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    Busy week, but a good kind of busy. My energy level still fluctuates wildly but is improving bit by bit. Had a brief BP spike but I know what caused it and it calmed down with magnesium and rest. And I just put 3 more bags of TOO BIG clothes in the car to drop off at Goodwill tomorrow. Although my weight hasn't changed much, suddenly my shape has changed. And my face looks noticeably thinner.

    I've been very consistent with using the Primal Journal - my morning starts with a cup of coffee and the journal. I log what I ate the day before, sleep, activity, etc. I'm hoping some patterns will emerge that I can use to speed up the improvements. It's not my nature to be patient, but I'm being forced into it!

    No problems staying primal on food intake. The next challenge will be a three-day work seminar where I either bring all my food for the day or gamble on salads from the venue. I think I'll be cooking and packing my meals and snacks.
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    OK - Day 1 of the three-day seminar is behind me and I did pretty well. I ran out of time to cook breakfast so had a coconut avocado smoothie for breakfast, it was good but I was nibbling on nuts and blueberries mid-morning (the only provided snack I was willing to eat) since lunch was almost 6 hours later.

    Lunch was primal meat loaf with green beans, dinner was cilantro ginger chicken with roasted root vegetables. All delicious. I did eat 2 Hershey's kisses of the dozen that were left on my table and they were NASTY. Today I'm also taking some Lindt 90% dark chocolate, my favorite. No one looked at me like I was a dork and several women admired my cute insulated bag.

    I was really tired and not so smart by the evening but held up better energy-wise than I thought I would. The schedule didn't give much time for play or moving but I did walk around outside during the breaks which helped. Off to have another primal day shortly!
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    Whew, I got through the rest of the weekend OK and spent today recovering. Three 13-hour days in a row were taxing; and I did eat a few M&Ms... why did they have to pile candy on the tables? I do just fine if it's not in front of me, so I should have just swept it all off my table and let someone else deal with it! The best day was the one where I had salmon and spinach for breakfast - yum, I could eat that every day.

    Now I am planning a trip to see friends and need to be ready with food I can carry. My whole foods store has coconut manna in single-serve packages - I'm betting that will handle the hungries at 30,000 feet. Also I discovered I looove macadamia nuts so a bag of those in my purse will be helpful.

    Btw it's storming like crazy outside; booming and flashing and raining sideways. I love a good storm.
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    Hi Wren, it sounds like you did pretty well with that conference, all in all. I have to admit, I don't think I could handle 3 13-hour days. The eating would be less of an issue, but I'm still not feeling well enough to handle long days like that, especially back-to-back.
    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

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    Hey Judg - good be back for a quick check-in. Yes, I was whimpering at the end of those days and worked from bed for the next couple of days but then I had to get ready to go out of town.

    I'm on my way back home after a week seeing family. Eating Primal was a challenge especially for the 2 1/2 days I stayed with my in-laws - everything was cooking in or slathered with Blue Bonnet (or both). But the garden veggies were delicious. Got lots of slow exercise too which I really enjoyed... more so than the slow driving through construction on the trip back to the airport!

    I had a slightly alarming bout of heart palpitations and high BP today so I am glad to be on my way back home where I can rest and eat better. And I seriously miss my kitties. I'm lounging in a nice hotel room half an hour from the airport and plan to go to bed primally early.
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    "...since our orthodox theories have not saved us we may have to readjust them to bring them into harmony with Nature's laws. Nature must be obeyed, not orthodoxy." Weston A. Price

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    Oh dear. I do hope you get a good chance to recover.

    My Italian MIL has taken to baking a few sweet potatoes at family dinners so I can put her tomato sauce on that instead of pasta. The rest gets shared out, of course. I do close my eyes to the fact that things are fried in vegetable oil, and I'll have a few slices of breaded zucchini, but apart from that, I just pass on things I don't want to eat. There's always a good variety and she has no objection if I just take something else from the fridge, which I rarely do. I guess I'm spoiled that way.

    I do try to let people know about my new eating habits if I'm invited over. Not in detail, but I do tell them I won't be eating any grain products and avoid sugar in all but the smallest amounts. I figure that's covering the main bases. If it's to the point that it's giving you heart palpitations, maybe you should request a couple of changes the next time.

    Anyway, do try to rest up and take good care of yourself for a while.
    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.
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    Thanks - I have been mostly resting today. I think it was all the driving and not enough rest periods as much as the bad food. If I have to travel again, I'll bring some of my own food! I love these folks dearly and would like to expose them to a little primal knowledge (or a lot). They were impressed with my weight loss which is more visible than I realized. Sad to say but people respond more to cosmetic changes I think.

    The scale is up a couple of pounds but I'm not freaking out, could be largely water (flying does that to me) plus the non-primal fare. Today I am really enjoying my usual meals. Salmon and spinach for supper!
    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57034.html

    "...since our orthodox theories have not saved us we may have to readjust them to bring them into harmony with Nature's laws. Nature must be obeyed, not orthodoxy." Weston A. Price

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    Well, the cosmetic changes are visible, and therefore affect them directly. The health benefits are basically for you alone, or the people who live with the changes.

    DD was impressed primarily by seeing me sprint for the first time in her life. That alone convinced her that primal was a good thing for me.
    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

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    OK, I am all excited today. I signed up at a new local co-op that offers lots of primal choices and my first order arrives this weekend. I will have grass-fed beef, oxtails, and lots of bones for broth. (I've never eaten the marrow but I'll try it.) Also fresh cream and yogurt. And I learned a little about making kombucha from a friend and really want to try it. I had some yesterday and felt rather energized afterwards.

    I've also started drinking reishi tea thanks to a friend who told me it might help with the whole adrenal thing. Tastes rather strong, but not awful. Apparently it's been used in Chinese medicine for millenia.

    I'm about caught up from the trip, I think. I need to start taking evening walks again, now that temperatures have started to drop a bit. I guess I'm becoming a Floridian, anything below 80 degrees feels cool!
    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread57034.html

    "...since our orthodox theories have not saved us we may have to readjust them to bring them into harmony with Nature's laws. Nature must be obeyed, not orthodoxy." Weston A. Price

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    LOL! I get like that by the end of the summer around here, too. Although for me the cut-off point is 25 Celsius, which is a bit below 80F. I know this is supposed to be the frozen north, but this is a muggy town in the summer and by this time of year, I am usually yearning for autumn crispness, especially after the very hot summer we had this year. No crispness in the forecast yet, but the 14-day outlook is calling for a couple of cool days, i.e. up to room temperature. I am so looking forward to that.

    Everybody raves about kombucha. I've never had it. And I envy you your food coop. I haven't found anything workable around here. The weekly orders are too big for me on my own, and with DS gone again, I just don't see how I can eat that much food.
    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

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