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  • That was one of the qualities for a good wife with the Plains Indians: could she turn out enough quality moccasins to keep her man supplied.

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    • Well, the mocassins are started and I must say that the leather is very nice to work with, buttery soft and smells divine. Of course pushing a needle through three layers just sees the needle bending alarmingly! So I am having to make the hole with an awl and then push the needle through. Time consuming but I think it is going to be worth it once they are done.... I decided to just make a very simple pair for the first try and I have loads of leather left over to make the rest of the family a pair each too DS is very excited and keeps coming over to check how I am progressing ....

      I decided that since the chocolate monster has me pinned on the floor at the moment I am going to just stop wrestling with it!!!! I am taking a time out and am going to fast all chocolate and sugar until a week after Easter! Easter and the time leading up to it are never a good time for me as some of my old favourites are being waved under my nose in every store I go to!! It is just better that I don't touch the stuff for a while!! Just the other day I bought two big bags of those little candy covered solid chocolate eggs .... fatal! I finished them both in just over a day (and felt absolutely horrible on all levels - including gastric distress!!)

      So as of today - no more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The chocolate monster can go and wrestle with someone else now and I am going to sit on the bench and eat lots of veg and meat and fat

      Aunt Flo just arrived today - she is very good at helping the chocolate monster and I am done with her games too. Despite being right at the most bloated time of my month I had still lost a little weight yesterday after eating lots of veg dipped in greek yoghurt It is a most yummy way to fill up when I have the munchies and even though I am 'overeating' at least it is good for me in a lot of ways. Just doing damage control at the moment - I have zero self discipline right now so am just trying eat the good stuff when I eat. Hopefully going cold turkey on the chocolate will see me back to normal in a few days. I just feel pretty out of control at the moment ....

      I have just gotten myself some good astaxanthin, some maca root and some zinc to add to my arsenal. I am going to add them one at a time and see if I can see any changes. I know that each one takes time to show improvements ... my barometer is my skin .... if I see improvements there then I know for sure that it is helping. Maybe I should try to get some pictures of my skin to have an unbiased comparison....

      Today I am putting together primal food for my DH for his road trip to SC. Cooking up sausages, boiled eggs, loads of veggie chunks with the chili dip (he is an avid fan), a gallon of raw milk, half and half for his coffee, 85% chocolate, trail mix, fruit and cheese, and some turkey sticks. The kids and I are going to clean and organize the truck this afternoon. All applewood from the bed relocated next to the firepit ... imparts a very nice flavour to the meat!!!!!! Mmmmm, maybe I should offer to prune the landlords apple trees .... in exchange for a load of apples next year and the wood trimmings now? Most of the apples stayed on the trees until they fell off - such a waste!!!
      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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      • Today I boiled 30 eggs to make into devilled eggs for my jaunt this weekend, plus extras for the family. I wish I were as lucky as your husband, to have someone do it for me!

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        • Hi folks, been very busy lately, and tired. I started taking astaxanthin, maca root and zinc. I think the zinc was too much - yesterday morning I felt super weird after having my breakfast and supplements, got a dry mouth and lightheaded and then some gut repercussions. I think I might just take the zinc every few days for now. I am working on the moccassins, but it is slow going, mostly because it is my first pair and I am trying to tweak things as I go along. Noticed that the section around my toes is too loose and so need to redo the sewing there before I go any further. I have to pierce the leather with an awl first and then send the needle and sinew through. A rather painstaking process .... but fun.

          I spent about 30 minutes this morning wandering around the backyard trying to figure out who was hunting the bunny last night ... track book in hand and camera and ruler to measure. It was a lot of fun, I decided on a red fox in the end - though there is always the possibility I got it wrong There was just about 1/2" of snow which fell during the night which made it easier - otherwise I would have had no idea there was a high speed chase in our backyard last night. There are some great horned owls nesting somewhere close by, I hear them calling to each other as I fall asleep at night.... such an awesome sound. I want to take the kids and see if we can figure out which tree is theirs. We have a whole row of cottonwoods along the irrigation ditch and I suspect it maybe in those. Of course they are notoriously hard to see ....

          My eating has been going a bit better - still eating too much I think, but chocolate has been banished and despite the temptation I have managed to ignore the monster trying to get me into that dead end wrestling match .... phew! I have dropped a couple pounds but need to lose about 5 to get back to where I was. Oh well, the ups and downs of the journey I guess. I do feel better now that I am done gorging on chocolate! Such a destructive behaviour - and yet I keep going back to it, my default when things are stressful etc. Hoping to keep working on the good habits instead now.

          DH is in his final few hours of driving to SC, I am going to be really happy when I get the call that he is there in one piece. And then tomorrow I have to negotiate the city traffic to go and pick him up at the airport. I am such a country bumpkin that this is a big deal for me. I hate the high volume of traffic and the aggressive driving ... but I will white knuckle through it for my honey! Going to set the kids up with a movie in the backseat so that I have less distractions from that angle. And then he gets to drive us home....

          Kids want to make valentine's cupcakes for daddy so we'll make some primal treats for them all, I will have a little too. Useless pretending I won't, but will try to keep it to a reasonable amount! We are not used to being separated - the kids were sad that daddy wasn't here on valentine's day, but they are thrilled to be able to surprise daddy with cards and treats so it all works out in the end. I am blessed with a wonderful husband and marriage - I can't imagine being married to someone who is always gone on business trips... I think God knew that it would not be a good fit for me. I just love spending time with DH and we can talk the hindlegs off a herd of donkeys I have a couple of friends whose husbands are away for weeks and months at a time and then home for a few days or weeks and off again. I can't conceive of a life like that - but they seem perfectly happy. Just wouldn't like to trade places I guess! I like having my honey home every day ....
          Start weight: 225.5 lbs Feb 14th 2012. Height: 5'7"
          Primal low: 186 lbs
          Current weight: 221.4 lbs
          Goal weight: 140 lbs

          "You are free to choose, BUT you are not free from the consequences of your choices."

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          • Today I am down to 194 lbs (again). I am feeling tempted to just graze so am warming up some leftover stew from the other night instead, and eating a lovely crunchy red bell pepper while it warms up! I was sad to see how my mobility has deteriorated - I cannot get up off the floor without using a hand or knee to get me up. Not a good sign and I really want to work on getting healthier and stronger. I just feel like I am not getting anywhere - probably because I am not going anywhere. Oh well, going to try again today. No giving up, just sucking it up instead and keep on trying.
            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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            • Well, DH got home on Saturday safe and sound - yippee! We celebrated Valentine's day yesterday... I made paleo breakfast bread which was a major hit with the family We had that with bacon and we topped the bread with raspberries and whipped cream. Then we had a mid day tea with the tea set and all, and I tried a recipe for blueberry cupcakes which was another resounding success. I scored big time yesterday Of course we all had a feast and today I get to apply myself to eating better again.

              I saw myself in the mirror yesterday when I went to have my hair trimmed, was rather discouraged at a glimpse of my face and arms - I am looking bloated at the moment! And unhealthy. So depressing ...

              We got our 'new' computer last week but only got around to hooking it all up yesterday - only to have it not work! Something not working and no answer yet from the customer service number, will have to keep calling and be the squeaky wheel I guess! Big drat! So now I am having to use hubby's work computer when he is out of the office - doesn't make for easy internet access. I know i need to start tracking my macros again - only thing that seems to help.
              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 think journaling my food on paleotrack was a big factor in my success. Nothing like having to type in all that stuff to keep your mind primal! Plus you always know where you are and what you need for the rest of the day. On the down side, I am trying to cut my computer usage, and I really need to have the computer on all of the time if I'm going to journal my food. Those carbs!
                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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                • Yes I agree Siobhan, I just know where I am at as far as what is still available to eat for the rest of the day...

                  Well, the craziness continues... we bought a refurbished computer since the other one is really old and just limping along, barely. Got it all set up - and there is something wrong with it and we have had to send it back. So we thought we'd just hook up the old one since it is better than nothing - and that seems to have died now too! Our vehicle has started showing signs of transmission woes since we took our other vehicle to my folks, and there is some electrical thing going on in it too ... We have been told that there is a further delay until we can get all our taxes done since we have some complicated family tax things .... and that means another delay on buying a place of our own. Yesterday was not a good one I confess - emotionally that is. Just down and frustrated and feeling rather hopeless about everything. I am feeling better today again - I can do nothing to change my circumstances at this point - but I can change my attitude. So I am going to be grateful for my wonderful family and a warm house and good food and a business computer that I can get on from time to time. I am going to use this time to get my desk squared away and ready to be a standing work station again ... I think sitting at my desk is contributing to my back pain (duh!) and I know that when I have to stand to do computer stuff it does limit my time wasted online! When I need to sit down today I am going to work on my moccassins again - there was a bit of a pause as I tried to figure out some tweaks in the pattern as it was not going to work as it was. I am not used to working in 3D so it is a stretch to figure out how much to adjust things.

                  Yesterday is a bit of a blur as far as food goes - but I didn't have much in the way of carbs nonetheless - probably around 50 gms is my guess. Going to try and track today and see how I do... Got to go and get the kids going - late start to the day as far as school goes - but then that is the joy of homeschool. It fits in with my schedule and I needed to just set my focus a bit before I took off running.
                  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 have not been feeling too good about myself lately - just feeling bloated and ugly. I was delighted when the chiropractor asked me if I had lost more weight!! He said I look as though I have dropped a bunch more - told him he made my day even though I have actually gained a bit back lately. It was a nice boost I left with a smile and a back feeling much better.

                    I have been hunting around for some kind of exercise program that incorporates stretching and strengthening and have found what seems to be exactly what I was looking for. I am working on learning some of the very basic movements and am going to see how that affects my back and posture. It sounds like it could be perfect for our whole family ... hopeful that I can get help for DS too since he has ongoing back pain if we don't see the chiro regularly. I want to try and help correct some of the causes of the pain, muscles that have shortened and others that are weak and not supporting as they should. This seems a very safe and yet effective training programme. We'll see how it goes...
                    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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                    • Started tracking again today .... paleotrack this time. They do seem more primal friendly than some of the other sites I tried I think I have eaten enough today, but am not ready to fast until lunch tomorrow. I really want to get back into the routine of skipping breakfast again - just much easier to keep my macros in manageable range if I only eat two meals every day. So I am going to eat dinner - roast chicken and am going to try roast cauliflower for the first time today. At least it is a totally primal meal And my carbs are only 50+gm so far so not too bad for a first day tracking. I had some apple and I know that that pushed it up - otherwise it would have been under 50. Not going to sweat that ... big improvement from a bar or two of chocolate every day!!! So glad that the chocolate monster is wrestling with itself and I am on the sidelines - much nicer. It is an awful feeling to be so out of control .....
                      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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                      • There is evidence that skipping lunch or supper are safer meals. Apparently getting nourishment in the morning within half an hour triggers your internal clock to wake you up naturally because there is a physiological need to be awake... that is unless you replace breakfast with sex... I'm sure sex would be a good reason to wake up
                        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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                        • The thing is that dinner is the one meal we eat together as a family and I don't want to change that - DH is usually gone for the other meals of the day. Also, I just don't have the willpower to not eat lunch as by then I am hungry. Breakfast I am not usually hungry and am busy running around doing chores (believe me being outside in the snow and cold wakes me up just fine!!) and getting everyone else going for the day, making kids breakfast etc. Hopefully I am not doing myself a disservice by skipping breakfast - but I also have never had a problem getting going in the morning either. I am not a person who needs coffee or various other things to get me going ... DS and I are both the bounce out of bed types while DD and DH are the ones that have a bit more of a hard time getting going in the morning (and both of them prefer to be up late ...) Not that DD gets to be up late - bedtime is 8 pm with occasional exceptions.

                          Waiting rather impatiently for our replacement computer to arrive. Hubby's work computer is not set up with all the programs that I need. Fortunately I did a bunch of printing for the kids school recently so I am ahead of them as far as the paperwork goes. I have been rigging up a standing station again for the new computer. Just cardboard boxes at the moment. Maybe once we have our own home DH can make me something more sturdy that will work. DS was feverish and not feeling good at all yesterday, so I pulled out everything I could think of to boost his immunity. He doesn't like turmeric tea unfortunately, but I do give him turmeric in capsule form, maybe I should double the dose while he isn't feeling good. I made sure his scrambled eggs had pepper in so that the turmeric would be more effective. Silverbiotics, homeopathics, Vit D3, codliver oil ... garlic .... kefir, kombucha.... He seems better today though not totally well, so he is lying around listening to audiobooks and playing with legos. And DD gets to do the same - just don't feel like trying to do school with only one kid, don't feel like the battle it would entail.

                          I am busy making a big old pot of chicken soup today - Jewish antibiotic I had frozen some carcasses from various roasts along the way, one of which I just froze whole - meat and all. So now they are bubbling away on the stove and we'll have that and kale chips for dinner. And berries and cream for dessert. Lunch - not sure... will have to go and peruse the fridge. I think we have used up all the leftovers. Bell peppers are on sale at the moment - all the lovely bright coloured ones ($1 each!) so I think I may do bell pepper, cucumber, raw carrots and lettuce dipped in the greek yoghurt dip. A chunk of cheese and maybe a can of sardines or kippers or an organic hotdog. Depends on the food levels in the fridge. What I wouldn't do for a root cellar!!!

                          The dairy where I buy my milk and eggs has upped the price of the eggs to $5.25 a dozen! It pains me to pay that much for eggs - but I refuse to buy eggs laid by hens in torture chambers either. I can't wait to have our own place and have a laying flock again!!! The kids and I had a big conversation the other day about the hens that we will be having and how they are not going to be pets and how we will be eating them when their laying days are done. Many tears were shed by both the kids .... but they are just going to have to realise that chickens are a utility animal and that while they each have a pet bantam, the others are there to provide eggs and meat for us. When they were younger it was not such an issue, but they understand the finality of death much more now.
                          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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                          • DS has managed to kick the bug without more than a few days of low grade fever. Yippee! The kids and I got to go sledding for the first time in our lives yesterday! What a blast - and what good exercise! I am itching to get in better shape - it was awkward trying to do the sledding with my big body and unfit legs! At least we were the only ones there - lovely to forget about the house hunting and car and computer troubles for a while and just play. I am not good at playing most of the time - not too sure how in some ways. But i am learning...

                            Hoping the new computer gets here soon - my whole life seems to be on hold until such time as the computer is up and running. Oh well, at least I can use this one from time to time. Just don't have time to read everyone's journals - barely have time to write in my own ... hope to be getting more active as the situation improves.
                            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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                            • Here's to the new computer!

                              I vary between skipping breakfast and skipping dinner. Often I just forget to eat breakfast, but I never really was a breakfast person. If I eat a reasonable lunch, there is no reason to eat dinner, or I'm not hungry until it is too late anyway. But that is just me, and if I had a family around it would be different.
                              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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                              • The new computer came and was not working - it is on its way back and then to wait for the replacement! The whole family got the bug - now, after thinking I would get away with not getting it, I have a really heavy dose of the lurgy!!! Yuk, feverish for a couple of days and nothing seems to help. Sinuses on fire, eyes and throat burning and eyes running the whole time. Hopefully tonight I get some sleep ... I was so desperate last night that I took Nyquil - and while it did stop the incessant running nose and sneezing I got all agitated and felt awful. Instead of sleeping I was half awake all night with restless legs. I need my computer!!!!!!!!!!!! Going to climb back into bed now - see you all soon.
                                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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