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Old 07-15-2014, 06:39 AM   #1561
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Thanks! I agree about the scale....sure moves faster on the way up! Mine is slowly coming down, too. Feet look almost normal....I am amazed at how bad they puff up with just the smallest amount of grains.

I think I'm mostly prepared for the week....one more grocery run and a last minute wipe down of the bathrooms....DH said he'd do the bathrooms! Maybe I'll get him to vacuum, too!

I have to go meet my sister at lunchtime at Mom's house to start sorting and cleaning stuff out. All of a sudden she has decided that it needs to be done NOW! Well, it's waited this long so we'll do what we can and the rest can wait.

Made plans for Kayli and my niece, Bridget, to come over Thursday afternoon. Kayli and Bridget have been best friends even before they knew they are cousins! Anyways, having them over to play in the pool and help entertain my brother's girls a bit. DS is coming over that evening after work to have dinner and then he'll take the big girls home so I don't have to drag the little nieces out at bedtime.

Lots of scheduling and planning to be done for the rest of this week and the weekend! I just want to be able to stay on plan....I think I'm prepared!
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:31 AM   #1562
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Oh forgot to share that the thyroid blood work was definitely a mess but slightly improved. So for the time that I was AIP and on all my supplements it did help. I just need to stay on them.
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Happy Wednesday!!

Scale still very very very VERY slowly coming back down.

Super important medical appointment this morning. This one will be the decider about how we go forward with some things. Whether or not there's an official "thing" to worry about, etc....

I'm just trying not to have a panic attack in the next hour and a half.

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My brother and family are here as well as my sister. They are at Mom's house now working on sorting stuff that is upstairs. Making a lot of progress....wish they would have started this when I asked them to...a couple of years ago....at least it's getting done now.

Scale is inching down but I already know I'm going to have a few issues with a few of the meals while everyone is here. Nothing big but definitely not all on plan. Oh, well....I'll do my best.


My brother, SIL and sister are leaving tomorrow....the girls are staying till Monday. Kayli and my niece are coming tomorrow to visit and hopefully get some pool time....it's not been warm enough for pool time the last few days.

I'm off to start getting things ready for dinner....we won't be eating for a few more hours but I can get a bit done ahead so while it's quiet I'll do that.
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Old 07-17-2014, 06:27 AM   #1565
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Happy Thursday!!

The appointment went okay. I won't say well because we left with more questions than answers. Once I get my referral approved I will be heading to a specialist and maybe she can help. It was obvious that my GP didn't want to deal with it honestly.

Hubby and I both ended up stress eating. We really need to get this under control because he and I both had recently gained back 10lbs together.

We've been way too in tune with each other since he's been off work.

Just taking it one meal at a time right now though. It's hard when you really don't want to eat anything. Nothing sounds good... except junk food or easy quick food. If someone would just cook me a whole chicken and put it on salad for me then I would eat it. But because I have to think, budget, and buy... by the time I get to cooking and eating... I just don't want the healthy stuff anymore. Especially when we have long busy days like yesterday and it's just easier to grab something on the way home.

I think I need to re-instate pre-cook for the week. That way it's all done on Saturday or Sunday. Then we just grab something quick out of the fridge or freezer to reheat.

Also need to keep up the exercise. For now I have to do something every single day because when we take a couple days off to deal with appointments and such... I find I don't want to get back to it. Time to start going to bed at a decent time so I can wake up before the appointments and get a full workout. Not just a quick yoga session.

I'm definitely thinking full time KBs again because those I can just do a few minutes and get a full workout on my really packed days. In fact I'll start that today and just start increasing by 1 swing session every day(swing session being 30 seconds to a minute of swings).

Okay I think now that I've "talked it out" I've got a game plan.

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Hope everything works out for you!

I'm exhausted from everyone being here! My brother, SIL and sister have all left and it's just me and the little nieces. Kayli and my other niece were here for a few hours but didn't get enough time with them because I had to keep the little girls from pestering them. Ugh! So I told the big girls we'll do it again next week when the little girls are gone. Plus we'll be taking Kayli to see one of my brother's choir rehearsals next week if we can work out what day we can go.

Food has not been great....ate half a grilled cheese sandwich and my feet are all puffy again.
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Happy Friday!!

Thanks Hon!!

I'm up again today and super swollen.

I'm pretty sure I know why though. So, adjustments will be made. And lots of ACV drank.
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I'm having a good time with my nieces but I'm also frustrated with them. They are so beyond their age in some areas but in other areas they are just nitwits...saying that with love! They still need to be reminded to go to the bathroom, the 6 year old needs to be reminded to eat her meal and so on. They tend to use aches/pains/health things to manipulate their parents....example: "my head hurts....mosquito bit me....tummy ache...and so on" Parents are on them like flies giving them meds, putting creams on them, looking up home remedies. I think they do it for the attention because the complaints are just out of the blue. Neither one knows how to entertain themselves....I asked the 9 year old if she knew how to occupy herself for a few minutes and she said no. Ugh! I hate to complain about it all because it isn't their fault but it's driving me nuts! I've doubled their reading time so that I can have quiet for a little bit! LOL! And they are only allowed one movie a day....we've probably watched at least 10 movies already....with play time and active time in between. I'm sure I'll mostly miss them when they leave but I also want to smack my brother for some of his crazy parenting ideas!

Food is not on plan, feet are puffy....hope tomorrow is better!
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Happy Saturday!!

I thoroughly understand your feelings about the kiddos. I know a few like that and though I like/love them they drive me batty and I look forward to the time when they are done visiting.

Thank goodness my kids know how to entertain themselves. Granted I'd love them to do less gaming/tv time but at least they try to balance it with regular play, outside time, etc.... Plus all I have to do is say, "How about you guys go read for a while?" And they usually get right to it without any issue.

I decided not to weigh any more. I'll know I'm losing if the doctor's office scale shows it or my clothes get loose. Otherwise it is no longer on my radar of issues. As you saw on FB I'm done with all that. Plus allowing others issues with my weight stress me out is just ridiculous. A number on a scale does not define who I am. I'm tired of letting others opinions on that shape my own. I am DONE...... My hubby is very happy.

But even without trying to lose weight... I still need to be healthy and I'm not 100% on my plan that I need just yet. I'm working on it bit by bit... meal by meal... and I WILL get there.
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Old 07-19-2014, 10:07 AM   #1570
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They leave either Monday night or Tuesday morning. I have stuff planned to do while they are here but I am not a micro manager! They can't be left alone in a room while I do something in another room. They need constant supervision yet the little one comes in when I'm making breakfast and tells me her Mom is gluten conscious! WTH?! They both can tell me all about Mommy's intolerance to gluten which I think is minimal from what my SIL has told me. I have no problem with doing gluten free but it's the fact that a 6 yr. old knows all about that but needs a reminder to go to the bathroom that drives me nuts! LOL!

Food has been hit and miss and will continue to be till everyone is gone. I just can't concentrate on keeping my house fairly straightened up, watching these girls and doing a lot of food prep.

Leftovers for lunch....burger patties, sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts for dinner. I'll have to think of something for dessert tonight....I have an idea that they will like and it will be really easy to make. I have little mini pastry shells and will bake those and fill with cherry pie filling and a couple of chocolate chips. The shells hold maybe a tbsp. of filling so they can each have a couple of them.

Good idea to give up the scale! If others have a problem with how you look they can go jump off a high cliff or something! I'm getting less tolerant of people that are rude!
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Old 07-21-2014, 06:21 AM   #1571
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One of those Monday's where I'm actually happy for a new week and a fresh start.
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Good Morning! Well, my plans haven't gone as I thought the last few days....food was not on plan....lunch at my Aunt's house yesterday and then I had planned leftovers, etc. for dinner but my brother wanted Chinese food so we had that for dinner....I didn't eat much but it wasn't on plan. I'm looking forward to eating on plan again! I don't feel bad but I do have puffy feet. I just want to get back to eating lc because I like it better.

They are all leaving today....my brother came back Sunday night and so did my sister. They worked at Mom's most of yesterday. My cousin took the kids for the afternoon so they could play with her son who is close in age to the girls. I stayed at my Aunt's house for the afternoon to visit with her.

I'm worn out and will relax today after they leave. I have a busy few weeks coming up but I also have a jiggly massage scheduled for tomorrow and then my other massage next week.

We are picking up Kayli tomorrow and Thursday to help DH with some yardwork (she needs to earn some money).....then Thursday night we'll be taking her to my brother's choir rehearsal. The reason he comes every summer is to conduct a big choir concert in Madison which is about 2 hours from us. He's been doing this for years. Kayli is in choirs at school so this really interests her and since we are unable to go to the concert this year we asked him if we could bring her to a rehearsal. She will love it!
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Happy Tuesday!!

You're always so busy every summer. I don't know how you do it.

Finally back on thyroid meds. I had to pay full price because my insurance refused to pay the extra $10 it would take to put me on name brand.

So, after a week of fighting with them... I just said the heck with it and paid for it myself.

The doctor and I are trying to see if my sensitivities require me to be on the name brand. They say that they're "all the same" but I don't believe that for a minute.

So, I started that back this morning. I went ahead and weighed just because I also want to see the effect of the meds on the scale. Although that is a non issue right now as far as I'm concerned.... I still want to see what it does.

Have a dental appointment with a kiddo this morning and then the hubby's interview tomorrow. Even though the guy stated it was only a formality, I'm still a nervous wreck.
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Happy Wednesday!!

Not much going on here. Haven't weighed and probably won't. This is day 2 of thyroid meds and already I'm feeling a smidge better emotionally.

Let's hope that I can get my eating clean so that I can support my body feeling better.

My knee has especially gotten bad. I have weird shooting cramp type pain in the knee at night. It's not like cramps from not having enough potassium so I'm not sure what the heck is going on. Other than maybe it's my reacting to the whole body inflammation that I've been dealing with for the last few months.

Hopefully getting eating clean, gentle exercise, supplements, and meds will get this body back to normal soon.
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Good Morning! Was hoping to have a few days to relax once everyone was gone (they left at noon yesterday) but I have too much to do. I don't think I'll get to relax till the end of August.

Hope the meds help you....I'm sure you're feeling like me right now...frustrated because our bodies aren't doing what we want and tired of struggling but we keep plugging along doing our best.

Going for my jiggly massage today....really need it. This massage is the one that really helps my right leg more than anything.

I hope to get my eating back on track and start getting some sort of consistent exercise going. Hopefully DH can get my bike set up in the garage this week. I think I should be able to do some bike time.
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Happy Thursday!!

I was halfway good with my supplements yesterday. I was almost good with clean eating too. I say almost because I slipped up with dinner a bit. But the rest of the day was spot on.

Today will be even better. I'll get all my supps and be at least 95% clean if not 100%.

In spite of slipping up I am down about half a pound. So, that tells me the thyroid meds might be working. Granted it takes 2wks min to really get into your system. But I'm choosing to believe it's working.

So, if I can get everything else to fall into place I should start feeling better.
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Good Morning! We're taking Kayli to my brother's choir rehearsal tonight....it's about 2 hours away. We'll stop for something to eat on the way but my brother mentioned getting food after the rehearsal, too. I'm sure he'll want to ask Kayli what she thought about the rehearsal.

I didn't do well yesterday....hope to do better today. I'm going to the Hospice House today to attend a drop in grief session. I'm doing pretty good most of the time but thought it wouldn't hurt to attend a session...there are a couple more in the coming weeks as well as one I can sign up for in Sept. Not sure if I will go to that or not....I'll see how things are today first.

I've been having a terrible time again with itching on my legs and I'm sure it's from the hot tub chemicals. So last night I scrubbed my legs good after we came in and then tested 2 of my DIY creams...one on each leg. They both helped a bit so I'll be putting them on at least once or twice more today.

I really need to get more consistent with supplements. I have a bunch in my cabinet that I can't remember why I wanted to take them so I guess I'll be looking up what they are for soon. Want to get past the weekend first.

I'm going to make some dip for veggies for us to snack on at lunch time. We'll be stopping for something to eat on the way tonight and then again after rehearsal so we can visit with my brother a bit before we head home. But Kayli is at school all morning and will be hungry when she gets here.
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Happy Friday!!

Hope you had fun with the family last night.

Scale is gradually ooching down. Even though I said it isn't about the weight it currently is showing me that I'm in the right direction with getting inflammation down.

Having a fight with my insurance currently. And I'm supposed to be "not stressing" because it isn't good for my current conditions. Gotta luv it!!
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Good Morning! Hope you can get things worked out with the insurance company....

We had a great time last night! I've only seen this choir in concert one time about 7 or 8 years ago and they were outstanding. But to see the process of becoming outstanding as well as seeing my brother working was very interesting! My brother wanted us all to go out to eat after so we went to this really cool place and ate off plan. I'll be posting a few pics on FB soon.

Book Club tonight so more off plan food. I really need to get back on plan....hopefully tomorrow. Scale isn't going up but it's not going down and my feet are puffy all the time.
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I had a great time at book club last night.....lots of laughs and good food! It's so nice to get together with these women on a monthly basis.

Today I'm going to a birthday party for my BIL's cousin's daughter.....I'm sure there will be stuff I can't eat but I'm also pretty sure they will have things that are on plan for me. Last year they grilled all kinds of meat so I'll stick with that and salads if I can.

Not much else going on.....still lots of aches and pains that I can't seem to get rid of. Tired of it....it interferes with my life so much and keeps me from starting exercise again. I definitely have to discuss this with my dr. again.....I want my life back!
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Happy Saturday!!

Glad you had such a good time at the rehearsal and last night at book club. Sorry you've got the aches and pains.

I am all too familiar with those. In fact after a few days of clean eating I felt I could only slightly tell a difference in how much I hurt. Didn't really seem "that" noticeable.

At least until my hubby wanted to eat out last night. By the end of the night my son and hubby were taking turns "beating" on my knee to make it feel a little better.

So, there was a HUGE difference between eating clean and eating who knows what from a restaurant.

Back to clean today and hubby finally admitting defeat when it comes to me eating out with them.

I also did an experiment with coffee in regards to my skin issues. I'd read that it wasn't the caffeine so much as drinking it hot. So, I skipped coffee completely yesterday. I woke with my skin tone looking much better. Then I had an iced coffee. Within an hour my skin looked awful. So, for me at least, it's the caffeine. I'm going to miss my coffee.
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Happy Sunday!!

Woke up swollen and back up 3lbs and not really sure why. I'll be going full AIP tomorrow. I have the added incentive of seeing that the kiddos need me to. So that helps. I really don't want DS's asthma back and DD is having some issues with her skin and thyroid as well. So, it's time to tighten those reigns. I don't make them follow it as strictly as I do. But if I'm strict with myself it's easier for them to stick to the foods they know they feel best on.
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Good Morning! Not as puffy as I expected to be this morning....we went to a birthday party and I didn't stay on plan although I didn't do terrible. Seems like I can't just quite stay all the way on plan...there's always a little something that I "have" to have and it is almost never worth it. Need to stop doing that.

I'm going to work on a grocery list today and then either tomorrow or Tuesday I'll get groceries.

I got a message on FB that some friends of ours are in town visiting their son and family and I'm hoping we can get some time to get together while they are here. We haven't seen them since DS2 got married almost 6 years ago. Every time they are in the area our schedules have not worked out. Hopefully this time we can do something....I'd like to invite them to dinner at DS1's house since it's a more central location and DS said he wants them to see his house. I'll find out more today...
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Feet are puffy as usual but not horrible so far. Had some phone calls this morning about Mom's legal stuff and her financial stuff. Need to go to town and talk to Stepfather again. Ugh! So tired of all of this.

DH had dental work this morning....he's not feeling the greatest but has to work on his car because there's a few problems. He needs to go over a checklist the car guy gave him and then bring it in for the guy to fix.

I need to get groceries, continue with my cleaning/organizing/purging projects. Got a lot done last night but it's really only a dent in what needs to be done. Some of it I need to have DH help with so that will have to wait till tonight or tomorrow.

Had some cottage cheese this morning and a protein shake for lunch. Not sure what we'll do for dinner....DH can only have soft foods today....I have leftover oatmeal he can have for dinner Not sure what I'll have...
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Happy Monday!!

Was out for my appointment super early this morning so didn't get a chance to post.

All was clear at that one thankfully. We worry because I have a fibroadenoma with a marker inserted for future scans. This is to make we know if it changes in some way. Between that and family history it means I have a higher chance so we have to be vigilant.

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Unfortunately on the tale of the good news I had some insurance related bad news. So it created a roller coaster of emotions.

Thankfully I have not stress eaten any non clean foods.

Although the scale was back down it wasn't all the way back down the 3lbs it jumped up. Not totally sure what was going on.. except maybe the fence painting and other exercise causing muscle swelling.

Again I'm not necessarily going for weight loss per se... so much as the scale going in a direction that shows healing. As long as it's steady in one spot or going down then I'm good. If it's continuing up then I'm still dealing with inflammation.

I'll get this figured out again I'm sure.
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Happy Tuesday!!

I chose not to weigh today. I was feeling crummy already and chose not to add emotional stress to that. I do NOT want this to become about numbers on a scale.
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Good Morning! Got everything straightened out with Stepfather yesterday. Tomorrow is the day he is supposed to sign the legal papers I need signed. He says he understands them now and is willing to sign.

Scale is the same....I guess I should be happy that all my poor choices have not caused it to go up much. It's not at my lowest but I'm glad it's not higher. I am going to try to do strict induction next week while DH is on his business trip. Maybe I can get a good start to losing while he's gone.

Still haven't made it to the grocery store...plan to go today. I ordered a crop box from a local farm to pick up today...$10 for the box of whatever excess veggies they have! This is the first time I've done this but if I like it I'll try to do it whenever they offer it.

I looked into prices and ordering info for getting half a beef and half a pig. We'll need to get a freezer first. Have to see how the finances are in a month or two. I know it's too late to order the beef now and I already can't remember times to order pig but I found a few places fairly close to us. And one of them also sells eggs so I have another source for eggs now! I hope I can get this all worked out so we can do this all the time.
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Old 07-30-2014, 03:51 PM   #1588
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Happy Wednesday!!

Glad you got things straight with step father and that he's going to sign papers. That's exciting that you're doing the half pig, csa's, and such. I've always wanted to do that.

Hopefully one day.

We've been blessed with a freezer that we got from someone DH worked with many moons ago. That plus a bed and dining set. Gotta luv when military have to move quickly.

Scale is not currently being nice but I am fully on plan and doing well. Just hoping for a quick turn around of my various symptoms. I'm hoping anyway. There is a possibility that it's so bad this time around that it'll take a lot longer than usual. I hope not...... Things are really bad though. I'm pretty sure that stress has to do with at least 85% of it though.
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Old 07-30-2014, 06:02 PM   #1589
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Papers are all signed!!! Yay! I also got a call yesterday that Mom's headstone was placed so after all the papers were signed I took Stepfather to the cemetery to see it...he was pleased with it. He also said to give him the final bill to pay....Yay, again!

I've been researching farms that sell beef, pig, etc. Hoping to find one that also sells just packages that we can sample before we spend that much money at once. Some of the farms around here do that so once things settle down we'll see what we can do. I don't want to make any rush decisions. I also need to figure out where we'll put the freezer.

Most of the puffiness is finally gone! I see bones in the top of my feet again! Scale is still the same but I'm hoping that next week I can get all the way back on plan and start losing again.

I'm never going to give up low carb but sometimes I just wonder if I will ever start to lose. At this point if I could even lose half of what I need to lose I'd be ok with it. I just want to wear the clothes I now have packed away, I want to be active again and I want to stop hurting all the time.

I'm going to try a new anti-inflammatory drink....found the recipe yesterday and will make it tonight. Hope it helps! I'll let you know!
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Old 07-31-2014, 07:28 AM   #1590
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Happy Thursday!!

Yay on the papers being done!!
Glad your swelling is going down.

Switched my meds to night time instead of morning to see if the increased absorption(because it takes longer to move through the body) will help. I read that some people may have vivid dreams and have to go to the bathroom more at night when doing this. Yup, I can confirm that.

However I woke up already feeling like I'd had a cup of coffee to start my day. That was an interesting feeling. I'm still tired from dreaming all night but alert. If that makes any sense.

Anyway, I would say that day 1 of the experiment is a success. And it now means that I can take all my other vitamins in the morning. Which is way more convenient.

Scale was down this morning but swelling was still up. Not sure what's going on with that.

I found that though my knee still hurt last night... I didn't need as much massaging from the hubby as usual. And I wasn't complaining about it as much either.

So, pain is lessening and I'm waking more alert. Let's hope next up is an energy surge and my face beginning to clear.

I also need to figure out this exercise thing. It has to be very gentle and I can't sweat or get red in the face. Mild yoga will work. Swimming has been recommended but I can't afford the local pool. Besides I'm not sure I want to wear a swimsuit around anyone right now.

Walking would be awesome if it wasn't so hot outside. And we can't afford the gas to drive to the mall every time I need a walk.

I miss KBs but they definitely get me all hot and sweaty.

I'll get this figured out I'm sure.

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