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  • Yippee! Not sure which is more exciting -- Molly or being under 190:-) Super. Hey, a half pound is a half pound. You need to change your signature so we can see the 189.5 and enjoy it even more.

    Oh, yeah! A Molly is what I want:-)

    Keep that momentum up. 4 1/2 to go for your next goal. That is definitely doable. Does Molly like walks?

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    • Molly LOVES walks. I have started walking her more - which helps us both We are both getting a little fitter - slowly. The trick is to find time for walks ... silly I know, but now that the weather is nicer I need to start taking the kids and dog and going for a walk to the lake. We all enjoy it - DS still gets pretty tired after a while so I have to be careful how far we go so that we can all make it back without me having to give him a piggy back ride. Good exercise, but not so good for my achilles at this point.
      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 can't remember how to change my signature - I am rather challenged that way!! Tips anyone? I mean I did this just the other 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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        • Coll, congratulations! It's always so much fun breaking past round numbers, isn't it?

          Go to your profile, or subscribed threads page. There's a sidebar on the left that includes Edit Signature. I'm sure you can figure it out from there.

          Corgis look sweet. Can you believe I've never had a dog? My parents got their first dog after I left home. A beautiful German shepherd, who magically became my dog whenever I came home to visit. She would even sleep beside my bed. Such a lovely girl...

          I tend to like terriers, but I'm afraid they would tear up my flower beds if I got one. And I only have a townhouse, so no room for making a dog run or something.
          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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          • Lol Judg, that is so true. THe round numbers feel like they are significant for some reason. Thanks for the tip - got the signature thing now Corgi's are sweet but they are also definitely working dogs and don't do too well when out of a job. They tend to make it their job to find things to take care of. Our girl thinks that she needs to protect me from:- 1. the vacuum cleaner 2. The garden hose 3. The lawn mower 4. The weed wacker etc etc. However, she has been very good with our kids and is really good about letting me if something out of the ordinary is going on. She will do a nice big bark if someone strange is at the door - but if I invite them in, she settles right down and wants attention from them.

            I wouldn't advise a terrier - you always get exceptions, but they are very strong willed and can be really tough to train. They are also big barkers and often serial diggers! I would recommend a more laid back breed if you have not had a dog before ... just my 2 cents there. There is a really good book if you ever decide you do want a dog. It is called, "Paws To Consider" and has a neat run down on the different breeds and what kind of home they need and what kind of owner they do best with. The authors (Brian Kilcommons and Sarah Wilson) are very well known and highly respected dog trainers and I highly recommend any of their books.

            Today.... mmm, somewhat disorganised. DH had no work today so he was home and doing various repairs and work on the camper. I did school this morning with the kids - which went very well for a change. Everyone was focused and got their work done in record time. So nice when that happens, no fighting over anything. Phew!

            I had my usual cup of tea with cream and stevia. Then ended up having a really late lunch of bacon and zucchini fritters. Had about 4.5 pieces of thick bacon, and about 4 fritters. Finished off with an apple (small one) and two squares of Maya Gold chocolate and 1 square of 48% chocolate. Not doing so well with keeping the chocolate out of my diet I see! Will have to try again tomorrow! And I think that if I have any at all, it needs to be the 85%, because it does not seem to trigger my cravings.
            I ended up having 2 more cups of tea through the day and decided to grab a couple of boiled eggs to finish off the day. Still pretty hungry and that will leave me at about 1220 calories. Protein a little low - no chunk of red meat today... I do find that other protein doesn't stick around as long as the red meat. I find the red meat with plenty fat very satisfying.

            Going to head for my bed in a few minutes here - I am pretty tired and really want to keep my sleep routine headed for the healthier habits.
            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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            • Yippee! You changed your signature. I like it.

              This is funny. I read about this lady today who looks quite thin. Not overly so or anything. She waits until she's definitely hungry and then eats whatever feels right -- Hostess something or another, pasta, etc. I guess she was chunky when she was young and wants to eat what makes her happy. I didn't notice any vegetables or fruit. Anyway, she sure wouldn't be my guru.

              But then I got to thinking. If I didn't have a dual issue (skip the portion control for now:-)) of trying to be primal and trying not to antagonize my migraines, what would I really like to eat. Now, I'm not into junk foods or chemically stuff, so I'm lucky that way. But with a few exceptions, I'm not too far off from primal just naturally. It's the exceptions, of course, that would throw it off. I don't like to consume a lot of fruit, so I'd have peaches, purple grapes, and raisins in small quantities. Vegetables would be artichokes, zucchini, patty pan, crooked neck, cilantro, parsley, cucumbers, cauliflowers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, chard, and red potatoes. The last is not the best primal and is a nightshade but I love them. For meat, I'd have very rare rib-eye, chuck steak, and lamb steak, and bacon. Bacon has sugar and is smoked, thus I don't see it as really primal, and it's definitely a migraine trigger (smoked). For dairy, I'd have 1/2 and 1/2, grass fed butter, and sharp, aged cheeses. Those cheese are definitely migraine triggers. For nuts, I'd choose walnuts, my favorite. For sweet, maple syrup, but that's funny, because I'd never use it:-) I just like the smell. For grains, I'd really just like whole wheat sourdough (no yeast) bread. Sourdough can be a migraine trigger and it's obviously not primal. I'm not sure it's one of my triggers. For herbs and spices, I like Himalayan salt and turmeric. Drinks would be filtered water, honeybush, and rooibos. Other would be mayonnaise, and that's definitely not very primal, but how else can I eat an artichoke.

              Hmm! So, how would your list run??

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              • Yep, Coll, you are so right about the dogs. I've often had Australian shepherds -- working herd dogs. They always want to herd everything and also need to work. Need acres -- or love acres -- to run through. They definitely are not so happy in the city as I found out when I brought mine to the city when we moved. One of mine had been abused, and she wouldn't eat or drink when I left the house. I couldn't even go to the bathroom without her worrying. It got crazy.

                Never thought about terriers and digging, but they would, wouldn't they. It's part of their genetic make up. I had a lovely Irish Setter who was quite good in the house. They are a beautiful dog. Mine was quite happy in the house, running along the beach, or riding in my bicycle basket.

                Coll, I can just see Molly protecting you from all those dangerous things. My cats really think the vacuum cleaner is a monster. I have to place myself between the vacuum cleaner and the cats. I'm always putting vacuuming off as one or the other of them is always sleeping somewhere!

                Australian cattle dogs are utterly cool too but also need to work. English sheepdogs, hmmm! I'm not going to be much help. All the dogs I'm most attracted to are working dogs. Better let Coll handle this one, judg:-)

                Hey, I know -- a French poodle. The standard size without the funny haircut!!

                Hmm! Just thinking. I had a French poodle when I was a kid. He ate my best doll and my books!
                Last edited by lopisheep; 09-20-2012, 08:54 PM.

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                • French poodles are awesome dogs - but again they are super smart and need a really knowlegeable handler or they will have YOU trained in a heart beat You would need something that doesn't need a lot of exercise, is ok with hanging out at home on their own when you go shopping or run errands, love to go for a walk without needing strenuous exercise to keep them sane, not a barker (think the neighbors!)

                  I just had the most annoying and frustrating walk with dear, darling Molly! She is SO NOT going camping with us this weekend! Her brains fall out when she gets over excited and then is totally obnoxious - and I think my left arm is at least 3" longer! So much for a relaxing walk with the kids and dog. I feel like Mrs. Grumpy-Pants now, instead of Mrs. Chilled-out-and-ready-to-take-on-the-world!!! Grrr!
                  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 wish I could watch Molly for you this weekend. I could probably manage a weekend of being pulled by a corgi.

                    Hey, I've given up artichokes since I starte primal because melted butter doesn't do it for me. I don't suppose you have a good mayonnaise recipe that is totally primal?

                    (My cat is helping me type. I cannot see through her! So now she's sitting on my needlepoint:-) Now, she's on the bed, so I'll correct all my typos.)

                    Luckily, with three cats, I don't need a dog now, but I imagine I will some day!

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                    • Ok, I have figured out why she turned so weird today! Molly is petrified of the digital camera - usually at home when I pull the camera out she dives under the desk and I don't see her again. I completely spaced that essential fact and the first thing I did when we got to the lake was pull out the camera and start taking pictures, like I usually do! I don't usually have Molly with me while taking pics. Poor thing was terrified and I kept on taking pictures, I feel pretty bad for her now. I couldn't understand why all the usual tricks to get her refocused were not working! I was torturing the poor pup! I got her booked in at the doggy 'hotel' she stays at - the lady says,"Oh, Molly is always welcome to stay with us!" The dogs get a long joint play time morning and afternoon in a really big backyard with trees and lovely thick grass. Glad Molly has a fan

                      Artichoke is one of our favourites The kids only like butter on it, but we put a whole clove of raw garlic in our melted butter (about 2 tablespoons) and it is so deliciously, powerfully garlic! Tee hee hee! I breathe garlic for a couple of days afterwards, but it is so good I just don't care. I have not yet found a primal mayo recipe that I like yet. As much as I like olive oil it is just too strong tasting for mayo in my opinion. I did read somewhere, I thought on here about a recipe using special sunflower oil - high oleic sunflower oil? Do I have that right? Anyway, I am going to try that once I can find it again.

                      Was going to do school tomorrow, but there is just no way that I can do everything I need to in preparation for camping and school. Just not going to happen - not without a really late night and me stressed out the wazoo! So I am not doing it. Going to clean and organise and precook primal chili and spaghetti squash for our dinner on Sunday. I told the kids while we were waiting in line at the checkout in the grocery store. They were so excited they started to jump up and down with delight ... they are so cute!!! They don't know that I am going to bake N'Oatmeal cookies too - that should get some bouncing too.

                      Breakfast was my usual tea with cream and stevia. Lunch was 3 zucchini fritter, and two fried eggs, a tiny slice of parrano cheese and a really small apple, and one square of 85% chocolate. Another cup of tea with cream. Dinner was 2 bratwurst, 1/2 an artichoke dipped in garlic butter, bowl of raspberries and strawberries and cream. They have a sale on at King Soopers - 10 punnets for $10. Needless to say I bought 10! Will freeze a bunch of them as they are close to going off.

                      I just got the catalogue from Tandy Leather company - I am slowly moving forward on my plan to make myself some moccassins. DS wants a pair too, to wear with his kilt!! You should see how adorable he looks in his kilt!! I could eat him up - DH is thinking of getting one too now Won't hear any complaints from me on that front!

                      I think that if I could eat whatever I wanted .... mmmm, roast lamb and all other things lamb (but only the good stuff like you get from the Karoo in South Africa!!!), ribeye steaks, biltong, droe wors, good sausage, really most meats, salmon, sardines, kippers, raw cheese, raw milk, raw jersey cream (that you have to spoon out of the container because it is so thick and yellow!), butter, avo's, cauliflower, broccoli, kale chips!, lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, and other salad goodies, home made sauerkraut, kombucha, kefir, berries are a big deal for me, can never get enough of them! I do enjoy a crispy apple, especially with a chunk of special cheese to nibble on at the same time! The occasional roast potato (Christmas and Easter especially!) Asparagus is a super yummy veg. Macadamia nuts! Pecans! Thick hearty soups and stews (always with lots of meat and fat and veggies) Fruits are tough - I grew up eating tons of lovely fruit - I adore lichi's, mango's, oranges, custard apples, grenadilla's (passion fruit), guava, peaches.... But I don't usually eat a lot of it, I just enjoy fruit regularly.

                      Needless to say, I really like my food! I have never been a person for baked goods, my downfall has always been the bags of chips and bags of chocolates while devouring a good book! Terrible combination for me! I always did a lot of my bingeing while reading - always been crazy about books. I think they were both 'great' escapes for me.

                      I used to have three cats, they were such good company for me, I was single and worked night shift, - and great entertainment at the same time. In South Africa we didn't have screens on the windows and as you may imagine, there are a LOT of bugs there. The cats used to hunt all the bugs that came inside, including the huge coastal cockroaches. Aaaah! I hated those things. My friend and I used to do battle against them, watching TV used to bring them out and flying around our heads, huge big nasty things. The cats, however, loved to catch them and eat them. If there was a room in the house that had some beastie we didn't want to deal with we would just shut the cats in there and let them sort it out, lol.

                      Well, folks, good night and good weekend to you all. Blame my rambling on Lopisheep! She encouraged me! I probably won't be on much this weekend due to our very Grokly camping trip in the mountains
                      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, I had to come on and post how stupid I was yesterday afternoon! And the nasty consequences! I was baking N'Oatmeal cookies to take camping today. It was mid afternoon and I had not eaten much and was hungry. Ended up partaking of SEVEN cookies! They have coconut oil, almond flour, shredded coconut, eggs, flax meal, maple syrup, raisins etc in. I got SOOOO sick! WOW! I suddenly got so dizzy I could not even crawl properly to get to my room, kept almost passing out! Lying down didn't help much either, incredibly nauseous, felt like there was pending diarrhea of the worst kind, the slightest movement felt like I was going to 'die' from dizziness! Super dry mouth, thirsty and first felt hot then cold! My poor kids had quite the afternoon - I felt so bad for them. DD saw the neighbor across the street abusing their dog - kicking and hitting it over and over! I couldn't get up to see for myself and the humane society won't take a call from a 9 year old or a third hand report from me I am 'hoping' they do it again this morning before we leave so that I can call it in and get them to at least check on the two dogs. DD said the dogs kept going to the fence and looking as if trying to figure out a way to get out And I could barely even talk on the phone... NOT doing that again!!!!!!!! I think I was having a reaction to a LOT of coconut oil and sugar and flax meal? What do you think?
                        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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                        • Horrible in both ways. I'm so sorry for your bad reaction to whatever it was. I'm guessing you are fully recovered, though? That's good.
                          And animal abuse-grrr.

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                          • Oh wow! I hope you are feeling better!

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                            • Wow. That sounds a bit like what I had the other night, although I think mine was food poisoning. I can't imagine what would trigger it in your cookies. Do you have a tendency toward food allergies or hypersensitivities? I know I reacted to coconut products at the beginning of my primal days when I was experimenting with baking. But nothing severe like that.

                              Thanks for the dog info. I didn't know terriers were strong-willed. I have no immediate plans to get a dog, but you never know. I do tend to like animals who are intelligent (I had a cat who was incredibly smart) so a poodle might not be a bad idea. And yes, minus the pompom haircut... Blech. If German shepherds came in a miniature version, there would be no contest. Love those dogs, but a big dog would require more exercise than I could reliably give, as well as costing a fortune to feed. A medium-small dog would be good: get me out and about without wearing me out to much. I know I will not remember the name of that reference book, but just knowing it exists will help. I'll look for it at the right time, and educate myself before making a choice.

                              So sorry to hear about the neighbour. Do you have a videocam? Documentation is never a bad thing.

                              Pam, make your mayo with light olive oil. The taste is light enough to work, if you can't find that high-oleic sunflower oil.
                              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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                              • Hope you're feeling all well today. That's kind of scary to think a few (well, maybe seven is more than a few:-0) cookies could do that. Maybe it was some ingredient that wasn't up to par. But, whatever it was, I hope you got a good night's sleep and are raring to go. How's your camper doing?

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