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    ABS32013 got a reaction from Megan in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    Background - I can't say for certain that I have endometriosis, but in the past, my periods have been extremely heavy and accompanied by significant pain and discomfort. My reproductive endocrinologist "presumptively diagnosed" me with endometriosis - basically, the symptoms and inability to get pregnant pointed in that direction, but there was no need to do the laproscopic surgery to confirm diagnosis because I was going to do IVF, in any event. (That was a few years ago, and after 3 egg retrievals and 4 transfers (3 fresh, 1 frozen/thawed), I had wonderful twin daughters.)
    Since W30 - Since my W30 and sticking quite close to W30 rules post-W-30, my periods have been lighter and much less painful. No pain meds, no heating pads, no curling up on the couch!
    Good luck to you, Megan. Hopefully you'll experienced decreased pain soon!
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from Physibeth in The crazy things people say   
    Ha! The proof is in the (non-dairy, post-W30) pudding!
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from Megan in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    Background - I can't say for certain that I have endometriosis, but in the past, my periods have been extremely heavy and accompanied by significant pain and discomfort. My reproductive endocrinologist "presumptively diagnosed" me with endometriosis - basically, the symptoms and inability to get pregnant pointed in that direction, but there was no need to do the laproscopic surgery to confirm diagnosis because I was going to do IVF, in any event. (That was a few years ago, and after 3 egg retrievals and 4 transfers (3 fresh, 1 frozen/thawed), I had wonderful twin daughters.)
    Since W30 - Since my W30 and sticking quite close to W30 rules post-W-30, my periods have been lighter and much less painful. No pain meds, no heating pads, no curling up on the couch!
    Good luck to you, Megan. Hopefully you'll experienced decreased pain soon!
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from Megan in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    Background - I can't say for certain that I have endometriosis, but in the past, my periods have been extremely heavy and accompanied by significant pain and discomfort. My reproductive endocrinologist "presumptively diagnosed" me with endometriosis - basically, the symptoms and inability to get pregnant pointed in that direction, but there was no need to do the laproscopic surgery to confirm diagnosis because I was going to do IVF, in any event. (That was a few years ago, and after 3 egg retrievals and 4 transfers (3 fresh, 1 frozen/thawed), I had wonderful twin daughters.)
    Since W30 - Since my W30 and sticking quite close to W30 rules post-W-30, my periods have been lighter and much less painful. No pain meds, no heating pads, no curling up on the couch!
    Good luck to you, Megan. Hopefully you'll experienced decreased pain soon!
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from Espie in The crazy things people say   
     
    I'm so sorry about this.  Please try not to be upset.  I get it, though.  Last time we showed up at my in-law's house, my FIL said something to the effect that I was disappearing before their eyes.  I had no idea what to say.  Is that supposed to be a compliment, an insult, something else?  I think that when these statements are made, what it really comes down to is that the speakers are projecting their own insecurities onto us and/or internalizing our efforts to better ourselves and viewing them as condemnations of the speakers' own life choices.  There are other issues, as well, where people want to keep others in the little boxes where they've categorized them (i.e, heavy people, thin people, rich people, poor people, etc.) because they have certain ways of relating to and dealing with those categories.   
     
    All that is to say that other people like to put their $&%^ onto others.  Does it stink?  Yes.  Should we perpetuate these issues?  Perhaps not, but I have to admit, my preferred method is to avoid getting into discussions about how much I've lost or how much I'd like to lose.  I keep that kind of detail to myself.  I think you're right to be focused on feeling strong and healthy, and maybe that's how you leave it when people ask you about your weight loss.  Just my 2 cents.
     
    Mainly, I just wanted you to know that your post spoke to me.  I feel sad that you were made to feel bad or defensive about your choices.  I've read many of your posts and you're such a great contributor. 
     
    Take care!
    Alyson
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from carolinaBlue in The crazy things people say   
    Oh, well, if the pack says it's healthy...
     
    Perhaps she'd like to buy this bridge I have in my portfolio.
     
    Ugh.
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    ABS32013 reacted to gardnermer in The crazy things people say   
    Yesterday I had a friend tell me the way I was eating "wasn't sustainable" and I would "have" to splurge. We were going to a friend's birthday that night that was at an ice cream parlor...Apparently I was just going to "have to have" sugar.
     
    I went later that afternoon and saw Fed Up! (documentary about sugar and our food industry). After seeing it I wanted to ask my friend if a diet without cocaine also "wasn't sustainable."
     
    Apparently sugar is 5x more addictive than cocaine.
     
     
    I've also had my mom tell me that she "protected" me from eating beets for 18 years and it was a shame I wasn't "protecting" myself now...She was just joking but still funny.
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from ChickenNoodle in Struggling with the morning routine   
     
    I'm curious - does the shredded sweet potato oxidize from sitting around in the fridge?  Even if it does, I'd imagine it doesn't affect the taste, just the appearance. 
     
    I struggle with the morning routine, too. I'm already up quite early (~5:30), and from there it's a mad dash** of getting showered, coifed, made up, unloading dishwasher, making breakfasts and lunches (2 kids, 1 husband, me), getting dressed, giving hugs and kisses and running out the door.  It's not ideal, but I usually have a few bites of breakfast with my coffee and then the rest of my breakfast once I get to my office. 
     
    ** "mad dash" might make it sound like I'm quick at this.  Don't be fooled.  It takes me about 2 hours to do all that and get out of the house.  Then it's about a 40 minute commute.  So, waiting until I get to work would be way too long to go without food from wake-up time. 
     
    Now, I could make this all easier on myself by doing more the night before, but there's plenty to be done then, too.
     
    It may sound like it, but I'm not really complaining.  A lot of what takes up my time is preparing fresh food for my family and myself, and that's a really good thing.  Now, if I had a housekeeper to deal with the dishes and laundry and stuff, that would be cool ;-)
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    ABS32013 reacted to jillian in Struggling with the morning routine   
    At the beginning of the week, I shred a bunch of sweet potatoes with my new nifty food processor and store them in containers in the fridge. When I wake up, I throw some olive oil in a pan, toss in a generous handful of the shredded sweet potato and several compliant sausage links. Let it cook while I drink my coffee. End of story.
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from carolinaBlue in The crazy things people say   
    Oh, well, if the pack says it's healthy...
     
    Perhaps she'd like to buy this bridge I have in my portfolio.
     
    Ugh.
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    ABS32013 reacted to holly262 in The crazy things people say   
    My inlaws last night -- "Can't you just eat ONE s'more? For our anniversary?"
     
    I'm not sure how consuming marshmallows will give them any more years to celebrate!
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from carolinaBlue in The crazy things people say   
    Oh, well, if the pack says it's healthy...
     
    Perhaps she'd like to buy this bridge I have in my portfolio.
     
    Ugh.
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from carolinaBlue in The crazy things people say   
    Oh, well, if the pack says it's healthy...
     
    Perhaps she'd like to buy this bridge I have in my portfolio.
     
    Ugh.
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from carolinaBlue in The crazy things people say   
    Oh, well, if the pack says it's healthy...
     
    Perhaps she'd like to buy this bridge I have in my portfolio.
     
    Ugh.
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from Megan in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    Background - I can't say for certain that I have endometriosis, but in the past, my periods have been extremely heavy and accompanied by significant pain and discomfort. My reproductive endocrinologist "presumptively diagnosed" me with endometriosis - basically, the symptoms and inability to get pregnant pointed in that direction, but there was no need to do the laproscopic surgery to confirm diagnosis because I was going to do IVF, in any event. (That was a few years ago, and after 3 egg retrievals and 4 transfers (3 fresh, 1 frozen/thawed), I had wonderful twin daughters.)
    Since W30 - Since my W30 and sticking quite close to W30 rules post-W-30, my periods have been lighter and much less painful. No pain meds, no heating pads, no curling up on the couch!
    Good luck to you, Megan. Hopefully you'll experienced decreased pain soon!
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from Physibeth in The crazy things people say   
    Ha! The proof is in the (non-dairy, post-W30) pudding!
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from Megan in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    Background - I can't say for certain that I have endometriosis, but in the past, my periods have been extremely heavy and accompanied by significant pain and discomfort. My reproductive endocrinologist "presumptively diagnosed" me with endometriosis - basically, the symptoms and inability to get pregnant pointed in that direction, but there was no need to do the laproscopic surgery to confirm diagnosis because I was going to do IVF, in any event. (That was a few years ago, and after 3 egg retrievals and 4 transfers (3 fresh, 1 frozen/thawed), I had wonderful twin daughters.)
    Since W30 - Since my W30 and sticking quite close to W30 rules post-W-30, my periods have been lighter and much less painful. No pain meds, no heating pads, no curling up on the couch!
    Good luck to you, Megan. Hopefully you'll experienced decreased pain soon!
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from PonyLove in The crazy things people say   
    Had a conversation with a dear friend who has spent too many years drinking the Weight Watchers Kool-Aid. She is very interested in how I've changed my eating habits (although, I suspect, too focused on weight loss and not a clean diet and the many other benefits). When I mentioned that I use coconut oil for cooking, she commented on how bad it is for you. A few minutes later, she recounted a tale from a recent trip with her boys to McDonald's. Umm....
    Same friend recently mentioned that the grocery store eggs (i.e., factory-farmed) are "healthier" than the farm eggs because the factory chickens have been bred to produce eggs with less cholesterol.
    This all makes me rather sad, actually. So much bad information out there. I'm not pushing or evangelizing, though. I did have to mention the bit about there being old research out there on hydrogenated coconut oil. I just kept my mouth shut about the eggs.
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from PonyLove in The crazy things people say   
    Had a conversation with a dear friend who has spent too many years drinking the Weight Watchers Kool-Aid. She is very interested in how I've changed my eating habits (although, I suspect, too focused on weight loss and not a clean diet and the many other benefits). When I mentioned that I use coconut oil for cooking, she commented on how bad it is for you. A few minutes later, she recounted a tale from a recent trip with her boys to McDonald's. Umm....
    Same friend recently mentioned that the grocery store eggs (i.e., factory-farmed) are "healthier" than the farm eggs because the factory chickens have been bred to produce eggs with less cholesterol.
    This all makes me rather sad, actually. So much bad information out there. I'm not pushing or evangelizing, though. I did have to mention the bit about there being old research out there on hydrogenated coconut oil. I just kept my mouth shut about the eggs.
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from PonyLove in The crazy things people say   
    Had a conversation with a dear friend who has spent too many years drinking the Weight Watchers Kool-Aid. She is very interested in how I've changed my eating habits (although, I suspect, too focused on weight loss and not a clean diet and the many other benefits). When I mentioned that I use coconut oil for cooking, she commented on how bad it is for you. A few minutes later, she recounted a tale from a recent trip with her boys to McDonald's. Umm....
    Same friend recently mentioned that the grocery store eggs (i.e., factory-farmed) are "healthier" than the farm eggs because the factory chickens have been bred to produce eggs with less cholesterol.
    This all makes me rather sad, actually. So much bad information out there. I'm not pushing or evangelizing, though. I did have to mention the bit about there being old research out there on hydrogenated coconut oil. I just kept my mouth shut about the eggs.
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from Megan in Changes in Menstrual Cycle   
    Background - I can't say for certain that I have endometriosis, but in the past, my periods have been extremely heavy and accompanied by significant pain and discomfort. My reproductive endocrinologist "presumptively diagnosed" me with endometriosis - basically, the symptoms and inability to get pregnant pointed in that direction, but there was no need to do the laproscopic surgery to confirm diagnosis because I was going to do IVF, in any event. (That was a few years ago, and after 3 egg retrievals and 4 transfers (3 fresh, 1 frozen/thawed), I had wonderful twin daughters.)
    Since W30 - Since my W30 and sticking quite close to W30 rules post-W-30, my periods have been lighter and much less painful. No pain meds, no heating pads, no curling up on the couch!
    Good luck to you, Megan. Hopefully you'll experienced decreased pain soon!
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    ABS32013 got a reaction from Physibeth in The crazy things people say   
    Ha! The proof is in the (non-dairy, post-W30) pudding!