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11/2/18 9:49 P

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I lost 15 pounds during induction but in the 4 weeks since I have lost nothing. I had blood work done and along with my borderline glucose numbers now my BUN is elevated. According to my reading BUN can elevate when your consuming too much protein. I believe I have been going heavy on the protein. I also read that excess protein can put you in a stall. I am kind of at a loss as to how to keep everything balanced. I have been trying to keep my net carbs below 35. My calories are down, I track everything....quite frustrated and would appreciate any tips. I do go to the Dr. on Monday and I'm sure we'll discuss my BUN. Again, I would appreciate any tips you might be able to give me. Im in my 60's. Thanks everyone.

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> Sugar alcohols and frankenfood ingredients are known to cause stalls.

Late reply, but I've gotten past a stall by cooking home cooked meals:
* Home cooking with recipes means meal planning, which, like tracking, can help the diet.
* Less processed food means less hidden sugars and hidden salts, which can encourage eating.
* Cooking itself can sometimes reduce hunger! Search on "cooking less hungry".
* I find it easier to prepare salad and soup, so will mostly have these for lunch. I figure these are better than packaged meat for lunch. At least I get to eat more and still lose weight! (:

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I have had much success a year back when
I stayed on track with the Atkins diet...

I did have times of frustration tho with the Stalls....
I can tell I have hit my induction... and the weight
is starting to melt Away.... so ... I am thinking....
I may need to visit this thread in the future...

Great team by the way... Lots of great info...



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They simply don't believe the "fake" science!

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6/13/17 11:35 P

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Isn't that funny (and not particularly in a Ha Ha! way) that doctors continue to be surprised that blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol numbers improve when you cut sugar and the-other-sugar (starch).

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Thanks for the support guys and the info. My labs are better since doing low carb and I feel much better; the doc said he was very surprised.next labs will be in July. I didnt know that getting all of those carbs out of my system would make me feel so much better. I will cut out those bars.



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6/13/17 5:28 P

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Woubbie's right - Atkins bars cause a lot of people to stall. Cut them out and you should do better.

Has your health improved over the six months you were eating low carb? You said you have CHF so I assume you get lots of things checked out. Even if you aren't losing weight, aren't the health benefits enough to keep you eating low carb?

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6/13/17 2:51 P

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Sugar alcohols and frankenfood ingredients are known to cause stalls. I'd drop the Atkins bars (maybe keep one in your bag for emergencies) and go for natural treats instead. There are a bunch of fat bomb recipes out there that are scrumptious, but they're only feasible if you're at home or have a fridge at work! If you're looking for snacks on the go try nuts, jerky, cheese sticks, and such. You can also microwave sliced cheese into crispy crackers. They travel well, but are pretty fragile so have to be carefully packaged.

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I have been doing LC for abt 6 months. I have not been doing net carbs just all carbs between 30-40. I decided to get Atkins snack bars and meal replacement bars and after eating one a day for the last 3 weeks (one of them not both) my weight loss has disappeared. I am keeping everything else the same. Very discouraged and finding myself thinking to go ahead and eat that because I am not losing anyway. Does this happen often? I just think it is weird because it happened when I added this change. I have to weigh everyday for my CHF and just input my Sunday weight no matter what it is.


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8/29/16 4:57 P

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Just read this for the first time, so helpful!! emoticon

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7/16/16 11:20 A

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Sounds good to me!

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Joye
DETERMINATION=FOCUS=PERSISTENCE=CONSIS
TENCE=SUCCESS!!!

We don't want to have to say Being cremated is my last hope for a hot, smokin body!

Never trade what you want at the moment for what you want the most!

"Suffering is in the indecision"

Remember: If nothing changes, NOTHING CHANGES!!

If you are tired of starting over, STOP GIVING UP!

FOCUS on the path---one decision at a time.


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7/15/16 6:45 P

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Thanks for the encouragement! Hubby just came home from working out of town and says he notices that I am smaller. emoticon

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Focus on those 12 elbees off your body and think about picking up a 10 lb sack of potatoes and carrying it around plus more, you lost that fast! Revel in it and like others said, it is science...you WILL continue to lose at some point. emoticon

Joye
DETERMINATION=FOCUS=PERSISTENCE=CONSIS
TENCE=SUCCESS!!!

We don't want to have to say Being cremated is my last hope for a hot, smokin body!

Never trade what you want at the moment for what you want the most!

"Suffering is in the indecision"

Remember: If nothing changes, NOTHING CHANGES!!

If you are tired of starting over, STOP GIVING UP!

FOCUS on the path---one decision at a time.


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BUDGETMAW Posts: 15,793
7/15/16 11:30 A

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What Woubbie and CalGal said.

And just to be clear about it - I've said the same things to people I don't know how many times, but when it's me that's hit a plateau, it's really hard for me to remember! It is disappointing, discouraging, annoying, irritating, and lots of other things. Unfortunately, it is also normal and expected and (fortunately) temporary.

Just hang in there. The weight loss will start again in a week or two or three.

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7/15/16 10:56 A

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Totally agree. The fat loss is still going on, it's just always masked behind the "weight". Always remember that "weight" is made up of a ton of variables and you don't have control over all of them every day. Stay the course and look at your overall weight trends rather than at specific numbers.

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Very normal and actually expected after a big loss. Even a brief foray up to a bit of a weight gain is normal. Your body is just adjusting to the weight loss. This is where you need to just stick with it and not look at the scale for a week or two. Stay the course. It can take a week or three to adjust and then you will begin to go lower again. During these times it can be very inspiring to measure yourself to understand that your body is still losing inches. The weight is only one way to see progress.

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7/15/16 7:43 A

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I am half way through week 3 of induction and the scales has not moved this week. The first 2 weeks I lost 12 lbs but nothing since. Any idea's or suggestions would be much appreciated.

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My gp just retired and I've had to go to a new one. She doesn't specialize in *geriatric*. I also really liked my previous gp and had had a 35 year relationship with him. Made it really tough to leave. I don't know what age is considered *geriatric*. Is it a timeframe or more conditional? I'm 62 and don't consider myself there yet. But will I ever? LOL. Maybe when I'm 80? Or 90?

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My family physician is retiring and now I'm wondering if I should seek a physician used to dealing with older patients. What age is geriatric?

She's kept me very healthy -- when diabetes surfaced she's the one that gave me Dr. Bernstein's book.


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I think as we get older we need less calories. emoticon


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DETERMINATION=FOCUS=PERSISTENCE=CONSIS
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We don't want to have to say Being cremated is my last hope for a hot, smokin body!

Never trade what you want at the moment for what you want the most!

"Suffering is in the indecision"

Remember: If nothing changes, NOTHING CHANGES!!

If you are tired of starting over, STOP GIVING UP!

FOCUS on the path---one decision at a time.


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6/6/16 9:31 A

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Metabolism is governed by a whole slew of hormones and they certainly change every decade. My current focus is on thyroid and cortisol. Stress is a huge factor in stalling loss, both from allowing stress eating to the direct effect of the hormones themselves.

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My age seems to be a big factor these days. I thought at first it was too many calories but now I'm thinking that aging contributes to a stall as well. I've been trying to locate articles and research about it.

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Good article.

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11/13/15 7:24 P

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Just read this great explanation of what to expect in the first month:

lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/lowcarb101
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11/6/15 8:49 A

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This is one of the most helpful threads I have found on Spark! such great reminders!



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I'd much rather weigh 300 pounds and wear a size ten than weigh 150 pounds and wear a size 20!

I agree that it's nice to have losses reflected on the scale, but how your clothes fit is a much better indicator of how you're doing. Sounds like you're doing great!

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I am also glad to see this on the top this morning, I needed this reminder. AND....I nominate the Swoosh Fairy and the patron saint of weight loss.

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So glad to see this on the front page! I am in a post induction stall. I do see some changes on the body fat calculator on my scale in the downward move but I don't know if I can trust it or not. I did notice my clothes are looser which is nice but it would be great to see it reflected in that little window. Oh well, I'll just keep on keeping on and I'm sure I'll eventually get there.

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Yep, I totally agree, Maw. Take a breath; settle down; follow the routine! (I'm putting that on my fridge).

My name is Jeanne (pronounced Jean ee); I live in eastern Washington State.


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BUDGETMAW Posts: 15,793
6/20/15 11:33 A

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I'm glad you found the thread, Jeanne. I think that the initial big losses set us up for failure. We expect it to continue. Hang in there, and remember all the health benefits you're gaining even when the scale isn't moving.

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Ahhhhh...so nice to have found the info. on this thread. I have only been on Atkins induction for 17 days (I do eat low carb most of the time, even before starting Atkins). I lost a pound a day for the first week, now nothing since. I was even UP a few ounces during that time (but maintaining the 10 pound loss overall.)

I do a low carb eating plan most of the time, but thought something structured would help me lose the 20 or so pounds I gained BACK when I went off low carb. Atkins was my choice.

I am an instant-gratification kind of gal, so I DO try to change when in a day or 2 nothing works anymore (can you say impatient and unrealistic?) This is helping me to BE PATIENT with what I know has worked in the past and realize I did not gain all this weight in a few weeks and I just need to give it time.

Thank you for the pep talk and explanations!

My name is Jeanne (pronounced Jean ee); I live in eastern Washington State.


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3/24/15 9:50 P

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Great attitude! And congrats on your loss!

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I've been on a plateau for 2 wks but had lost over 27 since 1/1/15 so feel good about that. I suspect exercising more steadily may be causing my body to have to adjust to more muscle. I am going to do measurements only for next 2 wks before I weigh again because the scale is just a number. I feel great, have great energy (except today I am sick with a cold) and otherwise know I am eating right. Just trying to stay positive since I have so much further to go.

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I am so bummed when I hit a plateau. I know I should think positive and keep doing what I have been doing. But it is really had. I will stay of the scale and check my measurements. emoticon

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I hate stalls and plateaus - so aggravating and discouraging!
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It is so discouraging when it happens, and all the words in the world don't make it better! You just have to tough it out.

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Calories still count, also!!

Joye
DETERMINATION=FOCUS=PERSISTENCE=CONSIS
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We don't want to have to say Being cremated is my last hope for a hot, smokin body!

Never trade what you want at the moment for what you want the most!

"Suffering is in the indecision"

Remember: If nothing changes, NOTHING CHANGES!!

If you are tired of starting over, STOP GIVING UP!

FOCUS on the path---one decision at a time.


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My 16 year old DD#2 started induction a week and a half ago. She dropped 5 pounds the first week....and then nothing so far this week. We took measurements last night and she's lost 2 inches total overall. She is discouraged that the scale is not moving, but I reassured her to continue on plan and the scale will continue to move! Thanks for this article to alleviate her doubts.
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This is a great thread, thank you, it definitely is helpful.
I'm currently starting week 6 of Atkins (still in induction) I've lost 6 pounds in first couple of weeks, and then no weight loss (or at least the scale doesn't budge) for the next 3 weeks. I understand stalls and plateaus, but isn't this a little too soon for this?

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Great info... thanks for sharing it...

you explained so nicely

~*~ LOVE ~&~ BLESSings ~*~ ALLways ~*~Deby~*~

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I am stuck. That's ok. I am not gaining weight and that's what really counts!

Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels!


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I guess I'm at a "stall" or long plateau - been basically the same since November. But . . . clothes are much more comfortable(looser), energy is way up and I feel stronger overall.
Guess it's a set point, but now that I'm use to this weight, I think I'll change it up a bit so I can lose a few more pounds. This'll be my 3rd set point weight in the past year.
My theory is - it's best to get to a weight you can stay at for awhile, get use to it, then move on to a lighter weight- get use to that weight for awhile, then move on again. This has worked for me- I'm maintaining my lower weights easier every time I reduce more.
Plus- I get several months wear out of new clothes before they become too big. emoticon

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Such encouraging info! I wish I could (would) stay on my diet long enough to reach a plateau!! Hoping to get more info from this team. I am mostly low carb & low calories if I stick to what I have decided to do. I see the scale go up a little, which I know is normal, and then I think I should change my diet. I just need to stick to one thing, at least for a month and see what happens!! I am soooo sick of me!!

Joye
DETERMINATION=FOCUS=PERSISTENCE=CONSIS
TENCE=SUCCESS!!!

We don't want to have to say Being cremated is my last hope for a hot, smokin body!

Never trade what you want at the moment for what you want the most!

"Suffering is in the indecision"

Remember: If nothing changes, NOTHING CHANGES!!

If you are tired of starting over, STOP GIVING UP!

FOCUS on the path---one decision at a time.


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Ok I get it but I dont have to like it!!!! I kepp losing and gaining 2 lbs. I had a good 10lb induction loss and now I am stuck! Hurts especially when I am being so good! You know sticking to the program. I was hoping to start adding a little bit of new food should I wait or go ahead? Hmmmm.

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thans going to stay on stage 1 until thurs or Friday. weigh in Thurs so don't want to rock boat

Friday probably cabbage soup diet not sure
11 pounds to go to goal so want to try this and see

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Jazzy - your waist inch loss is really wonderful! After all, that is where the bad fat storage is. Don't get stressed yet.

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Some of us have had the same experience - including me. I was stalled for four months. Bummer! But I was happy with the inch loss - pants getting loose, etc.

I have heard most people say to just keep on doing what you're doing until the stall corrects itself. Some say do a 'fat fast', but I could only do that for a couple of days. (I did lose 2 pounds, but gained it back on vacation.) Read as many of the older posts you can for info and encouragement during this time. Be thrilled with the smaller you for now.

I'm sure more successful others will post here soon.

I am experimenting with my nutrition right now and lowering my fat intake just a tad, still low carbs (under 30 grams) and making sure I get about 100-120 protein grams a day. I lost a pound this week (so I guess my stall is broken).

Hang in there and good luck! emoticon

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What a I doing wrong
10 days of staying on low carb below 25
No white food
Drinking lots of water
Exercise
Two pounds in 10 days

Now since April
Waist a now 33.5 downforce 38
Hips 39 was42
Boobs
40 now 38
Love this but want numbers on scale

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Faith - I do the same thing with my ticker. Because if I cheat and have some carby dessert, then I can gain 3 pounds the next day. Then it may take me 4 or 5 days to get the weight gain back off again.

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Good for you, but I say post your loss. I do every loss. If it goes up, I just don't change it til it goes down again past what my lowest was. That is just me....

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Teresa - hang in there! Sorry to hear about your knee. I have had similar problems, and sometimes I think it's the extra weight I'm carrying around. But since I have added more fat to my eating plan, it seems to have helped with some of the general aches and pains.

Try that nutritional calculator plan that I posted earlier. You have to really read the article well to fully understand it. Like if you are having a high fat day, lower the protein and vice versa. I am trying to stay at the high end of protein and the low end of fat, with no less than 55 grams of fat. My calories will be around 1,150 daily.

This is so similar to the Slim4life program that I ended up paying $1,000 for. But it was the only way of eating that I could lose weight on. And I consistently lost 2 pounds a week. I remember they told me that eating protein was like putting another log on the fire.

It doesn't hurt to try it for a few days.

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I find them so frustrating. And feel like I need to get extreme if a week goes by with weight loss. Reading this will help me to remember its all normal. Thank you.

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Yes, Teresa, I know that battle well. But I am glad that at least I don't go up as long as I stay on plan.

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Timely and very much needed for me to read...I know I've allowed carb creep but did fat fest and got back on grove.

Addictions to carbs is less a problem now, but I still crave (and indulge) with a serving of chips and salsa. It is wrecking my blood readings and I'm gaining...because that one serving is 20 carbs over my normal eating.

TIMELY to read this and get back to basics...Thank you!!



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Simplemaw - thank you so much for this thread! It really helped me understand the difference between all of the stalls and plateaus.

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Seems like stalls and plateaus and being stuck and all those frustrating things have come up a lot lately, so let's start a thread for the topic.

First, some definitions. A STALL is when you have lost pounds and no inches in at least four weeks. Two days is not a stall. Two weeks is not a stall. It has to be at least four weeks. The reason for this is that sometimes your body just needs to take a break and adjust to the weight that you've already lost. This can take a few weeks. If it's over four weeks, though, there's probably something else going on.

A PLATEAU is when you've been stuck at the same weight for a couple of weeks, but less than four. A plateau is extremely annoying, frustrating, discouraging, irritating, aggravating, bothersome, troublesome, disturbing and vexatious. It's also perfectly normal and healthy and is going to happen every now and then. Again, it's your body adjusting to the weight that it has already lost. Come on here and fuss and fume and gripe and whine, but don't sweat it. And if you had been losing weight before the plateau, DON'T CHANGE WHAT YOU WERE DOING! If it worked last week or the week before, it will probably continue working in a couple more weeks. Save the tinkering for a true stall.

A POST INDUCTION STALL is just what it sounds like, except it's really a plateau instead of a stall. Remember how much weight you lost the first couple of weeks of eating low carb? 5 or 10 pounds in a couple of weeks, more for some people? 5% or more of your body weight is not unusual. That's a big change for your body to get used to! Remember that your fat cells don't go away, they just get a bit limp as they lose fat. With that big of a change, they may call a halt to the whole process while they figure out whether everything is ok. In the meantime, they add a bit of water so they don't get any flabbier. After a couple of weeks, when they realize that they're still being fed appropriately and there are no new health issues for them to worry about, they decide that it's ok to let go of that extra water they've been holding on to. Which leads us to our last definition.

A WHOOSH is a big, sudden weight loss, usually after a plateau. You may wake up one morning and find that you've lost 2 or 3 pounds overnight. Congratulations! You've just had a visit from the Whoosh Fairy! Then your weight loss should continue, but probably at a slower rate than during the first few weeks.

This process will continue as long as you stay with low carb and are working on losing weight. You'll lose for a while, and then suddenly, without anything else changing, you'll be stuck. And you'll be frustrated and annoyed and aggravated and so on, and you'll come here and whine and gripe and complain and you'll want to change something but it probably won't matter what you change because your body is in adjustment mode. And then, suddenly and without changing anything (or even if you have changed something), you'll have a Whoosh. And the cycle will begin again.



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