, I want to go to all my favorite restaurants, and I wasn't interested! The food I make is delicious, nourishing, easy, and keeps me going all day, so I'm not really into eating out just to eat out. When I did go out to eat, I got mussels with a friend, and then I went to a crawfish boil. CRAWFISH ARE DELICIOUS!!! I had a small piece of corn with the crawfish. All of it was delicious. I did drink over the weekend, and I did wake up the next day all puffy with pitting edema.

          So now we know. I can go on vacation, associate with people who eat SAD, and be fine. Well, I suppose I should get on the scale, but I want the edema to go down, and I'm still on TOM, so my #s would be funny anyway.

          SPEAKING OF WHICH! During my last TOM, I ate CONSTANTLY. You could not stop me. I was ravenous. Most of what I ate in addition to my BAB and lunches were almonds, chocolate-covered almonds, and fruit, but I do recall having dairy. I. Ate. All. Day. I just realized that hasn't been the case this time! I eat my BAB, go about my day, and sometime before 4pm have my lunch/dinner thing. And I'm not thinking about it! My TOM has been lighter and shorter too. Had cramps and severe weepiness on Day 1, but after that, peachy keen! This is GREAT!

          Also feeling mildly flirty again. When I put on weight and get this high, I could care less about men or dating. I've been reading all the books, and they said that my hormones were probably on SURVIVE ONLY mode, so my whole body was just trying to figure out the next minute.

          I don't know that I like the protein shakes all that much. I felt much happier this weekend eating burgers and bacon for breakfast. I had a protein shake this morning because I woke up late again, but I feel much more satisfied with meat.

          AND! A warning to anyone using MCT Oil...taper up. I put some MCT Oil in a water bottle for my trip, so I could just put some in my coffee and tea. Then I bought a bottle of water and accidentally took a GIANT SWIG of MCT Oil. I was like, "Oh my god, that was not water." Ha ha ha. It has, shall we say, a laxative effect if you're not used to it and you take a whole bunch.
          Last edited by kalli889; 06-11-2012, 07:02 AM.
          My Leptin Reset Journey


          Current BF%: 35
          Goal BF%: 20-23

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          • DAIRY.

            What I find funny about this is that I didn't even really ever have dairy before PB. I knew my body didn't like it, but I would have cereal with milk if I was in a rush. Now it's like I'm trying to sneak dairy in. Granted, it's because I tried creme fraiche, and it felt like angels were singing in my mind. And then I puffed up and was hung over all the next day and dead tired. THAT'S TELLING. That sounds like a drug. Angels singing followed by a crash and burn. HMMM. I was reading this book on an ADD/ADHD diet, and it's basically a GFCF diet. I had 2 mini-cannolis the day after my birthday, so I need to start over on my 9-month gluten detox. (OY.) The dairy is the CF part. I'm trying to cling to it via kefir. It's like, hey, kefir is good for you...if it's goat! Even if it's pasteurized...riiiiiiiiiiiiight? No. I'm breaking out, and my skin is getting scaly. From perfect skin to flaking, breaking out skin. From pasteurized goat kefir. Waah. I know. I keep going back and forth. I guess it's bacon, bacon, beef bacon and salmon for me.

            Ha ha, when I put it that way, I don't know why I'm complaining. Sanity, focus, calmness...I can trade that for dairy. I HOPE. Let's try it, just as a game.
            My Leptin Reset Journey


            Current BF%: 35
            Goal BF%: 20-23

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            • Dairy is a hard one to kick. I'm doing ok (12 days dairy free - well, wait... I'm sure there was dairy in the cupcakes and cookies I scarfed this weekend so never mind). Dairy is hard to kick. But if you remember why you're kicking it, it'll help you get through. Good luck!
              Primal since March 5, 2012
              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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              • I had nooooo dairy today! And I feel pretty good. Although it's strange, I feel good and YET, I feel highly irritated at the same time. It's as though there is a layer of intense irritation resting lightly on my grounded good mood. So it is not like I am trying not to be irritated, but it does feel like something could set me off quickly, and I have to try not to go there.

                2 scoops Jay Robb, 3 caps of Omega-Brite, 1 scoop of Green Vibrance, and my supplements for breakfast today. And three strips of bacon. For lunch I had 3 eggs, 3 strips of bacon, and sauerkraut. I think the magical-angels-dancing-in-my-mind feeling actually comes from the good bacteria of fermented foods. I was reading that our good bacteria make neurotransmitters SO THAT WOULD MAKE SENSE! So if I take my ACV and eat my sauerkraut, I can get that without the hazards of dairy. The sweet, sweet siren call of dairy. Had a handful of almonds too. Stopped taking fancy vitamins again. I think I'm going to try to get all of that goodness from Green Vibrance and organ meats. I think I feel good for a few days and then the dairy is like, ha ha, now it sucks! I also think the minute amount of powdered milk might lead to dairy cravings.

                I'm getting acupuncture tonight, so hopefully that will take care of the irritability. I think that's a spleen imbalance thing? WHICH CAN COME FROM DAIRY.

                Oh, dairy. What a twisted web you weave...
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                Current BF%: 35
                Goal BF%: 20-23

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                • Dairy and wheat... and sugar...

                  So while doing the Whole30 I think I inadvertently entered into a leptin reset. I'm finding that I can't eat as much as I usually do and have this crushing desire to stop eating whereas before I would eat until I was stuffed. When I started, I would eat 4 sausage links and 2 eggs with my vitamins and copious amounts of ice tea to wash them down.

                  Today, 3 links and 1 egg. I feel positively full and that if I were to eat even one more bite, I'd vomit.

                  Not sure what the scoop is between me and sauerkraut, but all of a sudden I don't like it anymore - I mean, it still tastes good, but it upsets my stomach and just sounds repulsive. Odd, isn't it?

                  Enjoy your accupuncture tonight! It sounds divine!
                  Primal since March 5, 2012
                  SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                  • I had acupuncture last night and it was MAGICAL! You know what was also magical? The hottie who was assisting my acupuncturist. He logged all the insertion points and pulled the needles out. He was gorgeous. If short. Gorgeous. That was pretty great. But back to acupuncture! I definitely had an edge yesterday. Very irritable, yet grounded and calm at the same time. Headaches. A little stomachache. I told my acupuncturist about all of that, she popped the needles in and I immediately felt a sense of wellbeing flowing throughout my body. Then I fell asleep into an hourlong deep nap. And then, just as suddenly I was awake, happy, and thrilled to be alive. Acupuncture is magic. I don't know how it works, but after every session, I feel like a new woman. So happy. So grounded. Maybe I should go twice a month, as opposed to once a month. Especially since there's a gorgeous hottie assistant. Me-ow.

                    I'm doing okay with the Jay Robb powder for breakfast. I looooooove my OmegaBrite fish oil caps. I take 6 a day. Three is the baseline dose, 4 for ADD/ADHD, and I think up to 8 for depression. I used Nordic Naturals cod liver oil, and tried CorOmega, and neither were as good as OmegaBrite. I think they're really helping me at work. And they're helping me feel grounded and calm. Brought some tuna salad for lunch. I bought some sauerkraut from FreshDirect, and it had SODIUM BENZOATE in it! A preservative! What a waste.

                    So, in the morning, I usually have iced coffee now that it's warmer, and I put almond milk in it. It's store bought almond milk, so YES, it's not PB, there's all kinds of other stuff in it. THIS MORNING I COULD TASTE THE OTHER STUFF AND IT GROSSED ME OUT. This is fascinating. I'm becoming really sensitive to chemicals. Probably because my senses are not dulled by severe gluten drugging. I was so grossed out, I never finished my coffee. I switched to Earl Grey tea, no sweetener, no milk or "milk". Fascinating!

                    I'm thinking my face looks thinner, but that could just be wishful thinking. Haven't been on the scale, still on TOM.
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                    Current BF%: 35
                    Goal BF%: 20-23

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                    • Just went through your journal today. Good stuff! Keep up the good work. You have inspired me. I may make my first acupuncture appointment today.
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                      • I have yet to find sauerkraut that doesn't have sodium benzoate in it. Even the Amish colony that makes sauerkraut here in Iowa uses sodium benzoate in theirs... if you find some without, let me know. I'm interested in trying it.
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • Or maybe we should make our own... lol
                          Primal since March 5, 2012
                          SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                          • Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
                            Dairy and wheat... and sugar...

                            So while doing the Whole30 I think I inadvertently entered into a leptin reset. I'm finding that I can't eat as much as I usually do and have this crushing desire to stop eating whereas before I would eat until I was stuffed. When I started, I would eat 4 sausage links and 2 eggs with my vitamins and copious amounts of ice tea to wash them down.

                            Today, 3 links and 1 egg. I feel positively full and that if I were to eat even one more bite, I'd vomit.

                            Not sure what the scoop is between me and sauerkraut, but all of a sudden I don't like it anymore - I mean, it still tastes good, but it upsets my stomach and just sounds repulsive. Odd, isn't it?

                            Enjoy your accupuncture tonight! It sounds divine!
                            Isn't it amazing how our tastes and appetites change? Isn't it baffling yet freeing to suddenly WANT to stop eating? To refuse food? CRAZYPANTS. Good job, Jenn!
                            My Leptin Reset Journey


                            Current BF%: 35
                            Goal BF%: 20-23

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                            • Originally posted by Jamilyn121 View Post
                              Just went through your journal today. Good stuff! Keep up the good work. You have inspired me. I may make my first acupuncture appointment today.
                              Thanks for reading! Acupuncture is the best. For someone with a history of depression, it's magical to have someone stick pins in me and make me feel grounded, calm, happy and open. It's just brilliant.
                              My Leptin Reset Journey


                              Current BF%: 35
                              Goal BF%: 20-23

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                              • So I came home tired and cranky and headache-y again. I'm thinking it's the "natural flavors" in the Jay Robb powder, so as an experiment, I had 2 4oz grass-fed burgers for breakfast this morning, 2 scoops of Green Vibrance, 3 caps of OmegaBrite, and water. I tried to have my iced coffee this morning and IT grossed me out. Miracle of miracles, I am repulsed by coffee! Without actually TRYING to go off of it!

                                I made 8 oz of salmon for lunch, and another 8 oz filet for tomorrow. There's arugula here at work for a BAS. Hopefully with that I will be less cranky. I think that because I've been cranky and irritable, I've been looking for reasons OUTSIDE OF MYSELF that I might be feeling that way, and I've been taking other people's behavior (co-workers, roommates) personally, when really, I might just need to not have Jay Robb protein powder. I spent like $100 on the bag! Dammit. I thought I had breakfast solved. An expensive lesson.

                                I am learning to take into account my energy levels, and to schedule even earlier bedtimes if I have late class or spend time with a friend who's visiting. I think before I would have just been like, "OH, that's why I'm so tired" and still go to bed between 9pm and 11pm. Two nights ago I met up with a college friend who was visiting, and got to bed pretty late. Last night I went to bed at 7:30, and I feel great! Feeling a little bloated this morning, but, oh well. Not terrible.
                                My Leptin Reset Journey


                                Current BF%: 35
                                Goal BF%: 20-23

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