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Thread: Anxiety, depression, laziness...Can the nameless wonder change?

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    Your body looks beautiful. Good Job.

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    Thanks ladies. YB, you are spot on about the curves & leanness. Didn't think it was possible, but I'm really loving it. My thighs are now my favorite part of my body .

    Speaking of which, Hulky wants to start running with me. It's so humid out today, but I'm tempted to go anyway...

    As for my mood... I don't know. I think 5-HTP really worked for me, but I think my body was done with it. Maybe I fed it well enough (supplements & food) for long enough. Maybe it was some of the changes I made that affected my digestion positively. Maybe it was exercise! It's really incredible though. I just need to be on the lookout for low Vit D so my SAD (seasonal affective disorder) does not pop up this winter.
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    Thanks, Wonder. I'm pretty much caught up now. And you are beautiful! Why do you think otherwise? None of us are Venus de Milo.

    I really like your apartment, with all the hardwood trimmings, and your hardwood furniture. Where did you get it, or is it all over MA. The west coast is really different and not as lovely. Your home looks comfortable; the west coast style is minimal, modern, and most uncomfortable, don't know why anyone would want it. We've taken Architectural Digest for a long time, and don't even like their stuff now. We used to.

    I wouldn't throw away those letters you wrote in the past. They may be full of emotional drivel, but it was your emotions, and it lets you see the fantastic progress you've made since I've know you. Absolutely amazing.

    I'm so glad you and Hulky are well together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by namelesswonder View Post
    As for my mood... I don't know. I think 5-HTP really worked for me, but I think my body was done with it. Maybe I fed it well enough (supplements & food) for long enough. Maybe it was some of the changes I made that affected my digestion positively. Maybe it was exercise! It's really incredible though. I just need to be on the lookout for low Vit D so my SAD (seasonal affective disorder) does not pop up this winter.
    The exercise is definitely helping me too... but I think it's something more than that. In my case, I know it's the progesterone. In your case, does it correlate with you giving up gluten?
    "I think the basic anti-aging diet is also the best diet for prevention and treatment of diabetes, scleroderma, and the various "connective tissue diseases." This would emphasize high protein, low unsaturated fats, low iron, and high antioxidant consumption, with a moderate or low starch consumption.

    In practice, this means that a major part of the diet should be milk, cheese, eggs, shellfish, fruits and coconut oil, with vitamin E and salt as the safest supplements."

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    This kind of wood architecture, with the exposed trim (though it's often painted) and hardwood floors is just how things are built around here. All houses are wood frames underneath and they all have basements. Many have attics, I've been in very few that only have crawl spaces in the eaves. Nearly all of the homes in this end of town are identical, 2-3 family homes. We have the first floor of a 2-family, with the 2nd and 3rd floors being occupied by 4 tenants in one "unit". In my parents' end of town, on the hilly side, the houses are almost entirely single family, with some variation, but there are still many streets of similarly laid out & constructed homes.

    YB, you are right that being much more strict about my gluten intake correlating with the improved moods. The thing is, I've been strict about gluten-free before, but my moods didn't improve. I think it's a mix of all these things, esp. in relation to digestion. I've definitely leaned out in the past month or so as well, and I'm sure this helped. I have not had any joint aching either.

    Hulky and I went for a run together today, it was fun to go with him. He made me run up a hill at the end of the run! Maybe we'll go again tomorrow (we both have the day off) if we're up for it . The landlord said we can install a pull-up bar if it looks okay (to leave for future tenants). I think the hall closet will be a good place for it. The closet is very deep so it wouldn't be awkward. Hulky wants to do pull-ups everyday. I'll have to see if I want to set a weekly goal or just mess around.

    We went out for burgers tonight. I took a peppermint oil capsule & Digest Gold before eating, but am a little gassy. I did not get a bun [[pats self on back]]. I think the gas is from the cheese on the burger and/or the potato wedges we ate beforehand. Time for some soothing gingerbread tea for the heartburn.

    I wanted to make gluten-free cookies tonight, but the recipe I was going to use is unavailable online so maybe I'll wait.
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    To do tomorrow:
    -Get stamps, clothes pins, & dustpan
    -Photocopy my new license (I applied for it Tuesday, it arrived Saturday!)
    -Send out banking/loan paperwork, hopefully deposit paycheck if it's arrived
    -Former landlady might have security deposit ready for us (so also deposit that)
    -Visit jewelry store to find out about costs & design process for custom contour wedding band (see if they'll buy a ring to help lower the price too)
    -See matinee showing of Elysium w/ Hulky
    -Groceries?
    -Run?
    -Play Elder Scrolls Online beta
    -Make grape juice gelatin
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    -Got stamps, clothes pins, and dustpan
    -Got my mail out, have not yet received mail
    -Visited the jewelry store & left my engagement ring to get the contour band fitted just right. I'm so effing excited, you guys. The bands they had in the store were plain, but I showed them the kind of filigree I want on a straight band and they're going to make it perfect. I also sold a ring & a bracelet/necklace set that I never wore to get the price down. Will call Baba & let her know, but I think she is already sending a check that will cover it. I'll pick my engagement ring back up tomorrow after work.
    -Matinee is at 5PM, going to have some soup or stew beforehand so I don't have popcorn. Maybe make & bring some gluten-free cookies for nibbles. I need to roast up some taters for Hulky.
    -Lotsa Vidja games today.

    We're probably about 95% unpacked. Once I decide on a few posters and put a few more things away, I'll take pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by namelesswonder View Post
    You look absolutely amazing! You have a beautiful figure.



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    In other news, I experienced some awful cramping in my right calf starting after my last run over a week ago. It finally went away this morning after I drank a bunch of coconut water. I guess I need to make sure my potassium intake stays up! I'm going to try mashed bananas this week. I hope I can eat them without any ill effects!
    If you can afford to this month, get some SaltSticks from Amazon. Take one after your run. If it's too much electrolyte for your needs, it'll just make you thirsty. Should help prevent the charlie horses you've been experiencing. I used them during my half and didn't even get muscle fatigues.
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    Reading through your journal. Looking beautiful!
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    Thanks [[preens]] (but omg please don't read the whole thing! I realized last week that I'm coming up on 500 pages!) I almost took my photo down yesterday. I feel a little weird about it being on the internet now, even though there are bikini shots of me up here on MDA as well. I may still delete it, not sure. I think it's just because I'm recently married & thinking about what boundaries I'm comfortable with. It's not really any different than before we were married, but somehow it still seems like it is.

    Thanks for the tip, Jenn. I'll get Saltsticks or something like that when I can. At least they'll last a while as I'm not going to need it that often. The coconut water definitely helped, but that's too expensive to get regularly (sad, because I found it tasty). My muscles are very sore from Monday's run, so no running today. I tried just jogging across a road yesterday when Hulky went up the street for beer and it HURT. Maybe I overdid it. My knee hurt on the stairs this morning, but the pain went away by the time I was up at the 3rd floor, so maybe it was just stiff. Hopefully, I can run tomorrow. I didn't cycle today because I left my helmet & cycling clothes at work last week. They'll come home with me today so I can cycle tomorrow as long as it doesn't rain.

    Just as I feared, now that Hulky is back I am being more lax with my diet. I've had alcohol a few times since he got back. I probably should not be having it at all, but since I know that's not going to happen, I need to limit myself to once a week or less so I can monitor how it affects my gut. When we got burgers two nights ago, I could have "built" one instead of picking one of the options on the menu, so as to avoid cheese & sauce, but I didn't think of it. Now that I've realized I can do that, avoiding dairy should get a lot easier. That said, I think we are eating out with the other Hulkys () tonight for FIL's birthday. No idea where we're going, but I'm sure I can make something work. I'll be sure to bring a peppermint oil capsule & Digest Gold!

    I haven't been taking mag citrate for the past few days, but I haven't needed it. I went crazy on the pumpkin cookies I made yesterday and the almond meal made me REALLY gassy. If I don't have a BM today, I'll need to take the magnesium again (will start at 200 mg) to get things back to where they were and get rid of the cookies. One step at a time. My next trial foods are avocados & mashed bananas. I think I'm going to chop & freeze the bananas so I can blend them for "ice cream" . I have an avocado with me today and will eat some with breakfast (HB eggs) and some with lunch. A whole avocado might be a bit much, but serving sizes mean nothing to me rawr!

    Tonight, I will roast a butternut squash to have with dinner & lunch. Hulky and I need to go grocery shopping so I will get more squash & meat and everything (fridge is empty as usual). I think I'll make us spaghetti & meatballs this week. Hulky will need pasta. He told me yesterday that he didn't eat much wheat while he was up in Maine and I reminded him that he doesn't really eat much wheat here either. Just when we eat out or order out, or if he bakes.

    Hrm, I could go for some sausage (yes, that's what she said), but I don't know if I'll be able to find any without additives.
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