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2/17/11 9:11 A

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Here's to healing swiftly Blue Moon!

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2/16/11 8:56 P

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In our thoughts and prayers Blue Moon! Feel better soon :)

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2/16/11 7:47 P

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I am so glad you are doing well- step by step and mile by mile. Keep eating well and let the rest come together, that is where you need to focus your energy for the next year (that's how long to full or near full recovery). Think healing- food and exercise. emoticon

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2/16/11 5:44 P

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Thanks you all for your support. 7 days post surgery and all is well. It's amazing how quickly the human body adapts. I have NO idea where I am weight wise and have been "off track" since surgery. Nausea etc has made me crave salt and carbs...alot of things that were cut out before.

Well, if you fall off the bike, get up dust yourself off and get going again. What does AA say "One Day at a Time" right. Sometimes, it's 1 hour at a time and that's ok, we'll all have those days. So re-committing 2/17/2011!

Not supposed to really exercise for 2 more weeks but have started a little here and there, stretches, leg lifts (use a scarf to help..no muscles yet) and walking every day. Funny what looked like miles at first is not so bad anymore.

Big hugs and good thoughts to everyone. THANKS!

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2/15/11 5:55 P

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Best of luck to your whenever you begin and know we are all here!!

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2/15/11 9:27 A

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Okay, sounds good....I've started today with coffee, no sugar and a splash of my coconut milk. Hubby was looking at me all askew when I asked if he wanted to do this with me...but he said he'd help me stay on it.

I may start hardcore on Monday - for some reason that seems like it should be my Day 1!

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2/14/11 7:31 P

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Actually...probably Wed. or Thurs. will be my next "wave." Blogging as I go helps and I can't type well (or long with this bandaged up index finger). I see my doc about my Adrenal Exhaustion (and Paleo monitoring) on Wed.

But START when you are ready and call it Day 1

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2/14/11 7:11 P

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Racer, I am going to start up again tomorrow. I believe you can do it at any time since we are all at different places along the journey :) My first 30 day challenge started in mid-Jan. So, if you want to walk along with me, then c'mon along!

I will probably do this all year, or at least until I gain some momentum. It helps keep me accountable :)

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2/14/11 4:28 P

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Is it too late to join February's challenge? Trying to see if the hubby will do it with me, but if not, at least support me (and not tempt me!).....

J.A. - Gingerkid Extraordinaire :)

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2/6/11 4:49 P

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Thanks for the encouragement, Blue! When is your surgery? Lots of love and prayers go with you.

I cannot believe your friend's diet!! That certainly would take ALL THE JOY out of life. Not for me.

Funny you should mention that the meno phase won't last. You are right. Post hysterectomy, I have had several friends who did amazingly well. I was not one of them. It showed me how differently our bodies react, especially in the areas of hormones. I had virtually none of the following: estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, melatonin, and cortisol was at it's lowest of the day when first getting up and never elevated much. Doc said she couldn't believe I was even standing! Yet my friends have all done great with no supplemental bio-hormones! But...BUT...they also don't have my stress, which has included 5 years of my husband out of work and losing our home. DING...DING...DING!!! CORTISOL!

Getting much, much better, though. So you are RIGHT ON...this too shall pass. So important to get good doctors that understand menopause and women's bodies in general!

Good luck, dear!!

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2/6/11 10:47 A

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Hi MJ!

You are right, weights are important. I've often heard from trainers that you have to challenge your body and change up your routine every 6 weeks, even if it's only a slight change. The recent article on "Intervals" from Spark people is right on.

As a former team cyclist, we used to interval train at least once a week. It keeps your muscles confused. Love planks and bridges...push ups are still wimpy but coming along. Have to lay low for a couple of weeks after surgery and basically just walk alot. After that "The work begins!" I call my Physical Therapist and trainer "The Dungeon Masters." It's all good!

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2/6/11 10:36 A

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Hey Grok:

You are so right, slow and steady. One of my co-workers is on the HCG diet which makes me want to cringe. 500 cals a day and self injections of pregnant women's urine. It just seems so drastic. Good whole foods, limit or eliminate dairy and gluten and lots of exercise is so much healthier.

What's great is you are not hungry at all with Paleo. There's so much to eat. WW was wonderful, but I think there's too much you can have. Gotta keep it simple and get back to basics. Funny...at a pre-op physical recently, my doctor said "Is this something you can maintain?" I said "Absolutely, it's completely manageable for the long haul."

Sorry to hear about your health challenges. Fortunately menopause doesn't last forever. You are doing everything right to minimize the effects. A more peaceful time is right around the corner!

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2/6/11 10:27 A

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Hi there Eccletic: I've heard that too about Stevia...come to think of it, it's true of sugar also. I am trying a little Agave instead. According to the Paleo manual it metabolizes like sugar, but I suspect that as long as you aren't inhaling it every hour, a little won;t hurt.

Thanks for responding! No hay fever here either!



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2/1/11 7:49 P

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Weights are such an important part of the puzzle-go for it! They don't have to be Bowflex or ultra dumbbell, go for 5-10 pounds and vary your routine each time you work out-make your muscles keep guessing what you are asking of them. AND... don't forget your core- lots of planks and bridges will get you started, for some of us crunches and. pushups are a no/no due to back injuries...MJ

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2/1/11 4:04 P

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Actually I am a backslidden weight loss sojurner! I was down to 110 lbs. off, but numerous digestive/health issues/low thyroid converged upon me like a perfect storm. Celiac Disease, Menopause. Menopause created a mess with my hormones.

Long story short...I have 30 to lose to get back to where I was. Originally, I was able to eat GF grains but I can't anymore. I was on the wrong thyroid medicine for a couple of years and recently have been pulled off of it.

For me? Slow and steady wins the race. I started my journey years ago following something similiar to The Zone. Then 60 lbs. off following WW and feeling like I was starving to death. The rest I just did following good, whole foods nutrition (no processed food) and eating gluten-dairy free. Lots of exercise.

Gotta pick up the pace on the latter...especially lifting weights!



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1/31/11 11:39 A

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Blue moon,
Hope everything goes well with your surgery and recovery. I like using Stevia, though not too often. I read a couple of interesting things about Stevia recently. One, that it still triggers cravings for sweets, and also that people who experience hay fever can have issues using it. Fortunately I am able to enjoy it.

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All the best on the 8th! I'm back in as well for the month- will allow myself one cheat food per week...MJ

"THERE'S MORE TO LIFE THAN JUST BEING A PASSENGER." (Amelia Earhart)
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1/30/11 10:06 P

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Hey there Grok Granny! Look at you! WOW, have you really lost 70 lbs? That's amazing, you should be so proud. Bet you feel alot better too. Do people not recognize you?

Yes, I remember that commercial and you're right...sometimes it just takes that 1st bite. There was a recent Spark article about new studies that are showing people can be addicted to food like anything else. It's a chemical change in the brain.

Do you remember " I can't believe I ate the whole thing?"

What's your secret to success?

Thanks for the encouragement...I'm in good hands. This is a 2nd hip, was back in the gym in 3 weeks the 1st time and have been working hard with a trainer and in the gym to get ready for this one.

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I completely "get it" Blue. For me, all it takes is one bite with certain foods and that's IT!

Remember the old Lay's commercial..."Nobody can eat just ONE!" I am better off if I don't touch it in the first place.

I have used Stevia and love it. I don't bake though because I have Celiac Disease and can't even do the alternative flours (not Paleo anyway) but Stevia is good in beverages, like coffee, tea or home made lemonade.

Best of luck with your surgery, too!!

One day at a time, girl :)

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1/30/11 9:08 P

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Hi there: Well re-committing tomorrow...d day. Am going to try and journal weekly also. Started in December in an office full of bakers! There's always some kind of comfort food around, yikes!

Have been about 85%...sugar is the biggest challenge. I give myself permission to go AWOL once a week for a couple of things I miss, but it's a double edged-sword. Once you have a little something yummy it's a slippery slope!

Maybe the best thing is to just go off sugar cold turkey. Has anyone tried Stevia?

The biggest challenge is yet to come, surgery on the 8th (new hip) and one month at home!





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