bpaitsel

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About bpaitsel

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  • Birthday 06/03/1961

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    Lexington, VA
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    Reading, camping, pets, fitness
  1. bpaitsel

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Susan and Crimsann - sounds like you both are off to a good start. We will be here supporting you all the way. Crimsann - breakfast outside is soooo worth it. The last few weeks I have not been going to the Y as usual in the AMs before work but I have been enjoying my coffee and breakfast outside. After this week will have to find a balance between time at the Y and enjoying time outside before work I guess though Everyone finish the week out strong!
  2. bpaitsel

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Merg - hope you are feeling better. I will be right there with you complaining about the heat this week after complaining about the rain/cool weather we have already had! What would we talk about and complain about if we lived in a consistent climate - no fun at all! Crimsann - your meal plan looks great. One of the things I packed up today was my cookbooks - not that I use them that much but just not having access to them is going to make me want them. I downloaded a couple of digital cookbooks a while back so I am going to try to force myself to look at them and try some new recipes. I really don't like cookbooks in digital form though - I need the book for some reason. Back to work tomorrow - had scheduled this past Friday and today off for camping but since needed to pack and start moving stuff out we had cancelled the camping trip but had a nice 4-day weekend so that was good. Everyone have a good week!
  3. bpaitsel

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Merg - great for you eating fish. I know it would be good for me but I just don't like it. Sometimes you just have to have a sandwich I bought some round (instead of long) sweet potatoes this week and I am going to try roasting some slices and make an "unwich" to see how that goes - will let you know. Cynthia - thanks for the recipe - looks great! I would think lard would be cheaper and tasty! Crimsann - of course it's a "he"! So sorry about the extra stress of the credit card fraud. Perhaps I can help. I recently received an email from His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari Commander-in-chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces Federal Republic Of Nigeria and United Nations (UN) and (IMF) informing me they were going to transfer sum of USD$10M Only to you through ATM visa Card which you can be used in any cash point, shopping mall or banking. I can "withdrawal" money from ATM visa Card any ATM TELLER MACHINE location or center of choice in any part of the world. And all I have to do is send them my name, address and cell phone #. Since I am sure this is legit I would be glad to share my good fortune with you, and all the other tigers and turtles.
  4. bpaitsel

    Anyone have advice on learning to run?

    In addition to being fitted for appropriate shoes by a professional I think that your back pain could be helped by having a stronger core to stabilize your spine, especially with your history of disc herniation. Hip strength is also an area to work on. I am a physical therapist assistant in an orthopedic-based out patient clinic and these are the areas we would work on with runners - shoes, core and hip/knee strengthening. If you are interested in physical therapy I think Maryland has direct access which means you don't need a referral from an MD. Hope this helps.
  5. bpaitsel

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Nancy I am so sorry. Sounds like you have a plan for yourself so that is awesome. Crimsann way to go on the meal planning. Just goes to show that healthy eating gets easier as you go. And I think Nancy nailed it for your co-workers Will be attending a life celebration for BIL tomorrow with lots of non-compliant and not even close food. My plan is to eat before I go and then hope for the best. Even though I am not W30 right now I am trying to be close. Recently found out that at our local Mexican restaurant where I thought I was being compliant by having fajita strips with peppers and onions that they cook everything in butter I can hardly believe it but have been told twice now. I have been eating there 2-3 times/month even during W30s. I guess this is why I have had some issues all along. And, yes, I know, everyone is thinking "you didn't ask in the beginning???" Picture me slapping my forehead! So it seems that after doing 3 W30s I really have not done any - crap! Not sure if I will attempt a full-on W30 soon or not. We are in process of selling house and then our plan was to live in camper 3-4 months until house was ready. However, we are now going to move in with our son for that time. This will make life much easier but not sure if I will have the clarity to be compliant - will just have to wait and see. Another gray and on/off rainy couple of days here in Virginia again but here's to a good weekend
  6. bpaitsel

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Thanks to everyone for your support. Cynthia - I probably am not drinking enough water so thanks for reminding me of that. Would you mind sharing your recipe for the sweet potato hummus? Miss Lindy I hope you are feeling better and I can't imagine going in water that cold - you rock! Nancy - I hope your knee pain resolves soon. With some concentrated strengthening for your hips and knees along with decreasing impact with cardio I think you will be on the right track. I'm still laughing about you and your doctor - I have kind of the same relationship with mine who, despite my protests will be retiring within the next year to my horror. I guess I will have to break in a 12 year old And the first time he says "well, you know, as you get older . . . " I'm going to walk out . . . or maybe slap the sh*t out of him instead. Yea that would feel better Everyone have a great day tomorrow!
  7. bpaitsel

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Just checking in with everyone. I really agree with Crimsann's view that 30 days just isn't quite long enough. Since I ended W30 at end of April I have reintro'd corn with no problem; beans with problems. I have allowed in some sugar - but so far not to excess. Had cheese 2 days ago and not sure if really a problem or not. I seem to be releasing a bit of weight slowly which is great. However, I continue to have intermitten episodes of significant fluid retention. Possibly related to sugar intake??? Have had dark chocolate a couple of times - with soy lecithin in it unfortunately. Both times it seemed like it gave me GERD like symptoms like a lump in the throat - not sure. Other than these foods my meals are compliant. The main thing I think that keeps me 95% on point is the fact that when I eat like this I can go between meals without getting hungry and this is a huge change for me. I used to always be snacking and having blood sugar crashes - always had to have food with me "for emergencies". The last few weeks have been extremely stressful with 2 deaths and the impending sale of our house. Add to that the fact that I have stopped taking HRT but through it all, except for occasional tropical moments, have dealt with everything pretty well without alcohol and unhealthy food. I guess what I am getting at is it has taken me since October to get to this point. Nancy I think that when you are ready you will get back on track - "join in June" sounds great! I don't intend on going the rest of my life without some of the foods that I want - just want to be in control and decide what is truly worth it. Crimsann the picture looks delicious! Merg - yes I have been enjoying the nicer weather - now have a freeze warning for tonight! MissLindy - had a visual of you out-swimming the sting rays Hope everyone is getting geared up for a great week!!!
  8. bpaitsel

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Crimsann that was hilarious - it is so nice that you get to spend such great time with your niece. I am looking forward to Melissa's new book too. I am keeping my diet pretty compliant except for intro of corn which went ok and beans which I think did not go ok. However, since the weather here has been gray and rainy I will reintro beans again when weather is dry and sunny to make sure symptoms were not weather related. In the last couple of days I think I have inadvertently had butter/margarine while eating out. Not sure so I won't do any other intro's for a while then I want to do a structured reintro of one form of dairy at a time. I did have a good victory today - attended a wedding, with cake of course (and I do LOVE cake and especially icing ) and I didn't even drool on it. I ate before I went which certainly helped. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
  9. bpaitsel

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Merg - great to hear from you. It sounds like you are creating a great support system and I am glad. So far I have resisted the emotional eating - and drinking because - like you said - it only makes it worse. When we feel good hopefully we can do good things. One of my goals is to cut down on screen time too which won't be too hard in a few weeks considering that after we close on the sale of our house I won't have internet service except for at work which will mean just at lunchtime. And, no, I don't have a smart phone. But, I will still be on here because I love the suppport, motivation and inspiration from everyone. May the 4th be with you!!! ( I just had to do that )
  10. bpaitsel

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Welcome back Cynthia - good to hear from you again. Miss Lindy - my supervisors use Dragon and it didn't seem to be too involved in setting it up so I think you will be just fine - I dislike learning new technology too! Trying to stay on track with slow roll for re-intros. Intro'd corn and pretty sure no problems with that. Have let in some sugar without waking Dragon yet. Life right now is very stressful as we have experienced another very unexpected death in the family. Just trying to focus on the really important things right now like being present each day for loved ones - there is no guarantee for tomorrow. Hope I don't sound too down right now just have a very heavy heart. Nancy - glad your outlook is getting sunnier!
  11. bpaitsel

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    My last day of W30. Surprisingly this one has been easier than the second one which was much harder than the first one. I'm not completely recovered from some major fluid retention that I think came from something at Ruby Tuesday last weekend but I had planned on intro'ing corn tomorrow and have already bought some fresh so I am going to go ahead with the reintro. I know the recommendation is to eat 3 servings of the food but I also know that my body functions much better on low carb. And when I add carbs to my meals my veggie portions go way down. So, I am probably just going to have one good portion and I think that will be enough for a test. I don't suspect that corn is an issue for me anyway. Although I am looking forward to some dairy items I want that to be last. I recently ordered some Cassava flour so I am looking forward to experimenting with that some. I think that the fact that it is so pricey will keep me from "experimenting" too much Nancy, I am sorry your knee has been such a problem. Maybe a formal course of physical therapy would be helpful? I'll be 55 in June so not far behind you! And some days I feel all of it and then some; but when the stars are aligned just right I forget my age. Hoping to see some sun tomorrow.
  12. bpaitsel

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Life is just kind of a b**** sometimes - doesn't seem right though. Crimsann - take a breath and I think you will come out on the other side ok. I hope you are feeling better soon. I share your philosophy about letting the body heal itself - sometimes it takes a while though. And yes, it does sound crazy, that in the midst of everything going on you are still thinking about healthy food - but that is the process isn't it? Nancy - I am so sorry for all of the tragedy that is surrounding you right now. Sometimes the loss just seems to be too much but hold on tight to the family and friends that you have. Everything has a priority and you will find the right balance for you. Hopefully the sun will be shining soon! On a personal note we have had highs and lows in the last week or so. My husband's brother passed away a week ago after a terribly complicated surgery and on the same day we listed our house for sale. Just ironic. Sixteen years ago when we bought this house my brother was actively dying of cancer. Does the universe sense this?? Sale of the house had been contemplated for some time but things came together the same day as his passing. Fortunately (?) our house sold quickly and we signed a contract for the sale today. Which now means we have about 30 days to vacate and since our new home is probably 3 months away we will be living in a 25 foot camper with our cat and dog for the next 2-3 months - this should be interesting right? But there are priorities to be attended to. Any way, as far as W30 is concerned - I know how much better I feel in general. This, like everything else, is a process, and I will attempt to make the best of it.
  13. bpaitsel

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Wow it has been quiet in here lately! Hopefully everyone is just busy enjoying some nice weather. Nancy - sorry you didn't like the yogurt - nothing like really looking forward to something only to find out you don't like it. What other kind of good stuff have you been fixing in the IP? MissLindy - I am glad you don't think your efforts are small - they are huge!!! I had been doing so well on W30 until last few days - developed rather significant bloating and fluid retention in legs and hands. Diet has been compliant except that we ate at a Ruby Tuesday Saturday and although I ordered baked potato plain later I looked on their allergen menu and it seemed like they were saying they rub them with either soybean oil or butter - I need to call and verify just to know for sure. The other idea is that I ate raw broccoli some too. I would have expected that to cause stomach discomfort (which I didn't have) but I wouldn't have expected the fluid retention. Oh well - I am planning to start reintro's on May 1 and start with stuff I am pretty sure is ok - like corn - YUM. Hope you all are doing well in your individual journeys to health!!!
  14. bpaitsel

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    Crimsann - Happy Birthday!!! Hope you feel better quickly. Have you ever tried taking Zicam to shorten a cold? I think it has worked in the past for me - I'm not sure of the ingredients but might not be too bad. So far these last 20 days have gone fast. Nothing great to report - just plugging along.
  15. bpaitsel

    Tigers and Turtles - 2016

    I think I should have maybe used some punctuation in my last post . . . Meant to read that I felt like the sloth. Perhaps a comma between sloth and Nancy would have been appropriate. This is how rumors get started Any who . . . I found a suitable excuse (if that actually is a thing) to not go to gym again this morning. I used to absolutely love being in the gym and never thought about not going. Over the last year I have just gradually lost the desire. Not sure why but could possibly be because I have had a couple of physical setbacks in the form of a back and then a hip injury and now I just feel like I am spinning my wheels as far as progress. Oh well . . . just another excuse. . . need to just suck it up and get going!!! I think I need some type of goal to work toward. And no I am not going to run a marathon Had a potluck lunch at work today. Fortunately a co-worker is also doing W30 so we brought compliant items. I was able to skip over the soda, chips, hot dogs (not sure what ingredients in them) and dessert (even though it was gluten-free) without much problem. Felt great afterwards too. Getting ready for day 19 tomorrow