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  • Hope you're feeling better and hoping karma descends on the dog-kicker. Why are people so horrible?
    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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    • Hi folks I am fine again - but had a couple cookies today just to see if there was any reaction. I started with one and then a couple of hours later I had another. I felt ok after one, not after two. Just going to steer clear of them for now. Everyone else in the family is going just fine with them ... but then they also didn't overdose on them the other day! I have to say that I think there may have been a reaction to the coconut oil.... I used to include a little CO in the smoothies I made, but always felt a bit yukky for a while afterwards, so I stopped making smoothies and have had very little coconut oil at all for a loooonnnng time. You know Judg, I don't usually have food allergies etc but I have discovered recently that I can't eat brusselsprouts without pretty strong intestinal discomfort, and now the coconut oil (I think!) I wonder if I am clearing some toxins out that has made me oversensitive for a time? I know I have some autoimmune issues - the DSAP skin thing. Maybe it is a case of getting worse before you get better? I know Pam is going through all kinds of food stuff - maybe we are clearing out a bunch of toxins, heavy metals etc that has our systems all hyped up. Just being hopeful I guess.

      I have not been home to see or hear if the dog is still being abused ... nasty situation, and I don't have a way to video. But will call the animal welfare place in a heartbeat if I see anything going on. I am normally home most of the time - in fact I have been hearing a small dog yelping and crying the last few days before DD saw the incident, but I couldn't figure out where it was. Now I know where to look. I can only think that you must be a totally miserable person to descend to the point of abusing your dogs! So sad. But then, I do hear some very angry raised voices from their general direction sometimes, sounds like alcohol or drugs are in the mix, though of course I really don't know for sure.

      We had a LOVELY time away in the mountains, only two days and one night for our 'maiden voyage' in our tiny little camper. It was a super time, the kids had an absolute blast and so did we. We took all kinds of lovely walks and played in a very Groklike fashion. Up in the high country, looked like a fire has been through since we were up there last year. We all had a ball whacking burned little branches, off the tree skeletons, with bigger limbs that were lying around. We found a shelter that was definitely Grok inspired - branches laid over a tiny cave high on the mountainside. We threw rocks and climbed rock formations. The kids had 'lessons' on how to use a pocket knife and learning how to whittle a stick They were beyond thrilled to be allowed a knife to carry in their pockets and got to open and close them very carefully under supervision. We ate meat and veg and fruit with cream, yum! Took some pictures to show us all having a fine old time. DH and I did not sleep worth a darn - which was very disappointing. We all went to bed nice and early, was really tired and sleepy, and then could not sleep until about 3 this morning!! Makes for a bit of a headache now, going to head for a shower in a few minutes and then for some lovely sleep!

      Thought I would add a couple pics for your enjoyment - have to share the beauty! Such a perfect day for pictures of the aspens!

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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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      • Gorgeous photos! I used to love to look at the stands of aspens from the air in my flying days - spectacular!
        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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        • Thank you so much for sharing the pics. I love pictures. Beautiful country there, and sounds like a very good maiden trip. I always have to get used to a new sleeping situation. You'll probably sleep like a log next time.

          Yep! The food annoyances are annoying. Maybe if we just eat moderate amounts and never eat the same thing more than one a year, it would work. Fat chance -- in my case:-)

          The lady next to us has a Weimereimer in a fenced yard -- small. He never gets out, the poop builds up (stinks in summer), and he barks at every little thing. She's rarely there. She keeps him for his noise to keep intruders away. Had two dogs before for same reason. It's crazy. He needs to run. Wish I could have someone steal him and give him a good home. I don't care for the breed myself, but I feel so sorry for him. He's gotten loose a couple of times and nips and has no self-control. How would he?
          If you have animals, they should really take over your life -- in a nice and fun way. And dogs just naturally have some manners, if they're treated right. Oh, it sounds like she's a poor lady -- she's not. She has a mercedes, a sports' car, and a four door pick up, but she won't even say hi to the neighbors. Gardener and everything. She even has a horse somewhere.

          Her dog ransacked the nighbor's garage on my other side. They were poor and had a few precious things from their families. The dog tore into the whole thing when he got loose and they were organizing the garage. The dog's owner didn't even apologize for what he destroyed.

          Hope you are able to free the dog from his abusive situation. I had a neighbor out in the country that did just that. The people had the dog tied up and basically ignored him. My neighbor started going over when the dog's owners were at work and taking him for long runs and walks along the river. Finally, they gave him the dog:-) Happy dog story!

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          • Lovely pictures. Fall is my favorite season, with all the gorgeous colors.

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            • Gorgeous pictures. It sounds like you had a marvellous time. Sounds like a really great weekend to me.

              I hope the coconut oil thing works out okay for you. I try to get a little bit almost every day because it's supposed to be a good energizer. I'm not getting any reactions now.
              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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              • Thanks for joining me here folks I always love hearing from you! Judg, how did you do the coconut oil introduction and what were your reactions when you first started taking it? How much do you have now? I am wondering if I just start with a really small amount and see how I feel and then do that for a week or so and then increase it very slightly after a week again. I know it is good for me, but I certainly don't want to feel like I did the other day, ever again!! I have eaten fresh coconut without reaction, maybe it is just because it is so concentrated that I reacted. Maybe I should eat fresh coconuts regularly for a while and see how I go. I have one on the counter waiting for me to attack it - never too sure how to get into one without a huge mess!

                I took Molly for a relaxing little meander this morning and peered into the 'bad person's' yard. No sign of the dogs, he just headed off up the canyon with his motorbike in the back of his truck. I am rather leary of getting too close there - he kind of scares me honestly. That much violence creeps me out. I would rather watch from a safe distance and see if I can catch him at it again. I am home all day usually so I am going to be listening closely for any sounds from his place! Wish I could take the dogs ... I have never even seen them though.

                Despite eating a fair amount while camping I lost another 1/2 pound! 187.5 lbs this morning! Yee haa! Not sure if I will reach my goal of 184 by the end of the month though. It would be awesome if I could! I am going to post a couple of pics of me in the jeans that were too small for me when I started primal

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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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                • Coll that's GREAT! Time for new jeans!!

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                  • Definitely time for new jeans. I don't know all the laws in Colorado, but if you wear those you might end up being cited for indecent exposures -- as they definitely can't stay up on their own -- not to mention the trip hazard!

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                    • Fabulous! Time to give those away!
                      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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                      • Looks like it's time to go shopping!

                        Coll, for the fresh coconut, here's how I do it: take a screwdriver (with cross) and a hammer. Make 3 holes in the 3 "eyes" on top of the coconut with the screwdriver and hammer. Put a straw in one of the holes and drink the juice (you could also pour it in a glass, but it takes a long time). Then wrap the coconut in a towel, put it on the ground (NOT on your kitchen counter or table! You might end up damaging those! I usually go outside to do this) and smash it with the hammer (my boys love to do that for me!). The towel makes sure the pieces of coconut don't fly around . Then hit some more until you have smaller pieces. Take a pointed knife and put it between the flesh and the shell and wiggle to get the shell off.
                        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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                        • Oh, I think you should keep those jeans for your after shot. I love that they were too tight when you started, not even just fitting just right. Of course, we never take pictures of that.

                          And what beautiful hair you have. Some definite Rapunzel action going on.

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                          • Thanks guys I couldn't get those jeans on when I started primal, not without going blue in the face! I saved the pants I was wearing when I took some pictures in the very beginning and thought I would keep them for after pictures! Thanks for the sweet comment about my hair. It was the one thing I liked even when I was so fat ... and my kids love it. I told my husband that if I died he should cut my hair off and keep it for the kids to play with and then they wouldn't miss me so much (only kidding!)

                            Candy, I am going to try the coconut the way you suggested - me thinks a coconut snack and drink for us today.

                            I think I am going to hold off on shopping though - I HATE looking for clothes! I have heavy legs (lots on muscle with lots of fat on top means I just don't fit your average jeans!) and I just get depressed trying to fit all these strange style pants onto my unique shaped body. Even when I was at my heaviest weight I still had a waist (not much admittedly) but I seem to carry a lot of my fat on my butt and legs. I really like loose clothing so I will just wear these jeans for a while longer, with a belt snugged around the middle or I would have the cops on my tail lol. The kids hate the fashion where people wear their pants down low and you can see their underwear and sometimes more. They call it 'butt fashions'

                            It is raining beautifully at the moment! Thank God for water coming down out of the sky! It has rained all night on and off and now heavily again! This is going to get the grass greening up nicely. I think it is time for me to get the shovel out and start moving dirt into the backyard again. Great exercise I must say - who needs shovelglove when you have dirt to move! Of course I will have to wait until it has dried out some or it would be enough to strain every muscle in my body just getting one wheelbarrow load! The temperatures are much cooler now so I feel energized and excited to get out and move. And my feet are feeling much better. On my walks in the mountains the thing that bugged me the most was the fact that I had to wear closed shoes and my toes go numb then! I wasn't noticing my heel except an occasional twinge! Pretty cool!
                            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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                            • Slouchy jeans are in style, which is saving me money! Instead of giving them away right away, I wear them belted on my hips instead. It's the whole boyfriend vibe which has been going on for a couple of years. Nice timing.

                              You certainly carry your weight much better than I did. You're looking good!

                              I got raised welts on my inner wrists, which is the same reaction I get from citrus. I had had coconut oil, and some dried coconut in some recipe or another. Too much all at once, obviously. I just backed off altogether and then just started having the coconut oil occasionally. Now I have about a tablespoon daily, I would guess. I'm not entirely consistent on anything like that. But if I feel my fat content has been too low, or I just want a "fix" I mix some coconut oil with stevia, cocoa, and almond butter in a demi-tasse or small bowl and eat with a tiny spoon. I used to mix it with honey or apple butter (no cocoa in that case) but I'm trying to avoid sugars of all kinds as much as possible. Hope that helps.

                              As a general rule, I think it's good not to overdo any kind of food too much, especially "exotic" foods of any kind. Most veggies I feel free to eat at will, but almost everything else I try to balance out, including general food groups. So if one meal is heavy in protein, or nuts, or dairy, or whatever, I try to avoid or minimize that group for the rest of the day. Banana for breakfast? Very low carb the rest of the day. You get the idea. Okay, enough blathering...
                              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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                              • My youngest and I were driving the other day and this teenager with his pants somewhere between butt and knees was walking along looking "...." and his pants just up and fell down. It was funny, but the poor guy must have been mortified! I don't think those pants are actually supposed to end up on the ground. Thinking an inch or two of plaid underwear showing is cute, but when there's a foot of leg showing above the pants and then the underwear, it's not so appealing. I just keep thinking: "No way they could ride a horse or sheer a sheep or wrestle a calf -- not to mention bend over." Funny world.

                                Is wet mud like cleaning out the goat and sheep barn every six months????:-)

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