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  • Last spotted: Ganja, Azerbaijan!

    One of the schools Middlest is considering (Baylor) is only minutes from the Collin Street Bakery Company- simply wonderful fruitcakes. If she goes there, I foresee some serious willpower lessons in my future. Or...lots of fruitcake!

    Merry Christmas to you, JudyCr. I hope it is as great as ours is. We've finished decorating the house and tree, and are sitting eating snacks, playing video games, chatting, crafting, and surfing the forum. Dinner in about an hour and a half, and then more serious relaxing, along with church and movies for the girls.

    I love Christmas!

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    • Small rant ahead

      Aargh! Why hang out on a primal/paleo site if you are not even doing primal/paleo, and just complain about how it doesn't work for you?!? I understand offering opposing points of view, but really, in the context of the program! Don't eat a burger, call it primal, then say it didn't work for you, and rag on it.

      This is what I am reduced to reading. I need a nice long post from GayPanda on panda school days, you know, as a palate cleanser.

      And yes, I HAVE been enjoying my family time. Dinner was great. I am pleasantly full without being stuffed. This is what I was planning on posting in my journal last time, before JudyCr distracted me with fruitcake! I have a few spare minutes while Middlest gets ready for church.

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      • Merry Christmas!

        I have the same rant. Drives me nuts when people are wondering why primal doesn't work for them when...they're...not...primal. Like having cereal for breakfast, a baked potato with some weird cafeteria sh%t on it, and a pound of meat, a couple of beers, and a brownie (just a small one) for dinner, oh and a few snacks like raisins and M&M's, and then they post "why doesn't primal work for me?" And they're all mad at those of us who actually did the actual primal thing and did experience changes and are tired of hearing how successful we are...gee, wouldn't it be better if we all ate whatever and all failed and all came here and posted that primal doesn't work...okay, I shouldn't be ranting on your journal. Okay one more rant. At least when I screw up I'm woman enough to admit it. I fall down and I get up.
        My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

        "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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        • For a minute there, I thought Hugh Laurie was commenting on my page! Begone spammer!

          Ah, the seasons of life. When the kids were young, they could not get us out of bed early enough on Christmas. Now we are up with the dawn, and still waiting for them to stir two hours later. It is nice, though. We have the lights on the tree sparkling in the gloom(raining outside-brrr!). Honey is playing video games, and I am alternating between dishes and the computer, sipping water and tea.

          I could already see the effects of treats in my face this morning. I had those funny creases you get when you are bloated. And last night I had Almost Heartburn, where you just kind of feel like it is coming. I took a shot of apple cider vinegar, at it helped. At least, I never felt any True Heartburn.

          But this was even with minimal treats. I shudder to think what would have happened if I had really let go as in years past.

          The Owl Mitts got knit in time, but I can't find the buttons I bought for the eyes! Aargh! So, she'll be getting blind owls, with a promise of eye surgery in the future. I got two sets of mitts out of the one ball of yarn (bought with a coupon, too!) so I would say they are a very economical gift. $3 per pair. I might make up some more in the New Year, to have on hand for gifts to teenage girls.

          Breakfast is going to be lox with cream cheese, capers, and red onions. Bagels for those who want them, but I'm just going to roll mine up and pop it in my mouth. We usually have breakfast about half way through the gifts, but with the kids still sleeping, and the pile of gifts smaller this year, we might do before (my vote- I'm already getting hungry) or after. Then we'll loll about, playing with our presents, and doing some board games, before eating again. Life is good!

          Merry Christmas, All!

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          • Sounds like a great Christmas, enjoy!
            My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

            "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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            • Holiday errata

              Eating lots of snacks for the pure pleasure of the great tastes. My sister-in-law sent me some wonderful maple-glazed walnuts. Mmmmm!

              Reading an Agatha Cristie, and in trying to remember the title of another one, got on the internet to look it up, and ...zoop! Like magic, I end up here at MDA for a quick peek around. Siobhan is either planning to hibernate or give birth. Maybe both! Your guess is as good as mine.

              We are having SNOW, and I'll be taking Middlest to the park in fifteen minutes to romp in it with her friends.

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              • Heheheheh

                It's snowing here too! Completely unforecast! Santa brought us SNOW!
                My Primal Journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread53052.html

                "Freedom from fear" could be said to sum up the whole philosophy of human rights. - Dag Hammarskjold

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                • My plan for today

                  1-Drink LOTS of water. I'm thinking a good gallon.

                  2-Reread 'The Primal Blueprint'. This was decided at the last minute. I was reading a thread, and someone remarked that it had been a while since they had read PB, but...EVERYONE in the paleo community was saying X, so they knew it was TRUE.

                  I found myself thinking, 'just read the **** book!' Decided I would take my own advice (though I HAVE read it three+ times, the last time was during this past summer). I'm going to take notes, too!

                  That's it. Other things will no doubt happen, but those are my two vitals for getting back on track. I ate way more than I needed yesterday, but stopped before I felt bad. My weight, of course, has sky-rocketed upwards, but that's normal. I am hoping for a quick plummet. There will be NORMAL meals today, and not snacking platters!

                  There is three inches of snow on the ground here, this morning, and it looks just beautiful.

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                  • I will re read it along with you.
                    Primal since 9/24/2010
                    "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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                    • Notes from the book

                      Okay, right off I realized that of the 10 laws, there are 5 that are most important for me:

                      Eat plants and animals
                      Avoid poisonous things
                      Get adequate sleep
                      Get adequate sunlight
                      Move frequently at a slow place.

                      When I first began primal, I was very good about doing sunbaths, almost daily. That has fallen by the wayside. I had completely forgotten it. Time to get back on the stick.

                      The sleep I am doing great on. I eat my plants and animals, and generally, I walk and bike a lot. So far, so good. Avoiding poisonous things has been put aside (mostly purposely) the past months. Now that the money is flowing, I should be able to pick it up easily.

                      I like to think that avoiding stupid mistakes and using my brain are part of me, but perhaps I am deluding myself.

                      Lifting heavy things and sprinting are just not going to happen for a while. I don't even feel bad about this. It is just the way it is! When I feel like it, I will do it. Not before. So there!


                      Play. I've got to get more of that in. Physical play, that is. Littlest does this thing called 'The Hunt' once a month. Essentially an elaborate game of treasure hunt/chase/tag/obstacle course. I need to start a group for grown-ups.


                      We can turn genes 'on or off' by changing their environment- by nutrition, activity, stress management.


                      Control your blood glucose levels(keep them low). Special note for me: any time insulin is required, the PANCREAS has to make it. Do not overwork your pancreas. Give it a rest now and then.


                      "...you cannot reduce body fat on a diet that stimulates high levels of insulin production..."

                      Over-exercise encourage inflammation. Not a concern for me , but useful as an excuse. Heehee. Is this something I should talk to Honey about?


                      Adequate sleep also means less artificial light after sunset. I need to get those filters and special lights for the whole family.

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                      • All caught up... whew. Sorry for not posting on the weekends. I'm just so busy at home and not busy at all during the work week.

                        I am glad you enjoyed your Christmas. Mine was nice too - busy but nice. Back on track very soon. Tired of feeling so icky!

                        I might re-read the PB too, but not yet. I'm still reading the Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. About half way through it. it also drives me nuts when people only do the program half way and then complain that it hasn't worked for them. Case in point - MIL. But, those who are educated in the way the PB works will realize when those who are half arsing it are half arsing it and will ignore their complaints. N=1 right?
                        Primal since March 5, 2012
                        SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                        • Frank bowel movement talk ahead

                          All those goodies that I had over the past two and a half days are moving through my system very quickly. I don't feel bad, no gas or cramping, but the amount of poop I am processing is incredible. No wonder I woke up thirsty this morning, even after drinking 9 glasses of water yesterday. Every bit of moisture must have been used for making large amounts of poop. I probable should have weighed again after all this activity: I bet my number would have been not so alarming as the one first thing this morning.

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                          • Same here... It's amazing how much matter the bowels can hold... The scale at the gym told me I have gained 13 lbs since I was there last (probably 2 months easily), even after all this "movement".
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • get these maple-glazed walnuts away from me!

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                              • Feed them to the puppies.
                                Primal since March 5, 2012
                                SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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