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  • Okay, so during DS chiropractor appointment today I asked about my achilles tendon. They recommend something called Graston therapy. Apparently one of the docs in the office is really good with it. I have to admit that I am feeling somewhat afraid of the pain as my heel is so dang sore anyway. But I can hardly get around and my whole body is out of whack with the way I am hobbling around at the moment. So I am going to bite the bullet and do it. I am very hopeful that it will restore some function and ease the pain. At the moment I am afraid that the tendon will just snap right off if I am not careful. Unfortunately these darn treatments are expensive, and even if we had medical insurance they don't cover most chiropractor stuff. Pretty silly really as they are the ones who have helped us more than all the others at this point.

    Going to go and put an icepack on, great excuse to get off my feet and rest for a minute.
    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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    • Good for you being brave enough to try something. Too often we let things go because we don't want to disturb the status quo, even if the status is pain.

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      • Well, I had my first treatment this morning. Pretty intense! But, it does feel a little looser after I got done. Imagine a metal instrument being rubbed up and down the achilles tendon over and over again ... phew, certainly can't think about anything else while that is going on. Trying to remember to breathe is top of the list, oh, and try to be a big girl and not cry... I made it
        Slapped a good dollop of arnica on when I got to the car and then an ice bath for my foot when I got home.

        It is not good having 'cookies' in the house! We are all enjoying them too much! But the kids are loving having a treat that is healthy too. I am going to make another batch to take with us on the trip to the reunion as well as the carrot cakes. Then once the trip is over I am going to have to be careful again. We are going to splurge a bit this weekend, but the food we are taking is primal and I am not worried ... got to celebrate once in a while.

        DD was telling me her favourite foods that she wants on her birthday , primal chili, kale chips, brusselsprouts, carrot cake (primal) - she was positively drooling as she was naming the various foods So cute...

        Today I have had 1 1/2 pieces of bacon, two 'cookies', two cups of tea with cream and stevia, a peach (what I wouldn't give for a big juicy ribeye right now) Got to go and pack and plan.
        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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        • Went back today for another Graston therapy - doc said my calf muscles are way too tight for any benefit yet. Going to get some deep tissue massage first and then try again. Been doing some very interesting 'research' on mobility exercises etc. Feel hopeful about more than just my achilles tendon ...

          Had our family reunion Sun, Mon, Tuesday and we took all primal foods with us. THe kids did great - each getting $20 for making great choices and sticking with healthy food. We (DH and I) did splurge on a drink that I know was really high carb, but that was the only thing the whole time that I had that was not primal. Now I am really wanting to get down to business again and try to figure out what my body is needing as far as food so that I can continue to lose the excess fat! I have been sitting at about 193 - 191 for over a month now and I am ready to move on!!

          Hottest July on record for Colorado! Wouldn't you know - we moved back just in time to take it all in! I do dislike the heat and was so looking forward to a cooler climate. Instead this crazy heat and drought. And in South Africa, in areas where it hardly ever snows and certainly never sticks, it is doing just that!

          Made egg muffins for dinner today, added some leftover meatloaf, fresh parsley and lemon thyme out of the garden, a little milk, a little grated raw cheese, and some seasonings. The kids LOVE it (including DS!!!) So I have another recipe for my little repertoire. And it is so easy, always a good thing for busy moms! Just chopped up a few veggies for finger food to go with them and some kombucha or kefir depending on taste. DS is fighting off a cold (way better than he has ever coped with a cold before) and he is downing the kombucha today. I figure it can only help him fight the germs. I really need to get my home brewed kombucha going , the store bought stuff is really expensive

          Starting tomorrow I am going to track my macros again and try to get on top of this plateau that I have settled into. A friend of mine who is extremely overweight has started eating Paleo, unbeknownst to me She has lost 54 lbs!! And her IBS is a thing of the past! I am so happy for her - she had quite a scare earlier in the year with pneumonia and just couldn't shake it off, ER etc and hospitalised. She is feeling so much better and I am so excited to have a buddy who is in the same boat!!!!!!! Yee haaa! She wants to connect more and support each other through our journey. What a lovely surprise!

          I had so much fun playing in the pool at the reunion. I decided to opt for the old maternity suit, as the smaller one is just not comfortable yet. It is the first time in years that I was not wishing the earth could swallow me, rather than be seen in my swim suit. I know I have a ways to go, but it was such a liberating feeling to be so much less self conscious. It helps that DH and I are among the slimmest in the family! I had a lot of comments about how good I am looking when we first all got there.
          Here are a few pictures of the place and us, and one of me.
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          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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          • Oops, I missed the one of me, figure that it will do as an update of where I am at.





            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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            • Nice pics! You look great, and your family too. What a beautiful place you live in. Very different from my home. What a marvelous varied world we live in -
              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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              • Thanks Siobhan It is beautiful esp after a bit of rain lately so the flowers and wild plants are looking healthy and happy. Today is the day where I get focused again and get the program on the road. No breakfast, just tea and cream and stevia (some days the tea tastes like ambrosia - today was one of them!) Not hungry yet, been busy in the garden all morning. Planting and weeding and harvesting etc - bliss for me. And it is not too hot yet so it was quite pleasant. I am going to try making zucchini chips in a little bit as my zucchini is producing lots for me Any good zucchini recipes out there? Siobhan you mentioned pizza crust from zucchini? How does that work? My spaghetti squash plant is looking wonderful and there are a number of good sized squash already forming. Picked my first green beans - and I think our rabbit has eaten half of one of the bean plants! Grrr, may just have to fence the garden huh? There is something so therapeutic about dead heading the flowers, watering and working in the garden. I just love it!

                DS is fighting off a cold - nowhere near as sick as he usually gets! Even he has noticed and commented on it. I also found some homeopathic meds that really seem to help him with the symptoms which is great. He cannot tolerate the strongly flavored medications - I tried giving him mucinex last night and it was touch and go as to whether he would throw up, and he only managed to get 1/2 tsp down! I tasted it and it is very potent and the flavor sits in your mouth for a while. My boy is so sensitive to little nuances of flavour that it is just major overload on his senses to try and drink that. Homeopathic stuff is very mild tasting and he can chug it quickly. Plus no side effects from them!

                Well, my chores won't get done if I am standing at the computer... see ya all later
                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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                • Wow Coll, you look very good!
                  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, thanks Candy! But, while I am very happy with the changes I am really wanting to get more of this padding off, after all there is a 'butterfly' waiting to emerge from the fat 'chrysalis'! I really want to shed the next 30 plus pounds now ... and then the last 20+ after that! Most people don't know me as a slim healthy me, though my family may remember the slim part vaguely!
                    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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                    • Well, we took the whole family for a drive this afternoon and picked 88.5 lbs of prune plums that someone was getting rid of for free! They are older and don't have time to do the preserving and picking like they used to! I am thrilled to bits. DS and DD love prunes for snacks and this way I am going to have prunes for a long time!!! And for just a little bit of time and a tiny bit of power for the dehydrator!! Woopee!

                      I can see I am going to be dreaming about prunes for days though - it is going to take me a while to get these all dried. Good thing I don't have the tiny dehydrator - mine has 10 shelves! Going to get the kids to help me with making these that is fun for all. I had too many roasted and salted cashews this afternoon as we drove to the plum place and back. Didn't have breakfast and then just grabbed an apple, a peach, a chunk of cheese and a cup of tea with cream. I am pretty hungry this evening - sausages on the grill, chunks of veg to accompany those I think. Had plenty of carbs today. No idea how much ... oh, I also had three fresh prunes. Guess I'll fill up with mushrooms and carrots and broccoli etc.
                      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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                      • Been a busy day. I woke up hungry for a change but was right in the middle of trying to get a dehydrator full of plums ready to go so just ate a cold sausage, a few macadamias and a lovely cup of tea with cream and stevia. Got a load in the dehydrator, decided to mix some ripe peaches and a banana and a whole bunch of plums together and blended them - got a whole bunch of fruit leather going The plums are a bit too firm to do the whole prune thing yet. Give us a few days though and I am sure they will be plenty soft by the time I get nearer the end of the process. It is now a race against time to get it all processed without losing a bunch to overripeness. DH was asking if I could make jelly and then we laughed when we realised that the only time we used jelly was for toast and we don't do it anymore. I did get some of the paleobread a few days ago and the kids are enjoying it. However, it is really pricey and quite honestly, it is not exactly to die for. You definitely need a glass of water or milk to wash it down with. It also needs a thick layer of butter/ cream cheese etc to make it go down. Not bad, but also, as I said, not something I plan on eating much of - very dry.

                        I had a slice and a half of meatloaf and two fried eggs for lunch. Also a handful of baby carrots. And another cup of tea And a few pieces of dark chocolate with currants and hazelnuts in (only 60% cocoa however)

                        I had a small piece of raw sheep's milk cheese and 3 almonds for dinner. Just not really hungry - feel like I am fighting off the cold the kids have. It is a very mild cold this time round - they are fighting it off really nicely with almost no tylenol etc. They each had one dose for the sore throat at the beginning and otherwise the homeopathics are doing the trick. We are definitely doing better since being primal - though we have never had much illness at all. Maybe one cold a year for the kids ...

                        I was supposed to get a deep tissue massage tomorrow morning but have called it off due to the colds - don't want to infect my friend! Just not a friendly thing to do I have been doing some pretty extreme mobility exercises that really do seem to be helping though. I could easily make myself pass out if I wanted to - but I don't I can feel that there is a little more range of motion and the pain is a little easier. No more clicking as I walk along, still limping along like an old fraud though.

                        Looking forward to bed tonight. I am pooped! The kids both woke me up during the night last night with snotty noses and coughs and such. Hopefully tonight I will get a full nights sleep. Have put a wedge cushion in DS's bed so hopefully he won't cough as much tonight.
                        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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                        • Soooooo tired today! Ate tons of stuff that I didn't need due to a very late night I guess! DH and I talked until about 1:30 am!! Been dragging my wagon all day as a result. Ate a whole bar of chocolate (48% cocoa), about 6 paleo cookies, fruit leather, couple of cups of tea with cream and stevia, a peach, some nuts, greek yoghurt with honey and vanilla, and guess what? I feel even worse after all that and not at all satisfied! Cooking up a bunch of sausages and kale chips as I write this and then I am for bed!

                          Feet are both really painful nowadays - hard to find any time to get off them... I think I need to convert my computer station back to a seated one for the moment. Once I am over the pain and am healed up I can reconvert it. Feeling really stressed at the moment. My parents are really needing some care and they live in SC - just too far from here to help them out much at all. However we are stuck with no way to bring them out here either. It is crazy how much it costs to rent here! It is more than double what we used to pay for a mortgage out in the Carolina's and this is a 1969 double wide! Not like we are living high on the hog ... I just wish we could find someone to lend us money to buy our own place that we can accomodate us all. And somewhere that we can grow our own food, have chickens, maybe a cow, a few sheep and make a beautiful oasis of fruit trees and pretty plants.

                          Ah well, we'll just keep dreaming and hoping and trying and maybe one day it will all come together. Just wish I could have my parents here as I know I would probably be able to influence my mom to try the primal WOE and by default my dad would have to do it Mom is rather dictatorial if she thinks something will help them. No way to know for sure, but at least we would be able to help provide some decent food.

                          I have done slow moving for days and days now. Not much lifting heavy things at the moment - but I am sure that will come too. Kids are pretty much better today - makes me happy, I should get an undisturbed night - hopefully!

                          191 lbs this morning, it will be interesting to see what it is tomorrow after my day of high carbs!! Except for the too light chocolate everything was primal.
                          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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                          • Gorgeous cool day today! So lovely and the kids are outside and don't want to come in. Yesterday was really hot and dry and windy and we all felt the strain of it. Poor chicken were panting and I had to wet their enclosures down a few times. Ridiculous weather this year! HOpefully this will mean that the next few years will be milder since this was a record breaking hot and dry year!

                            Off to make another batch of applesauce and fruit leather. My veggie gardens are looking so lovely at the moment, I am having so much fun being out there working in them. I have about 5 spaghetti squash on my plant and more starting! Zucchini's every day and new seeds sprouting, the tomato vines are laden - some of the fruits are gargantuan! I just planted a number of seeds to hopefully have a later harvest of kale and carrots etc. I do so love being outside! The weather has not made it easy but now we are heading for my favourite time of the year - autumn /fall! Our temps at night are about 50 - 55F now which is wonderful for sleeping and the air con is not working so hard anymore - it gets the night off Had a breakfast of two sausages and and two fried eggs and a few pieces of chocolate! Hopefully I can ignore the chocolate the rest of the day! Not doing so well with the chocolate. I bought some of the 48% chocolate for the kids because DS doesn't like anything darker yet - now I have been 'enjoying' it instead of the 85% I have for myself! And it is true - it is hard to overdo it on the darker ones, the less the cocoa content the higher the sugar and the more I eat. Time to put the brakes on that behaviour!
                            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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                            • Well, honestly, yesterday was pretty traumatic. I had to go for deep tissue massage on my calf muscles as they are so tight the chiropractor was unable to do the Graston therapy. I have had quite a bit of deep tissue massage over the last couple of years because of back and neck issues so I know how intense it can be. This was in another whole league! I would rather have a baby than have that again! And I am going back next week for at least one more probably two or three more treatments. I confess I cried and moaned and groaned and probably sounded like I was in labour. 10 out of 10 pain!!! I felt like I had been tortured event though it was totally voluntary and I could have walked out at any time. I looked a total mess when I walked out of the massage room, swollen eyes; red and swollen nose and puffy face! Embarrassing to say the least ... I have an impressive set of bruises from right below my knee down. Been slathering the arnica on and today I feel a little better. I was really emotional the rest of the day and felt as though I had been through some big traumatic event - and it was just a massage. But, I really feel that it is worth it if I can get my mobility back and end up pain free (hopefully!) The therapist was most apologetic and said that while my calves were a mess of adhesions and VERY tight that my muscles responded well and she feels that I will see good results. So, good news there, I think.

                              While my weight hasn't changed lately I do feel as though my body composition is changing gradually. DH is insistent that I am looking better even though I have been on a plateaux for ages. The massage therapist was also very encouraging about how I am looking - she hasn't seen me for ages. So I feel encouraged despite the fact that the scale numbers have not changed much at all.

                              I had breakfast sausage (6 links) and 2 fried eggs for brunch. Also half a bar of chocolate!! and a handful of nuts. Two cups of tea with cream and stevia so far today. Now I am full and content (and a little 'yuk' after the chocolate!) Off to water the plants and seedlings and harvest whatever may be ready DH and I spent most of the morning cutting up and cleaning three gallons of plums to make country wine - now that is a fun activity. We sat together in the kitchen and chatted and prepped everything. I think we are going to make this a traditional little together activity. It is fun to invest in the future like that, knowing that when we drink it, that we will probably be in our own place (the wine will only be ready to drink in about a year or longer) I love trying new things like this. It certainly helped to lower the level of plums in the box in the kitchen. My dehydrator is running 24/7 at the moment and I still can't quite keep up. A neighbour has offered me as many apples as I want from her 3 trees in her back yard! I can see I am going to be busy for a while. Lovely to have homemade treats for the kids and the landlords kids are in love with the fruit leather too. Yesterday the 5 year old yelled to her dad, "they have the best kind of candy here daddy!" Cute! The lock on the backyard has worked very nicely for keeping our space ours until we want to share it! The kids spent all day together yesterday and had a lot of fun. THe 3 year old was at daycare which was nice as she is a complete pistol and needs a sharp eye kept on her at all times. So much easier for the kids to have fun when she is not in the mix.
                              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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                              • Wonderful, cool night air last night made sleeping blissful It is getting down into the 40's most nights now and it is delightful to feel that crisp air drifting in through the window as I drop off to sleep!

                                Been doing some foam roller work on my legs and feel as though I have done a strenuous workout ... kind of wild how just rolling back and forth on a piece of foam can do that! But I am amazed at how very tight my muscles are - not sure why and would love to know what the cause is. However, I do feel as though what I am doing is helping. My bruises are fading relatively quickly thanks to arnica. I am not doing ice after reading some interesting research and it certainly has made no difference for the worse - I was a little tentative about this as there is so much tradition that says ice is what is best. But, with the arnica and mobility exercises I have recovered amazingly fast from my torture session on Friday. I am sure that my primal diet is really helping too.

                                I seem to be having a rather more extreme reaction to pain than I am used to. Either that or these darn muscles are excruciatingly painful. I find I can do the roller for a short while on a sore spot and then I feel as though I might throw up or pass out. And then when I was all done I felt all shaky and nauseated for a while ... maybe I am just releasing a bunch of toxins ... I don't know. It is a little unnerving being so wimpy all of a sudden. I am used to being the tough chick that can take whatever comes ...

                                Lunch (late) was some fruit leather, couple pieces of 85% chocolate, 2 1/2 eggs, apple (tiny), glass of milk, glass of kombucha, tea with cream and stevia, a handful of nuts.
                                Snack: More chocolate.
                                Dinner: Hamburgers on lettuce with various veggies, avo.

                                Next step with the wine process today as we added the wine yeast - this is fun It is starting to get a lovely smell. I was surprised to see the wine turning a beautiful pinkish red colour. The skins of the plums are purple and the flesh is yellow... I was not expecting this colour. Fun learning process. Was delighted too to find that my big stainless steel stock pot is just the right size for the initial fermentation process! Most folk use plastic buckets but I just couldn't quite get my head around using a plastic container with an acidic solution which will leach the BPA etc out even faster than normal!

                                The deer has been hopping into one of my gardens most evenings for a bite or two. It has not done much damage with its eating but its hooves are messing things up The bunny is grazing in my other garden on and off. I guess I need to do some more work on my fences!

                                While I have not lost weight for ages I am feeling better and better. I think that maybe my body is stabilising other processes and getting healthier. I know I am not as focused and intentional as I should be, but I feel encouraged that in spite of that, I am not gaining weight or falling off the wagon. I feel that once some of the stress eases off I may be able to get on the fat loss more aggressively again. I am standing, not making any real strides but not falling either.
                                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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