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  • Lol! The beavers wrecking the view - good thing is the sumacs grow pretty fast usually so hopefully it won't be too long before the view is improved. We just don't tolerate being in town, we need space and quiet and lots of nature. We usually end up choosing to live in less than pristine houses so that we can be outside of town limits. The kids just love being outside - as do we all, and there is something so refreshing about the water and wind and sky.

    Well, progress today! 190.5 lbs today! Oh yeah! I can feel the 180's are just peeking at me around the corner! BRING IT ON! I am feeling good too - energetic and clear headed. And loving the cooler weather. So glad that the renewed effort is paying off. Judg, what is your recipe for the banana muffins? My kids used to love banana muffins but the recipe I had is of course no longer possible.

    School first thing today and then I want to try and plan a camping trip for us before it gets too cold at night. Need to find all the bits and pieces and get them in order ... we haven't camped since we moved so I need to try and flush everything out of hiding
    This is our favorite time of the year to get out as everyone is back to school and work and we have the lovely places to ourselves, mostly.

    Going to skip breakfast for now and just have my tea and cream - so very delicious on a chilly morning when my toes and nose are ever so slightly chilled. I really need to figure out shoes for myself for the colder weather. I have lived in flip flops this summer because they were what I had and because my heel was so painful. But, I need something warmer for the frost and snow that is coming without sacrificing comfort. Sneakers just don't do the trick anymore - my feet are just the wrong shape for most shoes actually. Thinking seriously of trying to make myself some mocassins - only thing that is holding me back is I really don't want to make something that doesn't turn out well and then I either have to wear something totally clunky or fork out more money for something better. Problem is that custom made mocassins are VERY expensive indeed... will have to mull this over and talk with hubby about 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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    • Congratulations on the new number! What a great feeling!

      And I enjoy the cooler weather too, what a relief it is.
      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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      • Great news on heading out of the 90s! It's a wonderful thing to leave a number behind forever.

        Also, just wanted to thank you for the support the last couple days...

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        • What absolutely delightful pictures, and I love the avatar. It makes me happy to see your surroundings. Like a good, refreshing book. And almost in the 180's and feeling good. Yes, that is so wonderful.

          I wish I liked stevia. It has a taste that doesn't appeal to me. Luckily, I drink coffee with a bit of half and half, and that seems to work. I do keep raw honey and raw sugar, but I never use them. I think they probably last forever.

          Trying to get on the PB again, but I'm having a bit of a hard time. Definitely stress related. We have a caretaker that will do anything my mom needs plus she's in an assisted care center, and she's still calling. I do have her on a silent ring, so that helps somewhat, but there are huge issues going on that are non-related to her and when she calls me a zillion times to go get her a wristwatch (she has two clocks in her room!!) it just drives me nuts. A botched surgery on my BIL and one of my sisters with skin cancer plus two other issues is really enough for anyone.

          But I am going to really try to get back on the bandwagon. Seeing your pictures and hearing your numbers really help a lot!

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          • Coll, I eyeballed the muffins a bit, seeing as I didn't have quite the right amount of banana for my recipes. Ended up with 9 muffins. I mashed the equivalent of 2 ripe medium bananas (3 minus the bad bits), added a spritz of lemon juice and stirred it in, then 4 large eggs, and about 4 tbsp. of melted butter. Combined about a cup of almond meal, a tablespoon of baking powder, lots and lots of cinnamon, a bit of salt and some stevia, and stirred all that in. The batter looked too runny to me, so I added more almond meal till it looked like normal muffin batter. Baked at 375 for 25 minutes, although 20 would have been enough, but I felt like having them nice and golden brown on top. Oh, and I added some raisins too. No walnuts this time, because I've eaten a lot of nuts lately and didn't want to overdo it. I mean, it was already half almonds...

            The sumacs are not on the same side as the amputated trees, I'm afraid. They are on our quiet street. The remaining trees are all ringed in wire mesh... Heh. They paid more to get nature, they got nature... LOL! I was kind of on the beavers' side, although I understood their frustration. Now I'm just annoyed that I can't look down into the ravine anymore from public spaces. Oh 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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            • Pam, we all need each other to help us on our way. I always find it motivating to read everyone else's journals and realise that there are others on the same journey with similar struggles and challenges. And we are all clawing our way through the distractions and trying to overcome our 'disabilities' and are all having little moments of triumph, and then doubt, even despair. But somehow we keep picking up and dusting off and trying again. And little bit by little bit we gain ground - hopefully one day I will get some momentum again! Just do what you can as you can and keep looking after yourself in the midst of it. It sounds like you have your hands more than full at the moment. So sorry!

              Judg, thanks for the info. I have never done much baking at all and there is something about primal baking that gives me such a kick! It seems to me that it is a lot harder to flop the recipes I have tried. It is unheard of for me to try and bake something and have it turn out great every time! I am looking forward to trying the muffins, maybe on Sunday when I don't do school. I got a bit of a giggle hearing about folks who paid so much just to have a wildlife family move in and wreck their 'view'!!

              Well, I had a very backwards compliment from DD today, actually made my day I was standing bent over at my desk, writing, when she said," Mom, those pants used to fit you nicely, now they look huge! They remind me of clown pants now, I think they are too big for you!" Yeeha! These pants have seen me through many years of obesity, they were my go to pants for everything. Kind of like a security blanket ... and now I have to start letting them go. They are elasticized, but not enough. I have to hitch my britches every few steps or they start to creep too low. Today I am officially 'overweight' versus 'obese'! May the drift continue downward!

              The weather service keeps predicting snow and then changing their minds at the last minute. But it certainly seems as though we might end up with a very early snow! Getting ready to make fried green tomatoes if so. I spent some time today cruising recipes at food lover's kitchen, elana's pantry etc and found all kinds of yummy foods to try out on the family. DH is in raptures looking forward to the primal goodies

              I have not taken vitamins etc for ages! Started us all up again today, vit D3, cod liver oil, cinnamon, turmeric, rosehips, evening primrose oil (for me), chlorella and I can't think what else. Been really thirsty today again... Drinking lots of water ...

              I had zucchini fritters and leftover meatloaf for lunch, a lovely fresh carrot from the garden and 1 oz of parrano cheese and 3 olives. (Yummy!) Midafternoon I was really hungry and the kids asked for a piece of chocolate. I gave them both one and then ate the last 3 pieces of the chocolate that has been making its way rather too frequently into my belly! Dinner was a chicken drumstick (grilled) and a big bowl of salad, including olives and cheese. Feel good though I do feel now as though I could eat more. Fortunately it is bedtime and I need to take the Wobenzyme on an empty stomach - so can't have anything else to eat now. Will just have breakfast if I am really hungry in the morning. I have all kinds of lovely leftovers just waiting to be eaten - convenience food indeed! Stop at the fridge and grab a chicken leg, or a boiled egg, or a slice of meatloaf, or spaghetti sauce or.... mmm. Looking forward to 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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              • Hurray for changing categories! Although I find the obese category goes pretty low. I guess what they mean is "heavy enough that there are significant health concerns". And yes, that was a wonderful compliment from your daughter. Time to buy new pants.

                I find stretch jeans to be the absolute best shrinking clothes, pants-wise, for what it's worth. I buy them tight enough to make a bit of a muffin top and wear them at first with loose tops only. When they are starting to get too big, the stretch and the thickness of the fabric makes them look less baggy than polyester and similar fabrics.
                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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                • Yippee for overweight instead of obese. I hit overweight for about two days, then lost the flow, but I'm ready to start again this morning. Clown pants, eh? Yep. Time for a shopping trip for you too:-)

                  Hey, I was just thinking. I might be able to lose weight and not have to shop for so much. In a drawer packed away somewhere are two pair of 36-32 jeans, my next size down. Hmm! Think of the books I could get:-) Then all I'd have to get would be underwear, socks, and maybe a few shirts:-) Jeans are the most expensive part.

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                  • I have always been horrible about throwing away underwear that is past its sell-by date! I'm getting better. I get motivated to do so my seeing the nasty stuff that people show up wearing into the ER. Still, my favorite panties have a frayed waistband, and I just can't let them go...
                    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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                    • OK. I am going to get underwear. Poked my finger through another pair yesterday when pulling them on!

                      Originally posted by Siobhan View Post
                      I have always been horrible about throwing away underwear that is past its sell-by date! I'm getting better. I get motivated to do so my seeing the nasty stuff that people show up wearing into the ER. Still, my favorite panties have a frayed waistband, and I just can't let them go...
                      Last edited by lopisheep; 09-15-2012, 02:18 PM.

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                      • My question is, "WHY do the manufacturer's make something really nice and then quit producing it and I can never find the same underwear again!?" That is why we hang on to our old underwear! They keep changing the styles on us - but they do similar packages and names to fool you into thinking it is the same, until you try it on that is! GRRRR!

                        Judg, I have this thing though, that I cannot tolerate tight clothing! I never have ... that said, the jeans I am wearing now are stretch jeans and with a belt on they don't look too bad at all. Without a belt however they will just fall right off! Size 18 - 20. Glad they are too big for me! I will not regret the day I get to pass them on to some other poor soul who is in these shoes! I think I am headed for that time of the month ... just feels that way. Not very regular at the moment ... may be heading for the dreaded menopause... oh well, we'll take it one month at a time and see how things go. Been pretty regular (for me) up until a couple months ago. May just be a hiccup.

                        Did school today - which I really didn't feel like, but we got 'er done. I ate breakfast which generally doesn't seem to be a good idea for me! I was kind of hungry, but it was more that I thought I should be hungry, and it is DANGEROUS to eat when I am not hungry - it gets the ball rolling and then I get very wobbly as far as not snacking etc during the rest of the day. It really seems that the best start for my day is my creamy tea and then lunch being my first meal. I can have a nice big satisfying meal and it keeps me going to dinner time. Today I grazed and it added up amazingly fast. Last count I had over 1800 calories! And that is not including the salad I had at dinner time (I can never figure out the macros for a salad - I figure they are all good carbs anyway) Nothing unprimal today - just ate when I wasn't hungry But, physically I don't feel bad. Reasonably energetic - heel bugging me today. I wonder if my ankle needs adjusting, hurting in a different spot than usual.

                        First snow in Colorado - not here though. It was around 90 F today! Typical fall weather - about 40 - 50 F difference between day and night temps. Sleeping weather is here!!! I am feeling a little run down. I keep feeling as though I am getting a stye in my left eye, and they are both burning a bit. Last night and today have been putting silverbiotics in and that definitely seems to be helping. Must have the beginnings of a conjunctivitis. Just keep dripping the silverbiotics in and hopefully that will see it off - it is excellent stuff.

                        Early bed for me tonight. It was a long week and a long 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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                        • Forgot to say that we tried the cauliflower rice tonight with beef pot roast - it was really, really good! So nice to chow down on a bowl of soupy, meaty 'rice'. The sauce just isn't the same on its own. DH and I were delighted, DD too. DS had a taste (daring for him) and then declined and ate some raw cauliflower Funny boy, he doesn't like gravy either. Hopefully, one day he'll figure out how yummy it is. I made homemade ketchup, but he wouldn't eat it - didn't taste right. SO I caved and bought some organic ketchup that had the lowest carbs per serving - 3g per tablespoon. I will need to try again - I need to figure out a recipe that tastes like the commercial stuff (or pretty darn close) or he won't eat it. Sigh...
                          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! Conjunctivitis doesn't seem like fun! I remember it going through the schools. Do you need a lot of vitamin C or something to help attack it? Geez. I hope that silver stuff nips it in the bud and that you wake up all well.

                            Your dinner sounds yummy. Well, probably the majority of the population would love to have kids who would rather have raw cauliflower than cauliflower rice -- or maybe that's over optimistic on my part:-)

                            Sleep well and wake up all well with feet and eyes and other sore spots non-existent!

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                            • Hey Pam, my eyes are still not 100% but it is improving - it was only the inside of my eyelids that seemed to be inflamed. The silverbiotics seems to be addressing it though as it is less annoying than it was.

                              Took the dog for a mile walk this morning - let her swim in the river (on leash) and she was so pumped! Just bouncing around all full of energy after that So, then I had to walk her further so she would dry off by the time we got home again... Had to wipe off her legs when we got home as they were black from the ash on the edges of the river. Was feeling quite proud of myself - furthest I have walked for a long time. THen DH wanted to go for a 2 mile hike nearby, and I did that too! Feel somewhat tired now, but not bad. It was really pretty and the kids had a blast of course. It is fun to watch kids and see how fascinating the environment is to them. They are always finding some little treasure and there are always exclamations of amazement and wonder over something.

                              We had a picnic up there, just got home and had to run to the bathroom with an upset stomach, mmm, maybe the chicken got too warm? It was newly made a couple evenings ago and has been in the fridge since... or is the hormones + back to vitamins + sudden large amount of exercise.... I still think it may be the chicken though. Just had half a glass of kefir and that should sort it out.
                              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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                              • There was something I was reading about chicken being the main animal food not to eat along with pickled and fermented for something. I forget what, which is not very helpful, but anyway, I'll try to remember. Something about once it's cooked, it goes "bad" (not so that you'd notice) very quickly and affects some people more than others. I'll try to find the article today.

                                Found it! It's on histamineintolerance.net. A food list. Interesting list. Kind of similar to a migraine trigger list. What will they come up with next??

                                Hope your eyes are in tip top shape today!

                                Your walks sound so good. I do a figure eight in the house!
                                Last edited by lopisheep; 09-17-2012, 07:24 AM.

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