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  • Great! Finding out that I have inspired or informed someone makes it all worthwhile! Another cool thing about shovelglove is the inherent sense of ironic humor in it - not many exercise programs can claim that.

    Great post today on MDA. I loved reading about the Ancestral Health Symposium. If you check it out, be sure to read the comments. The ones deriding the paleo movement are priceless. I especially like this one:

    "The picture of the author with the young attractive smiling woman is alarmingly reminiscent of many a diet advertising campaign."

    Trouble is...the young attractive smiling young woman IS the author. (The man is Robb Wolf.)

    Other comments are equally hilarious. For some reason the fact that many people who follow an ancestral diet are alarmingly attractive, fit, happy, and healthy looking is disturbing to certain people. Hmmmmm. When I saw pics of primal folk, I was like, "SIGN ME UP!" I didn't say, "Oh, these people are having way too much fun. I think will I go eat twinkies."
    My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

    “"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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    • Okay, here we go. This is my declaration. My name is Siobhan and I am alcohol-free. No wine, no alcoholic beverages for 30 days. If I want to jump-start my weight loss and reach my goal this fall I need to stick with nutrient-dense food and wine is not nutrient-dense food. So there.
      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

      “"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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      • Wow, Siobhan! I admire that. I fell off the Whole 30 wagon this month and my beloved cheese is the reason. I can't imagine going 30 days without it, but I hope this will inspire me...
        SW: 243
        CW: 177
        Goal: Health

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        • I'm not ready to completely renounce dairy, even temporarily, but I have cut way back. I draw the line at butter. If I gave up butter, I would feel deprived and deprived is something I am not prepared to experience. But it makes more sense after listening to Robb Wolf - if I don't give it up and see how I feel when I reintroduce it, I won't really ever know if it is a problem, will I? But first the drink.
          My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

          “"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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          • I'm in it with you, as hubby and I are starting W30 tomorrow. So yes, gone is the butter and cheese too, along with the drink. Actually, the last week we've been mostly there, I haven't had butter in a week, and I'm surviving with ghee and coconut oil. I miss it, but am not craving. Regardless, 30 days alcohol free is bound to have some impact. At least I'm hoping so.
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            The old stuff

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            • I think at this point I need to add in the exercise component, and that will make the difference. I have lost weight so far with diet, and I believe that is the proper way - getting the dietary changes in place is key for long term success.

              Maybe I just need to clarify all my butter and then I can consider myself virtually dairy free -it is easy. Actually I need to give credit where it is due. I found Mark's interview with Robb Wolf very inspiring and informative and the proverbial light bulb went on for me - again -

              http://www.marksdailyapple.com/guest...#axzz245Ivc6an
              My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

              “"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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              • I can't give up butter either, well, I just use grass fed ghee and it is wonderful. Last night, fresh and beautiful asparagus spears, sautéed in ghee and a little tamari, oh so good with a small, grilled ribeye.

                When people ask me how I lost weight, I tell them about this website and Mark's book but always add that I'm sure the reason I was able to stick with it was/is the exercise everyday. It makes a huge difference in my mood, quality of sleep and general feeling of well being. A pain at first but so worth it in the long run. I may order the 90 day journal, do you like yours?

                I'm really loving the shovelglove. DH made fun of me the first day but yesterday he picked up Helen Reddy (I am woman, hear me roar) and started doing it and said he'd have to get the heavier hammer out of the shop for him. heehee. Another convert

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                • It really is kind of addictive, isn't it? My hammer is here next to my chair and it is almost irresistable - it is fun to swing it around. I like my 90-day journal very much, in fact I looked back and it is interesting to read my comments from a few weeks ago. Like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. Very good at tracking exercise.
                  My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                  “"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                  • Hmm, chock up another curious potential convert for shovelglove... though I worry about the cats being overly curious and getting smacked! I'll start with something smaller and report back!

                    Also good for you Sio on the wine, I gave up wine a few months ago and have only now just started re-introducing it. It was a great experience and I didn't miss it nearly as much as I thought I would. Also its made it much easier to have only 1 glass and then quite a small one. Downside: I think I'm turning into a bit of a wine snob. Not a refined palate but I just can't tolerate crappy wine for the sake of it being wine!

                    Have your scrubs been delivered yet?

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                    • No scrubs yet, they take quite a while as they make them after you order them. I am very excited but trying not to be in case it is disappointing. It will be nice and really quite motivating to kinda look nice at work - when I was fat I was thankful for the baggy wardrobe but now I wouldn't mind looking a little nicer as long as I can be comfortable.

                      I don't know why I made such a fuss over giving up wine - I can't drink three nights a week anyway! What's the big deal? Although I am already a wine snob. Life is too short to drink bad wine. A big upside of only having one small glass occasionally is the ability to afford better wine.

                      My cats are curious but don't come close when I'm swinging the hammer. I did the full 14 minutes today! And I made up some of my own moves. Really fun. I pretended I was farming. Couldn't believe it when the timer went off. This is just one of those things that seems crazy when you hear about it, then when you do it you get hooked. Maybe you can borrow a hammer from someone? Many people have one around somewhere. They last forever. Don't go too light or it won't work - you need momentum. Eight pounds is fairly standard, although to me it feels quite heavy.

                      After a long hiatus, I unpacked seven boxes today. This is my fourth day off and I finally feel rested and have energy. Of course it is time to go back to work tonight. I am so tempted to make that phone call - but I won't. I have a friend coming on Wednesday for a couple of days, it would have been nice to get all these boxes out of the living room. Alas.
                      Last edited by Siobhan; 08-20-2012, 09:16 AM.
                      My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                      “"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                      • Decided over the weekend to do the full on Whole 30. I will miss the cream in coffee but figure for 30 days I can do it. I'm not really expecting miracles because I've already cleaned up my eating so much this past month. But maybe it will shake a few more pounds off!
                        Height: 5' 10"
                        Highest Weight: 292
                        Recent Starting Weight 287
                        Current weight: 237.6
                        Goal weight: 195
                        Body Fat 28.9

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                        • Good luck! That's the one hurdle I haven't been able to beat yet. The Whole30 program FAQ has this line that goes something like, "Don't tell us it's hard. Taking your coffee black for 30 days is not hard!"

                          I think about that line a LOT. While I'm putting cream in my coffee....

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                          • Actually, I disagree with them about drinking coffee black - for many people that cuppa in the morning is very important and a major pleasure in life. It's not hard compared to climbing Mt. Everest, or undergoing cancer treatment. But food-wise, it is hard. And I get annoyed when people devalue something that is important to me. BUT this has been a gradual process, and I have some substitutes. I know myself pretty well - if I feel I am giving up something, or being deprived, I will make up for it in another way. I have some locally-made almond milk, very expensive stuff, but it is an acceptable substitute. Almond milk, of course, contains carbs, not many but there they are. But I can keep it to a very small amount and balance it out with protein and fat. Mornings are critical for me - if I can get it right up until 11 AM, the rest of the day is a snap.

                            So - my first day, it is just after 5PM, according to paleotrack.com I am strict Paleo, sugar, grain, dairy, and legume free!

                            I keep repeating Tomi's signature line to myself - Will eating this help me reach my goals? Excellent line.
                            Last edited by Siobhan; 08-20-2012, 02:23 PM.
                            My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                            “"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                            • Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                              Actually, I disagree with them about drinking coffee black - for many people that cuppa in the morning is very important and a major pleasure in life.
                              I am SO VERY MUCH one of those people. I cut the sugar out of my coffee, and sometimes I do drink it black, but the cream is one thing I can't let go of.

                              For most people I totally agree with you. Me, though - I have autoimmune issues, and should be trying to eliminate dairy, eggs, and nightshades to see what happens. I just never make it more than a couple of days into that...

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                              • It's funny, we often crave the very things that cause problems - I don't know why it works that way, but it does. When I think of how I used to crave bread, and the dramatic positive changes that happened when I eliminated it, I am very suspicious of any food I think I can't live without. And there is the very real problem - you have to eat something! It is one thing to eliminate lots of stuff when I am alone at home, but when I want to go out and be social with other people, it is tiresome and embarrassing to have so many restrictions. So I am wrestling with that - I have a friend coming to stay for a few days, I hope it will work out. I think she is pretty understanding with food restrictions, though.
                                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                                “"Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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