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starting over again (and again and again and again and again)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Every single day I say I'm getting back on track and every single day for one reason or another it doesn't happen. I feel like a drug addict that just keeps using even though I promise myself that each time is the last time. Nothing seems to get me motivated. I can only think of what's happening in the moment which is usually what I want to stuff my face with. I honestly don't know how I ever did this. I think I've just "learned" too much and all the conflicting information sent me over the edge. And now I don't know how to make my way back from it. Every plan I come up with - I argue with myself about why that's not the BEST thing to do and then I end up so confused and frustrated that I just eat junk instead. And the more tired I get, the more junk I eat. I'm really starting to feel the effects of my poor eating now. Not only have I gained back a substantial amount of weight, but I can't sleep anymore. I keep waking up at 3 or 4 in the morning and then it's impossible to sleep. I have heartburn throughout the night. I'm getting headaches. This is all on top of the on-going lack of energy and brain fog.

I think it's the lack of sleep that's snapping me out of it this time. I'm already tired all the time even when I get a full night's sleep. There's absolutely no way I can function on 5 or 6 hours. I know my body. It will cause me a massive meltdown. I can't risk it. I know that I slept the best in my life when I was doing the whole30. I HATE the rigidness of the program. I don't do well with restrictions. But I think the benefits outweigh the negatives. I know how good I slept, and how stable my blood sugar was and how it was the ONLY thing I've tried that really got rid of the cravings for me. I think I've got to make an honest effort at cutting gluten and sugar and processed foods again. I definitely CAN NOT keep going like this.

I'm starting over. I might only make it till lunch. But then I'll start over again. I can't give up on this.

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RYDERB 10/31/2014 12:27AM

    emoticon Even on the hardest days, you're never alone. We're all in this fight together, and we all know how hard it is to keep going. You are strong, beautiful, and amazing. Don't give up on yourself. emoticon emoticon

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46SHADOW 9/19/2014 8:06PM

    I read the title of your blog and thought that's me! The best choice is to keep trying. Fall down 6 times get up 7.
Sometimes I remind myself that I will like and respect myself more if I keep my promises to myself. sometimes help.
I have the feeling that once you start the momentum swinging the other way you'll be good. emoticon

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JCARDINAL 9/19/2014 3:46PM

    You can do this!! emoticon

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BONOLICIOUS2 9/19/2014 12:27PM

    The rigidness of the "programs" may be what trips you up! Life, in general and not just food & exercise, is about balance. Everyone's definition of balance may be different, but the official dictionary definition is: to arrange, adjust, or proportion the parts of symmetrically. I think you have to play around with the give and take to see what works best for you. Right now, you know where you are is not balanced and you're not at peace. What can you tweak or move to feel better? Start with small steps and move towards that balance and hopefully each step will start adding up to make you feel better! Life is too short to live it feeling bad. Yolo!!!!

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ANNMACP0212 9/19/2014 10:23AM

    There is so much truth in what you say that it is hard to read. I'm in the same situation...Intelligent, determined, clear understanding of what needs to be done...yet I don't do it. All you can do is continue to start over until it clicks. And it WILL click. Believe in yourself. Don't give up. You are so worth it.

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JENSTRESS 9/19/2014 10:12AM

    I promise you, I've been there.

Here is what I discovered this last time. I still didn't have the motivation. I started anyway. I just did it. I started exercising and I didn't like it but I did it because I knew that I needed it. I was eating right. After two weeks, I felt my moods shift. I realized how much better I felt exercising and eating right. Now, it is over two months, and I feel pretty amazing. I might still have weight to go, and I might have a while to get there, but now that I realize the difference, it should help.

I'm so sorry that you are going through this. Weight struggle is the MOST awful things.

And it is an addiction, and you CAN break it. Just keep choosing better every day. Or every meal, or every hour. Whatever you need.

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ABBY_G 9/19/2014 9:43AM

    Hi. Your words are ones that I could have written.

You wrote:
I know how good I slept, and how stable my blood sugar was and how it was the ONLY thing I've tried that really got rid of the cravings for me. I think I've got to make an honest effort at cutting gluten and sugar and processed foods again.
You know what to do. You know it's hard to do. You've done it before and can do it again. I hope that you re-access the inner (and outer?) resources you used before to take the steps you need to take to accomplish your goals.

Thanks for inspiring me today with your struggles! They are mine, as well.

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2/26 - check in

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I'm a week and a half in to being back on track, not counting the cupcake incident and i have a handful of corn chips with dinner last night. But beyond that, I've stuck to the plan. And I am starting to feel better. Its tough because feeling a little bit better makes me impatient to feel A LOT better and I'm definitely not there.

But I did want to document the improvements I'm experiencing already

- Sleeping better. I still feel a little wired at bedtime. In fact, the last couple nights I've laid in bed thinking I felt *almost* good enough to get up an exercise which is not how I want to feel when its time to go to sleep. But I also don't seem to take quite as long to fall asleep and my sleep is less interrupted. When I get up to pee, I have been able to go right back to sleep.

- I feel somewhat more ready to get up in the morning when my alarm goes off. I hit the snooze once instead of my usual 3 or 4 times and even that, I don't feel is completely necessary. I don't feel like leaping out of bed and running 5 miles but I'm not groggy and on the verge of tears at the thought of dragging myself through the day either.

-i think I've lost a few pounds, at least the bloating has left. I have not weighed myself and i don't think i will for awhile because i know it will make me panic. But my wedding ring is fitting again.

- my mood is better and more stable. I'm still not Suzi Sunshine but I definitely feel more balanced - also I'm past pms so that helps.

- my energy level is more consistent. I still don't really feel like exercising or cleaning the house, but it doesn't feel unfathomable. Last night, we were out with the kids and I was holding hands and skipping with them through the parking lot. And i typically don't have the energy for that. It was sort of a spur of the moment thing if that makes any sense. Like if i would have asked myself, "self, do you feel like skipping right now?" I probably would have replied, "That's a definite no, self". But I didn't ask. I just did it.

I seem to feel best when I'm at work. If I had the chance to do things like housework or work out around like 9 or 10 - I could probably handle it. I'm still having a crash in the afternoons. It might be more psychological though. I feel so overwhelmed with how much work there is to do around the house after a full day or work not even counting the attention I need to give my kids. ...... all that to say - I am seeing an improvement.

- Cravings are better as long as I don't go too long between meals. I still need to work on my meals themselves. The recommendation is have half your plate covered in vegetables but I just can't seem to get there. I'm just not that interested in vegetables. I keep trying to remind myself that I don't have to have everything perfectly dialed this minute, its a process and I've been out of practice. At breakfast, I'm not having any vegetables. I struggle with breakfast big time. I was doing frittatas for awhile but I got really sick of them. I know Paleo people often treat breakfast like another lunch or dinner but that seems overwhelming to me. I'm already mostly having leftovers for lunch. i haven't learned how to make enough leftovers for all that. and right now, I'm really into fried eggs and bacon. I'm sure I'll be sick of that soon enough, but my point is - i need to figure out how to get more vegetables. I've been thinking about incorporating vegetable juice back in but I'm confused about whether that would hamper or help weight loss efforts. There seems to be conflicting information. And also, I just haven't gotten around to it. I think I've been staying fairly low carb, not intentionally. I really need to start tracking. I just forget! and I hate that i either get obsessive with measuring everything and driving myself crazy with not having 100% accuracy or if i just estimate - then i don't have 100% accuracy. tracking always makes me crazy. blerg.

These changes are all positive and encouraging to me and am trying to not run before I walk. I just need to be patient with myself.

on a side note - i spoke to my son's teacher just to get her opinion about the behavior issues we've been having with them and she said that lately she's been getting the feeling that its not that he WON'T control his impulses, but that he CAN'T. And that's pretty much what my husband and I have been thinking and I'm sort of perplexed about how to proceed. I think an elimination diet is probably a good place to start but that seems like a huge undertaking. And I don't see how that would work with his school. It's a montessori school and they don't really let you bring lunch from home. So I'm still contemplating that. I have an appointment with an allergist but I don't really have any great hope in whatever they have to say. His teacher suggested occupational therapy. So I guess we'll explore that. I'm sure there's some kind of counseling or psychology thing we could do but i don't know that we can afford it to be honest and i think it would take some time and effort to find something useful.

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CLUEINGFORLOOK8 2/27/2014 11:25AM

    I'm so glad to hear you are doing a better!

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RYDERB 2/26/2014 4:25PM

    Reading that you skipped across the parking lot with your kids made me so happy! I'm so glad you're starting to feel better. I know it's taking lots of effort on your part but you're worth it, and I know you'll get there.

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2/20 - feeling rundown and parenting woes

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I was feeling pretty good the last few days but today and yesterday I've been more lethargic again. The night before last my 3 year old had a terrible stomach ache and woke up every few minutes most of the time in pain. It was pretty distressing and affected my sleep, obviously. And then I stayed home with her yesterday and she had a few hours of pain and vomiting in the afternoon. I know it was a stomach bug, it was going around her school but I think the stress of it took a toll on me. I just can't handle any kind of stress anymore. I completely shut down and I get very tired. I also didn't eat very well. Although I stayed "paleo", I was having major cravings. So I made some paleo muffins and ate like 4 of them.

Probably the fatigue is a combination of too much (unrefined) sugar, the stress of my child, the fact that I'm probably withdrawing from the junk I was eating, and also my period is like 2 days away. I tell myself that to try not to get too frustrated, but I am frustrated.

On top of that - I'm having a lot of anxiety. I spend endless amounts of time researching food and homeopathic solutions to my issues and its such a rabbit hole. I definitely have that form of an eating disorder where you're obsessed with healthy food - orthoexia. The more I research, the more my head spins. There's barely any food left that I feel completely confident in being "ok" to eat and even food groups that are "ok" like vegetables - have limitations like conventionally raised, FODMAPS and night shades. And anyone who tries to tell me about moderation gets brushed off because clearly they just don't know as much or have read as much as I have. And I'm truly not meaning to be critical. That's just the process my mind goes through. I'm not sure anyone has the ability to "talk me off the ledge." I think it's something I have to work through myself. But it is difficult. I'm hoping that taking things in stages will help take some of the pressure off. Like this month is just about establishing good habits, not about nit-picking or isolating any food beyond what's not included in standard paleo. And then next month, I can try eliminating some things like FODMAPS for example and see if there's any improvement there.

But the thought of further restricting, even if only on an experimental basis, is so depressing. So I guess that's why feeling fatigued is frustrating. I need to try to stay in the moment more and not get too ahead of myself.

The other thing that's making me anxious is my kids - mainly my son. The two of them together are really trying. They bicker and do things to provoke each other and will not leave each other alone. And my son, who is 5, throws these giant fits every time he gets in trouble for something. If I tell him to go to his room because he didn't listen or whatever, he stomps in there crying and wailing and slams the door and kicks the walls and throws things. He is always cranky which has always seemed to me to be a result of being overtired but I'm noticing more and more that its ALWAYS that way. He goes to bed at 7. He may lay there for 30 min to an hour before he falls asleep. He wakes up at 630 on his own and he won't take a nap at school. He gets in trouble every day for not listening or throwing fits. Everyday, when his dad picks them up, he throws a fit if they can't go to to the playground OR if they do go, he throws a fit when they leave. He screams and wails at the top of his lungs all the way to the car. Every. Single. Day. and then we get home and he and his sister start. Either they fight with each other or if they are playing together, its wrestling or running or something where someone gets hurt and then the other one gets mad and lashes out and it turns into this whole episode. Then we have dinner and they bicker the whole time and whine because they don't like the food. Then shortly after that it's bed time and my son usually throws a fit because he doesn't want to go to bed or brush his teeth. It seems like the whole day is just one tantrum after another and my husband and I are both so worn down from it. I find myself being less and less consistent with them, even though i know that's only going to make things worse, but i just physically do not have the energy to put up a fight. I've been racking my brain trying to figure out, first of all, is this normal parenthood and I'm just unable to roll with it as well as other people? And if it's not, what is my son's issue? Is it just his personality? he seems unhappy so much of the time, unless he's getting one on one attention and everything is going his way. Does he have mental illness? Now im wondering if it could be a food intolerance? i recently read an article about how one of the signs of food intolerance in children is dark circles under their eyes. I've been saying to my husband for months, maybe longer, that i dont think he's getting enough sleep. 1 - because he always seems an overtired kind of cranky and 2 because he always has dark circles. I definitely want to transition my kids to a more paleo way of eating, but the thought of doing it right now when I personally have so much going on that I'm trying to get on top of, is so overwhelming. I made an appointment with an allergist. I dont have much hope for it. My insurance is so crappy. I've spent so much money on doctors trying to get to the bottom of whats wrong with me and most of the protocol i follow is what i researched and found myself. So racking up yet another unpaid medical bill and getting nowhere.... I'm not too excited about it. It's crazy, i can feel the tension I'm holding in my shoulders as I type this.

Anyway, that's just where I'm at today. I'm probably just feeling overwhelmed from pms. But i do wish i knew what direction to move in with my kids. i feel so lost when it comes to parenting.

At least I've not caved and gone for junk food. I haven't been doing too well with tracking. I'm just making journal entries because trying to enter it all into the food tracker is still too much for my brain to handle at this point. I LOATHE trying to figure out portion sizes.

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CLUEINGFORLOOK8 2/23/2014 8:09AM

    i'm so sorry things have been so tough lately. I can't help with the kid stuff, I only have dogs....

Have you talked to someone about how you view food?

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JCARDINAL 2/21/2014 3:14PM

    Wow, you have a lot going on. emoticon

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BONOLICIOUS2 2/21/2014 8:26AM

    Ugh PMS will do that to ya... that sucks girl!

I wish I had some advice for your son but the only thing I parent are house plants and I'm probably not even very good at that. I do know from being the only person in my office without a kid that parents tend to take on ALOT of the stress from their kids and blame themselves for it. Every parent feels like they aren't doing enough, or their kids will "come out wrong" and maybe something isn't right. I can tell you this - you are an awesome parent and it is natural to feel like you're feeling. Keep pushing and hopefully this is just a phase! I'm curious - have you talked to your son's school? I wonder if he's struggling and doesn't know how to voice it?

Some days all you can do is remind yourself to BREATHE. You can't be a perfect eater/parent/cook/wife/person every minute of every day. Be gentle on yourself, especially in times of stress and fatigue. And even more so during PMS hah! Good luck, you got this girly!

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Where I've been and where I'm going

Monday, February 17, 2014

I've been gone for awhile I know. Honestly, I don't even know if spark people is as motivating for me as it once was. My views and priorities regarding food have changed so much. I don't follow the low calorie/ lots of cardio dogma anymore. I just haven't felt motivated to log on like I used to and I'm not sure if that's why or if its because I've just felt overwhelmed with getting back on track in general. But I do like the accountability aspect, even if only to myself, of being able to keep a log and see what I've been doing and how it's working - if I actually make use of the logs which I have done half-heartedly in the past.

But that's why I'm back here. I want to be able to have a log of what I'm doing while I "biohack" myself. So.. hey again!

Last year I seriously crashed and burned with my health and food. Major life stresses caught up with me and after thinking that I was legitimately insane for a fairly long stretch of time, I was finally diagnosed with Stage 2 Adrenal Fatigue - something I'd never even heard of. But now that I've researched it and learned about it, it's a total no-brainer that that's whats been going on with me. I've had a laundry list of symptoms that finally add up to something legitimate! I can't tell you what a relief it was to actually have a name to attach to how I've been feeling and a direction to go in.

But recovering from Adrenal Fatigue is neither quick nor easy. For one thing, a large component is how you deal with stress. And I don't deal with stress very well! I've never been a super positive person although I never saw myself as a pessimist either. But I can obsess and worry and freak out with the best of them. See any of my previous blog entries for verification. The number one thing I hear in A.F. recovery is - stop stressing. HA! That's like saying stop having hazel eyes or stop being 5 ft tall. That solution has been so daunting that I've spent the last several months ignoring any and all health goals and just trying to rest and not freak out and subsequently I gained back like 15 lbs. (and then stressed out about it) I got myself so turned upside down with what to eat that I just couldn't handle it and started eating everything.

I've finally come to terms with the fact that there's other parts to the recovery process that I need to embrace and when everything is lining up how it's supposed to, it will be easier to manage my stress. And I know that a huge part of success means planning and being preemptive which is where it all goes south for me usually. But I'm keeping a positive attitude about it. I don't need to have everything figured out to start. I can tweak as I go. I don't need to lose 15 lbs in a month. I just need to focus on health. The weight will come off as a by-product.

So my plan:
Eat strict paleo for 30 days. I'm not going quite as strict as Whole30. It's providing the basis for me but I'm doing a few tweaks to make it more manageable. I also plan to focus on walking as my sole form of exercise this month. I've been as sedentary as it gets for several months. I'm bringing a change of shoes to work and I'll walk during my planning period. I'm also going to track my food. I'm not going to restrict myself as far as calories or macro-nutrients. I just want to see how it all breaks down. I may attempt some yoga. I'm still very fatigued so we'll see how and if I can fit it in. I also started going to a Qi Gong class which I've heard is an effective treatment, so I hope to continue with that. So far, I haven't been very consistent but its a goal.

Then next month I will add in some weight training and maybe some of the cardio activities that I loved before like zumba and hooping but still emphasize walking. At that point, I may try watching my calories a little more closely - aiming at 1700-2000. But I reserve the right to scale back on any of that if I'm getting frustrated or otherwise not feeling up to it.

The third month, if I feel like I'm ready to progress, I'll add in some sprints and some combo running/walking. I don't think I'll go back to distance running, maybe ever. I'm convinced that that was one of the major contributing factors that sent me over the edge into A.F. But I do love running and I miss it so I would like to try to add it back in in a limited capacity once I've given myself time to heal.

The major things I need to focus on are:
-Consistency and Planning -- NOT giving myself a free pass to get pizza when we haven't been able to get to the grocery store. If I want this to be successful, I must be diligent. Even a small amount of gluten can disrupt digestive health and everything is connected. It will stymie my recovery from A.F.
-Supplements -- I'm taking several and I feel that they are helping but consistency is an issue there as well so I need to make sure to prioritize this daily.
-Sleep -- at MINIMUM 8 hours. non negotiable.
-Patience -- A.F. recovery is slow. I need to give myself time. I got frustrated last time because I didn't feel better after 30 days of strict paleo. So I just gave up. And when I started researching A.F. recovery, I got so overwhelmed with the abundance of information, most of which is conflicting. And since I didn't feel like I had the perfect solution, I just didn't bother. If I can't eat perfectly, I might as well have cookies! So I'm working on changing that mindset. I can't expect this to go away from 30 days of perfect eating but I can make adjustments to see what works and what doesn't. That's where tracking will be useful. Every other time, I've gotten on track, I get lazy with tracking and when when I stall, I don't have any idea what I've been doing. I also need to remind myself that If I go off the rails out of frustration or impatience, it will only take longer.

So that's where I'm at. It's frustrating to have gone so far in the wrong direction and to have these issues pulling me down but it really just makes it that much more important to get up and get going.

If anyone reading this has recovered from Adrenal Fatigue, I'm really interested to hear what worked for you.

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HEALTHY4CAROLYN 2/18/2014 3:59PM

    I am where you are in MANY ways. I'm ALWAYS exhausted....not tired...exhausted!! I literally feel like I'm constantly trying to push myself to get out of bed each day, push myself to do my job at work, push myself to come home and be a mom and wife - definitely a struggle. I totally get how you feel. I think that just writing the blog is where you've started helping yourself already! You have a plan - that's a huge start. So what if you start slow at your own's a start to just plan. Good for you! Good luck.

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JCARDINAL 2/18/2014 12:53PM

    Welcome back! You've got a great plan set out for yourself. Good Luck! emoticon

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CLUEINGFORLOOK8 2/18/2014 10:05AM

    I'm so glad that you were able to figure out what was going on and at least get on the path to recovery. You have always been great at your planning so I am not surprised at all to see it completely laid out!

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BONOLICIOUS2 2/18/2014 9:43AM

    Oh man, oh mannnn oh man.

First of all, this: I don't follow the low calorie/ lots of cardio dogma anymore.

I was sitting here after reading that line like... WOW. You summed up exactly how I've been feeling (frustrated!) about this site. I see all of these people running marathons and spending 2 hours tracking cardio on their polars at the gym and I'm over here like... I did a half hour of yoga because I feel so stressed and and tired and sad and that is all I could do. And I feel like my yoga doesn't count for anything even though I believe it will help me feel better in my head and circle back to make my body feel better after that. WOW. I mean... that is it right there. Cardio dogma.

And THEN - I googled Adrenal Fatigue and I am FLOORED. This is EXACTLY how I have been feeling and experiencing, just as you described - extended period of high stress, leaving me feeling so tired and blah and my thyroid getting out of whack and everything. THIS IS ME and I have been struggling to find an answer and I think YOU just gave it to me. WOW WOW WOW. What did they tell you to do for it? What has some of your research said to do?

"Reducing Stress" is just not as easy as everyone says. I've been trying to eat healthy, do yoga, try to spend more time doing things like reading/crafts which make me feel better. But my life is upside down in some ways (my job being up in the air and my boss being a total B for starters) and that doesn't fix itself overnight. I don't think you can just flick a switch to "handle stress better" you know?

I just have to say thank you for posting this blog because it has really helped me today. I am SO SORRY you're going through all of this and it sounds like you have a great plan in place, but you aren't alone and I guess that is the one good thing left about Sparkpeople - a place to not be so alone in your efforts to be a healthier person. Always here if you need support and THANK YOU AGAIN for this blog!

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RYDERB 2/18/2014 9:32AM

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I'm so glad you didn't give up on yourself, and you finally found a doctor to help you. Good luck with your bio-hacking. Taking this journey one day, one week, and one month at a time, will help you build momentum and feel successful as you celebrate your daily victories, and the things that matter most, like having the energy to play with your children, and enjoying a walk with your family.
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Whole30 is not gonna happen

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I'm too broke. I can't keep buying stuff. I've gone through most of our produce and meat. I've got to just make due with what we have until we start having some money flow so it's a lot of bread and almond or peanut butter right now. And white potatoes. Someone gave us a huge bag of white potatoes.

I was doing so well too! I'm perfectly content to eat that way. If I can just get myself off the sugar, I don't miss it. But it's out of my control and stressing about it isn't going to help at all so I'm just not going to worry about it right now. When everything else is falling apart, weight loss doesn't seem all that important. It still is important to me and I hate that this is just one more thing to trip me up but I'm just going to try to make good choices. Watch portions. Do what I can when I can how I can and try not to focus on my weight. That being said, I weighed in at 168 yesterday. A nine lb gain. It didn't surprise me at all but of course I'm disappointed. Maybe once I'm settled into a routine, I can start getting in regular exercise and that will help me mentally if nothing else.

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SIRENALEANNE 8/16/2013 10:17PM

    emoticon It will get better for this to shall pass.

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HDHAWK 8/16/2013 9:58AM

    If you exercise and keep your portions under control you can still lose. Good luck!

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LEB0401 8/13/2013 5:07PM

    I hear ya, Whole30 is quite expensive. You're smart to put it on the back burner while you get your cashflow back up. My thought on potatoes: even though it's not allowed in Whole30, I think they're fine, fine, fine. Michelle Tam from NomNomPaleo (one of my FAVE cooking blogs) agrees that they're not forbidden for paleoheads like us. I think the Hartwigs made them off-limits because french fries and potato chips would make an appearance in our diets if they were allowed. I stocked up on a ton of them at the farmers market last week bc they were 2lbs/$1. Eat your potatoes without guilt my friend. Cook 'em in a big meaty stew made from sale hamburger meat that wasn't grassfed and don't worry about it. Do the best you can. I would nix the bread, though. I know it's only 99 cents for a loaf, but is it filling you up or providing nutrition? Not really. A little bit of change can buy a can of green beans or a bag of frozen broccoli.

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SOAPSTRESS1 8/13/2013 3:40PM

    There are lots of way to get fresh foods without going to the pricey stores. Head to your local farm market. Be smart spend your money on the nutrient rich veggies, dark greens, oranges and reds. Check your paper there are pick your own and you may even see some free veggies or fruits this time of year that gardners and farmers put out that prefer food not going to waste. Freeze what you can buy in bulk. I live on a budget too bulk of my goes to fresh fruits and veggies. Realize what your budget really is... do not spend out side of it, make a list of what you need to get you through the next pay, shop the food circulars and go for the deals.

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CLUEINGFORLOOK8 8/13/2013 3:02PM

    I'm so sorry to hear things are going a little crazy right now. I"m here to talk if you need to vent!

It can be very expensive to eat fresh all the time but you are smart, I know you can figure it out.

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BONOLICIOUS2 8/13/2013 2:52PM

    I second the first comment - I have started being smarter about the sales and buying stuff that I can freeze. Aldi's is a good option if there is one nearby. Otherwise you are SOOOO right, it is ridiculously expensive to buy fresh food all of the time. I hate when people say "Oh, but your health is priceless!" Things like gas and electric, rent, and other bills are NOT as "priceless" as other things!!!!!!

I know exactly what you mean about weight loss not being as important when other stuff is going on. My brain only holds so many "priority" items and it is easy to let weight loss slip down that chain. I think you've got the right idea though - keep it simple, watch portions, and work out when you can. Every "right" decision adds up! Even when everything else seems to be falling apart.

Chin up buttercup! You're going forward at YOUR pace and that is okay!!!!!

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CANDIK48 8/13/2013 12:49PM

    There are tons of ways to save money and still buy healthy stuff. It might take a little planning but it is doable. I eat a slow carb/high protein diet. I work with a budget and I shop the sales, If I can't find what I'm looking for at the price I want, I get something else. Sometimes it means buying frozen veggies or canned, not fresh. Sometimes it means eating eggs and tuna as opposed to beef or chicken. If I find a sale on meat because it's close to the sell by date, I buy it, break it into usable portions if necessary and shove it right into the freezer. Cheaper cuts are just as tasty as higher end and can be tenderized with marinades. Beans are a great low glycemic, high fiber, high protein food and they're not expensive. (Especially if you do the dried beans. Just soak them overnight and they won't be so uhm, musical later if you know what I mean,) Chunk cheese, not deli, very few processed foods. (Making from scratch is cheaper and more controllable for taste, and content!) I also visit the "off" stores too. Aldi's, Bottom Dollar can offer better prices.

Best of luck to you and hope your situation improves soon!

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MTN_KITTEN 8/13/2013 12:26PM

    Not sure what's going on in your life ... but remember what ever it is it is temporary. When it is all better ... will you have taken care of yourself????

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