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Flab Fighters

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Flab Fighters is a class that I really enjoy taking at the Fitness Studio where I work out with some of my SP Friends, EBeams,TBeams and SkinnyRadle.

This class is 'sold' as "the heaviest 5 pounds will ever feel" - or something close. The instructor is usually Kim Rose, she also owns the Fitness Studio. Anyway, why am I tell you all of this? Well, because this is my blog and I want to! Ok, I'm being smart. First, I have been asked to blog about FF and second, because I have an idea that I will describe in my next blog.

Ok, so I love FF. It's usually at 5:30 or 6:30 in the evening which is my very favorite time to work out - I feel good at that time, I have energy. I like the energy of the instructor. I like that several people attend the classes consistently so I can work out with some of the same people each class. I don't really like to 'be the new kid' or know no one so there is a FF camaraderie of sorts that I like. But...my very favorite part of the class is this - the class changes every single time I attend!

You can go to one class and you'll walk in and be told - choose one heavy weight and a mat.
Or another class, pick a pair of light and a pair of medium weights and a mat. Or it might be a run-the-rack class where you use the heaviest weight you can until the muscle fails, then you drop down one weight and do that move until the muscle fails at that weight and the next weight down...you get the idea.
Or Kim might have stations set up for interval type training where you go from station to station...
Or it might be an active rest class where in between each weight lifting move we do a minute of some activity to keep the heart rate up; jumping jacks, frog jumps, mountain climbers, lunges, high knee raises, jump rope, etc.
Kim also has what she calls 'the smorgasbord of pushups' - that class will make you wish you'd chosen to stay home!
So, no matter when you go, even several classes in a row, you always get a different work out.

Let me share a few memorable moments from class:
*We are doing this move, on your hands and knees push up style, push your chest down toward the floor moving forward like you are going under a barbed-wire fence and then come back the same way-under the fence. This move is so hard, so awkward that I'll take the barbed-wire, no thanks to that move!!!

* Fitness instructors cannot always count, I'm not talking about intelligence here, I'm talking about motivation. Kim has been known to count, "5, 4, 3, 3, 3, 3...". Really?!?!

*We're laying on our mats, doing endless abdominal/oblique moves, Kim says, "Come on, how can you have a 6-pack if you give up now?" The gal next to me, SkinnyRadle's niece says, "Dang, I have a 6-pack in my fridge! For that I could have stayed home!"

*Kim loves this move, of course near the end of class when we are tired and muscles are failing, single leg raises. Easy enough, right? Except we are laying there, right leg in the air and she says, "Switch!" so the left leg is up, and she says, "Switch!" and the right leg is up again. Abs are burning but we're still keeping good form and then that Flab Fighting Hitler yells (she's small but trust me, she has a set of pipes on her!), "Switch! Switch! Switch! Switch! Switch! Switch!" AAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!!!!

But, I have to say, I've lost almost 16 inches since attending classes at the Studio. I really do like the "community" and I love all that I've learned about form and muscle use. I've even learned about cheating, because in cheating a muscle, using another to create the motion but not using the intended muscle, I've learned how my body has compensated for weaker muscles, using larger and stronger ones. So, there you have it, Flab Fighters!! I still love it!!

  
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ID_VANDAL 3/19/2012 5:14PM

    16 inches is a great selling point for your workouts! I do like the idea of changing your workout - not only for the physical but it's just more fun doing different things!

Also - great point on the counting. I thought my trainer was the only one who couldn't count - and the miscounting is NEVER in my favor!! But that's a good thing isn't it!

Keep up the great work!

Vandal

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MRS_TOAD 3/19/2012 8:51AM

    Sounds like a motivating class! Glad you found it!

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CHUBRUB3 3/18/2012 3:28PM

    Awesome class!
I have something similiar and so worth it, but love the name of yours.
Fantastic NSV!!!
WTG!
Hugs,
AngelaR>

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/18/2012 3:20PM

    I'm impressed!....if only there were more hours in the day.....!
It's great to belong to a group with the same goal, I suspect some people come and don't stay the course.
I'll be waiting for the next blog with interest!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/18/2012 1:45PM

    How very cool! It sounds a lot like my Power Pump class that I go to twice a week. I love that you call her the Flab Fighting Hitler; MY instructor is the Spandex Nazi! And yes, they CANNOT COUNT. My favorite instructor is usually in the middle of a STORY when we are doing reps PAST muscle failure and sometimes someone will yell, ARE YOU COUNTING?????

Any way, I love hearing about your enthusiasm for your class! It sounds like exactly the right fit for you.

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-LINDA_S 3/18/2012 11:43AM

    My abs are hurting just reading your blog! I need to do some Pilates or something...

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_LINDA 3/18/2012 1:26AM

    Well done!! That class would certainly keep your body guessing! Very nice mix up of activities! How nice you have some Spark buddies to share the pain with too ;) Couldn't get any more perfect than that!
Enjoy!

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DETERMINEDJANET 3/17/2012 10:14PM

    Sounds like a tortuously good time! And you're right...those trainers/instructors have a tough time with counting!

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WATERMELLEN 3/17/2012 9:32PM

    Sounds awesome! And: can't argue with success: all those inches LOST!

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Just How Big is the Love of God?

Monday, March 12, 2012

I told my DD this story about eternity, because eternity is such a big concept to fathom...if you have a rope that is a mile long, really any length that you imagine, and you take a ball point pen and you draw a line around that rope. That ball point pen line is your life on the rope of eternity. One ball point pen width in a whole rope!!!!

So, DD was at Winter Retreat this weekend, she told the counselor that story. A while later the counselor came back to DD and said, "Hey, remember your rope? And remember your ball point pen line around the rope? Well, God loves you as long as the rope and He wants you to wrap yourself in that rope. The ball point pen line is how much you can love God if you love Him with ALL of your being, ALL that you have."

Wow, huh?

  
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WATERMELLEN 3/16/2012 8:52PM

    Nice!

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MRS_TOAD 3/15/2012 9:06AM

    GREAT analogy! Wow!

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KALIGIRL 3/15/2012 8:54AM

    Way WOW!
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7356WILMA 3/13/2012 7:43AM

  I too like this will have to remember to share!

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/13/2012 7:40AM

    I will share the story with my Lent group

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SANDYDOLLAR201 3/13/2012 6:44AM

    Awesome!

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FIT_GROOVY_GURL 3/13/2012 4:28AM

    emoticon way of making something so big easy to understand in a child's mind. I like it.

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_LINDA 3/13/2012 1:34AM

    Those metaphors really do bring it home..
Fantastic!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 3/13/2012 12:45AM

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PURESTILLWATER 3/12/2012 11:34PM

    Wonderful

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DETERMINEDJANET 3/12/2012 10:40PM

    Awesome!!!

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CHUBRUB3 3/12/2012 10:30PM

    That is awesome!
Great story to share Karen.
Hugs,
Angela

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PJGABRIEL 3/12/2012 10:30PM

    Very intersting spin on the line and it when you think about this it is really true.

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Much Ablog about Little

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I don't have a lot to report but what I do have to say is quite exciting for me!

One of my greatest regrets is not having measurements from when I started my weight loss journey in Jan 2011. Finally, when I was frustrated with pounds lost in October 2011, I finally decided to take some measurements, a starting point if you will. By Jan 1, 2012 when I took my second set of measurements, I lost 7 inches but no pounds! Not bad, right?

So today I decided to measure again. Roomy clothes told me it was time to see what what up, or down as it were! From 1/1/12 to today 3/10/12, I've lost ANOTHER 8.75 inches! So, let's all do the math! That's 15.75 inches lost in 5 months! Wow! I'm shape shifting!

Oh, and here is the best part to me...I'm still wearing the same bras that I was in January 2011, the Girls are sticking with me through this journey! Yeah Girls! I've never had extra and my DH is completely against buying new Girls so I have to keep what I have!

I have blogs galore in my brain, I hope to blog more often and share what I'm thinking! Thank you all, so much, for your support on this journey of life. Thank you.

Karen

  
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WATERMELLEN 3/16/2012 8:52PM

    This is such a fun blog! Those inches are . . . disappearing! (Except, thank goodness, the crucial ones!!)



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ID_VANDAL 3/12/2012 3:07PM

    Congrats on some major achievements!! You remind me (well all of us) that even if we aren't dropping pounds we are still "body shifting" and that's fine!!

Let me add my voice to the I'd like to see more blogs from you as well. You're a good writer and it's unfair not to share!!

Keep up the good work.

Vandal

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MRS_TOAD 3/12/2012 9:03AM

    Way to go on your continued loss! You are doing so GREAT!

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SANDYDOLLAR201 3/12/2012 8:08AM

    Good for you on all those lost inches! It is a shame you didn't have them from the start, but it is wonderful that you fixed that and just see where you are now!
You are doing great!!
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EBEAMS 3/11/2012 9:04PM

    Good for you! I told ya ... measurements are the BEST! You are already SEEING with your own eyes that you are SHRINKING in the amount of space you take up in the world! That is SOOOOOOO exciting! And congrats on the "girls" ... always like to know there's a happy hubby in every household! emoticon Hugs ... Eda

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_RAMONA 3/11/2012 7:05PM

    Yeah, Karen! Means you're burning fat AND retaining muscle! GO YOU!!!

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LESLIESENIOR 3/11/2012 5:39PM

    I'm with Travelgrrl. I loved that your husband doesn't want to have it any other way. Mine is the same about my tiny girls.
Congratulations on your lost inches, but MORE than that, congratulations on finding a better way to measure health and fitness. Great example. Great blog. And yes, do bless us with more blogging!
Leslie

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RAINBOWCHOC 3/11/2012 4:53PM

    I agree it's a shame you didn't measure at the start but I winder if it's possible to work out what your hips and waist were from a pair of trousers that "just fit" at the start..or did you throw them out?
I'm really proud of your loss, it is wonderful to know something is shifting when the scales stick.
Good wishes for a continued loss
Sandra

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LUV2RUN72 3/11/2012 3:48PM

    Yeah Karen! You are melting away! And Yeah for your girls sticking around, that is very kind of them. LOL! I'm so glad you took your measurements since you have been so frustrated with not seeing the pounds decrease. I can see that you are shrinking every time I see you but when the scale is not moving, it can be hard to believe that you are making progress........but WOW 15.75 inches is a heck of a lot of progress. emoticon
I am so excited for you and proud of you for all you have done. You have been working so hard and look what happens.........you shrink! emoticon

Hugs to you my friend!
Rachel

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CHUBRUB3 3/11/2012 3:08PM

    Yeah Karen!!
That is so fantastic!! Proud of you!! You are working it and even when we have nasty scales, our inches show.
Hugs and keep up the great work.
Angela


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LITTLETEAPOT17 3/11/2012 12:12PM

    Karen,

That's wonderful on your progress! I am so happy you are doing well. Keep us posted in your progress. For myself, I measure once a month and take lots of body pics every 6 months.
It really helps not to forget all the progress we're making.

Thanks for sharing your journey with us and congratualtions! How is the Primal/Paleo cravings now???? I am on my 4th week of Reset with no cravings or hunger and I've lost 6 lbs in 3 weeks. Oh and another good book you might want to read is "Mastering Leptin." I highly recommend it! The reason I share this is because I wish someone would have told me how to control my eating and weight years ago. It would have changed my life so much earlier!
Hugs, Paula

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FIT_GROOVY_GURL 3/11/2012 5:37AM

    emoticon job!!! I have to rely on measurements more than the scale myself. WAy to rack up those numbers in inches lost!! emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 3/10/2012 11:45PM

    Well done!! That is fantastic! You are very lucky to still be wearing the same bra size -I went down two sizes upstairs before the fat started coming off my hips -but that is life in the endomorph, pear shaped kingdom..It sloughs off quickly everywhere but where you really want it..
Keep up the GREAT work!!
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FREELADY 3/10/2012 11:01PM

    Isn't it rewarding to have some numbers to reassure ourselves?! YOU knew you were doing well, but it's nice to see it in inches!

Great job!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/10/2012 9:41PM

    It cracked me up: "my DH is completely against buying new Girls".

I guess you should be glad he loves you just the way you are!

I hope you do blog more often, and geez, you are doing super great!


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Grok, Primal, Paleo

Sunday, February 26, 2012

For most of my life I've had problems with my guts. When I was 9 I had ulcers - I guess you could say I was a Type A personality before it was popular! At that time I went over a year eating a 'bland' diet. My blessed mom literally cooked me different food than what was served daily to my family. I got potatoes before they were gravied or spiced, I got veggies that had no sauce on them, meat was cooked without gravy, I seam to remember a lot of meatloaf. I had no soda (it was our tradition that we kids could have a tiny glass - I'd say 4 ounces - of 7-Up on Saturday night after dinner) for that same time.

As I grew older, I stressors of moving often, changing schools, of course classes in high school and college were difficult and I worried about tests and grades and friends and boys. Each of these stressors affected me the same way, my stomach hurt. I had a horrible but short - 5 year - failed marriage that took a huge toll on my guts. Until I was married to my beloved John, I didn't know that the pain I felt was not actually my stomach, it was my intestines.

In July 2009 I took myself to ER with a horrible pain in my right side, I thought I had appendicitis but I didn't. After several gross, nasty and disgusting tests later I was diagnosed with IBS - Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Once I started reading about it, all of the symptoms fit perfectly and I had a diagnosis that I believe to be true. I think making sure the diagnosis you are given and the symptoms you have all fits together for you. I believe if your doctor gives you a diagnosis and it doesn't "ring true" or you can't reconcile the diagnosis to your symptoms, then you probably need a second or third opinion...

So, I can honestly say that for most of my life, I've had pain in my stomach. I was little and I said all the time, "Mommy, I have a tummy ache." and she did the best she did with what she was told by the doctors. As an adult, I've seriously spent thousands of dollars on over the counter medications, on doctor visits, on diagnostic tests and prescription drugs that were supposed to help. Now I'm hoping that I know better and I can do better...

I think in the past weeks, thanks to a comment on SP by my friend CHUBRUB3, I started reading about Grok, primal or paleo eating...I've devoured a site called Mark's Daily Apple (.com) and have been turned onto a primal eating SP team and I've been listening to vlogs about eating, reading Sean Croxton and Wellness Underground information and I've started eating primal. I have cut out grains, I've stopped eating flour and sugar. I am feeling better. I won't tell you that I'm cured or that I'm feeling completely better and having no gut pain. But I can say that some of my bodily functions are closer to normal, I feel better, and I feel like I'm on the right track. Like I said before, I think that's important.

I'm continuing to read, I'm learning as I go. Every day I read more, learn more and I try something new. Today was grocery shopping and that was a real experience - we were looking for things we'd never even heard of - like almond butter and almond flour - found the butter, not the flour. I'll try to keep you all posted, I've learned I'm not a great blogger! I have lots to say but I'm not very organized in my thoughts!

Blessings, and I'd love to hear about anyone else who is eating this way or has tired it and abandoned it...I'm all ears, I'm definitely in a learning phase here. Thank you for reading and any comments! Karen

  
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WATERMELLEN 3/7/2012 8:16PM

    Have had IBS (while commuting to lawschool with a young family: stressful!!) but didnt' try paleo.

However, eating the way I do now has completely eliminated the problem. Mostly fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, beans and legumes, a little lean protein (chicken, fish, low fat dairy) . . . same stuff day after day. Very little processed/manufactured food. Salads, soups.

Plus exercise: regular cardio, ST, abs, stretching.

I remember the excruciating pain . . . and it's so wonderful to be free of it. All best to you with your journey.

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FREELADY 3/2/2012 7:09PM

    It is amazing how the Creator designed our bodies! The biochemistry behind so many of these recommendations is fascinating. God's creative genius on the cellular and microscopic level, so many complex processes.

I have been working on the Leptin Reset according to Dr. Jack Kruse since the first of the year. It has taken me a number of weeks to implement all the processes, but I am very encouraged about many factors.

The most dramatic result is no hunger. I can truly forget about food, literally for the first time in my life. I also find my emotions are more stable and my energy level is excellent. Less soreness after strength training, also. Weight is holding steady so far, but I have been overweight for 30 years, so I expect I am a tougher case. Keep us posted!!

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_LINDA 2/29/2012 1:27AM

    So sorry to hear of the life time struggle you have had with your GI tract, not fun :( I have had some trouble, almost got an ulcer before smartening up. My problem is swinging wildly both ways from plugged up to running for the bathroom. Very frustrating. My diet for the last few years has been mostly fresh (or frozen) fruits and veggies. I am not a meat eater. I eat little or no grains. I find I get all the fiber I need from my fresh stuff and it helps to keep the calories in check. So glad you found natural almond butter (the one I get has nothing extra added, not even salt.) -I love the stuff! So much nicer than that highly processed peanut butter I used to eat. I don't know what this Primal diet it is. But I don't believe in restrictive diets people go on. I just eat healthy what feels good for me foods. And your body does let you know what it does and doesn't like.. My only problem with all the fresh stuff is bad gas and beano helps with that. I use soy milk, not dairy.
I hope this diet will help ease up your symptoms more. Good luck with it...

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BBAMMOM 2/28/2012 12:51PM

    Karen,

Just stopping by to offer you support and encouragement. Angela is a special friend of mine as well and, like Paula said, you are in good hands with her!

I've been eating Primal for a few weeks now. Even with a few minor slip ups, I feel amazing! My body feels lighter, my brain feels more alert, and I walk with more of a bounce!!

Keep up the great work! We're here for you!!

Aloha,
~Phyllis

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MRS_TOAD 2/28/2012 8:14AM

    The web can be a beautiful tool of healing. I hope this works for you!

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LITTLETEAPOT17 2/27/2012 3:33PM

    Hi Karen,
I am 50 years old and have never felt better in my whole life since I started eating "real" food. That's what Primal/Paleo is, isn't it? Just REAL food.

I am now on day 10 of the Leptin Reset and I lost 4 lbs the first week. My food cravings are gone and I am not fixated on food anymore except for a couple days and then the cravings were not out of control--I just ate a little coconut oil and they went away.

Angela is great friend and she knows a lot about this stuff. You are in good hands. For those of us who have been lucky to have been informed about eating healthy and what that means for our bodies we are blessed. There are millions of people out there who are continuing to struggle and I feel sorry for them. Food, diet, exercise doesn't have to be how we've been brainwashed to believe all because of the $$$$. Forget all the $$$, I want to be like Grok--Live Long and Drop Dead!!

Anyway, I will never go back to the way I was eating before. I don't miss it at all and I love being in control of my body and mind. Like you said, when you know better, you do better.....I love that one too.

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RAINBOWCHOC 2/27/2012 2:40PM

    Glad your life is less stressful. Let's hope the new regime gives you some further healing on your journey to wellness. So many people are having to "eat clean" these days, I am all for it.
best wishes

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MISSILENE 2/27/2012 1:38PM

    Hello Karen, So happy that you have found Primal. I am not all primal but have been doing it for many years. I also have a history of gut problems. ugh. Most of the time Dr's do not know what to do for us except tell us don't eat this or eat this and take these pills. I totally believe that fiber is very important for ibs. Did they test you for Gluten allergies? But anyway, the white flour is the best thing to avoid. I also know that stress causes ibs. I was so sick with pain that my Dr though I had crohns disease. NO I had pain but I had lots of stress also. I used to come home while holding my tummy wanting to eat only rice and white bread with butter. No question that I blossomed up to 256 lbs. I don't do any white flour any more. Keep up the good work. Try doing fiber and I certainly hope you feel better every day. emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 2/27/2012 11:48AM

    Yeah Karen!!
Thank you for listening and giving it a try. I can't tell you how much better I personally feel eating this Primal way.
Do I occasionally fall off the wagon? Yes, I do. However, the way my body feels after, I don't want to do it again. Some foods that I NEVER thought I could give up, I DO NOT MISS. And when I think I will have it again, I am grossed out by how it tastes and it will not come my way again.
My Health is improving daily. My energy seems limitless. My sleep is finally a deep, restful one. Many, many more benefits too.
I wish you well. I wish you health. You can do this.
I bought my coconut flour and almond flour at a health food store; or you can make your own by grinding them very fine.
Being a baker by trade I am making treats (in moderation) for my family by substituting the grain flours with the coconut/almond/quinoa flour; and substituting the sugars with natural like honey or maple syrup.
You don't have to give up everything, you just have to eat clean.
I would love to talk more about this with you my friend.
I wish you health.
Hugs,
Angela
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KALIGIRL 2/27/2012 8:36AM

    Sounds like a grand new adventure - hope it works!

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GIANTMICROBE 2/27/2012 7:26AM

    I had a nervous tummy when I was a kid- but it got better as I got older and chilled out! I was such a stressed out child, more stressed out than any child should ever be. I'm okay now.

I know lots of people on here who eat Paleo and they love it. I can certainly see the benefits but I don't think I'm ready to take that leap right now. I say good for you and let us know how it goes!!!

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ID_VANDAL 2/27/2012 5:04AM

    Good job on finding better solutions to what is going on in your body. I can't imagine going through what you have but still - just look at how strong you are!

Keep learning - you are doing a great job!

Vandal

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DETERMINEDJANET 2/26/2012 10:36PM

    Welcome to my world in a round about way! Here are the things I have to work hard to avoid for the family: wheat, gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, corn, potatoes, oats. My hubby and son are affected completely differently by several of these items and not just a tummy ache. Hugs & Prayers as you continue to navigate this and I pray you continue to see relief!

By the way, thanks for explaining those foreign "gibberish-looking" terms for me! LOL

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LESLIESENIOR 2/26/2012 10:24PM

    I think you are an awesome blogger. You have described difficulties that so many can relate to, as evidenced by all these responses. What a gift you have given others.

Don't you love Spark for helping us continue to be life long learners of health and fitness tailored to our own needs and circumstances?

We'll all be tuned in to see how your new plan works for you. Fabulous!!!

Leslie

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_RAMONA 2/26/2012 9:57PM

    Yeah, Karen! Isn't it great to feel better after feeling unwell for a long time?

I too had a diagnosis of ulcers at a young age... are you aware that they now know ulcers are caused by a virus?

And, I was diagnosed with IBS 25 years ago. I never got a lot of relief from medications, and flares were horrendous. After a year if struggling to find a medical solution, and out of desperation, I instinctively started eating 'Paleo' (no processed/refined food, sugar, or chemicals of any kind )'. After a year, I considered myself 'cured'. I haven't had a flare since, and as long as I eat paleoish at least 80% of the time, I can eat anything I want without a recurrance of symptoms... even natural/good foods I could never eat before - corn, beets, bananas, beans, cabbage.

I'm rooting for you and hope you have the same success I have!

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FIT_GROOVY_GURL 2/26/2012 8:11PM

    emoticon for sharing this. Reading about your stomach issues was like reading my own story on my stomach issues. I just started eating paleo/primal this past week in hopes of helping my body.
Keep us posted as I am curious how this works out for you.
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TRAVELGRRL 2/26/2012 8:02PM

    Oh my, what an ordeal! I'm so glad you have found something that may help relieve some of your pain and symptoms.

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PURESTILLWATER 2/26/2012 7:50PM

    So excited for you. It has really helped our mutual friend Angela and some other friends. I will be joining you all soon. It just makes so much sense. I hope it helps with your ibs. Hugs

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-LINDA_S 2/26/2012 7:24PM

    Sounds like you're making progress. Dontcha just love Sean? He really tells it like it is. If you think you maybe need to do something more drastic, check out the GAPS diet. It goes beyond Paleo. Very strict in the beginning but apparently has really good results. I hope you're taking a heavy-duty probiotic. There's also someone named Andrea Ramirez who has a free newsletter and lots of recipes on her site. She's now gotten heavily into the GAPS thing. Just a few things to consider...

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EBEAMS 2/26/2012 7:10PM

    Look at you GO ... Nice job finding something that looks like it will work for you! Woohoo ... I am so happy! Keep me posted on how it goes ... I'm totally interested! And try World of Nutrition in the Johnson Square off Caldwell Blvd and Orchard for the Almond Flour!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 2/26/2012 6:40PM

    Best Wishes in reaching all of your goals.

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Tiny, short blog

Thursday, February 02, 2012

My SIL's mom has a recurrence of breast cancer, very active non-Hodgkin lymphoma and the breast cancer has spread to her spine.

No radiation, 6 rounds of chemo. My SIL is coming home on Sunday, 1/5/12 but will return her mom's in Seattle for each round of chemo.

As my SIL says, "we covet your prayers"...my youngest niece (Micayla, age 6) wants her mommy home 'right now'.

Thank you all for your prayers, positive thoughts, etc. Blessings to each of you on your journey.

Karen

  
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DIVINEPRINCESS 2/23/2012 7:52PM

    So sorry to hear this. I know it's going to be a long journey ahead of all of you, but God is in charge, and He works all things to good. I shall pray for your SIL's mom, for your SIL and for the whole family---and I'll pray that God gets the greatest glory from this so that something good and beautiful can come from it, even though it's hard for any of us to see that right now.


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LVMAMAW 2/5/2012 1:39PM

    Praying, praying, praying!! emoticon

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MRS_TOAD 2/5/2012 7:46AM

    emoticon and prayers for all.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/4/2012 1:19PM

    It's a tough time for everyone...stay strong and God Bless.

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PHEBESS 2/4/2012 9:08AM

    Healing pink thoughts to all of you! (And Seattle is a good place for medical stuff!)

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ID_VANDAL 2/4/2012 5:01AM

    That is a lot for SIL to be dealing with and you as well.

I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Remember though to keep taking care of yourself as well.

God bless.

Vandal

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RAINBOWCHOC 2/3/2012 2:50PM

    we cannot walk in someone else's shoes, just offer a word of support to you and the family at this difficult time. Children are very resillient and with all the love surrounding them will come through as strong young people.
best wishes to everyone

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CHUBRUB3 2/3/2012 2:28PM

    Hugs and many prayers coming your families way.


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LUV2RUN72 2/3/2012 11:24AM

    Sending love and good thoughts to your SIL, you and your whole family.

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CRYSTALJEM 2/3/2012 9:39AM

    That is certainly the kind of news that rocks one's boat. so sorry to hear the news Sending only the best your way.

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WATERMELLEN 2/3/2012 7:55AM

    So tough: all best to you and yours . . .

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 2/3/2012 12:53AM

    Will be praying

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BETTA13 2/3/2012 12:29AM

    It's hard to carry the hurt when your family is suffering. I will be praying for both of them, but also for you. Love bears all things.
Hugs
Beth

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DETERMINEDJANET 2/3/2012 12:22AM

    Will keep them in my prayers as God brings them to mind. What hard times.

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NEWKAREN43 2/2/2012 11:46PM

    Thank you all so much for your prayers. That is the key, my SIL is tired, been away from her youngest two for 10+ days now and is trying to support her mom, get her mom's house cleaned and make herself ready for the next 5 chemo treatments.

My prayer through this is that my SIL would really, really focus on her weight, lose some, and take care of herself so she is here to raise her youngest 2, Micayla age 6 and Quinton age 7 as well as support her older two, Ken age 21 and Rebecca age 17.

My SIL is probably 50 pounds overweight but says she is 'fit', just chunky. No, I see a family history repeating itself and denial will not keep it from happening. Thank you all! This really was to be a short blog...and not more comments! Thank you!!!!

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_RAMONA 2/2/2012 11:33PM

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...praying!

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PURESTILLWATER 2/2/2012 11:29PM

    Oh my friend. I am so sorry to hear this. Praying for you, your SIL and your whole family. hugs

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SUSANSCHLOSSBER 2/2/2012 11:29PM

  So sorry. Thoughts and prayers being sent you and your family's way.

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