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  • #46
    Hi Cave Woman,

    I've been reading along in your journal, and only now have had the time to say hello! I'm also 5'2" and O neg. Of course, I let quite a bit more of the "fat suit" accumulate before I found Primal. Oops.

    I also relate to your "random attacks of existential terror" and certainly notice that my overall mood is significantly improved when following this path.

    Thanks for the information about caffeine; I had not read that research, and as someone who loves the smell, taste, habit and truly the entire culture of coffee, I wonder if I am in that percent for whom caffeine impedes weight loss. I am not doing any caffeine for now as I'm following a more strict protocol. But I do miss it. Like you, I feel the effects even from a cup of decaf, so that is out for now.

    I'm enjoying your "voice" here. Welcome to the Forum!
    Last edited by Aila; 01-16-2012, 09:26 AM.
    50 yo single mom
    5'3"
    Primal since 12/1/2010. Now Whole30ing until I feel WHOLE again, my goals are no longer scale-related.

    Aila's Primal Journey

    "If I cling to circumstances, I could claim to be not responsible. Only she who says she did not choose is the loser in the end." Adrienne Rich

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    • #47
      Welcome, Alia, and thank you for your kind words!

      It is amazing that the more we share our "unique" and "bizarre" experiences the more we find others who have shared them. Just sharing them helps, and sometimes other people have discovered solutions worth trying.

      I do wish there was a truly non-caffeine coffee that was worth drinking. I love the smell, the taste, the experience as well.

      I have a friend who once was a serious asshole alcoholic. He eventually stopped drinking, but was still angry and cruel. He finally gave up coffee and is wonderful, charming, and fun to be around. Caffeine is a serious drug for lots of us. Bummer though that may be.
      I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

      Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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      • #48
        Back to the morel dish. Oh my god, it is so good! I heated up the scant leftovers in some cream and put it in an omelet with bacon. Once again, HEAVEN!
        I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

        Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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        • #49
          I'm being pretty good with the diet and exercise, though I did have some exquisite ice cream after dinner on Sunday.

          Yesterday I did no exercise, but I avoided coffee and ate well. I went to a friend's party and just had salad, because all the other dishes were grain based. It was a good salad with lots of veggies and some feta on top. She had made flan for dessert so of course I had to have some of that. So good and not too sweet. I thought it was just wheat, but dairy makes me snore,too.

          Today there is lots of fresh soft snow so I think it is a day for snowshoeing.
          Last edited by Cave Woman; 01-19-2012, 08:44 AM.
          I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

          Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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          • #50
            I've spent so much time reading others' journals that I haven't had time to write in mine. We finally went snowshoeing yesterday. It was gorgeous out! Though cloudy. And with only my face exposed, I don't know how much vitamin D I got. Good thing for supplements.

            I've been pushing my limits of wine and chocolate lately, though I am still losing inches. It's nice to fit into clothes that were too tight last month! The weight stays about the same for now. There are continued celebrations and birthdays around here through this weekend, but I will reduce my wine and chocolate consumption next week. That should bring me another breakthrough.

            I can't do a pull up (or chin up) but in my dream last night I was so surprised to find myself doing one after the other! Don't you love being surprised by your abilities in dreams? I got up to about 24 before we moved on to something else. I was thrilled!

            I really like the way that Winencandy and others write their journal entries is sections according to the PB Laws. I think I need to start that to give me greater accountability. I think I'll start after the weekend.

            Grains always make me puffy - around my eyes, my fingers, my belly. And sometimes in my joints. Corn and beans together are just as bad. Now that I have not been eating grains I am noticing other sensitivities. Dairy makes me snuffly and slightly puffy. I'm not ready to give it up yet, but I will pay attention. Button and Crimini mushrooms make me VERY puffy! I'm not sure how much is the mushrooms themselves and how much is the other molds that can grow on them. I'll have to pay attention. I don't think that morels affect me the same. I will have to try different mushrooms and see the results.

            I love pickled garlic. I have some around for now, but I want to make some of my own. I found a recipe that uses whey from home made yogurt to ferment vegetables.
            With whey (or the commercial starter for yoghurt or kefir) you can ferment vegetables. Take some cabbage (white, red or any other variety), beetroot, garlic, cauliflower and carrot, slice them into nice mouth size pieces or shred them roughly, add some salt to taste and pack loosely into a wide-mouth glass jar. Take 1/2 litre of cold water and dissolve the contents of yoghurt or kefir sachet in it. Alternatively add 4-5 tablespoons of your homemade whey into the water. Add this water to the jar until it completely covers the vegetables (if the vegetables are not quite covered, just top it up with more water). Close the jar and leave to ferment at a room temperature for 7-10 days. Refrigerate.
            A tasty way to get your probiotics. First I need to make the yogurt!

            I've been breakfasting on wild huckleberries and Greek yogurt. And a smidge of honey. Huckleberries are like blueberries, but way better, and with more antioxidants. We picked several gallons last summer. Some people like to make pies from them. I like to dole them out in smaller, more frequent doses. I used to bake with them. Heaven!

            Oh, last night I made mashed cauliflower for the first time. I looked around MDA for various recipes and ended up boiling the cauliflower, putting it in the oven to dry out a bit, and then mashing it with butter, cream, salt and pepper. It was excellent, kind of a mix between slaw and mashed potatoes. Next I'll try it with sauteed onion and garlic.
            Last edited by Cave Woman; 01-21-2012, 10:36 AM. Reason: spelling
            I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

            Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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            • #51
              hey CaveWoman! I had to laugh about reading others journals! I get so engrossed in what everyone else is doing...& then of course making a comment or two here & there...that I don't have much to say in my own! I have not checked out winencandy yet...will mosey over there when I'm done here!

              I don't have any place to do pull ups...but I had the insane thought that I'd love to have some monkey bars! Remember them??? lol Wonder what hubby would say if I asked him to build me some?? Wonder if Grok had to do anything similar to that? I have this image in my mind that when I reach my goal weight I'm swinging from bar to bar like I'd been doing it all my life!! Funny our brains come up with these things! My mom who is doing the primal thing too has a goal to be able to ride a horse again. We had horses when I was growing up, so yah...I think that would be cool to do again.

              Isn't it amazing how we are now able to hear what our bodies are telling us now? We just couldn't hear before or else just wouldn't listen. I too am fitting into clothes I haven't been able to wear in years! It is such an awesome feeling!

              I have not tried the mashed cauliflower yet...but guess I'll have to try it. So many are saying its good...so its on my list of things to make!

              Glad to hear you haven't gained any during your celebrations! You are becoming a lean mean carb burning machine!! Grok on!!

              have a great day!!
              Last edited by theprimalcajun; 01-21-2012, 01:32 PM.
              Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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              • #52
                Hey, ThePrimalCajun!
                Good to see you here!

                You made me laugh with the monkey bars comments! It's great to have fitness goals like your mom's. And congratulations on fitting into old clothes. It feels so good, doesn't it?

                My pull up bar is just a cheapie I got at the sporting goods store that fits into a door jam. It's right here in my office door.

                Thanks so much for the encouragement!

                Grok on!!
                I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

                Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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                • #53
                  Good morning Cave Woman! I am a serious caffeine addict. Whole beans, ground fresh, heavy cream, touch of cinnamon... every single day. I used to drink it black by the pot full, but now limit to a few cups savored with cream. For now, that's OK with me. I've been much more strict removing the grain and added sugar from my diet. I still want (crave?) dark chocolate and will sometimes mix a batch of heated coconut oil, dash of stevia, and dark cocoa powder; occassionally adding in chopped macadamia nuts or shredded coconut. My "cocoa crack" addiction, I try to limit to once a week.

                  Did we get some snow or what? I love the quiet softness in the evening of the new fallen snow. In my neck of the woods, it is starting to melt. It's at the dirty, slushy stage which froze back up a little last night so it makes walking around tricky. But I think it's a good core workout provided you don't fall on your ass! lol! Yesterday I was thinking that I might incorporate something into my landscape that I can turn into a winter ice skating rink. I haven't ice skated for 40 years, but I'm sure it would be a good fun workout.

                  Good to meet you, thanks for stopping by my journal!
                  There's a crack inside of everything, that's how the light gets in. ~Leonard Cohen
                  Journal, From Sick to Fit: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread45653.html

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                  • #54
                    Cave Woman...so does that bar really work? I thought about getting one but was afraid as much as I weigh right now if I tried to pull myself up with one I would wind up on my ass on the floor!! Of course I probably couldn't no matter how hard I tried!! lol Right now at least!
                    Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by theprimalcajun View Post
                      Cave Woman...so does that bar really work? I thought about getting one but was afraid as much as I weigh right now if I tried to pull myself up with one I would wind up on my ass on the floor!! Of course I probably couldn't no matter how hard I tried!! lol Right now at least!
                      My pull-up bar hangs in the door frame too.
                      One time, I didn't check it first and it was "off" by a tiny little bit...I landed on my "Wicked Wicked Bumper"!
                      I thought I had lots of padding, evidently it wasn't nearly enough

                      Now I ALWAYS check to make sure it's in place
                      "Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut
                      "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams
                      "Moderation sucks." Suse
                      "Wine is a vegetable." Meaty
                      "Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow and the day after that." Cmdr Chris Hadfield


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                      • #56
                        thanks winencandy for posting that. I'm going to Academy on payday & checking them out!
                        Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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                        • #57
                          YIKES, WnC! Glad you're OK! Our bar is screwed into the jam, though only one little screw. Neither of us has ever weighed over 145, so I don't know about how much it will hold. The Cave Man has been using it for years, though.

                          GoLisaGo, your cocoa crack sounds awesome! I'm gonna have to try some.
                          Yes the snow has been lovely, but it's unseasonably warm today

                          Skating!? You are braver than me!

                          Thanks for stopping by for a chat, everyone! It's like having a party!
                          I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened. ― Mark Twain

                          Writing on the Cave Wall - my Primal Journal

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                          • #58
                            Happy tomorrow-birthday!

                            (You posted it over on Otter's journal--I thought celebrating with you was called for.)
                            My primal journal: My journey, goals, recipes, random thoughts on primal and SAD.

                            It's all about the journey. How we get there is at least as important as where we end up.

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                            • #59
                              Yes! Have a awesome 55th!!!!!
                              "Be careful what you pretend to be because you are what you pretend to be." Kurt Vonnegut
                              "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by." Douglas Adams
                              "Moderation sucks." Suse
                              "Wine is a vegetable." Meaty
                              "Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow and the day after that." Cmdr Chris Hadfield


                              Winencandy

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                              • #60
                                hey CW...I've been looking for AnnaBanana's journal but can't find it. I'm sure I must be overlooking it...but do you happen to have the link?
                                thanks!!!
                                Goal: Don't worry be happy!

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