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My toughest obstacle will be remembering that nothing is so special that I can't have it again another time.
I shall have to remember this and repeat it EVERY time I go to my parent's booth!!
"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
I suppose I should not be surprised, after being packed into a hotel with 8,000 people, but I got sick. Wednesday was spent curled up on the couch, and Thursday I was just sort of staggering around. Finally had a normal day yesterday. With all the rapid evacuation of materials from my body, you would at least think I would feel skinny, but no, I feel dehydrated and bloated. But at least I am upright and eating regular stuff.
Here's what I did:
Up at 7:15
10:00 2 pieces mushroom quiche
5 pork sausages
1 brazil nut
1 green bean from the garden
7:30 1/2C rice
1C pork in green sauce
2T sour cream
1 banana fried in
butter with a shot of
9:45 1/2C mixed nuts
Water: 8 glasses
Bed at 11:00
Now I have to try and catch up on journals, again! I am going away for four days at the end of next week, so I'll be going through this catch-up one more time. It is manageable, looking at everyone's journals day by day, but boy howdy, pile several days together, and it is a lot of time. When did I start following so many people?
Glad you are feeling better! It is a shame that these fun events are often attended by infectious bugs as well as people. I am also way behind on reading journals, and I fear I won't get caught up as real life is calling me to do things like pack and make arrangements for about a hundred things.
Isn't it funny how being sick often doesn't translate into anything like weight loss? I remember the last time I was sick and didn't eat for three days, vomiting, diarrhea, etc., and the scale didn't even budge. So unfair. Luckily with my primal instincts now I think I could go without eating for three days without too much suffering, although I am not wanting to catch something to prove my theory!
Thanks for your well-wishes, Siobhan, and Longing. I am glad to be back on my feet, as well.
I commented on Siobhan's journal yesterday, about how much better my mood is, since I have gone primal, and that got me to thinking about other, non-physical benefits, I have seen. Key among them, and most reassuring, is clarity of speech and thought.
Last year I was noticing that I was mis-speaking more and more. I would insert the wrong word in a sentence, or the right word would not come. Not enough to make me think I was senile, but enough to notice and worry about. That is gone. I still have the odd Freudian slip, but no more FUMBLING, with my mind unable to grab onto what it wants.
After hearing the TED talk about the MS and nine veggies a day, it made even more sense that I could think better now. A healthy body is great. I love feeling good. But a healthy mind... incomparable. The thought of not 'being all there' is terrifying, for me, and I think most.
I am 48 years old. I noticed the improvement within a few months. I do not even or EVER want to know what kind of further decay might have happened in those few months if I hadn't changed my ways. No going backwards! I want a healthy body, and a young and spritely mind until I drop dead a long time from now.
Here's what I did yesterday to make that happen:
Up at 6:00
9:45 1 1/2C lettuces
1 1/2C beef curry, topped with
1/2 apple, chopped
1:15 2oz jack cheese with
1/2C mixed nuts + 1 brazil nut
much cream with 1 packet stevia and some
chocolate and raspberry sugar-free syrup
8 large strawberries
6:00 4 tacos of ground beef, onion, chili in
romaine leaves, with
8:00 smoothie made with
1/2C frozen blueberries
1 packet stevia
1/2C mixed nuts
20" walking and 30" yardwork
Water: 8 glasses
Bed at 9:30
A little high on the sweeteners, but I still felt in control of it all, no wandering nervously through the kitchen. I found a 5-pack of baby romaines at Costco, and have been loving them. Half of one is just right for a salad, and they made the perfect sized taco shells. Score!
First, my honey told me I looked good. Compliments from him are few and far between, so that felt great. And when I put on my pants, purchased new(well, thrift store new) in February, they were charmingly loose. I have four days of good eating under my belt after being sick, and I am feeling in fine fettle.
This was yesterday:
Up at 6:15
10:30 8oz porkchop
2T green salsa
2 eggs fried in
1:30 4 sausages
1 1/2C romaine
4:15 1 1/2 meatballs (had to test!)
6:20 13 meatballs in
low-carb french bbq sauce
2C Siobhan's zuccini thing
9:00 1C chocolate whipped cream
Water: 9 glasses
Bed at 11:00
I was not hungry at 9:00 - I just wanted something sweet. But I took the time to make a low-sugar treat, and sat down to eat it, and didn't just shovel a handful of chocolate chips into my mouth. So, I'll count that as a win.
And, a nice long walk with my honey. Longer than he wanted (I forgot his knee was bothering him) but we got trapped in the land of cul-de-sacs, so it was a good hour before we got back. And it is nice to just have time on our own, with nothing to do but talk.
I love it when the hunger and meals just flow together. I am not feeling like I am thinking about it, working at it. I'm just doing it. Eating when I am hungry or have a desire for a treat, and not thinking about it in between. And not going crazy for more and MORE after a treat. Instead, feeling satisfied, and thinking how delicious it was.
I was very hungry before dinner yesterday, while I was out running around with Littlest, but it was an "I'm looking forward to dinner, let's hurry to get home" hunger, not "I can't stand it, let me buy a bag of chips and shovel them in" hunger.
5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again
More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
- Lewis Mumford
Not on purpose. The dogs got me up, and while I was in the bathroom I woke up the rest of the way, to the point where lying back down again is futile. Given the choice between journals, or dishes...well, here I am.
Here's what went down yesterday:
Up at 6:00
9:15 7 meatballs in
french barbeque sauce(?gC-forgot to figure it)
2C Siobhan's zuccini thing
About 11:00 I had some extreme frustration due to the sink backing up and futile attempts to get the outflow cover off so I could snake the pipe. Mindless eating was calling. But I resisted. I made a huge pan of cinnamon-splenda pecans for my retreat this weekend, and did paperwork.
In the evening, I had some abdominal pressure from gas, which I am certain came from the falafel. But it was worth it. Very yummy, and just right with the lamb and raita. Definitely a 20% moment.
I've been putting aside a serving of our meals in the freezer for the last couple of days, so that I'll be ready with a selection of good food for my retreat this weekend. I meant to put away some of the zuccini, but it got gobbled up too quickly. The dogs looked very sad to see the lamb be boxed up. I've got some curry in there, and meatballs, and tomorrow I'm mixing up chicken salad. I'll also be bringing crudites and a cheese plate, so I think I will be set up to eat well. I know there will be chocolate galore, but as long as I can balance it with plenty of protein, I'm not going to stress about that.
I'm planning my monthly fast for just after the retreat, and I am actually looking forward to it. I never expected that. But it feels like it will be a rest. This interests me, that my attitude toward fasting is evolving this way, and so quickly. Two times, and I am not thinking, 'can I do it,' 'this will be hard', but rather, 'this will be a nice break'. I know that after retreat I will really be in a sewing mood, so I am planning to use my non-eating time to get a lot done on various quilt projects. I'm thinking that my goal will be for three days after I hit the point of being hungry.
But right now, I am enjoying planning the meals for today. I'm coming for you, sweet potatoes!
I'm going on retreat next week and am a bit uneasy about the food - when I signed up there was a space for dietary restrictions and I noted that I am gluten intolerant and eat all meat, fruit, veg, and eggs. Hopefully at least one of those things will be available at each meal!
Ours is an informal retreat, as in, we are the ones in charge! Everyone is bringing something to share, plus their own food items, plus we will eat two meals out.
I am bringing vegetables and dip, plus a cheese plate. No problems there. The other 'sharing' dishes will be: soup(maybe) and bread(NO!); granola and croissants (double NO!); King Ranch Chicken casserole(maybe a spoonful); fruit salad(yes, a little).
For myself I am bringing different proteins, cooked vegetables, and sugar-free desserts. I know I WILL get tempted by the unnamed treats people will bring (read: chocolate) and when I give in, I want to have my own yummy things to eat. I'm planning cinnamon-splenda pecans, chocolate cream/blueberries parfaits, and intense custard with strawberries. And some dark chocolate.
For the meals out: I have been to both restaurants, and know exactly what to order. Even the ladies' tea room has a suitable option. I just have to turn down the side of rice and biscuit that comes with the grilled fish. And the honky-tonk makes a fabulous rib-eye. Yum!
I would definitely suggest bringing some emergency food of your own, Siobhan, both if you need more protein or veg, and to substitute for any treats. It is easier for me to pass up on 'bad' treats if I know I have a 'good' one of my own. Don't know if it would work the same for you, but better to be prepared and not need it, than...well, you know!
And then there's always the concern of the additives that seem to be in everything. I'm thinking I might have to give up rotisserie chicken, even, because my body can now tell there is something, no matter how little, that is just not natural in there. And I love rotisserie chicken.
Ooooh. I use a recipe from Dana Carpender's '500 Low-Carb Recipes'. The intense part is extra egg yolks: 2 more yolks to 5 whole eggs. I also use ALL cream, instead of a mixture of cream and milk. It is lovely, and even better when slightly underdone. I love a jiggly center! (On custard.) Top with some macerated strawberries, and you are a happy camper.