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  • #16
    Okay, I weighed in and measured. I don't have my little tracking notebook with me, but I'm at 176.4 lbs. (Have to update my sig.) I was 173.2 about a week before TOM.

    So, I think I'll start tracking what I'm ingesting every day, and see how that affects everything. I've started taking vitamins in a powdered drink mix, and they have fructose and powdered milk. Blech. But other than that, they're top quality vitamins. So I have a months' worth of those. Next time I'll order the pill/caplet, although with those I'd have to take them 4 times a day with food.

    I am getting warm after a meal. This morning I had 6 oz steak, 4 slices of bacon, and 1 egg and black coffee. I have tuna salad for lunch. Yesterday I had the *perfect* breakfast. I had 1 chicken sausage, 4 slices of bacon, and 4 eggs. I wasn't hungry until 4. AT ALL. It was amazing. So I think 50g protein, and more fat. And animal fat seems to be pretty good.

    What has happened differently that might have caused me to put on 3 lbs...well, TOM had me eating ALL day even if it was only berries and almonds and almond butter. Dairy, I've been eating cream.

    So maybe switch over to basic guac (avocadoes, lime, salt -- no tomatoes and jalapenoes, as they're nightshades) and bacon for fats, with coconut oil in my coffee still. Oh yeah, coffee can look like gluten to my cells. So switch to black tea.

    My sleep is still all effed up. It took me about an hour or two to fall asleep last night, and I woke up again, heart pounding, in the middle of the night. I was able to fall right back asleep again. But it would be nice to not have that. It might be the vitamins, since they're new.

    I've been having the super greens drink from Trader Joe's, which I found out has soy and "natural" flavorings. So maybe I'll stop that and go for the real (expensive) deal.

    Yesterday I went to Coney Island with my roommate and we did a long slow walk on the beach in the surf so a) got a loooong slow walk in, and b) got some cold thermogenesis in! It was really fun. There was hardly anyone there since it's so early in the season, and we saw fun things like 2 horseshoe crabs. We got sun in (Vitamin D3!) and CT. Points for us.

    So, Leptin Reset symptoms so far:
    -Feeling wamer
    -Feeling warm after meals
    -1 day of no hunger until dinner
    -Feeling calm/sleepy

    Still waiting on:
    -Weight loss
    -Easily falling asleep
    -Sleeping through the night
    -Waking refreshed before my alarm

    I did some pushups against the wall last night, because I really wanted to. :-)
    My Leptin Reset Journey


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

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    • #17
      My brother is getting married in late September, and I would like to be fit for that. Also, I'm an actress, and blowing up in weight has caused me to work A LOT less. Plus I just hate the way I look on film/in pictures. I don't want to do any crazy crash diets -- I want to look and feel good. I was a size 8 when my little brother got married last year, but the weight was distributed so weirdly. My face is totally skinny in those pictures and I have skinny legs and lower arms and big squishy arms and a spare tire. NOT an hourglass at all. Totally a spare tire. So maybe I'd like to be at least a size 6 by September. I'd also like to start shooting my own short films, but I don't want to put me on camera until I'm a 4...and I AM NOT crash dieting, or pushing or anything like that. Slow and steady wins the race.
      My Leptin Reset Journey


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

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      • #18
        Sounds like you are doing great and figuring out a lot of things.
        Be gentle with yourself on the weight loss.
        I love your writing style.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by something4me View Post
          Sounds like you are doing great and figuring out a lot of things.
          Be gentle with yourself on the weight loss.
          I love your writing style.
          Thank you so much!
          My Leptin Reset Journey


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

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          • #20
            I had my favorite breakfast today, although I accidentally had an extra egg. We'll see how that goes! 1 chicken sausage, 4 pcs bacon, 4 eggs (instead of 3). Ran out of sauerkraut, so need to pick some up. This breakfast is my favorite to eat, and keeps me full the longest. I'm having cold-brewed iced coffee with almond milk now. MMMM!

            I purchased Sleep Cycle for my iPhone, so I can track my time spent in deep sleep and wakefulness, since I've been having issues. I woke up 3 times last night! Argh! But it's nice to see. I'm having a heart-pounding wakeup at 3:30am, which I think (according to acupuncture) is liver-related. I've read to have hot water with lemon before bed, so I'll try that. Might also try adding Dream Water (I know, I know, not totally PB but it helps me) to get a sleep rhythm. Maybe some milk thistle as a tonic for the liver. It's going through a lot of changes, I know. Poor liver is doing all it can. I have dandelion tea, so maybe more of that during the day while I'm at work. My sleep was best when I was caffeine-free, but I have to *get* sleep before I can feasibly pull that off. Vicious cycle! Still need blackout curtains. So many things to buy. Maybe I can get blacks (blackout muslin) from my film lighting friends.

            A lot of the PB/Paleo people at work have Pure Energy Bands (I guess like those magnetic bracelets) and they wear them religiously, so maybe I'll get the weight loss and relaxtion/sleep ones. I wonder if magnetic bracelets are taking off because they ground us and protect us from EMF radiation. That would be a fascinating study.

            Oh! And I weighed myself. I'm 176.0 lbs this morning. So down. And overall, my inches are down all over. So that's good. AND! I did Tabata last night! I figured that Tabata is a good way to get in LHT that's also quick and gentle. I got Tabata Timer for my iPhone and did some pushups on the kitchen counter right when I got home from work. I set up a Tabata schedule for myself: Mondays - Pushups, Tuesdays - Squats, Wednesdays - Planks, Thursdays - Pushups, Fridays - Lunges, Saturdays - Planks, Sundays - Wind Sprints. I'd like to get a pedometer to track my walking. Oh, gadgets! I do feel better having done my Tabata pushups. I'm a little sore. I'm not supposed to get sore with LR, am I? Maybe I'll take some arnica. Have to get arnica gel, or something, my arnica caplets are sugar pellets. Sugar is EVERYWHERE! EVERYWHERE ALL AROUND ME! GAHHH!

            I need to buy more snacks (hello US Wellness pemmican?) so that if I'm grossed out by my chicken salad (or whatever new food I've brought for lunch/dinner) I can eat that instead of nuts. I think I'm going to to back to eating more salmon. Since I'm not really hungry til dinner anymore, I can probably afford to eat wild salmon more often! And it makes me feel so good!

            So, LR to do list: Buy blackout drapes, buy more salmon, stock up on pemmican, replace butter with lard/tallow/duck fat, pick up more sauerkraut and bacon. BACON! Also need more coconut milk.

            I want to keep my favorite breakfast PLAN, but I'd like options for switching out the sausage. Like, I'd like to try liverwurst and braunschweiger. Just try it. Don't have to love it. If it's totally gross I can give it to my Candida-diet roommate, who loves it.

            I've picked up Dean Dwyer's book MAKE SHI(F)T HAPPEN, and I'm really liking it. It's more about changing your thinking, and realizing that your n=1 experiment is just that, an experiment, and you might have to go through several iterations while learning what's best for YOUR SPECIFIC BODY. Love all that stuff. Love it.
            My Leptin Reset Journey


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

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            • #21
              And I love your journal! I started my own leptin reset yesterday. Yesterday and today have been tough b/c despite being primal for over 60 days, I binged on chocolate and other sugars this weekend. I think it was synonymous with the Last Supper syndrome. And boy am I suffering today!

              I am excited reading your journal and your progress! I'm subscribing!
              Primal since March 5, 2012
              SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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              • #22
                Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
                And I love your journal! I started my own leptin reset yesterday. Yesterday and today have been tough b/c despite being primal for over 60 days, I binged on chocolate and other sugars this weekend. I think it was synonymous with the Last Supper syndrome. And boy am I suffering today!

                I am excited reading your journal and your progress! I'm subscribing!
                Hey! Thanks for reading! The Leptin Sensitivity symptoms are wayyy cool when they start showing up. I can't wait for all of them to be here!

                Also -- about the chocolate and sugar? Shake it off like a duck. Things happen! I've learned that to be compassionate with my body is one of the best things I can do. When I cheat, I KNOW, and generally in the worst feeling way. But I just get back on that horse, because this is the best I've ever felt.
                Last edited by kalli889; 05-08-2012, 05:51 PM.
                My Leptin Reset Journey


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

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                • #23
                  OMG I ran out of coconut oil and I'm starving for fat. Then I remembered that someone posting about butter tea. #winning Butter in my ginger peach white tea! I'll think I'll have one more and then off to bed.

                  I need to work out the whole shopping thing. I'm out of greens and waiting for my savings txfr to hit my checking so I can go grocery shopping. We have a big thing of arugula at work, so I'm good for greens at work. I just have...chives here. And brussels sprouts that probably need to be thrown out. I just went from being paid weekly to being paid once a month so planning my grocery shopping is a little strange right now. So easy to buy all the meat and fat (I think I need...it's always more) because that keeps, but greens. I have to be strategic about greens. Going to bed soon, hopefully I'll sleep better.

                  I need to have more wild salmon in my life. I felt SO good when that was my main source of protein besides eggs. MORE SALMON. And more fish oil. Salmon is MY happy meal.
                  Last edited by kalli889; 05-08-2012, 05:52 PM.
                  My Leptin Reset Journey


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

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                  • #24
                    Is it possible for you to set some money from your grocery budget aside so you can get greens once a week? idk, just a thought. It's what i would try to do anyway. What an adjustment - weekly to monthly... ugh.
                    Primal since March 5, 2012
                    SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                    • #25
                      Question about your program... how many carbs are you eating each day? My aim is for fewer than 50, but I'm having trouble - seem to want to binge on fruit and coconut with heavy whipping cream each night... but it's only day 3, so I fully expect things will calm down... just curious what your approach is.
                      Primal since March 5, 2012
                      SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                      • #26
                        I do have greens in my budget, I just ran out because I bought an ENORMOUS thing of spinach for big-ass salads...and then something happened where I couldn't bear to look at it. Seriously, I just found it so gross. I was so grossed out by it that I threw it out. I'm having odd responses to food now. I threw out some chicken salad the other day for the same reason. So basically now I know that my greens budget goes towards kale, brussels sprouts and some tryout veggies. I don't know what it was about that spinach. It was like looking at a thing of live cockroaches, my stomach turned so bad. So, I dunno. I just had to transfer $$$ from my savings into my checking, so I'm fine now. I just have to figure out how to manage this buying groceries monthly thing.

                        As for carbs -- I've spent A LOT of time reading LR blogs, esp. those written by women, and it seems like you just have to pay attention to your own body. That said, I've seen a lot of women needing to INCREASE their carbs to 80-120g to avoid lethargy and depression. Everyone's different, so pay attention to your own body, and see where you a) feel best, and b) see results. I don't really track my carbs, since it's actually difficult to bring them up any amount if you're not eating fruit or grains or sugar. On days where I feel lethargic/depressed, I might have some berries (not on the LR plan, but oh well) and sometimes I've felt better AND lost weight that night. So. It might be worth your while to track what you're eating and how your feeling, and what your measurements are like the next day. I've seen a lot of people using Fitday, and I might use that to hone in on my best macros.
                        Last edited by kalli889; 05-09-2012, 12:25 PM.
                        My Leptin Reset Journey


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

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                        • #27
                          My sleep last night was better -- I only woke up once. Don't know what that's about. I'd LOVE to get to waking up only WHEN I HAVE TO GET UP FOR THE NEXT DAY. It's happened 3 magical times since I started PB. One thing about today, though. I really super did not want to get out of bed. At all. I wanted to stay there forever. :-/ Can't wait for magic sleep to happen all the time!

                          I'm going grocery shopping tonight and I'm EXCITED.
                          My Leptin Reset Journey


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

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by kalli889 View Post
                            As for carbs -- I've spent A LOT of time reading LR blogs, esp. those written by women, and it seems like you just have to pay attention to your own body.
                            What blogs do you read?


                            Originally posted by kalli889 View Post
                            On days where I feel lethargic/depressed, I might have some berries (not on the LR plan, but oh well) and sometimes I've felt better AND lost weight that night.
                            Berries are off limits during LR??? That totally sucks b/c I eat berries every night.


                            Originally posted by kalli889 View Post
                            I've seen a lot of people using Fitday, and I might use that to hone in on my best macros.
                            I use MyFitnessPal. I tried fitday but couldn't find where I go in to adjust my macros. On MFP, i can adjust my macros by 5% increments but I can't get specific with it, which bothers me. Too anal I suppose...
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by jenn26point2 View Post
                              What blogs do you read?

                              Berries are off limits during LR??? That totally sucks b/c I eat berries every night.

                              I use MyFitnessPal. I tried fitday but couldn't find where I go in to adjust my macros. On MFP, i can adjust my macros by 5% increments but I can't get specific with it, which bothers me. Too anal I suppose...
                              I guess what I meant by blogs are Leptin Reset Journals on this forum. Just search for "leptin reset women" or even just "women." And then read, read, read. The experience of others is so valuable.

                              There's no fruit on the LR (too much sugar). But again, I'm of a mind that you track your progress and adjust. I think it's worthwhile to be superstrict in the beginning, and add in, say, carbs if you're depressed/tired/not-losing-weight. Carbs in the forms of berries! Or just pay attention. I find that tracking WHAT I eat is helpful as well as tracking HOW I feel. Like today I feel aches and pains, and I remember that when I first went PB I was STARVING and I ATE A PINT OF GUACAMOLE and all of my aches and pains disappeared. Plantar fasciitis? Gone. Creaky knee? Gone. So that is telling me that I should probably turn all of the avocadoes I bought last night into LR-friendly guac. (Avocadoes, lime juice, salt.)

                              My boss bought a NINJA blender, so I think I'll start bringing greens for green smoothies. Our receptionist made a green smoothie this morning, and I had a sample. DELISH! I've learned I'm more of a kale girl than a spinach girl, so this is a way to get my greens that I don't have to prep the night before.

                              I had homework last night for class, and my study partners kept getting off-topic, and I went grocery shopping after that, so I didn't get home till 11, and I didn't get to sleep til midnight. But I woke at 6a less groggy than for the past few days. Who knows about sleep. I certainly don't. I do know that I was doing better off caffeine, but I feel like for me that's a 2-week process that can be thrown by a single late night. Bleah. Oh well, I'm the one who decided to do this, aren't I?

                              Breakfast: 2 chicken sausages (42 g ptn), 4 pcs bacon (8 g ptn), and 2 hardboiled eggs (12g ptn). Oh geez. 62 g ptn! I like the 2 chicken sausages, just for a quick delicious bump to my protein levels. I was reading that...who was it, maybe the PRIMAL BODY, PRIMAL MIND lady, maybe someone else, recommended 5.5 tbsp of coconut oil a day. So I had 2 in my morning tea. I'm super full. I think for me, I have to have FAT in order to feel full for any length of time. So it's nice to have a target to look for. I'll have to source that and see where I got that from.

                              For lunch I brought brussels sprouts with Trader Joe's bacon ends and pieces. OH MAH GAW. I love the ends and pieces. I pulled them out of their package and they were like BIG GOBS OF FAT. Even before I was PB I would bring this for lunch and it would keep me full all day. Regular bacon just doesn't have enough fat. I also brought a 6 oz. steak. So today I'm prepared. PREPARED. I have to be like a boy scout and be prepared!

                              The scale is up, but total net inches are down. I'm slowly edging towards never weighing myself again, and only tracking inches. When I was 130 before I was running a lot, but not climbing or lifting. My arms were slender but kind of blah. So if I have muscle on me, I probably will weigh more, even if I'm the same size as I was when I was 130. I know when I was climbing and lifting I looked like a superhero...because people told me! So I like that. Goal: look like a superhero.

                              New goals:

                              1. Medium Goal: A waist that is less than 35 inches (at BB). (A waist larger than 35" in women is a risk factor for metabolic syndrome).
                              2. 20 REAL pushups w/o rest
                              3. 5 pull-ups

                              Once I acheive my medium goal, then I'll set a new one for waist circumference. I know they say set big, sexy goals, but when you've struggled to not even LOSE weight, but even to just not put on weight, it's nice to set one that a) is probably in reach, and b) is health-based. I'm an apple shape, and that shape means I'll likely die before a pear or hourglass. So let's not do that. Let's kick ass instead.
                              My Leptin Reset Journey


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

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                              • #30
                                Thanks for clarifying the blog thing.

                                Geesh! And I thought MY breakfast was packed with protein! You're kickin' arse with that!

                                Question... what is a V6?
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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