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  • We speak Flemish at home . I was talking to my DH about it yesterday and he learned "My Sarie Marais" at school (maaaaany years ago, he's 52 now) and can still sing it and knows big parts of the lyrics!
    My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
    My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
    Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
    Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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    • Wow Candy, My Sarie Marais is one of the old traditional songs that just about everyone knows. What is the connection that you guys learn some Afrikaans?

      Well, I am trying to get to bed at a better time and not spend so much time on the internet late, but it is hard to get it all in during the day what with everything else that is going on... So I am going to post in the mornings for a while and see how that goes. I am down another pound today, seems I am finding that sweet spot for my fat loss! Hope I can fine tune this whole thing and get the extra off me! I am almost down to 'overweight' rather than 'obese' on my body fat index! That is exciting

      I was at the park with the kids yesterday and one of the other moms said to me 'yeah but you're just normal' meaning my weight, I know she was being 'nice', but it still felt good!
      Yesterday:
      Breakfast: black tea with cream and stevia
      Lunch: leftover steak, cucumber, carrots, mushrooms, 1/8 cup macadamia nuts
      Dinner: Left over steak and 1/2 of a 92% lean burger patty, large bowl salad with a little homemade salad dressing
      Snack: I realised that my carbs were way too low so I had a large glass of raw milk with a date roll and two pieces of G&B 85% chocolate. I had these just before going to bed and was not sure whether it was a good idea - weighed this morning and I lost fat so I guess not too bad huh? Will try to incorporate more carbs in my day today so that I don't have to do a late night snack ... just felt too full at the meal times to fit in anything else.

      Didn't do much focused exercise but stood and walked most of the day, watered the yard and gardens, did chicken chores, laundry, cooking, cleaning and school ( I get to sit for about half an hour to do reading lesson with DS) I am adjusting to standing more and while my heel is not healed (yet) I do have less pain today. I was realising that my magnesium intake is pretty low consistently and I have low grade cramps a lot of the time and especially in bed. I was also reading how magnesium is very helpful with skin stuff and aches and pains. SO I ordered some magnesium chloride gel that I am going to try on my heel and my left arm (DSAP is particularly bad on that arm and a bit irritated at the moment) I am also going to start putting Epsom salts in the kid's baths regularly as they say that absorption through the skin is very safe and no side effects. I know what magnesium does if I take it orally - so not going that route!!! I had a 4th degree tear with my DD birth and things get unpleasant when magnesium or such takes it's toll... TMI I am sure...

      Yesterday: Calories 1452
      Protein 84.1 g
      Carbs 77.1g
      Fat 94.4 g
      I still think the fat is a bit high and the protein needs to come up a bit... will keep working on that today. We'll see how that goes. But, overall, I think I am starting to get the feel for what works for me. Hopefully I can keep this up and dump the next 23lbs quickly! I am aiming for 185 lbs next I think... I haven't been below 187 lbs since my first pregnancy ... 10 years!
      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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      • Originally posted by Coll View Post
        Wow Candy, My Sarie Marais is one of the old traditional songs that just about everyone knows. What is the connection that you guys learn some Afrikaans?
        The kids learn about other countries (they also have a project about South America for example), and Afrikaans as a language is related to Dutch/Flemish, so I think the teachers think it's fun to teach a song .
        My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
        My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
        Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
        Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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        • That is cool Candy I knew that Flemish was an easy transition for an Afrikaans speaker - but I had never talked to someone who is Flemish speaking who knows a little Afrikaans. Ek hoop jou dag is 'n goeie een al sukkel jy met jou seun! Alles van die beste... I think I will have to pull out my traditional South African songs CD and crank it for a while and sing along to "My Sarie Marais is so ver van my hart, ek hoop om haar weer te sien ..."

          Yesterday got too busy and I got pretty hungry on and off. I ate a lovely big lunch of leftover lean beef patty with two fried eggs on top and a big bowl of salad. Dinner was a pork chop on the braai fire and we ate outside again to the kids delight They love eating with their fingers. Then for dessert we had bowls of fresh fruit salad - just a splurge because I am loving seeing all the tropical fruit out at the grocery stores. So I diced a small papaya, a couple bananas, mangoe, pineapple, nectarines, squeezed two oranges, and threw a dry pint of blueberries in. Then some HWC on top - ambrosia!!! The kids were in raptures I know it was not the most balanced meal and was loads of high carb fruit .... but we don't do this every day and it was a healthy treat. Then I got my harmonica and played for a while while the kids lay and swung on the swing. So relaxing watching the sky get darker and see the bats come out and swoop around us eating all those irritating bugs. The kids fell asleep really quickly - I am sure the gradual darkening and the full tummies and a little music all played a part. They had been all stressed out earlier in the day as there is a wildfire close to us and they were both almost in tears at one point as the smoke clouds got really big and nasty (dark brown and blackish) and blew our way. They are so worried about the firefighters and that someone will be killed - so sweet but I don't want them stressing so much. So I think the outside dinner was a perfect distraction and once the sun was down the clouds of smoke were not so visible and the wind direction changed so they couldn't smell it for a while either. Really hoping they have been able to start containing the fire, it has been a very mild and dry winter and spring and the fire danger has been really high. So far no deaths or house's involved which is great.

          I am going to head out and cart some wheelbarrows of soil for a while. The kids are still sleeping and I love the early morning (not so early today though ) to get out and get some outdoor chores done. Best time of the day in some ways. Oh, a quick word about my clothes. The pants and t-shirt I took my before pictures in are really loose and the pants are almost too big to wear safely anymore!! I can take them off without loosening the button and zip! I am going to keep them and eventually when I get to my goal weight I will do a pic in them again. Might do a few along the way too ...
          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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          • That sounds like a perfect evening. A feast, music, twilight creeping up, and dozing before a fire.
            Primal gold star!

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            • That ^^. I'm quite jealous 'cause you seem to have such perfect weather! It's still cold and wet here in Belgium, didn't have much of nice weather yet . I hope at least the summer will be fine, but you never know in this country *sigh*.
              My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
              My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
              Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
              Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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              • Well, the perfect weather is only because we are living in a 'high desert' area - and this year is extremely dry even for here! I was reading today that the snow pack (that is the main source of water for most of the mountainous areas and those close) is only at about 10% of normal!! This means that unless things change radically there will be towns without water before the summer is over!!

                And I have had a VERY stressful day as there is a wildfire raging out of control nearby. The smoke clouds just terrible and so I called the sherriff's department and they said that there were mandatory evacuations going on as the fire was spreading toward dwellings etc. She told me to be ready in case we got the call to say we needed to evacuate. I didn't realise how much that was going to stress me at the time. I found myself wandering around the house packing up odds and ends that are not replaceable, trying to think of what I might be missing, trying to plan how we'll get the chickens and dog transported, talking to SIL to arrange for help if we do have to evacuate. Trying to keep the kids busy with school and still look normal when I am wondering if this is our next challenge after two moves in one year and all the other stressful things that we have survived over the last years. It took me all the way through to this afternoon to start to pull myself together and relax. The vehicle has a couple suitcases packed with a couple of days worth of clothes and there are a few boxes piled near the door waiting in case. Got chickens feed mixed and packed up, birth certificates packed, wedding photos packed etc etc.

                I was so stressed this afternoon that I felt nauseated and my tummy was not pleased with me Had a couple sips of kefir and felt better.

                Breakfast: tea with cream and stevia
                Lunch: 1/4 cup macadamias, half a leftover pork chop, 2 fried eggs, handful of baby carrots, date roll
                Dinner: Bowl of minced beef stew - decided against having a whey drink even though I felt hungry -ish. I think it is the stress talking - may grab some veggies on my way to bed ...

                Macros: Calories 1645
                Protein:101.4 g
                Fat: 105 g
                Carbs: 78.1

                So tired, need to head for bed now. Sleep tight all and sweet dreams
                Last edited by Coll; 05-17-2012, 08:38 PM.
                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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                • Yikes, not so perfect after all...I hope the fire is under control soon and you won't have to leave your house!
                  My Journal: Candy in Primal Wonderland
                  My Blog: Candy in Wonderland
                  Goal for 2012: keep weight steady (+/- 74 kg): check
                  Goal for 2013: lose 10 kg and keep new weight (+/- 65 kg)

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                  • No internet all day, been making biltong this afternoon ... my back is sore and my feet are aching! I nearly couldn't fit all the meat into the dehydrator I can't wait for it to all be finished, of course it gets eaten so fast I can hardly believe it...

                    Breakfast: black tea with cream and stevia
                    Lunch: (3pm) 2 bratwurst, 2 fried eggs, baby carrots, portobella mushrooms, macadamia nuts - handful.
                    Dinner: (9:45pm) ground beef stew, bowl of berries with cream.

                    The fire is still burning, but they have managed to get a little more control over it - 45% contained this afternoon. However we just had some pretty strong winds, so hope they have not lost all the ground they gained today! It gets very smoky here at times and then I have to close the house up tight. We all have scratchy throats and stuffy noses from all the airborne contaminants. We just stay inside if we can smell smoke - kids bought some new lego's today with some of their Christmas and birthday money so that kept them busy inside.

                    I got the magnesium gel today and put some on my heel this morning and then again this evening. My heel is feeling amazingly ok considering I have hardly sat down all day. We'll see if this is the turning point for my heel, I really hope so. I have also been putting the Magnesium on my left arm as a starter spot to see how it goes. It does sting slightly on my arm, but that is not surprising if you consider that a pretty big percentage of the skin is damaged and very thin. I just leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse it off and moisturize. No ill effects aside from the stinging while it is on. So we'll see how it goes.

                    I am feeling pretty good eating only afternoon and evening. Today was way later than I prefer, but I couldn't stop the biltong making process half way, so just had to keep going.

                    I am so tired, see ya tomorrow
                    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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                    • You inspired me to work on our emergency plan yesterday. We have 'bug-out' bags packed and ready to go in our hall closet, but I started a list to tape on the inside of the closet door, of the other things to grab, time allowing, in order of importance. Realized I need to get a few things to make any possible evacuation easier, top on the list: dedicated tote bags for photo albums! Been meaning to do it for a while, I'm glad I finally started. Thanks for the prod. (Although I'm sorry for your reality of maybe needing it.)

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                      • Yes Sabine, good idea! I have wanted to work on my list, but haven't. I was running around all day trying to figure out what to take and trying to make sure I didn't forget anything important - hard to do under pressure! Fortunately it looks like the rain (thank God) last night and today is helping the +/- 600 people fighting the fire!

                        Weighed in at 196.5 this morning My jeans come off without undoing the button - yeeha! My next size jeans can get on but are not what I would call comfortable enough to wear yet! My old faithful shorts that I wore to death the last few years got a big tear in them the last time I wore them and I didn't have a panic attack trying to replace them. I have all kinds of shorts that fit really nicely now that were way too small before This is fun. This morning DH very kindly made a lovely omlette this morning - but I set it aside for later as I am really not hungry yet. I did have a couple of bites of the biltong to test readiness and just because it is so yummy. But am not going to eat again until I am hungry - probably a late-ish lunch... just go with the flow.

                        It is raining again and there is something so wonderful about the clean air after being so smokey for the whole week! I have the windows cracked to get the fresh air in even though it is chilly today. We tend to take clean air for granted living outside of town, not anymore after this last week. There is such a palpable feeling of relief today - the evacuation center is just down the road from us and there are fleets of forestry service vehicles going up and down the road to the fire. So grateful for the men and women who put their lives on the line for us... I could never be a fire-fighter. I nursed too many burn victims in ICU and since I saw my brother get burned when we were little (boiling water) I have always had a bit of a phobia about hot things. But I am deeply appreciative of those who are so brave!
                        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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                        • Love the idea of the pants sliding off. WTG.

                          So sorry about the fire. Not a happy thing. I used to live in S. California so can certainly relate.

                          I think I'm going to light tea fast!. I'm just getting nowhere with food, and now I find out even wild and organic rices carry molds, so...

                          Maybe I'll just have to get primal figured out as vegan is sure throwing me around.

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                          • Hey Pam, California certainly has more than their fair share of the fires! So sorry you are having a tough time figuring out what to eat. I have to admit I wonder if there is some way you could tweak the primal to work better for you. I never did read your whole journal ... did you ever go totally grain free? For how long? I know you were having trouble with the protein side of things too. I hope you can work out what is going to work for you. Don't give up! There is a solution for you - just need to keep trying different combo's until you get it down.

                            I had a busy morning and then this afternoon I just flopped on my bed and read a nice novel. So relaxing to just let myself off the hook of doing a bazillion things. I have started unpacking our suitcases that I had packed to be ready for evacuation. The fire is 85% contained now and it is cool rainy weather! Relief.

                            Breakfast: Black tea with cream and stevia
                            Lunch: warmed up omlette with ground beef stew and a little cheese. Biltong
                            Snack: a few macadamia nuts, biltong, black tea with milk and stevia
                            Dinner: Artichoke with butter and garlic, 2 sausages and more biltong

                            I have always LOVED biltong, I am finding that I have so much more restraint than ever before though! I can enjoy a little and then stop. I seem (at the moment anyway) to be doing better with listening to my body's signals. A lot of salt today with the biltong as I was eating the bits that are small and dry faster and they are also the ones that absorb more salt. Will be interesting to see what the scale says in the morning. It is not the best salt but is better than your usual table salt too.

                            Well, going to hit the sack as I am pooped again My body says enough already, get me to bed. Okiedokie
                            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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                            • Yeah, I totally went off grains and legumes. The quandry I'm in now is that grains are bad and legumes are bad. Meats, fowl, and fish don't work. Nuts make me break out and cause migraines. Fruit is bad -- except a little.

                              This leaves me with dairy, which I love. Goat's milk, goat butter, goat yogurt, yummy! I can manage without cheese if I have to.

                              But it leaves me with vegetables (except nightshades) and dairy, and dairy is supposed to be bad. I think the first answer is to not get on MDA, as I feel bad about pretty much all food once I get on here. Yes, that's what I have to do. It's been great but really gotten me off kilter. Silly to not be eating animal and being on a site that tells you how bad you are (whether they mean to or not), yes?

                              So, I think I'm off here for good. Oddly enough, your compassion gave me the strength to do it. So, here's what I'm going to try. Vegetables (except nightshades), light teas, coconut water, a few fruits, goat dairy, and herbs and spices, B12 and D3 and try to not hate myself 'cause I'm not eating meat.

                              Thank you for helping me on this.

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                              • I'm glad to hear the fire situation has improved! I grew up in southern California, how well I remember. I remember one day there was a knock on the door - a fireman was standing there in full gear - I could see the fire behind him. He said, "Ma'am, you have to leave NOW!" I had three cats and two dogs. I grabbed them all, shoved them in one huge carrier (luckily they were okay with this) and drove off with it bungee corded into my truck. Took nothing else except my purse. It all turned out okay, my home didn't burn and we all were just fine. I'll never forget that feeling though - it was pretty much as scared as I've ever been.

                                Lopisheep, I'm sorry you're having problems, I just want everyone to do well! I wish I could help.
                                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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