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  • #16
    Day 8

    Breakfast: 2 eggs fried in bacon fat, raw cauliflower, celery with almond butter, sprouts, radishes. Black tea with cream and stevia. (x2)
    Lunch: Hungarian goulash leftovers Yum!
    Snack: handful of almonds
    Snack: chunk of cheese
    Dinner: Grilled salmon and artichoke dipped in garlic butter

    I did not end up doing any 'official' exercise today as I moved all day building a chicken run including many squats and lifting and pulling etc. And then I had to run some errands so got all kinds of functional exercise today. I am too pooped to do more than a few stretches this evening. I am realising that I can't really predict what exercise I am going to do tomorrow - not when I am homeschooling and all kinds of other things too. Just do the best I can and anyway, it is working! I lost another 0.5 lbs since the 3rd March. My pants are starting to feel loose enough that I probably need to see about tracking down one of my belts (haven't worn one for a long time as couldn't find one to fit nicely and anyway my clothes certainly were not going to fall off!)

    Was such a nice day (aside from the wind anyway) and was so lovely to be outside in shirt sleeves for a change.

    Hopefully I can do some LHT tomorrow - guess we'll see. Probably need to try and get them in real early before my day gets on a roll because then I fill it up with a million other projects and chores. Now that the season is changing I am just loving being outside and planning and thinking about what I want to plant and where... one of my favourite times of the year. I am hopeful that I am going to have plenty energy to accomplish all kinds of projects in the next months as I am feeling so much better.
    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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    • #17
      Day 9:

      Breakfast: Left over Hungarian goulash. BLack tea with cream and stevia.
      Lunch: Almonds, 1/2 apple, 2 macaroons (egg white, coconut, honey, vanilla, salt) chunk of cheese, small piece of left over pork chop, lemonade (lemon, stevia and water)
      Snack: +/- 2 macaroons in crumb form
      Dinner: DH made an awesome omelette with left over ground beef that I had frozen.

      Exercise:- nothing 'official' but yet again was on the go all day. Finished the chicken run, unpacked and sorted our room - translates into LOTS of lifting and bending and walking all day long. Feel good, but tired. I know I need to get with the program as far as the exercise goes, but I figure I am at least moving and active.

      I am having trouble with extremely dry, chapped skin at the moment! I am assuming this is part of my body transitioning because I never normally have this... most uncomfortable as any area that gets rubbed is getting really painful. TOmorrow is supposed to snow so will take it a bit easier and hopefully the decrease in walking will allow my skin to recover.

      As you can see from my food choices today I had a high carb day... wanted to make macaroons and see if the kids liked them (also part of math for homeschool) and yes they did love them. I know they can't have a lot because of the honey. But it is so nice to have a healthy treat for them. I am experimenting with recipes to try and find some healthier versions of things they particularly enjoy. I did enjoy the macaroons - but I do struggle with feeling guilty as if I ate something illegal! Silly I know.... just habit I think. Surprisingly I have not been craving chocolate at all, even at the store I am able to look at it and walk by without feeling that terrible compulsion. Of course I am careful to not look too long or think about it too much. Easter is a hard time for me usually, as some of my favourite candies appear at this time. I usually gorge myself on Easter goodies and it has often been a time where I fell off the wagon while trying to eat healthily.

      I am trying to think of ways to make Easter still special for the kids and yet cut WAAAAAYYYY down on the candy. I was thinking of maybe using a little of the best quality chocolate I can find for a few eggs, and then maybe some little toys to put in some of the others. What ideas do you all have for creative ways to replace the chocolate and candy frenzy? I don't want the kids to feel deprived because mom is on a 'health kick' but I also don't want to do this the same way we always have.
      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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      • #18
        Day 10:

        Well it is day 10 and I am doing the best I can figure out to do despite not having read the book yet

        Breakfast: 2 slices bacon, 3 scrambled eggs. Black tea with cream and stevia.
        Lunch: avocado, can of kippers, 3/4 apple and chunk of 5 year cheddar. Black tea with cream and stevia.
        Dinner: Spinach, cauliflower, onion and garlic, bacon fritatta.

        I know I shouldn't be heading to the scale all the time but it is so tempting. I have lost 11.5 pounds since I started ( more than 10 days - I have only been journaling for 10 days) and was a little disappointed to not see any weight off this morning. I know it is silly ...

        I have been pretty tired today.I have worked really hard the last few days and just have not had the energy to add in some kind of exercise over and above my chores. So today no exercise again. But I have been moving a fair amount, sat more today than the last few days, but as I said I felt tired today. Got to bed really late - I know, really not a good idea! I was caught up in reading about leptin resets, and lectin's impact on autoimmune disorders (I have Disseminated Superficial Actinic Porokeratosis - DSAP) and a number of my immediate family have auto immune disorders too. I want to try the lectin elimination protocol for a few of the food groups and see what comes of it. I had hungarian goulash three days in a row and that is really high in the nightshades - that was when I had a really irritating and rather painful skin rash on my sides and on the inside of my legs. I thought my skin was just dry and irritated, but this morning my skin is totally better without any cream all day and I wondered if it may have been the lectin in the nightshades (paprika, bell peppers, tomato are all nightshades) Figure the grains are out anyway, I am not even going to mess with adding those back in, I know they are not good for me and I feel way better without them. But, I am thinking of eliminating the nightshades for a week and then eating lots for a day and then observing for 2 days after. Then I am going to gradually go through each of the remaining groups, I really want to get on top of the DSAP and at the very least see it less angry looking and stop seeing new lesions all the time! If this helps my skin condition I can recommend it to my family members knowing that it could well help them.
        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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        • #19
          Ok, day 11. I weighed this morning and I am down to 213 lbs. (I keep on typing 1 instead of 2 - guess my brain hasn't figured out that I weigh a heck of a lot more than that- must be remnants of my days weighing in kgs) Anyway, today I noticed that my hands are starting to look like my hands as I remember them, my wedding ring is not so tight and I continue to feel better and better.

          I have noticed I am having cramps after none for years - I wonder if it is because I am losing weight so 'quickly'? I had a nasty one in my hamstring this morning as I started to get out of bed! That sure got my attention - and then this afternoon when I bent down to pick something up I started to get a cramp in my intercostal muscles on the one side! I have been very thirsty since I started eating primal and I wonder if I am flushing too many minerals out. Anyone got some ideas? I add minerals to our water as we use RO water and so this morning I added an extra drop to my water bottle. I take good multivitamins, and supplement with kelp, cinnamon, rosehips, turmeric and am rather hit and miss with the cod liver oil ( more miss than hit I am afraid)

          Breakfast: A piece of salmon and fried eggs. Black tea with cream and stevia.
          Lunch: Greek yoghurt with almonds, pecans, chia and sesame seeds and 3 strawberries.
          Snack: Cashews - handful
          Dinner: Andouille sausage with sauerkraut, asparagus sauteed in butter and sprinkled with tamari sauce, raw veggies with raspberry balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

          No real exercise today, felt a bit weak and tired - almost faint for a little while today. Lay down for a half hour or so and felt a bit better, but no energy right now. Am just taking it slow if I am not feeling too great, figure my body has a lot of adjusting to do right now and don't want to push too much right now. Am hoping my leptin will reset and then will get going much more emphatically with the exercise. On my days where I am feeling less wiped out, I will try to exercise, otherwise I am just going to keep moving and active, take walks with the kids.
          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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          • #20
            Day 12.

            Breakfast: 2 sausages, 2 eggs fried in bacon fat, black tea with cream and stevia
            Lunch: 1 sausage, 1 hotdog, a little cabbage (raw), mushroom, radishes, black tea with HWC and stevia
            Snack: Almonds (small handful)
            Dinner: 4 breakfast sausages, miso soup (rutabaga, onion, garlic, carrot, nori seaweed, broccoli, green onion, cabbage) and strawberries and cream.

            Still super thirsty. Was extra careful this morning not to stretch too much and had no cramps No official exercise today, just drove some fence posts, picked up around the yard, pruning the bushes and trees that have been chomped by the local voracious deer... lots of squatting and bending and walking.

            Feel like I had too many carbs today with the dinner ... not sure. I know the rutabaga is a starchy vegetable and carrots are pretty sweet - but I didn't have much of either. I do feel a bit bloated this evening... not sure what from exactly. I do think there may be something not so good in the breakfast sausages as my nose got stuffy immediately I started eating this evening. Will watch carefully next time I eat to see what may be triggering that response... need to read the label to be sure no MSG. We usually buy better quality meat but we are not able to at the moment. Just making do with whatever is on sale and semi-healthy. I cringe everytime I buy meat that had to go through feedlots and that whole system. But the saying "Beggars can't be choosers" applies at the moment. Just grateful that I can buy food.

            Still feeling tired today... not getting much done the last few days. Kind of dragging myself around ... I guess this is part of the whole leptin reset thing... However I do feel better mentally. I have not been thinking this clearly for a LOOOOOONGG time! Feels like I am emerging from a very heavy and prolonged fog. Feeling a little disoriented sometimes - it is so different being this alert.

            On a side note, my arm is healing up nicely and most of the scabs are off and just brand new skin underneath ... too early to see if there is any improvement in the lesions. Still getting a few new lesions at the moment. Have upped my vit D3 dosage for the moment since I know it has to be really low (haven't taken it regularly in months and what with winter and auto immune stuff...) I am taking about 18 000 iu a day right now. Used to take 10 000iu. Need to try and read up more on recommended dosages and get a better frame work to work within. I'm really flying by the seat of my pants at the moment.

            Will weigh myself in the morning and see if the scale goes up or down or neither. Just interested after having the miso soup tonight - not sure if it totally agrees with me.
            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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            • #21
              213.5 lbs - went up 1/2 a pound after the miso soup. Just didn't sit well in my stomach though it did taste great. DH also said it didn't sit right for him so the miso is out. I felt weird last night and this morning - bloated and didn't feel great. Wasn't hungry at all until lunch time. Feel much better this evening and more back to feeling good. Spent most of the day outside, digging in the garden (lovely spring day!) and collecting stones /rocks and weeding, watering etc. Wonderful day - first day with weather nice enough to wear shorts ... felt wondeful to have the sun and fresh air. Unfortunately had to wear long sleeves because of my arm that is still healing and very tender to the sun's rays.

              Breakfast: None but did have a cup of black tea with cream and stevia.
              Lunch: 1 1/2 sausages. Greek yoghurt with a few almonds and strawberries. Black tea with raw milk/ cream and stevia.
              Dinner: 2 fried eggs and 6 slices bacon Is that too much? I feel pretty good right now. Distinct lack of vegetables today.

              Kids tired out tonight and I am not far behind them Been a busy and satisfying day. No homeschool today - just blew it off completely and the kids were very silent about school LOL. Oh well, we'll hit it again Monday. I am noticing that my son is suddenly drinking a bunch more water than usual and this evening he complained of a headache. I have a feeling he is experiencing a little carb 'flu. I have just cut way back on the amount of bread he gets (only Ezekiel bread) and he is down to one or two slices a day with some days none at all. I have told the kids I am not buying any more bread when this loaf is finished. I think DS is rather sad as it has been his staple as long as he can remember... Am going to try making some paleo bread and see if they find it palatable. It would be nice to have a 'replacement' of sorts. Made the plain greek yoghurt into vanilla yoghurt with a little honey and a splash of homemade vanilla extract. They LOVED it It is always nice to find something they really enjoy that is good for them. Just going to keep on trying out different paleo / primal recipes until we have our own selection of things that are permissible and healthy.

              Am looking forward to making healthy homemade icecream again as the weather warms up - yummy! And I don't even need to feel guilty for eating it

              Funny, DH and I were talking about the annual family reunion coming up in July and saying how I am going to have to put together a whole bunch of food to take with us! Most of the family is VERY into the low fat high carb diet and we are sure to come under fire for our shocking eating habits! Hopefully by then I will have lost more weight and be even healthier so that I am a good example of how living this way is good for us! Guess we'll see ... planning on making a big batch of biltong (dried raw meat South African style) to take with us and then some veggies that are easy to eat without any real preparation. A chunk or two of butter Whole bunch of boiled eggs and raw milk.. could make smoothies with raw eggs and some berries now that I think of it... again we'll see what comes of this. Maybe we can find a place that can cope with primal and CW people!
              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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              • #22
                Slept badly last night, something woke me up with a start soon after falling asleep and then couldn't settle properly. My guess is it may have been the coyotes outside our window as I had some pretty interesting coyote dreams I lost more weight - 212 lbs this morning! Wow! THis is fun.... a jacket that was most uncomfortably tight is just nice now - amazing how just 13.5 lbs can make such a difference in how I feel. Heading outdoors again to do a bunch of yard work etc. Itching to get going ...

                I noticed the last few days I have pimples showing up all over my body... just a few here and there. But I haven't had pimples in ages so I am assuming that I must be detoxing at the moment. Will boost my supplements - multivitamin, vit D3, Kelp, cinnamon, turmeric, chlorella (just restarting today) rosehips, codliver oil ( doing a little better with getting it regularly now)
                Last edited by Coll; 03-11-2012, 09:33 AM.
                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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                • #23
                  Day 14. Breakfast: 3 slices of bacon, 2 fried eggs.
                  Lunch: sardines - 1 tin, celery with tamari and peanutbutter, cauliflower, slice of cheese.
                  Snack: handful of salted cashews
                  Dinner: Ribeye steak, steamed artichoke dipped in garlic butter.

                  Another good day Felt great when I got going this morning despite a horrid night. Was amazingly energetic again despite my lack of sleep and had no cravings either. Usually, lack of sleep translates into overeating especially chocolate but also graze all day. In fact, I actually helped DH picking out some stuff in the candy aisle (for marketing) without even thinking about getting anything!!!! This is a BIIIIIGGG deal for me folks! I just thought to myself as I wandered around - I love the way I am feeling as I lose weight & gain health, and it is so much more satisfying than a short term chocolate high!!

                  I picked up a ton of dog poop today and squatted for each one pretty busy physically today. I did find myself wanting to do the LHT - but there was too much going on with DH home for a change... hope to do that tomorrow, no promises though Found a branch on the tree in the backyard that has potential as a pull up bar... will cart a chair out and try it out ... wonder what the neighbours will think? Seeing a fat lady out in the backyard trying to do pullups on a tree branch LOL - hope they don't call the people with the white coats!!!! Oh, I got the chuckles picturing that one ... my kids are amazingly tolerant of all the crazy stuff I get up to. I hope they will join in as we go along. Will let you know if the tree branch works or if it even holds up. There is some definite spring in the branch

                  I am off to bed this evening of spring daylight savings .... night all.
                  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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                  • #24
                    Day 15. It is exactly 4 weeks since I first started eating primal - I weighed 225.5 lbs and now am down to a much happier 212 lbs!!! Incredible. I do feel almost guilty that it is coming off me so easily. I have struggled so long with my weight that I feel as though I am cheating because I am having such a good time losing this weight. I don't feel deprived or craving other stuff. My body is just thrilled with the new lifestyle and I feel as though I am rediscovering the real me, the one I have almost given up on for years now. I had this horrid, scarey feeling that I was never ever going to dump the fat and just freaked out at the thought. I have had so many people tell me that I just need to resign myself to gaining weight as I get older - and that always makes me madder than a snake!! A part of me that rebels and says ,"Over my dead body!" I REFUSE to give up my ideal of a healthy lean and fit me!!!! And now I see it is coming together. Last night I was so excited that I almost couldn't get to sleep... I kept thinking about if I can keep going (no reason not to - I love this!) I should be lighter than I have been for about 10 years within the next few months!! And then, the thought of having to give away all my clothes because even my 'thin' clothes are going to be fat clothes once I get closer to my goal weight! MAN, I am going to have a blast!

                    Today I did some heavy digging and turning over soil for a garden bed. My goodness I certainly did huff and puff. But, I didn't sweat one drop!!! Talk about weird! When does my body kick into sweating again? I didn't have deodorant on and yet I smell almost as fresh as a daisy this evening after working physically hard this morning for a few hours! I am guessing this is part of the leptin reset still not being 100% done. I am drinking a lot more than I was - still thirsty a lot of the time, my urine is clear so I am not dehydrated. Guess we'll see if I start sweating again soon. I mean I was in the sun, 70 F which is plenty warm enough for me to work up a sweat, and working hard enough that I had to stop every few minutes to catch my breath and let my pulse rate drop a little. Very interesting.

                    Breakfast: 1 1/2 slices bacon (thick) 2 fried eggs. Black tea with half and half and stevia. I miss the heavy whipping cream but it is too expensive at the moment. Once the money situation is better you can bet your bottom dollar I am going back to the HWC.
                    Lunch: 1 tin of kippered herrings, greek yoghurt with 1/4 apple sliced in and a few almonds.
                    Snack: Small handful of cashews (roasted and salted)
                    Dinner: German sausage, sauerkraut, cauliflower, broccoli, bell pepper, carrots, about 1 tablespoon salad dressing. Still hungry so had about half a TBSP of butter. Yum

                    Still not sleeping the best... DH and I both have had a couple of particularly bad nights of tossing and turning. Big temperature changes the last few days (instead of upper teens and low 20's at night it is in 40's!) and daytime, is up from 30's, to 60's and 70's. Just gorgeous for being outside, but I think our bodies are in shock plus I know there is still some adjusting going on to our changes in eating. Just hope it isn't long 'til I am sleeping like a log again! I usually sleep really well and am not enjoying the bad nights. The kids are changing too now that DH and I are eating differently. I can see DD has become quite a bit leaner (not that she was fat at all ...) and her face is looking different. She even noticed it - she's only 9. DS is doing pretty well considering what a hard time he has eating. I found it so helpful reading about sensory disorders as it opened my eyes to my own issues with this as well as both the kids. DS is also looking leaner and we noticed his little abs are showing more - so cute! DD acne is MUCH better too. DH has lost 3.5 lbs too ... overall we are doing good. I have a long way to go - but not as far as 1 month ago!
                    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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                    • #25
                      Day 16. Not the best day today... just felt a bit down and tired. Another night of poor sleep. This afternoon I felt awful - ended up overeating ... typical trying to eat for energy and a pick me up. FOrtunately I don't have anything bad in the house ... I had such a high yesterday and today I just felt overwhelmed and afraid that I will never get down to a good weight and be lean and fit again. Must be hormones messing with me!!!

                      Breakfast: 4 slices bacon, 2 fried eggs. Black tea with cream and stevia.
                      Lunch: Greek yoghurt with honey and vanilla and almonds. This was a mistake as I usually have it plain and it tasted too sweet and got me craving more. 1/4 apple and hotdog.
                      Snack: chunk of cheese, 3 macaroons, handful of cashews
                      Dinner: ground beef with veggies and strawberries and cream for dessert.

                      Not a good day all in all - but I guess it could have been a lot worse. I think next time I am going to try and have a bigger breakfast ... I also ate over a long period of time as was trying to cook the kids and DH breakfast at the same time. I weighed myself this morning and was upset to see that I had gained back a pound ... I know it comes and goes willy nilly sometimes and I know I shouldn't fret - but I did anyway. Am going to leave the scale for a few days now and just try to relax. I am feeling a bit irritated with the library even though I know it is nothing personal, been waiting for the Primal Blueprint for a couple of months now and I feel like I have tool bags but they are half empty. I thought for sure the book would have been here a couple of weeks ago at the very latest. Well, I will just keep trying to keep on trying. Needing a boost of some kind today - maybe an early night and good sleep for a change.
                      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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                      • #26
                        Hi Coll!
                        Here's your personal coach! Here to cheer you up

                        I'm so happy your arm is better! Hopefully, there will be no more flare ups and that you can enjoy sun on your skin soon. I realized how important sun to your skin is. But the vit D will help too! Silly CW, telling us all these years to stay out of the sun...

                        What plans have you got for your garden? Did you shoot (and eat!) the deer? Or would that have upset the neighbors too much?
                        I heard that goat meat is really inexpensive, but when slow cooked very very yum, maybe you can see about that? Not sure of course if that is the same in the US, but maybe worth a shot. It's a lean meat, unfortunately, but you can always add butter
                        6 pieces of bacon sounds like a good amount to me, but I may be biased. Lol

                        Goat wrapped in bacon sounds rather nice also.. Oh well.. anything wrapped in bacon sounds good to me!

                        My book said to stop all digital influences about two hours before you go to bed. I have the 21 day challenge book, not the primal blueprint, by the way - I'm ordering the PB today, but that's one of the things that I took from it. I think it makes sense (albeit not really easy to do - not sure about you, but after cooking, eating, washing up, feeding the pets etc, two hours before bed is about the time I start my computer/drop down in front of the tv )

                        I'm so happy that your family visibly benefits from this, I mean, we know it's good because we read into it and because we feel it is, but to see the results and to see that darned scale go down.. that's bonus!
                        And 13.5 pounds down is a lot!

                        Exercise wise, I think you're doing pretty ok. Maybe even too much? Turning soil is hard work and equals a hard day workout in the book. Which means that the days you feel tired, you probably need a day off from exercise. That's a replenish the glucose in your liver-day.

                        (I'm trying to not be sitting still for more than 30 mins today.. I work at a law firm as a secretary.. how I'm supposed to do that? I got no clue.. lol!)

                        Hang in there!! Oh, and if you're tired during the day - take a nap Advice from Mark!

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                        • #27
                          THanks for your cheerleading! I needed that! I have to agree that anything wrapped in bacon sounds totally scrumptious. I was wondering about the digital stuff too, last night I quit the computer earlier than usual and then finished my shower off pretty cool, too chicken to do it quickly so just gradually cooled it down until I had goosebumps but not freezing and I fell asleep nice and quickly. Unfortunately the kids woke me up about 4 times in the night so it still wasn't a good night. But I fell asleep quickly between disturbances. Thanks for the tips Shamia! Usually once the kids are in bed I settle in at the computer for a while or DH and I watch a movie once in a while. So that is a time that tends to get late quickly.

                          LOL, we are not in hunting season and I am sure the landlord's/ neighbours would be absolutely horrified if we shot the deer! Hee hee hee. We have thought about trying it quietly with bow and arrow but too many people around here and we would be seen (in hunting season of course - just trying to protect their tender sensibilities )

                          I have been trying to take it slower on the days where I am not feeling so spunky and then go for it on days where I have more energy. Yesterday afternoon I dragged myself outside and picked up stones and rocks in the backyard for a while but just had no oomph so gave up after a while. It is a good reminder that I need to allow my poor liver a chance to reload the glucose... you see right there is a great tip that I didn't think of because of the book... thanks.

                          Maybe you should develop an 'upset stomach' and run to the bathroom every half hour and then do some jumping jacks or squats or push aways while there just to get your blood moving. Or stand up and work for a while every half hour Let me know how your plan works!
                          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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                          • #28
                            Day 17: So a slightly better day today.... took it pretty easy exercise wise. Feel very much like I have used up any glycogen stores and my breath has been smelling pretty strongly of ketones today. (and last night) Putzed around the yard and did some odd chores but nothing too strenuous. Didn't sit around all day at all but certainly not much more than just moving.
                            Breakfast: 3 fried eggs and 1 tin kippered herrings. Slice of red bell pepper. One mushroom. Black tea with cream and stevia
                            'Lunch' - wasn't really hungry so just had a handful of nuts and black tea with cream and stevia.
                            Dinner: 7 breakfast sausages, cauliflower, largish mushroom.

                            Ready to hit the sack early tonight.... hopefully an uninterrupted nights sleep ahead for us all.
                            Got the chicken manure and straw turned under in the garden - got pretty limited space for garden (hard to find a spot the deer don't hang out ) and now I am just watering it and waiting for it to start to age a little. Kind of late to be adding chicken manure but it is such a good fertilizer .... also babying some cherry trees that the previous tenants neglected to the point that they are borderline as to whether they will survive. Our lilacs are budding out beautifully and I am looking forward to seeing what colour they are. Got a bunch of bushes and trees that I still need to identify... fun. Hoping my blueberries (in pots ) have survived the winter. I just love gardening and growing things ... it is so nice to get out and be more active. I am able to do more work and think more clearly than I have in a long time. Thinking about adding some laying hens to our little enterprise here. DH needs to find the time to build me a little coop though - so better hold off on that for now. The bantam pullets are just starting to lay but their eggs don't go very far especially when you are on a primal diet! We have had our own laying flock for years now and it has been strange with our move across the states to have just a few bantams. I hate buying store eggs and the dairy where I buy our milk and eggs, often are sold out of eggs. SO, it is time to resurrect the laying hens.
                            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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                            • #29
                              Hi Coll!

                              I promised you my chili recipe, I used store meat for this (yes, I know.. bad Shamia! But I figured that it's better to get store meat than eat bread Plus, I had to shop for food on a Sunday and that does not leave much room for being picky. The Sunday store s*cks. They had some nice organic chicken though, from free roaming chickens. That's tonights dinner.)

                              Feel free to double/triple recipe - we're only two at home:

                              two nice marrow bones (slices of bone with the marrow in it, a tiny bit of meat on the outside)
                              a pound of ground beef
                              3/4 pound of beef bits, unfortunately, mine were lean.
                              1/2 pound bacon bits (smoked)
                              2 onions, a fat carrot, a stalk of celery
                              spices to taste (ground cumin, dried oregano, dried thyme, dried rosemary, chili powder, chipotle powder, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper, salt)
                              Stock cube of beef, stock cube of mushroom
                              tomato paste (tbsp), tomato passata (pureed tomatoes), large tin of whole canned tomatoes
                              two dried ancho chilies (small)

                              Heat up a big pot, add coco oil or olive oil or bacon fat, add the tomato paste and spices, fry that a bit to open the flavours, add the bacon bits, put on low fire. Chop the onions, carrot and celery, add to pot, add a bit of salt and pepper, add the marrow bones to the big pot. Take a frying pan, fry up the beef bits till nice and brown in a bit of fat, add salt and pepper. Toss into big pot (incl oil). Stirr well. Add the raw ground beef to the big pot, add a bit of pepper and salt, stirr.
                              Now add the rest of the ingredients. Put pot on smallest fire/hob you have and let it be happy and bubbly for the rest of the day without a lid, but at least 4 hours (stirr occasionaly - remove the marrow bones after three hours, but leave the marrow in the chili!). All the water will be gone by then and you'll have a thick, fat chili that is soooo yum!

                              I put the cheapest bag of salad (you know, the one with carrots, cabbage, bits and pieces of letuces, bottom shelf in the store) in the bottom of the bowl, add a couple of scoops of chili, add grated cheese on top and a dollop of sour cream.

                              You may want to take it easy on the chili powder and add more when the sauce is done simmering (I don't know how spicy your kids want food to be?), also you could add mushrooms (whole or quatered) for a bit more body.

                              It will of course be a lot better if you used grass fed beef, but I have to think about my home economics a bit too

                              Can you fence off your veggie patch against the deer? Or would it just jump any fence to get to the jummie vegs you so lovingly grow? (I'd so get that bow and arrow.. haha..) Maybe you can teach the children about architecture and have them build a chicken cook for you?

                              I found a really fun thing close to my home: an egg-vending machine! It's from free roaming chickens (I can see them, happily pecking in the grass, so real bug-fed chickens ). And I'm sorting out a raw-milk farm.. it's illegal to buy raw milk here.. but I heard that you can go there with your milk-vat and get the milk, then do a donation. Awesome! (and they have cheese too! And ghee and sometimes meat).

                              Have a great day!

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                              • #30
                                That chili sounds totally awesome!! I understand the store meat - we just cannot afford grass fed at the moment. Just getting the best quality store meat I can is sometimes more than we can do. And like you I figure it is still a step up from bread etc. I am thinking of using fencing where I can to fend off the dear deer! They are so pretty and I love seeing them - just don't like them eating our food.

                                We are planning on fencing in another area to keep the chickens separate from our dog and I am going to put in another large raised bed there. It is right next to the path the deer often take but I have some extra netting that I use to enclose the top of the chicken runs and I hope I can use that to foil their attempts to snack on our veggies

                                I like the sound of your egg vending machine!! It is also illegal here to buy raw milk so we have to buy shares in a cow and then can use the raw milk since we are part owners of the cow... ridiculous the lengths we have to go to, just to get something that is good for you. Of course if I want I can buy all kinds of stuff that is really bad for me - even kill me, quite legally and set up in the store for you to pick and choose your poison!! Crazy world we live in nowadays. Once we are able to financially we want to buy our own little miniature dairy cow and then no-one can tell us what we can buy. Then I want to make cheese and butter and we can have cream in everything And hopefully by then I am stabilized at a good weight and no longer leptin resistant and I could drink as much rich, creamy raw milk as I wanted!! YUM.

                                The kids (esp. DS) are more sensitive to the spiciness so I usually add it later in the cooking otherwise it is too spicy for them. I make a really nice "chutney" that a friend of mine from Nagaland in India taught me to make.... tomato, garlic and jalapenos and salt. DH and I add this to our chili for flavour and bite and the kids have the undoctored version ... I can't wait to try your recipe. Will have to go shopping soon

                                The kids are a bit small for building something on their own only 9 and 6 so may have to just make it a family effort instead. DH is in the process of building a small portable coop for our bantam chickens.... once that is done then we'll see what we can do. Poor guy has a business he is trying to get off the ground and then a whole bunch of stuff to do at home too.

                                I hope you can get your raw milk! And all the other delicious goodies too.
                                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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