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    I realized today that I miss road racing. There were a few people chatting in the office today about how they did at a local 5k that was held this weekend. Hearing the stories made me realize I miss it. I need to get this diet back under control so I can get back to racing again.

    Today is day 1 of my sugar free til Thanksgiving challenge. It'll be a 19 day challenge. Not long enough probably, but it's better than nothing. I need to get things back on track. I'm tired of feeling sluggish and yucky.

    I brought running gear to work with me today but given how much crap I ate over the weekend, I might just put on my shoes and walk. I think I'd be better off going through the carb flu without running. Running may trigger carb binges. Yeah, I think that's what I'll do. I'll take this week off in regard to running, get through the flu and start up fresh next week. Likely running 20 minutes at a time. Have to talk to the chiropractor when I see her on Thursday. May work on glutes up until next week - do some strengthening and glute firing exercises every day this week and run next. Good plan, I think.

    I do believe I'm going to have to get a pair of regular minimalist shoes for winter though. I can't afford the waterproof vibrams and am fearful that my feet will get too cold. I'll look at a couple pairs of minimalist shoes and see what kind of deals I can get. It might be Christmas before I can get them, but it doesn't start to get REALLY cold here until about that time anyway and in the meantime I can run at the gym. It's only a couple months. Plus, when it's really cold outside, I don't run outside anyway. Hmmm... given that logic, I'm not even sure why I think I need a pair of running shoes. I'll just stick to the gym, I guess.

    188 on the scale this morning. At least I'm not going up anymore. Hoping I can lose 7 lbs before Thanksgiving. My first Thanksgiving is 20 days away. I think I can do 7 lbs in 20 days... it would be awesome to walk in at Thanksgiving to see people I haven't seen in FOREVER and report that I'd lost 40 lbs.

    Rough morning with my son. He was just more interested in screwing around this morning than getting ready for school. I was talking to someone this weekend about dairy and the difficulty in eliminating it. Someone told me that since they switched their whole family to dairy free b/c of their son's legitimate dairy allergy, they all feel better. She said when they go out for dinner and there's dairy in their menu item, they feel it immediately. She said it was a lot easier to eliminate dairy than she thought. Right now I'm just apprehensive b/c I feel like cheese, butter and the like are all major players in our lives. Brad and the kids drink 4 gallons of milk a week! FOUR GALLONS! Replacing that with 4 gallons of almond milk will be attrociously expensive! And Brad complains all the time that water is soooo boring.

    Change of subject... Brad and his dad have these grand plans for the race car this winter... to the point that FIL called Brad last night and said that in order to make all their changes and get the car done in time for next season, he's going to the bank to get a $5,000 note. They anticipate getting $1,500 in sponsorship money (I guess that's about what they go last year) leaving $1,750 for Brad and I to cover and $1,750 for FIL and MIL to cover. We don't have $1,750 or any way to ensure we'll be able to come up with $1,750. I was frustrated with Brad for asking b/c he should know better than to think we'd be able to come up with that kind of money. That's nearly $300 a month (they're talking about a 6 month note). He thought we could use our tax refund to pay it back, but he failed to take into consideration that we sold every piece of equipment that belonged to his business. We just wrote the whole amount off as a business purchase on our taxes last year. We'll have to report that we sold it this year. We likely won't be getting a tax refund. I don't know. I don't know how all that works, so maybe I'm wrong, but I'm not anticipating a refund - in fact, I'm fully expecting to have to pay in this year.

    Plus, we've been talking about getting me a newer car. Mine is a 2006 with 160,000 miles on it. I don't think it's going to last us another full year, not driving 70 miles 5x per week for work. It would be great if it could last another year, but I'm not expecting it to.

    Not to mention that our half of the outstanding race car bills is $750, and Brad's having two sleep studies done that are going to cost us $300 each, plus our regular every day bills. I don't know how we're going to do THAT much less add another $1,750 to our budget. It's just not there. I know he's pissed and frustrated about it b/c we'd be able to do it if it weren't for our shitty money management and he probably thinks I'm lying to him about what's available, but really, I'm not. I wish we didn't even have the stupid race car. It's too damned expensive. So damned expensive that the sport brings me absolutely NO joy anymore. We're stretched to our limits right now and he wants to stretch further. *sigh*

    This too shall pass... once I rearrange the budget to suit his wants. If I don't, he'll be a pissy, pouty little brat about it all season long. I'm off to go play in a mess of numbers now. Have a wonderful, fiscally sensible day, everyone. *cheesy grin*
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    boy Jenn, you've got stuff coming at you from every angle! I'm sure it will work out though........... things have a way of doing that.

    I'm going to join you on the NO sugar for the next 19 days. My weight is hanging tough right around 183, with a few little ups or downs. I've been having brown sugar on my squash or sweet potato -- plus a few little treats here and there (cheese cake, peanut m&ms). Its time to get this thing moving again - and I'm pretty sure cutting out the sugar treats will do it. Back to CLEAN eating.
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    I just applied for a job at John Deere as an Administrative Assistant. The job sounded very interesting as it has to do with litigation and employee grievances. Not sure I'm qualified for it, but I put in anyway. Last time I put in for an Admin Asst job at John Deere, they told me I wanted too much money... we'll see what the answer is this time as I have requested the same salary - what I get paid now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenn26point2 View Post
    Today is day 1 of my sugar free til Thanksgiving challenge. It'll be a 19 day challenge. Not long enough probably, but it's better than nothing. I need to get things back on track. I'm tired of feeling sluggish and yucky.
    Long enough to feel better, definitely! I know you want the weight to come off, but there are other health markers to look for too.

    188 on the scale this morning. At least I'm not going up anymore. Hoping I can lose 7 lbs before Thanksgiving. My first Thanksgiving is 20 days away. I think I can do 7 lbs in 20 days... it would be awesome to walk in at Thanksgiving to see people I haven't seen in FOREVER and report that I'd lost 40 lbs.
    You can do it! Re-tightening the belt and reigning in the diet aught to be enough. Good luck!

    Rough morning with my son. He was just more interested in screwing around this morning than getting ready for school. I was talking to someone this weekend about dairy and the difficulty in eliminating it. Someone told me that since they switched their whole family to dairy free b/c of their son's legitimate dairy allergy, they all feel better. She said when they go out for dinner and there's dairy in their menu item, they feel it immediately. She said it was a lot easier to eliminate dairy than she thought. Right now I'm just apprehensive b/c I feel like cheese, butter and the like are all major players in our lives. Brad and the kids drink 4 gallons of milk a week! FOUR GALLONS! Replacing that with 4 gallons of almond milk will be attrociously expensive! And Brad complains all the time that water is soooo boring.
    If it's a lactose issue, what about just switching to Lactaid for the time being?
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    You can do it, Jenn! I'm going to try to cut out all sugars and starches for a while too. Partly to lose weight, but mainly to feel better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by namelesswonder View Post
    If it's a lactose issue, what about just switching to Lactaid for the time being?
    It's a casein issue, not a lactose issue. He's fine "digestively". In the book "What's Eating Your Kids" it talks about how dairy is the biggest allergen for kids but is often misdiagnosed or flat out ignored b/c "milk is important". Gluten was 2nd or 3rd on the list.

    I have put him on an Omega-3 supplement - it's a chewable gummy. Next up is a "Flintstones complete" for zinc. The book says that picky eating can be a sign of zinc deficiency b/c real foods don't taste good when your zinc is off. Same thing with the dairy allergy - dairy allergy manifests itself as mucosal overproduction which can ruin sense of smell, thus altering taste.
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    My son discovered his dairy allergy because he was constantly "phlemy" and his "seasonal allergies" would be worse. After a little research and the old process of elimination he hit the nail on the head -- dairy. So, he cut out the dairy and the allergy symptoms went away. He did the same to cure his chronic acne -- by eliminating grains. He's not had such clear skin since before he hit puberty! (he's now 26) His skin is beautiful!

    I feel bad that I didn't know to check on these things when he was growing up -- it could have saved him a lot of misery. So - pat yourself on the back for taking care of this for your son now - instead of not having a clue like I did.
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    I am stopping at the store on my way home from work today (provided I get off work in time) to pick him up his Flintstones Completes.

    I was reading on the Omega-3 bottle today that the source of the ALA is flaxseed oil... which is a useless source of omega-3s as our body does a really bad job of converting the ALA from flaxseed into useful products - at least that's what it says in Primal Body Primal Mind, so I will be going to vitacost and seeking out a better form of omega's for my kiddos.

    I remember growing up that they used to always tell us that food does not cause acne. People would say "don't eat that chocolate! It'll give you a zit" and our educators and teen magazines would tell us that zits are not caused by food. Your son's experience, Tomi, is an example of how flawed our thinking was for so many years. Don't beat yourself up about not knowing. None of us knew until we discovered Primal.

    Starting to experience the carb flu - or maybe it should be called the low sugar flu since I had rice for dinner last night. My body just feels tired and zapped. Walking up the stairs to my office (one flight) was draining!!
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    I just ordered multivitamins and omega-3s for my kids from Amazon. The price was cheaper there for the ones I looked at on Vitacost's website, and had free shipping.

    I got them a multi with 7.5 mg of zinc which is the highest I could find and I got them an omega-3 that gets its DHA and EPA from tuna... Hopefully I didn't make a vital mercury mistake there. I couldn't find any others that got their oils from fish. Everything else I saw used plant based oils.

    We'll try them out and see how they work. I got a one month supply. Omega 3's for behavior and zinc for the messed up appetite. According to Kelly Dorfman, a nutrition detective (author of "What's Eating Your Children"), a zinc deficiency will result in picky eating with limited foods that they'll eat. I guess a low zinc content goofs with the operation of taste buds... or something. One kid she suggested 15 mg of zinc for, and another she suggested 30 mg of zinc. I'll go with the 7.5 for now and see what happens. If it's not enough, I'll move them up to the "adult" zinc formulas and crush them into juice or something.

    Brady is coming along nicely with food and is eating more and more stuff recently - especially if it has gravy on it. But he still pushes food away sometimes. Today and yesterday he didn't eat much - said he was full, which is bizzare b/c I've seen this kid eat his weight in food before. So I asked him if he pooped yesterday. He didn't have an answer for me (said he couldn't remember).

    We'll see what happens with the introduction of multi's. I remember taking flintstone vitamins growing up.

    **** change of subject ****

    Money: ugh... I hate money. But, I revamped our budget to allow for Brad to get his stupid loan to fix the stupid race car. It puts us 4 month later into the whole debt repayment thing. Right now, it's spread out til February 2016, but it pays off EVERYTHING, with the exception of our house and my student loans, and allows us to save $1,300 for Christmas every year. We can have the $600 in doctor's bills, $750 for race car parts from last year, and the $1,750 in race car loans paid off by March. Brad has been instructed that he must work as much overtime as he can in order to pay off that loan sooner b/c by getting the loan, he's pushed off my purchase of a newer vehicle into 2014. My current car has 160,000 miles on it as of today... It still runs great, but 2014 is a LONG way off and lots of things can go wrong with a 160,000 mile car in a year. I will be THRILLED if it lasts another 40,000 miles. If we keep up with the maintenance on it, it should be ok. Speaking of which, it is in need of an oil change now.

    I'm not concerned about what we'll do if the car breaks down b/c we have 3 vehicles (2 of which are paid off), but you can't trade a car that doesn't run... so, that's my concern. I'm worried it'll break down before we're in a place where we can get an auto loan to replace it. I guess if we don't have a trade, it's not a huge deal, but I'd really like to trade one of our cars to offset the price of the vehicles I'm looking at. I'm interested in either a Ford Explorer or a Ford Edge. I don't want a car anymore. I want something that is a bit bigger now that our kids are growing.

    **** change of subject ****

    Diet: everything is going well so far. I didn't have any sugar yesterday (with the exception of carby sugars like rice and cream), and plan to continue that today. Feeling sluggish and tired today. Stupid low carb/sugar flu... I know it'll pass in a couple of days, just gotta stick it out. I over ate a LOT yesterday, but everything was primal. Plan to do a better job of that today, but I figure as long as I'm not eating sugary substances, I am ok to overeat for the time being. In It Starts with Food, they tell you to beat sugar cravings, you should feed it W30 approved foods - like almonds or something. I fed it string cheese. lol

    I suppose that's all for now. I'm going to go deliver some paperwork to some people and wander around the building for a short while. Primal movement. Need to update the blog too!!

    Have a great day, everyone.
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    You have a great day too, Jenn.
    5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
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