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  • Pam, I can sympathise with all those things you were mentioning Just with our own spin on them. Last place we bought the well went out two days after we moved in and we had to drill a new one, I had a 3 year old and a 9 month old at the time!! Yup, all those unexpected things that happen and that cost a bunch of money that you don't have! But at least everything you do is yours whether it is crappy or wonderful and you don't have someone else dictating what you can and can't do with your property (for the most part anyway - don't even talk to me about HOA's because I think those are the worst invention!)


    We are trying to make the most of renting as there is a lot less to do around the place than if it was mine. I was concerned about the grass in our yard looking mostly dead until I saw the landlord's place and there is mostly just dust (and this is on a place that has unlimited water rights!!!!!!!!!!!!! It 'should' and could look like an oasis) Going to pick up old feed bags to pack up my good organic composted manure and soil to take with us when we go. Raised beds are going with us lock, stock and barrel!

    Had an inordinate amount of bacon for breakfast, some fresh tomatoes from the garden and two cups of tea with cream and stevia. I am wondering if I should cut way back on my stevia intake as it certainly does feed the sweet craving. Still managing to forage up some great chocolate 'fruit' on a regular basis and am making sure it doesn't get 'over ripe' from sitting around too long

    Went to a Scottish Highland festival yesterday which was a lot of fun. DS got a kilt at last (he has been obsessed with kilts for a long time now and we actually were able to get him one yesterday) He looked SO cute in it. DD got some pretty stuff too and DH and kids went to watch the jousting while I got to watch the pipe band competition. First year that both the kids are old enough that there was no whining about being too tired and bored etc. We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. THose meat pies smelled so good - but I wasn't tempted because I know what the crust would do to me. We took lunch meat and nuts and fruit etc and a big jar of mint lemonade to drink. So when we got back to the car there was a lovely refreshing drink waiting. I have orange mint which I love to crush and toss into the lemonade. I was delighted to find that though my heel pained me slightly, it did not get worse and worse all day and this morning when I woke up it really wasn't bad at all! This is definite progress and I am so happy. My massages and Wobenzyme and no icing are paying off. From what I read about the icing, it actually compromises long term healing ... so here's to complete healing of my achilles and calves!

    Going to a little art festival (very informal and low key) this afternoon. DD who is pretty talented with her drawing is taking a few pictures to put on display. We'll see if there is anything to this at all ... may just be a fun couple of hours at a park too. Really would rather stay home and relax... but the kids have known about this afternoon for a while so no getting out of it.
    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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    • Art festival was pretty much nothing except a few kids putting their pictures up on a board and there was hardly anyone there. THe kids had fun on the jumping castle and whacking a pinata for the first time in their lives. Came home with a few candies ... I will have to look at making a pinata with good stuff inside it for their birthdays sometime. Like little packs of biltong, dried fruit, nuts, good chocolate ... mmmm, I wonder how hard they are to make? Will have to do some looking around and see if I can find something about that.

      Decided that since today is Monday it would be a very good day to start being more intentional about my diet again. I have really just been floundering for a while and I felt quite inspired after reading Ecks' journal yesterday to just buckle down and do what I need to do again. Not that Monday is a magic day or anything, just added incentive to get my butt in gear. I am going to cut out all snacking. If I am hungry enough to eat, then I need to eat a proper meal with plenty meat and veg and not fill up on nuts and cheese and fruit. I am going to take a complete break from chocolate and then once I feel more in control again, I will go back to 1 or 2 squares a week of the 80+% cocoa content only!! Anything less get the old chocolate monster revived and that is just a downhill ride from that point on. I am going to plan my meals as much as possible on fitday so that I can get my macros in a good place. I really want to lose more of this fat that is still hitching a ride on my poor patient body. I am not sure what a realistic goal would be for the next week ... maybe 4 pounds off? I know I have some water weight to shift since I indulged in a whole pint of ben and jerry's yesterday afternoon! 195 lbs today, but probably 1.5 lbs of that is water, since the day before I was 193.5 lbs and the icecream and chocolate were the 'only' cheats. So, I am aiming for 191 lbs next Monday and then I will see what the next goal is. I really want to get below 185 lbs soon. I have not been there for about 10 years!

      The weather is crazy at the moment (I should say - still crazy!) Daytime temps up in the late 80's and nighttime in the late 30's and 40's! My zucchini is expiring and I am going to pull it up later today and then try planting lettuce and cool weather plants again. I tried a few weeks ago and some took off but others expired in the hot dry weather. I do have some chinese cabbage, some turnips and beets coming up nicely, a new lot of carrots and a few spinach plants made it through the heat. Need to fill in the gaps with lettuce and spinach and more turnips and broccoli etc.

      Our dog just turned 11 years old today - can't believe that tomorrow will be the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 incident. One of those memories that will stay forever fixed in my mind. Still get the chills thinking about the whole tragic day!
      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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      • Cool! I had no idea Mark was going to do a 21 day challenge! And here I was getting myself all psyched up to get going again, such perfect timing for me. SO I am going to do the 21 day challenge and my goals are:-
        -lose 9 pounds over the next 21 days
        -get my macros closer to 1200 calories a day and my carbs under 50 g/day
        -start exercising again, slowly and carefully, especially with sprints. Might just stick to lifting heavy things and a little walk to start with
        - no chocolate or snacks for 21 days

        Really pretty similar to what I wrote earlier today ...

        I had brussel sprouts for lunch and paid for it with my usual terrible stomach ache and an evacuation of the contents of my nether regions Guess I just have to accept that I need to avoid them. I really feel nasty after eating them - above symptoms as well as pretty dizzy and tingling lips. I think I may have a mild reaction to them - sigh, and I do so enjoy them (while I am eating that is)

        Have had two mugs of black tea with cream and stevia. Didn't realise how much cream I was having in my tea and so am going to cut back to one mug every day. Had two fried eggs, leftover brussel sprouts, fried zucchini and onion for lunch, oh and a tin of kippers. I was pretty hungry and that went down really well until the other stuff started up. Decided to have a small glass of kefir which did calm things down somewhat... Decided to skip dinner because of feeling not quite right and my macros are already up at 1300 calories already.

        Off to a homeschoolers meeting tonight - hopefully I can connect with someone and get the ball rolling as far as connecting with other people goes. Too long since we had friends to hang out with and so on!
        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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        • 192.5 lbs today. Lost 2.5 pounds of retained water and feel much better for it. I ended up only eating lunch yesterday after my run in with the brussel sprouts. Woke up feeling energetic for a change and the dog and I walked about a mile together. First walk in absolutely forever that did not leave my heel burning and aching. I hardly noticed it in fact .... I have another massage this Thursday and then I think I'll be ready for the Graston therapy.

          I am hungry this morning, but not unduly so. Going to have my tea with cream and stevia and see how I feel after that. I may wait until lunch time to eat, if the pangs settle after my tea (which they usually do)
          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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          • So today went really well, though I was very tempted to snack. I resisted, successfully, for a change. I had 2 fried eggs, a handful of baby carrots and a fresh baby carrot from the garden(!) a few cherry tomatoes off the bush, and 3 baby portabella mushrooms raw. Lunchtime I was still hungry so had a burger patty wrapped in red cabbage, onion and tomato (orange one from the garden too) with ketchup and mustard, 3 green olives, a slice of roast beef lunch meat while the burger was on the grill, slice of cheddar cheese while I waited and another on top of the burger. A small cup of tea this evening while making dinner and playing dominoes with the kids. Dinner was spaghetti squash with spaghetti sauce (ground beef and breakfast sausage included) I am full and yet not stuffed. HOwever I do have the munchies right now. I am going to read a story to DS and wait for my stomach to catch up with the food consumed and get over the munchies before emerging from his room!
            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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            • Bit of a disorganized day I am afraid. DH was home so sent me off to go shopping on my own - had to be back in time for him to head off for work this afternoon. It was really nice to be on my own for a change, even though I was running errands. Put on some lovely celtic music and shopped for primal meat and produce ... As a result I did not have breakfast even though I was kind of hungry and then bought myself some organic jerky, consumed the whole package without any difficulty at all. Then when I got home I had a few fresh veggies from the garden as I was planting new seeds for the fall. I had a handful of nuts (which I had kind of said I wasn't going to eat - but needed more than just a package of jerky) and another cup of tea. Oh, and a slice of cheese - really small one. And 4 strawberries.

              For dinner we are having zucchini fritters and meat loaf. Funny, the kids have decided they don't like them! I was totally expecting them to love them - they taste great to me. Might be just the mood of the day of course. You never know with kids. What they love one day, can be on the bottom of the list next day!

              Pretty hungry this evening... looking forward to the dinner - though I have had a couple of fritters already got to test them to be sure they are edible of course. DH is happy, he loves fritters. Looking forward to a good nights sleep tonight. We have had the first real decent rain of the summer - incredible to see everything wet!! It smells so wonderful and we had a very heavy fog this morning. Very unusual for Colorado, but I grew up in a very misty area and I do miss the grey days sometimes. Not that I want every day to be grey, but there is something about the muted colours and cooler air that just gets me all excited and energetic. Was tired this afternoon so sat down and watched a movie with the kids. Not often that I sit down with the kids and do nothing. I am trying to do more with them than previously - hoping to get my priorities a bit more in order. I get pretty focused on chores and work, rather than playing and having fun.
              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 luck on the challenge, Coll! It's good to read your heel is getting better too
                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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                • The smells after rain fall are the best. I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, so the few times a year here in Texas that we get Tulley fog, I get very excited.

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                  • Hi Coll, I don't know how I have missed your journal until now! Of course, I usually just only look at my subscriptions, so that has a lot to do with it.

                    So you're a homeschooling mom, are you? I did that too, until I foolishly overestimated my own capacities and burnt myself out. (Story of my life.) If I could rewind my life, I would definitely manage my energy better so I could continue.

                    You'll have to pardon me if I haven't backtracked to read your whole journal... But heartfelt congratulations on how well you've been doing so far.

                    And how does one go about making zucchini fritters?
                    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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                    • Judg, well, Siobhan is probably the one you should ask, though they turned out pretty good for us. Bright green of course I just took some leftover roasted zucchini (about 1 medium), added about 6 or 7 eggs, 4 tablespoons of coconut flour and seasonings and blended the whole lot together. Then I fried them in butter till firm enough to flip. You have to experiment with consistency. The first few were rather crumbly but I added a couple more eggs and they were fine. Not sure exactly how many eggs I used as there were bantam eggs in the mix too That made up more than we could eat - glad about that! I love having leftovers for convenience food.

                      Sabine, the smells are divine aren't they? Smells are really important to me - they seem to make an experience so much richer and deeper when there are good smells associated with them.

                      Candy, thanks for the wishes! I am looking forward to overcoming the wall I have been bouncing off of for months now. And I am so pleased about my heel! I may be able to skip the graston therapy completely since I am seeing such good results from the massages. Today was a really intense session again, but I didn't cry and coped better - phew! I think the massage therapist thinks I am a big baby. Oh well, who really cares as long as I get better hey?

                      May just take the dog for a walk now as DH is playing dominoes with the kids (that can be part of our math for today - yay! Less for me to do!) Judg, it is so easy to get in over our heads isn't it!? I confess that I have times where I feel totally overwhelmed. I find myself praying a lot for the ability to get through all the things that need to be done every day! THat said, I had better get my butt in gear and get going with my day...
                      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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                      • I'll have to try that. I don't know that I've ever had fritters, although I've known what they are for years. Just not part of our family culture, I guess.
                        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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                        • Glad you like the fritters! I'm a fritter maniac. Having spaghetti squash fritters tonight. Of course pretty much anything fried in butter is good. And I'm glad your heel is getting better. I am amazed at my own recovery from plantar fascitis, which pretty much ruled my life for way too long. To think I am running around in fives these days! There is hope, it will get better, it will!
                          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! I do trust that this heel will be completely a thing of the past eventually. My legs are sore tonight, as are my heels but I think that is more as a result of a hefty workout via massage and then a lovely stroll at the lake this afternoon with the kiddos. Probably overdid it a little as I had a walk this morning too and these legs and feet are out of shape. Funny, our dog is confined to the house because of her chicken eating tendencies, unless I take her out on a leash. This means that she spends most of the day snoozing inside, with occasional potty breaks. Well, poor wee thing is rather out of shape now ... so she and I are going to make a great pair as we get back in walking shape together. I want to take her for a walk in the mornings that DH is home - we both enjoy it. And it is astounding the amount of waste Molly can excrete on a mile long walk! Within a mile she pees probably at least 10 - 15 times and the number 2 usually features quite strongly too! No wonder she is worn out after a walk! Dehydrated at the very least :0 But it does save on the walks for a few hours after the fact.

                            Siobhan, I have to agree that most anything fried in butter is heavenly! I am going to warm up fritters tomorrow, just love those leftovers.

                            Today I had 2 cups of tea with cream and stevia, I just had a bit of a hole after lunch and the tea filled it beautifully. I have not been able to figure out the macros for my spaghetti sauce - I know it does NOT have all the carbs that they are saying it has. Anyway, I had spaghetti sauce on spaghetti squash for lunch. A handful of nuts just before dinner. Meatloaf and 2 fried eggs for dinner and then strawberries, a little banana and a little cream for dessert.

                            I feel pretty full this evening, but not stuffed by any means. According to fitday I am over on my calories but I am not going to worry about it. I also did more exercise today than I have in ages and everything I ate was most definitely primal. It is too late to worry about it anyway - the food is in my system and that is that. Don't want to get too nit picky about that stuff - it is just a tool, right?

                            I am going to have to try fritters of many different types I think. How much coconut flour do you use Siobhan? And approximately how many eggs? Just wondering what your proportions are...
                            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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                            • Forgot to say... we had an awesome time at the lake and river this afternoon. We had a good look at the river that has turned black after the rain has washed the ash from the fire down into it. The golden sparkly sand of spring and early summer is black and the rocks are all coated in a slimy black layer. Still so beautiful, but sobering seeing the incredible amount of debris that is washing through. The kids found a few pieces of driftwood and DD found a piece of aspen that had an incredible purple coppery metallic cast to it - looks like it may have gotten scorched and not burned and then washed down the river. We saw a golden eagle flying over us We stopped at the spillway /weir and saw a number of fish (my immediate thought was salmon but really not sure) trying to make their way up the spillway to get upstream. Kind of sad seeing that, as I really don't see how they can possibly overcome the man made barrier Incredible to see some of them come leaping out of the water and then skittering frantically a short distance further before the force of the water pushes them back into the pool. There was a really big one that made a spectacular jump, but it only got about 2/3 of the way up. Then we found a turtle just to finish off our afternoon on a high note. The weather was stunning, about 68 F and perfect! The sun felt warm and the breeze was fresh - lovely balance.



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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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                              • Wow. You are so fortunate to have so much nature close. We have a creek running through a little ravine nearby, but you can't get down to it, and the sumacs have grown up to obstruct the view. A family of industrious beavers got in there and chewed down many of the trees, which infuriated the people who had just spent a lot of money for ravine townhouses, as they now had a wonderful view of a busy thoroughfare. The beavers were relocated. You can still see nesting Canada geese, and the occasional heron. Or you could, if the sumacs weren't in the way. So much for my slice of nature.
                                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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