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  • #16
    Hi Jazmin,
    Feeling much better this morning. I managed to get a good night's sleep without any pharmaceutical help and that was a plus. Those always leave me feeling foggy-brained the next day.

    If you ever feel the need to get out of the extremes of Sacramento weather, hop an Amtrak down to San Diego and I'll show you around.

    Robin

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    • #17
      Well, I think this journaling thing really works. If I didn't feel the need to check in this evening I might have spent another day feeling sorry for my bruised tailbone. But this turned out to be a really good day. I got off my rear and did some floor stretches and yoga moves to limber up my hips and legs and then took the hound out for a long walk. We did about an hour and a half round trip to the leash-free dog park he so adores.

      I also figured out how to make olive oil mayo in the blender today and used it on both my meals it turned out so well. The mayos at the health food stores may say, "Made With Olive Oil", but a closer examination with the reading glasses on shows that they are mostly canola "with" a teensy bit of olive.

      Speaking of BS labeling, did you know that there may be sugar lurking in your garlic salt? Yep, Lawry's, one of the biggest spice brands around, has sugar in it. You don't think you need to read the label on something as simple and straightforward as garlic salt. It should have two ingredients, garlic and salt, right? Those sneaky SOBs.

      The moral of the story is: Always bring your reading glasses to the market.

      The menu for the day:

      wheatgrass juice early with emails.

      late breakfast of egg salad made with my new mayo

      dinner was a big ass salad with a pork burger patty (also with mayo on it)

      I think I will now curl up with some internet TV, a glass of Pinotage, and a square of dark chocolate.

      Life is indeed good.

      See you all tomorrow,

      Robin

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      • #18
        Why I don't think I need supplements

        I just read the post about "Grok didn't take supplements, why should I? I think it's great that Mark is upfront about the fact that most of his income comes from supplements and I don't at all begrudge him a way to make a living. I think that supplements are necessary for a lot of people, just not me. This all boils down to two things:

        1) I have the world's most stress free life.

        I was fortunate enough to be able to retire early so all of the stresses that go with, commuting, idiot bosses, and annoying co-workers are not there. My time is also my own so I get plenty of sleep plus I can take my time with shopping and cooking primally (I like to cook and I'm quite good at it so I'm told). I'm also not stressing about the mortgage payment or if organic meat is a little more expensive. I'm not Lear Jets and Lambroginis kind of wealthy, just comfortable that there will be a roof over my head and food in the fridge for the rest of my life without the daily grind of a 9-5. Once a year I have a few stressful days as I wait for the results of my latest mammogram to come back, but I am learning not to let those get to me. In fact, I think my close brush with mortality in the form of cancer has given me a new zest for living in the moment.

        I also don't have a spouse and kids. It's not a coincidence that all the people I know who have little kids all look exhausted all the time. For me, not having kids wasn't a choice, I can't have them physically. I didn't find this out until I was married and it was basically the reason the marriage ended. I love playing with my friends' kids and then handing them back to their parents and going home with my quiet obedient dog. To all the people out there raising kids, good for you, I'm so glad you are. Somebody has to but it's not in the cards for me. I would love to find a compatible partner but I would rather be alone than in a relationship that is an energy black hole. Since I don't need a guy for any of the wrong reasons like financial support, social status, or to be the father of my kids, I don't have to put up with a guy who is acting like a jerk. If he doesn't come around, I move on. This may mean that I end up not ever getting pair bonded for life but I'm ok with that. I do date and I also have the most wonderful friends anyone could ever ask for plus the world's greatest Dad so I'm not lonely. Plus the primal wolf cub is always good company.

        2) I live in sunny San Diego.

        We have all the vitamin D in the world about 99% of the time plus very rarely is there a weather related excuse not to exercise. We also have year round access to a large variety of fresh locally grown organic produce and enough health conscious people that there are many stores carrying organic protein and produce, making it a competitive market. We also have all the fresh wild caught seafood you could ever want and a large part of my diet is seafood.

        So I like to eat and drink my vitamins, minerals, fish oils, antioxidants, and probiotics rather than take them in pill form. And I have the time and tools to do that. I also don't put poisons in my body like drugs or smoking and I keep the red wine to a one or twice a week. And I keep away from exposure to anything chemical like dyes and scents in soaps, etc.

        I think supplements are a good backstop if you need them. I just don't need them. No matter how hot Mark looks in swim trunks and he does indeed (ladies, am I right?), he is not going to convince me to buy supplements. (Yes, I know he's married, rats!)

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        • #19
          even though i have a job and family, i still exercise, eat well, and get vit d, so i don't take supplements either, honestly. just not my thing.

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          • #20
            Hi Zoebird,
            Yep, it's a personal decision. There are a lot of studies saying that the actual absorption of supplements in the concentrated processed pill form is so low that they are basically a waste of money. You are better off putting that same money into some good quality food where your body can fully absorb the nutrition.

            I can see if someone lived in a really cold climate, they might need some extra D or if someone doesn't have time to eat right, say if they travel a lot for work, they might need some supplements. I didn't mean to imply that everyone who has a family is at the end of their rope, just those with little tots always seem to be. I think it's the sleep deprivation of 4am feeding etc. If you have a good relationship with your spouse and raise your children to be well behaved, I think having a family can actually be a stress buffer against the rest of the world. From reading your journal, you seem to be doing an admirable job of it.

            I was only in NZ once and only got to stay one day (a cruise ship stop over) but it was breathtakingly beautiful. I would love to go back there some time and stay a while.

            Robin

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            • #21
              I feel about coconut products the way Batty feels about her bacon. This morning I used a can of coconut milk with acai berry puree and a splash of pomegranate juice to make a breakfast shake. I was oohing and cooing over every sip thinking, "This can't possibly be healthy, it tastes too freaking amazing".

              Totally IFed lunch, not deliberately, just forgot about it.

              Went to a dinner function where I had no control over the menu but managed to stick to my primal guns. Skipped the bread. The soup was a yummy lobster bisque which may have had some dairy in it but I'm not going to stress over that. The entree was Beef Wellington which is basically a hunk of beef baked in a pastry shell. I peeled off the pastry (which was soggy and not very appetizing anyway) and just ate the beef. There was a grand total of 3 baby carrots served as veggies per person. I had a cup of herbal tea while everyone else had creme brulee. That, I'll admit was a bit tough. I don't have much of a sweet tooth but that is one of my favorites. When I got home I was craving something green and crunchy so I ate a whole romaine lettuce heart, just chomped through it like a gorilla. Also had a handful of macadamia nuts since the protein part of the dinner had been kind of dinky once all that puff pastry was peeled away.

              So, a pretty good day for diet but I have to do better on making time for workouts. I had planned to do a Lift Heavy Things session today but the time just got away from me and the next thing I knew I was dashing out the door to get to that dinner.

              Holding steady at 176 and the jeans seem to be buttoning easier. Cool.

              Goodnight folks,

              Robin

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              • #22
                What do you do for a living Paleobird?
                Kane's Eye View

                Primal Kane

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                • #23
                  if you do come down, we'll hang out. we love hanging out with travelers from the internet. seriously, since i've moved here, i've met more internet people in real life than i did at home. also, my friends and family "call" me more often via skype. they all got skype because i moved here. it's totally bizarre.

                  yeah, in regards to vits. people were freaked out that i didn't take prenatals. my mothers says that ever since i was a little kid, she *could not* get me to take vitamins. but, i never seemed to have any trouble, and the blood work always comes back great, and the doctor would ask my mom if i took them, and instead of sitting through another lecture, she just started saying "yes" because they would then go "still taking the bitamins, i see! her bloodwork is great!" and it's like, yeah, "still taking them." eye roll. nope, just can't force me to do it.

                  finally, our family doc--the one we love-- was like "did you take a prenatal?" and i said "nope. i hate vitamins." and he goes "oh, ok." did the blood work, and he goes "wow, you are a healthy little family. i've never seen such good numbers across the board. and you don't supplement?" he knows we do fermented cod liver oil and such, but he was impressed. so, i figure keep doing what i'm doing. And you should see how my dentist raves about my teeth.

                  anyhoot, it's just a personal thing. simply cannot do it. would rather eat food. i love food.

                  i think you're going to love the kili climb. it'll be no problem for you. a bunch of my friends did the 5-day up route, and all but one of them was completely and ridiculously out of shape. I mean just terrible shape. they were fine. you'll be knocking it down.

                  i'm looking forward to part of the inca trail and macchu picchu myself. did i spell that right? kili is interesting, but i really want to see MP. have since i was a kid. Also, bhutan. don't know what's up with that. ;D oh well, weird, i guess.

                  i'll get their fairly soon. i want the kid to be able to enjoy. we're thinking about doing a walk about for a couple of years when he's 12-14. see as much as the world as we want, homeschool him during that time. best experience for a boy that age, right? i think so.

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                  • #24
                    Hi Kane,
                    I used to teach English at SDSU but I'm retired now. I was out on medical leave with the breast cancer when my very elderly and very ill aunt passed away and left me a chunk of money. The combination of mortality and money seemed like a sign from the universe that I should enjoy life to the fullest now, not wait for some future time. I've always wanted to travel. So I quit work and, since then, I have been to the south Pacific, a road trip from SD to Montana, a trans US road trip from here to Georgia and back (both road trips with my trusty wolf cub), then a trip to China and this past spring I went to southern Africa. My next big adventure is the Mt Kili climb coming up in August 2011.
                    Last edited by Paleobird; 12-08-2010, 12:21 AM.

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                    • #25
                      Zoebird,
                      Macchu Picchu is next on my "to do" list right after Mt Kili. Then the Pyramids in Egypt.

                      How old is your little one now?

                      Robin

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                      • #26
                        he's 2. it doesn't restrict us from travel; he's got quite a bug for it.

                        we're building our business now (been at it 10 months or so), and we are doing a tour of the south island here in a couple of weeks (yay!). but i think a walk about--which would be just going everywhere for 1-2 years--would be better spent on an older kid than a younger. but i think we are planning a trip to somewhere each year. i'm not sure MP is on the map right now, just because the kid couldn't handle the climbs. he does well enough on the hills here, but his limit is about a mile, and honestly, he goes about 2 blocks before he wants to be held. then down again two blocks later, than up again two blocks later. i think it would drive me mad. LOL

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                        • #27
                          Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                          Hi Kane,
                          I used to teach English at SDSU but I'm retired now. I was out on medical leave with the breast cancer when my very elderly and very ill aunt passed away and left me a chunk of money. The combination of mortality and money seemed like a sign from the universe that I should enjoy life to the fullest now, not wait for some future time. I've always wanted to travel. So I quit work and, since then, I have been to the south Pacific, a road trip from SD to Montana, a trans US road trip from here to Georgia and back (both road trips with my trusty wolf cub), then a trip to China and this past spring I went to southern Africa. My next big adventure is the Mt Kili climb coming up in August 2011.
                          You've been through a lot, and seen a lot. I'm sorry you've been through such hardships. From what you write, however, you seem to be recovering admirably.

                          The reason I asked what you did for a living was because I noticed the shelves of books behind you in one of your photos. Such tid-bits always spark my curiosity, being a fellow bibliophile myself.

                          Take care,
                          Kane
                          Kane's Eye View

                          Primal Kane

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                          • #28
                            Hi Kane,
                            Yes, I had a first date once with a guy who saw my library and said, "Gee, did you really read all of these? Personally I can't see the point in reading a book when you can rent the DVD, it's just so much easier." Needless to say, there wasn't a second date happening there. Bibliophiles of the world, unite!

                            Zoebird,
                            Thanks for the kind invite. If your walk abouts ever lead you to southern California, I would be happy to show you around.

                            Morning weigh in at 175 Wooo HOOO! That's 5 down and 25 more to go.

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                            • #29
                              If you ever feel the need to get out of the extremes of Sacramento weather, hop an Amtrak down to San Diego and I'll show you around.
                              Yes! That sounds like a fabulous day of fun. Somehow, all these years living in Cali, and I've never made it to SD...

                              And I love the Amtrak. Don't you? One can sip a glass of wine while reading a book or conversing with other passengers. Such a more civilized way to travel than the airplane.
                              ~ Ex-Herbivore Goes Carnivore: Jazmin's PB Journal ~

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                              • #30
                                HI Jazmin,
                                They don't call San Diego America's Finest City for nothing........................

                                My sister lives up your way near Stockton and I went to school in the bay area too so I know how the weather can get. I used to take the train home to see Mom & Dad at Xmas and Easter.

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