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weekly round up, bleeh, I'm tired

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I worked an 80 hour week in 5 days. I'm tired. I have one day off to do laundry, plan menus, batch cook, and then will work another 60 hours in 6 days. I'm tired.

In the midst of a workathon, where I travel 400 miles, saw 5 kids and completed 11 comprehensive health and education reports, it was also Holy Week, and senior project completion week. Busy. I'm tired. My garden looks like it's dying. transplanting didn't go well. My house is a wreck, no one does anything when I am not home, and I haven't been home much this week. Today is the day to play catch up.

I also squeezed in a doctor's appointment. Bailey's food sensitivities might be causing the migraines. He cant eat tomato products, lettuce, corn, carrots, potatoes. ( he doesn't eat those things anyway, hates vegetables, lives on bread) MRI isn't back yet, so doctor is in wait and see mode. He refused to go paleo with me, and my frustrating husband backed him. ( "it's to extreme, takes to much time, money and work and we can't say for sure it's a wheat thing" I wanted to scream.) doctor suggested anti-anxiety meds. I want a referral to a specialist before I start him on a lifetime of mental health meds. Been down that road myself.

I was able to convince my doc to run a boatload of tests for me. I told her I was thinking of seeing a nutreopath. She said she was willing to read my books on paleo, and that I wasn't her first patient who had talked paleo with her. I told her that while I felt great since February and going paleo, I wanted a baseline of my health. We discussed the chronic illnesses and the new annoyances. She did agree to drop one of my major diabetic meds, which she thinks is causing some of My IBS issues. My blood work is scheduled for Wednesday. I h ave a three day conference in Seattle, and will be very tired, but should be able to make my blood work appointment.

I earned 30 bucks in the form of an amazon gift card for tracking my healthy activities in the health insurance website. I replenished my Bag of developmental testing toys for work.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/19/2014 5:38PM

  Wow, my dear, I hope you get a chance to BREATHE! I'd be a little upset too if DH undermined a suggestion that could help your son feel better! Good luck.


Happy Easter

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BABYSOX 4/19/2014 4:49PM

    Wow. I get tired just reading about your week. You are very busy. Just make sure you prioritize your self as one of those items.

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saturday bliss....

Saturday, April 12, 2014

I slept in. I ate paleo sausage, sauerkraut. I finished my book. I planted my herb garden, finished planning the peppers, the tomatoes. I've sparked. It's been a great day. I planned my week, both the shopping list, the menu's, the exerciser in the planner. i cooked my weekly chicken breast, made my paleo kitchen, mayonnaise. I need to do laundry, but am basically ready for another week.

my goals for the month are the same for march. Stay within my calorie range, lower my carbs, earn my steps. But to break it down more, this week I have set the following goals.
1) stay with calorie and carb range of 1,500 to 1,900, carbs lower than 70.
2) walk in the morning with Cynthia. walk to work. walk home for lunch. walk after dinner. it's the tri-fecta of walking.
3) working on incorporating strength training on mon, wed, friday morning with Cynthia.
4) self care; water my garden, cook my meals, keep up on the laundry. buy two baby gifts. the Carvo clan, of which I have married in, has produced two more great grand-babies. there is 26 first cousins, and most of them have multiple babies. My kids are the oldest of the 2nd cousins, and we stopped counting when Christmas dinner topped 80. I usually skip the family events, but baby showers are great fun, and I get to hold the babies.

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_RAMONA 4/14/2014 11:25AM

    Sounds like a GREAT day!!! I hope you soaked up every minute!

...enjoy those babies (I'll probably be 80 and still want another one, LOL)!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/12/2014 8:44PM

  good good job! You were a busy lady!


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my last day of spring break, prom dress shopping.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Yesterday was a great day. 11,000 steps in, paleo success food wise. I did have a bout of IBS, and a small banking mishap, but my trusty friend rescued me and it was all good. I'm not so excited about today. PROM DRESS SHOPPING WITH THE PRINCESS.
I love my daughter, I really do, and I am excited to see her grow up into a beautiful young women. But I hate shopping. Maybe it's body shame memories of never finding anything in my size. Hannah wont have that problem. She is 5'11", with most of that legs. she loves to show off her legs, so the argument will be in not showing to much skin. She wont wear heels, so finding matching shoes will be a problem. She loves flash, dazzle, sparklers. She wants something like from the Great Gatsby movie. I love staying within budget. It's going to be a long day. But I should get lots of steps in, walking the malls.

I would rather be planting my herb container garden, and playing in my potting soil. I'll have to do that tomorrow. tomorrow, I also get to go to the democratic caucas for my very political mother in law. the things we do for family. LOL

Bailey has another migraine ( Guess what he ate, while out with grandma- A giant hamburger bun, and plate of fries) He keeps telling me that he cant be allergic to wheat, or potatoes, that the test is in accurate, that it just cant be. It's grief and denial. My Spark friend Ramona, sent me some great links and I am arming myself with information. I just want him, and my doctor, to give me 30 days of paleo. Then we can see if he has migraines, teenage zits, mood swings, sleep disturbances. I am gearing up for the doctor's appointment on Tuesday. I have a list of tests that I want her to run, and a list of ailments that concern me. Besides Bailey's migraines and allergy testing, I want her to run an allergy panel on me. I want her to run full blood work, including a hormone panel. I want her to run the test for inflammation. I need to talk about the IBS and encopresis, the thinning of my hair , especially in private places and raging PMS. I need to talk about the lumps in my armpit, and my chronic ailments ( diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, bi polar). She has reserved a good chunk of time for me and Bailey, so it will all be good.

Hannah tells me I need to get ready to go, that we have lots of shopping to do. GO TEAM. maybe we can start with a ice tea from starbucks.

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_RAMONA 4/11/2014 4:17PM

    Oh Lordy! Spare me the prom dress shopping, LOL! Thank God I have a few more years before that... Maybe I'll have developed more patience by then....

Be patient with your body, my dear friend... it will take time and consistency for it all to sort out, but I'm confident a year from now, you won't recognize yourself. You are so amazingly methodical about this that you can't help but succeeed.

As for those 30 days... make it a family thing. Bailey will feel more supported and who knows what others may discover. I know it made all of the difference for our daughter that Mom and Dad were eating the same way as she was... now she chooses for herself, and she's only 9.

Mineral supplementation can also make a huge difference for migraines. If Bailey's gut is damaged (I think it is because all autoimmune disturbances start with the gut) he's not absorbing the nutrients he needs. A safe, synergistic mineral supplement is SierraSil (Walmart).

I had thinning of hair (especially in private places and my legs) and after two years Paleo it's all coming back (and I'm so glad because it's another sign of health returning)... though I can't say I'm happy to be shaving legs and pits again, LOL!

God bless you all today, and always... may all steps be steps taken in faith and with joy, resting securely in the comfort and peace and wisdom of the Father of All.


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CARRIE925 4/11/2014 3:09PM

    Have fun shopping for the prom dress

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ALICIA214 4/11/2014 1:25PM


Good Luck at the malls.


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1CRAZYDOG 4/11/2014 1:11PM

  Lord love a duck, how do we survive teenage angst and drama! Have fun prom dress shopping. **SIGH** I know I had to take a walk down the patience-pants aisle by hr. #3!

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ONECALMMOM 4/11/2014 1:01PM

  Have a great day! My daughter is a bling fan too! I vote for starting the adventure with a Starbucks ice tea! Think I'll get an iced green tea, shaken & unsweetened. Love it!

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day 3 of spring break, gardening success

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Today was an errand, to do day. We started off with taxi service to track practice, and then Bailey had his MRI for his headaches. It took awhile. Came home, and Bailey and I took a nap. I slept for 4 hours. Woke up long enough to rally the troops to put in the garden. We planted zucchini, eggplant, parsnips. we need black plastic and tires to plant the pumpkin, squash, and other mound hill planting. I need more potty soil, and tomato plants. Tomorrow, I go to the nursery in Wenatchee, and get some seedlings. tomorrow is also costco day. For exercise tomorrow, we are walking the Apple trail. Lunch is Mongolian grill. Tomorrow, we are also stopping at the SSA, to fix Hannah's name change.

so.. Bailey's allergen panel came back allergic to the kitchen sink. He is in denial, and grief. We will met with the doctor next week. I am asking Bailey to follow the diet, allergen free for 30 days. pretty sure he is going to go PALEO.

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BABYSOX 4/10/2014 6:00AM

    It sounds like you are putting your week to good use.

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_RAMONA 4/9/2014 11:03PM

    {{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}
(for both you and Bailey)

My migraines went away for good within two weeks of going Paleo... I haven't even had a headache in two years (and for years before that, I never lived day without one).

Honestly, Bailey sounds to be classically 'autoimmune' disrupted. Paleo Mom is the best blog for this aspect of Paleo (her book is AWESOME):

The good news is that if Baily takes steps to heal his gut, many of his food allergies could heal as well... though he'll likely never be able to go back to a SAD diet.

A good article:

...and another:

Despite all of this, I'm so glad you are enjoying your holiday (not to mention being productive)!


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1CRAZYDOG 4/9/2014 9:35PM

  Good luck with your garden1 Still a bit early here.

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House Mouse

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

today is day 2 of my spring break. I have farmed the children off for various employment. Princess is at the daycare, Middle is at the seed farm, and baby is off at grandma doing yard work. I am being a house mouse. Dishes, laundry, beef broth, paleo condiments and dinner for faith group. A nice quiet day. I did walk this morning, but felt creeky and sore. Now I'm catching up on Spark.

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1CRAZYDOG 4/8/2014 5:31PM

  Good for you that you have some YOU time! HUGS

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SUSANBEAMON 4/8/2014 3:02PM

  i used to look forward to house mouse days when i was younger. the relaxing gave me energy.

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JAMBABY0 4/8/2014 2:36PM

    Sounds like a nice day

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