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  • Yup Judg, I think I am going to go for that. I do find the veggies fill me up nicely - esp when combined with some fat. I particularly like carrots with cream cheese .... Bar of chocolate down the hatch today, but otherwise pretty good. Just really tired today for some reason.

    Stunning sunset on the way home from town today. Stopped and the kids and I oohed and aahed over the rainbows in the clouds while I took loads of pics. I have never seen that kind of light before - just stunning!!! Of course it doesn't show up as clearly in the pics but ...

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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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    • Wow, that's really spectacular. I love the contrail of the plane giving it scale.

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      • Definitely oooh and aah worthy.
        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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        • We are just having the most gorgeous sunrises and sunsets at the moment. This morning I was out with tripod and camera while still in PJ's (26F Brrrr) getting pics of the sunrise. Just too good to pass.

          Ok, so today I am starting over again! I have some lovely flannel pj's that I slept in last night for the first time - so cozy. But once they get washed they are going to shrink and then I am afraid they are going to be too tight for sleeping comfortably. SO, I have a very immediate goal ... this week I want to get really focused and be intentional about what goes into my mouth so that I can keep on wearing my snuggly pj's IF I get the munchies (which has been the case pretty much every day this week!!!) THEN I am going to be stuffing my face with veggies and a bit of fat. Going to pick up some guacamole too so that I have variety on the fat side of things. I am thinking of making kale chips at lunch - got two bunches of kale just begging to be baked. The kids will be thrilled and so will my tummy. I made a really good ground beef stew last night that we ate on cauliflower rice - mmmm. DH had it for breakfast today and I think I will make that the rest of my lunch. No breakfast for me - I really do seem to get into eating mode if I eat breakfast when I am not particularly hungry. Just sets the tone for the day then - eat whether hungry or not. NOT good!

          BIL is having a double knee replacement done today!! Not at all interested in primal - but I suspect that the early deterioration of his cartilage (despite the injuries he suffered playing sports) can be linked to a grain issue and high sugar intake. Oh well, all we can do is keep on being healthy and happy and hope that eventually he may become interested in primal. His wife is but she is a life long dieter and I think he is immune to all the different things she gets excited about as there have been so many over the years. If I could just keep my butt moving in the right direction I think that would speak louder than all my words or anyone elses. I have been very overweight for most of the time my in-laws have known me, and even at my slimmest I was about 30 pounds overweight. I 'carry' my weight well (whatever that means!!) so people are always astounded at how heavy I actually am. But it doesn't change the fact that if I could get closer to my goals it would certainly attract some good attention for the primal lifestyle. One of my brothers is VERY overweight and unhealthy - been through a horrific few years with a witch of a wife and now an ugly divorce and all the accompanying trauma of not seeing his kids all the time etc. I think he is just miserable but not willing to do anything yet to change. Another one I am hoping to impact over time ... always up to them of course, just want them to have a living, breathing example that it can be done. But I got to do it first huh!!! So here's where the rubber hits the road once again! Big breath - into the day I go, ready to conquer my appetites and bad habits. Hopefully I make it through standing today. Big girl panties being worn today
          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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          • Heavy on pictures at the moment - but wanted to share the sunrise with you all! Just breathtaking this morning!

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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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            • WOW!!!! Those are amazing pictures! So absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

              Keep the big girl panties hiked up. I struggle with the family issues too and feel that I need to lead by example, but it's not going so well right now either. Maybe wear smaller panties? Could the tightness be a reminder to keep the mouth tightened down? It would probably just be really annoying. Oh well. Keep at it! You've made such great progress so far!

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              • Thanks Kim Yes, I have thought of wearing smaller clothes - but pity the people who are near me through the day because tight clothing turns me into Mrs Grumpy pants!! Maybe a clothes peg on my ear hee hee. Thanks for the encouragement ...
                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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                • OK, lol, hearing about the various versions that people are committing to for the next how ever many days made me think of one for me... Furiously Focused Fourteen! I am going to do without any sugar at all (stevia only), low carb - under 50gms, LOTS of veggies, NO snacking, probably mostly no breakfasts too unless I find myself truly hungry in the morning. Starting tomorrow... (I have been pretty good today so far - aside from the final piece of chocolate bar that was my 'dessert' at lunch time)

                  Today, tea with cream and stevia. Lunch leftover ground beef stew on cauliflower rice and about 9 pieces of chocolate. It was actually painful saying that last one Wish it hurt more actually!
                  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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                  • 9 pieces is not going to make it easy to get to your goal. It sounds like you need some kind of technique for dealing with chocolate.

                    Those were absolutely gorgeous sunrise pictures!

                    What temperature do you make your kale chips at?
                    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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                    • 9 pieces of chocolate is definitely not helpful - however it is fractionally better than a whole bar of chocolate which I have been putting away in spurts the last while!! I definitely need a chocolate technique .... I find that if I don't have any at all that is less than 70% cocoa then I do fine and can enjoy it without gorging myself. As soon as I have the 'milkier' and sweeter chocolates I can down a whole bar without thinking and be looking for more. I really think it is the sugar and cocoa combination that is so very addictive. So for my 'Furiously Focused Fourteen' (FFF) I will eschew all chocolate, except for the occasional piece of 85% chocolate. This does not trigger any issues so I feel safe allowing that.

                      My kale chips (which are on hold for tomorrow since DH is working late) I do at 350 F. I rinse, shake dry, tear into bite size pieces, rub with a small amount of olive oil, sprinkle with seasonings, bake for 12 minutes (high altitude here) and then stir and return to the oven for another 2 -3 minutes. If they are not quite crisp enough I will return them for a short while. It depends on a lot of things (including how young the kale is) Baby kale leaves are too soft and don't work well. I prefer the green kale with the frilly edges. It has enough texture to hold the leaf off the baking tray so it dries out better. Just my personal preferences there - and we can flatten a couple of bunches of kale with no trouble at 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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                      • First day of my FFF! Had tea with cream and a little stevia - one of those cups that works out absolutely perfect and tastes heavenly. Not too sweet and just sweet enough, tea steeped long enough, just enough cream. Aunt Flo arrived for her monthly visit yesterday ... glad in a way as it will be good to get her and the bloating out of the way early on in this attempt to lose some fat... she really can muddy the waters when trying to see if you are making progress.

                        I need to take more garlic this morning - feeling somewhat lightheaded and slighty congested. NOT going to give in and get this dang virus that keeps on knocking on my door!!! Grrrr! Going to do crafts and audiobooks and sing a long math today for school. Can't quite face trying to get DS motivated today. Maybe a constructive and educational break will help all of us. Going to head out in a few minutes and get some grocery shopping done nice and early so that we have plenty of primal food in the house to chow down on later.

                        SO grateful as hubby's work is incredibly busy for this time of the year. Usually pretty slow by now but this last month was a really good month business-wise and it is SO awesome to be shopping for our kids and family and not wondering how on earth we are going to make ends meet! I am blessed indeed!
                        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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                        • Originally posted by Coll View Post
                          9 pieces of chocolate is definitely not helpful - however it is fractionally better than a whole bar of chocolate which I have been putting away in spurts the last while!! I definitely need a chocolate technique .... I find that if I don't have any at all that is less than 70% cocoa then I do fine and can enjoy it without gorging myself. As soon as I have the 'milkier' and sweeter chocolates I can down a whole bar without thinking and be looking for more. I really think it is the sugar and cocoa combination that is so very addictive. So for my 'Furiously Focused Fourteen' (FFF) I will eschew all chocolate, except for the occasional piece of 85% chocolate. This does not trigger any issues so I feel safe allowing that.

                          My kale chips (which are on hold for tomorrow since DH is working late) I do at 350 F. I rinse, shake dry, tear into bite size pieces, rub with a small amount of olive oil, sprinkle with seasonings, bake for 12 minutes (high altitude here) and then stir and return to the oven for another 2 -3 minutes. If they are not quite crisp enough I will return them for a short while. It depends on a lot of things (including how young the kale is) Baby kale leaves are too soft and don't work well. I prefer the green kale with the frilly edges. It has enough texture to hold the leaf off the baking tray so it dries out better. Just my personal preferences there - and we can flatten a couple of bunches of kale with no trouble at all.
                          Well, it sounds like you have your chocolate strategy in place. I simply don't buy any of the bad stuff. I know when DH brought home some mint patties, they triggered a binge. He got taken in by the fact they were coated in dark chocolate. Ah, maybe that was my problem - baby kale. The last time I made it, the chips turned quite brown. I thought maybe I should lower the heat, but perhaps the greens were just too tender. This week's kale looks very dark and robust, so it's probably a good candidate for chips. Only problem is, if I make them, I will eat them all right away... Had to split the haul with DD, so I don't have a heck of a lot.

                          So glad to hear that the work is coming in. It is truly difficult when that's not the case.
                          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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                          • Kale chips go brown really fast once they are done. DS only likes them green - the rest of us enjoy the lightly browned ones too.

                            Today was a good one, at last!! I actually didn't snack at all - miracle of miracles. And not a speck of chocolate passed my lips. Another miracle - hope it doesn't snow tonight! I had one more cup of black tea than I had planned - had to drive back from the hospital this evening after we visited BIL. Pretty tired this evening. Large clove of garlic down the hatch earlier and going to hit the homeopathic stuff before bed. This stuff is pretty awesome ... some homeopathic stuff just doesn't seem to do anything at all. But this stuff, Hyland's Defense, is really good. Really eases any symptoms and seems to help one fight off whatever is trying to invade. I had thought it was just for kids but found out that adults can take it too - yeah! I love finding stuff that has no side effects and still works. The night time version really helps DS sleep even if he is fighting off a cold - which is an absolute godsend for me! Usually that would mean a sleepless night for both of us.

                            I have been trying to keep stretching my calf muscles so as to not stress my achilles tendon and get pain in my heel. Guess I am not doing enough, or the right stretches. My heel is aching again, and DD is an expert at the moment at stepping on my heel! Yikes! I think she is growing so fast that she is a little clumsy at the moment - poor kid is knocking things over and tramping on my heels. On a happier note, my pinky finger is definitely regaining the nerve function. The numbness is receding and the oversensitive spot is slightly less sensitive - yippee. Decided to freeze off a skin tag today. One of my many.... it is an experiment. If it works well without too much hassle I am going to gradually get rid of every stinking skin tag I have the delight to call my own!!! Only problem is trying to focus my aging eyes on the offending piece of skin long enough to avoid burning healthy skin! May have to enlist DH - though he needs glasses too We are quite the pair now, been doing all kinds of fine work with various crafts and we are both having a hard time seeing clearly. Guess it is time to see the eye doctor, we'll see what kind of price we are looking at there. Been a few years since our last trip.

                            Well, off to bed for 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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                            • Sounds like a great start to your FFF.

                              Now I want to make kale chips.

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                              • Ugh, what a long day!! Kids REALLY did not want to do school and I am feeling wiped out after hours of trying to get them to refocus! I really want to keep up a good momentum on school so that I am not forced to do school while moving sometime early next year (I hope!! Planning ahead this time around ... helps when you have moved twice in as many years!) I had to really hold on to my peace at times as I really wanted to just lose my temper and blow up, amazingly I didn't. Hopefully tomorrow is better. Hubby is working tomorrow and Sunday so we are going to do school all weekend and hopefully the kids will get into a rhythm. A few days off over Thanksgiving and then the weekend was too much. It just about drives me crazy.... I have so many things to do and I end up 'wasting' so much time while DS tries to avoid work. I remember DD going through the same thing early on in school - at least she is far enough along that she doesn't require much supervision whereas DS being in his first year is needing lots of attention and help. Quite a few of his numbers are back to front (the usual - 2, 3, 5 and 7's) and his writing is pretty bad at the moment. It is like pulling hens teeth trying to get him to practice - every now and again he gets a bee in his bonnet and will do just fine. But mostly he is a little boy that would rather be bouncing on the trampoline or digging in the dirt outside. I'd love to just let him, but he has to learn his basics too. Good thing he is at home, I think he would be really struggling in a formal classroom environment!

                                Skipped breakfast as I wasn't hungry. Had tea with cream and stevia x2 over the morning. I had a handful of macadamias while I warmed up lunch. Lunch was leftover ground beef stew over leftover scrambled eggs. I was too full to eat more veggies than what was in the stew. Now I am getting hungry but am going to go and shovel some dirt for a little while so that I can channel some of the stress into something productive. IF I am hungry enough I may eat some veggies with guacamole while I make dinner. Going to try making primal chicken fingers (DS's request) tonight. Not sure what to do for veg ... probably do berries and cream for dessert though. Maybe just raw veggie chunks with salad dressing - real creative huh?!
                                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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