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  • We do feel so much better when we've eaten well, don't we? I find that basking in the glow of a really good healthy and delicious meal makes junk food temptations so much easier to pass on. They never seem to feel that good.
    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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    • Well, spent many long hours in the car this weekend... not my favourite way to pass the time but I did get lots of knitting done which was fun. We stayed with MIL and all got to sweat out all the toxins lurking in our systems. Her house is super hot! My poor son who really doesn't tolerate the heat was having a tough time! We all slept in shorts and just under a sheet. It was pretty cold outside which was fortunate as we could close the door and fling the windows wide, but even with two fans going the radiator was still churning out the heat in the room. But we were able to get to a reasonably warm and bearable temp in the bedroom. My deodorant melted without me realising and when I put it on it took me a few seconds to realise that I had smeared a 1/4" layer on each underarm!!!! I had to scrape it off :0 or my arms would have been glued down to my side when it cooled on my body!! Funny.

      We ate primal, just took our own food, got to cook in ancient worn out non-stick skillets. Decided that we aren't staying there again any time soon! Just too uncomfortable in so many ways. We'll stay at a hotel next time and figure out food differently. Then we can visit for as long as we can bear and leave when the kids start getting too fractious due to the heat. (I won't lie - I also get fractious!)

      I think the long hours in the car and eating too few veggies this weekend took their toll (and a bar of chocolate in the car on the way home) and I have retained water. I am sure it will disappear in the next day or so. Going to go and do some LHT. Not sure how much I will manage but I am really wanting to do SOMETHING and get into more of a routine as far as workouts go. Feeling very flabby at the moment. I know the planks are going to get me wobbling - hee hee. Amazing how difficult they are in the beginning. Still have to work on DH to get me a pull up bar... or else I may need to try and figure it out myself. Only problem is finding somewhere that is structurally sound enough to tolerate our weight without bringing the porch down on our heads! This place is really dilapidated - 1969 trailer .... must have been pretty nice when new, but now it's well past its BB date.
      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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      • And here I was going to say 'I hope you enjoyed your weekend away'! Well, glad you are back.

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        • Woohoow, caught up on one journal! Hi Coll
          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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          • Haha Candy! I am really behind on my journal reading too

            Well, I just did the self assessment from the primal blueprint fitness. Whew, now I have the wobbly leg and arm syndrome I had to lie down and catch my breath. My legs can do more than my lungs and heart can keep up with. I was surprised - I did 72 squats and had to stop because my heart was pounding so hard and I was puffing too hard. I probably could have squeezed out a couple more but didn't want to overdo it. My plank was ever so slightly better than my previous self assessment - but I have decided to still start at the bottom and work my way up - I am pathetically wobbly and 'puffy' on that exercise!! No pull up bar so that will wait for now. Pushups, no surprise there, can't even do one proper push up so starting on the wall pushups, did 40 just for starters today. Even my arms got tired when I did the squats - I was holding them out in front of me most of the time. I think there is a definite imbalance in my body!! I do squat a lot all day long - I don't usually bend to do stuff, I squat. So I guess that is why I can do so many. I did check with the chiro (who does crossfit too) whether I am doing them right and he was impressed. Nice to feel that I can do something - even if everything else is pathetic I feel as though I have a start.
            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'm stronger on the bottom half too. Must be all the walking.

              I am using resistance bands to substitute for pullups. I loop them over the door and pull down very slowly on them as far as I can.

              Sounds like you know what to buy your MIL for Christmas...
              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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              • Were you thinking a sweater Judg? She is always in a sweater or sweat shirt while we are all getting a heat rash
                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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                • No, I was thinking a good skillet or two.

                  She sounds like my FIL. He will be wearing a down vest while the rest of us are begging him to open the windows. My poor MIL is literally dripping with sweat sometimes.

                  It is quite normal for older people to feel the cold much more acutely as they age. It is too bad that my in-laws could not have done that in sync with each other.

                  My uncles always used to grumble about how hot my grandmother's house was too.

                  I myself am freezing half the time now, but I think that is mainly because my metabolism hasn't fully adjusted to losing the thick layer of insulation it lived with for so many years. That, and the fact that I rarely let the house get up to even 70. I pile on a scarf and sweater instead. Cheaper that way. I don't see the point of paying a fortune so I can wear summer clothes in the winter.
                  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, you are right! MIL has thyroid issues too so that exacerbates the whole thing. She has a stack of about 8 skillets and will not throw them away. She has oodles of money but won't spend a penny. But I think I may just have to buy her a decent skillet so that when we visit we can at least cook in something that is not poisoning us. She cooks in non stick or aluminum!!

                    I am still well insulated Judg No problem with getting cold in my skin yet - I look forward to the day where I need to put more layers on to make up for the fat loss!

                    Not a particularly good day as far as eating goes. I had 3 fried eggs and a small sliver of salmon for a late breakfast. Then I had a bowl of greek yoghurt with honey and vanilla and nuts for lunch. Also about a tablespoon of raisins. About three cups of tea with cream. Half a bar of chocolate, bacon and breakfast sausage and scrambled eggs for dinner and about 1/2 a pint of icecream! Hmm, need to pull myself together again tomorrow and kick the chocolate habit that leads to various other sins of excess sugar!
                    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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                    • Funny how those carbs just lead to more carbs...been there! Of course, bacon leads to more bacon...been there too, but that's okay.

                      Can't remember if I mentioned this in my journal or not, but I just realized that my body is much better at regulating temperature than it used to be. I am rarely hot or cold. I used to constantly be one or the other. Put on sweater...take off sweater...put on sweater. Haven't been doing that. Hormones help regulate body temp, and yep, when you get old the bod just doesn't do that so well. (Another aging thing to look forward to...)
                      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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                      • I have been eyeing a cast-iron skillet for a while. Just waiting for the money before I pounce on it. I'm anticipating learning different cooking methods, though. Got any tips?

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                        • I adore cast iron skillets! I have 4 of different sizes and one stainless steel one. Mmm, tips, lets see... Don't use soap on them - ever, unless you get something unbelievably bad on them. I clean with hot water and if anything really sticks (which it doesn't usually if your seasoning is good) then I soak it for a few hours in hot water and then scrub with coarse salt. Everytime you are done rinsing it out be sure to put a good layer of oil on right away. I use olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, bacon fat etc. Bacon fat doesn't really work if you are doing something aside from meats or food that you want tasting like bacon. I always give the pan a while to heat up before putting in whatever food I am cooking. This way even scrambled eggs don't stick. Use lots of butter/ fat when cooking and let it heat up well first. Remember that the cast iron holds a LOT of heat so I usually cook on a low to medium low heat for pretty much everything. Once in a while when searing a pot roast I will turn the heat up to about medium or a tiny bit higher. They also keep on cooking for a while after you take them off the heat so remember to turn off a little earlier when cooking something that stays in the pan. I love them for doing things like fritatas, make your mix of egg and veg and meat, get the pan hot, add mix, let it cook until the bottom is just turning golden (lift the edge to peek) and then put under the broiler for a minute or two to cook the top half, add a sprinkle of cheese and melt that until bubbly and golden, take out and eat. Delicious

                          I find that using cast iron pans for tomato based meals is not great - the tomato removes all the oils and the food tends to taste metallic. I use my stainless steel pan for those type of foods. Store the skillets and pans with a piece of paper towel between them otherwise they can rust. Cook up some really fatty meals the first few times you use your pans - really helps them to get well seasoned. If you feel that it needs more seasoning then I coat the entire (handles, bottom, sides and inside) clean pan with olive oil, coconut oil (or whichever you have) and put it in a preheated oven, 300 F, for an hour. Take it out and let it cool on the stove top. Just because it is seasoned doesn't mean you can skip adding fat for cooking - cast iron is very primal, more fat is better I confess that I feel lost without my cast iron skillets. I also have a huge three legged cast iron pot that you cook over a fire with!! Talk about primal - enough to send me into ecstasies thinking about the delicious stews that come out of that. Mmm, I think I am going to have to pull my potjie out and cook up some 'potjiekos' before it gets too cold to enjoy cooking outside. Will share pictures - the weather is supposed to be pretty mild this week so I may just do that.
                          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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                          • Thanks for all the information, Coll. Now I want to run right out and get that pan! Patience, patience.

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                            • I have a cast iron press. Essentially it's a cast iron weight that you put on top of food while you're cooking. I like it because it picks up heat very well and can be used to sear the top of meat while you're cooking the bottom. The added weight also helps get a good sear on the underside of your meat. I also use it for sucking bacon dry of it's fat when I need to refill my bacon fat jar. Even if you're just looking for flat bacon when you are cooking I highly recommend it!
                              SW (Nov 22nd 2011): 333
                              Current Weight as of Nov 25 2015: 248
                              Short Term Goal: Fit into the shirts I got on my honeymoon at disney and universal in august next year when I go back to for my 1 year anniversary
                              Met Goal: Be a 2x Shirt, Fit in a standard airplane seat belt without the use of a seat belt extension
                              Long Term Goal: 166lbs (One day!), Buy whatever cloths I want to wear.
                              Pain is temporary, quitting is forever- Lance Armstrong #NoExcuses

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                              • Ecks, never heard of one of those! Sounds like a great idea. Where did you find it?

                                Veggies, Coll, veggies! I suggest planning one meal a day around a vegetable. And add a veggie to every meal. I added a thick slice of onion to my scrambled eggs this morning.
                                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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