Jenn, our cover girl!
Jenn, our cover girl!
5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again
More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
- Lewis Mumford
Thanks Ladies. Geo, I'm not at my goal either, but Joe wanted people at all stages of their Paleo journeys. He kept trying to reassure me to keep the bikini pics, but I'm glad I changed to the one that's in the book. I think you can see a significant difference (in the profile shot, anyway). Someday, I'll take goal shots.
Paula, I hadn't thought about that, but you're right.
I think I've decided to stop fighting the crazy cravings like I was and to just ride it out til January. It seems the harder I fight them right now, the more likely I am to give in to them. I'll just do my best to keep things primal and once January rolls around, I'll do a Whole30 to get back on track to losing the weight. For the time being, I'll stick with 80/20. Recently, my 20 has been those stupid Betty Crocker gluten free treats. I made 3 pans (8x8) of brownies this weekend. Brad and I ate our way through one pan on Saturday. I made a pan last night for Brady to take to school for his snacks this week. I made a separate pan for our household after that. I had two last night. But I think I'll be scaling back on those without much trouble b/c they made my stomach upset last night. Too much sugar, I suspect.
Next week, Brady will be taking apples to school I think. Anyone know what kind of potion to use on them to keep them from turning brown? Last night he ate an entire apple. I had to peel it, but he ate it all. I was quite surprised. I think I can send him with a baggie of apples one day, a baggie of orange slices the next, and alternate for the week. And maybe some nuts for a protein punch.
Potty training didn't go as well as I had hoped this weekend. I finally gave up mid-day yesterday. We'd had too many accidents for me to feel confident enough to send her to school in undies today, so we're back to pull-ups. Might try again with the undies next weekend. Or maybe we'll wait until after the holidays are over so we don't have to keep pottying on our brain while we're trying to relax and socialize with family.
*sigh* I'm so unsettled about my weight. I want to do a whole30 b/c I know it'll help shed some of this weight I've packed on again (up to 189 this morning) but at the same time, I don't want to go through the sugar fight... I'm very unhappy that I'm back up to 189... Of course, I shouldn't be that upset b/c it's only a 5 lb gain, and surely 90% of it is water weight and can be shed in a week - which is what pushes me to want to buckle down to 100% paleo for the next two weeks. I could start right now... only problem is that I had white potatoes for breakfast and every subsequent breakfast this week also contains white potatoes, as does my lunch. I can't bring myself to waste 4 breakfasts and Brad won't eat them b/c 1. he has his own breakfasts, and 2. I put green peppers and onions in mine.
I'll stick to primal I guess. Strict primal. No 20%... 100% Primal. This week and next. Shed this water, hopefully drop a couple more lbs maybe to hit the pre-baby weight, maybe 3 to hit the 40 lbs mark (THAT would be cool). Keep in touch with me, gals, b/c the sugar thing is really kicking my ass.
I'll either run or walk over lunch every day this week. Ramping up to 20 minute runs this week. I'll run today (20 minutes), walk tomorrow for 45 minutes, and alternate for the rest of the week.
My clothes still fit, but I don't feel as good. Yesterday I had my first "OMG I MUST EAT SOMETHING RIGHT NOW I DON'T CARE WHAT IT IS" moment in a LOOOONG time. What did I eat??? 3 Almond Joys and half a bag of salted almonds. I was grocery shopping and was completely fine the whole time despite not having lunch. Then I sampled the "fancy" cheese the gal had at the store. I had 3 little pieces of this expensive habanero cheese. OMG delish! (Didn't have the money in the budget to buy some - it was $5.99 for a small block) That started the ravenous hunger. I was hunting (hahaha, literally) for something I could eat easily and cheaply. I sought out a Dove Dark Chocolate bar, but found none. Ended up grabbing 3 Almond Joys and eating the crap out of them. I started out with good intentions. Bought a cabbage and some shredded broccoli to make fish when I got home, but I couldn't wait. THAT tells me just how out of control things have gotten. I'm back to ravenous, blood sugar crashing, hunger. Must clean it up. MUST.
Ok, I think I've rambled long enough. Need to go catch up on some journals. Have a good day, everyone.
Quick question about supplements:
Is there an ideal time to take them? Currently, I take them with breakfast, but I wonder if they don't get fully absorbed b/c of all the other goodies for my body to pick through. Wondering if it would be beneficial to take my probiotic, cod livers, vitamin C, selenium and vitamin D at night with my magnesium and only take the mass quantity of b's with food (they make me sick if I don't take them with food). The fishy burps won't be bothersome b/c I'll be sleeping...
Just curious if it matters or not.
Depends on the supplement and depends on the person. Amino acids should be taken solo (before food, at least 30 minutes is the usual rule), except for 5-HTP, which is better absorbed when taken with food. B vitamins and Iron need food or they can make you feel sick. Some people find fish oil gives them burps if they take it at a different time (before, during, or after food, I never figured it out for myself), you just have to experiment. My doctor told me to take probiotics with food, but I read in other places to take it 30 minutes before so it has a better chance of getting to the intestines. I take Vitamin D with breakfast to make sure it has the best chance to get absorbed, since it's fat soluble. Vitamin C is water soluble, so you could take it solo (since I'm using mine to aid digestion, I take it separate from meals). Overall, I try not to drink with meals except to get things down, if needed, because I don't want to dilute my stomach acid.
Current interests - Starting Strength (reading it very slowly)
Apples: squirt citrus juice on them, if he'll take it that way.
I hear ya. My No- Vember quickly degenerated into Fuckitvember. I still think that if I get back on a schedule, my eating will fix itself. Geek seems to agree, and wants to tighten up his eating too. We're gonna try getting up earlier by alarm and seeing if that fixes any of it.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
My Latest Journal
So I turned in an overtime request for 1 hour and 15 minutes. My boss told me that if I'm going to start turning in overtime, I need to ensure I'm to work on time... wth? I will admit that it's nothing unusual for me to be 5 or 10 minutes late most days each week b/c of one thing or another, but all last week and the week before (hell, probably the whole month before), I've been skipping my lunch because I haven't been going to the gym. I've always used my lunch for gym time and have eated at my desk when I have returned to work... I guess she's not noticed this. I didn't say anything b/c I'm too non-confrontational. It's only the second time I have ever turned in an OT request, and I actually cheated myself out of 30 minutes of overtime b/c I turned in the wrong form... It just bothers me that she'd think I was cheating the system or whatever. I rarely EVER turn in an OT request simply b/c you have to have a minimum of 15 minutes a day to report before you can report it and on very rare occasion do I have more than 5 or 10 minutes a day. I also was under the impression that b/c of budget cuts and what-not, we weren't allowed to take OT, so I hadn't ever turned it in before and just shrugged my shoulders and washed it away...
I was late by a half hour one day not last week, but the week prior when my dogs decided to galavant around town instead of coming back after doing their outside business, but I was also here for a half hour past my end time b/c we were still going over calendars for the week. I specifically asked her if it would be ok to use that half hour to make up for the half hour that morning and she said yes.
In addition, if I've noticed I'm a few minutes late, I always try to stay a few minutes late to make up for it... like this morning, I was getting out of my car at 8:00 on the dot, so I figure I was probably 5 minutes late by the time I walked up to the office. For that, I will stay 5 minutes late tonight... Besides, I NEVER get out of here at exactly 4:30 every day. Most days I get in my car and notice it's already a quarter to 5 before I am driving off (I don't park that far from the building that it would take 15 minutes to walk to my car - it's at most 100 yards)
I guess I better be a bit more diligent about getting to work on time and not skipping lunch since it's apparently not covering the few minutes late I have been. Trust me... I don't want to get fired, so I do what needs to be done to make up the time if I'm late... apparently there's not much of an honor system so I'll need to communicate that I'm staying 5 minutes late to make up for the 5 minutes this morning. *smh*
There are only 4 of us in this office... you'd think it wouldn't be that hard to notice if someone had skipped their lunch. *I* notice when people don't take lunch... But I also figure everyone is an adult here and for the safety of their jobs, they'll make up any missing time, whether it be 3 or 10 or 30 or 60 minutes...
Pineapple juice will keep apples from turning brown. and adds a nice kick to the flavor!
You can do the 100% -- easy peasy!
I take all my supplements in the morning or as soon as I eat something since I take some mega B's - I don't think it matters a whole bunch though.
1. Love ME no matter what noises are screaming at me, or who is trying to tear me down.
2. Eat to heal
3. Move to live
4. Embrace today
5. Live with intention
6. Respect my body
7. Cultivate joy
8. Find my passion
9. Meditate on peace in my soul
I'll keep doing it the way I am then. As it is now, I take my D's with Cod Livers, so lots of fat for them to bind to.
I was feeling especially anxious after catching up on Sabine's journal. I hate to see my friends (even if they're just internet friends) suffer through so much. I felt so helpless because there's nothing I can do to help ease her worries. So, I decided to take a break and go for a run...
Ran 20 min. Covered 1.81 miles. Wish I'd covered more ground and disappointed with an 11mm (min/mile) pace. It felt like I'd gone further than that. I was really hoping to be closer to 2 miles. Most everything felt good. I had a single twinge in my left hamstring. Going to email Dr. Lake to see what she thinks that's all about. I feel this same twinge every time I run. Legs felt heavy at about the 15 minute mark, but pushed through and finished strong. Here's a link you can use to see my map and elevation change: Jenn Tyler's Private Profile
Not hungry for lunch yet. It's 1:45 and I'm not hungry... wonder if I'll get hungry before it no longer makes sense to eat a whole meal. Dinner tonight is tacos! So excited for tacos!! I made my own taco seasoning yesterday! I hope it's good.