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Post by Annieh on Tue Jan 23, 2018 2:57 pm

Happy birthday, that is a wonderful relief. Do something lovely x
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Post by ONTARIO on Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:09 pm

Annieh wrote:Or, you are gaining muscle...

True. My scale actually measures body fat percentage. Maybe I'll see what it is in a few weeks if I don't shed what I think is water weight. I am really trying not to be "scale reliant". IYKWIM.

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Post by Rig D on Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:47 am

Congrats on your win over Big Bro (hope you get it in writing). It seems to be all too rare a situation these days, big bro comes at you with unlimited power, money, and time, the individual is certainly at a big disadvantage.
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Post by Pebbles67 on Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:39 am

So happy to hear about your Victory! It amazes me how some difficult things can be easily resolved with the right pressure.
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Post by perennialpam on Wed Jan 24, 2018 8:40 am

Congratulations on the win. Did they really say they were sorry?

Happy upcoming birthday!
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Post by Narrowminded on Wed Jan 24, 2018 6:58 pm

Congrats Ontario, that is awesome news
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Post by ONTARIO on Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:05 am

As usual, today is my Friday. I think I'll have a glass of wine tonight with dinner. It is my birthday weekend, after all! Razz  In our family we celebrate the birthday week, then the birthday weekend and then the day. It's a big deal. I'll be 46 on Saturday. My MIL's birthday is also late in January so we always pick a weekend and all of us go out for lunch. Friday is that day. She doesn't get out much so we like to take her places when we can. I am going to splurge and make a GF cake as well. I love to bake but I don't do that much anymore due to the high sugar/carb value in just about anything baked.

I'm still walking. I'm finding that it's really working for me. I really enjoy it, too. It's been about 3 weeks now and I can feel my legs getting stronger. I tend to put on muscle quite easily if I make an effort so I suspect that is happening. I'm waiting until February before I check my body fat percentage. I don't want to get hung up on numbers on the scale, etc. I don't do this Primal thing for weight loss but because it makes me FEEL better and healthier. Same goes with the walking - it makes me FEEL better and that's all that matters in the long run.  Also, while I likely weigh about 20 pounds more than the charts say I should I also try to take into consideration that I come from a VERY big-lady family. Every woman on my dad's side of the family is sporting that look-like-they-are-pregnant belly by their forties. They're all also at least 50-75 overweight (some even more!). Even my two aunts who I consider to have been pretty active in sports like baseball, and soccer, etc, have always been big. I try to keep this in mind and stay as low in weight as possible. But I also know I am likely never going to be the Twiggy sort of body shape. It's just not in the genes. But I do attribute Primal diet to the fact that I do NOT look like the ladies of my family. Even my sister is big, big, big.

This weekend should be pretty low key with the exception of going out to lunch with the family. I am looking forward to it as our weekends have been pretty crazy lately. I am hoping to get in some walking, a book and a puzzle. Yes, I live an exciting life! Wink

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Post by Pedidoc on Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:41 am

Happy Birthday week! Enjoy celebrating you. I love that we are starting to see ads with some models who have healthy real bodies.
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Post by ONTARIO on Thu Jan 25, 2018 9:53 am

I just discovered the Paleo Boss Lady. I think I'm going to really like reading her stuff. If you're interested:

http://www.paleobosslady.com/

I have an interest in MS. Back in 2013 in a matter of three hours I lost most of the sight in my right eye. I was pretty freaked out, obviously. Off to the optometrist and did a visual field test, optic nerve view, etc. I had optic neuritis and was sent off within three days to an Optic Neurologist. By the time I finally got to the specialist it had been about 4 days since the onset and most of my vision had returned. The outcome? Apparently 50% of Optic Neuritis cases are the first signs of MS. Typically, 5-10 years from the Optic Neuritis you are diagnoses with MS. The neurologist offered an MRI. I refused. Why? Because I didn't want to live the next 10 years of my life in fear of what was going to happen to me should they have found a lesion on my brain. If I had MS I had it. I figured that sooner or later I would find out due to symptoms anyway. And there is NO WAY I would ever stuff my body with pharmaceuticals anyway. So, all in all, it didn't matter if I had brain lesions.

Well, I have had a few odd symptoms now and then. Nothing major. A few light tremors on occasion when I am in bed. About twice in the last year I have had a day or two where I had slight difficulty walking in that I would walk and just slightly veer off sort of like a drunk person. But most of all I feel perfectly fine. And when I get these episodes it's usually when I am stressed or tired or getting sick or not eating as well as I should. 99% of my days are normal. But I refuse to wear a label so it is what it is. Who knows.

Anyway, that is why I have interest in her and her story and how Paleo saved her.

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Post by Narrowminded on Thu Jan 25, 2018 12:33 pm

Happy Birthday week. Awesome way to celebrate.

If you have never done so, take a look into Terry Wahl’s. She has a TEDx talk on YouTube, along with a very good book. Not to label but she is a classically trained physician, who then went back to get Functional Med Creds. She has MS and has brought it I to remission with food. Primally, then Keto version. Excellent info.

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Post by ONTARIO on Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:36 pm

Narrowminded wrote:Happy Birthday week. Awesome way to celebrate.

If you have never done so, take a look into Terry Wahl’s. She has a TEDx talk on YouTube, along with a very good book. Not to label but she is a classically trained physician, who then went back to get Functional Med Creds. She has MS and has brought it I to remission with food. Primally, then Keto version. Excellent info.


Thanks for that! I will definitely look up that talk and her website. I find it so fascinating how the power that made the body has the power to heal the body if we just allow it to by treating and feeding it right.

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Post by Pedidoc on Thu Jan 25, 2018 1:56 pm

One of my new FNP students graduated in China with a Chinese medicine degree and practiced there for 5 years. I'm looking forward to seeing her integration of the best of eastern and western medicine.
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Post by Lovebird on Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:59 am

Enjoy your birthday today Ontario! Lots of fun and good food to share with family and friends.

Sorry to hear about your health issues. Hope you find some answers and solutions in the Auto Immune (Paleo) Protocol, whether it's ketogenic or not.

There are plenty of resources on it to be found online. It's a very strict protocol, going much further than eliminating gluten/dairy/sugar/nightshades.
Especially the coffee rule. Shocked
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Post by perennialpam on Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:24 am

Yes, do look up Terry Wahl's TedX talk. You will be glad you did.

Happy Birthday....week and weekend! Lucky you.
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Post by Meant2Move on Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:39 pm

Happy Birthday, Ontario!

Isn't walking any amazing thing? I consider it to be my main form of exercise and am convinced it is one of the best things a person can do as I believe it was what we were meant to do!

One of my employees went through some similar symptoms and did eventually get the MS dx. She followed the Wahl protocol quite strictly for some time, then over time did some re-introductions to get a sense of what mattered the most to her body. Compared to some others i know who went the drugs route, she is far healthier and has fewer symptoms. (I do realize that the way a body responds is highly individual, but also think that what we bring into our body -food/drink, has a tremendous impact on our health.)

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Post by AutumnTiger on Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:46 am

Happy Birthday week! Smile
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Post by ONTARIO on Mon Jan 29, 2018 8:35 am

Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

The birthday weekend was great. We went out to lunch on Friday with MIL. Then Saturday we had a nice, easy day at home. We opened presents, I made a cake. Then we had my SIL and MIL over for dinner. It was a nice night. We went out and bought a $50 bottle of wine for just the two of us to enjoy. I really love wine and normally there is NO way I would spend that much on a bottle of wine. But it was my birthday. Laughing And, I'm a pretty low-maintenance woman in that I rarely spend money on myself so I didn't even feel guilty about it.

Remember how I had a Garmin VivoFit 4 on pre-order waiting for it to be released in Canada? Well, apparently hubby cancelled the order and a few weeks ago bought one online from the states. The kids gave it to me for my birthday. I LOVE it! It's actually pretty awesome. I really like the analytics that it offers.

On Sunday it was sunny and warm (about 4 celcius - 37 Farenheit) so we went for a walk. It was okay. I really like walking in nature but it makes it a little less fun when it's super icy on the paths and you feel more like a waddling baby than a hiker. It was nice to get back outdoors but it was a slower walk than I normally like due to the slipping risk.

Today we are back to gray, snowy skies. Apparently even nature knew to co-operate on my birthday! Wink

On a side note....I was really looking forward to the cake. It was good in that it was made very well. I'm an excellent baker, if I do say so myself. But, you know.....I enjoy the baked goods a little less every time I eat them. I used to be a huge baked-good person. Now, not so much. When I think about them I think they're going to be delicious. While I am baking them I am still excited. But then I eat it and think, "meh, I could have done without that". It's interesting how your taste changes when you don't regularly eat that stuff.

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Post by Narrowminded on Mon Jan 29, 2018 6:25 pm

Sounds like a totally awesome birthday Ontario. Warm gathering of family, great presents and a nice walk. Beautiful
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Post by Meant2Move on Mon Jan 29, 2018 7:43 pm

Sounds like a great weekend. Enjoy the Garmin!
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Post by ONTARIO on Wed Jan 31, 2018 4:36 pm

Sleep has been an elusive entity this past year. I would be in bed for about 8 hours, fall asleep fast, but then have fitful rest where I would see the clock multiple times a night.

I think I have fixed it. I started taking 3mg of melatonin each night. It's working wonders! I thought it was working but it wasn't until I got an activity tracker that also tracked sleep that I realized just how well it works. It appears that I am getting about 4 hours of restful sleep each night and then another 4ish hours of light sleep. The recommended amount of restful or deep sleep a night is at least 1 to 1.8 hours. I have to say, I feel GREAT having been sleeping better. My only concern is being dependent on melatonin to get that sleep. But it does seem to be working.

Hubby just ordered some time-release melatonin and I plan to give that a try, too. The stuff I am currently taking is just a chewable tablet that is not time-release.

I'm still walking and tracking my steps. I'm doing quite well with it.

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Post by Heuristicfireflower on Wed Jan 31, 2018 7:00 pm

I agree with M2M. So many disruptive health issues can be mitigated if not completely reversed with knowledge and understanding how our bodies reat to different things. Amazing our bodies are quite sensitive to foods, but, we desensitize to the reactions we get. Brought home how much when started a drug that is highly influenced by the amount of greens I eat.

All efforts on a nutritious diet can only have a good impact on our health.
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Post by Annieh on Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:34 am

Haha, I love that you call 4C "sunny and warm". Everything is relative Smile

Yay for the Garmin, sounds like fun. Also, yay for better sleep.

As for the cake, yes it is interesting how tastes change, and for the better too. But a shame that former pleasures are not so great.
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Post by ONTARIO on Thu Feb 01, 2018 2:03 pm

It's Thursday so, once again, my Friday.

I plan to have an easy weekend. That's usually code for, "we're going to make up some delicious meals". We both love to cook and a weekend with nothing planned means a nice piece of meat cooking with the accompaniments while the whole family plays cards while trash-talking each other and how big of a cards loser they are. Razz We don't take ourselves or each other too seriously around here! We always joke that if the neighbours heard us talking to each other during cards they would think we all hated one another.

I have a huge ham in the freezer that needs to go. That will be Sunday dinner for sure and we can eat from it for a few of the busy week days. I do have a hankering for a nice striploin or tenderloin with some gorgonzola cheese sauce on top of it. Mmmmm....I'll have to get hubby on board to make that this weekend.

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Post by Meant2Move on Thu Feb 01, 2018 5:28 pm

Sounds great. What time will dinner be ready? Very Happy
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Post by ONTARIO on Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:52 am

It's back. Gah! Evil or Very Mad

All our snow melted last week in our annual January thaw. It was nice while it lasted. Today we're back to wind-chill of -20 Celsius (-4 Farenheit) and what was supposed to be only 5 cm (2 inches)  of snow. We live in the snowbelt which is notoriously hard to predict snowfall amounts as the streamers come off of Lake Huron and a slight shift of wind means one area is missed and another gets dumped on. Anyway, that 5 cm they predicted? We've already got at least 10 cm (4 inches) and it's supposed to snow all day. Gah!

Last night I was telling hubby we were getting 5 cm and he puts up his arms about two feet apart and says, "5cm". Yep, that about says it!

The only good things is the exercise I'll get shovelling. My Chihuahua is going to need a path in the back yard or she'll disappear!

For all of you snow lovers.....here is my back yard this morning. I'll take another when our "5cm" Rolling Eyes is done.

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