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    Primal Journal : Sandie

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    The first day of my 30 day adventure.

    B - left over meat balls and roasted vegetables drizzled with olive oil, peppermint tea

    L - 2 boiled eggs, apple, water

    S - homemade beef jerky, 1 cookie made with almond meal

    D - chicken vegetable soup, camomile tea

    Today did not go over so well for a first day. I had to drive to Campbell River, ( about 45 min) to visit a friend in the hospital so the only exercise I managed to do today entailed running up and down the hospital stairs. I accidentally ate one of the cookies I made for him when I didn't intend to eat anything like that today. I am really tired from all the driving. Hope tomorrow goes better

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    Day 2
    Got to bed late last night and slept late (9 am) this morning
    Feeling down today. With the stress of yesterday I feel like I have hit a pot hole in in life, but I am not going to cave in and turn to sugar this time.

    B - 2 scrambled eggs, some all natural bacon and a handfull of blueberries

    I went for a long walk (45 min) to town to check out the farmers market. Bought some bison garlic sausage for dinner. They said there was nothing in it but bison and herbs. Got there card and going to go check out the farm next week when I get paid. I stopped for a coffee as it is a bit chilly out (4c) I am trying to avoid dairy and sugars ( including the fake stuff), but I did have some cream and a Splenda in the coffee. After stopping by the grocery for a few more veggie I walked back home ( another 45min ).

    L - meat balls and roasted vegetables with some cherry tomatoes and lots of refreshing water.

    I feel so much better and glad I didn't go for chips and cookies this time

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    Day 2 - continued.

    I thought that I should add a bit of background info before I get too far along and perhaps lay out how I found myself here. I had been slim most of my life. Not skinny but slim and by no means healthy but being active kept me slim. I had been through a lot of stress in my life and by the time I was 35 my thyroid gave out from all that stress. My doctor originally thought I was simply depressed and put me on anti depressants. I just got worse. Packed on an extra hundred pounds and was so tired I could barely move. He finally did a few tests to discover the real problem -- hypo - thyroid answer solved -- he gave me thyroid replacement pills to take for the rest of my life Well, the problem was only half solved; while I was no longer getting worse, I was not necessarily getting better. I tried many different diets to try to get rid of that excess weight. I lost about 30 lbs on Atkins one year and felt great but I really missed being able to eat fruit. Well meaning friends tried to convince me that although I felt good, my diet was not good for me. Because I missed fruit so much I decided to buy into their logic and gained another 50 lbs. Last year I tried to go vegetarian believing the story that meat was the culprit for my weight gain, not the carbs. I remained on a strict vegetarian diet for about a year until I became very weak and hardly able to function. Going to my doctor I thought my problem was simply my thyroid turning on me again. After all, I was eating a healthy vegetarian diet. Turns out I had more than just a thyroid problem. Not only was my thyroid acting up but my B 12 levels were way down and my iron reserves were almost empty I did a little reading and discovered that all the soy I had been eating was really bad for my thyroid. After numerous tests to see if I was losing blood, the specialists decided that I was one of those few people who could not absorb enough iron from anything but meat. I was now under Dr's orders to eat more red meat. I never lost any weight being a vegetarian anyway. Someone gave me a book called "wheat belly" which advocated no grains. Only meat, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and dairy. Many of the recipes contained artificial sugar which didn't raise your insulin levels. I had been following it for a month and feeling fine, losing weight slowly -- lost 5 lbs in a month. But I did feel better and my iron levels and B12 were steadily coming up. I was searching the internet for new recipes when I stumbled upon this sight. The concept was very similar but discouraged dairy -- being lactose intolerant I don't eat a lot of dairy and the cheese was starting to bother me so I was quite happy to say good by to cheese ( cream in my coffee was another story) I also noticed that artificial sweeteners were also not really encouraged. I had noticed myself that the artificial sweeteners, while not raising my insulin levels still made me crave more sweet things, leading me too eat way too many cookies. They are in the freezer now and a lot harder to get too. PB also encourages exercise. This is going to be a bit tough for me but I want to get there. About the same time I decided to go vegetarian, I thought I would move my walking habit to a running habit. About 2 weeks into my new exercise routine I seriously injured my foot. So much so that I had to walk with crutches first and then a cane. Once the cane was gone I still had trouble walking very far without a tremendous amount of pain. I am just now getting to the place where I can walk slowly before the pain gets too bad but I don't know if I am ready for sprinting. I am going to take it easy and do what I can. I still want to read up on suggested weight exercises and perhaps I can sprint in the pool once in a while or maybe on my rebounder

    Reading some of the other journals, I notice that I am not the only one here with thyroid issues and I am hopeful. So here are some stats and then I am off and running ( hypothetically)

    wt: 220
    BMI: 37.6 (yikes)
    w: 41 in
    H: 46 in

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    Good luck! I had the same lousy reaction to anti-depressants, but I've finally been able to remove some of that weight. (And what a relief!)

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    another continuation of day 2

    D - yummy bison sausage stir-fried with a whole bunch of vegetables

    S - handful of almonds ( about 4 oz)

    my foot is a bit sore now from those long walks so I am just resting my foot the rest of the day and reading up on some other exercises I could do

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    Day 3
    B - hard boiled egg, turmeric tea ( yummy)
    S - coffee with cream and stevia, one almond flour. Cookie
    L - left over bison veggie stir fry

    Tried some wall push ups but only got to 15 before I had to stop. I am heading out for a walk and then maybe try some more push ups. I was. frying some heavy chairs up a flight of stairs - that's sort of lifting heavy things. Lol

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    S-apple , coffee with cream and Splenda
    Just back from a very ony walk - took me 2 hours to walk to the other side of town and back to buy 2 cans of coconut milk to carry back. I am very out of shape. My hips are sore. My waist hurts
    Even my arms hurt I might be stiff tomorrow. I may only go for a shorter walk tomorrow. Lol
    But my feet don't hurt as I kept a steady pace over several large hills.

    D - chicken soup, some cherry tomatoes, and some almonds

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    Day 4

    Feeling good today, had a great sleep for a change even though I was up until 11 ( I am trying to get to bed by 9 but I am a bit of a night owl and find it hard). I am not even sore and stiff like I was expecting to be.

    B - bacon and 2 scrambled eggs, handful of blueberries

    I was hoping I would see some changed in my measurements or weight by now but maybe I am being in too much of a hurry. But progress would be encouraging. But not today

    Anyway, I am off for a bit of a shorter walk today but more than just walking around the house. Maybe I will drive my walking route yesterday and record the distance. Or better yet, I will ask Google maps = 3.5 Km one way. So I walked a total of 7 km yesterday in 2 hours ( that's 4.3 miles in case anyone was wondering)

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    Day 4 continued.....

    Well I said I wasn't going to walk so much but it didn't turn out that way...lol. I did go for a 5 km walk over a few hills to town and back before lunch.

    L - left-over bison and veggies,

    I then realized I needed a few things from the shops so I drove to town and parked my car at one end and walked and walked and walked all over town. My hips and back and feet really hurt.

    S - 3 Primal cookies and a glass of fresca before making dinner -- I needed some energy
    D - Primal Morracan chicken caserole -- it was really tasty and lots left for tomorrow

    I cut up some beef to marinate through the night so I can make some beef jerky tomorrow morning and I am off to bed early.
    I always forget to mention that I am taking omega 3 and vitamin d as well as desicated thyroid every day.

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    Day 5
    B - half a tin of sardines in Olive oil, 3 strawberries, a cup of turmeric tea
    L - 2 boiled eggs, 2 pumpkin muffins and some fresca

    No walking today as my
    Ankle is sore and I don't want to stress it

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