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  • Hey Sabine. Sorry you've had to deal with so many issues while I've been AWOL. Things will get better.

    I really think you're onto something good, aiming for 100%. Even in the PB book, he emphasized that you should aim for 100, then when you don't quite make it, you're okay. Aiming for 80/20 is asking to hit 60/40, which just doesn't work very well.
    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

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    • Hi there, Judg. I like your new avatar. I saw on your journal that you are still in a 'busy' state. Hope you get through it and are able to come by more often. We miss your input. You always have something good to point out.

      Yes, I think I am one of those people for whom the extreme just works better. Maybe if I healed my body to the point of being at a normal weight, and being active, then I could indulge without losing control. That's my hope, at least, that things WILL be different at journey's end, if not while I am on the way.

      There will be more fence work today. I am determined to get it done EARLY, so that I don't have to face that heat again. I was just not able to drink enough water yesterday to keep up. Got a little dizzy at the gym, and I am pretty sure it was from reaction to the heat and being parched.

      You read that right: GYM. I made myself go, even though I had been doing physical things all day. Felt very proud of myself. Then came home and collapsed. Did not even get a shower in, just lay on my bed under a sheet, sweating and feeling worn out.

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      • Originally posted by Piscator View Post
        This was just dogs being dogs and as much as we love them, we sometimes have to face that they are still animals with animal drives that we can't understand or change.
        Yep, just like humans!
        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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        • Done- sort of

          Chicken wire up, and fence secured against puppy entry.

          Except...while I was finishing today, the puppy and mom dog were out. The puppy immediately ran over, climbed the two foot high woodpile on the other side, and started squirming through to get to me. Apparently, being attacked by huge dachshunds is not enough to make this guy scared of our yard.

          After a time out during which I failed in attempts to get the puppy to stay in his yard and ended up having to climb the fence to bring mom dog over to our house, and locking them both in Littlest's room for an hour until neighbor returned, I finally got the fence all wired up. The teenager next door says she will keep him inside until he is bigger (we'll see) and I'll talk to the dad about moving the woodpile. I can't chicken wire up to the top of the fence, I just can't. We can't spare the money, and it is their dog, after all. (They are very irresponsible dog owners, in my opinion. Let their dogs run loose, breed the female over and over. When I talked to the dad to apologize in person for the puppy's death, he said, 'It's just an animal. I'm not going to get upset.' This is such a different attitude than I have toward my pets. And other people's, too.) I'm being reasonable, right? Still, I am going to restrict our dogs' outdoor alone time for the next two months.

          13 glasses of water drunk during this effort.

          And I have a huge pile of branches and leaves to dispose of.

          That can wait for tomorrow.

          Right now, I fell like conking out on the sofa and watching 'Dexter'. Instead, I will do my errands, and make soup for dinner.

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          • Some people only have dogs to make money off of them or to hunt them, in which case they are property, not pets. I have a neighbor who has 5 coon dogs. They are NEVER out of their kennels unless it's to go hunting. They never play with them. Just feed them and leave them in the kennels.

            I'm no better b/c I do the same with my dogs, but I've never felt the same about my dogs since I had kids. My kids are my kids now, not my dogs. However, I will be sad if one of them dies, but probably more because I'll be upset for the kids, not because I miss the dogs. The dogs, literally, raise my anxiety level and put me on edge when they're in the house. We have big dogs - labs. One is very anxious/energetic and will literally follow your every step or stand there and stare at you while the other is conniving and sneaks around getting into stuff. My kids adore them though and use them as mini-jungle gyms. For my kids, they are great. For me, I'd sooner not have dogs at all, except small dogs like dachshunds or something similar in size. Cat sized dogs... that don't shed.

            My husband, however, says no dogs ever unless they're labs. He is tasked with feeding, watering and exercising the dogs. He takes them to the river and throws a tennis ball for them so they can swim and play fetch at the same time. He plays fetch with them in the yard and lets them roam occasionally as long as they stay in the yard. (I have taken the yellow - anxious - dog on a run with me once. He did 4 miles and probably would have done more, but he's 9 and that's too far for a 9 year old dog who was run over as a pup). The need more people interaction, in my opinion, but like I said, they make me anxious, so it likely won't come from me. That's not to say I don't like animals or that I'd consider a dead puppy the way your neighbor did. if my dogs killed a puppy, I'd feel equally upset as you did. Such a traumatizing thing to witness! I'm so sorry. Hugs to you.

            And personally, it is their responsibility to keep the dog out of your yard, not yours. Just sayin'. You're not being unreasonable there.
            Last edited by jenn26point2; 08-02-2012, 12:24 PM.
            Primal since March 5, 2012
            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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            • Goodness Sabine, you have a lot going on right now! Good on you for trying to make it puppy proof - always makes me mad though when people really couldn't be bothered to look after them properly. And I am not talking about treating them like they are kids, but kind, humane care is surprisingly uncommon; as is common sense! Sorry about the plumbing issues too, we have had our fair share of plumbing moments over the years and I don't like the way a simple job can grow and grow!
              Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
              Primal low: 186 lbs
              Current weight: 221.4 lbs
              Goal weight: 140 lbs

              "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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              • Jenn- your dogs have your husband and the kids; they don't need everyone in the family to be in to them.

                It was really hard to see this poor little dog - who had been scampering around ten minutes before- be attacked, and then have her die in my hands. I know nature is rough, but dogs are close to my heart. I keep thinking it just isn't so, that she will somehow be alive. It almost seems worse, that her family doesn't seem that affected by it. The only people she has to mourn for her are us, who knew her about fifteen minutes.

                I know I will get over this soon, but I almost don't want it to be TOO soon, you know?

                Coll- that's just life, isn't it: one darn thing after another! Luckily, the pipes are CLEAR! So nice to be able to wash my dishes freely, and NOT to have paid a honking chunk of money to a plumber!

                Soup is bubbling on the stove, smelling wonderful. I'm making it with the beautifully gelatinous stock I made last week. Yum! The meatballs are made of a mix of pork and bison, and the veges are soup standards: turnip, carrot, zuccini, celery, onions, and cabbage. A nice basic soup that I am anticipating will be delicious.

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                • Mmm, soup. Looking forward to soup weather. I know, I'm crazy. Our summers are so short and I am still always happy to see them go. I just get tired of sweating, even if I don't stink anymore.

                  I certainly hope your dog problems are over. I would have been so upset over something like that. I'm not overly sentimental about animals, but I do feel a sense of responsibility to be good to them. I had a cat for years without telling my husband that I had become allergic because we had more or less rescued her, and she was so timid, I just hated to think of putting her through the turmoil of having to get used to new owners. But I wasn't sorry when my daughter took her when she left home and I could stop itching! It helped that she wasn't a lap sitter and disliked being held.
                  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

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                  • Not feeling well: dizzy and nauseous. Too much sun and heat yesterday, I think.

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                    • Feel better, Sabine! Heat exhaustion is serious. Take it easy.

                      Thanks for the info about Waxahachie. I copy and pasted your blurb and sent it to my cousin. I am sure her daughter will enjoy it. It's true Americana, it seems. She is beside herself with excitement to go to "a real American high school."
                      http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum...d61289-12.html

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                      • Yes, do take care of yourself today. Go get yourself chilled at a mall or something if you don't have A/C at home.
                        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

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                        • Just caught up on your journal. I can't imagine how awful that puppy incident was for you. I get upset when a squirrel runs in front of my car and I can't stop in time.
                          Primal since 9/24/2010
                          "Our greatest foes, and whom we must chiefly combat, are within." Miguel de Cervantes

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                          • Oooo, I also don't like hitting animals with my car...

                            How did you get your stock gelatinous???
                            Primal since March 5, 2012
                            SW: 221 | CW: 204 | LPW: 166 | UGW: 140 (80 lbs loss)



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                            • A busy weekend

                              Bracketed by feeling poorly.

                              At the beginning I was recovering from too much heat exposure, and at the end of the weekend I had a nasty stomach/throat/intestine reaction to some spicy food.

                              In between I had some fun, though. Good food was eaten. There was a lot of walking. Games were played. More weaving was done. Had a personal revelation.

                              And this morning I had greens topped with fried eggs. What could be better?

                              Among my other plans for today is to FINALLY make those gingered carrots. I opened my jar of pickled garlic, and it was bubbling away. Both exciting, and a little scary! I may get my honey to try them first.

                              Jenn- I'm not sure what made my stock gelatinous. It usually is, but sometimes not, and I really don't track it carefully enough to determine factors. For this batch, I do know that I used a combination of different animals(cow, pig, lamb), and it cooked for 36+ hours in the crockpot on a simmer. Also, no vinegar.

                              Pebbles- I am even soft-hearted about insects (except, NOT wasps, anymore!). So, a puppy: pretty bad. We are slowly getting over it. Thanks for the sympathy- from everyone.

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                              • Eighteen days down- I think- one hundred five to go

                                I skipped a day or two of keeping track while I was down for the count. In any case, I'm on Day 18 of my journal, so that's what I'll go by. Yesterday's food highlight was trying the beets I pickled. They are delicious. It inspired me, and I DID get those ginger carrots put up.

                                Here was my food:

                                11:00 1C greens, 2 fried eggs

                                2:30 standard salad with salmon

                                6:30 2 bowls of buffalo meatball and vegetable soup

                                8 1/2 hours sleep- woke naturally
                                15 glasses of water
                                10" walking

                                I wanted some more food when I got home from dog-sitting, but it was almost 9:00, so I talked myself into skipping it. Did lots of things around the house yesterday, so felt on top of things. As I am usually way behind on day-to-day tasks, this is a lovely feeling.

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