This is such a girly thing - I am standing here (of course I have a stand-up computer station) wearing a shirt that I have hung onto for some time but couldn't wear - it now fits quite nicely and I am so happy to be able to wear it at last! It looks nice with a sweater I splurged on a few weeks ago. How pleasant it is to actually have things in my closet that I feel good wearing and getting dressed is no longer an agony of muffin-top-minimizing and waistband tugging! I still have quite a ways to go, of course, but I'm not complaining. This is so great!
I recently offered to bring a friend who has been having health problems(which I think may be eased by a primal diet) food for a week, so she could try it without the 'work' of separate meals or figuring out what to eat. No response, yet, and I have to wonder how much easier it could get, to have someone BRING you meals, and you still don't want to try it. Sigh.
Mental resistance is a biggie. I am trying to use it as a life lesson for myself: what am I resistant to, for little reason? I find sometimes, verbalizing my thoughts helps, as in (very minor example, as I don't want to get into my failings here (: ) -- The dog would like a walk, and it would be good for him, and I would be going the extra mile in my pet-sitting, but I am worried about him running away with me, or getting loose, and it is a strange neighborhood, I feel shy, and it is 85 degrees outside and I'll sweat!
It is a variation on the B.U.T. method, and gets me to weigh my reasons. As in, is sweating more important than kindness to animals?
(Yes, I did take him for the walk!)
Although I hope I am more well-mannered than using this technique on others (out loud, that is. I reserve the right to be judgmental in my head), I do wonder what would happen if one said, 'so, you'd rather have a probe stuck (wherever they stick it for that procedure) five times, and pay X dollars for the privilege, than try giving up grains for a week? Some S & M tendencies, perhaps?'
Well, sorry for the rant. I guess this has struck a nerve with me. Perhaps my honey scarfing down his sodas and chips while gaining weight and complaining about the aches and pains of 'getting older' for the first time in his life is getting to me more than I thought.
Just read your journal and wanted to say I love your attitude, outlook and lust for life. So great to read. I'm having a down day today and you perked me up. Cheers!
Isn't it amazing how the mind works, and decisions are made or not made? Is it really easier to not do something than to do something about your health or diet or state of mind? Do we secretly like to suffer? I wonder this all the time as I listen to my co-workers complain about their lives. Of course I am thinking these things in the context of having this massive moving task in front of me, and being behind in where I should be - I should be mostly packed by now! I'm not even one quarter done. I am feeling very existential, although I shouldn't - I have been offered lots of help. In fact, I have already been given a lot of help. It seems to be easier to find reasons not to do what I should be doing - like your dog walking -
I ate a somewhat large dinner - leftover steak, avocado, and an egg/sweet potato/onion/garlic/cheese omelet thing. Actually it wasn't all that big, but it seemed like a lot. I felt very warm afterwards, not at all like a hot flash, but just really, really warm. Is that fat-burning? Obviously I am creating energy to make myself so warm. My stomach hurt a little, making me wonder if I ate something that didn't agree with me, but it didn't last long.
Very interested in all this cold immersion stuff. I have used/enjoyed cold therapy pretty much my whole life and usually been derided for it. When I had severe plantar fascitis, cold was the only way to get relief, albeit temporary. I even went on a holiday once strictly to soak my feet repeatedly in an ice-cold lake. (Yes, the pain was that bad, although it was a beautiful place.) Today I turned the shower cold at the end, very pleasant, although I am not feeling any lasting effects. I would not expect to, of course. A couple minutes of cool water is hardly going to change my life. I am looking forward to exploring this, however. At my new home I will have ocean access and need I say it is quite cold almost all of the time. I will have to do some research on this.
What a nice name you have, June is my birthday! I am glad you like my journal and even happier that it cheered you up. That makes it worthwhile.
[QUOTE=Siobhan;862179]I'm not positive, but I believe they are bigger. I think your size 8 is our size 10. There is also great variation in manufacturers as well. Anything "designer" is sized larger - apparently the designers are trying to make you feel good about yourself (and buy their clothes).
The person who made that remark is a woman I work with who has repeatedly remarked on my appearance change. She asked me about it again in the context of wondering about her husband, who has had FIVE intestinal biopsies but still hasn't been diagnosed with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. I suggested that instead of waiting for doctors to come up with an answer, he change his diet - just embrace the celiac/gluten intolerance diet and give up grains - and see if his symptoms ease. This is a nurse I'm talking to! The idea of that is just too far out there for her, and for him apparently. To me, the thought of having ONE intestinal biopsy, much less five, is too far out there. It is so sad to me, and I think a very sad statement about our society, that her/his attitude is prevalent. Why take control? Why not just let doctors and conventional thinking dictate my life? Just go passively through life, getting sicker and fatter, eating mostly empty calories and drinking three or four beers a day to dull the pain.
As you can tell, I am quite passionate about this![/QUOTE]
It is incredible, isn't it? Honestly, I found it pretty "out there" myself, but I figured I had nothing to lose by trying for a month. I much preferred taking control myself than going through medical rigamaroles. I have little faith in medical "solutions" to those kind of problems, especially because I have long believed that so many of them are self-inflicted, or at least aggravated by our lifestyles. I always look for a lifestyle fix first. And this one was so relatively easy to try out. I'm not feeling anywhere near as well as you are, but I am coming from much further back than you also. But losing the tachycardia and chest pain is reason enough to continue, methinks...
I started on this myself because I was very reluctant to undergo the testing - I probably would not have done it otherwise, at least with all other things being equal. When I suspected I had a problem with gluten, changing my diet was the first thing I thought of, not how many biopsies I could have! I've had a couple of bouts of chest recently, brought on by drinking just a little too much coffee, and I am amazed that I lived like that all the time. I work with several people with this problem, and they gobble up their gluten-free pizzas and cheeseburgers, which are ungodly expensive and really, really high in calories. I know we don't count calories here, but really, you could easily down 3000 calories a day and not even feel it eating those gluten free foods.
I really just need to keep my mouth shut about this, it is too weird for most people. I totally agree that most illnesses are self-inflicted, even if sometimes unintentionally - i.e. eating lots of grains which is supposed to be good for you to smoking cigarettes, which everyone knows is not. Virtually all of the illnesses I see in the hospital could be prevented or alleviated by diet and lifestyle changes. I'm not saying this in judgment of anyone, it's just a fact. I blame CW for a lot of this - we are all fatter and sicker than we used to be, and it is a societal problem rather than a purely individual one.
Absolutely. I feel a bit betrayed, to tell you the truth. I thought I ate very well. I knew it could use a little tweaking to get better, but I really thought I had the basics down really well. Finding out that sugar is not just fattening, but highly detrimental, that fructose is even worse, that canola oil is not a Good Thing, that a diet rich in whole grains leaves you mineral deficient, that soy has big drawbacks (and here I thought it was a wonder protein), was akin to a loss of faith. That my CFS could have been brought on by eating too much of the wrong things that I thought were right... Granted, that last one isn't proven, but still. My one and only risk factor, according to my doctor some years back, was my weight. I do thank God that my mother went on a health food kick when I was young. Even when she recovered from the extremes of that, we still ate better than most people did. Would have been much better off if she'd stayed on it, no doubt.
Hmm, wonder what it would take for you to open up a clinic or something?
I think the problem is that I would end up in prison! People who fight CW are very brave, much braver than me. Here at MDA we live in a cozy little world, but I am sure you know that Mark and the other paleo/primal souls get attacked constantly. They must be extremely strong and extremely smart and extremely articulate.
I've had bad experiences being vegetarian and vegan (did that for six months, never again). My periods stopped, I got a stress fracture, constant headaches, jitters like I had drunk a whole pot of coffee all the time. I was anemic and B-complex deficient. My doctor, however, congratulated me on being so thin! I weighed 110 lbs. Felt like crap, was sick all of the time, caught every bug that waltzed by. My doc told me I had to start coming for B-vitamin shots. I said, "What if I just start eating meat?" He was completely taken aback. I went to the store and bought a steak, never looked back. If only I had known 20-30 years ago what I know now! Funny how no one thinks it is strange to go on a diet that excludes essential nutrients but they think it is strange to follow a diet that hits all the bases.
I'm really on a roll with Mark's posts the last couple of days - I love the cold water experiments - glad he reminded me how relaxing it is to turn that shower water nice and cold at the end. Can't wait to start taking ocean plunges. And now the biphasic sleeping! I have been doing that for years with absolutely no support at all - everyone always thinks I am crazy when I tell them I sleep for 4 hours or so, wake up for an hour or two, then go back to sleep and feel really good. Or I sleep for four hours and then sleep during the day for an hour. Completely contrary to CW. Great stuff, this primal lifestyle.
Completely random thread jack:
I am looking at the latest spammer: peiajlaeo.
Who could think that was a name?
Then I started playing with it. Maybe it is a secret acronym. I got as far as Perhaps Ether-Idiots Are Jealous.
Anyone have something clever for L.A.E.O.?